ReCap from his 5th annual All Black affair
ReCap from his 5th annual All Black affair
The Dj who goes by Dj Smallz who hosted a gang of great mixtapes by the name “Southern Smoke” with some dope rapper from all over! Now he is hosting his own Sirius XM/Satellite Radio on DISH Network show, called “Southern Smoke Radio” which is doing well. He also does an interview with all types of entertainers along with rappers & singers and allow them to tell their stories about themselves. Well he did an interview with some artists from our great state of Arkansas and in this interview he ask a set of questions that has Arkansas musicians feeling some type of way.
Click Below to See The Interview
Now a lot artist didn’t like the way he asked them the question as if Arkansas has no talent but even more artists are pissed off because they have no idea who these young men are and felt as if they didn’t represent the state well and were almost disrespectful by not having knowledge on some booming artists here. He came by the spot and did a podcast with us. It’s funny at the time I didn’t have knowledge of this interview so I didn’t get a chance to ask him about the questioning and just get in depth.
Click the link below for the Podcast (It’s also a link to the full audio on the video)
Everyone is upset about what he said but how can we be mad because nobody in the is openly claiming Arkansas and attempting to open up the pipeline. See what old heads are failing to understand is nobody really cares about your track record or what you did! What needs to happen is we need to share experiences with each other and educate one another. We also need to truly support and believe we are the shit and stop making outside upcoming artist hot and allowing them to eat off us and then forget us.
To find some gorgeous women you need to leave Arkansas! Well that statement couldn’t be farther from the truth with Arkansas’s Queens! The women on this page not only are a well representation of our black culture but they are drop dead gorgeous with more then just an outer appearance to offer! Also there isn’t just one type on the page there are all type of shades and sizes! I love the page because it’s connecting women all over the state and its helping them embrace themselves and connecting their businesses! In a society that’s consistently bashing women and picking them apart for every little thing it’s refreshing to see someone taking a stand and unity women in our very own home state!
I got a chance to speak with the person who runs the page and let them know I wanted to blog about them and to congratulate them on a beautiful job done and this is what they replied with!
“ 🙏🏽 Greatly appreciated, just trying to challenge some culture misconceptions lol Encouraging our Queens to be Multifaceted & Bold. A good contrast to the negative connotations so disproportionately depicted on the telecast. 💯“
How awesome was this is message?! We need more of this!! I wholeheartedly stand with this campaign and behind it!
I’m sure you’re expecting me to preach or be on some MLK shit about this situation but I’m not! Fuck the marching shit. It’s time we hold each other accountable for the shit that’s happening to people that look like us. How can we do this Reggie? Correcting ourselves first and foremost because how can tell someone to clean up if you’re still living dirty? Next step is to respectfully correct the people around you. Stop turning a blind eye to the shit your relatives and close friends are doing. We can’t let that slide anymore. Remember accountability? If we can start at home people will see this and become inspired to change or separate from us. Now our community we live in is what’s next. It takes a village to raise a child and we need to return to this teaching. The reason why children grow up to be misguided adults is rooted in their past. During the time they were young, the adults around them never took the time to expose the young mind to something it needed most and that’s love and attention. Role models are needed badly but parents need to lose this ” no one can’t say anything to my child but me” way of thinking. That mind set alone is killing us now! Some of you can remember growing up and not only do the adult you disrespected punished you when you got home you expected a follow-up. It’s much easier to retrain a child than an adult already set in their ways. Our youth want to listen but rarely do most of us listen! There was a bar in a song 2chainz wrote that stuck with me and I could totally relate to. The song is called “Feds Watching” it says “OG’s never fed us, now young niggas fed up“. There is the issue right there! The disconnection between the generations must come together. Now I understand times are somewhat different and you can’t allow everyone to place their hands on your child but there is some amazing and loving adult ready to guide and help water your child’s soul like a thirsty plant in dry heat during a long Arkansas summer. Let’s challenge these children’s mind instead of just physically with sports. Now back to role models we need men to stand up. We understand the system isn’t made for us and all that other bullshit but we need to shine more light on the guys out here standing up. It’s more brother out here doing well then bad but the media can’t show that because we don’t want to hear that. Drama sells way better than peacefulness. Open communication needs to happen regularly amongst us with improvement because one without the other won’t work. I won’t go into the whole education conversation because we already know this so no point in beating a dead hoe. Also, the whole financial freedom speech we hear that all too often so I’m focusing on the moral compass should I say. Getting involved in each other’s lives are important while respecting personal space. These are just small steps to a brighter future we can work towards
I had the pleasure of interviewing Shantario Parks of Blytheville, Arkansas part owner of the clothing brand Arkatekz. Shane discusses growing around different things and deciding to stand for something different! This young man dropped so many mental gems on me it was crazy!
Below is his website
What impressed me the most about the brand is how the material of the shirts are great! They don’t shrink when you wash them repeatedly. Also, he has real tags for the collars of every shirt and the packaging is crazy! The details of what Arkatekz are doing is something straight out of military training.