My First (Real) Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I love fighting, man. Now, I haven’t been in a real fight in years, but I still need that type of aggression, fam. Shit, I grew up doing Taekwondo, I’ve boxed, I’ve done Muay ThaiJeet Kune Do and general MMA. Needless to say, I’m semi-addicted to pain, bruh. In any case, last night was a first for me. Last night was the first time I took a real Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. All in all, I’m still processing my experience, brethren.

Ok, to be clear, last night was not the first time I’ve rolled. Shit, thanks to previous MMA classes, I’ve had the pleasure of putting someone in and being put into a rear-naked choke and an armbar. However, those experiences didn’t necessarily prepare me for a full hour and a half of BJJ, son. Frankly, despite my years of martial arts training, I’ve learned that I don’t know shit upon shit about fighting on the ground, man.

Now, before I continue, I have to give a major shout-out to Babs Olusanmokun. The actor/BJJ black belt runs Babs BJJ out of Phil Nurse‘s The Wat school in lower Manhattan. Side bar, I have to give another shout-out to my wife for finding this school, fam. Keeping it a buck, she’s the real MVP, bruh. Anyway, since the spot is only a few blocks away from my job, I figured I’d give a class a test spin, son. All I know is, I wasn’t exactly prepared for this shit, man.

In any case, the class went as follows: I first learned to shrimp, followed by front rolls and back rolls. From there, I learned how to do the technical stand-up. Next, I learned the basics of the triangle choke. After that, I spent the majority of the class drilling kimuras with other white belts. Side bar, one of the white belts had one stripe and the other had three stripes. Meaning, we were not the same, fam. Frankly, both of those dudes could fuck me up, bruh. It just is what it is.

Moving on, I was involved in all of the activities until it came time to roll. Babs knew that I would get mangled if I got my ass down there, son. Instead, I just watched and came to the realization that a 5’5″ woman with a blue belt could choke the fuckity-fuck out of me, man. All I can say is, it was a very humbling experience, fam.

In the end, I’m still trying to process it all, bruh. Hell, look at my face in that above picture, son. Ultimately, that’s the face of a dude who got his innocence took, man. By and by, I’m pretty sure I’ll go back, fam. At the end of the day, I just need my knees to cooperate with me, brethren. The truth is, it’ll be easy as fuck for someone to double leg me if I don’t get lower to the ground. But, I only have one life and I need to try everything, people. That is all. LC out.

P.S. Someone tell my boy Fabo that I’m renigging on my word to roll with him. Son, I ain’t ready for that type of smoke. Talk to me in a year, man. Good day.

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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.

Hi, My Name Is LC & I Have A Show On Saturday

So, let me keep this brief, folks. As the title says, I have a show this coming Saturday. Now, those who know me or are familiar with my blog know that I’m a musician at heart. Hell, I spent most of 2017 putting out songs through my New Music Fridays thingamajig. In any case, there was one piece that was still missing, son: performing. On the real, I spent most of my late teens/early 20s on stages and I got away from that, man. Well, that ends this weekend, fam. The boy LC is back and ready to get down with the shits, bruh!

With that being said, let’s get the proceedings proceeding, son. So, for anyone in New York City, I’m performing at The West End this Saturday at 10:30 PM. Doors open at 10:00 PM and I have an 8-minute set. The plan is to knock out three songs, so it’s enough time to get a little vibe going, man. Anyway, if anyone is down to roll through, click here for tickets. We can all get hammered after I hit the stage, fam. Furthermore, shout-out to Scott Morris and Mor.Bookings for giving the dude an opportunity, bruh.

In the end, that’s all I’ve got, son. Shit, let’s have a good time, man! See everyone on Saturday! LC out.

It’s Not Our Job To Make White People Comfortable

So, I won’t lie, son. I inadvertently started a shit-storm with yesterday’s post about Aaron Schlossberg. As of right now, my comments and direct messages are in shambles on both Instagram and Twitter, man. Apparently, some people think I’m racist because I referenced the fact that there’s a DOCUMENTED HISTORY of White folks fucking with people of color. Well, with that being said, let me be honest, fam: I’m not even remotely sorry. Look, it’s not my job to make White people comfortable, bruh. Frankly, it’s not the job of any minority. All in all, instead of feeling attacked, I hope our White counterparts will be advocates and hold the “bad apples” accountable.

