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.

African History Month

This thing I have got me through all of the bad days,
Carried me through all of the good days,
And hopefully will get me through the rest of my days.
I just hope it gets me to and through that big day,
So I can live happily ever after avoiding internal disaster.
Captured relocated to a new land that was stolen and claimed by the white man.
Held for hundred of years like animals,
Forced to believe if we pray everything would be okay.
Still the disconnect that disenfranchises the hood keeps you on welfare Never biting the hand that feeds you obedient,
Yes um master.
The spirituality of consciousness lead me astray,
Not wanting to work a 9-5 for minimal pay,
The spirit lives inside me!


When you get the education to make changes to your culture and community and motivation to follow through that’s knowledge.
Against all odds you created the ghetto to keep down my DNA,
Prison is the plantation and that’s not okay.
I move different with spiritual rules.
Everyone will say cash is the end,
All mean all but not knowing anything always results in the blind chasing a bag falling for everything.
I’m stranded in the middle of two generations,
Between niggas spending birthdays in jail and tight shirts wearing skinny Jean enthusiast,
I believe they’re all sleep and naïve,
But I’m spreading knowledge waking everyone around.
You need to realize cash doesn’t take the pain away,
So don’t try to Aunt Jemima “aka” Mammie me.
Knowledge rules everything around me,
Elevate get your education y’all

Injustice Simply Black & White

In 2019, this is a subject we still shouldn’t be talking about but unfortunately we are. I quote, “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.
Today, I’ll be stating a few facts on the two separate crimes and the men involved in the crimes. Both represent the same political party and sexual orientation. The only difference is the color of their skin.
Jussie Smollett is a well known actor on the FOX hit series Empirewho has recently come under fire for reporting and filing fake police reports for a hate crime. He is now currently detained and facing serious felony charges that could result in prison time, while also receiving major blowback and loss of support from the LBGTQcommunity, which is some what expected.
On the other hand, we have Ed Buck, prominent Democratic donor, in which two male escorts were found dead in his home. Buck’s first case never made it to trial due to insufficient amount of evidence linking him to the murder and the second case made national news, but soon became swept under the rug.
Do we just completely ignore the crimes of Ed Buck who has received no further discipline simply because of skin color and affiliations? Jussie Smollett lied and filed fake police reports for a hate crime. Should that be punishable of felony charges?
In my morale compass, as well as the judicial system, murder/homicide should be taken more seriously and is punishable by life in prison and death.

Middle Child

Y’all counted us out,
Dehumanized treated like animals,
Loaded us up,
Filled every slave ship on the list.
Deception is the tactic,
You’re jest all the woke strong ones are dying,
But the naive unconscious are lit. 
This is for all my brothers and sisters who jumped ship,
The thought and reality of captivity,
Too much so death was their only wish.
Freedom is my mission that’s why I can’t quit,
Disgracing my temple was never my shit,
My spirit came from the ancestors my only gift.

Corcoran State Prison Corruption and Plantation Like Tactics

We are going through a uproar of change in this country with activism & following proper media rules to spotlight the short cummings. As of today I will be taken through this protest against prison reform and how their staff treats inmates. Today I would like to highlight the gladiator fights as called by inmates comparable to mandingo fights of the slaves, the warden and staff call them incremental releases. 
In the fights prisoners are released out into the yard and forced to fight sometimes even allowed are 2 on 2 bouts which are described as inhumane. The worst part is inmates are sometimes allowed to bring weapons out into the fight with staff and nurses on the scene for after the fights are over. The fights take place every 2 weeks and leaves most loved ones & families worried if they’ll ever see their loved ones again alive, usually after no matter the injuries inmates are sent to the hole or back to their cells.
on Jan. 9, 2019, an estimated 250 prisoners went on hunger strike within Corcoran State Prison’s 3C facility in response to an indefinite lockdown. They have asked that this info be made public and that their DEMANDS BE HEARD.
Directly after the hunger strike went public, the warden ordered sandbags to be placed at the bottom of the southeners doors to prevent any food or messages from being passed or shared. Last Sunday was the first protest from the wives & families of inmates and I received quotes “Last sunday we were there all day in the cold and pouring rain, children and all, and as the co’s came out, they would record us and laugh.”

