I’m very big on supporting people. I’ve spent my whole life up until this point doing so. It means so much to me. I enjoy seeing people reach their goals. It really touches me to see people who grew up going through similar circumstances bust through the concrete and become the rose they have always dreamed of. Whether its sports, music, business or education success is a goal that were all trying to reach. I respect hard work, patience and consistency because without it one could never reach the top. But answer this question for yourself, What does it mean to be successful? Should there be a line that your not willing to cross to reach success? Or is it by any means necessary? Does it matter who you offend or demoralize? What is your definition of success?
There is a new video called Ratchet that was created by some national/local Cleveland artists. Some of whom are my friends and others who I am unfamiliar with. But whether I know them or not the fact is that the message that this song is pushing has to be one of the worst that i’ve seen and heard in a while. I know this city in a way that few people do because of all the speaking that I do. If anyone ever tells you that music does not have an effect on our community is lying and you should question if their minds are in the right state. Of course me discussing this video will only make you want to watch it but I urge you to truly listen to whats being said. I don’t care who you are, and how many records you’ve sold, or how many fans you have, or who shows up to your party. I don’t care about any of that. All I care about is the people and how their being treated and represented. If you sit here and tell me that you would be ok with your daughter, sister, or your mother being spoken to in that manner then it makes sense why you would be ok with such a demoralizing song! I think Cleveland is full of great talent but too many of them lack heart. They lack the heart to stand up for something meaningful, consistently!
I can hear the senseless rebuttals now and the sad part is that some of them will come from women. “Its only a song Basheer.” “There are ratchet women Basheer.” “This is how I eat Basheer.” “Why did you watch the video Basheer?” I have some better questions for you! Do you even care that there are some young people who listen and act on your every word? Are you aware of the consequences of your words and its impact on the mind of people internationally? Do you not understand that some consider you role models but yet and still you feed the masses poison? What does it matter if your from Cleveland if your not making it better? I’m not talking about giving away turkeys and gifts! I’m talking about using your gift to help change the very mindset that is keeping us as one of the most impoverished, violent, uneducated cities in the nation. But I believe I finally know the answer to your problem. Your scared. Thats it! Your scared. Scared to be different. Scared to tell the world that your soul isn’t for sell. Your afraid and because of it you destroy those who are weaker; our women. While your creating songs that are demeaning to our future mothers I wonder what do you whisper into the ears of your daughters? While your glorifying this poisonous nonsense to the children who aren’t being monitored what are you teaching your baby girls? If you could only treat other daughters the way you treat yours then maybe the world would be safe from these sick messages. If we all could live like this the world would be a better place.
I want to speak to you community. How do you allow your daughters to be treated with such hate? What do you mean hate Basheer? Well, You would have to hate a woman to demoralize her. It would be impossible for you to love someone and at the same time treat them as if their lower than dirt. Why do you accept this? Women why do you dance and accept songs that are extremely disrespectful? O ok their not talking about you right? But what about the woman that does fit that category does she deserve to be kicked down or picked up?
My respect level for these type of people decreases everyday but hey you don’t need my respect to breathe. But let me assure you that me and a men just like me will continue to speak out against this nonsense. We will speak out for the young girl who will be stereotyped before she gets a chance to open her mouth. We will speak out for the fathers and remind them that if you don’t raise your daughters and be an example of a man they will end in the arms of these unintelligent cowards. They will end up in the arms of men who will give up their souls to the highest bidder.
“The Success of a nation depends on how they treat their women.” After reading this quote I can see why we are in such a terrible state. I pray that we all become better servants. I pray that we all strive to become thinkers and begin to look at the world in a different way. Lets look at life and say, “this is what I want to give to the world instead of looking at what were trying to get from it.” What is your definition of success? If its power then do you view Adolf Hitler as successful? If its riches do you view the Pharoah of Moses time to be successful? If its fame do you view Jeffrey Dahmer as being successful? Don’t give up something that is priceless for things that will ultimately lose value. Whats priceless? Your soul. True Success is Heaven! I pray we all get there!
