get your weight up, batman!

February 20, 2008 at 3:47 am | Posted in Black Athletes, Black Folks, Health & Healing, Hip-Hop | 8 Comments
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g.i.a.n.t. thinking is healthy thinking and healthy thinking is balanced thinking, so how you thinking. where’s your knowledge and where’s your wisdom… bartendaz mantra

ok, so the bar has officially been raised–pun intended. the bartendaz go hard on the workouts, seriously. when they are not in the park doing calisthenic “gymnasty” gymnastics, they’re visiting public schools near you. in addition to inspiring a folks to get off the couch and empowering youth through the joys of physical fitness, they are also committed to building community and are in the process of starting a new york charter school. well, april 1st brings in a new multi-sport season, which leaves a little over a month to get it in. lastly, i once saw a clip of a fitness beast on video entitled “if batman were real he’d train like this which for the most part is quite impressive for strength, overall body mechanics and control; but, i think wolverine would do it like this: Continue Reading get your weight up, batman!…

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saudades – missing brazil

August 11, 2007 at 6:36 am | Posted in Black Folks, Culture, Hip-Hop, spirit | Leave a comment

yup1 it’s been 41 days and i’m still missing it all…

“i believe” (the fiend’s anthem)

December 20, 2006 at 4:57 pm | Posted in Black Folks, Health & Healing, Hip-Hop | 4 Comments

i recently peeped the video “i believe” — a medicinal dart by stic.man off the dead prez and outlawz album: “can’t sell dope forever”. a little late, i admit, considering it dropped this past summer. now, there aren’t to many joints dead prez put out that i’m not “lickin’ shots for” but this video “righ’ chear”… i won’t spoil it for you. check it out and take a vote.

 

i believe
1) off the hook
2) its ok
3) not feeling it

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in general, i have an interest in how the aging hip-hop community (artists, fans, etc) deals with topics that most affect it, particulary those issues of health. in an arena where street crediblity is a marketing focus, speaking on health and disease presents an interesting challenge – how fly can you be spittin’ about healthy lifestyles? but at the same time folks are experiencing real health challenges and even death: foxxy brown with her hearing impairment, don’t foget big pun’s untimely death, havoc of mobb deep sickle cell anemia childhood diagnosis… the list goes on. so…


“spread (vegan) love, its the brooklyn way”

December 1, 2006 at 5:57 am | Posted in Black Folks, Culture, Hip-Hop, Vegan | 1 Comment

so this article is a little dated but i wanted to post it up anyway…and what?!. cool tidbit on vegan hip-hop entrepreneurs supporting health conscious entrepreneurs in the community…can someone say “ujaama“? i spruced it up with a video on stic from dead prez. mad love y’all. when i’m on the west coast, i just might slide throught to that sandwich shop. keep doing the thing!

ps. has anyone peep the DVD, “Holistic Wellness for the Hip-Hop Generation” by the brook-nam phenomenon – Supa Nova Slom?

Hip-hop artists spread word on vegetarian, vegan diets in black community

By Leslie Fulbright
Seattle Times Eastside bureau

There are some hip-hop artists who don’t drink Tanqueray and Alizé and want no part of the late-night trips to the BK. Take the socially conscious rap duo Dead Prez, whose song “Be Healthy” includes the lyrics: “I don’t eat meat, no dairy, no sweets — only ripe vegetables, fresh fruit and whole wheat.”

In recent years, hip-hop artists have started publicly denouncing the unhealthy diets some of their counterparts have long embraced. They are pushing the benefits of holistic health in the black community, where high blood pressure and cholesterol are common problems.

Singer Erykah Badu, an active promoter of the vegan lifestyle, has been known to stop by Seattle’s Hillside Quickies Vegan Sandwich Shop, where the Howell family serves up Tempehstrami Subs and Macaroni and Yease to the tune of hip-hop, dance hall and reggae.

Read the rest of the article at Seattle Times – “Hip hop artists spread word…”by Leslie Fulbright

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