Beat Drop Kidz getting down at Poetic Soul

Ok, so Poetic Soul had their 1 year anniversary this past weekend which I saw as an opportune time for my son to rehearse a piece he recently wrote that he will be doing at a special upcoming graduation ceremony for the 15 week leadership S.O.N.S program he’s involved in. Before we left I got a text from Ty, who is one of my son’s fellow members in the dance group he is in called Beat Drop Kidz, about struggling with how to start his poem. I informed him previously that I been doing spoken word as well as hip hop music for over 25 years so that if he needed any assistance to just reach out. So I also found it a fitting time for him to go with us as he had never been to an open mic previously so we could speak about his poem in that type of setting instead of talking or texting over the phone. Not only that, it would give them an opportunity to show off their dance moves in a setting outside of the typical dance battles or showcases they been doing and to get the word out about BDK which they most certainly did. Lots of people showed interest and some networking was definitely going on afterwards, we will see what comes of it.  You can check my son doing his piece below. A lot of “grown” men can learn something from what he was saying, do the knowledge…

 

The best thing about all this was these young men made history! From what I understand it was the first time anyone danced at Poetic Soul, so much love to the homie Ken Kong for allowing them to add on.  My man Ty said first, “Can I get the band to play something funky?” Ha ha, James Brown would be proud


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Some reflections from the Samurai exhibit at Phoenix Arts Museum

My favorite places to go are museums and libraries because along with many other reasons, ultimately, they are quiet. I like to go to comic book shops as well but always get approached by a fellow nerd that wants to wax poetic about the latest in geekdom and tend to get in a huge debate of something like who would win between Supes and Goku or Hulk and Doomsday and I just really don’t have time for people with their way off opinions, lol. Worse than hip hop debates like who is better, Big or Pac when anyone with some sense know Biggie should never be mentioned in a convo about Pac, ha ha!

Anyways, recently got a chance to check out the Samurai exhibit at the Phoenix Arts Museum.

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It was pretty small but I enjoyed it nevertheless. Definitely going to have to go again when I can read all the history and check out the details more of what was showcased as when I got to the museum it was only open for 45 more mins.  It is open until July 16th and Wednesdays are cheaper as well as on first Fridays and the second weekends of every month. All the info you need on it can be found by clicking here. Hopefully the pics below will convince you to go and check it out especially if you have children. Always want to expose them to as many things like this as possible

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For the lil gods and young warriors

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Tamahagane

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Shredder

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Phx LOC’s Farming Initiative Launch

This past weekend the Phx Local Organizing Committee kicked off it’s Farming/Agricultural initiative to great success! The LOC’s Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for the development and maintenance of a system of sustainable agriculture to provide wholesome, natural food to our members of society. In addition to food, this ministry is responsible for the production of raw materials required to build good homes and manufacture clothing.

It is a very exciting time for all of us involved especially those who have been in the trenches since 2015 when we first started the Barbershop Talks and were canvasing our neighborhoods spreading the word about 10-10-15 Justice or Else and the economic boycott. We have constantly discussed how we need to be self sufficient and grow our own food so this past weekend and what took place was a long time coming. I did not think I would make it at first because of other obligations but decided to stop by anyways and was able to add on and get dirty with everyone else, check out some footage below.


With over 4,000 food deserts in Arizona, and poor health affecting us in may ways; it is more important than ever to invest in our health. The Phoenix LOC hopes to make fresher, healthier produce more accessible by planting and growing it in our own communities.  We will be reconvening at Spaces of Opportunity at 1020-1098 W Vineyard Rd, Phoenix, AZ, near the corner of 11 Ave Vineyard Rd again this Saturday to continue the undertaking of this determined idea to manifest and bare fruit.  We were digging trenches last week for the irrigation system and this week we will be planting! So make sure you come on out and bring the babies!


