“I don’t even kill flies”

Just because my eyes are slanted and skin is a little darker doesn’t give you a reason to label me a disease

She grabbed her daughter, talking about “Get away from her she looks like she has Covid-19”

I wasn’t about to let that lady slide so I put down my phone and opened my big mouth

Told myself over and over, “Crystal breathe, please don’t shout”

And as soon as she noticed my phone out

Ol’ lady wanted to play the victim role as I predicted

Here we go with the “I didn’t say that” card, it was all too scripted

When I was just minding my business

Blind sided by another Karen infected by the illness

An illness more infectious than the Rona, SARS, Ebola two point O

A virus that destroys it’s target individuals including its host

A disease manifested in families, colleagues, and communities

So we protest in big groups to be heard – herd immunity

Got Elijah McClain in his last breathes apologizing for being different

George Stinney Jr. executed at 14 years old then later proven innocent

George Floyd screaming for his mother, while he was held down by a knee

Can somebody tell me WHY Breonna Taylor’s murderers are still out there living free?

And where is Vanessa Guillen, whatever happened to “No soldier left behind”

Would it have taken 2 days instead of 2 months if the color of her skin was white?

This isn’t a wake up call, they were just pressing the snooze button a million times

Would the outcome be different if I wasn’t standing in that aisle?

Cause in the end, the only person infected was the racism which had manifested

in that hate filled mother who just taught her child that it was okay to spread it

And what’s sad about it, is that she meant it when she said it

Racists thinking it’s a joke placing nooses in Oakland, Cali’s Lake Merritt

Racism and oppression has always been a pandemic, ain’t no curves getting flatter

But at the end of the day, all lives don’t matter, until Black Lives Matter.

#BLM

Oscar Grant
Emmitt Til
George Floyd
Philando Castle
Trayvon Martin
Eric Garner

How I lost 10 lbs in a month — without a gym membership.

This post is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

Hawaii was a month away so I needed to act fast. Unfortunately, my trip to the islands had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. All I have to say is that it’s been a crazy 2020 thus far. Especially with the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others who passed away in that helicopter crash. I have to admit, I’m still having a tough time accepting it, plus I haven’t completely gotten over the death of Nipsey Hussle either.


Moving forward, I wanted to share my workout routine with you. From the beginning to the end. I’m not fitness instructor nor am I a personal trainer. I don’t even work at a gym! 🤣 But if you plan on following my routine, awesome! Remember to move slowly first then gradually increase your sets.

Please consult your physician before beginning this or any exercise program! As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint or dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately.

  1. 20 minutes of stretching — arms, legs, your ass, your back ( I will show you how I stretch my back in another post)
  2. 15 minutes of jump rope (best cardio ever) or you can walk on a treadmill for an hour or…
  3. Do Burpees – 15 to 20 of them to get your heart going. Or…
  4. Shadow box! But if you have a heavy bag, that’s awesome! Put on your hand wraps, your gloves and be ready to punch the bag. Hit the bag with straight jabs for 3 minutes without stopping.
  5. 15 lb kettlebell workout. If you don’t own a kettlebell you can use a 15 lb dumbbell. If you would like to order a kettlebell, you can find one Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2wfRVBt
  6. For beginners, here’s a good 15 minute Kettlebell workout video that you can follow on YouTube: https://youtu.be/pTVZs7aYrHw
  7. 3 sets of 25 stomach crunches.
  8. Squats! This is the best exercise to tone your legs and give your butt a lift! I usually do 50 squats per workout. Sometimes more.
  9. Cool down
  10. Meditation

I do highly recommend the HIIT workout. HIIT means, “high-intensity interval training.” This is when you go ALL OUT. It sort of feels like you’re doing cardio level 100. The best thing about this workout is that you don’t need equipment however, expect to sweat a lot. Here is a video that will help you get started: https://youtu.be/1skBf6h2ksI

I bet you’re curious to find out what my daily diet is. Basically, I cut down on eating bad carbs (pasta, rice, bread) and replaced it with good carbs (sweet potatoes, quinoa, kidney beans – YUCK) I increased my spinach and kale intake, about 2-3 cups of greens per day. I stopped drinking soda. Whenever I wanted to get my soda fix, I would replace a Coke with sparkling water. I cut off candy! I cut off desserts. I cut off everything that could give me a cavity. I drink LOTS of water.

