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#Exclusive Q&A w/ poet #Usolosopher about #Social #Issues, #Polynesian #Heritage, and what he plans on accomplishing through #Poetry + #TeenaMarie's #Legacy Lingers in #Pasadena's San Rafael #Neighborhood + Why #BungalowHeaven is Pasadena's Most Significant Neighborhood + #JheneAiko + The Gold Carpet + Dulan's #SoulFood + #Braids by LuvlyAngel + 5 #Inspirational #Sports #Movies…See More
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Designer Michael Ford highlights Hip Hop & Architecture

An instructor in architectural technology at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisc., Ford brought his message here last week at the invitation of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

He lectured at Rustbelt Reclamation, which makes furniture from recycled wood, and spent part of Friday urging students at John Hay High School's program in architecture and design to stick it out and become professionals.

"The students that I'm talking to are the people and the bodies and minds we need," Ford said. "They are needed, not just wanted."
An unbuilt, conceptual design of low income housing by Michael Ford.

Through his writing, teaching and national speaking, Ford aims to dissolve barriers that have discouraged black children from becoming architects, city planners and urban designers.

He has a book coming out soon on the need for diversity in the design professions, and the damage caused by modernist slab towers forced on minority neighborhoods after World War II that fostered crime and social isolation through design.
Ford thinks that Hip Hop culture, from rapping to break dancing, is
the ultimate critique of mid-century modern vertical slums, and one that could be translated positively into new buildings and city plans.
Michael Ford created a limited edition modern furniture line, "Remixed," based on Detroit clothing designer Al Wissam's high stitch count leather designs.Courtesy Michael Ford

"Hip Hop is the voice of the voiceless," he said. "It gives a story to people not commonly listened to, including people such as myself."

While African-Americans such as Cleveland's Robert P. Madison have surmounted racial barriers to become an architect, the profession remains generally off limits to blacks, decades after the Civil Rights era.

Pasadena rapper Nicky BeacHouses talks New Music, Hardships, and Lyrical Composition

Pasadena rapper Nicky BeacHouses talks New Music, Hardships, and Lyrical Composition

Mistah Wilson: Yo, BeachHouses! You already know! It's an honor to have you

here for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. What's tha latest & greatest?
Nicky BeacHouses: It's an honor to be interviewed. All glory to God. I appreciate the opportunity to grace your platform. What's the latest and greatest you ask? Look out for that Black Ray Liotta, soon and very soon. It's already done.

Mistah Wilson: Real quick, let's talk life growing up in Pasadena. What was it like for you?
Nicky BeacHouses: To be real, I’m from everywhere man. I was actually born in Duarte, Ca, and spent a majority of my upbringing in Pasadena with a lot of stops in between. But, Pasadena is home for me. That's where I honed my craft and met all of my greatest influences and best friends. I never really understood how blessed I was to be living in such an affluent area with access to so many resources and diverse and dynamic people until I wasn’t living there anymore . lol

Mistah Wilson: I have to say that you were among tha very first Pasadena artists who jumped on ThaWilsonBlock movement back when we had the social network up. How has everything been since?
Nicky BeacHouses: Ups and downs man. Since then I’ve been married, divorced, had a son, moved to Vegas and some more. lol and Bing i don’t know if you know, but we had some complications during the birth of my first child. he was somehow disconnected from his mothers umbilical cord in the midst of his delivery, unbeknownst to the doctors. So he went about 45 minutes without breathing. As you would imagine this caused several complications, especially to a newborn. he was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy among a host of other

things. Its a blessing that he is here at all, and i am thankful to have him. He’s been a source of strength and motivation for me. He is completely dependent on his mother and I, and that has taught me a lot about patience and consideration.

Mistah Wilson: What led you to become a rapper and when did you start?
Nicky BeacHouses: Man, I'm singer truth be told. and my knack for poetry made rapping kinda like second nature to me. Also being raised in church allowed me to digest and understand music in a certain way. By the time I got to biggie I was done for. lol

Mistah Wilson: Name some DENA artists that you've worked with and would like to work with...
Nicky BeacHouses: I’ve worked with a lot of dena artists man, and I’m thankful. rESidue Riggins, King LaPlaya, Relly 2euce, WE55, Kawshus, Yancy Deron, Phat Rat, Paco, just to name a few, cuz the list is actually kinda obnoxious lol . I'm also in groups with CoNS my brother (Better Music) as u know, and well as JKizzle626 (Animated Minds, Beasthood), both of whom i regard in my personal upper echelon of MCs period. but my bucket-list list would include you my friend, Bing Bing, first and foremost, Orbit aka the Grinch, and my homie JoJo from school. maybe the kid Bullet. He kinda nice too.

Mistah Wilson: Since becoming a fan of Hip Hop way back when, would you say it has gotten better or worse? Why? 

