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Icons Right Now – Hype Williams (2nd installment)


Good day social world and to the new and international viewers, welcome to the B.A.F. To our repeat, loyal viewers, we humbly thank you.

This is the second installment in this three part/day series. Today, we focus on a legend in video production, which expanded his horizons to film.

Mr. Hype Williams was born as Harold Williams. He’s from Queens, New York and attended Adelphi University. As a former graffiti artist, throwing up “Hype” everywhere he could in NYC, he came up in the Hip Hop movement era of “b boys and b girls” when the culture of Hip Hop was taking shape in NY and all over America’s urban environments. This was a time when Hip Hop was called a “fad”. But, reflections of what he could be were all around. His first break came with classic concepts in video production. His partners back then were Lionel “Vid Kid” Martin and VJ Ralph McDaniels.

Hype Williams has gone on to be very well respected in Hollywood as a movie producer with his 1998 feature film, “Belly”. It became wildly profitable and an instant classic. There is no other like Hype Williams. In our art form, he is the embodiment of the word “hype”. He has carved his way in Hip Hop by taking a path that few dared to and made it into a pillar in Hip Hop. In the art of music videos, he saw a lane that was not being tapped to its fullest potential in the golden age of Hip Hop. In the video for “Gilded Age”, Hype made everyone else in music video production (all genres of music) step up their levels of concept! He created a signature style throughout the vast majority of his videos. Unique in its time, was the use of the fish eye lens. It distorted the camera view around the central focus. This was developed with his right hand man, John Perez. The climax of this signature style was shown in videos like “Gimme Some Music” by Busta Rhymes and “The Rain” by Missy Elliot.

Music Video Director is a title that Hype Williams elevated in the world of Hip Hop. His work has risen the level of pay and respect as a powerful tool in promotion/sales of an artist’s album. One hot video can generate millions in sales. Another signature style of Hype’s was placing shots in a regular widescreen ratio while a second shot is split and placed in the upper or lower corners (like split screens but the upper or lower screens are much smaller). One video with this feature is “Check On It” by Beyonce. Nicki Minaj demanded to work with Hype for her “Massive Attack” video. He issued “demand” in Hip Hop, beginning with Rap, but later with Beyonce, R. Kelly, Mariah Carey, Jodeci and Jennifer Lopez to be the director of their videos. He renamed the “price” in the game.

His awards and recognitions in the game are too many to list. He is a living icon in Hip Hop in his own way. The 1996 Billboard Music award for “Best director of the year” went to Hype for Busta Rhymes’ video “Woo Hah Got Ya’ll In Check”. With Busta’s energy and Hype’s expertise, it was an instant classic! He also received the 1997 NAACP Image Award and the 1998 MTV Video Music Award for best rap video on Will Smith’s “Get Jiggy With It”. In 1999, he got an MTV Award for TLC’s “No Scrubs” and a 2006 B.E.T. Award for Best Director in Kanye West’s “Gold Diggers”. Also in 2006, Hype received the MTV’s Video Vanguard Award in honor of his lifetime achievements.

Hype Williams is well acclaimed. He has given life to a host of others, cut a new pathway to express ourselves and opened our minds to possibilities in areas foreign to us. With Spike Lee being a direct influence, he cut and carved the industry to what he needed it to be. Hype is an innovator!

Hype Williams; film director, producer and screen writer. He’s Hype, the King of Hip Hop video production! If you see Hype in the beginning of the video, even if you don’t know or like the artist,his name compels you to check it out. He transcends his art, a true icon!

