05_Flatbed_2 - JULYWe spoke w/ former Jurassic 5 rapperCharli 2Na on Breakdown FMwho is now rolling solo in the aftermath of the group’s breakup.
We covered a number of topics including:

1-Charli 2Na speaks on his popping and strutting abilities. Breakdancing/ BBoying is what first attracted him to Hip Hop. We spoke to Charli about this because during his live shows its not unusual to see the brother bust a few moves.

2-We spoke about his Chi-Town (Chicago) upbringing and the influence house music had on him and his music. He noted that House was always an present to the point that he eventually sought out different types of music to explore including Hip Hop.

3-We talked about his Curtis Mayfield inspired song ‘Righteous Way’. He talks about how he wanted to write a song that connected various generations of his family. He sampled Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Making of You’

4-We spoke about today’s hip hop audience and whether or not they will accept and appreciate history, complexity and depth. Charli 2Na explained that reaching today’s audience can be abit of a challnge but he only knows how to speak to his audience in a mature way and refuses to dumb himself down. Its important that Hip Hop have a variety of voices and artists find lanes that allow their art to truly shine.

5-We spoke about Charli about parenting which is an increasingly engaged topic amongst those in the Hip Hop generation. 2na now has a son who is in college and he talked about the types of adjustments he’s had to make. Currently his son is one of his best friends who acts as a de facto A& R guy by keeping his dad on top of things. If his son likes it.. then Charli knows he’s in the pocket. We talked about Jurassic 5’s landmark song which dealt with this issue of parenting called ‘Contribution’ .

Charli2nasuit-2252na explained that he learned how to parent from seeing and experiencing what his absente dad did not do. He was determined not to repeat that pattern with his own son. He talked about how he and pops eventually reconciled. He also talked about the close relationship he had with his grandmother who picked up the slack while both his mom and dad dealt with their own demons.

6-Also along the family tip we with Charli 2Na about his younger brother Semaj who now travels with him, is an incredible rapper in his own right and is part of the band. 2Na explained that his younger brother who is 11 years younger has his own group called Live Radio and for years did not tell him about his rapping abilities nor come to 2na for help when he and his group got things rolling. Charli spoke about how proud he his of his brother because he made his own path and in many ways has surpassed 2na in the things they accomplished when compared to what Charli was doing at that same stage in his career. For example he noted that Semaj and Live Radio has already opened for KRS on several occassions and have done quite a few shows around LA.

Eventually 2Na pulled his brother and the group aside and spoke to them forthrrightly about the pitfalls they should avoid as a group. He noted he gave to them the same advice that Hip Hop pioneer Grandmaster Caz gave to the than young members of J5. He told them the steps to take and outlook to have to avoid jealousy and petty rivalries within the group. He talked to them about communicating etc. 2na admitted that unfortunately what Caz talked about was not fully heeded and J5 fell apart.

7-Lastly we spoke to 2na about the tragic and painful death of his cousin who was like a sister to him. They grew up in the same household. Her name was BB and she was trampled to death during an infamous nightclub fire that took place in Chicago a few years ago. She went to get her coat when all hell broke loose and people panicked inside the club. BB fell and was crushed by hundreds of club goers. 2na immortalized his cousin and the incident in the last song on his album. Its a heartwrenching touching song that includes BB herself speaking to her cousin on one the last times they saw each other. For 2Na to open himself up like that is one of the reasons we will always like and appreciate what he means and brings to Hip Hop.

8-Joining us in this interview is Charli’s good friend Supernatural. the two share with us the influence eacha have on one another. Supernat talks shares with us some insight to 2na’s writing style and overall process for recording and eventually releasing songs.



Breakdown FM Podcast-Charli 2Na Like a Fish Outta Water


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A History of Black-Brown, Unity, Tensions & Struggle in Texas

Former SNCC member and Professor Mario Salas

Former SNCC member and Professor Mario Salas

We sat down with Professor Mario Salas of San Antonio’s NW Vista College and talked with him about the history of Black-Brown unity here in the United States and in Mexico.

Salas who is mixed Black and Mexican and a former member of SNCC gave us a serious lesson that touched upon slavery, colonialism and the back drop behind some of the famous wars along the border of Mexico and Texas.

