Brandon A. Mashack Teaches Youth the Importance of Fitness Through Get Gains or Get Gone

Brandon A. Mashack is the founder of Get Gains or Get Gone LLC, which was launched to serve people through online coaching, one-on-one training and small group training. Their model is, “No Inferiority, No Indecisiveness, No Intimidation”.
Unlike the Planet Fitness motto, “Gymtimidation”, Get Gains or Get Gone, knows the potential that they have, so there’s only motivation. In addition to his fitness brand, Mashack also has a production called The Best of Bam LLC, where he produces his “Bshack’s Exercise Book for Kids” volumes, does graphic design, social media managing, and Facebook/Instagram ad services.
I recently interviewed the fitness guru and entrepreneur where he chatted more on his brands. Check out the interview below:

Growing up and still to this day, who are your inspirations? How did they impact your life?
In terms of being God fearing man, my Dad, Baron Mashack of course and my Grandfather, Aaron Mashack. My mother and grandmother  Denise and Marian Mashack, as well.
In the Art realm my main inspiration is Fahamu Pecou, my cousin. He’s become one of Atlanta’s biggest visual artists and allowed me to work for him back in 8th grade (2007/8ish) to learn.
In the Fitness realm, Chris Jones of Pump Chasers is someone I started watching on YouTube when I first got into fitness in 2012. He’s been a big inspiration with how I learned to workout and build my business.
When did you realize you had a passion for business and wanted to be a entrepreneur?
When I first started to get into graphic design while working with Fahamu in 2007, I decided to start taking clients to make extra money. I also did yard work for neighbors to make extra money. I was in 8th grade going to the 9th; I guess you can say the hustles started there.
What influenced you to take up personal training as a career?
My passion for fitness started when I first decided to lose weight in 2012 while living in Florida, the half naked lifestyle state; through the year I made a crazy transformation so people started asking me for advice. I gained the passion to help others achieve their transformation and started personal training in 2014 with Snapfitness Miramar.
How has personal training and working out changed/molded your life?
It’s been a very fulfilling journey. It’s something I look at as an Art, the human body being the most beautiful creation. As a matured Health and Fitness Coach, I realize we have one of the most important professions on the planet. We keep people healthy and out the hospital, transform lives, and provide long lasting education that will allow people to have longevity. It’s a profession that’s caused me to want to be BETTER, but not just for myself… FOR other people so they can see the potential in themselves.

With your base established as a personal trainer you decided to branch out and write two children’s exercise books, what brought this venture into perspective?
Well, Personal Training isn’t my base; being an artist is. My love for art fuels my passion for fitness because I look at the human body as God’s most beautiful creation, so why not take care of it?
Fast forward to 2017 as a matured Health and Fitness Coach, I realized that most adults will continue to struggle with establishing the health and fitness habits if they didn’t grow with that same education and passion from a young age, so strategically I decided to combine my Artistic skills and Fitness know how and created “Bshack’s Exercise Book for Kids”, a 4 volume series geared towards teaching exercise and nutrition to kids while spreading cultural diversity. 
Your B Shack’s Exercise Book for kids series is a breakthrough in the children’s book field, can you tell us a little about the books?
“Bshack’s Exercise Book for Kids”, is a 4 volume series geared towards teaching exercise and nutrition to kids while spreading cultural diversity. Volume 1 features Aida, and Ethiopian princess where her and Bshack (the animated me) teach Warming Up & Stretching. Volume 2 features Ake, a chief to be from the Native Sioux Tribe In Standing Rock, North Dakota. There they learn Core.
I send 23 percent of sales to the tribe to help with there pipe bursting plight.Volume 3, which I’m working on now for a June release will feature Riah, a Muslim Turkish from the Middle East. She’ll teach lower body and I’m thinking she’ll be someone who saves refugees or something… to combat that “terrorist” stereotype. Volume 4 will have a Mexican Boy to teach upper body and will come with a Bonus 5th Volume that teaches nutrition. I’ll have maybe twins, one with a disability or something.Volumes are on for signed copies, as well as amazon, kindle, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble

Also you’re a Cobb County School District youth mentor, what are some of the key points and fundamentals you try to teach the children?
I use my artist and fitness know how to inspire them. I use every career I navigate to expose and Inspire them. With my current 5 boys, we are concentrating on self control mostly since they have aggression struggles in school. We exercise, meditate, discuss our week experiences, and various subjects to build their character.
How has youth mentoring impacted and made your life more well rounded?
Well for one, preparing me for Kids.. hahah, but it’s so fulfilling. You learn a good amount about yourself when working with kids as well. I definitely became a better planner and more patient. I worked at the Boys and Girls Club, A.W. Matthews as an art teacher for a while last year and I HAD to start meditating to keep my head on.
As a young entrepreneur you’re coming out with your own clothing/fitness line Get Gains or Get Gone, how did you come up with the saying and stamp it as your own?

