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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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FFA & 4REIGN RECORDS PRESENTS- BON APPETIT BY NATHAN MILES FT KYAZZE

By Matthew Kyazze

FFA & 4REIGN RECORDS PRESENTS- BON APPETIT BY NATHAN MILES FT KYAZZE

No more games, FFA AND 4REIGN Records are here to drop bangers and bangers only. To start things off Nathan Miles is back with some new music. Trap Valley was nice but it's time to pull up the socks. Miles delivers a perfect melody from start to finish. The theme of the songs seems to be, everybody wants to eat well. Nathan has his grillz shining, while enjoying the mouth watering food from the King Eddy.  For his first feature he has created something truly special with the FFA CEO, Matt Kyazze.

Kyazze & Nathan Miles enjoying the food at the King Eddy. Shot by @_scottyv.

The last time we saw Mr.Kyazze was back in November 2019, when he released his first Music Video to his single McLovin ft. Black Iri$h. 

Kyazze expresses a different vibe in Bon Appetit with Nathan Miles. He experiments with a Jazz/Rnb feel to it, which fits the part perfectly. Expect more music from these two together and separately! 
Check out the video below if you didn't watch the video at the top. Cameos from Vctr, Cicaeda, New Age Hip, and Bait James.

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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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Nathan Miles Presents "Trap Valley"

By Matthew Kyazze

Nathan Miles Presents
Hello 2020! It feels good to be here. To start things off, we have Nathan Miles releasing his first EP tonight at MIDNIGHT! This project has a total of 12 songs. There are no features on the album so you know he put in the time. This is the first major release from 4Reign Records, which is the independent Record Label created by Nathan Miles himself. 
"Trap Valley, as my debut project is an ode to where I come from and the city that raised me, Ottawa. As a Trappers Park native of the Ottawa Valley, I decided to blend both areas of my environment to create this project. Trap for Trappers Park and Valley for the Ottawa Valley, this debut project is a playlist to showcase my skills and abilities." - Nathan Miles
Nathan has been very active since September 2019, with two Music Videos already out. One for his first single "Hunnit".
The second Music Video was released on October 27th, 2019 for his second single "HYLMN".
We as a collective from FFA really appreciate Nathan's creativity and organization when it comes down to releasing a project. We can not wait for the world to hear this album, hit a comment below and tell us what you think after you hear it.
Pre-Save "Trap Valley" right now, through the link below!

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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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Milez Stxne releases his first EP "KEYS"

By Matthew Kyazze

Milez Stxne releases his first EP

KEYS is an introduction to Milez Stxne as an artist, a 20 minute ‘wave.’ This project was created with a certain vibe in mind - aimed towards a dark, late night, faded, trap feel.

Born in Ottawa, Milez grew up in South Keys - Trappers Park area. “My environment where I grew up, where I stay had and will always have a big influence on my music, that was my driving force behind keys,” says Milez Stxne.

My favourite track on the EP has to be Woods - a blunt smoking turn up session. It’s no surprise that I partake in the “herb” every now and then (..daily? - who we kidding). Definitely going to be on the set list when you come out to a Stxne show, especially outdoor venues! #kushclouds

Talking about shows be sure to check out Milez Stxne first live performance in Ottawa. 
Saturday, December 15th @ Avant Garde Bar (Doors at 7pm)
He will be performing singles off the ‘KEYS’ EP and dropping some new-new off his highly anticipated debut album ‘Trap Valley’ estimated release: Summer ‘19. (oops #leaked)

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