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ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue52

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Bing Bing leads 7 people 21 miles through South Central LA to End Gang Violence on his 24th Birthday (Footage Included) - ThaWilsonBlock® Network

Bing Bing leads 7 people 21 miles through South Central LA to End Gang Violence on his 24th Birthday (Footage Included) - ThaWilsonBlock® Network



On January 19th, 2014, Martin Luther King smiled upon the step that 8 individuals took in attempt to fulfill his dream. Pasadena artist Bing Bing led 7 people on a 21-mile trek through some of the nation's most treacherous neighborhoods to End Gang Violence by demonstrating non-violent, positive ways to make change in society as Dr. King did. Those who joined the march were C.O Chosen One, Otto Evans of DenaBoy, Tammy, Cracka Smile, Shine Briduh, OG Porterhouse, Matt Rinnegan of Rhyme Disciples, and Bing Bing.

The "Unity Now" team, as the group calls themself, began at the very popular Pink's hot dog stand on Melrose & La Brea in West Hollywood and were headed to El Camino College Compton Center where the march would end. ABC7 Eyewitness news came out and interviewed Bing Bing and the crew only to find out that it did not get aired that day. KTLA returned an inquiry call to us and said that they could cover us live at their 6p news. It never happened.

The group gathered in a circle in front of Pink's and held hands in prayer before they embarked on their monumental mission. Along the way, the Unity Now team found cardboard and made signs to display while they walk. As cars honked in support of the diversely ethnic group, it was still a challenging task. 21 miles is a pretty long distance. "I'm proud of each & every one of us who volunteered their time & efforts to see this through," explains a proud Bing Bing. "We were troopers out there." Bing Bing says he has various reasons for doing this. This march was inspired through the Pasadena Music Scene's Bringing It Together movement when a roadblock was reached upon trying to unite artists (in which some are gang members) on the local music scene. And what better cause for this than in remembrance of Martin Luther King, who put his life on the line for the sake of the diverse minority in America.

The Unity Now team busted out roughly 4 miles down Crenshaw from Olympic to Slauson. It turned out to be one of the biggest stretches along the route. When they came across Crenshaw and the 10 Freeway, they saw a homeless lady in a wheelchair and felt the need to give her a donation and take a picture. When the group reached Martin Luther King BL and Crenshaw, they made a statement on video explaining what they were doing and where they were going. Halfway through, the Unity Now team crossed paths with a Widow and her children and a distant relative of MLK, Drenda King. The Unity Now team assisted the women with carrying their things as they walked & talked about the mission at hand. "This is truly an unforgettable moment," says C.O Chosen One, who at that point was just happy to be a part of the movement.

"I must admit, this mission was far more intense than the 27-mile walk I did back in October 2013," says Bing Bing, who goes on to talk about the needed patience, vigilance, & endurance he had to exercise to properly lead the other 7 people. The event was completely funded by Bing Bing, however, each individual who was a part made significant contributions to the success of the mission. "We're walking for the cause," says Otto Evans. "Just for today, Peace be still. We are walking to End Gang Violence for the next generation."

Now when the Unity Now team reached Watts, they took the Wilmington route South. As the group walked in a single file line, a big boom goes off across the street, instantly sending the group into panic. Seconds after, Bing Bing looked across the street and seen no imminent danger. As 6 of the other individuals he was leading ran back, Bing Bing continued forward to complete the mission. C.O Chosen One was the only person who continued with Bing Bing to finish the march. "It was a good walk despite the gunshot that went off," says Cracka Smile. Bing Bing didn't believe it was a gunshot that went off. He doesn't believe it was anything more than a M80 or car backfiring. "It was just too loud to be a gunshot," Bing Bing explains on facebook the day after the event. "Nonetheless, I am still proud of all of us for doing this. OG Porterhouse brought some of his belongings with him on the march. Little did most acknowledge, that was a pretty cool thing."

After the event, Bing Bing says he probably won't be doing anything this intense after the marathon is over on March 9th. A significant portion of the route was residential backstreets. A fleet of Lowriders drove by and honked in support of the Unity Now team as they pushed down Western ave. People respected what they were doing. When they reached Manchester, a couple of guys said, "You going the wrong way with them signs." If anything, it only had a positive effect on the Unity Now team as they continued to press on.

"What an admiral & interesting way to spend your birthday," says a supporter of the Pasadena Music Scene's Bringing It Together movement. "Bing Bing spent his birthday walking for the cause of others. And he really set it up that way."

"A lot of people saw us that day. All major news networks were well-informed regarding the matter. I hope it gave people a reason to stop & think about the practical changes we need to recognize & make in order to live a better tomorrow," says Bing Bing. "The time to take action is now."




