OBAMA! NOW WHAT

THE ADVOCATE BLACK FEMALE COLUMNIST E2W MAGAZINE

Barack is STILL President, Now What?
By Lekia K. Hill “The Advocate”

Goooooo BO! Barack Hussein Obama does it again!!! President Obama. Wow. Can you say YES-WE-CAN AND WE-DID, Again! I am hyped for the up and coming four years of this presidency. Really, Who wouldn’t be for that matter? But as an advocate, I am also a realist and the real issues are going to take more than another four years and a black President to fix them. Its going to take us as a people in whatever community we live in to continue to stay engaged and involved in the process of holding our elected officials accountable. That means on the levels of City and State. Yes, President Obama is our President, the HMIC but that is of the UNITED States of America. Who is in charge of where you live? Do you know their names? Your Mayor, City Council members, Assemblyman/woman, hell do you even know your Governor? They are the ones who can handle your real life social issues where you live. They are the ones you can see and touch up close and personal. As I introduce myself, I want to make it clear. I am “The Advocate”, I fight for what I believe in and for social and economical change, I can’t fight alone people. We have to keep this “Moving Forward” momentum going. The Obama Campaign has started something that is by far finished and believe me there are many so called leaders counting on us to forget it. Why, because we always do. You know we do. We get all excited and have each others’ back in a headline tragedy or victory but soon as the headlines stop so do we. Well let us show them they got another thing coming. The panther in me would love to call it the “Black Attack” but that would actually have the GOP man shaking in his skin. So lets just roll with “We’re All in This Together” ya dig. And since Obama had majority of the Hispanic and Black vote, two nationalities they’ve plotted against one another for Centuries, I’d like to invite the GOP lovers to join in and cross over to the winning team. Now, by far am I a radical racist and certainly you all know we all have a bit of racism inside of us, I mean its impossible not to with being categorized as black, white and yellow on every governmental documentation and or forms you press ink to in this country. I just want us as a people and that is the 99% to support each other.
I’d like to close the corner with this; We all have opinions and would like to believe we live in a democracy but a true democracy at the end of the day has yet to exist. If it were not for Activist who advocated for the freedom and free will we do have, it would be much worse. We must continue to fight and support each other and exercise our rights to have our voices heard every chance we get. Speaking up should be a priority for you and not just settling or living in a fantasy chasing a T.V Dream. Perception is reality folks but those who govern your reality create your perception. Remember that. There are campaigns going on all over this country for social and economic change. Next time you want to Google something Google how do I get involved in….
Its all about the #3Es EmPOWER EnCOURAGE EmBRACE
I AM THE ADVOCATE and I Approve this message!

HIP-HOP MEETS CULINARY

CULINARY ARTIST CHEF DADDY OG

Chef Daddy is a three-time felon and a survivor of the school of hard knocks. After this being his third bid, he was released from jail and decided to change his life around. Converting his street entrepreneur talents into a legal viable business using his will power, hip-hop, and chef skills, it equals the latest craze taking the country by storm. The hip-hop cuisine
There is always a turning point in a man’s life many times, you just do not know when and where it will take place. After running the streets for most of his life and being shot 14 times, when he was released from jail Chef Daddy decided to enroll into the New York Restaurant School in Manhattan, N.Y. With his drive and focus, Chef Daddy was an example to many students in his class where he ended up graduating on the dean’s list. When he finished school he worked under the world famous Bobby Flay “Iron Chef” from the food network channel.
*Hip-Hop meets culinary arts from the gutter…changing it into butter.


