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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Former Foster Youth Maria Rodriguez Shares Her Story...

"Although hopelessness may seep in while in the foster care system, hope is the only thing we have left to help us get through and keep going--to keep fighting. At times, hope is the only power we have in certain situations so hang on to that."

"I can't say what my worst experience in the foster care system has been because that feeling of rejection from a so-called "parent" never goes away; it lingers into every home you enter or every person that comes into your life.

Monday, August 21, 2017

"REGARDLESS" by Bing Bing feat. Suntonio Bandanaz (UhBuDuya Mixtape) ***NEW*** 8/20/17

Bing Bing Announces New Project: "UhBuDuya" mixtape

The man commonly known for bringing artists together on local music scenes is preparing to release a new mixtape! On August 20th, 2016, Bing Bing released tha Beautiful Struggle mixtape with only 9 cuts. Because Bing feels like he fell short on delivering a quality project with Beautiful Struggle mixtape, his plan is to clean it up with a deep and conceptual mixtape about his maturity as a man and growth as an artist.

On January 19th, 2018, Bing Bing's 28th birthday, he is formally releasing tha UhBuDuya mixtape! The meaning behind "UhBuDuya" is a "slang" way of saying "Uh, but do you feel me, tho?" When asked about the title of his mixtape, Bing Bing responds, " Ya' feel me? Uh, but do ya feel me, tho?" Hence, tha UhBuDuya mixtape. According to Bing Bing, this project will have a 'beautiful struggle' type feel. Meaning that the project will come with pain, struggle, and soulful sounds to convey the deep messages that Bing Bing is known for. 

Stay tuned for the formal release of Bing Bing's 1st single off the upcoming mixtape. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Former Foster Youth Shari Walker Shares Her Story...

"The system taught me that I was stronger than what I knew, and
wiser than what I felt."

"My worst experience in foster care happened one month before I emancipated out of the foster care system. I had been accepted to over seven Universities and was being provided an all expense paid trip to my top school Clark Atlanta University, in Georgia. The excitement was driven by my acceptance to the University, the tour of the school and going to a new place. I grew up my entire life in Los Angeles, the furthest areas of LA I had reached was Inglewood, South Central and Compton. So this tour would solidify my decision to go to school out of state and start a new beginning...


Thursday, August 10, 2017

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Do The Math by Tribal Music (Vitamin D)

Do the Math is a 1996 compilation album by artists on the Tribal Music Inc. label. Predominantly produced, recorded and mixed by Tribal founder Vitamin D at his studio The Pharmacy, the album features songs performed by Ghetto Chilldren, Sinsemilla, Wordsayer, Phat Mob, Narcotik and Infinite, among others. Although never recognized nationally, it was heavily influential in the Seattle hip hop scene.

As physical copies are very rare, the album is available as a free download on the label's Bandcamp page.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Former Foster Youth Sable Locci Shares her Story...

"When you #SpeakUp, you never know who's listening, so please,
please speak up. The possibilities are 
endless when you do! You're not alone, I am here with you. I stand with and for you, always."

"It seems kind of weird to say, to think about even, but I believe my worst experience in the foster care system was having social workers, courts, etc. not recognize how troubled I was. I'd always been a real academic kid who loved school and excelled. I participated in honors programs and attended magnet schools my whole life and none of that changed when I went into out-of-home care. I was still an honors student, even though I lived in over ten houses in a twelve-month period and changed schools many times. I believe that because I was able to perform outwardly as I always had, that many assumed I was okay when I wasn't. I was twelve and alone and very, very scared and I naturally immersed myself in things that remained familiar--school was familiar--and excelling in school was familiar. I struggled having been separated from not only my parents, but my siblings as well.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Big Icky from Pasadena breaks down the Devil and Denver Lane Bloods

PASADENA - The Pasadena Denver Lanes are a spin off set of the Denver Lane Bloods in Los Angeles. During the late 1970s and early 1980s the Pasadena faction of the Denver Lanes also went by the Devil Lanes.

Big Icky from Pasadena breaks down the Devil and Denver Lanes and how he participated in the dark side of devil worship with several other Lanes that were claiming Devil Lanes.

Date: July 2017
Location: Pasadena

Music Producer/Writer A-Clasik talks Beats, Upcoming Projects, and Advice for the Aspiring Musician

Music Producer/Writer A-Clasik talks Beats, Upcoming Projects, and Advice for the Aspiring Musician

Mistah Wilson: Yo, A-Clasik, what's good, fam!? It's an honor to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine! What's tha latest & greatest?
A-Clasik: Nothing much man, Just out here trying to turn "NADA" into "PRADA".

Mistah Wilson: Can tha people get a quick background on yourself? 
A-Clasik: I'm from Carson Ca, but pretty much lived everywhere in the South Bay from L.A to the I.E. I been doing music for about 12 years now, I started off as a producer, then I built a love for
writing and been working on my craft as an artist ever since.

