The Coronavirus Isn’t Over Just Because You Want It To Be

So, before I begin, let me say that this is probably going to be a very New York-centric post. Mostly because my state has the most coronavirus cases in America. But, the more that time passes, the more I see folks using super questionable judgment. Ok, yes, I know that people are tired of being in the house. But, the virus isn’t gone just because people want it to be.

Now, before I continue, I’ll admit that this COVID-19 shit is old, son. Like, folks have been social distancing for about two months now and it’s having some real consequences. Shit, as of right now, nearly 40 million Americans have lost their jobs, man. Frankly, businesses are tanking, the stock market is all over the fucking place and the economy can’t take anymore of this shit. So, I completely understand the need to “reopen” the country. However, folks need to be waaaaaay more calculated about all of this, fam.

Look, on my block right now, people are sitting on stoops, not wearing masks and congregating in sizable groups. All I can say is, folks are operating with a complete disregard for their health or the health of others. Real talk, I would love nothing more than to vandalize a happy hour, bruh. But, I’m also a man with a mother who contracted this virus with only minimal exposure to the outside world. Meaning, this sickness is still incredibly insidious, son. The truth is, I would love to run amok outside, but we need to handle this situation intelligently, man.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, fam. Ultimately, I wholeheartedly agree that we need to get the nation up and running again. However, we all need to be responsible, bruh. By and by, it feels like cats are trying to reach herd immunity the fucked up way. At the end of the day, without a vaccine, the only way to get to herd immunity is for all of us to catch this shit. Keeping it a buck, the way people are moving, that’s exactly what’s going to happen, son. *Sigh* That is all. LC out.

We’ve Got ‘Murder’ Hornets Now?

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, Asia needs to chill, man. Like, the coronavirus wasn’t enough? They needed to give us “murder” hornets now? All I know is, ain’t nobody got time for this shit, fam. The way I see it, 2020 has already done enough fuck shit, bruh. With all of that being said, someone get these creatures the hell outta here.

Ok, for those who are unaware, there are some wild ass hornets in America now. So, according to reports, the Asian Giant Hornet is the latest import from our neighbors across the ocean. Now, these insects are notable because they’re BIG AS FUCK, SON! I mean, they can be up to two inches long and they’re known for killing the fuck outta bees. In any case, for the first time, there have been multiple sightings of these hornets on American soil. All in all, scientists are beginning to worry about the already dwindling bee population.

To make matters worse, I’ve seen these hornets sting the shit out of humans and even wage war on mice. Regardless, during any other year, I wouldn’t even be worried about this. The fact of the matter is, I’m just super tired of 2020, son. Like, just leave us the fuck alone, man. Shit, between a potential war with Iran, the death of Kobe Bryant and this COVID-19 bullshit, this new decade has been full of tomfoolery. Frankly, we all need a break, fam. So, tell those hornets to go sit down somewhere.

In the end, I’m sure that we all just want a sense of normalcy, bruh. Ultimately, it’s always something else, son. By and by, being on edge is exhausting, man. This is probably why I’m on a rotating diet of wine and whiskey. At the end of the day, it keeps me sane, fam. That is all. LC out.

These Unemployment Numbers Are Staggering, Pt. 2

*Sigh* Here we are, son. It’s been less than two weeks since I wrote my first unemployment post and things have only gotten exponentially worse. I mean, in my original article, I talked about the 3.3 million people who filed for unemployment during the week ending March 21st. From there, shit went even more off of the rails, man. During the week ending March 28th, the unemployment claims ballooned to 6.9 million. Fast forward to today, another 6.6 million folks have filed claims with the Labor Department. Meaning, damn near 17 million Americans are currently out of a job.

Now, I won’t lie, fam. On the real, I don’t even know what else to say, bruh. Like, that’s the whole story, brethren. The fact is, the coronavirus is doing A LOT more than ravaging immune systems. Shit, despite the fact that the illness has claimed the lives of over 14,000 people, it’s claimed the livelihood of about 10% of the country’s workforce. All I can say is, even if we go back to “business as usual,” there’s no way to easily make up that difference, son. So, a ton of citizens might be assed out for a while, man.

In the end, I don’t have any answers, fam. On one hand, I want everyone to stay inside and be healthy. On the other hand, I want people to be able to support themselves. Ultimately, we’re all stuck between a rock and a hard place, bruh. By and by, something needs to happen soon, son. If it doesn’t, we could be facing an economy worse than the Great Recession AND the Great Depression, man. At the end of the day, I truly hope that I’m wrong about this. That is all. LC out.