Corcoran State Prison (3C Yrd)

Lift Lock-Down.
Allow Visits.
Allow Us To Attend Educational, Vocational & Rehabilitation Programs That We’re Enrolled In.
Allow Us To Receive Commissary & Packages.
That We Be Given Our Weekly 10 Hrs Of Mandated Outdoor Exercise Yard.
That We Are Treated Fairly.
UPDATE: On January 9, 2019, an estimated 250 prisoners initiated a hunger strike within California State Prison – Corcoran’s 3C facility in response to an indefinite lockdown. On Jan 28, after three weeks of refusing food trays, the warden met with representatives, granted full canteen privileges and promised to work out a separate yard schedule. The strikers suspended their hunger strike and were ready to continue negotiations in good faith.
Over the last two weeks there has been NO PROGRESS on receiving full canteen or separate yard time. The warden has reneged on all pledges so the strikers of 3C refused breakfast trays on Monday, Feb 11 and held a day long noise demo banging on doors and windows. The initial demands remain and strikers insist that they be dealt with in good faith.
BACKGROUND: All units within Corcoran’s 3C facility have been on “modified program” for four months now. This essentially means a “lockdown” in all meaningful aspects – no visitation, no canteen, no packages, no educational, rehab or vocational programming, and little yard time.
The pretext for this indefinite lockdown by CDCr of hundreds of prisoners for months on end is an altercation on Sept. 28 which saw three prisoners from their unit attacked and put into the infirmary. Group punishments and indefinite isolation are standard practices by CDCr and must stop.
These practices only escalate trauma and conflict and ultimately only promote violence and destabilization within facilities. The effects are not an accident or “regrettable by-products.” This is how CDCr interprets its mission: control by brutalization and division.

Thirty One Fifty Promotes Unity Through Fashion

Clothing is something that you wear, but fashion is a statement, especially for Thirty One Fifty (3150), a brand that represents unity through clothing.
3150 is based out of Atlanta, Georgia and they have been tirelessly and successfully promoting its message through the clothing line. I recently caught up with the founder for a quick interview. Check it out below:

Can you tell the readers and I a little about yourself?
We’re an exclusive clothing brand that’s been in business since 2017. We’re based out of Atlanta, Georgia and we are two cousins with a similar mindset trying to stay consistent in all aspects of life.
We started the company really just to spread a positive message and take our wives and kids out to eat and family outings such as Chuck E Cheese, camping, youth sports. museums, indoor playground, etc.
Growing up and still to this day who are your inspirations and how did they impact your life?
Our biggest inspiration growing up and still till this day would have to be our Uncle T. He has been there for us in every aspect of our life. From fashion, spirituality,  careers, to our partnership with our wives. To being our number #1 supporter in our journey in the clothing industry.

At what critical point in you life did you realize you had a passion for fashion and social consciousness?
Fashion kind of grew on us through the music industry moguls like DipsetJay-Zand Diddy. Of course, older cousins and siblings but we figured if we spend money on other brands why not spend it on our own clothing.
The social consciousness came from our Uncle T who was always testing and questioning our mindset based on us just seeing and believing everything we were being told by the media from social media to local news to even national news. The one thing that he told us that stuck with us was, “If you didn’t see it with your own two eyes there’s a 50/50 chance it’s a lie.”
What particular event, situation or thought inspired you to create your clothing company Thirty One Fifty?
It’s was just a random day that we were just talking about how much we spend to represent these expensive brands that really don’t care about us. The company was originally going to be named Founding Fathers, but after watching videos on YouTube, Facebook and doing a little reading about the current state of the U.S. and how divided things are in general and with in the community, we came up with Thirty One Fifty which is named after 3150 B.C. the year Egypt (Kemet) was United.
Can you tell us the meaning behind your brand and about its objectives?
3150 B.C. is the year when Upper and Lower Egypt (Kemet) was United under one pharaoh (Narmer) starting the first dynasty of Kemet history. We just want to build awareness among everyone. The fact that a lot of Ancient history has been manipulated, we just want to present fact and make it in a way where it’s not overwhelming.

