The Birth of MAW Supply: 1st official Pop Up Shop

MAW Day Party!

MAW Supply an online based, vintage inspired, boutique created a way for customers to see and feel their product at an event called #MAWDAYPARTY. Rachelle and Norman Clark, founders of MAW Supply clothing, hosted their first official Pop Up Shop event from 1 p.m to 6 p.m Saturday in Houston, TX.

Upon entry in the cozy venue, the pleasant sounds from their DJ for the day, Yobi Yobz , filled the air. Above the elevated stage the he stood on, the classic film, Raisin in the Sun played from a projector onto the wall. Directly in front of the stage, MAW Supply’s merchandise hung from metal racks, around a vibrant rugs and sectional couches.

No two pieces are alike and are hand-picked by Norman and Rachelle; they pride themselves on their passion.

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Pop Up Shop set up

“We want every piece to have a story of its own,” Rachelle said. “We look for what’s comfy, functional, and are conversation starters. It’s a collection of pieces that no one else will have on.”

According to Rachelle, additional vendors were brought in by MAW to provide variety to the casual shopping experience. Just a few of those vendors were Ash.A Co (insta: love_ashaco) – a business founded by a couple dedicated to creating handmade jewelry from clay, La Verte Natural Bath and Body Company was in attendance and well equipped with samples of all natural, body creams and bath bombs.  Hindsight Bias, by Norman Clark of MAW, shared a rack with the women’s and men’s clothing of MAW.

Hindsight Bias, the extension of MAW, is currently comprised of 4 designs of thought provoking, printed T-shirts. Norman, present at the event, rocked a piece from his collection, which read, “Do not look at the negro. His earthly problems are ended.” It was an excerpt from an NAACP circular that included a photo of the 1920s lynching of Rubin Stacey. Norman explained that most shirts meant to express black pride are often cliché with sayings like “melanin” or an image of a power fist.

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Ash. A Co’s African inspired necklaces

“They all look the same…I wanted to create a shirt that displays some of the darker truths about our history,” he said. “MAW is the happy and colorful side of this.”

All items on display were for sale. Hindsight Bias T’s were available for $25, but are also available online. Prices may vary. MAW Supply plans to do similar events in the future.

The Birth of MAW Supply

The Clarks set out to share their passion for fashion around 2012 when they met during their studies at Sam Houston State University. They enjoyed discovering unique pieces of clothing and reusing them to create an individual style. In other words, the two found a way to capitalize of their passion for thrifting. They then took those gems of high quality, and decided to put them up for sale to the public.

Fun fact: Rachelle and Norman were married earlier this year! Wish them well here.

Rachelle described how MAW, short for Man and Woman, became public in 2013:

“We both knew immediately that each of us wanted to be acknowledged for our individualism, and for sticking to who we are,” Rachelle said. “We notice the trends and it’s great to take note of, but we don’t let it drive our reason for doing this.”

For those unfamiliar with, or veteran level thrifters, MAW Supply is the place to find easily accessible gems. Their business model allows shoppers to skip skimming through isles of clothing at the thrift shop. As their saying goes, they “do the dirty work for you”.

The next step for MAW Supply is to eventually get a store front as their business continues to grow. As Rachelle says, “It does not stop here!”

For inquiries on their merchandise and updates on future events, please visit mawsupply.com and check out their Instagram: MAW SUPPLY . Their products are also available on Esty.

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Founders of MAW Supply Rachelle and Norman Clark #blackbusiness #blacklove

With love and light.

-Fly

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To my People

To my people, I am sorry.

I speak to those of all heritage. Not just to black or white, but to ALL.

I want to apologize for confusing you with my internal conflicts, the complex I didn’t realize existed until about a year ago in an exchange with an elderly customer.

“Excuse me ma’am,” the woman said at the top of her lungs.  Assuming she had poor hearing, I inched closer to her to reply, “Yes ma’am what’s going on?” “Well I was looking for your manager,” she said. “Okay which one in particular?”

“You know, the colored one.”

Pause.

I stared into her eyes of no remorse or even awareness that, for one, no one says that anymore, and, two, it’s not okay. I stood there in awe before I, “….you know, colored, like you. ”

Oh, she was really serious. Alright. “You mean black? If so, there are quite a few of us here.” Heart racing, blood boiling, I walked quickly over to the nearest phone to access the loud speaker and beckoned this lovely lady to follow.

