Old School Video of The Week: Prodigy – “Keep It Thoro”

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“When you see me in the streets soldier, salute me. You just a groupie, oh, you gangsta, then shoot me”

The unexpected death of Prodigy at the age of 42, of the group Mobb Deep, has rattled the hip-hop communities’ nerves. It’s starting to become normalized when we lose hip-hop icons at such a young age, and it also brings once again heath awareness with an emphasis on Black men in general. The exact cause of death has yet to be determined, but it is also well known that Prodigy has been battling sickle cell disease since he was an infant.

Prodigy’s entire aura, his voice, his lyrical delivery to coincide his street tales was intoxicating and Havoc’s lyrical contribution alongside with his stellar production, meshed well with Prodigy’s persona. Mobb Deep was an important duo when they emerged in the 90’s with a New York style, which left the bubble gum rap style in its dust, but came out and gave listeners a front row seat to the heart of the dark New York streets.

I was always fascinated by Prodigy’s voice, and I would state if he was at a supermarket and simply ask the cashier if an item was on sale, they would more than likely give him the items for free. Prodigy’s voice was one of the most intimidating voices in hip-hop, and it has Queensbridge all over it. When the duo disbanded, that didn’t stop Prodigy from continuing to get busy on the mic by representing hip-hop on his terms.

The year was 2000 when Prodigy released “Keep It Thoro” off his debut solo album H.N.I.C. “Keep It Thoro” is tough, a production banger, and it represented the Prodigy that we come to know and love as a member of Mobb Deep. Once again, leaving a legacy behind is just as important when we are no longer here in the physical. Prodigy did just that, in many ways. Another fallen hip-hop legend gave us a brief time on this earth, but left an infinite legacy behind that will be quite difficult to duplicate in the future. Rest in peace.

-Ms Scripter,

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The Black Community Should Send Jason Whitlock Into Exile

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OPINION – Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports,  (and if don’t know who he is that’s good news) once again began his tap-dancing charade. Whitlock has been known to say things, which demonstrate his wiliness to perform his civic duty to act like a white supremacist in a Black body. This time, Whitlock rhetoric was at Lebron James’ expense. On the show, “The Herd,” with Colin Cowherd, Whitlock discussed James’ reaction to someone who spray-painted the N-word on the side of James’ mansion in L.A.

“Racism is an issue in America, but it’s primarily an issue for the poor. It’s not LeBron James’ issue.”-Jason Whitlock

Whitlock stated in his most ignoramus form to date that James couldn’t possibly feel racism because he is rich. Let me get this straight, according to Whitlock’s logic, if one isn’t poor, then one wouldn’t feel racism. I guess former President Obama didn’t have to deal with racism at all, during his eight years as President, right? There are too many examples to dispel Whitlock’s ignorance, but I think I don’t need to go any further in dispelling Whitlock’s narrative.

The dismissiveness of James’ reaction by Whitlock makes me believe that enough is enough when it comes to Whitlock and his tap dancing. It’s getting to the point where, we should start contacting Fox Sports sponsors that advertise on Whitlock’s show and threatened a boycott, until his employer, give him a ticket to the unemployment line.

Jason Whitlock is one of those Black people that attempt to do whatever possible to make white people feel at ease when the discussion of race comes up. Whitlock is dangerous, disingenuous and needs to be sent on his merry way out of the Black community. What I mean by this, is that I want every Black person, whether they are sports figures or not to leave Whitlock to his own devices. Don’t go on Whitlock’s show, don’t give him an opportunity to interview, set up any meetings, no longer watch his show or listen to him. As a matter of fact, his entire family should leave him alone and that would be great. Just freeze this unapologetic coon behind, out of the Black community until all he has left is to cover hockey.

Not every Black person can be saved, who demonstrate so much self-hate in a Thomas Clarence like persona. We have to leave some folks behind because they aren’t helping, they are hurting us. Hold those who aren’t for us accountable and stop supporting them on anything they do. Remember, Whitlock is covering sports where the majority of those same players he is covering are Black. It’s time to send Whitlock to exile and let that be a lesson to others if you’re not with us, you against us and off you go. I’m sure the crumbs he has been licking off the table, would be enough to continue to feed his family, so don’t feel sorry for him at all.

Now watch Jason Whitlock demonstrate that he is the Sunken Place and he appears relatively proud of it.

