@ToryLanez Makes an Apologia Album About Him and @TheeStallion Situation, But Still Doesn’t Admit Who Shot Her.

I really tried my best to listen to Tory Lanez seventeen (17) track work but at about song six (6), titled “The Most High”, he had became a joke to me; and this was on my second try because I made an attempt to listen to the record on Facebook Room with some peers but it didn’t work because I had to pause it to first have a discussion about it which lead to R.Kelly being brought in and “real nigga shit”. Then I realized that shit was just long.

My first thoughts before paying any concentrated attention to the situation is I’m going to listen to his music, just like R. Kelly’s and any other person I choose to if I like the art. I am going to always separate the person from the composition of the work even if they’re the one who performed the recording.

We are bias on who we choose to support because of their personal decisions, morally, so for me I just can’t follow the band wagon. I have to want to because I know and feel that I should or I just don’t like it. I like both of their music, do I like their ways or choices they made in life? NO. There are plenty of artist who record or compose music that isn’t aligned or is aligned with their life but most of the shit isn’t true. It may be real but it isn’t true. So it doesn’t affect my reality in any way.

I am however forcing myself to fully listen to the project as I type this because I don’t want to be bias to both perspectives, which in my opinion matters the most. We do know that Megan was shot in her foot, we do know that her and Tory plus some others were in the vehicle; and we know what was told to us by media and Megan; but we don’t truly know what happen because we weren’t there; and now Tory is working to express himself through music which has some mad because of the timing of Breonna Taylor’s verdict and just overall the timing of unity in the community within dark pigmented indigenous ones.

Now, by this paragraph “Queen and Slim” is playing and the vibes kinda switched a bit. I can hear him trying and no lie some of the tracks are groovy as fuck but the fact that he just mentioned that he had a crush on Kylie; went to a event with Megan and was in the pool entertaining someone else (Kylie) because she looked like an angel and baby in a manger, and that he took a wrong turn that night (laughing my ass off); so basically he embarrassed her by being in Kylie’s face because he had a crush on her but he would have left with Megan when she got mad. He called Megan a liar but he never stated whether he shot her or not then if he didn’t who did? He just keep saying that ain’t what happen. So did I miss when he said what did and who did it? Someone help me out. That shit overwhelmed me.

In the track, Peterson repeatedly alludes to a relationship with Megan, whose given name is Megan Pete (“I love you hard. … I’m still down to renegotiate the unity. My heart is some foolery”) and claimed that Pete tried to “ruin” him with her accusations (“Look at how you doing me, people trying to ruin me. And what’s even worse is I’m still thinking about you and me”).

Cydney Henderson USA TODAY

At this point, he sounds like he has no respect for Megan, I wonder how he would feel if she went to a party with him and was in someone else’s face, gets shot in his foot then she make an album about the incident while it’s an open case while being taunted by the world putting their two cents in or even belittled by a man she was dating who claims “he’s fucked up over her”. When apparently he’s not, he’s just slow and greedy.

“Girl, you had the nerve to write that statement on an affidavit

Knowing I ain’t do it but I’m coming at my truest

Trying to keep this (expletive) 200 with you, shorty, I can prove it.”

“Money Over Fallouts” Tory Lanes , retrieved from Cydney Henderson

Maybe he doesn’t know any other way to express himself other than music right now. I know for me I can’t really speak or find a more comfortable way to express myself other than writing out my thoughts and defining them because it causes drama when I use my voice to openly express myself or it takes too long. So sometimes a email or a letter, sometimes a lengthy text to an iPhone user serves a release for me. Maybe music is that for him.

As I continue to listen though, and remember what I’ve already listened to, he’s very disrespectful nothing is pleasing about this album and I will never return to it after this because ethically he didn’t think this through. He made trash apologia fashionable because he said that he’s “fucked up” over someone he didn’t treat with respect in the first place. For those who aren’t familiar with apologia, it means “a formal written defense of one’s opinions or conduct (google)” , and that’s all this album was. He created apologia to express his perspective to flex and defend his side of things. He should have just remained silent, let it pass, made this shit then dropped it at a later date.

He blew me with the “In the Air” track. Don’t none of that shit got to do with the fact that she said he shot her, he’s just taunting the claims saying that isn’t the account of the story. On top of that why are you bringing race and unity into the picture when clearly bro you just violated the entire community on top of that you just basically asked them to stick with you through misogynistic behavior that ended in someone, a woman, being shot. Bottom line is your lady at the time sustained an injury while in your care, and you’re being a lame about it.

