Sunday, April 30, 2017

STREET ART: “Hold Up” by Levalet in Paris

EVENT: Action Power Initiative Open Mic 5/7/17

What is action? What is power of the people? What does it mean to take initiative? With this spectacular line up for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, you won’t want to miss it!

G Yamazawa, Emcee/Spoken Word Artist
Hatefas, Writer/Poet
Leo Xia, Singer/Songwriter
Usolosopher, Poet
FilAm Creative, Community Spotlight


Kitchen Last Call: 3:30 PM
Sign-ups: 4:45 PM
Open mic: 5-7 PM

All are welcome to sign up. The mic will be open for every artist that would like to share and build a community with us!

Open mic-ers have 5 minutes max. In order to promote the variety of artists, open mic-ers are limited to 3 consecutive shows.

We have only two community guidelines: (1) Free speech, not hate speech and (2) Express, not impress. As a safe space for all who have ever been marginalized, express free speech and share your story!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

STREET ART: 'Keep Your Coins. I Want Change' by Banksy

POEM: Awake The Hip Hop Disciples by Kipkirui Mitey (2016)

Where art thou hip hop chosen ones 
I went around corners of the globe can't see you 
Arise, shine and give us more music 
The base you set was classic 

Pac could say 'we still breathing' 
I wonders what this is meaning 
Perhaps you hiding somewhere 
but fans misses you everywhere 
Because you vanished without goodbye 

Breath in silence those words of encouragement 
Chant with the jubilant disciples 
The Big Punisher you quite on your sleep 
But your lyrics still run deep 
into the vein of diehards 

EVENT: Open Mic @ The SouthPas Eclectic Music Festival 5/6/17

Join us for an Open Mic at The South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival. Please RSVP HERE.

EVENT: 4th Annual San Dimas Gospel Fest (Dennis Agajanian + The Gutierrez Bros. + The Chloe Addison Band, & more) 5/6/17

Join us for this great event, free of charge, at Civic Center Park in San Dimas with Pastor David Diaz and Musical Guests Dennis Agajanian, The Gutierrez Bros. & The Chloe Addison Band. Looking forward to a time of inspirational gospel music, the preaching of the Word of God, and fun for the whole family! Noon to 4:00pm on that Saturday. 

For more info email

Friday, April 28, 2017

HISTORIC LANDMARK: Watts Towers (near Los Angeles) 1921-1954

The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo ("our town") are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural structures within the Simon Rodia State Historic Park in the Watts community of Los Angeles. The tallest of the towers reaches a height of over 99 feet (30 m). The towers and walls were designed and built by Sabato ("Simon") Rodia (1879–1965), an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason, over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954. The work is an example of outsider art and Italian-American naïve art.

The Watts Towers are located near the 103rd Street/Watts Towers Los Angeles Metro station of the Los Angeles County Metro Rail Blue Line, and off the I-105 Century Freeway. They were designated a National Historic Landmark and a California Historical Landmark in 1990. They are also a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, and on the National Register of Historic Places in Los Angeles.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Historical Timeline of Hip Hop dating back from 1925 to 2011

NFL SPORTS: Marshawn Lynch officially joins the Raiders

Lynch's trade to the Raiders was made official Wednesday, after he passed his physical with the team.

The announcement is merely a formality after it was announced Wednesday morning that the Seahawks had agreed to trade Lynch and a 2018 sixth-round pick to Oakland in exchange for the Raiders' 2018 fifth-round pick. Prior to the trade, Lynch agreed to sign a one-year contract with a $3 million base salary, which will include a $2 million bonus if he rushes for more than 1,000 yards this season. Lynch has shown in the past that he's capable of reaching that benchmark, but it's no longer a safe bet that he'll be the bruising back of old now that he's on the wrong side of 30 and coming off a season away from football. In any case, Lynch figures to open 2017 as the Raiders' starting running back, with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Taiwan Jones falling behind him on the depth chart. In his last season with the Seahawks in 2015, Lynch ran 417 yards and three touchdowns over seven games.

HISTORIC LANDMARK: Flatiron Building, New York City (1902)

The Flatiron Building, originally the Fuller Building, is a triangular 22-story steel-framed landmarked building located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, New York City, and is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper. Upon completion in 1902, it was one of the tallest buildings in the city at 20 floors high and one of only two skyscrapers north of 14th Street – the other being the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower, one block east. The building sits on a triangular block formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway, and East 22nd Street, with 23rd Street grazing the triangle's northern (uptown) peak. As with numerous other
wedge-shaped buildings, the name "Flatiron" derives from its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron.