“COLORED MANAGERS TO DRESSES PLEASE. COLORED MANAGERS TO DRESSES.”

I glared at her. She smiled in approval. Surely, the store manager rushes over, burning a hole in my face with her disbelief. “Yes, this woman was looking for the colored manager.”

Pause.

Alright so I didn’t actually get to announce that. I only got to say: “[Name] to dresses please.” I had the pleasure of enduring her questions about us coloreds: my hair, why I was so skinny, why my hair wasn’t straightened like the majority of the girls in the vicinity. Anyway, I called my dad immediately after work to tell him about the ordeal. He chuckled at my story.

“Baby girl, Is this the first time you’ve heard that? She was old huh? That’s just how it is, don’t let it get to you.”

It was then, I realized my silence. I was made so very aware of my skin in that moment. It wasn’t the first time I heard something like that from an elderly majority. I had an impeccable ability to pretend that it meant nothing to me.

All this time I have said nothing.

I grew up in a fairly diverse area. I knew I was unique and I embraced it. I was blessed to be around people of all shades. At the end of my 5th grade year at Epps Island Elementary. I had to move to the south side to Dowling Middle School, where I experience a giant culture shock. Suddenly, I became “that skinny light-skinned girl with good hair”. I was too skinny, too smart, and to proper. This made people uncomfortable and I didn’t understand why. I struggled to find a balance and abandoned my true self to fit in with those in my culture, even still I was not good enough.

For this I am sorry.

My people, I am not the friend who grants you racism immunity. “I have a black friend….” I will not flatten my fro to avoid scaring you. I will no longer hide my frustration with the justice system. I told myself Sandra Bland was a coincidence. Eric Garner was a coincidence…countless others were all coincidences. I have told you that it was nonsense. I should have corrected you when you said,”but you’re not really black.” For that, I am sorry. Obama’s presidency has not suppressed or ended racism, but has, in fact, magnified it. Trump has given people permission to hobble out of their racist closets to speak hateful thoughts and call people “sensitive” for having a problem with it.

Black jokes are not funny anymore.

There are bad apples out there in every color, but they don’t all need a hashtag. My people, you can’t be offended because a hashtag was not made for you. #Blacklivesmatter because they actually don’t matter to many, but this in no way diminishes your value. My people, no one is personally attacking you. I am simply asking you to take responsibility. Use your privilege to stand up to your racist uncles or aunties. Be kind. Be selfless. Be attentive.

To my people. White jokes aren’t funny anymore. You don’t have to tear down one to lift up another. We have a duty, a responsibility to inform our people, all people, the ways of the world. We have a responsibility to improve our image to those who doubt us. Success speaks louder than disorganized protests and riots. I have sat, silent, in fear of being rejected again, by my people. For that, I am sorry. Change begins within. Do not oppress or limit yourself; society does a great job of that.

For the record…I don’t “talk white”, I speak English.

To my people , I love you all. None of us are perfect. No one is attacking you personally, I am only asking you to take responsibility. Uplift our women, our men, our baby girls and boys. Enlighten the parents who segregate  and embrace prejudice mindset. Spread the love.

There is a uniqueness in every culture. It’s a beautiful thing when you can accept that.

-Fly

HONOR Alton Sterling and Philando Castile June 2016

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr 

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Leaders of March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom marching w. signs (R-L) Rabbi Joachim Prinz, unident., Eugene Carson Blake, Martin Luther King, Floyd McKissick, Matthew Ahmann & John Lewis. (Photo by Robert W. Kelley/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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Review: ‘Steve Jobs’ does a better Job

“There is a small girl who believes you’re her father…what are you going to do about that?”

“God sent his only son on a suicide mission, but we like him anyway cause’ he made trees,” 🙂

Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) said as he sat in his dressing room brushing powder on his cheeks before the launch of the first Mac Computer.

“Steve Jobs” the second film made since 2013 in honor of the late Steve Jobs is centered around the premise of the tech giant behind Apple Inc. Based primarily on the character of an icon Steve Jobs and the way he effected those around him, the offers a more personal look into his life.

With Danny Boyle as director (28 days Later, Slumdog Millionaire) and writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), “Steve Jobs” exudes promise at the box office and to the hearts of the masses. The film has made over $520k in its first week of limited release beginning October 9th. The film due to hit screens everywhere on October 23rd.

