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In honor of the Labor Day Parade today and all my West Indian friends, dem – I’m reposting this SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH piece that I did back in March 2010 on Supercat because it will forever be relevant!
First of all, his dapper style and West Indian accent murdered it! In hindsight, he kind of looked like one of my uncles (with that “IND-YAN” mix) and attracted/scared me like every old school West Indian man does. He just had that look of crazy in his blood shot eyes – cool as a cucumber, but after one too many rum and cokes and a domino game gone wrong he wouldn’t be afraid to pull out a “cut lass” and cut that ass or break a guinness bottle on someone’s unsuspecting skull. you couldn’t blame him – It’s just the curry in his blood…
His reign was great and proper.
*SUPERCAT – “Ghetto Red Hot”
*SUPERCAT feat. HEAVY D – “Dem No Worry Me”
*SUPERCAT – “Don Da Dada”
I first stumbled upon this strange yet beautiful creature in the early 90′s starring in Calvin Klein ads. His striking looks either confused you or intrigued you. As time went on, I started to see him more often. If he wasn’t starring in a dark Indie Film like “Buffalo ’66″ or “Brown Bunny” or modeling in major fashion campaigns, he could be found galavanting in the streets of New York acting out as the controversial man that he is known to be.
Vincent Gallo is an AmericanÂ film director, writer, model,Â actor and musician.
“Gallo was born inÂ Buffalo, New York, the son of Janet, a hair-dresser, and Vincenzo Vito Gallo, also a hairdresser and professional gambler.Â Both of his parents emigrated fromÂ Sicily,Â Italy.Â Gallo lived in New York City 1978â€“2002 and traveled around most of Europe living in Paris and Rome. Gallo’s first creative project was as a member of the New York City-basedÂ post-punkindustrial bandÂ GRAY whose members included famed artistÂ Jean-Michel Basquiat.” – via Wikipedia
Gallo has had minor roles in mainstream films such asÂ Goodfellas,Â Arizona Dream,Â The Funeral andÂ Palookaville. Â He is most known for his work withÂ independent movies, includingÂ Buffalo ’66, which he wrote, directed, scored and starred in andÂ The Brown Bunny, which he also wrote, directed, produced, starred in and photographed (the film is famous for GalloÂ receivingÂ actual on camera oral sex via Chloe Sevigny).
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Gallo was a painter in the New York City art scene showing with famed art dealerÂ Annina Nosei, performed in aÂ rapÂ duo and was part of the first hip hop television broadcastÂ Graffiti Rock, and played in an industrial band calledÂ Bohack which released an album titleÂ It Took Several Wives.
Part of Gallo’s appeal is that he is stark raving mad – in my opinion. He is a supporter of theÂ Republican Party, and has been seen at a New York fashion show withÂ George W. Bush’s daughtersÂ Barbara andÂ Jenna.Â Gallos has stated that his fantasy is “becoming more like the stereotype of the Republican Party.”Â He also wishes to look “more like American conservative journalistÂ George Will.”Â In his own words, Gallo “considered himself aÂ radical, always, but an extremely conservative radical.”
This man is so crazy, I love it! Take for example the “Merchandise” section of his personal website (which I discovered years ago), under “Personal Services” youÂ can find options like “VINCENT GALLO evenings, weekends escort” where for a mere $50,000 you can have a date with this Italian Stallion (“Ladies Only” as stated on his website). See an excerpt below.
“I, Vincent Gallo, star of such classics asÂ Buffalo 66 andÂ The Brown BunnyÂ have decided to make myself available to all women. All women who can afford me, that is. For the modest fee of $50,000 plus expenses, I can fulfill the wish, dream, or fantasy of any naturally born female. The fee covers one evening with Vincent Gallo. For those who wish to enjoy my company for a weekend, the fee is increased to a mere $100,000. Heavy set, older, red heads and even black chicks can have me if they can pay the bill. No real female will be refused. However, I highly frown upon any male having even the slightest momentary thought or wish that they could ever become my client. No way Jose. However, female couples of the lesbian persuasion can enjoy a Vincent Gallo evening together for $100,000. $200,000 buys the lesbos a weekend. A weekend that will have them second-guessing… Potential clients are advised to screen the controversial scene fromÂ The Brown BunnyÂ to be sure for themselves that they can fully accommodate all of me. Clients who have doubt may want to test themselves with an unusually thick and large prosthetic prior to meeting me. You may be surprised just how much you can handle and how good it feels.”
