My Bittersweet Thoughts About Jordan Peele’s Win

*Sigh* I guess I’m going to be that guy, son. Now, before I get skewered by the Black community, let me be clear: I’m not about to slander Get Out. Look, at this point, nothing else needs to be said about how great that movie was/is. I mean, the film gave us the concept of the “sunken place,” son. That, in and of itself, is good enough to explain the virtues of this movie. With all of that being said, I don’t know how hyped we should be about Jordan Peele‘s Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay. Let me explain why.

So, about a week ago, Vulture interviewed some of the younger Academy voters. As expected, Get Out became a topic of conversation. Now, during the course of that discussion, the younger voters admitted that the older factions of the Academy were resistant to Get Out. According to them, Peele’s film was “not an Oscar film.” This was noteworthy because a bunch of the people saying this had never seen the movie. So, simply based on its appearance, they reached the conclusion that Peele’s masterwork wasn’t good enough. Hmm, I wonder why that would be, man.

Look, if we’re keeping it a buck, we all know what the deal is, fam. The fact of the matter is, these older voters don’t see the art in Black movies. Real talk, they saw a Black director and a Black cast and said “no thank you.” All in all, that brings me to my main point: why the fuck do we care about the Oscars? Listen, for years we’ve had to beg them to acknowledge our artistry. Why? Why do we give the Academy and Hollywood so much power when they don’t respect our ideas? All in all, it’s hard for me to rejoice over Peele’s win when the Academy didn’t even want to watch his movie in the first place.

In the end, I’m not trying to shit on history, bruh. Look, it’s dope that Peele was able to do something that no other Black person has done. However; in my eyes, this is kind of a backhanded award, son. Ultimately, how can I value this achievement when the “powers that be” didn’t value the movie? By and by, we need to stop giving the establishment so much deference. At the end of the day, they don’t respect us. So, we have no need to respect them. That is all. LC out.


What Do Y’all Want From This Site?

So, today’s post is going to be a little bit different, son. Basically, I’d like to have a direct dialogue with my audience, man. With that being said, I want to ask a simple question: what does everyone want to see on this site? Now, at this point, I’ve spent a number of years just rambling about whatever crossed my mind. On the real, I’m super thankful for everybody who holds me down, fam. In any case, I’ve never really taken the time to cater to the needs of my supporters. Well, that changes today, bruh!

All in all, I’d like to hear from all of the fine folks out there. So, what kind of topics would people like to see me touch on? Is there a different format that I should consider embracing? Feel free to let me know on any of my platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or right here on this site. Side bar, my handle is “icbfdotcom” on all of those social media sites. Thanks a lot, brethren. LC out.

P.S. Shout-out to my wife Triciah for giving me the idea to do this. Love ya, babe!

Janelle Monáe’s Got Bars!

Yeeeeeeah, buddy! Janelle Monáe is back, son! She took time out from filming dope ass movies like Moonlight and Hidden Figures to bless us with that fuego, man. With that being said, I want to take this time to briefly talk about the two new joints she put out, fam. All in all, “Django Jane” and “Make Me Feel” showcase different aspects of Monáe’s artistry. Either way, LC has been JAMMIN’, bruh!

Ok, before I get to the Prince influences and Tessa Thompson goodness of the “Make Me Feel” video, let me talk about “Django Jane.” Now, all I know is, Monáe got bars, son! I mean, I knew she could rap from her “Tightrope (Wondamix)” track with Lupe Fiasco and B.o.B. However; she legit has punchlines on this new track, man! Look, as a rapper myself, I always appreciate good wordplay, fam. So, when I hear lines like “I cut ’em off like Van Gogh, now, pan right for the angle,” I get hyped, bruh! In addition, when I hear bars like “I got away with murder, no Scandal, cue the violins and the Viola‘s,” I can’t help but tip my cap, folks. At the end of the day, Monáe can rhyme for real, people!