(UPDATE: “Steve Jobs” grossing $2.7 million so far. Now on big screens every where! Click here )

Rather than watching a story about the man who created Apple it is simply a story about the man. It is a personal look into the life of the innovator and acts as a kudos/critique version with a little fluff. It is a moving, and truly thought provoking film, especially when thinking about how much Apple Inc has impacted societal and individual thinking.

Reminiscent of three acts in a stage play, “Steve Jobs” occurs over the course of three prominent product launches from 1988 to 1998 with scenes of importance in between. Every line delivered by Fassbender flowed so effortlessly in interacting with the other characters. Previously starring as young Magneto in “X-men: First Class”, Fassbender’s commanding presence allows him to fully submerge in the main character.

Enter Seth Rogan as Steve “Woz” Wozniak to simply ask Jobs to mention developers of the Apple II, a project Jobs previously collaborated with Woz on, in his speech right before the launch. Enter Katherine Waterson as Steve Jobs’ baby’s momma Chrisann Brennan, followed by Makenzie Moss as 5 year old Lisa Brennan to collect monies due for child support all before the Mac launch. This is a theme seen in each “act”: right before a launch, all hell breaks loose.

Jobs’ first CEO, John Scully (Jeff Daniels) was painted in the beginning as a father figure to Jobs and a menacing snake by the end. One scene that especially stands out is one right before the launch of the black cube with Jobs’ new company NeXT. Sculley calmly sits in a chair in the middle of a lengthy corridor, waiting for Jobs to enter. The two enter a quarrel that can be difficult to keep up with for those with selective hearing, but the tension between the two in that moment pulls viewers to the edge of their seats.

There are a few scenes that can make viewers feel as though they are in the movie. Just watching this film, there is overdose of euphoria by the sheer energy of the crowds awaiting the infamous Steve Jobs before launches. At each launch little Lisa Brennan enters at the perfect time, diffusing any tension. There are a few things that are just plain weird. One in particular, Chrisann comes back, seemingly high on something, arguing with Jobs about money. Jobs casually stands up, enters a bathroom where I used my imagination and decided he was dipping his feet in toilet water and putting his shoes back on. Confused? Me too. It was a strangely delightful “wait…what?” moment.

Going in, viewers should know that Steve Jobs has already passed away, but “Steve Jobs” does not highlight his deteriorating health or death. Even though the movie is somewhat dark and raw, there are a few hints of refreshing humor. It ends with an uplifting reconciliation with his eldest daughter, Lisa.

Steve Jobs 1955-2011 Cred: Jonathan Mak

Steve Jobs 1955-2011
Cred: Jonathan Mak

In the 2013 version “Jobs” Ashton Kutcher’s role was Steve Jobs and I have to say, Fassbender blew him out of the water within the first five or ten minutes of the film. As an android/PC user, I had the pleasure of seeing “Steve Jobs” before seeing “Jobs” so I went in completely unbiased. Kutcher attempted to embody Steve Jobs down to his walk, but it just didn’t give it to me. Kutcher’s high energy moments just touched the caliber of Fassbender’s calm. The characters highlighted in “Steve Jobs” made more sense than those in “Jobs”. Kate Winslet as Joana Hoffman, head of marketing, stepped in as Jobs’ confidant and advisor, especially when it came to his daughter, whom he denies multiple times.  “Jobs” focuses more on the product versus Jobs character.

If I were asked which version was better I would say “Jobs” was maybe 6.5 out of 10, but “Steve Jobs”, hands down, more entertaining and moving. It could easily get any character involved an Oscar nomination, specifically Fassbender and Rogan. (Sorry Mr. Kutcher)

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The Great Divide

The Great Divide.

Students…take a seat and

Let us partake in…words

How do we define peace/ when our

Levels of stress can only be relieved with our skin caressed in sweat

When does the struggle subside?

You see, the truth lies in the lies in the eyes of politicians and the dispositions of society to oppress

We dehydrate in the fire, forced to drink our tears to survive

Most hide behind the lines of the Great Divide

Take it back to the purple, black, and white folk

Words of folklore derived from our purple black and white ancestors. The Great Divide

So how do we define peace? Who really, is the ally?

