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10 Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Alpha Phi Alpha Members [Photos] 

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Alpha Phi Alpha was founded as the first African-American, inter-collegiate Greek-lettered fraternity 115 years ago. The oldest of the college Black fraternities, its ranks are a virtual who’s who of great men in business, sports, entertainment and more.  

Established December 4, 1906 at Cornell University, by seven founders its members refer to as “Jewels,” the organization continues to live up to its motto: First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All. For example, in 2014 the frat paid the funeral costs of murdered Ferguson teen Mike Brown.

In honor of the organization’s Founders Day, we present 15 famous members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity on the following pages. Some you may know, others may surprise you.

 

 

1. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II aka the new Morpheus in The Matrix along with a string of stellar credits pledged the Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

2. Stuart Scott

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The late, great Stuart Scott pledge at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Mu Zeta chapter.

3. Keenen Ivory Wayans

This Wayans brother Tuskeegee University on an engineering scholarship, where he crossed the burning sands at Gamma Phi chapter in the 1970’s.

4. Benny Boom

The video and now film director was initiated at Temple University’s Pi Rho chapter.

5. Omari Hardwick

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Yep, Ghost from Power is an Alpha. He got down at the Zeta Pi (University of Georgia) chapter.

6. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Although King went to Morehouse for undergrad, he was initiated at Boston’s Sigma chapter.

7. David Dinkines

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Beta (Howard U.) brother Dinkins (RIP) was the first Black mayor of NYC, and actually pledged the famed Andrew Young.

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 25: Ambassador Andrew Young and former New York City mayor David Dinkins attend the 2011 Trustees Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement dinner and presentation at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on February 25, 2011 in New York City.

8. Judge Joe Brown

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Brown joined the ranks at Memphis State University’s Kappa Eta chapter.

9. Darryl Bell

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The A Different World legend reps the black and gold of A Phi A. 

10. Donny Hathaway

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The late soul icon Donny Hathaway joined Alpha Phi Alpha while at Howard University.

Mic North’s “Sacrifice” is a pure display of skill 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Winnipeg, MB, Canada-based rapper Mic North delivers something refreshing in his new release titled “Sacrifice.” The record produced by veteran NY producer/DJ Statik Selektah is a piano-driven, mid-tempo track ripe with that distinct boom-bap bounce with a bit of soul. Mic North is in his element for sure and gives a solid impassioned performance ripe with insight and he also shows us what makes him a go-getter willing to go all out to achieve his goals and dreams.

 

Mic North (Nigel Pahl ) was born in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Winnipeg has been the Murder Capital of Canada from 1981 to 2012. Mic North started rapping at the age of 14 when his mother Cheryl Pahl bought him a Karaoke machine. His Mother use to think he was crazy rapping in the shower. Mic recorded his first track at the age of 17 with the legendary Buzz mad from the Moonshine Kru. His teenage years were plagued with misguidance and being the only son in a fatherless home led Mic to look for camaraderie elsewhere. Before long, Mic found himself involved with street violence and soon after in a jail cell. After his incarceration, Mic decided he had to change his life for his newborn son and himself. Mic started recording music and got signed to a local record label Heatbag Records in 2011. Mic has worked with such talents as Peter Jackson, Young Noble, Twisted Insane, Goody Grace, Winnipeg Most and more. He has done successful openings for Paul Wall, Lil Scrappy, Freddy Gibbs, Stitches, Riff Raff, Merkules and more.  Mic North has started his own independent label Jet City Records. Mic has also chosen to use his music and videography skills to help youth express themselves through digital media production. In 2016, Mic founded Motivation Art Programs (MAP’s) for youth across Canada and his goal is to help inspire the youth for a better tomorrow.

 

Keep up with Mic North | Soundcloud: TikTok: Instagram

Fly Anakin and Nickelus F go “Ghost” [Video] 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Fly Anakin and Nickelus F team up for a lyric dense collaboration titled “Ghost.” Bolstered by the gloomy and punchy production from Like (of Pac Div), Both Fly Anakin and Nickelus F proceed to deliver hard-hitting, no holds barred flows that further cement their names in the annals of hip-hop.

