Marvin Sapp Sings “He Saw the Best in Me” (and Google Sees The Best in Him)

Last night Marvin Sapp joined numerous gospel greats on BET’s Celebration of Gospel 2010, its tenth annual such show — and Google noticed. Sapp’s performance of “He Saw The Best In Me” (below) ended up in the #2 spot (at least) on Google’s Hot Searches and, according to results that subsequently turned up in said Google searches, was clearly a highlight of the night. Hip-hop entertainment site said that Sapp’s performace “was the highlight of the show that had host Steve Harvey near tears.” Sapp, who won 7 Stellar Awards last year, including Artist of the Year. (The Stellar Awards for 2010 are coming up on Saturday but he’s not nominated this time; his next album, Here I Am, comes out in in March 2010.)

The song is quite poignant, especially when he sings about “when Mama said that you would never be nothing, when aunties and uncles said you would never amount when Daddy don’t come home no more, he didn’t look at you and say that you were gonna make it – God looked at you, and what did he see?” You can see the answer coming from a mile away (hint: see song title) but it’s pretty moving to think of this song giving hope to people in that situation. It certainly moved people to their Google search box.
Marvin Sapp’s ‘He Saw The Best In Me’ Rocked BET Celebration Of Gospel 2010 [Dime Wars]
Marvin Sapp: Celebration of Gospel 2010 [InEntertainment UK]

John Mulaney, Greer Barnes, Fabrice Fabrice — It’s Comedy Night on Google!

It’s Comedy Night on Google Hot Trends! That’s where I double-taked to see John Mulaney — a very funny comedian and SNL writer but not yet a household name. I knew he had a comedy special tonight on TBS thanks to the Twitter feed of “Comic’s Comic” blogger Sean McCarthy ; I also knew that John Oliver was on Comedy Central because I watched a bit, and vastly enjoye the tale of 11-year old John running a foot race with a key part of his anatomy exposed (which sounded like it affected his aerodynamics). But then as I checked it out, I saw that Mitch Hedberg was trending, too — high at #2 — that Greer Barnes was #1, and that Fabrice Fabrice (a character of comedian Nick Kroll) and Smacky the Frog, a character of Hedberg’s, were all trending in the top 20. I know they’re all funny and all, but — huh?

I IM’d the intrepid Mr. McCarthy and he explained all: Greer Barnes was on Comedy Central at 10, an old Mitch Hedberg special at 10:30 (the much-loved Hedberg died in 2005), “John Oliver and Friends” on at 11, opposite Mulaney on TBS. Fabrice Fabrice was one of the “Friends” on the Oliver special and Smacky is a Hedberg joke. “People must have stayed in because it’s so cold everywhere and watched comedy on TV!” said McCarthy (whose earlier tweet agonized over having to choose between Oliver and Mullaney). Based on Google Hot Trends, it sounds like he’s right; related searches included Eugene Mirman (who came after Oliver, along with helpful instructions about how to repel a bear attack) as well as for Greg Fitzsimmons.And also for Morgan Christie, who is apparently dating Jon Gosselin, but there is humor in that, surely.

Anyhow — far be it from us to just go through Google Trends to make a post! If you’re still searching, here’s some tidbits to enjoy.

Update: Now Aziz Ansari is trending.

Greer Barnes

Fabrice Fabrice
“No more carrot sticks for you, Robert Guillame!”

John Mulaney

Mitch Hedberg

Fun With

Screen shot 2009-12-12 at 3.17.29 AMHave you heard of It’s a website that claims to analyze “whether a homepage is written by a man or a woman,” with a corresponding percentage point. For example,

From the site:
We created Genderanalyzer out of curiosity and fun. It uses Artificial Intelligence to determine if a homepage is written by a man or woman. Behind the scene, a text classifier hosted over at has been trained on 11000 blogs written by men and women. In our lab it seems to works pretty well, we want to see how it performs on the web! We hope you like it!

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GameChanger (Ted Sullivan)

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Transparensee (Alex Acree, Steve Lavine)


Adify (Jim Larrison)


Activist Journalist Amy Goodman Weirdly Detained At Canadian Border

What a strange, disquieting story: Activist journalist and author Amy Goodman, longtime host of the popular public radio show “Democracy Now,” was detained for 90 minutes at the Canadian border while crossing from Seattle to Vancouver, where she was to speak for her new book. According to Goodman, border guards pulled her and her two colleagues aside and questioned extensively about the speech she intended to give — specifically, about whether she was planning to talk about the Olympics. Huh?

That would be the 2010 Winter Olympics to be held in Vancouver, and about which there has been much discord and unrest in Vancouver. Apparently, according to Goodman, the guards were very interested in her thoughts on the matter. Despite answering all their questions, including providing them with a copy of her book, on which her talk was based, she says the border officials searched their car, including going through two laptops owned by her colleagues. Wow. (That said, according to U.S. Dept of State, computers may be searched without a warrant, and entry is solely determined by the Canadian border control. See here. But still). They were eventually allowed through — an hour late for the speech — which was reportedly delivered to a standing-room-only crowd. Oh, and now it’s a national story in Canada.

Why Goodman? Well, she speaks up loudly, that’s for sure. Her latest book, Breaking The Sound Barrier, is described on the Democracy Now site like so: “Amy Goodman breaks through the corporate media’s lies, sound-bites, and silence.” She was also arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, for the apparently lawless act of inquiring after her other colleagues who had been arrested. All of them were duly credentialed for the convention. The video of Gooman’s arrest blew up on YouTube, shocking as it was to see her manhandled and cuffed by an officer with a billy club. One can hardly hold that against her, however; so it’s odd to imagine what triggered the border guards — unless her reputation, or name on some list, preceded her.

Here’s Goodman’s interview with the CBC about the incident:

As confused as Goodman was by the guards’ line of questioning, her audience at the Vancouver Public Library clearly were not: When it was announced that Goodman had been detained at the border and the reason was about to be announced, someone shouted out “The Olympics!” Muttering ensued.

Meanwhile Goodman, an immensely popular radio host, may not have the media footprint of Sarah Palin but has nonetheless seen impressive crowds turning out all over the place on her book tour: Los Angeles, Oregon (here & here), Seattle (here and here), and, of course, Vancouver. Her fan base is loyal and passionate. This is unlikely to discourage them from speaking out.

U.S. journalist grilled at Canada border crossing [CBC]
Amy Goodman And Canada’s Olympic Paranoia [Huffington Post]
Amy Goodman detained at Border, questioned about Olympics [Vancouver Media Co-Op]