Lena Waithe And Melina Matsoukas’s ‘Queen & Slim’ Is Modern Day Shakespeare

 

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Queen & Slim is the epic new-age love story of our time that comes once every few decades. 

Related: Lena Waithe & Halle Berry To Executive Produce Forthcoming ‘Boomerang’ Series

The romantic suspense is a modern version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet illustrated with compelling images of black love and community told through a poetic-like structure. 

“I want him to love me so deeply I’m not afraid to show him how ugly I can be. I want him to show me scars I never knew I had.”

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Although Ernest”Slim” and Angela “Queen” are often referred to as the black Bonnie and Clyde throughout the film, their characters are far from outlaws rebelling against the law. 

These two star-crossed lovers —played by British actors Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith —are drawn to each other in their attempts to escape the injustices found in America’s justice system after a deadly encounter of police brutality. 

Kaluuya and Turner-Smith bring themes of love, community, and mindfulness to life with their on-screen chemistry.

She’s a loner moved only by fact, and he’s a family man driven by faith. Yet, their opposition is the main factor that drives them towards psychological healing and freedom. 

The film does a great job of stressing the importance of finding joy in the journey to one’s destination— making the characters’ run from the law seem like a spiritual road trip destined by fate. 

Watching the lovers relish recklessly in present time as they stop to ride horses and dance at neighborhood juke joints, leaves you wondering when was the last time you lived in the moment. 

 

 

The tragic love story ends with an expected yet surprising slaying of the film’s protagonists that startles viewers in true horror film fashion as they are forced to mourn the characters that everyone grew to love.

Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas call this film a form of “protest art,” nearly hitting theaters on the 5th anniversary of Tamir Rice’s death. 

12-year-old Rice was shot by 26-year-old police officer Timothy Loehmann in Cleveland, Ohio for playing with a toy gun. 

Although the film has a slow build-up, the female powerhouse does an excellent job of capturing an iconic black love story in a film that showcases what it means to be black in current-day America. 

That’s why we’re giving this film 4 out of 5 stars. Catch Queen & Slim in theaters now! 

Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King’ Album Review: The Christian-less Gospel Album

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In the Bible, the opening passage of James 1:19 encourages believers to be slow to speak and quick to listen.

Mr. West should have taken a page out of the good book before releasing his ninth studio project entitled, Jesus is King—a failed attempt at secular music.

Related: Kanye West Will No Longer Perform His Old Songs, Will Get Pious Versions

The highly anticipated album falls short in its goal to capture new-age Christians due to lack of conviction and testimony found in its lyrics.

An example of this can be found in his track, “Closed on Sunday,” which compares the likeness of God and the Sabbath to Chick-fil-a —known for being anti-LGBTQ and in support of Trump.

Other tracks from the album seem to portray the same ranting Kanye from Ye with occasional references to religion and Christ.

One thing the innovator unseemingly masters on this project is the compositional technique.

The album perfectly blends traditions of the 20th-century gospel with today’s contemporary hip-hop using auto-tune vocals to contrast angelic sounds of the Sunday Service Choir in tracks like “Water.”

Credits for the album consist of the works from producers like Timberland, Boogz, Pi’erre Bourne, Evan Mast of Ratatat, and many more.

Overall, the work seems to be a failed manifesto of what could have been another brilliant idea from the mad scientist, better known as Mr. West.

Don’t just take our word for it. ‘Jesus is King’ is currently available on all streaming platforms.

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Album Review: Summer Walker’s Debut Album, ‘Over It’ Is OVER-rated

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If you love Summer Walker just as much as we do, then chances are you were probably anticipating the release of her debut album, Over It, as well.

Related: Drake Reveals Summer Walker’s Album Made Him Write Two New Songs

The Atlantic songbird rallied women everywhere with the release of her two anti-foolery singles, “Girls Need Love” and “Playing games,” both of which made Hot 100 on the Billboard charts.

With that being said, we wanted to like the album.

However, after listening to the album for a second time, we could not help but acknowledge that something felt missing.

The album captures a slow and soulful vibe into Walker’s attempt to take listeners on an emotional journey that comes with dating the man your mother once warned you about.

There’s only one problem.

