On March 7th, 2014 Taikein Cooper decided to make a trip to Memphis to visit Whitehaven High School. Whitehaven is known for it's great academics but as well for the high gang population and fatherless homes. Mr. Cooper spoke with the entire senior class in the auditorium, enlightening the class about the importance of education, self motivation, and becoming a outstanding person rather than just being another person in a group. The senior class was so enthused with the future congressman, they asked so many educational questions, trying to figure out how can they achieve their goals. After the presentation, the teachers of Whitehaven High School spoke with Mr.Cooper and thanked him highly for the enlightenment he gave to the children.
Mr. Cooper also spoke with the 5th graders of Graves Elementary. Sadly, Graves will be closing at the end of the school year, which means some teachers will be without a job.
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A few years ago I got into a debate with a few friends of mine about how many of the diamonds & jewelry that most rap artists wear do not have really have any REAL value. I tried to educate them on the history of engagement rings, blood diamonds, & an a myriad of things that could be easily researched through google, but people don't always listen to you unless it's on television or something. Well go ahead & watch this and should you & your significant other decide to get engaged you may want to invest in real estate instead of spending heavy for something that doesn't have any REAL value. But I have to agree with the college humor crew..... Most of you will still buy them anyway.
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EXCLUSIVE FASHION AND MUSIC SHOWCASE BECOMES ACCESIBLE TO ALL F.A.M.E. The Experience Magazine to debut in fall of 2013 brought to you by Music Industry veteran Rodney Simpson, Celebrity designer KL Allen and Visual Artist and Owner of Royal Flush Studios William Floyd.
ATLANTA, Ga. --- Reinventing the standard Fashion and Art magazine, F.A.M.E. The Experience Magazine will launch bringing forth new elements of Fashion, Art, Music, and Education in digital, print and live form.
F.A.M.E The Experience magazine was birthed from the powerful triad formed when Rodney Simpson creator of F.A.M.E The Experience tour, Celebrity Couture designer KL. Allen and Artist / Design professional William Floyd joined forces. This magazine will feature emerging talent in fashion, music, art and education. Fashion will be over seen by Mr. Allen as he dives into the world of fashion from a different view point and perspective, Floyd will hold down the Art aspects with some new and inventive ways to view art from around the world and Simpson will be your guide thru the Music section by providing information on the business from a insiders point of view.
"The purpose of F.A.M.E. The Experience magazine is to bring attention to the educational aspects of the Entertainment industry, as well as provide knowledge for people who want to take charge of their own career or serve in a business capacity." - Simpson
With a team of writers and contributors running the gamut from music industry veterans and fashion models, to renowned artists, celebrity stylists and designers, F.A.M.E. the Experience Magazine will examine the influences that Fashion, Art and Music have on various aspects of life. Each issue will contain eye witness accounts of street art and underground artists, reviews on edgy and artistically inclined restaurants, interviews with industry newcomers, veterans and background personnel. There will introspective topics discussing the impact of current music and fashion trends on physical and emotional health, politics and society. Educational components of these fields will be prominent in every issue.
F.A.M.E. the Experience magazine is a monthly digital and print publication, which will also run in conjunction with Perfect Culture, a monthly event showcasing some of the talent displayed in the monthly issue.
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Goodie Mob's album, "Age Against The Machine," due out on August 27 reuniting all four members as a unit (Khujo, Cee-Lo, Big Gipp, & T-Mo) since the "World Party" album dropped back in 1999. New video directed by John Columbo.
Right now Chicago is being called a land ripe for talent since record labels and media types are scouring the city for the next young voice to come from it's bristling, and tragic, rap scene. I use both of those words because it is obvious that rappers like Chief Keef, Lil Mouse, Lil Reese, Lil Durk are being rewarded for rapping about their tragedies. Some will say they are getting paid to spread poison, violence, degradation, etc. Yes, all of those things too. But at the end of the day, whether you want to place square blame on them for spreading it, they are nothing more than "bombs" being thrown into the Black community to ravage and destroy, like Rhymefest once said. Bombs in the sense that they are simply picked up and thrown by whoever has them in their hands...in their case that would be the record labels and media types praising them for being the "voice of the streets," "voice of the youth," or whatever kind of tired ass phrase people come up with.
