My Random Thoughts After Watching ‘Queen & Slim’

Disclaimer: Spoilers, brethren. Y’all know how this goes.

So, as I promised at the end of my The Irishman post, I finally went to go see Queen & Slim. Real talk, while my wife and I were waiting for our son’s chess tournament to conclude, we dipped away to see the movie. Now, to be transparent, this post is going to be more random (and much longer) than usual, son. Frankly, I have so many sporadic thoughts that I couldn’t put it in a decent narrative, man. All in all, I loved the film and here are some of my takeaways:

  1. Angela “Queen” Johnson annoys the shit out of me at first. On the real, during the first date with Ernest “Slim” Hines, I think she’s unnecessarily rude. Shit, the way my patience is setup, if I were Slim, I would’ve ended that date early, fam. But, as the movie goes on, I realize that her behavior is based on her trauma. She’s guarded but learns that she doesn’t have to be combative and simultaneously isolated all the time.
  2. There are several quotes in the film that resonate with me for different reasons. During a scene after the shooting, while trying to hitchhike, Slim says that he hopes the inhabitants are Black. Queen highlights the fact that this isn’t always a good thing. This ends up being some crazy foreshadowing since a Black man is ultimately the one who sells them out for the $500,000 reward. The phrase “it be your own people” is real as fuck, bruh. Next, when they’re at Uncle Earl‘s house, Queen asks Slim is he’s okay and he says that he is. She asks him how that’s even possible and he says “I guess I’m so used to saying I’m okay even when I’m not.” Son, I feel like that’s the story of my life. Sadly, a lot of us operate like that waaay more than we should, man. It’s okay to not be okay, brethren. Lastly, there’s a scene where Slim asks Queen if she’s a good lawyer. She says that she’s an excellent lawyer and he responds “why do we always have to be excellent? Why can’t we just be ourselves?” Now, I ALWAYS strive for excellence, but I understand where that quote is coming from. Growing up, I was always told that Black people have to work twice as hard as White people to get half as much. So, we end up (unjustly) putting LARGE amounts of pressure on ourselves and our loved ones. We just need to be us and do the best that we can.
  3. I was thoroughly triggered by that initial police stop. Listen, in my 34 years of life, I’ve had NUMEROUS interactions with the cops. The truth is, the vast majority of them weren’t positive, bruh. Hell, just two years ago, I wrote about a tense exchange that I had with four officers who were determined to belittle me. In addition, I lived through Rudy Giuliani and the Michael Bloomberg stop-and-frisk era. Son, I’m a Black man with a college degree and a federal job and I STILL don’t trust the police, man. In my eyes, I’ve seen WAY too much unnecessary aggression to ever release that fear.
  4. I’ve seen some criticism about the film not being “realistic.” However, I think people are missing the point that it’s still a movie and a form of artistic expression. With that being said, I can agree that a Black cop probably wouldn’t just let Queen and Slim drive out of that garage. I can agree that the Black community might not necessarily look at the two of them as pure heroes. But, I do believe that the community would understand their plight. All I can say is, there’s a feeling of hopelessness when it comes to police violence. I mean, there’s NEVER any recourse for us. Our murderers are almost never held accountable for their crimes. In the film, Queen and Slim rightfully defend themselves and I believe that minorities would empathize with their actions/pain.
  5. I’ve also seen criticism about the ending of the film. On one hand, a few people are upset with the way that Queen and Slim die. But, how else did they expect this movie to end? If we’re talking about realistic, there’s NO way that the two of them wouldn’t end up dead or in jail. Regardless of circumstance, a cop killer would be hunted to the ends of the Earth, fam. To me, death was definitely the most likely outcome, bruh. Also, I’ve seen people lament that the film doesn’t give any “answers.” Son, what fucking answers were they expecting? Since when was art designed to answer social issues? Now, I’m not comparing this movie to Do the Right Thing, but there are no answers at the end of Spike Lee‘s film, man. If anything, all of these works are designed to make us feel and think, brethren. No more and no less. From there, it’s up to us to come up with definitive plans of action.
  6. The death of Junior fucked me up, son. Keeping it a buck, this is another scene that I heard complaints about. Like, even my wife was uneasy about this scene juxtaposed with Queen and Slim having sex. Now, I get it, man. I definitely do. It’s a hard 10 minutes to digest, fam. But, I internalized it all in a different way, bruh. The way I see it, Junior’s just a young man who doesn’t know how to process his feelings. He’s enamored by the story of Queen and Slim, but he doesn’t fully understand what it all means and the ramifications. He doesn’t yet understand the nuance of the minority experience in America, but he’s hell-bent on action. This leads to extremely irrational decision-making. The truth is, Queen and Slim don’t want to be heroes. They don’t want to be martyrs. More so than anything, the people around them are elevating their meaning and importance. While Junior is in love with the idea of “immortality,” Slim just wants to be remembered by his family and his lady. From my vantage point, Junior’s death highlights the fact that we need to explain to the youth what’s really going on out here, instead of just leaving them to filter the information on their own.

