Expert .. Written and Performed by Big Virge

So, who isn’t an expert these days now eh ?

It doesn’t seem to require much more than a bit of research, googling, or just having an opinion, to be a modern day expert on the woes of the world, all of a sudden ?

You only have to go onto a social media feed, to see people spouting their views on, any, and everything, from creative talents, to the Corona Virus, Policing, or the dreaded subject of Racism.

It is quite disturbing to me, to see how quickly people claim to know what’s right, from what’s wrong these days, that then seems to lead to, subsequent attacks that are then made by others, insisting on the apparent fact, that people haven’t researched, are being biased, or that they are just being stupid, or ignorant.

Thus comes the expert, who knows everything, even though their only information comes from a bias, or a source that works for their bias.

So with Corona, it’s been Dr. Fauci, against the likes of Trump.
A battle that caused all sorts of dissension, and divisive views about everything from, wearing masks to vaccines, social distancing and lockdowns.

So then, in comes President Biden, and suddenly, there’s a little less reluctance to resist the vaccine rollout, and everything connected to Coronas demise !!!

Have the experts changed ?

Nope, but the sway of power and influence, means that whoever the expert is, whose an ally of, said President, the bias is swiftly removed.

How easily people are swayed !

The next monster in most rooms now, is the history, treatment, and current state of affairs, relating to the black race, that is a subject, that is now being extensively covered in documentaries and studies, by an abundance of black historians, scientists, doctors and their ilk, whose reading and information, must again, make them experts right ?

Well, so many who are listening to them, believe these people.

However, questions will always remain as to the validity of arguments that aren’t supported by evidence, because of it being, allegedly whitewashed from history, so, how exact are their expert opinions ?

A question that leads suitably to the individuals involved in this report on racism in modern Britain.

Lead by teachers, ex police, lawyers, business and community leaders, alongside of Samuel Kasumu, Boris Johnson’s main, black matters expert, honcho, community adviser, or, whatever other term could be used, to oversee, not only the report, but in Samuels case, the effort to get black folks reluctant to get vaccinated….

VACCINATED … !!!

…. by using, NOT Scientists or Medical Professionals, but, a knighted comedian, and actors, to try to convince black communities, via a video, to get with the programme, and get vaccinated as soon as possible !

Oh but wait !!!

As soon as the race report comes out, Mr. Kasumu jumps the Conservative ship, due to its content, firstly, denying institutional racism, and then, suggesting that as white majority nations go.

Britain is the best one to follow in terms of its racial integration, and progression, when it comes to how it’s minimised, racist behaviour….

Except for young, Neo nazis like Ben Hannam, finding his way into the Metropolitan Police,, which according the news report, posted on the, 1st of APRIL, on BBC News, HUH Hmmm,

was as EASY as … ” TICKING A BOX “.

Good job there Britain, especially with the further line of doubt cast on his Nazi tendencies, which can apparently be linked to his being Autistic ?!?

I hope Autism organisations are paying ATTENTION !

Don’t believe me, the article makes it quite clear !

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-56414713

So, why out the door so quickly Samuel ?

Huh … ???

…. Even if you wished to leave some time before the report came out, as had been alleged, why dude ???

HUH … ???

As for the likes of Tony Sewell and Keith Fraser, being an ex teacher and police officer, makes them experts on a subject that would clearly require a lot more input from, young black people in particular, who have been victims of police brutality and racist treatment in recent times.

Mr. Sewell and Mr. Fraser would seem to be less than qualified to speak on a subject that spreads, much farther and wider than their, rather lofty positions in British Institutions !

As was said to me this weekend, when black folks get into positions where they can perhaps influence white folks to at least, look at themselves in a critical way, saying the wrong thing could get you in trouble fast, so it’s difficult to believe that the report, which many seem to think, has once again, swept the issue of racism in the UK, under the rug, has been run by those without personal interests to protect, rather than, as we’re constantly told about this stuff, been run by an independent, suitably neutral, group of individuals.

Experts are hard to find, in any field, let alone in an area where so many factors have to be considered.

It’s hardly a job for a government, whose leader has been found to use, let’s call them, insensitive terms for racial groups, not so long ago….

The other factor that should perhaps be brought up in terms of recent times and attitudes coming to the fore, is BREXIT, isn’t it ?

There might be some interesting stories of the initial and subsequent reactions to the result of Britain saying yes to leaving the EU.

VERY Interesting stories, that would show that racism suddenly found a new home in the HALF of the populous who voted to leave.

Of course, nothing racist came from the leave voters now did it ???

Anyway, I think that the idea of expertise, is one that really needs to be checked by a lot of people now, who perhaps, need to take hard looks at themselves, rather than be so quick to get on high horses, when they are not in the best positions to be casting stones, or aspersions, or offering advice about things that none of us are particularly clear on, like say, taking a vaccine, which may not have killed many people, but has yet to be proven, to not be a danger to some, due to certain side effects, that have now come to light.

I go back to the Chris Rock statement on bad eggs in police forces, when it comes to these vaccinations !

One bad egg, is still, one too many !!!

