The Journey Begins

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together — African Proverb

 

Now is our time. Our fathers have fought, and they are no more. Legacies of dreams had.  Seats unrelinquished. Voting cries, fallen dynasties. Our path has been flawed with countless obstacles that those who came before us have had to overcome. They did not do it for themselves brothers. No, they did all that for us. You might be thinking why would this be titled The Journey Begins. Well, brother, the path has always been there for us. However, we have been celebrating the journey of those who came before us.

We celebrate the journeys of Mandela, King Jr., X, Owens, Tutu, Douglass, Achebe, Tambo, Du Bois, and others. We exalt in their legacies and talk about continuing them. But is that what they wanted? Did they want us to just maintain their legacies or did they fight for us to get the opportunity to use them and create our heritage? These are the kind of questions we at Black Men Who Blog ™ LLC want you to help us answer. Let’s just think back to the days of Mandela’s imprisonment, what would you have done then? Would you have been as forgiving as he was? Or would you have taken the first opportunity to exact your revenge on those who wronged you?

Mandela did not just forgive his accusers, he became an icon. He became more than his station. Yes, he was a president, but he was also more. He became the presidents’ president. Brother, if you have taken the time to read this, we want you to realise that you are more than just a content creator and this platform is more than just community. You have the potential to change everything. Heavy? Maybe. But we urge you to look beyond your self-imposed station and see how your actions, creations, and being can change the world around you.

The journey has begun. Our fathers have created a path, and they are no more. Today, you stand at the precipice of greatness, unsure of which way to go. Your indecisiveness is not your weakness for all man is indecisive at one time or another. No brother, your greatest weakness is believing that you can do it all by yourself. You leave your brothers behind because they fail to meet your criteria of what it means to be part of your community. You have created a prison for yourself that you believe is your standard. So, you keep them out to protect you. The time has come for us to realise that our fathers fought so we could stop creating our own prisons. Their fight was not to oppress our oppressors. Their match was not to make them admit their wrong. A wolf will forever be a wolf no matter how much the sheep accuses him of murder.

A lion amongst wolves without its pride will forever be timid. Brother, you are a lion. We are your pride. So, if you would like to know why a company, a platform, a community, a family is stepping outside the norms of what businesses should be like, our answer is simple. You are not normal. You are a Black Man. Feared for everything that is you. Come along on this journey and be a part of the new path that we will create.

The Journey Begins.

Ish

Founder/CEO

 

The Rap Attack of the Clones:

The rap attack is…

Rappers have achieved levels of success that the pioneers of this generational phenomenon could once only dream of.  We are now witnessing is progressive prosperity: seeds sown by innovators of Hip-Hop are being fully reaped however, the harvest isn’t natural like it used to be.  It’s a hopped up and recycled product – a shallow shell of the precedence that once set this art form apart from anything anyone had ever seen or heard before.

Today’s creations are no longer demonstrations of individuality but are now half-man/half-amazingly-lazy duplications of successful blueprints. Current Hip-Hop offerings, even though they lack the breath originality, echo unsatisfying sentiments. Those who consume it seem completely unaware or unconcerned about the lack of uninspired, unproductive content they consume.

The lyricism of yesterday brought attention to storytelling using a wealth of words blended together to sound the same.  The “lyricism” of today (at least what makes its way through the media’s red tape) is a poor sampling of rappers that sound the same.  So much for creative expression…

So… in light of these clone rappers and in honor of The Last Jedi coming out this month, I give you the centerpiece of today’s “poetiorial”:  The Rap Attack of the Clones.  May we see the resurgence of individual soldiers uniquely imprinted like John Boyega’s Finn – whose became driven to go down a different path once his conscience awakened – to quite the storm of poor replications that have poured into and corrupted the Republic of Hip-Hop.

Sessions of Self-Destruction

We now live in a climate
Where lyrics are criminally minded.
We’ve been mentally blinded by “Thug Life” tattoos and attitudes.
It’s one thing to call attention to city limits –
It’s entirely another when it’s mimicked as a gimmick…
It’s an extensive epidemic of facts misconstrued on wax tunes.

