May 2011


It’s that time of the year again! Greedmont Park is back with another issue. The SUMMER Issue to be exact. If you have connected with the people over at Greedmont Park, you already know what to expect… somewhat! HAAAA! If you are not familiar, now is the time to get familiar! Head over there and get your fix. For those of you that may be in ATL or NYC, you can actually get a physical copy! Did you hear that? PHYSICAL COPY!!!!! FANGSTA! FANGGGGGGG!

GREEDMONT PARK

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This is a new section I’m starting called “Old Sayings that Still Relate”. Some things in this society rarely change and if so… not for everybody. Ever since I started to discover music on my own in the mid 90’s, I’ve have come upon plenty older music from groups that no longer exist as such that expressed my feelings of today. Most of them from the 60’s and 70’s before I was physically birthed yet I still connected  because of the subjects talked about. With out knowing, a person may feel that the concepts are new in which they are not. I’ve found myself playing these songs instead of what’s current from time to time because I relate to the expression more.

So basically, I’ll post songs of old or current that a person the age of 68 can relate to as well as a person the age of 20. Not so much about Love because that is a given. More about growth, government, human interaction. Hope you enjoy. It just popped in my head today. HAAAAAA!

First up: Billy Paul – Let the Dollar Circulate

“Everybody want it but don’t wanna give it up! Scared Money don’t make non! HAAAAAA!”

Damn near 40 years later Dilla and Spacek thought the same!

Just a little something I found this morning while searching the net. This was an article posted last year on this blog called “Stuff White People Do…”! This is a DOPE blog. Putting me up on some ish! FANGGGGGGGGGG! PEEP!!

“Stuff White People Do… “

forget the Black origins of Memorial Day!

Today is “Memorial Day,” the day on which (some) people in the United States remember and honor their war dead. What few white Americans realize is a bit of whitewashed history — the first such celebration was initiated and carried out by black people.

Thousands of freed slaves gathered to honor fallen soldiers for the first time at the end of the U.S. Civil War, in 1865. Several American towns have since claimed to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, but they each trace their claims back to a later date, 1866.

Historian David Blight tells the story:

After a long siege, a prolonged bombardment for months from all around the harbor, and numerous fires, the beautiful port city of Charleston, South Carolina, where the war had begun in April, 1861, lay in ruin by the spring of 1865. The city was largely abandoned by white residents by late February. Among the first troops to enter and march up Meeting Street singing liberation songs was the Twenty First U. S. Colored Infantry; their commander accepted the formal surrender of the city.

Thousands of black Charlestonians, most former slaves, remained in the city and conducted a series of commemorations to declare their sense of the meaning of the war. The largest of these events, and unknown until some extraordinary luck in my recent research, took place on May 1, 1865. During the final year of the war, the Confederates had converted the planters’ horse track, the Washington Race Course and Jockey Club, into an outdoor prison. Union soldiers were kept in horrible conditions in the interior of the track; at least 257 died of exposure and disease and were hastily buried in a mass grave behind the grandstand. Some twenty-eight black workmen went to the site, re-buried the Union dead properly, and built a high fence around the cemetery. They whitewashed the fence and built an archway over an entrance on which they inscribed the words, “Martyrs of the Race Course.”

Then, black Charlestonians in cooperation with white missionaries and teachers, staged an unforgettable [sic] parade of 10,000 people on the slaveholders’ race course. The symbolic power of the low-country planter aristocracy’s horse track (where they had displayed their wealth, leisure, and influence) was not lost on the freedpeople. A New York Tribunecorrespondent witnessed the event, describing “a procession of friends and mourners as South Carolina and the United States never saw before.”

At 9 am on May 1, the procession stepped off led by three thousand black schoolchildren carrying arm loads of roses and singing “John Brown’s Body.” The children were followed by several hundred black women with baskets of flowers, wreaths and crosses. Then came black men marching in cadence, followed by contingents of Union infantry and other black and white citizens. As many as possible gathered in the cemetery enclosure; a childrens’ choir sang “We’ll Rally around the Flag,” the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and several spirituals before several black ministers read from scripture. . . .

– You can read the rest of the article HERE

– As well as the original Article by David Blight HERE

I know, I know, we usually do “Friday Night Videos” but we haven’t done it for so long we’re making an exception. Enjoy your Sunday peoples. Get some sun and grand energy circulating. Some of these may not be actual videos but you can enjoy the music all the same. Take it in and breath it out! FANGGGGGGGG!

– One of my favorite joints right there –

– Was just put on to D’ Nell last night, FANGSTA –

– My peoples right here. Plus… I did their album cover! HAAAA! –

– Classic –

– BANGIN’ –

Well It’s been a loooooooooooong time but we still here! FANGGG, FANGGGGGGGGGGG! It’s “Soulful Sunday’s people and we are celebrating live! Tonight is the 6th Anniversary of “Spread Love” and Binkis’s own “Atl’s Latin Soul Brother” Dj Mafioso is spinning along with Dj Kemit (of course), Dj Ausar and Dj Salah Ananse.

Just so you have a little more info about “Spread Love”… PEEP!

Experience Spread Love

Back in 2006, the first official SPREAD LOVE was a birthday celebration for DJ KEMIT!!! It felt like the entire city squeezed into The Royal that night!!

So the following year SPREAD LOVE moved to SUGARHILL and we still didn’t have enough space to hold the crowd, the beautiful energy and incredible mix of music – everything from Soul Classics, to Latin Funk, to Afrobeat and Soulful House! When SPREAD LOVE became a monthly event, we made our way to East Atlanta and held it down at CENCI.

Since then we’ve grown at 595 North for several years, and you’ve been there with us every step of the way! As we look ahead to another season of great events, we hope you’ll continue to show your LOVE for GREAT SOULFUL MUSIC from all over the globe!

Go where the music takes you!

Spread Love, ya’ll!!


Caribbean Mango Chicken Burgers
By: Snappy Gourmet

1 pound lean (99% fat free) ground chicken
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 cup fresh mango, finely chopped
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh jalapeno, (seeds & stems removed) minced
1 1/2 teaspoons Caribbean (or Caribbean Jerk) seasoning
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon fresh lime zest
4 rolls
Toppings (optional): Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, mango, onion slices, yogurt/mayo

1. Place chicken in a large mixing bowl. In a separate small bowl, mix together yogurt, mango, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno, Caribbean seasoning, garlic, and lime zest until well combined. Gently stir yogurt mixture into chicken being careful not to overmix and compact meat. Form into 4 patties.
2. Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray (or use a little oil to coat bottom of pan) over medium-high heat. Place patties in pan and cook about 3-5 minutes per side or until cooked through.
3. Place chicken patties in rolls and top with desired toppings.

Makes 4

SNAPPY TIPS: The chicken mixture can be a little moist and hard to form into patties. If you have that problem, you can divide the mixture into 4 balls then place the balls on the heated pan and use your fingers to flatten it. Don’t mess with the patties too much once they’re cooking because they will break apart the more you mess with them. Make a big batch of these burgers, wrap them individually, and freeze them for future meals. You can make a quick spread for these burgers by combining some yogurt or mayo with mango, lime juice, and cilantro in a food processor and blend until smooth.

SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: You can substitute any kind of ground meat for the chicken. A lean beef or turkey would also work well.

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