Jack Turner here with a short announcement. We are excited to expand the blogger lineup here to include B-Serious. In addition to running his own blog, B-Serious has seriously held court in the JJP comment area for months. We’ve read his work with admiration, and many of his comments were worthy blog posts in their own right, offering political analysis that should shame many TV pundits into early retirement.

When Jill and I began back in the summer of 2006, I don’t think either of us anticipated what JJP would become. Our growth has been due to the incredible community of commenters (and lurkers!), the timing and growth of the Afrosphere in general and the continual addition of new voices to our roster. It is with great pleasure that we welcome B-Serious to the team!

And now, a message from B-Serious


Allow me to introduce myself. . . I Am B-Serious.

And it is with great appreciation that I introduce myself to you as the newest blogger on the JJP team!

Who am I?

Okay, if you’ve ever seen School Daze, I can best be described as “Dap” (Laurence Fishburne with the megaphone). That’s how I roll. In college I was Mr. Black Student Union. . . the brotha with a plan, always holdin’ it down for the cause (whatever that cause may be). Ask my friends about me and they’ll likely say the same thing . . .“Dang, that brotha be serious!”

Hence the name, B-Serious.

FYI . . . I am NOT the “Bserious” that you might have seen over at Talking Points Memo. We’re not the same person. I do, however, run my own separate blog called Operation Reach B.L.A.C.K. I love the company, so feel free to visit as often as you’d like.

My blogging journey started out in the message forums over at Essence.com. I became sort of a regular over there and the conversations got so long and detailed that some suggested I take a crack at my own blog. After a little added encouragement from my family, I was off and running.

A little more about myself . . . I am a young black man (just turned 27) with a lot of ideas and an eagerness to share them with the world. As for education, I have a B.A. (Political Science/Legal Studies) and a J.D. (law degree). Regarding politics, I’ve always been a registered (progressive leaning) Independent. I will be voting for Senator Obama this November.

What else? Oh yes, I’ve been a diehard LAKERS fan since I was 9 years old. No hateration necessary. And please, Celtic fans, spare me the trash talk because I’ve already had more than enough grief over the past week. Just treat me like Hillary Clinton when it comes to my Lakers . . . I need time and space to heal my wounds (lol!). When I’m not bleeding purple and gold I’m cheering on my Buffalo Bills (proof that I’m not a bandwagon fan).

One last thing . . . I don’t care what anyone else says, but. . . when it comes to films, Coming to America is the BEST movie of all time. There’s no dispute in my book. I can watch that movie all day, every day. I’ve got every word saved to memory and I still dream that, some day, I may be the royal heir to the thrown of Zamunda! I too should walk on the petals of roses!

But, all kidding aside, I’m happy for the invitation to be a part of Jack and Jill Politics. I absolutely LOVE black thought and JJP has been a magnet for some of the most thought-provoking debates on some of the biggest issues facing the black community today. I love the exchange of ideas, the wealth of information and honest dialogue that you bring to this site each and every day. It’s a beautiful thing when done in the spirit of community and respect. How refreshing to be part of an environment that promotes black intellect. . .we need more of it!

So I look forward to our time together. And I’m humbled to know that my comments and blog have sparked enough interest and attention to be worthy of a spot at Jack and Jill Politics. Thank you!

Be Somebody,


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