There is No Such Thing as Coincidence: Trump, Clinton, Ali, Historical Lies, New Jim Crow, Pulse Nightclub.

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A recurring sentiment concerning the complexity of universal interconnectedness simply states that … there is no such thing as coincidence. At least that’s what my memory recollects at the moment.

With me recently:

  • Completing Lies My Teacher Told Me (i’ve had the book since I was 12 years old)
  • Currently reading The New Jim Crow (Finally! I purchased this book before I purchased this domain name!)

plus:

  • Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump being the presidential candidate nominees and
  • Muhammad Ali passing, and the
  • Pulse nightclub mass shooting on Latin Gay/Pride night by an alleged “Islamic Radicalist

I’m not convinced any of this shit happening at the same time is just a coincidence.

Why not? Because the way our government maintains control of it’s un/informed populace is largely by manufacturing ignorance/consent through mainstream mass media manipulation. If I wasn’t reading these books at the time, it would be hard to make such a far fetched assumption. The assumption of both parties being two separate wings of the same bird. That ultimately both parties have the same destination, just a different set of directions.

That goal is perpetuating and perfecting the system of colorblind White Supremacy, an ideology belonging to a small group of imbeciles who make it so popular it continues to adapt and reign supreme over otherwise rational people til this day. The ideology stimulates fear of retaliation (and competition) against a well deserved group that powerless white people unfortunately belong to. White Supremacy also contributes to their ignorance by implementing a false sense of superiority and police protection, garnering  their support. This is why so many of our black, brown and poor white youth find themselves locked inside the jaws of our prison industrial complex.

  • Muhammad Ali is well known for being very black and very Muslim, which in turn made him a political figure. Ali made it clear his celebration of race and religion had nothing to do with politics, but everything to do with society and culture. But remember, the mass media manipulates both the consent and ignorance of the people. For this reason Muhammad was a polarizing figure and depending on your cultural and political affiliation, you either loved or hated him. His Muslim funeral was broadcast live for the entire world to see on Friday June 10, 20016. This shed a good, clean, positive light on Islam. Because it’s hard to say anything bad about Ali’s public image, he has been severely white washed for the sake of chiming down his unapologetically Black Muslim identity.
  • Donald Trump is well known for hurling insensitive and racist comments particularly against Muslim’s (they are all radical Islamic terrorists in his eyes) and Mexicans (they are all illegal in his eyes). His sentiment of “building a wall” to “keep them out” has garnered the support of ignoramuses. What will be interesting to see is, if Donald is in fact nominated and acts on his preconceived notions of racism, how his colorblind comrades will deal. That’s why he’s dismissed publicly. Not because his contemporaries don’t agree with him, but because he’s putting their true ulterior motives on front street. Trump is rallying the poor, ignorant and powerless whites intentionally. They don’t even know they’re being had! Just like a good number of ignorant, powerless black people will vote for Hillary! This is political science! It’s proven effective in American history over and over again!
  • Hillary Clinton is the wife of former President Bill Clinton who signed the infamous federal crime bill into law in 1994. She is known for popularizing the term “superpredator.” Their attitude influencing these actions is what led to the explosion of mass incarceration. President Clinton influenced tougher sentencing including mandatory minimum and “three strikes” laws alongside major prison renovation and development. The crime bill is the cornerstone of what’s wrong with our criminal injustice system and was fully supported by Hillary Rotten Clinton. This bill is responsible for the police and prosecutor having insurmountable discretion on how and whom to apply the law. When comparing husband and wife’s feelings toward social issues today, it’s obvious how all the things Bill got wrong politically, Hillary magically disagrees with today.

Is what happened with black and brown folks and The War on Drugs happening with Middle Eastern folks and The War on Terror? Is this why people of color involved in a mass shooting is automatically linked to Radical Islam? Why aren’t white people who conduct mass shootings labeled “terrorist?” Why are we taught that White Radicalism is a thing of the past? All so we’ll be reluctant in our fight against The War on Terror? Like Ali was against The Vietnam War? Are Trump and Clinton playing good cop, bad cop? You damn right they are.

