I feel back on this because once THIS dropped everyone was posting it, and rightfully so, Salute Combat Jack and Premium Pete for
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It’s been few years of me trying to get the legendary Chuck D on The Combat Jack Show. It took current events, plus the Freddie Foxxx episode to make this happen (thank you Bumpy!). How do I even describe this 3 hour long discussion with Chuck D and Keith Shocklee? Def Jam, Hot 97, Dr. Dre, N.W.A., Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Marley Marl, Flavor Flav, Eric B and Rakim, COINTELPRO, Run-DMC, the Bomb Squad, the dearth of diversity on rap radio… so much knowledge.
What I’m walking away with is how we have the power to control how we’re perceived in this culture. And how we have to stop making excuses. Now. Ladies and gents, we present to you, the Episode Without A Pause.
It’s easy to call people racist in America, it’s easy to play the race in America. These days it’s easy because as Americans we love to think we’re better than the good ol’ days of slavery or segregation. I say all this because July 2nd 2014 Anthony Cumia of Opie and Anthony had a bad day which got him fired from his Sirius XM show. To be fair Anthony Cumia had a right to be angry, I’m on his side with the first tweet as he explains what happened to him that day. Things go terribly wrong after that with his tweets progressively getting more hateful and racist.
You take out the “black” part and there is no racial undertone there at all. I’m sure Cumia would have gotten replies asking if the chick was black. Right there I’m on his side, even with the female’s race being added there isn’t a real problem. The problem comes with the “savage”, “animal” talk with white hate talk sprinkled in. That to me may have been why he was fired and that i could agree with even as i can understand that the more he thought and talked about what happened the more it was broken down to a Black White thing. What if it was a Spanish or white female, then what? How about a white man? Would it have then turned into a New Yorkers from certain boroughs of New York City rant? The fact Cumia tweeted “She’s lucky I was a white legal gun owner or she’d be dead.” is really where things took a wrong turn. Everything else after was just icing on a shit cake he could have avoided baking.
I’ve never heard the Opie and Anthony show and I’ve only heard about it from a few people here and there so Anthony Cumia is a nobody in my world, him being fired means nothing to me. With that said for all the people up in arms over it they should be emailing, tweeting or something to get in contact and inform him this could have been avoided. Cumia could have moved away from them and called the police. The guy could have pressed charges not just on the female but the group that was around him causing a scene. Taking the time tweet out his frustration was his problem, being pissed was natural , the extremely harsh tweets weren’t. I have no pity for him. If anything I’m glad he didn’t take the law into his own hands and fire off a few shots. I think once and if that female he tweeted about calms down she may reflect on the fact she came away from the day good. Cumia could have pressed charges and she’d be somewhere losing money and having to appear in court for assault because she did strike the guy several times. The other scenario of that is that female could have been shot.
Being fair this is an issue that shouldn’t happened whether it’s the hot head female or the highly frustrated man with busy fingers. This is an example of sending tweets before thinking of how things will play out. I don’t know the kind of people listen to Opie and Anthony or the kind of people that follow or followed Cumia on twitter but I know how anything to do with people of the opposite race will be fed to the public. Right now I’m sure there are a few sites running this story and the blame game and race finger pointing is all over the comment sections. Being honest i’d be mad if I had that happen and it nwas someone of another race and I’d throw all the stupid things I think about that race out there, who wouldn’t, and if not you it would definitely be someone you’re close to that would go overboard on racial comments. Cumia is a celebrity in some manner and that spotlight can easily make you a target for slip ups like this. I’m sure Cumia will be somewhere as no one is just out once their fired these days. The only person that looked to be out for sure was Isaiah Washington, and he was on Grey’s Anatomy again. Unlike a few people out there who have said the wrong thing, or let it be known how they feel about certain things, what Cumia went through people go through. It’s not forgiveable and it won’t be as long as Cumia continues to not see how things fell apart for that day. I wouldn’t say he should apologize because other than the words he tweeted he wasn’t in the wrong. He should just be aware that what he tweeted was wrong.
Another Summertime Mixtape from DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie. This what makes my summer, I love this series. Download the mixtape here.
I’m confused how the “Dead Broke” comment has become some bad thing. Somehow the media and the political world wants people to be believe Hillary is out touch with the average American, middle class Americans. She’s not wrong for her comment and shouldn’t have to explain it either, as far back as I can remember in my lifetime Hillary Clinton has been in the world of politics. Her idea of dead broke and all that happened to her “homes” are what you’d expect if I’m not wrong., right? No Presidents’ post life is normal compared to the average persons’ life, that would include financial and living arrangement. Then you the fact Hillary became a Senator right after her stint as First Lady, did two terms as a Senator and then became in 2009. I didn’t get into whatever happened in Arkansas in the 80‘s. Can the average Middle class person even relate to such a life? Hillary Clinton by no fault of her own has become a career politician.
