Before I get into the proceedings this evening, I wanted to start this off with a cypher featuring two of the most legendary emcees in Hip-Hop, Black Thought of The Roots crew and Method Man aka Tical of The Wu-Tang Clan. Recently on Sway in The Morning, while promoting HBO’s The Deuce, a show about New York’s “golden age” of debauchery, these two created an incredible moment.
I know that I’m not alone in thinking that Diddy’s progeny Christian aka King Combs has the same star quality as his pops. When it comes to artists and their music, I don’t like everything that I hear because as I’ll often say, everything isn’t for everybody but after listening to a few of his songs and watching a few videos, I couldn’t deny this kid’s star power. The same vibe that made me become a fan of Puff is exactly what I’ve seen in Christian. Like Father like son…
The other night, I started to watch HBO’s The Deuce. After hearing how good of a show that it was, I decided to catch up on series and thus far, it’s proven to be a good show. The minds behind HBO’s The Wire, David Simon and George Pelecanos, have created a series set in New York City’s Time Square during the grittiest of eras. Pimps and Prostitutes are the players on this stage and the show documents the growth of the adult film industry in NYC in the early 70’s. Skeme Richards, a well traveled DJ and Nostalgia King, would regale me with stories about how wild “The Deuce” used to be before Giulani’s clean up. The Deuce features James Franco (who plays a set of twin brothers), Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emily Meade, Margarita Levieva, Gary Carr, Method Man, Black Thought, and I even saw International P (if you’ve watched Fight Klub rap battles then you’d know who I’m referring to). Suffice to say, the cast is packed with star studded and every actor/actress contributes greatly to the The Deuce no matter how large or small their part is.
Jemele Hill. Freedom of Speech. Constitutional Rights. What’s it all about? Jemele found herself in hot water a few weeks ago due to tweets about “the bum” and but this go round, ESPN suspended Jemele after her tweets about Jerry Jones, the current owner of the Dallas Cowboys. For the record, I think Jerry Jones and other like-minded “owners” of NFL teams are the worst kinds of people with money. Jerry stated that any NFL player who ‘disrespects’ the flag won’t play and by ‘disrespect’, I’m sure he’s referring to not standing for the national anthem like Colin Kaepernick, but he did that in the name of racial inequality but for some strange reason, something as noble as that is frowned upon. If our, excuse me, if their president can tweet all kinds of mediocrity and abominable ignorance and not worry about losing his job then Jemele Hill’s tweets that speak out in favor of the player’s rights shouldn’t have received such a harsh recourse. When Jemele said “an unfair burden has been put on players in Dallas & Miami w/ anthem directives” where was the lie? Tell me! I don’t care how well paid these athletes are. The accumulation of wealth has nothing to do with dismissing their rights as human beings by threatening their livelihoods if they don’t do the bidding of Jerry or other corporate overseers.