News You Can Use – Travel Bans and Warrants

This week we tackle a few issues:
1. The Travel ban aka Muslim ban ruled legal and what it means going forward.
2. Justice Anthony Kennedy retires
3. The Connors are coming back to ABC
4. Joe Jackson passed away on 6/27/2018

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News You Can Use – June 1st – 12th, 2018

This week we discuss a few things
1. The summit between the US and North Korea is on and we lost on the deal. Bigly.
2. Trump Pardons any and everybody, including himself
3. FBI agent gets too jiggy in the club
4. Facebook bug changes status of 14 million people from private to public
5. Both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain commit suicide within days of each other
6. Net neutrality ends
7. Pre-existing conditions may not be covered going forward
8. Trump doesn’t know who we fought during the war of 1812.

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News You Can Use – May 20 – May 31, 2018

This week we discuss a few things:

  1. School shootings
  2. NFL drops the ball on the National Anthem Protest
  3. The summit between the US and North Korea has been canceled
  4. Kim Kardashian West meets with Trump on Prison Reform
  5. Rosanne reboot canceled after a Racist tweet from its start Rosanne Barr
  6. Missouri’s new Gov. Resigns amid allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of a donor list for his political campaign
  7. Morgan Freeman accused of sexual misconduct and harassment by 16 women
  8. The royal wedding
  9. Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt is back!
  10. Cleveland faces Golden State in the NBA Finals, again…

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Entanglement – Review

I found this movie while searching for something to entertain me during one of my insomnia sessions. Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s Silicon Valley) plays his typical awkward, quirky character that he seems to to be typecast as for his entire acting career. The movie is paced rather slowly which, combined with his weird nervousness, makes it hard to find and stay interested. Pass.

Synopsis: While searching for the meaning of his existence, Ben Layten uncovers a family secret that leads him to a woman named Hanna. When Ben and Hanna fall in love, Ben’s life becomes increasingly and strangely complicated. He soon starts to realize that everything is amazingly and incredibly connected — and that the world might just be more inexplicable than he ever imagined.

News You Can Use – May 13th – 19th 2018

This week in News you can use we tackle the ongoing tit for tat beef with Trump and North Korean president Kim Jung Un. The clash between Palestinians and Isrealis over Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to the city of Jerusalem has resulted in thousands of deaths. Also the chaplain that prayed over the ceremony has said in the past that Jews and Muslims are going to Hell. Yes, this is the guy he chose to pray, IN JERUSALEM!

Another Facebook data leak, Will Smith and Kevin Hart are teaming up for a remake of Uptown Saturday night. The royal wedding takes place this Saturday May 19th with the ceremony starting at 7am edt here on the United States. Ramadan Mubarak or happy Ramadan to my Muslim brothers and sisters as this year it takes place here in the US starting May 15th and concluding June 14th, 2018.

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Sincere Chats – News You Can Use

This week we touch on the 3 detainees being released from North Korea, Trump gutting the organization that protects student loans, Janet Jackson receiving the Billboard ICON award, Kimmie Schmidt returning for the 4th and final season, and Donald Glover’s This is America song and video. I got tired of re-recording so you get what you gon’ get! LOL but seriously, subscribe on itunes, soundcloud, google play music and don’t forget to tell a friend to tell a friend!

Jay-Z 4:44 Tour

So, as an introvert, I rarely venture out if there is going to be a large crowd. By large I mean more than about 6 people. In this case, on November 14, 2017, I made an exception. This was the night of Jay-Z’s 4:44 tour stop in Atlanta. I just had to be in the building. Those of you who know me in real life or follow me on Instagram and read my daily (m-f) hip hop quotes know that I am a huge Jay-Z fan. I mean huge! I think 90–95% of the quotes are from Jay. I even low-key work some of his lyrics into at least one conversation everyday. I mean he’s the greatest of all time. He’s not a businessman. He’s a business, man. See I just did it.

The show was dope and opened with Rocnation artist, Vic Mensa. I really like this guy and I think he’s gonna be a star.

Now lets talk about this show. No, I take that back. This was not a show it was… An experience. The ultimate show from beginning to end. I’ve been to every Jay-Z concert, except ‘On The Run’, and this is by far the best one yet.