-Ms Scripter,

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Old School Video of The Week: Portrait -“Here We Go Again!”

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The year was 1992, when the group Portrait released their single, “Here We Go Again!” off their debut album, entitled Portrait. The New Jack Swing era was still alive, and Portrait represented the sound from a west-coast point of view. Portrait is coming out of Los Angeles, California inherited what other groups with the New Jack Swing sound contribute, with this danceable single.

Portrait would go on to release a total of 5 albums including a greatest hits package, but the single “Here We Go” would be the track, that would continue to be on my 90’s playlist.

-Ms Scripter

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The Starting 5 Podcast Guest Appearance – HBCU Drama, NBA Playoffs, Etc

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Once again, I made a guest appearance on Dan and John’s epic sports podcast The Starting 5. In this episode, we discuss the NBA Playoffs, HBCU drama which includes the school Bethune-Cookman University, John Edward’s death by the hands of the police, racist moments in wrestling, Curt Shillings waste of space behind, and BBB shoes. Special guest Katara from her Tru Radio Network and music by Toni Steelz were on hand to make this episode complete. From serious topics to pure, unapologetic laughter this an episode you shouldn’t miss.

-Ms. Scripter

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Old School Video of The Week: Phil Collins – “One More Night”

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The year was 1984 when Phil Collins released the single “One More Night” off his album entitled No Jacket Required. No Jacket Required will be my personal introduction to Collins, but he released albums before this one that were solid. No Jacket Required, would be one of my favorite albums of the 80’s and made me an immediate and loyal fan of Collins, where researching his previous work, which includes with the group Genesis.

“One More Night,” reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts, and would go down as one of the successful soft-rock ballads of that decade. Phil Collins would continue to drop numerous hits after his critical acclaim album, which only solidify him as a legend.

-Ms Scripter

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Book Review: You Have The Right To Remain Innocent by James Duane

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You Have The Right To Remain Innocent

“Any lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in no uncertain terms to make no statement to the police under any circumstances.”-Former United States Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, Watts v. Indiana

Many times, we hear about convicted offenders who confess to crimes, who would later admit they didn’t commit the crime and it turns out that they weren’t lying. Some suspects feel pressure by the police to talk, during the interrogation process. Even in simple traffic and pedestrian stops like we now call stop-n-frisk citizens give out too much information, that might find them in the nearest jail or prison because one didn’t know when to keep their mouth shut.

I have always said, if I commit a crime let’s say hypothetically robbed a bank I won’t say a damn thing to the police If I’m picked up and question as a possible suspect in the crime and I’m innocent, talking to the police is the worse thing one can do. Let’s use the Central 5 case as an example, where five young black men were interrogated for hours, and eventually confess to a crime they didn’t commit. What should have happened in that case is that all of them shouldn’t have said a word. Once the parents arrived, the parents should have requested their kids to be released or charge. Otherwise, everything (especially talking to the police) is off the table.

Well, author and law professor James Duane breaks down when a citizen should talk to the police, which is in very rare circumstances in the book entitled You Have The Right To Remain Innocent. Duane let’s the readers becomes aware that the police’s job is to use one’s words against you and that one has the right to remain silent.

Real cases are discuss and evaluated to give the reader an understanding at what’s at risk when one discloses too much information to the police. Some of these real life stories are nothing short of how the criminal justice system needs revamping in the worse way. It’s frightening how so many innocent people are caught up in the criminal justice system, who were innocent because they just couldn’t keep their mouth shut. In other words, the things one says can be used against you.

This book is a guide, that should be followed especially in the event that one finds themselves in the presence of the police being peppered with questions. If one wants the extreme short version, a simple Google search of James Duane on YouTube would be suffice in getting the same information that is in this short guide, but it’s still worth the read. Lastly, this guide is imperative to those who need to get familiar with one’s constitutional rights as it relates to interactions with the police, and it drives home the consequences of those who talk to much to them, which can be used against you.

Rating 4 out 5.

-Ms Scripter

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Old School Video of The Week: Rene & Angela – “I’ll Be Good”

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The year was 1985, when the duo Rene Moore and Angela Winbush who went by the stage name simply Rene and Angela released the single, “I’ll Be Good.” which was off their final album together entitled Street Called Desire. The duo’s chemistry was savory, and it only has added to their success and they were able to maintain it for four albums in their catalogue.

