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Thanks again for picking up another issue of Geechee One. If you haven’t heard we are starting to do a FREE bi-monthly newsletter for you to use as another outlet to promote and express your feelings. Again for those who don’t know, Geechee One is a place that you can write in and share your thoughts and opinions with others in the community. We are also looking for you to voice your opinions by just writing in whatever on your mind. Lets get Charleston on the map PEOPLE! There are so many talented people here and we all need to unite to get things to happen. I would like to congratulate everyone who won a award at the 1 st Annual SC Music Awards, and you need to get ready for the 2009 Geechee One Awards. We are ready… are you? Felicia Abigail Rivers Reminders Imagine this if you will, you and your significant other have been together for a long time, but through the course of the relationship, you have said and done some things to push the other away. You hire a private investigator and you find out that your significant other has cheated on you with someone else! Now, instead of cutting this person off, you decide that you two can work things out and you tell that person you forgive them. Oh, but when you two get home, you take those steamy sex pictures you got from your private investigator, and post them all through the house that you and your significant share! In the kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, on the internet any and every where! Well, that's what it's like living in South Carolina, for me anyway. I am a black man aka African American male that has lived in SC for over 25 years, 25 years of being reminded of slavery everyday! You can't go outside your home more than 15 or 20 miles without being reminded of the past and what we "used to be". This is something that needs to stop if our people are to ever move forward. Charleston has always known for being "behind the times" this is partly because we live in a community that can't let go of the past. They say that you can't see where you're going until you've seen where you've been. This may be true, but enough is enough! I say let's tear down those old slave relics and let's work together for a more positive tomorrow. Written By Wellington Magnus Claus The Hate that Hate Made I have been working with GeeChee One Magazine for about two years and I have seen some conflicted emotions when it comes to this publication. Some people love it, and some people hate it. Some of the ones that hate it, have never even read the magazine…. some hate it because they say we do not represent the streets, or we are all about getting money and not showing support for the real movers and shakers of the Lowcountry. Some let their egos guide their path, but had no reason to have an ego until GeeChee One showed them recognition and then when they do get some attention, they snub the ones that gave them their props in the first place. Let it be known that we do show love for the streets and if you really pay attention, you would see that. So stop hating and lets make this network thing work for all of us! Understand this, it takes money to do almost everything in this world. You want to be on the cover, paper, ink and duplication cost money… you want a full page, that costs money… you don‟t have the money for a full page ad but would like it for 50% off… well maybe you should look at your marketing and advertising budget and see where you can more of an impact with the same amount of cash. You won‟t! Let us help you do what you want to do, and that is get exposure. Stop the hating and stop letting your ego make you think you are bigger than you are. Use the tools around you to make a greater impact for the betterment of the whole entertainment scene in SC.

South Kingdom Productions, Inc. was created to impact the lives of the youth and the community by focusing on entertaining, educating, and inspiring youth to make better choices. South Kingdom Productions gives the youth an opportunity to showcase their talents in art, singing, dancing, and acting. South Kingdom Productions is dedicated to encouraging and educating youth as well as providing entertainment through plays, books, and music. South Kingdom Productions are currently interviewing and auditioning young people for an upcoming play called “Can Anything Good Come Out of the Hood?” If interested, email southkingdom@knology.net or contact one of the Project Managers at (843) 303-0102 or (843) 303-0429
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On July 19th, Geecheefam Apparel celebrated its One Year Anniversary at The Red Circle in San Diego, CA. Geecheefam Apparel is the 2008 Best Clothing Line award winner at the Geechee One Magazine Awards Show. The event kicked off with a champagne toast and introduction of the winner of the Geecheefam Anniversary contest Ms. Sherita Spenser from Baltimore, MD. The guestlist on hand included: Surviva West (San Diego,Charleston,SC), Black Cotton (San Diego), Obsession (San Diego), and Khalif Barnes of the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was definitely a night to remember that showcased Geecheefam's collection and rewarded the companies' hard work and tireless dedication.