How many different designs and products does your brand currently sale?
We have about 10 designs and have over 60 items to choose from Premium T shirts, Hockey Jersey , polo’s, backpacks, Stickers, Hoodies to SnapBacks and Dad Hats to Duffle Bags and windbreakers plus more all ready to be shipped out as soon as an order is placed!
What are your top five designs?
1.Awake&Aware Pharaoh/Queen
2.United Dynasty 
3.Founding Fathers
4.Forever Life (Ankh)
5.Melanin God
What are some upcoming release dates and events we can look forward to seeing from you?
For upcoming release dates you’ll have to follow us on Instagram . We do surprise drops on our stories due to our exclusive designs and quantity, but we can say this, we will be dropping new items for Spring/Summer and also introducing our 3150Kids collection this summer.
We exclusively do four pop-up shows every year. The first of 2019 will be our “City of Ink 12 Year Anniversary” on Friday, February 22 at 7 p.m. which will be held at 333 Peter Street in Atlanta. The event is FREE! Stay tuned for future pop up shops 
What great advice and words of wisdom would you like to share with the millennials?
As millennials ourselves, we advice that you invest in yourself (credit, financial, health, knowledge), set goals and execute them on daily and weekly basis, and stay consistent in your passion and art. 

Youth pastor, activist, and life coach makes strides at age 23.

Age is definitely just a number at the young and tender age of 23-years old, Pastor Isaiah M. Kilgo-Felder has been making a name for himself. He is a youth activist, pastor, mentor and a life coach.
Pastor Kilgo-Felder has degrees in Christian Ministry and plans to take over the world by storm.
I was very impressed by this young man’s success at such an early age, that I had to interview him check out the interview below.
Can you tell myself and the readers about yourself?
I am 23-years old. I am the proud father of two beautiful children and also a proud, young husband. I am a high school and college Graduate, and an Associate Pastor of the City of Refuge Church Inc. and Founder of The Millennial Movement.
I am a Youth Navigator Expert, Mentor, Life coach, international Co-Author. I love God with all my heart, and I love young people. I believe my job is to help youth and young adults reach their purpose in coming out from a stuck life. I was a high school dropout, “the bad kid”, the one who struggled with their identity and most of all who “I” was. I believe that if I can come from those labels and have gotten Un-Stuck that I can spread that message and reach a generation and lead them the same way.
Growing up and still to this day who are your inspirations? How did they impact your life?
My inspirations when I was a kid were my Grandparents because they taught me my values and my foundation of church and its meaning in my life. As I got older, I found myself to be my inspiration because I had a hard time with trust, but at the age of 18, my biggest inspiration, even to this day is my father and Leader Dr. Ira D. Roach III. He impacted my life in so many ways. He taught me the value and importance of being a man.
When I first came to him he told me, “I don’t need your gift or talent, I don’t need your preaching or prophecy I need you to get a job and an education.” He would also say things like, “Know who you are,” and he mentored me even when I would get mad and try to run. He never turned me away. He’s the reason why today I’m on the platform that God has for me.
When did you realize you had a passion for The Gospel?
I knew I had a passion for the Gospel when I was a little kid. My siblings would go play outside and I would stay in the house and watch TBN and The Word Network. I loved to sing and play the keyboard and drums. I never liked children’s church. I loved to listen to my pastor preach and seeing people get healed and seeing God just move. I knew although it was spokeN over my life many times, I knew this for myself.
When did you first get involved in the church? What was your first position?
I was involved in church at 12 years old, but I didn’t receive my first position until I was 18 years old. My very first position in church was an Elder. 

Do you still remember your first sermon? What was your first sermon about and addressing?
My first sermon was titled “I’m the One”. I was preaching a Sunday morning service and I was talking about how over in the Book of Isaiah where God says, “Who shall I send?”, and I said, “Often times we don’t like to answer that because we feel that our past is not forgivable so we hide in our darkness so God can’t find us and use us.”
But Isaiah answered and said, “Lord, I am a man of unclean lips,” so the Angel takes the coals off the alter and touches his mouth and purifies him. And I told the congregation that if you acknowledge where you are and what you need God will clean you up and use you for his glory.
What inspired you to be a youth minister/pastor?
What inspired me was I always wanted to help people. I believe in the gift of helps and I believe my job was through the world of ministry. It was something that I knew I wanted to be from a child; it was a passion.