Warrior of Awareness
Copyright 2016

Hype William’s work:
BWP – “We Want Money”
Main Source – “Just Hangin’ Out”
Strictly Roots – “Duck the Boys in Blue”
Zhigge – “Rakin’ in the Dough”
Cutty Ranks – “Living Condition”
Erick Sermon – “Hittin’ Switches”
Positive K – “I Got a Man” (version 1)
Mangu – “La Playa”
K7 – “Zunga Zeng”
M.O.P. – “How About Some Hardcore”
K7 – “Come Baby Come”
Poor Righteous Teachers – “Nobody Move”
Mysterme – “Unsolved Mysterme”
Sam Sneed – “U Better Recognize” feat. Dr. Dre
Craig Mack – “Flava in Ya Ear” (remix)
Wu-Tang Clan – “Can It Be All So Simple”
Jodeci – “Feenin'”
Mic Geronimo – “Shit’s Real”
Da Bush Babees – “We Run Things (It’s Like That)”
Gravediggaz – “Diary of a Madman”
Craig Mack – “Get Down”
Wu-Tang Clan – “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit/Shame on a Nigga”
Miss Jones – “Where I Wanna Be Boy”
Casserine “Why Not Take All Of Me”
Mary J. Blige – “Be Happy” (co-directed with Sean “Puffy” Combs)(uncredited)
Men At Large – “Let’s Talk About It”
Usher – “Think of You”
Usher – “The Many Ways”
Snow – “Anything for You”
Naughty by Nature – “Craziest”
The Notorious B.I.G. – “One More Chance” [version 2: remix]
Warren G – “So Many Ways”
LL Cool J feat. Boyz II Men – “Hey Lover”
LL Cool J – “Doin’ It”
Brandy – “Baby”
The Notorious B.I.G. – “Warning”
The Notorious B.I.G. – “Big Poppa” (co-directed with Sean “Puffy” Combs)
Brandy feat. Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, & Yo Yo – “I Wanna Be Down” (version 2:remix)
Adina Howard – “Freak Like Me”
Montell Jordan – “This Is How We Do It”
The Notorious B.I.G. – “One More Chance” (version 1)
Guru & Chaka Khan – “Watch What You Say”
Montell Jordan – “Somethin’ 4 Da Honeyz” (version 1)
Boyz II Men feat. Treach, Craig Mack, Busta Rhymes and Method Man – “Vibin'” (version 2)
Brandy – “Sittin’ Up In My Room”
Blackstreet feat. SWV and Craig Mack – “Tonite’s The Night-remix”
Hodge – “Head Nod” [Remix]
Mic Geronimo – “Masta I.C.”
OutKast – “Benz or Beamer”
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “Shimmy Shimmy Ya/Baby C’Mon”
Solo – “Where Do You Want Me To Put It”
Lin Que feat. MC Lyte – “Let It Fall”
Immature feat. Smooth – “We Got It”
Double XX Posse – “Money Talks”
A Few Good Men – “tonite”
Little Shawn – “Dom Perignon (feat. The Notorious B.I.G)”
Brownstone feat.Craig Mack – “If You Love Me (Street Vibe Remix)”
World Renown – “How Nice I Am”
Tupac Shakur feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman – “California Love” (version 2: Mad Max, version 3: remix)
Tupac Shakur feat. Danny Boy, K-Ci & JoJo & Aaron Hall – “Toss It Up” (Beach Party version, unreleased)
D’Angelo – “Lady”
R. Kelly feat. Ronald Isley – “Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)” (version 1)
Busta Rhymes – “Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check” (version 1)
R. Kelly – “Thank God It’s Friday”
Maxi Priest feat. Shaggy – “That Girl”
Nas feat. Lauryn Hill – “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)”
Nas – “Street Dreams”
Nas feat. R. Kelly – “Street Dreams (Remix)”
A Tribe Called Quest – “1nce Again”
Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre & Queen Pen – “No Diggity”
R. Kelly – “I Can’t Sleep Baby (If I)” (remix)
Brandy feat. Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men – “Brokenhearted” (Soulpower Remix)
A Tribe Called Quest – “Stressed Out” (version 1)
Jay-Z feat. Mary J. Blige – “Can’t Knock the Hustle”
LL Cool J featuring Total – “Loungin'” (remix)
Foxy Brown featuring Blackstreet – “Get Me Home”
R. Kelly – “I Believe I Can Fly”
Group Therapy feat. Dr. Dre, RBX, KRS-One, B-Real & Nas – “East Coast West Coast Killaz”
B-Real, Coolio, Method Man, LL Cool J & Busta Rhymes – “Hit ‘Em High (The Monstars’ Anthem)”
Mista – “Blackberry Molasses”
The Isley Brothers feat. R. Kelly – “Let’s Lay Together”
Total – “No One Else”
Babyface feat. LL Cool J, Jody Watley, etc. – “This Is For The Lover In You”
LL Cool J feat. Keith Murray, Prodigy, Fat Joe, and Foxy Brown – “I Shot Ya”
R. Kelly – “I Can’t Sleep (Baby If I)”
R. Kelly – “Down Low remix (Blame it on the Mo)”
Missy Elliott – “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”
Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans & 112 – “I’ll Be Missing You”
R. Kelly – “Gotham City”
The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy & Mase – “Mo Money Mo Problems”
Mary J. Blige – “Everything”
Busta Rhymes – “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See”
Missy Elliott feat. Da Brat – “Sock It 2 Me”
Jay-Z feat. Foxy Brown & Babyface – “(Always Be My) Sunshine”
Busta Rhymes – “Dangerous”
Mase – “Feel So Good”
Wild Orchid – “Supernatural”
Will Smith – “Gettin’ Jiggy wit It”
Usher – “Nice and Slow”
Refugee Camp All-Stars feat. Pras and Ky-Mani Marley – “Avenues”
Scarface – “Mary Jane”
R. Kelly – “Gotham City Remix”
Snow – “Anything for You [All Star Cast Remix]”
DMX feat. Sheek Louch of the LOX – “Get at Me Dog”
DMX feat. Faith Evans – “How’s It Going Down?”
Faith Evans – “Love Like This”
Mel B feat. Missy Elliott – “I Want You Back”
Mariah Carey feat. Jermaine Dupri – “Sweetheart”
Mýa feat. Noreaga & Raekwon – “Movin’ Out”
Kelly Price feat. R. Kelly & Ron Isley – “Friend of Mine”
Busta Rhymes – “Gimme Some Mo'”
DMX, Nas, Method Man, and Ja Rule – “Grand Finale”
R. Kelly – “Half On A Baby”
R. Kelly feat. Keith Murray – “Home Alone”
Taral Hicks – “Silly”
Taral Hicks – “Ooh, Ooh Baby”
112 feat. Lil’ Zane – “Anywhere”
Ja Rule – “Holla Holla”
Ja Rule – “Holla Holla (Remix)
Ja Rule feat. Cadillac Tah & Black Child – “Murda 4 Life”
Ja Rule – “It’s Murda/Kill ‘Em All”
Ja Rule feat. Ronald Isley – “Daddy’s Little Baby”
Ja Rule – “How Many Wanna”
TLC – “No Scrubs”
Method Man feat. D’Angelo – “Break Ups 2 Make Ups”
Busta Rhymes – “Tear da Roof Off/Party Going on Over Here”
Busta Rhymes feat. Janet Jackson – “What’s It Gonna Be?!”
Nas feat. Puff Daddy – “Hate Me Now”
Missy Elliott – “She’s a Bitch”
Mase feat. Blackstreet – “Get Ready”
Noreaga – “Oh No”
Missy Elliott feat. Big Boi & Nicole – “All n My Grill”
Puff Daddy feat. R. Kelly – “Satisfy You”
Mobb Deep feat. Nas – “It’s Mine”
Mobb Deep feat. Lil’ Kim – “Quiet Storm” (version 2: remix)
Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg – “Still D.R.E.”
Ol’ Dirty Bastard feat. Kelis – “Got Your Money”
Kelis – “Caught out There”
Missy Elliott feat. Nas, Lil’ Mo & Eve – “Hot Boyz”
Sisqó – “Got To Get It”
So Plush – “Things I’ve Heard Before”
Q-Tip – “Breathe and Stop”
Q-Tip – “Vivrant Thing”
Jay-Z feat. UGK – “Big Pimpin'”
No Doubt – “Ex–Girlfriend”
Busta Rhymes – “Get Out!!”
Macy Gray – “Why Didn’t You Call Me”
R. Kelly – “Bad Man”
DMX feat. Sisqó – “What You Want”
LL Cool J – “Imagine That”
Wyclef Jean feat. The Rock – “It Doesn’t Matter”
Busta Rhymes – “Fire”
Jay-Z “Hey Papi”
Mýa feat. Jay-Z – “Best of Me (Holla Main Mix)”
Funkmaster Flex feat. DMX – “Do You?”
Roni Size & Reprazent – “Who Told You”
Ja Rule feat. Lil’ Mo – “Put It On Me”
The Murderers – “We Don’t Give A %^#$”
The Murderers feat. Vita – “Vita, Vita, Vita”
Kobe Bryant feat. Tyra Banks – “K.O.B.E.”
The Murderers feat Ja Rule, Vita, Black Child, Tah Murdah, Memphis Bleek, & Busta Rhymes – “Holla Holla Remix”
Crystal Sierra feat. Stylez Skillz – “Playa No More”
Outsiderz 4 Life – “College degreez”[
DMX – “Ain’t No Sunshine”
Busta Rhymes feat. Kelis – “What It Is/Grimey”
Snoop Dogg feat. Tha Eastsidaz, Master P & Nate Dogg – “Lay Low”
Eric Benet – “Love Don’t Love Me”
Babyface – “There She Goes”
Vita – “Justify My Love”
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes – “The Block Party”
Jessica Simpson – “A Little Bit”
Ginuwine – “Differences”
FUBU feat. LL Cool J, Keith Murray, and Ludacris – “Fatty Girl”
Busta Rhymes – “As I Come Back/Break Ya Neck”
Shelby Lynne – “Killin’ Kind”
Stella Soleil – “Kiss Kiss”
Method Man – “Party & Bull%#!*”
Aaliyah – “Rock The Boat”
N*E*R*D – “Rock Star” (unreleased version)
Nelly Furtado – “…On the Radio (Remember the Days)”
Boyz II Men – “The Color of Love”
Blu Cantrell featuring Sean Paul – “Breathe (Remix)”
Ashanti – “Rain On Me” (version 1)
Ja Rule feat. R. Kelly & Ashanti – “Wonderful”
Ashanti – “Only U”[
Teedra Moses – “Be Your Girl”
New Edition – “Hot 2Nite”
Rupee – “Tempted to Touch”
The Game feat. 50 Cent – “How We Do”
Queen Latifah feat. Al Green – “Simply Beautiful”
Slim Thug feat. Bun B – “I Ain’t Heard of That”
Kanye West – “Diamonds from Sierra Leone”
Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx – “Gold Digger”
Smitty – “Diamonds on My Neck”
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams – “Wanna Love U Girl” (version 2)
Jamie Foxx feat. Ludacris – “Unpredictable”
Beyoncé feat. Slim Thug and Bun B – “Check on It”
Pharrell Williams – “Angel”
Ne-Yo – “So Sick”
Killer Mike feat. Big Boi – “My Chrome”
LL Cool J feat. Jennifer Lopez – “Control Myself”
Young Jeezy – “My Hood”
Mary J. Blige – “Enough Cryin'”
Hoobastank – “If I Were You”
LL Cool J feat. Lyfe Jennings – “Freeze”
Lil Jon feat. E-40 and Sean Paul of the Youngbloodz – “Snap Yo Fingers”
Young Jeezy feat. Lil’ Scrappy and T.I. – “Bang”
Kanye West feat. Paul Wall, GLC and T.I. – “Drive Slow (Remix)”
Pharrell Williams feat. Kanye West – “Number 1”
Janet Jackson feat. Nelly – “Call on Me”
John Legend – “Heaven”
t.A.T.u. – “Gomenasai”
2007Kanye West – “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”
Twista feat. Pharrell – “Give It Up”
Kenna – “Say Goodbye to Love”
Kanye West – “Stronger”
Fam-Lay – “The Beeper Record”
Chris Brown – “I Wanna Be”
Ja Rule – “Body”
Jay-Z feat. Pharrell Williams – “Blue Magic”
Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos – “Superstar”
Ne-Yo – “Go On Girl”
Shaggy feat. Akon – “What’s Love”
Kanye West – “Homecoming”
Sean Garrett feat. Ludacris – “Grippin'”
Mary J. Blige – “Stay Down”
Lloyd feat. Lil Wayne – “Girls Around the World”
Coldplay – “Viva la Vida”
N.E.R.D feat. CRS & Pusha T – “Everyone Nose (All the Girls ….) (Remix)”
Common feat. Pharrell Williams – “Universal Mind Control”
Kanye West – “Heartless”
DJ Khaled feat. Kanye West & T-Pain – “Go Hard”
Bow Wow feat. Jermaine Dupri – “Roc the Mic”
Bow Wow feat. Jonhtá Austin – “You Can Get It All”
Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain – “Blame It”
Busta Rhymes feat. T-Pain – “Hustler’s Anthem ’09”
Kanye West feat. Young Jeezy – “Amazing”
Kanye West – “Robocop” (unreleased)
Swizz Beatz – “When I Step in the Club” (Hennessy Black commercial)
The-Dream feat. Kanye West – “Walkin’ on the Moon”
Big Sean – “Getcha Some”
Jamie Foxx feat. Kanye West, The-Dream, & Drake – “Digital Girl (Remix)”
Consequence feat. Kanye West & John Legend – “Whatever U Want”
Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Eminem – “Forever”
Diddy – Dirty Money feat. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Angels”
Dan Balan – “Chica Bomb”
Mariah Carey – I Want to Know What Love Is”
Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”
Beyoncé feat. Lady Gaga – “Video Phone (Extended Remix)”
Nicki Minaj – “Massive Attack”
Audio feat. Akon – “Magnetic”
Christina Aguilera – “Not Myself Tonight”
Diddy – Dirty Money feat. Rick Ross and T.I. – “Hello Good Morning”
Diddy – Dirty Money feat. Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross – “Hello Good Morning” (Remix)
Rick Ross feat. Kanye West – “Live Fast, Die Young” (unreleased)
Jessica Mauboy feat. Snoop Dogg – “Get ‘Em Girls”
Bob Sinclar feat. Sean Paul – “Tik Tok”
Ke$ha – “We R Who We R”
Jessica Mauboy feat. Ludacris – “Saturday Night”
Kanye West – “Runaway” (script)
Lil Wayne feat. Cory Gunz – “6 Foot 7 Foot”
Miguel – “Sure Thing”
Kanye West feat. Rihanna – “All of the Lights”
Kim Kardashian – “Jam (Turn It Up)” (unreleased)
Big Sean feat. Kanye West and Roscoe Dash – “Marvin & Chardonnay”
Coldplay – “Paradise” (unreleased)
Ja Rule – “Real Life Fantasy”
Josh Baze – “We Made It”
Robin Thicke – “Love After War”
Willow Smith feat. Nicki Minaj – “Fireball”
Nicki Minaj – “Stupid Hoe”
Busta Rhymes feat. Chris Brown – “Why Stop Now”
Brandy feat. Chris Brown – “Put It Down”
Jack White – “Freedom at 21”
Kanye West and DJ Khaled – “I Wish You Would” (Feat. Rick Ross) / “Cold”
Fat Joe feat. Kanye West – “Pride N Joy”
Nicki Minaj – “Va Va Voom”
Nicki Minaj – “Roman in Moscow” (unreleased)
Nikki Williams – “Glowing”
ASAP Rocky – “LVL” (unreleased)
Joe – “I’d Rather Have Love”
Meek Mill – “Levels”
Nelly – “Honey Nut Cheerios commercial”
Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z – “Drunk in Love”
Beyoncé – “Blow”
Ludacris feat. Jeremih & Wiz Khalifa – “Party Girls”
Future feat. Kanye West – “I Won”[47]
Common feat. Vince Staples – “Kingdom”
Jennifer Lopez feat. Iggy Azalea – “Booty”
Jodeci – “Every Moment”
Jennifer Lopez – “Feel the Light”
Adam Lambert – “Ghost Town”
Puff Daddy Feat. Pharrell – “Finna Get Loose”
Ma$e “When NY Was NY”
The Neighbourhood “R.I.P. 2 My Youth”
Rick Ross Feat. The Dream “Money Dance”
Puff Daddy “Workin'”

