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SPONSORED POST: Go See ‘Think Like A Man’ Courtesy of UIGM

April 9th, 2012 Comments off


The best job I ever had in college was working as the student newspaper’s Arts & Entertainment editor. The title gave me perks usually reserved for guys who knew a guy or the women the guys and the guy they knew wanted to impress. One of those perks was access to advanced film screenings for pretty much every movie released in theaters during my tenure, and each invite allowed for me to bring one guest.

Even back then I was a savvy dater, so of course I used the advanced screening passes as an opportunity to take out some woman I was interested in getting to know. Yes, I know, a movie date as the first date is the most unimaginative activity in the history of dating, but this just wasn’t any normal “Hey, iFriday night, want to go to the movies?”-type of date. No, this was entirely different. Usually, it went something like this:

ME: Hey, want to go see 8 Mile three weeks before everyone else?

HER: I am not coming to your dorm room to watch some bootleg movie. You have got to do better.

ME: Baby, who said anything about a bootleg or my dorm room? I have a pass to an advanced screening because I’m covering the film for my paper.

HER: Oh…

ME: So does that change things?

HER: Yeah, we can do that.

ME: Sike! (Just kidding. I didn’t say that. Well, once, but moving on…)

The only time movie dates are acceptable is when you and your date can see the movie before the general population. Even then, they’re questionable, but no one passes up on an opportunity to say to their friends, “Oh, I saw that movie before it came out.”

Because I’m a nice guy, I am giving you all an opportunity to find out what it feels like to say the same thing to your friends. By now, most of you have heard or seen the trailer for ‘Think Like A Man’ the film adaptation of Steve Harvey’s popular book. If you haven’t, the trailer is below. If you have, and you’re not sure whether or not you should see it, maybe passes to one of the advanced screenings will make it easier for you to decide.

Here’s how this is going to work:

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Happy Birthday Marvin Gaye And The Greatest Breakup Song Of All Time

April 2nd, 2012 7 comments

Ever since H-Town said “listening to some Marvin Gaye all night long,” the legacy of Marvin Gaye’s music has been somewhat commercialized in ways that disgust me. “Let’s Get It On,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” even “What’s Going On” a song that has never not been fitting for the times when it is played; all of these fantastic songs are no longer such. I mean, they’re still good, but tolerable? It’s honestly gotten to the point where I hear them and I don’t even listen to 30 seconds, I skip right along to the next song.

But this is not the case for the majority of Marvin’s catalog. Die-hard Marvin fans know Gaye was more than just some bedroom Lothario who was all about getting panties thrown at him. I mean, that was the life he lived, but I’m saying, his music went much deeper, and ran a gamut of emotions. For my money, his best moments on record aren’t about lust or even love, but rather, love lost.

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