Yesterday was the Flints first annual Sneaker Conn held at the Local 432 downtown on first street… Also it was the day for the Art Of Hip Hop (AOHH)
Café and Identical Variant merged together to put on these phenomenal events filled with not only great kicks but great musical performances.
Upstairs you had the Sneaker Conn taking place. There were plenty of tables to choose from. With kicks that people wait in line for, get into fights for, wake up earlier for, avoid a bill payment for and well you get the picture… Hosted by Sayitaintreal… With musical performances by Chase Shaw, Laomi Devinci, and my personal favorite Tiera Santoya and also Jahshua Smith& The Race Card… Judged performances between Jeff Skigh vs. J.A & Glorydayz, Blinkease vs Anthony Stoner … Lastly The battle of the beats between. Bud vs Skytzo… Congratulations to Jeff Skigh for getting the crowd hype and into his performance… Hats off to Anthony Stoner for the live energy and the amazing music all together… And great job to Bud for have the best Beats!…
But wait! There’s moreeeeee
Following that the Art Of Hip Hop came through swanging with amazing talent such as my boys TonyStacks and Cash Cola, then there was TJA, and Velly Beretta.. Another battle of the beats with my all time favs The Graduates vs NIXXIN… This event was hosted by no other than Jimmie from Westside Society and Bri from Café… Congratulations goes to Cash Cola for being amazing talented and getting a spot for the AOHH Remix and shout out to The Graduates for making us fall in love with their beats once again!..
Last night was a great night to mix and mingle with a bunch of great artist and just people all together. Great job on those events! A few pictures below! Photo Credit goes to the amazing Donnell Car from studio 18
Last night while scrolling through my Instagram I stumbled across the Instagram of Kyona McGhee … A lot you don’t know who she is. And well I am about to tell you.. She is the owner of an amazing Christian ministry that produces clothing and more for young women across this world
I’ve been a very loyal supporter of this woman for years now. She didn’t start out with her ministry she started out with a dream of being a lawyer. She once had a website KimoraCochran.com where she’d report about legal matters of the world or celebrities. And even then I was tuned in…
Just recently something very amazing happened for Kyona. A true blessing from God. And she took it to YouTube to share with us all. I had the pleasure of viewing this last night and you’ll have the pleasure of viewing it now:
This movie gives a look at the Most Dangerous City in North America .. FLINT, Michigan area code (810). This is part 2 of a 3 part series. In the first installment we showed you the mentality of the people who help make Flint,Mi this crime infested region. Now in Part 2 we show the first step into changing this cycle of crime and violence!!!
Movie: 810 TRAP 2
Directed by: Algemon Winfrey & Carlos Conner
Fall release date to be determined
As of this Thursday I began to see this photo of a Nicki Minaj. Its her album cover apparently.. And directly after I began to see spoofs put out mimicking the photo…
And then I seen one that stuck out like a sore thumb compared to the others
I don’t know how anyone could see these two artist as comparable on any level… Let see here:
Lauryn Hill made music for black queens. She spoke to people’s souls. Lauryn was undeniably talented . The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill went platinum more times then you can count on one hand.. One album went platinum multiple times..
Nicki Minaj is a woman with a little lyrical content, with sex appeal and a body that will sell an atheist some religion.. Not one project of hers is considered timeless but it’s well with in its time. It’s does enough to keep her on and some of it is worth a listen on a regular day but most of it is used for the club scene..
With all that being said
There’s not ever a reason to put those two in the same category, Nicki Minaj ain’t tryna educate nobody. And if she is not in the same light as Lauryn Hill. She is trying to sell an album Period. Though she could do it dressed more conservatively, she took the provocative route. Sex does sell. And men across the world will purchase the hard copy to do impure things with the cover.. It’s all a marketing scheme.. Unfortunately artist now aren’t into the long term or longevity of timeless talent filled projects. They tryna get a first week sell record at all cost even if it means compromising the morals that they may or may not have and calling it art.. At the end of the day I say let the woman be great in her very own way… And keep the legendary work of Lauryn Hills music and talent out of it. It’s nothing to be Deep about here people… All surface work shawty
I am in no way form or fashion blaming the churches for the world as a whole… I am asking that they take some of the blame for the portion of the world that they touch in this matter of Fornicating
For those of you who aren’t sure what Fornication means here is the definition : sexual intercourse between people not married to each other.
