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January 2016

Why Black Lives Matter is Important

Black Lives Matter is a very Hot Topic in America right now.  African Americans are fighting for justice and equality in America and people of all races try to discredit or tear down the movement. Black lives matter came to fruition after th death of Mike Brown.  Ever since then the movement is fighting for the equality for minorities in America.

 The most popular response when someone says “Black Lives Matter” is “All Lives Matter”.  But no one ever said “All Lives Matter ” until people saying “Black Lives Matter”. It’s   a diversion from the problems African Americans in America.  I say this because not everyone goes through the problems and people want to focus on said problems. No one is saying no one else matters.  We say “Black Lives Matter” because we feel as though no one cares or thinks about us not because we think were better or only our lives matter.  People will also try to say that black lives matter isn’t focusing on “real issues”. I personally hate the sediment because I’m a rational human being that can speak on multiple problems . Just because I’m speaking on something right now doesn’t mean I’m ignoring or I can’t talk about multiple things.  Right now in 2015 we live in a society where people don’t want to have conversations .  This isnt a white problem, this isnt a black problem, this is a American Problem.  The ‘colorblind’ approach that some people have is dangerous.  Being ‘colorblind’ sounds good on paper but it can be harmful because your not focusing on problems that specific races face.  A simple conversation can go a long way .  People should be treated on the content of their character not the color of their skin.  Another argument that I encounter is when people will say “what about black on black crime” .  I also can not stand this argument because statistically speaking if your going to be robbed,killed, assaulted , etc. It’s going to be by someone within your own race . FBI crime statistics sheet

The same crime element that white people are scared of , black people are scared of as well . Everyone is working to be successful and make their way . So why is it that African Americans are seen as more violent or more mischievous ? Media plays a large role in how people are seen. African Americans are usually reportered on harsher and were painted more criminal.  But remember that African Americans are minority’s .  Caucasians are the majority , so white on white crime will out number any minority’s crime . People will also say that ” Black Lives Matter , hate cops and are cop killers”. Black Lives Matter don’t want to kill cops , no one wants to kill cops , people just wanted to be treated like humans and not done unjustly by law enforcements .  So many family’s have lost sons and daughters and no one should have to go through that .  2015 was one of the safest years for law enforcement so I don’t care for the “cop killer” comments.

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But 2015 was also one of the most deadly years for civilians being killed by officers .  Social Media has been a big part in spreading and creating conversations on these encounters .  It’s one thing to say things, but it’s a completely different when you have video and proof and the fact that our phones are like computers , it is much easier to share and possibly get things done .  Black Lives Matter and African Americans just want to be treated fairly and not seen as lesser just because of our skin tone . Nothing more Nothing less. At the end of the same we’re all different but we’re all humans and that’s what is beautiful about life .  In the new year we as humans have a long way to go but it’s not a impossible task if we all work together .  I encourage people to step out of their comfort zone and make new friends and have conversations because if we are all on the same page we have no where to go but up.

That’s my opinion , what’s yours I’m always ready to conversate with people and I encourage you to do the same .  Hope everyone is having a great 2016. Bless up
NE

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The Decline of Scott Mescudi

The Journey of Scott Mescudi is a very interesting one. Kid Cudi is a very interesting artist and has always been outspoken. Kid Cudi blew up around 2008 with the release of A Kid Named Cudi.

After this mixtape he signed to Kanye West’s Label G.O.O.D. Music.  With the release of A Kid Named Cudi, he was a hot commodity.  A big draw of Scott’s music is the honesty.  His honesty concerning his upbringing, where he’s from, and his depression and really telling people how he really feels . At the time talking about depression was very unheard of.  His debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day, was really a genre-bending album and it’s a classic to me.  The space theme is key throughout all of his pieces of work.

   His follow-up to Man

on The Moon , Man on The Moon 2.  This album he started to experiment more and the key difference is this album is darker.  But he is still honest and is still rapping about what he knows best.

Cudi has been important to Hip-Hop Culture because he gives kids a voice.  Whether it be kids with depression, or kids who are looked down upon, or just anybody who is difference can relate to. After switching management and label grievances Cudi has been on a steady decline.  A steady release of lukewarm projects and personal issues Cudi has reached the point of almost being irrelevant.  His most recent project Speeding Bullet to Heaven might possibly be one of the worst projects in recent memory.

Cudi has always been experimental, and has never been scared to do something different.  But this project was just bad.  I really only listen to rap and r&b.  But I’m not opposed to listening to other music.  My main problem with this record is that it’s bad all around the boards.  Bad mixing, bad vocals, bad production, Cudi cannot play guitar, or not well from what I have heard on this record.  This is disheartening mainly because I love his early work and I’ve always championed him.  But over the years Scott has been on downward spiral. Cudi is on the Brink of obscurity and he is going to have to release an amazing album to come back.  Cudi is inspirational and influential and you can’t take any of his achievements away from him. But right now on January 2nd 2015. Cudi needs to get back with the right people and get back with Plain Pat and Emile, the guys who helped make his early projects Classic.   Cudi is going through the same things other artist such as Lil Wayne are going through.  Cudi can become relevant and back on top but he has to take the correct steps to do so.

 

This is just what I’ve observed and my opinion on the artist.  Cudi is a legend in my opinion and one of my favorite artist of all time.  But I encourage people to have a conversation and come their own conclusions. This is just my opinion. God bless and Happy New Years.

 

NE

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