It has been two days since I first learned that the proper name of this candy was Now And Laters.
I have never called them that. Click here to hear what I call them as I express my brief astonishment for 30 seconds, regarding this matter.
What’s really good with ya’ll? Since I truly only have control over myself, I am feeling great about my current immaculate vibes! I wish the same for you.
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Now let us jump into the messes, successes and everything in between from last week:
7) Da Baby =Cheap Righteous Teacher
Maybe he was trying to instill something about greed/honesty/humility…but for some reason him being the messenger as his social media team captured it all…did nothing but make him look like a cheap cornball to me!
This week, rapper Da Baby was approached by some children selling candy who were opportunists of their own… as they tried charging $200 for the box, because he can afford it. Instead, he gave them $2 a piece as to teach them some form of a lesson.
Honesty is important, but rappers are always telling us they’re not role models, so why try to be one now? Is it Oochie Wally Wally or is it One Mic?
Plus the producer in me is quivering, did his team ask the children’s parents for permission to post this tomfoolery?
6) RIP BIZ MARKIE
A goofy ass rapper like Da Baby wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for the late legend Biz Markie, known lovingly as the “Clown Prince of Hip Hop.”
On Friday it was announced that Biz passed away after dealing with some health complications. He was only 57 years old. I’m so tired of hearing about black men dying so young :(
Biz was a pioneer in the most popular art form in the world. He was known for his vividly fun storytelling raps and music videos, top tier DJing skills and incredible beatboxing talent.
I was super blessed to see him spin at the Uncut Gems premiere after party at Katz Deli in late 2019. May he Rest in Peace.
NEITHER HERE NOR THERE
5) BALENCIAGA + ASICS = BASIC
For some reason people were surprised that Balenciaga’s new sneakers look like Asics, but mostly all of their sneakers look like a dad sneaker on Ketamine.
Yes, these sneakers are hideous but people are definitely going to buy them just to say they have the latest designer trainers. That’s why I can’t fully hate on Balenciaga for doing what they’ve been doing for some years now.
I think it be kind of cool to be a cool creative attorney (not a regular one) at Balenciaga whose sole job was to approve/tweak designs as not to get sued by Asics. Should I take the LSAT again?
4) DEFUND “DURK & INDIA ARE RELATIONSHIP GOALS” MEMES
This week, constantly-in-mourning Chicago rapper Lil Durk and his girlfriend India were involved in a shoot out in their home with intruders. Allegedly both of them pulled out weapons and fired in self defense.
Instantly, internet idiots made memes about how this incident was some form of a relationship goal, even immortalizing it in horrible cartoon:
Durk did say on “No More Parties (Remix)” that him and India were relationship goals, but that was before this shooting. I wonder how he’ll rap about this incident…
While of course I’m glad that they are both okay, I hate that people think anything about this situation is cool or desirable. People called them Bonnie & Clyde, not remembering that they were both killed in gunfire.
I’m not into the glorification of trauma, but that’s just me though.
3) DETROIT WOMAN IS HBIC OF THE WEEK
A woman from Detroit went viral this week for tracking down the man who stole her car and then had him dragged out of the barbershop by his hair.
She slashed her own tires so he couldn’t get away, while patrons of the barbershop held him down before the police came. He is now behind bars, no thanks to the police.
This was quite an adventure and I’m sorry she had to go through this, but I celebrate her strength, wisdom and detective skills. This is a quintessential example of, “if you want something done right…you gotta do it yourself.”
2) CORNEL WEST QUITS HARVARD
Likely inspired by Nikole Hannah Jones’ money moves that we discussed in last week’s volume 13, Harvard professor Cornel West announced his resignation from the University on Twitter:
In the letter, he accuses Harvard of “intellectual and spiritual bankruptcy,” and earlier this year had announced he was giving up his quest for tenure at the University.
He also cites the death of his mother, and the lack of responses from his colleagues.. saying that if it were about a lecture, he’d likely receive numerous responses.
This just reinforces the fact that prestigious institutions are not put in place to love you… they’re more interested in what you can do for them.
May we all feel inspired to take back our power in some shape or form.
1) BRITNEY SPEARS CLAPS BACK
This week the courts granted her the ability to hire a new lawyer to sue her family for the horrendous control they have over her life (we touched on this briefly in vol 11) and she seemingly celebrated/vented via memes + captions which GAVE ME LIFE:
First it was this post about the pineal gland that sparked my interest:
It made me so happy to know she is truly awakening in the best way possible: inside her soul. Then it was this post that I felt in my chest:
Nothing like a stolen meme that looks like it was made on an Android to really resonate.
In the caption of the above post (must read) she subtweets her sister who spoke out about her situation, but never offered to help her… “did you put your hand out when I was drowning?” Phew! Relatable content
“hypocrites always wanna play innocent, always wanna take it to the full out extent. Always wanna make it seem like good intent, never wanna face it when it’s time for punishment.”
Finally, in the below post’s caption (mandatory reading) she calls out her sister + family’s trickery directly
She details how they forced her to do that Vegas residency and how she’s no longer going to get on stage to make her greedy ass family rich…like Cornel West, she quits!
She writes, “my so-called support system hurt me deeply,” and I can relate as I’m still recovering from a close range hurt as well.
We think we know people until they show us who they really are. Or is it, that they never really knew us, at all?
As my cynical genius mother always tells me, “don’t put nothing past nobody.” She’s right.
Wishing you all the ability to lower your expectations of others, so that they have less opportunity to disappoint you. Thanks for reading.