Lotta folks know me as an artist too..I been ACTIVELY involved in hiphop 19 years. I was introduced informally by a babysitter to Tribe Called Quest first single “I Left My Wallet In El Segundo” then I was formally introduced by my sister, via Heavy D (R.I.P.) LL Cool J, X-Clan…I fell in love with lyrics….then I was Ultra West Coast (Snoop and Dre HEAVY)…then 94…I was introduced to Common Sense’s I Used to Love H.E.R. and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s Main Ingredient….
All that to say that my introduction to this was during the “Golden Age” of hip-hop. Even the mainstream had lyrics, fast forward to today 2014. I struggle not becoming the GRUMPY old man, but I can’t help it as the quality of the art has gone down. But why? Is it artist or fan fault? I say its a mix of both. Artists now are so commodity driven that they will go for what the fan wants, and fans are of a different genre and relate to different types of hip-hop than when I was a neophyte to this.
As a fan I remember every Tuesday was a BIG DEAL, Going to Coconuts, or Sam Goode, or Crow’s Nest in Chicago to get whatever was out, even the singles at $3.99. Now folks don’t’ respect the music. There is PLENTY of good solid fruitful hip-hop. but most folks won’t go far for their own but will justify going to say a Beyonce or a Gucci show. But they personally KNOW THAT artist….
Many a artist goes through it and it’s super frustrating but it builds character. However asking, what will it take to change that?
Another busy week…one of the things I do amongst many is being a Professor. I am professor at a school where we get to be creative and at a relatively young age, I teach graduate students. My second semester of it and I must say it is quite enjoyable. Teachers/Professors do NOT get enough respect and compensation let me say that first and foremost. The students make it memorable but for the 3rd time I have dealt with breaking a stereotype and making a “non-minority” “feel some kinda way.” Let me paint the picture. After my class, I am heading to the FACULTY lounge. The lounge is FACULTY keycard access ONLY. A Faculty member was walking in and i was going in behind him.. and grant it.. i had on jeans, sweatshirt jacket nice kicks and fitted, (not your usual faculty outfit but again im not at a Business School) I walk in and he literally stops me and says in a most aggressive tone. “May I help you?” Now what makes this funny to me is the gentleman is all of 5,5. I say in my Samuel L. Jackson, voice, “NO I AM A PROFESSOR” with the same wince in my eyes he had as Jules Verne. Oh the gush of red on the face was priceless. A Few minutes later, I am walking out he tries to save face and say “Oh my God, I am sorry I didn’t know, what is your name…and in sarcastic form, I say PROFESSOR insert my name lol and then my administrator comes out and tells him oh yeah he’s one of my best professors, and the look on his face is the look I can only imagine when Conservative Republicans had when they knew President Barack Obama was going to win the election in 2008 and 2012.
Why is it that other races are so comfortable assuming that Black Males can’t be in such positions? In light of that it made me reflect, do I have to wear a 3 piece suit ALL the time to be taken seriously? (Though I must admit I am dashing in it lol). Now if I had on a janitorial jumpsuit, would he have just let me in because he felt that role is what fits? Stereotypes and assumptions are a big part of racism? However as someone who as worked in constantly in fields that traditionally most Black Americans have not had the resources to venture into. This is NOT the first time I have dealt with this, and I only wonder how may of my other educational comrades have dealt with this and how have you dealt with it.
Who comes up with the logic for this…for instance if you have ever been to an open call for modeling, the talent pickers are never “easy on the eyes”. Same can be said in other fields. HR is not an easy field, let alone hiring, that being said…employers want perfect candidates that aren’t real. Why…because the usage of canned descriptions. The irony is that the want customized resumes but give canned expectations….example “agency experience” where advertising or CIA LOL. Another is “works well in a fast paced environment” is that an office or NASCAR event? Employers not get to disrespect disagrees…ex oh you didn’t go to X school which is an Ivy League school for their Masters. However they do have a Masters in the field required…Irony is the HR person and manager only have a Bachelors…lol. In my view such biases are the majority of the Un and underemployed. Question is…what will It take to change such practices?
