So this year has been full of unexpected surprises. I had expected to take my plans in a completely different direction this year, but looking back on it now I’m glad I didn’t. Over the course of the election year I found myself reluctantly emerging as one of the top election influencers/commentators of the season.
That being said, let’s recap some of the highlights of the season for me.
I released my first book earlier this year to moderate success. I didn’t have many expectations for it, but it did extremely better than I expected it to, especially considering the fact that I’m unknown.
Honestly wish I had held the release until later on this year when I started to gain some notoriety and influence on social media, but that will all become helpful when I start pushing the launch of my next book in the beginning of next year, so stay tuned.
After the release I flew largely under the radar until Milo Yiannopoulis shared my ‘Nig Nog Culture’ on Twitter before he got banned, which fortunately led to me linking up with Loren Feldman and earning a role in Silenced! – His documentary with Mike Cernovich on Free Speech & Censorship Culture.
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) May 20, 2016
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) November 14, 2016
(if you look closely you might see a familiar face)
After which I started to gain some recognition both for my personal views on politics and social issues, and my being a Hotep. It led a few people to be interested in me and wanting to interview me, including
and a few other people (There was supposed to be a Milo interview but I assume he got too busy & forgot and I never ended up reaching back out to him. If y’all want that to happen y/all should hit him up).
After that I wrote my “Is Trump Racist?” article, where I presented the facts surrounding the situation and gave my opinion on whether there was a strong history of racial bias. This article was put into the view of Dilbert creator Scott Adams, which led to him sharing it on both twitter and his blog.
Definitely worth a read if you're afraid of Trump. https://t.co/YgzHnSqNtq
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) July 31, 2016
Around this time it started getting to the point where my tweets would be used in recaps of pop culture events, I’ve seen sites like Complex and BET use my tweets before, this was around the time I figured my profile must be getting some real views.
My tweets at this point started pissing off entire groups of people, which has never really been my intention. Like I always say “offense is taken, not given”.
Here’s a small sample of the types of things I mean:
— donny bravo (@lordaedonis) June 5, 2016
y'all so pro-LGBT that y'all are now anti-heterosexuality & y'all don't see how hypocritical that is. lol.
— donny bravo (@lordaedonis) May 15, 2016
if you think depression is a mental illness but being transgender isn't don't talk to me.
— donny bravo (@lordaedonis) November 15, 2016
After this I went back to flying largely under the radar again until I finally made the tweet that went viral…. and it was an accident. I joke about it now and say my hand went global, when I google myself I see articles written in languages that I don’t even understand and never knew existed that have written about it.
this is what I was talking about, they fixed it but it was on some nut shit at first. pic.twitter.com/GO5Y9FCnYN
— donny bravo (@lordaedonis) November 8, 2016
Yea, not to toot my own horn but even if you’re unfamiliar with me and this is your first post of mines you’re reading, you’ve probably seen this. If not, you’ll recognize it when you eventually do. The story behind this, to clear up the confusion is:
I went to vote that morning, like I mentioned in another video, partly out of spite because of a disagreement with a relative earlier that day. I didn’t plan on voting in the general election, which I think is the most ironically hilarious part about all of this. I went in and was already expecting some foul play because my mom said she went and the pollster stuck their head in the booth when she was voting and shouted “Vote Democrat!” so I wanted to see if I could get a video of them doing that. If you want to claim I wanted attention doing that, then I guess there’s a valid claim for that, nonetheless it doesn’t matter. When I got in the booth I went to vote for Trump ( I have a video before either button was lit up) and when I went to press the Trump button, it didn’t work. When I pressed the Hillary button to see if it would, it did. Now initially I wish I had recorded the entire process, because people who want to believe whatever have been claiming things like I’m not pressing the right place on the button (there’s a pressure pad behind the button that I could tell wasn’t calibrated or placed correctly because I pressed Hillary’s name and her button lit up) or that I was just doing this for retweets. You can believe what you want, but at the end of the day I doubt I can convince you and I don’t plan on trying to.
I tweeted it right before I went into work, as I have a tendency to tweet things I think will get a lot of shares/impressions when I know I wont be on Twitter for a while, as to keep my tweets/profile in view (the more visibility I have, the more my brand does) which is a part of my social media strategy I may do a post on later. Nonetheless, within a short while my phone was having a seizure in my pocket, and I was getting mentions and DMs from people sending me links to sites writing about it and wanting to interview me about it.
It was featured on Gateway Pundit, Infowars, DailyWire (which is ironically the only one that covered the whole story including my explanation afterwards so people couldn’t make it seem like ‘user error’ like RawStory tried to) and many other places.
I had people from college that I hadn’t talked to in forever hitting up mutual friends asking if that was me. People expected me to get a big head from it or something but I didn’t. I’m still a nobody.
Between that and Trump winning the election winning me money, it’s definitely been a hell of an election.
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) November 9, 2016
Now we’re here. I’m getting ready to open the curtains on my business to the world, while I’m getting the plans together for a few others. I have 2 books that will be published next year, although I’m weighing my options on whether I want to go the Amazon route again or try another way. As much as I distrust and dislike the media, I’m also in the process of starting my own source/platform to provide the facts of the situation – what happened, how it happened, and nothing else. No opinions, no fluff, no bias.
If you’re interested in this, feel free to contact me.
And that sums up the events of this year for me. I started off the year an unknown nobody, and now people know of me, but I’m still a nobody. I have a lot to learn, a lot of room to grow, and a lot of plans in life before I get to the point where I feel like I’m somebody.
For now though, I’m still just a nobody with a book and a hell of a lot of attention on him.