If you have a decent grasp on accurate world history, it’s absolutely no coincidence we’re at this current crux in American politics and race relations. I’m anxious to see what America will be like in the next four to eight years. Hold on tight yall!

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Big City, Small Dreams?

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When you’re from a small town, you dream big. When you’re from a big town, you dream small. Why? Because in a small city you know there’s more to be achieved. In a big city, everything has been done already. So it seems.

Just a thought. It all depends on who you ask. I could have it all backwards. “Life is all a matter of perspective.”

The leading quote is inspired by a group of individual creatives I look up to. They all currently reside in New York City by way of: Flint, Moncks Corner, Atlanta, Miami and Oklahoma City. As a child, I wanted nothing more to move to New York. My aunt lived up there and every time I went, for more reasons that NYC being NYC, it felt like I was in a movie.

Now what if my quote were true? Because clearly, some individuals I speak of defied those assumptions. But how? (By moving to a big town duhhh!) Why? (because of your quote, dummy!)

I don’t know if it’s because i’m on a high from seeing two of my absolute favorite acts live this week or if i’m just really, sincerely at the end of my working-for-other-people rope.

It gets harder and harder every single day to get up, drive over an hour to work, sit in an office full of fucktard reject misfits (myself included?), do a damn good job at MY JOB, do a damn good job at OTHER PEOPLE’S JOB, twirl my pen, make tea… just to clock watch and sit in another hour of traffic. (At least I can listen to my got damned podcasts in peace in my vehicle.)

I scroll through social media outlets and realize how much of a culture it’s become. If you don’t have anything of substance to promote or sell … then you’re just on there reaching. You’re being fake outraged. You’re perpetuating a fraudulent lifestyle that has you looking ridiculous outside of your circle of followers.

(I wonder if anything I typed up there would get me fired?) (I low-key want that to happen because life begins at the end of your comfort zone). (The only reason i’ve been overworked and under appreciated these past 6 years is because i’ve been afraid to take any worthy risks). (Plus that means somebody is actually reading my shit). (I real live need  my job though because i’m not about that indigent life; I have a wife and we have a child to raise). (Even though all of this is grammatically incorrect, I wonder if that question mark belongs outside of the parenthesis like this)? I digress.

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I come from Silver Spring, MD. Where I come from has both the Big Town, Little Town feel. D.C. is a stones throw away. Because the seat of government is here though, our whole area reeks of corruption. The dreams here are cut short by seeing politics play out, firsthand. The filthy rich and powerful ride the Metro alongside the desolate and impoverished. The way D.C. is being gentrified and “cleaned up” is astonishing. I have mixed feelings about gentrification. I’ll touch on that some other time.

And then all of this begs the question…. What happens to a dream deffered?

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(Again, please don’t fire me. I need to earn your money to fund my dreams so I don’t end up selling ass and crack down by the Shrimp Boat.)

Racists Have a Dog in the Fight, Radicals Don’t.

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Ok so… I don’t particularly have issues expressing my disdain for certain demographics of white culture. (Let me be frank here, racist white people.) I can explain and direct my logical and emotional conclusions to the source.

These racist white people I speak of can’t do the same. Why not? Because it will ALWAYS route back to the same source. THEIR ignorant ass racism.

I’m deliberate with whom I communicate this subject because emotions fly at an all time high when speaking about my actual Black life as if it’s a fucking anecdotal story.

Racist white people don’t realize that what they deny so vehemently, that they have nothing to do with the racism of their ancestors, contradicts the foundation of their white position right here in America today on Sunday March 13th, 2016.

Let’s clear the ambiguity. I’m not asking us to like each other or to “fix” this shit, racist white folks. That’s important for you to understand. I’m asking for blatant honesty and ugly truths.

The Big Ass Mother Fucking Racist Elephant In Middle of the Got Damn Room is just that. We don’t have to get along, just out of each other’s way. And historically speaking, you have to make the first move! But I don’t think you want to.This is why The Donald is flourishing. His blatant honesty & ugly truths.