Especially when there is no recourse, for legal action, if something bad does happen to someone taking a jab !

It’s a crazy time to just be, believing all and sundry about serious issues, experts or not, some things are just not to be taken at peoples’ word.

So, this poem reflects on a few things that i’ve experienced, seen and heard from self proclaimed experts, in recent times, who, as said, should perhaps check themselves, before running their mouths…..

I am thankful to many of them now, because what they’ve all taught me is that, when it comes to what any of us read, have been told, or think that we know, it’s probably not very wise to tell yourself, that you are some kind of….

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“April Who ?” … Written and Performed by Big Virge

Okay folks, so it’s that time of year, where the first of the month is a time for tricks, or, what we have been lead to believe are, April Fools pranks and jokes….

Well, i’m a little more concerned about the issue of the foolish behaviour, and, fooling of people, that seems to be such a problem within humanity now, because it’s clearly foolish to believe in much that comes out of the media, and government mouths nowadays !

There are fools of all varieties in various places, and they are clearly not shy of exhibiting their foolishness.

I have recently had dealings with a Barbadian Lawyer, who shall remain nameless, who clearly thinks that she’s the smartest cookie, in a pack of nuts, because she’s clearly not as smart as she thinks, in terms of her ability to deceive, and to dupe people into believing her nonsense, so that she can get at their money.

SMH !!!

However, as said, fools like her, are just not worth the effort.

Lawyers are a breed who, generally like to play the fool, when it comes to their dealings with people, regarding money and property, and the list goes on with them, but who are they really fooling…

Clients or Themselves… ?

The idea of friendship too, breeds many a foolish decision, or act, when it comes to business, trust, and the belief that those you believe to be friends, will be there for you in the end, or will simply support you whilst you’re alive.

However, there are also people who seem keen to brandish others as being well, shady at best, when they actually aren’t quite as bad as they seem to believe ?

It’s so crazy to really see how foolish most people are, as you get older and wiser, and start to see things, and people for what they REALLY are, as opposed, to how you’d, LIKE To BELIEVE them to be.

This suitably segue ways to all these vaccines, and the prospect of a summer of things re-openiong, and passports to freedom, once you’ve been vaccinated.

However, the problem seems to be that, as medics and some scientists are suggesting, the prospect of all these variants, and, mutated strains of this Corona thing, becoming more and more advanced, and not necessarily being ever totally negated to the point where everyone can move freely in the knowledge that they can be fully immunised, or made safe from contracting a new strain, or, Corona Remix, as it were, of this disease, is far from certain.

It does seem a little foolish to believe, that things will suddenly be all good in the hood, once everyone, either gets tested, or is vaccinated, because as is readily being claimed now, the virus could return with serious venom, at any time ???

Life is throwing so many angles at people these days, that many are being quickly fooled into believing things, without any substance, to support what they are believing in, or buying into ?

It’s a dangerous time to be playing cards, without the deck being stacked in your favour, and it clearly isn’t wise to be taking risks with your life, for vaccination programmes, that are far from verified as being, totally safe !

I read today, that certain medics now believe that vaccination shots could in the future become, a very regular occurrence, to ensure that people cannot contract new variants of this flu, I mean, where does, or could this all end… ???

Will it ever end … ?

There are many things that are still very unclear, as to where this Corona Virus will steer humanity in the future, so, the re-opening of certain countries, doesn’t seem quite so sound a plan, when others, not so far away, are once again locking down, to apparently contain new variants of this virus, that clearly isn’t ready to go away just yet !

There are also, a few too many people in influential positions, who are neither, scientists or politicians, who are now using their fame, to enforce the movement to get those reluctant to get vaccinated, to do so, as if these people need to be encouraged to take a jab, because they are not thinking of others, or of their own futures. A future in a world where there is much uncertainty, from economic recoveries, to the gathering of crowds at events again, to new tech trends that may well fool us all into going to a place, where the little freedoms we once believed to be, ” Freedom “, become a distant thing of the past.

The internet is a place where people are fooled regularly now, but the bigger prospect of what big tech companies, and political factions may be planning for it’s usage, and restrictive powers, may be something that will create a whole legacy of things that may well do, much more than just restrict peoples freedom of speech.

It could, and already is being used to curb, freedom of monetary movement, with digital transfers becoming more and more prevalent, let alone the whole idea of what surveillance powers it may avail in the end, for those behind how it is used.

What purpose it will serve for them, and most importantly of all, for whom exactly ?

So this weeks drop, throws a little lyrical twist on the ideal that there is one day for people to be fooled, or to act like one.

April the 1st may be that day, however, my view on this is, just hold on for a minute, fools make foolish movements, every single day, somewhere in the world, every second of the day !!!

So, when it comes to the idea of being fooled, and by whom….

The question that enters my mind now, regarding this ideal…

Is ….

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“People” … A poem written and performed by Big Virge

So folks, as time rolls on, more and more issues with people keep coming to light, and sadly we seem to be losing, more and more of those people, who have contributed to this world, in positive, creative ways, far too frequently.

So firstly, as a fellow poet, I must pay respects to Craig “Mums” Grant, most widely known for his role as Poet, in the show, Oz.