I’d rather see emcees lyrically finesse with good hooks
Over emcees interiorly recessed in hood nooks.
God forbid they come spiritually correct from
the Good Book – pigs would fly first.
Instead, most choose validation
By corroding their talents wasted…
Into a pool of miscalculations that drowns and hides their worth.

What’s embraced now in raps and flows
is a blatant take on the files found in Attack of the Clones.
Rabid tones are etched in stones ‘round the necks of folks with a new noose.
If we could replace half of the status quo and flash that’s shone
With immaculate quotes filled with facts for the dome…
We’d be masters of our souls – yet instead, we disappoint like Episode II.

Caught in the middle of rap’s battle zone,
Hip-Hop’s new followers need chaperons –
Many have attached to roles where crack is sold not in vials, but images vile.
No one reverences the tracks of old
When veterans still had their souls…
If they’re not reppin’ capital, their style’s not worth mentionin’ now.

New jack rappers seek the easy way out in formulas
That have been easily laid out like flooring rugs.
Don’t consort with them, I’m warnin’ ya’ –
their deeds mislead and strip the people.
Today’s rappers have stolen harmonies
in their criminal records –
They all commit bold larceny with pitiful gestures…
When lines are contrived with minimal effort
I just say no to the track and skip the needle.

I’m worn out by tired flows and unoriginal ledgers.
I’m pullin’ horns out to blow whistles on these whimsical jesters.
They’re timid little hecklers – too afraid to stir still waters without stolen thunder.
They’d rather whine about grindin’ waistlines
And invade minds with tales of sellin’ base and dimes…
They’re all wastes of space and time –
as collabos implode wherever clone numbers lumber.

If you didn’t get it,  study physics –
the latter line’s at its baseline.
Like matter can’t occupy the same space at the same time.
When we feel quakes, it isn’t the bass line –
it’s the ripple effect of self-destruction.
The way it reverberates affects the system
And sternly shakes vertebrates with its mechanism…
When words are fake, they wreck and wizen
the special wisdom once held in the subject.

This epidemic’s especially wicked
in the midst of cloning threats.
What once served as shock value now controls the set.
Biggie Smalls was the older Fett –
clones of the vet know success by emulating his role.
Rap’s overrun with so many random Boba Fetts
Carrying theoretical handguns and supposed threats
That the tones these kleptos have kept
slowly beget a single note that’s taken its toll.

Equal pitch and repeated frequency causes resonation.
When left untreated, the damage extends beyond reparations.
The aftermath’s a disastrous path set in the wake’s run –forget a takeover, take cover.
Like Todd after Diff’rent Strokes or
Like Nas when he rekindled his folklore…
The bridge will be over – as chasms between Blacks
and rap will crack from blasts of fake thunder

Written by

Reggie Legend


This week, one of our new members Reggie Legend, blessed us with his unique perspective on the state of hip-hop.  We can wait to know what you thought of his gifted expression.  Be sure to leave your comments!

The Question About Respect (Dr Gneiss)

Dr Gneiss’ Take

  • What do you wish women knew about Masculine respect?

That it is a key element in a relationship, just as much as feminine respect. Some men don’t need the affirmation to the respect because their confidence is self-driven, however, there are some that need to see the display of respect for their relationships to run smoothly. Men should within reason relay what is important to his spouse/girlfriend what and how he will interact with her within a relationship…what his responsibilities will be, what role he will want to take on. This should be discussed and agreed upon. After the agreement is made to respect each other’s roles, that agreement should be respected.

  • What does it mean to you? (What is respect?)

Respect to me is an acknowledgement that I matter, that others matter. We should respect opinions, rules, standings and other facets of a person’s personality. As long as something is civil it should be respected, not always agreed upon, but respected.

  • How can we show it? How can we honor you in a way that makes you feel respected?

Listening and allowing the accommodation space for a man to work.  I understand women have their needs as well and do my best to be sensitive to them. Men need the exact same thing, people need it in general. I think that a genuine appreciation satisfies the honor a man should need. Being a man to me is all about fulfilling my duty as male, protector, spouse, and citizen…I want to be able to do my part without too much push-back.

