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Greetings! My loved ones know me as Cory Alexander Haywood. You may call me anything you want. Just don't call me "soft spoken." Indeed, my love affair with the English language began during my childhood. Back then, nouns, adjectives, synonyms and transitive verbs were of greater interest to me than any game of kickball (however, basketball will always be my first love.) Over the years, I've dabbled in a variety of writing genres (even those that bore me.) In my opinion, no topic is too great or complex for a seasoned and patient writer. I aspire to eventually reach that plateau, and am well on my way. Stylistically, creative writing best suits my fancy. However, in the summer of 2006, I wrote my first newspiece (it's been a match made in heaven ever since.) The majority of my published work, which spans more than 6 years, relates to politics, social and community awareness, as well as health and wellness. I also occasionally, and some might say nonsensically, explore the ins and outs of love, dating and relationships. I have no expertise,specialty or preference in regard to genre. Instead, I keep an open mind and spirit, thus my outlook remains pure. Simply put, I'm no one trick pony. To contact me, please email [email protected]
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(The Black Hat) Fried Chicken and Fat Assess: A Negro Saga

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*I really can’t stand ya’ll nig*as sometimes. Does it hurt to be so damn ignorant and petty?

As usual, nig*as on Twitter put a giant foot in their mouth. I’m almost compelled to insist that social media be off-limits to African Americans. If that happened, the world would be less…stupid.

When did eating fried chicken become a Black thing?

Realty star Khloe Kardashian and her attention-loving family recently posted a group selfie of themselves enjoying some good ol’ Popeye’s fried chicken.

Critics, presumably black, have accused the youngest Kardashian sister of trying to appropriate black culture.

But wait a minute…I’m confused, is there an unwritten law that states eating fried chicken means pretending to be black? In addition, if a white celebrity went as far as to associate fried chicken with black culture, he would be called a racist and chided by throngs of angry black critics.

Can anyone say “double standard?”

Hey Negroes, you can’t straddle the fence when it comes to stereotypes. Now that the Kardashian’s have publicized their love for Popeye’s, all of a sudden nig*as want to stake a claim on fried chicken.

But if a member of that family Tweeted a joke about blacks loving chicken and watermelon, all hell would break loose on social media. Once again, can anyone say “double standard?”

 

Black people, why do you insist on embarrassing and degrading yourselves?

As I write this article, there are civil leaders scattered across the country attempting to debunk black stereotypes that have lasted for decades.

But lo and behold, the Kardashian’s photograph themselves eating chicken wings and it’s getting you nig*as upset? Not even God could explain such foolishness.

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Black people, are you intent on being the stereotypes that you claim to hate?

Two years ago, nig*as accused Miley Cyrus of trying to act black because she experimented with “twerking.”

That’s funny, I’d bet my soul that if Cyrus said to a reporter that black women are only good for shaking their assess in music videos and strip clubs, she would have to hire extra security for all the death threats that would come her way.

Last year, Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea was called a “wigger” because she butchers the English language in her songs.

Let me guess, being black means using slang and intentionally abandoning proper English?

I bet that if Azalea wrote in a Tweet, “black people speak poor English,” you ni*gas would hunt her down like witch in Salem.

Oh and how can I forget? Justin Bieber has been accused of appropriating black culture because he’s covered in tattoos, sags his pants, and walks around like there’s a stick lodged in his ass.

But what if in an alternate universe Bieber looked and dressed like a white surfer?

What if he got drunk one night and said to a TMZ reporter, “black people sure do loving wearing sagging pants.”

If that happened, you ni*gas would be so riled up that Bieber would have to sleep with one eye open. Once again, can anyone say “double standard?”

This isn’t the first time critics have blasted the Kardashian clan for being overly acquainted with black culture.

According to public opinion, these ho’s have stolen every element of niggerdom and made a fortune from it.

Sisters, when you say that Kim Kardashian tries to “act black,” it makes you look foolish.

Think about it: She’s known for three things: having a huge ass, sleeping around with black athletes and entertainers, and posing half nude in tasteless magazines.

If these things are prerequisites for “being black,” then what does that say about African Americans? Aren’t we capable of more? Shouldn’t we hold ourselves to a higher moral standard? Judging from the looks of things, the answer is “hell no.”

If James Brown were alive today, he wouldn’t sing in his raspy voice “I’m black and I’m proud.” Instead he would whisper, “No no, these nig*as gotta go.”