This man hilarious, and so is Rick Ross. This apologia album is highly disrespectful and no lie if it was me, I’d be having some of my people go check on him to make sure he get his ass beat because the joke is on him. He’s a real clown and he should be a shame of himself for doing this. But if Megan don’t take care of her own shit, I’m not about to be mad and not enjoy simple shit like music because she got shot living her life lesson.

That’s on her, let’s focus on our children being killed. Megan grown ass hell fucking with goofy ass niggas that do goofy shit, she better choose wisely or continue to suffer the consequences of her lesson. I got my own problems and mines isn’t one concern of hers, so no disrespect but just being truthful, her’s isn’t to me, at least not this one. She’ll live, in the hood odd shit happens to bitches and hoes who be in these type of crowds or deal with these type of males. They can only change themselves. They both aren’t my children or children, they’re adults. With that being said I give this situation no more of my power and I wish them both well.

Word of The Day: Force Majeure

“An irresistible force or an unforeseen event beyond the control of a party, making it materially impossible to fulfill a contractual obligation.”

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If you’re a business (company or entrepreneur), who’s finding it hard to do business during this time, you may be covered by this clause. This legal concept allows either party to limit their liability in an unforeseeable and extraordinary event. Coronavirus has forced major businesses that were “non essential” to close, leaving many out of work due to the act of god.

According to Fast Company ,”Fears of the virus also wouldn’t cut it, even under common law: In an English case from 1922, which set precedent, Hackney Borough Council v. Dore, the judge said, “The expression means some physical or material restraint and does not include a reasonable fear or apprehension of such a restraint.” So, a company may still be obligated to pay a venue for an event it’s unwilling to go ahead with; and a major sporting competition that cancels due to fears of outbreaks among fans may still have an responsibility to media buyers and corporate sponsors. In these instances, force majeure simply may not cut it.”

The Three Distinct Criteria requirements from Shearman and Sterling:

  • the event must be beyond the reasonable control of the affected party;
  • the affected party’s ability to perform its obligations under the contract must have been prevented, impeded or hindered by the event; and
  • the affected party must have taken all reasonable steps to seek to avoid or mitigate the event or its consequences.
Bansal, A. (2015, October 7). Force Majeure and the Law. Retrieved from https://lawzmag.com/2015/10/07/force-majeure-and-the-law/
COVID-19: Force Majeure Event? (2020, March 12). Retrieved from https://www.shearman.com/perspectives/2020/03/covid-19--force-majeure-event
Visram, T. (2020, March 30). What is 'force majeure'? The legal term you'll be hearing a lot during the coronavirus crisis. Retrieved from https://www.fastcompany.com/90482640/what-is-force-majeure-the-legal-term-youll-be-hearing-a-lot-during-the-coronavirus-crisis

When You Have Heroes as Friends: @SaintTheGoodBoy & Jesse James Saves the Day

Friday, September 7, 2018 King James (Jesse Stringer) and Saint “The Good Boy” (Lennell Davis) was looking for a party during after hours when they approached 79th Phillips and seen a building on fire.

I was told by a source that The Chicago Fire Department was on location and did not immediately respond to the fire. That’s what sparked both guys to go into the building on a rescue mission. Source reported that Jesse asked the Fire Fighters what were they waiting on to go into the building and one of the Fire Fighters responded by allegedly telling him to “go ahead and go in”.

I received a call from Saint shortly after they finished the rescue. For more information on the story, click link here, to get CBS2 Chicago’s account. They awkwardly produced their story deliberately stating that the The Chicago Fire Department’s Fire Fighters immediately responded, when I was told by a source, who was present, that they did not.

Nonetheless, it’s great to know that I have great friends/humans around who will sacrifice to ensure the well being of others. They could have kept riding and assumed that because the Chicago Fire Department was present they would take care of it. This is a good example of leadership and being an active citizen.

290 Threw a Party (That BITCH Was Bussing) 🎉 and it was not 94 or 63rd !

Well TMZ has done it again, lying 🤥 saying it was a 1,000 people at a house party. The party was shared live by Tink Purcell, who confirmed via one of her videos that they “were out west being ratchet”, which was the one thing TMZ did report correctly. This was definitely a Komak production.

Actual flyer for the party.