Salas started out by talking about the history between the Black Panthers and Brown Berets who are still active in San Antonio. He talked about how recently the Berets came to the aid of the African American community and helped them get a community radio station. he explained that the two groups were always able to work together because the Panthers didn’t employ cultural nationalist politics. Both groups had a revolutionary philosophy which allowed for coalitions to form.

Salas talked about the original Rainbow Coalition which was conceived by Chairman Fred Hampton who headed up the Chicago chapter of the Black Panthers. This was years before Jesse Jackson came along. The basic premise was for groups to unite around principles. One could and should have cultural pride but not at the expense of dissing or excluding other groups.

In our conversation we talked at length about immigration and how that issue has been framed and narrow-casted to only have a Brown face. Today when we say immigration we think of Mexicans trying to come to the United States and forget that there are dozens of African ethnic groups facing similar challenges in other parts of the country. Most notable are Haitians.

Salas gives us an insightful history into immigration history along the border which includes shedding light on Pancho Villa who he explained was half Black and commanded a Black army. Salas talked about how Buffalo soldiers deserted their position in the US Army and went to fight for Poncho Villa. He also talked about an army of made up of African women who came from Mexico. Salas also talked about the Afro-Mexican population in Vera Cruz. He also talked about the African influence on ‘mexican’ culture including the song La Bamba which was made famous by singer Richie Valens. He explained the song and word are African in origin.

During our interview we talked about language and how both Africans and Mexicans who were originally indigenous. Professor Salas talked about how the Spaniards literally beat the native languages out of Indigenous peoples and forced them to speak Spanish. he talked about how people were beaten in the streets of Mexico City until they spoke Spanish. This was similar to what happened with African slaves brought over to the US were beaten until they stopped using their native tongue and spoke English. With regards to Mexicans people crossing the border were beaten until they stopped speaking Spanish and started speaking English. I’m not sure people realize the level of brutality that was imposed upon slaves and native peoples by those who colonized these lands. Salas went on to add in great detail about the origins of Mexican identity and how this led to the erasing the history of indigenous people’s tribes and cultural heritage.

We spoke about the Battle of Alamo where Professor Salas explained that it was essentially a ‘slave owner rebellion’ that centered around Mexico’s President at the time whowas Afro-Mexican banning slavery. He gives the full history of this and talks about  who is immortalized in the break beat song ‘The Mexican’ by Babe Ruth

We talked at length about the caste system in Mexico which was imposed by the Spaniards who brought over 300 thousand African slaves and forced to breed and marry to lighten up the race. Salas explained that certain last names were given to people to indicate that they were African vs Native. Names like Moreno and Grito are two of the many.

blackandbrownunity-225We concluded into our conversation by talking about the challenge both Blacks and Browns have in the US. They include buying into White Supremacy, Sharing Power and avoiding Divide and Conquer tactics. Salas said it was important that we support those who share the same goals and principles and not just a Brown or Black face. he talked about the miscalculation it was for some Black organizations to support Clarence Thomas and for some Mexican organizations to support Alberto Gonzalez. Salas noted that we should all strive to have a global perspective, be fully engaged and aware of policies we have toward Latin America and to connect the dots where ever possible.

We also talked about the opportunity and role that President Obamahas in enhancing Black-Brown unity. We talked about regional differences and how Black Brown unity has different faces and challenges in various parts of the country. Texas has a unique history which is different then what takes place in California which is different than what takes place in New York or Miami. He noted in Texas the history may even be different in various parts of the state. For example, in east texas, the culture is more Southern. In other parts Texas is much more Southwestern.

Professor Salas suggested we read books like ‘Black and Brown’ by Gerald Horne which is filled with historical facts and highlights points of unity. He said we should also read Texis Devils by Michael Collardwhich focuses on the history of ther Texas Rangers who were essentially a Ku Klux Klan force that terroized the Mexican population in Texas.

Below is a video which gives a short exceprt of our conversation.. T o hear the entire entire peep our Breakdown FM podcast



Breakdown FM Podcast: Black and Brown Unity-The History


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Are The Dallas Cowboys Still America’s Football Team or Does That Title Belong to Pittsburgh?

