Ice Cube & Common Bring ‘Barbershop’ Talk from Same Ol’ to New Day Solutions – #HometownChat


Trivia: Who was Major League Baseball’s first ever rookie of the year? (Answer below)

The Bad Boy Records family is back on the block. That’s what Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs wants folks to know with an upcoming tour. Tickets sold out in minutes so they’re adding more shows. On another front, Ice Cube and Common bring some Barbershop talk from same ol’ community to new day solutions.

In a statement, Diddy said “The Bad Boy Family includes some of the biggest names in music and songs that helped define a whole generation of music. Also, we are celebrating one of the greatest of all time – Notorious B.I.G.” So what if Barbershop & Hip-Hop (or old-school & new-school) helped us jell as working class heroes?

Well that might call for a 21st century Juke Joint. Back in the day that was where local peeps did the social thing. They’d hangout and get the scoop on happenings around town. Some of that is seen today on social media. But a new ‘joint’ would do a community good, just as milk does a body good.

Another throwback that might fuse ‘new day’ solutions into communities is a M.O.D.D. Squad. That name reminds us of a popular TV show back in the ‘70s that featured a diverse ethnic/cultural mix of ‘street players.’ They came together to address some stubborn problems affecting the community.


This new MODD Squad as a ‘mix of defenders and dreamers’ learns from past Civil Rights efforts and those community super-heroes. They made change happen with defenders of the cause and dreamers in the movement. That’s why Dr. King knew who he was speaking to in saying ‘I Have a Dream.’

But if King’s dream of social change and national unity is to filter ‘left and right’ across society, there’s something else we can do to make ‘smart community’ a reality. This requires the kind of hometown solutions that work like smart phones. So people, businesses and communities have more ‘zoom zoom.’

Recently there’s been lots of talk about equal pay for women. The U.S. Women’s soccer team plus others in media and Corporate America have chimed-in. As the old saying goes “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” That’s true for equal pay as well as for communities around the way.

So as the political season heats up for the NY Primary, the candidates try to explain their platform. Some are buzzing about Super PACs, Super Delegates and having flashbacks to the term super-predators. The question people need to ask today is “who’s helping us reach new heights as super citizens?”

Answer: Jackie Robinson


Groove-tracks: Ceelo Green – Working Class Heroes –

Jamal & Hakeem Lyon (Empire)
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Marvin Gaye Once Asked “What’s Goin’ On” But Today We Ask “What the What?” #HometownInspiration


Trivia: Who’s the new record-holder for most music sales in a week? (Answer below)

The NY Daily News wants to make a point. Their cover story on the tragedy in San Bernardino read “God Isn’t Fixing This!” They and many others would like to vent frustration in strong terms. Over forty years ago, Marvin Gaye once asked “What’s Goin’ On” But today people are asking WTW – “What the What?”

There’re some world records that America should not be proud of. And denial is not going to change a thing. True, we lead in areas that make the country attractive to those looking for a better life. But it’s hard to see how more mass shootings than the number of days in a year fit with that ‘better life’ ideal.

America’s history of revolution, civil war, civil rights, stock market crashes and tech bubbles were previews to what’s being experienced now. As the back-stories are told it seems when we were more focused on ratings than on well-being, we became like a tree standing on the outside but dying inside.

Recently, the Syrian crisis became front and center. Some wanted America to offer refugee status. In 24 hours Congress got together to discuss putting a ‘pause’ on the refugee program. Whether the Bill made a difference is still debatable. So, what’s taking them so long to address senseless violence in America?

It’s hard to say there’s a common thread in all these events. Some point to domestic terrorism while others see radicalization attracting those who don’t feel like they fit-in or matter. So it might help to have a counter-radicalization effort to dispel propaganda with a new kind of powerful that’s ‘good enough.’

We increasingly live in a media-intensive world. The combo of social media and news media make it easier for people to project their reality. That reflects the culture of convenience today. So as everyday folks and public figures act shamelessly in rhetoric, they’ll be inciting those wanting to be the next Rambo.

We can safely say whether urban, suburban or rural, “if nothing changes in America, then nothing changes!” With a focus on ratings without well-being, we’ll have more senseless doings as human beings. If the harsh rhetoric doesn’t change, we’ll be telling it like it is without knowing what we’re dealing with.

Answer: Adele

Groove-tracks: All Star Tribute – “What’s Goin’ On” –,

‘Empire’ Cast  – “Powerful” –