Let’s Talk About Summer Walker’s New Album “Over It”

If you’ve been living under a rock, Summer Walker released her first album Over It on October 4 and it’s gained a lot of attention and even charted. The album is the “biggest debut album from a female R&B artist in over 10 years.” That’s big! Not sure what the exact numbers are but from the looks of it, it seemed highly anticipated from its recognition. 

Side bar: Summer KILLED her feature on Rick Ross album Port of Miami in the the song “Summer Reign.”

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As of today, her album is #2 on the RnB and Hiphop charts. Majority of her songs have charted as well.

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Speaking of which, let’s talk about her songs and features. She opens up the album with the self-titled album name “Over It” and in the song she says she needs a guy who can handle her. Men often say that women are out of control and she’s over the fact that women have to be tamed. She wants a guy who can handle her, flaws and all.

Summer gets Bryson Tiller on her “Playing Games” extended version. The song is self-explanatory, dudes be playing games and Summer speaks on how us women just want them to pick up the phone for us, quit stunting on us and even show us off. She also was a regular version without Bryson but the extended version is better.

In the song “Come Thru” she sampled Usher “You Make Me Wanna” and even gets him featured on the song. Summer wants her boo thang to come thru so she can put it on him. They killed this song!! Hopefully she’ll drop it as a single, even though it’s already charted.

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“Fun Girl” is one honest ass song. She talks about how this guy looks at her as just a friend and even told her that she wasn’t built right. In so many words, he told her she didn’t have a body and he thought she was onlygood for just her body, being a “fun girl”, a fuck buddy. It’s sad when you hear things like that and imagine Summer channeling that hurt into a song. I’m sure dude is probably slapping himself right now lol.

“Tonight” is probably one of the sexiest songs on the album. She talks about being busy and how she can’t wait to get back home to bae and have some “quality time” with him. Speaking of that quality time, Summer got 6lack on her song “Like That” as they talk to their partners about what they like in the bedroom; another great feature.

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“Just Might Be” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR has got to be one the funniest/realistic songs on her album as she talks about how it’s hard for her to find love and she questions if she may be a hoe. EVERY woman has thought there was something wrong with them because they couldn’t find love. When you finally find love, you deal with a guy who wants so much out of you  and you deliver, but he doesn’t hold up his end. Summer talks about that in “Stretch You Out” featuring A Boogie With The Hoodie. She said she’s not going to stress you out but instead, see what she can get from you, “stretch you out.” Once fed up, Summer realizes that she doesn’t have the patience or tears to deal with a guy’s nonsense anymore. She realizes that she’s over the dude in “Off Of You.”

One of my favorite songs on the album is “I’ll Kill You” featuring Jhene Aiko. Both ladies talk about how they’ve found love and how they’ve waited so long for it and they will kill any woman who tries to interfere with that relationship.

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It’s safe to say that Summer killed her debut album. Her new boyfriend London On Da Track produced majority of the album and I’m not complaining! This album was made out of love or lust and I’m for it.

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Joker Movie Review: Villain or Misunderstood?

The Joker movie came to theaters last week and I decided to go check it out. Seeing the movie from beginning to end, it made me feel sorry for the Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix. He was picked on, set up, lied to and even abused. How could you not feel sorry for the man.

For starters, in the beginning of the movie Joker, he was beat up on the job. (Trigger #1). Then he returns to work and his boss doesn’t believe him (Trigger #2). His co-worker gives him a gun at work, which will later be an issue. He sees a therapist, but she doesn’t really take in what he’s telling her (Trigger #3). Joker is beat up YET AGAIN, just for laughing hysterically at two guys. [Disclaimer: Joker has a laughing condition]. In order to defend himself, Joker kills the two guys [Trigger #4]. His coworker lies on him about giving him the gun (Trigger #5).  Joker wants to be a comedian, so he does stand-up and no one laughs. He catches the eye of a popular TV show host Murray Franklin, played by Robert De Niro, and is invited on the show.

