Just Do It Nike and Kaepernick (buy or boycott?)

I had a whole other blog planned for today but I had to type up a new one for you today!

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Recently Nike and former 49ers QB, Colin Kaepernick revealed that he had been endorsed all this time. His deal signed back in 2011 had never been severed despite Colin not playing in the NFL since being fired. Kaepernick is probably more known for his silent protest than his quarterback stats after taking a knee during the national anthem in during several games during the 2016 season. Well now he is the new face of Nike. The Nike Dream Big ad seen (full add seen below) has already been viewed over 8 million times on YouTube, over 6 million times on their Instagram account and shared countless times everywhere else.

In attempt to revamp the logo “Just Do It”, which has been around since my childhood, Nike is trying to reach a demographic of “woke” urban youths. That being said since word got out, people have already turned this into race relations and have been on both sides of the fence. It’s like living in a real live sequel to Higher Learning (if it were to happen…just saying).

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On one side you have black Americans who support Nike and Kaepernick versus white Americans who do not. Then somewhere far right, you have Donald Trump who has again tweeted his opinion that no one asked for but expected. His last tweet a tad toned down but still “classic Trump” as he expressed his discontent Nike.

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This almost as to the point as previous tweets about NFL owners/coaches who allow support of silent kneeling protests (made popular by Kaepernick) and more recently Nike. You even have folks posting videos on social media of themselves burning Nike apparel.

I can understand boycotting and not supporting Nike, giving their purchased gear away or selling it on eBay…But to simply burn it?

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Maybe it perplexes me and I’m trying to understand the logic but you do realize that you’ve already supported them, right? They have made their money off of you and boycotting usually means “not” supporting someone.

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But whatever, who am I to judge rednecks? Alrighty then…moving along!

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On the other side, you’ve got folks buying Nike everything or at least sporting Nike stuff whenever possible. Hey I am all for that but don’t go trying to impress people with money you don’t have to buy stuff you don’t need. Like if you or your kid needs something athletic, ok fine. All I’m saying is don’t go in the Footlocker and go crazy only to realize that you’re broke trying to pay rent.

My thing is I actually applaud Nike but not because I like the ad…or not. But because as a former marketing major (for like a semester)…it makes sense or in this case dollars. OK this is why:

  1. They waited for the perfect time right as the NFL regular season was about to go under way.
  2. They targeted the black dollar. Black folks are known to spend a lot on shit. (we gotta look fresh)
  3. As a non-white consumer, I am not sure about the apparel purchasing habits of white Americans but I know black people have always clowned around about how white people keep wear the same sneakers forever. Like I said, I don’t know how true that is but if that stereotype is factual…then I don’t think the sports apareal conglomerate is afraid.

Nike ain’t stupid…clearly! NKE stocks climbed just after a brief drop and it held steady by the close of the day a shy amount $80… I will stay updated with their stocks as the days go by to see if I am right. Like I said, I’ve got a semester of know-how.

That being said, this country is still divided as ever. Perhaps as much as it was in the 60’s (I don’t know for sure because I wasn’t alive. Yet between this and so many tensions flaring…it’s scary. Not too long ago we had protests for both Black Lives Matter and whatever that Tiki torch bullshit was. The crazy part is that this and the political climate craziness is everywhere. I mean I cannot go on Instagram, Facebook or anywhere without seeing something race-related or otherwise political. Social media is now the platform for which everything is visible immediately. Long gone are the days of waiting for the daily paper or the evening news. This poses a dangerous issue because it only tells me that racism and so many other “isms” haven’t changed, it’s just being filmed.

It makes me wonder about the backlash that Tommie Smith and the other 2 Olympic winners faced in 1968. Their careers done because of a moment protesting against racism, poverty and awful oppression that blacks faced then and sadly are facing now.

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This protest much like Kaepernick’s has had the alt-right call these athletes unpatriotic or un-American, etc.

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But how do you show patriotism to a country that enslaved, beat, killed and caused so much worse to your brothers and sisters abroad? As much as I love my country, I am equally not proud of it. Although a sporting event is probably not the best place to protest or be political, the sad problem is that racism in this country should no longer be ignored. That being said, honestly it doesn’t matter where we protest, blacks will always be scrutinized for taking a stand. Look at Dr. King after he made his famous speech about the Vietnam War… but like Tommie Smith said in an interview in 2008, “…We had to be seen because we couldn’t be heard.”

But this is the problem with this country. Why is a man kneeling or raising his fist more controversial than cops beating a man to death or shooting him or worse when kids are being attacked with dogs and fire hoses?