The singer takes us on a half-ass ride in what sounds like a carelessly crafted version of Sza’s CTRL instead.

The album consists of a collection of great raw one-liners —”I just might be a hoe”—failing to follow up with substance to continue its message centered around relationships and heartbreaks.

While the 22-year-old singer makes you feel like you have entered into a vulnerable pow-wow with your girls in songs like “Drunk Dialing…LODT” and “I’ll Kill You,” she drops the ball when it comes to other areas of the album.

Walker also misuses the list of stellar artists featured on the album—Usher, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Bryson Tiller— making each track sound rushed.

Overall, Over It has a few great singles overlooked by its lack-lustered production.

Hey, but don’t take our word for it, take a gander for yourself. Summer Walker’s Over It is available on all streaming platforms now.

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5 Signs You Are Addicted To Social Media

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Whether or not this applies to you, some people have a hard time admitting that they struggle with social media addiction. You know, the people who eat, sleep and s**t with their phones in their hands at all times or the friend who calls everyone by their social media name.

Below are 5 signs that can help you determine if you spend too much time checking timelines and posting selfies every other hour.

1. Whether you’re at home or even worse out at dinner, you snap a pic before you taste the food or even say your grace.
2. You’re logged in to a social media account on every device you own, phone, laptop and iPad.
3. The first thing you do when you wake up is scroll your TL to the last post you saw before you went to bed.
4. The last thing you do before bed is check your timeline. Did you brush your teeth though?
5. You spend more hours each day tuned into other people’s lives than being productive. Try a new hobby for once.

Don’t worry, if you find majority of the list applies to you or someone you know, there are some ways to help overcome this addiction. Apps like Moment or Cheeky are used to help you calculate how much you check your phone and how much time you’re spending on apps.

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3 Reasons Drake Is Already Winning This Rap Beef

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Between twitter rants, diss records, memes, and radio beef that sparked from the Drake vs. Meek Mill drama, social media has been non-stop entertainment. People have been posting  on Twitter and Instgram to give their thoughts and opinions on the two rappers.

The biggest anticipation right now is a response from Meek Mill, currently on the PinkPrint tour with girlfriend Nicki Minaj, and others such as Tinashe, Rae Sremmurd, and Dej Loaf. It’s clear who’s currently winning this rap beef.

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Here are 3 reasons I think Drake is winning:

  1. Done doing favors for people ’cause it ain’t like I need the money I make off a feature”. Before there was any beef to be won, Drake was already winning in the rap industry with his sold out world shows, incredible album sales, hosting the 2014 Espy’s and his recent partnership with Apple Radio. With the OVO stock continuing to increase, I guess Drake isn’t pressed to give out any more features.
  2. 2.”Baby lotion soft”, just like Meek tweeted. Soft is exactly what it was. Drake put out the first freestyle over the calmest track and it still resonated with real hip-hop fans. No 808’s and hard beats, just a straight flow and disrespectful lyrics. What more can you ask for?
  3. Trigger fingers really turn into twitter fingers” . Let’s be real, how easy it is to open an app, type in your password and start posting? Drake didn’t bother responding via social media. Instead, of putting energy into 140 characters or less, he got in the studio and gave us two new records.

In the meantime, check out this photo gallery of memes from social media.

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5 Reasons You Must See Straight Outta Compton

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Last night was the Philadelphia screening of one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, Straight Outta Compton. The film, based on the story of rap group NWA tells an interesting story of three hip-hop legends, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and the late Eazy E  and what life was like growing up in the streets of Compton.

The movie screening included a live interview and Q&A session hosted by Fox 29’s Qunicy Harris with special guests, Ice Cube, his son Oshea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, who plays Eazy E, and director F. Gary Gray.

If you aren’t already convinced to see the movie, check out 5 reasons to catch Straight Outta Compton in theaters August 14th.

  1. The movie contains great music. Aside from hit records from NWA’s catalog, it features music from other hip-hop artist and some timeless R&B your parents probably grew up on.
  2. Director, F. Gary Gray,  also directed other good movies such as Law Abiding Citizen and the classic film Friday. Additionally, he received assistance from other hip hop legends like DJ Jazzy Jeff.
  3. Aside from the girls, parties, and the lavish lifestyles, the movie displays a side of the music business many people may not get to see.
  4. The movie includes discussion on the disease HIV AIDS, during a time when people considered it a “gay man’s disease”.
  5. Last but not least, it allows viewers to see what racial tensions and police brutality were like during that era, which is very similar to the current state of Black America.