In the midst of all this, Joker finds a letter that has him thinking that a well-known politician is his father. Once he finds out that the man is not his father, he also finds out that he’s adopted and his mother has been lying to him his whole life and even tried to harm him as a baby (Trigger #6). By the time he finds all this out, his mother is in the hospital recovering from a stroke. Joker goes to the extreme and kills his own mother.

Fast forward to Joker making an appearance on the Murray Franklin show. He admits to killing the two men and even calling out Murray for making fun of his stand-up act and that being the reason that he was invited on the show. Triggered once again, Joker kills Murray and causes an even bigger riot in the city. He was looked at as a hero for murdering the two men which was the original start of the city riots.

The point in all this is, you never know what people are going through and if someone seems like they are already suffering from a mental illness, it’s probably best not to trigger them. Joker had countless incidents, that made him want to snap and after so long…he did. It’s crazy how the villain in these movies are more sympathized with than the actual heroes. For example, Killmonger in Black Panther was looked at as an antagonizer more than an actual villain. He lost his father at a young age by his own uncle and had to grow up a struggle life vs his family who grew up royalty and all he wanted was his fair chance at king.

Joker was a man who suffered from mental health illnesses, being made fun of, lied on, talked down on and more. After so long, he justified his behavior. Should he had killed all those people? Absolutely not. Did he seeker proper health? Yes, he seen a therapist but eventually the office was closed down, so the help didn’t last long but it could’ve helped him long term. He felt ignored and even walked over; it’s a sad case. The moral of the story is, listen to people’s cry for help; everyone has triggers; and be kind to people, even the “crazy ones.”

What are your thoughts on the movie?

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Movie “Hustlers” Teaches Consistency, Motivation and New Strategies While Running A Business

The movie Hustlers, which is based on a true story, is more than women robbing men blind. It’s about being about your money and having motivation behind your purpose. One of the main characters Destiny, played by Constance Wu, needed money to help her grandmother so she was dancing at the strip club. She wasn’t the best so she got help from Ramona, played by Jennifer Lopez. Ramona gets her hip on the kind of guys to scout and from there, she starts making good money.

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Sidebar: The ladies went after guys who worked on Wall St since they had money and there was a wide range of them.

With the mindset of needing more money, Destiny was motivated to learn new business tips in order to support her family. In the midst of meeting new guys, Destiny meets a guy, who becomes her boyfriend; they have a daughter together. During that time, she stops dancing to raise her daughter. After two years, her boyfriend decides to leave. At this point, she has two people to take care of so she decided to go back to dancing. 

Once Destiny returns, the club is different and she has to try harder to make her money. She reunites with Ramona and to up their game, they think of a strategic way to make more money. They come up with the idea to meet guys at bars, slip some “happy powder” into their drinks, lure them into the strip club, take their credit card, and charge it at the bar and have the bartender eventually cash them out or they’ll take the card to the ATM. 

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YES, all the scamming they did sounds CRAZY; they were dedicated to making money because they had families to feed. Destiny and Ramona looked at this scam as a business and when operating a business, you think of new way to better your business, new strategies. The ladies were consistent with their strategies and did whatever it takes to get to the top. Ramona didn’t care about scamming the Wall St guys because they screwed over America and crashed the stock market, so in her eyes, why should they sympathize with them.

Of course they were caught; Destiny took a plea deal and Ramona had to serve little time but more than anything, they did what it took to have a successful business. They were motivated by making money, which made them consistent in finding the right men to get money from, which made them find better strategies to get money from them. As crazy as it sounds, the more scheming they did, the more money they made. Was it worth it in the end? Yes, because they grew a great business mindset. Men can over sexualize and even skeet women but when women get their extra moneys worth out of men, then we are forced to go overboard at times. Was it right what they did? No, but as Ramona said ..

“This country is a strip club. You got people throwing the money and people doing the dance” 

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And that tailors more to life and politics than just dancing.

What are your thoughts on the movie/real life depiction?