The single is accompanied by a music video shot and directed by No Fun (Tahjee Wallace & DuctTapeJesus) in which Anakin and Nickelus F’s performances are caught in a spotlight, as cash flutters through the air.

“Ghost” sets the tone for Fly Anakin’s forthcoming LP, slated for release via Lex Records in early 2022.

Get “Ghost” on SpotifySoundCloudApple Music,  Deezer 

 

Keep up with Fly Anakin: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Spotify

Dre A.M. is in the zone in “The Mortality” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Dre A.M delivers a lyric dense and thoughtful message in his new single “The Mortality.” Over a moody and cinematic backdrop, he digs deep with his graphic rap imagery and insightful style as he reminds us that everyone is mortal.

 

Dre A.M. is a veteran of group Internet Strangers and has flourished since branching out on his own, dropping numerous singles over the past few years including Barely Alive, Kids Like Cannabis, and most recently For The Music which features fellow up and comer ArmstrongWW. Dre’s original style is a welcome change to an often redundant music scene where everyone is copying one another directly, or indirectly. Known for his ability to switch flows frequently even within the same song and his aggressive voice which makes the listener feel the passion and realness of every bar drawing influences from early Earl, Aesop Rock, and more recently JID.

 

Keep up with Dre A.M. |  Instagram

Spitty The Sequel shares new single “I Be Grindin” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


Spitty the sequel is back from the lab and drops his new single “I Be Grindin” which serves as the lead single from his forthcoming LP. He teams up with the producer J-ideas who laces him with a soulful backdrop while he pours his thoughts on wax. He takes us through the various memories from lost ones, friends that went astray with some engaging bravado as well.

“I Be Grindin” is the first single off the upcoming album I Work Because I Have To.

Get it on SoundCloudSpotifyYouTube

Keep up with  Spitty the sequel | Soundcloud : Facebook : Twitter : Instagram

Top instrumental submissions EP1 Dec 2021 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


We at TWIB are tasked with bringing you the best of the best on our weekly lists. Submissions come from around the globe and trust when we say only the cream of the crop will be selected. As usual, sit back relax and enjoy the latest sounds from the most talented producers, and don’t forget to show them some love by following them on all social media platforms

If you like this article check out our previous entries HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LazyLofi Boy – “These Dreams”

 

LazyLofi Boy makes his entry on our site with “These Dreams.” A mellow and reflective piece ripe with solemn keys, strings and overall soulful vibe.

Get it on YouTubeApple Music, Deezer.

 

ParisPanda – “I Can’t Find My Car (GPS)”

French producer ParisPanda deliver this somber and introspective piece titled “I Can’t Find My Car (GPS).” The production is quite crisp and has an expressive lo-fi feel to it as well.

 

 

Dude – “The Rhode Less Traveled By”

Dude‘s new release  “The Rhode Less Traveled By” is a moody and somewhat trippy cut that sees him flipping frenzied synths, thick drums and engulfing basslines in a distinct manner.

 

 

 

 

Suff Daddy – “Trouble In Wackyland Pt. II”

Suff Daddy comes through with something eclectic for our playlist in the form of his new single titled “Trouble In Wackyland Pt. II.” The track is a blend of future soul and funk and will surely get you on the dancefloor. The song is the first single from his forthcoming LP Basically Sober.

Get it on all DSPs here.

 

Groove. – “Raw Jazz”

Producer Groove delivers a blend of lo-fi with boom-bap sensibilities in his new track titled “Raw Jazz.” The track is as laidback as they come and it’s ripe with dreamy textures with soft drum grooves.

Get it on  Apple MusicYouTubeDeezer

Coujo – “over and out”

Coujo brings it full circle with this punchy jam titled “over and out.” he makes use of atmospheric textures and flutes, thick drums and classic screwed vocals to complete the job.

 

 

 

Johnboybeats & Plon B. – “Lofi Leaves”

 

“Lofi Leaves” is the newest piece from the impeccable duo Johnboybeats & Plon B. The laidback beat is ripe with heavenly horns, lush somber keys, flutes, and soft bass guitar backlines. Overall, it’s a very relaxing and soothing lofi jam.

