Category Archives: Music

The Nonchalance of the Social Blogger

On August 23,The last song that played on my MP3 was  Chris Brown’s “Just Fine.”  By the morning of  August 24, nothing would be just fine. Upon waking I read on several news,social media sites, and blogs that a shooting had occurred at Chris Brown’s 1oak VMA party last night.

The story had minor nuances and major differences from one news outlet to another-as expected in a story such as this one. I appointed my browser to http://www.NecoleBitchie.com, to read the comments regarding the events .NecoleBitchie readers always seem to post the funniest,poignant and sometimes ridiculous comments. Before I read the comments, I decided to read the post and was totally disturbed by Necolebitchie’s blatant disregard for the (proposed) Blogger’s Code of Ethics .

With the continuing prominence of social media and the blog era, the blogosphere stands divided on if a Blogger’s Code of Ethics is necessary or enforced. I feel it is necessary to call out these violations. NecoleBitchie’s disclaimer on her site’s contact press page states ,” Disclaimer: This is a blog site, not a news site. All posts are based on my opinions and thoughts on what may already be reported in the media. I am not a journalist nor do I aspire to be. I am a blogger who created this site as a hobby. And yes, I am bias. I only report on artists/celebrities that I like or find interesting. Thanx – Necole .”  The disclaimer itself violates various standards of blogger ethics.Is bias ever ethical? Should opinion or armchair journalism be consumed as truth  ?Whether identifiable as a  journalist or veteran blogger Necole Bitchie,real name Nicole Kane, should realize often a blog is the only news some readers may come across. So that news needs to be truth and the rest clearly stated as opinion.

Ethic Violation: Tell the truth at all times.

Let’s focus back to the particular article in scrutiny though. Majority of the  article-headline and all- is focused on Chris Brown being shot at and the target of the 1oak shooting. There were Instagram clips (videos have been removed) of brown standing on the table during the shooting and the Necolebitchie.com caption (also removed) stated that Chris was confronting one of the shooters. The video and  screen caps are so grainy one wouldn’t be able to  identify Chris brown, if it weren’t for his trademark blond ‘do.  So how and why was it being reported that Chris was talking to the shooters in the midst of the shooting?  This statement is purely ridiculous speculation  at  best. Also if Chris Brown was the target, he would’ve been a very clear target.

Ethic Violation: Be critical of everything,(even your self). Tell the truth at all times.

Halfway down the page, the story takes another point of focus. Apparently, rapper The Game and his friends got into an altercation with 1oak security. Reports state The Game left the scene and his friends stayed to party.The Bitchie post continues ” They may have turned the rapper(The Game) away because of a previous, decade-old feud with Suge Knight, who was inside at the time.”  Here’s the real story: An ongoing riff between rival gangs  result in the shooting of Suge Knight at Chris Brown’s album release/pre-Vma party. NecoleBitchie is very irresponsible for posting a story, which makes Chris Brown the focal point. Anyone with a brain would know that other than Chris Brown’s name being associated with the event, this story is not about him at all.  Necole knew that by spinning the story her site would get more hits. Interestingly enough, her readers aren’t that gullible. Countless comments point out the shooting was caused by obvious drama between Knight and Game.

The Suge Knight shooting story  on that particular blog is just one example of why bloggers need a Code of Ethics, especially when reporting news stories. Though many bloggers don’t claim to be journalist, they are in fact armchair journalist. If your informative writing is going to be consumed by an audience, one should honor a code of ethics. Without a code of ethics,there’s really not much difference between gossip blogs and fiction.

It’s Funny How Money Changes Situations: The Err of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill at Central Park

Lauryn Hill at Central Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s funny how money changes situations
Miscommunication leads to complication
My emancipation don’t fit your equation

– Lost Ones, Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)

On August 13, The US Marshalls Service released Lauryn Hill’s mug shot to the public. The mug shot was taken in June when  Hill pleaded guilty to three counts of tax evasion. She reportedly did not file taxes for the  years 2005-2007 and could be facing up to three years in jail.  Ms. Hill’s reasoning  for not paying taxes maintains ,“I left a more mainstream and public life, in order to wean both myself, and my family, away from a lifestyle that required distortion and compromise as a means for maintaining it…If it had not been able to make contact with, and establish this community, my life, safety and freedom, would have been directly affected as well as the lives, safety and freedom of my family.  Failure to create a non toxic, non exploitative environment was not an option,” she wrote on her tumblr page in June.

Hill’s accusation against the entertainment industry is no paradigm. She is not the first mega-celebrity to make such negative assertions about the entertainment enterprise, particularly concerning the music monopoly. Michael Jackson,Mariah Carey, and Dave Chapelle have all stepped away from the limelight in order to loosen the controlling grips of the evils of the industry. After the stars’ social and/or physical retreats they were promptly labeled as crazy. This is no coincidence. All the stars in this list have achieved great success in their respective areas, so taking a break when the pressures got overwhelming would seem a fitting thing to do. But, because of the relentless grip of contractual agreements and not-so-secret entities in Showbiz these awesome achievers are humiliated and threatened. Faced with losing all signs of soul and self, they flee. Thus, the case of Lauryn Hill.

Lauryn Hill has some great points to why she left the mainstream and subsequently did not pay taxes. Attempting to protect her own and her family’s freedom and  quest for sanctity are very noble reasons to run and hide. There’s one major issue though: THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING OTHER THAN MONEY.  Even though Lauryn stated that she took a respite from it all, physically she still resided in the US and earned wages here. When it comes to taxes, we’re all playing THEIR game. I just know she didn’t she think she was gonna make over $1.5 million, not pay the government their share, and get away with it. This is why her actions are confusing. I totally get that she was making a stand by recoiling, but not paying taxes makes her more than a rebel. It makes L-Boogie fodder for perpetuated persecution against all perceived threats. Unless she’s yelling “Baby I gotcha money” her rationalizations will fall on the IRS’ deaf ears.

Consequence is no coincidence,Hypocrites always want to play innocent
Always want to take it to the full out extent
Always want to make it seem like good intent
Never want to face it when it’s time for punishment 

I wonder if Lauryn Hill could, would she revisit some of her old rhymes to recapture the knowledge that lies there? Lauryn originally wrote these words for the oppressor, unfortunately the state of her situation will cause these words to be discombobulated in order to destroy her.

Now you wanna bawl over separation
Tarnish my image in your conversation

The biggest concern and loss in this situation is in consideration of the fate of her children. Yes,  she valiantly shield them from the evils of Hollywood in those non-taxpaying years. But, what now? If she goes to prison, will her kids not suffer? Is this movement worth the damage her kids may inherit by their mom going to jail?  Sounds like a lost one.