Click here for details on how to win a trip to the Los Angeles premiere.

If The Gov. Enforced Longer Work Hours Would You Mind? [POLL]

Yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said  that in order to grow the economy “people should work longer hours”

This is why we MUST get out and VOTE, VOTE ,VOTE people! We MUST pay attention to who we allow to run our country! We have the POWER…just have to use it.

Now, here is where we wanna know would you agree to work longer hours day on top of the hours your already bussin your ass with?

 

Could You Be Supportive of Your Spouse Doing A Nude Sex Scene? {POLL}

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Okay, so we all should be caught up on Season 2 of Power by now, and I’m sure everyone saw La La Anthony’s nice perky headlights. Although they looked nice, we had to pause for a few moment when we remembered ‘HEY! that’s a married woman right there!’.  Well, not too long ago TMZ ran into Carmelo Anthony and asked him what he thought about Mrs. Anthony’s sex scene. Melo stated in a calm tone, he was supportive of everything his wife does.

So, now here is where our question sparked for you guys.

WOULD YOU BE SUPPORTIVE OF YOUR SPOUSE DISPLAYING Y’ALL “GOODS” IN A SEX SCENE? (assuming your spouse is an actor lol)

 

 

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Chip Kelly Isn’t A Racist, He Just Despises Social Media Flexin’ [Opinion]

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Let’s get this out the way immediately when it comes to Chip Kelly and the Riley Cooper situation, he in no way shape or form should be on the Philadelphia Eagles. Period. What he said was despicable, and should not be tolerated in any work place in this country. No excuse is plausible enough to even justify using such a vial word in any instance, drunk, angry, anything. If Chip Kelly were to have just released Cooper after the incident, or let him go as a free agent the following year, the comments made by LeSean McCoy couldn’t even be discussed as reasonable. But Chip Kelly did in fact let Cooper stay on the team, and even allowed him to get a new contract to stay around for the next few years. This is something I will never understand and can’t sit here and justify it in any way.

Lets dig deeper into this issue, rather than just look at it on surface alone. The questions still come up frequently in Philadelphia sports talk, what reason does Chip Kelly have to release superstars like LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson? Who is this college coach coming into the NFL thinking he can win on his system alone, when we all know as die hard football fans it takes talent to win championships!

But when you really look at it, yes talent is always needed, but when your at the top of your profession, isn’t everyone talented? What differentiates between dynasty football teams, and constant bottom feeders? It’s a plan, it’s a mind state, it’s a culture, and this is what Chip Kelly is beginning to shape into form as how he see’s it fit.

There are two players I want to solely focus on when it comes to this study, and that is Jackson and McCoy. Was it talent, certainly not. Was it race? Well Chip Kelly did just draft 5 black players out of 6 in the 2015 draft. So probably not. Then what else could it be? To me, the answer lies in one place, the Internet, and the infiltration of social media into our everyday lives.

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Culture is defined as “a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business).” This is what Chip Kelly is now establishing. He came into the league, and essentially played his first 2 seasons with the players Andy Reid brought in and developed, his culture. When the Eagles brought in a “new boss”, they knew they were also bringing in a new culture, because the old one wasn’t working (no playoff wins since 2008).

So, in comes Chip Kelly, a man who wants his type of players. Lots of moves have been made and questioned, but I want to compare the two players let go by Chip, with the two players Chip essentially replaced them with, Jordan Mathews and Demarco Murray and why the internet holds those answers  to the questions eagles fans are searching for.

It’s called social media, and it is still in such its early stages of understanding. We are finally starting to see people, places, and things in an all-new light, including celebrities and athletes who garner millions of views from people all over the globe.