How Is No One Else From ‘Tiger King’ In Prison?

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I, along with most of America, spent a good portion of my quarantine time watching Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. Anyway, I’m not one of those people who thinks that Joe Exotic shouldn’t be in prison. I mean, regardless of whether or not he really tried to kill Carole Baskin, he still unlawfully sold tiger cubs and killed older tigers. But, I truly don’t understand how no one else is in prison, man. Like, damn near everyone in that series did copious amounts of illegal shit, fam.

Look, let’s just go down the line, bruh. First, Baskin absolutely killed Don Lewis, her “missing” ex-husband. Son, she literally joked that the only way to get a tiger to eat someone is to cover them in sardine oil. Sardine oil, fam. Now, I’m no detective, but that sounds like the meanest of Freudian slips, man. In any case, someone needs to seriously look into this woman, bruh. Frankly, I’m glad that the ID Channel is on the case, brethren.

Second, if there was a real plot to kill Carole Baskin, then Jeff Lowe, Allen Glover and James Garretson were DEFINITELY in on it. As a matter of fact, there’s more evidence to suggest their involvement than Exotic. Furthermore, we have verifiable proof that Glover lied during Exotic’s trial. Son, on a wiretap AND on video, Glover admitted that he never made it to Florida to kill Baskin. But, on the witness stand, he said that he went to Tampa on Exotic’s orders. *Sigh* That’s CLEARLY perjury, man. The fact is, if Exotic had an even remotely competent defense team, they would’ve torn Glover to shreds, fam.

All I can say is, every single person in this series is shady as shit, bruh. Also, it’s fucked up that they all turned on Exotic in the end. Hell, EVERYONE testified against that motherfucker, son. Now, I know that Joe Exotic was a bastard, but they all were/are. Real talk, I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen such an unsavory cast of characters, man. Keeping it a buck, they just need to lock all of these heathens up, fam.

In the end, I was thoroughly enthralled by this series, bruh. Ultimately, Netflix dropped that fire at the right time, son. By and by, I just hope that Joe Exotic isn’t the only person who goes down for his shenanigans. At the end of the day, there’s plenty of fuckery to go around, man. The way I see it, all of these animal lovers are out of their cotdamn minds, fam. That is all. LC out.

Africa Ain’t No Cotdamn Testing Site!

So, let’s skip the formalities and get straight to the point, son. Listen, Africa ain’t no cotdamn testing site, man. Like, these scientists can’t be serious, fam. All I know is, I don’t want anyone telling me that race isn’t involved here. I mean, why else would outsiders want to go to a completely different continent and test experimental drugs on unsuspecting people? The point is, those French scientists better keep their asses in Europe and leave the motherland alone.

Ok, for those who don’t know why I’m mad, Jean-Paul Mira and Camille Locht have lost their fucking minds. Now, while having a debate on French television, these two scientists suggested testing a tuberculosis vaccine in Africa to see if it would work against the coronavirus. To make matters worse, they referenced doing something similar to how testing was originally done for AIDS. Keep in mind, as of right now, Africa is the continent with the least confirmed cases of the virus. So, why in the FUCK would these idiots go there to treat the people like guinea pigs?

Look, since these fuckity-fucks are from France, why wouldn’t they just go to Italy first? Bruh, Italy has the most confirmed deaths from the coronavirus in the world. Also, the United States has the most confirmed cases of the illness around the globe. Lastly, this entire shit started in fucking China. So, why don’t these losers just go to one of those three places? Why go to a place that isn’t nearly as affected and pollute the population? Oh, because it’s just a bunch of Black people, right?

In the end, I’m just fucking disgusted, son. Ultimately, even during times of crisis, people’s prejudice always rears its head, man. By and by, all of these turds need to keep their asses out of Africa, fam. At the end of the day, folks need to treat the people who need it the most. All I can say is, my African brethren aren’t lab rats, bruh. So, knock it the fuck off, people. That is all. LC out.

These Unemployment Numbers Are Staggering

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, once the coronavirus started doing its ‘rona shit, I knew that the job market would be negatively impacted. In fact, I got a glimpse of where things could go even before the unemployment claims were released. I mean, once my job told the managers that they could let contractors go, if they so desired, I knew that dark times were ahead, man. However, I’d be lying if I said that I thought things would be THIS bad, fam. All in all, these new unemployment numbers are fucking STAGGERING, bruh!