Black people, get your act together. And for God’s sake: stop being so damn wishy-washy.

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Cory Haywood

The Black Hat is written by  Southern California based  Cory A. Haywood, a freelance writer and expert on Negro foolishness. Contact him via: [email protected] and/or visit his blogs: www.coryhaywood.webs.com and corythewriter.blogspot.com

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Los Angeles Newspaper Our Weekly Publishes Cringeworthy Image of Infant Held at Gunpoint

Has Our Weekly gone too far with this disturbing image?

Image conceptualized by Our Weekly Staff Writer Cory Alexander Haywood

*The mounting conflict between law enforcement and the black community has precipitated a wellspring of media-generated propaganda.

Fanning the flames, last week, Our Weekly Newspaper (Los Angeles) published a disturbing image of an African American toddler held at gunpoint, outfitted in prison garb worn during the early 20 century.

In bold, striking red letters, the words “Target Practice” splash across the infants left shoulder. The gun pointed at the toddler’s cranium is seemingly held by the hand of an anonymous white male.

RELATED CONTENT: The Black Hat: Cops Don’t Kill Responsible Black Men, They Kill N**gas (Major Difference)

The image is causing quite a stir on social media. Numerous critics have flooded Facebook and Twitter with less-than-flattering assessments of Our Weekly’s nightmarish masterpiece.

OW’s editor-in-chief Juliana Norwood recently issued a written statement in response to the backlash:

“In response to the flurry of comments that we received on the cover of last week’s edition; there was a very heavy mix of reviews where some praised it for its brazen honesty, while others condemned it for its offensiveness.

In reality, we intended the cover to offend. The “shock and awe” should really come from the very sick, sad, scary reality that the image is closer to the truth of what the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color is spiraling into, than many of us are willing to admit.

According to a recent study by the American Psychological Association, Black boys as young as 10 are not viewed in the same light of childhood innocence as their White peers, but are instead more likely to be mistaken as older, be perceived as guilty, and face police violence, if accused of a crime.

Our minds go to 12-year-old, unarmed, Tamir Rice who was gunned down by police in Ohio while playing in the park late last year.

According to a report from the Community Coalition published on PBS.org regarding the school-to-prison pipeline: The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and its prisons are overwhelmingly filled with Black and Latino men. More than 70 percent of in-school arrests are of Black and Latino youth and 40 percent of all U.S. school expulsions are of Black youth.

Our minds go to Dennis Rivera, whose 5-year-old son was handcuffed to a chair by armed school security in his New York kindergarten class after a tantrum.

This cover doesn’t criminalize our youth. Our justice system does this job well-enough all on its own. What it does, is force us to look in the face of what we hope isn’t the future for our young Black boys, and hopefully encourages us to stay diligent in the war that has been waged against them.

We appreciate the community’s response, and we also appreciate your anger. We all agree that it is warranted.”

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(The Black Hat) 10 Realities Black Mothers Should Expect For Their Children

What does the future hold for this little guy? According to statistics, his fate will probably be riddled with challenges.

What does the future hold for this little guy? According to statistics, his fate will probably be riddled with challenges. Hopefully his mother will do everything she can to ensure her son’s success. Odds are she won’t.

*Now that Mother’s Day is over, it’s time for a reality check.

Sisters, ask yourselves this question: Do you really deserve the pretty flowers and hallmark cards you were given? Are you even worthy of being called a mother?

This doesn’t apply to all black women, but many of you have no business raising children; it’s the equivalent of putting a warhead in the possession of a terrorist and then dumping him in the White House—only destruction and chaos will ensue.

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I get it: the daddy isn’t there to help you control those crazy motherfuckers (that’s another issue entirely.) Be that as it may, it’s your job to work around the circumstances and take care of your parental responsibilities (that’s why God put women on this Earth—to change diapers and . Yeah, I said it.)

Sisters, many of you don’t spend enough time with your kids. And how could you? Rather than being at home where you belong, you leave your children to their own devices while you and your girlfriends live it up at the club, twerking, smoking, drinking, and carrying on, hoping that a male suitor is watching and will agree to buy you jewelry in exchange for your used up vagina.

Some sisters use their children as a means for financial gain, either through child support from the father, or through government assistance (it’s despicable.)

Black women, it’s your job to raise children who will obey the law, not break it in half.

It’s your job to raise productive citizens, not layabouts who rely on government handouts for their survival.

