5 Terrence Howard – This guy is in every movie these days and I still can’t get enough of him. He can be the gang member who just couldn’t keep his cool in “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’.” He can be the struggling Dirty South rapper who has to drag himself to the top in “Hustle & Flow.” He can even be the black man who just can’t seem to take it anymore in “Crash.” Now he’s set to be in the new Outkast movie and probably nine others.
4 Christmas-themed TV Episodes – You only get to see them once a year; enjoy them while you can. I can’t remember the titles, but who can forget the ones where some guy sells his hat to buy his girlfriend shoe polish, and his girlfriend sells her shoes to buy him a hat rack, you gotta love the irony. It’s been done, it’ll be done again and I hope it never changes.
3 Natasha Bedingfield – Neo-soul just keeps developing and this girl is a definite asset. She has a smooth and soulful voice with a style almost impossible to duplicate. And she’s different from Joss Stone, so people shouldn’t even try the comparison. The music is great, the single is hot and of course, she is mad sexy.
2 Big Boi’s Mixtape – Big Boi, always the visionary, has started his own label, Purple Ribbon, with an incredible roster: Killer Mike, Bubba Sparxxx, Sleepy Brown and the Goodie Mob as well as newcomers such as Scar and Janelle Monae. The mixtape Got Purp? Vol. 2 is hotter than fish grease and is selling like hot shorts in the summer. Now, with his movie “My Life in Idlewild” in the works, he’s quickly becoming a crossover star and the stronger member of Outkast.
1 XBox 360 – With Christmas right around the corner, kids are looking for the next video game consoles to rot their brains into the new year. The Playstation 3 isn’t coming anytime soon, and XBox 360 displays are in video-game stores everywhere. Because it has the most realistic graphics I’ve ever seen, nothing is looking as good as the XBox 360. With the new “Call of Duty” and “Peter Jackson’s King Kong” as the first games, I have even more reason to hate Bill Gates.