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The journey began for Eddy Lamarre, the lyricist who would become Precise. Chicago native Precise developed his skills from his experiences as a child attending his father's band rehearsals. His fathe... Read More


 

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There is nothing 'Fabolous' about domestic violence

   

There is nothing 'Fabolous' about domestic violence

My son was five years old. I was in the middle of a separation with my ex wife and I went back to the house with him to get something. The locks were changed. I was furious. My ex wife came home we started to argue. We were in the bedroom and I snatched the keys to her truck and threatened to take it with me. I ran down the stairs and as I was heading outside she jumped on my back and I pushed her off. A neighbor across the street witnessed this and called the police. I sped out of the driveway in my own car furious and emotional until I was able to calm down. Fast forward 9 years and my son gets in trouble for pushing a girl. I call him and tell him he should never put his hands on a woman and he says "You did it." I asked him when and he began to recount the experience when I pushed his mom off of my back. I couldn't say anything but sorry. I never once thought that he witnessed it and I never thought that pushing her would be viewed as me hitting her. I still feel the same way. However in a child's mind they see it differently and obviously it has stuck with him over time. I'm sharing this because I'm not sure as a society we truly understand how are actions in the face of our children shape minds. I'm also not sure that people truly understand how domestic violence takes many shapes and forms. The latest celebrity in the crosshairs of internet ire is Fabolous. Fabolous longtime girlfriend Emily B has accused him of punching her in the face repeatedly knocking out two of her teeth. Court documents obtained by NorthJersey.com accuse Fabolous of hitting a woman seven times, resulting in "severe damage to her two front teeth," This news is very disturbing and extremely disappointing. Why would any man hit a woman with so much force that you knock her teeth out? How could you do this to any woman?  In the age of immediate information and the court of public opinion Fabolous is being torn to shreds as he should be. But, as we point the fingers of judgement this issue of domestic violence needs to be addressed more aggressively.According to stats compiled by the Women of Color Network an estimated 29.1% of Black women are victimized by intimate partner violence in their lifetime (rape, physical assault or stalking). Black women experience intimate partner violence at a rate of 35% higher than that of White women and about 2.5 times the rate of other races. Black women are less likely to leverage social service or battered women programs or go to the hospital as a result.So the question is, how do we address this sickness that is plaguing our community? How do we change the narrative in a way so that our young men know that under no circumstance should we raise our hands to our women. What do we do to encourage those who have been affected by domestic violence to seek help and counseling?One thing we must never discount is that all of this is learned behavior. 400 years of lynchings killing and murdering has somehow normalized a savage mind-state. It is time to hold each other accountable and take the proper action when Black women or any woman is assaulted. It starts with teaching our sons and our daughters the proper way to deal with their emotions. After my youngest called me to the carpet with his understanding of what happened it forced me to take full account and responsibility for what I had done. I may not have knocked anyones teeth out but that push left an almost indelible stain on the mind of my impressionable child and now I have to repair this in a real way by taking accountability and showing my son how situations like that should be handled. How can we get better? What do you think should be done? Share your thoughts below.

-Precis


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Chance The Rapper talks about his daughter, his Grammys and Kanye at MCA