It’s unfortunate that the chemistry during their performance didn’t manifest to longevity because, after their album Street Called Desire, the duo parted ways. “I’ll Be Good” reached number 4 on the R&B Billboard charts.

-Ms Scripter

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White Guilt and the Obsequious Negro – Musings on Dr. Ben Carson

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Google defines the word obsequious as “obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree. Synonyms offered are “servile, ingratiating, sycophantic, fawning, unctuous, oily, oleaginous, groveling, cringing, subservient, submissive, slavish, brown-nosing, bootlicking, smarmy and ass-kissing.

This definition perfectly describes the public persona of Ben Carson with regards to white people. It has been obvious for quite some time that Dr. Carson’s entire existence is an audition for proximity to whiteness, especially after Carson’s “slaves were immigrants” comment.

“That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”

There’s not much beyond derision and ridicule that I can offer as critique of Carson’s ridiculous ahistorical comments, but an interesting conversation can be held about the reasoning behind his cloying need to make such pronouncements. Simply put, Dr. Carson is motivated by a desperate need to be liked by white people. In his search for white acceptance, he has found a need engendered by whiteness that he can fulfill and in meeting that need he has indeed found a modicum of favorable reception.

One of the defining characteristics of whiteness as identity is its implied innocence. This innocence is as mythical as it is false and, therefore it needs to buttressed by a continuous barrage of lies to obscure how utterly bereft this myth is. Whiteness is, of course not innocent. The very idea of a people who would be white is a very evil thing as the idea of being “white” has been the excuse for all manner of atrocities committed by people who would see themselves as white against People of Color. In reality whiteness is guilty.

The myth of white innocence juxtaposed against the reality of white guilt is cause for a great degree of cognitive dissonance and sociological fragility in white identified people which creates a need for People of Color who would speak against their own reality in support of the myth of white innocence.

Ben Carson and other public anti Black Negroes have a quid pro quo relationship with whiteness. His public performance of self-negation is rewarded with recognition, promotion, and ever higher platforms for which to blather his inanities. He knows damn well his happy slaves tripe is falsehood as much as his intended audience. It’s just that they need to hear those lies as much as he needs to tell them.

-Michael Chester

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The Remy Ma vs. Nicki Minaj Beef Brings Out Misogyny & Complainers

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nicki-minaj-remy-ma-2OPINION – The day Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj began throwing shade at each other; I just knew this would be a great opportunity for hip-hop in general. Not too many women on the mic are going at each other in MC Lyte versus Antoinette fashion and receiving a broader audience while doing it. I kind of miss rap beef, as long as it stayed on what we call wax. Furthermore, in this era of the genre not too many women are getting opportunities to shine and be talked about all over social media for their bars and disrespect for each other on a lyrical scale (even though the lyrics have become more sinister).

There is history concerning the beef between Remy and Minaj, that was in the making for a decade. Minaj released a mixtape back in 2007 when Remy was incarcerated entitled, Playtime Is Over. The track, “Dirty Money” over a Terror Squad beat, had many people including Remy thinking that Minaj was throwing verbal shade at her with this line:

“Tell that bitch with the crown to run it like Chris Brown,” “She won three rounds, I’mma need a hundred thou’…/Oh, y’all ain’t know? Bet y’all bitches know now.”

With the beat Minaj used and the fact that Remy won a $20,000 battle against Lady Luck, it didn’t take a genius to put two and two together. According to Remy, she stated in an interview while she was incarcerated that she confronted Minaj about it. The back and forth between the two has been brewing for quite some time, and it reached its peak in the present, where everything exploded, and social media went nuts.

With Minaj’s subliminal’s on tracks entitled, “Swalia” and with Gucci Mane’s “Make Love,” Minaj gave the appearance that she didn’t believe Remy Ma would answer her in such a fashion that it would have the internet on fire.

“Oooohhh, oh you the qu-e-e-the queen of this here?/One platinum plaque, album flopped, bitch, where?”-Nicki Minaj

Remy Ma responded less than 48 hours later with the track, “ShETHER,” which was a lyrical assault on Minaj that cause social media to explode:

“We call that Jelani, get it? Semen in your pants” and “And I got a few words for the moms of the young Barbz/Guess who supports a child molester? Nicki Minaj/You paid for your brother’s wedding? That’s hella foul/How you spending money to support a pedophile?/He a walking dead man, sending threats to him/I guess that’s why they call you Barbie, you was next to Ken/Talkin’ ‘bout your money long and your foreign sick/Why you ain’t help your bro hide his cum from forensics”.

