Do you love ice cream? Do you remember hearing the truck coming around the corner playing that lovely jingle? I have some disturbing, yet humorous news about that song. What if I told you that the jingle was originally an overtly racist song called "Nigger Love A Watermelon Ha! Ha! Ha!" ? I know I know, it sounds wild, but it's true. The song was written back in 1916 (when Amerikkka was great says Trump) and released by Columbia Records.
Filled with racial slurs and plain incorrect depictions of black Americans, this song has become a staple of childhood happiness over the years. In the midst of the kneeling protests and the confusion over whether the protests are about the racist star spangled banner song or police reform, I figured it would be good for you all to hear yet another example of the overt racism that existed and still exists. I think it's funny more than anything. Check it out!
As Hurricane Irma approaches, I wanted to drop tips for preparation as I come across them. Many of us no longer have landlines to be able to call out during a power outage and our cell phones will more than likely die if we are not prepared with ways to charge them. Communication in any disaster is almost primary. Below is a video showing how to charge your phone with a 9volt battery and a car charger. Enjoy!
As in many American cities, there are three streets in Hollywood, Florida named after Confederate generals from America's Civil War. Just as there is a national debate over the infamous confederate flag, this is a local debate pushing to remove imagery of America's racist past. Sign this petition to help the efforts of getting these street names removed and changed.
I posed the suggestion, a few months back on my "Mumble Rap vs. Conscious Rap" blog, of breaking Hip-Hop down into different sub-genres as it's grown to mainstream popularity. This came about as "mumble rap" has grown it's own subculture fan base. In this video, Murs gives his "3 Lane Theory" of Hip-Hop chronicling the ascensions of the current GOAT's in training, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, & Drake. Check it out!
America is showing it's true colors with the current outrage against this new ad, called "The Talk" by Procter & Gamble. Most colored folk will watch this ad and feel completely at home with the way these mothers are depicted, preparing their children for the world they face everyday outside of their own homes. It is a "talk" that we colored kids have all sat through with our parents. This ad is attempting to start a conversation on racial bias in America and I personally fee like it did a great job, as it's gotten the racists of the country speaking louder in disgust for the ad. I challenge you to take a look. If you agree with the message, repost this blog for others to see and spread the message out of solidarity with truthful depictions of our people.
If you are unaware of the criticisms this ad is recieving, just take a look.
*shakes head in disgust*
"The Making of A Slave"
This piece of literature is direct proof of white supremacy.
This piece of literature is the answer to anyone claiming slavery is too far in the past to "remember" or for my people to still be victims to the system.
This piece of literature is documentation of systematic mental disillusion pushed on my people IN AMERICA.
December 25, 1712
"Gentlemen: I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve. First, I shall thank you, the gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia, for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me on my modest plantation in the West Indies, where I have experimented with some of the newest and still the oldest methods for control of slaves. Ancient Rome's would envy us if my program is implemented.
As our boat sailed south on the James River, named for our illustrious King, whose version of the Bible we cherish, I saw enough to know that your problem is not unique. While Rome used cords of wood as crosses for standing human bodies along its highways in great numbers, you are here using the tree and the rope on occasions. I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree, a couple miles back. You are not only losing valuable stock by hangings, you are having uprisings, slaves are running away, your crops are sometimes left in the fields too long for maximum profit, You suffer occasional fires, your animals are killed.
Gentlemen, you know what your problems are; I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them. In my bag here, I have a foolproof method for controlling your black slaves. I guarantee every one of you that if installed correctly it will control the slaves for at least 300 years. My method is simple. Any member of your family or your overseer can use it. I have outlined a number of differences among the slaves and make the differences bigger. I use fear, distrust and envy for control.
These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and it will work throughout the South. Take this simple little list of differences and think about them. On top of my list is "age" but it's there only because it starts with an "A." The second is "COLOR" or shade, there is intelligence, size, sex, size of plantations and status on plantations, attitude of owners, whether the slaves live in the valley, on a hill, East, West, North, South, have fine hair, course hair, or is tall or short. Now that you have a list of differences, I shall give you an outline of action, but before that, I shall assure you that distrust is stronger than trust and envy stronger than adulation, respect or admiration. The Black slaves after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self refueling and self generating for hundreds of years, maybe thousands. Don't forget you must pitch the old black Male vs. the young black Male, and the young black Male against the old black male. You must use the dark skin slaves vs. the light skin slaves, and the light skin slaves vs. the dark skin slaves. You must use the female vs. the male. And the male vs. the female. You must also have you white servants and overseers distrust all Blacks. It is necessary that your slaves trust and depend on us. They must love, respect and trust only us. Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control. Use them. Have your wives and children use them, never miss an opportunity. If used intensely for one year, the slaves themselves will remain perpetually distrustful of each other.
