So, I Took A DNA Test…

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, today’s post is going to be relatively transparent. Now, over the last few years, I’ve been on a simultaneous journey of discovery and rebellion. Discovery in the sense of trying to connect with cultures that preceded me and rebellion in the sense of rejecting a lot of the pillars of Western colonialism. With all of that being said, taking a DNA test was part of that journey. Needless to say, I thought the results were pretty illuminating.

Now, after researching a bunch of different genetic testing services, my wife and I decided to go with MyHeritage. When it came to Ancestry.com and 23andMe, I just didn’t like how they got down with selling everyone’s personal and genetic information. Like, they’re just blatantly giving outside companies our shit, man. Look, I’m not foolish enough to blindly believe MyHeritage’s guarantees of not doing the same, but at least they’re restricting such open-ended access, for now.

Moving on, after about three weeks, my wife and I finally got our results yesterday. Now, when it comes to me, I’m about 74% Nigerian with another 14% pulling from various West African countries. The rest is an amalgamation of Irish, Middle Eastern and Chinese. Side note, I got a good chuckle out of the Chinese part, fam. Hell, on face value, there’s nooooo way to tell that my Black ass has any Chinese heritage. It’s pretty dope, though.

In any case, after getting these results, my skepticism about these types of exams subsided. I mean, I know for a fact that my mom’s side of the family has Irish folk in it and I know that my paternal grandma is of Nigerian descent. But, it’s still wild to see it all broken out, bruh.

The truth is, the older I get, the more that I feel the need to connect with Africa. One, because I have a hunger to learn about who we were before we were taken. Two, I feel a genuine lack of connection to a country that CLEARLY hates Black people (America). Three, I have a strong desire to unite with all of my brothers and sisters across the diaspora. All in all, it’s becoming very hard for me to feel at “home” as a stolen person on stolen land.

In the end, I haven’t scratched the surface of the journey that I’ve been on. Side note, religion is part of my rebellion, but that’s another subject for another day, son. In any case, I just feel refreshed after going down the DNA rabbit hole. All I can say is, Nigeria and Ghana are on my to-do list for the very near future. Shout-out to all of my brethren who already took advantage of the Year of Return wave. Salute! That is all. LC out.

Kyle Rittenhouse Is A Monster That America Created

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I feel very scatterbrained today. Like, I have so many thoughts right now that I’m not exactly sure how to structure it all. The fact of the matter is, Kyle Rittenhouse is a vigilante, a terrorist and a monster that America created. I mean, just think about it, man: Rittenhouse shot three people who were protesting the fact that the police shot Jacob Blake. Essentially, two people died because they were upset that ANOTHER unarmed Black man got shot. *Sigh* I literally can’t make this shit up, fam.

Ok, for those who missed it, Kenosha, Wisconsin just became even more of a shit-show. Now, after the shooting of Jacob Blake, protestors have taken to the streets. As expected, folks are fucking outraged that yet another Black person has been victimized by law enforcement. However, instead of acknowledging the reason for people’s rage, detractors and media personalities just demonize the way that folks protest. And THIS is exactly the reason why murderers like Rittenhouse exist.

Look, it happens time and time again, bruh. Racists constantly spin the narrative to distract from what people are protesting about. Instead of recognizing the injustice, they talk about the manner in which people react. But, we all know that this has nothing to do with “riots,” son. Shit, all Colin Kaepernick did was kneel (at the behest of a veteran) and the nation lost its fucking mind. So, miss me with all of that, man. The problem is, painting protestors as “thugs” and “degenerates” is precisely why killers like Rittenhouse feel emboldened.

Hell, let’s be clear, fam. Rittenhouse came from Antioch, Illinois, a town 30 minutes away from Kenosha, to “protect” a car dealership that wasn’t his. In addition, despite the fact that Kenosha is an open carry state, Rittenhouse is too young to even qualify. On top of that, he was outside after curfew, just like all of the protestors that police chief Daniel Miskinis was criticizing. The fact of the matter is, Rittenhouse is a documented Blue Lives Matter zealot who took it upon himself to kill protestors.

The way I see it, Rittenhouse is a product of the narrative that’s permeated through right-wing America. For so long, they’ve denied the agency of Black people, criticized anyone who’s dared to speak out and blindly support our victimizers. All in all, this is the world that Rittenhouse subscribes to. So, it makes perfect sense that he would take this type of action. He’s just espousing the beliefs that he’s been subjected to. With all of that being said, the entire country is responsible for the deeds of that 17-year-old terrorist.

In the end, I’m beyond tired, bruh. Ultimately, I’ve said that before, but I legitimately shed a tear last night. By and by, it’s still painful to see that a large portion of the country doesn’t give a flying shit about us. At the end of the day, the idea that we’re desensitized is nonsense. The truth is, I still feel EVERYTHING, son. Everything. That is all. LC out.