Chance The Rapper recently appeared at the MCA in Chicago to take part in a discussion series called "In Sight Out". It's an in depth dive into the artist and has featured other artists like Solange Knowles and Mick Jenkins.Adrienne Samuels Gibbs conducted the interview and dove right into the convo. The discussion meandered from topics such as Art collection, God, Kanye and SNL.Chance spoke passionately about his SNL experience because of what it meant to him as a child. He was so involved in the process and takes pride in what he was able to bring to the table with the help of his friends.We were able to ask Chance about an extremely poignant and emotional moment in his career. The 3 time Grammy award winner was unboxing his awards with his family present. His daughter helped him unpack the awards and in a highly touching moment she hugged her dad and Chance began to cry.We asked Chance why he was so emotional in that moment. "It was such a big moment for me, I purposely didn't sign (a record deal) and kept saying no to amounts of money that I knew I wouldn't see for a long time because I just thought it would be cool for somebody to say I got the Grammy without a label. I got them and I'm holding the Grammy that weighs around seven to ten pounds in one hand and my daughter who is about thirty pounds and I stood there as a scale for a moment and feel the weight of my daughter and how much more important she is. It broke me down. I think it was meant for me to get three Grammys at one time, because if I had one, I'd probably be too thirsty for more. I got them in abundance so that I could see that there were many of them but there is only one Kensli." said ChanceWhen asked about the recent school closings in Chicago and the new $95 million dollar Police Academy that is being built, Chance had this to say"I feel cheated, I feel angry. I feel vengeful. There are people who are not nameless. You grow up feeling like you are fighting against "the man" or faceless entity of people who are out to get you. But these people have names. Rahm is on that (closing schools) Thats just what it is and their is no way to hide it. This is the third group closing of schools since 2013. We don't have to dance around it. I see the inequality, I see the unfairness, I see the violation of our city, I see the sscathing department of justice review from our police department. The same one that murdered Fred Hampton. I'm seeing that this a fucked up system and this is me entering myself into it to change it all. I'm here. I'm posted. I am not going anywhere. I'm going to live in Chicago till the day I die. I'm going to travel, I'm going to do some tours so I can get that bag and then Imma lobby for y'all."-Precis


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Kaepernick should never play for the NFL again

   

Kaepernick should never play for the NFL again

It has been about a year since former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick started his silent protest of the national anthem due to the oppression of Black people and police brutality. The protest went unnoticed in the beginning and it didn't gain notice until the third preseason game. Since then, Kaepernick's protest has become a national conversation about racism and has ultimately cost him a job in the NFL. Players and owners alike are having conversations about whether his presence would be a major distraction to a team. In the meantime, admitted woman beaters and drunkards continue to play.

Last year, Kaepernick donated $1 million of his NFL salary. He also donated all the royalties he received from his jersey sales. One hundred thousand dollars has been donated each month for the past 10 months. He also donated 100K to Meals on Wheels and Somalia Famine Charities. In January, he donated 25K to the Center for Reproductive Rights and 25K to the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. One look at Kaepernick's website and you will see that this year he has benefited many organizations around the country with his most recent donation of 25K going to a group out of Chicago called Assata's Daughters. Kaepernick has also started the Know Your Rights Camp, a free campaign for youth fully funded by him to help raise awareness of higher education, self-empowerment, and for training on to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.

The fact that no team has picked up Kaepernick is not only ridiculous but gives credence to the racism that is embedded in the fabric of our country. Kaepernick is not a bum when it comes to his skill. In 2012, he stepped into a starting position with the 49ers and led them to a Super Bowl that they lost to the Ravens. He has missed the playoffs for the past three years but is fully capable of being an NFL quarterback. The backlash is unwarranted but has proven beneficial to those on the receiving end of Kaepernick's philanthropy. His protest is due to the oppression of Black people and police brutality. He is directly affecting change with his actions and for this reason, I hope he never plays in the NFL ever again. The work is with the people. This is where he should be.

In recent news, Mike Vick, a convicted felon, said Colin should cut his hair to get back in the NFL. Ray Lewis who was once charged with two counts of murder had this to say to Kaepernick "The football field is our sanctuary," Lewis posted on his Twitter account. "If you do nothing else, young man, get back on the football field and let your play speak for itself. And what you do off the field, don't let too many people know, because they gonna judge you anyway, no matter what you do, no matter if it's good or bad."

