The Brilliance Of Daniel Kaluuya & Lakeith Stanfield

Disclaimer: Spoooooilers!

So, like I always say, I’m going to try and keep this post short today. The fact of the matter is, Judas and the Black Messiah is a great fucking movie, son. All I know is, Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield took turns putting on acting clinics in this shit. Real talk, after watching the film, my wife and I debated who’s the real focus of the plot. I mean, it’s hard to look away from Fred Hampton, but William O’Neal‘s story is equally as compelling, man. In any case, I just want to give credit where credit is due, fam. Shaka King did the damn thing with this film, bruh.

Ok, for those who are unaware, Judas and the Black Messiah dropped last week on HBO Max and in select theaters. The film chronicles O’Neal’s troubles with the law and how the FBI, namely Roy Mitchell, use him to infiltrate and destabilize Hampton and the Chicago faction of the Black Panther Party. Thanks to O’Neal’s informant-ass ratting, the Bureau is able to not only lock Hampton up over some bullshit, but eventually plan his execution. All in all, O’Neal leaves a lot of devastation in his wake.

Now, I could go on and on about what I love about the film, but I’ll just leave everyone with three takeaways (two about the film and one about the real story). First, I’m amazed by Kaluuya’s ability to not only embody Hampton’s personality, but also his vocal inflections. Son, it’s absolutely spooky that he can be that accurate. Frankly, it’s always a good time when I forget the actor and become fully-immersed in the character. Second, Stanfield does a fantastic job of leaving me confused. On the real, I can’t reconcile whether O’Neal really believes in the work that he’s doing or if he’s just playing the snitch for survival. All I can say is, Stanfield does an incredible job of making O’Neal seem ambiguous. Regardless, fuck William O’Neal.

Moving on, my third point relates to the actual story. Keeping it a buck, the film just highlights something that I’ve always felt: J. Edgar Hoover fucking won, man. Thanks to COINTELPRO, he was able to destabilize every Black movement in America. From Hampton to Martin Luther King Jr. to Malcolm X to Huey Newton, Bobby Seale and Eldridge Cleaver, Hoover was able to successfully destroy all of these movements from the inside. His fear of a “Black messiah” inspired him to decimate any group that strived for Black upliftment. The way I see it, the FBI can try to rebrand all they want, but their story is rooted in the oppression of Black people. That’s just a fucking fact, fam.

In the end, everybody should go watch the movie, bruh. Ultimately, it’s masterfully done and the real tale is incredibly infuriating. By and by, Hampton was right, son. At the end of the day, they can murder a revolutionary, but they can’t murder revolution. Always remembers that. That is all. LC out.

Marriage Is Simple

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’m definitely trolling with the title. Like, I’m sure some people are going to read it and think “this dude is pandering and doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” In actuality, I know exactly where I’m going with this, man. The fact of the matter is, marriage can be simple in concept and extremely difficult in execution. With all of that being said, in celebration of my wedding anniversary, I’d like to explain how one basic idea has helped me along this journey.

Now, at this point, my wife and I have been married for four years and together for nearly 13 years. Needless to say, we’ve had our fair share of disagreements. Anyway, during my early 20’s, I was very wrapped up in being “right.” If we were having an argument, I was determined to highlight the logic behind my point. For further context, this was an issue that I had even prior to dating my wife. However, over time, I’ve learned to change my approach. To be fair, my wife and I still have our squabbles, but the trajectory is different. While we still try to get our points across, we simultaneously try to empathize with the other person. Frankly, that’s the only real way to come to a resolution.

Real talk, in the heat of an argument, I’m not going to pretend like we’re automatically in tune with the other person’s mindset. But, we also take the time to step away from one another and ruminate on what was said. It’s during these times that we’re able to see where the other person is coming from. From there, when we reconvene, we can express our feelings in a more constructive manner. Our communication is more fleshed out and we can reach a better level of understanding. All in all, issues don’t fester for long periods of time because we make sure to circle back around and reach middle ground.

In the end, my message is simple, brethren: empathy is the key. Ultimately, communication is only half of the battle. By and by, people can talk until they’re blue in the face, but if your significant other isn’t internalizing what’s being said, then it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, empathy is easy and difficult at the same time. It’s a constant process and needs continual mastering. So, get to it, son. That is all. LC out.

