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#SupremeBlackout

Hip Hop is a large piece of African American culture. In a time where drugs and poverty were ruining the black family, hip hop was a way for young blacks to let out their frustrations in a positive manner. Hip Hop saved a lot of lives by young Men and Women choosing to put down a gun and picking up a mic.

The AfroMadu team was blessed with opportunity to be apart of an amazing experience. We were able to witness how Hip-Hop has evolved, and see first hand how, the more things change, the more they stay the same. We were serenaded by songstresses and enlightened by MCs. As a Hip Hop enthusiast I was shocked and relieved that there was still so much talent playing in front of my eyes.

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The event, The Supreme Blackout, which took place at Nicholas in Brooklyn, was truly a gracious experience. In addition to amazing music there were also massages, assorted hand crafted jewelry, and organic libations. Nicholas’ themselves, are a cool shop full of clothing, incense, and a lot of Afro-Parafinalia.

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The vibe was so smooth, you could spread it with a butter knife. Our hosts for the evening were the Bi-Lingual, Duo, Negros Americanos, hailing from the hometown of AfroMadu’s founder, Plainfield, NJ. MC Elijah Black and DeShawn Supreme were the first two performers and each brought that raw Hip Hop deep rooted in personal experience.

image-12Dread Blaq is a dope songstress who rapped a little, sang a little and finished up by playing Nat King Cole on a Violin……A VIOLIN!!!! Blak Orfan are a girl duo who have that old school swagger, reminiscent of Queen Latifah and other Old School FemCees.

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Danielle Watson came heavy with that reggae vibe that just made you want to better yourself and those around you. Her cohort played harmony on guitar and had a smooth West Indian voice, that complimented Danielle in a way that you just had to close your eyes and bop to them. The show closed out with our host taking over the stage and performing songs in both English and Spanish which was incredible! Even though I do not speak a lick of Spanish the beats backing them was enough for me to musically not skip a beat.

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I left the event feeling as if I just left a church service! Feeling revived and ready for the next event just like this one! If any of our future events are half as good as this one, you do not want to miss it!!

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The Shunned.

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Step in the shoes of men who are viewed as criminals….

Seen so generally but never as an individual…

Scrutinized without any word or action….

Lies dictate the fate of these men…

Premature accusations ridden with past fears that have no weight…

Yet they are supposed to fight a fight unseen by their own eyes…

Blind…

While already seen as an enemy, nowhere to flee…

A target embedded in them since birth…

Another gangsta born to caged or slaughtered in the streets…

Few weep as the sheep could careless…

In their eyes these men don’t deserve life…

While their mom’s only sees the innocence within…

Maybe a new king or shabazz within…

Take a walk in the shoes of men who don’t know what fair is…

Shunned because of skin they had no choice to bear….

Can you see it thru their eyes…?

Take a peak…

Read between the lies…

Time has passed but where is our change?? Centuries behind due to the chains…

Yet in our history we started as kings…

Now the only thing worth chasing is fame…

or playing a simple ballgame…

The only way I won’t be looked as the same.…

If only money could change everything….

Because in their eyes we’re all the same…

Just another colored man fiending for hoes and bling…

It’s Assimilate or gain nothing…

Maybe then the target will change…

Will these men ever be loved In this world?? Or Are we born to be slain?? Extermination of the past kings and queens…

A generational genocide yet no says a thing…

It started with our leaders now all we know is pain…

 

…….The Shunned……

Sincere

Dunkin’ Donuts “Charcoal Donut” Ad

Dunkin’ Donuts in Thailand is now adding a new donut to the menu…. with a side of racism? FEAST your eyes on this ad… yup, its real.

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Dunkin’ Donuts, you have got to be kidding me. Whether this is in Thailand, South Samoa, the United States, or a secret island that no one has ever been, why would you think this is acceptable? The image of “Black Face” only puts racism 20+ years behind. Was there no other marketing scheme to advertise this new donut? How many people gave the “ok” for this to be pushed and publicized? I think I’m done here, what do you think?

Working out the New Trend?