It’s your job to prepare your children for the real world. It’s your job to teach them how to be financially responsible. It’s your job to instill them with the value of education. It’s your job to teach them right from wrong. It’s your job to provide discipline when your children get out of line. It’s your job to steer them down the path to success and prosperity. It’s your job to stand up and speak out against the youth rioting and looting in Baltimore (ya’ll brought them niggas into the world.)

Sisters, It’s your job to…oh, why do I even bother? Simply put, Black women, you are failing your children. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER.  If you don’t, expect these consequences for your offspring:

1. Incarceration 

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One in every three Black males born today can expect to go to prison at some point in their life, compared with one in every six Latino males, and one in every 17 White males, if current incarceration trends continue. In 2012 there were more African-Americans in prison or “under the watch” of the justice system than were enslaved in the United States in 1850.

2. Prostitution 

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According to the research study by Dr. Donna Hugh, teen prostitution is highest in the African American community. In 2010, African American teenagers made up 56.6 percent of the entire arrests for commercial sex or prostitution.

In the same year, African American women made up almost 40 percent of the arrests for prostitution related offenses. In 2011,  46.3 percent of women incarcerated for prostitution between ages 16 and 24 were African American.

3. Drug Addiction

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According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, African Americans suffer from substance abuse more than any other ethnicity.Additionally, far more African Americans are imprisoned for drug crimes than any other ethnic group in the United States, boosting the stereotype that young, African-American men are the leading drug abusers in the United States.

4. Gang Affiliation

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Law enforcement agencies report a greater percentage of Hispanic/Latino and African-American/black gang members compared with other race/ethnicities.

The most recent figures provided by law enforcement are 46 percent Hispanic/Latino gang members, 35 percent African-American/black gang members, more than 11 percent white gang members, and 7 percent other race/ethnicity of gang members.

5. Chronic Unemployment

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The unemployment rate for blacks (11.4 percent) is more than twice that for whites (5.3 percent). In the 42-year period during which the Bureau of Labor Statistics has separated out unemployment data into different races, black unemployment has always been higher than white unemployment.

6. Early Pregnancy (Children By Multiple Fathers)

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According to Black Women’s Health.com, African American teenagers have higher pregnancy and out-of-wedlock birth rates than their White and Hispanic peers.

In 2013, a total of 409,840 infants were born to females aged 15–19 years, for a live birth rate of 39.1 per 1,000 females in this age group. Nearly two-thirds of births to females younger than age 18 and more than half of those among females aged 18–19 years are unintended.

7. Criminal Behavior

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According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI)  “Uniform Crime Reports,” in 2012, black youths, who make up 16 percent of the youth population, accounted for 52 percent of juvenile violent crime arrests, including 58 percent for homicide and 67 percent for robbery.

A 2012 study by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention revealed that in 2013 black youths committed six times more murders, three times more rapes, 10 times more robberies and three times more assaults than did their white counterparts

8. Morbid Obesity 

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According to Trust for America’s Health Report in July 2013, “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future”, over 30 percent of African American residents living in over 41 states are obese or overweight. This is in comparison to the fact that there are only four states in which 30 percent or more whites are obese.

The Office of Minority Health has found that about 4 in 5 African American women are overweight or obese. However, adults are not the only ones affected by this epidemic, as data from the Centers for Disease Control from 2007 through 2012 found that 23.3 percent of African American boys, aged 6 – 11, and 24.5 percent African American girls, ages 6 – 11 were obese.

9. Academic Underachievement 

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Young African American men are falling behind their peers in the classroom. PBS reports only 54 percent of African Americans graduate from high school, compared to more than 75 percent of their Caucasian and Asian American peers. Black male students in grades K-12 were “nearly 2.5 times more likely to be suspended from school in 2000 as white students,” and their twelfth-grade reading scores are currently lower than any other racial and ethnic group.

Barriers in high school lead to a glass ceiling for higher education. According to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), black males ages 18 and older make up just 5.5 percent of all college students. Of the young black males who do make it to college, only one in six will receive a college degree.

10. Aids

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Blacks/African Americans* have the most severe burden of HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Compared with other races and ethnicities, African Americans account for a higher proportion of new HIV infections, those living with HIV, and those ever diagnosed with AIDS.