We recently attended the Netroots Convention in Pittsburgh which is home to 6 time Superbowl champs  The Pittsburgh Steelers.

We noticed alot of the residents had their chests puffed out and a little extra pep in their step so we confronted them to remind them that inspite of their lofty Superbowl titles, America’s Football Team resides in Texas-Dallas Texas and they are called the Cowboys.

This of course did not sit well with the Pittsburgh folks who barked back. Popular Hip Hop stars, Jasiri X and Paradise Gray of the legendary group X-Clan are die hard Steeler fans who were up for the great debate..Is America’s Football team still the Dallas Cowboys or now the Pittsburgh Steelers?

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Who Will Be Texas’ Next US Senator? Meet Houston Mayor Bill White

Currently a lot of attention is focused on the Governor’s race here in Texas. People are buzzing about the contentious nature of the contest and how the GOP has a widening split. That’s a noteworthy scenario in a state that is now a battleground state.  However, if this  ‘newer and bluer’ Texas is going to be a a force on the national scale then it needs to have some one with left leaning politics sitting in one of the states two Senate seats. Enter Houston Mayor Bill White.

He clearly understands whats at stake and has already started campaigning and making his name better known beyond the confines of Houston. The battle to win Kay Bailey Hutchison’ soon to be vacated seat as she shoots to be governor will be hard fought but Mayor White feels he’s up for the job.  

He attended the Netroots Convention in Pittsburgh earlier this month where he let the national blogasphere know that there’s a new day in Texas and for folks to pay attention. he touted the states progress including its commitment to be a leader in Green economy.

We went down to Houston and caught up with Mayor White. In this 4 pt interview he covers a variety of topics that he feels will be important to Texans, especially those who are just getting acclimated to politics.

Here in pt 1 we sit down w/ Houston Mayor Bill White where he explains why he is the man for the job and why the state of Texas is ready for him. He talks about the role Houston played in Katrina relief efforts and why Texas is on a roll leading the way in the Green economy. he also downplays the notion of Texas moving in a blue political direction.  He says he’s here for all Texans.

Here in pt 2 We continue our conversation w/ Houston Mayor Bill White. We ask him to weigh in on key issues facing Texas right now and to remove his mayoral hat and put on his Senate cap.  He explains what approach he would take on the issues of healthcare and the economy if he was sitting in the US Senate currently occupied by Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Here in pt3  Bill White the Mayor of Houston who is running for US Senate talks to us about his plans and strategy for dealing with immigration and immigration reform.

In pt4 of our interview We sat down and concluded our conversation with Houston mayor Bill White who is running for US Senate. Here he talks about education, job training & offers advice for first time voters who he feels will play a crucial role in upcoming elections.  He reminds younger voters that the election of President Obama is one of many steps they have yet to take.  He wants them to involve themselves in the process even more.

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Women Stand Strong and Push for Change in Texas

Texas is home to a rich history of resistance in the belly of the beast.  As a “Red State” self proclaimed by many republican officials who continuously try to push their conservative agendas, it is no wonder why we hardly ever hear about the positive community work being done on the ground to shift Texas politics.

At the forefront of the grassroots social justice movement in Texas, are many women of color whose sacrifices have led them to be well known community activists, often unnoticed in the larger public eye.

During the weekend of July 31 – August 02, 2009, Alma de Mujer: Center for Social Change held the first Women’s Activist Gathering in Austin, TX.  The gathering drew over 50 Texas-based Native women/Indigenous women and women of color activists whose work focuses on Native sovereignty, immigration and/or environmental justice. I caught up with several of the women at the gathering and asked them to share stories about their personal journeys as women of color activists as well as to discuss why Alma de Mujer is an important gathering space for women in Texas.

The first video includes a conversation (in Spanish) with Petra Mata, Executive Director of Fuerza Unida based in San Antonio, TX.  Fuerza Unida formed 19 years ago when a Levi’s Factory in San Antonio closed down leaving more than 1,150 workers, mostly women, unemployed and with unjust severance pay. 

Fuerza Unida first started as a support group for women, and later turned to a woman’s leadership development center for women in San Antonio using education, social work, and activism in the community.

