“YE”- Kanye West Album Review

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         Kanye West released his 8th studio album on June 1st, 2018. The album is titled “YE” and the cover art features a shot of snowy mountains and grass in the foreground with the words “I hate being Bi-Polar it’s awesome”. This is pretty much the theme of the album to me. This 7-track album breaks down how Kanye feels about his mental state and how it affects him. 
Now the album cover it self-seems to be a representation of how Kanye West feels. Since we have a picture of snowy mountains in the background and nice fresh green grass in the foreground. This picture seems to get his inspiration from how Kanye suffers from bipolar and the dueling moods that he has.
         The best way to explain this album is soulful. The album has elements of earlier Kanye West projects but it makes sure to address the issue that he is facing right now. For example, the very first song is titled “I thought about killing you”. This first track seems to fall in line with a spoken word instead of a rap song. It gives a raw look into Kanye West’s mind.  This and Daytona which was released last month is showing the G.O.O.D MUSIC production is pumping out some good music. 
        Overall, I would rate this album at 4 out 5. It is a nice and simple album that is not filled with skits are radio heavy songs. It is a reflection of Kanye’s current status in the public eye. 

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Boycott The NFL

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So, the NFL has decided to create a new policy for The National Anthem this year. Below is a quote from ESPN.COM.

NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday.

The policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel, as dozens of players have done during the past two seasons to protest racial inequality and police brutality. Those teams also will have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction.
— K. Seifert & D. Graziano ESPN.COM

There are two kinds of people who will read the statement above. We have person A who will see and say “Well they should be happy they can do their protest and it won’t disturb the game” Then, of course, we have person B who will say “wow so we have to hide the people who are protesting”.

I fall into the camp of person B because of a simple statement “out of sight out of mind” If the team that wants to protest the anthem are forced to stay in the back none of the millions of fans watching will understand why. Since the announcers are employees of the NFL they will not mention that a particular team stayed in the back for a protest.  The entire point of a protest is to get people’s attention and create a change of some kind.

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    Now we basically have the NFL cowering to Donald Trump because everybody has to be politically correct. In all of this, we have the reason why Colin Kaepernick took a knee in the first place. First of Kaepernick sat down during the national anthem as a way to start his protest the way the police force treats black people. After having a conversation with military personnel who found this disrespectful he decided that taking a knee would be the best way to get his point across while still showing respect to the military.  The act of taking a knee was never and is not a sign of disrespect to the country or the flag.  This was just a narrative created by the far right to overshadow the actual point of the protest.

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    This narrative was pushed even harder when Donald Trump decided to take time out of his day and discuss what is happening on a football field. Which led to Trump calling the players S.O.B  and trying to suggest how the NFL should run their private company. It’s sad that after about two years we still have made no progress in the way police officers treat black people. Instead, we have an entire debate on should you stand for the anthem or not.

    This NFL season I will be boycotting the entire year until Kaepernick is back on the field or until the NFL changes this ridiculous policy. We need to start having a conversation about the way black people are treated and get away from people kneeling or standing on a field. Let’s sit down and really get something solved.

Black Love Or White Hate

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Every now and then I run across this same topic on Facebook or Twitter which is interracial dating. I want to dive deep into this so I’m going to give my opinion. First of all, I have zero problems with interracial dating. I feel if you can find somebody that you love then you are set. You should be happy and with the person that makes you feel special inside.  This particular blog post will focus on black men dating a white woman. I will address other races in another blog post.

Some black men will say the reason that they don’t like black women is that they have an attitude or black women simply don’t want a nerdy guy. They typical would like a rough neck type of dude. Hearing this the general response from black women would be “oh we don’t all have an attitude or oh he just can’t handle a real woman.” Or my personal favorite “there are many reasons a black man will not date white women but none of them have to do with us. There are several flaws in this line of thinking.

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When you as a black woman have to say “he just can’t handle a real woman” what are you really saying. Are you claiming that in order to be a real woman you have to challenge your man at every turn? When a man a comes home the last thing he wants to do is fight the woman that he loves when he just got done fighting the world. Also, yes as a black man I will say this right now that black women do have attitudes. I still love you all and cherish you all as Queens but the fact remains you are always fighting your man. Please understand that is not directed to ALL black woman but it is a vast majority. Just because you, your friends and your cousin’s friend don’t act this way does not mean that I’m speaking lies.

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Now, of course, someone will read this and say “how are we fighting our man”. It’s simple there is a lack of trust between men and women in general.  A woman will go through her man’s phone all the damn time. She will tell him what female friends he can and can’t have. Why because there is not trust. If you really think that your man will cheat on you with his female friend than you need to find a new man. You don’t need to have that level of stress in your life. On the flip side if a man tries to even do a fraction of this he will be considered soft or a bitch.

So, what do a lot of black men do they go and talk to Becky who will trust everything that he says? Now a lot of black women would say that Becky is weak and is being run all over. Why does it make you weak to completely trust your man? That is the problem there is no more trust. Trusting your partner 100% has turned into a sign of weakness which is really sad.

 

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