P.S. From the depths of my soul, I want to say FUCK TUCKER CARLSON! Ok, yes, he’s always been a piece of shit, but last night was a new low, even for him. This clown-cake really suggested that Rittenhouse was dispensing justice because the police wouldn’t. Like, I don’t even know how to properly respond to that statement. Listen, I know the game that Fox News is playing, but this is too far, man. Honestly, they need to take some type of action against him ASAP. Fin.

Please Survive, Jacob Blake

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I did something that I said I’d never do again: I watched the shooting of another Black person by the police. *Sigh* What the fuck, son? Like, honestly, what the entire fuck, man?! I mean, this Jacob Blake situation is beyond belief, fam. All I know is, our rage means nothing if these cowards aren’t held accountable for their actions.

Ok, for those who are unaware, yet another Black person has suffered harm at the hands of law enforcement. Now, over in Kenosha, Wisconsin, witnesses say that Blake, a 29-year-old father of three, was trying to break up an argument between two women. However, instead of being thanked for his seeming attempt at being a peacemaker, Blake was instead rewarded with seven shots to his back. Even worse, he was violated with his three sons watching from his car. Real talk, I’m at an absolute loss for words, bruh.

Now, as of right now, Blake has thankfully managed to survived. According to reports, he’s in stable condition, despite the rumors that he may be paralyzed. *Sigh* If that’s the case, yeah it’s great that he’s alive, but what kind of standard of living is this, son? For God‘s sake, why do we always end up in the same fucking spot, man? People have been pissed ALL of 2020 and NOTHING has changed, fam. Why? Because these motherfuckers never get in trouble for anything!

Look, maybe I’m oversimplifying everything, but the answer is simple to me: murderers and attempted murderers need to go to fucking prison. Now, of course we can have substantive debates about updating our laws. All of that is factual, bruh. But, some of the laws we currently have work, son. Like, sending a motherfucker to prison if he/she wrongfully shoots someone. Shit, that law already exists, man. The fact of the matter is, police are NEVER held to the same standard of laws they’re SUPPOSED to uphold. All in all, it’s fucking disgusting, fam.

In the end, all prayers to Jacob Blake and his family. Ultimately, I really hope that he survives his ordeal. By and by, I also hope that justice is done for him. Then again, hope alone isn’t enough, brethren. So, we can all start by calling the Kenosha City Attorney at (262) 653-4170, the Kenosha Mayor at (262) 653-4000, the Kenosha Police Non-Emergency Line at (262) 656-1234 and the Wisconsin Department of Justice at (608) 266-1221. The way I see it, heads need to roll for this shit. Let’s get this done, folks. That is all. LC out.

Randi B. & LC: Kamala Harris, Being Woke & The Electoral College

What’s good, brethren? On this episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about Kamala Harris, being woke and the Electoral College. It evolved into a conversation that included Joe Biden, Beyoncé, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, gun rights and the Coronavirus. Check it out on YouTube below. Yessir!

Randi B. & LC: Joe Biden, Beyoncé & Educating Non-Black Folk

What’s good, brethren? On this episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about Joe Biden, Beyoncé‘s Black Is King and educating non-Black people about Black issues. It evolved into a conversation that included missing simple pleasures during quarantine and the upcoming Fred Hampton movie, Judas and the Black Messiah. Check it out on YouTube below. Let’s go!

Randi B. & LC: Herman Cain, Breonna Taylor, Defunding The Police & BLM

What’s good, brethren? On this episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about Herman Cain, Breonna Taylor, defunding the police and infighting in the Black Lives Matter movement. It evolved into a conversation that included Donald Trump, the Coronavirus, Jeff Sessions, William Barr, Amadou Diallo and Verzuz. Check it out on YouTube below. Yessir!

Who’s Staying In Shape During Quarantine?

So, let’s skip the formalities and get straight to the point, son. Who’s staying in shape during quarantine, man? Who’s put on the COVID 15? On the real, as a collective, it feels like we’re all over the place, fam. I mean, it seems like a small percentage of us have stayed relatively the same. For the rest of us, we’re either battling weight gain or have been fortunate enough to lose a couple of pounds. All in all, how’s everyone doing out there?

Ok, I’ll keep it a buck, bruh. Real talk, I was doing better in the earlier days of the quarantine. Hell, between work, music, the blog and helping my kids with remote learning, I was/am generally crunched for time. So, I started to really embrace circuit training. Like, being able to cram a bunch of exercises into a short period of time was/is very beneficial to me, son. However, my progress has slowed down since the birth of my daughter. Shit, at this point, I’m SUPER sleep-deprived and running on ungodly amounts of coffee. But, luckily, I haven’t put on any additional weight. Thanks to the work that I put in at the beginning of the quarantine, I was able to lose an extra ten pounds. So far, I haven’t put it back on. All I know is, I better get to working out again to ensure that it stays that way, man.

In the end, how’s everyone else’s fitness journey going? Has the pandemic been kind to folks (besides the potential sickness and threat of unemployment)? Ultimately, I have no idea when life will be back to “normal.” All I can say is, I want to still be able to fit my clothes when it does. That is all. LC out.