Icons Right Now – Robert L. Johnson: The Nomad of Business


Good day to my social world and welcome to the B.A.F.! For the next three days, I will highlight icons living right now, despite the foundation of our mission, which is “the footprints of history”. I understand how, in these times, people want real time examples and concrete solutions for today. The B.A.F. delivers, on all fronts, living icons whose impact is felt nationwide. First up, the business nomad, Mr. Robert L. Johnson. He was born in Hickory, Mississippi and became the first billionaire in African American history, without the spotlight of Hollywood. His temperament is that of a silent leader. Johnson has one of the greatest business minds in American history. The way he moves in and out of multimillion dollar deals is like a chess master.

His beginnings are as humble as most. He was born in 1946 as just another black child. Even if he had deep desire, he was once looked upon just as you are. The bond of common is closer than the separation of your bank account, or lack of one, to his accounts! He went to the University of Illinois and earned a Master’s in International Affairs (money is universal) from Princeton University.

His first major business investment was in 1979 with Black Entertainment Television. It was a cable network that targeted the African American market. It launched in 1980 with his cofounder and wife, Sheila. Her contribution to the foundation of B.E.T., with the touch of a woman, and her imprint on the direction of it cannot be understated! B.E.T. became the first African American owned company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2000, Johnson made an epic sale of B.E.T. to Viacom for an amazing $3 billion. He earned over $1 billion, making him the richest African American of the time and the first African American billionaire! His next move was to form the now existing RLJ Companies. It’s what is called a holding company, which means they buy and possess the shares of other companies that they then control. This includes some of the biggest corporations in the world, handling a portfolio of companies like real estate, hospitals, pro sports, film production, automotive and gaming (casino) industries. Johnson has referred to the RLJ Company as his “second act”.

Another impactful business move was in 2002. Johnson became the first African American club owner of a major American sports NBA team, the Charlotte Bob Cats. They are now back to being called the Hornets. This opened the door for Michael Jordan to become an owner as well. The way he abruptly left that venture behind to pursue other business frontiers is very admirable.

