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.

Randi B. & LC: Having Babies In A Pandemic & China’s Racism Against Africans

What’s good, brethren? On this episode, Randi B. and I talk about having babies during a pandemic and China‘s racism against Africans over the coronavirus. Check it out on YouTube below, fam. Let’s go!

China’s Racism Against Black People

*Sigh* The more things change, the more they stay the same, son. I mean, no matter what’s happening around the world, folks still find ways to be racist to Black people. All I know is, China‘s got some cotdamn nerve, man. After infecting the rest of the globe with the coronavirus, Chinese citizens have the gall to harass Black folks. Frankly, I’m absolutely disgusted, fam. The fact is, I’m still surprised that I can be surprised by people’s ignorance, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, African residents are being targeted in Guangzhou, a city in China’s Guangdong Province. Now, the shit started hitting the fan when social media got wind of a racist sign outside of a McDonald’s. For all intents and purposes, Black people were banned from entering the restaurant. Apparently, the assholes in that city believe that Black people are responsible for the spread of the coronavirus. Look, despite the fact that the illness CLEARLY started in Wuhan, the Chinese community is trying to pin it on the African population.

Now, in addition to that asinine sign outside of the McDonald’s, there are numerous stories of Africans being evicted from their homes. *Sigh* I’m at a complete loss for words, son. Seriously, being Black can be fucking tiring, man. Like, as awesome as we are, we’re always subjected to other people’s irrational fears. No matter where we go, losers find ways to put their bullshit on us. Fam, how prejudice does a country have to be to spread a virus and THEN blame it on another group? All in all, fuck anybody who subscribes to this bigotry.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, bruh. Ultimately, this situation just makes me want to spew a bunch of curse words. Shit, on a recent podcast with Randi B., I spoke out against the unnecessary violence against Asians in this country. All the while, factions of Chinese people are victimizing innocent Africans. *Sigh* People suck, son. People fucking suck, man. 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.

I Don’t Know What To Make Of The Coronavirus

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I haven’t written about the coronavirus yet because I don’t know what to make of this shit. Like, I don’t know whether to be dismissive or terrified, man. The truth is, so much misinformation is being spread, it’s hard to get a handle on the situation, fam. All in all, I just need someone to tell me if I have to barricade my family in the house with a shotgun, bruh.

Ok, at this point, everyone should’ve heard about the coronavirus, son. As of right now, over 100,000 people worldwide have contracted the virus and a little over 3,000 people have died. To make matters worse, the virus has hit every continent, except Antarctica. Now, in the United States alone, according to the CDC, there have been 99 confirmed cases and ten deaths. Furthermore, 13 states have been touched by it. The point is, all of this shit sounds fucking frightening, man.

Now, because all of the hoopla, folks are walking around with masks, jobs (like mine) are making people work from home and some Asian people are being targeted in racist attacks. Side bar, I swear, bigots can’t WAIT to be ignorant, fam. Shit, they didn’t need a reason to inflict their prejudice on others. *Sigh* I can’t even say that I’m surprised, bruh. Moving on, even the stock market is on a rollercoaster because of this shit, son. So, what am I supposed to do with all of this information, man? Should I really be afraid or have we blown this entire thing out of proportion?

In the end, I don’t have any answers, fam. Ultimately, I’m here to gauge everyone’s responses. By and by, is anyone panicking out there or are folks just going about their merry business? At the end of the day, I survived the 90‘s in the Bronx, bruh. I’d be tight as hell if a fucking virus took me out, son. So, what’s really good out here? Somebody (with real answers) let me know. That is all. LC out.

Are Folks Surprised That Ronald Reagan Said Racist Sh*t?

So, here we are, son. Shit, the more things change the more they stay the same, man. I mean, the sky is blue, water is wet and Ronald Reagan said racist shit. Like, are folks actually surprised by this, fam? Are people really shocked that Reagan said some negative shit about Black people? If so, then those people have never paid attention to his political career, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, Tim Naftali, the man who ran the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum from 2007 to 2011, released some audio of a private conversation between then-Governor Reagan and President Nixon. Now, during the conversation, the two men were talking about a United Nations gathering. Anyway, during that meeting, the organization decided to recognize the People’s Republic of China. In addition, during the General Assembly, members of the Tanzanian delegation had a good time dancing. With that being said, this is where Reagan’s racism took off.

Now, during his convo with Nixon, Reagan literally said “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries… damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Moving on, in response to Reagan’s words, all Nixon did was laugh. Side bar, Nixon also called Black people “cannibals” in another convo, but we don’t have time for that right now. So, here it is, two former presidents disparaging an entire country and an entire continent. *Sigh* And people wonder why Black people don’t trust politicians.

Look, if anyone has ever paid attention to Reagan, then they shouldn’t be startled by this. Hell, a lot of Reagan’s political rhetoric and policies were based in bigotry, son. Listen, this is the same man that thought it was okay for people to discriminate against Black people in the housing market. Fam, he actually said “If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house, it is his right to do so.”