African Americans accounted for an estimated 44 percent of all new HIV infections among adults and adolescents (aged 13 years or older) in 2010, despite representing only 12 percent of the US population; considering the smaller size of the African American population in the United States, this represents a population rate that is 8 times that of whites overall.

11. Death

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Black Americans are four times more likely to be murdered than the national average. What’s more, four out of five black homicide victims are killed with guns. Nationwide, the black homicide victimization rate in 2013 was 17.51 per 100,000.

The homicide crisis in the black community is overwhelmingly a gun violence problem. Nationwide, when the weapon used could be identified, 82 percent of black homicide victims were shot and killed with guns. Among the victims killed with guns, 77 percent were killed with handguns.

Four hundred eighty-seven black homicide victims (8 percent) were less than 18 years old and 100 victims (2 percent) were 65 years of age or older. The average age was 30 years old.

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The Black Hat is written by  Southern California based  Cory A. Haywood, a freelance writer and expert on Negro foolishness. Contact him via: [email protected] and/or visit his blogs: www.coryhaywood.webs.com and corythewriter.blogspot.com

Do you notice any similarities?

(The Black Hat) Black People: America is Not a Jungle or a Zoo (Stop Behaving like Animals)

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Do you notice any similarities?

*I have a confession to make: when I heard the news of Michael Brown’s death last years, the corners of my mouth formed a mischievous grin.

I was hopeful that other black young men would learn from this incident and treat police with more respect. Unfortunately, Brown’s demise led to a different outcome.

The shred of hope I reserved for black males went up in flames after I witnessed Ferguson, Missouri, ripped apart by looters and riotous protesters.

The carnage produced in that region sparked a national flurry of violent protests in every corner of America. Storefronts crumbled into fiery ash; streets were paved in broken glass and charred debris; and police sirens wailed to high heaven. It was then I realized: “these niggas are crazy.”

As if the events in Ferguson weren’t enough of a red flag, I recently stumbled upon a report about the brutal assault of a Caucasian middle-school teacher. She was beaten unconscious by a mother-daughter duo and rushed to the emergency room of a nearby hospital.

When I learned the assailants were black, my heart dropped. “Why do we keep giving white folk ammunition to call us animals,” I asked aloud. My grandmother answered, “Because niggas aint got no damn sense.”

I reached a boiling point when my stepfather showed me a video of an angry mob of young black students—dressed in uniform—brutally assaulting a helpless black man as his son watched in horror.

Apparently, the poor guy’s decision to walk an elderly white woman from the convenience store of a gas station to her car prompted the ire of his intractable assailants. He was nearly pummeled to death.

Critics sound off about police misconduct as though black violence doesn’t exist. We shrug or shoulders and turn the other way when drive-by shootings claim the lives of innocent people. We don’t lament black homicide or even flinch at the statistics—it’s simply par for the course. As a result, our neighborhoods have become wild, perilous jungles teeming with black animals. Until these creatures of chaos are removed from the streets, I say: kill em’ all.

In America, racism eats at the core of social equality and police misconduct spits in the face of constitutional law. At the center of it all, African Americans continue to war over scraps left behind by their inherently privileged, white counterparts. This comes as no surprise considering the country’s extensive history of unabashed bigotry:

Yes, during the Jim Crow era, plantation owners segregated light slaves from dark ones, creating an ongoing color divide within the black community.

Yes, during the 1980s, the so-called “powers that be” infested urban neighborhoods with illegal drugs and firearms.

Yes, the government intentionally rigs  political elections in favor of white candidates.

Yes, the “school-to-prison pipeline” forces our nation’s schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

Yes, institutional racism often prevents African Americans from climbing the corporate ladder.

Yes, structural racism limits employment opportunities for minorities.

And yes, police brutality isn’t a myth—it’s “very real and very scary.”

Now that I’ve highlighted these issues, allow me to be frank…

(ahem) From my perspective, it appears minorities are treated in the same fashion that zookeepers manage caged animals. As far as I’m concerned, that’s not such a bad thing.

According to Dictionary.com, an “animal” is a brutish or beastlike person. Obviously this description doesn’t apply to the entire black race. In fact, America’s workforce and military wouldn’t function without the participation of minorities. Still, there’s substantial evidence to prove that African Americans present more negatives than positives.

The “hood” doesn’t have a reputation for producing good Samaritans and law-abiding citizens.

For every young man willing to help an elderly woman cross the street, there’s another waiting to snatch her purse. For every wallet returned to its owner, three more have already been stolen and emptied.