In 2013, I first coined the phrase “Get Gains Or Get Gone” as a command to your own mind to go for it all or nothing at all, spreading the hashtag through IG and FB. I made it because Planet Fitnesses “Gymtimidation” Wave was spreading and I feel like PF is preying on the insecurities of people to sell memberships, offering pizza, cookies, candy to people already struggling with temptation; also the contraction “No Judgement Zone” phrase irritated me because how they judge “Lunks”, people serious about their fitness.
I thought it was important to come up with a Brand that rivals that message because it’s really selling to people and more gyms are starting to model after PF. We have to keep the standard high as America is already way behind other counties in health/ fitness. Get Gains Or Get Gone Family don’t get intimated because we SEE the potential within ourselves to KEEP motivated! It’s a mindset!
What are some upcoming events, dates, and products can we be on the lookout for?
Look out for Volume 3 of Bshack’s Exercise Book for a June release. Also keep eyes on as I’m adding more custom products.Look out for events with “Results Central” (IG: resultscentral) gym in Decatur as I’m currently planning Kids events with Maurice Gatson, my business partner.
Look out for Get Gains or Get Gone partnering with Prosper Long (IG: prosperlongnow) (John Applewhite), where we will be reaching millions to make health & fitness a lifestyle.
Is there any great words of wisdom and advice you would like to offer our readers?
Be a PURPOSE driven individual; that’s what fuels my passion. I get my purpose from God and reading the Bible, wanting to fulfill the reason why i was created. We are all put on this planet to serve someone else in some way, whether it’s one person or many during your life time.. and to fulfill that purpose, pay attention to the 3 healths so you can be at your best, in this order: Spiritual Health, Mental Health, Physical Health. Be blessed ✊🏽


You ever had a feeling that controlled every move of your living,
Powerful beyond measure is your deepest treasure.
Valuable to all existence throughout time your presence showed persistence leaving nothing to spare.
Unbelievable strength no hate crime could taint,
If I had to bet never against you any storm you could whether.
Natural beauty that of which they degrade only because it’s so rare,
Unobtainable to mankind,
Our spine kings the ones worthy of your tender care.

Victory Lap

I’m an urban legend,
South Jersey in a certain section,
Spitting Black history with no discretion.
Gang members shooting shit up like John Rambo,
Let me break it down,
Drug dealers buy foams,
Crackheads buy crack,
And the White men get paid off all of that,
But you’re unconscious Sambo.
Land of the free until I speak and want to lead,
The Government wants who it wants,
Trump didn’t need popular vote to win the election.
Life is whatever you make it,
Just remember when my time comes and I have to go,
Don’t be violent,
Spread my message and watch the culture grow.

Art has the power to change the world!

One of the most effective ways to provoke change and inspire others is through music and film. These two outlets are the top things of what people like to listen to and watch in their spare time. At a young age, Shantelle Wheeler knew her career path would lead her in the direction to inspire through music and film.
I recently interviewed the actress and singer where she chatted on her inspirations and goals. Check it out below:
Can you tell myself and the readers about yourself?
I am Shantelle Wheeler and I love to entertain and inspire others.  I grew up singing in church, and the love just grew from there. And I have always been interested in how others deal with situations, and tried to imagine if I was someone else, how would I respond to this or that. I think the acting bug was in me then, and I just didn’t know it until much later.
Growing up and still to this day who are your inspirations? How did they impact your life?
Growing up, I was obviously inspired by my parents. Just watching them function, and the way that they took care of our family shaped me into the person I am today. I was inspired by Angela Bassett and Phylicia Rashaad.  I looked at them and saw beauty, class, style, confidence, and I wanted to be like them. They are just so regal. I still look at them, and just am in awe. Also, Stevie Wonder. I just love him, and I love to hear him sing and speak. 
When did you realize you had a passion to sing and act?
I always knew that I could sing.  Especially, due to singing in church, I knew that people could be touched with my voice.  I believe I was in middle school, when I decided that I actually wanted to pursue music.  But, as I got older, and started to really understand the gift that I had, that started to change.  Acting came along much later. I was always making up stories and coming up with script ideas, but I think I was in my first year of college, when I decided that I wanted to pursue acting.  It fluctuated a little with the singing, but the goal for an acting career has been steady ever since.

You’re not a new comer to the acting scene as you have been in a few different series and plays, is performing on stage different than when in front of the camera? What’s the difference between the two?
There are big differences in acting on stage and acting on camera.  I love both for different reasons.  When it comes to being on stage, I love the energy that the audience brings.  It can really elevate a performance.  Each performance is different because each audience is different.  And you can adjust things each time you get on stage. Try to play the emotions a different way.  Acting in front of the camera allows you to add in those subtleties and nuances that don’t really work on stage.  I love seeing the finished product.  When you are doing your scenes, you just get to connect with what you are doing, so you don’t really see the entire show, or movie until it is released. 
Can you name is the plays, series, and roles you been in so far?
There have been so many.  The longest role that I have had is Keysha Lyons, from ‘The Lyons Den’, which will be going into its tenth season.  I have been on the show since season one.  I’m also on ‘EXFactor’, which will be going into its fifth season. I’ve been on that one since season one, as well. I did a guest spot on a show called ‘Peace Be Steel’ which is a really cool show. They are all good shows though, so everyone should check them out.  The latest stageplay that I’m in, and it is quickly becoming my favorite out of all the plays I’ve done, is ‘CloZet Confession’.  I also did ‘Dreams of Harlem’, which was a lot of fun too. There have been other roles too, but I think that these are the biggest ones so far.
The last two years you’ve received acting awards in your files what awards have you received? How did being honored make you feel receiving credit from your peers?
In the last two years, I received the 2017 Featured Highlights Supporting Actress of the Year award and 2018 Featured Highlights Actress of the Year award.  I just found out recently that I am nominated for Best Supporting Cast Member, for the stageplay ‘CloZet Confession’, for the DPI Playwrights Awards. It feels amazing for others in the field to think of me as deserving of recognition.  It makes me work harder because I feel like I owe that much to the people that are watching and making these final decisions.  I owe the people that take the time to vote, and the ones that consider themselves fans of mine.  I can’t slack off with all of these people supporting me. They need to see something come of their support. They need results.