Your church has released a new project a book called, “The City Of Refuge Changed Our Lives”, what is the book about?
“The City of Refuge Changed Our Lives” is 12 amazing stories about how they have overcome since being at the City of Refuge Church. Transformation, Restoration, Healing, Deliverance, all of this comes from these 12 stories and you identify every area in the book. It’s a must read!!!!
You also have a project called the Millennial Movement, what is the movement about?
The Millennial Movement is a youth and young adult movement that has one goal and one goal only,” Helping young people Get UnSTuck and reach their purpose”.
We provide a number of this annual #Unstuck live at 5 hosted events in Chester, PA. We have something called Millennial Chatz Web radio and we also host a power call every Wednesday night with a 30 minute bible study and prayer.
We also have job coaching, an afterschool program and a youth life coaching program. We strive to make sure that we have different things to offer millennials. I believe there is no reason for our young people to be dying, selling drugs, in jail, etc. There is no reason when we have the God given power and tools to help them Get UNSTUCK.
What great words of wisdom or words of advice can you offer the millennials and our readers?
If I could encourage any millennial, I would tell them to, “Know who you are, learn your true identity and to dream and dream big. Never box God in. Remember you have the power to take back control of your life and reach your purpose. Work hard and never quit. Keep God first and whoever He sends your way as a help or with sound wisdom, listen and apply and watch your self grow.”  

The 1st Lady of The West Coast

The word “Artist” by definition is a person who practices any of the various creative arts, such as a performer, musician, poet or a filmmaker. I would like to think that all of these examples embody the true nature of 1st Lady of the West Coast’s artistic medium.
She is a vocal artist, when she is in the studio belting out her newest creation. She is a performer, when she is on stage entertaining and engaging diverse audiences. She is a poet, when she is sitting down expressing her innermost thoughts and feelings to her songbook, knowing that one day someone will hear it and share in that special with her. And last but certainly not least, she a filmmaker and has orchestrated, filmed and edited most of her own music videos in hopes of sharing her unique vision of music with the world.
The 1st Lady of the West Coast, also known as 1st Lady, first started singing at the tender age of four and writing her own music at age eight. She has been working with the record label 880Style Inc., for the past 17 years, cultivating and perfecting her artistry.
In November of 2014, 1st Lady signed with DPMG International/ DPMG Urban who secured her a distribution deal with Ingrooves through Universal Music Group. Only to be offered a Sony distribution deal and Interscope marketing deal with DPMG International a few months later in February of 2015.
In 2018, 1st Lady started her own label 1st Lady Of The West Coast Music Group to help teach artist how to be their own entrepreneur in the music business.  

The First Lady of the West Coast, as she is known, is a true Queen of cannabis cultivation. The first black woman to have her own cannabis strains, she is the Founder and CEO of Herb of Life Cultivation, LLC, in Los Angeles and has created three strains to date: Flotwckush, December Nights OG and Black Girl Magic OG – all unique and aimed at helping to ease symptoms of depression, menstrual problems, back pain and spasms from which she suffers and other ailments cannabis is known to heal.
I recently interviewed her where she chatted more on her endeavors. Check out the interview below.
Growing up and still to this day who are your inspirations and how did they impact your life?
My parents and God are my number inspiration; without them I wouldn’t be who I am today.  They impacted my life in a big way teaching me I can be anything I put my mind to and to never give up when it gets hard and to always put God first in my life in all that i do.  My uncle Roni, Geno and Aunt Veronica, Aunt Rene, my cousin Mahershala Ali, Derrick Grace, have also played a great impact in my life. Watching them go for their dreams and goals and accomplishing them. They played a good role in my through their teaching and knowledge over the years.
Artist wise, Missy Elliot was a big inspiration as a female artist and producer and is why I ended up changing my major in college from web designing to audio engineering production because I loved what Missy Elliot did for herself as an artist and still does. Tupac for his inspiration of his love and knowledge and strength towards his community.  Oprah is an inspiration as well, a black woman who is a billionaire and didn’t let anything stop her. She had a vision and she made it reality.
I have so much people who have inspired me through out my life from Les Brown and Tony Robbins of Rich Dad Poor Dad.
You’re quoted having said you’ve dealt with mental illness such as depression and thoughts of suicide. How much of an epidemic and lack of solutions are there in the African American community?
I don’t think there is a lot of solutions and there needs to be which is why I’m trying to be a voice for it. Despite progress made over the years, racism continues to have an impact on the mental health of Black/African Americans. Negative stereotypes and attitudes of rejection have decreased, but continue to occur with measurable, adverse consequences.
Historical and contemporary instances of negative treatment have led to a mistrust of authorities, many of whom are not seen as having the best interests of Black/African Americans in mind. I believe teaching the African American community on the medical benefits of cannabis when it comes to mental Illness. (illicit drug use is frequently associated with self-medication among people with mental illnesses. I read an article that said less than 2 percent of American Psychological Association members are Black/African American, some may worry that mental health care practitioners are not culturally competent enough to treat their specific issues. To me this is compounded by the fact that certain Black/African American patients have reported experiencing racism and micro-aggression from therapists
Stigma and judgment prevents Black/African Americans from seeking treatment for their mental illnesses. Research indicates that Black/African Americans believe that mild depression or anxiety would be considered “crazy” in their social circles.