Whats going on family!!!! Peace to you all! Excuse my tardiness I recently took on a new job as the Regional Field Director for President Obama Campaign in Cleveland, OH. I know right! Thats big! All praises is due to the Creator. Its crazy because my intentions was to move back down to Atlanta but the Creator didn’t have that for me. Sometimes I feel like I love Cleveland more than I should. Its like a bad little kid who just needs love and to be reminded that their wanted. I feel like its my responsibility. Yeah its stressful but I wouldn’t have it any other way. If not me then who? I wear two bands on my left hand at all times. One is a pink band for my deceased mother who passed from breast cancer and the black band says Defend Cleveland. It was given to me by a Councilman years ago and I never took it off and more importantly never forgot the message. This new job has been challenging and very rewarding! But to be honest I never realized how powerless we feel as a community until I stepped into this position. Every last one of us has the power to change our situation but everyone doesn’t believe that. It hurts me to see that! It hurts me figuratively and literally. Doctor said that my chest pains are from anxiety and stress. I take my purpose seriously! Doctor said that I’m really taking it to the heart and thats not good. Im fighting for President Obama to get back into office but more importantly I want the people in my community to feel empowered, to feel like they have the power to bring about change if they only believe and act. Tough right? But we can’t stop. My sister Tropikana and a few others have begun The Pro-Life Movement. That sounds like an abortion issue right? Its not but I guess it kinda is. Our future, our youth are aborting themselves with street violence and we have decided that we can no longer sit aside and watch it happen. Not without doing anything drastic about it. So we have decided to do a couple of things. We will be traveling to communities across the City of Cleveland and speaking to the young people about their needs and what can we do to bring some of this violence to a hault. Secondly, we are creating safe spaces. We are asking businesses and community centers to stay open on Friday Nights from 9-11:30 and provide a place where young people can come for safety and fun and get out of the streets. Every day is a battle but were going to continue to fight no matter what. Thats what we were put here to do. I love you all! Stay strong, positive and sincere. Keep fighting!
As I stood there a couple of nights ago on 123rd and Imperial in CLeveland, Ohio with hundreds of community members I felt a chill. I must admit that it was kind of chilly but this feeling that when it up my spine wasn’t the effect of the Cleveland wind. This feeling came about because of the stinch of death in the air, the tears and anger of community members as the number of bodies that were found continued to rise; 11 bodies. 11 bodies! I know that sounds horrific! Not just the number but the fact that to this man, community, and city officials these 11 women weren’t looked at as being more important than just bodies they were just beings taking up space. Some of these women were missing for years but because of their habits we didn’t take the complaints of their families as being legitimate. In case you don’t know 123rd is a black neighborhood. What does that have to do with anything? I don’t know, maybe nothing I just wanted to put everything in context. As the bodies were uncovered and identities were made known the family’s worst fear became a reality. As I stood out there that night disturbed women screamed in outrage, “Why are you all showing up now.” I pondered that question as I began to hold myself personally responsible. Why do we only show up when there is a tragedy? All around the country this is a fact. But in a city that has been ranked as being the most impoverished we didn’t need any more bad news. Young black boys are discouraged as the negative perception of black men continues to be enhanced as local and national media plaster this mass murderer’s name and face on the tube and paper. Young girls and women mourn these victims because it could’ve easily had been them. Not only were they victims of Anthony Sowell but they were also victims of their environment. An environment that led them to drinking and drug abuse and an environment that didn’t care enough to even ask and wonder about where they were. “A nation’s success and failure lies on how they treat their women.” Don’t get me wrong, I am disgusted with Anthony but I’m also upset with us. Maybe the upset women was right! We couldve prevented this! We couldve been more loving as a family and community, the system couldve done a better job in helping to rehabilitate these women who were crying out for love even if it came out the mouth of a stranger and in the form of malt liquor and drugs. We have failed these women and because of our failure they are no longer amongst us. They have been gone for a while now. But that night they spoke to me. Some spirits spoke to me that night and they said, “You have failed us but do not fail our babies. Do not let our death be in vain. Save our girls by loving them unconditionally so they will not go searching for love by any means necessary. Make our men feel wanted and appreciated so that their anger don’t cause them to become the next Anthony Sowell.” They screamed at me that night, “You all failed us but We beg you do not fail our babies.”
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Kim (my producer), Dr. Ian Smith, and me in the studio
Me and Rev Run
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