What are some goals you still want to accomplish as an actress?
I have the desire to be in movies and on television, like most actresses.  But, I think the biggest thing I want, at this time, is to do Broadway.  There is something about a live audience that just gets me excited.  And being able to grow with a character night after night, show after show, is something that I would like to experience.  There are people that I want to perform with on Broadway.  Jenifer Lewis, Cynthia Erivo, Audra McDonald, and my biggest wish, Brian Stokes Mitchell.
While being accomplished as an actor what are some goals you have set for you singing career?
Actually, I sing because I just love to do it.  If someone wants to pay me to do it, then that is just an added bonus.  I’m not really trying to make a living singing, as I am with the acting.  I just feel that, for me, singing is a special gift that I would tarnish if I tried to live off of it.  But, even with that, there are people with whom I would love to sing. Just because I want to sing with them.  Stevie Wonder, obviously. Also, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Patti Labelle, and Stephanie Mills. 
Do you take the confidence and recognition you’ve been receiving from your acting career to encourage your singing career?
I probably shouldn’t think this way, but I look at acting and singing as two separate entities.  While they can cross paths, I pursue each one differently.  When I am acting, unless my character is able to sing, I don’t think about singing.  When I am singing, I just think about connecting with the audience, not necessarily trying to act out the words to the song.  The only exception would be if I was doing a musical, where singing and acting live together.

What is favorite genre of music to sing?
I love that I can connect to so many different genres of music. Each one has something special about it.  But, I think that my favorite genre is R&B.  There are themes that live in R&B music that connect to everyone.  I love singing Gospel, but I can acknowledge that it doesn’t touch everyone.
Does your creativity as an artist come from your soul, genetic makeup, or the ability to express emotion?
I think that it comes from all three.  My parents both sing, and I used to sing with my brothers and sisters all of the time. And my dad also writes songs.  So, at least the music is in my blood.  The acting and writing may just be icing on the cake, so to speak. If I am singing a song, or playing a character, I have to be able to connect from the soul or it won’t come across as authentic.  If I can tell that I’m acting, then I believe that the audience can tell too.  Being able to express emotion is necessary for me to connect to characters, as well. 
What are some upcoming events or projects we can expect to see you in or at?
Season 10 of ‘The Lyons Den’ is coming up, which I am really excited about, as well as Season 5 of ‘EXFactor’.  I’ll be in two upcoming feature films, ‘Slumber Party, Slaughter Party 2’ and ‘The Oath’. I will be performing at the CSRA Food Truck Fest in Augusta, GA, I’ll be in Atlanta in June, performing for the National Conference for SISTUHS, Inc. and in September for another performance of the stageplay, ‘CloZet Confession’.  Starting either January or February 2020, I will be touring my original one-woman show, ‘For the Culture: A Passion Play’.  There are other things in between all of this, but I think that these are the biggest events and projects that I have coming up.
What great words of wisdom and great advice can you off to our readers and aspiring performers?
If you believe that you can achieve something, then go after it.  Don’t give up because others don’t understand what you are trying to do.  Everything is not for everybody to understand and everybody can’t go on the journey with you.  Accept support, but be willing to sacrifice to accomplish your goals.  It will mean that much more when you reach them.

See Through My Eyes

In a time we fail to understand the truth behind conscious,
Perception only the third eye can see all we have is history and media propaganda and lies.
It’s so few of us that it’s easy to set up and plan a formal demise,
We use to get death but now the new slavery in prison our bodies survive.
Nothing comes free or without sacrifice,
Like the greats Martin Luther King keep our eyes on the prize,
Or the great Maya Angelou still I’ll rise.
I’m black hands clinched hand in the air screams of Black power,
I won’t flinch or step back an inch,
Tears run down a mother’s and father’s face as they claim their child gunned down by police,
All they can do is cry.

Nipsey Hussle deeper than rap and the streets, this was big business.

