Saturday, April 5, 2014

WHAT STYLEZ THINKS ABOUT => Mom forces son fight … Life Lesson or Bad Parenting!?


Recently, a video was posted on WorldStar Hip-Hop, where a mother is seen forcing her son to fight another boy and even goes so far as to tell him not to cry and fight! Plenty of emotions, opinions and comments abound, as to if she handled this properly… or naw!? Is she, as she calls it, teaching her son to be a Man, to be violent, or just plain stupid!?

I'm torn on this one too. The first fight I ran from, around 8yrs old, my mom went in on me about running too! She didn't force me to go back out and fight that one person, but she did teach me to man up and if the playing field is level, do what you gotta do! My mom was also in the Army, so yea, no son of hers was gonna be a coward! LOL!

I guess, the real question is, in 2014, would I teach my kids to go back out there and fight... maybe not... because running into the unknown, unprepared, is pure stupidity! But I do know this, I will teach him to stand up for himself and others, be brave enough to not let someone run over you, but smart enough to know how to either calm the situation, or if all else fails, walk away alive (hopefully, never know with the nuts out here these days). As parents we have to draw that fine line between integrity and stupidity! And hope to GOD that he is watching and protecting our babies while they walk that line!

That is what Stylez thinks, what do you think!? Watch the video and then comment below!



Thursday, March 27, 2014

WHAT STYLEZ THINKS ABOUT => Law Enforcement vs. Everybody – What will force them to actually #ProtectAndServe!?

Recently, I was reading on a friend’s FB wall about another example of police officers, overstepping the boundaries of “Protect And Serve” and into the realm of “Abuse and Exploit”! Read a little here:

Quinshon Shingles nypd settlementQuinshon Shingles (pictured) a rising rapper who claims New York Police Department (NYPD) officers entered his aunt’s apartment without a warrant, handcuffed him, and forced him to rap for his release has won a $7,500 settlement in the case, the New York Daily News reports.

In her comment, my friend asked the question:

…there seems to be a disproportionate amount of Caucasian people in law enforcement in policing minority neighborhoods. What if WE (as minorities) apply for these jobs and do these jobs... will this type of abuse still be there?

So What Does STYLEZ Think?

I would LOVE to believe that racially match-making police officers to their assigned communities would aid in reducing some of the excessive violence, exploitation and corruption, HOWEVER, I have seen first hand, black-on-black, Latino-on-Latino and White-on-White offenses occur between Law Enforcement and Citizens they are charged with "Protecting and Serving"!

I don't believe anything will quell these offenses besides ensuring proper psychiatric evaluations are used in the selection of Law Enforcement officers, including evaluating their anger management, coping skills and their ability to handle the pressures and ills of policing society! Unfortunately, that alone would probably reduce most police forces to bare bones staff!

Secondly, it will take one other simple action on the part of the Criminal Justice system when it comes to handling the arbitration and remediation of the offences... ACCOUNTABILITY! The day you make Law Enforcement officers accountable for their deeds and actions, across the board and no exceptions, is the day you start to reign in some (not all of course) of the ills that Law Enforcement commit against the public! At this point, they get away with murder, and have no reason to feel responsible for their actions! And that has got to stop!

More on Mr. Shingles story just further reveals and supports my point, if we don’t hold them account, Law Enforcement will continue to be corrupt and exploitive:

N.Y.C. Pays Settlement To Handcuffed Man Forced To Rap For Release

Mar 26, 2014 By Hannington Dia

Shingles, better known as “Sauce Da Boss,” alleged in his suit that officers David Grieco and Joseph Patton entered the East New York apartment to question a suspect. They eventually cuffed him and told him to craft some “spits and bars,” and if they liked his lyrics, they would release him.

Shingles claimed the encounter killed his desire to perform onstage.

According to Shingles’ suit, Grieco and Patton fooled the building’s superintendent in to giving them a duplicate set of keys to enter the apartment.

Grieco and other officers from the 75th Precinct have been under investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau for allegations, including stealing jewelry and illegal apartment searches. Grieco is also named in 12 federal and state lawsuits for civil rights violations.

