Can We Get A Mansa Musa Movie?

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I may alienate some people with this statement, but I’m fucking tired of slave movies, man. Like, how many films about slavery can we possibly make, fam? I swear, every year, there’s another “critically-acclaimed” movie about the horrors our Black ancestors had to endure. Yes, it’s very important to give an accurate depiction of our history. But, slavery isn’t the only history we have, bruh. With that being said, can we please get a Mansa Musa movie?

Ok, for some background, the upcoming Harriet film inspired this post. Now, before I get chewed to bits, I absolutely believe that Harriet Tubman deserves a quality film. The truth is, Harriet isn’t necessarily my problem. In actuality, Harriet is just a symptom of a larger issue. Frankly, I think Hollywood is just obsessed with slave movies, son. I mean, whether we’re talking about Amistad or 12 Years a Slave or The Birth of a Nation or Django Unchained, there always seems to be a new slave film in the works, man. Keep in mind, I love all of the aforementioned movies, fam. But, the Black experience shouldn’t just be relegated to slavery, drugs, sports or fucking music, bruh.

In any case, I’d like Hollywood (well, Black directors) to venture outside of the usual subject matter. The way I see it, there’s no excuse for the lack of a big-budget Mansa Musa movie, son. Shit, we’re literally talking about the wealthiest person in human history, man. How is it possible that the richest man ever, who happens to be Black, isn’t bombarding our theaters, fam? In my eyes, it’s not a coincidence that we’re always depicted as slaves, but not as royalty, bruh. So, take that for what it’s worth, folks.

In the end, I’m putting all of Black Hollywood on notice, son. Ultimately, I’m not telling people not to see movies like Harriet. Hell, my wife and I definitely plan on seeing the film. However, I’m challenging Spike Lee or Ava DuVernay or Steve McQueen or whoever to tackle these types of projects. By and by, I’ve read that Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan have expressed interest in making a Mansa Musa movie. At the end of the day, I just want us to move away from the regular script, pun intended. The truth is, slavery isn’t the only thing that defines Black people. So, let’s talk about it, brethren. That is all. LC out.

Tyler Perry Runs Hollywood

So, I won’t lie, son. Real talk, I have conflicting feelings about Tyler Perry, man. On one hand, I can’t say that I’m the biggest fan of his movies and TV shows. But, I must admit, I respect the fuckity-fuck out of him, fam. I mean, what he’s accomplishing in Hollywood needs to be applauded, bruh. All in all, instead of waiting for the powers that be to empower him, Perry took ownership of his legacy. The point is, the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios is a big fucking deal, brethren.

Ok, for those who missed it, Perry officially opened the 330-acre studio he built in Atlanta, Georgia. Now, at first, I was confused, son. Shit, based on the fact that Black Panther and The Walking Dead have filmed there, I thought the studio was already up-and-running. However, those projects only operated on a small part of the studio. The fact is, the overall site is a much bigger and doper endeavor, man.

Now, in celebration of the grand opening, Perry had a party that included damn near every important Black person in the industry. Like, whether we’re talking about Oprah WinfreySamuel L. JacksonAva DuVernayBeyoncé or Jay-Z, the stars showed up and showed out at Perry’s event. With all of that being said, I hope people don’t miss the point about why this is a huge moment, fam. For some background, Tyler Perry Studios is the first production studio that’s fully-owned by a Black person. On top of that, it’s larger than Walt Disney StudiosWarner Bros. Studios and Paramount Pictures combined. Yeah, that’s big shit right there, bruh.

In the end, I wholly respect Perry for not waiting for a handout. Ultimately, as people of color, we’re always talking about wanting “a seat at the table.” The way I see it, fuck all of that, son. Frankly, we should be more worried about building our own tables. By and by, when we maintain our independence, we no longer put ourselves at the mercy of those who don’t want us to win. At the end of the day, ownership is real freedom, man. So, salute to Tyler Perry, fam. Salute. That is all. LC out.

I Don’t Want To Watch ‘When They See Us’

So, I want to take this time to be honest, son. On the real, I haven’t watched Ava DuVernay‘s When They See Us yet. Frankly, my spirit can’t take it, man. Like, the Central Park Five case makes me mad, fam. I mean, REALLY mad, bruh. Shit, my wife damn near had to force me to watch Ken Burns‘ documentary, y’all. The fact is, so many things that minorities fear about the justice system are wrapped up in this case, people. All in all, New York City stole the youth of five innocent men.

