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BET Awards 2016- Beyonce Peforms & Leaves- Sheila E “Prince” Tribute

I missed the BET Awards last night. Honestly, I never really watch them. Who needs to when Black Twitter and many other social media outlets are going to report the good the bad and the ugly and man it was plenty of it last night.

For the last few years I’ve always heard and seen BeyonceBETpeople say on Facebook and Twitter, “Where the hell is Beyonce?” and “I guess Beyonce too good for the Ratchet Awards”. So imagine my shock last night when I heard my neighbors hype because the Queen herself was opening the BET Awards with a bomb-ass performance with Kendrick Lamar. I tuned in for all of about two minutes and went back to what I was doing. I’m sure it was a dope performance but I already knew what was going to happen next. Mother Tina was going to pass her a towel, tell her to dry off on their way to the Bentley and they were going to get the hell out of dodge. So when her award was accepted on someone else behalf… (LOL) I did check out her BeyonceBET2performance in its entirety because you know folks don’t waste anytime uploading to YouTube and I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed when she performed the song in Philly earlier this month. But like in her song lyrics “Middle fingers up… Tell ‘em Boy Bye”. Yup, that’s pretty much what she did last night. LOL!

That wasn’t the good. The good came later. In fact GREATNDesiignerBETESS came later. But what the hell was up with Desiigner last night? Peep the look on Fab’s face. LMAO He was looking like, these new fuck boy rappers about to catch these old skool hands. It was not that deep for Desiigner to be all ugly-jo with it. So that was the bad. And then it was the Prince Tribute from what I hear it happened periodically throughout the awards show. I was looking forward to it until I found out Jennifer Hudson was doing Purple Rain. Nope, sorry. I saw a video of her and the cast of the Broadway Play The Color Purple and I was not impressed with her part of the performance. Now the young lady that started it off brought tears to my eyes. But Jennifer Hudson screams too damn much. Her voice is already powerful. There’s no need to scream. And then what pissed me off with the performance she did back in April was she had a 3 x 5 card with the lyrics on it and STILL got the words wrong! Like got-damn it! You had one job! And who the hell is 30+ years old and don’t know the words to Purple Rain?? UGH! So no, I didn’t want to see Ms Hudson screaming all over the damn stage. I peeked in… and popped right the hell back out. Judging by Black Twitter, the tribute was not at all appealing outside of BPrinceShadeilal so I know Prince was more than likely looking down like… But don’t worry, it got better later on. Calm down Prince. I feel your pain. I get pissed when somebody flubbs on one of my poems or reads a part of my book out loud and don’t read it with the umph I wrote it in. But don’t worry, baby. Sheila E. finna come through for you. Keep Calm.

JWilliamsBETThen we had my man Jesse Williams. Fine, sexy, eyes make you want to drop down and be like the chick from Coming to America “Whatever you like”. A lot of people don’t know but Jesse Williams has been active in the struggle for equal and human rights for Blacks for a long time. Long before he was Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy. Last night, he was awarded the Humanitarian Award and I can’t think of anyone else in the industry that is more deserving of it. He isn’t just on social media taking shots at the injustices that occur or the powers that be who allow these things to constantly go on. He is on the front lines in Ferguson, Baltimore, California, Flint Michigan. He is putting in work! He talks the talk and walks the damn walk! His speech last night gave… me… LIFE!!!! I was going to post the video of his speech but it seems that Viacom are being dicks and blocking claiming it’s copyright infringement yet I’m still seeing videos of Beyonce and Kendrick performing as well as Sheila E. on Youtube. Stop trying to silence this man. You really don’t want to be on the wrong side of this battle. So since I can’t post the video, let me put a few key quotes from his speech and then I will post the link to where you can read exactly what he said. Not as moving as seeing and hearing him say it, but just as good because his words are not being outdone by the loud applause and praises he received.

Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday. So what’s going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.

He also said-

Now… I got more y’all – yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday so I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on 12 year old playing alone in the park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich. Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better than it is to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that toEric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Dorian Hunt.

Wooo and it really got hot when he said-

Now the thing is, though, all of us in here getting money – that alone isn’t gonna stop this. Alright, now dedicating our lives, dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies.

There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There is no tax they haven’t leveed against us – and we’ve paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. But she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so… free.

Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but you know what, though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.

Damn it! I need to post more! Reading it just lights a fire in my soul and I want you all to feel that same fire because it’s time for us to make moves. Enough of the bullshitting around!

And let’s get a couple things straight, just a little sidenote – the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander.That’s not our job, alright – stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest, if you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.

