This Delonte West Sh*t Is Sad

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I don’t even know how to begin this post, man. The truth is, this Delonte West situation is sad as fuck, fam. I mean, just look at the dude, bruh! Look, that man is the same man who played nine seasons in the NBA. However, based on his current appearance, West is having a REALLY tough fucking time, people. All I can say is, I truly hope he gets some help as soon as humanly possible, brethren.

Ok, for those who missed it, Delonte West is back in the news for all of the wrong reasons. Now, a video has been circulating around the internet of an alleged altercation between West and some angry guy in Washington, D.C. Well, in reality, it’s less of an altercation and more of a clip of him getting his ass beat. Shit, the video that I saw shows him on the ground, in the middle of a highway, getting stomped on by this unidentified man. From there, another clips shows him on the side of the road, ranting about a guy pulling a gun on him, with his face covered in blood. That’s where the above picture comes from.

All I know is, this entire situation is fucked up, son. Real talk, this latest debacle just adds to the long list of shit that West has been involved in since his NBA days. Hell, going back to 2009, I remember when he got pulled over on his motorcycle, carrying enough guns to rival Rambo. I remember when he was begging for change in Maryland. I remember when he was walking around and looking nuts in Texas. Keeping it a buck, it just seems like it’s one thing after another, man.

Now, it’s no secret that West has mental issues, fam. Like, a simple Google search would show that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a long time ago. However, it’s clear that he’s not getting ANY type of assistance, bruh. In addition, I have no proof that he’s on drugs, but c’mon son, I don’t see how that isn’t the case as well, son. All in all, I just wish that someone would come to his rescue, man.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, fam. Ultimately, it’s insane to see what’s happening to this man. By and by, it doesn’t seem that long ago that he was getting buckets in the league. Now, he’s more known for the shenanigans than for hooping, bruh. At the end of the day, I hope that his friends and family will find some way to get through to him. Sadly, at this rate, there’s only one way for this story to end. Needless to say, nobody wants that, son. That is all. LC out.

What A Difference A Decade Makes

So, here we are, son. It’s 2020, baby! Thankfully, I’ve made it to another year and another decade, man. All I can say is, the last ten years have been a wild ass ride, fam. In any case, I’d like to consider this post a tale of two photos. On the real, the smile may be the same, but the LC from the beginning of the decade is DRASTICALLY different than the LC from the end of the decade. Shit, let’s get into it, brethren.

First, let’s speak about the LC on the left. Real talk, I was a fucking train wreck at the beginning of the decade. At the time, I was a brand new father, struggling with my career, dealing with previously-undiagnosed depression, self-medicating with Jack Daniel’s and stepping out on my then-girlfriend/now-wife. Keeping it a buck, it was my lady who held up a mirror to my shenanigans. Based on my issues, she had every right to leave me. In fact, she did for a period of time. But, I understood that I needed to become a better person. Not for her, but for me. The truth is, being the best me would ultimately lead to being the best companion and father.

Moving on, let’s talk about that dude on the right. Now, this LC doesn’t have to hide behind a fake smile. Currently, I’m a husband who’s fathering multiple little people, working the best job I’ve ever had, performing my music again, blogging and drinking socially (instead of trying to drown out the voices in my head). All I know is, this transition didn’t happen overnight. Instead, making small steps at the beginning of the decade paved the way for how my decade ended. All in all, life is fucking beautiful right now, son.

In the end, I didn’t write this post to just talk about me, man. Ultimately, I want my story to be a lesson to anyone who’s reading this. By and by, folks don’t have to wait for a new year or a new decade to make a change. At the end of the day, if there are improvements that anyone wants to make, then start now, fam. In addition, don’t be afraid of slow progress. The fact is, slow progress is still better than no progress, bruh. So, let’s all be better together, brethren. My wife always says “there’s no such thing as stuck” and I had to learn to believe her, son. Let’s start this decade off right, people. Yessir! I love you all! LC out.

