"That's really a slap in the face and show we're more loyal to a TV screen than to the people in our reality."
Meeting this man for the first time, you will probably think he's shy and just a sweetheart. We never interacted in a full conversation the first couple of times we met it was just a hello, how are you and talk to you later. After a while he opened up and instantly he became a very interesting person to me. He schooled me on where he's from in Newark New Jersey and how living down here in Virginia is like taking a nice vacation compared to where he grew up at. Living down here in Virginia all my life I was very interested in knowing what the city life was really all about. It was in the mix of his story that he mentioned F.A.M.M. and what he was trying to do. I wanted to become a writer ever since I was young but missed so many opportunities to do so. He started telling me that he was going to create a website and asked me if I will write for his website once he did. Knowing that I never went to school for this I told him that I might not be the person he want to be writing on his website. He quickly stopped me and explain that, that is exactly what he want his website to be about. An opportunity for the people that never had the chance to be viewed or heard to have an outlet to showcase their talent. To express the true feelings of the people that nobody pays attention to. He then ask me if I will interview him and help him tell his story. This interview took about a week to complete but helping him completely tell his story and getting F.A.M.M. up and going was worth the wait and an honor.
Q. Why did you create FAMM?
A. Actually I wanted to do something. I didn't know what to do but i talked to my brother J and he actually came up with the name and everything. I came across a couple dollars and I didn't want to just waste it so I put it into to something that no matter if it take off or not, I can always make a dollar off it. Whether its 20 dollars or 300 hundred, I will always be able to make a dollar.
Q. What was it like growing up in Newark?
A. Truthfully when your there growing up it's fun. Fun to us is going out robbing, beating people up, tripping on mafuckers basically just because aint nothing else to do. It's not until I look at it now that I realize that it was only fun because that's all we knew. We had to create our fun. When I was young growing up in NCC, my father coached the community baseball team. So we all played baseball. When I first moved there he use to take the kids in the community myself included to other neighborhoods to box. Them was our activities. We also had NCC football games. As I got older that stopped and that's when everything negative began.
Q. What do you mean by that?
A. Negative like, skipping school. I wasn't doing nothing crazy because I was a person that didn't drink, smoke, or nothing until i became grown. Then the gangs took over the neighborhood and after that gang banging was the way to go. I don't want to mislead anybody. It's possible to survive in Newark but your going to have to stay your ass in the house or out the way. Out the way mean your not in the streets dealing with what we're dealing with. So remove yourself before you end up in some real shit.
Q. What made you enter a gang?
A. Gangs is everywhere in Jersey, especially Newark. If your going to be in the streets in Newark for real, eventually your going to gang bang or have some sort of alliance or affiliation to some gang. Some people are just gang affiliated simply because where they're from. If your from a piru neighborhood your going to be considered blood no matter if your actually in a gang or not. A lot of people just say okay I'm already being labeled as blood by these other niggas so I mines well be blood anyway. Once I linked up with my cousin it was signed and sealed.
Q. Is it true you have to kill people in order to be in a gang.
A. What I'm going to say is that theory is overrated. It's a lot of bitch ass niggas in gangs. Everybody in a gang not no killer. But a lot of bitch ass niggas do kill people because of gangs. As a man and the people I polly with, your not going to get none of them to do nothing they don't want to do. At some point tho you have to do something even if it ain't violent you will have to contribute something. Most people attach negativity and violence to gangs. I'm going to tell you the truth. Gangs can be positive and it's a lot of positivity going on in them. Gangs promote going to school, going to college, getting a job and doing what's right. On the other hand if you want to be a knuckle head then don't be part time with it. Your either going to do good, or since you want to skip school and be outside niggas won't hesitate to put a pack in your hand and put you in the trap.
Q. How do you take your experiences and tie them into F.A.M.M.
A. I really don't. My experiences just let me identify reality. Reality is back home where I'm from they don't support each other like down here. Unsigned artist can make a platinum CD down here where as back home in Newark, a person can stand on a corner all day and barely sell 10 CD's. I couldn't get nobody to write for my website back home. They'would of looked at me like write for you, who the fuck are you? Where I'm from people only get money together illegally. If I go to people like I got $2,000 to flip, I'm trying to get coke, dope, pills and all that. I'll have a group of niggas ready to get that money with me. If I take that same $2,000 and be like I'm about to get a camera and create a website and we're going to get some bread legally, wouldn't nobody be down with that. My father told me when I was little. He wanted me to go to Puerto Rico and play for the baseball All-Star team but I didn't want to go because the players from my team that I was use to playing with wasn't going. He said to me "as you get older there will be a lot of places in this world that you will have to go, that your friends can't go." Sometimes in life you have to get things done by yourself.
Q. Who are your inspirations?
A. No questions ask I would have to say my mother, my father and my sisters. They grind for real and built families and they good right now. We all strive to get better but they good. It was only me that was the messed up one but I started making money. Ever since then I want more. Yea I want it for myself but I just want to be able to do it to support my family and help the people I know. If everybody just buy into F.A.M.M. and realize its not about a single person, and wake up and realize its what they support that keep us down, we all can make things happen. I'm not asking for nobody money. Besides my family, my inspiration is truly the artist I know. The leaders I actually grew up with. I don't know what Drake been through. But i do know what artist like Crillz and Showoff and people I know been through. How the hell can we buy a Lil Wayne CD before we buy our local artist CD's? That's really a slap in the face and show we're more loyal to a TV screen than to the people in our reality.