Nipsey Hussle was deeper than rap and the streets, this was big business.
Earlier today, we lost a young man, 33 years of age, a beloved father, son, brother, friend, artist, activist, and business man.
The shooting took place outside of his store Marathon Clothing located at 3420 W Slauson Ave F in Los Angeles, California, where earlier this year he talked about meaning a lot to him having sold drugs there as a youth and being denied entrance and now being the owner of the property. 
His death was one marked with violence as he was shot 6 times, 5 times in the body and 1 time in the head. It is believed to be over hate, beef, or gang violence but to we the conscious it’s more to it than meets the eye.
From initial details people are making the connection between the 6 shots to his gang affiliation with the Rolling 60s crips also earlier in the day Nipsey put out a tweet “having strong enemies is a blessing” which brings us to believe the culprit is money.
Nipsey was just getting into his prime he started doing some pretty amazing things in 2017 he released his brand Marathon which is named after a mixtape series he has in which he created his own strain of weed Marathon OG and the inception of his dispensary, and also opening the the before mentioned Marathon Clothing store. The following year he released a great album in 2018 Victory Lap that earned him a Grammy nomination the album was in a class of its own not like the modern day mumble rap but a conscious awakening body of work. The big announcement was when he announced he would be making a documentary about the great Dr. Sebi a holistic healer that was out on trial in 1985 by the state of New York & the federal government for placing a ad stating he had cured the aids virus.
You as well I know since the European slaughtered the natives & stole this great land to be their own the only thing they have been obsessively worried about and seeking is money. The two biggest economically funding industries in this country just happen to be pharmaceuticals and insurance which stand to take a big hit if not bottom out all together almost bankrupting the nation. The pharmaceutical industry gross revenue for U.S banking system is roughly 500 billion dollars each year but 1.1 trillion globally. The health & life insurance industry gross revenue for U.S banking system is roughly 1.2 trillion dollars with no cap on the global spending market at this time.
In 1985 Dr. Sebi ran a add in a local New York City Newspaper stating he had the cure for the aids virus and soon after he was being drug into court by the State of New York & the federal government. Needless to say but Dr. Sebi was not convicted as he 1st beat the case against the state, and the day after beating the case against the federal government absorbing him from wrong doing and false advertising. So to our knowledge he did have the cure for aids but this wouldn’t be publicized like other cases the government fail to mainstream like their conviction of killing Dr. KIng.
Dr. Sebi not only had the cure for aids he also had the cure for the sickle cell virus, and the cancer cell virus all things we know to be prominently found in the African American culture leading to death. Nipsey Hussle had a conscious mind & influence that could of spread the truth to the millions of African Americans who could change the narrative. Dr. Sebi is becoming a more prominent name in the African American community but not many know if his cures, trials, and assassination by the U.S government but brother Nipsey did and wasn’t scared to share that truth.

African American self hate and selective outrage in a nutshell.

We live in a time when the #metoo movement has given people a voice when they would’ve normally been shunned and ignored. It is also a time where we are seeing more feminist emerge and fight for equal pay, jobs, treatment, and the same view in the media and entertainment industry.
With the recent tabloids and television stations attacking entertainers, such as R. Kelly in which we have testimony and Michael Jackson, in which we have no solid circumstantial evidence, other than two men who recanted statements in the trial in which he was acquitted.
Why aren’t major tabloids, media outlets and television stations picking up this story in which we have Cardi B confessing on tape and defending to her wrong doing and drugging men against their will and knowledge to steal from them. She hasn’t been approached or even spoken about by the #metoo or feminist movements. It just seems as if her fans and women across the country support her knowing what it is like facing the struggle of being sexually objectified.
Just because you can relate to a person’s story, feelings, or situation doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be tried as a predator and criminal that they are. Cardi B. being one of the most recognized and influential women in entertainment and hip hop right now, we need to set an example for our youth, women, and culture that no non-sense of any kind, no matter gender will be tolerated.

My City

Ignorance in your eyes we know it to be our beauty,

Words slip from his lips unknown to their world through the Jim Crow lens.

Raised without a village,

Our pillars unsecure shook to the core,

No other way out we learn to pillage because we’re pissed poor morally.

In all our majesty, brilliance, and our might transpired through our blackness,

Still fighting in the world to prove our manhood never shucking and jiving so lashes for my sins.

Controlled since birth dancing, singing, and balling painted as our only option out,

It’s much more to explore my little Black boys that’s why we can’t get it right living horribly.

Lil Kings & Queens App

People often complain that technology is a hindrance for our children; however, it is only that if the parents allow it to be. A husband and wife duo have made technology a benefit for children by creating an educational app. Anything can be a pro or a con depending on how it is used, so why not use technology to help our kids advance.
I recently interviewed the couple where they chatted on the inspirations and plans behind the app. Check out the interview below.

Can you tell myself and the readers about yourself?
I will keep it short and sweet. I am Keith Hill. I am 30-years old. I’m married with a newborn son. I Love God and playing my bass guitar. Sometimes I wish I was born in the 60s – 70s, so that I could play along-side James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and The Temptations, etc. Finally, I would like to invest in the lives and dreams of our young Black men and women.
Growing up and still to this day who inspires you? How did they impact your life?
My parents are truly my inspiration. They’ve always supported every dream and vision that I had. Every idea that I had, they never said I couldn’t do it. Not only did they embrace my dreams, they always encouraged me to keep pressing forward. For every dream or vision that I would share with them, they would always give me constructive criticism and never would they say I couldn’t do it. Not only did they teach me, but they showed me how to love my wife and family through the good and the bad. So I really do appreciate and thank them for all that they have done, and one day I hope I’m able to return the favor.
When did you know and decide that you were meant to set out on your own in the entrepreneurial lifestyle?
My entrepreneurship started in elementary school. My brother, cousin and I started selling candy and were known as the candy boys in elementary school. We sold candy that all the kids wanted like bubble gum, cry babies, war heads, air heads, and ring pops. It got so big that we even had other kids partnering with us, and whatever they sold we gave them a cut. I didn’t know it then but that was a key moment in my life.

