‘The Social Dilemma’ Is Great

Disclaimer: I’m sure there are going to be some spoilers in here. With that being said, act accordingly, brethren.

So, let’s just skip the formalities and get straight to the point, son. Over the weekend, my wife and I finally watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix. All I know is, based on my own social media habits, these programming bastards are right, man. I mean, a LARGE number of us are completely addicted to these sites and apps, fam. The way I see it, it’s high time that we unplug from the Matrix, bruh.

Ok, for those who are unaware, Netflix just released a documentary that chronicles our dependency on social media. Now, to further the point, the doc interviews a number of developers and business folk who were/are intimately involved with companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. From there, these individuals outline the deliberate ways in which these companies design their products to keep users engaged. At the core, they don’t believe that there were nefarious intentions with these algorithms. However, our society has been irreparably changed by the developments.

As an example, one of the developers interviewed was part of the team that created the Like Button on Facebook. At the time, they thought it was just a cool little idea. They really didn’t envision a time when people would do outlandish shit for this type of attention. They didn’t envision a time when folks, especially preteens and teens, would harm themselves or commit suicide because of a lack of acknowledgement. Frankly, these sites have WAY too much control over our thoughts and emotions.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’m exempt from all of this. On the real, I’m OUTRAGEOUSLY addicted to Instagram. Shit, my Explore Page always keeps me engaged with copious amounts of music, MMA and Jiu Jitsu posts. Side note, there are also a few posts of women, but like I tell my wife, I don’t know how they got there! Anyway, these developers and programmers make it a point to study us. Based on our activity, they know EXACTLY what we want to see. From there, they keep us overstimulated on these apps and sell our data to the highest bidder. Hell, even the action of pulling down the screen to refresh the page was designed to affect us psychologically. All in all, a bunch of tech heads have complete control over our brains.

In the end, I highly recommend this documentary. On one hand, I think some of the background music and the dramatizations are a little overdone. On the other hand, I’m blown away by all of the ways that these companies play us like puppets. Eventually, there’s going to come a time where I unplug completely. All I can say is, the minute that I no longer need social media to promote this blog, I’m gone, son. That is all. LC out.

Should I Find A Blogging Niche?

Ok, today’s post is going to be a little different, son. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I live in my head. Like, I spend a GREAT deal of time just analyzing any and everything, man. With all of that being said, the future of this blog has been on my mind for a while now. So, I want to pose a question to everyone out there: should I find a blogging niche?

Now, as a quick history lesson, I started this blog back in 2011. At the time, I was experiencing SEVERE writer’s block with my music and I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to perform again. In any case, while I was trying to figure out my next move, my then-girlfriend/now-wife made a suggestion: start a blog. Since I’ve always been a highly-opinionated person, she figured that it would be a cool endeavor to undertake. So, I Can’t Be Famous was born. All I can say is, I never really expected anyone to read it. Needless to say, I’m actually shocked that I have an audience at all, fam.

Moving on, despite the fact that the blog does fairly well in terms of readership, I’m actively thinking about growth. Yes, I’ve been able to amass a pretty cool audience by being random, but I wonder if a niche can push me even further. Now, if that’s the case, then what should that niche be? That’s where all of the good folks reading this come in. Frankly, I’ve talked about A LOT of topics on this blog. If I chose to veer in a certain direction, what would people prefer? Basically, I’m just thinking out loud and trying to gauge the community. So, holla at me!

In the end, there’s nothing else to say, bruh. Ultimately, I’m just out here trying to figure out the future, son. By and by, I value the opinion of the brethren who read this. So, let me know what’s good, man. Talk to me. Let’s go! LC out.

RIP Chadwick Boseman

So, like I always say, I’m going to try to keep today’s post short, son. The fact of the matter is, Chadwick Boseman was/is a cotdamn legend and should be respected as much. Although his career didn’t reach 20 years, he was responsible for NUMEROUS legendary depictions of Black people. All in all, Boseman represented the best of us and should be celebrated for his accomplishments.

