Why we need def jam poetry and chance the rapper to host it.

It’s about 4am and like many, the first thing I reach for is my phone, to check the time and take a quick scroll through Facebook. Besides the random late night posts of my friends and family being restless, I see a post from fader that wakes me up a little. The article describes how Russell Simmons wants chance the rapper to host the reboot of Def jam poetry. While it’s still wishful thinking, here’s why I think chance would be the perfect host.
(In case you haven’t heard of it) Def poetry (2002-2007) was a platform that showcased some of our favorite artists raw talent​ in spoken word poetry. 

The show was hosted by mos def and the show featured many artists from Alicia keys to Kanye West.

Why is it so important to bring this back, and why should chance be the host?

Chance the rapper is one of the most known rappers out right now, and for the right reasons.  

It’s safe​ to say that chance the rapper has taking 2017 by far, from not only being nominated for his mixtape the coloring book and winning 3 Grammys and (actually donating one to a museum.) Chance has also donated over 1 million dollars of his own money to the schools system back in his home town. Not to mention all of his hard work in the community earned him B.E.T’s 2017 humanitarian award.  

He’s the voice of today’s youth.

In many was chance has changed the game for not only the music industry, but the society as we see it. Chance has been an 
independent rapper for awhile and he has taking pride into continuing to do so. Chance proves that with hard work, you can make your own way,build a platform, and use it to inspire others. 

Reaching a new audience.

In the start of def jam poetry, I wasn’t aware it existed. In the early 2000’s I wasn’t much into poetry. Instead I was outside being reckless as a kid. However in growing up finding a love for reading and writing . Poetry  has always given me a feeling of liberation and To me spoken word is so raw and personal​. To see people get up and perform reminds me that it’s ok to speak from your mind and your heart. 

I found out about def jam poetry through a documentary on PBS called “lemon” about a former spoken word poet named lemon Andersen. The doc. Told the story of how he found the love for writing poetry and the highs and lows of his career. After watching this, I searched videos of the poet and discovered that there were some famailar faces too. The first two poems I remember seeing was Erykah badu and Alicia keys. 

I already loved them as artist but to see them perform their poetry expressing the struggle of holding stuff in as Alicia keys did in her poem p.o.w ( power of words)Or the not so glamorous side of Fortune and fame with erykah badu’s poem.

In the times of many new artist like chance that are showing that it’s ok to be different and that being in a league all on your own is cool and good enough I would love to see this reboot come to life ,with a few of the original def jam poetry all stars as well as a few new faces. Check out my roster of the people I would love to see on the new show and some links below.

Thank you for taking the time to read this ❤️☮️✌️

My roster:
Chance the rapper, lemon Andersen,Nick cannon, Erykah badu, sza, Keke Palmer, kehlani, Frank ocean, Kendrick Lamar, common, Jill Scott.
(Chance the rapper on little desk) https://youtu.be/-kWbZvVU-e0
 Erykah badu on Def jam https://youtu.be/24XgooAIhVo
Alicia keys on Def jam

(The fader article)

http://www.thefader.com/2017/07/14/russell-simmons-chance-the-rapper-def-poetry-jam

A step forward.

A step forward.

Hi. My name is 1allove4 . A few mins before I wrote this, I received a notification from word press stating they I have been on here for a year! A year?! Already?! Wow. 

There’s always that sense of accomplishment whenever we earn a reward. (Especially if it’s from that one game on that level that made you question your sanity and anger management skills..) however ,I am proud that I haven’t deleted my account, but I have only two blogs up and I only have (had) one follower(she isn’t active anymore. . I know what you’re thinking. She didn’t deactivate her account because I wasn’t a good writer.. I don’t .. Think..)

 I want the next badge I get to feel more earned. 

I want to take a step forward and be the writer that I know I can be. This time I’m committed. I’m brushing past my doubts and anxiety about this whole writing thing. Today (this morning) I vow to get out of my own way and see where this journey takes me. Will you come along for the ride?

“votes are in”

By the time you read this you’ll probably will know who’s president. I really don’t know how to feel about the final results. To the reader this isn’t a hate blog. It’s really me trying vent. 