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Now I am not saying that all cops are bad or that all whites are bad but there is a fine line between effectively using “force” and brutality. Why are we in such a tizzy about one thing and blind to another? The above 3 photos are from the 60’s and below a lot more recent. Read here I feel about HOW BLACK LIVES MATTER? Makes you think how fucked up this country really is.

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I mean it’s funny, we call Colin (I’m sorry but I am getting tired of spell check with his last name) disrespectful & unpatriotic but we won’t speak out against what he is protesting for. Mind you a green beret was the one who told him to kneel as opposed to sitting! He also supported his Constitutional right to protest. Colin has also expressed his respect for the armed services. If kneeling is so disrespectful, why do soldiers kneel for the fallen or everyone else in prayer? And again, there is actually no law saying that we have to stand during the national anthem…in fact the Constitution says it’s unlawful to force people to do so.

That being said… if I have this straight, we protest Nike for a PR campaign about racial injustice but where was this concern in the 80’s and 90’s when they paid unfair wages and used child labor/sweat shops? Really?

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Gotta love the “privilege” of saying there’s no racism but enjoy the benefits not being black…all of this often blows my mind. But again… This is America.

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Until later kiddies,

Shalom

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No Means NO (A B*tch Blog)

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So one day, I’m in the supermarket, minding my business and I notice this guy making the eyes… like literally staring me up and down in the produce section. I pay it no mind and make my way through the other aisles so I could hurry and get the heck out of there. Mind you it’s the first of the month and the store is rather crowded so I knew then and there that I would have to hurry it up if I wanted to see the remaining light of day. Well somewhere between the dairy section and the pet food, I see this dude, staring AGAIN. Now I am not really the confrontational type and honestly despite the fact that I wasn’t in the best of moods, I continued to ignore him. But I really just wanted to get out of the store at some point. What made matters worse was that eventually, I was going to have to stand in that long ass line at some point… especially behind the people who ignore shopping the other 28 days a month.

Anyway, I see the guy and at this point I gave him my best bitchy-go-away-I-have-acid-reflux-gas look. It didn’t work…and before I had the chance to approach him about his eye problem, he finally worked up the nerve to speak to me. He asked for my number but I wasn’t interested, so I gently and politely lied, saying that I was in a relationship. He was cool at first and then…

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He fucked up!

He offered to be my “friend”. I responded that I was good and faithful to my “fake” boyfriend. The conversation continued with him pleading that it was cool, that he didn’t care and yadda yadda yadda.

Like seriously?

WHAT THE FUCK!

Even if I were to be interested, what in the bloody hell makes you think that I would now entertain what you were offering, which is non-commitment and cheating?

I almost snapped on the guy but instead I gave him the advice of seeking out a chick that didn’t care.

Queue in the next guy…of course another dickhead that decided that he was going to force himself into my phone contacts. Like the first guy, this asshole was insistent on getting my number to be a fuck-buddy. After me telling him the same thing as the other dude, he proceeded to get upset.

Like really?

He went from trying to get my number and impressing me, to not caring if I was involved with someone to straight trying to jump my bones right then and there. And what made this interaction so annoying was the fact that despite me not wanting to do ho shit, I immediately was still a ho! But as if that wasn’t enough… this jerk had the nerve to be in a relationship! I mean he had a whole girlfriend and said it to me like it meant nothing!

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Go figure! If I’m being honest, I may flirt a bit but I ain’t a homewrecker…besides I’ve been on the other side of that fence.

Nope…not cool!

But these guys today… for real though? This is why a lot of girls literally ignore guys nowadays. This is pretty much why I’d rather be alone sometimes. I’m not saying all guys are like this but the fact I come across them more often than I’d like is saying something. (This is why I decided to work on finding and loving myself). What I attract says a lot about the city I reside in as well as myself and what I’m willing to tolerate.

Oh… ladies & gents don’t forget the guys in the DMs and social media inboxes. These ones that get worked up on simple posts with nothing exposed but a smile despite scrolling through hordes of “models,” strippers, prostitutes, slutty chicks, women who want the attention or those who are paid to sell sex or be sexy or who want attention. But do they stop there? Oh noooo… they wait until they get to a chick that’s not up for it and when the thirst gets unbelievable…OMG, he proceeds to irk the shit out of her!

I don’t mind compliments on photos or posts on social media, it makes my day. And I can understand there will be guys that will I’m attractive. That’s totally fine.

However dudes, if a lady (yes a lady says no… Just let her be. Why does she have to be a bitch, a ho or any other name? Why disrespect her?

Even worse is when a girl gives a guy a chance to get to know her and he immediately assumes she wants to have sex!