The second video includes the first part of a series of conversations with Cemelli de Aztlan, Executive Director for the Indigenous Cultures Institute in San Marcos, Tx.  Cemelli is a Xicana born in El Paso, TX and has recently graduated from Harvard University.  In this video, Cemelli talks about the Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor as it relates to the Peace and Dignity Journeys and touched on the importance of Texas being the caretakers of the sacred medicine, peyote.

 In videos to come, Cemelli will discuss the issue of women of Juarez murders along the El Paso – Juarez border, the issue of globalization and her views on Sotomayor, as well as her views on Alma de Mujer:  Center for Social Change.
For more information about Alma de Mujer, visit

Article and videos by Erika Gonzalez

co-director of PODER

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How Did Senator Edward Kennedy’s Work Affect Young People?

Almost every politician likes to utter the cliches of ‘helping’ or reaching out to the young people. Very few do more than roll up take a few pictures and bounce until the next photo op. Very few have taken the steps to craft legislation that would lead to young people being empowered. The conventional wisdom is that young people don’t vote so why bother doing anything for a segment of the population that doesn’t vote or put much pressure on to move in a particular political direction. Such was not the case with Ted Kennedy. He took that aspect of his career very seriously.

Our good friends at MTV lay out a few of Kennedy’s accomplishments with respect to creating and pushing bills designed to help young people. We hope folks take this to heart and commit themselves in following on those footsteps with the goal of taking the late Senator’s legacy to new heights.

-Davey D-

How Did Senator Edward Kennedy’s Work Affect Young People?

Late senator helped lower voting age to 18 and sponsored many college grant and loan programs.

By Gil Kaufman

Young people lost a key ally in the Senate with his passing

Young people lost a key ally in the Senate with his passing

Senator Edward Kennedy

was known for many things in his 46-year Senate career, including a tenacity that could put the fear into presidents both Democratic and Republican, a willingness to work with colleagues across the aisle to pass major legislation and a focus on improving the lives of children and young people. For decades, Kennedy, who passed away on Tuesday at 77 after a long battle with brain cancer, sponsored a number of bills that greatly enriched the lives of America’s youth.

One of Kennedy’s early triumphs was his participation in creating the National Teachers Corps, part of the Higher Education Act of 1965 that helped to provide scholarships for teachers who agreed to spend two years working in economically disadvantaged communities in the U.S., training them to work in low income, inner-city and rural schools. Three years later, he also championed the Bilingual Education Act of 1968, which required schools to offer bilingual education programs.

Another of his most lasting legacies for young voters is his amendment of the Voting Rights Act in 1970, which laid the groundwork for a constitutional amendment lowering the voting age from 21 to 18.

Kennedy was one of the key supporters of equal rights for female high school and college athletes under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which protected women from discrimination in educational institutions and increased opportunities for women to participate in college sports. In 1975, Kennedy was the original co-sponsor of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (later the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), which required free and appropriate education for children with disabilities in every state. He would also later sponsor legislation authorizing grants for early learning for infants and toddlers with disabilities and a child-care act for members of the military that is still considered one of the best child-care systems in the country.

Among his initiatives in the 1990s that impacted the lives of young Americans: the repeal of the ban on women serving as combat aviators in the armed services, an expansion of the early education Head Start program, a $500 million appropriation to expand the Summer Jobs for Youth Program and the establishment of the Direct Lending Program, which allowed the Department of Education to provide low-cost loans to college students to cover educational expenses.

The senator offered his crucial sponsorship to another important bill in 1993, helping to secure the passage of the National Community Service Trust Act, which created AmeriCorps, a program that offers educational grants for more than 75,000 students a year who agree to do volunteer service after college.

In one of his most controversial legislative initiatives, Kennedy worked with President Bush in 2001 to pass the No Child Left Behind educational act, an often-maligned bill that set standards for schools in an effort to close achievement gaps.

Long an advocate for an increase in the minimum wage — which affects many young workers — Kennedy finally succeeded in 2007 in passing the first increase in the federal minimum wage in more than a decade, from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 an hour. That year, he also worked on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which authorized the biggest increase in student aid since the G.I. Bill in 1944 and included a loan-forgiveness program that allows more college graduates to go into public service.

