Dame Dash: Gotta Respect His Hustle!

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A native of Harlem, USA, Dame Dash was an early pioneer of marketing and branding; in terms of hip hop. Enter Roc-A-Fella, alongside rapper/businessman Jay-Z and business partner Kareem Burke, the ultimate tri-fecta!

Even after the dissolution of hip hop’s premier clique, Dash still represents the true essence of what it means to hustle. Dame Dash has faced numerous setbacks during his professional career as well as personal life. From broken marriages to losing his love, Aaliyah; these experiences would have crushed the average man. Dame’s “never quit” mentally is prevalent in virtually every word he speaks, which certainly needs to be emulated by others. Not too many in his industry have such a high level of perseverance and focus. Even with the legal issues he has faced, D. Dash manages to come out on top or at the least break even.

Dame Dash is an experienced director, actor, film producer, writer, record executive, media proprietor and entrepreneur. This is quite a number of accomplishments for one person. When not spending quality time with loved ones, Dame Dash is consistently building and maintaining his various brands. Dash founded DD172, a media collective which encompasses: America Nu, a magazine; VNGRD79, a web design firm; BluRoc Records, a record label division. It also includes an art gallery. He curates a visual streaming platform, similar to the likes of Netflix, through his Dame Dash Studios imprint. Dash offers quality products and services for sale from his Poppington brand site.

Whatever you do don’t count this man out or doubt his drive or ambition. Dame Dash is sure to show you that he doesn’t just talk-the-talk but he can walk-the-walk.

Here are some important links:

https://www.damedashstudios.com/

https://www.poppington.com/

http://www.dd172newyork.com/

http://duskowineandspirits.com/

The Race Conundrum: Blacks vs. Everyone

*READ WITH CAUTION…THIS POST MAY INFURIATE AND OFFEND SOME!*

 

You are probably looking at the title thinking “why so negative?” or “why he think like that?” But if you are a black man or black woman, you’d be questioning too why all of the other races hate us so much? It’s a shame because we even hate ourselves. Let me explain…

The year is 2020, racism hasn’t really gone anywhere. As a matter of fact, it’s back stronger than ever somewhat primarily due to the internet and social media. In this day and age, every disaster, catastrophe or brutal slaying seems amplified. I won’t dare put all the blame on the internet or social media even though it appears that way. These digital platforms can be great, helpful tools to promote a new product or connect with someone on the other end of the planet. How does the saying go…one bad apple can spoil the bunch?! Basically, you have plenty of misguided, mindless drones in the world who are sadistic in character. Some individuals don’t know any better or possibly don’t care because they are heartless. I say that to say this, in terms of race, these statements are all relative.

There is an aristocracy consisting of the wealthy 1% – 2% of the Earth’s population who wants nothing more than to see Black people erased. For whatever reason, it is a permanent and systemic agenda within humanity whether one believes it or not. The genocidal extermination of an entire culture and/or civilization has been in process for centuries. Guess what? We are also contributing to our evolutionary decline on this planet. Heard of Black on Black crime? Yep, it exists wherever a concentration of Black persons reside whether in the US and internationally. I bring all this up because it concerns me and it should also concern you too. With the murders and marches, if you weren’t aware before let me be the first to tell you this is a wake-up call! I’m going to make a disclaimer…I’m not advocating violence matching op-positional violence. That final decision is up to you as an individual with a brain.

I’m merely presenting you the reader with a situation for you to analyze and respond accordingly. Excuse me if all this appears negative as well as unsettling but it is the reality of things happening today. Some of our own Black celebrities and politicians are almost content with the way things are because they don’t want to rock the boat. To the credit of several Black public figures, many well-known parties have stepped up in the name of racial equality. But, only after a multitude of public executions have occurred consisting of either innocent or unarmed Blacks. Let us pay respect to those we lost in the struggle – Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando CastileBreonna Taylor, George Floyd and many others. May their souls be at ease and we honor them in peace. Sorry to rattle your cage but the battle is far from over!

Unbeknownst to everyone, there are alternative lifestyle groups riding the back of the civil rights movement to further their objectives. Not because they just love and support Black people; rather they understand their goals can not be sustained on their own merit. Black people…I implore you…stop being everyone’s red carpet!

Solutions you might ask…I got you! Attend town hall meetings, send letters to your Congressperson, make sure you vote in elections, apply for entry-level positions in your town’s local government, become a community organizer, write a letter to the President if you have to, and if you’re a parent start with your children. Make your voice be heard both literally and figuratively!

GOD SPEED and blessings to all those who are truly in the fight…for our survival!

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Black Lives Matter: Look Beyond the Mantra…

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Although, I would to have agree that Black Lives do Matter but in actuality All Lives Matter! It’s only my opinion that “organized” marches and “staged” sit-ins are outdated yet still effective forms of protest. The major concern would have to be who is really backing and behind the movement of Black Lives Matter? You may call one a conspiracy theorist but is the B.L.M. movement being tailored for us or is it truly grassroots in conception? Some would argue that such a thought is irrelevant. “We all have to start from somewhere.” Ponder this, would you support a watered-down cause that’s financed by rich white elites and/or ran by individuals living alternative lifestyles using blackface as a front? Is there perhaps a secret agenda being quietly injected into the theme of what we witness in mainstream media. Let me be clear, there is nothing wrong with standing up against oppressors in the face of racism, prejudice, and injustice. All I am saying is think first before you hop on the social justice gravy train…all that glitters may not be black gold!

Stay woke…

New Fiya! Vid Pick: Citi Limitz “Got What I Need”

This amazing young trio straight out of Chattanooga, TN has what we like to call “The IT Factor.” The All-Star singing group currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where they continue to make great music. Consisting of a set of twins and their cousin, Amarion, Amari and Deshundre, have what it takes to show the world that they are ready! If you don’t believe us, watch this music video and peep the vocals…

Click image to view Citi Limitz “Got What I Need” (Official Music Video)

An Open Letter to Mr. Kanye West

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Dear Mr. West,

I truly hope you take the time out to actually read this. Much respect to you and what you’ve contributed musically and to hip hop as a whole.

Yes, I am an admirer of your talents and a fan of your production work. I’ve always said to myself, “If I ever were to produce beats I’d want to be like Kanye!”

Although I don’t know you personally, I’ve picked up on the fact that things seem to be a little “off” with you over the past few years. Maybe it’s the emotional as well as pivotal lose of your mother (R.I.P. Dr. Donda West) or it could be another underlying issue that we don’t know about. This concerns me because no one in your camp appears to be addressing this fact or even trying to help you stay grounded.

When you spoke at the White House to our current President, that showed courage and bravery to reach out on a platform at a time in which no one else was willing to do so. Please don’t misunderstand, I don’t agree with all of the stances our present leadership is taking but what you did was inspiring. My only comment being that your words and thoughts could have been a little more focused and articulated.

As an individual who coincidentally is trying his hand in fashion as well, I hear and understand your viewpoint in regards to acceptance from the fashion world. How I see it though, you possess so much power and potential to stand alone; you can make your own mark on the industry. You do not need to get the green light from them because Kanye West is a brand unto itself.

May this open letter meet you in good spirits! God bless you and your family.

Sincerely,

Anonymous