Ok, before I continue, allow me to make myself clear: no, I don’t believe that all White people are racist. I mean, that’s just ridiculous, folks. *Sigh* It’s a shame that I have to do that, son. It’s a shame that anytime minorities tell our stories, the first thing some White people say is “it’s not all of us.” Dammit, nobody said it was all White people, man! Shit, I sure as hell didn’t! In actuality, what I’m saying is, there are MORE than enough instances of prejudice and bias to warrant a cultural change. For God‘s sake, instead of playing the victim, maybe these individuals can help shift the paradigm, fam!

Listen, only a fool would think that Schlossberg is some isolated incident, bruh. On the real, people of color see this type of hatred every single day, son. It’s a reality that we CONSTANTLY have to deal with, man. The fact of the matter is, our safety and well-being is more important than White people’s comfort. Keeping it a buck, I don’t care that some folks don’t want to have to deal with these harsh truths. Minorities shouldn’t have to downplay our pain just to pacify others. At the end of the day, all we’ve ever wanted is to be treated fairly and equally.

In the end, I hope this post clears up any ambiguity, fam. Ultimately, I thought it was pretty obvious that I wasn’t speaking about all White people. I was speaking about Aaron Schlossberg and anyone else who thinks like him. In addition, I’m well aware of and thankful for all of the allies who consistently work towards equality. By and by, a collective effort is the ONLY way to rid our society of the racial ills that have ALWAYS plagued us. That is all. LC out.

Get Aaron Schlossberg The F*ck Outta Here!

*Sigh* Another day, another White person showing their ass in public, son. Seriously, do White people EVER get tired of being petulant assholes? I mean, doesn’t this level of CONSISTENT hate ever get exhausting, man? All I know is, Aaron Schlossberg is just another example of Donald Trump‘s America, fam. An America where speaking another language (well, mostly Spanish) is seemingly unacceptable. Anyway, let’s go through all of the different ways that Schlossberg made a COMPLETE ass of himself, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, here’s why Schlossberg is about to get cooked. So, the other day, this fucktard decided to eat at Fresh Kitchen in Manhattan. In any case, he heard some employees speaking Spanish and lost his fucking mind. From there, he berated the entire establishment for allowing these workers to speak Spanish and demanded that they speak English. Furthermore, he threatened to call ICE in order to have these employees “kicked out of [his] country.” All in all, it was a totally ridiculous scene, son.

Now, I don’t even know where to begin with this guy’s tomfoolery, man. First off, it’s highly problematic that he automatically assumed that these employees were illegal because they spoke another language. Shit, after researching this clown, it’s appears that he’s Jewish. Look, the last time I checked, English isn’t the Jewish community’s primary language, historically speaking. So, should America have kicked out all of his ancestors, fam? Like, what the fuck is this dude even talking about, bruh?

Second, as we now know, this isn’t Schlossberg’s first time being racist on camera, son. Apparently, back in October of 2016, he was caught on film calling someone “an ugly fucking foreigner.” So, this asshat has a history of being a bigot. All the while, he’s a lawyer who boasts about being fluent in Spanish on his website. Side note, I love everyone who left his Yelp review comments in shambles. Moving on, my brain can’t even comprehend the levels of irony and hypocrisy, man. Hell, this man works in New York City, one of the most diverse cities in the world, and is shocked that people speak more than English. *Sigh* What the fuck is wrong with everyone, fam?!

In the end, shout-out to Edward Suazo for exposing this carpetbagger. Ultimately, the next time someone tries to front like Trump didn’t run on a platform of hate, just show them a video of Schlossberg. By and by, all of the hatred that he’s spewing comes DIRECTLY from the Orange One‘s playbook, bruh. All I can say is, White people have to do MUCH better, son. Frankly, this isn’t our problem to fix, man. It’s theirs. Real talk, they’re the ones with the underlying issues, fam. Not us. That is all. LC out.