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Imagine a radical Pro-Black candidate. Who spoke about the criminal injustice enterprise that Black Life has become the poster child for. Who exposes the systematic mass incarceration epidemic. The evil roots of capitalism. WE NEED THAT. Even to just push the envelope. To expose some alternative perspectives. To kick Overton’s Window out the fucking frame. So don’t knock Donald. Knock whoever is pandering our vote.

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My Whole Point:
What you see when these racist white people support Trump is their subconscious mind needing, wanting and yearning for that very racism they deny to exist and thrive! To maintain their unearned positions! The World is Flat! Racist white people don’t want to compete because a lot of the time… they can’t! They have relied on their positions as white people solely and being white is becoming unpopular, even on a biological scale.

Marginalized people have been mastering the art of resilience since day one, not denial.We are patiently waiting, practicing and preparing for the day we have an actual dog in the fight… where my dogs at?!

Behind #BlackGirlMagic!

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Th.Ur.Di. celebrates this trio of magical misses; Johnetta “Netta” Elzie, Teyonah Parris and Yara Shahidi. These young ladies are certainly soldiers in the war between contemporary black culture and traditional mainstream customs. Be sure to keep an eye and ear our for these ladies who are destined to become household names.

Johnetta Elzie, better known by her infamous twitter handle @Netaaaaaaaa (that’s 8 if you’re counting!) exhibits Black Girl Magic by being on the front lines of social activism in Ferguson. Teyonah Parris, the face of Spike Lee’s Chi-raq, spews her Black Girl Magic as an accomplished actress. She’s most recognized for her role in the popular AMC drama, Mad Men. Yara Shahidi, who you may not recognize as the cousin of legendary Hip-Hop artist Nas, is also a stunning actress. Yara’s Black Girl Magic contributes to the success of ABC’s hit sitcom Blackish.

Also included in this special Black History Month issue of Essence Magazine are emerging activists and looming stars: Bree Newsome, Jessica Byrd, Zendaya and Aja Naomi King, among others. Who isn’t necessarily mentioned, though deserves just as much of a spotlight, is the journalist who captured this story.


Bené Viera

I was introduced to Bené Viera as I learned of the Black Girl Magic cover story. Her success is an inspiration; it may very well be why i’m writing at this very moment in time and space. During my period of obsession, I became fascinated with the back story. Interviews serve as a source of inspiration, part of why podcasting will be vital element of Th.Ur.Di. We need constant inspiration and motivation from our peers and role models. Especially from those tales of triumph. Bené agrees.

On her Facebook page, she posted her humbling experience in landing her very first cover story. The icing on the cake was her having no idea this would be the outcome of a simple invite to a photo shoot. Bené had recently been laid off from “yet another job” and figured she had nothing to lose, being freshly unemployed. She had the time, so why the heck not.

The two-day shoot turned out to be for the “Shondaland” piece where Bené had the opportunity to observe and interview multiple actors and actresses. At one point, Shonda peeped her jotting down notes and, from one writer to another asked “what you doing;” they shared a chuckle. This was an acknowledgement of comradery between writers among all the “glam in the room.” It’s very well known that being a writer is among the most non glamorous aspects of entertainment. Bené expresses how at the time of receiving this assignment, she had declared herself “done” with the industry. She pushed herself to take advantage of this opportunity and praise Jah for that!

She wrote this Facebook post for women like me. Those who teeter on giving up on our passions and dreams, accepting the mundane 9 to 5 lifestyle. She encourages us to “keep dream chasing.” So that’s what’s happening here. I’m doing the work!

I agree with Yara verbatim…”being a part of this reemergence of a movement both pro-diversity and pro-woman is the best part of being a Black girl.”

A Few of My Favorite Things (Podcasts)

 

[From my drafts]

#1. IMiXWHATiLiKE (former* wpfw radio show)

This was the first time I ever heard anyone speak so openly and candidly about things I felt passionate about. I used to think we weren’t allowed a public forum to express these sentiments. I’m speaking about race relations from a wordly perspective, particularly the African Diaspora and colonization of black people across the globe.

