Should Altadena & South Pasadena merge with Pasadena? Cast Your Vote Today!

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!

Mistah Wilson announces "WilsonBlock Wednesdays" Weekly Radio Show (2017 Schedule)

Starting Wednesday February 22nd, 2017, Mistah Wilson will be rejuvenating WilsonBlock100 Radio with a new radio show every week! Yes, you read right! Every Wednesday at 10:00a (Pacific Standard Time), Mistah Wilson will be publishing a new radio show to WilsonBlock100 Radio. You can hear the latest shows by visiting ThaWilsonBlock Magazine homepage (desktop view to listen), Spreaker, YouTube, & iTunes.  Mistah Wilson has been a force for the local, native music scene in the Greater DENA region. Since 2014, he’s compiled an extensive list of artist interviews and radio shows. With ThaWilsonBlock Magazine making major strides on it’s own, … Continue reading Mistah Wilson announces "WilsonBlock Wednesdays" Weekly Radio Show (2017 Schedule)

LA / Pasadena artist Shamir: "I am the #1 Rapper in the World" (Exclusive Interview)

Download This Interview Los Angeles & Pasadena based artist Shamir sits down with Dom Promo (Dominic Poole) as they discuss Music, Influences, and Aspirations on WilsonBlock100 Radio. Shamir, whose been seen pushing his mixtapes in tha street over the last 5 years, claims he is the “#1 rapper in the world.” Shamir also goes on to say that his albums went platinum in the streets attributing his ambitions as an artist. Shamir also pays tribute to legendary Hip Hop producer J. Dilla.  Living in Pasadena most of his life, Shamir talks about how moving to Los Angeles was tough for … Continue reading LA / Pasadena artist Shamir: "I am the #1 Rapper in the World" (Exclusive Interview)

Janet W. of Garfield Heights gives us a Tour through Pasadena’s 2nd Oldest Landmark District

At ThaWilsonBlock Magazine, we find local heritage fascinating! For our 4-year anniversary issue on February 10th, 2017, we wanted to try something new. For years, having growing up in Bungalow Heaven, I developed a genuine appreciation for the craftsman style home. I’ve been walking Pasadena streets for over 15 years and began to take notice of the different landmark districts throughout town. It gave me a sense of belonging. Pride. After months of wanting to learn more about these districts, we reached out to Garfield Heights Neighborhood Association to learn more about the richness of historic preservation within the neighborhood. … Continue reading Janet W. of Garfield Heights gives us a Tour through Pasadena’s 2nd Oldest Landmark District

Gallery: Mistah Wilson meets with Pasadena Councilman Victor Gordo in District 5

Mistah Wilson, publisher of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine, briefly met with Councilman Victor Gordo of Pasadena’s District 5. Percy Johnson saw Mr. Gordo walking the neighborhood campaigning for re-election on March 7th, 2017. Johnson introduced Mistah Wilson to Gordo as they spoke about local landmark districts, Rose Bowl renovations, and the upcoming music & arts festival coming to Brookside Park.   Continue reading Gallery: Mistah Wilson meets with Pasadena Councilman Victor Gordo in District 5

Rose Robinson opens up about Life in Pasadena, Her Father’s Legacy, and Overcoming Cancer through Obamacare

Rose Robinson, youngest daughter of Olympian & Silver Medalist Mack Robinson, opens up about Life in Pasadena, Her Father’s Legacy, and Overcoming Cancer through Obamacare. Rose was going to have her tonsils removed when she received news that she had cancer. Shortly after receiving Obamacare, her insurance covered treatment. And through her recovery, Rose wrote a beautiful song to President Barack Obama thanking him for blessing her with Obamacare and giving her a 2nd chance at life. Rose wrote a letter to President Obama and he responded with a message of encouragement. Rose is now looking to shop her song … Continue reading Rose Robinson opens up about Life in Pasadena, Her Father’s Legacy, and Overcoming Cancer through Obamacare

Cover Songs from Pasadena’s 1st Black Mayor Discovered (circa 1973)

Now, for Pasadenans that have been around for a few generations may already know about Loretta Thompson Glickman, Pasadena’s first African American Mayor. And for those who know even more are aware that she was a traveling Jazz/Pop musician before getting involved in politics. As her music career came to a close, she wanted to start a family. Born in 1945, Loretta Thompson Glickman was a Jazz singer who toured with The New Christy Minstrels, an American large-ensemble folk music group founded by Randy Sparks in 1961. She also performed the show “London Fog” LIVE at The Gold Rush on … Continue reading Cover Songs from Pasadena’s 1st Black Mayor Discovered (circa 1973)

Pasadena Hip Hop Pioneer ‘Paco Swartz’ talks Music, His Detroit Roots, and How He’s Managed to Stay focused through Adversity…

Today’s local music scene in Pasadena, California is alive and well. Mistah Wilson caught up with Download This Interview Pasadena Hip Hop pioneer Paco Swartz for an exclusive interview about Music, His Detroit Roots, and How He’s Managed to Stay focused through Adversity. In this interview, Paco touches on how his spot was the ‘dojo’ for a lot of the Pasadena artists from his generation. Giving Glory to God for still being here, Swartz also speaks on growing up in Pasadena and attending Washington Middle School. Paco mentions the adverse conditions of students who attended Washington Middle School, or the … Continue reading Pasadena Hip Hop Pioneer ‘Paco Swartz’ talks Music, His Detroit Roots, and How He’s Managed to Stay focused through Adversity…

Rapper Tone Grizzard Proves Why He’s One of Pasadena’s Hardest Hitters

Don’t let tha face fool you, Pasadena rapper Tone Grizzard is no lyrical push-over. Actually, he’s an apex predator out here. Don’t think you could just beat him in a rap battle. He’s not a stranger to the local music scene. Having released several mixtapes over the years, Grizzard stands out as one of the most creative lyricists currently doing it from Pasadena.Tone attended the BringingItTogether Gold Carpet Open Mic Photo Shoot & Drum Circle on 12/20/16 and spit an exclusive (and explicit) freestyle that will leave you astonished! Tone Grizzard, who directs his own music videos, has worked with … Continue reading Rapper Tone Grizzard Proves Why He’s One of Pasadena’s Hardest Hitters

Why Washington BL. in Pasadena, CA is Targeted for Historic Street Name Change to Robinson Blvd

Jackie Roosevelt Robinson. A figure who has greatly inspired the generation of today to live up to their potential. In Pasadena, California, you see his monuments almost everywhere. From Robinson park and Rec Center to City Hall, John Muir High School to Pasadena City College, Robinson has definitely earned more than just a name for himself. But even after The 4.2-mile stretch of the 210 from Gould Avenue to Orange Grove Boulevard was renamed the “Jackie Robinson Memorial Highway,” there are still a few spectators who still aren’t satisfied. I mean, it’s cool having a portion of a freeway named … Continue reading Why Washington BL. in Pasadena, CA is Targeted for Historic Street Name Change to Robinson Blvd