Q. Anything else you want to say?
A. Just that I really hope people see the bigger picture in life. I understand we all can't walk down the same path. Everybody got to live their own life. Life is short tho. Some us won't be alive in 20 years. It might take 10 years straight of promoting F.A.M.M. before it take off into something. Understand the people I respect done been through a lot. Not to brag but all my guys still alive. That don't make us more real than anybody else that's not what I'm saying. What I'm saying is, people are dying. Are you really willing to stay where you're at until it's your turn? Niggas be like ain't shit gone happen to me because I ain't out there like that. It's getting hot and your going to have to walk to the store, or go outside and chill sometime or another. It only take a split second for you to die. It's not like I'm holy or nothing now, but I realize I can still be me and relax in life since I left. I don't got to be worried about the boys running down on me because I'm simply outside. Some people are content with living in fucked up conditions. But do you really want to live like that until you die? When do you get tired of seeing people die or hearing about it? Yes people do die everywhere but it's a whole a lot less in other places. I'm going to beat F.A.M.M. into these niggas head I swear to God. They might not get down with it right away but eventually everybody is. They have no choice because they're going to make the whole website. Every time I talked to niggas back home I see ain't nothing change so I know I'm not missing nothing at all. Not saying they're not doing nothing productive but it's a reminder that I did all that already it's years later. I dedicated everything I had to my hood. The hood ain't give me shit. Niggas can't possibly tell me they're staying for the bitches. Niggas just rotating bitches now. Come to the south you'll be shocked how many bad females down here.
On April 19, 2015, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man who was a resident of the U.S. city of Baltimore, Maryland, died in police custody a week after being arrested. Apparently in good health at the time of his arrest one week prior, Gray fell into a coma while in transport as the result of injuries to his neck and spine sustained while being transported in a police vehicle. On May 1, 2015, Gray's death was ruled to be a homicide as a result of rough riding, and legal charges were issued against the six officers involved in the incident, including that of second-degree murder.
Peaceful protests were organized after Gray's death became public knowledge, and apparently spontaneous protests started after the funeral service, although several eventually included violent elements. Civil unrest continued and as of April 28, at least twenty police officers have been injured, at least 250 people have been arrested, thousands of police and Maryland Army National Guard troops have been deployed, and a state of emergency was declared in the city limits of Baltimore
The pressure of a $180 million payday never got to Floyd Mayweather Jr., even if the richest fight ever wasn't the best.
Using his reach and his jab Saturday night, Mayweather frustrated Manny Pacquiao, piling up enough points to win a unanimous decision in their welterweight title bout. Mayweather remained unbeaten in 48 fights, cementing his legacy as the best of his generation.
After the fight, it was disclosed that Pacquiao injured his right shoulder in training and that Nevada boxing commissioners denied his request to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before the fight.
Pacquiao chased Mayweather around the ring most of the fight. But he was never able to land a sustained volume of punches, as Mayweather worked his defensive wizardry again.
Two ringside judges scored the fight 116-112, while the third had it 118-110. The Associated Press had Mayweather ahead 115-113.
"I take my hat off to Manny Pacquiao. I see now why he is at the pinnacle of boxing," Mayweather said. "I knew he was going to push me, win some rounds. I wasn't being hit with a lot of shots until I sit in a pocket and he landed a lot of shots."
The bout wasn't an artistic triumph for either fighter, with long periods where both men fought cautiously.
Pacquiao threw far fewer punches than he normally does in a fight, with Mayweather actually throwing more.
That was largely because Pacquiao didn't throw his right hand often. Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao injured his shoulder sometime after March 11.
Arum said Pacquiao's camp thought he would be allowed the anti-inflammatory shot because he had gotten them during training and they had been approved by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. But he said paperwork filed with the commission didn't check the injury box, and the Nevada commission ruled against the request for a shot.
"The ruling made tonight affected the outcome of the fight," Arum said.
Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar said Pacquiao's camp wanted shots that included lidocaine, a drug that numbs the affected area. But he said Pacquiao's representatives didn't check the injury box after the weigh-in Friday, and the commission had no way of knowing how serious the injury was or what it could be treated with.
"I have no proof an injury actually exists and I can't make a ruling based on what they're telling me," Aguilar said.
Still, Pacquiao thought he had won the bout, largely on the basis of a few left hands that seemed to shake Mayweather.
"I thought I won the fight. He didn't do nothing except move outside," Pacquiao said. "I got him many times."
There were no knockdowns, and neither fighter seemed terribly hurt at any time. Pacquiao landed probably the biggest punch in the fight in the fourth round — a left hand that sent Mayweather into the ropes — but he wasn't able to consistently land against the elusive champion.
The fight was a chess match, with Mayweather using his jab to keep Pacquiao away most of the fight. Pacquiao tried to force the action, but Mayweather was often out of his reach by the time he found his way inside.
"He's a very awkward fighter, so I had to take my time and watch him close," Mayweather said.
Mayweather fought confidently in the late rounds, winning the last two rounds on all three scorecards. In the final seconds of the fight he raised his right hand in victory and after the bell rang stood on the ropes, pounding his heart with his gloves.
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