A highly talented performer, and seemingly, well respected artist, who died last week.

Respected by the likes of fellow poets and actors, Yasiin Bey and Saul Williams, he was clearly a deeply loved individual, who in no small way, raised the profile of Slam Poetry, and the contemporary usage of language through spoken word.

May you rest in peace poet.

However, something that we could do with resting in peace, seems to be finding more and more ways, and people, who refuse to let it do so.

The ugly head of Racism, continues to find itself into the realms of social, and mass media, be it on Twitter, or Instagram.

This has lead to the likes of Chrissy Teigen, and Thierry Henry, declaring their wish for the platforms, to regulate abuse, and racist content, that they have been victims of receiving.

The racism issue has also come to light recently, with the likes of Rob Lederman’s rather strange and obtuse, comparison of black skin tones, to, toaster settings for his morning toast ?!?

Like WTF … ?!?

He apparently is down with some, mulatto toast, like say, Ms. Berry, but wouldn’t go as far as Gayle King, or Serena Williams shades !

So, he had to go, alongside of his co-hosts, Rich Gaenzler and Chris Klein, receiving suspensions.

Interestingly though, Ms. Berry’s subsequent response and quote, suggesting that, ALL Black Women are beautiful, and worthy of respect, is clearly disingenuous, and far from true, or a reasonable comment to make, but hey, she obviously knows everything about, every black woman on the planet though right ?

Anyhow, moving along, as if this wasn’t enough, in these Black Lives Matter days, we have Matt Rowan, another, American sports announcer, getting quite irate about a team of young female ballers, kneeling during the national anthem, before an Oklahoma High School Basketball game, which clearly offended this…..

…… Married, Baptist, father of two, to the point where he uttered condemnation, and a racist slur, which he later attributed to his, sugar levels spiking, which due to his being diabetic, apparently can make him say inappropriate things !?!

Again, like, really …

People huh ?!?

There is also a suggestion that race issues within British Policing, may set some very dangerous precedents, according to leader of police chiefs, Martin Hewitt, who says this may cause a problem in the effectiveness of policing of black communities.

A problem that he wants to change after, wait for it …

“ Generations of history “, that have created mistrust of the police, to the point where black people don’t want to join, or report crimes to the good ol’ boys in blue.

Especially with recent figures suggesting that, British Black People, are victims of stop and search policies, NINE Times more than their white counterparts ?!?

Like … NINE Times … !?!

Platitudes folks, and more platitudes, like those from sporting bodies, like UEFA, to all these broadcasting networks, who seem to be employing and paying these racist people, until oops, they make a slip up that gets caught on air, or in the case of say, Sharon Osbourne, only after ELEVEN Years of being on a show, like, “ The Talk “, is she suddenly found to have allegedly been, abusive, to the point of, allegedly again, being ………

Wait for it …. Racist …..

Well would you Adam and Steve it !?!

Again, after ELEVEN Years ………..

SHOCK HORROR…. !!!

How could this possibly be ?

Have the programme mangers, sponsors, advertisers and broadcast networks, only just become,

“ Woke “ …. ?!?

Is it possible that they could have been unaware, or asleep so long, like, a whole ELEVEN Years ?!?

Well, one would have to believe so, according to her time on the show now wouldn’t you ?

Sadly, this weeks final news pick is this, as reported, cowardly killing of dozens of people in Mozambique, allegedly perpetrated by militants, in Palma, where there is a logistics hub for international gas projects.

Civilians and a number of foreign nationals have been forced to flee, after beheadings and killings sent shock waves through the Cabo Delgado province.

Children have been killed there, as they have in Myanmar, in what can only be described as violent, militarised acts of the worst kind !

In times where we are still seeing crazy amounts of Covid Infection news, and allegations of misinformation about reported numbers of cases, and deaths, in nations like Mexico, one has to wonder what is wrong with some people ?

It’s been a pretty rough week on a personal level for me, because of the personal pressures, and ignorance of some people, who seem to feel as if they can make rather rash verbal attacks, that lack any foundation, other than because they feel that they should air a view, regardless of the validity of their apparent problem, with what you may, or may not have said, or done.

People these days aren’t proving to be much fun anymore, however, when it comes down to it, only now that things aren’t so good, but have they really ever been ???

A question for another time, but as I age, it’s becoming more and more apparent, how nonsensical people are becoming, and how nonsensical it is, to have ever believed that people can ever truly unite, or get on for long periods of time, before finding reason to argue, or become disrespectful, as per a lot of social media posts now.

The rhetoric, and apparent, factual assessments of human beings from past times, now seem to be, more and more unbelievable, when you see the traits, that are basically showing us all, the individual characteristics and flaws that define …

Being HUMAN ….

…. particularly when looking at our behaviour as a supposedly, evolved, and superior breed of creature, to the others on the planet …

It begs the question, as does this weeks poetic drop, in amongst the positive attributes that we do exhibit as a breed …

What really is it, about …..

