Hello again dear NewsPhlashers,

"Good news, good news!" (said in the voice of Boss Hog for those who know what's up). Life's been kind of blurry lately. Let me try to put some things in focus for this here edition.

Artist Cross-Promotion: Mieka Pauley

On a regular basis, I try to promote folks in my life who are doing big things. Mieka Pauley is one of them. This singer/songwriter is finishing up her next album, and you can pre-order it over here. She's also doing a FREE concert in NYC tonight at 5pm. Yes, there is free entertainment in New York that doesn't involve hustlers on the subway. I will be there, so my NYC people should roll through, hear some great music and catch up.

Rockwood Music Hall - 5pm - FREE
Tuesday Aug 28
196 Allen Street
New York City 10002
between E. Houston and Stanton
take the F and V subway to 2nd ave
NPR, Huffington Post and Black Weblog Awards, Oh My!

Last week, I made my NPR debut on Farai Chideya's News & Notes. It was so much fun, and it sounds like I'll be invited back in the future. I've posted the audio and a lil post-game analysis on my blog

Between the Dig column, my blog and hate letters to Rudy Giuliani, I've been writing my butt off. Sleep has been in short supply, but how can you sleep when the president finally acknowledges that Iraq is just like Vietnam. I fired off a piece for Huffington Post last Friday, and it hit the front page of the site! You know you want to read something titled, "iraq is to vietnam as dubya is to wtf!?!?" It's got over 100 comments on Huff Post, and is one of my favorite things I've written in a while.

Oooh, and this is just flattering. I'm a finalist for the Black Blogger Achievement Award. Not sure what I win, but winning things is nice, so help push me to the top, and vote in that bad boy.

Vegas, Baby

New York is a great place to be, but it's about 10 times more stressful than Boston. I spent the weekend chillin out in Vegas with some of my boyz, and I know that "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas," but I assure you the most immoral thing I did was shop at Walmart. I just can't feel clean after that.

Upcoming Gigs

Two NYC gigs lined up for next week

That's about it for now. I'm kind of at war with Facebook and all these social network sites that are bleeding me for time and attention. Stay tuned for some cool new stuff on baratunde.com to help us all remain a happy Internet-mediated family

Peace out.