The series premiere of Watchmen on HBO shattered quite a few rose-colored glasses with their stunning depiction of the real-life tragedy that was the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Known commonly as the bombing of Black Wall Street, the show’s portrayal of events has viewers scrambling for information of the rarely discussed catastrophe.
Racial Violence Is Interwoven into the Fabric of American History
Written by Damon Lindelof and directed by Nicole Kassell, the brave choice of showing the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre has prompted discussion about the historic gaps in the American educational system. With many Twitter users sharing sentiments that they are glad to have been informed, viewers of the series are now scrambling for information and historical accounts of what has been called “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history.” The 18-hour assault on Black residents and businesses claimed an unknown number of lives and injured countless more. The tragedy resulted in the decimation of a once buzzing community and left more than 10,000 Black people homeless. The 1921 calamity went unrecognized until 2001. Even now, the search for mass graves continues so descendants may memorialize their dead.
Smells Like Bleach
Titled “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”, the premiere episode of Watchmen has divided its audience. As many viewers were unaware of the events of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, some have responded in disbelief. Labeling it an attempt to skew the show’s message for a liberal audience, disgruntled fans have taken to Rotten Tomatoes to review bomb the series. With the audience score sitting at 48% and dropping, it seems fans of the DC comic are disappointed white supremacist terrorism is outed even in the fictional world.
Operating under the name “The 7th Kavalry”, the fictional white supremacist terrorist organization is a nod to the regiment that participated in the American Indian Wars, including The Battle of Little Bighorn (referenced later in the show). Spewing the gospel of Rorschach, the group is a stand-in for the KKK, having ditched their pointed hoods for Rorschach masks. Maintaining the same beliefs, the 7th Kavalry puts a twist on their bigotry. Along with the prejudice of other races, police officers are targeted as well and were attacked during an event called “The White Night”. Angela Abraham aka Sister Night, a former police officer and the show’s protagonist, was a victim of the incident which prompted her retirement.
Based on the limited DC series of the same name, Lindelof seems committed to blending present-day society with the source material. Already asking the country to be introspective and critical of its questionable history, we can be sure the remaining nine episodes will bring us more of these hard truths.
Uncle Snoop Get Your Apology to Ari Lennox Ready
Apparently, everyone’s favorite uncle likes apologizing. Fresh off of his apology tour for his controversial comments towards broadcast journalists Gayle King, Snoop Dogg decided to comment on Ari Lennox’s Instagram live to instruct her to “grow your own hair.”
Yesterday, the Dreamville songbird took to Instagram Live in true Ari fashion to document her trying on a new lace front wig. Not known for wearing wigs, she struggled with figuring out how much lace to cut and securing the hair as she entertained her followers with hilarious gestures and commentary.
Eventually, a snippet of the video ended up on The Shade Room for everyone’s viewing pleasure.
Moments later, Snoop was unnecessarily commenting under the video.
In no time, women were coming to Ari’s defense, reminding the legendary rapper that his wife and daughter are no strangers to wigs.
You’d think men would know to leave their opinions to themselves when it comes to women’s hair, especially black women, but clearly, Uncle Snoop forgot to read that particular memo.
Once Ari caught wind of Snoop’s comments, she delivered a lovely little shade tree, posting a photo of Snoop wearing a blonde wig with the caption, “Uncle I just…I just thought we had an understanding….”
Following the backlash that he’s currently receiving, I can already envision the apology that’s sure to follow. Perhaps someone should remind Uncle Snoop that the best apology is changed behavior…
DJ D-Nice Has Spun His Way Into the Living Rooms of Thousands
Every day, legendary DJ D-Nice (a.k.a. Derrick Jones) spends countless hours helping thousands of global citizens forget about the coronavirus pandemic and financial woes with his “Homeschool” parties.
Initially jumping on Instagram Live to cure his boredom while “self-isolating,” D-Nice had an audience of a few hundred, mostly friends. As word began to spread, it grew to a few thousand. By Sunday, over 160,000 people joined his live for a virtual party that included the heavyweights such as Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett-Smith, 9th Wonder, Jimmy Fallon, and Vice President Joe Biden.
During a CBS This Morning interview, D-Nice shared, “I literally just played what feels good. I wanted people to feel good. I wanted their experience to be lifted through music, just one song at a time.” And he’s done just that. While on live, his comment section is a constant stream of cheers, shout outs, and music-lovers asking, “Where the drinks at?” It feels like the best VIP section you’ll ever experience but from your living room.
“No matter what your problems are, you can put on a good tune and it just takes you away and I was trying to do that,” he explained. “It wasn’t just the music, it was the whole experience and everyone escaping what’s going on today just for a few hours.”
While some of his neighbors have complained about the noise, D-Nice is committed to keeping the party going as the universal language of music is playing a vital role in keeping us all connected.
We have DJ D-Nice to thank for that!
Jay Electronica & Joe Budden Used Their Twitter Fingers to Exchange Insults
It took 10 years for Jay Electronica to release his highly-anticipated album, A Written Testimony. While some are singing his praises, others are incredibly disappointed. One such person is former rapper turned media personality, Joe Budden.
Budden used his platform, The Joe Budden Podcast episode Dry Snitching to express his disappointment. Budden proclaimed, “You’ve been missing for ten years- which is cool, ’cause you’ve been living life. But that confidence that I thought you might’ve been living life with is suppressed…that lens that I’m looking through paints the story of a different MC. And that MC is one that would get smacked around by Hov on every song.”
In response, Electronica took to Twitter and posted a video clip of DaBaby saying “fuck it,” directing the tweet at Rory, one of the co-hosts on Budden’s podcast.
Shortly after, Budden responded referring to Jay-Z’s performance on A Written Testimony, where he appears on eight of ten tracks. “I never got absolutely mopped around on my own project either… @ me, not Rory.”
Here’s how the rest of that conversation went:
The tirade ended with Electronica demanding credit for “lighting up” the podcast episode.
Electronica released A Written Testimony on Friday, March 13th. It’s his first solo album after more than ten years of delays with features by Jay-Z, The-Dream and Travis Scott, with additional production by The Alchemist, No ID, Swizz Beatz and Hit-Boy.