Cassiopeia from theblackmall.com schools us on Juneteenth

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We spoke with Cassiopeia the co-founder of TheBlackMall.com as their 5 annual celebration of Juneteenth was help at Culture Connection in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Cassiopeia took a moment and educated us on Juneteenth and gave us insight on TheBlackMall.com

-Precise

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Juneteenth is the 4th of July for Black People

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Juneteenth is the celebration of enslaved people learning they were free from slavery two years after everybody else learned about it. Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was given in 1863 and it took 2 years for federal soldiers to go from plantation to plantation and make everyone aware.
Juneteenth is still not recognized as an official holiday in the United States. My assumption is that any recognition of this would call America to task when it comes to the treatment of Black people in this country.
The recognition of this holiday means even more in such divisive times with such a racially charged climate. Regardless of this climate it should always be noted and acknowledged that we should never forget the atrocities of slavery and how the world benefited while Black people didn’t.

Juneteenth should be celebrated as the 4th of July. It should be recognized as a national holiday and continue to spark a dialogue that will lead to change and equality in this country.

Check out a few pics from the 5th annual Juneteenth celebration at Culture Connection in Chicago hosted by theblackmall.com

-Precise

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Scarface says ‘All Eyez On Me’ not real and to let Tupac rest

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Scarface was in Chicago for the Classic Hip Hop Lives series hosted by Knowledge Beckom. During this series, hip-hop legends are interviewed before they perform with a live band. Knowledge asked Scarface about All Eyez On Me. Check out the clip for his response.

 

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How Big Sean’s ‘I Decided’ is helping me through my Mid-Life Crisis

Artwork from Big Sean’s project “I Decided”


Big Sean just released his latest project “I Decided” and it’s easily his most mature and compelling work to date. The concept of the album is Sean as an older man lamenting on his life and everything he did wrong and he has been given an opportunity to come back and get everything right. The intro starts with an older gentleman presumably Sean speaking to God “God I’ve been doing the same thing at the same place working the same job for 45 years, you know that. Shit just flew by, what am I really even doing. God I know we rarely talk, but every day I wake up I feel like I blew it, with my family, with her. These kids of mine don’t have no one to look up to. Should have been me. This job aint me man, this aint what I’m supposed to be doing in my life man.” Traffic zooms by as his voice gets louder. The intro is followed by the first song “Light” feat Jeremih and it’s the perfect way to start as the chorus plays “No matter how much they gone shade you they can’t stop the shine.” We all want to shine no matter what our situation.

I’m a man of a certain age pursuing a litany of dreams that all seem to be held at bay. I’ve been through a divorce and seeing my children every day to seeing them every other weekend. I’ve had a few relationships since and they haven’t materialized into much, mostly because I’m so suspicious of everyone’s intentions and its hard to be vulnerable again. Sean says “Last night took an L but tonight I bounced back, I’ve been broke as hell cashed a check and bounced back …If you a real one then you know how to bounce back” Word! It’s about being able to have so much resolve that you can take that blow to your life and get right back up and keep pushing. If you a real one you know that. 

 
In the song “Jump out the Window” Sean’s older self is speaking to him letting him know that the woman he is so excited about may not be the one. I’ve had this conversation with myself a few times and I’ve taken a leap at least twice with nothing to stop my fall. It’s real out here. We don’t want to be afraid to love and we don’t want to give our love to someone who doesn’t want it. We can’t be petrified “Sometimes I wonder if you even know how much you worth, I got to know.” I find myself in a place now where I’m willing to love and I’m giving everybody the side eye at the same time.
It’s refreshing to see such a young man so in touch with his surrounding and who is willing to look inside of himself and share his experience. As Black men this can be challenging considering we are targets from every angle of the spectrum. Any sign of weakness can lead to our demise, but we need to be allowed to examine ourselves critically to truly know who we are. Big Sean’s project “I Decided” is an example of a Black man opening up and being honest with who he is and what he is looking to accomplish. It’s a project that reminds us that we are not perfect and we may come up short some times, but as long as we “Stick to the plan” we will succeed. So, as I continue to live I’m adding this to my life’s soundtrack as a reminder that I have to stay focused “Make sure all my interactions end with actions.” “Voices In My Head” know we can do better. “Focus on the inner me never on the enemy.” Great project Big Sean. Thanks bro.

-Precise
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Black Oscar Nominations 2017 – Oscars not so white this year

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Naomi Harris (Moonlight)

The Oscars had something to prove this year after the “Oscar So White” debacle last year. The amount of great films staring Black people let the Academy off the hook this year. They could not overlook the greatness. Films like Moonlight, Fences and Hidden Figures have been in the middle of Oscar buzz since their releases. The usual suspects Denzel Washington and Viola Davis have both been nominated again. Mahershala Ali who was recently cast as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in the Netflix Tv series Luke Cage has been nominated for his first Academy Award for his portrayal of a drug dealer in the 2016 film Moonlight. Naomi Harris’s portrayal of a crack addicted mom in Moonlight also earned her a nomination. “I really cannot believe this. I heard the news from my brother because I was too terrified to listen to the nominations. I couldn’t be more thrilled that the movie has been nominated in so many categories, it’s so unexpected. It was a [role] I initially turned down, so this is quite a result!” -Naomi Harris speaking with the BBC

Moonlight leads the Black pack with 8 nominations including one for Best Picture and Director. There are non-white actors in each of this years acting categories. Let’s hope this trend continues. Black people have been overlooked for years. Let’s see if all of these nominations translate into more awards and more roles for Black people.

