Saturday, 16 April 2011

R.I.P. Michelle Forbes-Greaves

My 31-year-old cousin who was eight months pregnant died in a single-car crash Wednesday morning in Bridgehampton when the car she was driving struck a tree, police said.

Michelle Forbes-Greaves of Bridgehampton was driving south on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike at 8 a.m. when she crossed into the northbound lane, sideswiped a tree and then hit a second tree head on, according to Southampton Town police. There were no passengers, police said.

Bridgehampton Fire Department responded and extricated Forbes-Greaves from the vehicle, a 2001 Saturn four-door. Police said they impounded the car for further investigation and a safety check. Forbes-Greaves was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to the Suffolk County medical examiner's office in Hauppauge, according to police.

Police said the crash occurred near the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center and the road remained closed for about three hours. The cause of the accident is yet to be determined, police added.

Not a cousin I have met but still saddened to hear this my heart and thoughts go out to the family may Allah bless you all and give you strength in a tough time.


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Poem: Unknown Number













Unknown Number


Memorized digits swirl around in my head,
Cogitating if I should dial,
Choice's, decisions on what I should do?
With thoughts of you making me smile,

Longing just to hear your voice,
I withhold my number and enter yours,
Gaze at the screen send or end?
Umm??
Take a breath and I pause,

What shall I say?
What topic is fitting,
Should I hang up or call and just listen,
Reached a decision just not the right time,
Maybe all part of a grander design,

Maintain composure from longing to speak,
Spellbound in stigmatic levels at peak,
What I requireth hegira from torture,
Hello!... Here it goes.. I'm ready now..
Sort of!

With no-one around the time is now here,
Press the green button the phone to my ear,
Rampant with fear on how you'll reply,
Fears apprehension I deftly defy,

.... Mmn I can hear something..
That can't be right,
Please check the number again then re try,
Guess Its been too long since we've severed ties,
As now your phone number has not been recognized.

- Fonzo

Monday, 11 April 2011

(Blog) The Liquidation of the Lady



Good Evening groovemiesters!!

“Scarcity of self value cannot be remedied by money, recognition, affection, attention or influence." - Gary Zukav

Today brought to my attention as well as well as over 5000 other people and counting, was a freestyle video ironically titled "Spit Your Game" which boasts a young (under 18) female MC who's 3 minutes are spent in a Lil Kim-esque tirade on her sexual deviance.

Now I stand impartially from a place of no judgments as everyone makes there life choices, and seeing how this has become so topical it brings out an issue I've often thought about which is the liquidation of the lady!

Looking at "OG Niki" what I know is there were some sound bites that got sent around on the blackberry where she braggadociosly told a friend a story of a sexual encounter she had with 6 guys I won't dry snitch names or go into detail but she isn't shy of the facts or acts she took part in. At this point there was no OG Niki but nikesha a young girl that's somebody's daughter, somebody's friend, possibly somebody's sister, somebody's cousin! You get my drift... My initial reaction to hearing that was "I really need to complete this book I'm writing about intimacy, love & REALationships *cheap plug* lol

But on a serious note I was shocked that such a young girl would be so vocal about her 6 man sex romp, but living in a time where it has become fashionable to! Can we blame her?? Just looking at a few things, in times where relationships are abysmal, where casual sex is a phenomenon is it just not part of the times?.. At around 12:00 the other day I was at my play centre and listening to the radio which u used to associate with playing clean music, Rihanna's S&M came on me having never heard this record before was shocked at what I was hearing so early in the day lyrics like "sex in the air, I love the smell of it" firstly working with impressionable 5-13 year olds I had to turn it off!! It was plain to see the raunchy levels have definitely been turned up from "rude boy can you get it up" to "sticks & stones may break my bones, but chains & whips excite me" errm yeah the kids will definitely cotton on to that one fast!!

Is its any coincidence that the classy women of yesteryear who's beauty and radiance shone though there elegance as opposed to sex game are few & far between.. The days where the media glamorized love & devotion is long gone, switch on a soap on the TV and its all about who's cheating on who, who's sleeping with who, fathers sleeping with there sons wives and I could go on! The music is far from soulful like Motown days where artists would sing with a sense of nobility and social consciousness, its at a state where the artist who promote slackness like a Nicki Minaj get notoriety for it which is a shame!