Now, before I continue, let me say that I’m not going to explain the entire case here. Hell, that’s what DuVernay’s Netflix series is for, son. However, I just want to touch on some of the shenanigans that caused these young men to lose themselves. First, there are the “confessions.” Real talk, the police department put the fear of God in a group of teenagers, man. The truth is, the cops scared a bunch of Black kids into admitting to a crime they flatly didn’t commit.

From there, the prosecutor, Linda Fairstein, did her best to railroad these young men. Despite the fact their “confessions” didn’t add up, she fucked them. Despite the fact they had alibis, she fucked them. Despite the fact their DNA didn’t match the culprit, the District Attorney‘s office STILL burned them at the stake. To make matters worse, even after Matias Reyes, the real rapist, admitted to the crime, authorities CONTINUE to claim the Central Park Five were responsible. Look, Reyes’ DNA proved he was the offender, yet Fairstein and company REFUSE to acknowledge the truth. Side note, don’t get me started on Donald Trump and all of his racist “bring back the death penalty” bullshit. All I know is, this case makes my soul hurt, fam.

In the end, I do believe everyone should watch this series, bruh. Ultimately, I’ll most likely end up watching it too. By and by, I just need to mentally prepare myself, son. At the end of the day, these are the perils that people of color have to deal with in this country, man. *Sigh* It’s just incredibly draining to constantly go through the nonsense, fam. That is all. LC out.

P.S. New Yorkers have plenty of reasons to shit on Bill de Blasio, but at least he gave the Central Park Five their money, bruh. Keeping it a buck, Michael Bloomberg is permanently on my shit list for fighting that settlement, son. Good day.

Long Live Colin Kaepernick!

So, I won’t lie, son. My goal is to keep this post short today, man. I mean, at this point, I’ve written multiple articles about the movement that Colin Kaepernick has started, fam. However; I’d be remiss if I didn’t shout the dude out for his GQ cover, bruh. Now, I know there are TONS of salty people out there right now. All in all, if these folks would take their heads out of their asses, they’d understand why the magazine named Kaepernick their “Citizen of the Year.”

Ok, for those who missed it, GQ pulled a G move and put Kaepernick on one of their covers. Now, even though he took pictures for the publication, he left the actual commentary to people like Harry Belafonte, Ava DuVernay, J. Cole and Eric Reid. The way I see it, he’d much rather let his actions do the talking, son. In any case, as expected, a number of people are upset about the magazine’s choice. However; I’ve already gone into detail about the hypocrisy of his detractors in previous posts.

In the end, nothing else needs to be said here, man. Folks need to just go out and read the article, fam. Once again, congrats to Kaepernick for shifting the culture and a big shout-out to GQ for taking this type of chance. Ultimately, Kaepernick never protested for attention, bruh. Nevertheless, he sacrificed his career so he could illuminate an important message. Salute, sir! LC out.

Common Is About To Get That EGOT!

So, to begin, it should be understood that Common is one of the greatest rappers of all time. I mean, he has one of the most consistent discographies in Hip Hop history, son. All jokes aside, besides Universal Mind Control, he’s never put out a wack album, man. That’s right, despite what some naysayers may proclaim, even Electric Circus was quality, fam. With all of that being said, the legendary emcee is in line to pull off an amazing feat: winning an EGOT. After his recent Emmy win, he’s only a Tony Award shy of total victory, bruh.

Now, for those who are unaware, let me explain what an EGOT is. Ok, any person that competitively wins an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony has secured an EGOT. As it currently stands, 12 people have reached this achievement, including Whoopi Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn and Mel Brooks. In any case, the homie Common might fuck around and add his name to that list, son. All I know is, that would be a MAJOR accomplishment for Hip Hop, man!

Moving on, let’s talk about how Common got here. In terms of Grammys, he’s won 3 awards for “Love of My Life” with Erykah Badu, “Southside” with Kanye West and “Glory” with John Legend. In terms of Oscars, “Glory” also brought home the trophy, since it was the theme for Selma. Lastly, in terms of Emmys, he just won the award for “Letter to the Free” with Bilal, since it was theme for the 13th documentary. All in all, Ava DuVernay has been a godsend for Rashid, fam. Shit, she’s been hooking him up with some prime real estate, bruh.

In the end, this post is basically a major shout-out to Common. I mean, he’s always been one of my favorite rappers and I’m hyped to see the moves he’s making. By and by, he’s showing rappers how to properly age in this game, son. Ultimately, most artists should aspire to be like him, man. LC out.

P.S. If Common is really dating Angela Rye, then this dude is on a CRAZY winning streak, fam. Like, I shouldn’t have to explain how dope Rye is, bruh. All jokes aside, if anyone is unaware of her, then Google should become their friend. That is all.