There’s a video going viral documenting an incident in Columbia, South Carolina.

A white man by the name of Jonathan Pentland and his wife are seen harassing a young black man, and Pentland shoves him at one point. Pentland aggressively questions the black man, named Deandre, about why he is in the neighborhood, what he’s doing, and where he lives. His wife encourages him. A third white woman is seen on the phone, and it appears as though she is calling the police.

The video is currently going viral after being posted by a user on Twitter who goes by…

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Many rappers put out projects in 2020, and many of them are struggling because they are missing out on hundreds of thousands, or even millions, in show money. Some emcees have taken the opportunity to put out more quality music than ever before. If there is one rapper whose stock has risen significantly during the pandemic — it’s Ransom.

If you’ve been listening to mixtapes for a long time, you probably know about Ransom, but what he has done in the last year is truly remarkable. He has always been technically skilled, and hip-hop fans on the East Coast have…

There’s been an insane amount of discourse around Jimmy Dore, and with good reason. A portion of the Left is dedicated to uplifting him as an underdog, fighting courageously for Medicare For All while every other leftist with a platform is essentially “doing nothing.”

Dore supporters believe that he is the only one holding progressives accountable, and the fact that he has targeted The Young Turks in recent days has only galvanized this idea of Dore as a champion of progressive values. Here’s an example of the kind of recent online support for Dore:

What is the point of…

I don’t have a huge following, so I won’t act like I am telling you something you don’t know. There was a New York Times piece that caused quite a stir several days ago. The article involved two teenagers — a white girl named Mimi Groves and a biracial teenager named Jimmy Galligan.

I wasn’t going to write about this particular incident, even though I write about racism pretty often. However, I read Nicholas Grossman’s article in Arc Digital and found myself compelled to respond. I also responded on Twitter because I was upset.

There is no doubt in my…

It’s a strange thing to grow up before the Internet.

As an Indian-American in New Orleans, you’re used to all kinds of racism. It may involve questions innocently framed from white women, such as: “No, where are you from, from?” so that they can ask more uncomfortable questions. It might also involve a muttered “Taliban” on the street when you’re walking back home from a restaurant. You hear it under a stranger’s breath, and decide that it isn’t worth it to react.

There were many instances and incidents, but there were no actual consequences. There was no evidence of the…

Richard “Bigo” Barnett, part of the January 6th, 2021 Capitol riot, from his personal website:

January 6th, 2021.

A “mob” stormed The Capitol, while some of them seem to have basically been invited in by law enforcement. The motivation was the idea that the election was somehow stolen, and the “Stop The Steal” rally on January 6th had been widely promoted by conservative influencers, QAnoners, and Republican politicians.

Paul Gosar, a congressman from Arizona, tweeted about the rally on the day it took place, adding: “Don’t make me come over there.” He tags Ali Alexander, who later told a crowd that day: “We’ll shut this country down if we have to.” …


What happened to Pat Stedman?

He is a New Jersey-based “dating strategist” that was recently arrested by the FBI thanks to his involvement in the Capitol riots:

I have been following Stedman for a while because I find his section of Twitter amusing, and have previously considered writing about some of the characters in that corner. There are many Twitter accounts that sell Ebooks and consultations claiming that they can help men do things like “become more masculine” or “reach their true potential.”

This isn’t particularly revolutionary, but I had noticed that many of these accounts skew towards Trump. These…

It’s taken me a while to adjust to the fact that I am an “old head”, but the concept is pretty simple: at the end of the day, there are 15 year-olds that are obsessed with hip-hop, and I’m over twice their age. Unlike other people my age, I don’t downplay the talent of younger artists.

I recognize that the emphasis on lyricism has changed and that melodies play a much more crucial role in hip-hop. I still listen to Jay-Z, Nas, and Biggie, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy Young Thug, Roddy Ricch, or Baby Keem, either.

From time to time, I write about how “white women need to stop”, but this particular story is genuinely disturbing. It appears as though a white Jewish woman named Jessica Krug has “assumed various black identities.”

You’ve probably heard about entertainers blackfishing, but this woman is part of the academic world, so her grift was considered significantly more distasteful. Krug, while pretending to be black, actually became a professor at GW University. What did she teach? African history.

She wrote out a Medium post, which seems like it was written very quickly. One of the most disgusting aspects of…

The cover of Visakan Veerasamy’s book, “Friendly Ambitious Nerd”

A couple points before we begin:

I will be describing some incredible takeaways from a book by Visakan Veerasamy, called “Friendly Ambitious Nerd.”

I wasn’t compensated for this in any way and I don’t want to be. I wrote this article because I bought Visa’s book and found it valuable. Why did I buy Visa’s book? I think he is, hands-down, one of the best Twitter accounts in the world. I did buy him coffee (virtually) once and asked him his opinions about a couple of songs, but that’s as far as our interaction has gone.

I’m older than Visa…

Neil Mathew

I write about business, finance, technology, art, and culture. Featured in The Startup, Level, Data-Driven Investor, Med Daily, and more.

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