You credit your cannabis line to those issues in your past, as well as liver and kidney failure. What major difference is there between the pharmaceutical over the counter drugs and cannabis?
My cannabis lines are for people who are looking for a natural alternative than pharmaceutical drugs. One of the big differences are the war on opioids and the addiction that is caused by pharmaceutical drugs, as well as the deaths of overdose from them. A change has to come and starts today with the cannabis industry.  Pharmaceutical drugs are killing people and destroying the immune system of the body. Cannabis is healthier than pharmaceutical drugs.
When did you start your cannabis line and how did you pull off the magnificent feat?
I spoke my line into existence back in 2004 while looking up at the stars on a winter night in Modesto, California. At the time we lived in Modesto. My parents had moved us from the Bay Area since my mother was retired from Oakland Police Department.
I was thinking and saying to myself and the sky at the age of 17 that it would be dope to have my own strain line. I remember like yesterday, I closed my eyes and said to myself, “God, you hear me? It would be really dope to have my own strain line.”
In 2016 Flotwckush aka First Lady Of The West Coast Kush was created with the help of my business partner DukeOfErb. In 2017, December Nights Og was created and my Godson helped me create the name for my second strain line. BlackGirlMagicOg is my third cannabis strain line she was created in 2018. I thank DukeofErb for helping and teaching me the ropes on everything he knows.  I knew what I wanted to create something that could help, how it tasted, how it smelled, even how it looked but what was important was how it could help medically.
Your line has 3 strains for medicinal purposes can you tell us about them and their pharmaceutical medicinal purposes? What other medicinal purposes does cannabis serve and what information would you share with the haters of cannabis and label it an illegal drug?
The beauty of the cannabis plant is we’re still learning so much more of what they plant can do medically, but with the research in truth, numerous studies published in renowned, peer-reviewed medical journals such as NeurologyRheumatologyAnnals of Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Clinical Oncology, and the British Journal ofClinical Pharmacology have all documented significant health benefits associated with the use of medicinal Cannabis across a wide range of ages, races, genders, and health conditions. Do you experience any of the following medical conditions?
Chronic Pain
Crohn’s Disease/IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
Hepatitis C
Lou Gehrig’s Disease/ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Parkinson’s Disease (including Early-Onset)
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Rheumatoid Arthritis
With all the research out there today, I would tell people like I tell them all the time educate yourself on the plant and the benefits from the plant.  There are schools and certain states now that educate you on the medical cannabis. That’s what I would tell people who aren’t educated on the cannabis and if they don’t want to be educated on it, don’t fix your mouth to speak on things you don’t take the time to study on.
One of your other valiant achievements that isn’t talked about is your fight and support for minorities jailed on marijuana charges, what inspired this particular fight/stance?
I’m tired of seeing people of color arrested for cannabis. It doesn’t make sense to me. Jail time for a plant. It piss me off.  This is people’s form of medicine and they were arrested because they got caught with it because they made a choice that they didn’t wanna take pharmaceutical drugs but a  natural herb.
My fights is get every person of color or person out of jail for cannabis charges. Setting with the mayor of the cities and talking how we can make real change on cannabis arrest.  They didn’t harm anyone but got caught with a plant, come on really?
It is happening in all regions of the country, in counties large and small, urban and rural. It’s not fair. It’s not making us any safer. It’s wasting valuable resources. And it’s taking a toll on thousands of lives every year.Police routinely arrest millions of people just for having marijuana every year. Billions of taxpayer dollars fund these arrests, which disproportionately target Black people. This has to stop, it can’t move forward anymore we have to put a stop to this and it’s my goal to help end cannabis arrest.
Black/African Americans also account for 37 percent of drug arrests, but only 14 percent of regular drug users (illicit drug use is frequently associated with self-medication among people with mental illnesses)
If you could offer some great words of wisdom and inspirational advice to the millennials what would it be?
If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything! Be a voice in your community. Be the change you want to see in this world. Remember certain people will give up on you, you gotta make sure you don’t give up on yourself.  You can be anything you put your mind too. Giving up isn’t a option! Go Conquer the world Kings and Queens!