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Month: May 2020

PODCAST – Hip Hop and the negative effects on African Americans

BrianWilkins.org
May 19, 2020

This podcast was recorded on November 10, 2006 for Arizona State University (ASU) radio. It’s about 14 minutes long and may take a few moments to load, depending on your connection speed.

“Hello everyone and welcome to my podcast for Nov. 10, 2006. I’m Brian Wilkins and in today’s podcast, we will discuss the cause (in more ways than one), the effect, and the impact hip-hop is having on young African Americans.

I will quote from my interview with Dr. Chouki El Hamel, a professor of history at Arizona State University, who specializes in African studies, to get his take on hip-hop and its effect on African American youth. We will go over the history of music in black America, how hip-hop started, and why hip-hop now needs to be used more responsibly by those who control it…meaning the rappers, the record companies, and the media conglomerates.” read more

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The NeverEnding Story: the most influential film of my life

BrianWilkins.org
May 18, 2020

Atreyu and Falkor the luck dragon.

The summer of 1984 was a banner time for movies. See Ghostbusters, Sixteen Candles, Revenge of the Nerds, Karate Kid, et al. The Orpheum theater in Marshalltown, Iowa had a new movie playing called “The NeverEnding Story” (NOTE: last movie I saw at the Orpheum was Caddyshack II in 1988). I had $5.52 in my pocket from my paper route job. That was enough for a movie ticket, popcorn and pop in those days.

I watched “The NeverEnding Story” by myself, with only 40-50 other people in the theater. It shaped me forever. All I wanted from that point forward was to save my Childlike Empress (aka Moon Child). read more

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Spicy Honey – by Brian A. Wilkins

Our love is enigmatic, but so very good,
Our feelings are intricate and misunderstood,
Your voice is captivating, soothing to the ears,
Provisional relief from the pain and the tears,

First hurdle is the ocean, matrimony the next,
Our passion and yearning are so very complex,
Synergy uncanny, chemistry ideal,
Our love is far from fake, it’s very much real,

I’m careful with my soul, you’re careful with your heart,
Our feelings have been clear however from the very start,
Your beauty tantalizes, your energy uplifts,
Your presence whole and total, sets my heart adrift, read more

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