Skip to main content

Music Takes Back Seat (Once Again) at VMA's


After taking a year off from controversy, the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards were right back at it, and it didn't take long for the train wreck everyone anticipated to occur. An event that is notoriously known for its emphasis on fashion, rivalries, drama, and creating edgy television to go along with its programming, MTV got its wish in the so-called "Kanye West Invasion".


West, always known for his outspoken ways (even when not appropriate or relevant) interrupted the show (or made the show, however you look at it) when he insisted on letting the world know during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech (Best Female Video) that he thought Beyonce's video was "one of the best of all time".

Classless? Without a doubt.



West for years has made headlines and news for his bold, and somewhat arrogant ways. There are times where West's actions harm him from truly gaining the respect he deserves for his work. However, you cut it, West is one of the greatest music producers of this generation. He knows his stuff, and every artist that works with him knows it. Add to it his ability as a producer to actually create hit albums as an artist, and West is a rare breed.

A talent that does indeed push musical creative boundaries. Unfortunately, West pushes and crosses other boundaries which aren't as admired in basic social concepts.

West's actions were inexcusable. Public speech, and the freedom of opinion is highly appreciated amongst yours truly, as is evident, but there is a place, a time, and way to present your opinions. On stage during someone's moment? 0 for 3. Not the time, place, or way.

Whether reports of his intoxication during the event are true or not, West should finally be held accountable by music lovers and society. An apology on Twitter is not acceptable either, nor is it relevant. Taylor Swift had a moment removed from her experience based on arrogance, ignorance, and a sheer lack of self-discipline.

However, like the once volatile Reggie Jackson once said, "Bad press is better than no press." And as classless as the action may have seem, MTV, Beyonce, Kanye West, and Taylor Swift all win from a scenario that seems so familiar to professional wrestling.

And on this morning, as Beyonce grows in the hearts of Americans, Taylor Swift becomes an even larger star, and Kanye West becomes the bad boy of the industry; MTV is the biggest winner here. For the VMA's are "back". In addition to the West/Beyonce/Swift saga, the night featured a tribute to Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga's very "different" outfits and performance, Pink dangling in mid-air, Russell Brand's inappropriate jokes, and Lil Mama randomly appearing at the end of a Jay-Z/Alicia Keys performance.

Yes, it is indeed back. Lights, cameras, big stars, big show, and most importantly...controversy.

How ironic (and credible), for an entity who no longer air music videos.

Imagine that.

Recently Read Posts

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 6/19/22

3 Up 1. Father's Day and Juneteenth - A combined weekend of all-sort of celebrations, reflections, and appreciation. Sending gratitude and good vibes to all fathers, substitute fathers, step-in fathers, mentors, and figures who have helped shape the lives of many.  Also, take some time to reflect and think through the reflective day that is Juneteenth - new to so many - of the horrific start to our country's existence, and the freedom that came after a century of captivity.  2. Ashley Adirika - This is a dope story. It's the kind of story that is amazing and quite frankly, inspirational. Adirika, a Florida teen, graduates high school with offers from all Ivy schools and many more top institutions in the country. If that wasn't enough, Ashley also started her own non-profit organization to help mentorship for young women.  Unbelievably amazing.  3. Steph Curry - My dude was cooking! Steph continues to be one of my favorite athletes, and such a joy to watch. I was there

Dope Sports Threats - Nike City Connect Series (Milwaukee Brewers)

Before we dive into the Milwaukee Brewers Nike City Connect uniforms, I want to give some major props to the Brewers organization for handling the Lorenzo Cain situation . Allowing Cain to remain with the team long enough to reach the 10-year milestone, despite a subpar performance and every intention to designate him for assignment, is classy.  Of course, that 10 years (and 5 years with the same team) gives Cain added incentives to his pension as a Major League player. The Brewers didn't have to do that. Classy stuff.  As for these new threads, it's tough for Nike to surpass the aesthetics of the Brewers' current everyday design. The pinstripes, the combination of blue and yellow, the arc of the font across the chest - all of it just feels like the very best of old-school-baseball-in modern-age-aesthetics. And yes, there is the beautiful, amazing, fantastic logo that sits atop the hat is a baseball glove, wrapped with the secret message of "MB" (Milwaukee Br...yo

Grappling w/ School Safety Updates

I never once thought this would be a part of my experience as a parent. I've grappled with future conversations, thought about how I'll help my multi-racial son through the world that will surely be complex in how it views him, and yes, brace myself for those conversations - you know the ones. Those conversations that my parents had with me, a child of color, in disarming my presence in specific spaces.  Never did I expect to find myself grappling with the reality of the new topic for that awkward sit down to make the first imprint on life memories - son, here is what you need to do if there is a mass school shooting ... I have made no secret here on this site - my upbringing was not pure, was not clean. Not me per se, but I was certainly exposed to my fair share of violence, drugs, and various matters that desensitized and jaded how exposed my experiences really were. My academic environment - specifically high school - was a challenge. Underfunded, overcrowded, excessive v

Dear Son, First Swell of Pride

--- 3 Years, 9 Months --- Dear Son,  It's been a while since I've dropped a note to you - actually I haven't done so since your last birthday. The last nine months since then have been trying, tremendous, and of course, VERY interesting. We've been able to witness your personality come to be, your talents begin to blossom, and overall, you begin to establish yourself very early in this world.  After all, COVID continues and really has been a dominant presence in your life. While masks as of this writing are no longer required in school, over the past few months your mother and I have had you home again, a lot - much like the start of the pandemic - after variants of COVID closed your school repeatedly (and frequently), and for a brief moment had society on edge.  Regardless, we made it. And during those stints of 8 days, 10 days, or whatever the state mandate was at the time for the latest recent closure, I learned not how much you missed school, but truly, how much you