Wait – it gets better! For $1,000,000.00 you can getÂ Vincent Gallo’s Sperm! Yes, you read that right. Sounds like a bargain, right?! Read another incredible excerpt below…“Though a fan of Franco Harris, Derek Jeter, Lenny Kravitz and Lena Horne, Mr. Gallo does not want to be part of that type of integration. In fact, for the next 30 days, he is offering a $50,000 discount to any potential female purchaser who can prove she has naturally blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone who can prove a direct family link to any of the German soldiers of the mid-century will also receive this discount. Under the laws of the Jewish faith, a Jewish mother would qualify a baby to be deemed a member of the Jewish religion. This would be added incentive for Mr. Gallo to sell his sperm to a Jew mother, his reasoning being with the slim chance that his child moved into the profession of motion picture acting or became a musical performer, this connection to the Jewish faith would guarantee his offspring a better chance at good reviews and maybe even a prize at the Sundance Film Festival or an Oscar. To be clear, the purchase of Mr. Gallo’s sperm does not include the use of the name Gallo. The purchaser must find another surname for the child.”
I forgot how hilarious this man is. I had a good morning laugh just now…ahhh.
I first got an eyeful of Method Man back in the early 90′s in the Wu-Tang “C.R.E.A.M.” video. As he intro’ed the video shaking crazily over a flaming barrel like a homeless man, it was even there that all my homegirls took notice. He was actually the massive crush of my best friend growing up, La’Kea.
Shirley, Me and La’Kea (circa 1990-something)
Recently, Elle and I were discussing 90′s boy babes and she reminded me about him…how could I forget!
Method Man was so cool and so hood. He was the kind of guy that scared and excited me, like he would snuff a stranger for looking at his girl the wrong way, but could hold an intellectual conversation about the universe with a foreign exchange student. The type of thug dude who wasn’t as weird as me, but was open to myÂ strangeÂ interests and eclectic mix of friends.
His Wu roots added even more to his appeal, but it was also his style. He was different. He was down to go outside the box and at that time, no one in Hip Hop was trying to be “different” or “weird”. Take for instance the cataract contacts he first wore in the “Bring The Pain” video and then again in “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need” with the half-braided hair. His top and bottom gold fronts with fangs and that time he wore black contacts, piercings and metal fangs for a video…I mean, no one did anything like that and he’s even inspired rappers today to be a bit bolder (maybe he even inspired Tyler The Creator to wear the black contacts he wears).
Of course, it didn’t hurt that he also made music about love which exposed that he was a thug with a heart…ladies, who could say no to that? Take for example, the song (and video) that changed my lifeÂ ”I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need”…what a street love ballad! Years later, he had the incredible track (and video) with D’Angelo “Breakups 2 Makeups” (which stars the incredible Vita).
FACTS ABOUT METHOD MAN:
-He was born on March 2nd 1971, which makes him 42 years old.
-His real name is Clifford Smith.
-He’s a Pisces.
-Is a member of Wu-Tang (I mean, you all must know that…)
-He was born in Hempstead Long Island, and split his time between his dad’s Long Island home and his mom’s place in Park Hill Staten Island (also nicknamed “Killa Hill”. He has 2 sisters named;Â Terri and Missy.
-In 1996 he won a Grammy for his song “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need” with Mary J. Blige which was based onÂ ”You’re All I Need to Get By” recorded byÂ Marvin Gaye andÂ Tammi TerrellÂ in 1967.
-In 1999 he became engaged to his wife and they married in 2001. He has four children: two sons (born in 1996 and 2001), and two daughters (born in 1997 and 2003 ).
-He can act! He has been featured on shows like; HBO’s “Oz”, The Wire,Â The Twilight Zone,Â CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He has also acted in films like; Garden State, One Eight Seven, How High, Soul Plane, The Wackness, Meet The Spartans, The Sitter.