Its been a while, and I have been meditating on the writing aspect…With a big enough following and a lot of requests, i am gonna get back into the gift that God has given me..Writing
My subject matter will range from
Fraternal subject matter (Greek & B.G.L.O.)
A LITTLE personal
I dont know where this ride will go, but I will say this, it’ll be interesting
Greetings, I thought about why the hell did I have a blog for… oh yeah to share thoughts in a different forum..
well whats been going on….
Finished 2nd Masters Degree
Working on skating Documentary-Inside Out.
Juggling full time employment w/
A Think tank
and 3 companies…
Recovered from Knee Injury,
and getting close to God (MOST important)
A lot going on… yet something is still lacking…been doing a LOT of thinking of long term stuff
and really trying to grasp certain things…first time in a minute i just wanted to write.
A lot of moves im looking to make in the next few moves, and its the realization that they are about to happen and the balancing of what will happen with them, is whats got me like wow! Then my own words hit me… Cant be afraid of success AND failure!!! So I press on… bout to go back into the booth full time now… i got music to make…just to get things out my head… to free my thoughts, free my mind, heart and my soul… it’s REALLY about to get interesting… stick around!
L’Chaim to LaVerite (Toast to The Truth)
Yeah its been a while, I been through a LOT and lost a LOT. Those that know me know what that is but im here.
However back to the subject.
For those that dont know, in Chicago its been some flash mob beatings going on in downtown Chicago, with young Black males basically jumped random people that has EVERYONE profiling ANY Black male in casual clothing.
Now where are we going? Folks dont get mad but this aint for my Black women, no disrespect.
But being a Black Man in this country is like being a perpetual target. And thats if you have NO goals.
If you are educated and not the norm you are REALLY treated like a pariah (He uses such big words and speaks good english lol)
I myself have been through a lot seeing this first hand and as well with close constituents. And its always the same, even in this tough economy, Black men suffer even more, with an unemployment rate that is double and triple the national average. Folk say go get a job, but what if you want more. Should you lower your standards, most folks will not hire a black man in a front position because they feel that Black men will scare away customers. In my original industry of architecture it is perceived that Black men are only good for production drafting but nothing that requires thinking.
I know many like myself who also are have education and experience but its not enough. And yes EVERYONE is suffering but Black men are still seen as inferior and we have to prove ourselves not only qualified but not a threat which is an oxymoron.
Because and intelligent Black men in this country is still perceived as a threat much is done to subdue the power of intellect. Now the media is a WHOLE different monster in the image of Black men, but when ever positive actions are done no one wants to put focus on it. At what point will a PR campaign to be done on the positivity of Black Men?
Chicago is full of many Black men that are contributing to the improvement of society from the Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha (my fraternity) to the average man who takes care of his family. However that is never noted, but the violence of a few. So as you read this and see a young Black Male, dont see the negative and dont be afraid.. and most importantly dont assume, but the guy with a fitted cap on and a tshirt maybe more educated than you!
Quite a touchy personal topic.
Education is something that I value you HIGHLY
As someone who has two degrees and about to begin the grueling process for the a 3rd I value learning but in today’s world I have begun to question what does Education really mean.
I remember coming up, and being the children of two parents that never set foot in college we (my sister and I) that the key to being “successful” (whatever THAT means) is going to school.
My parents were baby boomers so they saw things and lived through times where it was much more difficult to get a college education, so my sister and I intuitively knew we had to do this.
Fast forward to current times
What motivation do you to tell kids to go to college? I know its a taboo subject but lets be real for a second here.
Education has been supremely devalued and almost everyone has a “piece of paper” If you are unemployed you are told to “update your skill sets” by getting certificates and the like but all the costs money.
Articles like this
don’t motivate one to be better as it is.. so then I say this.
If you go to college and incur say 30k in debt, it would make sense to (depending on industry) to get a job to pay off that debt in a reasonable time-frame! (i.e. less than 30 yrs) but the very thing that is made to bey a key to open doors is the very thing that prevents you from walking now.
At this rate, you will need to have a PhD to be a receptionist, all the while most folks who do the key decision making have no degrees, oh the irony!
When I was in architectural school, I used to marvel that the best architects we studied in school where the ones who either didn’t go to school or left, maybe the knew something we didn’t.
Food for thought