In the end, I know that I just said a lot, son. Ultimately, there was no easy way for me to write this post, man. By and by, I judge a movie’s quality by how much it stays with me. Truth is, my wife and I have been talking about this film all weekend, fam. So, shout-out to Melina Matsoukas (my Co-op City sister) and Lena Waithe for putting this together, bruh. Side bar, I still don’t like the way that Waithe handled the Jason Mitchell situation, but I give credit where credit is due, folks. Anyway, this movie gave me strong emotional reactions and I thank them for it. At the end of the day, everyone’s entitled to their opinion. All I can say is, I personally loved the movie, brethren. That is all. LC out.

George Zimmerman Is One Of The Worst People In Human History

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’m having a hard time controlling my anger right now. Like, the sheer audacity of some people is fucking unnerving, man. All I can say is, I have NO idea how George Zimmerman is still safely walking the streets of America. In addition, his new lawsuit is one of the most unconscionable things I’ve ever seen in my entire life, fam.

Ok, for those who missed it, Zimmerman, the demon who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, just filed a $100 million lawsuit against Martin’s parents (Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin), their lawyer (Benjamin Crump), Rachel Jeantel (the teenager who Trayvon was on the phone with before the murder), Brittany Diamond Eugene (another teenager who Zimmerman’s lawyer claims was being impersonated by Jeantel), HarperCollins (a publisher that released a book by Crump about violence towards Black people), and all types of prosecutors/law enforcement officers in Florida. All in all, I’m truly baffled beyond words, bruh.

Real talk, I honestly can’t articulate how disgusted I am right now. Shit, as a quick refresher, let’s go through what this monster did in 2012. First, Zimmerman profiled an innocent Black kid in his father’s neighborhood. Then, against the advice of 911, he followed Martin and initiated a confrontation. From there, after Martin justifiably tried to defend himself from a stranger, Zimmerman pulled out a gun and ended the teen’s life. Finally, thanks to the stupid ass Stand-Your-Ground law, Zimmerman was unfairly acquitted of cold-blooded murder.

To make matters worse, Zimmerman has run afoul of the law MULTIPLE times after killing Martin. Hell, he assaulted more than one girlfriend (with guns present), and stalked a private investigator. The fact is, he’s a cotdamn danger to society who’s NEVER had to answer for any of his fuckery, son. So, with all of that being said, this fucking animal has the GALL to file a fucking lawsuit?! Fam, I’m absolutely flabbergasted right now. Keeping it a buck, Larry Klayman, Zimmerman’s lawyer, should be fucking ashamed of himself. How on Earth can he justify representing such a piece of pure gutter trash, bruh? *Sigh*

In the end, I might riot if this case doesn’t get thrown out, son. Ultimately, I pray and pray that a judge sees right through this bullshit, man. By and by, I don’t generally wish ill on people, fam. But, I really want bad things to happen to that guy, bruh. Frankly, people like Zimmerman provide a counterargument to karma, brethren. Listen, if karma was real, this clown-cake would’ve been taken care of a long time ago, people. Then again, maybe we still have time. Sorry not sorry. I said what I said. LC out.

‘Peter Pan’ Is A Wild A*s Movie

'Peter Pan' Is A Wild As Movie

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I didn’t know that Disney had some problematic ass movies. But, since I haven’t seen a lot of these films in a long time, it was crazy to get re-acclimated to some of the tomfoolery, man. With that being said, Peter Pan is a wild ass movie, fam. All in all, I might have a warped sense of humor, but I was blown away by the depiction of Native Americans in his film.