I’ve seen mixed reviews on Social media some voting for trump, some voting for Hillary, and of course some taking the stand to not choose any of them. Some feel as if the “system” is rigged and it doesn’t matter because the government has already chosen who’s president. Of course most of us were young when the prior election(s) took place or maybe we weren’t as aware of what was going on. Some how things felt safer..

 Things have never been perfect in America, but somehow these past few months have highlighted that. From the lives lost due to hatred and miss understanding to people coming out the woodwork to display how ignorant people can be.

 Honestly, this election while it may have been the most nastiest turn out as far as the debates are concerned, it opened my eyes even more to how hateful and unaware people can be. If i can take anything positive away from it, it has showed me to do more research. Do your research on what’s happening around you. Not just on who’s running, for president but for the people who have a say in how your communities are run. It’s unsettling to know that someone who is our president isn’t for everyone.

I know however this isn’t the end . What some fail to realize is that this isn’t a oe man show, Donald trump (spoiler alert) is president , but he still has to answer to someone. The president isn’t the one with the last say. He’s the messenger /scape goat. While he has alot of responsibility, he doesn’t have the last say so, if that was the case we wouldn’t have all of those branches, parties,etc. I know that I have alot of research to do myself on what’s happening in my community. Somehow I don’t feel all is lost in trump being president… Never thought I say that.. 

Taking chances

Today is the first day of training for my new job. Actually, my first job ever.. Like ever.. technically this is the first job that I’m getting paid for. Today in training i hope that all of my skills will show in training. I understand training is about learning but.. who doesn’t want to impress on the first day on the job?  

The point of this article(as seen from the title) is about taking chances. I took a chance to fill out an application to be considered for a job. Some will consider this to simply be another task in the world that we live in. However for me this is really huge! I’ve dealt with anxiety for awhile now. For anyone who has it, you can understand that anxiety can happen at anytime. Any place..

 the thought of thinking about anxiety can give you anxiety. I used to be afraid to apply for jobs honestly. I was afraid I wouldn’t know what to do if something bad happened.”what if the place got robbed”, if several customers approached  me at one time and I just froze.” Things like this kept me from applying. (The scenarios are a little bit extreme.. but you get the point.

 That is still the very reason I prefer to never become a cashier if I can help it.) Other jobs I simply would just come to the conclusion I wasn’t good enough. I remember starting college and having to catch two buses to get there. I’ve ridden the bus several times with my mom , it used to be a thing I enjoyed so much as a kid, however I had even gotten to the point I was afraid to ride the bus alone.

 I was scared I wouldn’t get off on the right stop, or I would forget to bring my money, lose my bus pass,etc. The scenarios played out in my mind constantly as I waited for the bus .Trying to comfort myself, I recited the directions my mom had given me and I recounted the bus fare I needed after safely putting the amount back in my pocket, only to repeat the same action two seconds later. As the bus got closer, the more my palms began to sweat. I had even gotten to the point of leaving the bus stop and just going home. I was determined, determined to make a change in my life by going to college and I did. 

So far i have attended college for about a year. I still have anxiety at times while riding the bus, but the thing that keeps me going, is knowing that if I would’ve never rode the bus , I would’ve never gone to school, I would’ve never met the friends that i have. I never would’ve made the grades that I did.(some I could’ve went with out..)But overall I never would’ve saw my true potential. 

This semester I couldn’t attend school, which caused me to feel so Many negative thoughts and feelings. I refuse to let the time I am waiting to attend school next semester to go to waste. I’ve created a few small goals that I’ve plan to reach, one of them was to find a job. Despite my fear of being hired, I applied , I received an interview and now I’m in training. 

Another is to write. I’ve been writing for as long as i can remember. My goal is to share some of my work. And I have through sites like wattpad , Instagram, Twitter and of course WordPress 😉 I love writing more than anything, I was always afraid that I wouldn’t have good enough material to for people to be interested in or I always felt as if no one would care about it. However, I’ve started posting and I’m surprised at the feedback and the likes.  

Today is my attempt at conquering a new challenge :writing a blog. I’m not sure how many times I’ve downloaded this very app to turn around and delete only to re download. If something stays on your mind long enough then maybe you should just go for it, and well.. here I am, Taking a chance. As in the words of pitbull, I’m gonna let it ride. And see how far this blogging thing takes me . If you took the time to read this far thank you💖