Through rhythms, rhymes and haikus; Shakespeare sonnets and melodies

All granted by the hands of God himself, to bridge the gap. The Great Divide

Music as art, art as war, war as a hindrance to all innocence

Art as music, as war must commence in our struggle to stop the struggle

To achieve the peace

Break it into pieces, call it …words.

Use it to paint tapestries that lick the stature of the Mona Lisa. Resting point

At the Great Divide

Words as art, art as music trickle down from the top of the cranium, and kick off the tips of a pen onto

A rhythmic canvass, like morning dew in the sweetest meadows of Greece. Peace. In the Great Divide

In the mind of an artist, of a dreamer, there is such word as retire

Retire to the prison

Prisoners within walls of fire, that is, the walls of the edge of our desires

When we find ourselves between these rocks and other hard places, we search for embraces only to

find empty spaces

Ironically, we can find peace behind its own definition which so happens to be

The lack of hesitation as a single nation, under God

That is, HE who is the motivation, up high where stress is no threat

Up high is the direction to aim. To the other side of the middle of the Great Divide

Just when the struggle to battle the struggle subsides, consistency has a tendency to die

Common passersby call it cries, we call it…words. So we continue to drink our tears to survive

Walk through the wastelands left by man.

Art as music, music as war, and war as a challenge

Music as war as art as poetry. Call it…words

-Fly

After thought: What are some things you can take from this poem? How do you think the fight for social/racial/gender equality is going? Are you a soldier in that fight?

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It’s just another day…right?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!!!

You would have been 50 today. Creative. Wise. Powerful and extremely loving to the lives of many. Most of whom you didn’t know you have touched. Exactly 4 months ago today around this same time 3:47 p.m, I was still in denial about you taking your last breath.

But today…oh but today, I miss you like crazzzzzzzzzzyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy and I have accepted your absence. When August first rolled around, I was writing everyone’s birthday on my calendar and wrote yours first. Since then, I have been thinking of way I could honor your memory. I thought of creating some sad ritual that I would do on all of your birthdays, but the day has actually come and I think I…we all should rejoice.

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His model car looks something like this. Actual photo coming soon.

Last year, I gave you a kit for a model red corvette for your birthday. You hand crafted that tiny car with your stubby fingers a day after. I’m so proud of that thing. (once I get a hold of it I will post the picture here) So I figured…why not attempt to build one of those cars myself? Maybe not this year but it’s a thought!

(click here to witness Dad being a goofball)

You always told us that birthdays, holidays, and pay days are still just days. There is some truth to that because the world keeps going no matter what we may be celebrating, but Faja…I partially disagree. You were born today! Without your birth I obviously wouldn’t be here; the world would not have been graced by your presence. And even when you disagreed with me about subjects such as that, you always made sure to uplift and encourage me; you always found a way to make your baby girl laugh. I hope that one day my children will love and cherish me as much as I do you.

You taught me to value myself. You taught me how to love a man and how I should be loved. From you, I learned to keep pushing and how to “Fake it till you make it”. You were so real. You never sugar coated anything for anyone. You never changed yourself for anyone. You were 100% you, and taught me to not be ashamed of being 100% me. Thank you dad. You have been the driving force in my life. Thank you for hanging on as long as you did.

Today, I will celebrate your life. Within me, you will live forever. I love you daddy! Peace out.

-Fly (your baby girl)

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Dad’s first ever selfie.

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Straight Outta Compton: Ruthless in the box office

It’s been a long time coming, but I needed to share my experience of watching the NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton. When the movie first hit the big screen, August 14th 2015, I decided to stray away in case of a huge line. It ended up being sort of a family outing with my Aunt, Uncle, cousins, sister and two of my brothers. I warned them of all the profanity and possible nudity that would inevitably take place, but to my delight, we went anyway.

Besides the fact that the movie was obviously not meant for sensitive ears, I was hoping for authenticity of times that were a little before my own. When hip-hop was fresh and gangster rap was the thing to do, when police brutality was not nearly as visible as it is now. I worried about the cast, just as I always am with any biopic. I watched this film in full on consumer mode. I did not want to ruin it in light of all the things I have learned about film,scripts, and all that jazz in college. I went in to get some insight on NWA whom I knew of and listened to with older cousins, aunts and uncles. I wanted to take a stroll through the 80s and early 90s of music.