What is lost on most is Johnson’s activism. The 2012 RLJ Ella Rose Africa Tie collection was for charity! In 2007, he again showed support for African countries by creating the Liberia Enterprise Development Fund. It has a $30 million dollar investment providing credit for Liberian entrepreneurs. To America, his impact is felt throughout our black nation. The payroll he created for African Americans alone has more ground money than any governmental programs. From black CEO’s and Vice Presidents to ticket booth takers and janitors, the money of our black nation is what is needed. I call him the #businessnomad. He has devised a business blueprint that the likes of Jay Z and LeBron James have learned and molded their selves after. Johnson’s influence on millionaires to become multimillionaires or billionaires is real right now! He and a few others have raised the ceiling in our hopes and become shining examples. (Pppssst, RLJ is not the richest African American. Find out who is on day three.)

His business mind is almost without equal! Picture that statement. In their arena, their constructed game, RLJ is one of the best. He is a living ICON, a business genius on epic proportions. He is a force, worldwide, giving us a say on the biggest business ventures throughout his reach. He is a pillar in the business world. In his field, he moves as a leader for the African American. They killed, jailed and exiled traditional leaders, especially the ones with money. These leaders have influenced the ones today, black or white. I say get to know RLJ. It’s estimated that of our 14.3 percent of the population, RLJ touches 4.6 percent in funneled resources.


Warrior of Awareness
Copyright 2016

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Final note: to all the family, friends, wives, girlfriends, husbands and boyfriends with loved ones incarcerated, please support them. Don’t forget to send them a letter, answer their phone call, and real talk, lawyer’s fees and commissary ain’t gon pay for itself!

B.E.T. Awards 2016

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To my social world, the week starts anew! Truer words have never been spoken when it was said, “Take one step towards you goals and your goal moves two steps toward you”. Life made up of dreams and goals. A job is nothing but work. Is your job or career your goal? If not, treat it as a stepping stone and live your life toward your passion while you’re able! Love ta see ya’ll win!

Last night, the B.E.T. (Black Entertainment Television) Awards went down. The B.E.T. music awards show is the best on planet earth. Not just because color is the foundation of the show, but because music and entertainment, in general, is so engraved in our American culture. Entertaining, to the majority of America, was a job that wasn’t based on physical labor. It leveled the playing field in a time when avenues to equality or individualism were near impossible for our whole race! Music meant so much to us. The soul in the music came from the cotton fields or rock breaking a cadence, code messages, hope, praise to God, prayers of deliverance, the blood, sweat and tears and day after day from the 400 years of slavery. That’s what’s behind music’s soul. It gave us our rhythm. We have also been trained, or if you’re easily offended, conditioned, to entertain their Master’s reputation for the plantation. Boxing, singing and dancing were in the forefront, but slave foot races and “best slave girl” contests were big as well.

B.E.T. is the complete culmination of our excel in the art. It represents home to entertainment and our control of expression. Robert L. Johnson, the founder of B.E.T., became the new symbol of a black billionaire and then kicked in the door for money that couldn’t be denied. He became the first African American majority club owner of a major African American sports league with the 2002 of the N.B.A. Charlotte Bobcats.

Last night’s B.E.T Awards was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross (a B.E.T. Favorite) and the versatile Actor, Anthony Anderson. The stunning show on the red carpet was brown, black and beautiful to me, Meagan Good in that green dress… oh… check it out! It was elegant, not slutty and her hair was a beautiful accessory. She was on point. Remy Ma was bangin too in all white… umm and her girls were poppin. What was 2 Chains rockin? Some writers get off on putting people down. Naw, not the B.A.F. We’re all about uplifting. It was a beautiful, safe, electric night. Everyone should be congratulated for reppin our nation! Some were upset about Adele being nominated, but if B.E.T. (now owned by Viacom) wants to remain a true professional business, you cannot exclude the majority of America. Plus, if the measuring stick is extreme excellence outside of African Americans, there are very few who blow like Adele does. She deserves it. She’s soulful in her delivery of song. B.E.T. also spoke highly of Prince and his amazing contribution to R&B music. There were several performances dedicated to him. Jamie Foxx was a presenter and brought his beautiful young daughter on stage with him.

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Who rocked it last night on the live stage show? To me, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar smashed it! Now, let’s get to what ya’ll really want… and the winners are…

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Humanitarian Award:
Jesse Williams, an actor and young activist. He is the youngest member of the board of directors of the Advancement Project, a civil rights think tank group. Also, he is the executive producer of Question Bridge, a multiracial media project. One aspect is training black males in the behind the camera careers of producers, writers, program directors etc. This was the most notable award of the night! Check out his powerful acceptance speech!


Lifetime achievement award:
Samuel L. Jackson received this well deserved award for his high quality acting abilities.

Nominees and winners…

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist:
Andra Day
K. Michelle
Winner: Beyonce

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist:
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Winner: Bryson Tiller

Best Group:
Puff Daddy and The Family
Rae Sremmurd
The Internet
2 Chains/Lil Wayne
Winner: Drake/Future

Best Collaboration:
Big Sean FT Chris Brown – “Play No Games”
Big Sean FT Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”
Future FT Drake – “Where Ya At”
Nicki Minaj FT Beyonce – “Feelin Myself”
Winner: Rihannah FT Drake – “Work”

Best Male Hip Hop Artist:
Fetty Wap
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
J. Cole
Winner: Drake

Best Female Hip Hop Artist:
Dej Loaf
Lil Kim
Missy Elliot
Remy Ma
Winner: Nicki Minaj

Video of the year:
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Rihannah FT Drake – “Work”
Winner: Beyonce – “Formation”
Does Bey know what the f*** she doing or what? Remember the Super Bowl haters were saying this will break her? Never doubt Bey’s business mind!

Video director of the year:
Benny Boom
Chris Brown
Colin Tilley and the Little Homies
Hype Williams
Winner: Director X

Best New Artist: (Always a big award)
Alessia Cara (beautiful voice)
Andra Day (gave a good performance)
Kahlani (a force in the industry)
Tory Lanez (see our up and coming “Best of the Drake” movement)
Winner: Bryson Tiller (Young veteran voice and an air of 90’s sooth sayers)

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award:
Anthony Brown/Group Therarpy
Erica Campbell
Tamela Mann
Tasha Cobbs
Winner: Kirk Franklin

Best Actress:
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis
Winner: Taraji P. Henson (Cookie Baby!)

Best Actor:
Anthony Anderson
Courtney B. Vance
Idris Elba
O’Shea Jackson Jr.
Winner: Michael B. Jordan (amazing in “Creed”)

Youngsters Award:
Quvenzhane Wallis
Willow Smith
Yara Shadidi
Winner: Amanda Stenberg

Best Movie:
Beast of No Nation
Winner: Straight Outta Compton (With all the early controversy, was there any doubt? It was well deserved)

Sportsman of the year:
Cam Newton
Kobe Bryant
LeBron James
Odell Beckham Jr.
Winner: Stephen Curry

Sportswoman of the year:
Cheyenne Woods
Gabrielle Douglass
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams
Winner: Serena Williams (All time best female athlete!)

Coca Cola Viewer’s Choice Award:
Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
Chris Brown – “Back to Sleep”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Future FT Drake – “Where Ya At”
Rihanna FT Drake – “Work”
Winner: Beyonce – “Formation”

Centric Award:
Andra Day – “Rise Up”
K. Michelle – “Not A Little Bit”
Rihannah – “Bitch Better Have My Money”
The Internet – “Under Control”
Winner: Beyonce – “Formation”. Every time it was up for an award, it won. Beyonce and Jay Z are business market geniuses!

Last night was amazing and also coming to B.E.T. is the New Edition movie in 2017. It promises to be epic to the 80’s babies! Over and over, B.E.T. has stressed that we CANNOT LET TRUMP WIN. It’s the direct opposite of Obama. It’s a vote for the destruction of “ALL” our accomplishments. Please register to VOTE!

