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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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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!

Brotherly Love Lost.

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Back in the day the community was a family. One person’s struggle was the struggle of all and one person’s triumph fell on the shoulders of all, to inspire and uplift. Now a days it seems like everyone is in it for the preservation of self. Where does that actually get you in the long run? If you make it and leave, then you are a sell out but if you make it and stay then you’re an idiot. What is the balance?

As Men, we are often the leaders, whether it be of the house or the block. We must use this power and this platform in order to build the minds of those we have influence over. Teach them that the success of another does not hinder that of his/her own. That it is possible to acknowledge that others are great without dimming their own light. That is the ultimate balance that much be reached in order to growth as groups instead of as individuals. We are quick to praise a celebrity for earning another million dollars that they might not even get a chance to spend because of the dozens on millions that preceded it, but a young man growing up in a one parent household gets a full ride to a university simply off of intellect and people assume that he stuck up because he is taking the first step in turning his humble beginning into an empire in a different zip code. Why must we encourage the complacent and crucify the driven.
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Why do we envy our own but idolize the characters that act in this ongoing soap opera that overflows into every industry entitled “Money Does Buy Happiness”? This facade fueling our environment to make money by any means necessary that we may someday live a lifestyle where we too can forget the sting of a tear and the strain of a frown on our faces even if it mean that no one else can radiate in the glow of a smile. Why?

When I turn the heat on in my house, does your house get colder? When a Man exercises does that make you any fatter? A Man should be competitive and never complacent, but please do not confuse complacency with happiness, blessing are meant to be enjoyed so never overlook them.

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Now once you have attained, it is now time to give back. Now a lot of people grow up humble, then by the grace of God obtain a very comfortable living, then try to feed the entire community and end up humble again. This happens because as Men we want to be the provider and we love to feel needed but what we forget is that sometimes are presence does way more than our pockets ever could. We must spend time giving back to the community in lieu of money. Money is disposable but time is precious. Help clean a neighborhood park, help coach your elementary sports teams, visit the elderly that kept you off the streets because its because of the time they gave up that you are able to give time instead of doing time. For this always be grateful. We must reciprocate love above all.

I love you, God loves you, Love Yourself,

Man of Madu