*If I had a Stevie Wonder voice, this would be sung in it*
“Happy New Year to ya/
Happy New Year to ya/
Happy New Year”
I don’t know about y’all but I am 100% happy about the end of 2017. Too many deaths, too much negativity, just not the year I’d hoped it would be.
But thankfully we get another chance to get it right (I mean…we get another chance every new second of every day, but let me not ruin this moment). So let’s get it right right now in the land of Eshkoshka by banging out a Nickel Bag of Funk to start the new year off.
1- If you’re reading this…it’s not too late. That means you woke up this morning. A lot of individuals did not wake up. So we get to start the day by being thankful. In the words of 50 via Nina Simone, “I got a lot of living to do before I die, and I ain’t got time to waste.”
2- Dave Chappelle dropped 2 new Netflix specials on us over the weekend.
I’m gonna watch them both for a second time before this day ends. Not saying Dave is the GOAT…but he is prolly GOAT adjacent.
3- The NFL regular season is over. And while the expected occurred in the AFC (NE is the #1 seed), the totally unexpected happened in the NFC. My Philadelphia Eagles ended up with a 13-3 record and that #1 spot in the conference.
Without a healthy Carson Wentz, my expectations are still low. If we lose the first playoff game, I won’t be surprised. But regardless, it’s still Fly Eagles Fly all day. Proud of my squad.
4- Hip hop listeners get another Rap Up from Skillz. Yep, the 804’s own dropped his annual end of the year special for the world to enjoy. This year’s beat choice was spot on and the mentions were as well. Check it out, party people.
Last but certainly not least:
5- Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner (who was choked and killed by NYPD while telling them “I can’t breathe”), passed away over the weekend after suffering a heart attack. She was an activist who did not want her father’s death to be on vain. 2 deaths caused, in my opinion, by 1 tragic incident. Senseless and sad.
R.I.P. Erica Garner
Prayers up for a meaningful, impactful, intentional 2018.
Positive over negative.
Real over fake.
Good over bad.
Love over hate.