Say it ain’t so: The recap

Welcome back Kings and Queens! It’s a new year and J.APP and AB are coming with the new flavor. If you didn’t get a chance to catch the first podcast of the year, then ya girl got you! Lets dig into the word real quick.

If you’ve been on social media, your favorite blog may have reported the words Tennessee judge, Wayne Shelton, made about blacks being more effective at killing each other than the KKK. Well this comment sparked some conversation and even some heated debates. In the podcast, it shined a different light on Judge Shelton’s perspective and may have even opened my eyes on the matter. J and AB took it deeper than the surface and brought up the immense amount of self-hate within the black community. It’s no secret that black on black crime has been one of the biggest issues surrounding the black community since crack hit the scene in the 80s. Being a native of Dayton, OH allowed me to not only agree on their comments about how residents of our native city treat each other, but also how their actions caused the demise of a once thriving African American suburb. Our disposition as a whole has been off FOR YEARS and the cycle only continues. J threw in a piece of wisdom from David Banner about us African Americans needing to treat ourselves as Gods and I couldn’t agree more. To quote the amazingly, talented Erykah Badu: “If we were made in his image, then call us by our names.” A reference to blacks being the replica of God’s image, therefore, solidifying Banner’s thoughts. If you don’t believe them, go to your nearest library and start your research. Trust me, it gets deep, I’m just doing the recap.

The conversation flowed into the influence that music has on black culture, and most importantly how our music, specifically hip-hop, shapes our lives and other cultures. Imitation is definitely the greatest form of flattery, but some races take it to the next level. As mentioned in the podcast, we are the undisputed influencers of today’s culture. While we’re on the subject of music; there’s no way they could skip over the topic that has filled Beauty and Barber salons, living rooms, social media posts and podcasts all over the states: Robert Kelly. Images of R.Kelly and some of his victims have been plastered on blog sites and personal pages due to the highly-anticipated Surviving R. Kelly docu-series on Lifetime. A shit storm followed the airing of this 3-day long series recapping the physical and mental abuse Kelly bestowed upon women of all ages, with the youngest allegedly being 15. Both J and AB agreed that R. Kelly should be locked up for his actions, but the topic wasn’t about Kelly’s indiscretions since neither host tuned in. The discussion examined whether or not Mr. Bump and Grind’s musical catalog can be separated from his actions. Though, R. Kelly has many skeletons he now has to face thanks to Lifetime, his music is another story. The man who introduced us to 12 Play in the 90s has survived 3 decades in the biz with these allegations hunting him in the shadows. His talent is undeniable and there aren’t many of us who can hear “my mind is telling me nooo” without finishing with our greatest impression of the remainder of the lyrics. He not only shaped and engineered 90s R&B, he also did it without knowing how to read or write. The kings mentioned other offenders, like Harvey Weinstein, and the inequalities between the way he is being portrayed in the media as opposed to Kelly, which is highly noticeable if you’ve been paying attention. The energy around this topic has shifted R&B fans to a place where they are questioning themselves. I know I haven’t parted ways with him on my playlist, but I am giving him the side-eye for sure.

If you want to hear the full scoop, make sure you look it up on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud or Stitcher. You can also shoot us topic suggestions for the podcast and give your feedback. USE THAT COMMENT SECTION.

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As the Season Kings get ready to close out the year we would like to reflect on what happened and what’s to come! As we focus our attention on reaching out to the different facets of people to collect stories and moments that can pave the way for artists, athletes, and people in general. We want our listeners and followers to be engaged with our content by apparel, podcasting, and personal interaction as we host different events.

Welcome the new Kings/Queen on the block!

For many years hip-hop has been the catalyst of sculpting the culture into what it is today. The fashion, sports and television industries are funneling trends in hopes of positioning themselves on the right side of the movement. Although there are many outlets that are looking to promote their views on the current waves in hip-hop; Season Kings/Queens is aspiring to build a brand that gives you unbiased perspectives with an authentic feel. If you don’t believe me, let me introduce you to the new wave.

Unlike most new brands, Season Kings/Queens has constructed a dream team that most take years to piece together. The two visionaries, J.APP and AB, are the creators and hosts of the Season Kings podcast. Through riveting interviews and genuine conversations with their guests; these two have morphed barbershop talk and witty interviews to formulate an ear gauging podcast like no other. With hopes of taking the podcast’s likeness to other media platforms and the fashion industry, J.APP and AB are definitely setting the tone and operating on an unparalleled level.