#2. MyndTalk (wpfw radio show as well)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t even have to come up on a check. Dr. Pamela Brewer helped me get my mynd right. This program introduced me to experts (and often time their books) from a myriad of professions ranging from recording artists to clinical psychologists. MyndTalk helped me  realize my mental limitations, personal hurdles as well as how to crush them. The book “Why Do I Do That: Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Way they Shape Our Lives” by Dr. Joseph Burgo was featured on MyndTalk and changed my life forevaaaa *cardi B voice*. This show goes hand-in-hand with “The Friend Zone,” focusing on mental health and relationships.

#3. This Is The Read

I literally feel like Kid Fury and I are the same person. We were supposed to be each other. I agree whole heartedly (is that a word or nah?) with his sentiments on EVERYTHING. Especially people (hated it!) The same way I felt about hearing Good Kid Mad City the first time .. is similar to how I feel listening to The Read. I felt like my age group, my era, my generation’s outlook on life was finally being presented. Crissles is my boo, too.

#4. The Friend Zone

As I continue on my journey of self discovery, The Friend Zone helps me realize where I was, where I am and where I hope to go. A lot of topics hit home and I literally feel like this podcast is a safe zone to express taboo or uncomfortable circumstances you may think you’re in alone.

#5. Bodega Boys

Now. This podcast makes me feel wonderful about my future. These dudes have zero chill whatsoever. Political correctness is non existent EXCEPT when it comes to the word “Faggot” – which is highly commendable. As a member of the “LGBTQ” community, I realize how much I use the word (not as a discriminatory or derogatory term). But I use it nonetheless and I just might want to chill. These guys are the future of dirt-bag-cut-throat sketch comedy. I’m here for it.

 

#6. NPR Mic Check

Last but not least, NPR’s Microphone Check is my favorite of them all. It mixes all elements of what I love about the aforementioned podcasts. It’s been the most inspirational and is the tree from which i’d pick a fruit to plant my own seeds. The hosts’ Ali Shaheed Muhammed (A Tribe Called Quest’s DJ) is from NYC and Frannie Kelley (NPR Music Editor) is from my area, Washington, DC. The two of them have in-depth conversations with artists about their recent and past projects, entire bodies of work, behind the scene influences and so on. If you go to my soundcloud page http://www.soundcloud.com/indigawdzilla I reposted my favorite interviews.

Honorable Mention:

N.W.A.P. (Negroes With a Podcast)

Not gonna lie .. these guys are kinda dry. I’ve listed to maybe 2 episodes and haven’t returned since. Still great content from an apologetically black male perspective. These are like, the frat boy kind of black guys.  It looks like they’ve changed their name to “Nerds With A Podcast” …. Makes sense. More fitting.

N.O.T.W. (Neck of The Woods)

I listened to one episode of this and hollered within the first 25 seconds. “Do I have to grab the back of your neck…. to make you eat my ass.” I’m still dead. I just have way too much to catch up on to get into a new podcast, but once i’m in the swing i’m throwing this right up in the mix.

Tax Season

Tax is my mans. Be safe tho, beloved. I mostly listen to this podcast when someone I recognize is on there (The Desus & Mero episode is classic!) I love New York. I wanted to be from New York so bad growing up. I don’t think I could live there now (L.A. & Miami are on my radar – i’m getting the fuck out of Maryland ASAP) but I might as well. I listen to New York radio every morning. I hear the local ads, traffic – all that. This podcast is like being right in the mix of what’s going on in the streets of NYC.

 

The Brilliant Idiots

I almost forgot The Brilliant Idiots! This is a podcast hosted by Charlamagne Tha God & comedian Andrew Schulz. I have a serious adoration and respect for Charlamagne for a myriad a reasons. To sum it all up though, because he’s a real nigga. Period. He’s honest, even about his shortcomings and he’s always willing to learn. He reads a hell a lot more than I do and that’s an inspiration. Andrew rubbed me the wrong way initially because he seemed so distant from the culture. However, i’ve learned to respect his opinion and I understand his perspective. It’s very necessary, even if I don’t agree with it. This podcast

 

According to @MeekMill, @Wale “Isn’t MMG”

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Now I admit this may be biased. Not only because I’m from the #DMV but because I’ve always been a fan of @Wale from the beginning. I’m talking about Dig Dug. Got’em!