Thank you gentlemen.
Lets Make a Slave
It was the interest and business of slave holders to study human nature, and the slave nature in particular, with a view to practical results. I and many of them attained astonishing proficiency in this direction. They had to deal not with earth, wood and stone, but with men and by every regard they had for their own safety and prosperity they needed to know the material on which they were to work. Conscious of the injustice and wrong they were every hour perpetuating and knowing what they themselves would do. Were they the victims of such wrongs? They were constantly looking for the first signs of the dreaded retribution. They watched, therefore with skilled and practiced eyes, and learned to read with great accuracy, the state of mind and heart of the slave, through his sable face. Unusual sobriety, apparent abstractions, sullenness and indifference indeed, any mood out of the common was afforded ground for suspicion and inquiry.
Let us make a slave. What do we need? First of all we need a black nigger man, a pregnant nigger woman and her baby nigger boy. Second, we will use the same basic principle that we use in breaking a horse, combined with some more sustaining factors. What we do with horses is that we break them from one form of life to another that is we reduce them from their natural state in nature. Whereas nature provides them with the natural capacity to take care of their offspring, we break that natural string of independence from them and thereby create a dependency status, so that we may be able to get from them useful production for our business and pleasure.
Cardinal Principles for Making a Negro
For fear that our future Generations may not understand the principles of breaking both of the beast together, the nigger and the horse. We understand that short range planning economics results in periodic economic chaos; so that to avoid turmoil in the economy, it requires us to have breath and depth in long range comprehensive planning, articulating both skill sharp perceptions. We lay down the following principles for long range comprehensive economic planning. Both horse and niggers is no good to the economy in the wild or natural state. Both must be broken and tied together for orderly production. For orderly future, special and particular attention must be paid to the female and the youngest offspring. Both must be crossbred to produce a variety and division of labor. Both must be taught to respond to a peculiar new language. Psychological and physical instruction of containment must be created for both. We hold the six cardinal principles as truth to be self evident, based upon the following the discourse concerning the economics of breaking and tying the horse and the nigger together, all inclusive of the six principles laid down about. NOTE: Neither principle alone will suffice for good economics. All principles must be employed for orderly good of the nation. Accordingly, both a wild horse and a wild or nature nigger is dangerous even if captured, for they will have the tendency to seek their customary freedom, and in doing so, might kill you in your sleep. You cannot rest. They sleep while you are awake, and are awake while you are asleep. They are dangerous near the family house and it requires too much labor to watch them away from the house. Above all, you cannot get them to work in this natural state. Hence both the horse and the nigger must be broken; that is breaking them from one form of mental life to another. Keep the body take the mind! In other words break the will to resist. Now the breaking process is the same for both the horse and the nigger, only slightly varying in degrees. But as we said before, there is an art in long range economic planning. You must keep your eye and thoughts on the female and the offspring of the horse and the nigger. A brief discourse in offspring development will shed light on the key to sound economic principles. Pay little attention to the generation of original breaking, but concentrate on future generations.
Therefore, if you break the female mother, she will break the offspring in its early years of development and when the offspring is old enough to work, she will deliver it up to you, for her normal female protective tendencies will have been lost in the original breaking process. For example take the case of the wild stud horse, a female horse and an already infant horse and compare the breaking process with two captured nigger males in their natural state, a pregnant nigger woman with her infant offspring. Take the stud horse, break him for limited containment.
Completely break the female horse until she becomes very gentle, whereas you or anybody can ride her in her comfort. Breed the mare and the stud until you have the desired offspring. Then you can turn the stud to freedom until you need him again. Train the female horse where by she will eat out of your hand, and she will in turn train the infant horse to eat out of your hand also. When it comes to breaking the uncivilized nigger, use the same process, but vary the degree and step up the pressure, so as to do a complete reversal of the mind. Take the meanest and most restless nigger, strip him of his clothes in front of the remaining male niggers, the female, and the nigger infant, tar and feather him, tie each leg to a different horse faced in opposite directions, set him a fire and beat both horses to pull him apart in front of the remaining nigger. The next step is to take a bull whip and beat the remaining nigger male to the point of death, in front of the female and the infant. Don't kill him, but put the fear of God in him, for he can be useful for future breeding.
