Ottawa’s climate of hate

Ottawa’s climate of hate

Everyone knows what hate is, and if you’re slow the dictionary definition of hate, it is to “feel intense or passionate dislike for (someone)”. This is the verb definition but there is also a noun definition that is more informal. To throw it back to middle school, a noun is a word that is used to identify any class of people and y’all Ottawa folk are haters. A hater (noun) is: a person who greatly dislikes a specified person or thing or a negative or critical person. Ottawa is a hater ass city. Now, ironically, it’s half of your faults. Why do I say half instead of fully? Because it’s a mix of our society and our culture that creates this climate.

Let me provide an analogy, when I was younger, a friend of mine told me “Ottawa is the largest town” and he was right, we are a tweener, not a big city but way bigger than a large town. Like Brittney Spears said ” I’m not a girl, not yet a woman”. This city has a little bit over 1.25 million people making us the 4th largest city but it is one of the most diverse ones in the entire country. According to a 2011 survey, there are about 24% foreign-born residents (non whites) in a city that is about 163 years old (source: World Population Review) . Majority white (Irish and French) from the beginning but why does this matter? Because this City is in constant flux and change, it has no solid identity other than the being the capital and being a Government city which are both “recent”. You mix that small town feel, a diverse population, trash weather, a young city, an elderly population and conservative mindsets, you get a perfect storm of hate!

Beyond demographics, people here have a very rotten attitude. Now I can’t speak for Montreal, Tdot or Calgary (cities that are compared to Ottawa) but I can say, without a doubt, that the people in Ottawa are incredibly divisive; its a big “US vs Them” mentality that creates opposition. Obviously when you’re opposed to someone, you start to hate them and then your Pokemon lookin’ headass evolves into a hater. Since this city is so small and you literally can catch anyone on the 95 Trim, you see the Opps every week. This wouldn’t be a problem if we had unity, but there isn’t; it’s just small segments of even smaller subcultures within smaller counter cultures.

You could literally go to a Congolese party in the East side of Ottawa with the same niggas you went to high school with.  That’s not an outlier by the way, that’s the NORM. I don’t know about you but I’m not a fan of that; I’m not a fan of people doing the same thing with the same people then complaining about their surroundings. When we were younger, we were taught to explore the world and not suppress ourselves into a corner. Here’s the problem, people here would rather stick to their own corner with their own lame ass lives than expand themselves. They become haters of anything different when EVERYTHING in life is different and that’s what makes life beautiful. What makes this even worse is that it becomes a self fulfilling prophesy. The people that hate on Ottawa make it worse and perpetuate that narrative, this is how the cycle goes: You start being negative and critical of people in the city, then you become a hater of the city when you yourself (and your group) aren’t willing to be a part of the solution.

I wrote this post because I myself was a hater, I’ve been around haters, and I’ve learned NOT to be one. Other than the bi-polar weather, Ottawa has a climate of hate. From all angles, we will never progress as a city if this becomes the norm. Spring is approaching so let’s change climates, let’s change clothes and let’s change ourselves. Show love, be open and be great. Someone else’s shine should inspire you NOT have you criticizing and hating. That is how OT becomes great; I gave you the keys, now open the door.



Do Not Disturb (poem+analysis)

Do Not Disturb (poem+analysis)

Do Not Disturb…an honorable man

Do Not Disturb my tunnel vision

Do Not Disturb…what I look forward to

Do Not Disturb my diamond light

Do Not Disturb…sunshine, lil shorty

Do Not Disturb my our Black Excellence

Because noises keep surrounding me, camera on my eye and I, I wish that time never mattered

Photo Series @luke.views #DoNotDisturb (Instagram)


When I started this photo series I had a specific vision, the inspiration was a the Drake song “Do Not Disturb” the outro track of “More Life”. Even though it was Drake’s worst album this specific song had so much relevance, here Drake was speaking in his honest, unfiltered, raw, autobiographical tone which is what I wanted to do with this series. My goal was to have raw unfiltered emotion in each picture, It’s easy to tell a model to pose take a specific pose but to catch a raw emotion is rare. Do Not Disturb is symbolic of something untouched, something honest and pure, uninterrupted is a great way of putting it. A big component of this series was featuring people of color, majority black models. This was intentional. What we commonly see in society is people of color being put down and not recognized for their beauty, a sad yet a real sentiment. Do Not Disturb was chosen as the title ironically, my vision was to disturb. The vision was to show my followers (or any audience) something that they wouldn’t expect, each picture in this series was curated to leave the viewer puzzled and disturbed. Because that is the essence of art…to move you from one level to another. From the stout strength and poise of part i & ii to the joy and triumph of part iii the viewer is going on a journey.