What sealed the deal though was Wale’s song “Lucky Me” off of his Hate Is The New Love Mixtape. This tape dropped while I was dipping my toe in the pool of deep thought & planning my escape from the matrix. I realized we had a lot in common from having immigrant parents to residing on Peabody Street in Washington, DC. I also felt a personal connection due to him residing in Montgomery County for similar reasons; because our parents felt that was best for our education and development of cultural consciousness.

But being even a little hood or a little foreign and growing up in Montgomery County will place you under 100 different microscopes to be examined by 100 different people who are nothing like you.

Now I’m saying all of this to ask, what does @MeekMill mean @Wale isn’t MMG? Because he isn’t fabricating his street life? Because he doesn’t glorify the things that would make his mother shout? Because he feels more valuable as an advocate for our black women as opposed to pimping them? Because he writes poetry?

I can honestly say that I have not listened to any of @MeekMill’s full projects. I’m not necessarily interested; I’ve heard it all before I am sure. No new perspectives or intelligence to learn from.

I am 100 percent sure that @MeekMill’s fan base looks nothing like @Wale‘s fan base at the core.

That’s all.

Thanks for reading!

My #Urban Dilemma

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My Urban Dilemma
I was ashamed of being from Montgomery County, MD because it was a predominately white middle-class jurisdiction. I wanted to be sure that the world knew I was real which to me was an authentic black person who didn’t act white.

The only problem here is, I took my cues about being real as well as acting white without an accurate understanding of Global history. I had that flawed, watered down, anecdotal understanding of racism, yet totally oblivious to how all societies are manipulated and organized by systematic oppression.

If only my K-12 curriculum had thoroughly introduced me to the African diaspora and the purpose of Black Liberation Movements, I would have then been proud of being from Montgomery County, as I am today.

At some point, I wondered if acting white was the better option as opposed to being real. I had the choice after all, right? I was actually trying to understand what either really meant and the implications of choosing. The Urban Dilemma was born because I realized this kind of split personality. A dilemma.

I couldn’t decide what I wanted to be anymore. Do I want to make my way through corporate America (“sell-out”), or do I want to build something from the grass roots (for “my people”)? I have the knowledge and skills to do either. I realized I just needed to express myself and this blog is a result of that. It’s therapeutic.

Experiences
Two opportunities I wouldn’t trade for a million dollars is one, moving into The District of Columbia to experience the inner-city living first hand and two; majoring in Liberal Studies (concentration: African American Studies) at an HBCU deeply embedded into the Civil Rights Movement.

I was finally learning what I didn’t even realize I was in search of my whole life. Answers to the race relation dichotomy between blacks and whites. I learned that “real niggas” are actually poor and of poverty culture, not authentic black culture. This revelation finally hit me while analyzing data for my Senior Research Project on the High School Drop-Out Epidemic.

Before researching in an academic setting, I assumed most black people failed and struggled because they, like me, decided to be real and not act white. I didn’t acknowledge my privileged up-bringing versus theirs or that I was choosing to be ghetto while they were conditioned and had no choice of surviving by any means.

Ultimately, I didn’t realize there was a myriad of authentic black culture and success was more associated with access to opportunities. Out of this myriad of black culture come the noble people, the pioneers of jazz, hip-hop, and the Black Arts Movement preceding it. The people who are aware of The Urban Dilemma and uplift the positive aspects of poor and poverty culture, denouncing the status-quo unapologetically. That’s who I want the world to see me as.

I didn’t realize what strides my single mother took to raise my sister and me. I didn’t realize her relentless effort to do what was necessary to have her daughters live the “good” life versus the “hood” life. I didn’t realize we lived in Montgomery County because it had clean and safe neighborhoods, home to some of the best schools in the nation.

