Coming 2 America was…disappointing at best

Guess what? Another sequel fails to live up to the original, who would have thought. This was not a good movie but for reasons you would not expect. Here is the good, the bad and the final take.

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Martin Luther King…and Ottawa?

Strange title….I know but let’s get into it. Today is Martin Luther King day and the Mayor of Ottawa released a statement about MLK day, I didn’t read it because Jim Watson has been inconsistent about MLK’s core message. Civil rights for oppressed black people, and as a black man in Ottawa, it feels disingenuous. But what is the real connection with MLK and Ottawa? As our city grows we have to recognize that Dr. King’s vision is becoming a reality, we are incredibly multi-cultural especially our young people. Ottawa is the nations capital and it makes me happy to see the rise of black people in such a powerful city. If King was alive he would be proud of the progress being achieved…but he also would be disappointed.

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Police brutality is real in Gatineau

About a week ago,  @emglion on Instagram posted a video outlining his interaction with a Gatineau police officer. The police officer questioned him about his car then proceeded to beat him up. Because he was severely injured from the altercation, he was placed into an ambulance and taken to the hospital. The video itself was jarring and extremely upsetting because we (black people) understand exactly what he is going through. Bytown blog was created to be a positive space, however it is not an ignorant one. Police brutality is very real, and it is not solely an “American” problem. Police brutality is also a Canadian problem too, especially in cities such as Gatineau in Quebec. As @emglion said in his IG caption “A Black man with a nice car gets stopped for no reason in Gatineau”, and as a Black man writing this blogpost, I can remember several BAD interactions with the Gatineau Police Department. 

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bEastside POST-SHOW review

As some of you know, Bytown Blog celebrated it’s first official event…the bEastside show!!! A showcase of rap artists from the east of Ottawa hosted by Big Baby J aka Big Steppa aka JL in collaboration with Lightskin Liv. This show was great because it was able to display the Urban acts of the east and give newer artists the opportunity to present their talents to a small intimate audience.

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Scarface is EXACTLY what we want

When it comes to classic movies and timeless cinema, very few movies compare to Scarface. We can easily talk about Al Pacino’s acting but that is not the highlight here…there are many highs (and a few lows) that make this movie exactly what we want and need. Here is the good, the bad and the final take.

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Artist Profile – WLFKT

One of the best things about the “Artist profile” series is seeing and learning about unique artists in the city…today we profile WLFKT (WolfKat). A different voice but one that HAS to be profiled. Check him out on IG, Apple Music and feel free to support the blog by donating here. Any amount is appreciated 🙂

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Bluesfest and City Folk return…but you need to be fully vaxxed

Similar to Escapade music festival…Bluesfest and City Folk are proceeding this fall but you MUST be fully vaxxed. September 16-18 for Bluesfest and September 23-25 for City Folk and they will both be at Landsdown Park with a limit of 5,000 attendees per night. Bytown blog supports live music because it is important for the culture of Ottawa, we are looking forward to these mini festivals coming back to our city after 2 years of a pandemic.