PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — So, it happened again. But, deep in your heart, you knew it would, right? On Monday morning, many of us woke up to our news alerts having gone crazy overnight (or, in my case, in real time) of the horrific massacre in Las Vegas.
This isn’t even the first episode that will address a horrific mass shooting — Episode 11 was the first. This one, however, is infuriating for a different reason. A man was able to stockpile weapons, kill more people than died on one of the hijacked flights on Sept. 11, 2001, rack up a number of casualties that rivals that of the Oklahoma City bombing, and then kill himself before facing consequences. Yet, this still doesn’t seem to be enough to force any sort of change.
This week, a monologue on Las Vegas, gun control, and when will this country take responsibility for what it has wrought with its strident love of firearms.
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A New Episode drops every week — usually on Thursday or Friday. Continue reading JSC Radio Ep. 52: Las Vegas
PHILADELPHIA (JSC) — What’s up everybody. This week, the People’s Podcast remembers Prodigy, one half of the iconic hip-hop tag team Mobb Deep. I’ll talk about my favorite tracks from Mobb Deep, P’s influence on the game, and the fact that he joins a list of rappers gone far too soon. Plus, #JSCWOW makes it’s debut on the Podcast as I talk about overcoming being Hurt.
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A New Episode drops — usually, but not always — every Thursday. Continue reading JSC Radio Ep. 43: Stuck Off The Realness
♦ Some of them try to Rhyme… ♦
DETROIT (JSC) — Like most people in today’s digital age, I am an avid connoisseur of iTunes. As a child of the 80s and 90s, I came up on cassettes and later CDs, but once it got to about 2002 and I had long since discovered Napster, I needed a better way to keep what at one point was over 3,000 CDs and another 800 or so tapes in check. That’s when I was introduced to iTunes and got my first iPod in 2005. It was on like Donkey Kong from there. Over time, I learned how to create “smart playlists” and my inner program director was born. I don’t need Pandora. I have 5,500 songs at my disposal. I have playlists on my iPhone which include “70s & 80s Classics“, “90s R&B“, “Detroit Music“, and my personal favorite “The Golden Age of Hip-Hop.” The one playlist I have that I hate updating — despite it having some incredible music on it — is the “In Memory Of…“ playlist, which consists of artists who have passed away or groups that have lost a member. Unfortunately, late last night, I had to add Kris Kross to that list. This #TBTonJSC, shows love to a dude gone too soon. Continue reading #TBT on #JSC (May 2, 2013): Krossed Out
♣ They Say The Truth Hurts…♣
“Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.”
— Edward R. Murrow
DETROIT — Just another month in the Motor City. Just after midnight on August 1, a 24-year-old woman was shot and killed in an armed robbery attempt in Detroit. The perpetrator, DeMarco Harris is a 6’2″, 155lb black male. He is also 12-years-old. On August 15, 86-year-old Clarence Jones was murdered in a robbery attempt while watching the home of a hospitalized friend. Jones was beaten to death for his wallet and a minivan. The perp was a 19-year-old. On August 21, two teens wearing red bandanas and wielding shotguns, one 17 and the other 16, rob two members of a film crew (in broad daylight) who was in Detroit to shoot a movie called “Little Murder” (no bullsh*t!). While the robbery victims were not harmed, one of the teens was shot by police as he fled because he had the equally bright idea to point his gun at a cop. The two were arrested and charged with multiple felonies. Earlier this week, another 17-year-old attempted to rob a 32-year-old man as he tried to walk back into his apartment. Only problem: The 32 year old man had a CCW and a Gun. The perp turned victim and now is facing attempted armed robbery charges after the doctor pulls that bullet out of his ass! This all goes on as the city collectively keeps it head buried in the sand…or up certain orifices in their posterior.
Continue reading Reality Check: The Truth Can Set Detroit Free…
Editor’s Note: This was originally meant to be published last Thursday, but due to circumstances beyond my control, I’m just getting to publish this now. That being said…Let’s Go.
♦ Hell Hath No Fury…♦
“No Adultery is Bloodless”
DETROIT — As I wrote last week in my blog about Death, The Grim Reaper has been taking no prisoners. One of its most noteworthy victims, not named Michael Jackson, was former NFL quarterback Steve McNair. McNair was found dead in his condo in Nashville on July 4th. He’d been shot four times, twice in the chest and once in each temple …yikes! Also in the condo was the body of his 20-year-old mistress Sahel Kazemi, lying dead on the floor with a single gunshot to the head. It was later determined that it was Kazemi who killed McNair before turning the gun on herself. The death of McNair sent shockwaves through the country because his death was the 6th death of a high-profile individual in a month and knocked a large pause into the cheating hearts of a lot of men (and women) out here.
Continue reading Aired Out: The Sad End of Steve McNair…
♣ The Toughest Thing About Life is…Living…♣
Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — We are all going to die. It’s just how life works. No matter who you pray to, and no matter how clean of a life you lead, we all know that eventually, he’ll come to pay us a visit. We just don’t know exactly when, why, or how. But it’s coming. It may not show up at your door with a clipboard like he does on Family Guy, but you get me. That being said, The Grim Reaper has been working day and night, bagging some pretty big game the last four weeks, and sending a very stiff message that you can get it anytime, anyway, anyhow.
Continue reading Death Takes No Holiday…
♣ Why Are The Great Ones Often The Most Tortured Souls? ♣
“The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.”
— Michael Jackson
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — I was sitting on my bedroom floor looking at the website for the Los Angeles Times last Thursday when it announced the passing of Michael Jackson. I was just a stunned, shocked, and numb as anyone else. He was the first celebrity that I was a legit fan of.
For those of you who were born after 1987, Michael Jackson was, simply, the Baddest man on the planet. For a five year span between 1982 and 1987, he was the biggest celebrity on Earth. Bigger than Elvis, The Beatles, anyone other than Jesus. His videos not only debuted on MTV (which until Thriller, never played Black music), they debuted on Network TV, including all three majors NBC, CBS, and ABC. A lot of seminal moments in the first half of my life have been connected to Michael Jackson in one way or another.
Continue reading How Michael Jackson Shaped My Life…