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Obesity rates are rising and the government seems to be clueless as to why great amounts of Americans are becoming overweight and healthy. It is because they choose to become obese? Can people afford to be healthy?

Maintaining health in America today is another burden that citizens have to worry about. Between high priced health care in order to obtain daily checkups and proper treatments, to the high cost of organic and healthy food, the odds of living a healthful life is SUPER hard. People result in surviving off of the things that they can afford which means consuming fatty, processed food and sugary drinks that are in their price range rather than fresh fruits, vegetables and essentials to proper eating.

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..But there is hope. Trends of working out and staying fit has been the latest talk, especially during the summer, for people to work out on beach bodies and keeping fit for the summer. More gyms and weight rooms are making a come back in business and stores are  promoting and selling more workout clothes and paraphernalia. Is working out the new trend?

It is definitely time for us to wake up when it comes to our health. In the Black community ESPECIALLY we lack the desire to eat healthier and stay fit. Its time for a change. The constant excuse of being to busy or not having a budget for working out is probably the lamest one. We cannot continue to let our laziest control us!

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In the beautiful summer season, really think about your eating and fit habits. It doesn’t take a lot to develop healthy habits and stay fit. Here’s a few small tips for take control of your health!

Exercise: Running is one of the best ways to start your work out journey. Waking up 30 mins before work or school and running around the block every morning can make a huge difference in dominating cardio and beginning to get healthier. If running is too hard to start at first, walking can always be the beginning. Not only will you look better but feel better from the energy that was used.

Water: A free natural source that everyone has access to? WATER! Enough with the sugary drinks. All they do is give you more muffin to the top. Substitute water for every time you decide to drink a can of soda are a juice drink. It works in a million ways.

Educate Yourself: Nothing is better than learning more about your health and what you can do to improve it. Continue to read about tips, testimonies, workout plans, and other health and fitness stuff you can find. Knowing is Power!

It is clear that working out is becoming a trend so why not hop on this healthy bandwagon! This is could be the start of something life changing so start today!

Dark Skin Girls Documentary: A Review

On Sunday night, Oprah played a documentary on her television network OWN, titled “Dark Girls”. The documentary was to tell the trials and tribulations that the darker skinned girl had to face here in America. I would like to just say that I applaud Oprah for publicly shedding light on this subject. It is definitely a major issue in the black community, in all aspects.

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I am a dark skinned female so it was nice to see how others shared their stories of complexion issues. Did I feel moved, liberated, or free from the ignorance of my peers? Absolutely not. I would have loved to see the documentary get more “real”! What was said by the interviewee’s barely scratched the surface of the deep rooted issues in our community when it comes to the hues of our black kings and queens. It gave me about 80% of rawness, when I was hoping to see 100%. Most of the street interviews were extremely ignorant, although I know first hand that that is exactly how most think, it still didn’t answer my question of WHY do people think like this? Where do these thoughts stem from?

In my opinion it starts at home…mannerisms are often taught & learned at a young age. If a child is taught at a young age that a lighter complexion brings about superiority they will carry that with them for life until corrected. Many people love to place blame on media telling us whats beautiful and whats not, but I have to tell you that WE control the media. We have the authority to filter what we view and what we do not. I’m not saying that the media is out of the blame pool but it is not completely at fault. Many black women place their complexion issues on our black men. Are they really the ones to blame? Unfortunately I refuse to touch on this subject in this piece but I will say this: Is it unfortunate that I cannot look to my fellow black brother for liberation in my dark skin beauty? Should I feel the need to be liberated by them?

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As black people I often feel that we seldom take blame for our own actions. Black people love to pass the buck. While we sit and try to figure out whose fault it is that we have hash tags on twitter like #TeamDarkskin & #TeamLightskin everyone else has already came to the conclusion, Its self hatred. Everybody wants to be black except black people. Other races legit think that its cool to be black, except for black people. Whether they tan, or they try to copy our mannerisms, they still want to be just like us. Meanwhile our own people are doing everything that they can so that they can fit in with them! How backwards are we? Don’t get me wrong other races do struggle with complexion issues within their own communities and the documentary did touch on it slightly, but thats not the point. I’m black so my focus is on my own community and how I can make it better. This documentary was not created to put down black people, nor was it created to demean lighter skin women and to praise the darker skin ones, but it was created to bring about equality. Although we cannot expect to see great change because of the documentary, it definitely got people talking and that it what is most important. Twitter was buzzing, and it gave people a chance to talk about the situation and understand exactly how some people think.

