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Life Expectancy: Money, Health & Hip Hop by DJ Layne Luv

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How Can We Make A Healthy Lifestyle Cool In Hip Hop? 

In the United States, being a young & black guarantees a person born under those circumstances a significant amount of obstacle & struggle. Not only is the African American still inferior economically, the race’s environment has a high percentage of being subject to, poor diet, questionable healthcare (which means they can’t afford adequate treatment for disease), and violence (whether it be amongst each other or by the hands of law enforcement). Even in a time where the life expectance for the average human is 75, throughout time, a lower number has always been the case for the African American male. This is because the African American race has always had to survive under the most stressful conditions dating back to slavery. But my question is, why isn’t health and money for healthcare brought up more in the Hip-Hop community? How Can We Make A Healthy Lifestyle Cool In Hip Hop? Is it because it doesn’t weigh in on the “cool” factors to talk about? Is it because dying or the threat thereof  has become the ultimate badge of honor? Why are we still having to do fundraisers and benefits for disease treatment and funerals? What financial plans are in place for rappers, DJ’s and B-Boys when they get sick or expire?

These are tough questions, however most of these issues could be solved with the proper funding and education around the matter of Hip-Hop and Health. We just recently lost Prodigy of Mobb Deep who battled sickle cell all his life. Sean Price of the group Heltah Skeltah passed away in his sleep in 2015. Heavy D died from a blood clot in his lung but it was later found out he did in fact have heart disease. Big Pun actually died of cardiac arrest.

I’m from Columbus Ohio, so even though this is a national publication, I want to honor an iconic rapper from my city who was special to us in the #614 and recently passed away… Sheron “Neswordz” Colbert  #RIH

Now let’s stop for a second, because I don’t want to get into the rappers that died at the hands of violence because that’s not where I’m going with this blog.

This is my point:

Hip Hop will be 44 years old this year. This means that the pioneers of Hip Hop are either senior citizens or on their way to being senior citizens. This means (God forbid) we may be losing a lot more Hip Hop icons in the “hopefully” distant future. But I’m noticing the mortality rate decreasing in age within the culture and I wanted to bring awareness to it in this blog.

One thing I loved about our last presidential administration, Big Up Obamas!, is that the Hip Hop community put them in office and President Barack and First Lady Michelle made it their business to bring awareness to healthcare and education directly to the minority in America.

How Can We Make A Healthy Lifestyle Cool In Hip Hop? 

How can we make LIVING cool in Hip Hop? How do we celebrate Life instead of Death? And most important, how do we put Financial well-being and Health together in this culture?

It definitely takes money and good decisions to be healthy. And maybe that’s why a healthy lifestyle isn’t cool to most young adults. Because Hip Hop from the beginning was all about taking the risk. Living on the edge. The new Rock N Roll. While Jay Z’s new 4:44 album is a great album to raise consciousness, the radio still bellows “Percocet, Molly Percocet” in regular rotation. Twerking videos and Drug money to the ear still resonates among adolescence. I get it! A safe lifestyle is a boring lifestyle. But yet, after the facade is lifted, and something tragic happens, all of the sudden we see that the rapper with money to the ear doesn’t really have sustainable income to treat the calamity.

Here’s this…The hardbody has always been the thing in Hip Hop, but what you don’t realize is Will Smith, LL Cool J, 50 Cent, Fantasia and Ashanti live very healthy lifestyles. They don’t engage in Marijuana, Alcohol or any other recreational drugs. Rumor has it that rapper Future…lol….doesn’t drink Lean or pop pills…but he advertises it to the youth in his music. So from that standpoint, what’s being fed to the public may appear to be a cooler lifestyle, trust me, eating right and adding exercise to your lifestyle will increase your chances of living a long and productive life.

Am I the old head in the room? Probably. But that doesn’t mean I can’t put this On The Table (Pun Intended) If you are one those people that just so happens to want to pursue or are pursuing a career in Hip Hop. Please take your health seriously. Black N Milds look cool until you get lung cancer. Sleeping with Twerk video models are cool until you get HIV. Living reckless with a bunch of beefs looks cool until we have to bury you and someone has to pick up those expenses. Live for today but plan like you will live tomorrow. Put a financial plan in place so that if anything does happen, you have your family taken care of.