According to FBI statistics, crime and violence are entrenched in the DNA of young black males.

Over the years, this phenomenon has claimed millions of lives in virtually every age range. The carnage reached an unprecedented height in 2013 when young black men would select human targets to knock unconscious with one punch to the head or face. “The knockout game,” as it was called, spread in pandemic fashion throughout the country and it precipitated a level of shameless cruelty associated with savages and cavemen.

Black women haven’t proven to be immune to violence either. The hair pulling and clawing of yesteryear has turned into full-fledged gladiatorial brawling between enraged female participants. This repugnant behavior has permeated reality television (ie. Real Housewives of Atlanta) and it receives top-billing on social media sites like YouTube, Facebook, and World Star Hip Hop.com. Although these incidents shouldn’t define the character of an entire race, they unfortunately illustrate an overarching theme of animal-like crudeness within the black community.

These issues are often magnified by the media. Viewers tend to absorb and internalize what they see during news telecasts, which often portray blacks in the harshest of light. A cynic might accuse these networks of succumbing to America’s notorious proclivity to cast blacks as villains. Nevertheless, there appears to be no shortage of material for “whitey” to extract and exploit.

In 2014, a writer with the American Free Press provided the following statistics:

Nearly 50 percent of all black males and 38 percent of white men will be arrested by the age of 23. These statistics, compiled by four college professors between the years 1997-2008, were published in the January 6 edition of the journal Crime [and] Delinquency. The biggest question one takes away from this study is what types of crimes are these young adults committing? Not surprisingly, there exists a great deal of variance depending on the perpetrator’s race. A 2012 study by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention revealed that in 2010 black youths committed six times more murders, three times more rapes, 10 times more robberies and three times more assaults than did their white counterparts.

“Similar statistics were released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the “Uniform Crime Reports.” They determined, “In the year 2008, black youths, who make up 16 percent of the youth population, accounted for 52 percent of juvenile violent crime arrests, including 58 percent for homicide and 67 percent for robbery.” By contrast, the only categories where white youths surpassed blacks were in liquor law violations and driving under the influence.”

In my opinion, African Americans aren’t worthy of first class citizenship (primarily because  we routinely make excuses for our wrongdoing.)

Some niggas aren’t even worthy of being treated like human beings. This wayward group deserves permanent placement in the “animal” category.

Here are a few examples:

1. The Ape

Blacks fight one another like monkeys in the wild (a common comparison, but still accurate.)

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Can anyone say, “Jungle Book?”


2. The Sloth

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Don't you have anything better to do with your time?

Don’t you have anything better to do with your time?

America’s job shortage has affected millions of people, minorities in particular.  Black men have become casualties of the recession. Many have been on an extended search for employment, and those who work often don’t earn enough income to support their families. Others, unfortunately,  spend their days loafing around, smoking weed, drinking malt liquor, playing video games, and impregnating women with no means to provide for children. In many cases, these activities supersede finding a job. The unemployment rate for blacks (11.4 percent) is more than twice that for whites (5.3 percent).

Being “slothful” is one of the seven deadly sins in Christian moral tradition, particularly within Catholicism, referring to laziness.

According to the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, a whopping 83 percent of African Americans are Christian, and only 1 percent identifies as Muslim. 

I smell irony.

3. The Crab

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When will we stop pulling each other down?

Do I really need to explain the “crabs in a barrel” analogy? We’ve all heard it before. I’d rather not play a broken record.

4. The Bitch (Female Dog)

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She probably gave birth soon after this photo was taken.

Despite the potential consequences, young black women more than occasionally engage in unprotected sex with multiple partners. This behavior likens unto a female dog’s appetite for intercourse during periods of extreme arousal or “heat.”

Needless to say, sexual irresponsibility often leads to unplanned pregnancy and the contraction of STD’s.  According to the Census Bureau,  black girls are still two to three times more likely than white females to conceive during their adolescent years.

Say cheese bitches!

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As it stands, the black race still resides at the bottom of America’s social hierarchy. Will that ever change? I wouldn’t bet on it. You know what they say, “a leopard can’t change its spots.” Yup, that was another animal reference.

