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Lee, here ...

Wondering if you caught any of last night's Democratic presidential debate on CNN last night. Many expected it to be quite the smack-down between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton. But the discourse was civil, for the most part.

Of course, then there was that "... change you can Xerox" line that didn't go over so well with the audience.

But, I have to ask, is it no longer reasonable to expect some civility from an audience at a presidential debate? Since when is it OK to express disapproval, or disagreement, with a unified resounding booooo from the audience? There's something just a little fabulous ... and maybe medieval ... about that.

Agree, disagree?

And ...

In today's Barbershop, we discussed a scuffle between Tavis Smiley (former NPR host) and Barack Obama. It's all over a perceived Obama snub at participating in Smiley's State of the Black Union symposium, happening this weekend. Our popular shop guy, Jimi Izrael, blogged on the ordeal the other day. Check out the post. It offers Jimi's thoughts, and more on how this became a "situation" that so many folks now feel compelled to chime in on.

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Also, famed writer, director, producer, Alan McElroy made his TMM Barbershop debut this week. Welcome to the fold, Alan!

Enjoy your weekend ... We hope to meet you back here on Monday.

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