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Can I brag on my lord?”- Trip Lee, “it don’t matter if I am young“- Andy Mineo “I’m in love with a Higher Love“- Sho Baraka, “Ya I pray but faith is dead if I don’t get up and go work my legs“- Lecrae ” Yolo can only live once but you can die twice“- KB. “Life in Christ got me finished like a crossed a line”- Tedashii. “And I ain’t fronting, I’m just telling ya’ll what God say” – Derek Minor. Those were lyrics from songs by Christian’s rappers spreading the word of God through rap music. They are separate rappers but are in the same group called the116 Clique. The 116 Clique is named after the Bible verse Romans 1:16. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.” For them it means acknowledging the power of the Gospel and the divine calling to proclaim it in every area of their life. “We can lay our lives down to serve and glorify God in everything we do.”- Lecrae. So they use Hip-Hop beats and place Gods word in it. It all started in 2004 when Lecrae dropped his first cd “Real Talk”. Instead of talking about things that they never did, they are preaching the gospels of Jesus Christ… “I’m riding round and I’m getting’ it; they riding round pretendin’”- Lecrae 116 Clique is just like any Christian Rap group their mission is to show that is it cool to be a Christian and showing them to be unashamed. All through their music they have tons bible verses in them. For example in Trip Lee’s fourth studio album “the Good Life” in his song for my Good he quotes Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” To encourage people that no matter what we go through God will use it to better us.  From kids to adults all over the world play their music glorifying the father by rapping their lyrics. Talking about “Look all I need is One sixteen to brag on my king Romans 1:16, we brag about him daily because he runs this thing.”- Trip Lee another quote from his album The Good Life.  Reason why I’m writing this is not to praise them, but to show how God will use anyone to get his word across. He knew since young people loved Hip-Hop and they couldn’t relate to people like Fred Hammond and etc., God blesses these gentlemen a gift to use to promote the kingdom of God. And personally I would have to say that listening to their music is truly a blessing because even the songs sounds like rap music I’m still singing/rapping praises to God. I saw a show with KB, Trip Lee and Sho Baraka performing in a show in Sacramento, CA last year and it feel great praising God in a different way but also seeing youth on fire for God was also mind blowing. During the concert Trip Lee even gave a mini sermon, I forgot what exactly what he was talking about, but again seeing youth listening to his message was powerful. Then he said “I’m snitch” which to repent to God. He had the whole crowd screaming “I’m snitch”. After that show I had to get their album and ever since I have been bumping 116. I just want to thank God for music like this for young people like myself to play and still glorify the Father. One day I was at work and I see a kid who seemed about 10 years wearing a rehab logo from Lecrae on his t-shirt. This group of unashamed Christians is doing great things for God, it’s good to hear music where they don’t talk about the same thing over “Women, drugs, money and cars” but they talk about how God has changed their lives forever. “My dreams are different; you know that I’ve been changed now the good life is the life that’s been laid down.” – Trip Lee. “I bought clothes to get undressed, but God revealed my nakedness” – Andy Mineo, “You adopted me, you keep rocking me I’mma tell the world, and ain’t nobody stopping me!”- Lecrae. So if you could please check out their music if you have not already, I promise you it will truly bless your life. How do I know it will bless you, because its blessing mines it’s not one day where I don’t play their music. God bless and I just want to personally thank Lecrae, Trip Lee, KB, Andy Mineo, Tedashii, Sho Baraka, and Derek Minor for breaking the barriers in Hip-Hop who would have known that you could rap and still glorify the father who’s in heaven. So thank you so much and I pray that God blesses you gentlemen for your mighty work in the kingdom of God.

Wayne Saindon

City College of San Francisco

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Posted: January 14, 2013 in Inspiration, Politics, Uncategorized

