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Am I Next? Being A Black Father In The Year 2020 (Written by: Jonathan Ferreira)

By Jonathan Ferreira

Am I Next? Being A Black Father In The Year 2020 (Written by: Jonathan Ferreira)

It was shortly after midnight on February 1st, 2015 when my girlfriend Lindsay (now fiance) gave birth to our first child, a beautiful baby girl we named Aaliyah Marie. Being a young man in my early 20’s with no siblings or any real experience in terms of parenting, the adjustment into the wonderful world of fatherhood came with challenges and was ultimately quite scary at times. Nonetheless being a dad is undoubtedly the greatest thing to ever happen to me. As cliche as it may be, it’s difficult to describe the emotional connection and unconditional love you have for them “out the gate” but it’s immediate. All of a sudden your personal wants and selfish desires don't matter so much, everything takes a backseat and they instantly become your main priority.

5 months after celebrating our daughters 1st birthday, a 32-year old black man from Minnesota by the name of Philando Castile was driving with his girlfriend and her 4-year old daughter. When he was pulled over during a traffic stop and fatally shot 7 times in front of his loved ones for explaining to the police officer that he had a registered firearm in the vehicle. Being a bi-racial father in North America, I am absolutely terrified to walk outside and carry on with my daily routine over concerns that I may not make it home to my wife and kids one night. The events which transpired that day resonate with me and instinctively my primary thought is; how is this going to affect that little girl in the backseat who just witnessed her mother’s boyfriend get murdered in broad daylight by a police officer? Her life will never be the same after experiencing something that traumatic at such a young age. I couldn’t begin to imagine the challenges she will face growing up, all of which emerged from this terrible although realistic first impression of the world we live in.

 
 Jonathan Ferreira and his son Malakai 

I now find myself nervous commuting to and from work on the daily basis, looking over my shoulder for no particular reason. Going out on a limb, I can confidently say that I am not the only coloured individual whose heart has sunk into their stomach while being behind the wheel and passing a police cruiser or hearing the sound of sirens approach, that adrenaline eventually makes you paranoid. My fiancé drives our vehicle whenever we go out as a family, mainly to relieve my own personal anxiety and to ensure we take every precaution to avoid a confrontation with law enforcement. Not because we’re committing a crime or performing illegal activities, but because these days you don’t have to go to jail to receive the death sentence. You could get killed in your vehicle, house, even on your own front lawn by the same people appointed to serve and protect you. Asides from enforcing the law and investigating crimes, the role of a police officer is to keep the peace and protect the people. All people! I’d do anything for my kids, it’s my job as a father to ensure their safety and well-being but instead of doing your job, you’re making mine harder. 

What do you tell your kids?

I remember as a child my mother sitting me down and explaining, “you can go out with your friends just be home before dark and if you run into trouble call 911,” I couldn’t imagine myself having that same conversation with my kids today. Instead, am I supposed to tell them the truth? Since you're a member of the black community, and considered a person of colour, you will unfortunately in most cases be viewed as a suspect, regardless of the situation. Furthermore, expect to get judged, abused (mentally and physically) not to mention labelled throughout the course of your life. Being a person of colour, not only is it every man and woman for themselves but you’re ultimately considered the underdog in society and given limited opportunities compared to others whether that be in the form of education or within the workforce and beyond. 

 Jonathan Ferreira and his daughter Aaliyah Marie

Segregation is real! For example, my mother is the 1st child of 13 others and had a significantly lighter complexion in comparison to her siblings. I’ve heard of racism within black people, family members like my mom’s who shunned her out for being different and insisted my grandfather had an affair with a white woman. With that being said I think it’s important to note that racism comes in many forms, although we’ve seen a large number of incidents stem from white supremacy groups and corrupt justice systems, (undoubtedly leading to trust issues between members of the black community) these aren’t the only sources of discrimination. According to the 1860 census, an African-American cotton gin maker and blacksmith by the name of William Ellison Jr. owned 53 slaves making him the largest of the 171 black slaveholders in South Carolina alone. 