More Terrorism In New York

So, let me begin this post by saying that Akayed Ullah is a clown. This 27-year-old dude from Bangladesh really tried to hit Port Authority with a homemade bomb, son. Now, I won’t lie, man. As a native New Yorker, I’ve always had a deep-rooted fear of a subway explosion. I mean, our train system is so interconnected that a well-placed attack would be DAMAGING, fam! With that being said, I’m HIGHLY thankful that Ullah was ill-prepared, bruh. All in all, every last one of these ISIS enthusiasts need to be destroyed, folks.

Ok, let me be honest for a second. So, my normal morning routine consists of watching the news while my wife and I get our kids ready for the day. For whatever reason, I didn’t watch the news yesterday morning. In any case, I got on the D train at 8:15 but didn’t make it to work until 9:45. Keep in mind, the average train ride to work is only about 20 minutes. Now, the whole time I was stuck on the train, I had no idea that the delays were due to Ullah’s fuckery. Frankly, I just thought the MTA was up to its normal bullshit, son. Anyway, once I realized the gravity of the situation, I was just grateful that things didn’t take a more drastic turn.

Keeping it a buck, it’s scenarios like this that remind us how vulnerable we are. September 11 might have been 16 years ago, but in the grand scheme of things, not much time has passed, man. On the real, incidents like this remind us that there are fools who really want to harm innocent people. Moving on, as a result of Ullah’s premature explosion, he injured five people who were just trying to go about their day. Real talk, I know he was hurt too, but I don’t give a flying fuck about that, fam. All I know is, I wish he would’ve been the only one to take any damage, bruh.

In the end, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, son: ISIS is a bunch of cowards. Ultimately, they only target people who can’t go back at them. By and by, a wife going to work has nothing to do with their Jihad. A husband that’s late for his meeting has nothing to do with their Jihad. Losers like Ullah accept our residency and then become convinced that we’re the enemy. Look, bitch, if this country is nothing but infidels, then fucking leave, man! All I can say is, shout-out to all of my Muslim brethren who condemn this senseless tomfoolery. In addition, I hope Ullah gets used to prison. Shit, that motherfucker ain’t never getting out, fam. That is all. LC out.

More Terror In New York

So, let me get straight to the point, son. Fuck ISIS and everyone who wants to be down with them, man. Real talk, the entire organization is full of cowards, fam. I mean, what do they really do, bruh? They attack innocent people. That’s all they’re really good for, folks: attacking innocent people. With that being said, I hope they bury Sayfullo Saipov under the jail, son. All in all, his attack on New York City can’t go unanswered, man.

Ok, at this point, everyone should be aware of what’s going on, fam. Basically, 29-year-old Saipov used a rental truck to mow down pedestrians in a Manhattan bike lane. Ultimately, eight people were killed and many more were injured. Finally, when police arrived on the scene, he hopped out of the vehicle, shouted “Allahu Akbar” and got shot by the cops. Apparently, he was carrying a BB gun and a paintball gun.

Now, under normal circumstances, I would eviscerate Donald Trump for IMMEDIATELY politicizing this tragedy. However; I’d much rather have solidarity with the innocent victims, bruh. Frankly, I don’t have time for Trump’s shenanigans, son. By and by, the people are the only ones that actually matter, man. On the real, if 45 really wants to help, then get rid of ISIS like he claimed he would on the campaign trail. Shit, didn’t he say it would be easy, fam? If that was the case, then why do they still exist, people?

In the end, I have nothing else to contribute here, son. All I can say is, Rest In Peace to all of the individuals who lost their lives to such senseless violence. Moving on, it’s high time that we get ISIS the fuck outta here, man! Look, what kind of holy war is solely aimed at innocent people, fam? Keeping it a buck, those are the only ones they’re targeting, bruh. All in all, it’s nothing but sucker shit, folks. So, fuck ‘em all! LC out.

P.S. I just want to put it out there that the authorities were able to capture Saipov alive. Now, I’m not saying, but I’m just saying. That is all.