Eminem on Jimmy Kimmel: Will the Real Slim-Shady Please Stand Up

Did anyone other than my sister and me watch Eminem’s performance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show a couple of weeks ago? Probably not because you have lives.  Em seemed like a shell of his former self, clearly returning from what must have been a hellish period in his life. He looked like he had been “shook” as we say in the community. Kimmel was actually quite cool and relaxed during this show — possibly because Mike Tyson was his other guest that night and both guests are known to “stand up for themselves” when wronged.

While Tyson seemed focused, confident and get this — sane, Em seemed distant, cold and extremely nervous. His precarious demeanor was capped off by a less than stellar performance of his single 3 a.m. He appeared to be lip-synching and clearly forgot the words on multiple occasions. There were so many long shots that if it were not for the soundtrack, then you would not have been able to tell that it was Slim Shady himself.

It’s a good thing that he’s not a pop star or sibling of a much more famous and talented sibling, because he might have been ridiculed in the press for a terrible performance. What’s worse than an average pop star lip-synching on Saturday Night Live and forgetting the words? A rapper lip-synching and forgetting the words. One of the core tenets of rap is delivery. Em better thank God that he’s not blond and a woman (Ashlee Simpson-Wentz or Britney Spears anyone), because he would have gotten reamed by the press.

At any rate, this new Eminem is definitely different from the past — that includes his face which looks remarkable different. He also looks as if he has gone under the knife. He must be using Lil’ Kim and Mickey Rourke’s plastic surgeon, because it is not a good job. His face looks plastic, just like his performance — a shell of his former self. I miss the frowns, the excitement and the passion of Eminem. His “former self” was a bit over-the-top, but he appeared to be authentic. Maybe this new guy is Marshall Mathers.  I just want the real Slim Shady to please stand up.

I’m not so sure about this new Eminem that seems to be paper and plastic, especially based on this lame album.  I know that it’s not cool to kick someone why he or she is down, so I’ll stop here. I want the old Eminem back — the prolific, energetic beast that was.

While I’m pining away for the past, I want to know why no one is holding his feet to the fire like female artists that give lousy performances?

What are your thoughts? Let me know.

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Nikki McPhatter Found Dead

It is with a heavy heart that I report that Nikki McPhatter was found dead this past weekend. Authorities found a body that was shot in the head and burned beyond recognition in a vehicle matching the description of her car in Richland County, SC, 100 miles outside of Charlotte.

Authorities arrested Theodore Roosevelt Manning, IV (Teddy) in connection with her death. Apparently McPhatter had met Manning online and had begun dating him. She allegedly went to SC to break off the relationship because she found him to be too controlling. Manning was arrested at his home and charged in connection with the murder.

While locating McPhatter’s body brings closure to her friends and family who fought valiantly to get her story into the press, it speaks volumes about the prevalence of domestic violence in our community and the double standard in the amount of coverage that missing Black women receive in the media.

When Bonnie Sweeten called the police and told them that she and her daughter had been abducted by a Black man following a traffic incident, the police and media were all over it. Before even investigating the claim, it was all over the news and media outlets. The Today Show interviewed Sweeten’s distressed ex-husband, and the national media ran the story repeatedly.

It turns out that Sweeten lied and had actually taken her daughter on a trip to Disney World. Never mind that she blamed a Black man, or that she tied up local, state and federal police officers, but the fact that this White woman could get this type of attention, while Nikki McPhatter’s case — a real missing person case I might add — is ridiculous.

It is truly shameful. People have already started making excuses for Sweeten’s behavior but there is no excuse for the lack of national media coverage for McPhatter’s case.

Perhaps authorities may have found her before she was killed? Before her body was burned beyond recognition? Before nearly a month passed with barely any coverage.

It is indeed a sad day on many fronts.