Mistah Wilson: We've actually been connected on tha book for awhile now. You've been persistent in your artistic endeavors. How has tha journey been thus far? 
A-Clasik: It's been a learning experience, man. I'm a loyal student of the game. Everyday I'm trying to find ways to better myself as a producer and emcee.

Mistah Wilson: What led you to pursuing a career as an artist/musician? 
A-Clasik: When I made my first beat on Fruity Loops I was hooked. I never knew you could make music just from the click of a mouse on your computer. I grew up in a family full of musicians. My Auntie and Uncles used to take me to their gigs and rehearsals all the time where they played live instruments when I was a kid. I was never into playing any instrument in particular but I loved the music that each instrument made together. So when I got older one day I pulled up to one of my bro's cribs and he introduced me to Fruity Loops and I been hooked ever since. I now have progressed to Pro Tools 12 and Native Instruments.

Mistah Wilson: What current and upcoming projects of yours should people know about or be on tha
lookout for? 
A-Clasik: My next project is "PWGTTF "Parachuting While Gliding Thru The Fog". This album covers everything from Success, Love, Hate, Lust, My Worries and much more. You definitely do not want to miss out on this one. You can listen to my previous albums here at WWW.ACLASIK.COM

Mistah Wilson: In what ways do you draw creative inspiration when composing new music? 
A-Clasik: Everything comes from my past and present. For me each song is therapeutic to where I can release each experience that is heavy on my mind.

Mistah Wilson: Who are some artists that have influenced you to be tha artist you are today? 
A-Clasik: To be honest none. I was a huge Tupac and DJ Quik fan growing up but I wouldn't say they have an influence on me as an artist. I start off just listening to each artist beats. I didn't care for lyrics too much until I was in my 20's. Growing up all I ever did was have melodies in my head. So when I start writing finally I came with my own style and my own flow with the help of some of my bro's that I grew up with Lil Tragic, Young World, and Maccnifasent. They are the ones I took advice from and listened to when I was trying to develop as an artist.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan to accomplish through your music? 
A-Clasik: I just want to be heard. That is my only goal. I would love to make this a stable career to where I don't have to work a reg 9 to 5. But my love for this music doesn't let me look past just being heard. I'll let the rest take care of itself, hopefully the people will hear my love for music through each song which will then take me places.

Mistah Wilson: What positive, encouraging words do you have for aspiring artists looking to pursue a career in entertainment?
A-Clasik: Don't stress about stuff you can't do anything about... Keep your focus on what you love to do and just do it. Stay consistent and do it. Don't let the outside noise slow you down from what your supposed to be doing.. which is making music that is true to "YOU"....

Mistah Wilson: Where can people connect with your music online? 

Mistah Wilson: Yo, A-Clasik thanks for coming thru for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. If you got any shout outs, let's hear em..
A-Clasik: SALUTE to all my MILL LIFE Respresentas

Former Foster Youth Cheyenne Cobb Shares Her Story...

"The system taught me resilience. Going through all the things I have gone through, especially at such a young age has shown me that I have overcome so much already. What more can't I surpass? My ability to not only break these challenges down, but to come out of them and THRIVE, is forever something that will speak volumes to my character."

"My worst experience in the foster care system was probably being away from my siblings. Even if it's for a short period of time, not physically being there with them and having them was tough. Especially since they are all that I have.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Why Drivers & Pedestrians Share the Same Frustrations for Each Other

Mistah Wilson brings you the Latest & Greatest on Why Drivers and Pedestrians share the same frustrations for each other. If you're a driver or a considerable pedestrian, this should be an interesting conversation...

Saturday, July 29, 2017

50 Cent, Wu Tang, Bone Thugs, Parliament, & more coming to Long Beach This Summer (2017)

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Performances by: 50 CENT & G UNIT, WU TANG CLAN, YG, Bone Thugs N Harmony, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, DJ Quik & Suga Free, Zapp, Warren G, KRS One, Slick Rick, Tha Dogg Pound, The Original Mary Jane Girls, Brenton Wood, Baby Bash & MC Magic & Lil Rob, Hieroglyphics & Souls of Mischief, Phora, The Lady of Rage + more TBA!!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Suntonio Bandanaz presents: Alpha P. "BLOCK MONSTERS"

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

EVENT: FYF Fest (July 21st, 22nd, & 23rd) in Exposition Park featuring Missy Elliott, Frank Ocean, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, Solange, and more...

  • Venue opens at 5pm on Friday, 2pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • Show will take place rain or shine.
  • Your festival pass must be worn at all times.
  • Line-up and set times are subject to change.
  • All attendees are subject to search upon entry.
  • All ages are welcome. Children under 8 and under are free.
  • Ins and outs WILL NOT be allowed.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Seattle Hip Hop Artist Gabriel Teodros Exclusive Interview on Music, History, & Community Issues...

