As the industrial age comes to a close and year 2000 babies become adults, a new generation of thinkers arise from our communities. Since the late 1880’s, Altadena, Pasadena, and South Pasadena have developed their own sense of character and esteemed heritage. We’ve recently asked the Pasadena community if they’d be open to such a change. And a lot of more than half of them said “No”. After the initial response we received, we believe that Altadenans, Pasadenans, and South Pasadenans more or less agree on each city keeping their own identity. But, the young minds of today challenge that … Continue reading Should Altadena & South Pasadena merge with Pasadena? Cast Your Vote Today!
Dom Promo, commonly known as Dominic Poole or DOMINANCE, connected with Inland Empire Comedian Anthony Stone as they discuss the movement, love for the craft, and greats that have influenced him. Continue reading Dom Promo interviews Comedian Anthony Stone on WilsonBlock100 Radio
If you know anything about Pasadena, know this: the local music scene has been striving to unite and nourish a sense of stability for artists native to the region. Over the last 5 years, we’ve seen great local shows and events cease due in part to the decline of local, native culture. Many people from Pasadena live elsewhere today. It’s an interesting statistic as we fight to build a scene that’s constantly changing. Don’t get it twisted, the pride & culture surrounding DENA, Pasadena, Altadena cannot be hacked. People who grew up here love this place. But, for those who … Continue reading BringingItTogether Gold Carpet Photo Shoot sets stage for Artist Development
After the success of the #BringingItTogether October 2016 Free Artist Photo Shoot, Mistah Wilson & Percy Johnson were excited for next month’s event. This time, they put a little more love into it. With only a couple of weeks to make it happen, they went out to get a photo backdrop with the logos of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine, Percy’s Portrait Photography, and a hashtag of #DENA to represent where the movement is taking place. Before the October 2016 shoot, the news was forecasting rain on the day of the event. That would be tragic since everyone is meeting up outside in … Continue reading Rain Couldn’t Stop DENA Artists from #BringingItTogether in the November 2016 Free Artist Photo Shoot
To understand the awesome shared history of hip-hop and activism you have to acknowledge that while music can shine a light on injustice, it can’t, on its own, heal the wounds of oppression. We’re not all waiting for that perfect anthem to save the day. The one that effortlessly samples from the heartache and the anger, the resiliency, and the mistrust, and maybe even the wilting hope found in the black community. It’s important to recognize that while hip-hop is its own entity, it’s still just a part of a greater movement when it comes to speaking out against those … Continue reading Exploring The Intersection Of Hip-Hop And Social Justice
Hip-hop artist Archie Green listens to music all day long. He doesn’t even like to walk between his car and apartment without listening to music. “It’s therapeutic for me,” Green said. Finding a song for his mood is better than grabbing a cigarette or drink. It also helps him deal with what’s going on in life. “Basically, I score my life,” the 31-year-old Shaker Heights resident said. Green knows listening to music isn’t always enough to get him through tough times, though. He openly shares in his own music – and in conversation – how he turned to therapy to … Continue reading Local hip-hop artist Archie Green raises awareness about mental health
And according to a one Mr. Clifford Harris a.k.a. T.I., his longtime nemesis Floyd Mayweather, owes one to the black community for a recent interview he conducted where he calmly repeated the phrase that was created after BLM began to gain some traction within political conversations. Yo, @floydmayweather all our past personal differences & opinions of each other aside…. This is socially irresponsible,inconsiderate,& insensitive. It mirrors delusional oblivion in a way only brainwashing tactics can achieve. This completely undermines & discredits the movements that fight for the plights of our people. You’re a leader whether you know it or not. … Continue reading T.I. responds to Floyd Mayweather’s statement about #AllLivesMatter
“Music is a beautiful thing. It brings people together regardless of race or religion. Let’s continue to bring it together,” says Bakersfield rapper Grimstyles, who’s been inspired by the #BringingItTogether movement. Grimstyles performed at The Element: Hip Hop community gathering in Pasadena and took this picture with Bing Bing. Artists also in attendance were Imani Akil, J. Byrd, RD Peace, Maca, Speaker Creatures, Big Lyrik, and more.You know what they say, if it’s cliche, it’s probably because it’s true. Grimstyles birthed the #NeverGiveUp tag on his journey battling cerebral palsy and still managing to become the great artist he is … Continue reading Grimstyles & Bing Bing #NeverGiveUp