Talk About It: Jesus Is King

After much anticipation, Kanye West released his 9th studio Album, Jesus Is King, late last night. Originally, the album was set to debut in late September, and then most recently on October 25. According to Ye, the delay was due to fixing some mixes on the project. We all know how controversial Kanye West can be, and he doesn’t miss a beat. It’s only been about 23 hours since the release of the album. Of course, everyone has already formed their opinions, so let’s talk about it.

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Now, y’all already know Kanye is getting bashed SUPER hard for releasing a gospel album, because he isn’t a gospel artist. There are those who believe that he is playing church for streams and likes, and there are those who believe that Ye has truly found his deliverance. R&B singer Tank, went as far as to say that, Kanye was being disrespected by not having his album on the Gospel charts because he has a higher calling.

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Here’s my take on the whole thing:

So far, I have listened to the whole album twice, and counting. It keeps getting better every time. The album itself is only 11 songs long (27 minutes). It was short, and sweet, but carried a large message. Jesus is King was Kanye’s way of coming out as a full-fledged Christian, so to speak. In his song, ‘On God’, he mentions that until this revelation, he’s been living an un-Godly life. If you’ve listened to any of his music prior to this album, you would know that his faith in God has been evident from the beginning. It’s never been a secret. My guess is that now, since he has dedicated a whole album to his religion, people are taking issue with it?

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Musically, I vibe with Kanye. The album was bomb, and I see it doing NUMBERS. I honestly feel that he is super talented, and sometimes, his outward persona, as well as people’s premature perceptions of him tend to get in the way of his talent. The world’s most infamous geniuses, whether in music or in knowledge, are always perceived as ‘crazy’, and are then left to over explain themselves to people who could never truly comprehend. I think Kanye was a hurt person plagued by mental illness, and his only way to express himself was with his faith in God, through his music. Sounds triumphant to me.

I have always identified myself with the Christian faith, however I like to think of myself as more spiritual than religious. It’s not really my job to judge another man, because ultimately, that won’t land me a spot in heaven. Everybody’s faith walk is different. If this man has truly found himself in God, why question that? And if he hasn’t, it really isn’t up to anyone to decide that besides God. How many of y’all are out here spreading the word of Christ? (Crickets) oh, okay.

I’m not saying I’m going to pack up my things and join his Sunday service or anything like that. All I’m saying is… the man undeniably produces great music. His personal life and views aside.

So. What is y’alls favorite song off the album? Mine is Hands On.

Who Ate All the Red Velvet?

This week I appear to be seamlessly taking L’s. I mean L’s across the board, y’all. Are you wondering which one hit me the hardest? This is kind of an emotional time in my life, so I feel your understanding and patience from wherever you are in the world, and I appreciate you. Y’all… Publix is SOLD OUT of their Premium Red Velvet Cake ice cream.

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I know, I know. Third world problems, right? WRONG! I channel every fiber of Drake’s whole being when I say, I’m upset. Seriously. Please don’t judge me, y’all. It’s just really that good. So good in fact, that last night I went to the four closest Publix stores near my house. (That last statement was made with absolutely no shame.) Let’s retract for a moment. I think I need to explain how this whole thing happened.

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Food Adventures: Beast Mode Food Truck

Y’all. Yesterday was Foodie Friday, and I have some news that I MUST share. I had the best burger of my entire life! And yes, I’m sure. (Trust me, I have eaten A LOT of burgers). Let’s all take a moment to witness the thing that changed my life. My mouth is still watering.

The Cuban Burger

Original photo by Resha K.

Let’s rewind for a moment here, friends. I need to go into full detail about how I stumbled upon this gem.

Like any other normal lunch break, I left my cubicle to satisfy my hunger for 30 minutes. But yesterday, I was on a mission. You see, I have been following Beast Mode Food Truck on social media for MONTHS! They’re typically in the same area of my office building, but for whatever reason I miss them every time. The stars must have aligned for me yesterday, because one of my biggest food adventures came into fruition (Not to mention I’m totally a food truck advocate).

Original photo by Resha K.

What y’all are experiencing right now is the Cuban Burger. Voted Huntsville’s Best Food Truck Dish, this baby is made with a 50/50 beef and Italian sausage blend patty, smoked ham, smoked Boston butt, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, honey mustard, and all stacked between a beautiful brioche bun. Sweetie…..

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A representation of me after the first bite

I’ve never been more impressed. Not only was the food awesome, but the customer service was through the roof. The owner had such a beautiful spirit and inviting smile. I’m sure I will be a regular from here on out. I even brought my coworkers with me! I’m more than certain, it goes without saying that they were pleased as well.

Spring Mix Salad w/ Homemade Balsamic Fig vinaigrette

Original photo by Amanda Maforah
Bordeaux Burger

Original photo by Resha K.

If you guys are in Huntsville, or surrounding areas, I 100% recommend Beast Mode to be your first stop in the city! And tell them Resha sent you! I have included some links throughout this blog so you guys can stay connected. Also follow them on Instagram @beastmodefoodtruck to see their location each week!

Where should I adventure next, friends?

Magic City Mac N’ Cheese Festival

Attention Mac n’ cheese Lovers: Boy, do I have a special treat for you guys!

The Community Grief Support’s Junior Board in Birmingham, AL will be hosting their Third Annual Mac N’ Cheese Festival! This is an event you don’t want to miss!

You can satisfy your cheesy craving on October 6 from 1-4 PM in Macy’s upper parking lot in Brookwood Village. Enjoy this guilty pleasure without the guilt, because this annual festival raises awareness for a great cause! All proceeds will be given to Community Grief Support to help fund free grief support groups, as well as grief counseling and community education.

Bring the kids to enjoy free activities while being surrounded by Birmingham’s finest food vendors. From meat-lovers to a vegan diet, Magic City Mac N’ Cheese Festival is sure to have something for everyone. You can purchase tickets at the link above!