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“The Drag Down” … Written and Performed by Big Virge

Okay folks, so, another week passes, and sadly, so have both, Yaphet Kotto, from the one and only, Black Villain Themed Bond Movie,

“ Live And Let Die “,

A trailblazer, and door opener, for many black actors who followed, and the…

One And Only … Marvellous Marvin Hagler !!!

RIP,

A true boxing great, and by almost all accounts, a very cool dude outside of the ring.

Two black men, who, in my opinion, should be held up as icons, and black men who should be celebrated, and shown as positive role models for young black people !

However, there are a few in the modern era, who at best, need to be, as it were,
VERIFIED, before being given props for doing what they do.

Swiftly moving on, I was told this week that I apparently, have a problem with my skin colour, which has never been said to me before, but interestingly, it came from a lighter skinned black person, which was, quite the attempted, drag down !?!

However, the idea that every black person whose making money, and has gained some kind of … “ Societal Success “ …

… should be celebrated, I do have a problem with, and if that means that I hate my own skin colour, because I’ll call the kettle black, when it is, then so be it, because as I’ve said before, I deal in truth and accountability.

You make a mistake, acknowledge it, don’t pass the buck, or lie.

The reason I say this, is because we do have BLACK LIARS.

SHOCK HORROR … I said it, it’s true !

Just watch, JUDAS and The Black Messiah, for, ACTUAL, FACTUAL PROOF !!!

It’s a sad state of affairs, when you can’t call out your own people, for things that they do, that you don’t agree with, without having yourself be dragged down by, so called, woke, or conscious black peoples, because they just don’t like to hear THE TRUTH ?

Like SERIOUSLY … ?!?

Grow some !!!

…. and stop hiding behind, some subtle, infantile attack, like the playboy in the playground, trying to impress the stupid chicks, because that is played out.

Talking of which, there is a video floating around youtube, that speaks a little on, Jermaine Fowler, who plays Eddie Murphy’s son in the new, Coming 2 America flick, that seems to be affirming that, he is yet another black actor, who has dressed in drag, to some shockingly convincing effect, and that unsurprisingly, his mother is apparently now, a lesbian !

This video then goes on to, drag down these black men in Hollywood for dressing in drag, or as women for roles.

Wesley Snipes, Eddie Murphy, Ving Rhames, and the list goes on, and sadly on …. !!!

Add in, that noticeably, this movie chose to remind us that Arsenio Hall, had done so in the original too, which does make one think about the dragging down of black masculinity in today’s entertainment world, at any, or basically, every opportunity.

Oh and before folks start, save the, SO WHAT, It’s acting rhetoric, because everything that is put out into the world creates an energy, that transmits through those that see it, be they, adults or children.

It’s not about hating, it’s actually about being informed, and recognising the truth about people, and maybe how they get to be where they are.

It’s also something, that I personally do not believe, is good for children to see of any race, however, as I’m black, for black children especially.

As a lot of heads are now saying, each to their own, but people should recognise and know, that if others don’t wanna go down that road, neither they, nor their children should be coerced, or forced into doing so, but I digress.

The dragging down of truth speakers, and free speaking in today’s world, is an increasingly disturbing issue in my eyes, especially as a free speaking, and thinking artist, with cancel nonsense being, here, there and basically, everywhere now, it’s a subject that clearly is relevant to the recent apology by Nick Cannon, to the White Jewish populous, for his sitting with Professor Griff, within the last year, to basically claim to be an, ” Original Jew “, because he apparently felt, that he should let White Jewish people know that they were,

Faking The Funk…

… in terms of their TRUE IDENTITY, which Professor Griff concurred with, and has received adverse press for before, when referring to Jews in what was deemed as being, a negative, or, anti-semitic way, by not only, the American Media, but by Chuck D himself, allegedly, who then again, allegedly, expelled him from the group for a time, over it.

It seems that this was all sorted out within Public Enemy, however, Nick Cannon has, as said, suddenly stepped away from this issue, and has now retained a show, that he had been previously removed from, and has now, even sat with a Rabbi, who essentially called his original statement, abhorrent, anti-Semitic, and hateful.

This has subsequently lead to, DL Hughley waging in, to apparently attack Professor Griff for his position too !

Now this week I saw a recent Instagram Video, where Professor Griff was cool, but called both Cannon and Hughley,

Flunkies…

…. and have now seen an earlier response video to DL Hughley, where he goes in on Hughley, for bowing to his white masters, and also asks, what exactly Hughley meant when saying, ” The Steak ain’t worth the sizzle. ”

Professor Griff basically, drags him down a couple of pegs, off of his apparent, pedestal of success !

I think that it is fair to say that, Professor Griff is a STAND UP Black Man, a musical icon, and a Truth Speaker.

However, can the same be said of Cannon, Hughley, and a plethora of these, young black modern day successes, who in many ways, owe their ability to have success in the entertainment industry, to the likes of Professor Griff ?

Now can they … ???

…. when they dress as women, or bow to their, Hollywood Owners for a pay cheque, or, quickly turn on, and drag down their own peers, when there are lines that they have toed, that their peers, and apparent friends, flat out,

REFUSE TO DO … !?!

