1. MANDELA x MICHELLE X SASHA X MALIA

    To one of the greatest humans that’s ever lived, rest in peace. God knows you deserve it.

    -Rem

     

  2. dannyswain:

    "P. Y. T. (Pretty Young Thing) (Danny! Remix)
    Michael Jackson
    Dan In The Mirror: MJ Remixes [2013]

    picture me waiting on these fickle-ass blogs
    to help me pay homage to the Kang
    yesterday was Thriller's 31st anniversary
    here’s to you, MJ

    hey rappers
    pls don’t rap on this thx

    EDIT: this Tumblr template is missing an update so all my plays either reset to zero or stall out at an arbitrary number tbh

    LAWD JESUS. Happy 31st anniversary to the best album that ever happened that wasn’t made by A Tribe Called Quest.

    - Ernest

     
  3. cordjefferson:

    The third issue of SPOOK comes out a week from today. SPOOK is a black “literary arts mash-up” founded by Jason Parham, and the theme for this run is “home.” I’ve got a piece in there about a day I traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2008. Elsewhere in the issue there’s work from great writers like Josie Duffy, Mat Johnson, Victor LaValle, and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts.

    If you’re interested, you can pick up a copy in New York at places like PowerHouse, BookCourt, McNally Jackson, and others. You’ll also be able to order it online here.

    Black writers are all around you!

    Heads up!

    (via journosofcolor)

     
  4. Issa absolutely slayed this. 

     
     

  5. Peak Blackness trivia

    DID YOU KNOW:

    The St. John’s game that Akeem, Patrice, Lisa, and Darryl’s bitch ass attended in “Coming To America” took place on Mon, Dec 28, 1987?

    St. John’s defeated Marist 66 - 59. 

     
  6. Eddie x Arsenio x CUBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    This is the 19th most Peak moment of all time. Just above this and just below Jack Johnson’s entire existence. 

    (For the record:”Coming to America” is my favorite movie of all-time…This has been “Random facts about a guy you don’t know from the internet!”)

    Ernest

     
     

  7. Holy shit.

    Ernest

     
  8. LIL MAMA x AL SHARPTON AT “12 YEARS A SLAVE” PREMIERE.

    You ask me why? I ask you why not.

    Peakness has no uniform.

    Trammell

     
  9. Dave Chappelle then.

    Dave Chappelle now.

    Dave Chappelle forever.

    Ernest

     
     
  10. We lost a great one today, people.

    Mrs. Evelyn Lowery, the founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/WOMEN (Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now) passed away earlier this morning. 

    In 1979, two years after her husband, the Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery (you might remember him from 2008)  became president of the SCLC, (Sidebar: Dr. Lowery was the 3rd president of that organization, following two no-names: Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy) she formed SCLC/WOMEN to give women more of a voice in the movement. She dedicated the rest of her life to make sure that women and young girls had the opportunities that others were provided by instituting GED programs and mentoring. She also devoted countless years to raising money for HIV/AIDS awareness in the black community and partnered with women’s rights orgs the world over. I will go on record as saying she’s one of the most underrepresented feminists in history.

    In addition to all of that, she took part in the Selma to Birmingham march with Dr. King and her husband and re-created it many times over the years to commemorate the occasion. 

    If she isn’t Peak Blackness, then nothing is. My condolences to the family. 

    Ernest

     
  11. blackhistoryalbum:

    THE ORIGINAL BLUES BROTHERS

    Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf standing along side their touring bus somewhere in the Deep South.

    Black History Album, The Way We Were
    Follow us on WEB  TUMBLR  PINTEREST  FACEBOOK  TWITTER

    This is an amazing photo.

    Follow the above Tumblr for all kinds of Peak greatness.

    Ernest

    (via bvikkivintage)

     
  12. HALLE BERRY x DAVID JUSTICE

    THESE TWO BEAUTIFUL CREATURES WERE SUPPOSED TO BE THE KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA. BUT THEN EVERYTHING WENT WRONG.

    BUT LOOK AT DAVID’S MALCOLM X HAT.

    LOOK AT HALLE’S BLACKBERRY BERET.