The building, which has been called "one of the world's most iconic skyscrapers and a quintessential symbol of New York City", anchors the south (downtown) end of Madison Square and the north (uptown) end of the Ladies' Mile Historic District. The neighborhood around it is called the Flatiron District after its signature building, which has become an icon of New York City.

The Flatiron Building was designated a New York City landmark in 1966, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.


THROWBACK THURSDAY: Lords of the Underground (Hip Hop Trio)

Lords of the Underground, aka L.O.T.U.G., hip-hop trio comprised of MCs Mr. Funke & DoItAll Dupré, and DJ Lord Jazz. Having met as students at the HBCU Shaw University, the group matched socially conscious raps with hard-hitting beats. Their hits include Chief Rocka, Here Come the Lords, Psycho, Funky Child, & Tic Toc. They won a BET award as best rap group of the year, and are best remembered in connection with the golden age of hip hop.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

STREET ART: "Stop Wars" by Unknown Artist

Chance the Rapper makes mockery of Mainstream Record Labels

DJ Akademiks Speaks on Chance The Rapper clowning Most Record Labels on his First Tour Stop of the 'Be Encouraged Tour'

DJ Akademiks: "Why is Lil' Wayne NOT a Boss?" (Video)

EVENT: Vision 2017 Summit in Hollywood 5/1/17

Keynote Speakers: John Riccitiello (CEO, Unity), Richard Dawkins (Evolutionary Biologist and Author), Rachel Franklin (Head of Social VR at Facebook), Sol Rogers (CEO, Founder Rewind), Jay Wright (President & GM, Vuforia PTC), Bay Raitt (CEO, Founder The Spiraloid Workshop), Aaron Koblin (CTO, Co-Founder Within), Chris Milk (CEO, Co-Founder Within), Tony Parisi (Head of VR & AR Strategy Unity), Brandon Bray (Principal Group Program Manager, HoloLens, Microsoft), Nathan Martz (Daydream Developer Platform Product Manager, Google), and Jason Weber (Senior Producer, NFL Films).

Virtual and Augmented Reality have captured the imaginations of millions around the world. If you are passionate about creating games, films, ads, art, journalism and more with these cutting-edge technologies, then join us at the Vision 2017 Virtual and Augmented Reality Summit.

The Vision VR/AR Summit is an event for artists, engineers, programmers, designers, musicians, directors, producers, hardware manufacturers and researchers. The content and networking are focused on furthering the knowledge base of anyone developing virtual and/or augmented reality content in Unity.

Can't attend the event in person? No problem! We will have a live stream of the keynote that you'll be able to watch on Facebook Live & YouTube.

Yirim Seck: “As artists we have a responsibility to raise awareness"

Yirim Seck is a hip hop artist in Seattle (Photo by Hannah Myrick)
As Yirim Seck walks along 23rd and Jackson in the Central District, he has little trouble pointing out where historical buildings once stood and where open spaces have been replaced by modern structures.

He has spent most of his life in this neighborhood. The music he creates as a hip hop artist speaks to the changes in his neighborhood and the changes in larger society. Seck is one of many Seattle hip hop artists who embody resistance in the form of music and art that pushes for local activism.

“As artists we have a responsibility to raise awareness or insert ourselves in conversations to incite change,” Seck said.

“We call it a culture. It returns art to the people,” Julie C said, another local hip hop artist. “Community is a core. Hip hop acts as a mechanism of activism.”

The music is specific to Seattle, but also speaks to larger issues.

Draze, a local artist also from the Central District, released a song last year called “Irony on 23rd,” on the controversial pot shop Uncle Ike’s on 23rd and Union and the gentrification in the greater Seattle area. It became an anthem for the rally that shut down 23rd and Union last year.

Designer Michael Ford highlights Hip Hop & Architecture

An instructor in architectural technology at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisc., Ford brought his message here last week at the invitation of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

He lectured at Rustbelt Reclamation, which makes furniture from recycled wood, and spent part of Friday urging students at John Hay High School's program in architecture and design to stick it out and become professionals.

"The students that I'm talking to are the people and the bodies and minds we need," Ford said. "They are needed, not just wanted."
An unbuilt, conceptual design of low income housing by Michael Ford.

Through his writing, teaching and national speaking, Ford aims to dissolve barriers that have discouraged black children from becoming architects, city planners and urban designers.

He has a book coming out soon on the need for diversity in the design professions, and the damage caused by modernist slab towers forced on minority neighborhoods after World War II that fostered crime and social isolation through design.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Pasadena rapper Nicky BeacHouses talks New Music, Hardships, and Lyrical Composition

Pasadena rapper Nicky BeacHouses talks New Music, Hardships, and Lyrical Composition

Mistah Wilson: Yo, BeachHouses! You already know! It's an honor to have you
here for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. What's tha latest & greatest?

