The ‘Hot Water Challenge’ Needs To Stop!

Ok, can I put my dad pants on for a second? So, the other day, my wife and I had a conversation with our oldest son about the “Hot Water Challenge.” This came after we heard about what happened to 8-year-old Ki’ari Pope in Florida. Apparently, her cousin dared her to drink boiling water through a straw. From there, Pope burned her throat, got a tracheotomy, but still eventually died from respiratory issues. On the real, the fact that this little girl was only one year older than my son shook me to my core.

To make matters worse, Pope hasn’t been the only child to suffer from this outlandish challenge. More and more stories are popping up about kids doing serious damage to themselves. For instance, back in July, 10-year-old Wesley Smith of North Carolina received third degree burns after he and his stepbrother tried to get in on the movement. It seems as if they got the idea from YouTube videos. In another case, right here in the Bronx, the friends of 11-year-old Jamoneisha Merritt poured boiling water on her face while she slept. Needless to say, her face has been ravaged, man.

Now, some people may be thinking “what’s wrong with these kids?” But remember, most children have no common sense, son. Like, I did TONS of stupid shit when I was a child. For example, who told me it was a good idea to backflip off of the top of a swing, man? On the real, I’m lucky that I got out of there with only a sprained ankle. With that being said, kids feel like they’re invincible and it leads them to doing all manners of tomfoolery, fam. In any case, we as parents need to reinforce the risks of dangerous actions to our children, bruh.

In the end, even though I think this challenge is beyond dumb, I can’t really fault the kids, son. Keeping it a buck, I can’t fault the adults either, man. The fact of the matter is, being a parent is a lot of trial and error, bruh. The sad part is, in some cases, it takes tragedy for young people to learn. All I know is, as of right now, we need to tell our kids to stay far, far, faaaar away from the “Hot Water Challenge.” That is all. LC out.

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Vote For Braxton Winston!

Man, where do I start, son? I guess I’ll begin by saying that I’ve known Braxton Winston for a long time. First, he was one of my predecessors at New York‘s PREP 9 academic program. Next, during the summer of 2002, we both served as advisors for the aforementioned program. This was a way for us to give back to an organization that positively altered the trajectory of our lives. In any case, I’ve always seen Winston as a positive role model. With that being said, I want to take the time to support his campaign for Charlotte City Council. North Carolina can really benefit from a man of his caliber representing them.

Now, before I continue, let me talk about how we got here. So, it all began with the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. After the police needlessly killed another Black man, Winston decided to stand up and join the protests. In fact, he’s responsible for an iconic photo, which was used by various new outlets to depict the mood in Charlotte. From there, he frequently used Facebook Live to display the real climate in the city, regardless of the narrative presented by law enforcement and the media. This was his way to tell the unabridged truth without succumbing to rhetoric and partisanship.

Moving on, for his efforts, he’s been confronted by the authorities on multiple occasions and even arrested for protesting. Anyway, as we fast forward to today, all of these events have lit a fire under Winston. Now, he’s looking to secure a place on the City Council, in hopes of bringing new energy and new ideas to the community. All in all, his movement is inspiring and I can’t help but support the man.

In the end, I want everyone to visit www.votebraxton.com and contribute. His website details his platform and the motivation behind his decision to run. By and by, I believe a lot more of us should become involved in local politics. I’ll admit that I’ve tinkered with the idea for the longest, man. However; as we can see, Winston is already beating me to the punch. Good work, bro! LC out.

A Letter To People Who Regret Voting For Donald Trump

Dear Regretful Donald Trump Voters,

I’ve never been one to hold back or mince my words, so I’ll just get straight to the point. If you already regret voting for Trump, I don’t feel sorry for you. Sounds harsh, but I wholeheartedly mean that. If you’re one of the people who has suddenly realized Trump is a con artist, I have no sympathy for you. This man showed you who he was the entire election and you refused to believe him. So, every terrible thing he does from here on out is on YOUR head.

Look, at this point, I’m not even going to reiterate all of the awful things he’s said or done. I’ve done that enough times on this blog. However; let’s talk about all of the promises he made to YOU and already backtracked on.

First, there was all of the bullshit he said about Hillary Clinton. For the entire duration of his campaign, Trump claimed he was going to lock Clinton up for her “crimes.” What were her crimes exactly? Having a private email server. Regardless of the fact the FBI determined she had broken no laws, Trump still asserted that he was coming for her head. Now, since all of you Clinton-haters LOVED the idea of putting her in an orange jumpsuit, you flocked to the orange-faced clown. With all of that being said, what does he do when he wins? Completely abandon the notion of pursuing any charges against her. One point for you Trump supporters.

Next, there was his stance on Obamacare. For YEARS, he railed about how much of a failure the ACA was. His entire healthcare platform was built around repealing the law and replacing it with something “better.” In any case, just a few days after being elected, Trump talked about possibly keeping parts of Obamacare. Then, he switched course and said the law was going to be repealed and replaced simultaneously.