At the end of the day we must remember that we are not our skin, but simply the SOUL that lives within. Color is a social construct. How you look physically has no meaning until humans place social variations on them.
 Stay black and Beautiful Kings and Queens.

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-Jasmin Voyd 

Quick Tip: Split Ends

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It is hot! How many styles can we put in our hair to stay cute, cool, and cunning to make our hair grow? There are dozens yet one thing most people forget after washing their hair between styles is to clip their ends.

 

Clipping one’s ends helps hair to grow strong and healthy. Similar to grass, if one does not cut it the grass will get long but it will look stringy and unhealthy. Our hair is just like that. If we do not cut our ends then our hair will look stringy and unhealthy-that is one style you do not want for the summer.

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Recommendation: Get your ends clipped every 6 weeks or at least between hair styles that you keep in for months. This way your hair will grow and flow once the winter comes around.

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http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/08/7-ways-to-prevent-split-ends/

http://healthveda.com/how-to-get-rid-of-split-endshome-made-hair-packs-and-useful-tips-1376

When A Man Loves A Woman

 
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So I spent Mother’s Day at a nursing home where my grandmother is staying. So as I sit with my Mother, Grandmother, and Aunt, enjoying some fried chicken, I raise the question, “Why have Black Women, given up on Black Men”? My Grandmother was the first to respond, her answer was quick and direct, “Because, they got tired”.
 
Now lets go back, way back. Back to the times of slavery where there was no such thing as a Black Family in America. During slavery if two Blacks were under suspicion of being married, one was immediately sold, and if one was bold enough to start a family, then the entire family was sold, children and all. So needless to say a Black Family was coveted for some time. Then during times of segregation Black Families thrived, since there was no other options for Blacks but to procreate with other Blacks. But from the stories I have been hearing, it seemed that once interracial relationships became more socially acceptable, Black Men tended to migrate toward this uncharted territory.
 
How often do we see athletes make it in whatever sport and marry a woman of color? I feel as if Women of different races are often seen as a symbol of “We made it” to Black Men. They feel as if once you reach a certain point you outgrow a Black Woman. My question is where would we be if our Fathers or Grandfathers “outgrew” our mothers and grandmothers?
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Having been raised by two very strong Black Women, I have always put Black Women on a pedestal. I have been attracted to all ethnicities but it was always something about a Black Woman that always made me grin a little wider and sweat a little more.
When I picture my future wife , I picture a Women of African descent of which we can both pass this strong lineage onto our children. But as they say, every thing aint for everybody.
 
Now I want to discuss the treatment of Women in general. Men, we have to do better! As a Man you are only as good as your word, any businessman will tell you the same. So why do so many of us lie to these Women? At some point you have to take responsibility for yourself in order to have a healthy relationship. If you are not ready for a relationship, DO NOT ENTER one. You are wounding these Women and making it harder for her to find someone worth her time and energy. I find it funny that many Men try so hard to attain as many Women as possible, when the only people who are impressed by your body count are other Men. Something is not right. There will come a time where you will want a warm body to hold at night but you spent so much time avoiding relationships, that you do not know how to thrive in one. And I have heard it from the horse’s mouth that once a Woman reaches a certain age she does not want a project, she wants a Prince, and who can blame her. Its crazy how some of yall have watched the tears pour down the faces of Women in your lives becuase off no good Men, yet you perpetuate the cycle, is that the homage you pay to those who create life?
 
In Conclusion honesty will always be the best policy, Women are not objects so there is no need for games. In order to grow up you have to think grown. Man up and start treating these Women like you want your, Mother, Sister and Daughter treated. When a King has a strong Queen, the empire shall thrive.
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As always, I love you, God loves you, Love Yourself,
 
Man of Madu