What a proud night for African Americans!

Copyright 2016

Fight 4 Freedom – Political Prisoner and Our Brother Still, Mumia Abu Jamal


We’re coming to another weekend. Please not that the B.A.F. does not post on Sundays. So many things are happening in the world and America. My usual opening doesn’t give enough respect to the weight of such issues.

1) The B.A.F. mourns with America on the 23 plus lives lost in the West Virginia floods and the desperate aftermath of severe water damage.
2) The continued raging wild fires that have claimed four plus lives, the property damage and air concerns of our Californians.
3) In a historic vote; the referendum of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union! You may have the heard the term “Brexit” used in the news, papers or watercooler talk. It’s a simple media term, an abbreviation for British Exit. On June 23, 2016, the British Democracy voted to exit the European Union. That would be like a state within the United States voting to leave America. That’s how impactful and world shaking this is! How does this affect us? Well, it has already shot up oil prices. You should feel it at the pumps by summer’s end. If affects the world’s economy, markets and business. “ALL” of this affects “US” indirectly, but most definitely, you should know why interest rates, gas prices and taxes on retail raise!

Now, the continued series of Fight 4 Freedom… The format in which I use and have used on the past two people I focused on (Bobby Shmurda and Mutulu Shakur), I follow three aspects; shine, street and legal aspects. What brought Mumia Abu Jamal to the attention of the world? He was born as Wesley Cook in 1954. His story is the lore of black life in America, the rebel against the machine and establishment that crippled us for so long. But, what happens when times change? That same establishment, beyond anything else, had a goal to weaken any form of senior black leadership. View my past post, Lack and Destruction of a Black Senior Hierarchy. They silence the agitator by assassinating him or his character. Imprisonment seems to fit them well.

Abu Jamal was given his first name in 1968 by his high school teacher, a Kenyan man teaching African culture classes. Mumia means “prince”. He adopted the surname Abu Jamal, meaning “father of Jamal” in Arabic. His life began early in many aspects. “Off the porch early” is a street term that fits Mr. Abu Jamal’s life perfectly. He became a father and husband around age 19. With his involvement in the Black Panther Party, he describes his adolescent introduction into the Party as being “kicked in”. It happed after suffering a beating from white racists and policemen in a protest rally in 1968 (George Wallace for President disrupt rally). Even earlier, at age 14, he helped hand out flyers and did small jobs for the Black Panther Defense Captain, Reggie Schell. He began writing for the Black Panther information and news communications, an important division in the fight. In an early interview, he showed his journalistic prowess. He quoted Mac Zedong, saying “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun”. Abu Jamal became a suspect in the 70’s FBI COINTELPRO surveillance.

He returned to high school, leaving the Party, but not its ideas and was quickly suspended for distributing literature that called for “black revolutionary student power”. This led him to the radio and small time news articles. Although his radio career was localized, he was known as the voice of the voiceless in his radio interview life. He’s done exclusives with Julius Erving, Bob Marley and Alex Haley and was elected President of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.We’re coming to his accused crime. At that time, his voice and power behind the radio mic and his interviews with people concerned with the 70’s and 80’s discrimination did not go unnoticed by the Philadelphia powers, local government, law enforcement and even the Mayors and State Senators. They wanted to silence Abu Jamal.

At 3:55 a.m., on December 9, 1981, Police Officer Daniel Faulkner targeted and conducted a traffic stop on Abu Jamal’s younger brother, William Cook. Abu Jamal was moonlighting and making ends by driving cabs at night for his growing family. He happed be parked across the street. The story goes that the officer began to assault young Cook for no apparent reason except for who he was. Abu Jamal raced to his aid and a gun battle ensued. Officer Faulkner shot Abu Jamal in the stomach and then the officer received a head shot. The trial was a travesty, as Abu Jamal was sentenced to death for 1st degree murder. Later, it was reduced to Life without parole.

The man is incredibly articulate, an internationally celebrated writer and radio journalist. He is the author of six books and hundreds of columns and articles. He is also a strong supporter of the Move Organization.

Abu Jamal’s trial and life is now our responsibility. He fought for his whole life to make things better, racially, in this country. He may be a menace to the Government of America, both past and present. But, he is STILL our front line soldier. The streets shall not forget him, our senior black leader. The only way Mr. Abu Jamal (age 62 now) will ever get out is by a new trial that is supported by;
• Heads of State/World Politicians of France, African, Latin America and also the European/ Japanese Parliaments
• Nobel Laureates; Nelson Mandela (R.I.P.), Toni Morrison, Desmond Tutu
• Amnesty International

Also, the “Black Awareness Foundation”. To my Hip Hop fans, you gotta check out the Immortal Techniques Community about our hero, our soldier’s prince.

Abu Jamal represents the kind of intelligent soldier our rebellious youth need to look up to. They need to emulate him because of the self-furthering in his own elevation. The way he can convey and articulate his message is inspiring. A past living footprint of the Black Panther Party, our self-defense organization, our sword that cut us to light. He is a symbol of black resilience and strength.

Please, never forget about this man. What can you do? Write to him, go to his website, donate to his struggle. Thank the man who, now, is going through health issues. We can help make his days comfortable. Flood him with letters of love and respect. This is a new generation WHOM SHALL NOT FORGET OUR SOLDIER PRINCE!

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Copyright 2016

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The Hip Hop Violinist

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What’s really good my social world? Thru the internet and music, African Americans have “projected” to the world our pain and problems. We continue to shine in confidence and our position in America. Even our women (video girls) do lol. Hip Hop has provided us a voice and platform. There is so much diversity to our music. Imagine all the races and countries that listen to D.J. Kool Herc’s “Architect”. The wide spread impact of our music is undervalued by the fans here in America. We’ve impacted the world AGAIN with our creative force! So many people are rappin, producing or in their local clubs or radio stations. People outside of our race have benefited and helped build their careers in music with our Hip Hop framework as well.

One such musical genius is Miri Ben-Ari. She is exceptional in the abstract art of the violin. Yes, the violin. A beautiful sound omits from the wooden string instrument and in the hands of Ben-Ari. It almost talks. You know how Grand Master Flash or D.J. Red Alert “almost” made the turn tables talk. Or how Jimi Hendrix almost made that guitar talk! Ben-Ari goes in! You may not know her name if you’re not emmeshed in the history of Hip Hop. The tracks she has appeared on have become Hip Hop classics. Two of those are “We Gonna Win” Ft. Styles P and “Sunshine to the Rain” Ft. Scar Face and Anthony Hamilton. However, the two tracks she is best known for are her 2005 Grammy Award winning song “Jesus” Ft. Kanye West. It won Best Rap song. For me, Wu-Tang Clan’s “Reunited” track shows her blazing pitches like Whitney Houston hit the high notes. The song is called “Energy”, where the rap builds and builds. Then, Miss Ben-Ari slays the track with music mastery! She is known to the Hip Hop world as “The Hip Hop Violinist”. As the original, she has done songs with Janet Jackson (“I Want You”) and John Legend (“Live It Up”). She was the feature musician on the 2004 track “Wake Up Everybody”, the uplifting tribute track featuring 18 artists. Her 2005 album “The Hip Hop Violinist” was well received by the Hip Hop community. She is well respected, a senior type respect and love. She’s been in Hip Hop that long.

