Mr. Leo “Pray”

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on this blog.

Some of you may know that I’ve been getting more into African music and even more recently into movies made in that continent. Even though I’ve never been to Africa, I come from a multi-ethnic family and I did a DNA test where one of my results from my maternal side came up as Cameroonian among other ethnic groups in Africa and Europe. I decided to check out the music from that country and stumbled across Mr. Leo. I first heard the song “Pray” and found it touching given that country’s situation currently with the conflicts involving the French-speaking Cameroonians and the English-speaking ones where there have been fatalities. It saddens me how there have been divisions like that in this post-colonial landscape. Luckily, there are people in that country who hate the bloodshed and see each other as brothers and sisters despite what languages they speak. It certainly hit my heart because these people could be distant relatives of mine in some way. I hope you check out this song.

Part of the song is in Banso which is one of the local languages in that country. I found translated parts of that song which make it more heartbreaking knowing what everything means.

Amen chorus part:
Let us kneel down (Amen)
Let us keep praying that (Amen)
The day will soon be clear
Let us kneel down (Amen)
Let us keep praying that (Amen)
The day will soon be clear

Banso part of the 2nd verse:
If you are ignoring your brother
Beware, you are making a mistake
If you are chasing your brother away
Beware, you are making a mistake

Translation credit to Chris Logan

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Goodbye, 2018. Some thoughts about the year and my Top 5 most viewed posts.

Well, looks like this my last post of the year on Ospreyshire’s Realm.

2018 was a year of ups and downs for me. There were some good things such as completing my Katauta 52 series, being interviewed by The Antidote Radio, and also for releasing a couple of new songs for the Ospreyshire project which you can get on Bandcamp. Besides that, I felt like I haven’t done as much creatively with my spoken word stuff even when I expanded my repertoire with opinion pieces and news that I felt was important. Granted, I know not everyone cares about my content or the original intent of this blog, but I do what I can to keep going on.

Without further ado, here are the most views posts on Ospreyshire’s Realm.

5. Justin Yates’ New Music and Music Video
This was my most viewed cross-promotion piece with my musician friend Justin Yates releasing his newest EP.

4. Create-A-Story Tag
This was a fun piece. Even though I focus my fiction and writing elsewhere, it was still great to flex my fiction muscles by creating a story.

3. I guess versatility pays off?
I got the Versatile Blogger Award, and this was my most viewed award post of the year. I get surprised when people nominate me, but I certainly appreciate it.

2. Over 100 followers!
Another surprise happened when I actually had that many followers wanting to check out my stuff.

1. Fandom Hypocrisy
I could compare this to certain reviews I’ve done on Iridium Eye, but this was a bigger surprise. I was shocked that people actually liked my opinions on this matter when I critiqued numerous fandoms or rather the mindset that comes with being a hardcore fan of certain shows, books, movies, etc.

I hope 2019 goes well.

So a woman threw a huge rock at a cop and lived to tell about it? The double standards are strong in this one.

I just found this news story that infuriated me, but it only proves the point that many others and I have been saying for years.

In this video, this woman is resisting arrest by these policeman, picks up a huge rock, and throws it at one of the officers. Amazingly enough, none of these LEOs drew their guns at her. Sure, they do get a taser briefly, but they don’t resort to lethal force despite her committing attempted assault/murder.

This begs the most obvious question. How would she be treated if she was Black?

There’s an obvious hypocrisy going on as certain people get treated better than others whenever they are confronted by police. I would bet you money, if she was African-American, she would’ve been shot before she would have a chance to chuck that rock at anyone. Those policemen would’ve had every right to draw their guns since she did attack them, but they were so restrained in dealing with her.

I really like Phil Scott’s commentary about this situation as he really destroys so many arguments against this situation by all those people in denial.

Video courtesy of The Advise Show.

My friend Jeannette’s Character Study on Reki from Haibane Renmei

https://jeannettejonic.blogspot.com/2018/12/character-study-reki-from-haibane-renmei.html?showComment=1544841523065#c2041517840176548783

I haven’t cross-promoted many posts recently, but I want to post an article from my friend Jeannette Jonic. She’s an author who also blogs about various media such as movies and anime. I recently got her into Haibane Renmei which is one of my favorite anime series of all time, and she enjoyed it. Jeannette did an article covering the characterization of Reki (one of the main characters) and it was amazing. Reki was a character I found to be very relatable especially when I re-watched it a while ago.

I’m sure all my anime fan friends would appreciate this article that she wrote.

Shannon Sharpe, you just became my hero today. (Or when a Black man calls someone a racist without using the word “racist”)

It’s been a while since posting some news pieces that I discovered, but man, was I happy when I found out this video from The Advise Show.

To give you all some context, football player Kareem Hunt was in hot water for allegedly assaulting a white woman, but news surfaced that she called him and other Black people the N-word, so now the mainstream media is backing off after seeing that he was the victim in this situation. Social media ripped the MSM a new one when they exposed this abusive female.

On TV, Shannon Sharpe and some reporters talk about the Kareem Hunt situation, and something glorious happened. He verbally owns the female reporter who said that Kareem Hunt should face a lifetime ban. Sharpe calls out this double standard by saying that should be applied to doctors, lawyers, police officers, etc. if they did the same thing. Man, her body language just screamed “I just lost this argument” when he checked her.

I could care less about sports media, but that clip was freaking awesome. More people need to call out these bigoted double standards especially when they would NEVER do or say the same things about people of other races. Seriously, is she going to call out Ben Roethlisberger for the stuff he did? How about Peyton Manning for that sexual harassment case? Hey, maybe we can add women like Ronda Rousey or Hope Solo since they legit assaulted people (family members for the latter). Oh wait…she’s too much of a bigot and a coward to do those things with those examples.

How is it that whenever Black men do something bad (real or alleged), people want them to be fired and banned, but when a other people do the exact same thing, they get treated with kid gloves? Seriously, screw people’s racist hypocrisy! If you are offended by this, then something’s wrong with you and not me on this situation.

Good on you, Shannon Sharpe. I may not pay attention to sports or most mainstream media-related things, but you did a great job by dropping that truth bomb.