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ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue66 (August 2018)

Who Was Claudette Colvin?

Claudette Colvin (born September 5, 1939) is a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement. On March 2, 1955, she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in segregatedMontgomery, Alabama, nine months prior to Rosa Parks.

Colvin was among the five plaintiffs originally included in the federal court case filed by civil rights attorney Fred Gray on February 1, 1956, as Browder v. Gayle, and she testified before the three-judge panel that heard the case in the United States District Court. On June 13, 1956, the judges determined that the state and local laws requiring bus segregation in Alabama were unconstitutional. The case went to the United States Supreme Court, which upheld their ruling on December 17, 1956. Colvin was the last witness to testify. Three days later, the Supreme Court issued an order to Montgomery and the state of Alabama to end bus segregation, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott was called off.
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Meet Comic Artist "Lymin Lime" from Las Vegas, Nevada

Hi everyone! ( ゚ヮ゚) I'm Lymin Lime. You can call me 🍋◔ ⌣ ◔ You'll often find me making fun of myself for the sake of some dry, poorly done, dark comedy. (ಥ﹏ಥ) <--- thinks shes a comedian ಠ⌣ಠ I dabble in some art form considered doodling (ღ˘⌣˘ღ) its somewhere between abstract & children's art ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) follow me on instagram to see what kind of shenanigans im getting into \ (•◡•) / come with me! well.... come on! (͡ ͡° ͜ つ ͡͡°) lets go on a journey together through the world of comics! You can read "It's Always Been You: Passing By Dandelions" & "I'm Dating A Fan Girl" for free on webtoons! there will also be a printed version available soon (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ 
Lymin Lime, a self taught artist & graphic designer, was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She spent most of her life in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley & currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. She received a degree in Fashion Design from the International Academy of Desig…

AMAZING MACRO-PHOTOGRAPHY OF INDIVIDUAL SNOWFLAKES

Photographer Alexey Kljatov takes incredible close-up photos of snowflakes in his backyard in Moscow. 
"I capture snowflakes on the open balcony of my house, mostly on glass surface, lighted by an LED flashlight from the opposite side of the glass, and sometimes in natural light, using dark woolen fabrics as background." 
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Meet Hip Hop Musician "Y.N.G. DOUGH" from Woodland Hills, California

The hottest artist to come out of the 818 since Hopsin!!! He makes all of his own beats, writes his own lyrics, and delivers them with true passion. His music is the epitome of cleanliness and raunchy vibes.

500 South Lake Avenue & Granite Drive, Pasadena, California by Mistah Wilson Photography

Who Was Ernesto "Che" Guevara?

Ernesto "Che" Guevara was an ArgentineMarxistrevolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous counter cultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture.

As a young medical student, Guevara traveled throughout South America and was radicalized by the poverty, hunger and disease he witnessed. His burgeoning desire to help overturn what he saw as the capitalist exploitation of Latin America by the United States prompted his involvement in Guatemala's social reforms under President Jacobo Árbenz, whose eventual CIA-assisted overthrow at the behest of the United Fruit Company solidified Guevara's political ideology. Later in Mexico City, Guevara met Raúl and Fidel Castro, joined their 26th of July Movement and sailed to Cuba aboard the yacht Granma with the intention of overthrowing U.S.-backed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Guevara so…

Park Hill Short Bus presents A Dark Visceral Unapologetic Descent Into Auditory Horror (FREE ALBUM)

Pop Art Painter Ieesha Naeema talks Musical Influences, Entrepreneurship, and Her Creative Process

"I work very hard to create what I feel is dope art. I want my art to show others that your dreams are feasible." -Ieesha Naeema
Mistah Wilson: Hey, Ieesha Naeema! We are honored to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. How ya' been?
Ieesha Naeema: In all honesty, I’ve just been trying to keep my sanity these days lol…It’s been a little over a month now since I quit my job at J.P. Morgan. So I’ve been resting, preparing for my first solo art show and trying to figure out my next move in life.