Nicky BeacHouses: It's an honor to be interviewed. All glory to God. I appreciate the opportunity to grace your platform. What's the latest and greatest you ask? Look out for that Black Ray Liotta, soon and very soon. It's already done.

Mistah Wilson: Real quick, let's talk life growing up in Pasadena. What was it like for you?
Nicky BeacHouses: To be real, I’m from everywhere man. I was actually born in Duarte, Ca, and spent a majority of my upbringing in Pasadena with a lot of stops in between. But, Pasadena is home for me. That's where I honed my craft and met all of my greatest influences and best friends. I never really understood how blessed I was to be living in such an affluent area with access to so many resources and diverse and dynamic people until I wasn’t living there anymore . lol

Stephon Marbury leaves the Chinese Basketball team that made him a Legend

Stephon Marbury and the Chinese Basketball Association team that made him a legend abroad are headed for a temporary separation after the two sides failed to come to terms on his playing future and the former NBA All-Star turned down an offer to coach the team, according to multiple reports.

Marbury would still like to play at least one more season in the CBA, but the Beijing Ducks — the team with which he won three championships in six seasons — is reportedly entering a rebuilding phase and unwilling to use one of its two foreign-born player spots on the 40-year-old, beloved as he is.

50 Historic Landmarks by African-American Architects

Los Angeles was home to arguably the most successful African-
About Paul Revere Williams
American architect of the 20th century: Paul 
Revere Williams. Born here in 1894, Williams designed thousands of buildings over his five-decade career, from landmarks like the LAX Theme Building, to glamorous homes for the city’s rich and famous, to civic projects and public housing. He was the first African-American to become a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in 1923, and the first to become an AIA Fellow in 1957. In late 2016 (36 years after his death) he was awarded the AIA Gold Medal award, the institute’s highest honor for architectural achievement, becoming, once again, the first African-American to do so.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

NEW MUSIC: "Peace of Heaven" by Gabrielle Ayers 4/23/17

EVENT: 28th Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour in Pasadena 4/30/17

28th Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour

Sunday April 30th, 2017 @ 10a to 4p 

Bungalow Heaven, Pasadena, California, United States

On Sunday, April 30, visitors can experience the beautiful historic neighborhood of Bungalow Heaven as they stroll through Pasadena’s first Landmark District. Bungalow Heaven is located north of the 210 Freeway, between Lake and Hill avenues. It is bordered on the north by Washington Blvd. and the south by Orange Grove Blvd. During the self-guided tour visitors will be invited to view the interiors of several homes with docent led commentaries. They will also be treated to demonstrations of restoration work, music, and refreshments. Food trucks will be on hand for those who wish to purchase lunch.

More information on the tour or on ordering tickets can be found online at or by calling (626) 585-2172. Tickets are $25 per person if purchased in advance or $30 on the day of the tour. In addition the Bungalow Heaven trolley will again offer 45-minute narrated bus tours of Landmark District architecture for $10 per person. Tickets, maps and an informational tour brochure, will be available at McDonald Park at the intersection of Mar Vista Avenue and Mountain Street.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

EVENT: 4th Annual 'Truck Adventures' for Kids benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation 4/29/17

The 4th Annual Truck Adventures For Kids benefiting Make A Wish Foundation is an event for children to see, touch, explore vehicles of all types: fire trucks, police cars, construction, military vehicles and many other vehicles. The event is Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 9am-3pm at Santa Anita Racetrack, 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007.

EVENT: Autism Speaks Walk @ The Rose Bowl 4/29/17

The Rose Bowl, Pasadena April 29th, 2017 (8a - 1p)

Autism Speaks Walk is the world’s largest autism fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism. Powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and supporters, the funds raised help ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead ‘their best lives’.

The commitment of individuals like you plays a critical role in raising the funding needed to fuel innovative research and lifelong supports and services. Working together, there is no limit to what we can achieve. Please register and fundraise for an Autism Speaks Walk near you.

To learn more about autism, visit or contact our Autism Response Team at 888-288-4762 or en Español 888-772-9050, or email

EVENT: Grand Opening of new Marengo Gallery 4/29/17

Marengo Gallery: Grand Opening

The Marengo Gallery, 18 N Marengo Ave., Pasadena, United States

Saturday April 29th, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

The Marengo Gallery is celebrating it's Grand Opening! The opening will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 6-9pm. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. 

For the current exhibit, the gallery is featuring thirteen contemporary artists from China. This is their first time exhibiting their work in the western United States.

Parking is available in front of Pasadena City Hall on Holly Street and at a nearby lot located at 254 E. Union Street.

