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.

I’m Voting For Biden & Harris, But…

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’m fully aware of the fact that I’m going to piss some people off with this post. However, I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t objective, man. Now, with that being said, I don’t like this trend that I’m seeing among people. There’s this idea that we can’t critique folks and still support them. All I can say is, this presidential election has REALLY highlighted this phenomenon. I mean, the need to remove Donald Trump has been so strong, we’ve been willing to settle for whoever has been presented to us. In any case, while I definitely intend to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in November, I reserve the right to question some of their past actions.

Ok, for those who are living under a rock, Biden recently announced that he wants Harris to be his running mate in the upcoming election. Now, this news has splintered segments of the internet. On one hand, a lot of people are excited that a Black woman is in this position for the first time in history. Frankly, from a political standpoint, Harris is more than qualified for the job. On the other hand, there are a number of folks who have The Rock eyebrow about the combo of Biden and Harris. All I know is, both sides have a legitimate point, fam.

Look, when we’re talking about Biden and Harris, they both have questionable moments in their history. Now, when it comes to Biden, look no further than the 1994 Crime Bill. Whether we’re speaking on longer prison sentences or the commission of more prisons, the bill was devastating for the Black community. Shit, the entire Bill Clinton administration built its “tough on crime” rep on the backs of countless minorities, bruh. So, I don’t understand why cats get upset when people bring that up. Like, it actually happened, son. It’s a hat that Biden has to wear. Plain and simple.

Now, in regards to Harris, she had an “interesting” run as a prosecutor in California. To be fair, she wasn’t some demon spawn who fucked over everyone she came across. However, there were numerous moments in her career that were troubling, son. Real talk, her office did a terrible job of protecting the rights of wrongfully convicted people. Her office also did a suspect job of investigating misconduct from various law enforcement officials. In both cases, she alleged that she wasn’t always aware of the actions of some of the individuals in her office. Either way, that’s not an acceptable answer, man.

In the end, I know what a lot of people may be thinking right now, fam. “LC, we don’t have time for this shit. We’re trying to get Trump out of office.” Ultimately, that is absolutely correct, fam. By and by, when November 3rd hits, I’ll be at the polls selecting Biden and Harris. But, I’m still a firm believer in calling out our elected officials. At the end of the day, they’re asking for OUR vote. Meaning, we should be able to question moments from their past. The way I see it, this “all or nothing” attitude that some people have spits in the face of objectivity. Keeping it a buck, these people are being chosen to support OUR needs. So, we need to make sure that we’re ALWAYS holding them accountable. That is all. LC out.

The Coronavirus Isn’t Over Just Because You Want It To Be

So, before I begin, let me say that this is probably going to be a very New York-centric post. Mostly because my state has the most coronavirus cases in America. But, the more that time passes, the more I see folks using super questionable judgment. Ok, yes, I know that people are tired of being in the house. But, the virus isn’t gone just because people want it to be.

Now, before I continue, I’ll admit that this COVID-19 shit is old, son. Like, folks have been social distancing for about two months now and it’s having some real consequences. Shit, as of right now, nearly 40 million Americans have lost their jobs, man. Frankly, businesses are tanking, the stock market is all over the fucking place and the economy can’t take anymore of this shit. So, I completely understand the need to “reopen” the country. However, folks need to be waaaaaay more calculated about all of this, fam.

Look, on my block right now, people are sitting on stoops, not wearing masks and congregating in sizable groups. All I can say is, folks are operating with a complete disregard for their health or the health of others. Real talk, I would love nothing more than to vandalize a happy hour, bruh. But, I’m also a man with a mother who contracted this virus with only minimal exposure to the outside world. Meaning, this sickness is still incredibly insidious, son. The truth is, I would love to run amok outside, but we need to handle this situation intelligently, man.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, fam. Ultimately, I wholeheartedly agree that we need to get the nation up and running again. However, we all need to be responsible, bruh. By and by, it feels like cats are trying to reach herd immunity the fucked up way. At the end of the day, without a vaccine, the only way to get to herd immunity is for all of us to catch this shit. Keeping it a buck, the way people are moving, that’s exactly what’s going to happen, son. *Sigh* That is all. LC out.

We’ve Got ‘Murder’ Hornets Now?

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, Asia needs to chill, man. Like, the coronavirus wasn’t enough? They needed to give us “murder” hornets now? All I know is, ain’t nobody got time for this shit, fam. The way I see it, 2020 has already done enough fuck shit, bruh. With all of that being said, someone get these creatures the hell outta here.

Ok, for those who are unaware, there are some wild ass hornets in America now. So, according to reports, the Asian Giant Hornet is the latest import from our neighbors across the ocean. Now, these insects are notable because they’re BIG AS FUCK, SON! I mean, they can be up to two inches long and they’re known for killing the fuck outta bees. In any case, for the first time, there have been multiple sightings of these hornets on American soil. All in all, scientists are beginning to worry about the already dwindling bee population.

To make matters worse, I’ve seen these hornets sting the shit out of humans and even wage war on mice. Regardless, during any other year, I wouldn’t even be worried about this. The fact of the matter is, I’m just super tired of 2020, son. Like, just leave us the fuck alone, man. Shit, between a potential war with Iran, the death of Kobe Bryant and this COVID-19 bullshit, this new decade has been full of tomfoolery. Frankly, we all need a break, fam. So, tell those hornets to go sit down somewhere.

In the end, I’m sure that we all just want a sense of normalcy, bruh. Ultimately, it’s always something else, son. By and by, being on edge is exhausting, man. This is probably why I’m on a rotating diet of wine and whiskey. At the end of the day, it keeps me sane, fam. That is all. LC out.

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.

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.

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.

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.