Mistah Wilson: For our audience reading this, could you give us a quick background on yourself?
Ieesha Naeema: Sure. Well, of course, I am Ieesha Naeema. I’m from Chicago and I moved to Dallas, TX last July. I graduated from the one and only HBCU, Florida A&M University four years ago. I majored in Business Administration/Finance. I’ve always been “creative” since I was little. I used to have notebooks full of drawings, mostly of female …

How Graffiti Art Can Improve Street Photography

Before graffiti (or street art) was widely appreciated by onlookers and practiced by underground artists around the world, it was considered simple and thoughtless vandalism. Fortunately, majority of the world has caught on and taken notice of the beauty of these meaningful pieces of art often found on the walls of our neighborhoods.

For many street photographers, graffiti art has also changed the way their photos are typically composed. With an interesting new background for their images, they’ve started paying more attention to that element in the frame instead of just focusing on their subjects, thus creating more creative opportunities for each shot...
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800 South Lake Avenue & 800 Arden Road, Pasadena, California by Mistah Wilson Photography

Meet Pop Art Painter "Ieesha Naeema" from Chicago, Illinois

I am a Chicago native currently residing in Dallas, TX. I am a self-taught visual artist/painter working primarily in acrylic paint. All of the images in my work are drawn by hand. Currently, I paint musicians who have shaped both my childhood and adulthood. I strategically select color schemes that I feel represent each artist's sound/music, as well as the emotions I feel when listening to his/her music. Outside of my pop art celebrity work, I often paint my interpretations of black beauty, specifically focusing on the black woman. I use vibrant colors to showcase my ideas. Painting is therapeutic and allows me to express myself and bring to life the ideas I often carry in my mind. My ultimate goal is to become a full-time artist and continue sharing my gift with those around me.

Meet Folk Soul Songwriter "Sheldon Botler" from Seattle, Washington

Sheldon Botler is a multi-instrumentalist producer, vocalist and songwriter. His original music is relaxing blend between Folk, RnB, Jazz, and Christian Contemporary. He has been featured at the the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Grammy Museum, the Paramount Theatre and toured with L.A.'s Vaud and the Villains. And he is now prepping for his 3rd album, his first major release. 

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East Coast Crips explain Beef with Florencia 13

Dre 5, Baby Te-Tiger, and Rico discuss the conflict with the Florence 13 gang and believe that nothing can be done to resolve this nearly 20 year conflict.

"Rap Niggaz" music video by Nipsey Hussle

Meet Hip Hop / R&B Songwriter "Verse B." from Pine Bluff, Arkansas

My name is Versianna Burks, Artist name Verse B! I write, sing, rap and dance! I can also draw, I consider myself to be multi-talented. I was raised in a family with an Artistic background. My mother La'Kiesha Burks (The Queen of Southern soul), who sings blues and sang background for my GrandDad Marvin Sease (The Candy Licker)! At the age of like 15, I was featured on my moms single "Her Kids"! I will say that my Mom, my grandmother, and grandfather were and are my biggest influences beside Michael Jackson! With my Music, I would love to be a voice for the youth, my generation, and give back in many ways as possible! Although u give the fans what they want always, I want to at the same time give them what they need! 

Comedian Actress Eden Young talks Performances, Stage Presence, & her Web Series "All About Manos"

"I want to make people laugh and surprise people ... you know, give them surprises! I want to touch people truly & deeply anyway I can and laughter is one of them. Laughing feels So good!!!!" @Eden Young
Mistah Wilson: Greetings, Eden Young! It is a tremendous honor to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine! Could you give us a quick background on yourself?
Eden Young: Thank you for having me Mistah Wilson. What an honor. I am from Los Angeles via Queens New York; I am fortunate to have 2 amazing creative parents: My Mother, Dalene Young is a talented Actress-Writer-Director and my late father, Anthony Fascé a brilliant Musician & Actor.