The 89th Academy Awards is shaping up to be a historic night. Take a look at the Black Oscar Nominations from the major categories below.

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Best Actor

Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis (Fences)

Naomi Harris (Moonlight)

Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Best Actress

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Best Director

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Best Picture

Fences

Hidden Figures

Moonlight

– Precise

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President Obama says farewell – A tear is shed

President Barak Obama – (Photo Credit – Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech at the McCormick Place in Chicago. The energy was frantic, joyous and anticipatory. Eight years have flown by. Our first Black President along with his family demonstrated a class and resilience that embodies the spirit of Black people.

As our 44th president was introduced to the stage and the crowd of ten thousand plus roared for him you could sense a guarded relief from our Commander and Chief. He was there to get through his speech and say his final goodbye with as least amount of fanfare as possible. His deliverance was tempered. There was a surgical precision to how he made sure to touch base with almost every aspect of American life. The reality of what is upon us all came when he acknowledged the First Lady. President Obama knows he could not have done this with out his wife. This woman from the South-Side of Chicago was his rock and represented the country in a way that will not be rivaled for years to come. Michelle is strength, poise, elegance and power.

I think many of us wanted that moment where President Obama throws caution to the wind and says what he really feels. We wanted him to hold the United States fully accountable for the atrocities of slavery. We wanted him to speak directly to the communities of Chicago that have been victims of rampant gun violence and the scourge of death that seems unending. We wanted him to say something that had to do with us. It didn’t happen and we understand why. Obama has truly been a president for all people.
President Obama has accomplished many things in his eight years. He lifted the United States out of a depression. The largest percentage of the country to ever have health insurance is a result of his administration’s hard work. If he were to be remembered for just those two accomplishments it would be fitting. However, the two most impactful accomplishments of President Obama was being a Black face holding the highest position in the land and being able to survive 8 years and not being harmed.
President Obama’s speech was exactly what it should have been, but the tear he shed for his wife when he said her name showed us what it really is, he sacrificed his family in the attempt to unify a nation. We honor him for that.

-Precise

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ME!! – It’s my Birthday!!

Wow! I’m here for another year! I would write something all deep and insightful but mostly I am so grateful to be alive. 

Today is my birthday, my new year and as I reflect on the greatness that that I was blessed to experience in 2016 I am even more focused on what is with me in this moment. I have some goals and expectations for 2017 and they will be achieved. This year is different because 
I am overcome with a sense of urgency. The passage of time is not lost on me. Even though I understand that there is not an expiration date on what we can accomplish, I feel more determined and inspires to break down any boundaries and make greatness happen now. 

I’ve struggled with my weight this year. I’ve had issues with romance, I’m not fulfilled in my career and I’m not making the money that I should be making. This all changes now. I made some great accomplishments last year and will continue to move deliberately with purpose this year to accomplish even more. I will add value to the lives of others and be more of a giver.
I am grateful to the creator. I am filled with love for my family and friends and I look forward to see all of the AWESOME that happens this year. 

Stay Focused, Positive and Productive

-Precise

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Chicago teens stream kidnapping and torture on Facebook live

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Victim bound and gagged – Screenshot from youtube

Four people are now in custody for an alleged kidnapping that was broadcast on Facebook live. The brazen act took place in Tuesday on the 3400 block of West Lexington on the West Side of Chicago. The victim of the assault was tied up, beaten, his clothes were cut, his hair was cut until his scalp started to bleed. The also used his head as an ashtray. Brittany Hearing is one of the individuals who has been arrested and she is seen holding the phone and communicating with those who are watching the stream. Her facebook page has been shared on YouTube.

The kidnapping has been hash tagged on Twitter as #BLMKidnapping. The suspects are heard in the background of the video screaming F– Trump and F–White people. However; it has not been stated that they have any affiliation with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Supt. Johnson said in the press conference that he thinks those comments are stupidity and people ranting about something that they think might make a headline.

At some point the victim was released and was found by the Chicago police wandering the street. The police then responded to a battery call at a residence close to where the victim was found. Once the police saw the video it was determined that the man in the video and the man they found was the same person.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said “It’s sickening. It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that. I’ve been a cop or 28 years, and I’ve seen things that you shouldn’t see in a lifetime and it still amazes me how you still see things that you just shouldn’t.

Commander Kevin Duffin mentioned in the press conference that the victim was an acquaintance of one of the subjects. The victim is reportedly from a Chicago suburb and was recently reported missing by his parents. Duffin also stated a van was stolen from that suburb.

“If you commit an act of violence in the city of Chicago you will experience the full weight of the Chicago Police Department. Tonight four individuals have felt the consequences of their actions” said Supt. Johnson

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-Precise

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Soulja Boy a victim of perspective – plus he needs to go sit down

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Soulja Boy has been all over the Internet the last few days. It hasn’t been for greatness either. There has been a challenge named after him because of some Vlad Tv footage of him describing a burglary and shooting. He is currently beefing with Chris Brown, over Karrueche..I think. While this is going on he goes to the streets to show how welcome he is amongst his bloods.

So it looks like one thing happened

Too many artist be trying to be something they not ….smh DONT PLAY YOURSELF

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But this is what really happened

The internet is an interesting place. The world flooded the timelines with one video saying he got whopped and that’s not what happened at all. Can’t believe everything you think you see. And, Soulja needs to go sit down somewhere and relax.

-Precise

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