Ok, as I’ve stated in a previous post, I’ve been all about that Disney+ life since the app dropped. In any case, since all of the classics are at the push of a button, I’ve been trying to familiarize my kids with some of the shit that I grew up on. Moving on, on Saturday night, my wife and I decided to pull Peter Pan out of the bag. Now, I’m fully aware that Peter is a brat of the highest degree. However, I legitimately forgot about the way Native Americans are represented in this movie. Needless to say, film studios wouldn’t be able to get away with all of that “red face” fuckery in 2019, bruh.

Now, to be fair, I know that Disney added a disclaimer saying “this program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.” Yes, I understand that’s their way of absolving themselves of new-age critique. Real talk, I’m not even necessarily upset by any of this, son. If anything, it shows just how far we’ve come in like 60 years. Shit, racism is still very much alive and kicking, but at least studios know better than to try and get this shit off in today’s era.

In the end, I don’t even know what else to say, son. Ultimately, people like to pretend like bigotry is some foreign ass concept that hasn’t existed in eons. The fact is, all of us have a parent or grandparent who was alive when it was fashionable to be this bias. So, we all need to stop pretending like a “post-racial” America even exists, man. At the end of the day, all this country did is tell folks not to say that shit in public. Then again, as we can tell from this current climate, this nation has backslid on all of those ideals, fam. That is all. LC out.

P.S. I didn’t even get to the bugged out shit that Peter says to Wendy and the mermaids, son. All I know is, Peter might not rank high on any feminist lists, man. Good day.

Impeaching Trump Might Be A Bad Idea

So, I won’t lie, son. Real talk, when it comes to Donald Trump and impeachment, I have conflicting feelings, man. On one hand, I truly believe that something needs to be done about the reckless way he runs the presidency. However, given the Senate‘s history of sitting on their hands, I don’t see any action being taken, fam. With that being said, that’s why impeachment might be a mistake, bruh. The fact that the Senate won’t do shit, folks.

Ok, before I continue, let’s talk about Ukraine, son. Now, if we’re being honest, so much misinformation has been spread, man. Then again, what’s new, fam? In any case, this is what’s really going on. So, Trump, Rudy Giuliani and a gaggle of other fuck-tards have been trying to target Joe and Hunter Biden. As it stands, both Trump and Giuliani have had multiple conversations with Ukrainian officials about the Biden family. Essentially, the White House wants a foreign nation to do some digging on a couple of American citizens. All in all, Trump and company are convinced that the Biden’s are involved in corporate corruption.

In any case, Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky is what led to the whistleblower complaint. Basically, the whistleblower thought it was highly inappropriate for the president to ask for assistance against a political foe. Ever since then, Congress has been on fire, bruh. Shit, the House of Representatives is now setting up an impeachment inquiry and both Democrats and Republicans are trying to spin the story for their own respective narratives. The fact is, these are chaotic fucking times, son.

With all of that being said, these are the facts, man. First, the investigation into Burisma Holdings, the company that Hunter Biden is now a part of, began before Biden even joined the company. Meaning, they’re being investigated for crimes that may have occurred before Biden was in the picture. Second, former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko has already confirmed that there’s no evidence of illegality from Biden. So, the whole corruption narrative that Trump and Giuliani are trying to spin has no merit, fam.

Third, when did it become fucking cool for the Executive Branch to solicit help from outside countries against its own citizens? Hell, it’s barely being reported that Trump asked Australia to help William Barr investigate the origin of the Robert Mueller report. Seriously, no one seems to be talking about that, bruh. The truth is, the president of the United States spends a great deal of time working with other nations AGAINST the United States. Frankly, it’s fucking frightening, son.

Now, despite everything I’ve just written, impeaching Trump may still be a bad idea. Why? Because the Senate won’t do a cotdamn thing, man. On the real, no matter what that lunatic does, they sit idly by, fam. So, thanks to their inactivity, Trump is never reprimanded for his actions and he uses that to claim “vindication” for all of his fuckery. All I know is, when impeachment goes nowhere, it’s going to give Trump more ammunition to say “they tried to take me down and failed.” The way I see it, he’s going to have a grand ol’ time spinning these stories on the campaign trail, bruh.