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We live in a society that if a female is doing okay for herself and a guy isn’t, his little ego can’t/won’t live up to the rest of him. Some guys really get in their feelings when a someone doesn’t want their goofy asses… and guess what? Yup you guessed it…we are all hoes despite not doing ho shit.

I wonder… Is getting rejected really that bad? Have we become that petty and sensitive? Is the idea of messing with a chick with no standards much like yourself not good enough? Is it fun to ruin some girl’s life? The some assholes have even proceeded to assault a female because they cannot fathom the fact that she doesn’t want his ass. I guess that’s that millennial shit I can’t understand or quite frankly tolerate.

However… Despite my inner feminist, us ladies have some self-evaluating to do.

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I cannot help but say we must be accountable for this bullshit as well. One must play Devil’s advocate and ask where/when did our standards drop so low that we allowed this behavior to be okay? Not to mention raising our already fatherless boys to be all sensitive, sore losers. Then there’s Mr. Nice-Guy…the one with some standards that we either friend-zone or flat out defensively end up being mean to. Yet don’t let that one fool you either…

I won’t dwell on it… But like I said before…We gotta do better!

If a lady is interested…you’ll know, fellas. And ladies…stop letting these fuck boys do not okay stuff!

Til next time,

Shalom

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Polygamy? What’s the point? Let’s argue!

So I see a lot of talk about polygamy and usually I rarely will chime in my opinion. But I actually got to thinking and it dawned on me that it’s a pretty outdated notion these days.

Would I have or agree to a polygamous marriage? Am I able to handle it? Me? Nope probably not. However it isn’t because I would feel neglected or jealous or whatsoever…shit I barely want to bother shacking up with one human on a regular anymore…so to add another human in the mix, would simply annoy me. But in this day & age especially in the branded westernized-American culture we’ve been in for centuries… it’s highly unlikely that having multiple spouses is productive. Our generation) wasn’t raised to be polygamous & thus the majority are probably not mentally/emotionally/spiritually able.

Laws aside, it’s almost financially unfeasible for most to do so. It’s hard maintaining a one-income home in this economy especially if the wives are homemakers. Some of us fail to realize that females in traditional patriarchal societies didn’t have much income, legal rights, not to mention definitely not being head of household. So polygamy was usually the means of being cared for. Today it’s not much point to polygamy as women are more able to take care of themselves (some more stable then men) not to mention, it has nothing to do with population because we’re already depleting the planet’s resources @ over 7 billion humans.

That’s just the way society has been formed these days. You can either thank or blame the women’s rights & civil rights movements but honestly it is what it is.

Now as far as religion, which I won’t touch, that’s up to the participants but the former kinda still applies especially financially.

Why?

Think about it, most monotheistic religions require both wives to be “cared” for equally. When I say cared for, I don’t mean completely to provide but rather that the 2nd wife is supposed to get what the 1st gets. And if that’s not the case, let’s say that the it’s for the purpose for childbirth where the first wife is unable to bear or raise a child. Couple this with other stipulations that come into play…it pretty much makes this whole thing a tough act in the US of A.

Case in point: Husband marries 1st wife, then later 2nd. First of all, he can’t even give her the same simple tax filing rights, can’t claim her on benefits nor does she have any claim to whatever he should bequeath in his untimely demise…that goes to…ding ding ding… The first Wife! All that aside, most states if not all don’t even recognize polygamy and in most cases is punishable by law! Aside from faith, if a union not matched in man’s law, which is carried in “heaven” were to be made wouldn’t make it null and void somewhere? Making it then fornication? So what differentiates it from a plain old threesome? Or orgy?

Not saying that this is what polygamy boils down to but that’s the ignorant thought process of the average person these days.

All that aside, what about multiple husbands? Can a bride have multiple husbands… I’m curious and asking for a friend?

Honestly is it all worth it? I could go into further detail but you get the point. That being said, I am not saying polygamy is wrong or right. I am just saying it’s not worth the headache at least legally. Especially when most dudes only have threesomes and orgies in mind. 😁

And even if they don’t, still the laws that govern us don’t make any of it simple. Like I said, it’s not that I say it’s right or wrong… It’s just rather tedious and pointless. For all of that, just move to where it is permissible or start a petition. All that aside, what about multiple husbands? Can a bride have multiple husbands… Asking for a friend? 🤷

Hell, go to Congress.

Well Until Next Time Kiddies

shalom

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Hollywood vs. Washington DC

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So today’s Red Forman award doesn’t go to anyone in particular.  It’s rather pointless to single out anyone. However there are some dumb fucks out here.  If not dumb fucks, at the very least, ignorant or perhaps naive.

