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Over the past couple of weeks a lot of different things have come up in the news from issues with North Korea to Rick Ross losing his damn mind and rapping about drugging women and having sex with them. It got my wheels turning, so again I’ll be voicing my opinion on the aforementioned topics and more.
1. Iron Sheik is a funny Mo’Fo
“Hulk Hogan is a blonde jabroni piece of sh**. If not for Sheiky there would be no Hulk Hogan”
I was on you tube some years back and I was surfing around entertaining myself, and I came across a link and it said: “Iron Sheik explains why he doesn’t like Hulk Hogan”. I didn’t pay any attention to it. Not long after that, a buddy of mine went to an event where Iron Sheik was (whether it was an autograph signing or meet and greet escapes me).
Anyway, he told me how Sheik was asked about some wrestlers and he [Sheik] went off on the wrestlers as their names were mentioned. He was calling them names, cursing, etc. You name it he said it. I’m thinking, “No way, the same Iron Sheik from WWF in the 80’s?” He told me how hilarious it was. I didn’t find it funny at the time, but for the heck of it, I decided to check out the link I previously saw. I was hooked from that day forward.
He has done quite a few shows on Howard Stern as well. **In no way am I related to Sheik or am promoting him, but if you want some unintentional humor, it’s imperative you check him out.”
2. Ray-J and Rick Ross have started digging their own celebrity graves.
“She might move on to rappers and ball players
But we all know I hit it first…….I had her head going north and her ass going south
But now baby chose to go West”
– Ray J
Okay, so first of all the fact that you’re still on your sexual expedition with the socialite from 10 years ago is pretty lame. You made the sex tape in 2003. 2…0…0…3!! Let it ride man, just let it go. You’re 32 years old, one would think that you’d be onto some productive money-making business ventures. You could be endorsing a type of juice, maybe a clothing line, clothing store, something.
This not only shows immaturity but it shows your constant need for attention and trying to hang on to what was never a top-notch career in the first place. And the only reason you’re still relevant is because of your sister, and she hasn’t exactly been tearing up the music charts herself lately. At least she isn’t silly enough to pull a stunt like this.
Although this may actually work out for him, as he has an album “Raydiation” coming up this year, so he may get a spike in sales. I’ll say this, if and that’s if, Kanye decides to do a retaliatory diss record, bye-bye William Norwood Jr. We hardly knew ‘ye.
Onto “Big Meech” “Larry Hoova” “Rozay” or whatever he feels like calling himself. I never understood the whole hoopla about “mollies” and “oolies” and whatever else is out there. This fool had the nerve to say, “Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it….”
For the man formerly known as William Roberts, this is a brain freeze moment. I understand controversy can create cash, but in a world of full of sensitive groups ranging from women’s rights to animal rights, as a celebrity you have to be careful what you say or do.
We’ve all seen it before: Kobe Bryant dropped from sneaker and soft drink endorsements after being accused of rape; Michael Vick dropped from sneaker endorsements after his dog fighting ring (not to mention being locked up for two years and nearly ostracized from the NFL); Eldrick Tont Woods, better known to us as ‘Tiger’ was dropped from Gatorade and Accenture just to name a couple after cheating on his wife.
Now Ross, has been dropped from Reebok after his fiasco. I’m sure there are several versions of the song that can be played as opposed to the aforementioned one, but that fact is he said it. This was one hiccup. He better not have anymore.
3. Whistle while you twerk
Remember when we were little we used to look in the mirror or video camera and do random things like pose, dance, make funny faces, pretending you’re a said superhero or celebrity? Well, not anymore as a tidal wave, a phenomenon, has come over our youth of today and it’s called “twerking’.
I’m sure many of you know what twerking is, but for those of you that have lived under a rock, or over the age of 50, presumably it is when you shake your a$$ uncontrollably usually to music. You can bend your knees while doing it, or stand straight up. It was a popular ‘dance’ that originated from the south during the ‘booty shaking’ music era. When I was younger and used to go to the clubs, I used to enjoy as we all do seeing women who were endowed in the rear, shaking what their momma gave them.
Along the way, something terrible happened, very terrible. Young girls (some not yet teens) started twerking. The next thing you know, people were seeing these young girls – some as young as elementary school age – on youtube. There was even a big story a couple of weeks back about a father layin’ the leather (or should I say cord) to his daughter’s rear ends for videotaping themselves twerking.
Then something happened that was even worse than the young girls twerking. This I find totally reprehensible, yet sad at the same time. And if you’re a father, you raise your boys to be strong upstanding men in society not this:
He should have gotten his tail whooped. This is the feminization of our young black boys in society taking place. You have all the impressionable children and they see celebs like LiL’ Wayne wearing jeggings. ASAP Rocky wearing a dress, LiL’ B wearing… well do we even need to say? And there is no one to stand up and say, “It’s not okay. We’re men not women…” and that is unfortunate. Maybe this phenomena will die down and we won’t be subjected to anymore twerking nonsense. As far as rappers dressing how they do, only time will tell.
4. R.I.P to real reggae music
Once upon a time you could go to a party or wat they call a “bashment” and enjoy some nice vibes. You had artists from Garnett Silk, Buju Banton, Super Cat, Spragga Benz, Shabba, Cutty Ranks, Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, etc. I could go on and on. You would be in someone’s house or basement with your choice of beverage and bop your head or grab a nice pretty thing and dance and just enjoy yourself. There were some real ragga riddims such as the ‘Pepper seed’, ‘Showtime’, ‘Bookshelf’, ‘Action’, just to name a few.
Now over the last 10 years reggae has become so mainstreamed and commercialized it’s almost unrecognizable. And in my opinion, it started with Elephant Man. He had some nice tunes but half the stuff he sings about has become so buffoonish and clownish. “Over your head”, “Scooby Doo”, “Call di rain”…what?? Are you singing or giving me things to do? It seemed to me ever since he came on the scene, reggae became somewhat cartoonish.
Even the dances are silly. I don’t see an issue with whining and grinding to a song, but what is this daggering nonsense? It doesn’t even look like dancing nor does it even look enjoyable. You’re literally having a woman bent over and humping her as hard as you can with clothes on. It looks like some serious exercise. Just like hip hop music, I am afraid reggae music has suffered the same fate.
5. Is the juice really sweeter where the berry is blacker?
Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Seal, Michael Strahan, Russell Simmons, Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant are some examples of athletes or celebrities that have married outside their race. Sometimes I do wonder what it is they really see in Caucasian/non-black women, as opposed to African-American women. In no way am I disparaging these women, but I’m just curious. Some conspiracy theorists have coined this as ‘the depopulation of the black race.’ While this may or not be true, it seems to make some sense.
I personally have no problem marrying any race as long as I’m happy. I have a question though: Do African-American celebrities marry Caucasian women out of true love or ‘status’? Do they feel that having a Caucasian woman under their arm makes them look better in the public eye? Are African-American men intimidated by their female counterparts?
Since it has become so prevalent, sometimes you have to ask yourself why. Have you ever noticed that Caucasian women who are celebrities rarely marry African-American men? Again these are questions one has to think about.
6. I hope this whole North Korea thing doesn’t pan out…..
Over the last 22 years this country has been subjected to Operation Desert Shield/Storm, 9-11, Iraqi war, and not to mention bombings here and there. The Iraq war for all intents and purposes has ended and most of the troops have come home. Between George H. “dubya“, Obama and George “dubya”, I can imagine how many gallons of blood has spilled because of them. Some believe the whole thing was propaganda, some took it seriously; but all in all, this country doesn’t need anymore bloodshed, propaganda or not. There is too much going on in our city streets.