Friday, January 17, 2014

Pasadena artist Zarkhi The Vision releases solo music video - ThaWilsonBlock® Network

Pasadena Music Scene Bi-Weekly Newsletter to go seasonal. - ThaWilsonBlock® Network

For those who may or may have not been waiting for the 7th edition of the Pasadena Music Scene Bi-Weekly newsletter on January 1st, 2014, we have some good news and some bad news.
Well, which do you want first?
Ok, the bad news. The bad news is that Mistah Wilson is seriously considering making the Pasadena Music Scene Bi-Weekly Newsletter a seasonal publication. And yes, of course that would mean dropping the "Bi-Weekly" from the title in which it will then simply be the Pasadena Music Scene newsletter. Mistah Wilson brought this to the attention of the board two weeks later once he realized his team couldn't make the deadline in time. "We're not just trying to dump anything on you. For the 7th edition, it had to be special. Every issue we releases has to be special. And that means when our publications are in development, we won't release it until we know when we know. The cover is the most important part. Not only is it usually the hottest topic, but it represents an image of our legacy. The way we see it," Mistah Wilson thoroughly explains. 
"If we're going to continue to run a newsletter in the form of a publication, it will have to be prioritized as a seasonal matter." Sources around ThaWilsonBlock attributed Bing Bing's 21-mile walk & entry in the 2014 Los Angeles Marathon as primary reasons for the current impact of the newsletter. It's not really talked about, but everybody knows it. "There's just not enough help. Bing Bing needs help! He's doing way much on his own. He's using the Pasadena Music Scene as representation on the Martin Luther King March "Unity & Peace" walk taking place on January 19th, 2014, his 24th birthday. Now that's how you properly lead a city of you ask me," says one gracious rep of the Pasadena Music Scene coalition. 
What we do know is that the Pasadena Music Scene newsletter will re-launch on March 1st, 2014 sand will be released on the 1st of June, September, December, & March again. The next edition released on March 1st will be volume7 in attempt to maintain an accurate number of volumes. Each month will represent a season of the Pasadena Music Scene. Some representatives mentioned that this is a pre-cursor move to making the Pasadena Music Scene produce all of it's projects seasonally. This means that the newsletter and TV Show will be put together and released every season on a consistent basis. "It's a great way to package the content and serve it effectively. 3 months between newsletters and TV Shows will give us just enough time to have hot topics and many columns per issue. In a nutshell, it will add value to the overall product package," examines a rep. "We're just going to have to wait and see what happens."

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Pasadena artist Bing Bing makes reappearance on The Color of Success Talk Show with former foster child Loren Callum

You may have seen Bing Bing on The Color of Success TV Show all throughout the year. Well, he's been invited back on The Talk Show to discuss his entry in the 2014 Los Angeles Marathon. Loren Callum, an emancipated foster youth, made an appearance on the talk show for an exclusive interview on how she dealt with the effects of the system and where she's at now.
Hosts Ontresicia Averette and Carolyn Wiggins felt inspired to hear more about the stories of foster children who've aged out of the system. "I'm just glad to be here and have the opportunity to share my story," says an excited Loren Callum when asked how she felt being there behind the scenes. "I'm honored to be invited back on the talk show," says Bing Bing, whose also embarking on a movement to End Gang Violence while representing Foster Kids & Widows.
This episode of The Color of Success Talk Show will be airing on Pasadena Media's Arroyo Channel 32 in 2014. They will launching their official website in January making all their episodes available on demand.

Bing Bing assists Friends of Foster Children with sorting gifts for the 2013 Holiday Season at Sugar Plum Sorting Room


If you ask Pasadena rapper Bing Bing, it's not just about music. It's about giving back. Bing Bing was gracious to accept an invitation to assist Steve & Susan Wittmer of Friends of Foster Children with sorting gifts for foster children for Christmas 2013.
Bing Bing was on the scene with Paul Gibson of Hathaway-Sycamores and Jonathan, an emancipated foster youth in the Hathaway-Sycamores Transitional Living Program. With adequate volunteers, Friends of Foster Children was able to fulfill the needs of foster children this holiday season. They definitely make a difference. "I enjoyed working with you at the Sugar Plum Sorting Room. I do believe you and Johnathon helped make the project successful again this year. Thank you for your help," says Mr. Wittmer.
"I'm constantly looking for a platform to help those in need. I was honored to have had the opportunity to do this for kid I once was," explains Bing Bing. "I was sorting gifts for kids who live in some of the same group homes I did like Ettie Lee, Hathaway-Sycamores, & Leroy Haynes Center," Bing adds. Friends of Foster Children is an Non-Profit Organization based in the San Gabriel Valley that is dedicated to serve foster children in need. They support the following Centers at different levels. Some get assistance all year and others only at Christmas time. They are:
  1. Bienvenidos
  2. Ettie Lee Youth & Family Services
  3. Hathaway-Sycamore Child & Family Services
  4. Helen Evans Home
  5. Hillsides
  6. Hope House for the Multiple-Handicapped
  7. LeRoy Haynes Center for Children & Family Services
  8. Rosemary Children's Services
  9. Transitional Independent Living Program (TILP)
  10. Trinity Children & Family Services
  11. Youth Moving On
  12. Peer Resource Center


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