To Stand Or Not To Stand

I’ve taken a little bit of a hiatus. I was touring Italy and getting my entire life. Now, I’m fortunate enough to be back in New York… Yay?

Sigh, let’s get it… ha

Hot Mess #1: Kate Upton for reckless tweeting


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the protest of Colin Kaepernick. The star quarterback of the SF 49ers is refusing to stand for the U.S. national anthem, which happens to play at the beginning of every professional football game.

Kaepernick’s decision is sparking numerous debates on whether or not the act is disrespectful.


I understand the different arguments. For some, standing during the national anthem is a way to honor those who fought for the freedoms of this country and around the world. So, if someone refuses to stand, it could be seen as an ultimate lack of respect for veterans and military in particular. For others, however, the national anthem is not a song that represents the freedoms of all Americans, so declining to stand is more of an acknowledgement of this fact.

Whatever your feelings toward the national anthem, I think it’s important that we all educate ourselves on 1) the history behind the song and 2) the true intention behind those refusing to stand.

In response to the kneeling of Miami Dolphins’ players yesterday, model Kate Upton tweeted, “This is unacceptable. You should be proud to be an American. Especially on 9/11 when we should support each other,” followed by a picture of the protest.

Although I can understand Kate Upton’s stance, I think we should acknowledge the respect that players did show to all those who braved 9/11. The players stood during the 9/11 tribute, and only knelt during the actual playing of the national anthem. In addition, their kneeling is meant to be a gesture that honors military (as opposed to completely sitting) while also standing up for what’s right.

Personally, I just think that the Kate Uptons of the world are not ready for the Black resistance that’s been growing these last few years. With incidences like Travon Martin and Eric Garner being recorded every day and posted to social media, the anger of Black Americans and people of color has finally tipped the scale. People have had enough and America is only feeling divided because of how “loud” minorities are starting to become.

Let’s be honest. Most Blacks and people of color have always been “woke” in this country, but we haven’t always been collectively this vocal. Now, everyone is starting to give zero f&*ks, and quite frankly, I think it’s making many Americans a little uncomfortable.

Maybe that’s a good thing?

p.s. I encourage everyone to learn their U.S. history. It’s fine to debate, but we should all understand the complexities of the national anthem. Slavery and the national anthem: The surprising history

Not to mention, if anyone is to be truly pissed in this country, it should be the Native Americans. Stripped of everything and slaughtered, they’ve had it pretty rough and still have to continue to put up with America’s b.s.

Thousands Protest North Dakota Pipeline  #staywokepeople

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Anyways, we are all arguing over the national anthem, but it’s not even the best song to represent this country. Personally, I think “America The Beautiful” should be the anthem. #Justsayin #RIPRay

Hot Mess #2: Anyone coming for Hillary Clinton


During a 9/11 ceremony yesterday, Hillary Clinton grew ill and almost collapsed. Part of Hillary’s health scare was captured on camera, and had many wondering about the presidential candidate’s overall health. Now, it’s been reported that Hillary is recovering from pneumonia and dehydration. #scarystuff

Hillary Falls Ill

Although it’s understandable that people are concerned, I think that we should all focus more on Hillary actually getting better and less on this being a sign of her “weakness” as a candidate. Yes, the Clinton campaign probably could be managing Clinton’s health better, but I do not take one scare as a sign of her being unfit to lead this country.

I mean, just look at what she’s accomplished! lol

To be honest, both presidential candidates are old and could drop dead at any moment (harsh, but true). Let’s just choose to send them both well wishes and hope that they have many more years ahead of them.

Hot Mess #3: Malia Obama’s trash friends for being trash


I won’t spend too much time on this, but recently, Malia Obama has been “lucky” enough to be caught in a series of photos showing her around drugs and alcohol.

Now, I’m not really here to be the photo police, but I find it interesting that there’s always a leaked photo of the President’s daughter on Snapchat…

Malia Obama plays beer pong

Malia isn’t doing anything out of the norm for a teenager. However, it bothers me that more and more we are starting to see photos of her simply trying to lead a regular life on social media. And, all this does is prove that random heifers and “friends” cannot be trusted…

Thank God Malia will be out of the White House next year and can live her gap year in peace. I can only imagine trying to grow up under a microscope…At least the Obamas always appear to be supportive of their daughter.

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Sighs All Around

After having such a long and fabulous weekend, I wanted nothing more than to return to you all with a good Hot Mess list. Let’s get it!

1) Justin Bieber for being completely out of control.


Bieber was recently accused of throwing eggs at his neighbor’s house, which has resulted in police searching his Calabasas mansion and finding a number of drugs. Although Bieber has yet to be arrested for anything, reports are saying that the Canadian singer could be deported.

Sigh…why do all of the Hollywood child stars go crazy? I love Bieber and all, but if he’s going around vandalizing property, then maybe he needs to get deported. Not to mention, he’s already made his money, and his career will probably start going downhill anyways…

2) Ciara for being pregnant.


WHY are people not more concerned about Ciara’s pregnancy?? I don’t care if she is irrelevant as a singer, she’s still way too good to be pregnant by Future.

ImageNo offense, but there is nothing hot about being a B-list rapper’s fourth baby mama. Also, last time I checked, Future’s net worth wasn’t that much…

At least Ciara still looks cute?

p.s. I also don’t understand getting pregnant before getting married unless you are just DESPERATE for a baby. Ladies, let’s try walking down the aisle first in 2014. 😉

3) Richard Sherman’s HATERS for hating.


Last night, the Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers to advance to the Super Bowl. Even though I was personally very excited about the Seahawk’s win (I can’t stand the Niners…), a number of Americans were outraged by Seahawk Richard Sherman’s passionate interview  with Erin Andrews after the game.

Read the full story here —> Richard Sherman Goes On Postgame Rant

If you ask me, there was nothing offensive about Sherman’s interview. As many have pointed out, he did not use any profanity or racial slurs unlike his critics on Twitter. Yes, he probably could’ve been a lot calmer during the interview, but he’s a passionate player who just won one of the biggest games of his football career. Give the guy a break.

Side note: Richard Sherman’s interview gives Americans another wakeup call when it comes to race relations and double standards in this country. As soon as Sherman was done the interview, he was called the N-word across social media.

Dumb People Say, Stupid Racist [Things] About Richard Sherman

I don’t care if you absolutely despise Sherman. It is never okay to call anyone outside of their name. Not to mention, if Sherman was a white man (yes, I said it), we probably wouldn’t be having another conversation about racism in America. I mean, Jim Harbaugh throws a temper tantrum on the sidelines ALL of the time and no one seems to be shouting racial slurs his way. Grow up, America. Please.

Also, in case you missed it, you can find Sherman in the new Beats by Dre headphones commercial.

When all is said and done, Sherman is definitely going to have the last laugh.

And with that…


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