In one of his final efforts on behalf of young Americans, Kennedy co-sponsored the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act, which expanded grants to low-income students, worked to reform the student loan marketplace, simplified the process of applying for federal financial aid and held colleges more accountable for their costs.

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Ted Kennedy’s Legacy in the Black Community

The passing of Senator Edward Kennedy meant the end of an era especially for a lot of elders and vets of the Civil Rights struggle

The passing of Senator Edward Kennedy meant the end of an era especially for a lot of elders and vets of the Civil Rights struggle

When you talk to alot of elders in the community you hear them remark fondly about the ‘Age of Camelot’ in the early 60s. This was when a young John F Kennedy ascended to the White House against all odds and his two brothers Robert and Edward aka ‘Ted’ came along with him and took high profile seats in the government. Robert became Attorney General and Ted went onto start what would be a 47 year tenure in the Senate.

To hear the elders tell it, the Kennedy brothers brought with them a youthful energy that inspired hope and gave people a sense of empowerment. It’s that energy that has led many to compare President Obama to what they saw and felt with the Kennedys. For Black folks, the Kennedy brothers underscored that hope. For the first time those who were struggling to dismantle the nation’s harsh Jim Crow Laws, the Kennedy’s were an unexpected friend in the White House. For many, there was an understanding that while people were sitting in at lunch counters, boycotting buses, integrating schools and boldly challenging voting right laws, the wicked brutality they experienced oftentimes at the hands of southern police with the full support of local and state government, the Kennedy’s were the federal answer that would eventually triumph.

When John and later Robert Kennedy were killed many in the Black community took it hard. Those involved in the Civil Rights struggle felt they lost key allies and Ted was the one kernel of hope they had left. Him speaking out forcefully and championing numerous causes that spoke to the poor and down trodden during the reign of President Ronald Regan was a blessing that kept many connected to the Age of Camelot. Him endorsing Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton, struck a major chord and went along ways amongst those old enough to remember.

For those who are younger, Senator Kennedy was the large, robust grey haired Senator who was called a liberal and would make his points loud and passionately in the Senate chambers. He was a good guy if you rolled with his politics, but he didn’t evoke that same emotional connection I could see with my mom and others who watched the tributes playing on TV yesterday. The passing of Senator Edward Kennedy was truly the end of an era especially for an older generation. He will be missed.

-Davey D-


Ted Kennedy’s Legacy in the Black Community

The Loop 21, Commentary, Marvin King, Review it on NewsTrust

I was deeply saddened upon hearing that Ted Kennedy, the Lion of the Senate, had died due to a brain tumor. I was sad because the Kennedy clan lost another of its leaders, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, just two weeks ago. But even more so because I really believe that Kennedy represents the last of a breed, and I’m afraid my daughter will grow up in a world where people like Kennedy, who actually serve the people, are no more.

Kennedy was special because of his tireless work for the dispossessed, the immigrant, the disenfranchised, the poor, the everyman and every woman that makes America great.

As a man of privilege, Kennedy did not know poverty, but as he came from a family of immigrants, he recognized that if we could establish a level playing field, anyone in America can succeed. Given the proper tools and sufficient opportunity, Kennedy believed all Americans could reach loftier perches.

And for that purpose he worked. For more than 40 years, he worked in the Senate to provide us with that opportunity. As a staunch supporter of President Johnson’s Great Society, Kennedy made sure segregationist congressmen did not water down critical legislation such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. His first piece of legislation, the Hart-Celler Act of 1965, opened up American immigration policy to be more inclusive of immigrants from places other than Europe. His vision, one of pragmatic fairness for all Americans, will not and cannot be easily replaced.

Massachusetts has a relatively small black population, just 7 percent, yet he acted as if winning the black vote was the key to electoral success. Like his brother John F. Kennedy, who submitted the original Civil Rights Act, Ted realized that America could not fulfill its promise as long as it treated Blacks as second-class citizens. It was extra meaningful then when Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama early in the primary season, despite his longstanding friendship with the Clintons. Kennedy understood before most of us what the symbolic benefit of an Obama presidency would mean.