Learn more about the gallery by visiting:

Questions can be directed towards Christina Hobbs at or (626) 219-6831

Friday, April 21, 2017

"600 Alpine Street" Pasadena, California T-Shirt by Mistah Wilson Photography

Any Color + Any Size = Same Low Price! 

Call to Order (626)586-4440

MUSIC: Childish Gambino "Redbone" (Full Lyrics)

I wake up feeling like you won't play right
I used to know, but now that shit don't feel right
It made me put away my pride
So long
You made a nigga wait for some, so long
You make it hard for a boy like that to go wrong
I'm wishing I could make this mine, oh

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine is raising money for 'Walk to End Alzheimer's' in Pasadena

Buy a Copy of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine   //   Make a Donation   //   Join Our Team!

Mistah Wilson (or Michael Taylor), publisher of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine, is leading the "Achiever Believers" team in this year's Walk to End Alzheimer's in Pasadena, California. It all started in September/October of 2011 when Michael received the tragic news of his mother Bernice Taylor passing away to Alzheimer's disease. "To this day, it remains the biggest tragedy of my life," says Michael. And this is coming from a guy who spent the best part of his years in foster care, taking psych meds, and being institutionalized. 

Bernice Taylor was Michael's long-term foster parent from weeks old to about the age of 8. He was taken out of her care as a child when his behavioral issues began to spiral out of control. Since
being taken away from Ms. Taylor in 1998, Michael has been to countless different group homes, foster homes, and even juvenile detention facilities. After aging out and emancipating from the foster care system, Michael has been on a mission to make a difference ever since. And after hearing that Ms. Taylor passed away to Alzheimer's, Michael has pledged to join the fight against this horrible disease...but not just for her sake...

What City Would YOU Prefer to Live in the San Gabriel Valley? (Complete List of Cities)

Pasadena rapper West In Peace drops new music video "Level"

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(VIDEO) Master P: "I Made More Money Than Jay-Z & Ice Cube In One Month"

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Photographer Martha Cooper sets out to help Preserve New York's History of Graffiti Art

New York City in the 1970s and '80s was very different than the city today. Not only were cars, signs and clothing styles a time capsule of the era, but the city looked different: it was covered in graffiti. To get an idea, watch the 1983 film Wild Style. A dominant visual aspect of the day, graffiti widely spread around New York City at this time, with subways, building walls, almost anything being tagged by artists including Dondi, Seen, Lady Pink, Zephyr, and Revolt. Many people just simply walked by and ignored this new art form, but Martha Cooper, a staff photographer for the New York Post at the time, was interested in gaining a deeper understanding of these graffiti and their authors.

"I had never even understood that kids were writing their names on walls," says Martha Cooper, "I don't think that was generally known, people thought it was just random vandalism."

While driving around doing...

COMPARE THESE: windchILL's "Grind Mode" vs. Wildcard QM's "The Odyssey"

EVENT: UNITE THE VIBE @ Old Towne Pub 4/21/17


Old Towne Pub Pasadena, 66 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, United States

$10 / 21+ / Doors at 7pm
4/21 @ Olde Towne Pub - Pasadena, CA

10:50-11:45 NATE HANCOCK
9:55-10:35 RIVERS
9-9:40 VEIL

More TBA!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

EVENT: Dinner with Cheech Marin @ The Rose 4/20/17

Join us for an intimate evening with counterculture legend Cheech Marin as he takes the stage, sharing personal stories from his new memoir “CHEECH IS NOT MY REAL NAME: … But Don’t Call Me Chong”, and answers audience questions.

April 20, 2017

EVENT: Join Pasadena Heritage on tour through Architecturally-rich & Historic Churches 4/22/17

St. Andrew, First Baptist, All Saints, First Congregational, Fuller Theological, Pasadena Presbyterian, First United Methodist, and the First Church of Christ Scientist are all impressive examples of the many inspiring sacred spaces that can be found in downtown Pasadena. This guided walking tour will focus on the distinctive architecture and interior decorative devices that uplift the eyes and the spirit -- carved ceiling beams, hand-painted murals, and richly stained glass motifs. Our previous church tours have been sell-outs, and this one will offer the chance to enjoy work by leading, regional architects designing inspired ecclesiastical buildings.


Churches of Pasadena

Saturday, April 22 | 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tickets: Member $20 | Non-Member $25
Please note that the tours include only exteriors.

Stream & Download "DAMN" by Kendrick Lamar (Full Album) featuring Rihanna, Zacari, & U2

Stream     ///    Download

Zedd & Alessia Cara - Stay (Official Music Video)

Watch the official music video for “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara.