Nicky BeacHouses: It's gotten better, as everything tends to. The good shit is just a little harder to find because of the over saturation of people trying to rap period. A lot more people rapping = a lot more trash people to weed thru. But I appreciate the new dudes as long as they saying something. Kendrick is probably the best to ever do it. So I can’t knock the direction it's going in. But it's always going to be an audience for ignorant shit cause that's just a reflection of our society these days. Sad but true. However, none of that shit I condone.

Mistah Wilson: You have a way with words! What are some techniques you use to come up with catch phrases and punch lines?
Nicky BeacHouses: I look for ironic shit, and I’m kind a name dropper, so I tend to look for names that stand out to me and/or are hard to rhyme with. I also work a lot with entendres and I don’t know if that's just programmed into me or not. But studying punchlines helps equips you to make them.

Mistah Wilson: Would you say you are a better freestyler or songwriter?
Nicky BeacHouses: Songwriter, although the way I record most of my songs is

somewhere in between the two. A lot of times I record my songs unwritten, maybe 4 bars or so at a time. lol a lot of cuts and a pain in the ass for any engineer, but the songs come out a lot stronger and more authentic this way I’ve found. So I guess I’m a hybrid.

Mistah Wilson: Yo, BeachHouses! It's been awesome, bro. Thanks for coming through for this exclusive w/ ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. We look forward to working with you in tha near future. If you have any shout outs, let's hear em...
Nicky BeacHouses: On behalf of the city, I just wanna thank you Bing Bing. You've been a personal inspiration to me, and I look up to you a lot, my brother. This thing you got going is gone fuck around and be all of our way out. Mark my words.

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Stephon Marbury leaves the Chinese Basketball team that made him a Legend

Stephon Marbury and the Chinese Basketball Association team that made him a legend abroad are headed for a temporary separation after the two sides failed to come to terms on his playing future and the former NBA All-Star turned down an offer to coach the team, according to multiple reports.

Marbury would still like to play at least one more season in the CBA, but the Beijing Ducks — the team with which he won three championships in six seasons — is reportedly entering a rebuilding phase and unwilling to use one of its two foreign-born player spots on the 40-year-old, beloved as he is.

50 Historic Landmarks by African-American Architects

Los Angeles was home to arguably the most successful African-
About Paul Revere Williams
American architect of the 20th century: Paul Revere Williams. Born here in 1894, Williams designed thousands of buildings over his five-decade career, from landmarks like the LAX Theme Building, to glamorous homes for the city’s rich and famous, to civic projects and public housing. He was the first African-American to become a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in 1923, and the first to become an AIA Fellow in 1957. In late 2016 (36 years after his death) he was awarded the AIA Gold Medal award, the institute’s highest honor for architectural achievement, becoming, once again, the first African-American to do so.
Williams’ success was extraordinary, given the era he lived in. His work is part of the little-known story of African-American architectural achievement in Los Angeles. But a recently published map, produced by the Los Angeles chapter of the AIA, aims to change that. 

The map, released in October, highlights over 50 projects in Los Angeles with significant contributions by African-American architects, designers, and engineers — from subway stations to libraries, hospitals, college campuses, places of worship, civic centers, housing, a police station, and a museum. Work by Paul R. Williams is of course featured, along with projects by Robert Kennard (Wilshire/Normandie subway station), Gabrielle Bullock (USC Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute), Roland A. Wiley (Union Station Gateway East Portal), Valery Augustin (La Brea Bakery), Norma Sklarek (Leo Baeck Temple), Anne-Marie Armstrong (Comparte Chocolatier), and others...

EVENT: 28th Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour in Pasadena 4/30/17

28th Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour

Sunday April 30th, 2017 @ 10a to 4p 

Bungalow Heaven, Pasadena, California, United States

On Sunday, April 30, visitors can experience the beautiful historic neighborhood of Bungalow Heaven as they stroll through Pasadena’s first Landmark District. Bungalow Heaven is located north of the 210 Freeway, between Lake and Hill avenues. It is bordered on the north by Washington Blvd. and the south by Orange Grove Blvd. During the self-guided tour visitors will be invited to view the interiors of several homes with docent led commentaries. They will also be treated to demonstrations of restoration work, music, and refreshments. Food trucks will be on hand for those who wish to purchase lunch.

More information on the tour or on ordering tickets can be found online at www.bungalowheaven.org or by calling (626) 585-2172. Tickets are $25 per person if purchased in advance or $30 on the day of the tour. In addition the Bungalow Heaven trolley will again offer 45-minute narrated bus tours of Landmark District architecture for $10 per person. Tickets, maps and an informational tour brochure, will be available at McDonald Park at the intersection of Mar Vista Avenue and Mountain Street.

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#Exclusive Q&A w/ poet #Usolosopher about #Social #Issues, #Polynesian #Heritage, and what he plans on accomplishing through #Poetry + #TeenaMarie's #Legacy Lingers in #Pasadena's San Rafael #Neighborhood + Why #BungalowHeaven is Pasadena's Most Significant Neighborhood + #JheneAiko + The Gold Carpet + Dulan's…


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