Miri Ben-Ari is a Hebrew name. She was born in 1978 in Tel-Avir, Israel. She grew up and still resides in New Jersey. She grew up learning and playing classical music. She started at age five and by 12 years old, she was given a violin by Isaac Stern, a Russian violin legend. The mandatory Israeli Military service landed her in the Israeli Army String Quartet. While in the Army, she was exposed to a Jazz album by Charlie Parker (Bird). She said it changed her music path, as she fell in love with Jazz. Ben-Ari said “My soul was sold”. After her term in the army, she moved to New York. Her first solo album, “Sahara” debuted in 1999. She appeared on “106 & Park” and rocked it so hard. She gave love to Hip Hop and returned for future shows. This caught the attention of Jay Z, who put her in his 2001 Summer Jam Concert!

Ben-Ari uses her exceptional gift for more than just Hip Hop. She is immersed in her culture and in tune with her connection and concerns for Israeli and American issues. In 2006, she co-founded Gedenk, a Yiddish word for “remember”. Gedenk is an organization dedicated to promoting education about the Holocaust in the United States. In 2007, she received the “International Jewish Woman to Watch” Award. In March of 2011, Ben-Ari was invited to the White House by one of her biggest fans, First Lady Michelle Obama, as part of a Women’s History Month celebration. The Hip Hop Violinist performed “Remarkable Woman”.

Her accomplishments are massive, too many to list. But, let’s go in on her abilities. She has amazing skills on an instrument that she has introduced to a different genre of music. She is original in her path of “the violinist” in pop culture. She’s blazing in her path of fusing Hip Hop and the Classical instrument to a new audience. Her mastery of the violin is remarkable. She pulls the soul of acceptance out of you. It’s a reminder to respect the foundation of any music or instrument. Her electric waves of highs, lows and constant flow on the strings of that little piece of wood are astounding.

Ben-Ari is a Grammy Award winning violinist, producer, humanitarian, UN Goodwill Ambassador of Music and Global Brand Ambassador for Harman Kardon. Her career is still in full flight. She has recent concert performances at Soroka, a medical center for Israeli’s health.

Check out the diversity and harmony of Hip Hop. The relaxing and peaceful side of our music is hearing Anthony Hamilton sing in the background of Ben-Ari’s violin. It’s so calming. Her respect for Hip Hop is refreshing. Although she has been in the game a lot longer than a lot of rap artists, she never speaks ill of Hip Hop and never disses the thousands of violinist clones that have emerged in Hip Hop and R&B. I think she takes it as a true compliment. She stays in her lane and remains a legend in OUR art form! I posted on her twitter page (@MiriBenAri) on June 7, 2016, “You are absolutely amazing and unique in ur lane. A credit and legend in the culture of our music”. Get to know the Hip Hop Violinist! Her music soothes the essence of man!

Hustler of Culture
Copyright 2016

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The Age of Tolerance


To my social world, what it do? The summer is heating up… and I hope “you are too”.

Tolerance is a word hanging in the air of America. Yes, the mass shooting in Orlando, the Chicago violence and most urban environments may seem to counter that, but even these areas are affected by this wave of tolerance or, more reflective of that, is the punishment and defense of this new stance in America. Tolerance, gun charges and assault charges are generating more incarceration time with less leniency than in the past. The burden of being black… When I speak of tolerance, yes, it is the crumbs of tolerance that touch the minorities in America. Mexican immigrants see less of America’s tolerance. Native Americans see less of America’s tolerance in the fight to preserve their very existence as a race. Blacks/Puerto Rican’s, from nine to five in courtrooms across America, can’t tell the tone of tolerance.

Yes, all of this and more is true. But, we have pockets of “minorities” for a reason in the majority population of America. We exist within the majority of white America’s 300 million that are currently in the United States. That’s 77.1 percent. We are black or African American. When you hear “African American”, it means blacks that are born citizens and residents of the United States whose origins hail from Sub Saharan Africa. Our numbers, as of 2015, are 38.1 million. We represent 13.4 percent of America’s population, making us the largest racial minority in America. That is quickly followed by Hispanic and Latino Americans, who by 2050, will pass us up. Other ethnic groups officially listed in the United States census are Asian Americans, Native Americans (Alaska Natives), Pacific Islanders, and now a new listing of Multiracial Americans. The latter, I presume, will soon be the majority in America, as well as the world!

So, I say all that to say this… The tone of such a thing as tolerance and the level it has risen to makes us reflect on it. Like any age movement (technology), we will get left behind. You can see the real time life on the streets in the community, changes. If you’re from the streets, then I give you examples of the youth generation. They are wearing tight, skinny jeans now. Even their sweat pants are tight! This is what the streets used to consider soft or girly.

Spankings and harsh discipline of children are a part of the age. It’s no longer acceptable and even illegal in most states. In times of the past, my mother got at us in pubic. Now, if you spank your child, it’s a private and an “unspoken” understanding between you and them. Just give them that look and they know! Tolerance in the majority of the world has changed America. We’ve come from the era of slavery. The Wild West was a harsher environment than modern times. We’re weaker and have become victims. Laws were adapted to protect the weaker.

The real advances in America comes with tolerance of the LGBT community. As early the 80’s and 90’s, to be openly gay or involved in an alternative lifestyle caused you to be shunned, mocked and in many cases, assaulted. At one time, people in this lifestyle would rather die than expose themselves. Now, the LGBT community are ameshed in our everyday culture. So much so that it’s no longer politically correct or acceptable to verbally or physically assault them. It’s a hate crime! On the legal side, the Hate Crime Sentencing Act (28 U.S.C. 994) was part of the 1994 crime bill that will enhance your sentence 10-35 years if your case falls under a hate crime for race, religion, sexuality or elderly citizens. The tone of America has changed! Where are you on this stance?


Tolerance; the ability or willingness to tolerate (put up with) something. In particular, the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.

So, the very core of the word’s meaning is that you may not agree, but you will not hinder or publically assault someone’s character. Again, I come back to the LGBT community population. Why have they become so visible in pop culture? It’s simple… their lifestyle encompasses the scope of America. It defies color. It defies religion. White, Black, Latino, Asian, Christian, Jewsish and all races and religions have LGBT representatives. So, they’re loud, proud and will never be cast in the shadows of society again. It’s so amazing to me how African American’s can be opposed to tolerance of any lifestyle. We, of all people, should be understanding. Trust me when I say I come from a true street lifestyle that shunned anything that’s wasn’t hard or street. But, now I see and I am tolerant of the LGBT community. I have a diverse staff and some come from my era and thought. But, I also have staff that grew up with and have lifelong friendships with people of the LGBT community. The tone in America has changed and so must you. Not to embrace it or agree with a lifestyle you may thing is immoral is a simple adjustment for me. It’s their time. They now have the heart of pop culture. I say “can’t knock your hustle”.

Tolerance across the board helps the African American nation. The LGBT community stands up against ALL discrimination that directly affects the plight of African Americans. They speak up for the whole of the LGBT community which definitely includes African Americans (been to ATL lately?). So, my point is that tolerance to true harmony and the betterment for raising a family is the direction we want to travel. The only ones that don’t see or feel the wave of tolerance are people within the gun culture in America like the NRA or those who are poverty stricken. If you’re poverty stricken and a minority, tolerance may miss you. If you exist in the population of the mentally ill, tolerance has no attachment to you. Your hell on earth has more pressing problems than tolerance. If you’re mentally ill and functioning, please seek help and take your prescribed meds. The NRA and gun culture won’t change until the Democrats control the Senate, House and Presidency. So, vote! If you’re broke, tighten your belt and get your money!