The Hip-Hop cuisine teaches you recipes that people in the hood or around the world can use in minutes. The ingredients that can be found in the refrigerator, or cabinet, which are used every day, can in no time be taken to the next level; using vegetables to make sauces etc. with the application of classic French techniques.
The food that Chef Daddy is cooking up has been catching the attention of people from all around the world. Good food has no boundaries, everyone loves good meal. Chef has given people in the hood the ability to have access to a personal chef. With his unique recipes of various blends and spices, it has been leaving many satisfied customers “Chef-ti-fied.”
Chef Daddy has a long list of famous clients, which is growing every day. For years Chef has been the personal Chef for D-BLOCK, MOST HATED ENT., FAR FETCHED, SERVANTS OF THE EARTH, BLACK CANNON OF HARLEM LANES, only to name a few.
Chef Daddy drives the point home of how he is the personal chef to the hood first, then, personal chef to the stars! “I got to have a dream.”
Life is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, trials and tribulations. You can start life out living one way, and then a chain of events can alter your path 180°. Chef Daddy turned his life around, and now he asks the question can he live?
Facebook.com/chef daddy o.g.
You.com/chef daddy o.g
@twitter chef daddy o.g

BY: JEROME ENDERS CONTACT: Jeromeenders@gmail.com  www.JeromeEnders.com

UPRYZE

Where are you from and what inspired you to create music?
Upryze “Tyron Hill” hails from Inglewood California where he is an aspiring up and coming producer. From a young age Upryze always had a urging to create and produce music. He recalls when his aunt would listen to an array of musical styles which included jazz, r&b and the blues these sounds fascinated the impressionable mind of Upryze. At first he pursued rapping specifically free styling as means of projecting his frustrations. As time progressed, he became immersed in the street life in Inglewood smoking drinking and gangbanging. The tides started to shift in his favor once he entered high school, his love of music grew; in addition to influence of his music production teacher Mr. Fuller. The street life would distract him from his true aspiration. Upryze would start his musical endeavors in the basement formulating beats and writing verses.

What kind of music do you produce?
Currently Upryze produces hip-hop and r&b music with future aspirations to venture into the world of trans music/electronica.

Who inspires you musically?
Upryze musical influences range from Kendrick Lamar , Jay Z. Lupe Fiasco, Immortal Technique and Indie Irie . All of these artists convey a message which translates to different audiences. Kendirck offers a lifestyle of complexity and struggle while maturing in the streets of Compton. Lupe Fiasco projects uniqueness by taking an issue and transforming to tangible to the community. India Irie interprets conscious messages of acceptance and mutual respect amongst African Americans. Immortal Technique an underground rapper dissects the political spectrum in an honest and intelligent way. Last but not least Jay-Z the consummate hustler whom has an excellent marking and business outlook that is not only envied but admired.

Where are you at in your career?
The hunger to achieve success is apparent the driving force is putting in the groundwork and expanding skills, while promoting business savvy as well as a concrete mindset for advancement. Upryze is currently working as an intern for a record label for his own personal growth and development. BY: CAMILLE FRANCIS

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Health Talk With Big Mike

Michael N. Dickerson a national of Trinidad and Tobago, Executive Director of DICKERSONS HURBZ R US LTD., Certified Consultant by the Diabetes Resource Center, Inc. and the Center for Nutritional Medicine, Georgia, USA. Specialized in the promotion of natural and organic products through his radio programme ‘Health Talk With Big Mike’ on 106.5fm and 91.9fm and to date has helped improve the health and lifesytle of thousands of listeners throughout Trinidad & Tobago, the region and internationally. A highly sought after natural health consultant, whose vision it is to establish a network of healthy lifestyles by stimulating humans in their God given potential to not only achieve, but to maintain health to its crest through nutrition and natural remedies.

Michael Dickerson (Big Mike): Tel. 1-868-346-2612
Kelvin Duke: Tel. 1-868-758-4225
#19 Market Street Arouca, Trinidad, W.I
Email:hellobmike@gmail.com

BENEFITS OF HANDWASHING

Everyone should be aware, that there are benefits of hand washing, as a primary step in disease prevention. Hand washing as a 1st step in disease prevention should never be taken lightly. There is a chain of command in disease prevention, and if those steps are followed, the chance of the spread of most communicable diseases is eliminated.

Aside from hand washing, one should place a barrier between her/himself to protect against germs spread by others. For example, public restrooms are a cesspool for bacteria and germs. Doorknobs, faucets, and handles are all convenient vehicles for germs to spread. To prevent such transmission, try using paper towels to open doors, faucets etc.