-Method Man is the first of the Wu-Tang Clan to produce a series ofÂ eponymous graphic novels forÂ Hachette Book Group USA’s imprint Grand Central PublishingÂ (to be followed by GZA and Ghostface Killah). (via Wikipedia)
SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH: “Jake Ryan” (Happy 52nd Birthday Michael Schoeffling, You Still Set Hearts On Fire!)
Every girl (and certain fabulous boys) that has ever laid eyes on the character of “Jake Ryan” in the 1984 film “Sixteen Candles”, played by the dashing Michael Schoeffling, has fallen under his spell. Â Yeah he was a looker, but his looks were just a piece of why we were so charmed. Sure his laid-back, regular guy personality was helpful (never underestimate the power of a “regular guy” personality, see my thoughts on it hereÂ HERE). But, it was the fact that he could look past the superficial beauty of his dim-witted dime of a girlfriend and fall in love with a simple, red-haired, freckle-faced wallflower like “Samantha” that made him irresistible.
Ladies, you know what I’m talking about…we see it all the time…guys who are too smitten with perfect bodied babes to notice the smart cool, yet awkward girl in the background.
The power of “Jake Ryan” couldn’t be matched, yet Michael Schoeffling came back as the lesser known “Joe” in the 1990 film “Mermaids” and set undergarments on blaze once again. He plays the fine bus driver that Winona Ryder’s character “Charlotte” falls madly in love with and ultimately breaks her heart with a naughty Cher.
After spending a lovely weekend with my sister Savie, we watched “Sixteen Candles” and were both thrust into our separate young girl crushes for “Jake Ryan”. With some random googling we found some facts on this great man. This post is dedicated to her!
FACTS ABOUT MICHAEL SCHOEFFLING
- He was born on December 10th, 1960 which makes him a Sagittarius! Today is his 52nd Birthday!
- Born in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania and raised in South New Jersey. He attended Cherokee High School in New Jersey and majored in Liberal Arts at Temple University in Philadelphia. He had modeled for GQ in the 80′s (can we see those archives?) and according to Wikipedia Bruce Weber paid for his acting classes Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute inÂ Manhattan…hmmm.
- He was an accomplished wrestler in his youth, winning medals in national and international tournaments.
- In 1978,Â as a member of the National Junior Wrestling Team in a meet held inÂ MunichÂ he took home aÂ gold medal for theÂ United States inÂ freestyle wrestling. Despite being skilled in this area, his role as “Kuch” in “Vision Quest” downplayed those skills.
- He was 24 when he starred in “Sixteen Candles”.
- 20 years after the film “Sixteen Candles” premiered, on Valentines Day the Washington Post published an articleÂ entitled “Real Men Can’t Hold a Match to Jake Ryan ofÂ Sixteen Candles”, discussing his legend!
- Schoeffling stated in interviews that due to lack of roles and a need to take care of his family (a “regular guy” aka “real man” handling business), he was retiring and now produces hand-crafted furniture in Newfoundland Pennsylvania.Â He is married to (ex-model) Valerie L. Robinson and together they have two teenagers, Scarlet and Zane.
It’s been a minute since I’ve posted one of my SCHOOL GIRL CRUSHES.
This one is special…
You were grimey in “KIDS”, but I was still smitten. Something about your British-born and Bronx-bred self made youÂ irresistible. Maybe you added to my obsession with New York City. My only regret was not moving here soon enough to meet you. Despite having all the same friends in common, you’re no longer here. Gone too soon, but never forgotten.
If you’re new to the blog, I’ll update you. SCHOOL GIRL CRUSH is dedicated to the men and boys that were major crushes during my CATHOLIC SCHOOL GIRL ERA, which reigned for 18 years (k-12). Actually, maybe that fondness still exists? Anyways, it’s also a good way to showcase the gentleman who inspired me that are as talented as they are attractive.
It’s also an EFF YOU to the male dominated blogs that are all about displaying women as objects and since I am no feminist, but rather an equivalist (I made that up just now), I decided that I can also sell meat! Take that!
SAUL WILLIAMS! Poet, Writer, Singer, Actor and Game Changer. I first noticed your hypnotic voice on LYRICIST LOUNGE (VOL. 1) in the late 90′s. After that, you dazzled me on the TV screen as I watched you in “SLAM” and even “DEF POETRY JAM”. Since then, you raised the bar for the kind of DREAM MAN I had envisioned…or rather, what a REAL MAN could be.