Now, here’s the problem: not only do your Republican reps not have a replacement plan, but they don’t even have enough votes to pass anything at all. It takes 60 votes to push a new plan through the Senate and the GOP only has 52 seats. Do you see the issue here? Once again, Trump made a promise he can’t possibly keep. Not to mention, after this past December‘s ACA enrollment period, the states with the highest coverage are the ones that voted for Trump. Are you guys really that stupid? I’ll just take that as a yes, son.

Ultimately, you guys are getting what you asked for. You asked for a liar to be your president and you got one. Let’s see if all of his billionaire cabinet friends will help drain that swamp for you. Good luck suffering through the mess you caused. I’m out.

Sincerely,

Your friendly neighborhood LC

Get Grayson Allen The F*ck Outta Here!

Well, well, well, what do we have here, son? Are the Duke Blue Devils actually doing the right thing for once? It took them this long to realize Grayson Allen is a piece of shit? It took them this long to realize he’s been a dirty player for quite some time now? I mean, this fool has been getting away with fuck shit for well over a season and change. Now, while I’m happy to see him finally pay a price for his Bush-league style of play, in my eyes, his punishment has been long overdue.

Keeping it all of the way real, even though I’ve never been a Blue Devils fan, that tidbit doesn’t factor into my disdain of Allen. Despite having my own personal biases against the program (mostly because I’m a North Carolina Tar Heels fan), I can still acknowledge their greatness. With that being said, as an avid viewer of college basketball, I’ve seen this clown get away with cheap tricks and low digs on multiple occasions. Any time a play doesn’t go his way, he takes it upon himself to doing something underhanded, man. Until now, everyone seemed to just turn a blind eye to his tomfoolery.

Now, his latest tripping episode against Elon’s Steven Santa Ana is hardly his first time being a douche. As seen in the video at the bottom, he did the same shit to Louisville’s Raymond Spalding and Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes. Keep in mind, both of those incidents happened in the same damn month earlier this year! So, what was his punishment back then? Just a formal reprimand from the ACC. That’s it. Apparently, they didn’t want to actually suspend their little golden child. This time around, I guess being a three-time dickhead is too much for Coach Mike Krzyzewski to handle. All I can say is, it’s about damn time these organizations had a fucking backbone and scolded a player who was disgracing the game.

In the end, get Grayson Allen the fuck outta here, man. He’s been a loser, son. Don’t even get me started on the time he traveled before hitting a game-winning shot against Virginia. *Sigh* That dude really aggravates me, son. Maybe now he’ll stop getting a pass for being a little bitch on the court. LC out.

The New George Zimmerman


Man, I’m tired of writing about this shit. I’m legitimately sick and tired of all of this. Honestly, I feel nothing but unbridled anger these days. Day after day, week after week, year after year, Black people have to consistently deal with our community being treated like target practice for biased assholes. Look, fuck the pleasantries here, man. I want Chad Copley to pay a REAL price for what he did to Kouren-Rodney Thomas.

In the latest episode of “Unarmed Black Person Targeted For No Reason,” Thomas was shot and killed by Copley after leaving a party with friends a few houses down. Before the incident, Copley called 911, claimed he was on neighborhood watch and that there were “hoodlums” outside of his house with firearms. He then proceeded to tell the dispatcher he was “locked and loaded” and ready to “secure [the] neighborhood.” After telling the individuals to leave the premises, he fired what he described as a “warning shot,” and ultimately, killed Thomas.

Now, there are MANY things wrong with Copley’s version of events. First, his neighbors have now confirmed there is no neighborhood watch in their community. So, essentially, Copley took it upon himself to be the judge, jury and executioner for his area. Second, where were these firearms Copley claimed to see? As far as what’s been reported, there were no guns found on Thomas, his friends or at the house party they were attending. This is yet ANOTHER example of a White person assuming the worst about someone Black and taking matters into their own hands. Third, Copley apparently fired the fatal shots from inside his garage. Look, let me say that again. Copley shot Thomas from INSIDE his garage. So, let me get this straight. Thomas had no gun, there was no physical altercation and he STILL got shot? What in the flying fuck, man? Why does this bullshit keep happening to us?!

Currently, Copley is being held without bail and could face the death penalty. The sad part is, none of that makes me feel comfortable. People like me have seen individuals like Copley get away with cold-blooded murder too many times now. At this point, are we really supposed to have any faith in the criminal justice system? It’s not like that institution regularly works in our favor, son. From what we know, Copley’s lawyer is going to use the “Stand Your Ground” defense in his trial. However; as several experts have already stated, it should be difficult to prove this claim since it was CLEAR that man was in no physical danger.

Look, ultimately, I’m not going to mince words here. Give this fool the death penalty. I know not everyone is an advocate for this type of punishment, but dammit, I am, man. Either that, or leave him in general population for the rest of his natural life. Cowards like him don’t deserve protection. I’d like to see him be tough under those circumstances, son. Situations like this are exactly why we say Black Lives Matter. Frankly, fuck anyone who doesn’t understand.