Mistah Wilson: As we've mentioned before, we had tha pleasure of watching you perform at tha Old Towne Pub in Pasadena, CA. What other venues/events have you performed at?
Eden Young: I have been on stage @ the In Los Angeles: the Comedy Store, Sal’s Comedy Hole, Flappers, Hollywood Impro…

Gospel Artist Ernest Musik talks New Music, Inspiration, and What he Plans to Accomplish through Gospel Music

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Ernest Musik! We are honored to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. Thanks for joining tha network and submitting your formal artist introduction. Could you give us a quick background on yourself? Ernest Musik: I Am a Gospel Singer/Songwriter From Cleburne, TX currently residing In Ft.Worth. I have been singing since the age of 15 and have been in numerous vocal groups but as of 2013 I have been a full fledged solo artist...

Mistah Wilson: What current and upcoming projects do you have?
Ernest Musik: The Current Project I have in the works is my debut mixtape Entitled "From The Heart"
which will be released in Feb 2018 through my recently signed label Renew Your Mind Records Shout out to Sam P.

Mistah Wilson: What inspires you to write songs?
Ernest Musik: I get inspired to write music about life whatever the current event that is going on at the moment it inspires me and of course my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Mis…

Lake Avenue & 900 Arden Road & 800 Oak Knoll Circle, Pasadena, California by Mistah Wilson Photography

Americana Musician Eli Gardiner talks Writing Lyrics, His Love for Music, and His New Album "Virginia Rose"

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Eli Gardiner! Thank you for submitting a formal artist introduction and stopping by for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine.

Mistah Wilson: For our audience reading this, would you mind giving us a quick background on yourself?
Eli Gardiner: I grew up in a musical household. My dad played classical guitar and my mom played flute. I remember them playing instrumental music at weddings and stuff. Some of my earliest music memories are hearing the radio show "Saturday night Gold" and listening to my dad's record collection including Jim Croce and Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" album.

Mistah Wilson: Before we get into tha music, I want to delve a little more into your story. What have been some challenges and rewards you've encountered along your journey?
Eli Gardiner: I asked for a guitar when I was around 12 years old but soon lost interest in it, my dad wanted to teach my how to write music and how to play it in a …

Meet Hip Hop Artist "FASS BLACC" from Albuquerque, New Mexico

An artist on every level. I do a variety of music including Rock and Jazz. I also write and produce for other artists on my label (ALPHABET KILLA RECORDS). I get inspiration from every part of life and feel blessed to be a part of this new music movement where age and baccground doesn't matter. All that matters is the art. #ARTISLIFEISART

Meet Gospel Vocal Artist "Michelle Miller Bell" from Lansing, Michigan

Michelle “Miller” Bell is a “Beta Music” gospel recording artist. Her songs displays a variety of sub genres reaching from Funk to Rock to R&B to Contemporary.

Meet Hip Hop Musician "K James" from Lake Charles, Louisiana

K James is originally from Lake Charles, L.A. First release was Mob Ties and the next album was Code of Honor. Moved from Lake Charles to the West to expand my music career. I am the link between the South.

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue58 (December 2017)

NEW ARTISTS ON THA BLOCK! + Exclusive Interviews with Kev King Cold + Hendo + Langston Doobs + M.K. Gray + Mance Makall, & more...

Lake Avenue, Pasadena, California by Mistah Wilson Photography

Alabama Rapper Mance Makall talks Life in Hayneville, Collabs, & Motivation for Making Music

"Do what makes you happy in the music never ever listen to the negative learn how to use it to self motivate yourself." @Mance Makall

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Mance Makall! We're honored to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine! What's been going on wit cha?
Mance Makall: Been working and grinding. Everything is great!

Mistah Wilson: Alabama in tha house, man we gotta show some hospitality. Can you give us a quick background on yourself?
Mance Makall: Ok cool. I'm from a town small town in Lowndes County called Hayneville. Love music since a kid until it turned into a habit.

Mistah Wilson: What was it like growing up in Hayneville and how has it impacted tha artist you've grown to be?
Mance Makall: It wasn't easy coming from a place where there are little who dare to dream and dare to believe but it made me strong as an artists I always felt like I had to go harder and harder I elevated cause people hated.

