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Start Your Goodwill Early

Today is one of the cooler days in Charlotte, NC, topping 85 as we patiently await Florence’s supposed wrath. With cloudy skies and forecasts for rain, I notice this sign in front of Movement School, requesting coats. Now, I can barely cope with my sweater that I have on from the air condition pumping in from the school’s vent let alone think about a coat. It doesn’t even feel close to fall. But I notice that drives have already begun for coat collections and I think to myself, “that’s what’s up”. If we really want to reach the loss and make substantial change in our communities we need to start early. The food drives, the Thanksgiving baskets and the toy collections need to all start early so we can begin with an overflow. We are winning Black Charlotte and the good news is together we can accomplish anything. So, start your drives early and watch...
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"#DearBlackPeople"

#DearBlackPeople As I sit here at my desk reading a speech that was delivered by William Lynch in 1712, my stomach keeps doing flips. It's amazing how we attack each other on a regular basis and it all stems from our past.  In Lynch's speech, the differences of our people were used as a way to control how we viewed each other & how we viewed the "overseer."  According to the speech, the "overseer" would be loved and cherished by the slaves as long as the "overseer" used Fear, Distrust & Envy to keep the slaves against one another. Now take a moment to think about this plot against our people......this method was developed in 1712 and was designed to control us for 300 years......at least.  Not only was Fear, Distrust & Envy used, but check out this list of differences: 1:  Age - Old Black Male vs. Young Black...
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Oh, how I love Movement

​Frustrated with the school my son was in, I was heart broken that he didn’t love it. Kindergarten wasn’t what I remembered as a child. The days of short sessions, sugar cookies and naps were over. Now kindergarten was a lab of rigor, just like the rest of the grades. High expectations were based on test scores and my little one, that had a smile from ear to ear on the first day school seemed like a different child. Sadly we went through two years of tears and anxiety, bullies and incomplete assignments. It was hard for him to make friends and the pace was impossible for him to keep up with. As I went to the final conference of the school year and I looked on the bulletin board to find none of his work, I knew this wasn’t going to go well. The teachers one by one suggested retention. But as an educator myself, I knew that wasn’t the answer. Almost 40 years...
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Black Folks Winning!!!

​     Black people are constantly being fed a negative narrative that we are not succeeding. If you actually research college graduates black men and women make up for majority of college graduates today. More black children are graduating high school to attend college then ever before. But we still have our own to say we are not winning. Well if you are only factoring in what's around you then perhaps your world looks bleak. We as a people need to start looking beyond what we are told about our own and start letting our eyes help with the truth. Read "Sensory and Perception" from a Hearing Impaired Perspective on Agapevoicepublishingcompany.com written by me to get a better understanding of how you think as a person. I'm here to tell you we are winning, we are coming together on common ground, we are understanding the importance of putting our differences aside to...
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"Mugger's Marrow"

Growing up in a family that loves to cook, you always find yourself wanting to try something new. Whether it's a new recipe, a new seasoning, a new drink....in this case, it's a new sauce! Today I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Maurice Jenkins, the owner of Mugger's Marrow, LLC based in Connecticut. In 2015, Mr. Jenkins began his journey by simply "doctoring up" supermarket sauces that he would regularly purchase from a grocery store. He read the ingredients and noticed that there were a lot of unhealthy things in it. Mr. Jenkins wanted to develop a sauce that blended garlic, fruit and agave as well as an international blend of dry ingredients that gives it a sweet savory spicy kick. The first mixture was sampled at a friend's cookout and because he received such a great response, he dove deeper into his craft.  "Stick 'Em Up!" Grilling...
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ESTELLE TO PERFORM AT WINGATE CONCERT SERIES

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New York, NY - VP Records is proud to announce that Multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Estelle will be performing at the 2018 Wingate Concert Series at Wingate Park in East Flatbush on Thursday August 9th. On Thursday, August 9th, radio 107.5 WBLS-FM will co-present Afro-Caribbean/Reggae night with a live performance by Estelle. Also perfor...
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AGENT SASCO DOUBLES UP BY DROPPING TWO TRACKS

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                                                        "BANKS OF THE HOPE" & "CHANGE" FEAT.                               &nb...
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Featured Business: Natural Noire Handcrafted Skincare

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(Pictured Left to Right: Dominique and Cici, Owners) Hey everyone!  We are the owners of NaturalNoire and we want you to live each day confidently, with clear, glowing skin.  NaturalNoire is a health and beauty line that specializes in holistic skincare. We decided to collaborate on this venture because we believe in the power of plants, ...
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Tuff Kong Records Presents New Music “Non-Fiction” by John Jigg$ x Cuns featuring Benny the Butcher

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  Tuff Kong Records presents new music, "Non-Fiction" by John Jigg$ x Cuns and featuring Benny the Butcher. Lyrical Powerhouse John Jigg$ is back at it delivering more summer heat for listeners and fans. For this exclusive he's joined forces with infamously known, Benny The Butcher. The chemistry between these two monstrosities will cause an e...
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SUMMERSPLASH OFF AFTERWORK YACHT PARTY JUNE 28TH

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 Birthday Yacht Party for Jonathan and Sweetz Join us as we celebrate another year of life with our President and with the Host of the GEI Fashion Show If you've been to this birthday party the last few years - you know to get your tickets early! There will be hundreds of people of that boat... Thurs June 28th aboard the Harbor Lights Yacht le...
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Culinary Showdown Between Elephant Man and Ricky Platinum at Jerk Festival in Washington, D.C.