WGN reported at 11:50 am that a viral party was out south, that was a lie. They updated their story at 1:07 PM to reflect the facts. Which is a shame because they are actually located in the local area and should have access to the information to state facts. What do you think was their purpose for creating this narrative?

This is a screenshot from my saved media press stories via Facebook.

I mean out west throw more successful house parties then out south and their parties are most likely to last without drama because everyone knows everyone and they have a certain level of respect for one another. Let’s just use the Fefe’s as an example because ain’t no fefe happening out south.

If this was out south, it wouldn’t have probably made it until the police came, the police would have had to be summoned due to drama.

What

The first story run from WGN.
Tink wishing her beloved one a happy birthday.

What Should We Take Away From This and How Can We Move Forward?

People are suffering from mental and behavior issues. They are trying their best to cope with being indoors and restricted. It’s hard and not everyone can do it especially if they don’t have their purpose figured out.

This was irresponsible of them all but we are not in the position to judge 👩🏾‍⚖️ them, we can educate ourselves as a community (speaking to “Black or Minority” Americans) on how this effects/affects us socially and economically. It makes us look 👀 a little crazy and that we have a lack of social skills for responsibility.

Those who have children, elders, or people in their life with preexisting conditions should care to be mindful of others. Your love ❤️ ones matter. You matter and I hope you know that. I wish for them to do some research on this matter outside of the news to accept the real information that we are being targeted for depopulation, so this is a serious matter for building immunity to the Rona aka coronavirus bka Covid 19.

@theestallion, Contracts, and the Business of Music at a Young Age

Megan Thee Stallion
Erik Voake/Getty Images for Roc Nation
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Megan Thee Stallion is in for a big lesson when it comes to finance and contracts. March 1, Megan shared a video via Instagram dishing her contract details with 1501 Entertainment, and its CEO Carl Crawford, who’s an ex Major League Baseball player. She stated that she didn’t understand or know the verbiage that was in the contract that she signed at 20 years of age (now 25), and when she finally got a real management team with lawyers through her management deal with Roc Nation, they brought the details up to see if she understood the terms. She stated she didn’t and wanted to renegotiate. The label isn’t in favor of her releasing new music but is being sued by the artist who is seeking the termination of her contract and a temporary restraining order that has been granted by a judge in Harris County, Texas, to allow her to release new music.

Megan has accused the defendants of common law fraud, breach of contract, fraudulent inducement, fraud by non-disclosure, tortious interference with prospective business relations, violation of the Deceptive Trade Practices Consumer Protection Act, negligent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence. The plaintiff is seeking a temporary and permanent injunction and a declaration that her contract is “unconscionable, unenforceable and/or void.”, according to the court documents obtained by E! News.  The restraining order will expire March 16, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

What can we learn from this?

It’s important to ask questions when negotiating agreements and understanding all the terms. If you can’t afford a lawyer, it’s important to consult with people in the industry. It’s better than signing something then later having to renege on your business deal.

Yes Megan was young, and I do side with her being taken advantage of because it’s a painful history of artist being incarcerated in deals that do not serve them but those who invest in their capital to record, release, promote, and distribute their art deserve a return (ROI). I hope that this situation can be worked out because everyone deserves an accurate return based on their investment.

Chicago Demonstrators: @Official_Tink and @GHerbo Dropped New Projects for the Culture.

Chicago has been lighting up the cultural market with authenticity. Tink dropped Hopeless Romantic February 14, Valentines Day and G Herbo dropped PTSD February 28; only one has been trending.

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PTSD Album Cover, I do not own the rights to this image.

PTSD has gotten its praise for addressing the mental and behavior illness that not only plagues the city but others across the world who is prone to violence. Following his firearm arrest in 2018, Herbo went to see a therapist, suggested by his lawyer, and was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); the inspiration for the album, the No. 4 album in the country, making it the highest charting project according to Complex.

We’ve been victimized and we don’t even know it. It’s a real mental illness, and we’re immune to it. These kids have no aspirations except what’s in front of them. They think it’s their fate. It’s transfers over to generations.

G Herbo in his interview with Billboard’s Micheal Saponara

It’s a big topic, not only in hip hop but in culture and politics (just look at the conversations surrounding Trump). Honestly someone needed to bring the subject to the forefront to be addressed because Chiraq has swallowed the truth of Chicago.