Tolerance is America’s norm now and if you live outside this fact then you are outside of tolerance itself. Embrace the majority’s thought and feeling because we know how America can be without it, open faced aggression!

Copyright 2016

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African American Books for Betterment (Book Review)

Hello social world! We get back to the core of consciousness with tools and materials that will enhance your life, as well as awareness. So, you can formulate a plan to prosper in these lands. The B.A.F. shall present to you a book review from African American authors that are vested in giving back in their own way. Also, let us say a prayer for the devastating wild fires in California.

We will review four books by African Americans that cover different topics. All of them laed back to the “betterment” of our lives.

First up…

“Survival of the African American Family: The Institutional Impact of U.S. Social Party” by K. Sue Jewell. This book offers nothing less than a blueprint for enhancing the social and economic status of African American families.

The social and economic issues plague our black nation and are the challenges that face us most often. It’s a tough topic to breakdown and introduce concrete solutions for. But, the B.A.F. lives to give solutions, not complaints or rhetoric. The author, K. Sue Jewell, brings solutions to the table with her book “Survival of the African American Family: The Institutional Impact of U.S. Social Party”.

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About the author:

She is an African American woman and the Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ohio State University. Jewell has written other books as well, “From Mammy to Miss America” (1993) and a first name sake book in 1988. Her life’s work has been dedicated to understanding and within the frame work of American society, she has devised a true blueprint.


Second book…

“Pay Yourself First: African American Guide to Financial Success and Security” by Jesse B. Brown (2001). How do we help make black America better, the author asks? His answer is to gain financial success which will produce financial freedom. He gives us step by step instructions from his award winning investment managing mind.

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About the Author:

Jesse B. Brown is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at North Western University. He is the President of Krystal Investment Management. Brown is a specialist in the African American market for several major financial institutions. He is the author of several other books dedicated to the enhancement of your pockets!


Third book….

Our third review is of a romantic novel. If you didn’t know, romantic novels are still the highest grossing and most popular books in America. The U.S. population is dominated by women and they read more than men or children. Check out “The Black Birds” by Eric Jerome Dickey, New York Times best selling author. He delivers another delectable, erotic novel. Even the cover is enticing (I love the cover). This novel looks at the lives of four black women who are closer than sisters. Their bonds help and hurt their romantic conquests with married men and other erotic encounters.

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About the Author:

The wildly successful Eric J. Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee. “The Blackbirds” is his latest book (2016). Other genres he has written in are literature and fiction, but his bones are his amazing romance novels. Yeah, fellas buy your lady these novels. You won’t be disappointed! Dickey earned a Computer Systems Technology degree and has been an actor and stand up comedian before finding himself in writing. Check him out!


Final review…

Our last book review is a personal favorite. It’s the female embodyment of black nationalism, “No Disrespect” by Sister Souljah. Yeah, the same one who rocked the 90’s with Hip Hop music groups like Public Enemy. Her black power stance shows in her album, “360 Degrees of Power”. Her powerful voice moved people towards black pride. Our very own Assata Shakur (who she was compared to) was born in the Bronx, New York. Sister Soulja is a retired Hip Hop activist, current author, forever activist and film producer. Her educational background is rich from Cornell, Rutgers and Salamanca Universities. Her position was “educated soldier”. She has written five books. We have focused on her 1994 book “No Disrespect” cuz it speaks to the very issues of today. The B.A.F. wishes to expose you to Sister Souljah, who has calmed with maturity. This book embodies the memoirs of the author’s survival of the ghetto life and her passionate relationships. It translates into self-help from her views and tactics of urban life. Please review her more current works and allow her black light to touch you and reignite the love for yourself.

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The B.A.F. loves bringing you closer to culture. I’m so proud that the pen/books have survived the tech age and I hope you sharpen your mental tools with them.

Hustler of culture
Copyright 2016

Old Future (THUG POETRY): A Poem Inspired by the Movement and Hinderance of the Black Race

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Good day to my social world. We draw closer to a new Commander in Chief. A Republican win will cause us to pedal backwards. For he represents the old ways, wrapped in new designs, with past intentions. They’re developing new strict voting laws to ensure their victory. The shadow of absolute power lives in his face and message, “Make America great again”. For who? America’s past history was not great for everyone! The pains of yesterday ring in his speeches today. This poem is in that light. The fear for my people and the disqualifications of our advancements. The B.A.F. presents flowetry in awareness. Poems and the written word have always been an important tool in our advancement. It will never die!


The trees in the South still taste the blood of black lives, deep in their roots. The time between likes and retweets… Has barely surpassed hooded men in white sheets… The slogan is “Make America great again”. In the reflection of the eyes of many Americans, it’s great right now. They want old future in our times and mind… They unleashed the tactics of the past. The bullets of the overseer, I mean officer, spread fear and a reminder to stay in our place… But what about America’s past was so great?… White was right, blacks had crumbs, Mexicans had none and a whole race perished beneath its sun…

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Old future… what do you have in mind for my son and daughter? Just after the terms of the first black President… You wanna lead them back to the slaughter?… An old future they have projected, “Make American great again”, so we can relearn to be rejected! Now we can use the tools we’ve strived for thru centuries of contribution. Oh, did I fail to mention… This is our Emett Till prevention… And I know that every African American feels the struggle. He’s got you exhausted, but this is our fight, so reignite your might. They want the old future, which will neutralize our tomorrow. They cherish their yesterday. They’ve lost control of today and push for the past. We’ve survived to thrive the purgatory of the past… No longer in the shadows of society. Through our command of pop culture, we scream our triumphants of today. Now, our very essence is called upon to fortify the future. America, she is a surrogate mother. She showed us tough love. How we’re mature in our freedom… And as we dream to gleam, Uncle Tom wants his old family values to remerge. Will the Facebook generation have the courage? OLD future, we shun your temptations for accommodation. Our view is new. The past was 40 acres and a mule… Now we want the condo and a pool. We shall not back pedal forward. Alright with the light of the future and helium past the hate.

Old Future in the new leaders destination… I say they’re just afraid of our new inauguration.

I speak for the talent that couldn’t shine and the poets who couldn’t rhyme!
Uttered by KJS
Inspired by footprints of history
For the betterment of progressive delivery

Copyright 2016

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Cleveland’s Championship and the Crush of the Curse

To my social world, America is electric with the impact of sports in the U.S.A. and if you’re not a true sports fan of ALL major sports, then the “meaning” of a championship to Cleveland and the state of Ohio is lost on you. But, let’s do the numbers…

1) Cleveland Indians; Baseball. The last World Series win was in 1948. The last time they went to the World Series was in 1997 (they lost). That’s 67 seasons without a championship in Baseball!
2) Cleveland Browns; Football. Much of the Cleveland curse is centered around the beloved Browns. They haven’t won a championship (Super Bowl) since 1964, in their glory days.
3) Cleveland Cavaliers; Basketball. The infertility of the baseball teams have been well known since 1970. They didn’t appear in a championship game (Finals) until 2007, when LeBron James led the team. They lost to the Spurs.

The city’s three current teams endured an unprecedented and combined 159 season championship drought, having not won “ANY” championship since 1964 (Browns). This was known as the “Cleveland Sports Curse”. Cleveland had an NHL (Hockey) team called the Barons. They only lasted two seasons before they were forced to merge with the NHL team from Minnesota called the North Stars. Cleveland had losses from ALL their teams and some epic collapses in high stakes games.