 

 

Monster Rally – “Island Hopping”

 

Monster Rally takes us on a surreal journey on “Island Hopping” which is built on sublime summer-inspired sounds with a groovy drum arrangement. “Island Hopping” is the lead single from Monster Rally’s next full-length record, releasing spring 2022.
Get it on SoundCloud.

 

 

 

CamPackman – “Rollout”

 

CamPackman‘s “Rollout” is as dark as the night. The textures are ominous and cinematic and the drums sure pack a punch.

 

 

The Blackedge – “Ill Mann”

 

 

The Blackedge takes us back with the nostalgia-inducing “Ill Mann.” Ripe with solemn summer vibes and soothing textures that help put listeners in the best of moods.

 

 

 

LeroyMusic – “HipHop Beat”

 

LeroyMusic makes his entrance on our list with “HipHop Beat” a hard-hitting beat reminiscent of the mid-2000s roc-a-fella beats. It’s quite cinematic and rousing as well

 

 

 

Board-Man, Eu93ne – “Dawn”

 

 

Board-Man and Eu93ne break the ice with this warm guitar-driven piece titled “Dawn.” The warm textures, smooth guitar riffs, and dreamy chords all add up to an alluring jam we all can rock with.

 

 

 

 

DJ Laz Vagez – “Killa Keys”

DJ Laz Vagez‘s “Killa Keys” is a gloomy trap beat ripe with ominous dark keys and punchy drum grooves. It’s crisp and well-crafted

Ohio KK-Karen Claims She’s ‘Being Terrorized’ By Black People During Sentencing For…Terrorizing... 

Angela Baker

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If the privileged, entitled and often dangerous white women we not-so-affectionately call “Karens” have nothing else, they have the nerve.

On Thursday, a white woman from Ohio was sentenced to six months in prison for shouting racial slurs at a group of Black teenagers and trying to hit them with her car in a grocery store parking lot. During sentencing, the woman reportedly broke down in the saltiest of mayonnaise-flavored tears and tried to justify her actions by essentially saying Black people have “terrorized” her for years and that’s the reason she felt the need to terrorize complete strangers who happened to be of the melanated variety.

According to Raw Story, 43-year-old Angela Baker was found guilty of two felony charges of ethnic intimidation related to the KK-Karens-gone-wild incident that took place in front of a Meijer grocery store last year.

Lucas County Judge Lori Olender tried to tell Baker about herself during sentencing, but breaking through a wall of racism and white entitlement isn’t as easy as, say, running down a bunch of Black kids minding their own business with ones car.

“You were driving what the state of Ohio considers a deadly weapon. You were in a running car. Those boys were on foot,” Olender said. “You could have hit either of those boys, whether you wanted to or not because you can’t always control a deadly weapon.”

But Baker had a different take on things. She reportedly responded by crying like a grown-up baby whose white privilege credit card just got declined and exclaimed several times that “I’m being terrorized” while also claiming several times that she’s been “harassed, threatened, and tormented” by Black people over an extended period of time.

First of all, I’m going to need Nazi Nancy to stop lying. I would sooner believe that orange was Donald Trump’s birth color than I would believe that a white woman who has demonstrated her racial animosity and willingness to use Black teens she’s never met as speed bumps is actually the victim of harassment and violence at the hands of Black people. Nah, non-sis, the Emmett Till energy is radiating too strong off of you for me to buy your Klanny white nonsense.

But even if what Baker said were true—which it isn’t—what the hell does that have to do with the Black teens she shouted slurs at and tried to run over? All this time white people have been telling us they’re not responsible for slavery, Jim Crow or any of the other historic atrocities committed against Black people in America, and here we have a white woman who wanted to lynch random Black kids over the offenses she said other Black people committed during her lifetime…which she’s probably lying about.

Thankfully, Baker’s white tears didn’t win her any favors with the judge. If only that were the way things always turned out.