It’s a new day! Taking care of yourself and your family is the “New Gangsta”

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[Web Series Review] #NaeNaeOffTheScreen: Tough Love

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Hey, its your girl NaeNae that brings you your #NaeNaeOnTheScene review. But this time around instead of giving you a review on the scene, my review is coming from off the screen, YouTube to be exact. I fell in love from the very start of this Emmy-Nominated web series, Tough Love.

Tough Love, is about six millennials, living in New York City, dealing with their day-to-day struggles of life and love. There’s Alicia and Quincy who are not only in a committed relationship but they run a business together. Next up, is Monica and Darius, the couple who isn’t an actual couple at least from the way Darius acts toward Monica. Finally, there is ‘I Can Do Bad By Myself, Don’t Hold Her Tongue for Anyone’, Jordan and the ‘Works Hard, But Plays Harder In The Bedroom, Playa’, Jackson. If you are familiar with or loved those classic black love movies, you might have noticed these characters are named after some those stars from those classic movies. (i.e. Darius is named after the character played by Larenz Tate in the movie, Love Jones.)

 

 

Since episode one dropped on YouTube back in November 10, 2015, this show has been one hell of a roller coaster of emotions leaving you wanting for longer episodes or cussing at their phones/tablets/tv at what some those characters did in an episode. LOL. Anybody can relate to or know at least one of these characters. I really related to my girl, Jordan cause we are a lot like in ways when it comes to relationships, especially in Season One.

Recently, married couple, Roni and Caleb Davis, created and produces this relationship-drama show. Both are originally from California but currently the Big Apple is their home. Roni is the writer and Caleb directs this amazing show. After season one ended, the love from fans from all over the world caught the attention of creators from the Black & Sexy TV network. (if you not familiar with Black & Sexy TV, don’t worry I’ll have a review coming soon on them.) When Season Two began, Tough Love could be seen on the Black & Sexy TV network a week earlier before being released on their YouTube channel.

 

                                                                     

This is a must watch show with a phenomenal cast and amazing storyline. I’m looking forward to see what’s in store for Season Three.
Its your girl, NaeNae with #NaeNaeOnTheScene signing off. Stay tuned for more reviews from me. Peace and Blessings.

Check out a recent interview I did with Roni and Caleb Davis on my podcast, 5 Rounds along with episode one from season one of Tough Love.

The cast: Quincy (Jordan Ryan Barton); Alicia (Ebony Obsidian); Darius (Devin Coleman);
Monica (Natalie Jacobs); Jackson (Bradley Clarke); Jordan (Verina Banks)

http://www.toughloveseries.com

 

 

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[Relationships] Situationships: A New Web Series

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We have done it again millennials; we’ve made adjustments, to yet, another standard of living. This time, we’re redefining dating; or hooking up with benefits of a relationship minus the official title. The term earned its place in the urban dictionary, so, the acknowledgment by Merriam-Webster shouldn’t be too far behind. It’s such a thing, that a hot new web series, Situationships, has taken over the internet and illustrated situationships, to a Tee, with relatable content. Main character Melody navigates through the ups and downs of finding love in a hook-up generation.  After plenty failed attempts and slip sliding into a situation of her own, she finally finds love,  or so she thinks. This new drama gives the ladies perspective and the guys perspective on how to deal with a situationship. It will make you laugh and may even have you revisit that one time or few times you may have dealt with a situationship.

 

Situationship; [sich-oo-ey-shuh n ship]: n. Any problematic relationship characterized by one or more unresolved, interpersonal conflicts, usually confused with dating and typically based off a situation – ie. friends with benefits; people who are a ‘thing’; a relationship with no label or title on it; a friendship but more than a friendship, but not quite a relationship.

 “A situationship is something that both parties have to agree upon, one person cannot be in a situationship and the other one is in a relationship. It’s not going to work out.” – Alexis J., Buffalo, New York

 

The series is also the Official Selection of the 2017 Web Fest New York and was the Official Selection of the 2016 NYC Web Fest, was nominated for Best Drama and the Audience Choice Award, as well as the Official Selection of the 2016 Cineplay Film Festival and Awards. Earlier in the week, we took to Snapchat to ask our readers to define Situationships.