I am going to get straight to the point?

How the fuck can we as a whole nation of citizens condemn and curse Hollywood but at the same time turn a blind eye to DC? I mean Capital Hill and Tinseltown have always had one thing in common and that’s been powerful men… Powerful, white men to be exact. Men as far as history tells us, have always used money, power, fear (sometimes respect) to conquer others. It’s nothing new.  The only thing shocking about it these days is that instead of whispering, folks are coming forward left and right with allegations and accusations.  Every time I turn around, I hear about someone in the indusrty who was forced to partake in some kinky shit.

First Bill Cosby and now pretty much every famous dude like…ever!

But all that being said, we are talking actors, producers, directors and any other media moguls being thrown under the bus for some shit they did decades ago.  Putting their trusted friends/families & loved ones in awkward positions. I mean how do you stand by someone who molested another person? But to the same extent do you suddenly stop loving someone you are related to or partnered to for years after some shit happens? Do you support them in their time of need or cuss their asses out for being nasty & stupid?

But let’s keep it 100 for a second!!!

We all know about the sexual misconduct on the director’s “couch” that goes on in Hollywood! We see & hear stories about women (and men) who will do anything to make it big to get famous. I mean once that question rolls out “How bad do you want it?” and people pretty much throw all inhibitions out of the window for that big break. Does it make it right? No but how guilty can the guilty be if one plays victim after the fact?
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That being said we take a turn to the east coast and look at the victims of those in a different seat of power, fucking politicians! Who could be worse than they are? They use not only money but the law itself to protect them from well the law! That being said Mr. ‘Grab ’em By The Pussy’ is our fucking Commander-in-Chief! He has a whole laundry list of shitty offenses that should not only strip him of his title/job but land him in jail! She, he even dodge the draft back in the day.  To this day they condemn the previous president and his citizen ship…like WTF? I really wasn’t previous president biggest fan but I don’t doubt his loyalty or at the very least cultural ethnicity.

It is no secret that I have very little respect or admiration for President Trump, in fact I think I rather loathe the guy. With that being said although I was trying to avoid a political post, there are some thoughts…

First of all why the fuck hasn’t he been impeached or the victim of an assassination attempt?  He has overturned laws in place by his predecessor that not only protected the environment, ecosystems, animals and well us humans, but he has offended other country leaders, turned a blind eye to his own citizens in times of crisis, increased the racial tension in this country (which I’m actually glad about in an odd way)… Hold up before you trip… I am only happy that Trump’s election exposed racists in this country. Why? Because now I know who they are.  Now that they are comfortable enough to no longer hide behind fake smiles & gestures…I know who to keep my eye on (in case I need to set it off in this bitch)

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No but honestly, wouldn’t you rather know who your enemies are?

That aside, how many times has a victim come forward with claims of abuse or sexual misconduct, even if infidelity by the hands of a politician? And then go through a series of taunts and ridicule…only to have all his bullshit swept under a rug or forgotten?

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Well Until Next Time Kiddies

shalom

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How to play Perfection

I guess I could file this under Hump Day Thought of the Week!

I think it sucks we set ourselves up for failure by assuming what could/should happen instead of preparing what does.


 Well til next time kiddies…

Shalom

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Soda Made My Kid Fat

No lack of going outside & playing made your kid fat!
If liberal parents are going to criticize & even sue soda making companies, fast food chains & junk food snack producers… Then you might as well point some of the blame at video game makers, computer tech companies, hell even the internet for allowing your kids to sit around doing nothing all damn day! Stop blaming crappy food companies for your kids being overweight or overactive. Let their assed go out & play. Crappy foods YOU buy for them nonetheless! Yeah I know safety can be an issue but it’s no excuse.
But here’s a better bet… Blame yourselves moms & dads, instead of pointing fingers at the companies responsible for marketing ads towards kids. So bitchslap yourselves too for not having the decent sense to make them get off of their asses & burn calories!
All those electronic devices you let them zone out to keep out of your way on…that’s all on you!

But in hindsight, you little fuckers need to get up & do something! I tell my kid to get up, workout, play or something. She doesn’t wanna listen to me, well it’s on her… Not to be cruel but at the end of the day, if you don’t wanna have heart disease or feel shitty or be unhealthy, then that’s up to you.

If I workout,  she or anyone else can totally get to sweating with me. I won’t force or beg. I mean you can lead a horse to water but can’t make it drink…

Well I could always take away the WiFi… 😈

 Well til next time kiddies…

Shalom

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Friday the 13th Part 4 – The Final Chapter: An Insomniac Review

Well til next time kiddies…

Shalom

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