Dear Mr. Pierre Bruneau
I think you’re probably feeling the same way I do about Mr. Pierre Bruneau’s comments on the mosque shooting in Quebec. I was born in Montreal in 1990 and since then everyday of my life I’ve tried my best to feel a part of Quebec’s society. As a black man with an african name I’ve seen it all from being suspected of stealing in every store possible or never receiving a call back from jobs because of my name but that’s not the point today.
In the last 2-3 years, I have to admit that the black community had it far more easier than usual and unfortunately it’s because people has found a new target : Arabs & Muslims. I’ve literally heard people saying that Asians, Italians and Black people at large were quote on quote “good” immigrants because they don’t have religious requirements or traditions that don’t align with the “Quebecois de souches” starter kit.
Pierre Bruneau, You Should Know Better!
Mr Bruneau, you’ve been in the media business as long as I can remember. My own grandfather used to listen to you daily so I don’t have to remind you that for the entire province of Quebec, you have a powerful voice that people pay attention to and respect.
I would’ve expected something like this coming from a journalist like Mr. Matineau who literally wore a burqa on air to disrespect and make fun of Muslims but you were the last person I respected from TVASS.
I still can’t believe that a man of your stature, professionnalism and expertise had the audacity to call such a tragedy a case of : “reverse terrorism”. The problem that I have with the term is that once AGAIN this implies the demonication of the Muslim community as if they were born with grenades and jihad speeches as birthmarks.
I don’t think you understood the repercussions when you said it but for half of the province this alone was insuing that Muslims have planted the seeds to turn Quebecers to terrorists when lately we’ve withnessed quite the opposite.
What about the “La Charte Quebecoise”? What about the pig heads sent to Mosques? What about the thousand of hate comments made on a day to day basis on your TVASS facebook page about how people rather kill Muslims than be turned into an islamic state?
#I think the term you were trying to use is “reverse hypocrisy” no? What about “islamophobia” for instance?
When you analyze society’s behaviour and fear toward the Muslim community, I think the term you should have used is “reverse stupidity”. From injust laws, hateful comments on every media channels and authority figures fueling this nonsense we have to question our description of what is radical, what is an extremist and more important who is doing the most to create an atmosphere of terror.
Dear Mr. Bruneau, on behalf of common sense we accept your apology for what it’s worth. You made a terrible mistake and you acknowledged it right away which is definitely a premier in the Quebec VS Muslims on going battle. I like to think that this mistake of yours will open the debate and who knows maybe this will let the Anti-Muslims of this world know that they’re a part of the problem too.
This is definitely a “reversed perspective” to consider right?
Video Of The Comments From Pierre Bruneau.
What If Tony Montana Was Actually The Biggest Hater Ever?
”All I Got In This World Is My Balls & My Word”
Tony Montana Was A Real Boss Or Just A Hater?
It’s funny what we retain from certain movies, I remember how I used to glorify Tony Montana when I first saw Scarface. Now that I’m an entrepreneur myself, I feel very different about the iconic Cuban gangster.
Don’t get me wrong, Scarface is a phenomenal movie. It has influenced many different cultures whether it’s Hip Hop, Cinema and let’s not forget all of the Tony Montana’s famous lines.
We vividly remember the mansions he had, the cars, the hot woman, the lifestyle, his “balls and his words” and the less reluctant part where he is sniffing his life away. My question to you is simple :
What Did Tony Had To Do To Get there?
Some people will pinpoint his business deals and the fact that he became a respected gangster in Little Havana. Others might think it’s because he was ruthless and had a Suge Knight type of approach to things.
In reality, none of this would’ve been possible if it wasn’t for the murder of Frank who was actually his boss. Think about it, Frank gave him everything, power, money and glory but at the end, Tony wanted the throne regardless of what he had to do for it.
Today we will highlight why Tony Montana was actually the biggest hater ever and not the gangster some of us revered even decades after!
Tony Was Envious Of Others (Especially Frank)
It’s one thing to want a better life for yourself but it’s another thing when this involves to take away everything from your boss.
In life, it seems like you either work your way up or you take someone else’s spot. Society makes you forget that it’s a predator versus prey world and we always admire those who toss the rules in the bushes.
Tony Montana was ambitious but it was always combined with a bitterness for the next man’s success. Tony would often feel upset about Frank’s lavish lifestyle, Frank’s wife and his power.
Feeling better, smarter and bigger than Frank; Tony made several moves behind Lopez’ back to the point where their partnership got close to the hedge. What we saw as confidence and drive was in fact a lack of patience and judgement from Tony.
Frank told him that building an empire would take time and steps to achieve it. Even though Tony made it, we all know how the movie ends right?
