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What Happened to Mos Def?

 

Recently Yasiin Bey’s has been communicating with his fans from his voice recordings. In January, he addressed his wellbeing and his arrest in South Africa on Kanye West’s website. He’s quoted saying “I am under unnecessary state supervision and scrutiny.” Today he posted another message on soundcloud in which he explains his cooperation on resolving the political matter in South Africa. Yasiin states that he is well and in good spirits. This 42-year-old has recently announced that he was retiring from music and acting. Which has prompted many hip hop fans to ask “What the Hell happened to Mos Def?” To answer this question is to follow Mos Def’s transformation since his name change in 2011. Yasiin changed his name as a reaction to the fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person. Two years later, another personal choice would make international headlines, Bey decided to move himself and his family to Capetown, South Africa in 2013. After moving to South Africa immigration and legal issues start to arise with his passport and vistors permit. He was not permitted to return to the U.S for his tour in Boston which forced him to cancel due to visa issues. Most recently Yasiin was arrested again at Cape Town International airport while attempting to leave the country and charged with violation of local immigration laws. Both Bey and his family lacked proper permits to be in the country. Having overstayed his visitors permit and being unable to present a valid United States Passport, but was able to present a World Passport, which is not widely accepted as an immigration document because anyone can get one with a notarized document and small fee. The vast majority of countries don’t accept this documentation including the United States, Japan, Russia and Canada.  Six days after his arrest Bey released a 10 minute recording on Kanye website titled a Message from Yasiin Bey. He ends the recording with the statement “No more parties in S.A.” and explains how he will be retiring from music and film immediately after he releases his final album later this year. We are looking forward to hearing and seeing Yasiin Bey and wish him the best of luck in his political endeavors. Make sure you stream his message below and as always

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Rest In Power

Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, has died at the age of 69. The northern California police department confirmed her death Tuesday morning. (May 3, 2016) Shakur, a political activist and member of the Black Nationalist group and Black Panther Party, has been an active presence in our nations fight for equality. In 1969 she was arrested for conspiracy in New York, she was accused of plotting to bomb buildings and landmarks, she was later acquitted in 1971 and gave birth to Tupac the month after. Afeni was also the subject in Tupac’s famous song “Dear Mama” which was released in 1995. The single accumulated much success by going platinum and touched the hearts of millions who could relate. She also is credited for being the moderator of Tupac’s estate since his death in 1996, as well as establishing the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, which supports art programs for children. Afeni Shakur was a voice for the voiceless, a human activist for the less fortunate and her presence will be missed. We personally want to thank her for all of her efforts and endeavors while living and continue to carry on her message. Rest in Power Afeni Shakur!

 

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Summer Sound

It’s rare for a song to place itself in your consciousness after the first listen, but Michael Beharie’s electric single long time does just that. This song comes at no better time with it’s lovely summer’s evening feel you can’t help but become hypnotized by the catchy hook and pulsing synths. Transforming you into a sea of good vibes with a reggaeton feel, festive trumpets and hearfelt vocals from Beharie himself. Embodying the sound of summer this song will be in heavy rotation at local pool parties and neighborhood cookouts for sure. Do yourself a favor and check out this summer bash below, and as always

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Clay Life

Art comes in many forms, but rarely do you see it displayed tasteful with clay, specifically characters made from clay. Lisa Mathews a self-taught artist from Dayton, OH breaks the stereotype of traditional art with her unique form of visual art. Lisa a mother of two creates characters with polymer clay, she began pursuing her career with no experience and all the will. Determined to leave corporate America she began to blaze her own trail, educating herself in the field of clay characters Lisa started making beautiful pieces for decoration then taking it a step further creating customized chess pieces.  Ever since Lisa swallowed her fears and followed her artistic  dreams her work has been exhibited and noticed across the country at art festivals and galleries, in 2012 she was awarded “Best in Show” from the International Polymer Clay association for her sculptures. She is truly a gem and we look forward to seeing her growth. Check out her work below and as always…

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THE RISE AND FALL OF A KING

Decline is something inevitable for every player in any sport, they peak and start to decline. LeBron James is no different and this has led many to wonder if King James still holds the throne for best player in the league. Regardless who you ask, LeBron James has been one of the best players in the league for the past 8 years. Accumulating 4 MVPs, 2 NBA titles, 2 NBA Finals MVPs and All-star selection every year. Getting the job done and efficiently with an offensive dominance unparalleled to anyone else in the league since Oscar Robinson or Wilt Chamberlain. Logging heavy minutes in his career the 31 year old has a lot of wear and tear to his body. When you consider he’s been playing heavy minutes since he was a rookie out of high school along with lots of postseason minutes and lets not forget the Olympics, needless to say the average athlete would be drained. Looking at the decline in his numbers since the 2013 season LeBron still produces some of the leagues best and most consistent stats but the decline is there. Which brings us to the big question- is LeBron still the undeniable best player in the league? Depending on whom you ask will dictate different answers. The die-hard fans wont reason with you, but if you ask others there are a lot of people who hold a different stance on the best player in the league. Some people think Stephen Curry is the best player in the league, others Kevin Durant or Westbrook, times change and so do players. Steph is the greatest shooter ever and is scoring at an efficiency never before seen, and at the very least, there are guys in the league breathing down his neck for that title. The point Im trying to make is, LeBron is just going through what every player goes through in his or her career and that decline is inevitable. LeBron is still really good, but is he the best, is he what he used to be? Maybe he is maybe he isn’t, and that’s the beauty, you can make a case that he is, but you can also make an equal case for the new talent. All in all, LeBron is still a fantastic player who should not be taken for granted, even if hes becoming yesterdays news in some folks mind.

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