A Lesson From ‘Kier & Them’ About Therapy

So, I’m going to try and keep this post short today, son. Ok, yes, I say that almost every time that I write and I never follow through, man. In any case, I wanted to briefly speak about an Instagram video that resonated with me. Both my wife and my broski BK sent me a video from Kier & Them that touched on therapy. More specifically, the video highlighted the fact that people, especially emotionally-distant men, will never truly be happy until they work through their past trauma.

Ok, anyone who’s ever read this blog knows that I’m a BIG advocate for therapy. I mean, as someone who’s dealt with various bouts of depression, I owe my life to getting help, fam. Shit, as I’ve mentioned on this site before, between the ages of 19 and 28, I was a fucking madman, bruh. I always felt isolated, I put an immense amount of pressure on myself and instead of talking my issues out, I drank. A lot. Like, a whole lot, brethren. Frankly, I wasn’t necessarily suicidal, but I also didn’t care if I lived or not. All I know this, that was a terrible feeling to have when I was supposed to be raising a child.

Now, it’s no secret that my wife was the main person who inspired me to get help. Yeah, my homie Mitch tried to get me to go to therapy in college, but I wasn’t ready then. It wasn’t until I was faced with the possibility of losing my family that I finally woke up. All in all, I wanted to be better for her. I wanted to be better for our son. More importantly, I wanted to be better for me. I was tired of feeling like a prisoner in my own head. I was tired of keeping my loved ones at arm’s length because I was waiting for shit to go wrong. I wanted to give my son the love that I never felt as a child. Yes, my mother absolutely loved me, but she wasn’t the best at showing it. This was because it was never really shown to her either. All I can say is, the cycle is fucking vicious, bruh.

Moving on, the Kier & Them video did a great job of explaining the importance of getting help. Hell, social media LOVES talking about “couple goals,” but never talks about the difficulties in maintaining a strong union. The truth is, my wife and I have been through some shit, son. Now, I’m not saying that relationships have to be painful, but I can attest that they aren’t a cakewalk either. The fact of the matter is, both parties involved need to check their own trauma before they bring it to their companion’s front door. The way I see it, a functional relationship recognizes dysfunction and works through it. Plain and simple.

In the end, shout-out to Kier & Them for that dope video. Ultimately, I hope people learn a valuable lesson here. By and by, let go of the stigma of therapy and let go of any baggage that is holding us back. At the end of the day, that’s the real pursuit of happiness. That is all. LC out.

Herman Cain Died Over Politics

So, before I even begin, let me make one thing clear: I’m not here to speak ill of the dead. I’m not here to say “I told you so” or gloat about someone’s misfortune. If anything, Herman Cain‘s death highlights the sickness of bipartisanship in this country. I mean, people are so entrenched in this Left and Right bullshit that they’ll cut off their nose to spite their face. All in all, Cain’s death was potentially avoidable and all of our elected officials need to be held accountable for their tomfoolery.

Ok, for those who are unaware, Herman Cain, former presidential candidate and successful business executive, just died from the coronavirus. Now, there’s no way to definitively determine where he contracted the virus, but anyone with a brain can make an educated guess. So, back on June 20th, Donald Trump had his infamous rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In any case, outside of the fact that Trump held a rally at the site of the Black Wall Street massacre a day after Juneteenth, this event was notable for another reason. Essentially, everyone took pride in not wearing masks and not socially distancing.

Look, in the days leading up to the rally, Cain took to Twitter to disavow any mask mandates. Nine days later, he was diagnosed with the virus and ended up in an Atlanta hospital. Fast forward a month, he succumbed to the illness. Now, here’s my beef with this entire situation, son. Real talk, Cain died because of politics, man. Somehow, a health crisis became a bipartisan issue. So, instead of everyone taking the proper precautions to keep themselves safe, some folks are simply adhering to empty and dangerous rhetoric.

Fam, I understand that people want the country to get back up and running. Shit, I’m going through serious Jiu Jitsu withdrawal right now. But, I understand that these minor inconveniences are for the greater good. Like, bruh, seriously, is wearing a mask the worst fucking thing in the world? Is not going to a bar the worst fucking thing in the world? How did we become so fractured as a nation that quarantining can drive people insane? How did there become two sides to a cotdamn sickness? *Sigh* Cats are really dying because of allegiances to a political party and Cain is proof of that.

In the end, regardless of whether I agreed with him or not, rest in peace to Herman Cain. Ultimately, this was such a senseless and unnecessary way to go. By and by, I hope this is a lesson to everyone out there. At the end of the day, we better not let politics be the death of us. That is all. LC out.

Randi B. & LC: Parenting, Race, Kanye West & The Coronavirus

What’s good, brethren? On this episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about parenting, race, Kanye West and the Coronavirus. It morphed into a conversation that included apartheid, Germany, Steve King, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, David Duke and Candace Owens. Check it out on YouTube below. Let’s go!