Tony Couldn’t See His Best Friend Happier Than Him
Manny and Tony’s relationship was a tv moment in itself (at least before the end). We saw them as brothers trying to escape the struggle but as you know money and power divide men and they couldn’t escape that.
Beyond being partners in crime, business associates and cousins, they had a special bond. They’ve been through the worst together from the concentration camps to the chainsaw scene and they kept their eyes on the prize.
Further in the movie, we saw the worst from Tony Montana when he had his back against the wall. His wife turned her back on him and he was caught up between enemy lines. There’s only one person that was willing to stand by him : Manny (and his “little friend” of course).
“Everything was all good just a week ago” but then Manny got married; even worst, he got engaged to Tony’s sister. We can argue for hours about Montana’s strange relationship with his sister but that’s not the point here.
In fact, when you really think about it this wedding and love they had for each other was the only thing that Tony couldn’t buy or take by force. This was the missing link to his “dream life” and boss status.
As a competitive spirit and undercover hater, he shot his own friend and partner. In Montana’s mind it was loud and clear:
“If I Can’t Have This, You Can’t Neither!”
Tony Got High On His Own Supply (On his Success Too)
When Tony got to the top, we saw that a major part of his downfall was the fact that he wasn’t clear minded due to his cocaine usage.
I always felt like this part of the movie was actually a metaphor that the viewer should figure out for himself. To me, it was a representation of Tony’s obsession about his success; his new drug.
For the most part, you would see him do coke when he would close a deal or when his business progressed. The drug you see him snort is actually a dangerous mix of his ego and his new “the world is mine” attitude.
This reminds us that no matter how successful you get, you should never look down at others or become delusional about your success. Tony had his taste of the good life but this feeling of superiority became an “addiction” to him.
My Two Cents
Even though Tony was not exactly how we first envisioned him, he remains an iconic character that still stimulates our imagination and admiration. We wanted to highlight the darker side of Tony and finally unveil the mask on his hating tendencies.
I think this fascination we have for Tony Montana reveals a lot of things about our society. Do we respect people for their real values or for what they can show us? Being a boss is represented materialistically or with way you act?
One thing is for sure, Alpacino made this character an enigma we couldn’t totally solve even decades later!
While We’re On The Subject
This Was Our Highlight Of The Movie
What Do You Think?
Does this article changes your point of view of the Cuban gangster? Do you think Tony Montana was a real boss or just a hater?
Let us know in the comment section now!
Today In Hip Hop News: Will Hip Hop Die With Its Legends?
Think About It For A Sec!
Today In Hip Hop News: All We See Is Legends Dying But What Does It Mean To Hip Hop Culture At Large?
Today in Hip Hop news all we see is drama, rumors and rappers complaining or insulting other rappers. This week I had to take off my mental filter and really stop what I was doing because of this headline : Prodigy Of Mobb Deep, Dead At 42!
A true Queensbridge rap legend, Prodigy is one of the rare pioneers who managed to keep their skills impeccable regardless of the era, sound or his own age.
R.I.P Albert “Prodidy” Johnson
Needless to say that Prodigy was an impactful artist. Just think about the timeless classics he provided to us whether through his solo career or with the most iconic Hip Hop duo ever; Mobb Deep.
42 years old is quite a young age to pass away and even though he was known to be dealing with sickle cell anemia since birth; we didn’t see it coming.
I took a sit back, log off from social media and I had an horrifying thought in mind :
“What Will Happen To Hip Hop If All The Legends Die?
Even though we shouldn’t think about things like that, we still have to admit that most of our favourite artists are not getting any younger.
I’m talking about our pioneers like Jay Z (47 years old), Nas (43 years old ), Kanye West (40 years old), Eminem (44 years old) and so on.
The 90’s Baby Struggle
Growing up, we used to idolize our rappers and we often forget they are still ordinary people through it all. If you’re a 90’s baby, it’s hard sometimes to cope with the changes in Hip Hop.
I’m 26, which means I’m too young to truly relate to Big Daddy Kane. On the other hand, I’m still young enough to understand that the Lil Uzis or Lil Yatchys of the world are making Hip Hop maybe less lyrical but still entertaining (tricky right?).
The Balance Factor
Let’s face it, Hip Hop has changed maybe not for the best sometimes but it’s still Hip Hop to me. Okay, rappers now freestyle off an Iphone or for the most part they don’t even write their stuff; I get it.
Okay, the lyrics are not the focus anymore, autotune is L-I-F-E, rappers can push high notes; once again I get it! The only reason why I get it or even appreciate it at times is all because of one word : BALANCE.