I must say besides seeing all the babies out there last weekend handling business, and I mean HANDLING BUSINESS…..


there was 3 generations of a family in attendance as well. That’s the type of legacy and what to pass on to the next ones coming up more of us HAVE to apply. It is imperative!

PEACE

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Buildin’ with Baba Shaka

This last weekend was another productive packed affair from the Farming initiative of the Phx LOC breakin’ ground, to Diaspora Day and the many things my son and his friends are involved in. Making it a point to always drop by my cohost’s kingdom as he is one of many people I know that the community can benefit from. Check out the vids below as he builds on how to start growing food and some upkeep tips

When you support TSR you help to keep brothas like this doing the type of things you see posted in the vids above as well as a way he can support his beautiful family pictured below. Check the info below the pic to see how you can continue to support all things TSR in the future

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The arrogance of Amerikkkan government and apathy of it’s citizens

Hard to really discuss American Foreign Policy or what our government does at home and abroad with way too many U.S. citizens. We are too busy trying to be good capitalists or entrepreneurs. We are very comfortable living in a system of white supremacy and could give a fuck about Trump, what’s going on in Syria, the bomb dropped in Afghanistan yesterday, relations with North Korea etc etc. Americans will never be worried until a bomb drops on their front door but then it would be too late. It shouldn’t take that to happen for us to care but maybe if something happened to the children of our mothers (like many children of mothers in other countries we bomb) you think then they would care?

This is nothing new that I haven’t spoken about on this blog before but I really feel that is what it’s going to take for people to be brave enough to care about what is going on in the world. Just like when I am asked what will it take for black people to really wake up in this country I respond with slavery needs to be brought back or Jim Crow and maybe then we might fight for what’s right. Naw, you need to ban the purchases of expensive smart phones, going to the club, watching ratchet reality tv shows and take our PS4s away and then, maybe then black folk will fight for equality and what’s right.

I can’t count how many times I bring up serious issues going on in the world and people just don’t care, can’t even have an intelligent discussion about it because hey…..that basketball game the other day, that new Star Wars movie trailer as well, who dissed who in hip hop? You hear that new Kendrick Lamar? Anytime I bring up something like the latter the engagement is overwhelming. “I don’t watch tv” or “I don’t watch the news” or “it doesn’t affect me” yadda yadda yadda………ok. That’s the problem yall, us! And that’s why so many people hate us! Because “we” don’t do anything to fix this ish, why? Because “we” don’t care. I understand those of us who don’t watch tv because we are so busy organizing but that is not the case with most of us who say that. What does it matter if we are so “enlightened” and don’t watch tv but spend most of our time getting drunk and or high? Plus, just about anyone of us who says that has another form of media be it our phone, laptop or whatever in which we can stay in tune with what’s going on in the world so there is really no excuse IF we truly care. We sure spend a lot of time putting selfies of ourselves on social media though. Oh the vanity.

“The mother of all bombs” Smh, nothing new. “Shock and awe” “smoke em out of their caves” This country’s military leaders are off the chain but karma is a bitch. You can only bully the rest of the world for so long. As we have discussed live on our show before, we really don’t have an endgame to all of this but sort of like the movie Network alluded to, you have to care, that’s a start. Get mad? Why not, that’s a start as well. Please listen to what Dr. Hakim, a mentor of Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers says throughout the clip in this link to know what we can do especially towards the end of the clip. Have the courage to care and talk to one another and educate each other on what’s going on in the world and lets work together in any way we can to make it a better place for our children and their children’s children to have a better quality of life. Starting grassroots movements to create public awareness about issues in the world is something that not only our program has done for years but our book study group as well and if you want to be a part of it please contact me. And just cause I feel like it I’m a share this clip from Newsroom below that speaks volumes about the country we live in, take the best part…

PEACE

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The S.O.N.S. do landscaping with Darren Chapman of Tiger Mountain Foundation

For the true TRUE SKOOLERS, you may remember 6 years ago on our second show when we had Darren Chapman of Tiger Mountain Foundation as a guest…

It was a great interview and a very well received show in which I don’t even think we played any music. What we covered was everything from recent community events, American Foreign Policy, the banks being bailed out, Farakhan at Saviors Day that year, Gaddafi, Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers drama, history of gangs in southside Phoenix, the boojie “black elite” out here (that hasn’t changed much) that constantly downplays the positive work being done on the southside and not acknowledging those putting in the work on a CONSISTENT weekly basis year round like Darren Chapman, check the 1:10:00 mark for that.

