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No News May Be Good News!

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Who exactly determines what news stories are important enough to report on? Any watcher of television news may wonder if it’s the same person controlling all the stations like the Architect in The Matrix.

They all have the exact same format, same set, same actors; I mean anchors (I mean actors). Most newscasts have the same blueprint; 2two attractive anchors and an unnecessarily hot weather person named Gail Forces or Wendy Storm. Let’s not forget the hokey, goofball correspondent who does the feel-good story about the cat who returns home after three years in the wild at the end of each newscast. You only get to hear about Felix the Ferral after listening to all the death, destruction, and impending apocalyptic scenarios brewing, however.

Everything from angry bees and reggae hating mosquitoes (get well soon Beenie Man) becomes “important news” for the sake of ratings. And when the news outlets decide to make something news, nothing can “un-news” it. The NY Police Commissioner could crash a blimp containing ISIS agents and plutonium into a Harlem mosque and it wouldn’t register if that’s not the area of focus.

The current President has gone on rants about “fake news” all the while quoting and citing other fake news sources to support his assertions. Meanwhile, all the outlets he is constantly at odds with cover him 24/7. This is, of course, not because he is newsworthy. It’s because we click and share the articles and video clips which lead to more revenue for that outlet/network. Just as G.I. Joe needed Cobra and Jesus needs Lucifer, The News also needs good villains to further their own agenda. It’s gotten way beyond convoluted. This got me to thinking; Maybe it’s past time we TURN OFF OUR TELEVISION!

Although the easiest (and when has anything of value come easy), television may not be the best source of information gathering. It constantly and consistently feeds your desire for drama, and drama is a hell of a drug! It wasn’t until recently that I came to grips with just how much of an issue drama is. It is actually the fuel that sadly and oddly keeps a lot of us going and tends to care very little about actual facts.

Drama is what we ingest to pass the time (“Ooo girl! Did you hear Drake is dating J Lo?!”) It is the cheap fiber used to stitch communities together (“Yo son! You saw what they did to Charles Oakley?!”) The long term effects of how it dictates our actions seem innocuous initially but what happens when drama is used to make decisions in our lives that effect our livelihood (like president selecting?).

News outlets (all of them) could care less what is actually going on in communities. It seems they just want any form of drama occurring so they generate stories that lead to advertising and subscription revenue.

 

Crazed Afrykan is a writer / hip hop producer (Nas / Damien Marely) and aficionado of hip hop culture. For over 30 years, he has gained personal introspective into the motivations, rhymes and reasons for one of the most revered genres in modern music. He is also a smug, smart ass with a perplexing penchant for alliterations. You’ve been warned.

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A Riot of Entitlement

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1. If a foreign government had pulled off what occurred on Capitol Hill last week, that nation would currently be a rubble laden parking lot, bombed into the stone-age.

2. If BLM had pulled off what occurred last week, we would currently be having conversations like “Y’all remember freedom?” and “You ONLY got shot 6 times?!! Sheeeeit. Everybody else got at least 9… yeah we all in the studio recording now…”

3. Why is the foreign policy response more stringent than domestic policy when the threat is much worse due to proximity?

4. Why is the current law enforcement response akin to aiding and abetting simply because the assailants resemble, and in some cases are “law” enforcement? Do bullets not kill when your cousin is the shooter?

5. True privilege is complaining about your rights taken away right AFTER and BECAUSE you used those rights to violate others. Rights were granted by LAW and as such, can be rescinded… by LAW! Why does this even have to be explained?

Sidebar: For future reference, this is how you properly storm the Capitol! With Beyonce and legal votes!! Ahhhh 2012. The good old days! Make Inaugurations Great Again (MIGA Please!!) Sidebar Complete.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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Reluctant to get the Vaccine?

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Do me a favor, Open your fridge door and tell me if you have any insight into the regulation of those products and how they got there?

Whatever vaccine you decide to take (or not take) will probably be more federally regulated and scrutinized than 90% of the items you currently ingest. You share joints with people, eat food with ingredients you can’t pronounce, order wigs and sweaters from all over the world in the name of fashion, then turn around and loudly protest and profess about a vaccine and science, some thing of which you know little about.

Here’s the fun part; you don’t want to take it but you DEFINITELY want to commingle with those who have taken it as precaution and those who are still susceptible. Why? Because f*ck ‘em that’s why! Must be nice to not care about others while simultaneously requesting they respect your choices.

I would be riding with y’all if you actually had control, but more importantly, CONCERN for all things consumed prior but we seem to lapse our standards when there is a clear and direct benefit to our preexisting lifestyle. Y’all are wild inconsistent!!

Sidebar; Most of us will die of complications from a poor diet, alcohol and cigarettes but I don’t see anyone putting the BBQ sauce down or skipping happy hour. Sidebar Complete.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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November 16th – Trump Wins!

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Well, it’s official; President Donald Trump wins again!

While former Vice-President Joe Biden received more votes than any candidate ever, including winning the controversial electoral college, incumbent Trump has declared victory on Twitter as recently as this morning when he proclaimed “I WON THE ELECTION!”

And this is great news for the over 70 million of us that voted for Trump. We saw our horse lose the race, saw it confirmed, and yet here we are in the Winner’s Circle… again! There is a God, and thankfully it’s the one I believe in and not one of the weird ones.

Make America great again, AGAIN!

I’m sure I speak for millions of Americans when I say we look forward to four more years of keeping America great. Let’s face it, America was a shithole country four years ago before Trump made it great again. He promised that we’d be sick of all the winning, and he was, as always, right.

I’m praying that we can all look forward to four more years of the same kind of peace, harmony, and fair distribution of wealth we have enjoyed during his first term. Covfefe!!

 

 

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