Again, can it really be said that they are straight up individuals ?!?

I get it, if you’re Black in America, and make large amounts of money, this must mean that you’re cool, and have earned it righteously, like if you, let’s say, marry royalty ….

This automatically then means, that you’re someone to be looked up to …

Like REALLY … ?!?

I think that some black folks are getting a little too caught up in, the bright lights, fancy cars, big houses and dollar bills, and getting themselves confused.

The earning of money …..

One of the biggest factors in black divisions, and enslavement, should suddenly be seen as being, what makes you RIGHTEOUS … ???

Like … RIGHTEOUS … !?!

It’s the standard that most, if not almost all of us live by now, I get that, and have made mine, and have spent mine, because when I die, it will not be what defines me.

There are very few forms of making it, if any at all now, that are not tainted, so, let’s not be issuing plaudits to everyone whose made a dollar, into a million, just because they have, because we don’t know every last thing that they may have done, to get it folks, and that’s not a joke !

Think on it……..

Furthermore, when people drop bombs on you that speak the truth, that you don’t like, don’t throw your toys out of your pram, because you don’t like what you like to dish out, being thrown back in your face, because it seems to be the case, more and more these days, that people are being incredibly hypocritical, when it comes to dishing out, what this weeks Spoken Word drop covers….

The dragging of peoples names and characters, through the mud, because you can’t, as Jack said,

” HANDLE THE TRUTH ” ….

As I was told today, by a Ghanaian brother, the old African expression, still holds plenty of weight …

” A Speaker of Truth, has no friends … ”

Nuff’ said, which seems to be why, in Professor Griff’s case, and recently in mine, we are always subject to, the views of individuals who like to now, employ the use of….

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” Chat ” … Written and Performed by Big Virge

So folks, here we go with a quick post on some bits and bobs for the week.

I have very little interest in Royalty, but it seems that Madame Markle … or is that, Saxe-Coburg now ?

…. is stirring the pot again, whilst she and hubby Harry, chatted away with good ol’ Oprah, for a heart to heart, about her experiences thus far, as a Royal.

Well firstly it seems that she’s a little, ” Too Dark “, for certain members of Her Majesty’s Staff, or is that, extended family, who apparently, are quite concerned about the couples offsprings, skin colour !

SHOCK HORROR, that those who may well have ironed the Nazi costume Young Harry wore to a party, when he was 20, would think such a thing ?!?

As Meghan herself expressed in her chat with Oprah, she DIDN’T DO ANY research, AT ALL, into the family she was about to marry into ???

Well, as cold as it sounds, I have, ZERO SYMPATHY for, the suicidal and lonely place she claims to have been in !!!

NONE.

So, what happened to hubby, was he not a consoling shoulder for her to cry and lean on … ???

Or, was he busy getting rid of his, Nazi Regalia, from their presumably, expansive closets !

I mean, people are being forced to wear masks to live, and this is news ?!?

Meanwhile, Gina Carano’ can’t compare Nazi attitudes to being related to, her treatment by Disney in her online chat, and seemingly, the groups who are online, who are now, AGAIN attempting to BULLY someone, for speaking their truth, that doesn’t sit well with their version of morality ?

However, we should all be very concerned about a family who have, utilised slavery to basically, end up with a member of their family, well…….

YOU KNOW WHAT ….. !!!
A woman of well, slightly darker skin than theirs ….

Hmmm, does anyone see the irony here, I guess it’s just me ?

Anyway, there’s a lot of chat these days, that’s making very little sense to me, from personal conversations I’m having with certain people, to online chats and social media chats that are proving to be increasingly prejudiced, biased and of course, racist.

Gotta quickly mention the chat coming from, ex-players and media from England, in amongst this rise in nonsensical chat, due to theirs on the apparently, TERRIBLE Wickets, that England’s Cricketers, ended up being embarrassed upon, whilst losing the series to Virats’ India.

Well, to borrow what I saw on another bloggers’ page…

How long exactly, have the English, immorally lived and colonised, good lo’ India ?!?

A couple hundred years maybe… ???

So, exactly why are they not aware that they need to bring batsmen, who are at their best on turning wickets, and against spin, and, a set of spinners who turn it miles, to play in India, on pitches that are played on by, BOTH Teams ?!?

If you lose the toss, and it costs you the game, then petition for a different way to start the game then, and see how far you get with that tactic !!!

It’s the same old chat, that doesn’t deal in any sense of looking in the mirror, and facing up to the simple, RAW TRUTH….

…. which in this case was, NOT GOOD ENOUGH, and got beaten heavily because of it.

Diverting topic quickly, my chat on the series is mainly reserved for, Rishabh’ Pant, looks like an interesting future he has, the force is strong with him !

Anyway, back to the chat surrounding vaccinations, and the apparent freedoms that they will now be giving to those who’ve received their doses happily.

It still seems very confusing to me, especially when the threat of Covid, is still being said to be, far from over or under control ???

I dunno folks, but to me, much of society and humanity, is proving to be, One BIG JOKE right about now !

Case in point being, the Piers Morgan walk out on GMB…

No comment on that, other than … LOL.

