Rappers making songs admitting to crimes they’ve committed, even murder is nothing new. Social media however, has taken these darker elements of the hip hop industry and amplified them. With the recent murder of King Von, adding to the growing list of rappers killed and shot in 2020, I can see a pattern of horrific behaviour within the industry which is largely ignored by the media. That’s the ridiculing of the murder victims. It’s one thing to tell a story about death and violence but the mockery is an added vicious element to the heinous crimes being committed. When violence happens and people die, it’s a sad thing, but the cyclical nature of the violence is what makes it even worse. The world is filled with underprivileged kids, lacking confidence, growing up in poor environments where crime is rife. The ‘hood’ gives an artistic way out to these kids through rap, which captures the depraved lifestyle many were growing up in.Continue reading THEY lAUGH IN THE FACE OF DEATH
This movie has been described as having an anti-narrative perspective which s a new concept I’ve recently learned about. Waves deliberately avoids the typical conventions, a movie centred around the dynamic of a black family, with a crime centred core which avoids the generic black prison crime movie experience. The family are well off, the Dad has a good job, the son, Tyler, is in a living relationship and is a wrestler. A wrestler. A sport which is renowned for being high pressured and intense. In a parallel universe Tyler is Rasheed and plays basketball at high school, which is what we come to usually expect. This movie is a rare breed. I myself, feel like I’m not a stereotypical black person, and this is a luxury I’ve enjoyed since I was young. Art, film, writing, meditation & history are all things I love, but aren’t things which people typically associate with the generic black experience. Element’s of Tyler’s experience can be related to by almost anyone, outside of race, religion or any other distinguishing human feature. We see from Hollywood time and time again, the attempt to bridge the gap of inequality by holding up a mirror to societal pasts but, this, this is what really makes a difference in our overall understanding of the black experience. Other shows I think do this are. Fence, Sorry to bother you & Atlanta.Continue reading Riding waves
In the mid 1800’s the Native Indians of the Americas had their livelihoods turned upside down by the arrival of white settlers looking for new land to take. The opposing sides waged mini wars against each other, scalping & kidnapping along the way. Part of the process of acquiring new land was that surveyors, or surveying parties would travel to prospective locations and assess the land. Knowingly, these professionals would be putting themselves in grave danger carrying out their jobs. The first few surveying parties coming back with arrows through the shoulder & fingers missing would’ve been a stark warning enough for the following surveying parties, however obviously not enough of a deterrent to stop them. The mindset of people two hundred years ago, generally was different back then because if I had to carry a deadly weapon up to go and carry out a survey today, I might reconsider my career choices. In fact agriculture, is one of the most dangerous jobs out there in terms of death count. Being a soldier or a policeman, is dangerous but is different as those roles directly deal with conflict and danger and for the majority of job roles these days, death and violence aren’t part of the job criteria. Surveyors of two hundred years ago seem to be made of a different grade of steel than the cotton candy types of today, myself included!Continue reading Savage surveyors
Watching the social dilemma uncovered an element of social media many people have been experiencing, but it hasn’t been talked about much. A part of that is because social media is a new phenomenon & we haven’t had chance to collect the data on it’s true effectiveness yet. The main social media culprits are facebook, snapchat, instagram and twitter, especially in the West. All of these companies have grown to be billion dollar multinational corporations with huge influence. I’ve been on twitter for six months and I can say it is a cerebral cesspool with all sorts of ideas and insults being thrown around for fun. One of the reasons why I think twitter is good however, is because of the potential for psychological use, and I think many people use it for a mental clean out without intention. On social media platforms, no matter what your personal ideology is, you will always find someone or a group of people to confirm your perceived correctness. that’s good in a way because it’s a way for lonely minds to get company, but confirmation bias will raise up quickly. You can find answers to questions you want and you see this with the useless bullshit questions people ask randomly on twitter to try and maintain a ‘fanbase’, but it helps maintain interaction. If you have anger problems it’s the perfect place to vent, and project all of your internalised insecurities and negative emotions onto any unsuspected twitter user.Continue reading the Social media future DILEMMA
Meg the Stallion was shot in the foot by Tory Lanez during a recent car journey in the Hollywood Hills. Both Meg and Tory where passengers in an SUV, when they got into an argument which resulted in Tory Lanez shooting Meg in the foot or feet. She had surgery to get the bullets removed from her foot or feet and has come out and named Tory Lanez as the shooter, after initially staying silent on the issue. I didn’t believe it at first, as I thought some truths would come out about the shooting not being real, or an exaggeration, but no, it seems as if the Canadian rapper, did shoot Meg the Stallion in the foot or feet and we’re waiting to hear his side of the story which will most likely be told through a legal team. Both artists are very successful, and all types of media outlets are running with this story as we see other artists distancing themselves from Tory Lanez. This story is pretty wild, with the high profile celebrities getting caught up in an extremely violent situation, the rumours of a relationship and the bizarre continuation of gun violence plaguing America for decades. It’s as if the USA’s age is showing as a Country, because the Country doesn’t seem to have the maturity to handle private citizen gun ownership, generally & Tory Lanez is testament to that. I’m glad Meg is ok, and nothing worse happened, & I’m not surprised about the backlash Lanez is receiving. I am sceptical about how far this will go, as we see rich celebrities time and time again get away with crimes. Unless it involves not paying your taxes. I’m also concerned about how some of my favourite podcasters have covered the news.Continue reading What if someone else shoots yourself in the foot
