the guy who hosted Shindig died today. he had a fascinating life

tried to burn down his own house!

shindig used both black and white performers when many did not.

and unlike many of the famous ones: it had omg live performances.

it all makes me wonder: now that MTV is all about non-musical things

why can’t there be a nightly or weekly musical performance show again

with you know REAL musicians

instead of american idols

on tv

with kids dancing around

put it on in the afternoons on like TV Land or something that has to get horrible ratings

at that hour.

and let Nicki Minaj, and Beebs and Green Day and Kendrick Lamar and


rock on it.

Let Rodney on the Roq host it.

or me.

a talented young lady passed away yesterday


i became aware of Jessica Lum almost exactly a year ago when i started to see a lot of people in my facebook newsfeed taking pictures of themselves holding up signs that said things like “we love you jessica”.

so i friended her on facebook and twitter to see what was happening and it turned out she was battling cancer.

Jessica was a talented photographer and journalist and her messages to everyone were a mix between hopeful and heartbreaking.

in a bittersweet turn of events she applied and landed a job at my workplace and i got to meet her

but unfortunately she was too sick to work more than just a few days ago, and i never saw her again.

last night i got a text message from a dear friend who broke the news to me that she had lost her battle

and i rushed to her facebook page and saw that she was really struggling just a few days ago

and even took a picture of a small stack of Oreos saying she was gonna eat them all

“no regrets” she typed.

advice i will take to heart.