In a clever remix of Drake’s “No Lie”, Wiz Khalifa has released the rather interesting rendition, “DON’T LIE”. The song has a very different feel from the singsongy Drake and 2Chainz version. It’s unique and all it’s own. It is not your average remix. There is a level of originality and a sophistication in the flow that challenges the song’s original version. Some are even suggesting that Wiz’s version bests the original Drake and 2 Chainz duet. Actually, by “Some”, we mean ourselves! Quite frankly, we were never huge fans of “No Lie” with Drake and 2Chainz. Wiz’s new version is, in our opinion, far superior. Don’t Lie is much shorter and the video that accompanies the song is clearly produced on a smaller budget. However, between the two, we would blast Wiz, over Drake’s, any day!
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Wimbledon is the most coveted prize in tennis and this year’s trophy will rest on the mantle of Serena Williams. As half of the dynamic duo (of Venus and Serena), she has already solidified her place in history but with her 5th Wimbledon victory, Serena becomes the first woman in her 30’s to win the tournament since, Martina Navratilova. Only weeks after, critics began to sing the swan song for William’s career, Serena has proven her continued relevance as a force in women’s tennis by defeating Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, 6-1,5-7,6-2.
Later today, Serena will join her sister in playing in the finals for the Wimbledon Doubles Championship!
On July 4th, as the nation was celebrating Independence Day, Chris Rocked sparked controversy by tweeting: “Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks”. Some, failed to see the humor in Rock’s tweet. Conservative bloggers, in particular took great umbrage at the statement. The responses were often sarcastic references mocking, Rock’s slam to our nation that noted that our nation has it’s first african american president.
Chris Rock has been known for his particularly perceptive social commentary and in our opinion, this is no different. Chris Rock noted in his tweet that the slaves had yet to be freed, when the Declaration of Independence was originally signed. It highlights a contradiction that African Americans have been forced to wrestle with, since the inception of our nation.
There are a handful of ways to understand American history. We can obsess intently on our nation’s sins and develop a level of anger with America; We can adopt the perspective of the pollyanna and pretend that America is perfect and without blemish. And we can lash out at those, like Rock that draw attention to the obvious flaws in that perspective; Or We can understand that America is and always has been, great although it has never been perfect.
As Rock’s critics noted, America, eventually freed the slaves and today we have a black President but we have only moved beyond our past by acknowledging its existence and acknowledging that our past behaviors were in conflict with the ideals that established our nation. Comedians like Rock are often our conscience, forcing us to face hard truths that we’d rather ignore.