Ok, for those who missed it, we all might be fucked around here. Now, in the span of a week, there were 3.28 million unemployment claims, according to the Labor Department. Wait, let me say that again, son. In ONE week, there were 3.28 MILLION unemployment claims across the country. Look, for some perspective, the previous high in a week was 695,000, which occurred in October 1982. Shit, even during the Great Recession in the late 2000s, the high was 665,000 in a week. Fam, this ‘rona shit has upped that number by 5 TIMES! Like, I don’t even know how to express my genuine shock in words, man.

Look, like I’ve said in my podcast with Randi B., I always felt like the financial ramifications of this virus would be worse than the physical consequences. Now, I didn’t say that because I’m taking this sickness lightly, bruh. Hell, I still have scarred lungs from catching pneumonia in 2014. The truth is, I might be one of those people with a compromised immune system. But, I’ve always felt like people’s inability to go into work would have a negative effect on the economy. In any case, none of my suspicions could’ve prepared me for these numbers, son. All I can say is, we need to figure this ‘rona shit out ASAP before we don’t have a country left, man.

In the end, I want to send out two messages to everyone out there. First, for anyone who’s lost their job, my prayers are with you and I hope that the world opens again so we can get back on that interview grind. Second, for anyone who still has a job, be very thankful, fam. Yeah, we can complain about working from home and cabin fever, but the alternative is fucking terrible, bruh. At the end of the day, times like this are extremely humbling, son. Listen, anytime we think we’re in control, the universe (or possibly a biology lab) will bring us to our knees. With all of that being said, the ‘rona needs to hurry up and get the fuckity-fuck outta here. We all have things to do, brethren. That is all. LC out.

How’s That Quarantine Going?

So, as of today’s post, I’ve officially been working from home for exactly two weeks. Now, to be fair, I’m not new to this occupational setup. I mean, back in my Citigroup days, I worked from the crib for almost two years, man. Side note, I’m only comfortable mentioning Citi because I haven’t worked there in almost a decade. In any case, since the coronavirus is out here hating and has most of America grounded, a lot of us are getting overly acquainted with the walls in our house. With all of that being said, how’s everyone holding up out there?

Now, I won’t lie, son. On the real, my blog has suffered a little during this time of uncertainty. Like, having “free time” would suggest that I’d be cranking out posts, but it hasn’t really gone like that, fam. Shit, between trying to get my day job done, dealing with my kids’ remote learning schedule, fending off hoarders in the supermarket and less events happening in society, I haven’t really felt like writing, bruh. On the other hand, I’ve been working on music like crazy, man. Hell, like I’ve said in an Instagram video, I’m either making my best project or absolute trash. We shall see, brethren.

In any case, I ain’t got shit else to say, son. Ultimately, I just want to know how everyone is doing out there. By and by, I hope that folks are taking this quarantine / social distancing advisory seriously. The way I see it, I’d much rather overreact and stay safe than tek shit fi joke and catch The ‘Rona. At the end of the day, I just hope everyone stays inside, finds a hobby, exercises a little and keep out of harm’s way. That is all. LC out.

How Can The Government Afford To Give Everyone $1,000?

So, before I even begin, let me say that I already know the answer to the question that I asked above. Frankly, I just think it’s quite funny that the United States government is getting into its socialism bag in order to help average Americans. Now, don’t get me wrong, son. On the real, I’m part of a family of four (going on five). Meaning, I’ll take that direct deposit, if they’re offering (without strings). However, it’s truly interesting that Donald Trump and company can find the money for this, after we’ve been told for eons that they can’t cover the basic needs we’ve been demanding.

Ok, for those who missed it, in response to the fallout from the coronavirus, the government is looking to give the American people a relief payment. So, according to reports, the plan is to give each adult $1,000 and each child $500. So, in a case like mine, my family would get roughly $3,000. Now, to be fair, I’m not against this idea at all. In fact, given the scores of people who’ve already lost their jobs and/or face other financial hardships, I believe this is a good move. But, I’d be lying if I said that I was taken aback by this sudden “generosity.” The truth is, anytime a politician or a pundit asks for more government assistance, their views are shunned.

Look, let’s be real, man. Shit, how long has Andrew Yang been preaching about a universal basic income? How long has Bernie Sanders talked about Medicare for All and eliminating student debt? Honestly, I’m not even here to discuss their feasibility. In fact, I’m just here to respond to people who’ve said that we couldn’t afford it as a country. Listen, we always find money for the military and now we’re magically finding money for this stimulus package. So, are Sanders and Yang actually crazy? Or, are they just being realistic about how much money the government has to play with?

