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A Letter on Race and the Eric Garner situation

December 6, 2014

Dear Opie and Jimmy,

Hi, I’m a fan of the show, and I am still very upset that Anthony got fired; I’m happy what you guys are doing without him, and I wish both of you the best. I was drawn to your radio show by the occasional appearances of Patrice Oneal (RIP) and seeing him and you guys argue and have debates on racial issues helped me to evolve to the point where I, as a black person, was more willing to engage in racial conversations with my white friends, who before hand, I would simply ignore.

I was listening to clips of your radio show on youtube the other day, because I wanted to hear your opinions on the Garner issue, and I was disappointed at your responses, but I kept listening, because I wanted to hear the reason why you believed what you believed, and then I realized that you had very little understanding as to the why, black people react to cops the way they do. I figured I write an email and explain why, not necessarily to change your opinion, but to provide some context.

The average white person, who lives in a middle class white neighborhood, has a completely different interaction with cops than that of a black person growing up in a city. For instance in the suburbs, you mostly see cops overseeing construction or taking their breaks at Dunkin Donuts. If you have a concern, maybe someone creepy is walking outside your door or there’s a break-in at your house, you call the cops, and in a timely manner, they come by, take a report, and possibly even investigate that complaint that you made. I know this because for most of my life, I’ve lived in middle class white neighborhoods.

In cities with black people, it’s very different. Mostly when you see cops they are driving around your neighborhood, you see those blue, red and white lights all the time. You see cops walking up to black people simply walking down the street and randomly asking them questions. If you’re black and you live in the city, when you call the cops due to a concern like a car theft, break-in, robbery etc, they tend not to come in a timely manner, or in some cases actually say you should come in instead to file a report. Now of course, one could rationalize and say that this is due to the fact that the cops are busy since there’s so much work for them to do, but you tend not to buy that, when you see cops everyday stopping people for the equivalent of petty crimes as Eric Garner was. Not to mention that this is from people who don’t look like you, and tend not to show you respect.

I could go on, but I don’t want to bore you or seem like I’m preaching or anything. I have a ton of respect for you guys because in an era where men are being castrated in terms of their ability to take controversial stands on anything, guys like you have continued to do so. Plus I’ll always have a ton of respect for all you’ve done for Von and Patrice’s family. I just figured I share a different POV on race, so you could better understand why a guy like Eric Garner would react the way he did.

Sincerely yours,

Jevioso.

Hi-Tech Matchmaking, or as my black friends might say; “Trickin’ Technology”

April 19, 2011

Are you lonely? Do you have money to spend? Are you socially awkward?

If you answered “yes” to all 3, there’s a new website available. It’s called; What’s Your Price

WhatsYourPrice.com is an online dating website and marketplace where users can buy or sell the opportunity of going out on a first date.

While this may be an entirely new concept in dating, most of us are already pretty familiar with the idea of buying a first date. It’s been done many times at charity events, where guys and girls volunteer themselves to be bid out as dates! However, besides these charity events, an economic model of pricing and paying for a first date did not exist in the real world … until now.

Sounds like every other dating site right? No, not if you have standards.

For those who have high standards, and are willing to pay for the chance to go out on a first date with beautiful and attractive people, WhatsYourPrice.com offers another amazing online venue where you can meet thousands of gorgeous girls (and guys). While the website is effective in getting you that first date, how you leverage the opportunity is entirely dependent on your personal charms or seduction skills. But isn’t this challenge a part of why dating and going out on first dates can be so exciting, tantalizingly, unpredictable, and fun!?!?!

For those who are beautiful and attractive, going out with someone on a first date no longer has to be a waste of time. In fact, on WhatsYourPrice.com its an opportunity! You’ll get compensated for the time you spend meeting someone new, and you’ll have the chance to improve the odds of finding that perfect relationship by meeting generous people you normally wouldn’t meet. Best of all, attractive users can use the website 100% free.