The Breaking Process of the African Woman
Take the female and run a series of tests on her to see if she will submit to your desires willingly. Test her in every way, because she is the most important factor for good economics. If she shows any sign of resistance in submitting completely to your will, do not hesitate to use the bull whip on her to extract that last bit of resistance out of her. Take care not to kill her, for in doing so, you spoil good economic. When in complete submission, she will train her off springs in the early years to submit to labor when the become of age. Understanding is the best thing. Therefore, we shall go deeper into this area of the subject matter concerning what we have produced here in this breaking process of the female nigger. We have reversed the relationship in her natural uncivilized state she would have a strong dependency on the uncivilized nigger male, and she would have a limited protective tendency toward her independent male offspring and would raise male off springs to be dependent like her. Nature had provided for this type of balance. We reversed nature by burning and pulling a civilized nigger apart and bull whipping the other to the point of death, all in her presence. By her being left alone, unprotected, with the male image destroyed, the ordeal caused her to move from her psychological dependent state to a frozen independent state. In this frozen psychological state of independence, she will raise her male and female offspring in reversed roles.
For fear of the young males life she will psychologically train him to be mentally weak and dependent, but physically strong. Because she has become psychologically independent, she will train her female off springs to be psychological independent. What have you got? You've got the nigger women out front and the nigger man behind and scared. This is a perfect situation of sound sleep and economic. Before the breaking process, we had to be alertly on guard at all times.
Now we can sleep soundly, for out of frozen fear his woman stands guard for us. He cannot get past her early slave molding process. He is a good tool, now ready to be tied to the horse at a tender age. By the time a nigger boy reaches the age of sixteen, he is soundly broken in and ready for a long life of sound and efficient work and the reproduction of a unit of good labor force. Continually through the breaking of uncivilized savage nigger, by throwing the nigger female savage into a frozen psychological state of independence, by killing of the protective male image, and by creating a submissive dependent mind of the nigger male slave, we have created an orbiting cycle that turns on its own axis forever, unless a phenomenon occurs and re shifts the position of the male and female slaves. We show what we mean by example. Take the case of the two economic slave units and examine them closely.
The Nigger Marriage
We breed two nigger males with two nigger females. Then we take the nigger males away from them and keep them moving and working. Say one nigger female bears a nigger female and the other bears a nigger male. Both nigger females being without influence of the nigger male image, frozen with an independent psychology, will raise their offspring into reverse positions. The one with the female offspring will teach her to be like herself, independent and negotiable (we negotiate with her, through her, by her, we negotiate her at will). The one with the nigger male offspring, she being frozen with a subconscious fear for his life, will raise him to be mentally dependent and weak, but physically strong, in other words, body over mind. Now in a few years when these two offspring's become fertile for early reproduction we will mate and breed them and continue the cycle. That is good, sound, and long range comprehensive planning.
Warning: Possible Interloping Negatives
Earlier we talked about the non economic good of the horse and the nigger in their wild or natural state; we talked out the principle of breaking and tying them together for orderly production. Furthermore, we talked about paying particular attention to the female savage and her offspring for orderly future planning, then more recently we stated that, by reversing the positions of the male and female savages, we created an orbiting cycle that turns on its own axis forever unless a phenomenon occurred and resift and positions of the male and female savages. Our experts warned us about the possibility of this phenomenon occurring, for they say that the mind has a strong drive to correct and re-correct itself over a period of time if I can touch some substantial original historical base, and they advised us that the best way to deal with the phenomenon is to shave off the brute's mental history and create a multiplicity of phenomena of illusions, so that each illusion will twirl in its own orbit, something similar to floating balls in a vacuum.
This creation of multiplicity of phenomena of illusions entails the principle of crossbreeding the nigger and the horse as we stated above, the purpose of which is to create a diversified division of labor thereby creating different levels of labor and different values of illusion at each connecting level of labor. The results of which is the severance of the points of original beginnings for each sphere illusion. Since we feel that the subject matter may get more complicated as we proceed in laying down our economic plan concerning the purpose, reason and effect of crossbreeding horses and nigger, we shall lay down the following definition terms for future generations.
