Archive for June, 2014

Boycotting in 2014
June 30, 2014

Good morning to y’all. Let’s get this out the way… No I didn’t watch the BET Awards. No I don’t watch awards shows. “Why? Are you a hater?” – No. I show support where it’s needed. Those ppl you all tuned into to see don’t need any more glamorization and pedestal placement than they already got. Question: did you know Tech N9ne made the Forbes list? “Who is Tech N9ne”- The #1 independent hip hop artist in the country. Why don’t the BET Awards ever acknowledge the indies or more specifically a indie artist who is more successful than some major mainstream artists? Answer: Because they don’t want you to know that you can do this without a major label… They want you to keep thinking you need the majors and damn near ransom your soul to get there. That way you keep feeding into the system…. But y’all go head and do that. I don’t judge. This is still America. Just know that because this is America, that means it’s built on corruption.

I purposely left the last line off the identical post on FaceBook.



3rd Year Pro
June 15, 2014

So today is Father’s Day again!!! This is my 3rd time in the “daddy position” after being the “son” for most of my life. I can honestly say being a daddy is tough sometimes, but in general very fulfilling and rewarding in a multitude of ways. Watching my oldest son JR interact with the educational TV shows, pick his own food at the restaurant, and strap himself into the car seat at age 2 is always a “proud parent moment”. And I can always count on James’ big happy-faced grin to bring me joy and give me that lil confirmation that it’s all God’s will. I can’t wait to share all these father-son moments with Julius (new baby) when he arrives. I’ll leave y’all with some pics of the lil youngins on the way out lol….













Generation Eye
June 9, 2014

So I was reading an article Saturday night about the different eras of the NBA… Back in the 60s, play was really slow compared to today’s game, and defense was more of a priority. As they invented the shot clock to keep the games from getting to boring, time management became more important. Then when they added the 3-point line, accuracy was highly desired (up to that point having tough forwards and bruising centers was key) and guards with perimeter shooting capabilities were sought after. When the ABA finally merged with the NBA, a lot of the “street ball” elements like dunking and posterizing people and flashy run-and-gun styles were on display nightly on TV game broadcasts. Fast fwd about 30 years and it looks like they may have to upgrade the “50 Greatest Players” list to “100”, that’s how many superstar or game changing players have came and went.

As I look back on my life, I realize that I was born the same year the arguable greatest basketball player of all time was drafted. The 1984 draft class also spat out Hakeem Olajuwon (1st pick that year), John Stockton, Charles Barkley, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Kevin Willis, and Jerome Kersey. Then I actually watched the ’96 draft with Allen Iverson (1st pick that year), Marcus Camby, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Ray Allen, a young and unheard of Kobe Bryant, Stephon Marbury, Steve Nash, Jermaine O’Neal, Derek Fisher, Peja Stojakovic, and Ben Wallace (undrafted but came out of college that year). Then in 2003, Lebron (1st pick), Wade, Carmelo, Chris Bosh, TJ Ford and David West got drafted and that was considered one of the best draft classes of all time. So I have witnessed 3 of arguably the best NBA draft classes of all time, each one kick-starting a new era each time. Not to mention some of the other drafts with players like Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Demarcus Cousins, John Wall, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy, Stephen Curry… Too many to name.

Many are saying this 2014 NBA Draft is going to be another deep talent pooled class again, so are we going to witness the kickoff of the next generation with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid expected to be superstars along with many others expected to come in and make an immediate impact?? The draft is June 26th at 7 pm, make sure you tune in!!!


Parent Hood
June 1, 2014

So yesterday, me and my boy Santos Dark One were doing a radio interview with the homie Bishop Twan, and one of the discussion points was about how kids can go down the wrong path in life and end up engulfed in violence and negativity. At that point, I snapped out of music-mode and went into daddy-mode, and I was reminded of how much I am blessed to have 2 very disciplined, intelligent young boys to raise and teach how to grow into men. Then I thought about what makes a good parent…. Dedication would be top of my list.

With so many day-to-day distractions in life, work, bills, personal wants and needs, I still don’t see how raising your kids becomes lost in the shuffle for some people, but I do see how it’s easy to feel a sense of assurance where your kids are concerned that all of THEIR needs have been met. I’m guilty of it too… That Nick Jr. goes on and it’s not like they need my attention or anything. I mean this iPhone… Wow. But in all seriousness, kids need a lot more than we sometimes realize. Especially in the adolescent years.

That’s where the free Will gene kicks into full effect. Sneaking around behind your back, “experimenting”, peer pressure, identity crises, etc. This is the home stretch. Almost to adult Hood. Not the time to wanna get lazy. Teenagers nowadays have guns… Not talking about the ones on the video game. Yes, there is a greater risk today of you burying your child instead of vice versa. What makes it worse is that the outlets that used to be in place for kids when they weren’t in school like after school programs, athletic programs, and most importantly the schools, are being shut down, with the funding being allocated elsewhere. It’s a trap. The people in control of these areas of development and socialization need to be pressured into restoring/preserving these for our kids’ futures in order to help curb some of this youth aggression. Volunteering at your local boys & girls club or YMCA is another way to give back to our youth.

All in all, the root of this is being a proactive and dedicated parent. Don’t settle for mediocrity with these kids. There’s no reason why a student athlete getting a 2.0 should be considered acceptable… That translates to saying “Its ok to be average.” My 2 year old son knows the difference between an eagle and a penguin… An eagle soars high above every other bird on earth and a penguin is just ice cold. Let’s not encourage our youth to need to be apart of the crowd, but to strive to excel in everything they do.

One more thing: RIP Maya Angelou. Poet, civil rights activist, inspirational speaker.