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Evelyn From The Internets Hilariously Reminds Us That Life's Not a Race

Our favorite internet cousin hooked it up with much needed motivation in this new video.

DIASPORA—We stumbled on a much needed pep talk from our favorite internet cousin and Kenyan-American YouTuber, Evelyn From The Internets, this week. She made a point to remind us that there's no use in feeling like one has to compete with others as we progress in life.


As she says, it's a must to "remember to enjoy the process."

In collaboration with her fellow internet cousin, Hallease, we see vignettes of Evelyn embarking on an outdoor run—well, an attempt of one (it's all good sis, I've been struggling on my runs too).

"How does Serena do it," she says as she relieves the dreaded chub rub irritation, "You know what I'm saying?! She has thighs!"

But back to the main takeaway. There are times where it seems like you're drowning in the accomplishments of your peers, especially when it's all up in your face on social media. However, it's for the best to pause and acknowledge your own come up—because you're actually doing much better than you think.

"I already know I shouldn't compare myself to others," she admits, "That the lesson here might be something like, 'Life is a race against your personal best' or maybe the lesson here is that it probably doesn't matter how slow you go, as long as you don't stop."

She continues:

"Or maybe the lesson is that you don't even have to race at all if you don't want. You can just dance the whole way until you die...and I kinda like that lesson better. Let's go with that."

Watch the full vid below.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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