Moving on, let’s speak about this “Make Me Feel” video. Now, I must say, I have a MASSIVE crush on Janelle Monáe. So, the rumors of her dating Tessa Thompson only suck because that eliminates my chances, son. Listen, I’m pretty sure my wife would say our marriage eliminates my chances, but she understands how hot Monáe is, man. Anyway, Thompson is prominently featured in the video and their chemistry has everybody talking. On top of that, the music is phenomenal, fam! Listen, when most artists attempt a Prince sound, they fuck it up. But, Monáe is able to take the Purple One’s template and make it her own. On the real, I’d bet money that he’s grooving to those guitar licks in Heaven, bruh.

In the end, what else can I say, son? Ultimately, Monáe is two-for-two with these new releases, man. By and by, I can’t wait for her Dirty Computer album, fam. Keeping it a buck, she’s one of the few artists that I truly believe is incapable of making wack shit. So, on that note, let’s jam to that new Dylan hot fire, bruh. That is all. LC out.

Will Smith Has The Best Account On Instagram

So, let me be real, son. These days, I spend a lot of time talking about serious topics. I mean, there’s so much fuckity-fuck shit going on, I feel like I need to make sense of it all. In any case, I’d like to take this time to speak about something lighthearted. With that being said, let’s all touch base about Will Smith‘s awesome Instagram account. Real talk, his videos may be the best thing about IG right now, man. All in all, if anyone disagrees, do us all a favor and get acquainted with Willard’s greatness.

Ok, let me explain why I’m such a fan of Smith’s IG antics. Now, growing up, I was a HUGE fan of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. On the real, Smith was a cotdamn fool and it always made for entertaining television. Anyway, when I look at Smith’s IG page, it’s clear as day that he wasn’t acting on that show. Like, that’s REALLY his personality, fam. Look, I pretty much always knew that, but it’s dope as hell to see it in real time, bruh. Listen, this dude is one of the most successful people in the world and he’s still out here terrorizing his children and acting an ass. Yeah, we can wax poetically about his inspirational videos, which are great, but I’m also here for the jokes, people. Keeping it a buck, his tomfoolery encourages me to continue being my stupid ass self. Sorry in advance, kids.

In the end, there’s nothing else for me to say, son. Ultimately, I could describe my favorite posts from his feed, but I’d much rather show them, man. With that being said, folks can take a look at my favorite videos below. By and by, people can take a break from the twerking videos for a second. Yes, I know they’re wonderful, but they’ll still be there after we’re done here, fam. That is all. LC out.

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I Understand Erik Killmonger

Disclaimer: There are copious amounts of spoilers in this post. Don’t say I didn’t give a warning.

So, I, like everyone else, saw Black Panther this weekend. I mean, there was NO WAY I was going to miss this movie, son! Shit, I wouldn’t care if I was crippled and stricken with leprosy. All I know is, Lawrence Charles was going to the cotdamn theater, man! Now, with all of that being said, the movie was awesome, fam! However; I’m not here to talk about that, bruh. Frankly, we all knew the movie was going to be dope. Instead, I want to talk about the film’s “villain,” Erik Killmonger. All in all, while he may have committed some WILD atrocities, I actually understood him, folks. In any case, let’s talk about the mindset of a madman.

Ok, before I continue, let me get the obvious out of the way. Now, Killmonger did A LOT of fucked up shit, son. Hell, he shot his girlfriend, killed Zuri, roughed up a bunch of elders and countless other moments of fuckery. But, he was operating from a place of unadulterated and calculated fury. On the real, he’s the quintessential example of the forgotten Black child. The child that was left to fend for himself/herself. The child that could’ve used some resources and guidance. The child that simply needed to know what love felt like. Instead, their hearts became hardened and they want to take their pain out on everyone.

Now, as Killmonger grew older, he realized that there were people who could’ve helped him. In his world, T’Chaka and his Wakandan brethren could’ve come to his rescue. However; they were more interested in preserving their way of life than helping a perceived outsider. Real talk, that’s no different than the number of successful Black people who do NOTHING for the Black community in America. Keeping it a buck, a lot of people with means don’t like to help, man. Either because they don’t feel like they owe anyone or because they’re scared of losing their affluence. By and by, it’s creates an environment that could breed individuals with Killmonger’s rage.