Photo by Canh Solo

800 South El Molino Avenue & 600 Alpine Street, Pasadena, California by Mistah Wilson Photography

EVENT: Speaker Child - Album Release @ Barboza 7/27/17 (Swisher Sleep, Don Dishes, Roc Phizzle)

Buy Tickets Here!!!
  • Who: Speaker Child
  • When: 7/27/17
  • Where: Barboza (925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122)

Why Your Girlfriend Is More Important Than Your Homies

Gabriel Teodros - Colored People's Time Machine (LIVE on The Seattle Channel)


Gabriel Teodros
"Colored People's Time Machine"
LIVE on The Seattle Channel's "Art Zone"

Thursday, July 6, 2017

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Why You Should Be Proud of Kevin Durant's 1st NBA Championship

Mistah Wilson talks about reasons why you should be proud of Kevin Durant winning his 1st NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors.

Why Dishwashers Quit Their Jobs

Are you a restaurant owner and/or manager? Are you in charge of the hiring/firing process of employees? Mistah Wilson touches on the untouched subject of dishwashers and why they quit their jobs.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

HISTORIC LANDMARK: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA, USA

The Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINSY) was the first United States Navy base established on the Pacific Ocean. It is located 25 miles northeast of San Francisco in Vallejo, California. The Napa River goes through the Mare Island Strait and separates the peninsula shipyard (Mare Island, California) from the main portion of the city of Vallejo. MINSY made a name for itself as the premier US West Coast submarine port as well as serving as the controlling force in San Francisco Bay Area shipbuilding efforts during World War II. The base closed in 1996 and has gone through several redevelopment phases. It was registered as a California Historical Landmark in 1960, and parts of it were declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1975.

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EVENT: Fourth of July Americafest at the Rose Bowl 7/4/17

Americafest at the Rose Bowl is an explosive celebration of all things red, white and blue—from the classic American food, to a motorcycle stunt show, to the world-renowned fireworks display. The fireworks won't shoot off until 9pm, but the Rose Bowl will open at 2pm Independence Day, at which time access to a goldmine of inflatable rides, games and crafts will be available for kid-friendly fun. Parking for the event will cost $20, but you can make it worth your while with an afternoon of tailgating outside the stadium.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Meet Suntonio Bandanaz aka Asun, a pioneer of Seattle Hip Hop

Suntonio Bandanaz, (aka Asun) is a core MC and spearhead of the pioneering Seattle collective of Mc’s, deejays, b-boys, and other artist-visionaries, known as Alpha P. (1st Platoon). Having overcome hardship and struggle in his own coming-of-age, this veteran artist consciously utilizes music as a platform to not only entertain, but also to uplift and empower. A sophisticated lyricist committed to keeping rap clever, Suntonio Bandanaz’ distinctive style has influenced many other local up-n-comers over the years. Bandanaz is an MC’s MC– as highly skilled freestyler as writer; whose chop is as sharp as his flow is smooth, and who can hype even the mellowist crowd.

As an active member of the global hip hop community, Suntonio Bandanaz has shared stage with the respected likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Dead Prez, Abstract Rude, Percee P, The Jacka and
Living Legends; and collaborated with many of Seattle’s prominent emcees and deejays. Over the years, Bandanaz has forged strong relationships with community-based organizations and crews such as- Project Mayhem, Project Blowed, Silent Lambs Project, Tribal, 206-Hop and Centro de la Raza. Both as a performer and educator he has played an important role in the work spearheaded by Universal ZULU Nation (206) and Hip Hop Congress. A prominent figure in his own community, Bandanz co-hosts Seattle’s most popular, longest running weekly b-boy night, “Stop Biting.”

Friday, June 23, 2017

Man Free Handles Black Widow Spider to Prove They Are Not Out to Bite You

In this segment of On Location, Coyote free handles a Black Widow spider!

Yes you read that correct, in an attempt to prove that this widely feared arachnid is actually rather docile and always more interested in avoiding humans than inflicting a bite, Coyote will attempt hold one with his bare hands.

He does this with the confidence that these mild mannered creatures will actually remain calm if unprovoked…but there is always the slight chance and the question...WILL IT BITE?!

Well if Coyote is bitten the consequences will be extremely painful and potentially deadly, so the team will be on standby to call for medics just incase the worst scenario actually unfolds…to be BITTEN by a Black Widow Spider! YIKES!

Get ready, this video is going to be INTENSE!

EVENT: 626 Night Market (6/30/17)

The midnight snacker's greatest fantasy is just a car ride away. One of America's largest Asian food markets spans the course of Santa Anita Park's front Paddock Gardens (285 W Huntington Dr). Come hungry and come caffeinated—this lively market, complete with over 150 Asian street food and booze peddlers, live music, artists, films, games, and beyond, won't put itself to bed until 1am on Friday and Saturday (and midnight on Sunday). The event has also expanded its way to Orange County.

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