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Power- Meek Mill vs Drake & More

I know, I know. I have neglected this blog so ferociously that Blog Protected Service needs to be called on me LOL. I’ve just been so preoccupied with so many other things; being a new mom, promoting my books, working on a new book and house hunting as well. And man, house hunting in Philly is a big bag of stress that I can NOT wait to be rid of. I’m trying to stay in the Oak-lane area and the only part of this process that has been easy is eliminating the parts of the city I do NOT want to live in: North Philly, (Sorry folks, I grew up in North Philly and let’s just say I didn’t need to join the army to learn how to duck and dodge bullets) South Philly, (those little ass streets are the devil!) and Kensington (Remember the Kensington strangler? Yeah…) I lived in Germantown/WestOaklane for my teenage years and most of my adult-hood and while folks will say “Oh North Philly till I die I rep my hood!!”, I have small children to think about. So when deciding where we rest our heads at night, being able to rep my hood is not a priority. But making sure my children can play out front without catching a stray bullet or a car jumping a curb and hitting them because they decided to go speeding down a tiny street, is a priority. When I lived in West Oaklane for three years not one time did I hear a gun shot (even at midnight of New Years! Imagine that). The neighbors were friendly, knew how to mind their business, wasn’t knocking on my door asking to borrow shit (I hate that) and didn’t have ratchet, bad ass kids running half naked down the street all hours of the day and night making a bunch of noise. It was peaceful, my children were able to play safely and I was close to malls, public transportation if I or my children needed it and I loved it. So of course I want something just as good if not better. And that is where most of my time and energy has been dedicated to which is why this blog took a back burner. I’m going to do better though (LOL) I promise. SO! Let’s get down to the nitty gritty!!

POWER!!! On God, bruh, I swear I was sleepower1ping on this show last year. I saw one episode and was hooked! For those who have not been watching, Power is a show that’s being produced by 50 Cent. I recently started following him on instagram because he is funny as HELL! This show has made me a new fan of his. I listened to his music years ago and used to bump his album “The Massacre” heavy in 2005 when I first learned how to drive. But seeing him in Power makes me want to get back into writing rugged street fiction! But anyways- Power is filled with drama, suspense, steamy, erotic sex scenes that had me covering my eyes like lawd I can’t watch! 50 cent co stars as Kanan along side Omari Hardwick as James “Ghost” St. Patrick, Naturi Naughton as his wife Tasha (y’all might remember her as Bow Wow’s friend in the movie “Lottery Ticket”, Stacie; Joe Sikora as “Ghost’s” right hand man, Tommy; Lela Loren as “Ghost’s” side action Angela; and the sexy Sinqua Walls as “Shawn” who is Kanan’s son. Long story short, Ghost and Tasha set Kanan up to go to prison and then Ghost rose to be a big name in the street business with Tommy as his partner in crime. Ghost opens up a night club and wants to get out of the business when all of a sudden he starts getting hit. He investigates to see who it is and gets a tip that he’s being set up by a cat named Rola when really it’s Kanan trying to get at him from prison. Kanan gets released from jail early and pretends all is well while trying to get inside info so he can take Ghost out and resume his position and the Drug King Pin in New York. Now while Ghost wants to get out of the business, Tommy is like “fuck that, this is who we are, this is what we do”, so that’s causing a struggle between the two of them. Tasha is a straight ride or die chick, but like most ride or die chicks, we are always taken for granted, lied to and cheated on. Ghost runs into a chick he used to have a thing with name Angela while at his club one night. And as the cliche saying goes, one thing led to another and before you know it, they were fucking in his office. Tommy and Tasha are tight and he finds out about Ghost’s cheating but he doesn’t dime him out. Shawn knows as well and has a thing for Tasha but he ain’t no snitch either. Tommy gets hired to off this little pedophile chump sending dick pics to his drug boss’s daughter and over hears Angela name herself as the fucking assistant district attorney. Lawd! So Ghost is fucking the bitch who is trying to take down Lobos (Ghost’s drug supplier) and he didn’t even know it. Angela and her investigative squad is wracking their brains trying to figure out who the fuck Ghost and she didn’t even know she was fucking Ghost the entire time! Now Tasha done found out he was cheating on her and took the bitch to Miami, so she got back at him by fucking Shawn (lawd!!) Angela was informed by Tommy’s live in ass action that James is actually Ghost (because Angela started to believe Tommy was Ghost- her, Tommy and Ghost all went to high school together) so this bitch bugged his phone and followed him to a big meeting he was having with his supplier, Lobos. Squat runs up in the joint, Lobos’ right hand man gets murked, Lobos gets arrested and Tommy gets pinched too! This dude sees Angela (he warned Ghost numerous times that she was on their ass and he didn’t listen) and starts snapping! “Angela you bitch! You fucking cunt, I’m going to get you!” Yeah, home boy was going off! Ghost hired some hot shot lawyer and flipped the fraudulent information Angela used to identify Tommy as Lobos’ distributor (he stole it from her apartment when the dumb bitch gave him the keys thinking he left his wife Tasha for her) and Tommy was set free. What happened after that, I won’t spoil for you but it had me screaming at the TV and showed just much of a ruthless bastard (and I mean this affectionately) 50 Cent (Kanan) can be! So tomorrow night is the season finale. But all day long if you don’t have shit to do, tune in to Starz on your cable service (if you don’t have cable, you’re fucked LOL) and you can catch up on season two. I wish to the creative writing GODS that Power had more than 9 episodes to their seasons. This shit needs to be running for a full season! I will be on twitter cutting up giving play by play commentary (like this is an NBA game, yes baby it’s that serious!). So follow me on twitter @the_author_yani and join the twitter party!

