These Unemployment Numbers Are Staggering, Pt. 2

*Sigh* Here we are, son. It’s been less than two weeks since I wrote my first unemployment post and things have only gotten exponentially worse. I mean, in my original article, I talked about the 3.3 million people who filed for unemployment during the week ending March 21st. From there, shit went even more off of the rails, man. During the week ending March 28th, the unemployment claims ballooned to 6.9 million. Fast forward to today, another 6.6 million folks have filed claims with the Labor Department. Meaning, damn near 17 million Americans are currently out of a job.

Now, I won’t lie, fam. On the real, I don’t even know what else to say, bruh. Like, that’s the whole story, brethren. The fact is, the coronavirus is doing A LOT more than ravaging immune systems. Shit, despite the fact that the illness has claimed the lives of over 14,000 people, it’s claimed the livelihood of about 10% of the country’s workforce. All I can say is, even if we go back to “business as usual,” there’s no way to easily make up that difference, son. So, a ton of citizens might be assed out for a while, man.

In the end, I don’t have any answers, fam. On one hand, I want everyone to stay inside and be healthy. On the other hand, I want people to be able to support themselves. Ultimately, we’re all stuck between a rock and a hard place, bruh. By and by, something needs to happen soon, son. If it doesn’t, we could be facing an economy worse than the Great Recession AND the Great Depression, man. At the end of the day, I truly hope that I’m wrong about this. That is all. LC out.

‘Soul Claps’ With Randi B.: Peter Navarro, Yamiche Alcindor & Those French Doctors

What’s good, brethren? On this episode of Soul Claps, Randi B. and I talk about Peter Navarro‘s dumbassery regarding the coronavirus, the French doctors who want to test vaccines in Africa and Donald Trump‘s disrespect of Yamiche Alcindor. Check it out on YouTube below, fam. Let’s get the proceedings proceeding. Yessir!

‘Soul Claps’ With Randi B.: Bill Withers, The Coronavirus & Black Culture

What’s good, brethren? So, instead of our usual Conversations with Randi B., Randi and I decided to film our discussion and see what happens. Now, for this go-round, we’ve decided to call our little segment Soul Claps. Anyway, on this episode, we talk about Bill Withers, Black culture and (of course) the coronavirus. Check it out on YouTube below, fam. Let’s get the proceedings proceeding. Yessir!

Africa Ain’t No Cotdamn Testing Site!

So, let’s skip the formalities and get straight to the point, son. Listen, Africa ain’t no cotdamn testing site, man. Like, these scientists can’t be serious, fam. All I know is, I don’t want anyone telling me that race isn’t involved here. I mean, why else would outsiders want to go to a completely different continent and test experimental drugs on unsuspecting people? The point is, those French scientists better keep their asses in Europe and leave the motherland alone.

Ok, for those who don’t know why I’m mad, Jean-Paul Mira and Camille Locht have lost their fucking minds. Now, while having a debate on French television, these two scientists suggested testing a tuberculosis vaccine in Africa to see if it would work against the coronavirus. To make matters worse, they referenced doing something similar to how testing was originally done for AIDS. Keep in mind, as of right now, Africa is the continent with the least confirmed cases of the virus. So, why in the FUCK would these idiots go there to treat the people like guinea pigs?

Look, since these fuckity-fucks are from France, why wouldn’t they just go to Italy first? Bruh, Italy has the most confirmed deaths from the coronavirus in the world. Also, the United States has the most confirmed cases of the illness around the globe. Lastly, this entire shit started in fucking China. So, why don’t these losers just go to one of those three places? Why go to a place that isn’t nearly as affected and pollute the population? Oh, because it’s just a bunch of Black people, right?

In the end, I’m just fucking disgusted, son. Ultimately, even during times of crisis, people’s prejudice always rears its head, man. By and by, all of these turds need to keep their asses out of Africa, fam. At the end of the day, folks need to treat the people who need it the most. All I can say is, my African brethren aren’t lab rats, bruh. So, knock it the fuck off, people. That is all. LC out.