And this last part will lead me to my next section of this blog post and how Justin Timberlake got his ass dragged last night by Black Twitter

We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil – black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is though… the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.

So Justin Timberlake took to twitter giving Jesse Williams his stamp of approval (as though we needed it) And then things got ugly when someone asked JT if that meant he was going to stop appropriating Black Culture and finally apologize to Janet Jackson. Justin Timberlake hit him with the “We are all one” spew and then dismissed him with “Bye” Wait a minute. Hold the #$%& on! Justin, you pretty much missed the point of Jesse Williams speech. No we are not one because you can get pulled over by the Police today and I guarantee you won’t have your face buried in the concrete and then the roughest photos from your instagram plastered on the evening news while being called a thug with millions of onlookers saying that you deserved that mistreatment for being a “thug”. You will never taste that kind of fate simply because you have the complexion for their protection so sit yo ass down and hush. You my friend have built a career off of what Blacks made popular and trendy with your corn-rows in the 2000′s, riffing like your Wanya from Boy II Men and trying to do Foot Work like you’re James Brown and Michael Jackson while beat boxing like you’re Doug E. Fresh. And yes I jammed to his music for years but if you are going to long stroke the creative way Black People created Hip-Hop and remixed R&B so that it has thrived over the last 30+ years, the least you can do is acknowledge that no we are not all the same. No we do not all have the same rights and receive the same treatment for some of the same crimes and mistakes. So like Jesse Williams said YOU extracted our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil –black gold, tried us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit, which is exactly what you did when you decided to pull that diva like bitch move, dismissing that man on twitter with “Bye”. You gon’ learn real soon what happens when you piss off an awakened people.

Lastly, we have Sheila E. and her tribute to Prince which was epic! Man she beat the hell out of those drums and got her Princeboogie on! She even brought out Mayte and Jerome baby! I know that had to make Prince feel much better as he was looking down.  He probably pointed at her like “Damn it, I knew you would bring it on home for me Sheila! Bitch, you better work! You better come through!” And she did. That set twitter ablaze last night. It’s still hard to believe that he is gone. Michael Jackson is gone, Whitney Houston is gone, Natalie Cole is gone and now Prince. Who do we have left? Definitely not Desiigner with his weird ass. All in all, the BET Awards was okay. There’s a guy on the ave who always has it on DVD every year. I’m about to head on down there to see if I can find him and snag me a copy. RIP Prince. And RIP Justin Timberlake. (He ain’t dead for real but Black Twitter killed that ass last night #Petty)

 

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Prince, Legendary Icon and Musical Genius- Dead at 57!!!

PrinceI had to wait until today to post this because my heart is torn in pieces. Yesterday, I received a text from a good friend of mine saying “Wow Prince Died”. I said: Bullshit! Bullshit! Fucking Bullshit! Lies! The devil is a lie! My heart was racing, my hands were shaking as I immediately took to my laptop, went to Google, and typed his name in the search engines. As I waited for what seemed like an eternity for Google to turn up the search result, I kept saying “Please, God. Please, please, please, please!” Sadly the first news story that popped up was from CNN stating that Prince Roger Nelson was dead at the age of 57.Prince2 I screamed. Why? Why him? Of all the people in this world, Donald Trump, George Zimmerman, Birdman that could’ve been taken and not missed one teeny bit- why did Prince have to die? My heart was BROKEN! Just last month, literally one month before his passing on March 21, 2016, I challenged my daughter Destiny to play the intro to Purple Rain on the piano as a way to earn her stripes and the right to play the piano again since her grades had taken a dive and her behavior/attitude was getting out of control. She can’t read music and I told her no tutorials, play it by ear. She watched the scene from Purple Rain the movie where Prince listened to the instrumental a few times and then played it on his piano and then she sat at the piano and not even an hour later, she was KILLING IT! I posted the video on Instagram and Prince had that jawn taken down LOL. If it wasn’t him personally, it was someone from his company but I was betting then and still betting now that he personally had her video taken down. At first I was a little upset until I saw the notification in my G-Mail inbox from Instagram letting me know it was reported for Copyright Infringement and the email associated with the complaint traced back to his company website. You know what I said? COOL! Prince may have possibly seen her video. Even though he reported it, he may have seen that she has talent for a girl who can’t read music and never had any training. My mother suggested that I send an email back letting him know it was not my intention to infringe upon his music, my daughter and I are just huge fans and playing his song was my challenge for her. I said in response- Prince won’t read my email. He ain’t trying to hear from us little folks… I wish like hell a month later that I had emailed him.