So, you get a feel for the impact that LeBron James, an Akron, Ohio native, brought to Ohio! In historic fashion, the Cleveland Cavaliers face a 3-1 deficit. NO NBA team has come back from a 3-1 deficit in a best of seven game series (four to win). Cleveland had to win three straight games – game five in Oakland, game six in Cleveland and the final, game seven in Oakland.

In the last three games, here’s James’ line… game five had 41 points, three steals, three block shots, seven assists, 16 rebounds and 50% from three point land (4-8). Game six had 41 points, four steals, 3 block shots, 11 assists, eight rebounds and 50% from a three point land. Game seven (final) had a triple double, 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. He is “Jordaneque” and can’t go on anymore without shining on Kyrie Irving A.K.A. Mr. Skates, because of his ability to break ankles with the sick crossover and dribbling skills. He absolutely destroyed Steph Curry and hit a three late in the fourth quarter. That sealed it! Just like James, he had super last three games with 41 points in game five, 23 points in game six and 26 points in game seven. His ability to break down Golden State’s defense was too much. Curry has been getting a lot of love as the second MVP champ, the scoring champ in 2015 and 2016 and being called the best shooter in NBA history. His defense is just as epic in the negative though. His small stature failed again, as he was exposed as a defense liability! My vote goes to Klay Thompson as the more pure shooter. Then there’s Shrek lol, or Draymond Green. He’s a beast, doing everything he could to bring Golden State its second straight championship.

We have an epic collapse of the Golden State Warriors, a record regular season of 73 wins and 9 losses. In the playoffs, their record was 15-9. The famed, but not too early hype of Curry… He went one for six, shooting in the fourth quarter. Nobody will describe the 2015-2016 Warriors as the best team ever! The only thing more shocking in sports was the 18-0 New England Patriots Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants. Fair or not, they needed that title to validate that record. All these NBA players are being compared to Michael Jordan. He set the championship standard. The Chicago Bulls’ 1995-1996 record of 72 wins and 10 losses was the best regular season record until Golden State’s 2015-2016 season. Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won the final four games to two over (Supersonics). Fact, Jordan was 6-0 in championship games! Epic fact, all Jordan led teams never even had to play a game seven in any championship. No one compares to Jordan in his pedigree of championship killer instinct! The last plug on Golden State – the Warriors failed epically in their moment and have cast a dark shadow over what is NOW the greatest collapse in NBA history!

We’re not lost on all the hype. The B.A.F. stays up on all the importance of what’s really peril to black life. Ohio is still one of the worst states for African Americans to live in, with the 17th highest population rate in America at 12.1%. Black home ownership is only at 35.3%, the 22nd lowest. Nearly 35% of African Americans in Ohio live in extreme poverty. Financial discrimination contributes to poor health, education and high incarceration rates. The open racism still exists in the relationship between local Government and law enforcement. Their law enforcement is a bully and oppressor. Ohio has the second highest African American infant mortality rate and the African American household income is a horrid $26,039 compared with $45,400 for the average white household! The national average for African American households is not great. It’s only $33,321, but it’s better than Ohio’s average. The voter suppression is the greatest open face discrimination with some of the states’ most strict minority deterrents in America. Black athletes have brought Ohio a championship that will bring millions of dollars to the state’s economy. Money is the quickest route to change. May James do more than just celebrate! The hard truths are what we must look at. The opportunities are few to make a true impact of change. This is one. African Americans now have the ear and heart of the state!


The NBA finals lived up to the hype, the legend of King James vs. the new age offense of the Splash Brothers (Curry and Thompson). Game seven had tension. Yeah, it was a spectacular series and NBA season!

“The killing of the curse”!
…And in this writing game, I’m the King like I was from Akron!

Copyright 2016


General Election Update – How the Orlando Mass Shooting Will Define the Presidency


Good day. Hope this summer is flowing with health and happiness.

If you’re a friend to the B.A.F., then you’re familiar with our vested interest in the 2016 presidential election. With the tragic events of the Orlando mass shooting, it has changed the tone and direction of the election with gun laws, terrorist movements, no fly lists and mental illness. With all the debates and finger pointing by Republicans and Democrats, lost is any mention on the true enemy and blame for the Orlando mass shooting and the invisible enemy, mental illness.

The events of Orlando’s mass shooting is the worst in U.S. history and whom ever comes out on top (from support of the people) will win this presidential election. That’s how important this event has become. It’s the only thing the candidates have been focused on. It might be the hottest topic. We are so close to the most interesting general election in history. The B.A.F. has broken down every primary. “Stay with us for political food”. Let’s update the final primary results.

Republican Results in Washington D.C.

Even though Trump is the Republican nominee, Washington D.C. is home base for American politics and it’s a predominately African American community.

Candidate Delegates Percentage
Trump 0 13.8%
Kasich 9 35.5%
Rubio 10 37.3%
Cruz 0 12.4%

The clear, unofficial Republican nominee (not official until the convention) is Trump. He lost D.C. and his whole campaign is hitting the wall. He’s losing the steam and the unexpected support that he enjoyed early in this presidential year. One blow to Trump’s campaign has been Richard Armitage, Republican U.S. Deputy Secretary of State. He has become the highest ranking Republican to break ranks. Armitage said “I will vote for Clinton over Trump”. This highly respected retired Navy officer is the most dramatic. Yet, the Republican national security elites are rejecting their party’s presumptive nominee. Let’s look at the other side…

Democratic Results in Washington D.C.

Candidate Delegates Percentage
Clinton 16 78.7%
Sanders 4 21.1%

The 2nd Amendment right to our arms is at the center of the new topic, shadowing the 2016 Presidential election. Clinton is the presumptive nominee (presumed in the absence of further information). On the low, Clinton met with Sanders to discuss “unifying the party” and banding together to oppose the dangerous threat of the Republican nominee, Trump. Sanders and his grass root popularity will be invaluable to Clinton and the Democratic push to the White House. His agenda for minorities are in the issues that directly affect “US”. This election is so important! A lot of minorities think that the election and the whole “Government” is not important or doesn’t apply to “OUR” lives. If that were true, the B.A.F. wouldn’t be addressing these issues. Politics affect us directly in jobs, schools, college loans, home loans and gas prices and if Trump wins, your racial freedoms and advances will regress. Politics and policy affects every American and not voting or not knowing doesn’t make you ungracious to the blood and lives that your ancestors dedicated to our entry into the political arena. It gives us a voice and the right to participate in laws and rules that govern over our lands!

I know, not knowing about something makes one belittle or ignore it! You no longer have that excuse. Educate yourself and I got you all the way to the final vote! Are your registered? Is your state affected by the new voting laws? Find out by reviewing the past post.

Know the political stance of Clinton and Trump. Yes, you have to sift through the B.S., that’s true. But, that’s also true in many other things like Hip Hop. You have to sift through B.S. for true Hip Hop. Let’s bring it back to the topic. The fight for the political correctness on this mass shooting will determine our next president. The other enemy in this issue is the NRA. Trump says he can control and protect America from terrorist attacks, which is impossible. Yet, he won’t stand up against the NRA. The Democratic stance is to change current policies on buying guns in America. The Republicans are taking the stance of preservation of our 2nd amendment right, “the right to bear arms”.

States like Montana, California, Texas, Utah and Washington State are furious. They’re supporters of the 2nd amendment rights. But, to protect human life, we must reform the purchasing policies, especially as it pertains to assault rifles like AK-47’s, AR-15’s, Calicos and street sweepers. These guns are classified as hunting rifles and can be purchased without the strict back ground checks of hand guns. Show up and show interest in that which not only affects you, but the future of our children. The B.A.F. supports the Democratic party and Clinton.

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