Through the popularization of promiscuity a lot has been done to the female image, not defending guys as it stems both ways but there naturally has always been a differing standard on how men/women conduct themselves. Where to some females will argue if a guy can do this then why can't we?? In my opinion a woman is the most beautiful thing in this world and has so much inner beauty which transcends that of a physical nature, a woman is a being of strength and any self respecting guy wants a good woman by his side I feel so many carelessly are unaware of this themselves.

Its apparent with all the obvious media plugs, tmz's, us weekly, celebrity sex tapes, people like Kim Kardashian throat f*****g her way to peoples TV screens and becoming a cultural icon, that many have become desensitized to what is one of the purest things you can give away and labelling it as just sex. Hiding behind there narcissism and still placing there self worth high...

I mean in this OG Niki video she often says I'm not a whore (as if to convince her inner doubts) but in the same breath says she makes a career of taking off her jeans! .. I don’t know oxymoron much? Maybe now looked at as an old fashioned way of thinking but in the old days people whom carried themselves in such manner garnered negative attention and gained such titles as "harlot" but now in 2011 its "OG" which stands for original gangster lol... Erm yep

Not to take nothing away from Niki's spit game (excuse the pun) as she does showcase talent and flow-wise I'd say she's probably one on the best female flowers I've heard in Birmingham, but I personally think its a shame such as with a certain other female singer from the city (not saying no names) her talent is going to be shrouded by her exploits and past.

In closing she seems to be happy with her lifestyle and kudos to her for keeping it real as there's a lot more broads out there who have done or are doing worse secretly but where she clearly see's it as she is not hurting anyone, in all due respect I see her hurting herself spiritually, physically and emotionally and though she may not see it now with her new found celebrity status an aid to hurting the future of young black females. I implore people to think about there self-worth & I can't tell you what that is! But I feel there is a preordained standard. Ask yourself what is image based upon? Is it possible to self create yourself a healthy image of worth?? Or are we liquidating our ladies to a world of fashionable promiscuity. Think about it!

-Fonz

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Ungrateful Woman Divorces Her Husband Because He's Too Nice!



The title says it all, some broads are just sooo darn ungrateful i never quite got or understood this notion of a woman not wanting to be with a guy because he is "TOO generous or TOO nice" its a misguided concept I've never quite understood which bodes the idea that if you feel a mans treatment is too good for you says a lot on how you value yourself & to trade something of high value like love and care for material gain or money makes you a straight up super loser in my eyes!!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

(Blog) The Ex-Factor


Hello warlocks!

With my ex's birthday soon approaching (n.b. not the aforementioned douche bag one from my previous blog), had me spending the better parts of last week looking for elaborate gifts, from personalized plaques of the poem i wrote to crystal to jewelery etc then i had a realization that like a sucker i'm still here ready to be "that guy" so to speak, not even about the money or making an impression but being a giving person especially when it comes to people i care for..

then but thinking about it again i dont want to do something that isnt fully understood or appreciated and looked at as doing the usual impressionable thing like i'm known for and have her family thinking wtf this guy is sprung lol.. ah who know but i got mad love for her still and am willing to show that but i refrained from even getting a card due to the face she may not understand it she may think im trying to win her back or im a pyscho stalker so i will continue my own path and not holla at her like that and wish her the best of luck from a distance cause she gone need it! yes even though we estranged ima good person ive never done anything bad to her and she will have to live with that.. i guess i'm still #winning.. vent over

-fonz


KINGSLEY BROWN BEATEN TO DEATH BY WEST MIDLANDS POLICE!!

HELLO WARLOCKS!

IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE BLACK COMMUNITY HAS GONE SOFT, WE USED TO HEAR ABOUT PEOPLE STANDING UP AGAINST OPPRESSION FOR LESS AND FIGHTING INJUSTICES. NOW WE HEAR ABOUT A SAVAGE BEATING OF A BLACK MAN BY POLICE JUST SHY OF THE SMILEY CULTURE INCIDENT, A FEW YEARS ON FROM THE MURDER OF MIKEY POWELL WITH THE SAME ISSUE OF POLICE BRUTALITY BY THE POLICE IN HANDSWORTH ITS SEEMS WHERE PEOPLE HAVE THE ENERGY AND MALICE TOWARDS THERE OWN PEOPLE WHEN IT COMES TO THOSE WHO REALLY POSE A THREAT AND PERPETRATE SUCH HEINOUS ACTS PEOPLE TALK ABOUT IT SAY ITS A SHAME AND REMAIN STAGNANT!!