    AND LOOK AT DAVID’S NIKE TRACKSUIT

    AND LOOK AT THE MICKEY MOUSE PATCH ON HALLE’S PANTS.

    IT’S LIKE NEW JACK SWING MEETS ELDRIDGE AND KATHLEEN CLEAVER.

    BLESS THIS MESS

    -REM

     
  13. PEAK AFFIRMATION OF THE WEEK

    Can I share a secret with you? I’m going through it right now.

    Between Gucci Mane impromptu release of “Callin’ Out Names 2013” on Twitter yesterday, the burgeoning Syria conflict, and the realization that we’re going to have to sit through another goddamn season of “Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta,” I’m pretty stressed out.

    It happens. Life will bring you sunny days and dark ones. You’ll go through joy and pain (Word to Frankie Beverly and Rob Base) but I want you to know that it’ll be alright. Do you know it’s going to be alright? Do you believe that you’ll beat your bullshit? Peak Blackness is YOURS to achieve! 

    Hold up…Can we go to church right quick?

    *cues up organ* *dabs brow with handkerchief* 

    NOW,  I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT YOUR NEIGHBOR AND SAY, “NEIGHBOR! WE GON’ MAKE IT!”

    (feel free to say this to anyone you happen to be around at the time. I mean, you don’t have to. I’m not at your house.)

    JUST A REMINDER THAT NO MATTER WHAT, YOU’RE GOING TO BE OK, OK?

    NOW LET US ALL RISE AND SING THAT OLD NEGRO SPIRITUAL…

    "B-O-O-S-I-E B-A-D A-Z-Z that’s me (Wipe me down)

    Red bones, caramel, all of em stop and stare
    All of em tryna steal my underwear (Wipe me down)

    I like to floss like Rick Ross, got a hit called ‘Set It Off”
    When I sing it everybody set it off (Wipe me down)

    Black mink, damn Im on play wit me
    I bust ya dome 8 whips on chrome you can go
    (Wipe me down)

    Fresh fade, fresh J’s, on the corner playin spades
    Im an ordinary person but Im paid
    (Wipe me down)

    Foxx flippin, Webbie smokin and we chokin’
    On a whole pound of purple, famous like The Ninja Turtles!
    (Wipe me down)

    Just left New York City, hooked up wit P. Diddy
    Finna blow past 50 you gon have to
    (Wipe me down)
    We the best, Im a fool, Im the hemi man
    Red light, green light, yellow light, get it man!”


    YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

    Ernest

     
     
  14. Eddie Murphy x Snoop Doggy Dogg Lion

    Let’s get this in the open: Eddie Murphy’s singing career is, but for one shining moment, a complete and utter failure. The man who single-handedly saved SNL and is widely considered one of the best stand-up comedians of all time has released three musical albums and they all…well, underwhelmed to say the least.

    Not anymore, folks.

    EDDIE BEEN DONE CHANNELED HIS INNER DEXTER ST. JACQUE  ON THIS ONE, Y’ALL. He went and got Snoop (who apparently was warming up with Trail Blazers) and hit us with some totally harmless reggae grooves.

    (Let’s be honest: if a reggae project from a man who hasn’t been told “No” since ‘84 is all we can get expect anymore, then I’m bout’ it, bout’ it. Comes with age, I suppose. Here’s hoping for a cover of “Murder, She Wrote” or something.)

    Ernest

     
     
  15. Historical day in Peak Blackness - September 4th

    Let’s start with the most important thing:

    On this day in 1957, Governor Orval Faubus (BTW: THAT NAME THO) brought out the Arkansas National Guard to support segregationists who were protesting these nine fine young Americans, who were simply trying to, you know, INTEGRATE A GODDAMN SCHOOL. Thanks to them and all they endured. 

    You might not know but a lot of other cool stuff happened today:

    1960 - Damon Wayans is born. 

    1977 - Kia Stevens is born. You may know her as Awesome Kong.

    1981 - B’Day. ‘Nuff Said. 

    1998 - Google is founded. Black people use Google all the time. Seriously, you probably used it like twice in the time it took you to read this. 

    I’m Tommy Davidson and this has been another “Historical day in Peak Blackness.”

    Ernest