Mitch McConnell Admitted That Party Matters More Than Morals

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, there was never a point in time when I thought that the GOP would convict Donald Trump. I mean, during his four tumultuous years in office, the Republican Party NEVER stood up to any of his tomfoolery. Hell, they had a chance to get Trump the fuck outta here during his first impeachment and they dropped the ball. His family members literally admitted to meeting with Russia, but somehow, no one got in trouble. With all of that being said, I wasn’t surprised that Trump got off, again. However, after hearing Mitch McConnell‘s speech, I want to chop him in the fucking neck. Like, what the fuck was the point of condemning Trump if he wasn’t going to convict?

Ok, for those who missed it, Trump skated after his second impeachment for inciting the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol. Now, in order to convict Trump, 67 Senators needed to vote for it. When it was all said and done, only 43 Senators did the right thing. Furthermore, only seven of those 43 Senators were Republicans. Needless to say, McConnell was not one of those seven. In any case, for some reason, this droopy-face motherfucker thought it was a good idea to say that Trump was “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.” Fam, is he serious? Like, is he really fucking serious?! Bruh, why the FUCK were they even there?! To hold someone responsible for the cotdamn riot! So, if Trump was “practically and morally responsible,” then why the fuck did he vote not guilty?!

Listen, at this point, I’m shocked that I can still be shocked, man. Shit, out of his own mouth, McConnell acknowledged Trump’s culpability. But, due to party allegiance, he STILL refused to do the right thing. Frankly, a conviction would’ve been a game-changer, son. It would’ve stripped Trump’s ability to run for office again and it would’ve stopped his access to confidential briefings. Now, for a man as volatile as Trump, that would’ve been the responsible thing to do. Then again, only a fool would think that the GOP would do the responsible thing. *Sigh* I don’t even know what to say anymore, fam.

In the end, Mitch McConnell is a fucking hypocrite, bruh. Ultimately, there was NO point in him criticizing Trump if he wasn’t going to do his fucking job. By and by, politics never ceases to disgust me, son. At the end of the day, being part of a team is WAY more important than being just. All I can do is shake my head, brethren. That is all. LC out.

How Economics Got Fred Hampton Killed

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’ve been in a major Fred Hampton frame of mind lately. Now, as anyone could imagine, a lot of that has to do with the Judas and the Black Messiah movie that’s dropping this week. Despite my previous criticism of Daniel Kaluuya, his pedigree as an actor just can’t be questioned. With that being said, I’m positive that he’s going to do Hampton’s legacy justice. In any case, since Hampton’s name is back in the limelight, I’d like us all to really dive into his message. All in all, he was assassinated for one main reason: uniting various groups of disenfranchised people for economic empowerment.

Ok, for those who are unaware, outside of his leadership position in the Black Panther Party, the Rainbow Coalition was his next evolution. With this group, he was able to unite the Panthers, the Young Patriots Organization and the Young Lords for a common goal. Now, while it’s always easy to spot the differences between Black, White and Latino people, Hampton’s mission was to display our commonalities. When it came to institutions like poverty and housing, the affects were felt across a variety of communities. So, coming together to address these disparities was a sign of true revolution.

The truth is, the FBI and the rest of the federal government were well-aware of this, man. J. Edgar Hoover was especially fearful of a “Black messiah” that could galvanize the people. Shit, COINTELPRO was created for the sole purpose of destroying any movement designed to help Black America. Real talk, Black leaders were already considered “dangerous” for espousing beliefs of equality. However, they were ESPECIALLY feared when they turned their attention to economics and coalescing with outside groups.

Look, it’s not a coincidence that Hampton was killed 8 months after founding the Rainbow Coalition. I mean, the FBI had a file on him since 1967, but was murdered 2 years later when he started working with different racial and ethnic groups. Furthermore, it’s not a coincidence that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated a month before the Poor People’s Campaign‘s march in Washington. Hell, everyone loves his “I Have A Dream” speech, but neglect to talk about his demand for wealth redistribution, equal housing and land rights. All I know is, when King and Hampton started turning their attention to the greater crimes of capitalism, they were removed from this Earth. The way I see it, none of that was by chance, man.