Also, Reagan is the same man who was in charge during the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. Now, for those who are unaware, this is the law that caused the 100:1 sentencing disparity between offenders who sold crack cocaine and offenders who sold pure cocaine. Meaning, minorities, who were more likely to sell/use crack, were getting WAY more prison time than pure cocaine dealers. Needless to say, this ravaged Black and Brown communities for years to come, man.

In the end, folks just need to listen to Killer Mike‘s “Reagan,” bruh. Ultimately, a good portion of his political identity was built on bigotry, son. By and by, I’m just glad that shit like this is coming out now. Frankly, we need to destroy the façade of America, man. All I know is, people like to pretend like this country was/is more forward-thinking than it really is. At the end of the day, a lot of our elected officials maintain the same type of mentality as Reagan. The problem is, they’re just publicly embracing the prejudice now. I mean, just take one glance at Donald Trump, fam. That is all. LC out.

What The F*ck Is LaVar Ball Doing?

So, it’s no secret that I’m not a fan of LaVar Ball. Yes, I hear all of the stories about the positivity of seeing such a visible Black father. However; as a Black father myself, I can still acknowledge the fuckery, son. At this point, I don’t see how anyone could even argue that LaVar has his sons’ best interests at heart. Look, the way I see it, he’s turned this entire situation into The LaVar Ball Show. Real talk, I truly believe he’s fucking up his children’s futures, man.

Ok, let’s begin with LiAngelo, fam. By now, we should all know what the deal is here. LiAngelo did some fuck shit in China, robbed a store, got arrested, got released (because of Donald Trump?) and made it back to America. Now, in light of all of the tomfoolery, UCLA decided to suspend LiAngelo, but still keep him on the team. So, how does LaVar react to this? He removes LiAngelo from school because he believes that his son should be playing right away. Shit, is this man serious, bruh?! His fucking son could’ve ended up in a Chinese prison and he’s acting this ungrateful?! Keeping it a buck, LaVar should be thankful that the university even decided to put up with this shit. I mean, LiAngelo did get arrested DURING A SCHOOL TRIP!

Next, let’s talk about LaMelo. Listen, I’ve already talked about how I’m not sold on this kid. His shooting percentage is terrible, his defense is terrible and he showboats too much. On the real, a kid like him needs as much structure as possible. So, what does LaVar do? He takes him out of Chino Hills High School in order to homeschool him for the next two years. *Sigh* Honestly, what the fuck is LaVar doing, son? Does he really care about the development of his son’s skills? He already has enough deficiencies as it is. I really don’t see how this will help him progress as a player.

Finally, let’s talk about Lonzo. Now, in case anyone hasn’t been paying attention, Lonzo has some of the worst shooting percentages in the NBA. As of right now, he’s shooting 31% from the field, 25% from three-point range and 50% from the free throw line. Look, those are horrific numbers for a player who’s supposed to be the Lord and Savior of the Los Angeles Lakers, son. To make matters worse, the Lakers are enforcing a rule that prohibits media from interviewing family and associates of players. Generally speaking, people see this as the “LaVar Ball Rule” because of his penchant for criticizing coaches, officials and owners. Sheesh, way to go, LaVar!

Look, now that I think about it, this is one of LaVar’s main problems. I mean, he really thinks he knows better than EVERYONE. Listen, he pulled LaMelo out of Chino Hills because he thinks he knows better than the coaches. He pulled LiAngelo out of UCLA because he thinks he knows better than the organization. He’s made life difficult for Lonzo because he’s CONSTANTLY shitting on the Lakers staff. Fam, how the HELL is any of this good for his boys? All I know is, LaVar has become a cancer that’s infecting every aspect of the game.

In the end, people may see this post as hate, but I’ve stated nothing but facts here. All I can say is, LaVar Ball is doing a grave injustice to his sons. Ultimately, all he would need to do is fall back a little and let these teams do their jobs, man. Then again, NONE of that is in LaVar’s nature, fam. With that being said, he’s going to kill this ride before it really gets off of the ground, bruh. By and by, IN SPITE of their father, I hope the sons will still find a way to succeed. That is all. LC out.

LeVar Burton Is NOT LaVar Ball!

So, I’m going to be honest, son. A lot of times, I don’t know who’s stupider, man: Donald Trump or his supporters. Like, I’ve never seen a group of people more allergic to facts and information, fam. With that being said, this LaVar Ball situation ranks high on the fuckery scale, bruh. Keeping it a buck, it’s not even because of the feud between Ball and Trump. All in all, I need to eviscerate these fucktards for confusing Ball and the legendary LeVar Burton.