Kaepernick met with the press early on during his protest to provide an explanation for his actions:

"I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change. When there's [a] significant change and I feel that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand. This stand wasn't for me. This is because I'm seeing things happen to people that don't have a voice, people that don't have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and effect change. So I'm in the position where I can do that and I'm going to do that for people that can't.It's something that can unify this team. It's something that can unify this country. If we have these real conversations that are uncomfortable for a lot of people. If we have these conversations, there's a better understanding of where both sides are coming from. I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family [members], I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That's not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn't holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. That's something that's not happening. I've seen videos, I've seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they fought for, and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That's not right," said Kaepernick, addressing reporters at a 49ers preseason press conference


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Colorism didn't start with Kodak Black or Amber Rose's light skin tears

Kodak Black needs a PR rep and media training immediately. He is still at the stage in his life where he thinks not having a filter is cool. He hasn''t grasped the concept of speaking your mind without offending others. Kodak has had his share of run-ins with the law and was just recently released from jail. I guess now that he is free he has decided to say what he wants. Social media has a way of giving you the illusion that you can say what you want. For example, about a week ago someone asked Kodak on his Instagram live what he thought about KeKe Palmer. "Keke Palmer, she straight, I''d bag her, but I don''t really like black girls like that, sorta kinda." Kodak said. Of course Kodak got destroyed on Twitter and because he was being attacked he went back to social media to clarify his stance right before he deleted his instagram "I love Black African American women its just not my forte to deal with a "darskin" woman I prefer them to have a lighter complexion than me #MyPreference #F**kYou," I''m sure that worked exactly how he wanted to, but just to make sure while he was at a basketball game and some publication gave him another opportunity to make things right he says "If [a man] can say he like skinny women, if he prefers skinny women more than a chubby or heavy-set woman, he can say that and nobody will get mad at him," he said. "I can say that I don''t like women with my complexion, I like light skin women, I want you to be lighter than me. I love African-American women, but I don''t like my skin complexion." Then he says "We too gutter. Black people, my complexion, we too gutter," he said. "Light skin women, they''re more sensitive. [Dark skin women], they too tough. Light skin women, we can break ''em down more easy." 
 Now the founder of "The Slut Walk" Amber Rose is all hurt because she was so pretty and light skin when she was younger that it ruined her life and we should all come together as one color and sing bad and bougie in unison. In all truth, I don''t have any opinion on how Kodak Black or how Amber Rose feels. I have more of an opinion on what makes them feel the way that they do. I take issue with people acting like all of this is brand new. Ummmm...we live in America, where according to the Guardian and data collected for The Counted, Black males aged 15-34 were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement officers last year. This is the same country where Bill Maher''s mention of the word House Nigger stirs up controversy because he used the word Nigger, but let''s be real if Bill was black he''d be light skin and probably would be a House Nigger and he would be happy about it. This is the same country where certain Black Greek organizations would used what is called the brown paper bag test to determine who their members would be. You can scan social media on any given day and see someone being accused of being light skin meaning acting weak, or shady, or whatever definition fits at the moment. Those same platforms may say some one is acting dark skin meaning being aggressive, tough and mean. It''s all just jokes until a celebrity says it then everybody is all up in arms. Colorism did not start with Kodak Black. He is a victim of it. So much so that he doesn''t even realize how he is perpetuating self hate by sharing a preference for a skin tone based on how he thinks someone with a darker skin tone acts. Miss me with the fake outrage about what Kodak said and let''s deal with how racism how clearly made us so sick that we don''t even love ourselves and the skin that we are in properly. There has been a race of people in this world who have conquered, colonized, raped and pillaged and they would pass the brown paper bag test with flying colors. So who is really gutta?It''s time we deal with this head on. And in the words of Posdanus from De La Soul "I know this so I point at Q-Tip and he states Black is Black." -Precis


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 (NEW VIDEO) - 'That Ol Boom Bap' ft Precise produced by Dj Tekwun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLp4laeVudk&feature=youtu.be"That Ol' Boom Bap" is track number 13 on Dj Tekwun's release The Boom Bap Project Vol 1.Precise provides an even handed reflection on where Hip Hop is and why the roots of this culture should be respected. "I ain't tripping on the golden age music changes all the time in a growing stage, and I ain't hating on the drill and trap but it wouldn't be here without that Ol boom bap."  -PrecisePrecise provides a clear and concise viewpoint that does not isolate perspectives


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Haiti got free today! - What are you waiting for?

