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Let's Revisit Eminem's Anti-Trump BET Cypher
Before the BET Hip Hop awards last week, Eminem or Slim Shady (no longer brain dead like Jim Brady) or Marshall Mathers or God or the second coming of Christ, or whatever you want to call him, delivered an anti-Trump cypher that shook the internet to its core.
Marvel Drops Second Trailer For 'Black Panther'
Marvel Studios surprised fans with the release of the official trailer for Black Panther. The Ryan Coogler-directed film is set to hit theaters February 9, yet fans were granted a taste of the epic battle between the Wakanda King T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and the potential usurper to the Wakandan throne Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan).
How Sport Can Help a Country's Economy
What is sport? Is it just a bunch of games you play with your friends in the park, your weekend football or basketball match or is it the easiest solution for the economy? With the UK having 24% of men and 26% of women considered obese, it seems logical that the government has accepted sport funding with open arms.
The USMNT Won't Be in the 2018 World Cup
The USMNT was eliminated from making the 2018 World Cup after losing to Trinidad 2-1. The last time the U.S. Men’s soccer team didn’t make the World Cup was ten years before I was born in 1986. The 1990 World Cup ended a drought of 40 years, and if the U.S. is headed in that direction with soccer, Lord help us all.
- Top Story - October 2017
"They Use Us as Pawns and Props" - An Interview with an American Veteran
The other day, I saw a picture on Twitter of an American veteran who had lost both his legs overseas. The source of this image was a random nobody who was using his picture to say how much this veteran wished he could stand for the national anthem and that everybody else should to honor his sacrifice. Now, this person had no connection whatsoever to this soldier, but she apparently believed she had a crystal clear understanding of exactly what this man believed in. It struck me as a rather insulting assumption. This man gave his limbs for this country, and he was just getting spoken for as to what that sacrifice means.
Anytime a major album drops, fans and critics alike jump into Message Board to discuss the album. This week, Zach Cronin, Stone Strankman, and I break down the debut album from New York rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, The Bigger Artist. Make sure to listen to the album The Bigger Artist after the review, despite what you may hear.
Disjointed: Neo Yokio Review
Neo Yokio uses New York City culture to show the hypocrisy of high-class society in a flawed and fizzled animated series. As someone who was born and raised in New York City, hearing about a anime theme story about life in the city had my eyeballs turning to fire emoji's. Would there be fights on top of the Empire State Building? An epic chase down Park Ave? A transformation of a foil character? Yea, issa a no on all three. The fighting on top of the Empire State Building was replaced with an "eligible bachelor board." The epic chase-down in the city turned into a getaway attempt of a known terrorist. And the only thing that transformed was the futuristic robot butler Charles (Jude Law). My idea of New York was completely different from creator Ezra Koenig.
Take the Knee, or Stand...
I am going to attempt to bring unity consciousness to one of the most divisive cultural and political issues America faces right now. As a Canadian, I have some distance and objectivity on this matter and may not be able to fully empathize with everyone's perspective, but I will do my best to try to understand and offer solutions to help us move forward in a more constructive manner.
Neo Yokio: Neo Riche & Neo Racist?
SPOILERS FOLLOW! Neo Yokio, Netflix's new anime by Ezra Koenig starring Jaden Smith, is an attempt at a satirical representation of the upper-class denizens of New York City, even if Koenig himself does not think so. The show primarily focuses on the melancholic, privileged lives that the characters, including the main character Kaz Kaan, live. In brief interludes, Neo Yokio frenetically glances upon the the lives of the suffering working class and the ostentatious wage gape/standard of living. While class discussions are prominent, Neo Yokio requires a pronounced examination of the representation of the magistocrats, demons, and terrorists.
Painting a Picture
Damian Lillard isn't one to shy away from the moment, from hitting the biggest shot in Portland Trail Blazers' history to proclaiming victory over the Golden State Warriors in six games as a underdog. Well that's what you get from a twenty-seven-year-old Oakland native who had a craving to make it out of the "O" as he would call it. Now as he prepares for the release of his second studio album Confirmed, and the upcoming NBA season, Lillard life spills out though his mediums.
Trump Doesn't 'Stand' for America
Today, Donald Trump finds himself opposed to not one, not two, but three major sports organizations. Players in the NFL, NBA, and MLB, have all come out to speak against Donald Trump. Specifically, towards Trump's comments about players protesting the national anthem and players refusing to visit the White House after winning a championship.
#TakeAKnee... The World of Sports Strikes Back
As we are probably all aware by now, last Friday President Donald Trump gave a speech in the state of Alabama. From “little rocket man,” to the president chastising the media for accusations of “hounding the first lady over her shoes,” this speech included many tidbits and factoids, the majority of which we already heard throughout his animated run to the presidency. The unheard notions spewed weren’t that unfamiliar either as he touted his victories throughout the election, and other scenarios that were of course centered around making him look like a rockstar. He spoke of the “wall,” which is inevitably going to happen based on our president's rhetoric, but he also said some other things.