Saturday, September 30, 2017

Exclusive Interview with Rising Underground MC Jules From Lakeland, Florida

UGHHB: There is a lot of new Hip Hop talent coming out of Florida right now! How are you being 100% original and different? What is separating you from all the other up and coming MC’s coming up from out there!?

Jules: Honestly I think it’s just my approach to creating music. I look to make music that is timeless and has a soul to it. Music that you can tell every ounce of emotion was put into it. And also I rap and produce. So everything you hear from me either I made myself or I helped or assisted in some sort of way. I feel like my music is meticulously crafted to fit my voice so I feel like that alone gives it a unique feel. And I’m very much into samples so that kind of puts me on my own path. Not too many people from here is creating that type of music.

R-Mean Gives His "Definition" of Underground Hip Hop

As 2017 comes to an end, Rising Los Angeles, CA based Hip Hop artist R-Mean stops by our headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles.

He speaks to us about his consistent growth as a rising MC, his Mean Monday's campaign, The Open Wounds 1915 movement and more!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Who was Huey P. Newton?

Newton was born in Monroe, Louisiana. He was the youngest of seven children of Armelia Johnson and Walter Newton, a sharecropper and Baptist lay preacher. His parents named him after former Governor of Louisiana Huey Long. In 1945, the family migrated to Oakland, California, as part of the second wave of the Great Migration of African Americans out of the South to the Northeast, Midwest and West. The Newton family was close-knit, but quite poor, and often relocated throughout the San Francisco Bay Area during Newton's childhood. Despite this, Newton said he never went without food and shelter as a child. As a teenager, he was arrested several times for criminal offenses, including gun possession and vandalism at age 14. Growing up in Oakland, Newton stated that he was "made to feel ashamed of being black." In his autobiography, Revolutionary Suicide, he wrote,
"During those long years in Oakland public schools, I did not have one teacher who taught me anything relevant to my own life or experience. Not one instructor ever awoke in me a desire to learn more or to question or to explore the worlds of literature, science, and history. All they did was try to rob me of the sense of my own uniqueness and worth, and in the process nearly killed my urge to inquire."
Newton graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1959 without being able to read, although he later taught himself; The Republic by Plato was the first book he read. Newton also attended Merritt College, where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in 1966. He then attended San Francisco Law School, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he earned a bachelor's degree and, in 1980, a Ph.D. After Newton taught himself to read, he started questioning everything. In his autobiography, Revolutionary Suicide, he states: "Most of all, I questioned what was happening in my own family and in the community around me." This was the start of his involvement in the civil rights movement.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Who was Coretta Scott King?

Coretta Scott King (April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was an American author, activist, civil rights
leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr.from 1953 until his death in 1968. Coretta Scott King helped lead the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. King was an active advocate for African-American equality. King met her husband while in college, and their participation escalated until they became central to the movement. In her early life, Coretta was an accomplished singer, and she often incorporated music into her civil rights work.

King played a prominent role in the years after her husband's 1968 assassination when she took on the leadership of the struggle for racial equality herself and became active in the Women's Movement. King founded the King Center and sought to make his birthday a national holiday. King finally succeeded when Ronald Reagan signed legislation which established Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. She later broadened her scope to include both opposition to apartheid and advocacy for LGBT rights. King became friends with many politicians before and after Martin Luther King's death, most notably John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Robert F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy's phone call to her during the 1960 election was what she liked to believe was behind his victory.

In August 2005, King suffered a stroke which paralyzed her right side and left her unable to speak; five months later she died of respiratory failure due to complications from ovarian cancer. Her funeral was attended by some 10,000 people, including four of five living US presidents. She was temporarily buried on the grounds of the King Center until being interred next to her husband. She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame and was the first African-American to lie in State in the Georgia State Capitol. King has been referred to as "First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement".

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

CrystalTears Explains how he used Music as an Alternative to Suicide

Mistah Wilson: Yo, CrystalTears​, thanks for coming thru for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. How ya' been?
CrystalTears: I've been doing great! I Just recently released my first record "Depress" independently after almost five years of hard work.

Mistah Wilson: It's been a minute but we finally connected for this interview. Go ahead and give tha audience a quick background on yourself...
CrystalTears: Well, I'm an 18 year old rapper/songwriter from Norway and I have been making music my entire life. Writing and music has been my only passion for as long as I can remember and way back in 2013 I started working on my first record. On the album I take you to one of the darkest moments in my life. I was sent to a hospital after trying to commit suicide several times. The album starts of with the first night of my stay at the hospital. Which is also the night I wrote "Sorrow" who'm is the very first song on the album.

Mistah Wilson: What led you to start rapping?
CrystalTears: That's a long story man! I started writing poetry and lyrics as a child before I even knew what rap was. Hip Hop got introduced to me by my brother and older cousin. My cousin was a beatboxer at time and he showed me "Fuck the Police" by NWA. I remember thinking, damn I could do that! I was about 9 or 10 years old, got bullied a lot at school, but then suddenly my brother
showed me this dope underground rapper from Bergen. (The Second largest city in Norway) I could relate to his music a lot and honestly I think it kinda saved me from ending my life.. So on that day I wrote my very first "rap" song.

Mistah Wilson: How is the music scene where you're from?
CrystalTears: I'm from a really small town on the west coast of Norway, so I'm the only rapper from my area. Most people here are either into rock, metal or country but once you get to the bigger cities such as Oslo or specially Bergen you have rappers everywhere.