Orbiting cycle means a thing turning in a given path. Axis means upon which or around which a body turns. Phenomenon means something beyond ordinary conception and inspires awe and wonder. Multiplicity means a great number. Sphere means a globe. Cross breeding a horse means taking a horse and breeding it with an ass and you get a dumb backward ass long headed mule that is not reproductive nor productive by itself.
Crossbreeding niggers mean taking so many drops of good white blood and putting them into as many nigger women as possible, varying the drops by the various tone that you want, and then letting them breed with each other until another cycle of color appears as you desire. What this means is this; Put the niggers and the horse in a breeding pot, mix some assess and some good white blood and what do you get? You got a multiplicity of colors of ass backward, unusual niggers, running, tied to a backward ass long headed mule, the one productive of itself, the other sterile. (The one constant, the other dying, we keep the nigger constant for we may replace the mules for another tool) both mule and nigger tied to each other, neither knowing where the other came from and neither productive for itself, nor without each other.
Control the Language
Crossbreeding completed, for further severance from their original beginning, we must completely annihilate the mother tongue of both the new nigger and the new mule and institute a new language that involves the new life's work of both. You know language is a peculiar institution. It leads to the heart of a people. The more a foreigner knows about the language of another country the more he is able to move through all levels of that society. Therefore, if the foreigner is an enemy of the country, to the extent that he knows the body of the language, to that extent is the country vulnerable to attack or invasion of a foreign culture. For example, if you take a slave, if you teach him all about your language, he will know all your secrets, and he is then no more a slave, for you can't fool him any longer. For example, if you told a slave that he must perform in getting out "our crops" and he knows the language well, he would know that "our crops" didn't mean "our crops" and the slavery system would break down, for he would relate on the basis of what "our crops" really meant. So you have to be careful in setting up the new language for the slaves would soon be in your house, talking to you "man to man" and that is death to our economic system. In addition, the definitions of words or terms are only a minute part of the process. Values are created and transported by communication through the body of the language. A total society has many interconnected value system. All the values in the society have bridges of language to connect them for orderly working in the society. But for these language bridges, these many value systems would sharply clash and cause internal strife or civil war, the degree of the conflict being determined by the magnitude of the issues or relative opposing strength in whatever form.
For example, if you put a slave in a hog pen and train him to live there and incorporate in him to value it as a way of life completely, the biggest problem you would have out of him is that he would worry you about provisions to keep the hog pen clean, or the same hog pen and make a slip and incorporate something in his language where by he comes to value a house more than he does his hog pen, you got a problem. He will soon be in your house.
I was offered my first show in New York yesterday. Of course, I was filled with immediate excitement, but financial doubts began to cloud my mind almost simultaneously. This is an issue we all have. We let money hold us back. I have been working on tweaking my mind to automatically think "How can I make this happen" versus "I don't have the funds" when it comes to chasing my dreams. It's a change of mindset. I woke up and decided that I am going to New York. I am doing this show August 28th. I am taking this opportunity and I will make it worth much more than the money. Just some thoughts.
Featuring the talented #Orlando and Central Florida artists:
Pat Woods Music, Brandon JaQuan Williams, Palmer Reed, DreLue, Kyle Lemaire, Cesar De La Rosa Music, Nohemy Musik, Nicolina, Symphani Soto, Ayaana Nash, Van ChiSO, Skyxxx, Marcellus Juvann, Jordan Elijah Keyes, E-Turn, Olivia Lynn Barton, and Natalia Hawhorne
Produced by: Mantra
Mixed by Michael Cupp
Directed By David Daudin Myto
Filmed at Studio One
#OrlandoPulse #PulseShooting #Orlando #Florida #Pulse #Tribute #OrlandoStrong #OrlandoUnited
South Florida started jooking simultaneously the morning DJ Khaled's "To The Max" featuring Drake was released to the world. I have been hearing debates since Monday morning as to what inspired the sound. Some claimed Jersey Club. Some claimed Baltimore Club. The argument of South Florida's jook sound has lasted throughout. Being a proud representative born and raised in SoFlo, more specifically Broward-Lauderdale, I automatically felt the song was reminiscent of all the party songs I danced to since middle school ....at least.