Kennedy was always a proud liberal and never compromised his beliefs, even though he occasionally sought political compromise. This was most evident in 2001 when he reached across the aisle to work with Republicans in crafting No Child Left Behind, because he believed we must do something to improve our schools. Yet, he always remained a true Democrat; he bitterly complained when those same Republicans failed to adequately fund NCLB.

Kennedy was at his best in 1980 when he challenged Jimmy Carter for the Democratic presidential nomination. In an America moving to the right, Kennedy called for a more liberal platform. Although his bid to unseat Carter failed, Kennedy shined a bright light on the issues he believed Congress and the president had neglected, most notably assistance for the poor in fighting nasty rates of inflation and unemployment.

His loss will be, and already is, greatly felt in the great health care debate. The Senate could use his calming influence during the greatest domestic policy debate in a generation. Hopefully, congressional Democrats can summon Kennedy’s courage and vision and pass meaningful reform that would make him proud.

Marvin King is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Mississippiand writes the blog King Politics.

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The Kennedy brothers ushered in the Age of Camelot

The Kennedy brothers ushered in the Age of Camelot


Fidel Castro Comments On Right Wing Racists Attacking Barack Obama

Rise Up Hip Hop Nation: “I Wish I Were Wrong”
by Professor Kristina Wright

Professor Tina Wright gives a great analysis of both Reuter's and Fidel's Castro's articles on Race and Barack Obama

Professor Tina Wright highlights two columns, one by a Reuter's and the other by Fidel's Castro which gives an indepth analysis of Race and Barack Obama

I have had a number of conversations with friends about Castro and Cuba as a model for social justice. I always give credit to the regime for its health care and education systems, but am not as enthusiastic about Cuba as a model as other progressives, leftists, or revolutionaries seem to be.

– I argue that the people’s power for self determination is undermined by a life long leader, but my sparring partners rationalize the need for a strong leader as the only way to fight US imperialism.

– I say that their isolation could have been used to demonstrate complete self sustainability (agriculture for example) and there would be no need to be a part of the “world market” but Cuba supporters think that is impossible for Cuba to be completely self sustaining…not sure why however…

Fidel Castro offers up a column that shows more empathy and not criticism for Barack Obama

Fidel Castro offers up a column that shows more empathy and not criticism for Barack Obama

– I argue that a true socialist country despite its history would not show the same racialized poverty (and racism in general) that permeates the rest of the world, but they say history takes time to correct.

I offer this to say, I am not a Castro supporter or hater. In theory, I believe his ideology is correct. In practice, it loses its credibility (as long as Cuba is a class and race based non-democratic society…which it is).

But I completely agree with Castro’s latest analysis of Obama’s challenges. With the racist white supremacist unable to accept Obama as president, he is being attacked fiercely. Instead of recognizing this and its repercussions on the future, many on the left are caught up in petty politics and also blaming Obama for not being all they want him to be. In getting caught in that trap, I see an opportunity for real democracy slipping quickly.

If action trumps criticism, progressives can have all they want with an Obama administration…but if we continue to let white nationalist fascists frame the mainstream dialogue, an opportunity is wasted for radical change. Read this analysis from Castro carefully…and if you want social justice for all people…take heed.

Written by Tina Wright

below are links to the articles in question

Fidel Castro ‘s latest column is an interesting read. Here is the synopsis by Reuters:

Fidel Castro says racist right-wingers fight Obama Wish I Were Wrong!

Here is Fidel’s entire column (English translation):

I Wish i Was Wrong


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Woman Beaten at 50 Cent’s Mansion for Refusing Oral Sex-Men What’s Our Stance on this?


DaveyD-leather-225This is a bad look for Hip Hop on a number of fronts. First this comes on the heels of Chris Brown being sentenced to 5 years probation for viciously beating Rihannalast February who was then his girlfriend at the time. We are now learning that court documents reveal the Brown had laid hands on Rihanna on 3 other occasions. One would think that all of us within Hip Hop would be above and beyond reproach with such incidents. All eyes will be on 50 Cent to see how he addresses this scenario even though he wasn’t cited for any wrong doing. This took place in his house and will undoubtly cast him in a bad light. Many women will be looking to see if he speaks out about this violence.

