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.

Facebook’s Bias Issue Is A Corporate America Issue

So, according to several people of color who work for Facebook, the company has a problem with implicit bias. Also, the sky is blue, water is wet and Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself. Side bar, nah, for real, I HIGHLY doubt that Epstein killed himself, son. In any case, while some folks may think that these issues are native to Facebook, I’m here to say that they run rampant through all of Corporate America. All in all, none of these employees’ stories surprise me, man.

Ok, for those who missed it, about twelve Facebook employees wrote a piece for Medium about the troubles they face at Mark Zuckerberg‘s company. Now, in the article, the various workers shared multiple stories of micro and macro aggressions that permeate through their work environment. Look, minority employees had their intelligence questioned, told they were simply diversity hires and judged for their supposed “aggressive” attitudes. Shit, on Facebook’s Blind application, White employees just let their racism fly, fam. I mean, one particular employee just belittled the IQ of Black employees and blamed us for all of the nation’s murder, bruh. Needless to say, the landscape isn’t very comforting, brethren.

Listen, to be fair, I’m not doing this Medium article justice, son. On the real, everyone should go read it for themselves. However, I wasn’t surprised by anything that I read in that post, man. Keeping it a buck, during my tenure in the workforce, I’ve tasted my fair share of fuckery, fam. Now, for some reference, I’m a 34-year-old Black man who’s worked in Corporate America since 2007. Actually, if I count internships, I’ve been in this arena since 2005, bruh. In any case, along the way, I’ve worked for four different Fortune 500 companies. So, I’ve dealt with some of the bullshit that these Facebook employees are speaking about.

Real talk, I don’t even know where to start, son. Look, I’ve been called aggressive, lazy, coworkers have expressed surprise at the college I went to, I’ve been badmouthed by a manager to human resources and questioned by people with a lot less experience. The fucked up part is, I’m only talking about one company so far, man. The truth is, I haven’t even gotten to the rest of the shenanigans, fam. Yet, somehow, despite being so “terrible,” I keep getting better jobs and making more money. So, I know EXACTLY how these Facebook employees feel, bruh. All I can say is, Facebook is the norm and not the exception, people.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, son. Ultimately, I don’t have any answers for these employees, man. By and by, we all knew that Facebook would release a message condemning this type of treatment. However, nothing is going to change, fam. Namely because nothing ever fucking changes, bruh. At the end of the day, unless there are REAL ramifications for this kind of discrimination, the behavior will continue, folks. *Sigh* This is the day-to-day life of a person of color, brethren. This shit can really suck sometimes. That is all. LC out.

Don’t Microchip Me, Bro!

Man, what in the “we might really be in The Matrix” type shit is going on, son? Is this what Corporate America is doing now, man? Microchips? Really? Nah, fam, this isn’t something I can get onboard with, bruh. Listen, Big Brother already has us by the balls, folks. We really don’t need to start putting foreign technology in our bodies. All I know is, count me out, people.

Now, for those who are unaware, an organization in Wisconsin is pioneering this microchip wave. So, Three Square Market, a technology company, is giving employees the option of putting a rice-sized chip between their thumb and index finger. Once this is done, with just their hand, employees can complete such tasks as swiping into the building and ordering from the cafeteria. As of now, 50 of the company’s 80 employees have volunteered.

Look, I’ve worked in Corporate America full-time for ten years now, son. All in all, I’ve never had a problem with a simple ID card, man. On the real, I have two issues with this setup, fam. First, the idea of putting a chip in my body just sounds crazy. The ability to get through the main door or order a burrito doesn’t seem like a good enough reason for putting a foreign substance in my body. In addition, while I may be a slight conspiracy theorist, there’s no way I can trust an organization with that type of access, bruh.

Second, speaking as someone who’s been laid off before, there’s no loyalty in Corporate America. So, I’m just going to let a company that can fire me put a chip in my hand? Hell fucking nah, fam! Shit, I know what it’s like to have to give back company property. What, they’re going to just dig in there and take out my chip if I have to leave the premises? No thank you, son. Just give me a keycard and let me go about my day, man.

In the end, keep this Agent Smith shit away from me, bruh. All I want to do is go to work, come home and mind my business. I don’t need remnants of my job in the same hand I use to wipe my ass, fam. That is all. LC out.