Mistah Wilson: Ok…

Meet Punk Rock Painter "Brian Burks" from Pleasant Grove, Alabama

Brian Burks is a Birmingham area artist who inspired by comic books, the desert, punk rock, the Oneness of the universe, and tacos. Brian has been working as an artist for the last Last 5 years. He's very involved with the underground art scene in the Birmingham area and sets up and organizes art and music shows at least once a month.

Meet Hip Hop Artist "Mance Makall" from Hayneville, Alabama

Mance Makall is one of the most dedicated and hardworking artist in Alabama. His consistency constantly amazes his audience as he has won Artist of the Year, Hustler of the Year, and also Mixtape of the Year. With self motivation, he's definitely an Alabama artist to watch out for.

Meet Hip Hop Songwriter "ReaLife" from Tacoma, Washington

Born in Seattle and raised in Tacoma, ReaLife is a highly respected artist in Washington and beyond. Also serving as President, Graphic Designer & Manager for Crown the Kings Ent as well as Producer of the All city Sounds Radio Show, his many talents push the brand forward with conviction. His upcoming album Perspective, featuring the powerful single "Black Privilege", helped him secure a nomination for Best Rap Male at the 2017 Seattle Sound Music Awards and opened the lane for many shows with some of the top artists from the west coast. You can hear his potent brand of street poetry at www.ReaLife253.BandCamp.Com

How Ma$e Won the Battle, but Lost the War against Cam'ron

Ma$e may have went hard on his diss track to Cam'ron. But, Cam's latest song release proves that he may have lost the battle, but not the war. Check out this FIRE new Hip Hop song by Cam'ron. Proof that Hip Hop still lives!
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WilsonBlock Wednesdays w/ Dom Promo feat. The Game + Cam'ron + Grynch + Mac Judah + Hendo (11.29.17)

Latest on WilsonBlock100 Charts + Important Points for Artists & Musicians w/ Dom Promo + Comedian Eden Young + West Coast Collaborators + Music by The Game, Cam'ron, Grynch, Mac Judah, Hendo, & more + ...

Kendall Alley, Pasadena, California by Mistah Wilson Photography

WilsonBlock Wednesdays (November 22nd, 2017) featuring KStone + Watchyatone + Willie Bravo + Hendo + Mac Judah + EYE Sounds + Frank Bank + Tyk ThaMob + & more ...

Happy Thanksgiving!  Exclusive interview with graphic artists "Loser" and "Bacon" from NorthEast Los Angeles + Julian "FKA Mysterii" Frofts + How to Create a good EP w/ Dom Promo + NEW ARTISTS on tha Block! + WilsonBlock100 Charts & Shout outs... Music by KStone + Watchyatone + Willie Bravo + Hendo + Mac Judah + EYE Sounds + Frank Bank + Tyk ThaMob + & more ...

Meet Music Producer/Songwriter "West Coast Collaborators" from Portland, Oregon

T&T is a newly formed hip hop group emerging out of the Pacific northwest. The M.C.'S of the group consist of Tripolar and Taylor Northwest. Both artist are able to combine two very different styles to form a wide variety of music, focusing on emotions and topics that can relate to everyday life. Behind the scenes at West Coast Collaborators Taylor and Jacob "YP" Buswell produce all the instrumentals, mixing and mastering and visual creations that go into the projects. Everything from start to finish is done in house and completely original.

Meet Comedian "Eden Young" from Los Angeles, CA

Just recently launched my first web series that I Co-Star & Co-Produced "All About Manos".  My acting talents range from Comedy to DEEP Drama & everything in between. Like many artists, I am highly influenced by music & great visual art. Viva La Street Art Let’s Do This! Let’s Make this World a Better Place via our Art. Ô & I Practice Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism to bring some Happiness & World Peace to this Lifetime❣️

Meet Artist Promoter "BIG MOE" from Pasadena, CA

I'm Big Moe from Frank Bank ENT. Born in Mexico raised in Pasadena. I'm a marketing specialist, promoter, hype man, always keeping the energy going. Always trying to keep things going smoothly and positively. Always looking for new talent. Everybody deserves a chance.
Learn more about BIG MOE

1300 East Orange Grove Boulevard & 700 Holliston Avenue, Pasadena, California by Mistah Wilson Photography