These two steps alone may prove to be valuable to you and your family in the future, and lessen visits to the Doctor’s office. It may be a little expensive to buy cleaning supplies, antibacterial and disinfectants, but the benefits in the long run are cheaper. Remember to wash those little hands.

BY: LANETTE MONROE R.N.

Keisha Cole Day

The historical Bay; East Oakland, California. Once know as a thriving middle class black town. This area has had it’s share of chaos. Especially around the 90’s. 97th St. 98th St. and 96th St. also known as the “hood”. At first glance you will see poverty, an d the residue of a very strong drug culture in the East Oakland. It would not be surprising to notice the dilapidation in certain areas of the town, but there is a gem from this are, and everyone loves her. It’s Keisha Cole.

Keisha Cole raised in this area, and found a way to prosper; despite her own personal family issues. Growing up in East Oakland alone is rough, but to become an accomplished singer/performer is like searching for gold in these streets. Keisha Cole has had a positive impact on the place in which she comes from and represents.

Keisha Cole has not forgotten where she has come from, nor does she hide the painful past of her childhood. Every year, Ms. Cole comes back to her home town and is affectionately welcomed. She sponsors events for the people of the town to have a good time. One such event is, “Keisha Cole Day”. A day of fun excitement and all types of activities for the young and old.

Usually held on the last Sunday of the month. The event is special to the youth of the town. With very few people to look up to, the youth of East Oakland have an official “star” to model after, Keisha Cole.

Innocent But Wearing Guilty Clothes

LORENZO JOHNSON

For sixteen and a half (16 1/2 ) years, I fought with every breath in my body to prove my innocence. On Oct. 5, 2011, the third Circuit Court of Appeals Vacated my life sentence on the grounds of, “insufficient Evidence”, which is equal to not Guilty verdict, Barring a Retrial. The prosecution quickly filed for Re argument, which was Denied. Under the appeal issue on which my conviction was Overturned, I was eligible for immediate release. The prosecution only had one appeal left, that would be to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court only reviews two (2 %) percent of the cases that come across their desk in the whole United States. So the chances of the prosecution being heard was almost impossible.

On January 16, 2012 I had a Bail Hearing in Federal Court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. At this hearing, I had people testify to my character and my freedom. The hearing went GREAT. On January18,2012 I was finally released from PA. D.O.C. for the crime I never had anything to do with. Finally, I got a chance to rid myself of these clothes that didn’t belong to me. My Legal Team met me outside the prison. We drove directly to Philadelphia where the rest of my Legal Team awaited my arrival. When we arrived, we all met in a huge conference room with at least thirty (30) people in it. My brother and friend came from New York. We all celebrated for a couple of hours, then I headed HOME finally, back to New York with my brother and friend.

Soon as we hit New York, I started clothes shopping. After that, headed to see the family. In February my friends threw me a welcome home party. It took me by surprise how much love and support I had after all this time. I went and got my license and got a car, which I needed for the job I started working at. It was like I had never left. I started doing speaking engagements about “Wrongful Convictions”. My first two were at Widener University. My Lead attorney and his wife taught Law there. It was a great experience. I also started speaking at local Community Centers for the youth every other week.

Finally, I was putting my life back together. I met someone that I used to correspond with, Jeffrey Deskovic. Jeffrey had also done sixteen (16) years for a crime he never committed. Jeffrey opened his own Justice Foundation, and helped me with a lot of re-entry things. We became best friends. Between working, speaking engagements and enjoying life, it seemed there weren’t enough hours in the day. I met a lot of other exonerees and famous attorneys whom I read about while in prison. Only now, I was there and had my own story to tell. I made a lot of contacts through traveling in these circles, met a lot of good people who shared my misfortune (Wrongfully Convicted).

May 29,2012, is the day I don’t think I’ll ever forget. I was at work when I got a call from my Lead attorney. I couldn’t understand him because he was literally crying. What I did hear was, “The United States Supreme Court, GRANTED the prosecution Cert. Petition REINSTATED your conviction. Without allowing Briefs or Oral Arguments all at one time Per Curiam”. It hit me like a TON OF BRICKS. Once my attorney got himself together, he went on to say he never saw anything like this happen before. It was unheard of. As our conversation continued, he let me know that they were going to want me to turn myself in eventually, so I should enjoy my freedom while they tried to keep me free until Re-arguments.