Ok, for those who are living under a rock, Boseman just passed away at the age of 43. Now, given how young he was, it would be a good guess to think that he succumbed to some random tragedy. However, the truth is a lot more painful, sad and miraculous. Apparently, Boseman had been battling colon cancer for four years. That’s right, the man who was responsible for making Black kids feel like superheroes was quietly fighting for his life.

Now, when I think about Boseman’s diagnosis, I have so many thoughts at once, man. First, the entire time that he was bringing Black Panther to life, he was secretly battling for survival. Shit, he literally had to get in the best shape of his life for that role. Fam, I can’t even imagine how difficult that was while simultaneously dealing with a cancer diagnosis. No pun intended, but that was REALLY fucking heroic, bruh.

In addition, Boseman’s death has me grappling with my own mortality. I mean, think about it, son. If he was dealing with cancer for four years, then that means he was diagnosed at 39 years old. Hell, I just turned 35 this month, man. The truth is, I’m not that far away from where Boseman was, fam. Frankly, I couldn’t even fathom being as strong as he was at such a young age.

In any case, it goes without saying that he’ll be best remembered for Black Panther. Look, when someone’s the star of a billion-dollar movie, their name becomes etched in stone. But, Boseman was also responsible for MULTIPLE roles that shed a positive light on the Black community. He played Jackie Robinson, the first Black man to break Major League Baseball‘s color barrier. He played Thurgood Marshall, the first Black man appointed to the Supreme Court. He played James Brown, the inventor of the Funk and one of the most influential musicians in human history. And of course, he played T’Challa, an African king and superhero that Black children everywhere could emulate. The fact of the matter is, Boseman displayed MANY facets of Black greatness and I thank him for it.

In the end, rest in peace to Chadwick Boseman. Ultimately, I was thoroughly shocked by this news, bruh. By and by, we NEVER know what someone is dealing with behind closed doors, son. At the end of the day, I applaud Boseman for his strength. He didn’t let his ailment stop him from becoming a legend. The way I see it, that’s a lesson that all of us can learn, man. That is all. LC out.

Someone Should’ve Snuffed Vado

So, I’m going to try and keep this post short today. The fact of the matter is, someone should’ve snuffed Vado, son. I mean, how is it possible that in a room full of people, excuse me, a room full of men, that NO ONE hemmed him up for putting hands on Tahiry Jose? All I know is, the entire situation was a clusterfuck of nonsense, man. On the real, I don’t want to hear ANY justification for Vado’s behavior.

Ok, for those who are unaware, Tahiry and Vado are a “couple” on WE tv‘s Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition. Now, I won’t lie, fam. Real talk, I put the word “couple” in quotations because their union seems fraudulent to me. Ok, yes, I’m well-aware of the fact that Tahiry is allowed to move on from Joe Budden. However, it just feels like her relationship with Vado came out of left field. Especially since they’re now on a show like Marriage Boot Camp. In any case, the oddity of their bond is not why we’re here today. In reality, domestic violence is the real reason for this post, bruh.

Now, in a clip posted by Dr. Ish Major from an upcoming episode, we see Vado forcibly grab Tahiry in front of all of their castmates. Moving on, there were a couple of things that alarmed me about this incident: first, the fact that Vado was willing to take that type of action on television and in front of other people. Shit, I can only imagine the kind of bullshit he’s pulling at home, son. Second, the fact that Tahiry didn’t even seem surprised by his outburst. Once again, this lends credence to the idea that this wasn’t his first time doing that to her. Third, the fact that no dude in the room moved a muscle to help Tahiry, but have no problem squabbling with each other. Hell, I don’t even watch the show but heard about a previous altercation between DeVon Waller and Willie Taylor from Day26. So, these cats can fight over stupidity, but not to help a woman in need?

Look, before I continue, let me make something perfectly clear, son. Now, I’ve already seen comments from some people who are deep in their victim-blaming bag. Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of “Tahiry has an attitude” or “Tahiry has been aggressive towards him, too” type of responses. Fam, check this out. Like I said in my post about Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez, unless this man’s life is in IMMEDIATE danger, there is NO justification for violence. Oh, he doesn’t like the way she talks to him? Well, then fucking leave, man. That is absolutely an option, people. Grabbing or hitting a woman is NEVER an appropriate response during a disagreement. Period.