P.S. I’m super proud of the fact that I look damn near the same after ten years, son. Shit, Black don’t crack, baby! Well, besides a few years in the middle when I was unnecessarily fat. But, we don’t talk about those times, fam. Good day.

‘Joker’ Is Everything I Wanted It To Be

Disclaimer: This post has all of the spoilers, son. Proceed with caution.

So, here’s the deal, man. On the real, I’m a lifelong Batman fan who finally got to see the newly-released Joker movie. Now, to be fair, I’ve seen a lot of the criticism that the film has garnered. Frankly, the detractors didn’t affect my viewpoint at all, fam. I mean, do folks not realize this is a movie about the Joker? A psychopath who kills people for sport? With that being said, the film is everything I wanted it to be, bruh.

Ok, for those who are unaware, the movie details the troubled life of Arthur Fleck. Now, according to this storyline, he’s a mentally ill clown-for-hire, who lives with his delusional mother and aspires to be a comedian. Anyway, through a series of unfortunate events, Fleck is left medication-less, jobless and loses his cotdamn mind. Shit, once Fleck freaks the fuck out, he murders seven people, including his own mother. In addition, he influences an entire city of misfits to engage in copious amounts of wilin’. Side bar, I’m really not doing the plot justice, son. Real talk, a TON of shit happens in this movie and I’m not even scratching the surface, man.

Moving on, the film is based around the idea that a few fucked up events can drive anyone crazy. The truth is, that premise borrows heavily from the Batman: The Killing Joke comic book that was released in 1988. The idea behind that graphic novel is that “one bad day” can make anybody insane. All in all, I see this Joker film as an interpretation of what the character was always intended to be. Like, yeah, the Joker is fucking looney tunes, but folks have always tried to theorize about why he ended up that way.

With all of that being said, I feel like some of these critiques are unnecessary, fam. First, there’s the idea that the movie is trying to excuse the behavior of White mass murderers. Look, anyone who reads this blog knows that I’m all about fighting the machine, bruh. However, there was nothing racial about this movie to me at all. The way I see it, the films revolves around two main concepts: mental health and poverty. All I know is, those topics aren’t exclusive to any racial or ethnic group, son. Now, does that justify the Joker’s actions? Fuck no, man. But, I definitely don’t agree with the idea that the movie is vindicating the Joker’s tomfoolery.

Second, I’ve always hated it when critics say that a piece of art will “inspire” people to replicate the behavior. Ok, yes, there is a scary possibility that some individual might look at Arthur Fleck and see themselves. But, should the director, Todd Phillips, have to worry about that? Hell, if that’s the case, then we’d have to apply that same logic to everything, fam. Look, if that’s the case, then Scarface shouldn’t have been made because it’ll inspire folks to sell cocaine. Euphoria shouldn’t have been made because it’ll inspire kids to do opioids. Honestly, where does it end, bruh? The fact is, no artistic expression is ever going to check all of the boxes of what’s “acceptable,” son.

In the end, Joker is exactly what I thought it would be, man. Ultimately, it’s the story of a dude who loses his shit and kills a bunch of people. By and by, if anyone has ever read ANYTHING about the Joker, they’d know that that’s precisely who the character is, fam. At the end of the day, if people are upset about what the film represents, then they’ve never been familiar with the Joker, bruh. That is all. LC out.

P.S. Joaquin Phoenix deserves some type of award for that performance, son. All I can say is, he acted the SHIT out of that role, man. He really had me convinced that he was bat-shit crazy, fam, pun intended. Good day.

LC’s Mental Health Check-In

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I was scrolling through my Facebook News Feed, minding my own business and I came across this post. Basically, Awareness Act published an article back in 2017 about the habits of people with “concealed depression.” Now, it’s no secret that I deal with depression. Shit, I’ve talked about it more than once on this site, man. However, I was still taken aback by how many of the 15 habits applied to me, fam. All in all, I want everyone reading this to see if they also fit the bill, bruh.