During the social media explosion, people on social media appear to have a problem with folks discussing this rap beef. Some cited that one couldn’t possibly be “woke” (I can’t stand that word now) and talk about hip-hop beef on social media. It’s a good thing to abandoned the same Trump news, or the consistent topics of racial oppression, etc. That does not mean the person is not “woke,” so folks need to stop shaming those who want to discuss something else. Are we supposed to be a program to address social issues 24/7? Sorry, I will talk about pop culture anytime I please, but it doesn’t make me less enlighten compared to the person who isn’t discussing it. With that being said, have several forced seats.

Then some individuals also said with a straight face that Remy’s response was weak and her bars weren’t all that to be discussing. The ones that I noticed had that comment escape from their computer screens are men. Some men, especially on Facebook hip-hop groups, are saying that Remy couldn’t possibly go toe to toe with a man on a lyrical scale. This leads me to believe that jealousy and misogyny plays an immense role in the criticism and has always been a blanket part of oppression against women in hip-hop. It pains some men that the topic of discussion where it involves hip-hop was about two women (especially Black women) and not masculine induced men for once. That’s another group that needs to have a full stadium of seats. They have been the most annoying out of the bunch, but some men can’t help hiding their sheer disgusting misogyny.

Then one has the generic complainers. They are mad because their timeline is filled with the Remy and Minaj topics, but there is a feature on one’s social media with emphasis on Facebook that can hide those who are talking about it. If one doesn’t want to read about it, either change the settings or just stop logging on, one has options, so use it.

So far, the only response Minaj was able to come up with was making fun of Remy’s album sales:

“Powered by the Platinum certified ‘All The Way Up,’ Remy Ma and Fat Joe’s joint effort ‘Plato O Plomo’ debuts disappointedly at #44 on the SPS count. Its combined numbers on that chart came in at 11,158. As for the project’s pure sales debut, that figure sat at a shocking 7,978. Although, this was enough to lift its placing on sales-only chart to #25.” Nicki captioned the photo with a “Yikes” and facepalm emoji.”

Great or mediocre album sales, doesn’t constitute one is a good rapper and has lyrical skills. If that is all Minaj can muster, she failed and lost the battle already. Harping on album sales, instead of getting in the booth and exhibit some bars is an appropriate response. Bringing the beef back to social media and not coming up with a lyrical arsenal, proves that Minaj doesn’t have that much of an answer for Remy Ma’s lyrical prowess. Of course, Minaj should have known better to poke the hornet’s nest concerning Remy. I mean Remy had me thinking, I can take all your money on the “Ante Up” remix, so her lyrical influence and overall delivery have always been stellar.

With that being said, this is the type of rap beef that is needed in hip-hop, especially when women are involved. The era has been dominated by one woman, which is Minaj far too long, and other women in hip-hop can’t seem to muscle in on the genre for extended periods of time because Minaj turned the imagery and rap music involving women, more into pop music, instead of real rap. Minaj comes across as if she should be the only woman in hip-hop that should be getting shine. There was an era, where one had Eve, Lauryn and Missy all in the same fold making music without having one dominate like Apple. Minaj comes across as if she should have a monopoly in the game of hip-hop concerning women. It’s time for Minaj to get some competition and test her to see if she has a lyrical foot to stand on and by the looks of things she doesn’t. I think hip-hop fans will attest (well the older generation) that women who can rap shouldn’t come across as mediocre pop stars, and should be awarded for their lyrical skills.

If Minaj doesn’t bring an array of bars, she will continue to be known as having one great verse on “Monster” as the only thing that made folks discuss her as a rapper in her career since her mixtape days. I’m starting to think that Minaj didn’t write her verse on “Monster, ” or maybe ghostwriters did all the work for her, and now she is being exposed as she has already been known for as just a gimmick rapper. The average rap fan has changed nevertheless, and may not care about lyrical delivery. That may save Minaj, but fans who respect artists who can deliver bars, write their lyrics will get the love from fans who aren’t easily swayed by gimmicks.