(Who/what is NWA: Click here)

Before reading all the articles nitpicking at Straight Outta Compton, I thought about why this film gave me, and many others, so much life. And so much yes! Before I get into it, if you have not yet seen Straight Outta Compton, run away now.

THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. Obviously. Its a biopic…life is a spoiler for this movie.

With Straight Outta Compton being expected to dominate the box office for it’s second weekend, there are a few reasons why it has already made over $80 million within its first week in theaters.

Straight Outta Compton cast were splitting images and attitudes

The film opens with Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E going in to collect money from a possible drug or gun deal. That opening scene ends with Mitchell hopping on the rooftop Assassin’s creed style.The beginning snatches the viewers attention to say the least. As it goes on we meet Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella, and Aldis Hodge as MC Ren.

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Cast of Straight Outta Compton

Cast of Straight Outta Compton

Director of Straight Outta Compton F. Gary Gray expressed that the cast was not chosen because of how they looked, but I’m sure there had to be factored in some where. I mean…come on.

Viewers experience the light and dark of NWA

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NWA was/is referred to as “The Most Dangerous Rap Group”. I believe their image prompted many to expect a movie that was purely dark, however, there were many scenes of laughter, love, and joy. Viewers get a taste of what it could have been like to experience the hype of a NWA concert. Before a prominent performance in the film NWA in Detroit, where they are prompted by police to not perform the song “F**k the Police”. Of course they perform it and were (to put it lightly) placed under arrest for “inciting a riot” with smiles on their faces. Ice Cube intended for the movie to show more of the lighter side of NWA and welcomes those who want it to have something different to make their own.

“We were kids, doing hip-hop and becoming famous. It’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, FBI? Oh, yeah — policemen too, huh?’ We were having fun until the police came and fucked with us. In between that, we were having fun. Coming from those neighborhoods, you don’t have this ‘Woe is me’ attitude. You have this, ‘Shit, I survived yesterday; I should be able to survive today, using my instincts. But where’s the fun at? What are we doing?’ We’re not just going to be sitting and sulking… -Ice Cube

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/14-things-we-learned-about-straight-outta-compton-

For those complaining about not having the movie dark enough…Eazy-E dies. Dr. Dre’s little brother dies, Suge Knight and all his unnecessarily violent shenanigans,there is a glimpse of the L.A Riots and Rodney King getting beat in the streets. Not dark enough for you?

There is another moment of “Bye Felicia”

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Eazy-E chasing “Felicia’s” bae.

According to Ice Cube, the line “Bye Felicia” from the hit movie Friday was not premeditated. A character’s name happened to be Felicia, and that character happened to be leaving the area. Regardless of whether or not a viewer knew where the saying came from, most would at least know that it exists. If not…bye Felicia.

The film is Rated R. Meaning the aforementioned nudity, violence, and language is probably 5% censored.

Most members of NWA are still living. With the recent release of films such as “Amy”, (biopic of Amy Winehouse), “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B”, “Whitney”, most of the main artists are not living. This granted the cast, director, and Universal the direct insight into the lives of specific members of the group and the people they were surrounded by. With Ice Cube and Dr. Dre present in some way on set everyday, the actors were able to get one on one mentoring from the people they were portraying. MC Ren and DJ Yella even made appearances despite their short camera time in the film, as they were unfortunately overlooked in the movie.

Straight Outta Compton came in right on time

In light, or giant shadow, of all the recent televised footage of police brutality, the film was moved by that theme. There is a personal connection to the issues happening today to those of the past; the vehicle: NWA’s music. NWA’s music is brutally honest against the brutal truths many experienced. Many of what was shown is still happening today and can catapult more into the movement of racial equality and weeding out the bad seeds of the police force.

(Cast and Ice Cube Talks Police Brutality)

It inspired Dr. Dre to bless us with his genius once again

I’m sure that by now, many know that Dr. Dre has released his album inspired by the film. Let’s make it very clear that this is not a soundtrack to the movie, but was made as a result of it. It is much like Jay Z’s “American Gangster” that was inspired the film American Gangster starring Denzel Washington. More importantly Kendrick Lamar, Jill Scott, The Game, Snoop Dogg and many others are featured in “Compton” over 16 tracks. The album is now available. (click album cover for link)
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For a two and a half hour film, it was explosive from beginning to end.