Let’s take a look at Jordan Mathews social media accounts compared to DeSean Jackson. First off, it seems Jordan Mathews once had an Instagram, but seemed to delete it sometime while in college or prior to entering the NFL, (smart man). On Mathews Twitter account (@jmattjmattjmatt), you can see the only things he seems concerned about in his social media life are two things, his career/ improving his craft as a NFL wide receiver, and his love for Kanye West (again smart man).

Compared to DeSean, @OneOfOne on IG, Jackson is an infamous Instagram flexor. He does post a lot of pictures and videos of him working out, but then there is also those frequent pictures of DJack in the club, DJack hanging out with so and so, DJack stunting in his Benz, to whatever DJack feels like posting. And if you remember, Jackson posted some subtle shots on social media when a problem arose with him and Kelly (always a bad idea).

Let’s use this past weekend, the biggest day in sports (May 2, 2015) for example. On social media, DeSean is out in Vegas for the fight, and continues to flaunt that lifestyle. Out at a club, living it up. Compared to Kelly’s choice, Mathews.

Just a bunch of encouraging comments to new NFL players during the draft, made one bland statement about the fight, and asked why it feels like I’m about to play Tekken… DeSean on the other hand, two words, Vegas Baby.

Oh and he now has a reality show, well in his words, “a mini-documentary series” coming out this year.

Now lets take a look at Shady McCoy’s replacement, Demarco Murray. If he has an Instagram page, it’s harder to find then Waldo. There may be a page with his name, but has zero posts. Let’s take a look at Twitter. Demarco Murray (@DeMarcoMurray) only has 732 tweets, a few pictures of him and football, and a sprinkling of some off the field activities such as endorsements and family. Let’s look at his “big sports weekend” like we did with Mathews and Jackson. Well Murray hasn’t tweeted since April 7th.

We all know the turmoil Shady has had when it comes to social media and using it in all the wrong ways. As well as the infamous 18-cent tip that went viral.

Let’s take it all back to using last weekend as a “reason” of why Chip Kelly got rid of Jackson and McCoy. How was Shady acting on social media during the NFL draft and the “biggest weekend in sports?” Well, if you didn’t see the username, you probably couldn’t tell the difference between McCoy and Jackson’s social media actions.

Now, is Chip Kelly basing his football culture off of social media? Probably not. But we need to dig deeper then just throwing out terms like “racism” with little to back that claim up, especially when trying to explain Chip Kelly’s decisions on a football field. To imply racism cheapens its meaning of the term in a world and country where real problems truly do lie. I am the same age as DeSean and LeSean, so I do not want to come off as some old guy mad at young men out enjoying there life and sharing their moments on social media like millions of others do everyday. There is also no problem and going out and enjoying your off season. But when you think about it, on average, NFL players at best have 10 seasons to make money for the rest of their lives. You can live it up when its all over, don’t you want players on your Philadelphia Eagles that only care about football at this stage of their life? Did we see Dawkins out at the club? Did we see Brian Westbrook “turnt up” in Vegas? No, and it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, but there was never a medium created at that time that gave access like Instagram and Twitter do today. So whether players were doing that type of stuff or not, it wasn’t thrown in your face like it is today because of the new “TMZ” world we live in.

Let’s make this as simple as possible. If you have groups of young 20 year old players every year coming into the Philadelphia Eagles locker room each season, a whole bunch of wide eyed college students who just received more money then they have ever seen in their entire lives, need veterans to look to and mold how they are going to go about there career. In a nut shell, do you want the players looking up to guys like Mathews and Murray, who solely based on their social media accounts, care about two things, football and family, and in Jordan’s case, Kanye West.

Comparing that scenario to LeSean and DeSean, who clearly are about that superstar, look at me, celebrity lifestyle. They love being famous, and can be questioned based off of their social media accounts, maybe as much as football. And this is a culture Kelly isn’t going to allow to be established.

Does it mean he will win because of this so called “culture”? No, of course it doesn’t, and this may completely backfire in his face. And if that does happen, fans will brutalize him. But until that happens, insinuating racism in a culture that is festered monthly by tragic tails riddled in racist acts just isn’t fare.

Now some of this article is slightly written in tongue and cheek, do I know if Chip Kelly even pays attention to social media for a fact? Of course not, but I want people to look at this situation in a deeper magnitude rather than just pointing fingers and saying, 2 black players were released, Chip must have a problem with black people, making him a racist, which to me, is a shallow way of thinking, especially when it comes to the importance of dealing with racism.