prince5Here is what the news is reporting. Prince was found unresponsive in his elevator  to his multi million dollar estate yesterday morning. Paramedics tried to revive him and was unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 10:07am CST. Allegedly, Prince had been battling the flu for the past couple of weeks and they are speculating that that is the cause of death though there has not been an official autopsy report. Last week, on April 15, Prince’s private jet made an emergency landing because of health concerns with the 7 time Grammy award winning artist. He was rushed to the hospital but released 3 hours later against doctors orders because, according to his people, the hospital was unable to place him in a private room. (This is Prince got damn it, if you have to pair three people up, you get this man a private room!) It is said that the Purple Rain star did not look well when he was released, however he was able to do a show in Atlanta the following day on April 16, 2016. Now this is where rumors and speculation begin and it’s really pissing me off.

April 16, 2016, a blind item was placed on a tabloid/gossip site VARIOUSstating that an unnamed African American male celebrity who had been in the news recently has AIDS and was first diagnosed in the 1990s. This blind item, who did not name Prince, stated that the unnamed celebrity was taking his medication like he was supposed to up until a couple of years ago. He stopped because some religious people claimed that God had healed him and he was okay. Allegedly, the sickness came back according to this person who is allegedly close to the unnamed celebrity and the situation, and doctors are saying that this person will get sicker and sicker and could possibly die before the summer. Now five days later, Prince is dead from “complications with the flu” and people are running with this blind item saying that it was him. I call bullshit on that.  That’s rumor number one.

Rumor number two is that he was murdered. This, I can believe.

1) Two years ago, after battling with Warner Bros records for almost 20 years,  Prince struck a deal that would give him controlling rights over his music catalogue which is worth over $100 million. Since then, his music (where I used to download it onto my phone so I could rock out during my commute to school or work) could not be found on any music downloader. Trust me, I looked before he died and was a little sad. While I have his CDs, I just wanted to be able to listen to him on my phone whenever I felt like jamming to “I Would Die 4 You” or “Little Red Corvette” or “Baby, I‘m a Star” That’s the music I listened to whenever I cleaned or did house work. Not only were you unable to download  his music online but you couldn’t get a lot of his videos on Youtube either. He had his music on LOCK! And I don’t too much blame him with the lack of creativity and sampling going on in the music industry these days. Piracy is at an all time high!

2) Prince also spoke out against the government, chemtrails, and a lot of the corrupt activity going on in the music industry. He encouraged other artists to not sell the rights to their music in partnership or anyway else, to be the sole owners of their music rights. To follow his example would cut a lot of folks out of money. I can only imagine how much “those people” were losing with Prince owning the rights to old music as well as new music. He may not have been topping the charts like he did back in the 80s and the 90s but he was still a force to be reckoned with. Seeing him in concert was on my bucket list.

3) Prince was a conscious man who made no apologies for his outspoken nature against the corruption in the government, various music companies and the music industry, referring to the music industry as slavery and the artists who did not fully own their music, slaves. If you pay attention to the symbol he used with his name and even had a guitar made in the shape of that symbol, it resembles the “ankh” as well as the all seeing eye. Once a man becomes awake, it’s only a matter of time before he is put to sleep… permanently.

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Now You See It

4) One of Prince’s last posts on Instagram was a photo of himself  on April 14, 2016 and the caption read “Just when you thought you were safe…” Yesterday when people began to speculate that the flu story was bullshit and he was murdered, that caption was removed along with other captions from other posts on his account. Things that make you go hmmm…?

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Now You Don’t…

5) Now all of a sudden the media is trying to ease in this story that his plane landed early because he was OD’ing from drugs and that his death may be the result of a drug overdose. This man wouldn’t touch meat or alcohol. I highly doubt he was touching drugs. Not to mention, a doctor who had recently seen Prince stated in an interview yesterday that his sudden death from “the flu” seemed very suspect and odd” and that aside from the flu, he was in perfect health.

Nonetheless, a musical genius who set the standard higher than any of these so called artist today could ever hope to meet, who was fearless with his talent and art form is gone and I can’t help but feel a little lost and hopeless now. Prince music was perfect for no matter what mood you were in. Pissed off, throw on When Doves Cry. Wanna dance and shake a boogie? Throw on “Baby, I’m a Star” or “I Would  Die 4 You”.  Feeling sexy? “Wanna Be Your Lover” or “Diamonds and Pearls”. The list is limitless as this Genius has music for almost four decades that has stood the tests of time. And while many will speculate how he died or if he was killed, I more so would like to celebrate how he lived.

RIP Prince Roger Nelson (1958-2016)

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