Strictly Hip Hop Celebrates 25 years

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STRICTLYHIP-HOP CELEBRATES TWENTY-FIVE YEARS

Baltimore’s #1 source for authentic Hip-Hop and culture! Celebrating twenty-five years on the air, Strictly Hip-Hop will broadcast live for twenty-four hours on WEAA 88.9 FM beginning at midnight on May 9, 2015. Throughout the day various Strictly hosts and DJ’s will provide the dialogue and music for the celebration festivities. Specialsegments will be aired discussing the growth of the Hip-Hop culture and how Strictly Hip-Hop has been an influence on the music scene within Baltimore city and the campus of Morgan State University since it was created in April 1990.

Not only can listeners tune in through the radio, they can listen online at http://www.weaa.org. Also listeners can download the following apps on Android phones and Iphones: TuneIn, and radio.net using the keyword: WEAA to listen. May 9,2015 at midnight on WEAA 88.9 FM Strictly Hip-Hop will celebrate being the longest running Hip-Hop show in the Mid Atlantic. For more additional information contact the host: itsstrictly@gmail.com and follow the show on twitter: @HipHopStrictly for anniversary updates

JONESTOWN TO FERGUSON

Look at us. The black culture. A poor, lost group in continuous longing and searching. For what; Acceptance, understanding, leadership, guidance. The Pessimist in me, feels we’re nothing but Conformist, made weak with the passage time. If this is true, This would be one of our lesser qualities; however – this isn’t entirely our fault. 300 years of slavery and hurtful ideologies like the Jim crow law will do that. Don’t get me wrong, I love our people; But I have an unrivaled distaste for our ways. At our worst, we are what the stereotypes perpetuates us to be. At our best, we are relentless – A force capable of implementing radical change on a historical level for years to come, despite any iniquities or obstacles that try to yield our momentum. but this “call to arms”, takes so Much (Ferguson) for people to see this side of us.

 

Once again, is it really our fault, after long contemplation and endless rationalizing, I realized, it’s never really been a point in history where we’ve had a continuous leader. (Aside from the civil rights movement). So one could look at something like the jonestown massacre, and you momentarily understand how our people got pulled in. Psychologically it’s called Normative social influence; and by definition, they say its influence of other people that leads us to conform in order to be liked and accepted. Now, I’m sure like me, you tell yourself endlessly, that you could never fall victim to the ill, false, lure of a cult. I’m also sure you’ve heard the name Jim Jones and have made a few jokes about cults, but never truly understood the Meticulousness of Jones. (Perhaps out of ignorances.)

 

Around 1956, his religious movement was created. Jones called it, People’s temple – many know this to be the cult that resulted in 950 – 1000 casualties in mass suicide. but understand, most didn’t see it as a cult; simply put, no one ever joins anything that would hurt them. At its height, Jones had a congregation over 3- 5000, people and by 1970, it had 12 different locations in California and Its Congregation consisted of mix ethnicities but was predominantly African American. Growing up Jones studied the communist movement of Karl Marx and Dr king and adopted his methods as his own. Although he had trepidation of backlash for using the Communist methodology, this later would play an essential role in his growth amongst the black community. After a few failed attempts, In 1956, Jones bought his first church building, in a racially mixed Indianapolis neighborhood. This was a pivotal move for jones. understand that around this very time, the civil rights movement was just beginning to thrive. So everything Jones preached was a breath of fresh air In a racially charged atmosphere, filled with brainless brutality and segregation. As always we were vulnerable, much like now.

 

Its best to come to terms with the idea that, so long as man inhabits the earth, racism will live along it’s side. My fear isn’t the perpetuation of racism, but the lack of perception that we have as a species, history repeats itself, in sad, repetitive, repetition without remedy and we Will Continuously find ourselves susceptible to moments like Jonestown, Ferguson,Sean Bell, Ronald Madison, if we don’t pay attention. We don’t need anymore false leaders or momentary Martians, who protest today and gone tomorrow. We don’t need fake anger- We need leaders that will endure and show us the way in times of strife and during times of happiness. We need leaders whose names will be echoed on ears without want for years to come….


We often refuse to accept an idea because the tone of voice which it has been expressed unsympathetic to us – Friedrich Nietzsche

TRYING TO IMPROVE

 Normally don’t do these types of post, but as the caption reads …..

lately I’ve been telling myself I’m going to improve, but not in the cheap, ” new year’s resolution”, start then stop kind of way, I mean genuine long term improvements. Normally this comes easy for me, simply because – mentally I do this with things I know for a fact I’m capable of. however, as of late, I’ve been trying to improve on my social skills. Continue reading TRYING TO IMPROVE

The School System Fails…Again?

Welp…

About a week ago, I sat in studio and listened to a talk show host go on a rant about the public school system, over the airwaves. This is a conversation I am all too familiar with. The rights and wrongs within the public school system is a conversation that spans generation after generation. No matter what race, creed or class you represent, I’m sure you’ve heard one of these topics at a given time:

  • Prayer should be put back in schools.
  • Schools do a piss poor job of updating their textbooks.
  • Black (ethnic) literature is not properly showcased in class.
  • Where are the art and music programs?

Well damn, who left the flood gates open?

In watching a TED Talks lecture, the newest of dialogues I’ve heard was “schools kill creativity. They need to put as much emphasis on the artistic/creative subjects as they do English and math.”

Wait. What exactly are the public school systems responsible for? What are the parents responsible for?

I’m actually pretty disturbed that parents expect schools to pray with and teach each child about his/her cultural background. Parents, what the hell is your job exactly? I remember the phrase “learning starts at home.” Can anyone guess where I learned said phrase? From my Dad…in our home.

Let’s take it back to my day (wait for it). My parents saw my love for art in grade school, so they always bought me:easels, colored pencils, paints and books to encourage me. They saw my interest in music so I played the: drums, keyboard and trumpet to see what I would like. I still remember all of my art and music teachers because they always inspired me. They always took time with me because I was excited and they gave a damn about their students. Yes, my childhood was awesome.

To a degree, I agree with Ken Robinson (TED) that schools can hinder creativity. I think the most important aspect is that parents worldwide should take more time with their children. If you feel that the institutions of learning aren’t cultivating your child as an individual, it may be time to challenge the system. Teach your young leaders in the home, in addition to what they learn at school. Fair enough?

Yes, textbooks should be up to date. Yes, schools should nurture the creativity of students.  What role can we play, however, to ensure that artistry is encouraged in our children? Parents, stop relying on other people to mold the futures of your children.

Check out the TED talk that sparked the conversation http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity?language=en

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