Gucci Mane interviews with ESPN’s Highly Questionable crew

With last year literally highlighting Gucci Mane and his remarkable transformation I guess you can say within the past 10+ years of his career this is a proud moment for everyone who’ve be a fan since 2015.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m not a murderer, I was upset, I was scared a little bit but I had to do what I had todo. You gotta be a man about it

Gucci Mane, May 2005

After being released from one of his longest and public sentences, a sober Guwop did a complete 180 that was celebrated shortly after getting out last may. Not only did he bless us with 2 albums, we’re soon going to see him on the big screen, and he’s also known as a “relationship goal” because of his engagement to long-time lady/business woman Keyshia Ka’oir! Life is good and when he was invited to do an interview for ESPN’s Highly Questionable Gucci shared the settle details of his early career, drugs/mental illness and how prison helped him make the conscious decision to be happier and healthier.

 

How to Mourn a Ghost: An Experience from our Newest Writer

I barely need two hands to count the number of times I remember seeing my mother before her death. I think the first time was in middle school, during Christmas break. She called my grandparents house and said she had some gifts for me. I didn’t speak to her then, but we’d talked over the phone before. My mom had dealt with substance abuse issues and occasionally wound up in jail or rehab. Apparently, she had just gotten out of one place or the other and was staying at a women’s shelter operated by the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. So, late one evening after my grandfather came home from work, he took me in his van to go meet my mother for the first time in my relatively aware life.

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I don’t remember much about the ride there or what we talked about. I can’t describe the weather or recall what was playing on the radio. If there was any mood to set, then I was completely oblivious to it at the time. All that I can remember is my excitement, not for meeting this woman who I’d only seen once or twice in pictures, but for the gifts that she would bring me. When we arrived at the shelter, my grandfather parked his van on the street in front of it. A few moments later, a figure appeared from the side of the building and approached us. This first meeting with my mother was short. Our conversation wasn’t particularly long or moving. If anything, it was more like small talk. “How is school?” “Are you causing trouble for your grandparents?” “Do you have a girlfriend?” Stuff like that. Then, just like that, it was over. She said, “I love you” and I’m pretty sure I said it back due to a feeling of obligation. With a new combination chess and checkers set and a game called “Tri-ominos,” we got back in the van and went home. Continue Reading

“I think it’s funny how…” Why weed sales are plummeting

Weed, pot, marijuana, whatever you’d prefer to call it is becoming extremely cheap at an alarming rate. You would think that in this day in time, where states are legalizing marijuana left and right, that governments would take advantage and tax the hell out of an average dub or whatever. But nah…

The increased supply in your local dispensaries have caused prices to drop. A couple of years ago Washington conducted a policy experiment. With the information they’ve gathered, prices has drop each month by 2 percent. Now for those who are producing a product that’s in high demand means that they’re kind of fucked. Why is that if they’re working along these dispensaries? I mean, as bold as it is, they would have to compensate to avoid being arrested and caught in other legal mumbo jumbo. It’s sort of a win/lose situation.

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With 24 states and DC siding with the green, with its boundaries of course, what would happen if marijuana was legal EVERYWHERE. Can you imagine how companies would MILK the idea of consuming of weed. omg. I’m almost sick just thinking about how Arby’s would incorporate the munchies in an ad for their repulsive sandwiches. I mean, besides that, bigger corporations, their shareholders and the government would flourish. Money isn’t a thing so compensating wouldn’t be an issue because of it being a billion dollar industry. Therefore, at that point it’ll be dirt cheap. On the flip side of things the State itself would save about $12 billion.

Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of taxation and regulation similar to that used for alcoholic beverages would produce combined savings and tax revenues of between $10 billion and $14 billion per year

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So what does that mean for the consumers? Well, cheap(er) weed. Currently you can walk into dispensaries meaning to grab an eighth and walk our with a damn bundle of goods. With a 24% decrease, per year (let’s just say) just imagine what you could benefit from it. The fact remains that as long as the plant grows there will always be product. It’s worth debating about until the day come.