In the end, I don’t know how some of these dudes operate, bruh. Keeping it a buck, nothing of that nature could happen in my presence, son. Now, if anyone thinks that I’m blowing hot air, ask some of the women in my life how I get down in their honor. Ultimately, everyone on that cast is a fucking sucker, man. By and by, Vado is the biggest sucker of them all. It is what it is. LC out.

Issa & Molly: A Case Study On A Lack Of Communication

Disclaimer: Spoilers, son. Act accordingly.

So, I won’t lie, man. On the real, this post may be all over the place because I’m trying to write about the whole Insecure series from memory. In any case, the inevitable finally occurred between Issa Dee and Molly Carter, fam. After weeks and months of visible tension, things came to a head at Issa’s block party. All in all, these issues were completely avoidable, bruh. Frankly, if Issa and Molly actually acted like adults and expressed their grievances, their friendship would probably still be intact.

Ok, before I continue, let me say that both Issa and Molly are at fault here. The fact of the matter is, both women have clear character flaws. Now, in regards to Molly, she can be a shady and judgmental friend. Since season one, anytime that someone, most notably Issa, says some real shit about her attitude, Molly’s response is to bring up a problem about the messenger. Instead of actually listening to good advice, Molly’s default setting is shade. Real talk, I’d have a HARD time being friends with someone like Molly, son.

Now, when it comes to Issa, yeah, she can be a train wreck, man. From cheating on Lawrence to sleeping on Daniel‘s couch to her random assortment of jobs, Issa always seems like she’s in some shit, fam. So, as her friend, I could understand being tired of her shenanigans, bruh. However, despite all of Issa’s and Molly’s faults, their final spat was unnecessary. Look, I honestly believe that if they had ONE conversation with each other, they could’ve reached a resolution.

The way I see it, their gripes with one another are all about perception. Issa thinks that Molly is an asshole and Molly thinks that Issa is a constant car accident. When Issa didn’t show up for Thanksgiving, Molly thought that Issa didn’t care. All Issa had to do was say that her mom’s boyfriend got hurt and she had to stay with her brother. When it comes to Andrew, Molly should actually be thanking Issa. Issa correctly identified the fact that Molly sabotages her relationships. Because of this, Molly worked on salvaging her union with Andrew. So, what did Issa get for her good work? A decision from Molly to keep Andrew away from Issa, even at the potential expense of Issa’s block party.

The funny thing is, for all of this “Issa is messy” talk, Molly is pretty fucking messy herself. Let’s not forget, she was fucking Dro, a whole married man, for a substantial amount of time. Oddly enough, she cut off her own father for an infidelity that didn’t even happen to her. All I know is, both Issa and Molly have their own fucking problems. But, they already know this about each other. So, just put all of the cards on the table and fix this shit, son.

In the end, a lack of communication can be a death sentence, man. Ultimately, it’s amazing how far a simple dialogue can go, fam. By and by, it would be a damn shame for the friendship between Issa and Molly to crash and burn because they don’t know how to use their words. At the end of the day, we’ll see where this story goes, bruh. That is all. LC out.

The Rashida Jones Hate Is Stooopid

So, before I begin, let me say that this post isn’t a review of Kenya BarrisBlackAF. I mean, even though the show gave me some chuckles, I can see how some people may be resistant to it. In any case, I’m actually here to flambé the folks on social media who are too “woke” for their own good. Listen, before the dumb get dumber, please understand that Rashida Jones is a mixed race woman playing a mixed race woman.

Ok, for those who missed it, there’s a fake “issue” permeating its way through the social media accounts of a few individuals. Now, for some reason, there is a minority faction upset about the fact that Jones is one of the faces for Barris’ show. Apparently, her role on BlackAF is somehow holding Black people back in Hollywood. Never mind the fact that her dad is Quincy Jones and she’s actually HALF BLACK!