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Dear Reader,

First off I just want to personally thank you for taking time out of your day to read my blogs/articles whenever I would post them, and also forgive me for not posting more frequently like I should be, but I will do my best to write one each month and start to gradually write more often. Please just continue to work with me. The reason why I don’t write so often is because sometimes I don’t know what to write about. All I know is I want to write something for everyone to read. I want my articles to be 100 percent ready before I post them. But before I continue to write any more I thought it was time I introduce my self. Let me start off by saying my name is Wayne I am undecided major between philosophy or communications with a journalism option, but I am leaning more on philosophy because of two great philosophers named Dr. Cornel West and, Socrates.  I currently attend CCSF (City College of San Francisco). My objective for this blog site is to use it as footsteps in becoming an author of many books on various topics like philosophy, religion, sports, politics, and many other subjects that people may be interested in. I started to write blogs/articles in my freshmen year in college I wrote an essay that turned into an article and my boss at the time told me that I should look into journalism which encouraged me to write blogs/articles. Also in this article, I just want to say that no matter what you want to do in life, don’t let any one stop you. I know that is some what random but I feel today in time no one helps anyone any more, it’s a dog eat dog world out here, every man for themselves, but I challenge people to try be helpful to those to around you, because you might never know when you will need someone to help you.  Sorry for that random though, but I just felt right to say it. As of right now I’m doing some research on the 13th Amendment in the United States Constitution, and why did Abraham Lincoln free the slaves, and why do call Hindu’s devil worshippers? And another topics that comes to mind. Once I get enough information on one of them I will post it up. Thank you so much for everything. Without you guys this blog site could not exist, if you have any ideas or a topic you would like to write about please either post on the Facebook page here is the link (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wayne-Saindon-Project/137385982952806) or just email me at wpsaindon@gmail.com. Please email any topics you would like for me to write about again, I will do my best to check it daily, thank you so much for everything and for you support.

Sincerely,

Wayne P. Saindon.

                                  

            ImageIn the past national election campaign for presidency, race played a huge factor in the elections. Considering that up until 2008 we never had an African American president, we ended up declaring Barack Obama as our first African American president. This was a memorable event that occurred in American history that everyone will remember. However, race has played a huge part in the elections as both negative and positive to his image, which Senator Barack Obama addressed it in his campaign speech.

For example, Senator Obama stated “I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together-unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different, but we hold common hopes…”  Senator Barack Obama decided to run for president because he wanted his fellow brothers and sisters to be helped in every situation possible. He had hope for the nation and wanted to show how much African Americans have come along since the time we were here for slavery.

 However, running for presidency also took its toll when it comes from other races and also from the fellow brothers and sister. An example of this was that “At various stages in the campaign, some commentators have deemed me either “too black” or “not black enough” People of other nationalities labeled Senator Obama as “too black,” which could have the meaning that he was not going to take the job as president seriously to help the people of America. Yet, all he wanted to do was to restore equality between everyone. Because of this he ended up being labeled as “not black enough” by the fellow African American people. This could be taken as if he had forgotten where he came from and what his roots are of being part of a nationality that was once enslaved.

Even though he was running for presidency, this did not mean he forgot who he really was.  Senator Obama stated, “I’ve gone to the best schools in America and lived in one of the worlds poorest nations. I am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slave-owners-an inheritance we pass on to our tow precious daughters” Even though Senator Barack Obama went to the best schools and obtained better education, he did not forget where he came from and what his ancestral history was. He did not forget that African Americans have been through so much that to this day, there is still racism between people of all color. This is the reason why he ran for presidency, to make a change and to make a better future.

Race is a factor in the election because it will become a huge change in American history. “We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she’s playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock on John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies. We can do that. But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we’ll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. Another then another one. And nothing will change”. As we can see, race is something that should not be an issue when it comes to presidency. There are many people that I know who vote for Obama because he was African American. But the fact that he is African American should not be the only reason to vote for him. Instead the main thing we, as the people, should be looking at is if the person we elect as president can actually commit and do the things they promised. Presidency should not be a popularity contest or a race on who is the better nationality, it should be about electing someone who will get the job done and run our nation the best they can.

Obama 2012

Posted: August 22, 2012 in Uncategorized
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This is a friendly reminder why we voted for President Obama and Vice President Joe Bidden back in 2008. Please remember change doesn’t come over night. It takes years and more years. So please think about who you are voting for this November 2012. President Barack is a true “Friend of the People”. Is Mitt Romney?