Mistah Wilson: What current & upcoming projects do you have?
CrystalTears: Since my last project was so serious and I managed to recover from depression. I want my next project to showcase me more as an MC since I was not able to flow like I wanted to on "Depress". And that's only because I wanted people to understand the story I was telling. So my next project is not gonna have a single sad song on it. I will be spitting on old school type of beats to honor the era of hip hop that I fell in love with as a kid. I'm also working on a digital cypher featuring rappers from all over the world, including a few Seattle based MC's Infero, DJ Resonance and Abztratik.

Mistah Wilson: Who are some musical influences that encouraged tha artist you are today?
CrystalTears: On that last project I was inspired by a lot of underground hip hop when I started working on it. But nowadays I get inspired by so many different genres and I feel it also reflects in
some of the later tracks on the album. I also spent many years developing my own sound that you can't find anywhere else here on earth. So I would say that old school hip hop, underground hip hop, funk and metal are my biggest influences. Instead of being influenced by certain artist I would say I use genres instead as I pick and chose from what I like, that's probably why some of my stuff becomes really alternative at times.

Mistah Wilson: I can hear tha passion in your songs. Anger & frustration. Where do you find inspiration when developing new concepts and subject matter?
CrystalTears: That last album was dark.. And music is not only about one feeling but in fact all the emotions you experience. So when I write, usually I write about whatever I feel at that moment but other times I might already be inspired. So usually that inspiration might come from a book I read, a certain genre, history, society.. I guess I kinda feed off of everything I either feel, see or experience. I just love writing, give me one word and I'll write an entire essay about that one word and how it makes me feel. Writing cured me from depression and it's kind of like a therapy for me.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan to accomplish through your music?
CrystalTears: My dream is to help others the same way music saved my life. I want people to listen to my first album, hear my story, feel the hell I felt.. then see me like I am today.. A happy
person, and I want them to think "Okay, if he fought through it.. I can survive the night no matter how dark it gets too!" Now a lot of people message me about this sort of stuff all time and I'm really happy that my record actually helped some people even though I'm an underground artist. I also have dream to be remembered for creating something brand new, like my own hip hop sub genre or something. I want to be a voice for the suffering.

Mistah Wilson: Where can people find your music online?
CrystalTears: Buy "Depress" on iTunes
Order "Depress CD Version" on Amazon
Stream "Depress" on Spotify
Stream "Depress" on Soundcloud
Stream "Depress" on Tidal
Stream "Depress" on Youtube

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Bjarne Trondsen​! It's been great having you here for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. Go ahead and drop some shout outs!​
CrystalTears: Thank you for this opportunity to let the world know about me. Shout out to my producers: General Chesz, Christian Eide, Yatzi and DJ Resonance
"Infero" one of the best rappers I know of, Check his music out!
Everybody at Hearttales and the all the people who support me!

(Photographers: Espen Johnsen, Jorun Larsen and Arne Hiorth)

Who was Medgar Evers?

Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was an American civil rights activist from Mississippi who worked to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi and enact social justice and voting rights. He was murdered by a white supremacist and Klansman.

A World War II veteran and college graduate, he became active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. He became a field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Following the 1954 ruling of the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, Evers worked to gain admission to the state-supported public University of Mississippi for African Americans. He also worked for voting rights and registration, economic opportunity, access to public facilities, and other changes in the segregated society.

Evers was murdered by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens' Council, a group formed in 1954 to resist the integration of schools and civil rights activism. As a veteran, Evers was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. His murder and the resulting trials inspired civil rights protests, as well as numerous works of art, music and film. All-white juries failed to reach verdicts in the first two trials of Beckwith. He was convicted in a new state trial in 1994, based on new evidence.

Myrlie Evers, widow of the activist, became a noted activist in her own right, serving as national chair of the NAACP. His brother Charles Evers was the first African-American mayor elected in Mississippi in the post-Reconstruction era when he won in 1969 in Fayette.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Senator Scott Dibble Shares his Advice for Former Foster Youth

"Listen to and engage young people themselves in work of making things better. They know the shortcomings of the foster care system. They are best situated to articulate the solutions. Incredible personal and leadership development opportunities for those young people lie in efforts to build a movement and campaign for change. Be open to innovation, to changes, to different ways to use “the money.” It is not your money, it is held and used in trust. Protecting jobs, institutions, the status quo is a moral failure if those things are not doing much to make young people’s lives better."

"In the Minnesota Legislature, we have passed some groundbreaking legislation and devoted significant resources to help address the issues around the foster care system, youth homelessness, bullying in schools, the continuum of services and support young people need to grow into happy, productive, adulthood – lives with purpose and meaning.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue55

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K-Syran set to release new album + Foster Youth Success Stories + Bing Bing features Seattle Hip Hop Legend Suntonio Bandanaz on new single + Photography + so much more...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Former Foster Youth TYRAUGHN BARNETT Shares His Story...

What I needed the most when I emancipated was family. I was just told I had a court date 11 days after my birthday. Turned out that I was emancipated. It was so unexpected. Having no money or a place to live, my foster parent let me stay until I was ready to leave. But my stuff was coming up missing so I decided to move out and live with friends until I finally found a place!

Piece of advice- Never give up. Learn your rights. Ask your social worker about your rights, if you don't know them. Keep your head up and stay strong! Join clubs that'll keep you busy with others. Use Facebook to connect with other foster youth."

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue65 (July 2018)