I can’t write this letting anger win, not on the first beautiful Dallas day we’ve had in weeks. Not on Women’s Day. It’s not a 3:30 service attached to it, but let’s praise the queens today. I’mgonna try my best to do it my way despite that derivative emotion lingering.
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!
MVP: IT HAS A DIFFERENT MEANING WHEN YOU'RE BLACK
Media Vilified Person. Adrian Peterson couldn't discipline his own child unless "they" approved, and now Cam Newton can't even have one unless "they" approve. In a world that cries foul over just about everything black people achieve, I thought parenthood was safe. Happy New Year, same sad shit. If you didn't know prior to reading this, Newton's girlfriend recently gave birth to a baby boy, Chosen, prior to Christmas. When I was informed that people were complaining about the child, my first thought was "These celebs gotta stop naming these kids directions and verbs." I was underestimating the disdain for black positivity in America, even in 2016, even after Tamir's murderer won't even stand trial. Here are some excerpts of letters to the editor from the Charlotte Observer, hometown newspaper of the Carolina Panthers.
"Congratulations would be in order if he had been man enough to marry the mother of his child and make a home. This happy occasion is blighted when Cam, whose own parents were married, skips the very basis of being a good
"Cam is a role model to many of our young males, both white and black. The least that he and his longtime girlfriend could have done is to get married prior to giving birth to show his followers that not only is he a superstar, but also a person with high morals."
Now would be a good time for Under Armour to remake the Charles Barkley "I am not a role model" Nike commercials. In a time where they've stolen the dab and are about to run off with runnin' off on da plug we can't even be fathers to our sons unless they feel comfortable with the circumstances. And then "they" will turn around and use the fatherless homes data as a reason to mock us. #BlackLivesMatter
We appreciate all the love and support that we've received since our launch and now it's time to take it to another level. We are thankful to have sold out THE EXODUS NYE CELEBRATION as it is a signal that the love that we have for Dallas and have shared with this city all our lives is being reciprocated. Good Culture is all about celebrating this city, our people and our success. Whether you're an entrepreneur, a doctor, a lawyer or just thankful for life, health and strength we appreciate you and want to take this moment to remind you that you are Good Culture. We are a Dallas original so we are excited to have the opportunity to show the city love and bring in a year that will be great. If you reserved an RSVP be expecting further details on the event very soon. If you won't be with us then we hope you enjoy a safe and happy celebration. Let's go be legends. #TheExodus2016 #GoodCulture #LEGENDARY
GILBERT ARENAS: WHEN KEEPIN' IT REAL GOES WRONG
This one is tough. In today's social climate, your opinion on any small thing can shape peoples' impression of you for the remainder of your relevancy. Gilbert Arenas is learning that the hard way. If you haven't read, seen or heard, the former NBA All-Star posted a short clip on his IG account yesterday regarding the looks of WNBA players. In his video, women were hoopin' in thongs and he basically said that that's what people envisioned when the WNBA was first introduced. That's not a technical foul in my opinion. Sexist? Yeah, but just about anything men say that doesn't praise a woman today is regarded as inconsiderate or sexist. #WeLoveAllWomenAtGoodCulture. It went from questionable to deplorable when he said "..not a bunch of chicks running around looking like,cast members from #orangeisthenewblack...dont get me wrong,they have few #cutiepies but theres a whole alotta #beanpies running around." This is where it's better to not say anything if you don't have anything nice to say. At this point, Gilbert should respect the sport enough to separate the game from his opinions on beauty. I don't watch a lot of womens' basketball, but it's not because of a lack of or an abundance of beauty. These women have made it to the highest level of their craft, I don't think they should be objectified by the societal standards of beauty when that has nothing to do with getting buckets. Some people can grasp that and block out everything else. Some people can't and they say dumb things as a result. Opinions can never be more than opinions, but they can be kept personal.
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.
Blitz Weekly's Article On The Death of DISD Football
If you attended Carter, SOC, Velt, Lincoln, Kimball or Madison, you need to read this article by Blitz Weekly's Darius Williams. It is a fact filled look into the rapid decline of Dallas ISD football. Community, pride, culture and status are all highlighted with great justification as to their impact on the sad state of a once proud and athletically dominant school district. Read this good people.
Ugly Sweater Season Approachin'
Scottie Smith II & Associates will host their Annual Ugly Sweater Party & Toy Drive on Friday, December 11, 2015 at their offices. Click link for event details and to RSVP.
MENDEECEES ENCOURAGES YOUNG BLACK MEN
Mendeecees Harris, husband of Love & Hip Hop's Yandy Smith and a father of four children, received an 8 year prison sentence for drug trafficking. However, he used the punishment to share his encouragement to others in our communities who struggle with similar circumstances and environments. While it's unfortunate that the words were expressed under these circumstances, we still applaud him for his effort to steer others away from his fate. Letter posted below.
RICK ROSS FIRES OFF NOT SO SUBTLE SHOTS
You can purchase Rozay's entire upcoming album, Black Market, this Friday. But today the rapper released a track from the project that has set off buzz and debate. In the second verse of "Color Money", the Miami artist didn't mince words and didn't hide behind subliminals in letting it be known that he stands firm at the side of his MMG labelmate Meek Mill. He didn't mention Drake by name, but if we're being honest listeners he didn't need to. Looking forward to Friday.
CREED ENJOYS STRONG OPENING WEEKEND
Michael B. Jordan delivers a moving and eye-opening performance in the lead role of a modern, urban and real addition to the "Rocky" franchise. The film does a masterful job of capturing life in the ring and does not shy away from the strong, brash and proud Philly street culture. With an opening weekend of $42.6 Million, "Creed" owns the slot for the largest opening for the franchise, and is expected to enjoy continued success as it has drawn positive reviews from all. Tessa Thompson provides the beauty as a talented songstress (Bianca) and Sylvester Stallone puts down his gloves to provide wisdom in his signature role of Rocky Balboa. If you haven't seen the movie, we strongly suggest you go support a movie that pays huge respect to our culture and doesn't fail to entertain.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS A SUNDAY NIGHT PARTY
Dallas' own Erykah Badu owned the stage as the host of the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards. #BlackTwitter was lit as we enjoyed performances from R. Kelly, Babyface, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, Jill Scott, Brandy, Tyrese and many many more talented and soulful artists. The night was a reviving and refreshing close to a holiday weekend as the celebration included fish plates and those good ole red cups. As we gave thanks all weekend, it was good to see us party together and honor and celebrate us being us.
COWBOYS LOSE ROMO FOR SEASON
In a season marred with injuries, a lack of depth and lost opportunities, the Dallas Cowboys suffered one more devastating setback when quarterback Tony Romo was lost for the season. Romo reinjured the collarbone that had caused him to miss 7 straight games and was quickly ruled out by the season by the team. The Cowboys are fortunate to be in a very bad NFC East and can give their season purpose with a win over the Skins on Monday Night Football, but some are already starting to consider if the team would be better served just throwing in the towel.