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Tink addresses relationships and the issues of confused females who really need therapy. Her honesty of emotional behavior issues and giving the most of yourself to a time sensitive situation of being in love and trying to get over it. It represents the truth of what mating looks like in the city and beyond, of course it’s not just an urban legend but look at love and hip hop or other presentations of love that represents urban culture.

Even though one album is trending and the other hasn’t received as much attention for its content both are worth the listen to understand mental health and substance abuse issues. Tink and G Herbo are the voices of the new generation of Chicago. They are demonstrating the culture that raised them and the only thing you can do is listen for understanding.

Mapping Global Media and Contra-Flow: Discussion

What is the global media landscape? How has it evolved over the past decades? What role has UNESCO played in the shaping of the global media landscape?

The global media landscape is the digital technology and aesthetics of the flow of media. It has evolved over the last decade by allowing the global and contra-flow of media to flow in different directions (export and import). This allows those who didn’t have access to other nations or target audience to expand their base or reach a larger audience. The UNESCO role, which is the mediator, has shaped the global media landscape. It helps to report information to the key players involved providing them with education for a better understanding of culture scientifically. I think that this allows all parties involved to make better decisions when it comes to the trading of communication and media commodities.

Who are the major media players (companies and countries)? What is meant by ‘subaltern’ contra-flows? Are these anti-hegemonic or pro-American? Why?

The major media players in terms of countries is United States, Europe, and Asia. The major media company players are CNN (US), ESPN (US),  Disney (US), Discovery (US), Hollywood (US), Google (US), BBC (Europe), CNBC (US), Wall Street Journal (US), Japanese Animation (Japan), etc.( Thussu, 12).

What is meant by “subaltern Contra-flows”, is an sub-alternate flow that flows culture from one place to another by a constituent from another region (Thussu,11-13) . For example, there are two  types of Contra-Flows: Transnational and Geo Cultural  (Thussu,12) . Transnational is a subaltern flow that consist of multi-vocal, multimedia, and multi-directional flows (Thussu,11-13).

According to the text, Thussu states that global media traffic isn’t just one way, even with the US at core. I think that this shows that the subaltern flows is anti-hegemonic even though they may be hybridized (Thussu,18-21). The goals of these subaltern flows is to create a flow that counters the dominant flows, giving the world audience a different perspective of culture and creativity (Thussu, 10-13).

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Salute To Women In Music 🎶 #ChicagoStyle

Meet the powerhouse of Chicago’s women in music and media at Complex 2010 Studios presented Chicago, May 9 located on Michigan Ave on 26th Street.

Kenya was the Keynote Speaker of the event and Elizabeth aka Lady E.I., the owner of Chicago Executives and Midwest Division Head of RO Management (a sub-label to Sony and Universal), was the presenters along with Next Showcase Chicago.

The Women In Media

Kenya M. Johnson

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“Kenya McGuire Johnson, is a Soul and Jazz practicing independent vocalist/ songwriter who also has a master of arts degree in counseling. Kenya’s recent album, My Own Skin (2015), hit #1 on the UK Soul Chart. Her music has also hit top 40 on the R&B Soul Billboard Charts as well as Top 50 on independent smooth jazz radio charts.  This unique combination of professional and personal artistic experience allows her to guide each client in developing various aspects of an artist’s journey (Creating Crimson).” She’s also the Director of NABFEME’s Chicago Network.

Joan Sullivan

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Senior Partner of Urban Ideas and Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Records, Inc., has her hands in many imprints. Chicago Creed is one of her houses she shares in partnership with The Music Garage, and she shared her new venture with me, a studio opening soon in The Music Garage. Joan can help you with artist development and distribution. She can actually help you with more than that but this is great for starters.

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Morgan Mimosa

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I didn’t get to speak to her to know more about what she does, and understand why she was being saluted but from doing my research she has experience in the game. It’s always great to know your peers and people who can share great advice with you while you’re developing. Ms. Mimosa is one of those peers. I look forward to featuring more information about her in my circulation.

Ciara Martina

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Creator of Midwest Takeover, and there’s no slowing her down when it comes to creating platforms for artist to gain experience. I look at Ciara as the resume maker. Helping to promote artist and put them on stage to gain experience is her forte. She’s doing her first tour this year with Midwest Takeover, and her first stop is in Memphis.