Bardi Bunny: Cardi B Appointed Creative Director At ‘Playboy’ Magazine 

Cardi B

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Money moves seem to come to Cardi B rather easily. She has announced she is the first ever Creative Director at Playboy Magazine

As spotted on Blavity the Bronx bombshell has secured a corporate gig with one of the most iconic publications in history. On Thursday, December 2 she took to Instagram to make the official reveal. Introducing the FIRST EVER Creative Director In Residence at the legendary @playboy, it’s ME!!! Joining the @playboy family is a dream and I know yall are going to love what we put together 😏 I’m startin this party right as the Founding Creative Director and a founding member of CENTERFOLD the new creator-led platform from Playboy coming soon!! We’re going to have soooooo much fun” she wrote. 

Playboy also detailed their enthusiasm via a formal statement. “Cardi B is a creative genius and we are absolutely thrilled and honored to bring her immense talent and creative vision to Playboy. Through her unapologetic commitment to free expression, her dedication to lifting up artistic voices and her celebration of sex and body positivity, Cardi is the embodiment of the Playboy brand,” said Ben Kohn, chief executive officer of PLBY Group.

Bardi will reportedly “provide artistic direction across co-branded fashion and sexual wellness merchandise collections, digital editorial, experiential activations and more”. While the speculation is that CENTERFOLD will try to compete with OnlyFans it is not clear what the direction will be for the forthcoming platform or whether the content will be adult only.

Photo: Bernard Smalls

Cordae ft. Lil Wayne “Sinister,” Troy Ave “Biggest Richest” & More | Daily Visuals 12.3.21 

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More and more Cordae is garnering the respect of not only his rap peers, but some Hip-Hop OG’s that done been there and done that on another level. Today (Dec. 3) the young’n links up with one of the game’s living legends.

In his latest visuals to “Sinister,” Cordae and Lil Wayne team up to revive the Black Panther party and get the Black community on board as they get ready to set off a revolution at a time when MAGA country is running wild like Hulkamaniacs in the 80’s. We’d totally welcome a new Black Panther party headed by Cordae at this point. Just sayin.’

Back in Brooklyn, Troy Ave continues to ball regardless of album sales and in his clip to “Biggest Richest” flaunts some heavy links and ice on his person while remaining the center of attention for the camera.

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Snoop Dogg, Battle Loco & Kokane, Fredo Bang, and more.

CORDAE FT. LIL WAYNE – “SINISTER”

TROY AVE – “BIGGEST RICHEST”

SNOOP DOGG, BATTLE LOCO & KOKANE – “NO SMUT ON MY NAME”

FREDO BANG – “GET BACK”

JACKBOY – “WHAT’S MINE IS YOURS”

MARC 2RAY FT. MC BRAVADO & ALLISON BALLANC – “TRUE CRAFT”

COOTIE FT. BANKROLL FREDDIE – “CRAZY”

FATBOY SSE & OG HOMI – “I CAN’T LOSE”

Take That, Take That: Diddy Has Put In A Bid To Buy Sean John Clothing Brand Back 

Sean Diddy Combs

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Diddy’s name is his name. The mogul is now bidding on buying back his Sean John clothing brand.

As spotted on Complex the serial entrepreneur is trying to save his failing apparel empire from bottoming out. Back in 2016 he sold a majority stake to Global Brands Group but the brand management firm recently filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Bloomberg reports that Combs has put in a bid of 3.3 million dollars to buy the assets back so he is the sole owner. Currently he is the highest bidder but other potential buyers have until December 15 to throw their names in the hat. A undisclosed source that TMZ says is close to the mogul says “very excited” at the thought of getting the company back and breathing new life into it.

Earlier this year Diddy sued Global Brands Group for using his likeness without approval. “[Diddy] does not challenge [Sean John/GBG’s] right to use the Sean John trademark, but rather [Sean John/GBG’s] decision to leverage a fabricated quote they created and then falsely attributed to Mr. Combs, and to use Mr. Combs’s name and other monikers to create the false and misleading impression that Mr. Combs is the decision-maker behind the designs and creation of the GBG Collection,” his lawyer said at the time.

In 1999 Sean Combs launched a signature collection of sportswear under his given name, Sean John.  In 2004, Sean John was awarded the CFDA Men’s Designer of the Year award. 

Photo: Bernard Smalls