I used the social media aspect as an example because today, for right or wrong, it seems sometimes the way people see others and their lifestyles is through their social media accounts. When it comes to the two players released, it’s clear they enjoy football, but seem to love themselves and the outside privileges that come with being in the NFL. Equated to their replacements, Mathews and Murray, who are all football all the time, and live a much more simplistic life based off their social media accounts, just like the head honcho, Chip Kelly, who eats and sleeps football 24/7.

Is Chip Kelly a perfect GM and football coach so far, nope, but is he a racist, no, does he despise the new societal norm of social media and flexin’ on the gram with the millennial culture, that answer appears to be very apparent. The Chip Kelly saga continues on, and only time will tell, which is the right way to handle the new era of football players and the power of a brand new outlet that coaches, bosses, corporations, etc. are continuing to learn and adapt with during a new technological era that we live in, and because of its infancy, we continue to try and learn the proper ways of using such a powerful outlet, and that, is where the problem lies. Sometimes it goes beyond the surface, and isn’t as simple as saying something is just black and white.

words by Justin Engelhardt @justinthomasmedia 

Five Signs You Were a Kid in the 90’s

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Remember what life was like growing up when there were no worries except making sure you got home before the street lights came on? Well, I created a list of topics for you to reminisce on your childhood memories. Consider the time when life’s most devastating problems consisted of teachers assigning homework on the weekends, and parents forcing you to wear clothes that your elementary style just couldn’t agree with.

Check the list below to find out if you were a true 90’s baby, growing up in an era when there was no such thing as smartphones.

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Toys: Growing up in the 90’s you begged your parents for things like the newest Gameboy Nintendo, Sega Genesis or maybe even a Giga Pet or a Furby; because your parents didn’t quite trust you with real pets in the house. Even if you were looking for entertainment in school, a piece of paper was used to determine your future car and spouse during a game of Mash.

 Movies:  Even if you had to sneak and watch movies when your parents weren’t home, some of these classic films should spark a memory or two. Rush hour, Juice, Space Jam, Menace to Society, Jumanji, Scary Movie, The Matrix, Austin Powers, Doctor Doolittle, Jurassic Park and Clueless left their mark during the 90’s.

Cartoons/TV Shows: This is by far my most favorite category to discuss with friends. Networks like Nickelodeon and Disney catered to children, so the list of shows can go on and on. Some of my favorites included Family Matters, Hey Arnold, Recess, Cousin Skeeter, Smart Guy, All That, Power Rangers and Double Dare 2000, when I thought the idea of green “slime” was fun.

Music: If you are a true 90’s music lover, you probably have Boom 107.9 programmed in the car. Of course some of these artists like Nas, Jay-Z, Missy Elliot and Ja Rule are more relevant than others; it’s okay to acknowledge your favorite throwback artist even if it included a track from Chingy or J kwon.

Clothing/Accessories: I had to throw this category in here so we can all laugh at the fashion trends we participated in. When polaroid’s were slowly fading away, people were caught wearing things like jellies, Sean John, Rocawear, butterfly clips, jerseys/jersey dresses, and Reeboks.

 

By: Jade Thompson

Why Don’t Black People Trust The Police? [Original]

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To Protect and Serve” is the common slogan associated with police officers, yet, if you were to poll many African Americans on the police, protecting and serving wouldn’t be their first answer to describe them. Regardless of the relationship between the two, its almost easy to say, Black people don’t trust the police. So why don’t Black people trust the police? It it just a stereotype? Or is there validity to the question?

Unfortunately, there are plenty of stories heard from across the country that support why Black people don’t like the police. Fatal cases like Sean Bell or Amadou Diallo happen frequently, and are examples of extreme police brutality on unarmed Black men. Just recently here in Philadelphia, video surfaced of four cops beating 18 year-old Marcus Warryton for a simple traffic stop and resisting arrest. While he may have resisted arrest, the force used by the officers were excessive and further supports why young Black men especially have grown up learning to dislike police officers.

