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Immigration isn’t the problem, YOU are.

Written by Tiffany Flemister

Tiffany Flemister –  featured author

As you all know, our Commander in Chief is taking measures to have undocumented students be deported even after they have shown to be productive members of society who are working hard to get their education. I honestly find this to be extremely hypocritical. America as we know it today was built on the backs of non natives, whether they came through on Ellis Island back in the 1800s or by deadly force during slavery. It seems to me that non citizens are only of value when we can exploit them.

When they start getting into good colleges and getting the jobs you feel entitled to, it becomes an “immigration” issue. It’s not an immigration issue, it’s a racial issue and an entitlement issue. Nobody batted an eye when undocumented people were limited to manual labor jobs that underpaid and over worked them. So many of our ancestors came to this country seeking refuge from harm and to create better life than they were given by default.

To take it a step further, America is a stolen land built up by stolen people. Nobody really has a right to be here more than anyone else. I don’t care if slavery and Native Americans dying at the hands of Settlers was hundreds of years ago. It matters because Americans take pride in the fact that this happened but are now angry that other people want the same opportunities they have been afforded for generations.

Undocumented students and workers aren’t why you don’t have a good paying job. They aren’t why you can’t get into the school of your choice. You’re the reason why. You and your forefathers have used others as stepping stones for centuries & you’re panicking because it’s no longer an option.

To sum it up, I really just want everyone to stop blaming immigration for America’s problems. The source of our issues is refusing to learn from the past & doing better by those coming after us. If you want to succeed in life, you have to do the work. Expecting others to limit themselves because you’re lazy is complete bullshit. Stop clinging to your privilege, entitlement, classism, and racism. Get up off your ass & make it happen.

If opportunity passes you by it’s because you allowed it.

 

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I love this girl

I love this girl,

But she not feeling me.

I love this girl,

But this love is killing me.

I live this girl,

She is my ministry.

Not sure where to go,

But my goals are clear.

I love this girl,

But I can’t be here.

I can’t lay down and wait,

She’s only another mistake.

I found courage in myself,

Courage to tell her no.

I found confidence in myself,

Shit they’ll never know.

I can’t love this girl,

More is meant for me.

I love this girl,

And it’s killing me.

I love this girl,

But her love not meant for me.

Poem by Micah Lampton, 2017

 

My First Time

I recall my first time with a condom, I was 16 or so. I went in to buy a packet of condoms at the pharmacy. There was this beautiful woman assistant behind the counter, and she could see that I was new at it. She handed me the package and asked if I knew how to wear one. I honestly answered, ‘No, this is my first time.’

So she unwrapped the package, took one out and slipped it over her thumb. She cautioned me to make sure it was on tight and secure. I apparently still looked confused. So, she looked all around the store to see if it was empty. It was empty.

‘Just a minute,’ she said, and walked to the door, and locked it. Taking my hand, she led me into the back room, unbuttoned her blouse and removed it. She unhooked her bra and laid it aside. ‘Do these excite you?’ She asked.

Well, I was so dumb-struck that all I could do was nod my head. She then said it was time to slip the condom on. As I was slipping it on, she dropped her skirt, removed her panties and lay down on a desk.

‘Well, come on’, she said, ‘We don’t have much time.’ So I climbed on her. It was so wonderful, that unfortunately, I could no longer hold back and KAPOWWWWWWWW, I was done within a few moments.

She looked at me with a bit of a frown. ‘Did you put that condom on?’ she asked.

I said, ‘I sure did,’ and held up my thumb to show her.

She fainted.

 

-Anonymous

Halloween 2k16 Recap

Every year Halloween seems to be longer and longer. This year the actual date fell on a Monday which gave supporters basically the green light to make the entire last weekend of October a huge Halloween social media event.

Being out during Halloween can be both entertaining and scary. You may be the person who lives for Halloween and have a thousand costumes to choose from. Or you may be like me and want to stay inside with your porch lights off hoping for no distractions come begging for candy. Either way you have to be careful. On Sunday a man dressed up as Freddie Krueger in Texas shot 5 people at a Halloween party, you just never know the motive of a person in a mask. 

While strolling on any social media platform you couldn’t help but see the wide range of costumes from action heros to pop stars just about any costume you could think of plus more were on display over this past weekend. 

Of course like every year many of the women Halloween celebrators dressed promiscuously having respected DJ, Dj Envy, as well as 50 Cent coin the holiday as the official ho holiday. I can’t say that I disagree with them or that I have a huge problem with how the ladies decided to dress. It is Halloween so it gives people the creative opportunity to either be themselves or be someone they wish they were. 

