Notting Hill Carnival: 👍🏿 or đŸ‘ŽđŸż

Every year since 1966, Notting Hill has hosted a street festival which has over the years, become the second biggest in the the world. An estimated 2 Million people attended last year, just to put things into perspective for you guys…

The event spans over 2 days. Starting on a Sunday & ending on the following bank holiday Monday. It’s always a hot topic on social media, whenever the time for carnival draws near. I guess they loves how it brings people together.

Without fail, you’ll have the annual “would you allow your significant other to go to carnival” argument on social media. Surprisingly it doesn’t get old and it’s a constant that doesn’t seem like ending anytime soon. Alongside “how to make a bowl of cereal“. But now isn’t the time for that.

Carnival is a celebration that screams positivity, but it has been tarnished in recent times by individuals that don’t know how to behave. Stabbings & alleged acid attacks have occurred at previous carnivals. With the former becoming a reoccurring problem.

I don’t want to say that a handful of individuals purposely come out to looking for trouble, but that’s what it looks like. When a festival as grand as carnival is happening, the only thing on your mind is crud (violence)?

It’s borderline retarded. However, if I’m being honest, I wouldn’t put it past some people to do such. There have always been people in life that simply enjoy ruining things for others. For reasons, in my 22 years of life I’m still yet to understand.

There have been talks of possible attempts to stop the festival from taking place before and personally I can’t blame them with all the incidents that have happened.

This subject is a difficult one, because I’m genuinely conflicted. On one hand, the carnival should be stopped because of the near certainty that violence will occur. And the job of the police is to stop/prevent exactly that. BUT, on the other hand, Notting Hill carnival has many positive qualities, that it wouldn’t be fair to strip such an experience away from those that go to have a good time.

Honestly, I’m on the fence with this one. I’m yet to come to a conclusion. Does the positive outweigh the negative?

From my point of view, it wouldn’t be a big deal if the government were to stop future carnivals from taking place. But I’m trying to look at it through the eyes of someone that’s not an introvert like myself, but is outgoing & thrives off meeting new people and creating new connections.

You can probably tell that I’m not exactly a devoted carnival-goer. I’ve been once before & that will probably be the last time. It’s definitely not my scene.

Anyway, I’m going to leave you guys with a question: Is Notting Hill Carnival a beacon of positivity or does it do more harm than good?

YouTube Kicking Drill to the Curb?

Damn, you’re really going to do the mandem like that YouTube? 

It has come to my attention that YouTube has taken down a handful of music videos under the “Drill” genre. As a result of police complaints, stating that it is causing the recent issue of increased crime in London.

Seems unfair that this is what is being done, victims of the forceful deletion have taken up appeals to have their videos put back up on the website. But if I’m being honest, I really don’t know how I feel about this… On one hand, it’s naive to believe that music is the main cause of the increased crime and deaths in the capital. But then, on the other hand, youths are easily influenced and there are a lot of  “gassed” (unnecessarily confident/cocky) youths walking around today, wanting to “prove a point” and the music seems to have fueled the desire to do so.

Everyone wants to be Al Capone nowadays, but I don’t see movies like “Scarface” or the Netflix hit series “Narcos” being targeted. Why is that?

Personally,  I don’t care for Drill. I don’t find it stimulating at all. However, there are people that listen to this genre without having malicious thoughts or being urged to break the law. Is it fair to deprive those people of the music because of those that aren’t acting accordingly?

The government need to think of ways to keep youths busy. Youth clubs, after-school clubs were instrumental when I was a kid because it gave me something to do outside of school. So I wasn’t just walking about on the street with nothing to do. A popular verse in the Bible: “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” has never made so much sense to me before now.  How many youth clubs/extra-curricular activity centres have been closed down due to cuts that the government have made? Where has the money been going instead? You can’t say tax because have you seen the roads lately? Pothole galore, sometimes I feel like I’m back in Nigeria with the way the car gallops in and out of worn out tarmac.

To be honest, I don’t think crime rates have risen at all. I genuinely believe that the media have just decided to give it more coverage than they usually do. At the end of the day London has never been a completely safe place and that is a fact. Like any other city in the world. But it is clear that people want to make this genre of music the scapegoat for what is happening at the moment. Similar to how a lot of people we against Hip-Hop in the late 80’s and early 90’s because of its “glamorisation of violence and drugs“.

Then again, some of the lyrics that people are coming out with are ridiculous, I have heard things like “stabbing man in the chest and licking the blood off”. I’m sure you can tell that I’m paraphrasing, but it was along those lines. With shit like that on the internet, you can’t be surprised at the outcome.

The youth are literally the future, so we need to put more effort and thought into their development. Because at the moment, a lot of them are little shits with no sense of discipline. It will only get worse if something isn’t done and done fast.

God Bless.

 

London… WTF is Going On?

So, London’s murder rate has overtaken that of New York

DEEP it, the capital of the UK has overtaken an American city in terms of homicide cases. No shade but this is the same country that has had multiple school shootings in the past couple of months alongside other crazy events occurring left, right and centre.

I’m pretty shocked… have things become worse or are the media just giving this issue more coverage than usual?

So far in 2018, 46 people have been fatally stabbed in the capital. Compared to 50 in the Big Apple. Although it’s blatantly more, New York’s rate is decreasing month on month while London’s is continuing to increase.

It’s mainly knife crime as well. The amount of hatred required to stick some steel into someone is immense. So seeing so many stabbings is difficult for me to comprehend.

What exactly is the reason for all this: Drugs/Money? Pride? Repping your postcode?

The latter is the most shameful of the trio. Big men fighting over an area that doesn’t even belong to them. The council aren’t paying you for the so-called “protection” you believe you’re providing. Half of the time, the perpetrators don’t even know the victims they attack. “How you beefing man if you don’t even know the man“.

Word to Santandave.

People can be extremely juvenile, incapable of using words instead of violence when faced with confrontation or issues. Behaving like you’re still wearing Huggies & sucking on your mother’s titty.

The majority of victims have been black too. THE GOVERNMENT (Oyinbo’s) ARE LOW-KEY LAUGHING AT US!

Why does black on black crime still exist? After ALL the crap, we as a race have been through throughout history? You’d think it would have brought us closer together but damn…

In March 2018, 22 murders were investigated in London and I’m pretty sure that’s a tip of the iceberg because you know how the government don’t always tell us the whole truth.

Apparently, the government have launched a ÂŁ1.35M series of adverts to run across various social media platforms. The adverts will feature the stories of teenagers that have been stabbed or have been affected by knife crime. They are doing this with the hope of deterring 10 – 21-year-olds from knife crime.

The fact that the adverts are even directed to youths as young as 10 is a fuckery in itself.

Biggest Man Ting… to all the people on the roads, come off it. It’s not worth it, there are two paths on the road you’re venturing and that is either DEATH or PRISON. Pursue your dream, whatever it may be. I’m pretty sure that there hasn’t been a kid in history that has dreamed of being a “roadman“.  So, what’s that thing you’ve always wanted to do? What puts a pep in your step? It’s never too late to fix up and start behaving like a civilised human being.

Just a little something for you guys to think about…

God Bless