1. PEAK BLACKNESS HISTORY MONTH: 2/10

    (This month, we are celebrating the culture and beauty of the diaspora. The PB team and some notable Black writers are going to be spotlighting great cultural moments in a bite-sized format. It could be a song, a video, a picture, whatever we think of. )

    Do you remember the first answer you knew on Jeopardy? I don’t either. It was a long time ago (before Google was invented) and I was like eight, but I remember feeling like a genius when I nailed it. That feeling resurfaces every time Jeopardy gives me a category I know I can own. For instance: Just last month the game show Gods bestowed upon me one of the best categories of all time, in Double Jeopardy no less!

    "It’s a Rap."
    Now look, I don’t want to say the producers of Jeopardy are racist. That would be unfair. But I am confident they are unintentionally culturally biased, and I will continue to believe that until I see them devote a whole category to Stevie Wonder instead of making him a Daily Double in the Motown category (hey, if Stevie Wonder has actually been a whole category, someone hit us with that link). Talk to any black person who watches Jeopardy and they’ll tell you, whenever Jeopardy goes black, we are in our living rooms acting ham like Gloria did with the “Foods That Start With The Letter Q” category in “White Men Can’t Jump.”
    Of course I tore down the “It’s a Rap” category , but honestly listen to those answers. Alex is practically laying it up for contestants Sarah, Eric, and Mary. There was no difference in degree of difficulty between the $400 answer and the $2000 answer, as evidenced by the way Mary laughs after she beat the brakes off her opponents.
    But this moment deserves mentioning because so rarely does Jeopardy focus on categories that get us to turn up. Here’s hoping one day Jeopardy gets in hip-hop sub-genres and we see a category called “Ratchet Riddles.” I know a lot of 2Chainz lyrics.  
     
     

  2. PEAK BLACKNESS HISTORY MONTH: 2/7

    (This month, we are celebrating the culture and beauty of the diaspora. The PB team and some notable Black writers are going to be spotlighting great cultural moments in a bite-sized format. It could be a song, a video, a picture, whatever we think of. )

    We’ll be back to the writer comp on Monday. In the meantime, here are some links you should read that reek of #Peak.

    • And this…

    …and this. 

     
  3. PEAK BLACKNESS HISTORY MONTH: 2/5

    (This month, we are celebrating the culture and beauty of the diaspora. The PB team and some notable Black writers are going to be spotlighting great cultural moments in a bite-sized format. It could be a song, a video, a picture, whatever we think of. )

    November 29, 2011.

    LOUISVILLE, KY: Louisville Police arrested a man Monday morning after they said he attacked his mother over a glass of Kool-Aid. According to arrest records, 35-year-old Lequan Washington became angry when his mother told him to go get his own glass of Kool-Aid that she had already prepared.

    See, bro!? Kool-Aid is serious fucking business in Afro-America. I bet it was the red kind.

    Samantha Irby is a writer in Chicago. Her blog "Bitches Gotta Eat" should be bookmarked the second you finish reading this. Her first collection of essays “Meaty” is in bookstores all over and can be bought hereHer work has appeared on the Rumpus and JezebelShe’s also on Twitter.

     
  4. PEAK BLACKNESS HISTORY MONTH: 2/4

    (This month, we are celebrating the culture and beauty of the diaspora. The PB team and some notable Black writers are going to be spotlighting great cultural moments in a bite-sized format. It could be a song, a video, a picture, whatever we think of. )

    An ode to “Drunk in Love” by Clinton Yates

    I’ve had my issues with Jay and Bey. Part of me felt like their love/situation was kind of staged. It was too good to be true. Then they had a baby and I couldn’t resist. Then came Drunk In Love. A far superior song to Crazy In Love, this I actually enjoyed. After Bey changed what the world think of the word ‘surfboard’ forever, Shawn Carter offers a legitimately awful verse. It’s clumsy, a little creepy, but ends tremendously. For a short few seconds of glory, the two come together, a climax if you will “We be all night.” The song goes on, but that moment of hearing the same thing coming from the mouths of both legends is definitely Peak Blackness. 

    Clinton Yates is a newspaper columnist in D.C. He likes rap, rock, reggae, R&B, and remixes—in that order. He’s on Twitter.

     
  5. PEAK BLACKNESS HISTORY MONTH: 2/3

    This month, we’re going to celebrate the culture and beauty of the diaspora. The PB team and some notable Black writers are going to be spotlighting great cultural moments in a bite-sized format. It could be a song, a video, a picture, whatever we think of.

    James Brown does T.A.M.I, steals the show, also your girl.

    After Bruno Mars did his best homage to Soul Brother #1 last night during the Super Bowl halftime show, it’s high time we took a look at the performance that launched a thousand pompadours.

    Seriously, this is the smoothest shit you’re going to see this week. Screw your latent attention span, this is 18 minutes of USDA (Young Jeezy’s rap group, of course. I wonder if Blood Raw is reading this. Anyway.) -approved Black Excellence.

    NOTE: If you can dig up a full copy of this whole show, do so. Seriously. It’s a tremendous look at some of the greatest musicians ever. Read up on it.  

    Ernest Wilkins

     
     
  6. Tomorrow, we’re starting a fun project for Black History Month. Until then, watch this on repeat.

    Ernest

     
     
  7. Submitted without comment.

    Ernest

     
  8. Amiri. Maya. 

    Peaker than Peak

    -Rem

     
  9. DIANA ROSS x MICHAEL JACKSON

    As if this needed an explanation. #royalty

    Jason

     
  10. Game Over.

    This is the most #Peak moment of 2013.

    Hell, it might be the most #Peak moment of the ‘10’s.

    Now if you need me, I’ll be listening to “Partition” for the 10213i91312nd time.

    All Hail.

    Ernest.

     
  11. 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

     

  12. 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

     
  13. 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)

     
  14. Issa absolutely slayed this. 

     
     

  15. 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.