Look, contrary to Killmonger’s master plan, I don’t think an armed revolution is the move. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t believe that Black people should be armed. I ABSOLUTELY believe that as Black people we should be able to protect ourselves effectively. However; conquering the world for the sake of ruling would make us no better than our oppressors. So, in that regard, I don’t agree with Killmonger. Besides that, I believe that he was absolutely right about taking care of our own. At the end of the day, if we don’t lift ourselves up, no one else will do it for us.

In the end, Killmonger may have taken things too far, but I understand why, son. Ultimately, he was a damaged man who saw how his life could’ve been different. In my eyes, I see Wakanda as the Talented Tenth. All I can say is, what’s the point of being successful if we don’t pave a better path for our people? The way I see it, that’s exactly the lesson that T’Challa learned by the end of the movie. LC out.

P.S. Killmonger also had the best quote in the film, man. “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships, because they knew death was better than bondage” might be the greatest statement ever made in a movie. That is all.

Quincy Jones Doesn’t Give A F*ck

Listen, old people don’t give a flying fuckity-fuck, son. I swear, once people make it past “retirement age,” they do and say whatever the hell they want, man. All I know is, Quincy Jones DEFINITELY fits into that category, fam. Real talk, the legendary producer recently did interviews with GQ AND with Vulture. Needless to say, he let ALL of the hot takes go, bruh! All in all, I can see people having issues with some of his statements. However; his sit-downs with these well-known publications were HIGHLY entertaining, folks!

Ok, let’s just skip the formalities, son. On the real, I simply want to get straight to the fuckery, man. Now, in regards to the tomfoolery, I want to do something a little different, fam. Keeping it a buck, I want to go through some of Jones’s most ear-catching stories in bullet format. With that being said, here’s some of the shit that made me go “oh shit”:

1. Jones claims to have 22 girlfriends all around the world. In addition, despite being 84 years old, his women apparently range between 28 and 42. Now, even funnier, those ages are part of an agreement between him and his daughters. Look, this is a wild motherfucker, son!

2. When he was down with Lionel Hampton‘s band, they allegedly used to buy dope from Detroit Red. Now, this is notable because the man formerly known as Detroit Red eventually became Malcolm X. Sheesh, that’s some wild shit, man!

3. Jones claims that Ray Charles convinced him to try heroin for a few months. In addition, Charles’s addiction was apparently so bad, he used to have a guy shoot dope directly into his nuts. Look, if that story ain’t true, then Jones has the CRAZIEST imagination, fam!

4. Apparently, after the infamous James Brown concert where Prince embarrassed himself in front of Michael Jackson, Prince tried to run over MJ with his limousine. Bruh, that’s fucking HILARIOUS! I swear, Prince was always the king of petty. This is part of the reason why I’m still a huge fan of his.

5. Jones asserts that MJ’s monkey, Bubbles, hit his daughter Rashida. Now, hurting a child is never funny, but come on, son! Only MJ would get into some shit where his pet monkey hit a kid. Good Lord, Mike was a cotdamn legend but a weird ass dude, man!

6. Jones maintains that Taylor Swift is a bad songwriter, that Elvis Presley couldn’t sing and that The Beatles were terrible musicians. Listen, I can see A LOT of people being upset by these claims, but what the fuck can they say to Quincy Jones, fam? I mean, he’s a legend among legends, bruh. Just deal with it.

7. Jones said that Marilyn Monroe‘s breasts looked like pears. On the real, I don’t know why that’s so funny, but I laughed REALLY hard when I read that, son.

8. About twelve years ago, Jones allegedly dated Ivanka Trump. Now, in his own words, she had great legs, so OF COURSE he had to do it, man! Real talk, this man has been a dog, by his own admission, for DECADES!

