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Colin Kaepernick

We all know Colin Kaepernick is right. So, I will not debate any of you who say the NFL has a right to shun him. Of course they do, but that does not make them right. Kaepernick is being punished for exercising a God-given right, a right that defines Americanism at its core, but one that flies in the face of business and selective patriotism and outright hypocrisy.

The silent collusion against him is the same kind that black people face in business each day. Some of us ignore it and it drives others of us crazy because we are never sure just what is behind the rejection and we always suspect the worst.
Colin Kaepernick is a multiracial man who was orphaned and blessedly landed in the bosom of a God-fearing family who loved him and nurtured his athletic gifts.

And then one day, he realized that he could not separate part of himself from the indomitable soul of his people and that famous or not, rich or not, he could be murdered and the same society that gave him the money and fame would allow his death to go unpunished because of the color of his skin. He could not abide this and not only because he’s black, but because he was raised by a Christian family who taught him better, who told him that he was indeed his brother’s keeper.

All these players telling him to let it go are just the kind of damaged meat the NFL loves, weak, pliable men who do not have a tenth of the principle and nobility in the heart of the man they criticize. I know most people will not turn off the NFL this year, but I will. I know it won’t do a damned thing, but it will make me feel better. The NFL season is 16 games long and so each Sunday, I will watch one of these 16 films instead:
1. MALCOLM X
2. THE FIVE HEARTBEATS
3. FRIDAY
4. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
5. SOUL FOOD
6. BOYZ IN THE HOOD
7. DO THE RIGHT THING
8. FEAR OF A BLACK HAT
9. NEW JACK CITY
10. BLADE
11. LOVE JONES
12. BOOMERANG
13. MENACE TO SOCIETY
14. COMING TO AMERICA
15. COOLEY HIGH
16.TRADING PLACES

I know you’re thinking “It’s easy for a Detroit Lions fan to give up football.” Well, if you think this is about football, then you haven’t been paying attention.

-Gary Hardwick

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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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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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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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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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Old School Video of The Week: Mic Geronimo – “It’s Real”

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The year was 1994 when Mic Geronimo released the single, “It’s Real”, which is the censored version of “Shits Real” off his debut album The Natural. 1994 was an extensive year for hip-hop and argumentatively one of the best years of the genre.

Mic Geronimo not only contributed to hip-hop in that year, but he also gave us a glimpse of a man who would take over Murder Inc. Records by the likes of Irv Gotti, who produced “It’s Real.” Other artists would be featured, on Mic Geronimo’s The Natural album like DMX, Ja-Rule, Jay-Z to name a few.

It’s unfortunate that Mic Geronimo didn’t have the commercial success of the other artists I mentioned who contributed on his album, but he should still be remembered as a rapper who added his own to the Golden Age of Hip-Hop and will forever be part of that history.

Ms. Scripter

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Wait A Minute, Some Are Still Dragging Mariah Carey?

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OPINION – It has been a few days since Mariah Carey’s dreadful performance during New Year’s Eve that left those who watched it horrified at how Carey’s vintage and accomplished voice appeared to be noticeably absent. Well, Carey’s camp is blaming technical problems that the show producers were allegedly aware of at the time. Carey’s camp also stated that ABC continued with the technical failures for ratings. Here is part of what Carey’s manager Stella Bulochnikov said:

“I will never know the truth, but I do know that we told them three times that her mike pack was not working and it was a disastrous production,” Ms. Bulochnikov told Us Weekly magazine on Sunday. “I’m certainly not calling the F.B.I. to investigate. It is what it is: New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Mariah did them a favor. She was the biggest star there, and they did not have their” act together.

Social media is having a field day and are still dragging Carey to hell and back for the mishap. I read Carey is now irrelevant and that her career is over and she needs to retire. Then I saw a meme (because that is what a lot of people on social media like to do nowadays). The person posted a picture of Mariah Carey, and Ariana Grande (who I am not a fan of due to her shady character issues) who’s powers were stolen by Grande, and now she reigns supreme.

I am going to be honest, I was never a fan of Carey as a person maybe because I always thought she was too much of a diva. I did enjoy her receipts, you know her music, which catalog spans a total of 18 number one hit songs, (which leads all current solo artists in the present) in case one lost count. Furthermore, she has over 200 million records sold nationwide, 5 Grammy awards, and other stellar accolades. Yes, I brought receipts to the party because by the looks of things folks forgot all about that tidbit because creating a dragging session without receipts is disingenuous to me.

Carey’s accomplishments, always seem to be diminished and ignored by social media when an artists make a mistake or do not perform like their receipts. Some of us never take that into consideration, before salivating at the mouth to demean artists when they slip up and not perform up to their past success. Some can’t wait to make fun of one’s failures, just for the sake of social media high fives (likes, re-tweets). Unwarranted dragging is the new age of social media, where no matter how much successful things one has accomplished, that is ignored when the lights are dimmed, and the clapping cease. Receipts are shredded or thrown in the trash like they never existed. Unless the artists are no longer here in the physical, then we see all the tributes and saying how they were the storybook of their lives when they were growing up, and how they will miss them.

After the horrific year, we had in 2016, with some of the great voices that have left us. Maybe we need to celebrate the living and their accomplishments, while they are still here instead of celebrating their failures with social media pitchforks, gathering friends and family to perform a dragging session as part of one own psychological way of feeling good about themselves when others fail.

I have participated in my share of dragging celebrities (hi Kim Burrell), but mostly it is to place a foot on their necks via social media for problematic things they say or do that is detrimental to my community. Some of us get off at dragging celebrities, rather than highlight their past accomplishments until they are no longer here. We love to do this, but I often wonder those who are dragging Mariah Carey have ever failed in life, who also have receipts of past accomplishments (resumes, degrees), but are fortunate because those who witness their failures aren’t millions of television watchers and social media pundits.

So, don’t worry Mariah; I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I got your back. I kept a copy of your receipts, for a rainy day, just in case folks forgot what you have done and not wait until you are no longer here to hear the applause. I like to celebrate those in the present, rather than wait until those who have transitioned; we should all try it sometimes and that goes for everyone, celebrity or not.

-Ms. Scripter

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