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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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