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RubberNecks R Us

The scene: I was riding up to a nearby Ikea with my girl, when we drove up on a traffic incident just as smoke began billowing. I, rather instinctively, grabbed my phone to capture the scene in the few seconds I could catch while we sped by.

While what was happening wasn’t funny, my soundbite did give me a brief chuckle. Watch:

A few takeaways

  • I was mildly nervous for an explosion but the incident was ultimately resolved (as the fire was put out when we passed back by 45 mins later).
  • Rubbernecking is a VERY REAL thing, because I whipped my head around too tough trying to see what was happening long after we passed. The key to successful rubbernecking is: if you’re driving, don’t try to watch what’s happening; have the passenger do all of the reporting then you get the scoop when you’re not driving anymore.

If anything, I would hope that if you come across a car on fire on the side of the road, you would call the police while speeding up so as to escape the possible explosion. #Message


*Heavy Rotation* Jay Z & Beyonce Part II (On The Run)

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I am NOT a JayZ fan, and while I don’t hate on Beyonce, I wouldn’t consider myself apart of the BeyHive by a long shot. But they cool. I’m kinda indifferent, about them.

I rarely purchase rap songs/albums, but upon sampling¬† “Magna Carta Holy Grail” I stumbled upon this track, which jams so hard I can’t get the beat and chorus out of my head. I’ve literally had it on heavy rotation for about 3-5 days now. Part 2(On The Run) is quite literally part 2 of their duet “03 Bonnie and Clyde.” While that song was cool, this is WAAAY better(to me)…by far my favorite song on Jay’s album — I’m not disputing or discussing the entire album or where it ranks because, again, I’m not really a Jay Z connoisseur– but if this was the only good track on the album, I’d be good.

Note: This is NOT the official video, nor did I create this video


It was ALMOST Funny * Let Me Explain [Movie Review]

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My laughter was on the tip of my tongue but didn’t quite make it out of my mouth.

While I was trying to just keep it moving I can’t let this go without voicing what was missing from Kevin Hart’s latest box office effort LET ME EXPLAIN. It was cool, it wasn’t side-splitting but I expected to actually laugh more. What I found was happening was I was saying “Oh, uh uh this fool crazy” or “oh no he didn’t” to myself a lot but I wasn’t ACTUALLY laughing.

One thing that didn’t help was this one part where he was telling this joke that was supposed to be hilarious once he go to the punchline. The problem: he starts laughing uncontrollably before arriving to the punchline. While he did ultimately get it out, the thrill was gone. Him laughing at the joke was actually funnier than the joke itself…to me.

That part and the last joke had me wondering if he actually wrote his jokes/stories this time around because he usually doesn’t laugh super hard at his own joke like he’s never heard it before. Like, that’s like when I’m trying to tell a funny story over the phone and I have to actively calm myself down so that I don’t laugh the punchline out…and I get on MY OWN nerves when I do that…so imagine paying for a ticket to the comedy show and the comedian is laughing his jokes out(like Mike Epps does). You’d be annoyed. That and how short it is, like his set feels as though it abruptly ends, like he was tired of telling jokes so decided to just go home. It was odd. I mean coming off of “LAUGH AT MY PAIN” I expected something on the same level at the very least.

Honestly, the vibe and overall takeaway I got from the movie which I gather would be the same takeaway i’d get from a live show, was that he KNOWS he’s funny now. Not saying he didn’t know before, but it’s almost like he’s more aware of how funny he is which ultimately makes him come across less funny. Some might say: “he’s Hollywood now.” I’m trying to stop short of going that far, because to me he was always famous, he isn’t some new cat on the scene who suddenly got famous and is looking and acting like new money. He’s been doing this for a minute and put in work to get here-which I’m certainly not mad at- so I wouldn’t call it “Hollywood,” because folks who turn “Hollywood” on somebody start acting brand new, this isn’t the case here.

Here, Kevin Hart has clearly arrived, I just wish his stand-up was still waiting on its flight because maybe then I’d have laughed at “LET ME EXPLAIN” as I have all of his other stand up performances.

My point: while I really wanted it to be funny, almost funny is as far as I could get, but as Brandy so plainly points out, “Almost Doesn’t Count.” Perhaps he could explain, what was up with that

Can We Live?! * Trayvon Martin Verdict Reaction [Video]

I really tried to stay out of this. I was trying to just leave it at a few tweets but last night’s episode of Anderson Cooper 360 that featured one of the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman, Juror B37, was so outrageous I just had to say something because my tweets weren’t getting it done.

Now this video ended up being an entire commercial free show so allow me to note the time code points of note for you to view first….then from there watch the complete video at your leisure.

Notable points/timecodes

:30-3:14 Title question posed: “Can We Live?” and review of the Trayvon Martin situation/Zimmerman Case

3:15-12:35 The verdict. My Reaction and thoughts on the verdict and case

12:38- 40:00 Enter Juror B37 on Anderson Cooper 360 and her Shenanigans- key quotes and foolish points from Juror b37 -and my thoughts.

20:20-21:55 Racism, someone accused me of being “racists” in my twitter mentions for tweeting how this case IS in fact about Race

22:46 Enter Anderson’s Legal Panel Weighs in

25:50-31:12 Not every black person is always trying to make every situation racial but this case is about race via Sonny, Mark Geragos and my points.

26:11-27:37 My initial thoughts when I heard about this Trayvon Martin story on Michael Baisden. “What was he doing?”

30:27-30:50 I discuss David Leonard’ “Dear White Folks” piece on more

31:15- 35:00 The Jury quote that TOOK IT ALL. Question: “Does Juror B37 feel sorry for Trayvon Martin?”; She’s scared of Trayvon and Sympathizes with Zimmerman.

34:13-35:30 Jeffery Toobin took the words out of the mouth of everybody watching in America. Zimmerman was merely “inconvenienced.”

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