So let’s stop complaining because people are giving the appearance that they aren’t enlightened because we took a break from social issues for once and focused on the Remy and Minaj rap beef. Let’s stop showing our misogynistic behinds because we aren’t talking about the men in hip-hop for once (didn’t we talk about the Drake and Meek’s beef?). Allow this beef to manifest itself for as long as possible, as long as it stays non-violent. It’s good for hip-hop, and it allows those in the genre with an emphasis on women to step their game up or fade into obscurity because they can’t handle the weight, and that’s what rap fans deserve, where old schoolers like Lyte would be immensely proud.

-Ms Scripter

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Knicks Owner James Dolan Treated Charles Oakley, Like Donald Trump Would

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  Charles-Oakley OPINION – As a lifetime Knicks fan (yes, I know I have issues for continuing to be a Knick fan) the events that led up to retired Knicks player Charles Oakley has resulted in one of the darkest movements in Knicks history under owner James Dolan’s regime.

From the facts that were presented, Oakley walked into the stands at Madison Square Garden (had verifiable tickets), in his usually immaculate style of dress, in a suit that cost more than my monthly rent. Four minutes into the Knick game a few security guards approached Oakley at his seat and asked him to leave.

From various sources, Dolan was seated a few rows ahead of Oakley and didn’t want him in attendance. The request by MSG security resulted into a shoving match between Oakley and security, which also led to a few officers pushing Oakley out of the arena (not before he pushed them off of him like they were mere little bugs), and subsequently resulted in his arrest.

After Oakley was arrested, the Knicks released a statement via Twitter, but the words they used, implied that Oakley is the sole catalyst as to why he was removed in the first place and that he has underlining issues.

The Knicks released a statement calling Oakley’s behavior, “highly inappropriate and completely abusive. …He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help soon.”

Dolan has always treated Oakley like he never been a Knick or is not a ten year veteran of a franchise that got to the NBA Finals and played great basketball in the 1990’s.  Dolan has decline to extend an invitation to Oakley to participate in the anniversary of the Knicks franchise, regardless of what he contributed in the years he was with the organization. By Dolan summoning his toy soldiers to remove a man because he has often spoken negatively about a joke of a franchise this team has been since Dolan was given the Knicks as a toy reminds me of Donald Trump. Anytime Trump is criticized he throws tantrums and kicks people out. Trump has done it at his rallies and freezes individual media outlets when they don’t agree with him.

I often wonder, if Oakley wasn’t Black, would Dolan have his artificial intelligence security guards escort Oakley out in such an embarrassing fashion? When I bring this up, I often here: “well Dolan loves other Black players, he gave them jobs.” Save that attempt at trying to make Dolan appear to be a man of unbiased integrity, that’s like saying, he can’t possibly be racist, I have Black friends. Trump also appointed Ben Carson as Housing Secretary, and other Black people so I rest my case. As long as ex-Knick players know their place and don’t criticize Dolan he loves them, so to me, this was a move to put the Black guy (Oakley) in his place.

I wish after Oakley was kicked out, that the majority of the fans would have exited, but of course paying for those expensive Knick tickets to watch a clown of a team is hard to do in New York City. What should take place is that every New York Knick legend should turn down every future invitation to assist this franchise with an event in the future. The former players should boycott this organization until Dolan is forced to give up his toy, which is the New York Knicks and fade to obscurity.

How can any future free agent(s) be attracted to this dismal franchise, when an owner treats their legends like they did Oakley and a GM in Phil Jackson that goes on Twitter assaults criticizing and throwing their star player under the bus? It’s time for Dolan to sell this franchise, this is the last straw. The Knicks organization is one if not the only sports franchise that is a sheer disgrace. Some NBA players have already voiced their displeasure on how Oakley was treated and with criticism that should be a warning sign for potential free agents, to not even bother with this joke of an organization.

Will I continue to watch this team for the rest of the season, probably not? The thought of even wishing this team well, makes me want to regurgitate. It has reached a point that I hope superstars decline to come to this organization because how they treat their veterans, especially a veteran like Charles Oakley who was the toughest Knick in the building that night, which we haven’t seen in years speaks volumes.

Boycott the Knicks, if one is a Knicks fan because one is better off until their entire foundation changes (from ownership and management) and the word class is replaced instead of the trash that we are subjected too, on and off the court.

-Ms Scripter

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