Is the death penalty really helping out with the crime rate, or is it just way to kill people for a crime that they where committed of doing? The death penalty is a capital punishment that countries use as a punishment through the judicial system. Some believe that the death penalty is just another way to kill some but the good way. But really, is the death penalty a right way to treat some one or to sentence a person who either killed some one. Death penalty is a hypocritical way for the government to kill a person, for a severe capital punishment, but instead of this they should just be put in jail for the rest of their life.
The history of the death penalty been around since the eighteen B.C. there is a lot of ways people execute criminals some would be-headed electric chair, or lethal injection. In some states of the United States of America they take the death penalty very serious. For example the state of Texas, when you committed of a crime like first degree murder they get sentenced to death row, or the death penalty, and you do not stay on death row for longer than a month or so. They fill you should be pay for you did, and that all good but should they just get in life in jail instead of death row. Death Penalty is just an extreme way of punishment that the government uses.
No man or woman desires to be killed by anyone; it’s just not right in any way of thought. It is understandable to say that this man killed a incent family for no reason, so we just kill him for killing a family. How is that stopping crime in the world, its not you’re doing the same thing that the criminal did. Also while they are in jail talk to them and ask them why did they commit this horrible crime for? What was their motto or being for this horrible crime? The worst way to punish some one is to throw that person in jail and sentence him or her to life jail with no parole or possibility of getting out.
Some would say that the death penalty is a great way to punish some one; they believe it is like karma. What goes around comes around, which could be true but to take some ones life for a crime is just another crime that has been committed. What gives the government the right to kill a man or woman for killing a person for what ever reason? Now I am not saying it’s not wrong for anyone to kill but its bad enough when a person does a murder crime. Murder it self is a very horrible crime and for the government to think it is cool for to kill all the people that killed some one is just plan wrong.
Who are we to judge and to say when a person should should stay alive or die, we are not God, that is his choice when we are to die or not. A lot people believe that state and reglion should apart form each other, but the government should pick our reglion which is true but why should they say this person should die because of the crime they did or committed. We should take away the death penalty and should put them in jail for life and let sit their and think about what they did wrong.


Last week I interviewed Stkee, one of the members of The Associates. The Associates are an upcoming group that started off two fraternity brothers who both have a strong passion for music. They started with a rush song called “Pledge for AKO” for the Alpha Kappa Omega Fraternity. From there, they had worked on their debut album, “Get Associated” , which was released last year in December 2010. The album could be purchased on iTunes, Amazon and locally at Amoeba in San Francisco and Berkeley,CA.

Lets Talk Sports: How did “The Associates” come together?

Stkee: Max and I are members of Alpha Kappa Omega Fraternity, Inc. Found out he (Max) wrote poems and freestyled, and I write raps and produced music, so we started recording back in, like, 2005, just for fun, and actually, one of the big factors was that I wanted to do a talent show and at the time, the artist that I was dealing with didn’t want to do it, so me and Max did it, got 3rd place, only rap group participating, and got a lot of love for the music we did. After that, we continued recording, doing a couple songs for rush (trying to get in a Fraternity), and then decided we needed a name for group.

Lets Talk Sports: Who came up with “The Associates”?

Stkee: We both were brainstorming, but I really don’t remember who so it was a group thing.

Lets Talk Sports: What the first y’all song recorded together?

Sktee: Yeah, “Pledge for A K O”. (laughs) It was over the Paul Wall beat “Still Tippin”.

Lets Talk Sports: How was it for the very first time recording?

Stkee: It was [cool]. I had a lot of experience before that.

Lets Talk Sports: What about Max?

Stkee: I can’t remember. You’d have to ask him. I think that AKO song was the first song he recorded.

Lets Talk Sports: How was working on the first album?

Stkee: Pretty rigorous, and you want to take the resources you currently have and put it together. It’s really tough. It’s not like we got a Kanye West budget, or even a street team or anything like that to build up the hype. All we had was the resources that we had, so we couldn’t slack on what we can control, which was making some good music, and good music doesn’t always come right away, and there’s no formula that you can follow all the time, so there was a lot of work put into the album
A lot of details added, lyrically and musically, then the whole package and our branding so people would know who we are but at the same time we couldn’t just water down our image.

Lets Talk Sports: Was it worth it?

Stkee: Yeah, knowing that we got something people are feeling. It’s just a matter of time before everyone else starts catching on. When we threw the listening party, everyone was really vibing to the music, and anyone who actually sat down and processed the music, they had nothing bad to say about the album. In fact, I’ve been hearing a lot of “Yeah, I listened to the album all the way through.” You don’t get that kind of product nowadays. Everyone just wants a hit single. We gave 14 hit singles that was coherent and told a story, so I’m hoping when folks who aren’t familiar with us yet listen to the album, they’ll be able to see the vision, too. I produced it so it’s like a movie. You got the intro, the story, and then the ending. When you listened to the last song of the album, how did you feel?

Lets Talk Sports: I love it! Real Hip-Hop, something we have not heard in a while.

Stkee Yeah, that’s what we wanted to hear.

Lets Talk Sports: Thank you for your time.

Stkee: No problem.<

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Posted: December 29, 2010 in Sports Blogs, Uncategorized
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