Blog Entry 10/31/2020
Election night is at hand and the world itself turned upside down. Lil Wayne is endorsing Donald Trump, an asteroid will hit the day before the election. Spotify is being unionized against and the pandemic rears up for round two.
Election night is days away and the world is watching the US democracy unravel. Never in the history of our country has our way of life been so threatened and yet there’s Lil Wayne… Yep, right in the midst of it all is Lil Wayne posing for a photo op with Trump. In this strange world, we’re now living in a president who’s accused of racism can have a change of heart. Trump introduced the platinum deal days before the election. Vanity Fair covered the issue after Lil Wayne tweeted out
Lil Wayne is the latest rapper to endorse trump and his platinum deal. Rapper Lil Pump also shared a photoshopped image of himself meeting the president and cited Biden’s tax plan as why he’s voting for Trump. Ice Cube recently revealed he’s working with the Trump administration as well. Ice Cube stated he had been working with both parties in the election but struck a deal with the Trump administration. The Platinum Deal or Contract With Black America (CWBA), strikes at the heart of racism and presents a blueprint to achieve racial economic justice. This is how the deal is being presented. It’s worth asking the question of why not roll this out last year or the year before and so forth. Why wait days before an election to roll this out? Will he go through with the deal and change the black community for the good? Will this deal like so many other of Trump’s deals fall on false promises? I would hedge my bets on the latter question asked. Trump’s deals always fall through and usually only end up benefiting Donald Trump. He claims to not be a politician but holds political office lol. Trump is the classic politician who promises the moon and the stars to get elected. After elected those policies and agendas seem to never materialize into much.
An asteroid is going to hit the earth a day before the election but will cause minimal damage on impact. The asteroid will cause minimal impact but feels like a bad omen. Striking the earth a day before the election night. CNN wrote about the bad omen and stated “Amid a pandemic, civil unrest and a divisive US election season, we now have an asteroid zooming toward us. On the day before the presidential vote, no less.” The asteroid also known as 2018VP1 is projected to come close to Earth on November 2, according to the Center for Near-Earth Objects Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The asteroid is very small, approximately 6.5 feet, and poses no threat to Earth.
What has been sending shockwaves is the unionizing of artists against companies like Spotify. For years Spotify has been racking in the $$$ and ascending to the top of the music food chain. All the while independent artists have seen their bottom line dwindle. Spotify had worked the perfect system to pay artists a fraction of what they used to get paid. Artists used to get paid around 7 cents per play (radio play/stream). Nowadays artists get about 1/3 of a penny per play. That’s a serious difference that has lent its hand to the demise of the independent music scene. The Union of Musicians and Allied Workers launched a “Justice at Spotify” Campaign. The music industry workers’ petition demands a penny-per-stream rate and other changes to Spotify’s business model. The petition has over 4,000 artists singed on and counting.
On top of all we have going on in our country and world the pandemic is gearing up for a second wave. There’s no need for me to go into detail; every soul on earth gets terrifying news daily about the virus. As we move into election day and the fall descends into winter I hope as a nation, as a people we rise above. We can rise above all the viruses, parasites (Spotify), and dictators plaguing our way of life.
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