How did the two of you come up with great ideas of developing the first African American educational app?
My wife and I are Christians and every morning at 6 a.m. I get up and pray. Well, this one particular day, I was praying and something told me to go to the apple store and just scroll through the kids section. As I was looking I noticed that it was nothing there created just for our little Kings and Queens. I was speaking to my wife about it and we realized that we wanted our future kids to have representation. From that point we took the next 90 days and built Lil Kings and Queens.
Can you tell us about the cultural ground breaking app?
This app was specifically designed for our young black children to see themselves as strong, powerful, smart, and beautiful people. We want to give kids a head start on education but more importantly on loving themselves. We want every Lil King and every Lil Queen to succeed in life and know that they can grow up and dream to be anything they want to be.
Lil’ Kings and Queens will Learn About:
Letter identification
Letter sounds
African American History
Letter Tracing
Number Tracing

What social impact do you expect for this app to have on the culture?
When we were developing this app one word came to mind, Empower. We want every little King or Queen to understand that whatever they put their mind to they can do. We want every child to feel that they are special, smart, gifted, handsome, and beautiful. If there is one thing that I love to see that is confident Black People. I believe that parents should start at a young age instilling confidence in their children, and if this app is able to assist in accomplishing that goal, then we believe, we did our job.
Are there any upcoming events or dates we should be on the lookout for from you and the app?
Not at this moment. We are focusing on getting the word out about the app.
What are the platforms that we can download your app?
Apple and Google Play. We are working on adding it to Amazon and a Web Version.
What great words of wisdom and advice you can offer to our readers?
For Entrepreneurs: PATIENCE! PATIENCE! PATIENCE! I think one thing that stops us from reaching our dream is lack of patience. We all have awesome ideas but the moment you announce your idea to the world we think our life is going to change, that everybody is going to support you, that you will be able to quit your job and live the best life. No, the next day you will probably have to get up and go to work. Nothing has changed. In a few weeks you might not feel like it’s worth it but it’s worth it. It’s worth the late nights. It’s worth the tears. It’s worth feeling lonely. It’s worth feeling unaccomplished because one day it will be all worth it. One day your dream will come to pass because you worked for it. Remember this is not a sprint but a one person marathon and the only person you’re competing against is you. Stay Focused. Be Encouraged. Be GREAT.
For parents: The Bible says train up a child in the way they should go and when they become older they will not depart from it. Don’t just train up a child to go to church but train them up to believe in themselves, to love themselves, to create, to build, to grow, to think, to love, to help. All of these things should start at home.

Young Author, Bailey C. Moore, published Book While Maintaining Straight A’s.

Bailey C. Moore from Houston, Texas. Like most young boys, Bailey enjoys spending time with his friends, along with playing football, video games and, of course, reading and writing.
At a young age, Bailey’s mother introduced him to books and his grandfather introduced him to writing which began his love for both. Bailey decided he wanted to write a children’s book after watching his mother put up a vision board of her goals for the 2017 year.
He decided he wanted to work towards his goals as well. At the top on his list was to become an author. Bailey maintains a straight A grade point average while playing football. Bailey gives thanks to the many influential people in his life who have made his dream come true. He thanks his family and friends for supporting him, as well as, MehaffyWeber P.C.
I recently interviewed the young author. Check out the interview below:
How do you find the balance in being a successful writer, school, and life as a youth?
It’s all about time and how you handle yourself. I only focus on one thing at a time and I make sure I try my best for every challenge no matter how hard and tiring it is. I never let a challenge bother me.
You’ve worked on and completed a second book in that time as well Jerry’s Gang congratulations, what was the writing process like for you this time around? Was it different from the first time?
I went through the same process as I did for the first book. But I think that this book was a little bit easier than the last as I am more experienced now in writing. 

Can you give us a sneak peak/insight to this book Jerry’s Gang?
This story is still about Jerry the main character in my previous book but this time this book involves 6 black men in his community and how they helped him in situations in his life.
What influenced/inspired you to come with the idea and story for this book?
I was inspired by my mentors because they showed love and support to me.
At such a young age where do you find the creativity and passion to write and tell stories to your fellow children/classmates?
I write about important things that have influenced my life and hope to encourage others.
Being such a young inspiration to your community and the culture, what achievements do you see for yourself next to keep pushing the ceiling even higher?
As being a young inspiration I think my hard work and talents will lead me to being a great role model around the world and may even help me achieve my dream  of becoming the Mayor of my hometown, Houston, Texas.
When and where can we expect to see you for book signings and tour dates?
My schedule changes weekly but all my upcoming events are on my website at
I know it’s a little early but I have to ask, can we expect another book from you anytime soon?
 Maybe……. lol
Any words of wisdom and great advice you would like to offer the readers?
I would like to say to all readers to follow your dreams and never let a challenge slow you down from success.

The Whip, The Iron, The Noose

The people’s champion I gave the people a voice,
“Float like a butterfly sting like a bee, Rumble young man rumble”
I beat the odds you wanted to make me a controlled weapon real nigga.
The Afro Wonder Kid I graced covers of your magazines,
Enlisted as the face of your endless endorsements,
And lead a franchise back to the biggest stage for you to try to bury me for taking a knee field nigga.
America’s Dad I changed the culture when it was in disarray,
I continued to inspire the youth for years,
I tried to buy NBC and rebuild the shambles,
But sentenced to death still nigga.
Same blood in my veins came from those people traded and sold to pick cotton and sugar cane,
Even though they finally shook free the bondage of chains,
Now media enslaves our brain.