The Question About Respect (Mr Ganda)

Ish’s Take

  • What do you wish women knew about Masculine respect?

I wish women knew that masculine respect has nothing to do with being macho. In other words, we do not necessarily need respect to be men. It is not about stroking our egos because most of us can do that ourselves. It has to do with the fact that we are humans. Society already has tons of ideas of what it means to be men. We don’t want the women in our lives to become part of the proverbial them. We are always learning how to be better men so work with us. Help us accept the things we fail to and encourage us to change what we must. Please, keep in mind that we do not have the gift of insight at least when it comes to the female psyche so do not assume we know when things are wrong. You deserve our respect every step of the way and do not forget to remind us of that. To, that is what masculine respect is all about.

  • What does it mean to you? (What is respect?)

A few years ago, I do not think I would have been able to tell you what respect meant to me. I’m not saying that I did not have a definition for respect. It’s just not what I believe now. So, to answer the question, Respect to me means honesty. If I respect you, I have to be honest with you by showing you the true me. I might not like what you have to say but I would rather you be honest with me. This is coming from someone who has had his struggle with being honest.

  • How can we show it? How can we honor you in a way that makes you feel respected?

All I ask is that we get our time. Give us men, our time. We hurt too, we get emotional too, and despite all the rumours, we are not dogs. I don’t know how many times men around the world have to listen to someone making a statement along the lines of you men, or all men do this and that. Whenever a man tries to explain himself, he is met with the generalisation shut down. Let me get my time to say my piece. I don’t plan on changing your stance, I just want my time to share mine.

The Question About Respect (C.J. Guy)

C.J. Guy’s Take

  • What do you wish women knew about Masculine respect?

The only thing I wish women knew or understood is only real men (not the proverbial F boys) can describe what masculine respect is. It is very important for a man to feel like a man…we get this partly from the women around us and how they make us feel.

  • What does it mean to you? (What is respect?)

Respect is valuing my role, concerns, accepting who I am, and my judgement as the man of the household. Respect is a mutual and easy aspect in healthy relationships when everyone understands their role.

  • How can we show it? How can we honor you in a way that makes you feel respected?

The best way to honor or show respect is to value his judgement and acknowledge the value of his opinion to decisions in the household. This does not mean you have to acquiesce, far from it, it just means take his judgement into consideration…we love that…we feel valued.

The Question About Respect (Regg)

Regg’s Take

  • What do you wish women knew about Masculine respect?

I wish women knew more than what they learn about men on TV, or through media outlets. Understanding men as people would lead women to a greater mutual respect both or and from men. I want women to understand there is no single definition of masculinity. Expectations and preconceived notions that women bring to the relationship annihilate many men.

When I was first married, my now ex-wife, had plenty of ideas about what she thought married life and relationships would be. The attempt to align and understand the love language between the sexes is what facilitates the breakdown of relationships. The longer it takes to figure it out, the wider the expanse becomes.

  • What does it mean to you? (What is respect?)

Respect is a mutual behavior. It’s the authentic act of displaying your care through words and deeds. It is a continuous cross-functional behavior that impacts all aspects of personal/interpersonal relationships. From feelings to communication, consideration, and expectations.

Respect based decisions and interactions determine how we receive your intentions. The level of respect between individuals determines the how they receive your intentions, your words, and even your kindness. If I do not respect a person, even their good deeds are suspicious. Copious amounts of respect should always be deployed in romantic relations if there any is any hope of longevity and mutual affection.

  • How can we show it? How can we honor you in a way that makes you feel respected?

Listening and allowing the accommodation space for a man to work.  I understand women have Clearly, there are all sorts of ways to show honor and respect. In fact, respect is as various as personality. Think about your partner and how they receive information from others. Use what you know about them, previous conversations you about others, unrelated gripe sessions, or scenarios that impressed them.

Everyday situations will give you guidance to understanding. Honor yourself. Always be an asset to your team. My partner respects me by showing the world her best self and having respect for herself. Lastly, I feel respected when you honor my desires, dreams, and aspirations. We can’t grow together without mutual honor and respect.