9. Last but not least, Jones claims that Marlon Brando smashed James Baldwin, Richard Pryor and Marvin Gaye. Now, I’m not surprised by Baldwin. Hell, I’m not even surprised by Pryor. Look, Pryor has made jokes about his sexuality and his widow even confirmed the story. However; Gaye through me for a loop, fam. All in all, this tale doesn’t make one bit of difference to me. But, it’s bugged out how casually Jones said it, bruh. Shit, it’s almost as if he looked at the interviewer crazy for not knowing this information. At the end of the day, Jones has seen EVERYTHING, people!

In the end, long live Quincy Jones, son! Ultimately, that’s a wild ass dude, man! All I can say is, I can read/listen/watch his interviews all day, fam. By and by, shout-out to GQ and Vulture for getting him to let off these shots. That is all. LC out.

Shut Up, Faizon Love

So, let’s play a quick game, son. It’s called Irrelevant People Do Weird Shit For 5 Seconds Of Attention. All I know is, Faizon Love currently has the high score in this game, man. Look, his unfounded criticism of Dave Chappelle just REEKS of desperation, fam. Hell, maybe I’d be bitter too if everything I did was inconsequential, bruh. All in all, Love needs to go somewhere with his pathetic hate, folks. At the end of the day, his opinion, like his career, doesn’t really matter.

Ok, for those who missed it, Love decided to jump out of the window over Dave Chappelle. Now, it seems as if Love has been on a crusade to prove that Chappelle doesn’t deserve his accolades. Why? Who the fuck knows, son. All I can say is, he’s stating his opinions as fact, man. However; he can’t back up any of the horse shit coming out of his mouth. Listen, when it comes to arts like comedy, fandom is subjective. But, discrediting another person’s rise to the top is some whole other shit, fam. With that being said, this is where Love needs to sit the fuck down, bruh.

Now, the fuckery began when Love insinuated that Chappelle was a Hollywood creation. Off top, that’s a bunch of nonsense, son. Look, when Chappelle’s Show began on Comedy Central, he barely had a budget, man. Fam, there were numerous interviews where Chappelle talked about the show’s humble beginnings and how the network didn’t necessarily believe in it at first. Real talk, it wasn’t until the success of that first season that Comedy Central put more muscle behind the program. Anyway, that brings me to my next point, bruh.

Listen, no one can deny the influence of Charlie Murphy on Chappelle’s Show. However; the idea that he alone made the show funny is pure nonsense, son. Like I previously said, there was an ENTIRE first season of the show before Murphy’s “True Hollywood Stories” segments about Rick James and Prince. On the real, Murphy brought a lot of classic material to the program, but Chappelle was killing the game beforehand, man.

Next, let’s talk about Love’s comparison of Chappelle and Kevin Hart. Now, like I said before, comedy is subjective, fam. However; the idea that Chappelle is a Hollywood invention and Hart is not is fucking LUDICROUS, bruh! Look, I’m a big fan of Hart’s stand-up specials. But, is Love trying to tell me that the guy who’s in Jumanji with The Rock isn’t being backed by Hollywood? Man, get the FUCK outta here, son! Keeping it a buck, NONE of Love’s hot takes make any sense, folks.

Look, let me explain what’s going on here, people. Now, when I think about Love’s career, the first thing that pops up is Friday. After that, I briefly remember him on The Parent ‘Hood. After that, I can’t think of anything else until the recently-released The New Edition Story. Basically, he’s been in the game for decades and has barely made a wave, son. So, it makes sense that he’s hating on all of Chappelle’s accomplishments. It makes sense that he’s bitter that Chappelle got $60 million from Netflix. It makes sense that he’s bitter that Chappelle just won a Grammy. Real talk, those who can’t do go on The Breakfast Club and hate. By and by, it’s a full-blown sucker move, man.

In the end, I hope Love does something with his momentary spotlight. Ultimately, that man doesn’t speak for me, son. He really had the nerve to claim that Chappelle never made Black people laugh. However; as a Black dude who hangs out with mostly Black people, that’s a bunch of bullshit, man. *Sigh* Maybe if Love had more shit going for him, then he wouldn’t be worrying about another man’s success. Well, let me go back to my regular life, fam. Which doesn’t include even remotely thinking about Faizon Love. That is all. LC out.