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Child obesity results from poor eating habits. Daily consumption of fast food and junk food has dominated over healthy food choices. With child obesity in North America tripling over the past 20 years, what kids are eating has become a major concern. Here are some dos and don'ts for parents to help a pattern for a healthy lifestyle for their kids: 1. Do set a good example for your child to copy. Eat at the same time and eat the same healthy foods. 2. Do discourage snacking on sweets and fatty foods. Keep plenty of healthy foods, such as fruits, raw vegetables, low-fat crackers, and yogurt, around for children to eat between meals. 3. Do allow children to follow their natural appetites when deciding how much to eat. 4. Do encourage children to enjoy fruits and vegetables by giving them a variety from an early age. 5. Don't give skim or 1-percent-fat milk to children under the age of 5 unless your doctor prescribes it; at this stage, children need the extra calories in whole milk. 6. Do ask children to help prepare meals. If parents rely mostly on convenience foods, children may not learn to enjoy cooking. 7. Don't add unnecessary sugar to drinks and foods. 8. Don't accustom children to extra salt by adding it to food or placing the shaker on the table. 9. Don't give whole nuts to children under the age of 5, who may choke on them. Peanut butter and chopped nuts are fine as long as the child is not allergic to them. 10. Don't force children to eat more than they want. 11. Don't use food as a bribe. 12. Don't make children feel guilty about eating any type of food. Remember to also let your child get plenty of exercise. Exercise will make any healthy eating plan work even better. While a healthful diet can reduce your risk of many diseases, adding regular physical activity can do even more.

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Q: Where are you From? Arab: Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Q: How long have you been pushing this music dream? Arab: I have been writing since the age of 16, now I ‘ m in my mid 20 ‘ s. I started getting known for my skills about 3 or 4 years ago. Q: What is your inspiration and motivation? Arab: My motivation is my surroundings. Everybody ’ s got a story to tell. The people around me inspire me. As a matter of fact, they were pushing me harder than I was pushing myself at one point. ( R.I.P. Scrap Iron.) Q: Who are some of the artist that inspire you both locally and nationally? Arab: Busta Rhymes, Jeezy, Pachino Dino, LiL Ru, and Marly Mar, just to name a few. Q: In your time as a Hip Hop artist, you have seen hip hop as a business and a culture go through some changes. What do you have to say about the present state of Hip Hop? Arab: Music is infinite like knowledge. Hip hop used to be more street oriented and reality based, now it ’ s more party like. Q: What makes Arab different from any other artist?
Q: Where are you From? Fatigue: Mississippi, 601 area code. Q: When did your love for Hip Hop begin? Fatigue: My passion started in middle school. I hung around old school cats beat boxin'. Pretty soon I was admired by my friends for my own writing skills. Q: How long have you been with Pitch Black Ent.? Fatigue: Since I've been here, 2 years. Q: What is the difference between where you're from Mississippi and South Carolina? Fatigue: There really isn't a big difference as far as living conditions goes. The biggest difference is the language thing. The Geechee accent takes awhile to get used to. Q: What makes you different than the other artists out here? Fatigue: I speak on personal issues, issues of today, and club joints. My main thing is to get people to listen. There is a message in the music. Like the slaves, we still communicate and send out codes to each other through music. I feel as if only the wise will understand what I'm saying. Q: Why the name Fatigue? Fatigue: My close friend who's doing

Arab: The way that I say things is original and unlike any artist that you have ever heard. Q: Tell us about your company, Get Em Boy Entertainment. Arab: Get Em Boy Entertainment is our promotional team. We put on celebrity car shows and block parties. We have been doing this for about 4 or five years and we also bring major acts down here. Q: Where do you see your self a year from now? Arab: A year from now I see my company and I doing what the majors do, but with a South Cak Swagga. Q: What words of encouragement or words of advice do you have for the next upcoming CEO? Arab: There will be a lot of doors that you have to push through. Its not always going to be sunny days but keep strong! Q: Is there anyone out there that you would like to give a special shout out to? Arab: To my wife Meme, Trap Mo, Carminski, Eddie Dynamite, Dame Dash, the whole Pitch Black family... they always been there for me. Contact information: www.myspace.com/ rizzladabreadman
time right now, James Calhoun, gave me that name. I am an observer of life and a soldier. Q: What do you have out now? Fatigue: Two mix tapes. One was done in Mississippi called "The Spotlight' and I have my most recent mix tape out now called "Young Vet in the Game". Go get dat!! My album is in the works and my single "Do What You Do" is on the streets now. Q: Where do you see yourself a year from now? Fatigue: I see me as being a household name. I want my songs to touch people. I only hope that my legacy and my message lives on in my words. Q: Any personal shout outs? Fatigue: Yea, wanna give a shout out to my son and daughter Shaunta and Camo, James Calhoun, Pitch Black Family, Get Em Boys Ent., Half Ounce, LiL Boy Production, Seylenna Johnson, who just passed away and family, Dynamite, and to everybody that know me I'm keeping moving just like I said I was! Holla at me when you see me! Contact info: You can contact Fatigue through Willie Vegas's email: mrwallstsc@yahoo.com

