Friday, August 14, 2015

Good Friday- A Fresh,Head Start !

by DaCogNegro

As the beginning of a new ,academic year approaches, I am tickled by fond memories of receiving my back to school haircut. On second thought, that day at the barbershop wasn't so pleasurable. Back then, we didn't have portable devices filled with endless amounts of multimedia entertainment. No! And being that my mother would take me, to the barber, the day before school started, there were already about seventeen heads in front of me. This resulted in hours of restless waiting and multiple episodes of Matlock and In The Heat of The Night. The only thing that was there to entertain me was  a single, six month old  issue of Jet Magazine, sporting a rather spry and risque Jackee Harris of  227 fame on the cover, and incomprehensible anecdotes of fatback recipes and somebody's aunt "knowing too damn much"! Ah, grammar school memories! This is why today's Good Friday struck such a chord with me!

Courtney Holmes, a barber who hones his craft in Dubuque, Iowa, concluded that he would use his skill to help those in his community. How so? Well, he decided that any child could get a haircut for the price of...reading! That's right, being read to was the only form of payment a child had to give in order to receive a "fresh cut."Holmes even assisted kids with pronouncing words as they read to him aloud! "I just want to support kids reading", Holmes humbly expressed to the local media outlets.

Here, you have a man who isn't griping or  complaining about the current state of his community, as most of us may have the tendency to do once we are in this setting. Rather, he is being proactive about creating change. Therefore, he is utilizing his natural ability to show the importance of literacy.  Hats off to you my brother, get it...""? Click here for more information on Mr. Holmes and the Back to School Bash!  -CgN

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Why Do We Do These Things: OOOOO We "Gettin" Paper!

Whether one admits it or not, the majority of us has had to deal with some type of challenging, financial situation at one time or another! During these testing trials, resources may have been limited and one may have  had to resort  to asking for aid in order to maintain or keep one's "head above water!"

(Speak for yourself...B******!)

For most of us, we ardently strive to be fiscally responsible so that we may limit such occurrences. However, if one does find him or herself in such a predicament, hip hop, and financial expert, Uncle Murda assures you that "You Got The Money!!"

(I highly doubt that...B******!)

Wait, before I continue , what A&R flunkie thought that  the moniker of "Uncle Murdea" could become a household name? Can  you imagine his CD(s) flying off the shelves at Walmart? What about being a spokesman  for the United Negro College Fund? Or, even allowing Uncle Murda to watch your kids while you were away at the Poconos?  With that said, let's view this commercial that was made on the same budget used to fund a Kickstarter for Another Bad Creation reunion album narrated by everyone's favorite, non singing member of New Edition: Ronnie Devoe!

"Woo Woo Woo Woo! "  I would smack someone with a Little Caesars coupon sheet if they ever approach me with that nonsense! Where do I even begin? Who sings in unison while exchanging their cherished items for pennies on the dollar? And when you do record this song, you can't sell it out the trunk of your car because you PAWNED IT remember!

"Tell'em Uncle Murda sent you!" For what? Are they going to give me an extra 10% for this silver Rocefella chain I got from Amil? Can you fathom using Uncle Murda for a reference for anything? I can imagine how that conversation would go at a bank. "Well Jim, I was on the fence about signing off on this loan, but since Uncle Murda has endorsed you..."

So out of sheer curiosity, I decided to  visit the Pawn Rite website and discovered that they now have over 10 locations, go expansion! What really caught my attention  though were the testimonials. Take B.W's from Brooklyn for example:

Yooo...Pawn Rite is the truth! I came to pawn my chain and ended up coming back to pawn my 11s for some extra money. The sneaker girl is cool and cute she gave me a good price for my sneakers. I didn't even know you could pawn or sell sneakers but this is a good idea especially for me who is a crazy sneakerhead I ain't got no shame I come in at least once a week to get some extra money. What other place can you see pretty girls, get money and have these fun girls are funny and sweet they stay making me laugh!

Well, you made me into a believer! - CgN

Monday, August 10, 2015

Corner Spotlight: Wake Owl- Candy

This throwback to seventies, psychedelic melodies is just ripe for sampling! (I would not be surprised to hear D.S Williams over this track soon). This song may not answer how many licks it takes to get to the center of this Candy, but Wake Owl will definitely aid you in surviving  yet another Monday!- CgN.