Okay this Meek Mill and Drake beef is crazy. I know I’m a couple weeks behind but what can I say? I had other shit to do LOL. I don’t normally pay attention to rap beefs anymore cause it ain’t like back in the day with Tupac’s diss against Biggie “Hit ‘Em Up” (Y’all know that’s my shit!) Tupac named names with ZERO fucks to give and just desecrated the entire Bad Boys click with one track “First off, fuck your bitch and the clique you claim, west side when we ride come equipped with game; you claim to be a player but I fucked your wife, we buss on Bad Boys niggas fuck for life…. Biggie remember when I used to let you sleep on the couch and begged a bitch to let you sleep in the house. Now it’s all about Versace, you copied my style, five shots couldn’t drop me, I took it and smile; Now I’m ’bout to set the record straight; with my AK I’m still the thug that you love to hate, muthafucka I hit em up” (YESSSS!!!) And rap beefs/battles aren’t even as interesting as when Nas came at Jay-Z neck in Ether or when Eminem came at Ja-Rule. So when I hear that it’s a rap beef I’m like bleh whatever. But 2 o’clock in the morning after putting Dallas back to sleep and I couldn’t fall asleep with her, I started surfing twitter and instagram and just saw all of the memes of Meek Mill with social media clowning him. Now I’m from North Philly and I hear a lot of cats mad at people from Philly who aren’t siding with Meek. This isn’t a city battle; it’s a rap battle. This isn’t Philly versus Canada, this is Meek vs Drake and I’m sorry, but Drake had the better diss tracks. That’s what got the whole Tupac vs Biggie beef fucked up. People wanted to make it out to be a West coast vs East Coast and it really wasn’t that. It was just two rappers who were beefing. I’m from the East coast but 20 years later, I STILL choose Tupac. Biggie was good, but Tupac had a better message all around. He was the better artist all around. Meek talking about Drake got a ghost writer for his raps. Where I come from, that’s called snitching. Dude that was named as the ghost writer already denied the claim and said that he isn’t, but grown ass men feeding off of he-say-he say and taking the word (snitch) as the gospel truth. If he snitched about a ghost writer in hip-hop to make himself look like the better artist, makes me wonder would he or has he snitched for a lighter sentence? Hmmm? But props to Meek because he’s doing his thing. I would never take away from that.

Alright, I’m out. This post was waaaayyyy longer than I anticipated LOL. Guess my fingers got a little typing happy. Catch ya’ll Saturday after Power! Peace!

Philly Native, Bryant Jennings defeats Mike Perez for shot at the title

Jennings vs Perez
Bryant Jennings

Can I just say I’m mad as hell that I missed a good chunk of the fight last night over estimating who was going to fight first? Any other time I sit down to watch Bryant fight, someone else is fighting ahead of him, it’s a boring fight and I damn near fall asleep waiting to see Bryant knock someone the hell out. And on the night that he is battling for a shot at the title, I figure I would wait out any fights that occurred prior to his only to join in on the action when it was damn near the 10th round.

The Heavyweight contender  pulled out a split decision win against Mike Perez to rightfully earn his shot at the title.  Though I joined the fight close to the end, I was still nervous as hell (as I always am when he steps into the ring) and wasn’t sure if I would puke, faint, or

Jennings vs Perez
Bryant Jennings

go into labor. ESPN called  it a “snoozer of a fight”, and I’m guessing because many wanted to see Bryant knock Perez out. Or maybe it was because they wanted to see Jennings go to the body more and land more power punches. I personally thought it was a good fight.(though I was hoping for a knock out too LOL) “It doesn’t matter as long as I get the win,” Jennings said. I concur.