Music is about moods and emotions for the most part. How you feel often determines what you will listen to. One day I can feel like blasting “Big Poppa” in my car only to find myself jamming to “Mask Off” a couple hours later.
The pioneers and Hip Hop Legends are the ones who keep that balance intact. Even when they adapt their sound, flow or rhymes to what’s hot, you can feel a touch of their early work.
Jay Z’s verse in “I Got The Keys” is a perfect example of this. Who would’ve thought that Jay would ever collab with Future AND on a typical trap beat.
The delivery still remained impeccable, the lyrics were well thought of and you can still feel a touch of 1996 Jay Z through the song.
The New Wave Of Hip Hop
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking the new wave to bring us songs like “Lose Yourself” or “If I Ruled The World“. My only concern is that I haven’t seen a lot of artists putting out those kinds of classics these days (and it’s scary).
Today in Hip Hop news, we would like to know who is really able to carry the torch left by the legends. We would like to know if the music genre and the culture behind it is in good hands.
I think it’s a “Only Time Will Tell” debate from the get go. We should let these new artists grow and mature in their craft to see what they’ll bring to the table.
If there’s one thing that music and fashion both have in common, is the fact that they both recycle elements from the past after a certain period of time.
From the old school samples, to the choruses and who knows what again? Potentially, conscious and lyrical music might be “The Hot Thing” to do again (Kanye West’s Shrug).
Today In Hip Hop News: Where Do You See Hip Hop In 10 years From Now?
Every 10 years or so, Hip Hop is changing whether with a new sound or with plenty new faces. Which artists will be the new icons 10 years from now according to you? Will Hip Hop survive the loss of its current legends?
Let us know in the comment section now!
A Closer Look To The Latest Yeezy Adidas Sneakers (Did Kanye Snapped?)
It’s A “Kanye West’s Shrug” Moment
A Change Of Direction For The Yeezy Adidas Sneakers?
The fashion industry and the music industry may look different from the outside but they all require the “Hit” factor which is why Kanye West has a lot of weight on his shoulders whenever he drops his Yeezy Adidas sneakers!
It is now a well documented tradition for each Yeezy seasons; Adidas and Ye always tease us with the next sneaker release for the new season. This time around, they’ve introduced the world to a new Yeezy Runner for the upcoming Yeezy Season 6.
Ever since he has stepped his foot in the footwear world, whether with Nike or Adidas, Mr. West always had the eye to bring a newer perspective with elements he took from different inspirations.
Today you’ll have an exclusive look at his new Yeezy runner coming for the Yeezy season 6. We will give our insights and why this particular release announces a change of direction for the Yeezy Adidas sneakers
Will Yeezy Jump Over Jumpman Again?
I’ll never say that Yeezy is losing his touch but it’s hard for me to understand his new direction. I remember when he said that he wanted to make his products more affordable but as you know those “Yeezy Runners” are not that much affordable although they have a simpler look.
When you compare this new line of Yeezy Addias sneakers with the smash that the Yeezy Boosts had on the sneaker world, you can tell that sneakerheads have some serious questions for the musician turned designer.
“I want to fucking draw shoes, and it doesn’t matter if someone thinks that I’m supposed to be doing something that’s more important. [Adidas] gave me the opportunity, especially this first run, to make ’em however I want to make ’em. They didn’t say, “You got to make the logo four times bigger than the shoe.’”
I salute Ye’s effort to try different things but my only issue is the fact that his new release doesn’t bring something new to the sneaker culture. This aspect of Kanye’s work was always what made him an influential designer whether for shoes or for clothes.
The “Yeezy Factor” Is Missing
In fact, I see a lot of resemblance to the Prada Americas cup of the old school ES skateboard shoes. Once again, Ye’s flair didn’t miss some key changes in the sneaker culture.
Indeed, everything is merging between brands & designs but this particular release didn’t match our expectations or his usual standards.
I think he’s evolving as a designer and maybe this is an attempt to gain a larger crowd. Does Kanye tries to avoid being pigeonholed in the urban world? I think he made it very clear that he has high end fashion ambitions and maybe this is a step in that sense.
Nevertheless, I still give props to Yeezy’s earlier work and overall impact on the sneaker culture. I would like to see if this new line of Yeezy adidas sneakers will eventually disrupt the market.
There’s no official release date or price yet since this was just a teaser for what’s coming for the Yeezy Season 6
Cop Or Drop?
Regardless of the price or the release date, would you invest in a pair of those “Yeezy Runners“? If so, what attracts you in this new design?
If you noticed the change of direction in the Yeezy adidas sneakers you can also have a closer look at Yeezy Runners for the Yeezy season 5 .
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