I left work and went to my new Legal Advocates, Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice Offices. Once I begun calling family and friends informing them what had taken place. While doing that, my New York attorneys were on the phones with my Pennsylvania attorneys trying to come to grips with what had taken place. My feelings were completely numb, as if I were dreaming. My worst nightmare was coming back to haunt me, when I thought it was all over. My lady and my cousin came to pick me up. For the next couple of weeks we worked hard trying to make sure when I did go back, it would be a short stay.

I spent my remaining time with my family and friends. This was a very emotional time in my life.I had to make some important DECISIONS. Me and my new Legal Team, from New York traveled to Philadelphia to meet my Legal Team there. This was also VERY emotional, We are very close and this was the first time they’d seen me in months. We always called each other. I can’t discuss what we spoke about due to my pending appeal. I can say that I feel VERY CONFIDENT in my chances with this group of people. My time had came, June 14,2012 I turned myself in to SCI Camp Hill at 2 o’clock p.m.. to once again fight to clear myself. INNOCENT BUT WEARING GUILTY CLOTHES PART TWO (2).

hume-I

huem-I +, born in New Orleans and raised in L.A.. I was always in a position where I felt that I had to adapt to my surroundings. I lived in Atlanta for a year and a half. Moving from different states plays a big role in my character. My childhood hero was Jesus, I saw everyone the same and wanted to love people like him. My family and I went through the struggle of moving to California. We were dirt poor with nothing.We lived in hotels for periods of time. My mom didn’t know how we were going to eat.Those were the the times in my life when I decided that I would never judge another person by their looks. But I would judge them by their actions.As a young kid, and not having enough food to eat myself, I would give food to homeless people in the same situation as I was in.

All that I could remember about my childhood in New Orleans is my old neighborhood. I will never see it again because of Hurricane Katrina. Not only did we lose what used to be the 9th ward, but all possessions like my prized books, (I really miss my poetry). My mom would scrape up what she could to feed us, and made a way out of none. Through all of our struggles we kept the faith that our situation would change. Now we have something.

Currently living in Inglewood California, I met my producer, UPRYZE at Inglewood H.S.. We were both involved with other rap groups and kept meeting up with each other. Now we come together to make music for the world. huem-I and UPRYZE.Check out our unique sound and lyrical content.

The Rise Of An Icon

From a small city deep in the dirty south to the top of the hip-hop video world Lashay Iconic has taken the industry by storm. Within a two year span she has worked with some of the heavy hitters in hip-hop and now is one of the most sought after models in the industry.

When one thinks of a hip-hop video vixen one tends to picture a beautiful, well shaped young lady that probably compromised her core values to make it were she is in the industry. Yes, sex sells, and yes, sexual exploitation takes place in the entertainment industry that’s no secret; however, there are always exceptions to the rule.

In the beginning of Lashay’s career one of her team’s biggest challenges was the fact that they are intelligent. In a business that traditionally exploits beautiful women and is also governed by stereo-types their intelligence intimidated many people. Those that were governed by the two stereotypes had to readjust their attitudes, which many found difficult to do. It has been tradition among many to have the perception of beautiful women as being unintelligent, unprofessional, and really not concerned with the bottom line.

Many seasoned people in the game normally tend to take advantage of the new jacks that get blinded by the game seeking fame and fortune. The lights, cameras and the entertainment fluff can open people up to become victims if they are not properly mentally equipped. Therefore, Lashay and her team had to quickly cypher out the jobs that were legitimate and the jobs that had all of the elements of being legitimate, but were far from it.

Within a short period of time Lashay has made a strong impact in the industry and the word spread quickly. She has worked with Big Boi, Killer Mike, Tony Yayo, and T.I. to name a few. The body of work that Lashay and her team Indulgent entertainment have put together in such a short period of time would normally take the average model or team several years to accomplish. To be continued … FOR CASTING IN THE “ATLANTA” AREA ** EMAIL-ICONICLASHAYBOOKME@GMAIL.COM

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By Jerome Enders

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