 

The Wayans Brothers Are Underrated: Let’s Talk The Franchise & “Sextuplets”

If you can’t find a funny moment in each Wayans Brother movie then you aren’t human. From Hollywood Shuffle in the 80’s, to Don’t Be A Menace, Major Payne, IN LIVING COLOR,  Scary Movies 1-3, White Chicks, Naked, Little Man and even Sextuplets; the whole family has created dope shit! The fact that Keenen Wayans creates parody movies that are inspired by past movies and made it into a joke, is quite hilarious! He created the concept!

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Yes, some of the movies can be corny but they still are hilarious. Let’s take Sextuplets for example, Marlon played each character 7 characters. Has it been done before? Absolutely, Eddie Murphy! But he still added his own story line with the story.

If you haven’t seen sextuplets, it’s about Alan (Marlon Wayans) who’s  expecting a baby with his wife but he doesn’t know his own family history. He asks his wife (Bresha Webb) father, who is a judge, if he can obtain his birthday certificate. He does so and finds out that he is a sextuplet, one of six children born at once.

Alan goes on a journey to find all his siblings and the first one he comes across is Russell, his overweight, socially-awkward brother.

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Russell is the most loyal and weird at the same time but he stays on the journey with Alan and even the last one by his side when his two other siblings dip off in him.

Alan and Russell then find their next sibling, Dawn, the ghetto, TTF (trained to go) sister. She’ll fight and ride for her brothers.

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In the midst of Alan, Russell and Dawn’s reunion, their scheming brother Ethan is at Alan’s house impersonating him and trying get close to his pregnant wife.

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When Alan gets knocked out, him Russell and Dawn end up in going to the hospital and there they fund struggling Baby Pete, their baby brother who needs a kidney. Alan unknowingly  gives Baby Pete his kidney and Baby Pete dips out to go to an island.

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After leaving the hospital, Alan and Russell hey kidnapped by Jasper’s goon, their last sibling who is seemingly successful and very prestige lol.

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Then eventually their mom Lynette walks in, which is odd because Russell said she was dead. He wanted to keep his mommy to himself so he lied about about her being dead. They had a mini-reunion, everyone met Alan’s newborn and it was a happy ending.

Marlon is not the one to play with. Majority of the films that he’s acted in within the past ten years, he co-write the scripts, alongside with his brothers. The whole Wayans franchise is successful, starting with Keenan Ivory Wayans, then Damon Wayans, Kim Wayans, Shawn Wayan, Marlon Wayans and even their next generation kids/nephew Damien Wayans and Damon Wayans Jr. They have built an empire and they are not to be slept on. PERIOD!

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[Exclusive Interview] Miami Artist Teenear Opens Up About Her Fame, Influences, Collaborations & More

Miami native Teenear has groomed herself for the moments she’s living in right now. She’s been singing since she was a toddler, singing covers on YouTube since she was 15, and she is signed to Slip N Slide Records. Teenear has a single with Sage The Gemini, which went global, gracing the presence of Japanese dancer Kahonna. She’s living in her moment and making Miami proud. Check her interview below as she talks about her influences, experiences and much more.

Danii Gold: Being from a musically inclined city such as Miami, what influence did you have growing up?

Teenear: Miami is such a melting pot of genres and sounds. There’s the Miami Sound Machine, disco, R&B and hip-hop in our music history. That inspired me to want to break barriers with my music. Betty Wright was one of my early vocal coaches and is a hometown legend who I can still reach out to at any time.

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Danii Gold: Back in 2015 you had a single with Sage the Gemini titled “Friday Night”, and it went global after a well-known Japanese dancer, Kahonna used it in a dance video. What was it like getting such exposure, especially with “Friday night” being your first single?

Teenear To be honest, at that moment it was 100% surreal because I had just started and for somebody, all the way from Japan to recognize a song and do so much with it for me was appreciated to the fullest. 

