(GRCAM vs. Hip Hop)

In my book “The Solution For Black America: Reclaiming, Rebuilding, And Restoring The Urban Ghettos In America” Second Edition in chapter four I discuss the origins of Hip hop. Hip hop originated within a marginalized subculture in the South Bronx during the 1970s in New York City. It is characterized in four distinct elements, all of which represents different manifestations of the culture: Rap Music, Turn Tablism or DJing, Break Dancing, and graffiti art. Despite the differences, there is one thing they all share in common the poverty and violence underlying the historical context that birthed the culture. Hip hope was use as a way of providing a reactionary outlet from such urban hardship that “Hip Hop” initially functioned, a form of self-expression, trying to challenge the circumstances of such an environment. These foundational elements provide stability and coherence to the culture. The term is frequently used mistakenly to refer in a confining fashion to the mere practice of rap music.

Kool Herc is credited as the “father” of Hip hop. DJ Afrika Bambaataa of the hip hop collective Zulu Nation outlined the pillars of hip hop culture, to which he coined the terms: MCing, DJing, B-boying and graffiti writing. Since its evolution throughout the South Bronx, hip hop culture has spread to both urban and suburban communities throughout the world. Hip hop music first emerged with Kool Herc and contemporary disc jockeys and imitators creating rhythmic beats by looping breaks (small portions of songs emphasizing a percussive pattern) on two turntables. This was later accompanied by “rap”, a rhythmic style of chanting or poetry often presented in 16-bar measures or time frames, and beatboxing, a vocal technique mainly used to provide percussive elements of music and various technical effects of hip hop DJs. An original form of dancing and particular styles of dress arose among fans of this new music. These elements experienced considerable adaptation and development over the course of the history of the culture.

I remember back in the day when Hip hop started out as a political forum against the power that be using democratic socialist themes through such groups as Public Enemy, KRS-One, and X-Clan. However, with the rise of Hip hop it begin to be incorporated into the mainstream with the start of gangsta sentiments which became dominant. Hip hop became associated with being violent, sexiest, and full of bling-bling. Rap video’s were displaying our black queens as misogynistic and many rappers made millions for calling our black women the B word and whores. Violence and murder were marketed as authentic blackness. The black community continues to support such rap artist making them rich and famous while our community continues to be devalued by society. In contrast, in 2000 I started a nonprofit but it never got off the ground. I was denied rental space in my former community by black capitalist who viewed my alternative school and onsite child daycare center as unprofitable due to the fact that they only saw me and no one else behind me. My so called advisory board at that time all lived in other states. I was unable to find one person in my former community or in my city willing to put in the work to get this thing started. After six long months of spending money out of my own pocket paying for a business title I decided to shut down my non-profit.

Fast forward, in 2010 I wrote and published my first book in hopes of getting my name out to the public and to go beyond cyberspace. Although my first book was published it was not edited I paid three thousand dollars in full for editing and publishing. I decided to find another publisher and a literary agent. I was bless to have one of my new advisory board members to assist me with my revised book. We went through the (LMP) Literary Market Place and the Writer’s Market. Not one publishing company would touch my manuscript so I selected Createspace. My focus is on selling my book and getting it on the best sellers list. I wrote my book in order to bypass closed minded and small minded individuals that I ran across in my former community and in my city to find others who think outside the box like me to connect with and start my organization the Grass Roots Community Activist Movement. The heart of my organization is Help Stop The Genocide In American Ghettos. GRCAM will be a private for profit service base business. It will have three main components: a social service component, a spiritual component, and a political component.

The Grass Roots Community Activist Movement is an umbrella term which will cover several components within the organization. I only want to talk with those who have read my book and agree with what I am trying to do in Urban America starting in Chicago. Before we bring in goods and services I want to make sure that I have at least 70% of the people in the community from the Westside of Chicago who want and need our services before we create jobs in the communities of Austin, Garfield Park, and North Lawndale. We would also expand on the Southside of Chicago to replicate our agenda to improve the community that we will serve. Our agenda is to end gun violence, poverty, and structural inequality within the communities and cities we will serve. Our focus will be to strengthening single black mothers, single black fathers, and low income two parent families, and provide goods and services to the low income African American Community. Through GRCAM we will start our own grocery stores; restaurants; and real estate companies. We will offer private employment within the organization to our clients and members pending on our budget and sponsorship. Those who are business minded we will teach them how to start a business and work with them until their business materialize. GRCAM will also offer an arts and entertainment for undiscovered artist in all fields. We will do performing arts during our fund raising events to raise money for our programs.

I want to make Chicago a model first before we expand to 25 other cities within 25 states. GRCAM is about giving ordinary citizens a chance to voice new ideas and keep people informed about what’s going on in the inner cities in America. Why only 25 cities because of all the rejections I endured for two decades. My vision goes beyond Urban America my creator wants me to expand GRCAM abroad. We will provide agricultural technology, employment within the organization, and housing to countries in Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean Islands to people that want and need our services. Believe me if I had the proceeds from my book sells and 30 people already in place then I would start GRCAM today.
My organization is open to all law abiding citizens, Christians, Muslims, and Secular People as well as other racial groups. Everyone must accept all of the principles in my book no exceptions. In GRCAM we will change social policy if the community work with us as equal partners. One mind, one voice, and one accord. No man or woman on earth will change the vision my creator has given me to do. This is my contribution back to my community and throughout the African Diaspora. Real Christian Socialist Online

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