I didn’t realize I wrongfully assumed black people in Montgomery County weren’t authentic black people because I didn’t know being authentically anything is a result of your individual environment and collective culture. There is no actual standard for “blackness” or “whiteness.”

I didn’t realize that acting white was made out to be anything not black because black and white are social and political classifications determined and assigned by the dominant culture, who make up the global oppressors of all people.

Being real and acting white can be more accurately described as being ignorant or acting intelligently, respectively. It’s choice, not biology. Being noble means working in the best interest of your family and community to fight against adversity.

My mother wasn’t, by any means, trying to act white or assimilate into white society by residing in Montgomery County. She simply worked hard and reaped the benefits of that ethic. She was being noble.

Thanks for reading!

 

Donald Sterling & New Slaves

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First thing I want to say is, word to @KanyeWest, #NewSlaves require #NewMasters. So with that being said, I don’t see what all the fuss is for. Why is it so hard to believe that an owner of a NBA team is a bigot?! Why?!

Are we still confused as to how capitalism operates? Apparently. This has inspired me to research the National Basketball Association, more specifically how it’s a private league ran and operated by, mostly, old white (Jewish) men. Much like most institutions of influence in the European version of America.

My recent trip to Colorado made it very clear how Europeans intentionally slaughtered the Indigenous population of this country to make it their own. So again, why are we shocked?

The chick, is dead ass wrong. I commend her, and am elated that this happened. But bitch, you knew from the jump he was a racist prick and you only care about advancing your personal agenda. Which is to fuck and make appearances for money. Now, I don’t knock her hustle whatsoever. By all means boo, do you. However, don’t wait until your gravy train is coming to a screeching halt to get brand new. Even if your train wasn’t ending, don’t play both sides. Be loyal to SOMEBODY. Shit.

CC: Racism; We Are All Victims, What Rappers Can Learn About Donald Sterling 

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Reagan, Len Bias, The Media & Hip-Hop

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C.O.R.E: Children of Reagan’s Era.

I feel like the kids who were disproportionately affected by The Era are finally making music. We are the children and children’s children of the The Era. My parents were mid 20’s, early 30’s (my age today) during The Era.

My generation has been through a lot of shit. We’ve seen the rise and fall of Black and Brown life in a way unlike the generations preceding us. We’re an assortment of attitudes; assimilators, resisters, gangsters, “get wits” … all here at the same time with microphones and computers. From the wrestling stars of my time being referenced to the headlining news stories of my childhood frequenting the lyrics of the music I enjoy today; I finally feel like I belong and am being fairly represented.

I was about 5 months deep in the womb when Len Bias died from Cocaine overdose. It was during the midst of the epidemic, give or take a year.

His story was the pinnacle of The Reagan Era as I understand it; it’s when shit got real. It represents the crossroads of many cultures; youth, race, poverty, affluent, drug, political, sports, college, etc.

This is especially relative to me because I am from Maryland, like Bias, and very aware of how Washington, D.C.’s political environment shapes our affairs due to proximity. All of the dirty dealings of a shady government seep across our borders and Washington can’t have a national embarrassment take place so close to the seat of government without repercussion.

The 80’s were when the infamous crack babies were cooked up, the children most affected by Reaganomics. The fact that Reaganomics isn’t marked as misspelled in Microsoft word says a lot. The conditions are well documented and won’t be discussed here, but I’m pretty sure you have a slight idea. The Planet Rock Documentary atop this page is a good place to start. Without Bias, a documentary about the circumstances surrounding the rising star Len Bias’ tragic death is also very resourceful in getting some background information. It’s on the flix.

To sum it up though:

  • Poverty
  • Quick Money
  • Poor Morals
  • Distorted Values
  • Broken Homes
  • Tarnished Communities
  • Lives of Crime
  • Mental Anguish
  • Scapegoating
  • Pop Culture

There is a major difference between “glorifying” the street life, speaking on the street life and living the street life. All perspectives are valid, however be careful of your definition of “glorifying.” Be careful not to forget these people really do exist, really are marginalzed, and are really misunderstood due to White Supremacy’s agenda.