I FOR ONE THINK SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE AS THEY USED TO SAY "NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE". A LOT OF PEOPLES STORIES HAVE GONE UNTOLD AND UNHEARD AND THE SO CALLED "PROTECTORS & SERVERS" HAVE BEEN GETTING AWAY WITH THIS FOR MAD LONG! I'M LOOKING TO DEFO MAKE A RECORD ABOUT HIS TO RAISE SOME AWARENESS AND AS FOR THE GOOD FIGHT.. YOU KNOW THIS WARLOCK IS IN FOR FIGHTING IT!! ....BRING IT!

Here is a play by play account of the latest incident taken from Melissa Richards (The Voice)

A FATHER of two from Birmingham has died following contact with police, two weeks after the death of reggae singer Smiley Culture during a police raid on his home.

Kingsley Burrell Brown, 29, of Hockley, was picked up by West Midlands Police on March 27 and admitted into Mary Seacole mental institute, where his family say he was not allowed to speak to them.

He was later transferred, on March 30, to a mental health facility at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

When he arrived at Mary Seacole, Brown alleged he had been beaten up by the police. When he arrived at the second hospital he was in a critical condition. His family believe he was also beaten en route to the hospital.

Brown was pronounced dead yesterday (March 31) afternoon. His family said the coroner contacted them this morning and has not been able to provide a reason for his death.

Speaking exclusively to The Voice, Kingsley Brown’s sister Kadisha, 27, said: “My brother was in a gangland area and he called the police because he was with his five-year-old son and was worried for their safety. He had seen some men he believed were out to get him.

“He was a lovely person, not the sort of person to be involved in trouble; he has just completed his security training course.

“He called the police, but when they came they said he was paranoid. However, CCTV footage proves otherwise. He was taken to a mental hospital and en route he was beaten up by the police, and his son witnessed it. His son told us that the police beat his dad.

“When I went to see him he had three massive bumps and a swelling to the head and the brain.

“The only reason they allowed us to see him is because we insisted. After this visit he was refused the right to see us and later taken to Queen Elizabeth hospital, where he was put on life support machine.

She added: “We are taking it further and we are not letting this slide without a fight. My innocent brother’s life has been taken. He was not a criminal; he was a good father and a working man. He called the police for help but he died in their hands.

“We want justice.”

His grief-stricken mother Janet Brown, 50, added: “I don’t know why the police took him there. He has never suffered with mental health issues. What they have done to my son, I don’t know. I’m studying criminology and I never expected this to happen to my one and only son. You have good police and bad police, the ones who have done this to my son are pure evil.”

In response to Brown’s death, Maxie Hayles, chairman of the Birmingham Racial Attacks Monitoring Unit, said: “The West Midlands Police have got a lot of questions to answer and we want an open and transparent investigation by the IPCC into the death of this young man. We will leave no stone unturned until we get to the root of it, to see that justice is done.”

West Midlands Police said in statement: ‘We can confirm that we are investigating the circumstances surrounding the hospitalisation of a man with a serious medical condition following dealings with the police.

‘At approximately 1.30pm on Sunday, 27 March, officers were alerted – by the ambulance service – to reports of a man being threatened with a firearm. When officers attended the address on Icknield Port Road, they discovered a 29-year-old man in an agitated state.

‘Initial enquiries indicated that no firearms offences had occurred. The man was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital. Three days later (Wednesday, 30 March), officers were called to a mental health facility in the Winson Green area of Birmingham, following reports of a man threatening staff with improvised weapons.

‘The man was restrained and transferred to hospital. He was then placed under hospital care and became critically ill some time later.

‘As is routine in such circumstances, the matter will be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for assessment, as the man had previously been dealt with by police.’

An IPCC spokesman later told The Voice in a statement: ‘The IPCC is to independently investigate contact between West Midlands Police and a 29-year-old man who died on Thursday, 31 March, 2011…

‘An independent investigation has begun. The IPCC is in the process of contacting the family to arrange meeting them to explain our role and the scope of our investigation.’

Sue Turner, chief executive of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust told The Voice in a statement: ‘There will be a full and thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 29-year-old man, who was detained under the Mental Health Act, on Wednesday (March 30).

‘The trust will assist and support any other inquiries arising from this tragic incident, and we are seeking relevant information from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, West Midlands Ambulance Service, in conjunction with the police inquiry to ensure that we can gain a full, factual picture of what happened during this incident.

‘Clearly, this is a very unusual set of circumstances. Peter Lewis, our medical director, today met with the man’s family for the first of what will be regular meetings to work closely with the family and keep them informed as our investigation unfolds.

‘Our thoughts go out to the family at this difficult time.’

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