20th Anniversary of the Million Man March!!

Thousands of black rights activists from across the nation gathered Saturday on the National Mall to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March and call for policing reforms and changes in black communities.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who spearheaded the original march, led the anniversary gathering Saturday at the Capitol called the “Justice or Else” march.  I remember being  a 14 year old boy back in 1995 the MMM was an awesome experience for a young buck like myself.  I remember seeing Maya Angelou and the late Rosa Parks speak, and just seeing so many black men gathered together for a positive cause was inspiring.

In 2015, Farrakhan called Black Lives Matter protesters the next leaders of the civil rights movement and called on older leaders to support them.

“What good are we if we don’t prepare young people to carry the torch of liberation to the next step?” he said.

At the march, the families of several unarmed African-American men and women killed in encounters with law enforcement encouraged the crowd to continue to speak out against police misconduct.

“We will not continue to stand by and not say anything anymore,” said Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old black teen shot dead in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26, 2012.

March participants spoke of their sense of purpose in guaranteeing black Americans rights for which many have fought for generations.

The original march on Oct. 16, 1995, brought hundreds of thousands to Washington, D.C. to pledge to improve their lives, their families and their communities. Women, whites and other ethnic minorities were not invited to the original march, but organizers said all were welcome Saturday.

The National Park Service estimated the attendance at the original march to be around 400,000, but subsequent counts by private organizations say the number was at least double that. The National Park Service has refused to give crowd estimates on Mall activities since.

Just a few statistics, in 1994, law enforcement agencies arrested 3.5 million African Americans, comprising 30.9 percent of all arrests, the FBI said. In 2013, law enforcement arrested 2.5 million African Americans, which made up 28 percent of all arrests, the latest FBI data shows.

Artist Spotlight: #RIP Akil Nadir (Claude Lumpkins) DC Hip-Hop Extraordinaire

Unfortunately, on Friday, April 11th, 2014,  a genuine, down to earth, fellow artist, lyricist, MC, Father, and friend departed this earth.   They say the good die young but also the creative geniuses of the world.  His music touched many and inspired a plethora of artists and like minded individuals especially in the Washington, DC area. His kind and humorous demeanor would have you in tears but brought the kind of joy that would make anyone smile. I dedicate this blog post to Claude and to spread his message of peace and consciousness.  We must take the time out to uplift and reach out to our fellow brethren who may or may not be going through the struggle.  It is our duty to lend helping hands when our loved ones are in need and to continue to support them no matter what!!  Sometimes we don’t know the personal battles that people go through, which is why it even more important to wholeheartedly love one another without judgement and pray for one another.  For those who didn’t know Claude, check some of his music and links out below.  REST IN POWER BROTHER!!

Akil Nadir was a Washington, DC native who spent his teenage years immersed in the city’s burgeoning hip hop scene, popping in and out of street corner ciphers and performing in night clubs in the historic U Street neighborhood. He gained a reputation for being fiery and unpredictable with a work ethic that defied his age. After graduating from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, he attended North Carolina Central University in Durham―classmates with Foreign Exchange members Phonte and Yahzarah―and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. Soon after graduation he returned to his hometown and discovered his second passion, education. He has been teaching English in DC ever since―eventually earning a Master of Science in Educational Administration―but has never given up on his first love. He has enjoyed some modest popularity over the years as an independent artist, but he remains one of the capital city’s best kept secrets. His style is a healthy combination of bravado, consciousness and humor. It seems like an impossible balancing act, but he pulls it off effortlessly. In the end, it feels like someone crammed all your favorite emcees into one body, taught it to read and then let it loose on the world.

Support and Download his music HERE!!

Links:

http://www.akilnadir.com/

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/music/2012/08/31/download-akil-nadirs-philosopher-king/

Slim Thug Says He Should Have Gotten Beyonce Pregnant

The ‘Houston’ rapper took to Twitter to admit to his followers that he’s reeling he didn’t get the ‘Love On Top’ singer pregnant before Jay-Z stepped in. Still pissed I ain’t find Beyonce first and put a baby in her,” he wrote.

“This ni**a @ASUCLILI had a song with her early and ain’t do s**t smh @iAmDelorean lived next door to her ain’t do s**t smh”

The vocal rapper tweeted back in 2009 just what he’d like to do with Bey when he wrote:

“I’m glad the baddest chick in the game from htown,” he tweeted then. “I’m about to start j—ing off where the lotion at,” followed by “Round 2 to Alicia, where’s my lotion.”

This is interesting considering Slim Thug was in a serious long-term relationship with fellow/former Destiny’s Child member Letoya Luckett.

Rihanna’s Yacht Life Vacation Comes To an End!!

Rihanna has been living it up in the South of France doing everything imaginable, drinking, smoking, snorkeling, jet skiing and the list goes on.  She recently wrapped her trip and showed major love to the staff aboard her private yacht that she enjoyed with her closest friends, staff, and family. Now it’s back to work as she preps for the premiere of her UK “Styled To Rock” fashion reality show and very likely a new album within the next year.