Ok, before I continue, I want to list the habits outlined in the article. So, here we go, son:

  1. The are often quite talented and very expressive.
  2. They tend to search for purpose.
  3. Sometimes they make muted cries for help.
  4. They interpret substances differently.
  5. They often have a very involved perception of life and death.
  6. They have strange eating habits.
  7. They have abnormal sleeping habits.
  8. They have abandonment issues usually.
  9. They are professionals at coming up with “cover-up” stories.
  10. They might have habitual remedies.
  11. They are always making efforts to seem happy.
  12. They seek love and acceptance.
  13. They have trouble shutting off their brains.
  14. They hurt when other people hurt.
  15. They always think of the worst-case scenarios.

Now, if I’m being honest, about 11 of those habits apply to me, man. Shit, even when I’m in a “good” space, I still feel the effects of a bunch of these habits, fam. In any case, since I know how my brain operates, I try to be in tune with how I’m feeling, bruh. Real talk, my wife thinks I should still be in therapy right now, son. I mean, even when life is going well, it’s never a bad thing to be proactive about mental health, brethren.

In the end, this post is really for everyone out there. Seriously, how is everybody doing, son? The way I see it, if anything about that article resonates, it’s okay to go see someone, man. Ultimately, we can all benefit from some therapy, fam. Now, I’m not saying that folks need to start taking medication and shit. However, there’s nothing wrong with that either. Frankly, I just want people to take an inventory of themselves and take the necessary steps to be better. At the end of the day, mental health is not a battle that needs to be fought alone. That is all. LC out.

I Don’t Know What To Say About Mass Shootings Anymore

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’m not exactly sure how to start this post, man. I mean, it’s another mass shooting, fam. Like, we have yet ANOTHER instance of some dickhead taking a gun and shooting at an entire group of people. All I know is, I don’t know what to say that’s any more insightful than anything I’ve ever tried to say before, bruh. The truth is, I’m at a fucking loss for words right now, brethren.

Ok, for those who are unaware, shit got real at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. Apparently, some White dude, who has since been killed, rolled up on the festival with an assault rifle and started blasting. Now, to make matters worse, Jack van Breen, lead singer of Tin Man, alleges that the Army-fatigued shooter said he was “really angry” when asked why he was doing this. In addition, authorities are looking into the possibility of a second suspect.

All in all, three people were killed and 12 more were wounded in the attack. Sadly, a 6-year-old boy was one of the victims. Now, if I’m being honest, I feel a certain sense of hopelessness right now. Like, no matter how many times these incidents happen, nothing is ever really done about it. Furthermore, we as a population can’t even come to some consensus about what the issue is, son. Frankly, with so much division, how are we actually supposed to solve this problem, man?

Look, I’m not one of those people who has blind allegiance to a particular side. Shit, most commonly, there’s a “gun control” side and a “mental health” side. The way I see it, both sides have merit, fam. Listen, do I think a stable-headed individual is just going to get up one day and shoot up a bunch of people? No, bruh. Absolutely not. But, how can folks ignore that guns are also a major fucking issue? Son, a crazy motherfucker with a knife just can’t do as much damage as a crazy motherfucker with a semi-automatic rifle. For God‘s sake, facts are facts, man. Real talk, ignoring common sense is costing innocent people their lives, folks. All I can say is, something, fucking anything, needs to be done, brethren.

In the end, I just want to give my condolences to the families affected by this tragedy. Ultimately, I’m sorry that we live in a country that doesn’t do more to protect its citizens. By and by, the more things change the more they stay the same, son. At the end of the day, no amount of death seems to motivate our elected officials. So, I don’t know what else to say here, man. I’m sorry. That is all. LC out.