   

Haiti got free today! - What are you waiting for?

2017 is here and you can feel the shift in the air. People are preparing and planning, resolving and recalibrating. It's especially poignant this year because in less than 20 day the United States will have a new president. It's sobering news for some and inconsequential to others. One thing for sure is that this is the moment to get free. The time has come where the oppressed must galvanize and affect change directly.

On this day in 1804 Haiti claimed it's independence. After ousting the French and the Spanish from the island the first independent Black Country was established in the Western Hemisphere. This is important to recognize all the time because it shows what can be done when a people have a resolve and one goal. The courage, bravery and organization it took for a group of slaves to overthrow their rulers should not be overlooked. There is power in the collective. A focused determination can and will shift the tide.

In the spirit of Dessalines, in the spirit of Toussaint in this moment we claim our freedom and expect the best for our existence. Happy New Year and Happy Haitian Independence Day!!

-Precis


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'The Birth of a Nation': Nat Turner's vision, Black man's pain


The Birth of a Nation was not going to be on my list of must-see movies, based on the information exposed about the film's writer and director Nate Parker. I made an emotional judgment out of loyalty to the women in my life that I would not go and see it. It felt like the right thing to do. A woman committed suicide for many reasons we do not know, but this specific situation had to add to her agony. I feel for her and her family and anyone who is enduring the type of pain that would cause them to take their own life.Ultimately as the movie release approached, I re-examined my position. I could not allow my emotion to keep me from experiencing a film that is so important to who we are. So, on the same day that the first Black president was raising funds for the election down the street from Kanye's Saint Pablo tour, I decided to go and see the film with no reservations.The film begins with a vision rooted in folklore, religion, and ancestry. Nat Turner is destined for the journey that he is on. The film then becomes another slave movie, except this time you know there will be accountability on the part of those unleashing pain and suffering on anyone with Black skin. As it happened, I found myself unfulfilled, as if it was not enough. Watching interactions with overseers and slaves juxtaposed with interactions that Black people are having in 2016 was eye-opening and sobering, but not surprising. I'm not sure what I expected.I left feeling everything but happiness. As I walked out of the doors of the theater I felt empty, angry, and sad. In the background, I heard murmurings of "Look at what our ancestors went through, and we still moving backward." The brothers I lock eyes with are speechless. What did we just watch? What are we called to do, who can we trust?I'm glad I decided to go see the film despite the controversy surrounding it. It struck a nerve in me that requires reality to be addressed. What are we willing to die for? Now is the time to straighten out our backs.Nat Turner should be honored, as a man who decided it was time to do something. Now, what do we do?

-Precise


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The day I met 'The Greatest'

   

The day I met 'The Greatest'

I remember coming from the Watertower with Chris Rice headed to a studio session and as we were walking down Chicago Ave I looked to my right into a hotel window and The Champ was sitting down talking to a few people. We immediately went inside to meet him. I turned into a 10 year old instantly. We went over and was like HEY CHAMP and he stopped his conversation stood up and shook our hands. I am not too proud to say how geeked I was. I was on a high for the rest of that day. I''ve met many a "celebrity" in my day but the day I met Muhammad Ali was one I will hold dear for the rest of my life.Very few people have impacted the world in the way that he did. When you spoke with him you knew the spirit of the creator was with him. I strive to have that type of light. We all have that light. Ali was the example of what it looks like. God Bless THE GREATEST!-Precise

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Check him for a wire or an ear piece...Please: Be a Man!