Not only was it sonically amazing but the show was visually stunning as well. I was on my feet from the opening of ‘Kill Jay-Z’ to the Closing and mic drop of ‘What More Can I Say’. This man ran through 20 years of hits, flawlessly. It’s so hard to describe how great the show is. It’s definitely something that you have to experience.

So visually, there were these 3 triangular displays above the moving circular stage. These displays served as both a screen for people in the higher seats to see the stage as well as a way to display a montage throughout certain songs. The displays moved in a way that they would engulf the stage during set changes and rotate during the show to emphasize certain moments. Crazy! The stage moved up and down dependent on the song and mood of the moment. It was all so visually stunning. The way the stage was set there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. I personally had really great seats. I was close enough to be able to see the stage and Jay clearly and easily without any obstructions.

There was a moment in the show when Jay was performing, his song ‘The Story of OJ’ from the 4:44 album, that was crazy. So if you don’t know the song, it has a very jazz band feel to it. There was a young man in the audience named Eric the Radical. This young man brought his trombone with him to the show and was playing along when Jay notices and brings him onstage. Dude had his own instrument with him in the audience at the concert! Again, Crazy! Jay was like “This is the wildest thing I’ve ever seen in my whole 20 year career”. I personally think he was a plant because the situation doesn’t add up to just randomness but I’m also a conspiracy theorist so… anyway, the guy comes on stage and plays along with Jay as he finishes a verse. Epic. As he is going back to his seat though it was almost tragic. He wasn’t paying attention, probably from being starstruck, and almost walked in to one of the orchestra pits strategically placed around the stage. Luckily, Jay notices and yells “wait!” right before his next step. Shit could’ve gone left and quick if had he taken another step.

Jay has so many hits it’s ridiculous. I stood the entire time rocking out and rapping along word for word! It was crazy seeing 20,000+ other people all rocking and moving to the beat at the same time. He ran through hit after hit after hit after hit. The fact that he had no guest appearances and still killed it by himself is amazing. When the bass drop from ‘Kill Jay-Z’ comes on to start the show and the displays lift as he begins his verse I got goosebumps and I knew I was in for a great time. I also love that he ran through his songs based on mood and not order. He didn’t do all of his old stuff and lead into the new stuff, nah. He mixed and matched verses from different albums and eras into a cohesive and extensive version of a greatest hits album. 20 years worth of some of the dopest verses ever heard. This show, no experience, solidifies why he’s my favorite rapper/showman and one of the greatest of all time at what he does. If this tour is coming to your city, don’t hesitate. Go!

One Of The Greatest Movies Of Our Time

On November 18,1992 the film Malcolm X, directed by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) was released in theaters. The critically acclaimed film was based ofln the book “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Malcolm X and Alex Haley. The nearly 3.5 hour film follows the life and transformation of petty criminal Malcolm Little into Muslim minister and Civil Rights leader Malcolm X. Grossing over $9.8 million in its opening weekend, it would go on to make over $48 million before the end of its run. Critics have ranked the film as the #1 movie of 1992 and among the top 10 of the best films of the 1990s. In 2010 “Malcolm X” was selected for preservation in the United States Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being ‘culturally, historically and aesthetically significant.

What The Health Are Y’all Doing? 

Okay so I’m sure by now you’ve seen or heard about the documentary on Netflix called What The Health. This is another health documentary in the same vein as others like Supersize me and Food Inc. Similar information as well. Nothing new under the sun.

Anyway this documentary has sparked a new craze of people going vegan. Cool. Whatever. I’ve been a vegetarian/pescatarian for about a solid 3 years and I love it. I could possibly go vegan but I love honey. Yeah, honey. See honey is a byproduct of bees and a bee is considered an animal. In order to be vegan you can’t eat any meat or any meat byproducts. When my friend told me about the honey I knew right then and there that I was not down with that vegan life. Nope. Not for me.

