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Once, FreeDarko raised money for itself. Now, we're hoping you'll buy our book. But more important than either of these: Our participation in the DonorsChoose.org blogger challenge. Click on the link and you'll find three classroom's relatively modest (and highly specific) needs. Give whatever you can, and if we get these paid, another batch will follow.

Have a great weekend!

UPDATE: Seth back at Knicks camp. No, I'm not just posting this because he's wearing an FD tee:

I really don't think I've spent enough time, ever, telling the world how grand I think Crawford is. I know Joey is pessimisstic, or realistic, about the Knicks this year, but I could live just fine with a team that prominently featured Crawford, a renewed Richardson, and David Lee starting.

Plus, election talk, with some insight into how mildly political players view this race, and then a long chat with Grandpa Houston. It's really weird seeing him back. Best line, of course, goes to Steph. To paraphrase: "I'm one of those guys who waits till Election Day...of course I'm voting for Obama."

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At 10/03/2008 7:54 PM, Blogger luis said...

I applaud your participation in this program. As a teacher in the Bronx for several years I relied heavily on this program to meet budgetary shortfalls. I will reach out to these educators and recommend other readers do the same.

Great idea guys!

At 10/03/2008 9:10 PM, Blogger Sports Crackle Pop said...

I'm glad you guys are participating in this cause!

At 10/04/2008 1:12 AM, Blogger Derek Harper said...

Not to take away from the altruism but the people have officially been served. This may not last long but hands down one of my favorite weeks in FD history. This is some dope Knicks porn, thanks for putting me onto Posting and Toasting. It's good to see H20 back in the building, (For my money, Houston's Miles Simon shot against the Heat ethers LJs 4 pointer) along with Ewing Jr., and a guy who's last name is Grunfeld, we're bringing 98 back. This is similar to what the Yankees have done for years, keeping guys like Willie and Donnie on the bench and keeping around the D Wells' Doc Goodens and Jim Leyritzs. In my opinion it's great for the fans. As far as Joey goes, between hating on Nas for dropping out and blaming Stephs personality issues on parenting, shouldn't this Bill Cosby ass motherfucker be interning for a music magazine in Bushwick complaining about these angry negros and their lack of education? I know he's your boy but why promote that BULLSHIT which spits in the very face of the FD principles? (equating success with harmony, ((GS anyone?)) Ws and Ls, he seriously doesn't get it, at all. Isiah understood the aesthetic and Renaldo embodied it.) The severity of the athlete with no political opinion law is absurd and far more serious then I realized. Shaved Heads in 09.

At 10/04/2008 2:38 AM, Blogger Matt Lundy said...

George Clooney wouldn't shave a bald spot into his head for his role in Syriana, believing that the bald spot wouldn't grow back. Allan Houston is scared of the shaved ramifications of his hairline. H20: cut from the same mould as Clooney.

At 10/04/2008 5:10 AM, Blogger Steve said...

Doubtless you've seen this already, but everybody needs to.


Is this the first elucidation of his on-court style and persona? This seems like exactly what FD was meant for.

-Steve S

At 10/04/2008 11:50 AM, Blogger Joey said...

Derek, a few things:

First, explain to me what the point of that Nas album was. Did it endeavor merely to catalogue the racial problems that afflict this country? If so, then kudos to Nas. But that's not how he presents himself. He presumes to speak for black America. In fact, he is insistent about it. As such, he's gotta come with something smarter and more compelling than partying.

Second, "Isiah understood the aesthetic and Renaldo embodied it." What does that mean? Isiah and Renaldo were FD? I am not one of the people who comes here to feel better about himself by insisting on being an arbiter of what is and isn't FD--that, primarily, is what the smart dudes who conceived of this site do each day--so you'll have to break this one down for me. But I also regularly post on here about how much I am not feeling JR Smith and the Nuggets, so maybe I am just outside of the FD mainstream. I can live with that.

Third, it strikes me as a sad conflation of two distinct emotions to revel in a supposed late-90s Knicks revival and then stand up for Isiah and Renaldo. Isiah and Renaldo did *nothing* for New York basketball. They were complete losers, and there was no stylistic innovation or outward manifestation of any personal flair. It was just a lot of flailing, figurative and literal.

Fourth: "...complaining about these angry negros and their lack of education." Wrong. That's not how I roll.

