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The Mammon Malady – by Brian A. Wilkins

BrianWilkins.org
April 29, 2020

Some want money,
Some want sex,
Some want power,
To be corporate execs

Mammon is celebrated,
Piety is fraud,
Millionaires are heroes,
The poor need god,

Trump is MAGA,
Obama is saint,
Both are evil,
Benevolent they ain’t

People are wicked,
Malicious and vile,
It’s time to enlighten,
Not conform and beguile.

Brian A. Wilkins
January 14, 2018

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The Angry Nigger – by Brian A. Wilkins

BrianWilkins.org
April 29, 2020

I have been manipulated, I’ve been caged,
None of the bullshit improved with age,
I expose dirty cops, I help those in need,
I hate evil people who do dastardly deeds,

You sound too white, your speech too lucid,
We need more ghetto, we need more stupid,
Come be a liberal, join the GOP,
But you ain’t doing shit without one of us indeed,

A black man is chattel, a black man’s a slave,
He cannot be himself, just an insect in the cave,
Don’t love the white girl cause her dad hates your guts,
The black girl thinks you’re lame, a totally useless putz, read more

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Who is listening in 2020?

BrianWilkins.org
April 28, 2020

This is Brian’s 1996-97 broadcasting school tape. He really thought he was cool, trying to rap! 🙂

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Dirty Dancing: (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life “was an accident”

BrianWilkins.org
April 28, 2020

Unpopular opinion: Dirty Dancing sucked. Jennifer Grey’s character was named “Baby.” It reminded many Gen X kids of that cheesy dinosaur movie, Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, two years earlier.

There’s also a very popular opinion about the film – its signature soundtrack tune is an 80s classic.

“(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 28, 1987. It also reached #1 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Holland and South Africa. But the song was supplanted from the #1 spot in the U.S. after only one week, thanks to Belinda Carlisle and “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” (which contains one of my favorite lyrics of all time: “…and lift me up in a wave of love”). Regardless, every American age 40-50 probably has a story associated with either the movie Dirty Dancing or its signature soundtrack song. read more

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Billy Ocean: 32 years ago (April 16, 1988) “Get Out Of My Dreams, Get Into My Car” was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100

BrianWilkins.org
April 14, 2020

Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Heather Graham starred in the 1988 classic movie “License to Drive.” Billy Ocean anchored the soundtrack.

Corey Haim passed away on March 10, 2010 – my 35th birthday. He was 38. Feldman just released a pay-per-view exposé of Hollywood pedophiles within the last few weeks. There’s a bunch of drama going on with it though now. Corey Haim’s mom and sister are apparently not happy about the documentary. Feldman exposed Charlie Sheen as the pedo who raped Haim. But that was apparently already known and/or not altogether true. Judge for yourself. read more

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30 years ago today: Paula Abdul reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Opposites Attract”

BrianWilkins.org
February 15, 2020

I skipped school on Thursday, February 15, 1990. I’d met this cute eighth grader at Skate North in Des Moines the previous Friday and was going to spend the day at her house. Problem was that I was only 14 (no driver’s license) and she lived far out in Urbandale. The bus took me part of the way, before I walked the last three miles.

My journal is a bit illegible the rest of the way due to spilling something on it over the years. But her mom came home early and I ended having to hide in the closet and climb out a window when the coast was clear. In-school suspension was coming the next day for the truancy. But hey, she was really cute! read more

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Ruth Williams (May 31, 1927 – February 3, 2020): My grandma was awesome

Brian A. Wilkins
February 10, 2020

Me, Ruth and my little sister Tonya at my high school graduation.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

I was angry and sad for about an hour. Then the photos came out of the box. And I couldn’t help but smile.

Ruth was always smiling and laughing. That’s not embellishment. I was 10 when she and I watched Beverly Hills Cop on HBO together. The scene when Rosewood tried boosting Taggart over the wall made Ruth cry-laugh for like 2-3 minutes.

She cracked up for several minutes at me slipping and falling on ice while wearing those stupid cowboy boots my mom bought me when I was six. But that’s ok. I got back by saying the okra she ate looked gross. read more

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RIP Marie Fredriksson: My 5 Favorite Roxette Songs

by Brian A. Wilkins
December 10, 2019

The duo of Per Gessle (L) and the lovely Marie Fredrikkson are Roxette.

My good friend Blake had a memorable, funny comment when we were roommates at Iowa State University in 1994. “Black men aren’t supposed to be Roxette fans.” He said that after observing the fact I had three Roxette CD’s in my collection. That’s what happens when you’re black and grow up in 1980s Iowa.

Roxette vocalist and keyboardist Marie Fredriksson passed away yesterday in Djursholm, Sweden at the age of 61. She had been battling brain cancer for over 17 years. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Mikael Bolyos, and their two children. read more

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