…. which leads me finally, to the fact that, the chat that is coming out of some peoples mouths is not only, highly questionable, but seriously hypocritical, no royalty being mentioned …

Huh Hmmm …

So, this weeks post is a short one, as I am really not one for foolish, or idle chatter, but the subject of this poem is as appropriate as it could be, for the subject of this weeks blog post, because what it reflects on is people, and all of their….

Well, as said, particularly in these days times ….

Increasingly RIDICULOUS …

“Never To Be Forgotten” … A Poem written and performed by Big Virge

So folks, as our, ” appointed “, month of black history has essentially come and gone, there are so many names and things, that relate to black history, that really need to be noted, and not forgotten !

From the inventors who allegedly, had their inventions and creativity stolen, to slavery and, an infinite number of things, that define black peoples struggles, victories, and most important of all to me, accountability for our actions, and how we treat one another !

It’s easy to point fingers, and apportion blame to other people, or circumstances, for the positions you find yourself in.

However, one has to be honest with yourself about the choices you make, that lead to things occurring in our lives.

There is so much debate about the reasons behind, why black people as a populous, find themselves in the positions we are in today, but the big question is….

What is the REAL TRUTH ?

Well, in recent weeks, I have been watching, “ HIDDEN COLOURS “, a very interesting, 5 part docu-series of films, that covers black history, white supremacy, and much much more, which I suggest, would be a worthwhile watch for anyone who seeks to know more about black peoples’ past, as well as our current position in Western Society.

The series of films has black professors, activists, researchers and more, sharing their views, knowledge, and feelings about our plight, our strengths, and incredible resilience in still being here, fighting against systems that are still compromising, killing, and oppressing black peoples’ ability to live, as we would like.

There is much that will enlighten, uplift, and disturb people, of all
colours, much like the incredible story of Chairman Fred Hamptons’, rise and demise, due to a certain, Bill O’Neal, who was the FBI Informant, who infiltrated the Black Panthers, rose up through the ranks, and eventually contributed, in no small way, to Fred Hamptons assassination, who just happened to be, that’s right … BLACK … !?!

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and it’s performances from Daniel Kaluuya, as Hampton, to Dominique Fishback’s performance as his partner, Deborah Johnson, now known as, Akua Njeri, who mothered his son, Fred Hampton Jnr’, who is alive today, and who now runs the Black Panther Cubs, an extension of the original Panthers organisation, who were both consulted, after extensive, lengthy meetings, for the making of the film, to the supporting cast, and the very chilling, and well executed performance, by Lakeith Stanfield, as the Judas of the films title, Bill O’Neal.

A quick mention has to be made for Martin Sheen’s turn as, J Edgar Hoover, and Jesse Plemons, who plays Roy Mitchell, the agent who recruited, and then, used and abused O’Neal, to eventually please Hoover, and seal the deal, by ensuring that Hampton was murdered, before returning to prison, due to, as Hoover essentially put it,

“Hampton being a threat to the white way of life “.

An incredible movie to have come out, and be seen at a time where, Black Lives, apparently matter, and we’re getting our customary, ridiculous MONTH, to recognise black history.

I could go on and on about the incredible tales of black woe, and success, but this weeks poem reflects on, merely a few of those, who the majority of black people choose to ignore and forget, and those who, most white and asian people generally, could care less about.

Chairman Fred Hampton to me, who died far too young, much like Stokely Carmichael, was an incredible spirit, with the type of vision for a better world, that I could get down with, and to this day, will never forget….

So, on that note, this weeks spoken word drop is for those, at least in my belief…..

Who are…..

” What Would You Say ? ” … A Poem written and performed by Big Virge

Okay peoples’, so now the Valentines whatever is over… it seems as though the strange vibes continue, pretty much everywhere, but, especially online it seems !

There’s literally, so much, NOT going on, that it’s difficult to know what to say, about anything these days.

The issue of what’s being spread across various social media feeds, is causing quite a quite few folks to start airing some pretty incredible views !

I’m seeing that the movement to being online most of the time, isn’t necessarily serving heads so well !

The internet gangsters, are finding, forum after forum, to spout their vitriol, and hatred at those who are equally as willing, to speak what they think.

The problem with this though, is that a lot of folks are getting their feelings hurt, because they seem to believe, as many folks now seem to, that their opinion is the only one that could possibly be right ?

Errr, nope, in case folks haven’t noticed, there are proving to be, innumerable nuances, that need to be applied to arguments, before claiming your positions on them, to be those that are completely, fact based, or those that actually hold any weight.

I am no stranger to being told that I have a rather high opinion of myself, however, as I’ve made clear, pointing fingers isn’t a wise thing to do, when your accusations have little, to, no grounds, that can be substantiated.

My being a writer who documents what society presents, is a field where assessments have to be made, due to the social observations, that I choose to use as the main inspiration for what I speak about.

I’m not always wrong, or right, in actual fact, these days, i’d rather be wrong, more than i’m right about what I now see, and believe to be what’s going on, in terms of future plans for human beings !