On another note this incident comes on the heels of an explosive essay written by feminist Jennifer McLune Make Her Say (Poke Her Face): Un-conscious Hip Hop, Oral Rape and the Silencing of Women . Here McLune lambasting a popular song called Poke Her Face which features Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Common.

While McLune’s essay was embraced by many, she also got a lot of push back, from mainly men who were upset about her analysis. Some said she was reaching and that she was using the song to show a deep seated hatred toward brothers. Others said the song was about an activity that is mutually enjoyed by men and women and that she was somehow being prudish in her objections.

Even though 50 Cent is not being accused of any wrong doing a vicious beating of a woman who refused oral sex took place at his house-Should he be speaking out about this?

Even though 50 Cent is not being accused of any wrong doing a vicious beating of a woman who refused oral sex took place at his house-Should he be speaking out about this?

The author Jennifer McLune took issue with song depicting violent oral sex. She argued that repeatedly hearing such songs will actually normalize and may even encourage violence toward women. She wasn’t naive enough to believe that someone listening to a song would suddenly go out and commit violence, but these songs come to underscore a culture that seems to scoff at and dismiss violence toward women far too often.

I guess its fair to ask the question, will those men speak up and roundly condemn the beating that took place at 50 Cent’s mansion? Will they speak up if for any reason just to show that this was not indicative of the behavior McLune feared was manifesting itself?

Violence over refusal to have oral sex at the home of a popular rap star? This is not a good look. How will we as men make this a teachable and hopeful preventable moment or should we?

Something to ponder

-Davey D-

 Woman Beaten at 50 cents Mansion for Refusing Oral Sex

By Roman Wolfe

A man employed by 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records is accused of attacking a woman last Sunday (August 16), after she refused his requests for oral sex.

News broke last week that Dwayne McKenzie, 28, and Michelle Krzykowski, 21, were accused of assaulting a woman on 50 Cent’s sprawling mansion in Farmington, Connecticut.

The incident began after McKenzie made the request, which resulted in an argument between McKenzie and one of the woman’s friends.

When the two women and their friends attempted to leave, Krzykowski attacked one of the women, striking her in the head with a hard object, as McKenzie held the woman down.

The unknown woman, who had danced in music videos in the past, managed to pepper spray McKenzie, Krzykowski, flee the scene and call 911.

According to the Hartford Courtant, the woman’s head wound was serious, requiring a total of 9 staples to close the gash.

Krzykowski has told police that she was intoxicated during the assault and only remembers that the women had called her a “cracker.”


Police: Spurned Request For Sex Led To Beating At 50 Cent’s Mansion

By CHRISTINE DEMPSEY The Hartford Courant,0,722161.story

FARMINGTON — – A request for oral sex led to an attack on a woman at rapper 50 Cent‘s mansion, according to court documents obtained Monday.

Police said the woman, who was not identified, had cuts and a gash on the back of her head after the early morning incident on Aug. 16.

Dwayne McKenzie — who works for 50 Cent and lives in a building at the rapper’s sprawling estate at 50 Poplar Hill Drive — is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Hartford today.

McKenzie, 28, and Michelle Krzykowski of New Britain, who turns 21 today, were charged with second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault and breach of peace, police said. McKenzie, who has arrest records in Farmington and Hartford, also was charged with first-degree unlawful restraint.

McKenzie was arrested Thursday after he was stopped by New Britain police on suspicion of violating seat belt laws, and Krzykowski turned herself in on a warrant the same day, said Farmington Lt. William Tyler. Krzykowski is due in court Sept. 1.

50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, was not involved in the assault, Tyler said.

According to the warrant for McKenzie’s arrest, McKenzie asked a woman for oral sex. The woman had danced in a music video for another man who also was at the mansion that night.

One of the woman’s friends took offense and argued with McKenzie, police said. The two women and their friends decided to leave and were in the driveway when Krzykowski ran at the group and grabbed one of the women, witnesses said.

McKenzie yelled that she was attacking the wrong person, and Krzykowski turned her attention to the victim, hitting her in the head with a hard object, the warrant states. The resulting gash required nine staples to close.