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Weighing in at 300lbs. and standing at 6ft.5in. , hailing from the infamous streets of Downtown Charleston, he‟s known all around town for being the hottest club DJ in the “Chuck.” Nominated for numerous awards this year, and he‟s only getting started! It‟s none other than the one and only „The Talk of the Chuck,‟ „Mr. Show up and Show out‟ my big homie, DJ Kub. He sat down with P.I.M.P for an exclusive Geechee One interview to fill the readers in on what he has going on for this year. P.I.M.P: What‟s happening with you Kub, what‟s the mix? Kub: Chillin family, you know how I do it. P.I.M.P: Where are you from Kub? Kub: Downtown family, Romney St. all day. P.I.M.P: Shout out to all my homies downtown Suge Feverboy Ent., Sweets, Pachino and all them boys reppin. P.I.M.P: What does the word mix mean to you? Kub: Mix means, What‟s Happening. It can be used in 100 different ways depending on what you‟re talking bout, shout out to whoever came up with the saying mix. P.I.M.P: You‟re everywhere in all the hottest GeeChee One Magazine Volume IV Issue 3

clubs in the city, what‟s your method to staying hot? Kub: Just being creative talking trash on the microphone, and just catering to the Chuck and giving the people what they want to hear. P.I.M.P: How long have you been a DJ? Kub: For about 16 years and I feel I still haven‟t reached my peak yet. P.I.M.P: What inspired you to be a DJ? Kub: My love for music, and I like the crowd control and the good feedback I get afterwards. P.I.M.P: Who are some of the artist that you‟ve worked with? Kub: Pachino Dino, Killer Skip, Marley Marl, Mr. Taylor, Hevy Hitters, Fatboy, Young Jezzy, Gucci Mane,Yo Gotti, and my dog P.I.M.P. P.I.M.P: That‟s a real serious line up . P.I.M.P: What‟s the hottest club banger right now? Kub: Mr.Taylor Shoot the motherf---er right now, and OJ the Juice Man, “I‟m Getting Money.” P.I.M.P: How do you know a hit song when you hear it?

Kub: I listen to the beat and to the lyrics but if it got a hard beat, that‟s going to win all day in the club. P.I.M.P: What projects are you currently working on ? Kub: You know I got the Mix or Die Volumes out and I‟m on number 4 right now, soon to be released. P.I.M.P: We know in this age and time technology rules, but do you feel a DJ should know how to spin vinyl? Kub: Yes, definitely it started with vinyl. It‟s the art of dj-ing. P.I.M.P: Would you prefer being a radio DJ or a club DJ and why? Kub: I‟ll be a club DJ until I die. I get a lot of love in the streets, the streets made me. No disrespect but at the radio you have to be structured. P.I.M.P: There was a big free Kub campaign on the streets and on the Internet so obviously you had a legal situation such as a lot of brothers including myself. What advice would you give to the younger brothers and sisters to avoid similar situations? Kub: To all the young kids if it‟s not a life or Page 14

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death situation walk away. It‟s not worth putting your family and friends through, but you learn from your experiences. A bigger man walks away. P.I.M.P: Are you associated with a DJ crew? Kub: Thunderkats DJ‟s shout out to all the Thunderkats. P.I.M.P: What are some of your goals for the city as being the number 1 club DJ? Kub: My goal is to put the city on the map. Right now we‟re being overlooked. It‟s time for us to get paid for this music. P.I.M.P: How should a local artist approach you about listening to their music? Kub: I was hoping you would ask that question. Man, catch me in the streets or holla at me before the club. Have some business about yourself, don‟t interrupt me when I‟m in the middle of DJ-ing at a club talking bout play this. P.I.M.P: What are some awards you‟ve been nominated for and received? Kub: “Geechee One Awards” club DJ of the year, nominated for SC Music Awards, SC Crossfade DJ, SME Club DJ of the Year. P.I.M.P: Tell the people how they can get in touch with you? Kub: www.myspace.com/djkub or you can come see me at the Kush Lounge. P.I.M.P: It‟s been my pleasure having the opportunity to chop it up with you like real players do and everybody don‟t forget to vote for DJ Kub at www.scmusic.com awards and www.smes.com GO DJ THAT‟S MY DJ. LACHONDRIA "MISS O2G" LEGARE TAYLOR 1994 - BEYOND B.A.C.S.T.A.N, CMOE, JD RYDER, AND MANY MORE.