There is only good vs. evil regardless of skin colour, what we need to understand as a minority is that classifying a group of individuals is ultimately what created this divide and you can’t fight fire with fire. There are good people throughout the world, who are ready to stand together for equality and put an end to the violence we’re experiencing today, within our communities. We need to encourage and support one another regardless of race, colour or background to get the message across - it’s everybody vs. racism! In my lifetime I’ve accumulated my fair share of racial encounters making me question some people’s morals, beliefs and up-bringing as racism isn’t born, it's taught. Since becoming a father I’ve begun to question our position in society as a black community and realized that nothing has changed in 100 plus years, as Will Smith said, “racism isn’t getting worse, it’s getting filmed.” 

The movement and phrase “Black Lives Matter” is not denoting members of other races or ethnicities but was created as a cry for help by the black community who continue to lose sons, daughters, husbands and wives because of the colour of their skin. I don’t want my children to be the next it’s time for change, if not now then when? What if Ahmad Abrey was your son? What if Regis Korchinski-Paquet was your daughter? How many more do we need to lose for it to matter? How close to home does it have to hit before you decided to stand up and speak out? I’m not willing to wait and find out, neither should you! Enough is enough. 

Aaliyah Marie & Malakai
June 1st, 2020 

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Mutabazi the Hip-Hop/R&B vocalist based out of Orange County, CA.

By Matthew Kyazze

Mutabazi the Hip-Hop/R&B vocalist based out of Orange County, CA.
Mutabazi is a Hip-Hop/R&B vocalist based out of Orange County, CA. His vocal versatility and impactful lyrics have made him one of the most in demand independent artists in Southern California. He's cultivating a unique style while appealing to the masses. His presence in the studio proves he's a force to be reckoned with. He first caught our attention with his song "What's Poppin". 

Cover art by FFA member James Wrinn. 

Mutabazi only started considering the possibility of music as a career in 2015, while residing in Denver, CO. “I used to just mess around and do different voices with friends before I figured out I can sing and switch melodies to how I wanted. I later figured out I was pretty good at it.”

Mutabazi is not only an artist but a partner at the Independent Record Label, Voltron Independent Productions, with co-founder Nick Smith. “We are building something very special and it's completely organic. Although I am mostly on the West Coast and he is in Denver, we are getting a lot of love throughout the whole country. We've had songs played on the radio in the UK. Once Covid is over we want to be able to travel while doing what we love most. I want to entertain the world! I want everyone to feel like a VIP!”
We are very excited to see what's next for the artist, for now stream his new song "Self Sustained"!

 

 

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Eva Shaw's new responsibility in the Hip Hop industry.

By Matthew Kyazze

Eva Shaw's new responsibility in the Hip Hop industry.

For those of you who don't know Eva Shaw, she is a Canadian artist from Toronto. She has had success in the fashion industry, and has marked her territory in the music industry. Known for Djing, song writing, and producing. 

The boys from FFA first met Eva back in 2018, when Ottawa Native City Fidelia performed at the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. To take things to a whole other level, they unveiled some unreleased heat, with great reception from the crowd.

Instagram Post from @hashtagffa:  

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmMOsMfg3Qi/?igshid=rh0h0vhve9ka

They released the official music video for one of the songs, on March, 29th, 2019, with DB Bantino.

Snakes by: City Fidelia & Eva Shaw feat Db Bantino from LA. 

Now in 2020 she is taking hip hop to a whole level. Dropping banger after banger. One of our favourite projects this year from Eva Shaw is with Montreal artist Nate Husser, titled I Been Doing Great. They dropped a 4 track project and didn't hold back one bit. Check out the official Cover Art & Music Video for the tape below.

"I Been Doing Great"

 

We're excited to see what else she has in store for the year 2020. Who know's maybe we can get an official FFA collab going as well. But for now, watch her latest video below featuring Swagger Rite, Just John, & Lord Afrixan.

Splash GOD (Official Quarantine Music Video)

 

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Canadian Rapper Releases New Song Cloud 9

By Matthew Kyazze

Canadian Rapper Releases New Song Cloud 9

Ottawa born music artist/songwriter Young Astronomer releases his highly anticipated single “Cloud 9” in hopes to bring some upbeat positivity to a seemingly chaotic and busy world.