In its response to the suit, the city denied Shingles’ claims. “It does not appear that either plaintiff was arrested… there will be very few police documents relevant to this matter,” Assistant Corporation CounselQiana Smith-Williams said in court papers. Despite this stance, the city continued the suit without any depositions. They claim no wrongdoing in the settlement.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

"MY – #Life" (Part of a Poetry Series by STYLEZ #TheSweetSeries)

969652_10151737455076424_530714968_nMY – #Life

by STYLEZ #TheSweetSeries

You came, You saw
You Conquered!
But it was needed, wanted
I wasn’t subdued,
You surpassed!

Surpassed Expectations…
Surpassed Requirements…
Surpassed End Goals…
Surpassed What I Deserved…

Life is filled with surprises,
Little ones, big ones,
and You are that special one!

If it ends, I’ve already lived,
If you go, It’ll already be gone!
Life is nothing without,
Life is everything within,
Within You! Because of You!

You give me Life!
My Life!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

WHAT STYLEZ THINKS ABOUT => Moments In Black History (via Spoken Words & Thoughts - @spknwrdthts)

So What Does Stylez Think?
After reading this, it still surprises me and I realize sometimes, you forget how manipulative the customs and then laws were, in order to "keep us under control"! And how far we've come to fight and change those laws! But how far we still need to go to get people to turn from these attitudes!

Richmond, Virginia, passes a comprehensive slave code that, among other stipulations, prohibits self-hiring by slaves, restricts blacks from entering certain parts of the city, specifies street etiquette, and forbids slaves from smoking, carrying canes, standing on the sidewalk, and using provocative language.

via Moments In Black History | Spoken Words & Thoughts

Powerful reminder, huh!?

That is what Stylez thinks! What do you think? Leave it in the comments!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

WHAT STYLEZ THINKS ABOUT => #TodayInBlackHistory #Feb1 A SuperFreak is born & a Dinner Pail patent

So What Does Stylez Think?

As you may well know, February 1st marks the start of a celebration and memorial of Black accomplishment throughout history. It was originally called "Negro History Week", when started in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson. Then in 1976, it was extended to a full month and renamed Black History Month, and is now recognized throughout the country as a time to remember and reflect. For 2014, I have decided not to focus only on well known civil rights leaders and groups. I have, instead, decided to dedicate my blog, to other Black people and newsmakers in history, lesser known events, little known facts and causes that have made an impact on the world, society and pop culture. I want to remember not only the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr. but also the impact of those like Ida Wells. Welcome to #TodayInBlackHistory on! Today, Willie Stylez Remembers... Rick James and John Robinson!

Rick James – Singer and

On February 1st in 1948, a Super Freak was born! James Ambrose Johnson Jr. was born in Buffalo, New York, with music, and R&B royalty, already coursing through his vein, courtesy of his uncle Melvin Franklin of The Temptations. After forming several Rock, Soul and R&B bands, and serving as a staff songwriter for Motown Records, Rick James became a solo artist, in 1977. His 1978 debut, "Come Get It! (w/ the Stone city Band), released on the Motown imprint Gordy, included such classic hits as "You and I" and "Mary Jane". In 1981, Rick saw even greater success with his fifth studio album, "Street Songs", which turned out hits such as "Give It to Me, Baby" and "Super Freak"! It also featued a much loved duet with Teena Marie, "Fire and Desire".

After years of writing, touring and releasing music that was a "fusion of funk groove and rock attitude" Rick James succumbed to the perils of endless days, drugs, partying and even jail time. In 1997, while on a comeback tour, Rick suffered a stroke that kept him out of music, pretty much for good. However, he continued to see his music impact and form the foundation for many artists and millions of fans! Unfortunately, and much to soon, this "Whale" of a star, was found dead on August 6th in 2004, of an enlarged heart.

John Robinson - Inventor

On February 1st in 1887, after waiting 7 years since filing, John Robinson of Coal Valley in West Virginia, was granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the invention of an improvement to the Dinner Pail! Mr. Robinson described this invention, as a "an improvement in dinnerpails for workmen; and it consists in the peculiar construction and combination of devices" to allow food and drink to be stored, kept warm and dispensed. Mr. Robinson is another in a long line of great Black inventors, who improved life and made things better for others around them.