Danii Gold: What was it like to collaborate with Lil Baby on your latest single “I Like It”? And having your video play on BET Jams? Congratulations on that. How are you feeling?

Teenear: Thank you so much! Collaborating with Lil Baby was amazing! I’m genuinely so grateful that I was able to get him on “I Like It”. He did an amazing job on his verse and I am really appreciative of BET; they’re always super supportive towards me and my team!

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Danii Gold: What was the process like, when you signed with Slip N Slide Records?  

Teenear:  I had a conversation about if being an artist is something that I really wanted to do. From there, I started putting myself out there doing  a lot of covers, and during that time I was doing a lot of recording to a lot of records that people sent in. It wasn’t until I met with a producer from Atlanta named Anthony, and he played me a beat he had and that’s when we created “Friday Night” ft Sage the Gemini and from there I just kept growing with Slip N Slide.

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Danii Gold: Do you have any plans on collaborating with any of your label mates such as Trina, Plies, Trick Daddy, Sebastian Mikael, etc.?

Teenear: I’ve already collaborated with Trina on one of my earlier records named “Streetlights”. In the future, I definitely see myself collaborating with my newer label mates F$O Dinero, Mike Smiff and Sebastian.

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Danii Gold: What other artists would you like to work with now or in the future?

Teenear: I am a big fan of so many artists right now but at this moment I would love to be able to collaborate with H.E.R, Ella Mai, Megan Thee Stallion, Saweetie, Bruno Mars and honestly, the list can just continue. There are so many talented artists out right now that I can’t wait to be able to work with! 

Danii Gold: If you weren’t doing music, what would you be doing?

Teenear: Growing up I’ve always been a big fan of not only music but also acting and I have a really big passion for musical theater exclamation! So if I wasn’t doing what I’m doing now I most likely would be pursuing a career in musical theater.

Danii Gold: Any upcoming projects in the works?

Teenear: I definitely have quite a few projects coming out really soon that I’m really excited about! I’ve been working with a lot a new and extremely talented people that have been helping me create some amazing records so make sure you’re following me on my socials so you can stay updated on when I’m dropping them!

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Danii Gold: Of course! What message do you want to send in your music?

Teenear: To be honest I just want my music to be able to reflect me as much as possible. A young girl growing up, finding herself and just having fun in every moment that life is giving her.

Make sure y’all check out her new single “I Like It” featuring Lil Baby along with multiple videos she has for the song.

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Check out her website: https://teenear.com
Instagram: @TeenearR

DNA vs No DNA: OJ Case Compared to the Exonerated 5

Over the past two weeks, I finished watching When They See Us and The People vs. O.J on Netflix. I watched part 1 of When They See Us and took a week break because, well, it’s sad. In that week, I watched The OJ series and I know I’m late on it but it was really shocking how much evidence they had and he was proven innocent.

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OJ was known to be abusive to his ex-wife Nicole Brown, according to police calls ad documents. He was also known as being a charming professional football player. He wasn’t caught at the scene of the crime, but his blood was there. A glove was found at the scene at the crime, but it didn’t fit his hand. When he got the call about Nicole being dead, he didn’t ask how she died. OJ was on a whole speed chase with his friend Aj Cowlings driving him because he was threatening to kill himself. Why would he threaten to kill himself if he didn’t kill Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman? There were too many red flags. Of course Black people wanted him to be innocent because there have been several instances where black people were wrongfully convicted and it was probably time for a black person to get away with something. An instance when black people were wrongfully convicted were the Central Park 5, also known as the Exonerated 5, also known as Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, and Kevin Richardson.

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The story about the exonerated 5 is this; five young boys [Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, and Kevin Richardson] were accused of raping a white woman jogging in Central Park on April 19, 1989. They were coerced into admitting to the crime so they would get less time. No DNA placed them at the scene of crime. Yes, they were in the park around the time of the incident but they were on a totally different side. Some fight broke out at the park and as some of them were trying to leave, they got picked up by the police. The next day, the police picked up the others and one in particular, Korey, came along with his friend Yusef just so he wouldn’t be alone.