SHE HAS A PRODUCTION GROUP UNDER HER SHE IS THE C.E.O AND AN ARTIST FOR OUT 2 AS WELL, YOUNG BALLA PRODUCTION. GET IT ENTERTAINMENT. SHE ALSO IS A PARTY PROMOTER. THE NAME SPEAKS FOR ITSELF OUT 2 GET IT AND DJ FOR CLUB BERNARDS. BEING THE 1ST LADY OF CHRON ISLE,WHICH THE GROUPS NAME IS BASED. CHRON ISLE AFFILIATION (C.I.A). SHE IS A KRUNKTOBER FEST AWARD WINNER. WITH 5 CD'S UNDER THE GROUPS BELT, AND SHE IS DEFINITLY PUTTING IN WORK. When you download and burn, choose the discat-once option to prevent gaps between the tracks. Next mixtape coming next issue, check mixtape submission guidelines on www.geecheeone.com GeeChee One Magazine Volume IV Issue 3 THERE IS MORE PROJECTS COMING FROM THIS CAMP WITH THE MIXX TAPE HITTING THE STREETS SOON. MIXX TAPES AND DEBUT CD'S BY Visit us @ www.geecheeone.com or call us at 843-879-8352 Page 15 "EVERYTHING WE OUT 2 GET.”

IT'S TITLED "JOURNEY" BECAUSE THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I ENDURED TO REACH THIS POINT IN MY LIFE. IT IS AN AMAZING PROJECT ABOUT LOVE, PAIN AND TRIUMPH. I AM A RAPE SURVIVOR AS WELL AS A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVOR. THE ENTIRE PURPOSE OF MY ALBUM IS TO HELP THOSE, BE IT MALE OR FEMALE, WHO HAS BEEN THROUGH OR WHO IS CURRENTLY GOING THROUGH SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE EXPERIENCED. I WANT TO GIVE THEM HOPE. I WANT TO LET THEM KNOW THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE AND IF I MADE IT SO CAN THEY! I AM NO LONGER A VICTIM, I AM A SURVIVOR. SO THAT IS THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF MY ALBUM. THERE ARE SONGS ON "JOURNEY" THAT EVERYONE CAN RELATE The album is an amazing body of work, who are TO. I HAVE FANS FROM THE AGES OF 6 TO 65 some of the producers that you worked with on THUS FAR. IT'S A PROJECT PACKED WITH EXCITEMENT, JOY, TEARS AND HAPPINESS. this album? THE ALBUM IS VERY VERSATILE. IT MAKES The majority of my project was produced by YOU LAUGH, CRY, DANCE AND MOST IMPORChurch from 2 Cool Productionz. I worked with TANTLY INSPIRES YOU. LIKE I SAID, IT'S SOMESean Dolby from The Kamillionz Music Groups, THING FOR EVERYONE! D. Ravenell as well as 40oz from 40oz ProducIs their any collaborations with any other tions. They are all amazing! artist? So what‟s going on with you? I collaborated with Church from 2 Cool ProducI have had an amazing release. Since my tionz on two songs on my album called "Shady" album has been released I’ve been crowned and "Give It To Ya". Though we have some "Best New Female Artist Of The Year" at the other major things in the making...I can‟t speak Geechee One Magazine Awards Show 2008 of them quite yet!!! Just keep your eyes and and recently "Best R&B Female Artist Of The ears out for me! As for other artist, I just did a Year" at The SC Music Awards. I’ve been collaboration with Marly Mar. It‟s a song called featured in countless magazines and on “Take Control". We had lots of fun doing that countless websites. I’ve recently been on "The one. :) I‟m also did a collaboration with Lil Steve Harvey Morning Show" as well. As you Shuffle. It‟s hot!! can see I’ve been really busy. I’ve been so You stated that Gospel is your foundation, is blessed. God is good. their a gospel album in the works? How much creative input did you have on this As of right now, there is no traditional Gospel album? album in the making. However, I do consider I was given 100% creative rights. I was blessed my music inspirational to those who are going to have an amazing production team that through or who have been through similar believed in me and my artistic ability enough to situations that I have. "Journey" is my allow me to be free. This entire album is based testimony. If God leads me to make a upon real events that took place in my life. I traditional Gospel album, trust me, I will do it! wrote the entire album with the exception of one track. Church and myself wrote "Give It To When we listen to R&B today it’s either talking about sex, cars, money, or buying you a drink. Ya". But it’s all real, all true events. Do you feel that you have to compete to sell The album is called "Journey". How did you music? come up with that name? No, not at all. Everyone has their own taste. MY DEBUT ALBUM "JOURNEY" IS MY FIRST They know what they like and dislike. If that’s SELF WRITTEN RELEASE. IT'S A 15 TRACK what they like then hey...that’s cool. But as for ALBUM FULL OF MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES. me, I came to shake up the game. I dare peoGeeChee One Magazine Volume IV Issue 3