Working out isn’t just about losing weight or toning your arms. Working out gives you a chance learn your body and be in tune of yourself. To hit your weight loss goal, it takes discipline, determination, persistence, and consistency. Don’t get me wrong, I love the gym. The gym is my safe haven. But I also love saving money too.

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I was glad to hit that goal this month!

Let’s try this again 2020

US vs Iran sparking speculations of World War 3.

The Taal Volcano eruption in the Philippines.

We lost Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter, Gigi, and 7 others to a helicopter crash in Southern California.

The Coronavirus Pandemic.

NBA suspends their season until further notice. Big bummer for us basketball fans.

The Great Toilet Paper Shortage.

So yes, can we try this again 2020? The world definitely needs a do over.

Step into the Temple of Doom

“The Picasso of Words”, up and coming hip hop artist, DOOMZ DAY describes himself in our recent interview.

Doomz Day The Headless Horseman, is out to stimulate your brain cells. He released the controversial music video, “American Lie” in 2018 which exemplifies the unfairness and injustices of the system towards African-Americans. The video opens up with a slide show beginning with a photograph of 12 year old, Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed on November 22, 2014 by a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio. Afterwards is an image of 37 year-old Alton Sterling, who was also shot and killed by a police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The video presents previous footage related to police brutality and a variety of protests; subsequently ending with a powerful message, “Spread Love Not War.”

I remember when I heard Doomz Day’s music for the very first time close to two years ago. His voice reminded me of DMX with a dash of Method Man. As I turned up the volume on my JBL headphones, I was like, “YO, this guy is mad dope!” What struck me the most was the message in his lyrics — the ability to deliver a powerful statement in a song. His music is definitely not for the spineless yet it also gives you a deeper understanding of the issues concerning social and racial justice.

“Once I got my first Hip Hop Instrumental tape, it was a wrap” – Doomz Day

East Coast lyricist, songwriter, and promoter from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Stephen “Doomz Day” sure has his hands full. He first hit the studio with his family when he was about 15 years old. Stephen engaged himself in ciphers in New York and recorded his first track when he was 16 years old. His best known pieces are: “American Lie” feat. Deji, “House of Mirrors”, “The Lion & the Wolf” feat. Head Ice, “Rhyme Over Matter” feat. Dom Pachino which are all out on digital platforms. He also manages DDay 100 Entertainment.


Now let’s step into the Temple of Doom and get to know the Headless Horseman:

CRYS: How would you describe the music you typically create?

DD: My music is informative, makes people wanna research what I’m spitting about. Conscious and at the same time gutta, keeps it balanced.

CRYS: What artist would you compare yourself too?

DD: I wouldn’t compare myself to any musician or emcee, but rather like the Picasso of words. A little abstract and different when I paint with my rhymes, but makes sense when looked at in an angle and certain perspective.

CRYS: What makes your music different from other artists?

DD: Not trying to sound the same as a majority of these artists out, I have a different format of flow and versatility. I can do something for the streets, clubs, ladies, or drop knowledge, able to come at all angles.

CRYS: Where is the farthest venue that you’ve ever performed?

DD: I performed down in the M.I.A. at an official spot called Miami Live, dope artists and good vibes down there.

CRYS: If you could collaborate with any artists, who would it be?

DD: Definitely would have to do a joint with Red Man, Meth, Busta, Immortal Technique, Joyner Lucas, and J Cole. I came up to them, well most of them. They’re some great lyricists and would be marvel to put some epic jewels together.

CRYS: What was your favorite era in music and why?

DD: Each era has their classic songs but my favorite is the Golden Era 90’s. Everybody has their own distinguishable sound and style.

CRYS: If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?

DD: The way these major labels rape the artist of their creativity. That’s the reason why these rappers feel they all have to sound the same in order to sell.

CRYS: What advice would you give to other upcoming hip hop artists?

DD: To perfect their craft, be original, and teach through their music because the seeds and world are listening.


Doomz Day is currently setting up a blueprint for an East Coast tour. His newest single, “Sanitarium” will be dropping soon. DDAY100 gear is also in development. His hard work ethic, music and creativity, on top of being a father, speaks volumes. His lyrics will have you deeply immersed in thought, you will find yourself uncontrollably addicted and caught up in his lyrical labyrinth filled with the untainted truth. Just remind yourself that you can always do your research on Google.

Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open for Doomz Day!

Sneak peak of “Sanitarium”

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