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“Stop and Frisk” is a method used by police officers to cut down on crime, however, recent reports show in New York alone, stopping and frisking mainly applies to minority men. A whopping 85% of “stop and frisk” are Black and Hispanic men and has been heavily defended and justified by New York City Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg.

The targeting of Black men is one of the overarching reasons why Black people don’t like the police. It’s not just a dislike or disrespect for authority. It’s the repetitive questionable actions of authority who are supposed to protect and serve all citizens equally. There should be more conversation followed by action about police brutality in our cities. Not to say you should blast NWA’s “F*ck Tha Police” while slowly riding past police stations, but real action with substance. This issue is complex, and is not going away without real serious dialogue and collaboration between neighborhoods and communities across the nation.

Do you think this problem can be managed? What do you think our Mayor and other city leaders can do? Let us know!


words by: Valerye Griffin – (@valmarie)

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So Forget Think Like A Man! Check Out How Hot Gary Owens’ Son is!!!

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Listen we all know how funny Gary Owen is and how much he loves his Black Wife and kids, but have you ever seen them!?!?  Something told me to look them up and look what I found!

First let’s meet his wife, Kenya Duke Owen, wife of comedian/actor Gary Owen. The couple has three kids together and resides in Ohio. Kenya Owens is the owner of Premier Sports and Corporate Travel, a successful travel management company that specializes in the travel of Professional and College Sports Teams, Music Tours, Independent film and TV production. Kenya’s company also specializes in the travel of Athletes and Entertainers

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Now Gary has 2 children with Kenya.  They are younger like 12 and 13 I believe, but  THIS is his son Emillio from a previous marriage…

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YAAAAAAS Honey!

Check out Gary Owens break down the dynamics of his family hilariously right here…

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Hey America, Why Does The Value Of My Life Mean So Little To You? [Opinion]

(The photos in this article are of a few young black men that are associated with my life through friends and family. Do you value their lives as much as you do the children in your life?)

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In August of 1955 a 14-year-old Chicago boy named Emmett Till went to visit his relatives in Money, Mississippi. While on his visit, he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the white married proprietor of a small grocery store in Mississippi. A few nights later Emmett Till was kidnapped and transported to a barn, where he was beat unconsciously and had his eyes gouged out of their sockets, all before shooting him through the head. His body then disposed of in the Tallahatchie River with a 70-pound cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. The two white men charged in Till’s death were acquitted of his kidnapping and murder, but later confessed in a magazine interview, protected by the law double jeopardy.

Emmett Till was a boy, a baby with hope that this world wasn’t as cruel as it seemed to be for African American boys in the 50’s and 60’s. Reality took it’s toll on Emmett and his family, but reality seems to take it’s toll on American black men and their families on a daily basis. What is that reality you ask?

“A black man is eighteen times more likely to be murdered than a white woman. The murder rate for black men is double that of American soldiers in World War I, and for black men between the ages of fifteen and thirty, violence is the single leading cause of death.” – “The Culture Of Fear” by: Barry Glassner

So how come you don’t care when we are killed? How come the deaths in our communities don’t touch your soul like the kidnapping and murder of Natalee Holloway, or Jon Benét Ramsey? How come when children in our communities are shot and killed they have no face, they are just another statistic to you? How come the laws become so technical when a young black boy gets shot and murdered? Court rooms get flooded with law definitions and reasonable doubt arguments, turning open and shut cases into acquittals and mistrials. Young black men still have little value in American culture and society. Even though the landscape of our culture is changing and becoming more acceptable to minorities and certain social groups, the idea of a black boy being equal to everyone else just isn’t there.

black-man-in-america(Meet Teagan Shell and his father. Do you value this young man’s life? – pictured above)

In the novel “The Culture Of Fear,” author Barry Glassner attributes fear as one of the main causes to the devaluing of black life.

“Consider Americans’ fear of black men. These are perpetuated by the excessive attention paid to the dangers that a small relative percentage of African-American men create for other people, and by a relative lack of attention to dangers that a majority of black men face themselves.” “The Culture Of Fear” by: Barry Glassner

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5 Things We Would Love To See Happen But Probably Won’t!