After securing this win through a split decision, Jennings has become the mandatory contender for the winner of a boxing match between current mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder and the world title holder, Bermane Stiverne, who are scheduled for a match this fall.

Two judges scored the fight for Jennings, 115-112 and 114-113. ESPN also scored it for Jennings at 113.  Perez insists however, that he won the fight and the fight was stolen from him by referee Harvey Dock. (Isn’t that what all sore losers say? Cry about it!)

Perez appeared to get the better part of Jennings early on in the fight landing a solid right jab while Jennings tried fighting him from the outside. The biggest moment for Jennings came in the 5th round just before the bell rung when he caught Perez with a solid right uppercut.  The pace slowed as the fight went on and you could clearly see where Perez was growing tired as Jennings worked his body.  It appeared Perez was more interested in hugging Jennings (maybe as a peace offering…??) then fighting him. Late in the 10th round, Jennings landed another solid uppercut on the tiring Perez.  “He wouldn’t stand in there and trade with me,” Jennings said. “I wanted him to stand in there and fight…” Jennings described the fight as “very technical”.

“According to CompuBox statistics, Jennings landed 149 of 513 punches (29 percent) and Perez connected on 116 of 571 (20 percent).” ESPN-

I look forward to seeing Jennings’ next fight as he never disappoints and I am positive that he will take the title and become the next heavyweight champion. Good job B-Y!!

Deadly Hit & Run in Philly News-

carjackingMy heart  is broken and my mind is at a total loss. Though this happened late Friday morning around 11:15am, I still can’t seem to wrap my mind around it. Maybe because this further makes me question “the grand design”. It further makes me ask this question: If God made us in his image, why are people so hateful and evil? Evil, is the only word that can be used to describe the men who were pure, gutless, soul-less cowards when they not only car-jacked a woman at gun point, but set off a chain of events that claimed the lives of three innocent children. Three innocent children who weren’t running around, playing in the streets unsupervised like too many kids we see today. Three innocent children who were doing their weekly routine of helping their mother and a fellow church member sell fruit on the corner of Germantown and Allegheny Avenues, an intersection not too far from where my children’s father lives. These cowards robbed these children of life and a bright, promising future. Siblings, ages 7, 10 and 15 would have their lives cut short because these animals decided that instead of working hard like men should to acquire the things that men want, they would carjack a woman at gun point and take what was hers.

According to Philadelphia Police, Friday morning, the chaos began on 6th and Huntingdon Park when two men, one described as African American and the other Hispanic, grabbed a female  real estate agent at gun point as she was preparing to get into her car. She was thrown in the back of the SUV. The driver eventually lost control of the SUV when a tire blew, and the car skidded erratically towards the unsuspecting crowd of six people, three of them children, who would lose their lives. carjacking2Ten year old Thomas Reed died at the scene while his younger brother Terrence Moore (7)  died despite doctor’s efforts at St. Christopher’s Hospital and their older sister Keiearra  Williams also died shortly after arriving at Temple University Hospital. Their 34 year old mother was also struck by the SUV and is in critical condition.

Terrance Moore’s father made a tearful plea for the cowards who caused this devastation to turn themselves in. $100,000 reward is being offered for their capture.

There is no way in hell these men have a conscience. There is no way in hell that somebody in Philadelphia does not know who these men are and where these men are. If they are being harbored by friends/ family, those people need to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law as well. These were babies,  young, innocent children trying to do a good deed who tragically lost their lives while the cowards who were doing wrong are still walking and breathing. Where is the justice in that? What I find disturbing, and what has caused me to lose just a little more faith in humanity is the ass-hole who decided to take their phone and video tape one of the victims faced down in the grass with his body broken and twisted, his neck obviously broken, and then to posted it on Facebook. This was somebody’s child! Where is the compassion? Where is the respect for life? What times are we in where instead of trying to help the situation, people are more concerned about getting photos and video footage of carnage? And for people to re-post it? I was scrolling through my news feed on Facebook tonight and saw that and no matter how hard I tried to pause it so I could find a button to report it, the more it played, the more I saw and that is an imagery that will forever be embedding in my memory. That could have been any of our children out there on that corner that morning and I for one would not want video footage of my child’s lifeless body laying faced down in the gutter floating around on social media! RIP to those sweet babies who lost their lives Friday morning. I’m praying for a speedy recovery for the mother of those children, comfort and peace for her as well as the family while dealing with this tragedy, along with peace and comfort for the other victims effected by this madness. And I’m praying that before the closing of this week, before these babies are laid to rest, the men… no I can’t even call them men. The COWARDS who caused this travesty are captured so they can be brought to justice.