I try not to make personal attacks, even when I am on the receiving end of them, unless they are made, against those who have done so publicly, in a way that marginalises, or demeans people wrongfully.

However, the idea that when you comment on someone’s work, or opinions directly, that you’ll immediately be agreed with, is the height of ignorance, and arrogance.

State your position, and let it be that, and if you receive a response that you don’t like, keep cool, don’t blow gaskets, and either, articulate a response, or simply, agree to disagree and walk away.

There really is no reason to go off on some, passive aggressive, or attention seeking rants, because people don’t agree with your point of view.

Of course everybody can’t react to things in the same way, but in pressurised times like these, it’s wise to take a few deep breaths, and realise that many are just spouting, anything to be heard now, and others are simply going a bit stir crazy, as well as, a little bit too, conspiracy theory happy !

It’s a good time for folks to explore some, meditation time, and to recognise that whatever anger you feel, needs to be vented at those who are causing you to feel angry.

It’s also a time to recognise, that there are millions of people caught in precarious circumstances now.

So, perhaps, try to think of others, before aiming angst at folks, who may not be in the best position to cope currently.

It’s a time to THINK……

BEFORE You REACT !

…. and to maybe, take an extra second to do so, before you say something that you later regret, or wish you hadn’t said.

Now in a strange way, this all connects to this weeks, spoken word drop, because everybody seems to have an opinion that they want to air these days, about everything and everybody, except themselves.

So, this is an old piece that explores the ideal of what people would say, if they were, now able to talk to themselves in their younger days, knowing what they have actually become ….

[Or, in this case, what I might choose to advise myself to do, and, not do !]

People seem very willing, all of a sudden, to get in peoples faces about pretty much, anything and everything. However, don’t seem so willing to turn the tables on themselves, to look in the mirror, and take a moment to think about what they’ve done, and, how they behave in this life !

It’s a very hard thing to really be honest with yourself, about what, if anything, you would change about yourself, or the paths you have taken, and to, as I have done in this poem, ask yourself …

If you could talk to yourself in your youth, and prepare yourself for how the world is today …..

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“The Rise” … Written and Performed by Big Virge

So folks, here we go again, full blown lockdowns, are once again, on the rise, across the globe.

However, the rise of anger regarding these lockdowns, should not be underestimated.

The Dutch seem to be quite upset about being kept locked away, and have taken to the streets, to vent their frustrations, as they are in Lebanon, Israel and, various European Nations, by all accounts, with the French reacting with thousands hitting the streets to protest against laws that, may just stop any form of public criticism of police, being allowed, a very serious law, which, in amongst all these protests for, other apparently, ” Conscious Causes “, is something that’s, really worthy of serious protest, in my view, as this seems to be the kind of law that is one that may become one that’s global, which is something to indeed, be showing serious resistance to !!!

Meanwhile, of course, passive Bajans, seem to be more concerned about maintaining tourism, rather than showing anger at the manner in which, visitors are being treated, and allegedly being given freedoms, that local folks don’t seem to be able to get ?

As well as the idea that, local village shops should now close, which is certain to anger folks, who have already seen business slows, due to this virus.

Furthermore, the idea of the Barbados Government, being able to find funds to get testing units, to now come to peoples’ house, is certainly concerning, and angers me for one, I have no problem making that clear.

I’ll get tested when I need to, thank you very much, rather than, just because the same people who didn’t seem to want to ensure visitors who may have tested negative, were kept locked away, and unable to pass on, what may have been missed, upon initial tests, it’s really quite the invasion on people lives, and is really, quite ridiculous in my opinion !

There is the rise of more and more anger, regarding poor levels of financial support, being given to employees, whose incomes are either being limited, or simply stopped, due to these lockdowns creating, more and more financial pressures.

The Australian Open’s Tennis Players, being given preferential treatment, regarding their being able to travel to Australia, to participate in the tournament, has also caused considerable anger from Australians, trapped abroad, who’ve been told that they can’t travel home yet, due to, whatever Covid, ” this and that “, related issues, the nation is facing, according to the government, especially as quite a few players, now seem to be testing positive !

Like WTF … ?!?

The issue of racism amongst footballers, seems to have reached a head again, this time between, Ibrahimovic and Lukaku, during the Milan derby game this week, where Zlatan apparently told Romelu to,

“ Go do your voodoo “, as well as saying he was a, “ Little Donkey”.

Romelu though, apparently made comments about Zlatan’s wife and moms, whilst swearing at him, which was caught on camera.

Zlatan was later sent off.

The issue of the racist usage of social media, regarding footballers, has also once again risen it’s ugly head, for both, Anthony Martial, and Axel Tuanzebe, which apparently has disgusted Manchester United this week !

Hmmm, well, all this disgust doesn’t seem to be backed up with the type of action, that would send a very serious message to those who seem to think, that they can hide behind their keyboards, whilst hurling racist commentary on players…

Why, because of a poor, TEAM performance ?!?

Again, like WTF … !?!

Simply, do something that’s, LONG Lasting, that really threatens these, so called fans ability, to have their freedom !

Platitudes are clearly proving to be just that.