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1. Lebron James Enter The Slam Dunk Contest

Lebron James entered the NBA in 2003 with a lot of expectations on his shoulders. Its 2014 and although “King James” has many accomplishments in the NBA, he is missing one! Lebron has never competed in the “Slam Dunk Contest”. Every year right before The All-Star Break, a video seems to “surface” of Bron Bron showing off various Slam Dunks. This year Lebron even went as far to say he’d win the Dunk Contest this year if he entered, leaving us all with the question….” Why don’t you just enter the contest?!” Michael Jordan has been in the contest. Kobe Bryant has been in the contest. Even Dwight Howard has participated! What are you waiting for Lebron?! Maybe you’re waiting so that you can hold the record for “oldest player to enter The Slam Dunk Contest.” At this point my money is on Lebron going bald before he enters The SDC!

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2. Manny Pacquiao Vs Floyd Mayweather Jr.

These 2 great boxers were supposed to fight back in 2010 but alleged disagreements between both of their camps caused the fight not to happen! It was supposed to be the highest grossing fight in boxing history. There was word that Mayweather wanted  Pacquiao to have an Olympic style anti doping test but Pacquiao denied having a blood work test done because he said it would weaken him before the fight. Since 2010 both fighters have fought many fights but not with each other. Mayweather’s record at this point stands at 45-0, while Pacquiao’s record stands at 55-5-2! If they fight and Mayweather wins then he’ll go down as one of the greatest ever. If he loses he’ll still go down as one of the greatest ever. I think we are all pretty much over this fight happening!

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3. Dr. Dre release DETOX

Hip Hop legend Dr. Dre has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years and counting. He has worked with every artist you can think of! Dre has sold millions upon millions of records with his 2 solo albums, The Chronic & 2001.  There has been much anticipation for a 3rd album from Dr. Dre titled Detox. There have been many release dates and confirmation from artist like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and 50 cent. Dr. Dre also has his hand in other ventures besides making his own music such as endorsements, producing for other artists, and even marketing his own line of headphones, Beats By Dre. All of which have played a part in the delay of Detox. Some of his peers in the industry say that Dre’s working ethic is none like no other and when he’s involved with other projects it takes away his motivation to record new material for the Detox album. I guess if we want to hear a full Dr. Dre album then we gotta pull out that Chronic! 

 

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4. Jay-z and Dame Dash Work Together..Again

Back in 2013 Jay & Dame reunited for a brief moment and it was great. As far as them working together again its highly unlikely. They built great history with Rocafella and made us all throw our diamonds up. Who knows what Rocafella could have been if there was never any issues between these 2.  It was nothing like seeing Dame Dash do his dance with a champagne bottle in his hand onstage at a Jay-z concert. Maybe one day we will see Jay-z perform The Dynasty: Roc La Familia live in concert at Cochella with everyone that was on the album!

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 5. Another State Property Album

For those who don’t know, the group consists of Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Peedi Crakk, Oschino, Omillio Sparks, Young Chris & Neef Buck. Their 2nd album State Property Chain Gang Vol 2 can easily be considered a philly classic! Although it only sold 296,000 copies, the streets loved it! Who wouldn’t want to hear one more album or at least a mixtape from them. It’s only right! They were like a mini Wu-Tang Clan!

Calling A Black Man “A Thug” Means Your Actually Calling Him The N-Word

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If you follow NFL football then you’ve seen the meme’s and video clips or Richard Sherman and his post playoff game rant after the Seahawks beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. His loud and brash post game interview has America calling him “A Thug,” and a hoodlum, but how are people justifying calling this Stanford University graduate a Thug?  Well I am here to tell you, if you call a black man “A Thug,” it means your actually calling him a nigger.

The N-word has been highly debated in the media over the past few months. Some using it as a tool to spark conversation about race relations in America. The racist side of America finds ways around the word, by dubbing someone who doesn’t fit there mold of  a normal black man a “Thug” and disgrace to his race. This is evident because black men like Richard Sherman are being called thugs without merit or basis. Twitter trolls attack his account with racism and hatred. The day after the Seahawks’ win, the word “thug” was uttered 625 times on American television.

In a recent interview Sherman was asked about  his critics’ use of the word “thug.”

“The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays. Because they know.”

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