Getting back to the film. I didn’t really like it. Take that back, I really didn’t like the documentarian. Documenter? Documentarian? Anyway, the guy that was doing the documentary. He seemed to be kind of douchè-ish. Plus his name was Kip. I mean he spent the first half, pretty much, of this thing calling the different associations like American diabetes, cancer and Susan G komen and asking all these high level questions to low level employees. Why would you call and ask the first customer service rep you get on the line questions like why they have certain things on their website and/or are promoting things that you feel are opposite of what they should stand for? You should be asking marketing not the lowest rung on the totem pole. I’ve worked customer service before and gotten calls from douchè-ish people like this and I tend to either transfer them to the corporate headquarters help line or just hang up. They have no clue as to why you think beef causes diabetes but there are beef recipes on the website, Kip! Did I mention his name is Kip?

So if you haven’t seen it yet when you do watch it fast forward about an hour. The real gem in this, if you can make it past Kip’s douchè-ish (yes, I am trying to make that a word) attitude, is when they talk about the health benefits of a plant based diet. They break down many of the myths around food in general as well as show a few ‘real’ cases of people that had miraculous turn arounds with their health by switching to a plant based diet. I put real in quotations because we don’t know if these people really had problems before and changed or if it was just an act. Not saying Kip is a liar but you can only trust someone named Kip only so much.

Now, switching from a mainly meat to plant based diet should not be an overnight thing like some people are trying or claiming to do.  As with any transition, it is most effective when done over a period of time. While some people have said they have been able to quit things cold turkey with no looking back this is not the case for the majority. Slowly cutting things out of your diet is a better and healthier approach than to just stop altogether. That’s just my opinion so take it as you may.

I just want you to be happy and healthy. I also want you to do your research before you just dive into being vegan or any change in your diet. There are several things said in this film that aren’t necessarily true. I mean it seemed like he made some pretty outlandish claims in an attempt to scare you into being vegan. Do your Googles! Research for yourself and don’t go by another person’s opinion of what’s good or bad for you. When it comes to health what’s good for the goose is not always good for the gander. Again and I can’t say this enough, do your research and consult with a doctor or nutritionist or a dietician. Someone that can not only advise you but also help you transition your lifestyle.

Yes, I said lifestyle. This is a lifestyle change not just a diet. If you haven’t noticed there aren’t too many, if any vegan or vegetarian fast food spots. That means meal prepping and/or knowing what and when you plan to eat ahead of time. No more ‘oh I’ll just run out and grab a bite to eat’ life for you. It sucks but this is the life you chose or rather the one Kip chose for you…

I’m one of those people that eats to live instead of living to eat. While I love food and experiencing different stuff I also don’t eat food or things just because it’s there. I use food as fuel and not as some sort of guilty pleasure. I used to do that but over time I had to evolve past that. Thanks, Type 1 diabetes and Ciliac disease…

I say all of that to say this. If you see this film and it makes you want to eat healthier or even become vegan then good for you but always always always do your research beforehand to make sure it’s the right decision for you. That’s with anything really though. If you see this and decide to keep living the way you are then that’s cool too. Like I said earlier what’s good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander. Weigh your options and as always do what is best for you.

Insecure (s2e2) And Ballers (s3e2) Recap

Here is my recap of this week’s episodes of Insecure (season 2 episode 2 “Hella Questions” ) and Ballers (season 3 episode 2″ Bull Rush”).

You can check this out as well on my podcast at sincerechat.com. Let’s start with Insecure;

Issa and Molly are trying to figure out if fucking Lawrence was a good or bad thing. He hasn’t really responded to her texts and such so they are confused. Meanwhile, Lawrence is working out and trying get his shit together. He tries putting the words together to text Issa but somehow can’t seem to find the right words. Maybe they just need to talk in person, because that texting back and forth shit can get easily misconstrued. She’s thinking he’s not responding because he doesn’t care while he’s over there not responding because he can’t formulate the right words. Been there and done that.

Molly has questions and she wants answers. She’s in therapy trying to get her feelings and emotions together. Can I say that I’m proud of her for seeking help. Like I said last week, I hope this sparks more black people to seek therapy and not just prayer. 

So the girls meet up at Amanda Diva event for one of her clients at the California African American museum. Cool looking spot. They talk dB out going out soon and Issa declines. When they question her, she lies and says that she and Lawrence talked and are basically getting back together. This is when Amanda starts dropping hints that her and her husband were going through some shit but are good now. When pressed she quickly switched the subject and moved on. More to that story will probably come later in the season. Issa finds out about Tasha… She tries to act like it didn’t affect her. Goes to the bathroom and does what she does best, rap in front of the mirror. 