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  Washington, DC – With three weeks away for the 3rd Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Washington, D.C., on Sunday June 10th , anticipation is building as patrons prepare to not only feast on delicious jerk cuisine but also immerse themselves in Caribbean culture as they enjoy a variety of entertainment scheduled for this year. Along with...
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MTUME'S UNSUNG ON TV ONE

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  Legendary music composer, producer, song writer and performer JAMES MTUME created his own sound branded " sophisti-funk " and changed the face of music forever.  MTUME attributes his success to his courageous spirit."I was never afraid to be different and push forward.I always moved on to a new sound instead of going back to what I'd al...
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New Artist: Tango Slime

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 Southside Jamaica Queens is notorious for two things, a very high crime rate and producing some of Hip-Hop's greatest acts such as 50 cent , the G-Unit and the legendary Abstract , Q-Tip . Welcome it's newest addition… Tango Slime . Tango Slime was born in South Jamaica Houses aka 40 Projects. He grew up listening to these game-changing artis...
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Your chance to “BUILD UR BUZZ” for Summer 2018

YOUR CHANCE TO “BUILD UR BUZZ”
​Calling all Artists, Producers, Managers and Agents... BUILD UR BUZZ will be dropping a compilation album featuring the hottest new artists in the country to compliment our June 2018 issue.  Don’t miss the chance to be a part of this!  You have until April 15, 2015 to submit your hottest tracks to INFO@BUILD...
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New Music | Tha Bishop (@HuskyRecordsLLC) “The Universal Code”

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Husky Records LLC presents "The Universal Code" by Philly's seasoned and eccentric Hip Hop Artist, Tha Bishop. Bishop carries a lengthy musical background and resume that exceeds 15 years. Although his role throughout that time has shifted more on the business side, running his own label, and building a platform for Indie artists he never relinquis...
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NEW MUSIC |THE REAL SIMBA (@THEREALSIMBAA) “BLUE FACES”

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  NEW MUSIC |THE REAL SIMBA (@THEREALSIMBAA) "BLUE FACES" Originally from St. Catherine, Jamaica Simba moved to Mount Vernon, NY with his family to build a better life and speak dreams into existence. Growing up in Mount Vernon he experienced the environmental hardships of murder, violence, gangs, and other wraths of the street. Rather than gi...
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Red Stripe Presents Reggae Sumfest | Jamaica's Largest Music Fest Announces Lineup

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Concert Held at Catherine Hall Event Centre in Montego Bay     Early Bird Tickets available until March 31 at ReggaeSumfest.com For over a quarter of a century as the Caribbean's largest long-standing music festival, Reggae Sumfest returns to Montego Bay, Jamaica with a heavy-hitting artist lineup featuring the world's top reggae and...
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LL COOL J presents: “ROCK THE BELLS RADIO”

LL COOL J presents: “ROCK THE BELLS RADIO”
 On March 28, 2018 Sirius XM Radio debuts " ROCK THE BELLS RADIO " a new channel created by legendary rapper, author, actor and icon  LL COOL J . The channel is a brand new platform for classic hip-hop from its genesis up to the early 2000's, aptly named after LL's smash hit, " Rock the Bells ". And who better than the G.O.A.T. ...
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NEW MUSIC BY ROCKBOY RECORDS ARTIST & MOBB DEEP AFFILIATE COMPUTA “YAYO

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​ Rockboy Records Artist and Mobb Deep affiliate Computa releases new single "Yayo" produced by D/R Period and Jonny P. Notorious for his gritty bars Computa suits up boss style to deliver a familiar street tale, over a hard and suspenseful beat. Although "Yayo" depicts an 80's drug trade, listeners can interpret that musically Computa is the conne...
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Rockboy Records Present Zay The DoeBoy “Kooda” & “Set Trippin” Freestyles

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  Zay The Doeboy, originally from Brooklyn and now residing in New Jersey, was born into music, and guided by some of the majors in the industry! "Other kids were into basketball and football, but I just wanted to be in the studio all day and everyday". Raised by legendary Producer and Recording Artist, D/R Period, Zay did just that! As a chil...
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