Real name Colin Gordon Campbell, better known by his stage persona Young Astronomer is most known for many live performances with Gold & Credited artists such as Wifisfuneral, MGK, Freddie Gibbs, Odd Future, Classified etc. & many more. This will be his first official release of 2020, being produced by Utility Beats (USA) and mixed, mastered and recorded by @ripvctr (Canada). With a fresh outlook and talks of much more music being created now and on the horizon with a variety of 613 bred talent, we can’t wait to see what he brings in terms of new tunes.
As for a song review, wow. “Cloud 9” is about as smooth as it comes! His lyrical content, delivery, hook and beat-choice, we’re no doubt in the young emcees mind. When picking the true vibe and feel for this song, it really does make you visualize yourself walking on clouds with the sun beaming down. Which seemed to be his true intention.

Young Astronomer proves to be a real up and coming force to be reckoned with, local & worldwide.  So far, he has accumulated more than 290,000+ streams/plays on all platforms combined and 3 verifications on 3 major profiles. Everyday it seems he’s pushing towards the goal of becoming a musical chameleon of all colours and shapes.

Hear the song right below here!


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SAINt JHN Releases Visuals For His Song" Who Do You Blame"

By Matthew Kyazze

SAINt JHN Releases Visuals For His Song

Hands down one of the greatest artists in todays Hip Hop/ R&b scene, Saint Jhn blesses his fans with some new visuals. If anyone keeps up to date with the artist, you would know he just finished his first heading tour in the States and Canada. Obviously the man was always on road, so they did what they could in there spare time. 

"Who Do You Blame" is song number 5 on his album, "Ghetto Lenny's Love Songs". Comment and let us know how you feel about the video. We give the video a 7.5/10 and give the song itself a 10/10. 

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Local Recording Artist Young Astronomer Making Waves In Ottawa

By Matthew Kyazze

Local Recording Artist Young Astronomer Making Waves In Ottawa
24 year old up and coming hiphop artist Young Astronomer (Ottawa) is booked to perform as an opening act on July 26th hitting the stage before Wifisfuneral (Interscope Records) with official Tour Support by Camp Yola & 2$toned, presented by: The Diamond Mine Agency.
Most of you know Young Astronomer by his music created in the hiphop collective SWiFTcrew which began in early February 2013 (with songs like Rollin’, ILYMJ, Party Gods, Munchies & their debut song “SWiFT living” how we could forget) or when they rocked a sold out show with Machine Gun Kelly at Algonquin Commons Theatre back in 16’, it’s no question that 2019 is the year big things start to happen.

Word on the street is that Young Astronomer is taking the next chapter to focus on his solo career and release his highly anticipated 3rd body of work “Against All Odds” which will consist of 6 songs and be released later in the year.
If you haven’t heard about the artist that hits so close to home, be sure to check out his previously released EP’s My Thoughts Exactly (2015) & Dreams in Space v1 (2017) and his latest 2019 singles Awoken, Luxury and of course his hit song Mix It Up which recently garnered over 100,000 views on all platforms just recently and shows real promise of success for the young rapper.
Bottom line, if you haven’t checked out Young Astronomer live in concert yet or heard any of his music, we strongly suggest you do cause he’s a real star in the making, we caught up with him last week and he had this to say: “it’s all a process, I’m just happy I have the outlets to express how I’m feeling and how I’m doing with my music.. if you’ve been feeling me and my tunes I really appreciate that, cause it’s real and like my music it’ll always be genuine so thank you everyone, I can’t wait to drop this new music, be sure to check me out on July 26th”.

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Hope Volleyball 2018

By Matthew Kyazze

Hope Volleyball 2018
Once a year during the middle of July, Ottawa will host one of the largest Volleyball Tournaments in North America. HOPE standing for (Helping Other People Everywhere) is a non profit organization that has donated over $3.5 million dollars in support of more than 110 local charities!
If you really want to experience Hope Volleyball they have an area where you can pop all the bottles and yes with all your models. Our homies from Top Szn completely took over, and turned the day into a movie.

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Scorpion is officially out! 🦂

By Matthew Kyazze

Scorpion is officially out! 🦂

You can now stream Scorpion on all platforms!

 

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