Prison Corruption At CTF In Soledad And Corcoran State Prison

As you will see in the video below some footage of the inhumane gladiator fights California inmates have been subject to, we as human beings should all come together and get government officials involved to amend the 13th. Also we have testimony and pleads from family & loved ones of inmates. “We’ve been suffer many decades of legalized slavery as “minorities” at a pivotal time in prison reform we need to see and know what is exactly going on. Another look into plantation like racist practices incremental releases aka Mandingo fights are still prevalent in 2019″. Our loved ones have accepted their sentences and deserve a opportunity at rehabilitation, and should learning techniques & skills to help them succeed when released back into society. 

I just want to clarify that there are 2 incidents in regards to Gladiator fights: 

(1) Integration between Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) inmates, previously Protective Custody (PC), and General Population (GP) inmates (document enclosed) AND 
(2) Integration of known enemies between Bulldogs and other races & groups (which has been broadcasted as of lately).

I am unsure if you have received my last emails in regards to the Gladiator Fights in CA prisons in all central valley state prisons.  I just wanted to advise you of some disturbing information I recently saw online. It stated that Correctional Training Facility (CTF) will commence the Gladiator Fights on Monday, 3/4/19, in the gymnasium.  They have now created a Gladiator Ring to conduct these Gladiator Fights.  This is sickening and needs to be stopped.  CDCR’s Administration knows the dangers behind their tactics and they are refusing to stop this violence.  CDCR is promoting violence in todays prisons and continues to place the lives of our loved ones at risk.  PLEASE HELP US STOP CDCR AND THEIR VIOLENCE!!!  In Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) a Correctional Officer’s (CO) head was split open because of an incident involving the groups.  As you can see, staff members lives are at risk as well!  I have heard the concerns of CO’s as well and they do NOT want this either, but the administrators are pushing the violence. Administrators in Sacramento include Acting Secretary Ralph Diaz, Acting Undersecretary Kathleen Allison and Acting Division of Adult Institutions Director Connie Gipson.  Administrators in CTF Soledad State Prison include Warden Craig Koenig and Captain Freeman.  

I need to speak to the Governor to voice my concerns in person.  I need a meeting with him to stop this madness.  There is more to what I write down.  I have countless evidence I need to present to him of the bloodshed occurring.  I am a factual person and I have nothing more than facts to corroborate my statements.  

Media has been made aware of these incidents and they will be present this weekend, March 2nd and 3rd, at the CTF Soledad Prison Peaceful Protest from 9AM to 2:30PM.

Gladiator Fights are occurring in 5 facilities: Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) in Jamestown, Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP), Corcoran State Prison, CTF in Soledad and Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP).  There was a 6th one: Avenal State Prison (ASP), but they recently transferred all of the inmates causing trouble out of that prison.  SVSP has not personally been impacted by these major incidents as they have the groups separated from one another, which is needed for safety and security concerns.  CDCR knows and understands that a specific group of inmates (Bulldogs) can no longer program safety with inmates of a different group and race and it is in their best interest to separate them from the rest of the population for everyone’s safety.  

We as family members would just like CDCR to follow their own policies and procedures, including their mission statement, “… safety and security of incarcerated offenders…”  They all took an oath to serve and protect, but they are doing the exact opposite.  Our loved ones are not guinea pigs or experiments; their lives are not disposable.  They are all human beings and should be treated as such.

I have compiled a timeline for the lockdown specifically at CTF:
10/15/18: Facility was placed on Modified Program because their received a “tip” that there was going to be violence the next day.
10/16/18: Modified Program was lifted and facility ran normal program.  They opened up all the doors, but riots ensued in all housing locations.
10/31/18: Bulldogs (problem group) began going out to yard for 4 hours a week
11/1/18:  Second affected group (wings C,D,E &F) began going out to yard for 4 hours a week
11/2/18:  Second affected group (wings: B,X,Y,Z & G) began going out to yard for 4 hours a week
11/21/18:  4 hours of yard for both groups seized!
12/5/18:  SUICIDE!!! An inmate took his life because he could not handle the stresses of the lockdown 🙁
12/7/18:  Inmates in the affected groups were given the chance to go to the store ONLY for hygiene items (no food!).  Some guys (about 140 inmates) did not even get a chance to get their hygiene because the lines were so long.  Inmates were not allowed to buy food or mail items.
12/9/18: Inmate had a seizure in a cell and the Correctional Officers were not responding to the incident.  Inmate had to be taken to the hospital for treatment as the officers took a long time to respond.
12/12/18:  Correctional Officer Guerra intentionally unlocked an inmate’s cell door and let him be attacked by his enemies (Bulldogs).  The victim required transport to the hospital to get stitches.
12/13/18: SUICIDE!!! Another inmate committed suicide in the Administrative Segregation Unit.
12/17/18:  Inmates affected by the modified program began to receive once again 4 hours of yard time, like before.
12/21/18:  Families went to protest on the outside of the facility (CTF) and inmates were finally offered their packages, some store ($55) and showers 3x/wk since they were only getting them 2x/wk.  (that means that for 2 months they were not getting ANYTHING!)
12/24/18: Packages began to get distributed
12/26/18:  An inmate (Race: White) was attacked by Bulldogs in the dayroom
2/7/19:  GLADIATOR FIGHTS BEGAN!!!!!  Correctional Officers placed 5 Whites and 5 Bulldogs out in the yard and a RIOT occurred.
2/14/19: Correctional Officers placed 3 Whites and 3 Bulldogs out in the yard together and a RIOT occurred. (video clips exist)
2/15/19:  Correctional Officers placed more than 10 Whites and more than 10 Bulldogs out in the yard together and a HUGE RIOT occurred. (video clips exist)

