Category Archives: Entertainment

The Ugliest clothes

Gorilla’s and guns are a terrible idea to use as branding art for clothes aimed towards a black demographic. The gun is definitely more acceptable than the Gorilla because the Gorilla has racial connotations.  H&M produced a t-shirt a few years ago with a monkey on it, and used a black child to model it which caused an uproar throughout society. In a completely race blind society this would have been of no significance, but in these strange times, that was deemed to be insensitive and racist. This is how the black entertainment world has got you fucked up. Now we have a talented and prominent black UK grime artist, JHus, who consistently raps about killing other black people, now selling T-shirts to a working class demographic for £200 a piece with Gorillas on them. The Twighlight zone has come to us in its brightest form, sporting Nike air Jordans and eating fried chicken, this is nuts! I admire the diversification of a business but the thought process that goes in to selecting the  design & price point for these clothes is beyond warped. In these situations it’s important to see what the market does, because the market determines what becomes relevant or not, but I cannot see how continuing on a path like this can make you a fashion success.

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dOCTOR FOSTER shows us about some of us

An enjoyable TV show dealing with some difficult issues with the main focus being infidelity. We saw how upper – middle class families can be broken up by the weakness of men and the jealous rage of a woman. These days it can be deemed as sexist, or at least backward to put the genders in such crude boxes but there is a reality to some of the stereotypes of the past, and it usually makes for entertaining television at least. Romance and love have been framed typically throughout media history which has limited the concepts to a few worn out ideas. Books, magazines, radio & movies have sold society a clear cut version of what relationships should look like, and because we spend years of our lives sitting in front of the TV and allowing media into our minds, that made up version tends to look eerily familiar each time. To not over complicate narratives, we’re given the good and the bad in nice neat boxes, which make it easy for us to digest as the audience. When the jealous girlfriend shouts at the dopey boyfriend for staring at another girl, we’re given the most obvious action and reactions which appeal to our already preconceived notions about these situations. Maybe it’s a more defined way of connecting with the audience if you portray a scenario which is familiar and clear, but we all know the reality of every relationship disagreement is more complicated than what it seems. Doctor Foster is a successful woman and a budding member of the community whose life is ripped apart when her husband who she shares a child with is revealed to have had a secret lover and a second life. We’re taken on a journey through emotional pain and suffering but left with a reasonable amount of moral ambiguity when it comes to the outcome.

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THEY lAUGH IN THE FACE OF DEATH

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.

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Riding waves

(Movie 2019)

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.

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Big money fights only

Coming off the back of the recent Al Iaquinta Vs Donald Cerrone fight in the UFC, one of the things I’ve noticed about the fight culture now is the explicit focus on money. I understand that money is important to entertainers who showcase a craft, and MMA fighters have to make a living,  however the constant calling out of Connor McGregor in the UFC is verging on sickening. Connor McGregor hasn’t fought since October 2018 when he lost to unbeaten grappling monster Khabib. McGregor has hinted at coming back time and time again, toying with the emotions of fighters and fans, but never committing to a fight amidst the rumours flying around online. Continue reading Big money fights only

The Affair – review (Spoilers)

An affair isn’t just an affair according to the show affair. I’ve weirdly enjoyed this dark romantic tv series with Dominic West (Noah) and Ruth Wilson (Alison) as the central characters, juggling infidelity with self identity crisis’s . West’s character is married with four kids and meets Wilsons character on a family holiday break. Wilson’s character struggles with self doubt and tragedy. He’s a writer, she’s a waitress and they fell in love. Continue reading The Affair – review (Spoilers)

The Handmaids Tale – Review and Spoilers

An ode to the misogynistic past of global society. How we have treated women in the past is abhorrent, and the handmaids tail is a unrelenting reminder of the gender split mindset of our world which is displayed in this amazing dystopian tv series. The show explores a world where fertility rates drop significantly across America resulting in babies and fertile women becoming a precious commodity. As this happens a deeply disturbing ideology sets in which gains political traction where all the fertile women are to be rounded up for breeding purposes.  Continue reading The Handmaids Tale – Review and Spoilers

It’s more than just music

I recently listened to a video on the Vox channel on Youtube called ‘rappers deconstructed: the best rhymers of all time’. It was interesting to see such a mechanical approach to the analysis of hip hop music. The narrator described her appreciation for the artist MF Doom and started  breaking down the lyrics of his songs. I was impressed by the intellectual acuity showcased in his rhymes as I’ve tried to listen to his music a couple of times and I’ve never liked it.

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Manhunt the unabomber – Review and slight spoilers

Ted Kacynski was a math professor who moved to a remote cabin in Montana where he lived as a recluse and carried out a bombing campaign which lasted from 1978 to 1995, killing three people and injuring twenty three. I have recently been watching the TV series on Netflix and even though it was a slow start it turned out to be really intriguing. Continue reading Manhunt the unabomber – Review and slight spoilers