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Ellandrea McKissack

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Writer, Producer, and Editor, to sum it all up. She has a documentary she’s working on , and I look forward to speaking with her soon about it to provide you with more insight. Currently, she’s an Associate Marketing Communications Consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Ivy Hall

Program Coordinator at DCASE (Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events for the City of Chicago); is helping the public get in tune with local and fresh talent. The requirements is to be professional and have a quality project to pitch to the team, a press kit (and if you need one of those let me know). I look forward to building with Ivy and getting insight on where she sees herself in the future and how she will continue to build her legacy in cultural affairs and events.

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Bree Specific

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“A millennial media personality, business woman, and producer. Bree started her media career as a Broadcast Journalist for a Chicago based media corporation, What’s The Word TV, where she interviewed some of the hottest names in hip hop and entertainment. She later evolved within radio as Producer of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show on Power 92 & on air personality. Outside of radio, Bree focuses on growing her brand within all aspects of business, media, and culture developing her YouTube series- Specific Sites., where she takes you on a Specific tour of the most creative events in Chicago. She has a boutique candle line, Specific Scents. Bree takes her Specifics to new lengths expanding her product across the Chicagoland area promoting positivity, awareness, and great influence (Breespecifc.com).” Make sure you check her out on the airwaves every Sunday on Power 92 from 11 A.M.-3 P.M.

Debra Rhodes

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“Program Director for WYCA 102.3 FM; She’s an experienced Program Director and has demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. Skilled in Event Planning, Press Releases, Community Outreach, Editing, and Public Speaking. She is a strong business development professional who graduated from Columbia College in Chicago (her LinkedIn). “

Tasha Clopton

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“Director of Media at Cosmopolitan Community Church; is
 insightful, creative and a talented media professional with over ten years of experience in print and broadcast journalism. She is seeking to shift from freelance to full-time journalism . She has been a Freelance writer and editor for online and print newsletters and magazines. She has experience as a director and technical director, video camera operator, on-camera reporter, and producer. She has exceptional communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. Her specialties are: editing, writing, directing, producing, media, talent escort; public relations, news, anchor, reporting, voice-overs (her LinkedIn) “

overall though…..

Information was shared on how to navigate your way in the industry, no matter what level you’re on. Most of the talk was geared towards development.
 I am happy I was in attendance exchanging energy with these women. The support I have for women in the industry works in my favor, and is a strong key in how I move. We must support each other. 
I wish I got to network with everyone in the room but you know how it is.


@BlueCheezRicky #RightNow #DigitalRelease #Promo for #Upcoming #Media Flow

“Right Now” is what I would consider a true presentation of storytelling and creativity. Taking on the gangster style of art to portray the meaning of family. We all know that the mob is critical when it comes to family and feuds. Taking some inspiration from Al Capone and of course his own essence in his newest digital release.

Right Now

@NipseyHussle Tha Homie Gone Too Soon…. Let’s Celebrate His Life and Live in Love, Peace, Truth, Freedom, and Justice

Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom, age 33, born August 15, 1985 was shot and killed March 31, 2019 in Hyde Park LA area in front of his clothing store, The Marathon. It was reported first by TMZ and then reported by other sources.

I know it’s weird to mourn the lost of someone that you’ve never met but I felt his energy, he was a Ethiopian King. He was a long distance mentor, brother in spirit, and someone who I was happy to be chosen to represent and present the voiceless, or misrepresented. He is and will always be a pillar in our world, not just the Hip Hop Community. He used his voice for better. He lead change, he was a change agent. So with all do respect and honor to his character and his assassination as reported by LA’s Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD via CBSN, he was not a “tireless activist”, he was a man of the most high doing God’s work from the Organic Laws: Love, Truth, Freedom, Peace, and Justice, living Ma’at in his own way. Let’s set the record straight.

I will say that his murder is very questionable and so is the alleged killer, asking ” What ya’ll gone do ?”, on a alleged IG page: shittycuzz_0fficial or ima_god_in_da_streetz__ , where there is a claim made he’s innocent. Either way, none of what we assume will change the circumstances and bring him back, so I will digress.

I will say to never believe anything you hear and half of what you see because death hoax do happen. We do know that the CIA, FBI, and other government agencies have conspired to assassinate many for their political infusions. And Nipsey was one of those political infusions, who has his own mind, and amassed a lot of power independently which is known as a threat to some here in the U.S. or considered a Revolutionary Act.

Click here to read an article from The Guardian on ‘Preventing the rise of the messiah”