Witnesses told police that McKenzie pinned the victim to the ground while Krzykowski hit her. Krzykowski had been doing anything McKenzie told her to do that night, one witness told police.

The victim was able to get away after blasting her attackers with pepper spray, police said. She got into a friend’s car and they left, calling 911 from a cellphone about 3:50 a.m.

Krzykowski told police she was very drunk and didn’t remember talking to the other women at the house, although she recalled they had called her “cracker” — a derogatory name for white people — and that one of the women hit her.

McKenzie told police two women were involved in a fight, and that he broke it up and escorted them off the property.

In a different Farmington case from May, McKenzie faces charges including assault and strangulation. He also was found guilty in 2007 of illegal possession of a firearm, for which he received a suspended, five-year prison sentence, according to court documents.

McKenzie is part of 50 Cent’s business known as “G-Unit,” said his lawyer, Gerald Klein.

•Courant Staff Writer Hilda Munoz contributed to this story.

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LULAC Set to Sue Texas Democrats Over Two-Step Primaray Rules

lulacThis should be very interesting and we should pay close attention to how this unfolds.  On one hand we all remember the immense controversy that took place during the Democratic primaries. Obama supporters complained of voter suppression tactics by Hillary supporters. Others were upset when Obama came away with more delegates at the end of the day because he had a shrewd  two-step caucus strategy.LULAC is not saying whether or not they were upset that one candidate over another received more delegates, but conventional wisdom suggest this may have been spawned from the Clinton defeat.

On another note this dispute should be watched to see how it positions Latino voters  and leaders within the Democratic Party. Texas is changing and as  Brown communities began to assert their political muscle it’ll inevitably cause some growing pains. Will Texas Democrats accommodate the request by LULAC as suggested? Is LULAC an electoral factor amongst Latino voters? Is the Texas two step a worth while activity during democratic primaries? We know it was hectic during the last one..Stay tuned and weigh in..

-Davey D-


Ruling favors Latino voters in Texas Democrat suit


 SAN ANTONIO – Latino voters celebrated a federal court ruling Tuesday that came down against the Texas Democratic Party and could put the complicated “Texas Two-step” presidential delegate system in jeopardy.

The ruling by a three-judge panel will allow the lawsuit to go forward and put the Texas delegate system closer to facing a potential review by the Justice Department, which Latino advocates sought in the aftermath of last year’s intense Democratic primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

In a lawsuit filed last year, the Latino groups argued that the way Texas Democrats awarded presidential delegates unfairly discriminated against Latinos by awarding fewer presidential delegates to heavily Hispanic areas. They did not contest to whom the delegates were awarded, but rather how the allotment was made.

Latino advocates saw Tuesday’s ruling as clearing the way for the party’s complex process of awarding delegates through a primary and caucus to be done away with entirely.

“The whole state of Texas should be celebrating with us,” said Luis Roberto Vera Jr., an attorney for the League of United Latin American Citizens. “That was the biggest, most chaotic, moronic thing when they went through that Texas two-step.”

The Texas Democratic Party said it was reviewing the court’s decision and emphasized that the panel in San Antonio did not find its delegate allocation plan discriminatory.

“The Texas Democratic Party fully supports all aspects of the Voting Rights Act and works diligently to ensure the participation of all Texans in the electoral process,” the party said in a statement.

The ruling stopped short of requiring the Texas Democratic Party to seek federal pre-clearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires all or parts of 16 mainly southern states to get federal approval before making changes in the way elections are conducted.

The panel did, however, urge the party to take that step voluntarily.

“Indeed, political expediency and the TDP’s stated support for Section 5 might counsel it now to seek pre-clearance of its delegate allocation rules instead of proceeding further in this litigation,” the court said.

Nearly all the delegates in the Texas system are apportioned based on Democratic voter turnout numbers in previous elections in state senate districts. For Latino districts, that meant low turnout in a 2006 gubernatorial election resulted in fewer presidential delegates in the 2008 primary and caucuses.

Among the judges on the panel was U.S. District Judge Fred Biery, who dismissed the suit last year after ruling the spirit and intent of the federal Voting Rights Act was not violated. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans kicked the case back to a thee-judge panel in February.

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