When you view #DoNotDisturb I want you to see: Black Beauty, unfiltered honesty and triumph.


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Black Panther Review (Spoilers and Analysis)

Black Panther Review (Spoilers and Analysis)

As promised this is my second review of Black Panther, I won’t waste your time. If you haven’t watched Black Panther and want a swift spoiler free review click here. This is the spoiler review and analysis, I plan to dig deeper than most of my other posts because this movie is more important than most. This post is long and if you’re too ADD to handle it I suggest you leave now and go back to checking your Snapchat for that phantom reply you’ve been waiting for.

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Black Panther Review *no spoilers*

Black Panther Review *no spoilers*

Over time a movie comes along that defines a generation or the time it is in. A few years ago that movie was Avatar. The type of movie everyone had to watch for the cinematic masterpiece and the 3D prowess it displayed. Black Panther is that movie for may reasons but the largest being: it is for us, by us. The “us” is black people and more specifically Africans. Rarely do we see a movie that focuses on the best of us rather than a feature about war (Hotel Rwanda, Last King of Scotland, Blood Diamond) and poverty (any and every African movie). When we Africans know the truth, our continent is like any other, full of happiness, joy, peace, war struggle and poverty. This is why Black Panther is excellent, on representation alone it is great sprinkle in a great plot and amazing action scenes…famz how could i give it a bad review? Now to the pure review:

  • Strong plot points
  • Sometimes great visuals – some issues with CGI
  • Interesting characters – especially female characters *OKOYE IS A BADASS*
  • Amazing story development
  • THERES A TOKEN WHITE GUY…ya dawg that’s not a typo Token Whites a ting now !
  • A nuanced approach to subjects of African Diaspora, Colonialism, Refugees and African minerals
  • Strong female representation
  • Great analogy with the Lion King story

To be clear, black, white, Asian, man, woman and child should all go watch this movie. support black movies at all times! The thing to look out for is Erik Killmonger (Michael B Jordan’s character) how left me conflicted the entire movie, why? Because you understand where he comes from and why he is way he is. I haven’t felt this way about a movie since the first Blade came out, this movie is important for today, tomorrow and forever. I plan to have a more detailed review in the future (with spoilers) but for now this movie is…..

4.8/5 ! start to bottom a great time and a critical movie for our time and age!

A response to “#MeToo a male perspective”

A response to “#MeToo a male perspective”

As much as I’d like to say “I’m always right” I can’t, because I’m not. When I posted the #MeToo post I received quick hate, I expected it. What I didn’t expect is the views of some of my friends, calling me out for being closed minded and dumb. Here’s the curse of having smart friends, they’ll take time to academically COOK your ass, here is my friend’s response to my original post. I loved it and I know you will too 🙂

” Let me just start by saying that I’m addressing the points that I disagree with.

First, I don’t agree that #MeToo is simply a men’s issue and that the hashtag should change to #BeBetter. The #BeBetter hashtag, I feel take away an important part of the #MeToo movement and it oversimplifies the movement. The #MeToo was originally to show how prevalent sexual harassment and sexual assault are within our society, without necessarily telling your story and feeling as though you are not alone. In my opinion, #MeToo is a movement that aims to resist the system that has historically re-victimized and stigmatized women for speaking out against their abuse and harassment. By re-victimization, I mean that when women tell their stories, for example in a courtroom, the role of the defence lawyer is to minimize what has happened to the woman and to discredit her. By stigmatize, I mean that a label is automatically attached to the women who speak out. They are often held responsible for their own victimization (victim blaming: i.e. what were you wearing, what did you say, what did you do etc.) and it affects their reputation (i.e. some of the Weinstein accusors were blacklisted). These are often linked to the reasons why women often don’t speak out until years later, since they may feel embarrassed, or in a workplace environment, they may fear that nothing will happen (Exhibit A: Larry Nassar). So in my opinion,  the #MeToo give women a voice that under some circumstances would be silent. For any major issue, I think that it’s important to denounce the problem first and then try to find to find a solution. That’s exactly what #MeToo has done: denounce the problem.