The real winner in this whole conversaton is South Florida, as our sound is now being spread with the roots being discovered. Billboard (YES, I SAID BILLBOARD), in an article titled "Intro To Jookin': 12 Miami Songs That Influenced DJ Khaled's 'To The Max', listed popular classics that still get play today. If you don't know these songs, we may need your Florida residency back. Check it out!
1. Bizzle - "Lip Bitin Animal"
2. Piccalo - "Stick N Roll"
3. Geetee - "Pull Out The Stick" ft. Sam Sneak
4. COA Babii - "Wign"
5. Ice Berg - "Naked Hustle" (Remix) ft. Bizzle
6. DJ Chipman - "Bean Ahh"
7. Dunk Ryders - "Shone On Deck"
8. Militant Military - "Mz All Da Way Live"
9. Grind Mode - "Extasy"
10. Ball Greezy - "Shone"
11. Brisco - "Just Know That"
12. Grind Mode - "I'm So High"
...and sidenote Billboard, it's not ALL Miami. Broward is on that list too bih!
Today, history was made as Orlando opened it's first medical marijuana dispensary on Orange Ave. in Ivanhoe Village. Opened by Knox Medical, the 3,000-square-foot dispensary is open to qualified patients in the Compassionate Use Registry who have physician’s orders to purchase the low-THC products. The list of medical conditions that will permit medical marijuana use includes cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
With all of these South Florida artists on the XXL Freshman "10th Spot" voting list, it's looking like we are going to have some representation. Vote for any if your favorites!
I'm scrolling down my timeline on Instagram this morning and I come across a sponsored ad for a movie about a new black superhero coming out this Friday, April 28th. The first thing I thought was "What's this?". Second thought was "How come I never heard of this?". I had to look deeper into it especially after seeing "Chronicle meets Iron Man" as a tagline (two other movies I completely enjoyed). I also seen that it was produced by the same person who produced "Get Out", one of my top movies of the year.
Quick Synopsis (via IMDB): "A young street magician, played by Jacob Latimore, is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her."
This seems to be a superhero origin film for a completely new and very realistic character. It seems right on time with other black superheros emerging into Netflix and big screen debuts, such as Luke Cage & Black Panther respectively.
Watch the trailer below and share this blog if you would like others to see it as well. Follow SleightTheMovie for updates and stay tuned for my review.
After a long battle with leukemia, comedian actor Charlie Murphy has passed at the age of 57. Older brother of world renown comedian actor Eddie Murphy and best known for his moments on early 2000's hit, Chappelle's Show. You will be missed and I look forward to all of the reruns of your classic moments. Rest in peace.
I wrote this song in 11th grade almost 10 years ago thinking critically about what I wanted to be when I "grew up". At that point, I had already found a love in my craft and knew that I wanted to do it for the rest of my life. The 9-5 life just didn't work well with my aspirations, so growing down was my only option. I still share the same sentiment gvng. Enjoy!
One of the hardest things to do once you grow out of childhood is to believe that you can actually do anything you put your mind to. Conquer that.
Via Eddie Figures
This last Saturday at an open mic called Express Your Soul held at The Soul Centre in the Trader Joe shopping plaza an extremely racist incident happened. They were holding their first ever open mic event. The Soul Centre is a black owned business that promotes healthy holistic living in the majority white affluent neighborhood of Winter Park. This event was done to promote love, peace, unity, meditation, yoga, self health and healing etc. The show consisted of poets, souls singers and artists displaying their work.
I was performing my poem about the Pulse tragedy when a white senior citizen started screaming at us about terrorism. She became increasingly belligerent and began shouting racial slurs at us in an incredibly racist rant. The majority of the audience members were people of color, African Americans and Latinos. I caught the entire thing on camera.
Last night at an open mic I showed this to a few people and talked about it openly to the audience. One young white man told me he's heard of racism but never actually seen it and his stomach turned watching the video. My jaw dropped. That someone has never actually seen racism in this day and age. After the show was over an older white man tried to explain away the incident saying she may have had dementia or something even though he didn't see the video I had. I showed it to him and he changed his argument and continued to try to explain it away. No offense to my Caucasian friends but I feel like I was staring at white privilege in its entirety and complete purity last night.