As far as C.O.R.E’s are concerned, we never existed without Gangsta Rap and Trap Music and we know for certain it will never fade away. Though it may become less valuable to those who exploit it for their personal gain and our detriment; there will always be an authentic and gritty aspect to our music regardless of how it’s reprimanded by public opinion. It’s embedded in us.

Bad things happen and we must express ourselves, among each other as well as the general public. They are out-crys for a better understanding of the complexities of life.

We grew up listening to Snoop, Onyx, Junior Mafia, Bone Thugs, Pac, Nas, Ruff Ryders, Wu-Tang, NWA, Three Six, No Limit, Cash Money, UGK …  Terror Squad, Jay-Z, G-Unit, Eminem, Jeezy, T.I. etc. This hard ass music has conditioned us, whether we realize it or not. It also tells some of our tales, and the tales of our old heads.

My sister is 10 years older than me and my mother loves hip-hop (i’m talking about the real raw shit too). So before I even knew how to listen music; Run-DMC, Special Ed, Heavy D, Chub Rock, LL Cool J, KRS-One, Slick Rick, Rakim, Roxanne Shante, Monie Love, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Apache, BOSS, Queen Latifah .. I can go on and on ..  were shaping my conscious and perspective. I STILL have all of these CD’s, actual CD’s in a closet. 

Not only is that music the soundtrack to our lives, but the lifestyle many of us were exposed to in one way or another. The prison industrial complex is real. The war on drugs is real. The aftermath of Reaganomics will be felt for generations to come.

C.O.R.E. is my shit DO NOT BITE MY SHIT.

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Thanks for reading!

#Racism; We’re All Victims

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Remember the Follow Your Passion Post? Well that same student and I had an argument about which was better, being black or being white. Of course I defended my ignorant position, that being black was obviously better. And as you can see, although we had this argument, we apparently got over  it and remained cordial.

I was never ashamed or felt less of because of being black. I certainly felt slighted though, and I would spend the rest of my life trying to understand how society got fixed to where black people were on the bottom. I knew in my psyche and soul that this wasn’t natural. And no shade, but this was one of those white girls, you know .. trailer park trash. She wasn’t of the affluent white or Jewish kids I knew. I didn’t realize it then, but I did later on.

This made me realize we are ALL victims of ignorance at some level. We are ALL divided to be conquered, stripped of our authenticity, re-branded, re-packaged and then sold to the masses all in the name of maintaining the Status Quo. It’s always been about the wealthy versus the poor, never about one race versus the other. It’s about Power. It’s about control. It’s about exploitation.

An environment unfortunately developed where a group of people gained superior knowledge; not superior genetics or skills. In order to maintain power and control over this sacred information, people became bigoted and prejudice. That is, powerful people of all creeds realized how beneficial an ignorant populace is and that mind control is a very good, if not the best, tool in their arsenal.

“Sometimes you gotta put the whole world on mute, when you’re on the pursuit, to find out what’s good for you // Everybody on the move tryna get their loot too, don’t be a scapegoat, don’t let them persecute you // Don’t be a fool dude, watch who you salute to, never be a tool in somebody else’s arsenal. Psychological warfare, what the fuck is going on here? // You only getting half the story, believing allegories.”

My ideology then is Multiply & Reclaim. Too many things separate us when we have so much more in common, particularly a common puppet-master pulling our strings.

I came up with this model: Input, Accountability, Mediation, Output. Be accountable for what you consume and allow into your life, be very conscious of the meaning of emotions surrounding those things, and before you continue or convince someone else to feel the way you do .. ask who will benefit and who will suffer.

It is important that our communities become educated on the principles of politics, how public policy is created and be aware of their socio-economic implications. Massive progressive reform is necessary for our economic and social development and it will only happen outside of the mainstream and through a coalition of our own Grass Roots organizations, advocacy and special interest groups.

Thanks for reading!