Blistering heat, well prepared, the group & me in the middle of the forest, next to the horses and surrounded by dogs. The old man, I thought I’d seen before. The experience felt déjà vu ish, but it was light this time. One liquid and four dustings. The cottage was three hundred years old attached to a larger property set in the middle of the woods in Bury. There were other houses, but the nearest was about a mile away. Where we stayed was separated from the adjoining house by trees and bushes, with its own nightlighted entrance gave us the true feeling of seclusion. Peaceful, tranquil, music prepared and obviously a fast, except for a few strawberries. Never before have I experienced this feeling in the intense heat for so long, and I was set up underneath a tree lying down for the whole trip. It hit me after fifteen with not many visuals. I noticed that when you do it outside like this it’s no longer contained, the energy runs through the blades of grass, on the wings of the flies and the horns of the crickets. Annoying fucking flies. I tried to be one and still, present and allow the bugs to climb aboard, but they tickled my skin. It got hotter as the sun slid across the sky, and the trip became a little more intense.Continue reading PERCEPTIVE BLANKETS WARM THE WORLD
A moving average (MA) in finance is a stock indicator that helps smooth out the price data over a specified period of time by creating a constantly updated average price. Instead of looking at a candlestick representation of a stock price over time, the MA, offers a smoother, different perspective, which may show up patterns which can’t usually be seen. Moving averages can also indicate where the stock might by over bought or oversold. The overbought & oversold identification is easier seen when comparing two different MA periods, 20 day and 200 day for example. Bollinger bands can indicate overbought and oversold situations. The MA can help filter out the noise from random price movements, and as well as identifying trends, it can confirm reversals. When the price is above the MA line this is an uptrend and below the MA line a downtrend/ trend reversal. The MA can also be considered as an indicator of support and resistance. When the price is above the moving average this can be an indicator to buy, and when it’s under the moving average line this could be time to sell.
Police abusing their power and killing unarmed people is a terrible thing the people in the US have to deal with all too often. I’m not sure why it’s become a UK issue because it’s not a UK problem. Increased awareness about the UK police deaths over the years may seem to have fallen on deaf ears with a majority of the cases determined justified in the eyes of the law. There has certainly been less incidents of seemingly unlawful killings by the police over the last few years, showing there has been some change, and race definitely hasn’t been a factor because some of the most questionable situations have involved white victims. Unarmed Sean Fitzgerald being shot in the back in January of 2019, caught fleeing the scene was particularly disturbing, but generally the lack of information along with minimal journalistic investigation have made it difficult to get a clear understanding of what is going on. Weapons (guns, knives, axes), violence and mental health have been significant factors in these UK police related deaths, the officers have had to make quick decisions in high pressured situations resulting in fatalities and often saving another life.Continue reading Police Brutality in the uk
A graphic designer, illustrator and teacher who devotes his life to his creative goals. Inspired by illustrations in Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day, from a young age Charly’s imagination was captured early on. He says himself he was chosen to do this, born to paint. Charly Palmer’s artwork is gorgeous, with specific attention taken to emit emotions through the eye’s of the painted faces. Abstract, geometrical and beautifully layered textures & patterns, Charly is able to blend the figures with the backgrounds whilst portraying feelings of hope, injustice and defiance. Battleship, Chloe Freedom& Hidden are my favourite pieces, stunning, powerful, raw and heartbreaking. An accomplished artist, who is known to the conglomerates of the world who collect his pieces privately and publicly. There are many different ways to induce emotions in people and as well as reading and watching videos, there is definitely a place in my psyche for artistic expression. I hope that Charly Palmer gets more recognition as we need powerful forms of expression in a time where the repetitive absorption of videos, social media and thought pieces start to numb the senses. Artists like Charly Palmer have unique ability to shatter the normative barriers we teach our minds to get used to when absorbing information, and offer a new pathway to feeling and understanding. Plus the, artwork is incredible!
Being in a new place seems to be good for the brain. The monotony of your current situation needs to be broken up now and again to add a bit of spice to your life. Many of us never get the opportunity to do this and I am overly grateful for my first ‘proper’ trip to Amsterdam and the first holiday away with the other half. Weed and prostitution covered up with stories of visits to the Tulip and Van Gough museum, that’s what Amsterdam is known for. It was embarrassing to tell people where I was going on holiday because instantly the seedy nature of their brains went to fucking whores and taking drugs. Continue reading The Magic of Amsterdam