Mary Ellen Mark and Helena Christensen Discuss Photography

Mark and Mary are known for doing different types of work but are both highly regarded photographers in the industry. And to hear some of their stories is quite an interesting experience. At one point, Mary talks about visiting a morgue on Oaxaca and seeing things that she said really changed who she is.

Similarly, Helena talks about taking a course with Mary Ellen Mark and getting into the art form. My words aren’t going to do this half hour video any justice, so just watch it.

Conrad Benner documents Philadelphia's diverse street art scene

Conrad Benner, the Philadelphia native behind the six-year-old Streets Dept blog and a popular Instagram account, has turned a continued fascination with his city, deep connections to the street art community, and a great eye into a long-running document of a fertile street art scene.

While New York often gets credit as the birthplace of graffiti and street art, Philadelphia, a city with a large population of students and a world-renowned city mural program, has both a huge contemporary art scene and a deep history of street art. Darryl McCray, or Cornbread, who is considered one of the progenitors of street art, made his name tagging around the city in the late ‘60s, and even made the papers for writing “Cornbread Lives” on an elephant in the Philadelphia Zoo.

Gospel Singer Gabrielle Ayers proves she has what it takes in "Bridal Blues" music video

Hailing from Houston, Texas, Gospel singer Gabrielle Ayers releases tha official music video for her single "Bridal Blues"

In this song, Ayers displays a great voice with a wonderful message. It has a real deep feel to it. Sincere. But in tha video, you get more than just a powerful voice. The acting in this video conveys a message of love and patience. Quarrels in a relationship and the turbulence that endures. You can almost feel tha pain in Gabrielle's voice.

Give it a listen and vote below...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Singer Gabrielle Ayers talks about the Gospel, Singing in the Choir, and Life Growing up in the Church

Mistah Wilson: Greetings, Gabrielle Ayers! We are extremely delighted to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine! How've you been? 

Gabrielle Ayers: Yes! It's an honor to be interviewed. I'm great, I'm great. ! God has truly been good to me!

Mistah Wilson: For our audience reading this, could you give us a quick background on yourself? 

Gabrielle Ayers: Well I am the visionary behind the Ayers to the Throne movement which seeks to use the creative arts to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. I'm originally from Bryan, Texas, and began singing at a very young age. So singing and songwriting came very easy to me, and my heart has always been for the one who loves me the most. So It all kind of came together organically.

Mistah Wilson: Before we get into it, what does Christ mean to you and how important is the Gospel in music today? 

Gabrielle Ayers: Wow, what can I say? Christ is everything to me. My love for him is truly my worship, it's my's what keeps me going. You know...the Gospel is the "good news", so unless you're turning on the radio to add to your pitty party, the Gospel is very much needed. It's where we find hope in this cold world.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Who is Better and Why: Kendrick Lamar or Hopsin? (VOTE NOW)

Admit it. Hip Hop is in an entirely new age today. And while many fanatics of Hip Hop's Golden Era cling on to it's remains, there are new faces that have already paved a way.

We got Kendrick Lamar and Hopsin. Two SoCal Hip Hop artists generally from the same city (with respect to Compton being it's own city), yet worlds apart. Let's discuss why we've decided to rank these two Hip Hop artists...

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar's latest album "DAMN" has been getting a lot of attention lately. It reminds me of tha times he released his previous albums. It was well talked about. Loved even. Hell, fans are even granting Kendrick with tha ever-so-loosely used "G.O.A.T" title. His music sounds good and performs well. 


Hopsin just released a new music video here and I decided to watch it. I realized that Hopsin, as out-of-tha-box as he can be, seems a little more of a 'practical' artist. Meaning, no matter where he goes with his lyrics and subject matter, I can follow him and it still make sense. 

NY rapper Mysonne defines what it means to be "Real"

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Buy a Copy of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine for $1.99 and be Recognized in our Next Issue!

For those who love to support local artists and aspiring entrepreneurs, I, Mistah Wilson, am inviting you to purchase digital copies of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine.

Since our debut issue in March 2013, we've graciously released every issue of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine for free online-viewing and download. We've even added a 'Pay-What-You-Want' feature to our distribution.

Today, we are asking our supporters and new readers to purchase copies of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. When you buy a copy of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine, we will recognize you in our next issue, on our website, and on our social media accounts.

Issues of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine are available for $1.99 Digital Download, however, for those who would really like to demonstrate their support, we encourage you to pay what you feel it's worth.

What you'll find in ThaWilsonBlock Magazine are local artists, exclusive interviews, street signs, photography, resources, links, free downloads, news, entertainment, inspiration, and so much more!!

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