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)

 

 

Dear America…..

Dear America,

I’m sorry that my protests are inconvenient. That you were late for work and missed your latte. I’m sorry that people commit a high percentage of crimes against the people that look like them, or live near them. I’m sorry that criminals are lazy and find travel inconvenient. I get it. No really, I get it. After Cain slew Abel, if you had started suspecting every sibling whenever there was another murder, it would have made sense to suspect every male sibling, because based on your statistics, every murder had been committed by a male sibling. I know it’s not your fault that people are protesting the perceived injustices perpetrated by the systems and people that are supposed to serve and protect the people. How dare they prevent you from going about your daily lives without having to think about the plight of someone that doesn’t look like you, or live near you, or pray like you do.

Imagine if the police stopped you and searched you whenever you drove past a school because someone that looked like you slaughtered children with an assault rifle. Or if you had to be stopped and frisked every time you went to a movie theater because a madman that looked like you massacred innocent people. Would it be right for me to take my savings out of your bank because you look like someone that ran a Ponzi scheme.

I feel sorry for you when you hear people are protesting and you have to take five minutes out of your commute to ask Google or Siri what’s going on. I am sorry that the inconvenience forces you to post snarky comments that the protestors probably don’t have jobs. Or that your regularly scheduled programming is preempted so that the local news can report about the protests.

I am sorry that you are infuriated whenever a dog kills someone people say Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are too dangerous but you don’t bat and eye when politicians get on television and say that the only reason black and brown boys are profiled by the police is because they commit crimes against their own. I’m sorry that you read this and think I am comparing pets to people.

America I am truly sorry that when you turn on the news and hear about crimes, terrorism, and injustice you only see it as the inconvenience caused by other people’s problems. Those people are killing themselves, or those people need to get a job.

Dear America I am sorry that you can’t see that there are evil people in the world and good people in the world. I am sorry that all you can see is the statistics of race and not the fact that laws exist because it is in human nature to sin. People commit crimes for many different reasons, but race is not one of them. The difference between the Bernie Madoffs of the world and the common street criminal is that there is not difference. How many people are homeless or were driven to murder suicide because someone in a suit took their life savings. The criminal with a pen affects millions while the criminal with the gun only affects a few. The difference is how the legal system treats them both when they are caught. You expect the street thug to go to jail forever but you are not angry when the “white collar” criminal gets a fine and a small sentence.

I am sorry that when someone holds up their hands and says “don’t shoot” or wears a shirt that says “I can’t breathe” you instinctively see it as attack against the fine men and women in law enforcement and not the cry against injustice that it truly is. If you hit me with your car by mistake or on purpose I am still injured regardless of intent. Don’t get mad at me if I demand to know why something happened so it doesn’t happen again.

Dear America I am sorry that is nearly 2015 and we have to discuss race because bias and prejudice exist. Having a bias or being prejudiced does not make a person bad or evil. Ignoring the fact that our actions are driven by the bias and prejudices of our experiences and the experiences of our community, that’s the real crime.

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.