In the end, I’m not here to endorse Sanders or Yang or any other candidate, for the matter. Ultimately, I’m just pointing out the fact that the government has us fooled about how much they could actually help the people. By and by, I’m not the guy who thinks that everything should be free for everyone. But, I do believe that us “common folk” shoulder way more weight than we should, fam. At the end of the day, don’t let the powers that be front like they ain’t got it, bruh. Yes, they fucking do, brethren. That is all. LC out.

The Honey Pot: Why Do Some White People Hate When Black People Are Proud?

So, I’m going to (try to) keep this post short today, son. On the real, some of these hating ass White folks need to knock it off, man. Side note, in situations like this, I have to highlight the “some” because people get offended. Like, of COURSE I’m not talking about every single White person, fam. But, some of their brethren need to cut out the bullshit, bruh. In any case, this The Honey Pot situation is fucking ridiculous. Listen, there ain’t nothing wrong with a Black woman being proud of her success, people.

Ok, before I continue, let me be frank, son. Real talk, when I first saw the Target commercial that Bea Dixon did for The Honey Pot, I didn’t think that it would cause a firestorm, man. I mean, I literally saw a Black woman express gratitude for a company of Target’s stature to feature her products, fam. In addition, she stated that her success could open opportunities for other Black women to shine. No harm, no foul, right? Well, apparently, some White people are upset that a Black woman is wishing good things for other Black people.

Look, ever since that commercial aired, The Honey Pot has been getting negative reviews from (mostly) White women who don’t feel included in Dixon’s message. Somehow, seeing a Black woman hope that other Black women are given similar chances is offensive to them. For some reason, anytime we big ourselves up, some idiots take it as a slight against them. No, dumb motherfuckers, we’re just happy to be given a chance to shine on a major platform.

Bruh, do I really have to explain how difficult it is to be a Black business owner (or a Black person, in general) in America? For God‘s sake, Dixon started her own line of feminine hygiene products and was able to secure backing from Target. That’s a huge fucking accomplishment, son. That’s not something that happens for a good majority of our community, man. So, pardon her for being fucking excited for her achievements. Pardon her for wanting the same level of stardom for other people who look like her. Seriously, when will White people learn that success for Black people doesn’t come as a detriment to them? That’s the same sentiment we’ve been preaching in the Black Lives Matter movement. Yes, White lives matter. We’re just saying that we fucking matter too, simpleton ass muhfuckas.

In the end, it’s clear that I’m mad, fam. Ultimately, the backlash to The Honey Pot has really grinded my gears, bruh. By and by, I’m tired of some White people trying to undercut our wins. At the end of the day, it’s very simple, son. If folks fuck with the products, then use them. If not, then use something else. Black people are not out here trying to exclude anyone, man. Historically, that came from White people’s playbook, fam. Maybe that’s why it’s their automatic assumption. That is all. LC out.

I Don’t Know What To Make Of The Coronavirus

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I haven’t written about the coronavirus yet because I don’t know what to make of this shit. Like, I don’t know whether to be dismissive or terrified, man. The truth is, so much misinformation is being spread, it’s hard to get a handle on the situation, fam. All in all, I just need someone to tell me if I have to barricade my family in the house with a shotgun, bruh.

Ok, at this point, everyone should’ve heard about the coronavirus, son. As of right now, over 100,000 people worldwide have contracted the virus and a little over 3,000 people have died. To make matters worse, the virus has hit every continent, except Antarctica. Now, in the United States alone, according to the CDC, there have been 99 confirmed cases and ten deaths. Furthermore, 13 states have been touched by it. The point is, all of this shit sounds fucking frightening, man.

Now, because all of the hoopla, folks are walking around with masks, jobs (like mine) are making people work from home and some Asian people are being targeted in racist attacks. Side bar, I swear, bigots can’t WAIT to be ignorant, fam. Shit, they didn’t need a reason to inflict their prejudice on others. *Sigh* I can’t even say that I’m surprised, bruh. Moving on, even the stock market is on a rollercoaster because of this shit, son. So, what am I supposed to do with all of this information, man? Should I really be afraid or have we blown this entire thing out of proportion?

In the end, I don’t have any answers, fam. Ultimately, I’m here to gauge everyone’s responses. By and by, is anyone panicking out there or are folks just going about their merry business? At the end of the day, I survived the 90‘s in the Bronx, bruh. I’d be tight as hell if a fucking virus took me out, son. So, what’s really good out here? Somebody (with real answers) let me know. That is all. LC out.