Watch these videos for a deeper look into black hooliganism :


The Black Hat is written by  Southern California based  Cory A. Haywood, a freelance writer and expert on Negro foolishness. Contact him via: [email protected] and/or visit his blogs: www.coryhaywood.webs.com and corythewriter.blogspot.com

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Tony! Toni! Tone!’s D’Wayne Wiggins on New Album & Raphael Saadiq

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*The history of R&B includes a wide-ranging collection of vocalists, songwriters, musicians and everything in between.

Finger through a catalog of classics from the 90’s and you’ll likely discover a theme: if the song playing “feels good” to your ears, it’s probably a signature jam from longtime music super-group Tony! Toni!Tone! (other number one singles include “Whatever You Want,” “The Blues,” and “It Never Rains (in Southern California).

Hailing from Oakland (California), Toni! Tone! Tony! has produced numerous chart-topping hits, building a cult following in 1988 after releasing their first Gold-selling album Who? With their greatly anticipated 25th Anniversary album to be released later this year, the soulful trio continues to deliver their timeless hits to sold-out audiences worldwide.

Set to drop soon, Toni! Tony! Tone!’s new project will feature a plethora of special guest appearances, promises original group member D’Wayne Wiggins.

“We get a kick out of collaborating with new artists and sharing ideas and speaking on our instruments with people,” he told EURweb’s Lee Bailey during a one-on-one interview. “This project has a lot of cameos.”

Wiggins added, “On this album we really have something to say. Lyrically we’re really expressing who we are and what we feel.”

The tone of their new project will channel sounds of yesteryear from a variety of genres, he explained. The group hopes that fans will be pleased with the creativity and expansive instrumentation present in the coming album.

“We’ve always been known to be cats who take chances,” Wiggins went on to say. “A lot of the stuff is reminiscent of 70’s music. We’re still the same guys; it takes us a long time to finish a project. It has to feel right it has to make our fans feel a certain way.”

With the album still unnamed, Wiggins says that he and his bandmates have no intention of force-feeding the process.

“We’re going to let it name itself,” he said laughing. “It’s something that we’ve been building on for a while; there’s no rush in any aspect.”

Longtime fans of Toni! Tony! Tone! will likely never forget the high-pitched crooning of former lead singer Raphael Saadiq, who in the late 90’s embarked on a solo career to explore his own creative aspirations.

Saadiq’s departure rightfully left an uncomfortable taste in the mouths of many devout listeners. But as the old saying goes: one monkey don’t stop no show (unless that monkey is named Michael Jackson). Even without Mr. Saadiq’s contributions, the group continues to thrive as a cohesive, funk-filled unit.

“He went off to do his own thing; that what it is,” Wiggins explained curtly. “A lot of groups when they take breaks they’re on the low end. When we walked away from the industry we weren’t on the down stroke. I like what my brotha [Saadiq] had to say on his own. I think its fly.”

Toni! Tony! Tone!’s new album will feature a string of documentaries, unreleased tracks and behind-the-scenes tour footage. The project is a  coronation of the group’s longevity and sustained success in music, Wiggins says.

“I’m still a musician at heart,” he professed. “I still enjoy the music. I still have a great time performing.  I’m looking forward to another 25 years.”

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The Black Hat: Cops Don’t Kill Responsible Black Men, They Kill N**gas (Major Difference)

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*What’s the difference between a responsible black man and a nigga?

It’s simple: the latter talks smack to police instead of showing proper respect for authority.

As recent events have shown, when a black man behaves like a nigga in the presence of law enforcement, he often pays a stiff penalty.

A “nigga” conducts himself with the reckless abandon of someone with nothing to lose, making him an ideal source of prey for trigger-happy police.

A “nigga” isn’t guided by principles or purpose; he, instead, finds enjoyment in creating mischief and perpetuating common black stereotypes.

It seems America has a nigga infestation problem. These parasites claw at the underbelly of progress and create chaos in their neighborhoods. Others suffer from a mind-boggling lack of common sense and judiciousness.

Walter Scott is one of these people. Earlier this month, he foolishly tried to outrun a police officer’s bullet in North Charleston, S.C..

(Scott apparently hadn’t seen Ricky’s demise in “Boyz N The Hood.” Otherwise, he would’ve known better than to run.)

Contrary to popular opinion, Scott deserves partial blame for his misfortune.

His first mistake was driving without a license or proof of insurance.

His second mistake was falling behind on child support payments, causing a warrant to be issued in his name.

His third mistake was reaching for the officer’s stun gun.

Scott’s fourth—and most foolish—mistake was his attempt to escape arrest. This knee-jerk decision reminds me of singer Tyrese’s new single, “Dumb Shit.”