 

 “I don’t think it’s usually planned, it’s a spontaneous event.”- Ray P., Buffalo, New York

Needless to say, the responses were welcomed and just as jaw dropping as the reality of a situationship…

“It’s an unspoken agreement without feelings being attached.”- Chris G., Atlanta, Georgia

 

Binge watch the series and follow the cast through the link below!

*Spoiler Alert* Episode 8 is a cliff hanger!

WEBSIT: www.situationships.nyc 

 

How do you feel about situationships?

 

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[TV] Watch “REBEL” on BET

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We have a new Shero! “Rebel”, a new drama series starring “Danielle Mone Pruitt” as Rebecca Knight  produced by the one and only John Singleton is a story about a military trained Oakland detective who has solved more murders in her first 3 years than anyone else on the force. She is a well respected, no nonsense bad ass!

Ive been hooked since the first episode. It’s captivating, action packed  and sexy this new series has all the elements to be great. My only hang up is the story lines need some pep. They could use more twists and turns and more sex scenes with Method man aka Clifford Smith aka Rebel’s estranged husband 🙂 Have you seen it? leave a comment what do think? and don’t forget to catch Rebel Tuesdays 10/9C on BET.  #SupporttheReal – BooM

 

 

 

 

 

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[TV] “The Get Down” Season 2

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Yaass The Get Down is Back! The popular Netflix Series set in the late-1970s South Bronx focused on six gifted kids at the forefront of the hip-hop revolution. As Hip-Hop Legend  Grandmaster Flash serving as an associate producer, the second season is set in 1978 with the same all-star cast featuring  Jimmy Smits, Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola, Skylan Brooks, Jaden Smith, T.J. Brown Jr. and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.  The colorful multifaceted coming of age story highlighting the DJ culture premieres April 7th! – BooM

 

 

 

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[COMEDY] Dave Chapelle- He’s Back!- Get Hip w/DJ Mos Precious

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For a while, we might found ourselves wondering what has happened to one of the most real comedians to be known. Well, he has been planning and raising his family all these years, he has been during shows and recording episodes of his funny moments. I found a fascinating picture of his family all holding skateboards. This undoubtedly assures us that skating is an excellent tool to building family togetherness.

Pictured: Dave Chappelle, Elaine Chappelle, Sulayman Chappelle and Ibrahim Chapelle. Ref: SPL55259 131008. Picture by: Tom Meinelt-Jackson Lee/Splash- Splash News and Pictures

If you think back to his special a few years ago, controversial was stirred then. With his new comedy collection completed with two episodes airing on Netflix recently, the world is surely stirred about some of the more touchier topics such as homophobia, race, and police brutality. It’s pretty normal for his specials, but overall it’s common for all comedians to ruffle feathers on topics they can make jokes about.

I would say that his style of comedy is hard and the real-ist because he speaks facts while he makes jokes about them to add humor. He took this time to express his feelings about some of America’s top media. With his funny face expressions, he made everyone laugh and was shocked when one of his jokes led to the crown clapping.

Comedy has come a very long way and very pleasing to watch all the comedians come and go. His legacy including 30 years of showbiz and is surely in effect because he never stopped even after taken a slight break for a few years. One of his legacies is his sons. It’s a must watch; he has surely been cooking while he as on this hiatus.

One of the most interesting parts of his special was the jokes about gays and the theory titled age of spin. Currently, there has been a lot of uproar about this jokes about LBGTQ. In today media and society, there has been a lot homophobia comedy and subliminal messages that I can see how it would offend that community. Comedy shouldn’t have limitations of what can be said or not, that’s what makes comedy one of the freest professions to speak your rants.

 

 

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[TV News] Star Wins!!!!

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Congratulations to Lee Daniels on another successful series!!! Star, the tv show, was all about the girls following their dreams moving to Atlanta, Ga to pursue music.  They did that; while making a name for themselves at the same time. They got a manager, landed a spot in the big music fest at a chance getting a million dollar contract, and at the end, they won it all.

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