One time I was on the redline going wherever it was I was going and I ran into a young lady on the train. She was pretty and had an Erykah Baduesque vibe before anything like that even existed. We started talking and we found out that we knew some mutual people. This is pre-facebook, so she asks "Hey what school do you got to?"  I say "I go to Olive Harvey." She asks" Do you know such and such?" she then names one of my closest friends at the time and I say "Yeah that's my boy I know him and his girlfriend, they are pretty cool."The next day I get to the lunchroom at Olive Harvey and our mutual friend pulls me to the side and asks me did I meet such and such on the train yesterday and why did I say I knew his girlfriend. The young lady I met was in fact his girlfriend and I just bust him out without even realizing it. I learned a valuable lesson that day. Chicago is really small and to never talk about your friends relationships with anyone else other than your friend. I internalize that as one of my man laws and that is one I will never violate.This brings me to more recent times and this recent lack of tact when it comes to acknowledging and keeping any unwritten man law. D'Angelo Russell of the LA Lakers recorded a private conversation that he was having with Nick Young about women he has or hasn't has sex with. It wouldn't be a big deal if Nick Young was not engaged to the "Fancy" Iggy Izalea and if it didn't get released. Then you have a dude who calls himself Partynextdoor posts a picture of himself in bed with a young lady Kehlani who was supposedly dating Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kehlani later posted a picture of herself in the hospital as a result of the backlash she received because of the picture she attempted suicide. Then Chris Brown decides he needs to share his commentary and say this woman didn't attempt suicide she just wanted attention.There is a different breed of man out here. He is hyper sensitive, petty and easily offended. It's not a good look. It seems like men have lost their way. So allow me to remind men of a few rules.1.Be a MAN!2. You don't sleep with your friends girl.3. You do not get involved in gossip. 4. You do not dry snitch of your friend.5. If no one asks you don't volunteer information.6. Don't kiss and tell.7. Keep your business to yourself. 8. Don't be petty.9. Do not engage yourself in a public argument with a woman (you will lose)10. Mind your business.
I hope these reminders help. No one wants to be in a world full of suckers and snitches.-Precise


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You don't really care; stop acting like you do

   

You don't really care; stop acting like you do

News travels fast, particularly bad news. People have the ability to share their responses as soon as the news is reported. Social media is leveraged as a way of showing sympathy and support for those involved in these tragedies. Recently, a synchronized assault was carried out in France and over 100 people lost their lives. Facebook provided the ability to overlay the French flag over your profile picture to show support. In a matter of 24 hours, timelines were filled with images of the French flag, with millions standing in solidarity with France. In this same 24 hours something else happened, pictures of the massacre in Kenya that happened earlier this year began to resurface. In April of this year, 147 Kenyan students were killed by Somali militants. Pictures of the massacre carried out by Boko Haram in Nigeria where it has been reported that 2,000 people were massacred in January of this year also resurfaced. In the face of all this death and destruction, prayer wars are raging on the internet.

Every single drop of blood that is spilled as a result of an act of injustice against any group of people should be widely reported and memorialized. We should pray for their families and well-being. If we have the means, we should actually provide financial assistance when possible. I'm sure most people feel this way, but now people are gangbanging for compassion.

If we are honest with ourselves, we would admit that many of us did not know or had limited information about the massacres that happened in Kenya and Nigeria. This is because of lack of coverage and exposure, and one of the main things that is essentially wrong with mainstream media and their reports having to do with people of color around the world. People of color are upset about this lack of coverage and feel a personal affront when a tragedy happens on the same scale in a predominantly White country and the coverage seems endless and prominent.

People genuinely take issue with this for good reason, however, to diminish the loss of life because they are not of your race and culture is not acceptable. There are these groups of people who latch on to a tragedy and shame others who are not supporting what they are supporting. These types of individuals are reactionary sheep and post information without research or any context. These are the most irresponsible people. They present this façade as if they care and are concerned with what is going on, but really have no clue.

The energy that we use tripping over tragedies should be redirected to create an energy that is conducive to changing the world as a whole. It is time to heal, truly a time to pray for the end of war. If you really care, then do something about it. Changing your profile picture is like wearing a bracelet for a cause that interests you. It looks cool, but what does it really change


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