In this end, this is how it has always played out historically. Ultimately, Tulsa wasn’t destroyed because of Dick Rowland. It was destroyed because White people couldn’t stand the idea of financially-independent Black people. By and by, the evils of this country really rear their heads when the money is being affected. At the end of the day, slavery was about free labor for monetary gain. All I can say is, true liberation in this country comes from financial freedom. All of our heroes knew that and that’s a main cause for why they were murdered. That is all. LC out.

‘The Little Things’: Did Albert Sparma Do It?

Disclaimer: A lot of spoilers, son. Everyone knows what to do. Act accordingly.

So, here we are again, man. Another day, another film review. All in all, it’s clear that I’ve spent some time watching movies this weekend. Moving on, before my wife and I watched Malcolm & Marie, we actually watched The Little Things. In any case, despite some questionable reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, I fucked with the movie, fam. On the real, I like ambiguous endings, bruh. Hell, I like the fact that we’re not 100% sure if Leonardo DiCaprio‘s character Dom Cobb is back to reality at the end of Inception. With all of that being said, after watching The Little Things, I only have one question: is Albert Sparma really a killer?

Ok, before I continue, let me quickly go through the plot. Basically, Denzel Washington plays Joe Deacon, a former detective who lost his mind, health and wife after failing to catch a serial killer. Now, after accidentally killing an innocent woman at a crime scene, Deacon’s career goes off of the rails. Fast forward 5 years, Deacon now works as a deputy sheriff and Jim Baxter (played by Rami Malek) has taken his place. Anyway, after a new murder and a separate kidnapping that resembles the M.O. of the killer that Deacon didn’t catch, he and Baxter team up to try and solve the case. From there, their investigation leads them to Sparma (played by Jared Leto).

Now, even though they don’t have any hard evidence against Sparma, he looks super bad from a circumstantial standpoint. Frankly, he seems to know way too much about these crimes and he’s just a general weirdo. As time progresses, and after several failed attempts to catch him, Sparma tells Baxter that he’ll take him to the location of the kidnapped woman (a random desert). Problems arise before Deacon even makes it to the scene. Essentially, Sparma tells Baxter that he’s never actually killed anyone and has been lying to him the entire time. From there, in a moment of frustration after Sparma mentions his wife and children, Baxter hits Sparma with a shovel and kills him.

The wild part is, we have no idea whether Sparma is really the villain or not. As we learn earlier in the movie, he’s confessed to a crime that he didn’t commit before. On top of that, during searches of his car and apartment, neither Baxter or Deacon find anything. Shit, Baxter keeps harping on a red barrette that the kidnapped woman was wearing, but they’re never able to find it. In actuality, when Baxter receives a red barrette from Deacon in the mail, we realize that Deacon bought it himself. So, we never get any definitive proof of Sparma’s guilt. The fact is, everything is left in the open, bruh.

With all of that being said, I have conflicting feelings about Sparma’s guilt. On one hand, they couldn’t find any hard evidence to incriminate him. On the other hand, would Deacon goes so far to make Baxter feel better if the real murderer is still out there? In addition, would Deacon just let this case go, especially since it ruined his life? The way I see it, Deacon is playing a dangerous game if Sparma isn’t the guy. All I can say is, I just don’t know, son. I guess I’m about 60/40 in regards to Sparma’s innocence. Not for nothing, he’s simply a strange ass motherfucker, man.

In the end, what did other people think about the movie? Ultimately, it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but I was entertained, fam. By and by, I don’t think I’d ever be disappointed by a movie with Washington, Leto and Malek. So, at the end of the day, I got my money’s worth, bruh (figuratively speaking). Anyway, off to the next thing, brethren. That is all. LC out.

The Toxicity Of ‘Malcolm & Marie’

Disclaimer: Spoooooooilers! Proceed with all of the caution, brethren.

So, what is there to say, son? Real talk, Malcolm & Marie is some of the most toxic, aggravating and befuddling cinema that I’ve ever seen. The wild thing is, as fucked up as the relationship is between Malcolm Elliott and Marie Jones, I’ve witnessed a number of unions that have suffered from similar issues. All in all, the problems between Malcolm and Marie all come down to respect, or rather, a lack thereof.

Ok, where do I even start, man? Now, the film begins after Malcolm and Marie come home from a movie premiere. Malcolm, a screenwriter/film director, is celebrating the release of his soon-to-be critically-acclaimed project about a 20-year-old (recovering) drug addict and all of her shenanigans. In any case, the first problem arises after Malcolm fails to read the room. I mean, Marie is CLEARLY upset about something and this dude is completely oblivious. Look, I’ve known my wife for 14 years and I can always tell when something’s up. Hell, she even gets annoyed because I’ll keep asking her what’s wrong until she eventually tells me. I just can’t walk around with the obvious tension in the crib, fam.