In the end, this is what everyone needs to understand. Ultimately, as long as Trump has the Senate is his pocket, he’s untouchable. By and by, if they refuse to hold him accountable for anything he does, then he has no reason to behave differently. At the end of the day, the Senate has given Trump license to do whatever the fuck he wants, son. As long as that fact remains, all efforts to punish him will fail. It just is what it is, man. That is all. LC out.

My Complicated Trip To Philadelphia

So, I won’t lie, son. Real talk, this past weekend was a cool little getaway for the family and I. Now, thanks to my wife’s planning, our four-person unit took a quick trip to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. I mean, since my wife and I are history buffs, we thought it would be dope to take the kids to see several historical places. In any case, while the sites were incredible, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of discomfort, man. All in all, our trip to Philadelphia was confusing for me, fam.

Ok, before I continue, let me give a quick breakdown of the sites that were on our agenda. In total, we had the Museum of the American RevolutionIndependence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Rocky StepsLove ParkElfreth’s AlleyPhiladelphia’s Magic Gardens and Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse on the list. Needless to say, we hit a lot of different parts of Philly, bruh. Moving on, my confusion started to arise while visiting the Museum and Independence Hall. Namely, the blatant fucking hypocrisy of our founding fathers.

Look, I’m not here to debate whether or not people like George Washington or Thomas Jefferson were brave men. As a matter of fact, I truly believe they’re some of the most fearless dudes in history. Like, it took GIANT sets of balls for a bunch of colonies to decide that they wanted to take on the British Empire. Especially, when on face value, they were outmanned and outgunned. Anyway, it’s this dichotomy that perplexes me, son. Seriously, how could they be so concerned about people’s rights and their freedom, but still treat Black people and Native Americans so fucking poorly?

Listen, I’m not pretending like any of this is new to me, man. Hell, if anyone has ever read this blog, I spend a lot of my time talking about America‘s shenanigans, fam. But, it’s a different experience to see so many historical places up close. To know that so many important decisions were made in this city, but all the while, people of color were being trampled on. Now, to Philly’s credit, they didn’t hide from this hypocrisy. Outside of Liberty Bell Center, they gave a detailed story about how Washington used loopholes to keep his slaves. In addition, several places talked about how a number of Black people fought for the British, with the hope of securing their freedom. The fact is, racism is as American as the Revolution itself, bruh.

In the end, this is what White people need to understand about Black people. Ultimately, the America that they champion looks very different to people of color. By and by, when they were proclaiming their independence, Black people were still in chains. When they were writing about folks’ “inalienable rights,” Black people had the last names of their slave masters. At the end of the day, our view of America will never be the same as theirs. Frankly, America was never intended to treat us as equals. So, we’ve always been fighting an uphill battle. *Sigh* Such is life, son. That is all. LC out.

P.S. Before anyone asks, I absolutely ran up the Rocky Steps, man. I absolutely put my arms in the air when I reached the top. Sadly, I forgot to yell “Adrian” during any part of the trip. On the real, I’m ashamed of myself for that omission, fam. Good day.

Word, Justin Trudeau?

So, let me be honest, son. On the real, this post isn’t necessarily a “takedown” of Justin Trudeau. Frankly, I don’t know enough about his policies as Canada‘s Prime Minister to have a legitimate opinion, man. Shit, if people want to know about some of the tomfoolery going on in Canada, they should watch the “The Two Sides of Canada” episode on Netflix‘s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. In any case, I’m here to address White people’s incessant need to wear brownface and blackface. Seriously, knock it the fuck off, fam.

Ok, for those who missed it, Trudeau, the Canadian darling of the Left, has found himself in some shit. Now, Time Magazine released an article yesterday that outlines some fuckity-fuck shit that Trudeau did in 2001. Apparently, while he was a teacher at West Point Grey Academy, Trudeau thought it was a good idea to wear brownface and a turban to an Arabian Nights-themed party. Furthermore, Trudeau also admitted to wearing blackface and singing Harry Belafonte‘s “Day-O” in high school. All in all, Trudeau was knee-deep in all types of tomfoolery, bruh.

