The New Renaissance: Straight with no Chaser

“Bru u needta ramp the podcast up, do a live bi-weekly residency at a bookstore n roll”

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That’s how is started.  A random text on a Sunday afternoon.  And just like that, Bea Kay, the creative force behind A Bea Kay Thing Called Beloved, had reached out to J. Vincent, the host of the Multifarious Man Podcast with the spark of an idea.  That was January 20th.  Less than 3 weeks later we were live at D&G Deli and Grill in downtown Jacksonville, Florida.  Two microphones, a DJ (with a 90’s R&B vibe) as the background soundtrack, and two family men that can maneuver with ease between Corporate America and any corner barbershop.  The premise was simple, bring an empowerment movement to the people.  The Beloved Empowerment Movement.

Reading, education, and family are cool; not just as slogan on a Saturday morning cartoon.  Politics, public policy, religion.  All topic are open for discussion.  Real community isn’t about race and economic status.  It is about what connects us rather than what divides us.  Bea Kay (Beamon) and J. Vincent (Jonmichael) are black men with unique points of view influenced by our upbringing.  From the inner city to the suburbs.  Hardworking parents and grandparents that laid the foundation that we were able to build upon.  Give us a topic and we can discuss it from all angles with brutal honesty.  What we accomplished in just over a month of live shows is, to paraphrase Jay Z,  just  the preview, this ain’t the show we’re just EQing it.  We do this for the culture.  There’s a lost generation of youth that doesn’t need another anthem.  They need guidance.  They need someone that believes you can uplift without an ulterior motive.   Now that we have your attention, take a listen:

Renaissance Saturday Morning Edition Live Episode 1

Renaissance Saturday Morning Edition Live Episode 2: Part I

Renaissance Saturday Morning Edition Live Episode 2: Part II

Renaissance Saturday Morning Edition Live Episode 3

Renaissance Saturday Morning Edition Live Episode 4

Renaissance Saturday Morning Edition Live Episode 5

Special Thanks

So Scenic Photography (www.soscenicphotography.com)

D&G Deli and Grill (www.dandgdeliandgrill.com)

 

 

Cast the First Stone

With the general election approximately 2 months away, it took an act of God (Gustav) to curtail what was gearing up to be another week of political punditry and partisanship. Now we are left with the Republican National Convention lite, when, only days before in the wake of the Rocky Mountain High of the Democratic National Convention, the GOP was ready for a Twin City brawl. Word started to slowly (as if that’s possible in the internet age) spread that the daughter of Governer Palin is 5 months pregnant (guess abstinance is only as affective as the actual abstinance) forcing the Veep nominee to release a public statement regarding what should be a personal family matter. It’s really a shame that people take politics and religion so personally, because there’s no way to actually have a civil debate without name callling and proverberal eye gouging. I don’t have anything personal against Governer Palin, I just don’t like the look the forms in the eyes of self-righteous zealots when they disagree with you and firmly believe that their god would view you as a sinner. Let’s hope that all of the talking heads in the media focus on the issues and candidates on hand and leave the Family Matters to the Urkels and the TGI Fridays of the world.

Things to do in Denver….

So far, I don’t know what to think about the news coverage of the DNC. I flipped between FOX News, CNN, and MSNBC. Fox News seemed to be outwardly pro-Republican and extremely critical, while CNN and MSNBC seen be overly critical because they didn’t want to appear biased. Aside from Jack Cafferty (who is clearly pro-Democrat and anti-Republican), the rest of the talking heads are going out of their way to appear objective, and in doing so, they each come across as disingenuous. I can’t wait until all of the pomp and circumstance of each party’s convention is complete and we get back to the actual issues.