Anyway, the first fight of the evening is caused by the fact that Malcolm neglected to thank Marie in his post-viewing speech. Now, this is notable for a variety of reasons. First, what kind of dickhead doesn’t thank his lady during such a monumental moment? Second, as we later learn, the main character of his movie is based on Marie. Third, despite Marie being an actress AND the fact that the plot mirrors her life, he never really considered her for the role. Fourth, he may or may not be fucking the lead actress. I mean, damn, bruh. All I can say is, it’s a shit-show and I haven’t even gotten to the crux of their problems, son.

Look, there are a variety of things that Malcolm does wrong in this movie. One of his most common mistakes is the fact that he doesn’t actually listen to what Marie is saying. Instead of empathizing with her feelings, he just immediately gets defensive and says something foul in retaliation. There’s no point in reminding her about how much of an addict she was. There’s no point in bringing up all of the previous women that he’s had sex with. Side bar, why does he gloat about messing with so many “broken” women? In my eyes, that’s a GLARING character flaw, man. On the real, I just think he enjoys having power and control over his significant other.

When it comes down to it, he completely takes Marie for granted. He doesn’t appreciate the perspective that she brings to his life. He’s comfortable with using her as a muse, but doesn’t care to see her as a person. Frankly, I don’t know why she stuck around that long. I would’ve bounced after the first argument, fam. No one talks to me like that, bruh. No one. In any case, her calling his work “mediocre” doesn’t warrant all of the vitriol that she receives. Shit, I don’t know what brand of “love” this is, but Malcolm can’t possibly love Marie and talk to her in that manner. All she wants is some acknowledgment, and instead, receives blatant disrespect. The truth is, I didn’t see any redeeming qualities about Malcolm in this film, son.

In the end, I’m going to wrap up Malcolm’s treatment of Marie in one quote. I mean, he really says to her “if you had a role that allowed you to be yourself, you’d be great.” Given the fact that his movie IS about her and the fact that she wanted the role shows how incredibly clueless he is. Ultimately, he takes her for granted, doesn’t acknowledge her contributions, says deliberately hurtful things and dismisses her emotions. At the end of the day, Marie needs to fucking run, man. I don’t care how successful he might be in the future. This dude is a Grade A Douchebag. That is all. LC out.

I Don’t Know How To Feel About Nick Cannon’s Situation

So, like I always say, I’m going to try and keep this post short today. The fact is, we can all learn something from Nick Cannon‘s situation. All in all, I’m not here to discuss the comments that initially got Cannon put on ice by ViacomCBS. Frankly, I’m not well-versed enough to make an educated statement. Instead, I’m here to talk about ownership, or rather, the consequences that arise from a lack of ownership. All I know is, as successful as Cannon is, he’s beholden to the company that signs his checks. The truth is, I don’t like it, son.

Ok, before I continue, let me keep it a buck. Now, I’m not going to sit here and front like I don’t understand what it means to be at a company’s mercy. Shit, I’ve had a job in Corporate America since I was 17 years old, man. With that being said, I’m fully cognizant of the fact that if we don’t own the company, then the company owns us. No matter how we cut it or slice it, if we can’t dictate our position, then our position can be dictated for us. So, I don’t judge Cannon for having a (very well-paying) job. Hell, he’s been killing it in Hollywood for a long time, fam.

In any case, despite his accolades and accomplishments, despite creating a show as ubiquitous as Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out, Cannon was easily discarded. I mean, even the name of the show is not an accurate representation of the situation. Like, he literally created the program, gave it his name and he was STILL fired from hosting it. Not only that, he was banned from contributing to ANY show in the ViacomCBS atmosphere. In my eyes, this entire scenario is an illusion of ownership. From the outside, it looked like Cannon was the boss. However, he was only the public face of his own creation.

Now, I don’t want people to get what I’m saying misconstrued. On the real, I am in no way disparaging Nick Cannon. If anything, for a man, a Black man, who isn’t that much older than me, he’s done exceedingly well for himself. But, it would’ve been so much better if he were able to own the content that he was responsible for. That way, he couldn’t be put down and then picked back up by a corporation that doesn’t care about its talent. Real talk, my dream is for more of our community to own our destiny. Keeping it a buck, these predominantly White institutions love what we can do for their bottom line, but they don’t love us. It just is what it is, bruh.