Brother Chapman is STILL out in the field as he was with the S.O.N.S. this past weekend during their day of landscaping service as a guest speaker and safety guide.
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After practicing their morning Gungfu, the S.O.N.S. provided an elder in the community (Ms. Denise Davis) a landscaping service for her home. They learned the value of respecting their elders, the gift of volunteering, how to operate common landscaping equipment, and the possibilities of becoming an entrepreneur.

Last but not least to go back to the interview from 6 years ago, there was a point where DJ Warrior Sese spoke on the raping of resources in the Congo namely coltan which more people should be hip to now that popular individuals like Nick Cannon and Umar Johnson have been speaking on the same thing over the years since we did the show. Keep in mind the civilians digging up the coltan go 2 miles deep into the Earth sometimes, TWO MILES! Smh. This mineral that is needed for things like our smartphones and laptops to function we are pretty much supporting the atrocities civilians are being put through obtaining the mineral by buying the devices so I implore those reading to understand that if we are not using these devices for the betterment of our people we are just as worse as those doing the exploiting of young Congolese children. Check the 45:30 mark of the youtube clip put here for you again to check out. Also here is a clip discussing a similar mineral in cobalt being mined in the Congo

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A convo with TSR’s Shaka Timbuktu

Stopped by to build with my brother the other day and catch up on why he missed a meeting he accepted an invite to for the Black Home School Initiative. Like my previous cohost Sese, he is not crazy about meetings, unlike Sese you do kind of get to look into the mind of Shaka as he is active on social media. You had to listen to TSR or come to our book study or anything else we put together to hear or see Sese because as many of you know who used to ask about him a lot he aint f with social media AT ALL.

Anyways in the vid in this blog Shaka explains why he is absent in community events as well as why I go to so many because my comrades don’t. The mountain doesn’t come to the man, the man comes to the mountain. In the old Shaw Brothers kung fu joints, you had to go to the temple to learn. Luke had to go to Dagobah to become a Jedi. When you understand those lessons you may have a better feel for where someone with Shaka’s expertise is coming from. It has nothing to do with having an individualistic mindstate like some may think. It’s not an ego thing either. I mean to build with Shaka I GO SEE HIM, others can do the same.  His comments on the importance of the union of the black man and woman is the jewel in this vid though. I see how my life has been with my black woman vs when I am on my own without one. One night stands and dates here and there don’t really replace the consistency of having a woman that constantly has your back and lets you know when you fucking up. Instead of going into a long rant that expounds on that I will share a poem I did at Poetic Soul you can find after the vid called Black Women Are Everything , and forgive me for interviewing this dark brotha in the shade, lol

Black women are everything
From the sistas in the strip club to the revolutionaries
From the former crack heads to the fitness models, I’ve built with them all
They have a way of putting a battery in your back to continue to fight against a society that is trying to destroy everything we (black men) are
Anytime I got locked up, whether it was my mother or a sista I was building with at the time, it was always a black woman that bailed me out, not no a alike, no blood or cuz
Anytime I been out of work it’s usually black women that come to my rescue trying to help me, loaning money, telling me about job opportunities
When the vehicle is in the shop, it’s always a black woman volunteering to assist with a ride Nothing like a black woman running her fingers through my hair as I lay my head on her lap telling me, “God…. it’s gonna be alright”
There is no heaven on Earth like the one between a black woman’s thighs
No conversation more stimulating than when a black woman share’s her mind
Black women are everything……..

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