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Love on your Skin!: Tips from Imani

Where can I start? First and for most I would like to thank everyone who’ve approached me inquiring about my skin, hair and teeth. I take pride in looking bomb as fuck and I couldn’t be anymore excited than to share these tips. In which, they’re not complicated. There’s no magic involved or any secret concoction;  laser shit or cover ups.

An Ulta store opened up across from my job a few months ago and back then I was thinking to myself, “all of this make-up, so convenient, very affordable, face bouta be beat!” The excitement that stemmed from what was in front of the store distracted me from all the awesome skin products beyond that. Aside from changing my diet I’ve always been obsessed with my appearance and health.

Let’s start with our teeth shall we!

I like to brush twice a day with a flouride-free toothpaste (preferably Toms). Because I love brushing so much I often get caught in a daze and find myself dancing to the rhythms in my mouf. However, when I brush at night I like to use Activated Charcoal as a polish and whitener. It’s a bit messy but it gets the job done.

As far as my hair goes I keep maintenance super simple… Continue Reading

REVIEW: Using Lola & Doe’s Activated Charcoal

Last summer I was on the search for a clay mask for sensitive skin but while browsing through Lola & Doe’s organic goods I’ve stumbled upon something that I quickly grew an interest for. Before I get into this review, Lola & Doe has been around for almost a full year dishing out homemade remedies for your mental and physical health. From body butters to scrubs, the combination of natural ingredients are both creative and it makes sweet passionate love to your skin.

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From what my mother told me (and from research) activated charcoal was/is used primarily for cleansing out any toxins in your body. You might of seen them in capsule form at your local market. I would’ve never thought that it could be used for so many other things such a facial mask, make-up and what I use it for, teeth whitening. Now activated charcoal isn’t what you may think; no you cannot go to your garage and rub charcoal on your teeth and call it a day. It’s a process much more difficult to explain. Huge reason as to why I’d rather buy it. Continue Reading

Always: From Courtney to Alan Rickman

I don’t have the adequate words to describe the feeling I had when I awoke the other morning and saw the news that a piece of my childhood had passed. Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman lost his battle with cancer Thursday morning and passed surrounded by his family and friends.

Rickman has been in a lot of movies and plays but most of us know him as Professor Severus Snape, the low-key hero of the Harry Potter series. Rickman brought Snape to life in a way I doubt any other actor could have, in fact I would be hard pressed to find an actor who could have played that role at all. From the first moment we saw him onscreen in the dining hall in ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’  until his death at the hands of the dark Lord Voldemort in ‘Deathly Hallows’ his role in every Harry Potter fan’s childhood was solidified. He was our favorite villain and our favorite hero rolled into one. But Rickman wasn’t only a great actor, he was also an A1 human being. He was a self-proclaimed feminist and he championed many causes and charities such as Saving Faces, and the International Performer’s Aid Trust; a charity that combats poverty in different parts of the world. He supported his ‘Harry Potter’ cast mates in all their endeavors after the films ended. So below are some of my favorite quotes about art and life by Alan: Continue Reading

9 Tupac lyrics that will lift your self esteem

Tupac Shakur has been immortalized by his music which often spoke truth and caused controversy. Whether he was sending shots at his enemies or the justice system people were often motivated and inspired by the things he said. Here are 9 lyrics of his bound to lift your spirits.

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“We gotta make a change. It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live and let’s change the way we treat each other.You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do what we gotta do, to survive”

Changes (1998)

 “I guess change is good for any of us. Whatever it take for any of y’all niggaz to get up out the hood. Shit, I’m wit cha, I ain’t mad at cha. Got nuttin but love for ya, do your thing boy.”

I Ain’t Mad at Cha (1996)

“Just cause your in the ghetto doesn’t mean ya can’t grow”

Brenda’s Got a Baby (1991) Continue Reading