You had me at “AMETHYST ROCK”:
“STEALING US WAS THE SMARTEST THING THEY EVER DID.
Too bad they don’t teach the truth to their kids.
Our influece on them is the reflection they see
When they look into their menstural mirror and talk about “THEIR” culture
“THEIR” existence is that of a schizophrenic vulture
Yeah, there’s no repentence
They are bound to live an infinite consecutive executive life sentence
So what are you bound to live Nigga?!”
I hope this upcoming generation can herald and appreciate our contemporary prophets like you…
SAUL WILLIAMS cover of U2′s “SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY” from the album “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust” produced by TRENT REZNOR. Peep a young LEO FITZPATRICK in there. Although, U2′s version depicts the actual event of the same name where Northern Irish Civil Rights Marchers were killed by British Troops, Williams version has a different twist with the same pain and urgency.
Swoon! He’s an author, poet, musician and more. He had opinions and made powerful statements about politics, drug abuse, poverty, racism, and more…
He had his rough patches in life, but who hasn’t!!! When I imagine what kind of life I would have led in the 60′s; I imagine being the female counterpart to a genius revolutionary, which would have meant I had to stay home and change diapers while making occasional appearances next to my man. Thank goodness I live in 2011 and I get to be the revolutionary!!!
Read more about him here, WIKI: GIL SCOTT-HERON
I will also say this; His daddy was Jamaican. BULLET!!!
*Performing “WHITEY ON THE MOON”
You were only 30 when you passed and I never knew you, but I will always love you. “LAST GOODBYE” goes down in the breakup book for “best song to listen to while trying to re-live the pain of a lost love”. Wherever you are, you should know – you are not forgotten.
He had emerged in New York Cityâ€™sÂ avant-garde club scene in the 1990s as one of the most remarkable musical artists of his generation, acclaimed by audiences, critics, and fellow musicians alike. His first commercial recording, the four-song EPÂ Live at Sin-Ã©, was released in December 1993 onÂ Columbia Records. The EP captured Buckley, accompanying himself on electric guitar, in a tiny coffeehouse in New Yorkâ€™s East Village, the neighborhood heâ€™d made his home…
…Buckley passed away in a drowning accident in the Wolf River, a tributary of the Mississippi River, on May 29th, 1997.
(according to LAST.FM)
“LAST GOODBYE” performed by JEFF BUCKLEY
Canadian born and raised “SNOW”, aka “Darrin O’Brien, is a reggae musician.
Having grown up in such a diverse area of Canada as a kid, he blended dancehall and reggae into his own style. His sound had all the elements of a Jamaican crooner in the body of (to put it bluntly) a WHITE BOY. I’m sure the combination created a lot of hate, but it also proved to be deadly – making him a HUGE HIT!
His rise to fame started in 1993 with the release of his song “INFORMER” which candidly talks about his prison time served for assault charges and also tells the story of his music career (he also mentions his long-time love and wife who recently passed to cancer in 2009, TAMEI EDBERG). The song reached number 1 on the U.S. BILLBOARD HOT 100.
He later followed up with other smooth reggae jams; “LONELY MONDAY MORNING”, “GIRL I BEEN HURT”, “RUNWAY”, “LADY WITH THE RED DRESS” and “ANYTHING FOR YOU” THE REMIX where he teamed up with the legendary likes of BUJU BANTON, NADINE SUTHERLAND, BEENIE MAN, TERROR FABULOUS and more.
when you look back to the things you liked as a kid, it’s hard to tell whether they had such a great impact because you were young and impressionable or if they were really that rad…BUT after having a SNOW flashback and getting into all his jams all over again, I’ve come to the realization that the man made timeless classics that will live forever.
“INFORMER” performed by SNOW
“RUNWAY” performed by SNOW
“GIRL I’VE BEEN HURT” performed by SNOW (in the snow)
“ANYTHING FOR YOU” performed by SNOW and NADINE SUTHERLAND
“ANYTHING FOR YOU” REMIX performed by SNOW, NADINE SUTHERLAND, BEENIE MAN, BUJU BANTON, TERROR FABULOUS, and more…