At 50 years of age, Scott clearly suffered a mental lapse when he decided to flee from police custody. In other words, he was on some “dumb shit.”

Besides, he was too fat and too slow: this essentially erased any possibly that he would escape the police in broad daylight (nigga please.)

Scott’s bewildering actions that day further legitimizes the stance that black men lack respect for law enforcement.

As recent history has shown, when minorities choose to buck the system, it often results in chalk lines and yellow tape.

However, critics might be jumping the gun when they accuse police of committing genocide against African Americans.

According to recent census data, millions of black men live freely in this country; the alleged mistreatment of a scattered few shouldn’t be an indictment on police conduct.

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Granted, these days, it seems as if cops are competing in a never-ending game of pin the bullet on the unarmed Negro.

Making matters worse, every month or so, like clockwork, the media sinks its talons into a new racial profiling scandal.

During these instances, viewers are hit with a bombardment of news coverage slanted in favor of the alleged victims.

Contrastingly, the CNN’s and ABC’s of the world share in heaping blame on the shoulders of police in an effort to appease public opinion (and boost ratings.)

With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that even before gathering the facts, minorities tend to cry wolf whenever a routine traffic stop escalates into more.

The granddaddy of these incidents occurred more than 20 years ago.

Long before there was a Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, or Walter Scott, the attention and intrigue of every Los Angeles newspaper belonged to Rodney King.

In 1991, a man and his wife watched from the window of their apartment and recorded perhaps the most gruesome example of police brutality in American history.

In the recording, a cluster of baton-wielding highway patrol officers take swipes at King as if he’s a human piñata.

He urges them to stop, but the sound of his voice fades beneath the howling of police sirens and floating helicopters. For several minutes, the rakish crew pummels their target into a bloody mess of a man.

Images of King on that night reveal numerous bruises and lacerations across his face and body. As one doctor described, King looked as if he had been trampled by an industrial tank.

When footage of Kings’ drubbing reached the masses—a process that occurred expediently even before the internet was born—it prompted an international discussion about the manner in which police interact with minorities, particularly black men.

In response to mounting pressure and criticism, King’s assailants were slapped with criminal charges and subsequently reprimanded.

Oddly enough, King was given a public reprieve for his insubordination during the incident (a breathalyzer test later determined he was under the influence.)

According to a police report, King was pulled over for reckless driving. He was also ordered to exit his vehicle.

Rather than complying with the officer’s subsequent demands, King acted on a bright idea to show off his dance moves (really, Negro?)

When he was finally wrestled to the ground—a tell tale sign of resisting arrest—King one-upped himself and performed a round of push-ups.

Although he did not deserve to be brutality beaten as he was, his bizarre demeanor that evening escalated the circumstances to historic proportion. In short, King almost paid the ultimate price for behaving like a dimwitted nigga.

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Now that many cops are under instruction to wear body cameras while on patrol, critics won’t have to speculate when controversy arises (contrastingly, recent reports have surfaced regarding pending legislation in opposition to body cameras.)

Moreover, in previous years, these incidents would often be swept under the rug, fabricated or sensationalized; now they’re being captured and made public by witnesses equipped with camera phones and other handheld devices.

Civilian oversight of police conduct has ushered in an era of transparency never before seen.

In addition, as the media continues to sway public opinion by televising footage of police accosting minorities, a looming paranoia challenges the notion that relations will improve.

On the converse side, plenty of cops uphold the law and serve the interests and welfare of the public. The mood changes only when police aren’t shown the respect they desire.

In these precarious situations, even the most affable cop will sharpen his or her aggression in order to restore law and order.

Minorities need to understand that police are human beings; they aren’t robots programmed to turn the other cheek.

Rather than holding these men and women to unrealistic moral standards, critics should look beyond the badge and uniform.

When provoked, police feel anger and irritation like anyone else; the difference is when they lose their cool, they’re able to commit murder, wash the blood from their hands, and go on patrol the next day.

During encounters with law enforcement, a black man’s vocabulary should consist of only these words: “yes sir” and “no sir.” As we’ve witnessed, the alternative brings devastation to families and division within communities.

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Cory Haywood

Based in Southern California, Cory A. Haywood is also a certified personal fitness trainer. Contact him via: [email protected] and/or visit his websites: www.coryhaywood.webs.com and corythewriter.blogspot.com