Gladiator Fights are scheduled to continue with no end in sight.  On 2/22/19 CTF has another Incremental Release scheduled,  Corcoran State Prison has another Incremental Release scheduled for 2/19/19 and PVSP has an incremental release scheduled every 3 days (the last one was scheduled today 2/18/19).  

I want to emphasize that CDCR is promoting violence in today’s prisons.  They are knowingly and intentionally putting our incarcerated loved ones lives at risk by placing them in hostile environments with known enemies.  These Gladiator Fights are also being seen with the new program CDCR created: NON-DESIGNATED PROGRAMMING FACILITY (NDPF) where they are attempting to integrate Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY), previously known as Protective Custody (PC) with other inmates from General Population (GP).  NDPF began mid last year and the results have been absolutely horrendous.  There has been major rioting, stabbings, beating with locks, slashings… basically the worst kind of violence you can imagine.  I have actually met with Acting Secretary Ralph Diaz in CDCR and his staff twice (the last meeting was on February 15, 2019), but he stated NDPF will continue.  He was also made aware of the Gladiator Fights that I am currently discussing as well.  CDCR is promising programming to our loved ones at the cost of human lives and it is disgusting.

The bloodshed that has been created by these Gladiator Fights and the NDPF program is at the hands of CDCR.  These are clear set ups for attacks and continued violence in the prisons.  The increase in violence is job security for CDCR to keep our incarcerated loved ones in prison longer.  There are no chances of Rehabilitation anymore.  Our loved ones have been deflated mentally and physically and they do not see the end to this violence unless legislators get involved.

 I cannot even fathom the fact that his life is at risk day in and day out where he is supposed to be safe and secure.  He made mistakes in his life for which he is paying for, but that does not justify the prison system putting his life in imminent danger.  CDCR has an obligation to keep him and all the other inmates safe and frankly they are not doing their job!  CDCR is not doing it’s job PLEASE HELP US!  I have been to the Capitol multiple times to discuss the NDPF issue and we need more support to stop the program and now we need support to stop the Gladiator Fights!  

Another Statistic

Everybody wants to be a gangsta but doesn’t know what it means,
Just last week I was speaking to some teens,
They said they were gangsta but that’s not what I seen,
Yelling cash rules everything around me slinging rock to feins.
You get that expensive lay on I guess you think you made it nigga,
House in an all white neighborhood,
You’re their favorite nigga.
People are like tea bags you can’t tell how strong they are until you put them in hot water,
Stand on everything you did or keep your nose clean.
Now you’re sitting in a cell waiting for mail because you was big and bad and pulled the trigga,
Another young boy on your block slinging rock to our brothers and sisters,
Now lost to the system well just another nigga.

Social Change Agent, Entrepreneur, Marquan Kane Elevates Community in Positive Change

Michigan native, Marquaun Kane was born in the Liberty Square Projects in Ypsilanti. His birthplace has been torn down for a few years now, but Kane takes pride in those projects because he was the only child born there and it has been a staple of his family’s history and the adversity of the city made him who he is today.
The 18-year-old is a community activist, educator and unifier. He started advocating and public speaking when he was 15, the summer before his sophomore year in high school.
“I always knew there was a purpose for my life experiences, but it wasn’t until recently that I have discovered that purpose,” Kane explains. “Growing up, I glorified the streets and thought I’d join a gang one day, perhaps the Bloods or Crips and follow tradition. I also wanted to be a Marine. It was honor I wanted to earn–trust and respect, and so I grew up thinking violence and money was the way to get those things.”
I recently interviewed the young activist, where he chatted on his inspirations and goals. Check out the interview below:

Growing up and still to this day who are your inspirations? How did they impact your life?
Many have inspired me, mostly local people in my community, but Brother Malcolm saved my life. He gave me the blueprint to knowledge of self, independence and freedom, and that made me grow confident and love myself and my people.
Before I started volunteering, mentoring, representing and otherwise helping my community, I began to take heed to my situation at home. During middle school, I started to really love and care for my siblings, and so I began to understand that it is my duty to help make their world a safer place.
After all I saw and endured, I tried to shield my siblings from that world. I had no control over my situation, and so I felt helpless, I felt like a victim of my circumstances. Brother Malcolm helped me love myself, and now I live life like I’m fortunate–because I am.

What are some great projects and endeavors you see yourself participating in for your future?

