As I grow older, the thing I appreciate most about maturity is that it provides perspective.
Man, so it was a matter of time before I had to punch in on one of these , so without further adieu , I present to you #FeelsLikeFriday Vol. 2. So to my understanding, these things are designed to musically describe your week, so let’s talk about it. This week for me was a share of ups, downs and a whole lot of chilling. I managed to secure another major interview bag, I made a lil bread this week, flirted with my fiancé all week, had an IDGAF moment with Dallas County Sheriff’s Department and in light of Trump’s sorry ass White House spread I thought back to my favorite president. It’s safe to say my week was a whirlwind of craziness, but no matter how crazy and/or chill your week is, never forget to call your mothers, especially if her name is Rosalind Reeves, because she will definitely let you know about your bitchassness. TGIF!
Friday. Freedom. Fun. Money. Music. To some degree, we can associate the GOOD day with one of these things, the things that sustain us. Friday is about letting the past go and embracing the positive promise of what lies ahead. I wanted to connect with our readers and listeners in a simple way as we celebrate the weekend so I’m introducing the “Feels Like Friday” series. Feels Like Friday is going to be a quick recap of the week through music but no matter what challenges I’ve had to overcome, my joy isn’t stolen. I hope you all enjoy and welcome your comments, critiques, suggestions and stories.
1. Higher (King Pt. 6) – Big K.R.I.T. – TDT
2. Championships – Meek Mill – Championships
3. Malcolm X.X.X. – Kodak Black – Dying To Live
4. M.F.T.R. – Pusha T, The Dream – King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude
5. Smile – Jay-Z – 4:44
6. Alexys – Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live 2wice
. Insecure is that rare, fun and unique TV show that interacts with reality in such an honest way that it moves us to compare our realities to the storylines that play out in front of us. It encourages important dialogue but it also allows us to just enjoy black excellence. But let’s get back to that toxic black masculinity thing. I’m not going to pretend to be a scholar about the issue, but I have noticed a trend regarding Season 3
During the month of March, and the rest of your natural-born life, really, open your eyes to the black women around you and those in our history history as well. Take an interest in who she is, how she feels, what makes her operate and what she has overcome, and maybe you can be a part of the greatness that she is and the greatness that is waiting on her.
Black Panther was something different. A young black man took charge of a black story, invited the most talented black people to the party and made something for us. Something we could love without having to apologize for it or explain that we understand its flaws . . .
It just portrayed blackness, excellent and undisturbed.
After years of waiting, the culture was finally able to gain entry into Wakanda. And it was the most Blackity Black weekend of 2018, and maybe the decade. Blacker than Memorial Day boat parties, the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise, and the birthday parties your little cousins used to have at the Bronco Bowl (RIP).
Hey, Mr. Carter
by Aaron Colen
Jay-Z’s 13th studio album, 4:44, is groundbreaking. It’s a game-changing project from an artist who many questioned whether he should still be in the game at all.
".....we’ve championed the likes of Blackish, Insecure, Queen Sugar, Atlanta and so on so forth and rightfully so, these shows deserve that recognition, but I found out over the weekend that we may have allowed one of our shows to slip through the cracks."
AN AMERICAN PHAROAH OR A NUBIAN QUEEN?
Serena Williams was named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of The Year on Monday. The cover, which can be seen and appreciated below, went viral in a matter of minutes. It didn't go viral because of anything Serena wore or anything she said. It went viral because of a horse. Some people believed that 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh should have been honored with the award. C'mon, bro. In the end of 2015 we'd rather honor a horse than a human? This horse was a rare breed of excellence and deserves a fair amount of praise, but that's no means to disrespect the magnificent accomplishments of Serena. This isn't something she deserves because of her body, this is something she earned with blood, sweat and tears. This is something that made black men watch tennis. This is something that a woman of color worked towards for years in a social climate that is hesitant to even acknowledge the athletic capabilities of women. There is something to be admired in a feat of humanity. That horse essentially runs laps fast, one of about 5 things a horse does every day. That horse can't dart to his left, only to have a small green ball take a sudden hop to his right and still powerfully and accurately deliver the ball back over a net at a human opponent. Some people will do anything to see a woman, especially a black woman, be disregarded. I bet those same people enjoy "Mr. Ed" reruns. They don't want you to have awards, Serena, but you gone get awards. Another one.