*Sigh* I swear, dummies just always want to be outraged by something. Look, there is absolutely nothing nefarious about a mixed race woman playing a mixed race woman. Like, who the fuck else was supposed to play that type of role? A White woman wearing blackface? A Black woman pretending to be mixed? The hilarious thing is, I’d bet money that a lot of the people who are trying to protect the “culture” also jam out to her father’s music. Shit, he’s provided the soundtrack to our lives for over 60 years.

In the end, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: shutting the fuck up is free. Ultimately, Black people have real issues to deal with in this world. Frankly, Rashida Jones playing a mixed race woman is not one of them, son. By and by, Black folks are not a monolith. At the end of the day, being Black can mean an infinite amount of things. The way I see it, Jones is actually being her authentic self by acknowledging that she’s biracial. So, if anyone is going to critique the show, do so based on the content. Not on some archaic idea of what’s Black. That is all. LC out.

How Is No One Else From ‘Tiger King’ In Prison?

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I, along with most of America, spent a good portion of my quarantine time watching Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. Anyway, I’m not one of those people who thinks that Joe Exotic shouldn’t be in prison. I mean, regardless of whether or not he really tried to kill Carole Baskin, he still unlawfully sold tiger cubs and killed older tigers. But, I truly don’t understand how no one else is in prison, man. Like, damn near everyone in that series did copious amounts of illegal shit, fam.

Look, let’s just go down the line, bruh. First, Baskin absolutely killed Don Lewis, her “missing” ex-husband. Son, she literally joked that the only way to get a tiger to eat someone is to cover them in sardine oil. Sardine oil, fam. Now, I’m no detective, but that sounds like the meanest of Freudian slips, man. In any case, someone needs to seriously look into this woman, bruh. Frankly, I’m glad that the ID Channel is on the case, brethren.

Second, if there was a real plot to kill Carole Baskin, then Jeff Lowe, Allen Glover and James Garretson were DEFINITELY in on it. As a matter of fact, there’s more evidence to suggest their involvement than Exotic. Furthermore, we have verifiable proof that Glover lied during Exotic’s trial. Son, on a wiretap AND on video, Glover admitted that he never made it to Florida to kill Baskin. But, on the witness stand, he said that he went to Tampa on Exotic’s orders. *Sigh* That’s CLEARLY perjury, man. The fact is, if Exotic had an even remotely competent defense team, they would’ve torn Glover to shreds, fam.

All I can say is, every single person in this series is shady as shit, bruh. Also, it’s fucked up that they all turned on Exotic in the end. Hell, EVERYONE testified against that motherfucker, son. Now, I know that Joe Exotic was a bastard, but they all were/are. Real talk, I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen such an unsavory cast of characters, man. Keeping it a buck, they just need to lock all of these heathens up, fam.

In the end, I was thoroughly enthralled by this series, bruh. Ultimately, Netflix dropped that fire at the right time, son. By and by, I just hope that Joe Exotic isn’t the only person who goes down for his shenanigans. At the end of the day, there’s plenty of fuckery to go around, man. The way I see it, all of these animal lovers are out of their cotdamn minds, fam. That is all. LC out.

Chris Matthews: Another One Bites The Dust

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’ve always thought that Chris Matthews and Bill O’Reilly were the same person. I mean, they’re both loudmouthed and opinionated political commentators who refuse to let their guests speak. In addition, MSNBC and Fox News are essentially two sides of the same coin. With all of that being said, I’m not in the least bit surprised that Matthews and O’Reilly also have sexual harassment in common. All in all, the Me Too movement has officially gotten another member of the press the fuck outta here.

Ok, for those who missed it, after hosting Hardball with Chris Matthews since 1997, Matthews abruptly resigned on air. Side note, I’m using the word “resigned” loosely, son. In actuality, MSNBC told him to go kick rocks, man. Now, despite engaging in copious amounts of fuckery (such as likening Bernie Sanders‘ movement to the Nazi invasion of France), Matthews’ comments about women are what got his ass in trouble. Apparently, he’s been saying all manners of tomfoolery to women for years.

