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Although it seems heaven-sent … [by Alicia]


I’ve wanted to write about all the recent Obama hip-hop – I consider myself the official Buntology rap expert – but apparently I waited too long, because there are already a ton of articles out about that. So I’ll just tell you my five favorite joints – and why you should download them.

I knew B was hip-hop since the primaries, when he alluded to a Jay-Z song in a rally after a debate with Hillary. Maureen Dowd, a New York Times columnist, wrote at the time:

It had to be the first time in history that a presidential candidate had a hip-hop moment.

Barack Obama, who says he listens to Jay-Z along with his “old school guy” favorites like Earth, Wind & Fire and the Temptations, alluded to the rapper’s 2003 hit “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” on Thursday to sweep away concerns about his pugnacity.

After conceding that the Philly debate was tough, he brushed the imaginary lint of Hillary, George and Charlie from his shoulders, in a wordless reference to Jay-Z’s lyrics in his anthem about not letting anyone crimp your ride as you cruise from the bottom to the top: “Got some, dirt on my shoulder, could you brush it off for me?”

There’s no doubt the cat is cool.

A cold Obamarama

So many people have asked me, “Hey, Alicia, how was the inauguration?” But the tone of voice people use when asking this – a little envious, a little excited – really means “How TOTALLY AWESOME was the inauguration? Did it change you as a person?”

I’m not sure what I should tell people. The truth is very harsh, and I want people to stay excited, to think it was just about the coolest, most historic thing ever. But I don’t want to feed my friends and family straight lies. So I’ve been telling a blunted version of the truth.

This dude was playing a bongo and it made the immediate area seem more like a festival. The old gent was dancing and legitimately screaming about Obama and change. The drummer was starting to get annoyed.
This dude was playing a bongo and it made the immediate area seem more like a festival. The old gent was dancing and legitimately screaming about Obama and change. The drummer was starting to get annoyed.

The truth is, I’m trying to block out Buntology’s trip to Washington like a bad acid trip.

From the Road…

Here’s the latest news from the Bunt ladies,
They are still in Washington DC and after the Inauguration they have now taken shelter at a local bar called, “My Brother’s Place.” They will be staying there for a bit to watch the latest news on Obama, as well as on Ted Kennedy. Latest reports on Kennedy are that he fell ill, and had a seizure. Also, they report that another senator was so ditressed by the incident and had to be taken by ambulence.

The Journey Begins!

We’re an hour away from boarding the bus to Washington, D.C., where we’ll be among the millions of people gathering to watch the inauguration of the 44th president, Barack Obama. It’s gonna be historic, it’s gonna be emotional, and it’s gonna be right here on

We’ll be posting videos and writing stories from the “big event,” and hopefully bumping into some cool people. “Man on the street,” as they say in the biz. So check Buntology for news from the front lines of the Obama inauguration!

And if you’re in the Springfield area, check out Buntology on CBS 3 at 11 p.m.!


Alicia’s Midday News Roundup

Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur
Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur

Here’s your Saturday midday news hit – go slow, this stuff is potent. Today we’re covering the life and death of Big Poppa, secret CIA prisons and salmonella-laced snack foods.

1. No more waterboarding? A source says the president-elect is looking to prohibit harsh interrogation techniques. Meaning the CIA can’t waterboard prisoners – or make them listen to Metallica at full volume for hours and hours.

Obama’s new proposal would require all interrogators to conform to the rules of the U.S. Army Manual. It would also shut down the secret “black site” prisons around the globe and move all interrogations to American military facilities.

This is for real. This is according to The Associated Press. “Black sites.” What the hell is that? That’s absolutely terrifying. Maybe I missed previous articles about black sites, because this is the first I’ve heard of them and they sound straight X-files.

Lights out, bitches

So I used to work with this down-ass editor at The Berkshire Eagle named Matt Martinelli. Last winter, he conceived of the idea that we should all turn our lights off to save energy. I KNOW, right? Ridiculous. Conserving energy.

The idea was that businesses would turn off their lights during peak sunlight hours – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – every day, thus utilizing energy and saving money. Companies save cash and resources, we save the planet. Everyone wins! I thought it was pretty damn good idea.

Cut to a year later. Matt’s got a nonprofit called Lights Out, Green In, of which he’s executive director. He also has a wayyy better gig than working at The Eagle – he’s now living in Boston and working at the Boston Herald. We miss you, Mateo!

My ex-boyfriend and friend (thank god because I would die without his support in the newsroom) Chris Carlson is also on the board of LOGI. He was a founding member. I gotta give these guys props, because when they’re mad famous in a few years, we’ll be able to say we gave them press in the beginning.

So don’t be an id – support them and support your planet. Buntology does!

LOGI also helps provide fluorescent light bulbs to low-income folks. That way, poor people can also help save the planet.