Stop Deflecting Away From Jussie Smollett’s Nonsense

So, I’m going to try and keep this short today, son. Basically, I’m tired of the bullshit, man. On the real, anytime a Black person is caught doing some foul shit, people bring up White folks who’ve gotten away with similar foul shit. All I know is, it brings me back to a question I’ve asked before: do Black people want to be right or do we want to get away with the same crimes as White people? The point is, Jussie Smollett was deadass wrong, fam. Frankly, any attempt to defend him is severely misguided.

Ok, for those who are living under a rock, Smollett has officially been arrested and charged with filing a false police report. Now, according to the law, this offense is a Class 4 Felony, which could result in 1-3 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Anyway, I think it’s safe to say that Smollett is in a world of shit right now, bruh. Moving on, I don’t like the narrative that’s spreading through social media, son. Listen, regardless of other offenders, Smollett still did something incredibly wrong, man. The fact is, he needs to pay for his nonsense, fam.

Listen, I’m seeing a lot of people bring up White folks who’ve falsely called the cops on Black people. Ok, yes, that’s another issue that desperately needs to be addressed, bruh. The way I see it, all of the Petty Patty’s and Nosy Nancy’s need to be prosecuted for involving in the law in unnecessary situations. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that Smollett needs to be held accountable for his actions. I mean, HE FAKED A COTDAMN HATE CRIME, SON! Like, how else could I possibly phrase that? The truth is, he doesn’t deserve our damn sympathy, man. All in all, more Black people should be mad at him, fam. Shit, folks were ready to ride for him and he made us all look like idiots, brethren.

In the end, I really want people to stop changing the story, son. Ultimately, two things can be true at once, man. By and by, Smollett should be charged for his tomfoolery AND White people should be charged for fraudulently calling the police. At the end of the day, Smollett shouldn’t be exempt from justice, fam. In addition, he needs to be ridiculed for such a botched plan, bruh. Hell, this entire saga unraveled faster than a Payless shoe, people. *Sigh* I don’t know what else to say here. LC out.

P.S. Miss me with any of that “mental health” shit, son. Keeping it a buck, I can already see that narrative gaining traction, man. All I can say is, I rebuke all of that, fam. In my eyes, Smollett is nothing more than a fucking clown, bruh. That is all.

Ian David Long: When ‘Thoughts & Prayers’ Don’t Work

So, I’m going to start today’s post a little different, son. Normally, I would give some intro about what I was going to talk about. But, before I say anything, I want people to read what Ian David Long wrote in a Facebook post the other day. So, here we go:

I hope people call me insane .. wouldn’t that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah… I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’.. or ‘keep you in my thoughts’ … every time… and wonder why these keep happening …

Now, to be clear, these are the words of a Marine veteran who shot and killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Look, in one post, a mass murderer destroyed our country’s indifference to gun control AND mental health. Real talk, after every incident, politicians send out “thoughts and prayers,” but never do anything to remedy the situation. Sadly, Ian Long knew this, man.

At this point, no one knows why Long committed these killings, fam. I mean, there’s speculation that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after his time in Afghanistan. Shit, if that’s the case, should he have been allowed to legally purchase a .45-caliber Glock handgun? Listen, these are the type of scenarios that reasonable people think about when asking for gun reform. Real talk, I’m not one of those folks who think that nobody should have a firearm. I just want to make sure that the ones who do are in their right fucking mind. Clearly, Long was not one of those individuals, bruh.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, son. Ultimately, I can’t definitively say that I know the reason for all of these mass shootings. Is it gun control? Is it mental health? Is it terrorism? Is it a combination of all of the above? I don’t fucking know, man. All I know is, this “thoughts and prayers” shit isn’t working, fam. With that being said, I’m tired of all of the partisan bullshit. At the end of the day, our elected officials need to get to the bottom of the issue and nip this shit in the bud, bruh. For God‘s sake, how many more people have to die? *Sigh* Rest In Peace to all of the victims, brethren. Once again, a group of innocent people died for no reason. LC out.