I'm posting this video because racism needs to be put on blast. Racism and racial hatred needs to be exposed and not hidden. People shouldn't be able to scar others and not have it known that they did that. This video needs to be seen and shown to anyone who keeps trying to say that racism is a thing of the past and that it's not as bad as we all think. Please share this video so everyone everywhere can see that racism is still alive and well and happening in our own backyards. There are literally people who are still clueless about it.
I hope this raises awareness, I also hope that racist lady becomes infamous and I hope to create a hashtag #exposeracism and get it to trend. I hope for everyone to carry their cells phones and cameras and record any racial incident you see and put it on blast. No more making excuses for racists and no more hiding it.
The scariest thing you can show Uncle Sam is a mirror. This is your mirror America.
Please share and spread this video. Please ask everyone you know to share it. If anyone knows how to submit it to the news then feel free to do so or show me how and I'll do it myself. And if anyone would like to share it, but has an issue with me personally then feel free to download it and edit me out or I can edit a shorter version and cut myself out of it entirely and send it to you. And if anyone has an issue with being tagged then feel free to untag yourself.
Peace and poetry.
- Eddie Figures
These days, Hip Hop is at an interesting spot where there is an abundance of new artists putting their own spin on the genre while artists of the 90's Hip Hop cloth are still thriving. Everyday, I am seeing a new debate on which is better or whose music is trash. One thing apparent in both sides of the argument is perspective and lack of full understanding of the genre. This topic has been on my mind for a bit now and I thought it would be a good time to open the conversation. I think it's time we break Hip Hop down into subgenres how Rock N Roll is. We can't keep comparing/contrasting the Lil Uzi Verts and Yachtys to the Kendricks and Coles. They aren't trash artists. They just aren't from the same branch of Hip Hop. Can we celebrate creativity versus comparing different types of artists?
Example: Punk Rock is different from Heavy Metal. You cannot compare Green Day to Metallica.
As for my personal view, I think any one who creates can bring something new to the world and I appreciate it for what it is. Kendrick and Cole are a couple of my top inspirations for their conscious abilities, alongside meeting them both. I cannot listen to either one of their albums on all the time. I also enjoy Lil Uzi Vert's music a great bit. I do not hold these artists to the same standard. I simply enjoy whichever depending on the mood i'm in, but nonetheless, it is an artist putting themselves out to the world to be critiqued. Let's appreciate that.
Any thoughts? Share them below!
I was told last year by a younger Caucasian coworker that dreadlocks are “unprofessional.” Taking no offense to his opinion, I proceeded to ask why. He had little to no reasoning behind his opinion other than stating that this is what he always “knew.”
This sparked a question within me.What is “knowing?” To know is “to be aware of through observation, inquiry, or information” says Merriam Webster’s definition. People tend to state what they “know” without fully understanding what it means. They don’t even “know” how to “know”. People of all races, backgrounds, religions, etc. suffer from this issue of not “knowing.”
By definition, my coworker had already proved himself incorrect in this discussion by stating that he “knows” that dreadlocks are “unprofessional” simply because he hadn’t observed, inquired, or been informed. Had he spent the time to simply “observe” me, he would not be so misinformed. I do not blame him for his opinion, only for his misinformed statement.
This day and age, we should not be so misinformed. Let us evolve past these aged stereotypes. Let us grow past these ignorant views. Let us refrain from prejudgment as well as refrain from believing we “know” based off of these judgments. Times have changed and hair, style, etc. are all means of expression in this extremely artistic generation we are a part of. A hairstyle does not define you just as the color of your skin does not define you. Only YOU define you.
I take no offense to anyone’s judgments. I appreciated my coworker's opinion, as I do any opinion differing from my own, as it is an opportunity to learn and/or teach. Use these people’s judgments as moments to inform the misinformed. With that being said, I, Brandon Brice Javon Payne, am a 25 year old dark skinned American with dreadlocks. I graduated from one of the top 2 high schools in my district with a 4.2 GPA and honors. I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Science in Event Management, a 3.5 GPA, and a myriad of leadership positions and experience. I am the CEO of an event managing company with my own board of directors AND employees. I listen to Hip Hop music very loudly every chance I get and dance wildly past sweating. I can rock a snapback, sneakers and a t-shirt as well as a suit and tie. I have a 9-5 job, but I also have ambitions to turn my dreams into my reality and have not let anyone stop the progression. But hey, what’s “professional” anyway?
These are just my thoughts. What about you?