Now, things came to a head when Laura Bassett, a writer for GQ, detailed her experience with Matthews. As the story goes, she decided to speak up after she saw how Matthews talked to Elizabeth Warren on-air. From there, Bassett described a situation from 2016 where Matthews repeatedly made comments about Bassett’s attractiveness and wanting to fall in love with her. Needless to say, she ain’t like any of that shit, fam. In any case, Bassett isn’t the first woman to allege that Matthews has said some fuckity-fuck shit to them. All I can say is, this seems to have been a pattern for eons, bruh. Side note, he once made a joke about giving Hillary Clinton a “Bill Cosby pill” before an interview. Yeeeeah, that’s not something that should ever be said, brethren.

Moving on, after all of the stories (and to the surprise of his co-hosts), Matthews quit his show on live television. All I know is, we can add his name to the likes of O’Reilly, Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose who’ve had to bend the knee to their own shenanigans. Once again, I don’t understand why this behavior is even an issue, son. Like, is it really that hard to determine if a woman is open to advances? For God‘s sake, why is this so hard for some dudes to understand? The way I see it, there is NO reason for most of these cats to get caught up in the bullshit that they do. *Sigh* Another one bites the dust, man.

In the end, I can’t necessarily say that I’ll miss Chris Matthews. Ultimately, I feel like he’s another symptom of the machine, bruh. By and by, I may watch cable news, but I take everything with a grain of salt, son. At the end of the day, I don’t need “journalists” to explain the news to me. Just tell me what happened and let me come to my own conclusion, man. Also, fellow men, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: find women who are actually interested. Don’t say “nice tits,” Michael Bloomberg. Don’t prematurely confess “love,” Chris Matthews. *Sigh* Knock the goofy shit off, people. That is all. LC out.

Good Riddance, Harvey Weinstein

So, here we are, son. After all of the kerfuffle, Harvey Weinstein was actually found guilty of something. Now, he may have skated on a couple of the more serious charges, but he’s officially been convicted of rape. All in all, this is a major moment for the Me Too and Time’s Up movements. I mean, when women started outing predators for their grotesque behavior, Weinstein was one of the creeps at the top of the list. With that being said, he’s finally being held (partially) responsible for his crimes.

Ok, for those who missed it, the hammer came down on Harvey Weinstein. Now, after five days of deliberation, a jury found him guilty of rape in the third degree and committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree. However, he was acquitted of rape in the first degree and predatory sexual assault. Anyway, from what I understand, the jury believed that he raped Jessica Mann and assaulted Mimi Haley. But, by definition, rape in the first degree requires “forcible compulsion,” which is somehow different from other forms of nonconsensual sex. Side bar, if the sex is nonconsensual, doesn’t that already make it “forcible?” Like, I’m no lawyer but that just makes sense to me, man. In any case, Weinstein now faces a possible prison term of five to 25 years. The way I see it, the court probably won’t go easy on him with the sentencing, fam.

Moving on, this case is another example of the “chickens coming home to roost” for notorious predators. Hell, back in 2018, the justice system got Bill Cosby the fuck up outta here. Side bar, I’m not even remotely surprised that Cosby is out here defending Weinstein, bruh. *Sigh* I guess rapists have to stick together, son. All I know is, I’m tired of getting messages from Cosby’s handlers. Fam, just tell Pudding Man to shut the fuck up and finish his sentence. In addition, where are all of the “woke” people on their “they’re only coming for Black celebrities” shit? Yeah, Weinstein was found guilty just like Cosby. So, let’s just worry about putting ALL of the rapists away and leave race out of this, man.

In the end, good riddance to Harvey Weinstein. Ultimately, he coasted for way too long, bruh. By and by, I hope the rest of these offenders are sweating bullets right now. At the end of the day, there’s no place for this type of abuse, son. For all of my dudes out there, just find people who actually want to fuck, man. It really isn’t that hard, folks. We’re (mostly) all sexual creatures. So, go bump uglies with somebody who actually wants it, brethren. That is all. LC out.