NO ONE IS INDISPENSABLE

< but some people are simply irreplaceable >

Jay-Z & Beyonce

I’m a huge fan of Queen Bey. Whether on stage for music or on set for movies, there’s just a way Beyonce dazzles you with excellence, there’s just a way she leaves you wondering whether you’re of the same human species. She just blows your mind! Of course, that makes me a natural fan of Jay-Z and the kids, especially Blue Ivy.

Let’s do one of her songs together, “Irreplaceable.” The relevant lines to this piece:

“To the left to the left…
Everything you own in the box to the left…
How I’ll never ever find a man like you
You got me twisted…
You must not know ’bout me
I could have another you in a minute
Matter fact he’ll be here in a minute, baby…
I can have another you by tomorrow
So don’t you ever for a second get
To thinking you’re irreplaceable…”

The song is about sending her man packing for cheating on her. And having bragged that she wouldn’t find another man like him, she makes it abundantly clear to him that she’s able to replace him in a minute, to get another him in by tomorrow.

Easy to write and sing, isn’t it? She always knew certain people ain’t that replaceable, the reason why she didn’t call it quits with Jay-Z when he did get to cheat on her – in real life. She just had to let out steam with the “Lemonade” album and renewal of their wedding vow – and they stayed together, possibly, better and stronger. Terrific Jay-Z replies “Lemonade” with “4:44” – explaining why he screwed up and apologizing for doing so. Power couple, ain’t they?

The truth is that no one is indispensable; life simply goes on, and people keep moving with or without any particular person. But be careful how you think you can easily replace people; be careful how you become so used to them that you forget how much of a key player they’re to the game of your life. True, you can move on, and perhaps succeed better, without them (after all your life is not in their hands). However, be sure you’d be fine with what life gets to become without them.

Ask Jordin Sparks and she’d tell you that living without certain persons is like being in a world without air. And you know exactly what happens when breath is taken away. Matter-of-factly, you just keep mending some things; you don’t throw them away.

Your No.1 fan,
Cornel

“I ALWAYS WANTED TO HELP…

…I just needed someone to help me first”

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CIA Director Kendrick had his lucky break. Nikita already had her index finger to the trigger of a badass sniper rifle, and was already pulling it, before Fletcher and Birkhoff came through with the truth, one that changed the mission from termination to salvation. Percy and his “Division” had turned Kendrick into their puppet by implanting a kill chip in his heart, for which he gets to do as they order – or die.

Watched the American action thriller drama television series that aired on The CW from September 9, 2010, to December 27, 2013 – “Nikita”? Yea, I’m talking about Season 2, Episode 21.

As usual, the Nikita team (comprising Nikita, Alex, Michael, Birkhoff, Ryan, and Sean) came through for Kendrick. Whisked him underground to get him off the grid, thereby disconnecting Percy’s already activated kill trigger, and long enough for the wizardry Birkhoff to deactivate the chip. And he did.

What follows? Kendrick shares CIA intel with the Nikita team to facilitate their crusade against Percy and “Division.”

By the way, this piece isn’t some movie gist. Was just trying to whet your appetite enough to try some lockdown hours on the series. But there’s something really serious I like to share with you from the scene where Kendrick hands Nikita the flash drive, the intel. I already did, though. Read the title and subtitle of this piece again. That’s what he told them.

Although the context of the quote was that Kendrick first needed someone to get Percy’s kill chip off him before he could offer any form of anti-Percy help, what he said is just the way it is. You want help? Get out there and get helping people. Helping you back is the easy part.

Your No.1 fan,
Cornel