It Needs to be CED: ‘Wait, There’s Still Racism in America?’

It is one of the most idiotic statements and/or thoughts for people to actually believe the act of racism doesn’t exist. As I’ve written before, many times in the past, it never left! It’s been masked, repackaged and shown in less obvious ways, yet, some people actually believe things have gotten better because it ‘looks… Continue reading It Needs to be CED: ‘Wait, There’s Still Racism in America?’

It Needs To Be CED: The Need for More Legitimate Political Parties

This presidential election cycle has to be the worst EVER! We have the choice of electing someone who lies a lot to someone who lies even more! Why is it that this system is only set up for two politically corrupt entities? And even when there are other choices to pick, the media doesn’t cover… Continue reading It Needs To Be CED: The Need for More Legitimate Political Parties

It Needs to Be CED: Police Brutality is not Going Away Anytime Soon

Originally published on The Industry Cosign April 10, 2015 One of the main reasons police feel they can get away with abusing, murdering and harassing Black people is, in part, because of the justice system and the police force themselves. Yes, it also falls on the individuals as well, but, when you feel like you… Continue reading It Needs to Be CED: Police Brutality is not Going Away Anytime Soon

It Needs To Be CED: Are We Truly Masters of Our Fate?

This is definitely a touchy subject because it involves people that the public genuinely love and for different reasons. We are always told that we are the masters of our own fate and it’s kinda strange that, specifically in Hip-Hop, this may be true in so many ways. When you look at the persona that… Continue reading It Needs To Be CED: Are We Truly Masters of Our Fate?

It Needs To Be CED: Why Do I Call Myself Black?

For years, I have always referred to myself as a Black man as opposed to an African American man. People have questioned why have/do I do so and I always say that I’ve never felt comfortable with the African American title (As I discussed in a previous It Needs To Be CED) we were given… Continue reading It Needs To Be CED: Why Do I Call Myself Black?

It Needs To Be CED: The Need for New Black Voices

Originally published on The Industry Cosign April 12, 2015 After the tragic murder of homicide victim, Walter Scott, by an alleged racist act from South Carolina police officer, Michael T. Slager, the Scott family stated they didn’t want Rev. Al Sharpton involved in their quest for justice for Walter Scott. A source close to the… Continue reading It Needs To Be CED: The Need for New Black Voices

It Needs To Be CED: How Involved Are You?

We have elections every year and I don’t understand where each election isn’t important in terms of how policies, laws and the direction of the city/state/country are at stake. It’s even more vital when it comes to people of color being that the landscape seems to haven’t really changed, especially in recent years. I know,… Continue reading It Needs To Be CED: How Involved Are You?

It Needs To Be CED: Hip Hop Has to Get Political

Hip Hop has gone global in a way that no one expected, not even the forefathers could have predicted what was once labeled a fad. The great thing about Hip Hop, in the beginning, was the fact that it gave inner city dwellers a voice to express what was on their mind, create something within… Continue reading It Needs To Be CED: Hip Hop Has to Get Political

It Needs to Be CED: What is Real Hip Hop?

What is Real Hip Hop? Well, there are people who complain daily about there not being ‘real’ Hip Hop and some may feel justified in stating so, BUT, it’s ALL relative! As universal as Hip Hop is, there are so many different Flavors of Hip Hop that there CAN’T be a definitive definition of the… Continue reading It Needs to Be CED: What is Real Hip Hop?

It Needs To Be CED: Relationships Should be Like Buying a Car

Attraction to someone is typically apparent in a relationship with a significant other. Whether it’s physical and/or mental, there needs to be a reason to want to be with a person (I guess you can even include if it’s financial) especially if intimacy is involved. The problem nowadays is that beyond the initial attraction, in… Continue reading It Needs To Be CED: Relationships Should be Like Buying a Car

It Needs to BE CED: The Demoralization of Modern Society

It seems that ignorance is so overwhelmingly the standard these days that people who operate with good morals get chastised. Websites, television shows and magazines cater to the ills of society to a point where you are hard pressed to find a good entertainment property that focuses on moralistic values. Now, I’m not saying they… Continue reading It Needs to BE CED: The Demoralization of Modern Society

It Needs To Be CED: Is Hip-Hop Music Stale?

No, I’m no hater, but, have been listening to Hip Hop since I can remember as a young boy growing up in the Soundview section of The Bronx, across the highway from the famed Bronx River Projects where Hip Hop grew, manifested and sprouted for the world to see and accept. Now, of course, with… Continue reading It Needs To Be CED: Is Hip-Hop Music Stale?

It Needs To Be CED: Acknowledge Folks When They Can Appreciate It

I’m not gonna talk about the interactions I’ve had with Malik Taylor AKA Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, now that he has passed away. I’m not gonna acknowledge all he has done in his life, specifically for and in Hip-Hop. No, that is not what this is about. What I WILL speak on… Continue reading It Needs To Be CED: Acknowledge Folks When They Can Appreciate It

It Needs To Be CED: It STILL Takes A Nation

Reminiscing on Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and then thinking about today’s climate, politically, culturally and definitely, racially. Seeing how, as the saying goes, ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same,” and looking at the news and honestly not knowing if it’s 2016, 1976 or… Continue reading It Needs To Be CED: It STILL Takes A Nation