Why I’m Sick of Y’all Bashing Dr. Dre

Straight Outta Compton….The Story of N.W.A.

Over the past month or so I have read a never-ending stream of blog posts, Facebook statuses and articles written as part of a movement to bash Dr. Dre and stop people from patronizing the Straight Outta Compton movie.

Old bones have been dug up and skeletons have been gathered from the closet as if they were brand new.

Women from Dre’s past are being offered new opportunities to discuss Dr. Dre’s violent past. They are now back in the spotlight, once again being allowed the chance to tell the world how horrible a person Dr. Dre was and how the movie Straight Outta Compton was only a partial view of the villan known as Dr. Dre. Of course these were paid interviews…. And of course these women were only upset that their portion of Dr. Dre’s life was left out of the movie because this keeps him from looking like a bad guy. Or maybe they are a tad bit bitter that they were not written into the movie therefore no movie profits would land their way…

But this movie is not the story of Dr. Dre’s life, this is not his biography. Why not let this movie tell the story it was meant to tell; the story of N.W.A.

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Reading is Fundamental

keep-calm-she-s-back-4 I stopped reading.

I don’t know exactly when or exactly why but I stopped reading and it almost destroyed my life.

I went from an avid reader working on what was to be a best-selling novel, to a book, blog, magazine skimmer who wasn’t motivated to write anything more than a reminder on a sticky note. I didn’t read, nor did I write and you know what one very famous author had to say about wanna be writers who don’t read.

If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
― Stephen King

I slowly watched myself become a birdbrain. My vocabulary dwindled, my brain cells went from a fast cha-cha to a raunchy slow grind. I became a non reading, non writing, potty mouth procrastinator. Without books my vocabulary got reeeaaal ratchet. I seriously fell off.

Then I began to examine just how many aspects of my life were  affected by not reading. A simple conversation with a coworker opened my eyes to just how horrible my vocabulary had gotten.The simple sentence i spoke that day was full of broken English and double negatives. I went back to my desk and thought to myself Damn I need to read a book.

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
― Richard Steele

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