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The police accused these young boys because they were black and they so happened to be at the park at the wrong time. They manipulated them so bad they made Korey, Yusef, Kevin, Antron and Raymond make up stories and pin stories against each other just so they could leave the police station. Some of the boys were questioned without a parent present. This was a sad story to watch because the boys were so young and didn’t know how corrupt the system was. Between the 5 of them, they spent between 6 years to 13 years behind bars. Even though the real rapist admitted to the crime, the men had already did their time. Korey was still doing time when Matias Reyes admitted to the crime and he was even in prison with him.

The exonerated 5 sued the City of New York and got a large settlement, but no amount of money could give these men back the time they spend in prison and the time they lost. They will forever be mentally scarred from this traumatic life event.

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My Analysis

It’s crazy how the system doesn’t properly serve justice but it’s a reality. In New York, Korey, Yusef, Antron, Kevin and Raymond were young boys, kids in a sense and they were 100% innocent but the way Linda Fairstein saw it, they were black, young and guilty. Innocent kids were forced into a juvenile detention and even prison all over the rape of a woman (in which they didn’t do). The prosecution placed judgement on them and wanted to so desperately solve this case, even if it meant wrongfully convicting someone. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, during their sentence, O.J is found not guilty of murdering Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. As I stated above, black people have been wrongfully convicted for years and it was time for a black person to get away with something but murder tho? With plain site DNA? What if some of jurors (the many that were selected) knew that OJ was guilty and they paid attention to the Central Park 5 case that happened in ’89 and figured “Those boys were innocent, OJ isn’t but we’re gonna vote not guilty anyway.” It’s sounds crazy but it’s a thought. The justice system has still come a ways, but they have a long way to go, especially with police brutality and them being proven innocent.

What are your thoughts on the two cases? Comment below and let me know.

Danii Gold out

 

Aladdin Review

If you’re a 90’s baby like myself, then you truly loved and enjoyed Disney movies, one in particular Aladdin. During that time, Princess Jasmine was the closest thing to a Disney brown skin princess besides Pocahontas, which was nice to see, me being a woman of color. This movie would make you feel like a kid again.

The intro starts off pretty similar to the original movie, except Disney added the genie, played by Will Smith, telling the story of Aladdin in the beginning. Genie also was telling the story to his two children which will be a significance at the end of the film. Of course the real life action movie couldn’t be an exact replicate of the original but that’s what made it so great! The fact that the story line was still in tact plus Disney showcased the Arabian culture with their clothing and dancing style which was good because it’s nice to see the lifestyle of other cultures.

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Disney addressed women’s right in a sense. When Jafar wanted to take over and be the Sultan, Jasmine brought up the fact that she could be the Sultan. Of course the idea was shot down but towards the end of the film she got the respect she deserved as the female Sultan.

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Will Smith is dope! Of course that is obvious but I had to say it. He didn’t try to be like Robin but instead, he acted like his normal goofy self. Will is usually a great big ball of in energy, especially when his character as Fresh Prince. He played a sentimental role and honestly, the film wouldn’t have been comedic or as relevant without him. 

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The actor and actress who played Aladdin and Jasmine perfected A Whole New World. Them singing the song brought back so many childhood memories. Besides that song, all the other songs were brought to life and were sang to perfection. Will Smith even threw his own twang and beat boxing to the songs. 

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Of course the creation of the movie wouldn’t be visually appeasing without CGI (computer-generated imagery), from the genie’s appearance, to Abu’s appearance, to EVERYTHING else in between. God bless CGI because it truly made the cartoon film come to life.

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As a whole, the film was dope! I do wish that the characters were more brown skin but they weren’t too far off. The music was on point and so was the culture depiction. I tried not to give too many spoilers so others can still go see the movie and still read this beforehand.

I encourage everyone to go see the movie, especially if you were a 90’s baby. I give them movie 5 stars!

Danii Gold out!