Currently, I’m in the process of starting my business. I will be a social-entrepreneur and will continue to use my platform to gather other (young) people to facilitate change. There are several projects I’m working on and goals of mine, but in short, my mission is, “Free em’ til they all free, feed the babies til they all fed.” Orchestrating youth summits at the local, state, regional, national and international level is something I invite everyone to participate in.

You were recently in NYC for the second consecutive year for a gathering, what event were you attending?
A year ago, I was speaking on a panel about the School to Prison Pipeline. This year, I was attending a conference in New York for the Youth Assembly of the United Nations. I was a delegate for the 23rd session, and will be looking to fulfill other roles in the UN going forward.
I spoke during a session at the event about Mass Incarceration, and how climate change is also contributing to it, in addition to the Prison-Industrial-Complex. Climate change breeds droughts, hunger and poverty– all which contribute to violence and desperation.
In addition, it also exacerbates prison conditions. In Southern Prisons during the summer, when there is no air conditioning, inmates suffer from heat stroke. Conversely, during the Winter, inmates suffer when facilities don’t have heat, as seen during the last polar vortex when there was no heat for a week in a Brooklyn Jail.
I’m on a mission to unify, particularly black and oppressed peoples, but in addition to racism and oppression manifested in the form of self-hate, we also have to deal with the increasing threat of climate change and war.
Another topic was Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. In the United States, they say we have a criminal justice system. In the state of Texas, 75 percent of all inmates in their jails have not been convicted of a crime. 3 out of 4. Combined, wrongful convictions have stolen at least 20,000 years from innocent defendants, and these are just the ones we know about. We have to redefine the meaning of justice, and also what it means to be a criminal, in addition to rehabilitation.

Inside (a few) prisons and jails, you can now find, therapy, healthcare, a library, a course to earn a degree, among other things— all while these same places are being shut down in the general community and or underfunded. A panel of academic experts talked about Peace, and I thought to myself: How can there be peace when the people don’t have peace? When they don’t have equality, liberty or freedom? When newborn babies are being born addicted to crack? When eight people account for more than half of the world’s wealth? When the children of Flint don’t have clean water, and the children of Detroit don’t have a constitutional right to literacy?
Malcolm X said, “You can’t separate peace from freedom, because no one can be at peace until they have their freedom.” There will be no peace until the hungry are fed; until the thirsty have water, until the homeless are sheltered, and until every angry, cold child is warmed by the spirit and compassion of the community. I know, because I have been that child. People talk about poverty like the exact opposite of it is wealth. I believe that the opposite of poverty is opportunity, peace, justice and sobriety.

Recently you’ve started a podcast with WMKM Radio to bring awareness to necessary stories ignored by mainstream media, how did this great opportunity present itself?
I started Podcasting with WMKM radio after the New Year. I have a 5-30 minute segment every Monday at noon, depending if there is a guest or not. Although I’m not religious, I was welcomed into the Church of the Messiah in Detroit while I was working on Shauna McNally’s campaign. I conversed with the Pastor there for a while, and then we exchanged ideas and found out how we can work together. He’s the Ghetto Preacher, and so I trusted him and he’s entrusted me as an Ambassador to the Church.
I started working on the Mother’s Day Bailout project, I spoke at the Silence the Violence March, and several other times at the Church. He heard my segment on NPR, and thought I did well with PBS, and so he invited me to be a Podcaster on his radio show.

What are some of the stories you’ve worked on since starting your podcast?
The topics so far have been about my story and upbringing, community building, reprogramming (unlearn and relearn), recognizing the time is ripe for change and how to facilitate it, and redefining the meaning of what it means to be a gangsta and be real. The theme is doing for self, because self-improvement is the basis for community development. Self-reliance, self-defense and being self-taught.

How does a project of this magnitude impact your career and passions?
Several people have reached out to me to show support and to build partnerships, at this rate, there is no telling the size of the impact my work will have on my evolution or on my community.  

What other great words of wisdom and words of advice can you offer other millennials like yourself?
I believe that proximity is the distance between justice and humanity. If any of us are going to be effective leaders and lead with integrity, we must get proximate to those who are suffering and oppressed. I’m going to keep spending my time in the hood because I cannot truly help or serve my people if I am too afraid to be around them. I thought interning with lawmakers in the Capitol would give me the solutions, I thought for a while going to college would as well. I reached the conclusion that knowledge of self and self-love are the highest levels of education we can aspire to. 

Misconception of Mental Illness in The Black Community

The common misconception and miseducation of the Black community is that we misdiagnose the signs and symptoms of mental illness. The community has a firm belief that mental illness only has a connection with depression and suicide, but as a survivor we know it to be much more.
Mental Illness can be associated with disorders such as ADDaddictionADHD, anger management, anorexia, ansomnia, anxiety, autism, bipolar, claustrophobia, depression, dementia, OCD, PTS, schizophrenia, and more.
We need to first understand the definition disorders that alter your thinking, behavior and actions. More people than we think are  affected by mental illness in our communities, but still in 2019, it is considered taboo to seek help, counseling or therapy because it’s labeled as a White person’s disease.
The numbers show otherwise; 20 percent of African Americans are more likely to experience mental illness as compared to every other ethnicity the equivalent 1 out of every 5, but only 25 percent will seek professional help as compared to 40 percent of our white counterparts. It’s just as much the communities responsibility to bring awareness and help get our brothers and sisters help by changing the narrative.