In a time where the world seems to be the ugliest, Halloween was met with others that showed their true colors. Especially so close to this years steamy presidential election, the world witnessed plenty of political incorrectness from inconcerderate people. For instance a spectator at the Wisconsin football game on Saturday caught footage of someone wearing a President Obama mask with a noose around their neck. Things like this is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. I’d feel the same way if it was a Trump or Clinton mask. Death and hate should never be celebrated in a derogatory form. 


But of course there was the youth that made it all better for us again dressing up in costumes that they may not understand but brought a vivid memory of our childhood. A young Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Steph Curry, Gucci Mane, and Marlon Wayne’s Loc Dog all brought a smile to my face. 

Celebrities like Chris Brown, who dressed up as Deadpool, went above and beyond.  Jay Z and Beyoncé dressed up as Barbie and Ken. Jidenna dressed up as The Game this year to repay The Game for dressing like him the year before. Nas dressed up as Haile Selassie, former emperor of Ethiopia.

Although the holiday is a bit overrated it gives folks another day or three, to have as much fun dressing up as possible. Halloween 2k16 has come and gone. Check out some of the photos grabbed from Instagram and tell us what your favorites are.  


                                                               -Mizell

How Facebook can help you on Election Day.

Over the past years many users have gravitated away from the ancient social media platform, Facebook. The social media mega site has lost users due to easier and more direct interactions from Twitter and Instagram two sites that basically cut the fat off of what Facebook was allowing, one that only updates status (twitter), and one that only uploads pictures or videos (Instagram). 

The one thing these two sites don’t have that the Facebook mega site has is a larger space for news and more add-ons for more real time updates. Facebook is the most informative social media site because of the recent add-ons like the one that lets you know if your loved ones are safe in an area of natural disasters. With recent hurricanes hitting the coast of the United States and surrounding islands people with families in those areas are typically in the dark with how their loved ones are doing. Facebook has a check in app that lets the user record their safety in the area so the people not directly affected can know their family is safe and secure. 

Facebook also streamed every political debate via their site so folks without access to television could still watch the debate and stay up to date with the current election. And if that wasn’t enough Facebook has just rolled out a new add-on that will allow you to see the candidates on the ballet for the election on Nov. 8. The add-on gives you all candidates locally and nationally and gives you inside information on what their campaigns stand for, giving users all the tolls they need to elect the right people to run the country. 

Facebook is making strides on making the life of its users socially easier by putting everything you need to stay current is right in your pocket. Regardless of who you vote for check out the new Facebook add-on and check out the candidates that will represent your locals area as well as the country. Don’t be blind going into the polls only knowing if you are going to vote for Clinton or Trump, be educated before you get there. 

Click here for the Facebook add-on. 

                                                                 -Mizell

 

Lil Wayne on BLM

“If it ain’t got nothing to do with me, I’m not connecting to it.” These words angered a lot of black people in regards to Lil’ Wayne’s response about the group Black Lives Matter. What society has to realize is that athletes and entertainers don’t sign up to be role models. They live their life the way they are able to. So when Wayne or Cam Newton make a comment that you don’t agree with, don’t take it to heart. 

Wayne has been a successful rapper for many years and has been a celebrity since his young teenage years. The privileged rapper has admitted to never experiencing racism in his life on multiple aired interviews. Why is this coming off as a surprise to people for his actions? He is rich and has been for majority of his life. He has also admitted that he believes a part of the reason he hasn’t experienced racism is because he is a celebrity. That is perfectly fine. The issue that most BLM supporters should be upset with is 1. How Lil’ Wayne made it seem like he never heard of BLM. And 2. How the reporter poorly explained what BLM was “supposed” to mean as she chuckled. 

Every cookie crumbles differently, although we are all human we don’t all go through the same situations. Lil’ Wayne is not a politician and should not have to answer political questions if it does not concern him. He acknowledges that wrongful things have happened to unarmed individuals but, Wayne has not been effected directly by racism. That is just simply the world that he lives in, which is a blessing. Who are we to expose him to the negative world when his only concern is keeping his family out of the harm of the world. 

Understand that there is also no real reason to have Lil’ Wayne on television at the moment no album (unfortunately), book, or movie coming out. This could very well be a distraction from what really matters, the election that is in 6 days. Go vote!

Sidenote: If you didn’t laugh a little when he said, “My life matters, especially to my bitches” you have no sense of humor. 

                                                                -Mizell 

The Rebirth of Black Entertainment Television 

This is not the greatest ever told comeback story about how the network BET is now moving to be a loveabke station again, no, not its not. This is about the positive image of the black human race while not watering down the true black experience. 