As for Twitter, yeah, if they can ban, Trump, well, ban these fukwits’ too, and let’s see them face some kind of SERIOUS, penal, punitive measure.

I mean, with Aussie Cricket Fans, allegedly, recently running racist talk on Indian players, are we to really believe that all these race issues, that the, black lives matter movement, should apparently be, hindering, are behind us ?

It would seem not, however, the anger surrounding lockdowns, and the apparent double standards, that have certainly been exposed in Barbados, of recent, are a little more concerning, as are the subsequent effects of the Brexit’ deal in the UK, which seem to indicate, that good old Boris, didn’t quite make a deal, that benefits British Companies, or the country’s economy, as many had initially hoped to be the case.

Finally, what of Mr. Bidens, New America ?

Well, it’s clear that it’s too early to tell, however, one has to wonder when warnings are being issued about the possible rise in, anti-government sentiments, possibly causing domestic acts of terrorism, from Trump supporters.

There is also the rising threat of vaccines being made mandatory, which, although seemingly being accepted by most, as the only way to now go, is still clearly angering some folks !

So, this weeks set of spoken words, having been written and recorded, a while before Covid’ came to be, indicate that it’s no surprise to me, that in these days and times, that, anger amongst folks, for various reasons ….

Even Though The Don’s now gone, is on…..

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A Lil’ something for #MartinLutherKingDay2021

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“Punch” … Written and performed by Big Virge

Okay folks so, the struggle continues into 2021, and quite a few things, as well as people, seem to be packing, quite the punch, as things continue to move, even if, in very guarded ways.

Curfews and Lockdowns continue globally, to seemingly, increase and grow, due to the punch that the old, and, NEW Corona Strains, seem to be delivering, to institutions like the NHS, in the UK, to everyone from sports organisations, events and teams, to prison institutions, and tourists in Barbados, from what’s being said to be true.

However, one has to wonder how much punch the truth is packing these days ?

Moving along suitably to, The Don, and his SECOND, Yup …
SECOND Set of Impeachment Problems !!!

Like WTF … ?!?

Just CRAZY, but you’ve got to laugh, when taking close looks at the Capitol Hill Assault, and the subsequent apologies, and reactions, of those now being shamed and named, for the public to see …

Tut Tut Tut …

All TOUGH and apparently Righteous, on the day, but not so much, now that people are getting to air their views, and opinions on these again, apparently, righteous actions, that once again, were acts of protest, and, civil unrest right ???

However, when black folks were protesting about, black people DYING, that’s right, DYING, as a result of ASSAULTS, and MURDERS, perpetrated by law enforcement, rather than throwing their toys out of their prams, because an election result didn’t go their way … ???

We were destroying neighbourhoods, acting violently, like some inhuman breed, were the type of things being said, if I’m not mistaken right ?!?

Hmmm, now when you look at these occurrences, and make comparisons, on such a basis, it seems that the only thing that really packed a punch, as a result of these disturbances, has been media commentaries, and the Democrats, and Republicans, getting to oust Donald, and the boost of vaccination drives, and fear of death, due to what ???

Our new friend, the Corona Virus…. ?!?

Huh … !?!

Interestingly, the one thing that isn’t really packing a punch, is boxing anymore, Floyd about to take on a youtuber’, says it all, and don’t even try to tell me about Fury vs Joshua….

They can punch each other as much as they want, not really interested.

However, the continued punch of dubious actions, by the likes of, ex Aussie Cricket Captain, Steve Smith, and alleged racist fans, in Sydney, do interest me, as do the platitudes, from Cricket Australia Heads, who like their British Cousins, keep talking about their, ZERO TOLERANCE policies against racism, that don’t seem to actually, be stopping anyone who is racist, from running their stupid gums, when they get drunk ?!?

Nuff’ said.

Finally, what about poor old, Bruce Willis eh, tut tut, put your mask on Bruce old boy, or you’ll get into trouble now, especially when pictures go viral of you flaunting the rules to shop ….

…. which leads me to the final punch, that is a lil’ more disturbing, for people already looking over their shoulders, regarding things like rising costs, due to this Brexit Deal, and the further closure of businesses, some as big as Debenhams, who have announced that certain stores will not re-open, once this lockdown is over !

There are also a number of small businesses, that seem to already be suffering, as things have begun in 2021, and a report is suggesting that, somewhere in the region of 250,000 businesses, are under serious threat of closing, due to the lockdown in the UK.

Oh and, just one more, quite pertinent thing, the efficacy punch of these vaccines, which seem to be varying from as high as 95%, to, as disturbingly low as 55%, for certain vaccines being rolled out in places like Brazil, that are coming out of where … ?

CHINA, of all places …

It’s a bit of a lottery out there, when it comes to their ability to protect, or to do more, to fight off this virus it would seem … ???

Punches are being thrown in all sorts of directions currently, so, it’s not a bad time to drop a few rhymes, that reflect on those who have tried to punch above their weight, in their dealings with me, over the years, as well as reflecting on some of the TRULY GREAT Names, from yesteryear, who, within the realm of Professional Boxing, really did pack a …..

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