In the end, I don’t have anything else to say, son. Ultimately, I’m happy that Nick Cannon has been able to return to work. However, I don’t like the fact that he was so easily-sidelined in the first place. By and by, the power is in the ownership, man. At the end of the day, it’s the only real road to freedom and liberation, fam. That is all. LC out.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Is A Special Brand Of Goofy

*Sigh* So, despite the fact that Donald Trump is no longer in office, we’re still feeling the effects of his Goof Troop. I mean, let’s be clear, son: idiots like Marjorie Taylor Greene have been given a platform because of the dystopian world that Trump has championed. The fact of the matter is, Greene should’ve never been let anywhere near our legislative body. Shit, her position is not only an indictment on her, but an indictment on all of the dumbasses who voted for her. Then again, what should I have expected from the people who allowed Trump’s rise in the first place?

Ok, for those who missed it, House Republicans are gearing up to vote on whether Greene, a Georgia representative, should keep her committee assignments. Now, this debate comes after people started discovering the outlandish shit that this woman believes. Like, there are conspiracy theorists and then there’s Marjorie Taylor Greene. For God‘s sake, she doesn’t just co-sign one looney tunes idea, she pushes ALL of them, man. Hell, I don’t even know where to begin, fam.

For starters, she’s a full-blown QAnon disciple. Now, for those who don’t know what that is, it’s a theory that a secret order of Satanists, pedophiles and cannibals were working to remove Trump from power. Essentially, it’s Pizzagate on human growth hormone. Side note, Pizzagate was THOROUGHLY debunked. In addition, Greene believes that Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to serve in government. To further that point, she tried to get Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to retake their oaths on the Bible instead of the Quran. Furthermore, Greene believes that the mass shootings in Sandy Hook, Parkland and Las Vegas were fake, that Democrats in power should be executed and that the California wildfires were caused by a Rothschild-sponsored space laser. Yes, a space laser, brethren.

Now, here’s my thing: all of this shit would be hilarious if she didn’t hold a public office. Like, motherfuckers actually voted for this nutcase, bruh. Even worse, the GOP STILL won’t really condemn the shit that she’s saying. Instead, they considered stripping Liz Cheney of her power for agreeing with Trump’s impeachment. As fucked up as it is, President Orange still has a hold on that fucking party and I don’t understand it, son. I really, really don’t.

In the end, America is still out here operating like a wasteland. Ultimately, a new president doesn’t alleviate the issues that are affecting this nation. By and by, even in a loss, 75 million Americans voted to continue to the chaos. At the end of the day, I still don’t have a ton of hope for this country’s direction. Then again, did I ever? That is all. LC out.

An In Progress Mental Health Break

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever write again. I mean, over the last few months, my head has been in a fog, man. Whether it’s the social/political sphere, working from home with three children in the house or figuring out the future of this blog/my music (and if I even want to continue), I’ve been feeling burned out, fam. All in all, my old nemesis depression has been slowly hovering in the air. Not a full-blown episode, but early markers of a pit that I don’t like to be in.

In the end, I don’t really have much else to say here. Ultimately, I just wanted to give an update to the folks who’ve been hitting me up. By and by, a few members of the conglomerate have been asking me where I’ve been for the last few months. The truth is, I haven’t had the motivation to write anything. I don’t really want to talk about what’s going on in the country. I don’t really want to talk about what’s going on in pop culture. Hell, I don’t even really want to leave the house. Knowing what I know, I’m fully aware of the fact that this is how depression starts. So, I’ve just been working out, meditating and making beats (for recreation) as a way to ease the tension. At the end of the day, everyone needs a mental health break, bruh. All I know is, a lot of us aren’t fortunate enough to even take one. Do what’s best for you, brethren. I’ll be back soon. LC out.

Randi B. & LC: My Album, Parenthood, The COVID Vaccine & The Presidential Election

What’s good, brethren? On this episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about my album (Mastermind by L. Charlemagne), parenthood, the COVID-19 vaccine and the presidential election. It evolved into a conversation that included a variety of other topics. Check it out on YouTube below. Yessir!