Now, for the life of me, I truly don’t understand White people’s obsession with painting their fucking skin. Yes, I know that Trudeau is from Canada, not the United States, but that’s still not an excuse, son. Shit, it’s not like Canada is on the other side of the world, man. I refuse to believe that he didn’t know this shit was problematic, fam. I mean, he said he didn’t believe it was racist in his apology, but come the fuck on, bruh. As research tells us, America brought blackface to Canada in the 1800s. So, I’m not subscribing to them being naïve about this shit, folks.

Moving on, I need to send (another) message to White people. Attention, my Caucasian compatriots: blackface isn’t fucking ok. Brownface isn’t fucking ok. Look, if there’s ever a time where blackface seems like a good idea, please backflip off of a fucking roof and reconsider. The proof is in the pudding and the history is as clear as day: this practice is ROOTED in racism. Therefore, stop with the cotdamn idiocy, son.

In the end, there’s nothing else to say, man. Ultimately, Trudeau fucked up, fam. By and by, I truly don’t understand White people’s incessant need to color their skin, bruh. Now, as a disclaimer, I have to say that not all White people do this. Sadly, I have to mention that because people aren’t smart enough to know that I don’t mean everybody. Anyway, Justin Trudeau can miss me with his apology, son. That is all. LC out.

Sorry, I Don’t Trust The NFL, Jay-Z

So, let me begin this post by saying that I don’t know. Like, I don’t know the details of Jay-Z‘s deal with the NFL and I don’t know what the long-term effects will be. All I can say is, this entire scenario makes me feel uncomfortable, son. I mean, the NFL doesn’t have a strong history of giving a fuck about social issues, man. With that being said, am I really supposed to believe that they have the best intentions, fam? Sorry, but I’m not rolling yet, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation just signed an exclusive deal with the league. Based on their partnership, Jay-Z and company will help the NFL choose performers for various events during the season, including the Super Bowl. In addition, Roc Nation will help the league with their social justice efforts. Now, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I have a ton of fucking questions, man. First, since when did the NFL give a flying fuckity-fuck about social justice? Second, why wasn’t Colin Kaepernick factored into any of this “reform,” fam?

Look, from a business standpoint, this looks like a coup for Jay-Z. Shit, he essentially controls the league’s entertainment brand, bruh. But, on face value, it looks like he put commerce over protest, son. Listen, it’s now a well-known fact that the NFL blackballed Kaepernick for kneeling. As of this minute, he STILL doesn’t have a job playing football, man. Furthermore, he basically had to bring a lawsuit against the league to expose their injustice against him. All the while, Jay-Z was apparently working with the NFL behind the scenes. Hell, the rumor is that this deal was being crystalized over the past year. Meaning, while Kaepernick was literally fighting with the league, Jay-Z was secretly working with them. Nah, I don’t feel good about any of that, man.

To make matters worse, I didn’t like Jay-Z’s response to the initial criticism. Fam, he literally said “We forget that Colin’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice. In that case, this is a success. This is the next phase. There are two parts of protesting. You go outside and you protest, and then the company or the individual says, ‘I hear you. What do we do next?… So what are we gonna do? You know what I’m saying? Help millions and millions of people, or we get stuck on Colin not having a job.” Bruh, Jay-Z can’t decide what the “next phase” is. Especially not when the original protester is still being treated unfairly.

Son, Kaepernick’s suit against the NFL literally concluded this year. Am I supposed to believe that after battling that man for so long, the league is actually sincere about social justice? Frankly, it’s easy for Jay-Z to say that we’re “past kneeling.” Real talk, he’s not the one who’s had his career destroyed in the process. Man, there are still a ton of owners in the league, like Jerry Jones, who hated everything that Kaepernick represented. On top of that, the owners are the ones who really control Commissioner Roger Goodell. So, sorry if I don’t believe that they want to alter anything about how they do business.

In the end, I really wish that something positive comes out of this situation. However, I’m not getting my hopes up, fam. Ultimately, the NFL has shown on countless occasions that they don’t give a fuck about social issues, bruh. By and by, I think Jay-Z is being a little flippant with his reaction to people’s questions. At the end of the day, Kaepernick was trying to bring awareness to racial injustice in America. Keeping it a buck, I don’t see how planning a Super Bowl Halftime Show will help with that, son. But, only time will tell. Just please, don’t disappoint us, Jay-Z. That is all. LC out.