I recently sat in a Sunday School classroom where the topic was based around fornication. The subject came from 1 Corinthians 6:9-18. I watched each young person read a verse and then it was time for the teacher to take over… We danced around the subject, and finally it’s was touched on very briefly and very surface..
However this isn’t a brief or surface subject matter. Sex shouldn’t be a taboo thing when it comes to how you’re taught about it in church.. Understand the church is a building of people who have a common belief, that shouldn’t stop the conversation of sex from happening on both sides of the fence.
For the Virgins who haven’t participated in sexual intercourse you feed them by encouraging them to wait, giving them the tools they need to stay strong and such during the abstinent journey..
For the ones who are fornicating they deserve a totally different message, one that doesn’t condemn them straight to hell. But one that teaches them two things… How to stop and practice celibacy and one that teaches them how to stop the risk of premarital pregnancy and Sexually transmitted diseases.. This message is barely taught and very much so ignored. This could because no one has practiced celibacy from the pulpit. No Shade we are all human. We’ve all done and still do things that aren’t so great. If that is the case seek out some one in the congregation or from somewhere else that has practiced celibacy to teach that message. Teach them about contraceptives ( Condoms ,birth control) so that once they do make a decision on their own they make one that’s educated… (If you say that it’s the schools or parents job you are failing the next generation already)
The truth of the matter is you cannot control the world or people in it, but you can definitely educate them on right and wrong and how to protect themselves.. Sex is one of those topics that needs to have that type of teaching. It can’t be one sided or biased. That one sided conversation has only gotten a decline of young people in church and an increase on premarital pregnancy and STD rates… Remember when having conversations with them think about how you were once a teenager and how you would have liked to been approached about said subject. It’s all in the approach…
My purpose in this post isn’t to bash churches but to give them a small push in speaking on all sides of the spectrum when they speak about sex…
When I was young I read a lot, wrote poetry… I would’ve been a totally different person had I not been expose to these things… I’m not saying I’m going to change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world..- Tupac Shakur
These are sound bites that one of my favorite rappers Wale used on 11-1-11 Theory. Taken from different interviews from a great rapper Tupac Shakur.. Growing up we I lived in a house divided, my older brother was for Michigan and I was For Michigan State. And when it came to music he made his choice Biggie and I made mine Tupac Shakur.
Here’s my disclaimer though Biggie was a great artist as well however I liked Tupac. I was extremely young I mean like 6 years old when he died. I followed his work though, from the music to the movies. To this day I can’t watch Juice without Bishop giving me chills… This part specifically is one of my favorite: http://youtu.be/Cj2hBPsoNpg
Poetic Justice weaseled it’s way into being one of my all time favorite movies to watch. Tupac a part as Lucky was phenomenal.
Once I graduated from Flint Southwestern Academy back in 2008 I paid small homage to Tupac legacy. With his hit I get Around being on of my favorite songs, when my name was called and it was my turn to grace the stage with my presence for my diploma I did the dance he did in the video ( lmbo)
Music video here: http://youtu.be/YqJAnQTwmJs
This man was a genius. He educated himself well on all issues and things that arise in our day to day lives that we ignore. His legacy will forever live on even though he’s went on. Every since I saw the Breakfast Club interview from June 24th 2014 with Angela Martinez and she spoken unreleased interview she has with him I’ve been listen to his interviews and music heavily. I even stumbled across this on Keke Palmers Instagram how Tupac felt about being a role model :http://instagram.com/p/pH94ypErg5/