“Trafficked” With Mariana van Zeller

Season 2 of “Trafficked” with host Mariana van Zeller is set to premiere December 1.

In the series, the award winning journalist explores the inner workings of the global underworld’s most dangerous black markets.

In each episode, she journeys inside a different black market or trafficking network — from drugs and stolen cars to outlaw bikers and Amazon mafias — to meet the players, learn the business, and better understand the world’s multitrillion-dollar shadow economy.

The show premieres on National Geographic channel. Thankfully they sent me this tweet as a reminder to set my DVR.

Will you be watching?

Rapper Young Dolph Shot & Killed in Hometown of Memphis

I can’t believe I’m writing this.

Memphis rapper Adolph ‘Young Dolph’ Thornton Jr. was truly one of the last real ones left. He was not only the CEO of his own very successful record label, Paper Route Empire, but he was also a family man and often times a mentor to troubled youth in his community.

Young Dolph, known as simply “Dolph” was shot & killed on November 17, 2021 while entering Makeda’s Cookies in his hometown of Memphis, TN. He was 36 years old.

Back in 2017, Dolph was shot in Hollywood and survived with non life threatening injuries. So far there is not a lot of official details as to who killed Dolph & more importantly — why. The internet is already talking and connecting his murder to long-standing beefs Dolph may have had with other Memphis rappers. The streets are such a dirty place, it’s really no telling what the motive behind this is. Sometimes pure hate and jealousy will do it.

I’m a firm believer that when you ‘make it big’ you leave your hometown — especially if you’re from small towns and/or poverty ridden areas aka “the hood”. We have seen time and time again where people make it out and they go back “home” to show love and they end up dead. Nipsey Hussle to give a recent example.

As someone who left my hometown over 20 years ago, I completely understand wanting to stay connected to your roots and give back, etc. — but do it discreetly and sparingly. I don’t recommend being too visible or trackable these days. Be extremely mindful of who you allow in your space as you begin to elevate. Dare I say it, but some friends and family must be left behind.

Sure crime happens any and everywhere, but it’s something extremely dangerous about the people you started with watching you become successful. It creates envy and envy is sometimes deadly.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree that people should leave their old stomping grounds for good once they make it out? Why or why not?

REST IN PEACE YOUNG ADOLPH.

Pop Icon Lady Gaga Stars as Patrizia Gucci in “House of Gucci” Movie

Photo Credit: Vogue Magazine

“House of Gucci” starring pop icon Lady Gaga tells the story of the scandalous & turbulent marriage and divorce of Patrizia and Maurizio Gucci, the head of the Gucci fashion house, which leads to his murder.

In addition to Lady Gaga, the film also features actors Adam Driver; Jared Leto; Jeremy Irons; Salma Hayek; Al Pacino

Check out the official movie trailer below.

New Prison Photo Surfaces of BMF Kingpin Big Meech

(L) Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory 2021

Atlanta Braves Win World Series After 26 Years

Photo Credit: NBC SPORTS

Congrats to the Braves and the city (my city) of Atlanta. This is truly cause for celebration. I’ve been a Braves fan since Ron Gant, David Justice — Chipper Jones days.

It’s so awesome to see the boys back on top.