Second, when it comes to sexual harassment, it for sure means something different for every woman. It’s that line where women feel uncomfortable with certain interactions. This links with my third point that yes I agree that little boys should be taught better, but so should little girl. One of the major problems I think is that when women speak about their sexuality, they are often shamed for it. So, I think it could be difficult for a woman to “check” a guy about her boundaries. A simple example: a girl gives a guy the wrong number or simply never answers the guy’s text. Why can’t the girl say I’m not interested?  It could be that she’s scared because if she refuses the guy might become aggressive or persistent. Another issue is that girls are taught: Oh boys will be boys in order to render certain behaviours acceptable. The #MeToo movement through the sharing of personal stories has, in my opinion, given women a label that they can use for situations that they didn’t realize was sexual harassment, because “boys will be boys”, even though it made them uncomfortable. So I think that an equal effort should be made in changing how little girls and boys are raised. ”



Lets get real, you’re not into football, you barely watch but you’re lost. But Thank GOD my blog exists and I’ll break down all you need to know for todays big game. First foremost I hate HATE the patriots for many reasons but the root of it is jealousy. If only my headass Ravens could play football…smfh. This is not objective at all, Patriots fans can disperse and go back to Hades. So let’s go Eagles we doin this for MEEK! Now lets start with the breakdown.

Philadelphia Eagles (National Football Conference)

  • Best team in the NFC #1 seed with a 13-3 record
  • Second year head coach Doug Pederson’s first SB appearance
  • One of the best defenses in the league
  • The “Underdogs”
  • douche fans, terrible city, im tryna visit it and get a cheese steak


  •  FLETCHER COX (91) – Besides having the funniest last name. Mr. Cox will plug up any gap (LMFAO plz read that again). His calf is injured the scumbag Pats will cut block him. *he might not play…Injury Reserve*
  • MALCOLM JENKINS (27) – If Cocks x can put pressure on the LINE, Brady (12) is a human so he will make mistakes. Jenkins will take that to the house. Pick-6.
  • CHRIS LONG (56) – Won with the Pats last year, prob does coke and will fight someone. Expect a strip sack, he is the spirit of the team
  • JASON PETERS (71) – Pro Bowler, he’s 6’4 and 328 pounds…ya try passing that dude….
  • JASON KELCE- (62) One of the best Centers in the league Pro Bowler. He will protect #9 , related to our favorite white boy TE
  • NICK “how tf did I get here?” Foles (9) – if he throws 2 INT (interceptions) or more, Eagles lose
  • Will Smith – his face and IG after the Eagles win (hopefully)
  • Doug Peterson – his calm and resolve when the Pats make a comeback…
  • Carson Wentz – “you da real MVP” – Kevin Durant

*bonus: check how Zack Ertz (86) is defended. If homie gets freed up he will CRUSH

New England Patriots (American Football Conference)

  • C’mon dawg….even your mom knows they’re great. Do I need to kiss their ass anymore?


  • Tom Brady (12) – The best Quarterback of all time. He will not be the reason they lose. He will make a comeback in the fourth quarter. Might throw one INT. But he will be flawless…as…always… *stabs myself*
  • Rex Burkhead (34) He is their best running back. He will do work. Catching a lot of balls
  • Dion Lewis (33) He will decide the game. If he plays trash…especially in the 4th quarter, they lose the game.
  • Chris Hogan (15) they didn’t use him much, Dude can catch everything (not STDs doe). Fast fast boi. He catches 11 balls for 100+ yards
  • TheBandwagons – watch…they’re everywhere, they are herpes

Match up to watch: Gronkowski (87) vs Malcolm Jenkins (27)


It doesn’t matter what I predict. Patriots have already won. They symbolize perfection, they are in an era of untouchable excellence, they have reached sports immortality and my blog will not change that. This game is gonna be tight and great.  Realistic Prediction: 32-28 Patriots win….

The ideal prediction: 21-20 Eagles win!!!!!

Championship Game Predictions


If you’ve been reading this blog you know how much I hate the patriots, you know that every inch of my soul wishes the worst for them. You know this. “And if you don’t know now you know nigga” – The Greatest Rapper Of All Time (Biggie Smalls). So with that in mind…I’m gonna pick them to beat the Jags*. Why? Because All my sports predictions end up wrong and I hope I’m wrong again! Watch out for Telvin Smith vs Gronk, whoever wins that match up will win the game. This will come down to D line vs Brady. And we’ve seen how this story ends.

Score: 28-14 New England

*highkey would love to see Jalen Ramsey post game interview if the Jags pull the upset*


Imagine a Blake Bortles vs Case Keenum Super Bowl ? My nut sack can’t contain the excitement, gimme 5 mins. *returns* Well…that was a fantasy. And like any fantasy, it’s fake and more of an ideal view of reality rather than a realistic one. This game will come down to turn overs…whoever creates the most will in. Plain and simple. And I trust Minnesota to do that.

Score: 14-3 Minnesota

Imma be live tweeting the game @seanjeann follow the boi