Politicians want so desperately to be viewed as the average American but they can’t be, not if you’ve become a career politician. If you’ve ran for a political seat and have never held one before, yes the middle class route is easier for you to attempt to walk. Dave Brat can talk that “I’m just like you” talk, not Hillary Clinton, I’m surprised no one has put this fact out there to put an end to the “Dead Broke” controversy. Was it the right choice of words? Not at all. Did anyone really think their version of “Dead Broke” would look like that of someone who had to move in with family because they loss their home and job? I’m sure if that was to happen to a former President, any former President, you’d wonder how did a former President become so broke that he and his wife are living with relatives. It would be hard to process. Hillary falls under the Former Presidents Act thanks to Bill Clinton. Then there is whatever Bill gets or used to get for being a former Governor. Does this make her claim of “Dead Broke” more ridiculous? In Context not at all, they’ve grown accustom to a certain comfort level and that was no longer the case for them. My personal idea of “Dead Broke” isn’t the same as someone who has been evicted and has been in a shelter. Broke to me is not having spending money, I have money to take care of bills, I have money saved but nothing to just spoil myself. I’m sure people understand that and understood what Hilary was talking about. How that comment became some button issue when there still needs to be something done with minimum wage and border security is beyond me. It’s been about two months this comment is still something people are forced to listen to. I may be wrong but the comment isn’t that big of a deal to people.
Kanye had some weird comments about the hate he and Kim gets here.
I’m not sure when Kanye West chose to live in a bubble or really think his life was so important to think people were and may still be hating his relationship because of race. It’s 2014, look around Kanye isn’t John Prentice from Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. You go almost anywhere in America and see an interracial couple, except for on television, gay couples galore, black dude white chick not so much. Who is he referring to as haters, those in the pop world? Seal and Heidi Klum were fine, he was a recording artist and she had an actual career, was a model. Could on for days like that, bringing up names of couples and not really hear any complaints about their love being bashed due to interracial issues. Maybe Kanye needs, wants, prays it’s about race. I’m sure he has cut off friends and associates because of Kim.
I know people seem to be less hateful and more annoyed Kanye has turned to Captain Save A Hoe, Kim has been married before and between time has been around stars like ultimate groupie she is. How has no one in his camp brought that up to him is still confusing to me. Then there is the the fact Kanye and Kim are D list celebrities that are desperately seeking to A listers status and do anything to be that. Kim is famous for being famous like Paris Hilton was at her height of pop status. The difference is it dawned on Paris she’s rich, she’s old money rich, fame doesn’t match up well with wealth. Kim’s hood notoriety come down to who she’s been with. So she has no real career in the world of entertainment unless you count that sex tape. Kanye’s career isn’t doing too well with his music. For some reason they see themselves on the same level as Jay Z and Beyonce, that isn’t happening. It isn’t a Lebron Jordan , Bird Magic comparison, this is like 1994 Illmatic and Ready To Die and then every other Hip Hop album of that year, Kim and Kanye are those other albums. Kim is trophy wife, arm candy who wants to be so much more but doesn’t have the skill or lack the motivation to build on that want of being more than an Instagram celeb,, Kanye and her show on E! separate her from the countless name brand Instragram chicks who have some web fame because of their body. Kanye has found himself on the Kardashian circus bus and is losing his identity. It’s easy to play the race card and it’s Kanye so there’s a story there whether it’s true or not or true to him. Kanye and Kim know how to stay in the public eye, this is just another example of that. Kim is shallow as hell, and Kanye is too but Kanye is talented and is an ass so he gets a pass on being whatever and however he is. At this point the media likes them because they seek out the exposure, the average person is tired of them, again look at Hilton and Nicole Richie. Nicole is a media darling to a certain degree because it is now rare to see her in the news. Once Kim and Kanye stop throwing themselves in the paparazzi’s face then the hate will die down.
Damon Dash is making noise. Noise inspiring to some and uncomfortable to others. No punches pulled, shots most definitely fired. Everybody gets hit. Let’s go.
Since no one is really making the life of Shanesha Taylor major news I decided to look up what was going on with her. What I found was a trail date set in September, so much for a speedy trail. She won visitation rights, supervised of course, and she is out on bail. Now there is no news on her job hunt or how to somehow help her get a job. There is a lot of talk about fixing the welfare system but what does that do for Taylor? She had a job interview and now she may never get a fair shake again. Unless Arizona is planning on taking care of Taylor for the rest of her life it would wise to help her get on her feet. It doesn’t seem as if that’s is a plan. Having her life on track is step one to attempting to get her children back. If the state isn’t concerned with any of that, I feel Taylor’s life is over. I’m sure there won’t be any real news about her trail due to the attention the mid term elections will get, coincidence? I just wondered this morning about what was going on with Shanesha Taylor, nothing progressive.