Other important events of February 1st:

1997 - BET Movie/Starz launches, becoming the first 24-hour Black movie channel

1990 - Ida Wells, a Black reformer who compiled records on lynching, is immortalized on a United States Postal Service stamp

1974 - "Good Times", a situation comedy starring an all-Black cast, premieres on CBS

1967 - Langston Hughes, poet, dies

1937 - Garrett Morris, actor and comedian, is born in New Orleans, Louisiana

1834 - Henry McNeal Turner, reverend and elder of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, Morris Brown College's First President and commissioned by President Abraham Lincoln as the first Negro Chaplain in the United States Army, was born. Read his amazing story of defiance and determination here, here and here.

Monday, September 9, 2013

WHAT WILLIE STYLEZ THINKS ABOUT => The Hardest Verse in Rap History … Was it the infamous #KendrickVerse?

So What Does STYLEZ Think?

Well, first off, I love Kendrick Lamar and that Control verse was HOT, impactful and as hard as they come these days! BUT, please don’t get it twisted! Still, after all these years, the HARDEST, emotionally charged, head-cracking-ness verse ever to be broadcasted by a top rapper in the game, simply started with these words:
"FIRST OFF! F**k Yo B**ch and the clique you claim…"
Hit ‘Em Up by 2Pac
You might say, “but that 2Pac verse was just pure violence!” Well, yes, yes it is! But actually it was (well, at least a little bit) more! The anger, emotion (and violence) that you hear in “Hit’em Up” is WHY it is the “Hardest Verse” (and song) ever written! That verse (and song) was so well written and callous about the lives and safety of the rappers that 2Pac called out, that it made you want to hate those rappers too! The song went on, for 3 or 4 more, hate filled verses, which included the rape and pillage of an entire staff, record label, crew and a bunch of other rappers and groups that 2Pac decisively and lyrically murdered! His disdain was so evident and poetically conveyed; it was indeed a turning point in rap music that we have never recovered from! No one, that I know of, with 2Pac’s status as a rap star, has ever had the audacity and tenacity to call out that many individuals, risking safety of his self and others!

In contrast, what Kendrick Lamar did was claim to be more important and controversial than some really important/controversial things (like the Pope and Muslims eating pork). He then claimed to (ironically) be the son of 2Pac’s alter-ego, Makaveli, AND the (rap) King of New York (incidentally, Kendrick is from Compton, California)! He then called out a bunch of rappers by name, and advised them that though they are all cool with him, he would proceed to (lyrically) murder each and every one of them. He would also proceed to erase their presence from the minds and hearts of each and every one of their core fans, as well as inducing the general public into never wanting to hear them speak another noun OR verb! (In good humor, one of the rappers called out, Mac Miller, advised he would resort to spittin’ the wildest adjective verses ever) He then advised that he would even forget what competition was, because he’s just that good! Then he challenged all rappers to be better rappers, raising the bar so high, that it would be easier to skydive from 5 planes, flown by a drunken grandfather, trying to land (which means the plane wouldn’t be high enough to safely skydive from), all while bumping 2Pac in the cockpit so loud that all he thinks of is violence (oh, the irony)! The verse was hard, and impactful, but not as controversial and emotional as the 2Pac verse!

If you’re not a Hip-Hop head, or avid rap fan, then you may have missed both songs (Control by Big Sean/Kendrick Lamar/Jay Electronica; and Hit ‘Em Up by 2Pac and The Outlawz). And you may ask, “what is so special about these verses!?” Well, what you have to do is listen to the songs. Listen to the poetry, lyricism, and delivery. I gave you the “translated”, plain English, explanation of what they were saying, but when you hear the words as they convey them, you will understand (hopefully, if you appreciate the “art” of rap) why these two verses are so “out cold”, impactful to the game of rap, and exciting to rap listeners everywhere!

That is what Stylez thinks! What do you think?