Tobe Nwigwe Sings Make It Home: “Allys Stand Up! Here’s How You Can Help”
In 2020, the world became familiar with what has been a common prayer among African Americans for years in America… “Make it Home”. Shout out to the internet for bringing people in the world closer together and shining a light on the racism some may have thought subsided.
America has grown a lot, but we still clearly have a long way to go. We can each apart of this growth. For our non-Black American counterparts, you might often wonder “how can I be an ally?”… We have included just a few key ways that anyone can join with us in this fight for continued change:
- Stand up for Black people the way we fan out about Black culture and music in both private and public conversations.
- Speak up against racism in the workplace and support black colleagues.
- Educate yourself on Black history. Why? Black history is American history. But, it’s also the key part of history that is often left out of American text books as well as in text books in other foreign countries. So, it’s likely you may be missing a lot of information that will give key insight to the Black American experience and how you best understand Black Americans, American itself and how to help bring continued change. It’s Black history month, so there are key opportunities to learn more everywhere! Click here for a list of places you can learn.
- Petitions and political engagement
- Understand that systemic racism goes beyond police brutality
- Remember that Black men and Black people in general are not a monolith. Everyone doesn’t have the same experience. We are all learning from each other every day. Whether we are African American or otherwise, this is good for all of us to remember. Keep this in mind and be gracious & patient with each other.
- Listen to and help amplify Black voices.
Listen to the stories of Black people told by Black people. No one can tell your story better than you right? In that same manner, no one can share the perspectives and feelings of Black people better than Black people. Help amplify their voices. Share posts you see online. Encourage others to watch a documentary, book or podcast you were able to learn from. Listen, learn and share.
- Support Black owned businesses.
These are just a few of many ways to be an ally to Black Americans and Black people everywhere. There are many different ways for allies to get involved in the fight against racial injustice. The most effective thing an ally can do is get involved, stay involved, and continue educating yourself and others on the movement against anti-black racism. The more we pursue intentional change together, the more we will continue to see it in our communities. Let’s continue to change the narrative together!
1K PHEW’s Near Death Experience Inspires New Song & Video “Safe” ft Jai’ Len Josey
Reach Records award-winning artist, 1K Phew, has released his third single and video from his upcoming album, As I Am, to be released Fall 2022. 1K Phew’s refined rawness and genuine directness resonates with people who know God but feel trapped in the streets. His previously released songs, “The Offering,” and “Church House Trap House,” speaks directly to and for them. He latest single, “Safe” ft Jai’ Len Josey, is an introspective thank you letter to God for keeping him safe from a near death experience.
Although he grew up in the church with two praying parents, who loved and encouraged him, 1K Phew still found himself going down a destructive path as a teen. “It wasn’t until I almost got shot one day that I decided to truly surrender my life to God and His plan. Every time I tried to do things my way, it didn’t work out for me. That incident was a turning point for me. It had to be God that day because I was so close to losing my life. I automatically just started thanking God for sparing my life. Coming that close to being killed was the wakeup call I needed. From that day onward, I was different. I committed to a personal relationship with God over being religious. I’m so thankful that God kept me safe.”
Feeling redeemed and renewed, he’s focused on a greater purpose which includes creating music that the holy and the hood can feel and relate to. The song’s lyrics are transparent. “I ain’t tryna be another one on that list, gone too soon. Cause I just gotta make it back to my kids I got a few. Tryna pay my dues, have something to lose. Cause they always heard my neighborhood on the news. And I’m living proof, but I got nothing to prove. And I brought my brothers might as well save them too.”
Recently awarded Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year at the 37th Annual Stellar Awards for his collaborative album with Lecrae, No Church In A While, 1K Phew has also been nominated alongside Lecrae for a 2002 Dove Award in the categories of “Rap/Hip-Hop Album of The Year” (No Church In A While) and Rap/Hip-Hop Song of the Year for “Wildin,” a song on the album.
“I just want to share my life through this music. My message is faith, hope and encouraging people to be their authentic self in Christ. The story I’m telling is how I overcame my obstacles,” shares 1K Phew. “You can’t force anybody to follow your way, but you can keep it 1000, let your light shine and watch them come to you.”
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
WHAT INSPIRED THIS VIDEO?
The fun and energetic music video for the first single, “The Offering,” (song produced by Phenom) and video directed by Derrell Lamar, recreated one of the church robbery scenes from Screen Gems/Cube Vision comedy, “First Sunday” (2008), written, produced, and directed by David E. Talbert and starring Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan, Katt Williams, Loretta Devine, Malinda Williams, Regina Hall, Michael Beach, Rickey Smiley, Olivia Cole and more. The next single, “Church House Trap House” ft 1K Pson included real and authentic visuals of where 1K Phew comes from, the East side of Atlanta, GA.
In the Church House Trap House music video ft 1 Pson, directed by Caleb Seales and Jerrell Lamar, 1K visually takes you to the church which was right next to the trap house. “For me growing up, going to church meant seeing drug deals and shoot outs on the way. Sometimes these things would be happening at the same time service was going on. Because of that environment, I was exposed to a lot of “sin” in or around the church. I’m not saying it’s good or bad, but it’s my experience and a lot of others’ as well. I don’t think it’s being talked about in Christian music, so I feel it’s necessary to bring it up.”
Lecrae & 1K Phew Get Militant In New ‘MOVE’ Music Video
Lecrae & 1K Phew dropped their third single and music video for “MOVE” off of their joint project No Church in a While.
This latest song is a fan favorite track from the album! The music video was filmed in Atlanta, GA and was directed by Jerrell Green & Caleb Seales. The video features strong 90s nostalgia as 1K Phew and Lecrae recreate the drill sergeant scene inspired by the 1995 film, Major Payne, starring Damon Wayans and Karyn Parsons. In their interpretation of the scene, 1K Phew gets militant as he whips the Unashamed Army into shape while Lecrae puts them through the drills! Both artists bring high energy while a hint of humor is felt throughout the entire video as 1KPhew leans into his role as the drill sergeant.
Check out the video for “MOVE” and scroll down to view the full stream of Lecrae and 1K Phew’s No Church In A While.
Lecrae teamed up with 1K Phew for the joint effort No Church In A While IN December. The project contains 10 songs and a couple of features including WHATUPRG and Hulvey. This new album is high energy with a fresh cutting edge sound that rivals much of what is heard in traditional mainstream. We didn’t expect anything less from this duo.
Like much of the music each of these artists have released, there’s no doubt that this project is going to travel far across multiple genre circles. Be sure to support by purchasing this project wherever music is sold! Scroll down to stream the full album!
LISTEN TO THE FULL ALBUM HERE:
Tamala Mann album “Overcomer” Release Date Annouced/New Music Video “Help Me”
Grammy and Billboard award winning Gospel artist Tamala Mann is set to release her new album this summer on August 6th.
This 12 track inspirational project includes collaborations with artist such as Todd Dulaney, The Fellas, Wyclef Jean, and Kirk Franklin. Two singles have already been released from the album, “Touch From You” and “Help Me.”
Her latest music video release for her single “Help Me” includes appearances from Christian author and actress Priscilla Shierer and Gospel group The Fellas (who is featured on the song).
Overcomer will be available on all streaming platforms upon release and is now available for pre order.
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