10
Oct
08

An Open Letter to “The Source” Magazine

Dear “The Source” Magazine,

I apologize for the tardiness of my response to your most recent issue – I would have written you sooner, but could not find the address for reader’s letters anywhere in your magazine and didn’t care enough to further investigate.

Now that you’ve “re-launched” and are “new and improved” after providing us with years of stunningly bad journalism, you seem to be on some sort of strange, afrocentric, faux-intellectual trip, a la Nas (although the new issues are new and improved, I’ll give you that).

I noticed this mostly in your piece about how Black people are almost never on TV shows. You listed Black America’s great hope, a motherfucking cartoon, and then made a list of 10 TV shows to check out if you want to see “us” on TV, as if your readership isn’t 90% white.

I found it beyond hilarious that you put a show like BET’s “American Gangster” on that list.

Come on, is that really what cats like MLK Jr. were out there marching for? “Oh, I have a dream… that some day my children will grow up to on a show called ‘American Gangster’ and that it will be the best portrayal of Black people on TV…”

I can’t help but wonder how you put a show called “American Gangster” on your list of “empowering” shows but neglected to mention the shows that have been “empowering” Black America in a a similar fashion for decades, like “Cops” and “America’s Most Wanted.”

On a slightly unrelated note, what’s the deal with that official relaunching issue with mediocre has beens like Nas and LL Cool J on the front re-reviewing a gang of old CDs? That’s bullshit. It would have been far more interesting if you had just reprinted how you originally reviewed the CDs (well, except maybe for the Marshall Mathers LP). I say this as a head who has spent hours on your POS website searching for some classic reviews. I really don’t care to read a dozen reviews that all say the same things (anyone else noticed that stanning reviews like your new batch aren’t half as interesting as negative ones?).

Also,  how in the fuck is Get Rich or Die Tryin’ one of the best albums of all time? Give me a fucking break.

So, in summary, welcome back, Source.

But fuck you, too.

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2 Responses to “An Open Letter to “The Source” Magazine”


  1. November 25, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Nice letter, man. “The Source” has always been the source…something I, and many other true heads have yet to figure out. The amazing part is that they don’t realize that they are transparent.

  2. 2 charlieblanko
    January 1, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Source was not bad, coming from a young black cali kid’s point of view who grew up in the 90’s. So was the thug mentality. SMH


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