However, a brand is only as big as the team behind it. With the right network, J.APP and AB were able to stitch together a team that will catapult the Season Kings/Queens name to the next level. There’s Ronald Applin, also known as Kwaze, who specializes in photography is hoping to bring an aesthetic that will connect to listeners on an intellectual level. Veit Parker, fashion liaison and trend-spotter, plans to bring the Season Kings/Queens logo to life in fashion form with his vast amount of experience and expertise. Then there’s me, the girl behind the words and newest member to the group. I’m working towards bringing you a lady’s point-of-view on topics that will bring forth discussion about fashion, social issues, sports and rap
culture. Together we’ll bring you the flavor you didn’t know you were missing that is SeasonKings/Queens. Peace.

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(1) For people that don’t know you, who is Leroy Long III?

  • “According to my social media accounts, I’m a husband, a youth ministry leader, a mentor, an engineering professor, blessed, artistic and determined lol. I try to learn something new and laugh each day. Overall, I’m trying to fulfill my God-given purpose in life and make a positive impact in other people’s lives.”

(2) What are some of the challenges you have experienced in your career as a University Professor and how have you overcome them?

  • “I’m still in the early stages of my career but so far I’ve faced challenges such as being the only Black professor in my college and one of few in my field. Another challenge has been trying to find collaborators and funding for my research. To overcome these challenges, I’ve tried to find mentors who are professors, network at professional events, work strategically to make positive changes and be proactive but patient with my career goals.”

(3) At what age did you know this would be your career?

  • “I never dreamed of being a college professor when I was growing up and even when I was an undergraduate engineering student. While getting my Master’s degree, I started to see my career as a potential path. I was in my mid twenties and well into my PhD program when I began to seriously consider becoming a college professor.”

(4) How much of your success has to deal with your faith and relationship with God?

  • “Potentially, all of it. It definitely took faith to pursue my dreams. I also developed a close relationship with God in order to succeed despite academic challenges, fear, and institutional racism.”
  • Proverbs 3:5 – 6 (5)Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (6) in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight

(5) Do you feel there were any challenges going to a public high school?

  • “Yes, systematic racism has a large negative impact on predominantly Black public K-12 schools like the ones I attended in terms of staffing, resources and academic success. Schools have become resegregated based on race and class. Curriculum isn’t always culturally relevant or taught by teachers who can identify with minorities. Local tax dollars support public schools so poor communities have schools with limited class offerings, books and technology. Lastly, poor kids can’t concentrate on learning if they are hungry and struggling to survive.”

(6) Is it important to have a mentor while in school (high school and beyond)?

  • “Yes, it’s extremely important to try to connect with someone who looks like you, has similar cultural experiences and has accomplished what you want to achieve.”

(7) Was there anyone that helped you along the way to becoming a professor?

  • “Yes, it took a village. My mother taught me the importance of working hard, valuing education and believing in myself. Other family, friends and classmates provided encouragement and support. I also had great teachers like Bonnie Porter, Kevin Fowlkes, Toni (Painter) Mims, and Desiree Nickell. Lastly, I had professors who inspired me to go into the profession such as Dr. Ruby Mawasha, Dr. Manoj Srinivasan, Dr. Terrell L. Strayhorn and Dr. James L. Moore III.”

(8) What advice would you give a student still in high school aspiring to enter into STEM/Engineering professions?

  • “Have confidence in yourself, be resilient, seek help early and often, dream big, and learn about pioneers in the field who look like you. Try to take calculus, physics and chemistry in high school as well as a programming or drafting class. Join clubs that involve robotics or other STEM topics. Learn to create an app for smartphones. Volunteer in the community and try to get internship or co-op experience.”

(9) With the current state of America, how can we as African Americans help change the perception of acquiring a PhD? (In school for too long, unattainable goal, too expensive, etc.)

  • “We have to understand the benefits of having a job that provides autonomy along with the opportunity to research topics of interest and help others. We need to use technology and books to gain inspiration from the experiences of African Americans who have obtained a PhD such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, W.E.B. DuBois, Carter G. Woodson, Michelle Alexander, Inez Beverly Prosser, Gloria Blackwell, etc.”

(10) Will the Cavs win it all this year? (Had to ask haha)

  • “They will definitely make the Finals. If they are healthy and develop chemistry with the new roster I think they can win it all again. LeBron James is still the best player in the league and one of the greatest players ever so I wouldn’t recommend betting against him.”

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Disclaimer: “My answers represent my personal opinions and they do not necessarily represent those of my employer.”