Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Dear Sir,In the immortal words attributed to P.T. Barnum, "I don't care what the newspapers say about me, at least spell my name right." My name IS Banky W, full name being Olubankole Wellington. Not Willington, as you stated in your article entitled "A Nation's Identity Crisis". I read the piece repeatedly, and found that misspelling my name wasn’t the only error. At it's worst, the article seemed like an attempt to discredit and slander an entire generation of artistes and consumers, and at best it came across as having some valid points but being grossly misinformed, prejudiced, and hypocritical; definitely not what we would expect of a highly regarded publication as The Guardian, or from a person in Mr Abati's position. In the very least, the article warrants a well-informed response. I have little doubt in my mind that it will generate a slew of responses, positive and negative, and as one of the many subjects that was mentioned in the write-up, I feel compelled to voice my opinion (with all due respect) on some of the issues that were raised in your piece. What I'm going to attempt to do is to directly address issues that stood out and resonated most with me. The writer asked "What's in a name?" and went on to honor a "...generation which sang music under its real names, not abbreviations or slangs"; this would have been a valid point if he had not himself mentioned Greats like King Sunny Ade (real name: Sunday Adeniyi), I.K. Dairo (Isaiah Kehinde Dairo), and Ebenezer Obey (Real name: Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Fabiyi- Wow!!!). We could also point out other legends like Ras Kimono and Majek Fashek as others who, for creative or other reasons, saw it fit to have stage names that happen to differ from what's on their passports. Shortening of full names and/or the crafting of stage names is not something new from our generation of artistes that "lack the discipline or the patience to write complete sentences" as you said; rather, it's the creative right of an artiste to go by whatever moniker he sees fit. And if we want to talk about the names of today, we can highlight a few: Eldee - actually L.D. which stands for Lanre Dabiri, similar to Isaiah Kehinde Dairo's transition to I.K. Dairo. Naeto C and Banky W are simply short forms of their full names. In my case, my father's nickname among his friends is actually Banky as well.

This is just the first couple of paragraphs from Banky's reply. Click on the link below to read the rest of the reply.

50 Cent - I'll Do Anything [Official Music Video] [HD]


Bernie Mac Def Comedy Jam

R.I.P Bernie Mac, you will always be remembered.....
This clip is amazingly hilarious lol lmao.


Here's and excerpt of what the convo was like.
Ne-yo says ''You might need to lose some pounds. It depends on the type of music you want to do. If you want to go the Jill Scott route do what you want to do because there is freedom in that lane, but if you want to stand on the same stage as Beyonce, if you haven’t won an Oscar first, it isn’t gonna happen. And by that I mean Jennifer Hudson. Jennifer Hudson is a big girl. She won an Oscar and then she went and stood on the same stage as Beyonce.
It just really depends on the music you are trying to do. Jill Scott, Chrisette Michelle and that Neo soul style of music. You are okay and you can stay who you are because that audience accepts you for who you are. But these shallow muthaf*ckers in the pop world, they want you to be nice and curvy. Beyonce just barely gets by and you have NO IDEA how hard she worked. Beyonce is naturally a big girl too.''

Click on the link below to watch the entire interview.

I thought this was some real talk for all aspiring singers who don't know anything about the point where art meets corporate america.

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SMART Car Vending Machine
Pushing the button on the vendor won’t exactly pop out a car, but it does dispense a branded tube containing pamphlets on the new models, dealer information, and a sheet of Smart Car stickers

Live Lobsters Vending Machine
This “Sub Marine Catcher” arcade game allows Japanese gamers to try their hand at catching live lobsters

Sneaker Vending Machine
Crafty sneaker vending machine created by Japanese sports fashion brand Onitsuka Tiger

Vegetables Vending Machine
Unique vending machine from Tokyo that dispenses fresh vegetables.

Beer Vending Machine
Vending machine dispensing beer and liquor in Kyoto, Japan
Necktie Vending Machine
Japanese vending machine that sell neckties.
Flowers Vending Machine
Forget to get flowers on the way home? No worries as this flower machine can
be found in Tokyo’s Shinjuku station
Eggs Vending Machine
Each small compartment contained a bag of eggs, probably 10 or 12. The eggs are from a nearby farm, and the farmer fills the machine daily with freshly laid eggs


Inglourious Basterds - Official Trailer [HD]

U can't go wrong with Tarantino and Brad pitt on the same set. Looks like it's gonna be pretty cool.

Ashewo Dancing by the double prince of

For those of you that don’t know the meaning of ashewo. Ashewo simply means a prostitute/whore, sometimes it doesn’t literary mean that the person is a whore. Most times it means that the person isn’t discreet with the way he or she expresses her sexuality, even though he or she might not be sleeping around.
Well let me go straight to the point it seems like our generation (The Hip Hop generation) have a different approach to partying and dancing. I remember going to the club with my boy for the first time. We had all the girls dancing on us and we felt like we were the man. On our way home we talked about our experience at the club. I guess watching Jerry Springer it was easy for us to conclude that this was simply the American lifestyle.
I come from Nigeria, where it’s a big deal to smooche a babe or even, fondle with a babe, if you succeeded in doing so, your boys would be proud of you. At parties, we danced with other teenage girls face to face or side by side, with little or no contact at all. I remember back in the days when my boys and I used to watch music videos to learn new dance moves.
These days I walk into the club or a party, sometimes I am just trying to get by a girl and as soon as there is a little body contact, sometimes she starts rubbing her behind on my crotch. For the most part, guys just go from behind and the guy might dance for 15mins with this sexy lady and she still doesn’t know what the guy looks like. As the years went by my boys and I got tired of the young crowd so we decided venture into clubs with a more matured clientele. When we got to this very club, we noticed that the club stationed a bouncer to assist the ladies come up the club pavement and another bouncer at the door to collect their Jackets. When we got in we scouted around for some fine babes to see what this club had to offer. Most people were dancing face to face, not bumping and grinding. Other clubs for grown folk have pretty much the same vibe. We also started attending African parties maybe to get closer to our people or to get a feel of home.
African parties are great, good music and our parties end late, even though the clubs are usually musty and hot, anyway lets not go there. The African partying was no different from the American bumping and grinding clubs, maybe only a few girls would not dance with you because the don’t know you, or they are on their I have a man P, which is also common in American clubs. So I concluded that our generation put an end to dancing face to face without invading personal space. Thanks to the ladies for making dancing easy for the men.
I am not against bumping or grinding, because that would make me a hypocrite but I know for sure that my unborn daughters wouldn’t be going to parties or clubs if bumping and grinding, bumper to bumper is the only form of dancing.
I thought this article was pretty interesting and it has a lot of truth to it too. Leave your comments.

Beyonce, Jay-Z, Lenny S, DJ Clue and Fabolous backstage @ Beyonce’s MSG concert in NYC.

Ciara Takes it off at GIANT photo shoot


(American)Peep this out a.k.a Take a look at this.


''A word to those who teach or give advice. The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher strates. The great teacher inspires.'' William Arthur Ward
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