So she goes over to see Lawrence to confront him about Tasha but he’s not there he’s actually over at Tasha spot. While Tasha and Lawrence are just chilling and talking. She’s about to invite him to a family barbecue when he tells her he slept with Issa. Breaking her heart. Dammit Lawrence! Get it together! And he’s finally about to move out of his friend’s place. 

Tasha look like the type that doesn’t take this type of shit well. Like I’ll slash your tires type not taking it well. 

Molly is trying to work her way up by being “one of the boys” but I don’t see this plan working. She doesn’t know anything about hockey, but in all fairness who really does? Iont even think hockey players know all the rules. She does know how to converse and she seems to be doing a good job at it. She’s learning the game from the boss so that’s a good thing. 

So now Issa is back home and basically stalking Tasha Instagram page. And the principal at the school is low key racist. Well not even really low key. Just racist towards Latinos. 

So Molly gets to work the next day and it doesn’t seem that her plan has gone the way she wanted she is still on the outside but maybe she made some headway… 

Lawrence is still on that damn air mattress. While Issa is still stalking Tasha. Now she knows how Lawrence and Tasha met because she saw that Tasha works at the bank he uses. What does she do? The next day she goes to see her at the bank. She imagines herself walking up and punching her but it’s only a dream. Tasha probably would have whipped her ass. 

Molly and Lawrence have an awkward exchange when they run into each other. She pleads a case for how good Issa is and that she’s not a cheater. She just cheated. Meanwhile she’s stalking Tasha and Molly calls. Come to find out they set that accidental meeting up and she finds out that Lawrence has moved on and is done with her. 

I feel bad for Tasha. I feel like she was caught in the middle of Lawrence and Issa bullshit. She’s the real victim in all this. 

The episode ends with Issa about to enter her hoe phase. She texts some dude on tinder and asks if he’s tryna fuck? No, Issa. You don’t have to go through this hoe phase. Yes you fucked up and should pay for it but not like this. 

Now this is what’s happening with Ballers;

The episode opens with Spencer and Ricky meeting at Wayne Hastings casino for a “business trip”.

Joe gets a call from Dallas GM regarding Vernon’s new t-shirts that I said on the last episode would be trouble. They are all about getting high. Of course Vernon let’s his ding dong friend Reggie talk him into promoting in the bullshit while not for once thinking about his image. Joe is gonna have an aneurysm. He’s trying to juggle Spencer’s stuff as well as the other clients as well. 

While in Vegas Spencer runs into an old flame, Chloe. Ricky is out gambling some of his money. You know Ricky is frugal and is not about to waste all his money gambling. 

Charles is going over the footage of his disastrous press conference in hopes of doing better the next time, if there is a next time. 

Spencer is meeting with the mayor about trying to convince her and the tax payers that bringing a NFL team to the city could be a good thing. She tells him that he needs to convince councilman Sawyer. 

So Joe finds a new agent for Kisan in Jason. Kisan is a no show for the meeting and while waiting he gets robbed. Joe is still working on how to solve the Vernon and the t-shirts issue. He meets with Reggie and Vernon to discuss what they are gonna do about this “endorsement deal” from a weed company. They brainstorm some ideas to find him other sponsors so that he will stop promoting for the canibus company. 

Back in Vegas. Ricky is on fire at the tables and they ae making bank. He reaches his amount that he needed and of course, he loses it all after he was told to quit. 

Spencer meets with Chloe over some drinks and they have some small talk. Uggh. Boring. Cut to them in bed. They work fast… 

Jasonis pissed about being stood up and robbed and tracks down Kisan. He thinks that Kisan set the whole thing up but he has no idea as to what he’s talking about. They do have an idea of who did it. So they go over to meet the guy and he gives him back all his money. Apparently Kisan still has pull in the hood. 

Spencer is at dinner schmoozing the councilman by talking about the jobs and opportunities that it could bring. He uses his connect with Cole, I’m assuming she runs some type of escort service to show him a good time. In an effort to show him that he’s down for anything, they take the councilman to a monster truck rally and he decides to drive the biggest and baddest truck there. Of course he crashes. He comes out unharmed ending this weeks episode.