Conversations With Randi B.: Coronavirus, Social Distancing & The Economy

What’s good, brethren? On this episode of Conversations with Randi B., Randi and I talk (again) about the coronavirus, quarantining / social distancing and the financial impact of the pandemic. Check it out on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Anchor below, fam. Let’s get the proceedings proceeding. Yessir!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/conversations-with-randi-b/id1495539114#episodeGuid=c9bd136c-9316-4588-8d34-ae5c80634ce4

These Unemployment Numbers Are Staggering

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, once the coronavirus started doing its ‘rona shit, I knew that the job market would be negatively impacted. In fact, I got a glimpse of where things could go even before the unemployment claims were released. I mean, once my job told the managers that they could let contractors go, if they so desired, I knew that dark times were ahead, man. However, I’d be lying if I said that I thought things would be THIS bad, fam. All in all, these new unemployment numbers are fucking STAGGERING, bruh!

Ok, for those who missed it, we all might be fucked around here. Now, in the span of a week, there were 3.28 million unemployment claims, according to the Labor Department. Wait, let me say that again, son. In ONE week, there were 3.28 MILLION unemployment claims across the country. Look, for some perspective, the previous high in a week was 695,000, which occurred in October 1982. Shit, even during the Great Recession in the late 2000s, the high was 665,000 in a week. Fam, this ‘rona shit has upped that number by 5 TIMES! Like, I don’t even know how to express my genuine shock in words, man.

Look, like I’ve said in my podcast with Randi B., I always felt like the financial ramifications of this virus would be worse than the physical consequences. Now, I didn’t say that because I’m taking this sickness lightly, bruh. Hell, I still have scarred lungs from catching pneumonia in 2014. The truth is, I might be one of those people with a compromised immune system. But, I’ve always felt like people’s inability to go into work would have a negative effect on the economy. In any case, none of my suspicions could’ve prepared me for these numbers, son. All I can say is, we need to figure this ‘rona shit out ASAP before we don’t have a country left, man.

In the end, I want to send out two messages to everyone out there. First, for anyone who’s lost their job, my prayers are with you and I hope that the world opens again so we can get back on that interview grind. Second, for anyone who still has a job, be very thankful, fam. Yeah, we can complain about working from home and cabin fever, but the alternative is fucking terrible, bruh. At the end of the day, times like this are extremely humbling, son. Listen, anytime we think we’re in control, the universe (or possibly a biology lab) will bring us to our knees. With all of that being said, the ‘rona needs to hurry up and get the fuckity-fuck outta here. We all have things to do, brethren. That is all. LC out.

How’s That Quarantine Going?

So, as of today’s post, I’ve officially been working from home for exactly two weeks. Now, to be fair, I’m not new to this occupational setup. I mean, back in my Citigroup days, I worked from the crib for almost two years, man. Side note, I’m only comfortable mentioning Citi because I haven’t worked there in almost a decade. In any case, since the coronavirus is out here hating and has most of America grounded, a lot of us are getting overly acquainted with the walls in our house. With all of that being said, how’s everyone holding up out there?

Now, I won’t lie, son. On the real, my blog has suffered a little during this time of uncertainty. Like, having “free time” would suggest that I’d be cranking out posts, but it hasn’t really gone like that, fam. Shit, between trying to get my day job done, dealing with my kids’ remote learning schedule, fending off hoarders in the supermarket and less events happening in society, I haven’t really felt like writing, bruh. On the other hand, I’ve been working on music like crazy, man. Hell, like I’ve said in an Instagram video, I’m either making my best project or absolute trash. We shall see, brethren.

In any case, I ain’t got shit else to say, son. Ultimately, I just want to know how everyone is doing out there. By and by, I hope that folks are taking this quarantine / social distancing advisory seriously. The way I see it, I’d much rather overreact and stay safe than tek shit fi joke and catch The ‘Rona. At the end of the day, I just hope everyone stays inside, finds a hobby, exercises a little and keep out of harm’s way. That is all. LC out.