Ok, for those who’ve had better things to do, let me recap this entire fiasco. First, things began when LiAngelo Ball and company stole some shit in China. Now, there’s no need to revisit that entire story because I’ve already wrote about it, son. Next, Trump tweeted some shit about getting the UCLA players released. From there, the teammates were allowed to leave the country and Trump came looking for credit. LaVar basically gave 45 the middle finger and they’ve been at a war of words ever since. Side bar, the fucking President is arguing with a basketball dad on Twitter. Just let that sink in, folks.

In any case, since they never want to be left out of the tomfoolery, Trump supporters decided to come to their hero’s aid. Now, here’s where the problems arise, man: they set their crosshairs on the wrong individual! Essentially, over the last few days, they’ve been attacking LeVar Burton on social media. Look, Burton ain’t got shit to do with this, fam! This dude gave us Roots, Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation! Have some fucking respect, people! Shit, I swear I’ve NEVER seen a dumber group of carpetbaggers in my whole life, bruh! They just don’t give a flying fuck about verifiable knowledge, son!

In the end, I don’t even know why I’m surprised, man. Intelligence is simply NOT the calling card of these folks, fam. Ultimately, we need to protect LeVar Burton at all costs, bruh. On the real, that man has dropped too many gems to be disrespected in this manner. By and by, viva la Kunta Kinte! LC out.

What The F*ck Was LiAngelo Ball Thinking?

Disclaimer: Everything is alleged, but that’s not going to stop me from giving out this work, son. Ok, let’s carry on, man.

Look, let me begin this post by saying that I know what’s it’s like to be an 18-year-old idiot. I know what it’s like to do dumb shit thinking I could never get caught. Shit, if I’m being real, I don’t think I stopped engaging in regular fuckery until I was like 25 years old, son. By then, I was someone’s dad, so something had to give, man. With that being said, a part of me wants to go easy on LiAngelo Ball. However; when we consider all of the perks of being part of the Ball family right now, LiAngelo is looking like a plum fool, fam. Listen, at the end of the day, don’t do anything to fuck up the money, bruh!

Ok, for those who missed it, the UCLA men’s basketball team is currently in China. Now, when it comes to athletes, especially male athletes, a certain level of tomfoolery is expected. However; Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill just got themselves into some real shit, son. Just yesterday, they were arrested for stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store. To make matters worse, if these dudes are convicted of a crime, they could face 3-10 years in prison, man. *Sigh* Was any of this shit worth it, fam?

Listen, let’s be honest for a second, bruh. As of right now, it’s a damn privilege to be part of the Ball family. Between Lonzo Ball’s skill set and LaVar Ball’s insanity, they have laid the foundation for a lucrative self-contained business. Hell, with LaMelo Ball also waiting in the wings, the Ball family could keep the money train rolling for a good period of time, son. So, why would LiAngelo jeopardize any of this for a pair of sunglasses, man? Yeah, maybe I’m being a little harsh, but when dealing with millions, EVERYONE has to keep their eyes on the prize, fam.

In the end, I hope China lets these dudes skate, bruh. Ultimately, serving major prison time over some shit like this would be crazy, folks. In any case, I hope LiAngelo learns a valuable lesson from this: DON’T FUCK UP THE MONEY, SON! All in all, one pair of sunglasses isn’t worth a lifetime of earning potential, man. That is all. LC out.

Does North Korea REALLY Want Smoke?

Ok, look, I’ve talked about the possibility of World War III a few times, son. Now, even though I was always serious, a part of me didn’t really believe it would go down, man. However; North Korea is out here WILIN’, fam! I mean, it seems like they really want some static, bruh. All I know is, after their latest hydrogen bomb test, the world might really be headed to No Man’s Land, people.

So, for those who missed it, this past Sunday, North Korea detonated its sixth nuclear bomb. This came hours after a picture of Kim Jong-un was released, where he appeared to be inspecting a hydrogen bomb. Now, this is notable because North Korea is claiming to have a functioning warhead that can fit in a missile. Basically, these muhfuckas might have a reliable nuke now, son! All in all, shit is rapidly getting real and the United States has a tough choice on its hands.

Now, I never thought I’d see the day when I would say this, but I agree with Vladimir Putin, man. Sanctions against North Korea are useless, man. Like, Jong-un and company don’t give a fuck about non-military consequences. For whatever reason, North Korea seems to actually want war, fam. So, the question is, do we give in to conflict? At this point, if we do go to war, it will probably end up being nuclear. In addition, based on the fact that Russia and China also have nukes, we all might be SUPER fucked, bruh!

In the end, shit is getting thick out here, son. Keeping it a buck, I don’t even have any answers, man. All I can say is, I’m DEFINITELY following this situation closely, fam. Ultimately, I don’t expect much from Donald Trump, but he CAN’T fuck this up, people! If he does, we might not be around long enough to fix the problem. By and by, can someone tell Jong-un to chill? Listen, he won’t win this conflict, but the collateral damage just isn’t worth it, bruh. That is all. LC out.