I write about race a lot on my site, and I'd be the last person who would assess someone like Stephon and immediately fault him for his lack of education. Because while, yes, I am angry about it, I am not angry at Steph for *that.* Nor am I angry at the Stephons of the world who can't play basketball. I think that the institutional racism of this country, and the de facto racism that comes from the public's lack of will to improve public education, as just one example, is disgusting. And I also understand that it is complicated to leave what you've known. Read a post I wrote about Michael Vick a while back. That you've so casually besmirched my name with such superficial treatment of a complicated subject is unfortunate because this requires much more time than I can currently spare.

But I also appreciate nuance and complexity enough to recognize that there is no system of binary moral thought in which you either fully accept or fully reject someone's shortcomings. To that extent, consider that Stephon has now spent more than a decade as a very rich person with access to other very rich people and every resource imaginable. That he is still so self-destructive and impulsive, that he can still be so ignorant--he call his wife a "ho" on television--is a sad referendum on what he had to model himself on as a youth. I'd turn the shit around and ask you how bigoted and condescending you are to excuse his behavior. Unless you think it's right to act as he does; in that case, we'll have to disagree.

I'll leave you with this verse, from Phonte of Little Brother, a godbody MC.

Back to business off a six-week tour
And I ain't never seen drama like this before
Gotta lotta shit to get off my chest, some wild shit to address
So I told Khysis press record
I'ma put it on wax and give you the raw facts
And truth about life and the things I'm dealin' wit'
Black folks saying that I'm too intelligent
And white folks saying I'm a little too niggerish
It got me in a strange predicament
I wish BET and MTV would judge more wisely
But I don't know what's worse
The fact that they ain't playing our shit
Or the fact that it don't even surprise me
Because I ain't shuckin'
And 'cuz I ain't jivin'
Some of these crackers won't stand beside me
And cuz I ain't killin'
And don't support pimpin'
Some of these n***as wanna call me a Cosby
Well, I'll be that dude
I'll scratch that itch
I'll play that role
Call me Heathcliff bitch!
If this ain't what you want then fine
But somehow someway we gotta draw that line
And it goes without mentioning
I thought about censoring this verse so my label and managers stay cool
But as of this recording, we ain't even out-sold The Listening
So really what the fuck I got to lose?
Bitch it's Phon-tiggah
Low, the show rippah
Hold cuz my hos would change week to week
But now my flows be changing from beat to beat
Tell my n***a Jim Bones we gotta beat the street
Cuz I know that they need us
It's gotta be more to this generation than drinkin' and smoking all they weed up
This my confession with the Embassy
You fucking imbeciles can put your rosary beads up

At 10/04/2008 12:25 PM, Blogger Quantavius Sturdivant said...

joey said what i wanted to say, but better. there was nothing at all aesthetically pleasing about isiah, renaldo, or any of the 2007 knicks. fd isn't just about freedom, it's what you do with it.

At 10/04/2008 1:19 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

Dudes, give some money to this charity things. Even $10 helps. And I think all the ones I picked are pretty good, moving needs. If you kicked in $1600 to help my pay my rent, hopefully this cause resonates with you even more. . .

At 10/04/2008 4:32 PM, Blogger Louie Bones said...

I loved Little Brother. :(

At 10/05/2008 11:17 AM, Blogger Derek Harper said...

It's the lack of nuance and complexity you address in your attacks on Nas and Steph I take issue with. I'm not saying Untitled was great but I respect its focus, I think the problem lies in your expectation that any album that deals with the race issue has to solve it? Impossible and absurd. Out of defensiveness I'm a strident Steph apologist but read The Last Shot again, take some time thinking about where he is now and what it means and get back to me. Isiah understood the aesthetic in his drafting,(Look it up) Renaldo embodies it with his insane versatility, the man is energy with arms and legs, crazy handle for a big man, the ability to play 3-5 and as you note he can jump through the roof. I don't know if you actually watched Knicks games but I can recall many last year in which his insertion turned the game around and sent us on a run. It's so fucking perfect that you ended that with a Phonte verse. You don't hate Lil Wayne by any chance do you?

PS: Randomly ran into some dude at a bar on Flatbush last night rocking an FD t shirt, if no one else has ever had that experience it is a hilarious moment.

At 10/05/2008 6:18 PM, Blogger RHYbread said...

Amir has just been freed to throw down every game as a starter.

At 10/06/2008 10:11 AM, Blogger Louie Bones said...

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At 12/02/2008 11:13 PM, Blogger Jamarcus Fanning said...

Yo just for Posting that LB verse by Phontiggalow, I trust you are intelligent peeps. LB is the truth. Like the Shirt says
rap - lies = Hip-hop


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