The film was roughly two and a half hours long. There was not a moment that my eyes were able to direct themselves away from the screen. I enjoyed seeing who they cast as Snoop Dogg and Tupac and wanted so badly to see more of them. The two actors (Marcc Rose as Tupac & Keith Stanfield as Snoop) did a phenomenal job as well, but I had to keep in mind that this was a movie about NWA specifically.

I heard one of my cousins say,” I didn’t know Ice Cube was a rapper.” Whenever someone enters the theater to watch this, they will come out, enlightened. Though “Ray” will forever have my heart, this film has become one of my favorites that I can watch over and over.I came close to shedding a tear, laughed hysterically, and rapped terribly in one sitting. Straight Outta Compton will continue to live on in generations to come.

-Fly

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Rhythm and Blues: Tyrese Got The Juice

So I woke up a few mornings ago to find that I had left my Spotify on my computer on repeat. Before I arose from my slumber I dreamed that I would come home to a beautiful chocolate man who had made my favorite, hardy meal: goulash. I walked further into my home to observe the poured glasses of Carlo Rossi Sangria aside the party size jug,(yeah the one from Walmart) and tiny white candles illuminating the hallway.

Upon my entrance, there was no man to be seen or heard. I only heard these words being echoed in perfect pitch against the house walls:

I can’t get you off my mind

Thinking of you all the time

Hoping that you call; going through withdrawal

You stop dealing with me…it’s like the sky falls

I thought “oh I’m here boo. Just show yourself.” I followed the trail of tea lights to the bathroom. I open the door and the scent of my Polish bath salts graze my nose. As the steam clears, I turn the corner to find a full tub of water.

Chocolate feet…knees…thighs…

I can’t get you off my mind. Thinking of you all the time

I roll over to my custom alarm to punch the snooze button that ruined my life with the wrath of God.

Tyrese Gibson serenaded me that morning, into 90s nostalgia. Tyrese, my first every celebrity crush, just killed the game upon the release of Black Rose his 6th and final album entitled:”Black Rose”

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Tyrese Gibson holding Black Rose

For those unfamiliar with this beautiful man, Tyrese Gibson started off modeling and could not shake the feeling that he wanted to sing. He did just that and wound up with a self titled album that went platinum with the help of “Sweet Lady (enjoy here)” and “Lately“. Tyrese continued making music, but r&b was not getting it’s necessary shine, overshadowed by radio nonsense (that’s a different story). In 2013, Tyrese made a collaborative album with Genuine and Tank, other r&b geniuses. Tyrese got his first major acting role in the infamous “Baby Boy” as Jody and has also starred in the “Fast & Furious” series as “Roman Pearce”.

He is a man of many talents and I wanted to thank him for revamping the r&b sound after so many years of drought with true r&b stuff. Songs about love[making], relationships, and just life. “Black Rose” is a raw work of art that I appreciate so much and so differently from when I was a kid.

The album has 14 songs with only four songs with features. The featured artists include: Tank in “Prior to you” (I think this should be your next single Tyrese. Just sayin), Snoop Dogg in “Dumb Sh**”, and the slept on female artists, Brandy in “The Rest of Our Lives” and Chrisette Michele in “Don’t Wanna Look Back”.

One of my personal favs is Track No. 1 “Addict”. It features a sample from The Fugees classic, “Killing Me Softly”. (Where you at Lauryn Hill. We miss ya!) It is also the song in the quote from earlier. And big surprise its stuck in my head.

Tyrese is one of the few celebs that handle their own social media. He is very vocal on Facebook and expressed his feelings about his exposure, or lack thereof, on mainstream radio. His single, “Shame” reached number 1 on Billboard Adult R&B Songs and lingered a while. (Earned It by The Weeknd at #2…of course) He feels as though it could be bigger than that. I agree.

Overall, I only had to skip one song. It just so happens to be his single, “Shame”. Hear me out now…the song has only been played on Majic 102.1 49463412 times and I want to be able to still appreciate it. Mr. Gibson, “Black Rose” rocked my world. Preciate you.

So please, friends, creators and appreciators, go listen to “Black Rose” IN FULL. Bump it until it get’s stuck in your head. Support that man and pick up a copy from Walmart or something.

Without further ado, please allow young Tyrese serve you a Coca Cola jingle below.

Music has no race. No limits. No boundaries. – Tyrese Gibson (<– Click here for vid)

– Fly