Brandon Wade is the founder of this magnificent website. He’s a graduate from M.I.T and he’s a native of Singapore (and you’re worried about Mexicans taking your $3/hr job). This is what I call taking advantage of the American dream. He designed the website to work like this for the members of the site:

  • Fill out your profile and upload a photo…

    Your experience with WhatsYourPrice.com starts with filling out a profile about yourself, who you’d like to meet and what you expect on a first date. In order to use the website, you must have an approved profile, and at least one approve photo of yourself.

  • Make an offer or accept an offer…

    One you find the people you’d like to date, ask them out by making an offer. If you’re a generous user, name the price you’re willing to pay for the first date. And, if you’re an attractive user, name the price you want to get paid for the first date. Our offer negotiating system will allow you to accept an offer, reject an offer, or counter with a different price.

  • Send a message to setup a date!

    Once an offer is accepted, you’re ready to plan the date. Simply write a message to schedule a time and place for your first date. It’s simple and it’s fun!

I prefer to do it the old school way, summoning my inner Biggie:

And ask what your interests are, “Who you be with?”
Things to make you smile, what numbers to dial
You gon’ be here for a while, I’m gon’ go call my crew
You go call your crew, we can rendezvous at the bar around two

Plans to leave, throw the keys to lil’ cease
Pull the truck up, front and roll up the next blunt
So we can steam on the way to the telly go fill my belly
A T bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch’s grape

Conversate for a few ’cause in a few, we gon’ do
What we came to do, ain’t that right boo
Forget the telly we just go to the crib
And watch a movie in the Jacuzzi Smoke, *** while you do me

But,  game wouldn’t be special if everyone had it. Would it?


And if you don’t know, now you know
Jevioso aka The Thunder King
The Golden Age of Vanity

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Why Style Matters

April 14, 2011
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“Mr. Armani would like to commend you on your elegance.”

 

If you don’t know who Ozwald Boateng is, well watch the video:

 

And if you don’t know, now you know

Jevioso aka The Thunder King

The Golden Age of Vanity

 

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If You Grow Old Enough, You’ll See Your Heroes Die

April 14, 2011

 

Before I fight, I always pray that no one gets hurt.

Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the greatest boxers to ever lace ’em up. He retired with a 36-25-3 record, and had some of the greatest boxing matches in history with the Detroit bred boxer, Thomas Hearns. Being one of the guys responsible for the box office hit “The Fighter“, this man was a hero to several people, especially boxing enthusiasts, and had influenced many modern boxers today…

However, like many heroes he has died:

 

I feel like Kobe Bryant on tuesday night, fortunately, I’m too ghost for them to get my money. For the record though, outside of that large purple heart, the suit game is on point.

 

And if you don’t know, now you know

Jevioso aka The Thunder King

The Golden Age of Vanity

 

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Karma is a Bitch

April 13, 2011

 

Karma is a bitch ain’t it. According to BBC News, Hosni Mubarak is recovering from a heart attack. Although nobody knows how much the dictator was worth, speculations have been as high as $700 Billion. That’s pretty outrageous, but think about it; what would you do with $700 Billion? Well, if I had that kind of money, I’d be too busy accumulating concubine models, buying presidents, hiring assassins to eliminate all my enemies including Tyler Perry, to enjoy the simple life, and the issues of the average Joe. God, must have wanted it this way.

 

And if you don’t know, now you know


Jevioso aka The Thunder King

The Golden Age of Vanity

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Afros vs Perms

April 12, 2011
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Cornel West and Al Sharpton go on MSNBC to argue about the black agenda aka what Obama should or shouldn’t be doing for black people. Tempers flare real quick though, and I think Sharpton’s hair started to uncurl, while Cornell’s hair almost caught fire like MJ.

My opinion on the issue:

Or at least smoke some weed?

 

What happened to the good old days, when people argued in private?

 

And if you don’t know, now you know

Jevioso aka The Thunder King

The Golden Age of Vanity

 

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