One thing I've always hated about that phrase and ones like it is that cats act like the streets only consist of niggas with guns, gangs, hoes, drugs or whatever else falls in line with them. I could've swore the "streets" also have old ladies on the porch, dudes who work at UPS, women who are cashiers and do hair on the side, kids who play street football, etc. Can they not be a "voice of the streets" too?
Well, I'm glad to say that not all "lil" kids in Chicago are out preaching street gospel, some of them are actually speaking up for another struggle. One is named Asean Johnson.
I recently came across this video of him giving a speech voicing his displeasure with the closing of 54 Chicago city schools...by a board of people that weren't even elected by the community. If you haven't been keeping up, Chicago's crime problem has been compounded by a deteriorating school system where the kids feel unsafe and teachers don't even want to go.
Asean, who is nine years old, wrote the speech himself and the only assistance he got was from his mom and teachers for grammar.
I've been covering what's been happening in Chicago off and on for the last couple of years. I'm not going to proclaim to be an expert or have all or any answers, but, I know what's going on and have been sharing it with whoever reads while most of my peers who claim to have their ear to the "streets" have opted to cover Chief Keef and his shenanigans or whatever mindless song or mixtape one of these "lil" rappers drops on the internet.
So, I just wanted to do my part and expose ya'll to a another young voice out of Chicago, a necessary one at that. Asean Johnson isn't dropping a mixtape tomorrow. I doubt Rick Ross will find him to sign him to MMG. And I don't expect Kanye to take his speech, remix it and throw Pusha T and Big Sean on it either.
The GooDie MO is Back! Evidence: This potent track loaded with lyrics that matter and a challenge to today's artists (and us all): Be special! With Janelle Monae on the hook, this is GooDie MOB with "Special Education."
I was just nine years old when I got my hands and ears on "The Score." I didn't know at the time how this album would continue to nurture and shape my love for Hip Hop. Sixteen years later, I still crave to hear the opening guitar chord that precedes Wyclef's claim to their [then] number one spot.
"We used to be number 10, now we're permanent one."
FU-GEE-LA was the lead single from Hip Hop trio, The Fugees, from their second full release, THE SCORE. At nine years old, I couldn't fully comprehend the lyrics but the beat and hook held me captive every time. And still does to this day. What, or should I say, WHO stood out the most to me, though, was Ms. Lauryn Hill. She held her own as Wyclef and Pras' masculinity dominated; or at least, it tried to. It was never a battle on the mic between these three emcees. Rather a cipher of lyrically inclined individuals on raw, Hip Hop bass lines and kick-drums.
And it was to my delight when Lauryn Hill released, THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL, in 1998 [under Ruffhouse & Columbia Records]. There was not one song on that album that one could possibly skip over or hate. Ms. Hill had bars, punchlines, lyrics and stories for days. Sixteen tracks filled with Ms. Hill's impeccable lyricism and soulful voice was something that era in Hip Hop needed. And something this generation needs desperately.
I knew that she was going through legal issues and had distanced herself from the mainstream world of the music industry so I was hesitant for a bit. But I read further down the article and saw this:
While she has made sporadic appearances in recent years, I am beyond elated to hear of this news. Ever since I was a little shorty, I was in awe by Lauryn Hill's music. If she can pull off a successful comeback, which I totally believe she could, it would be a great thing for Hip Hop. It is an even greater thing for the younger generation to witness. In this day and age of "swag music," "stoner Hip Hop" and "trap music," Lauryn Hill would surely be a breath of (re)FRESH air.
No longer an "Ex-Factor," we thought we had "Lost One," but "When It Hurts So Bad," there's no better release than to do "That Thing" you do so well Ms. Hill! That giddy, little nine year old in me looks forward to your Hip Hop.