Shows like the Cosby Show, A Different World, Fresh Prince, The Hughley’s, and My Wife and Kids all showed positive family values. The shows mentioned plus many more did not depict a negative view on everyday black life. We don’t all live like drug dealers and ball players. Those shows taught core values while providing a key source of entertainment without forcing religion, sex, and violence on its viewers. 

Our generation needs shows like Black-ish, Luke Cage, Insecure, and Atlanta because it not only shows loveable and memorable black characters but it depicts us how “we” see us. Not like animals, criminals, or ignorant, but a fun and goofy family with both parents like in Black-ish (ABC). Or a positive black male role model like in Luke Cage (Netflix). Or black women understanding their worth and fighting for equality in the work environment like in Insecure (HBO). 

The season finale of Atlanta (FX) aired today and yet another episode had me hysterically laughing all while hearing hidden messages often times presented in a question that, “we” around the world have yet to get an answer to. It takes comedy to be so daring to ask those questions. 

The entertainment within these shows provides viewers with a more accurate insight on what black people go through. And it’s about time because I believe America has begun to assume that all black people live like rap songs. We need our image to be redefined by who our current image is effecting, by us. 

News stations like Fox or CNN always seem to make black people look as criminal as possible. It’s important that the black image, black culture, and black mindset is not altered by what certain gatekeepers allow the world to see. 

                                                                   -Mizell

“Sole”Searching at the High

By: Kyndell Mizell

I experienced a small part of sneaker heaven last Sunday at the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. It was the closing day of the sole-full exhibit “The Rise of the Sneaker Culture.” The only thing that made the exhibit that much better was that it was free! (Due to one of many free promotions the High Museum runs each month.) Lines filled the room while sneaker-heads of mixed races and genders looked in awe at over a thousand different sneakers. Every shoe was neatly placed in a protective glass case with a small description of the shoe.

There were many other iconic models and tons of brands including Puma, Reebok, KangaRoos, Saucony, PONY, Vans, PF Flyers, Supra, even high end fashion shoes like Gucci and Christian Louboutin. One of the most popular sections of course was the Jordan portion. There was a complete set of the retro Jordan’s in complete order showing some of the best colorways for each style.

The first shoe that caught my eye was a shoe that was shown to the public back in 2015 by Adidas. It is made out of recycled ocean waste to complete the upper and the new iconic boost technology also seen in the ultraboost model and the Yeezyboost collection. This shoe was also my favorite pair and most unexpected pair to see.

There were some models that were hideous like the Nike x Tom Sachs NikeCraft Lunar Underboot Aeroply Experimentation Research Boot which was a prototype created on a white blank boot canvas and designed with a black sharpie. [Photo Courtesy American Federation of Arts] Or, like one of my all-time most hated silhouette the Ewings which are just big and bulky.

The descriptions for each shoe told a significant story and the reason why the shoe was ultimately on display. We were able to learn things like how Adidas got its name from the creator’s actual name Adolf “Adi” Dassler, and what PONY stood for Product of New York, and the fines that Michael Jordan received for his controversial first signature shoe, we even saw the iconic ASICS that Bruce Lee made popular.

One of the funniest models that I saw was the was the Thomas Dutton and Thorowgood running shoe which was popular from 1860-1865 which looked like a loafer with a half inch heel with cleat-like metal spikes. [Photo: Greg Washington Courtesy American Federation of Arts/Bata Shoe Museum]

The exhibit although limited to only 2 rooms and a projector video was perfect. It was amazing overhearing and engaging in the stories with the older sneaker-lovers talking to their kids just reminiscing on the times when they went crazy for the latest trend. Some of the stories weren’t even related to the shoes but referred to the collaborated designers and their sex lives. Watching some of the ladies stare at the Reebok Lifestyle Freestyle Hi sneakers thinking about their days in loud bright workout gear or looking at the old free spirited grandfather explain to his grandchild the significance of the waffle sole on the Vans slip-on was my favorite part of the exhibit.

There were rare shoes not just on display but as well as the many guest in attendance. There were so many smiles and happy people experiencing a snap shot of a pivotal culture together as one. It wasn’t a black or white or thing. The exhibit brought many cultures together to witness the history of one of the fastest growing cultures ever.

If you weren’t in Atlanta to witness the exhibit with The Bold Opinion Show on closing day, you have two more locations to experience the great rise of the sneaker culture. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky from September 9th through November 27th and Oakland Museum of California from December 22nd to April 2nd 2017.