ple to be different and step outside of the "norm"!! That’s what I did, I stepped outside of the box. I want my music to be something that people can relate to. I want to have some substance. Sure you have music about sex, cars, money etc.. That’s cool for those who enjoy music about sex, cars drinks....etc. Kudos to them. But what about the people who need to be encouraged? What about the married couples who needs that assurance that there will be better days? What about that couple who have been together for years and just can’t figure out how to get their groove back? What about them? Don’t get me wrong, I have music on my album that everyone can relate to that are fun and exciting. But I also have songs that deal with real life issues. They all are real life events that happened. "My Life"! , why did you choose that to be the 1st single off of the album? "My Life" was chosen to be my first single because it sums up everything the album is about. It’s a song of love, pain and inspiration. This song was one of the hardest songs to write. I had to relive some really tragic events that took place in my life in order to write it. I found my self emotionally drained on many occasions. But sometimes it’s necessary to allow your self to go there to bring out what needs to be expressed. After the song was complete I realized just how much that was necessary. It was therapeutic as well. It reminded me that thru all that I endured, I was never alone. God never left me. He taught me how to love again and how to allow myself to be loved. It was just amazing! What else can we expect from Amore‟ Rayne? "Journey" is available now. 15 hot tracks. You can pick it up @ www.amorerayne.com. If you live in Charleston S.C. you can pick it up @ Cat’s Music, Monster Music and Loco Records. Everyone please pick it up and support. I’ve gotten so much love from all over the world! You can expect a lot more from me in the future. I’m going to continue writing. I’m going to continue putting out hits. I will definitely continue to tour in cities and towns near you! I just appreciate everyone for allowing me to be me. Thank you! To all my fans, thank you for supporting me and standing by me! Most of all thanks for being so very patient! The wait is OVER! I love you all! Without you there is no me so thank you all. You can join my fan club! At WWW.AMORERAYNE.COM You can also give me a call @ 612-326-5611. Page 16

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Ki‟Yena Boyd, a South Carolina native, is no stranger to being in the spotlight. Her father, a well known professional photographer of the South, sparked her interest in the broadcast industry as well as modeling at a young age, landing her spots in a commercial and print ads. As she got older, she furthered her training in modeling under Shaw Model and Talent Agency and the nationally know agency, Millie Lewis Modeling. Her education was always her main focus, but she never let her passion subside. During high school she ran for her schools pageants and won Second Runner up Miss Freshmen, First Runner Up, Miss Sophomore, and Miss Junior 2003. At the age of 18, after graduating from high school, Ki‟Yena B became an independent agent under her father‟s management.

At the age of 20, Ki‟Yena B decided to take her modeling to another level. With her hard work and dedication she has appeared in numerous magazines, calendars, online profiles, CD covers, flyers and other promotional publications and gigs. She currently models for Carolina Honey's Modeling and Promotional team, and Fyne Dymez Modeling and Promotional Team, both of out Charlotte, NC, Seagram Gin South Division, Martell Cognac South Division, GeeChee One Magazine, and Chill Out Entertainment, both of out Charleston, SC. In 2008 she won GeeChee One Magazine‟s Model of the Year. Ki'Yena B. is also a 2007 college graduate from the College of Charleston with her Degree in Communications. Her goal is to work in the broadcast industry while gaining knowledge through working with promotions through her modeling.

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Bobby “DJ Tazz” Washington is the owner of 7 Fthyee Production and CPT Records. I started in the music business at the age of 13. I started DJing with DJ Mighty Jody and DJ Chazz from Orangeburg, SC and St. George, SC. At the age of 18 I started DJing for Jam Pony Express out of Miami, FL then at the age of 23 I was signed to Black Pitch Records and release my first song in titled “That‟s Right” at the age of 26. To this day I have a wife and 2 kids and still DJing. I can be see and heard every Thursday at Club Echelon in Charleston, SC. Right now I DJ at house parties, clubs, yard parties, and CPT Records. I am a member of Hustling DJ‟s out of Columbus, GA. My Motto is “Always try to make a difference”.

Q: How did you get started? A: I started DJing at the age of 13, with my Uncle DJ Chazz and DJ Mighty Jody. Q: When did you begin DJing? A: I began DJing at the age of 18 for Jam Pony Express out of Miami, FL. Q: Who is your Primary Inspiration? A: My primary inspiration is DJ Jazzy Jeff and Kid Capri. Q: What inspired you to start DJing? A: The love of music, the love of being my own boss, and basically making people happy is what inspired me to start DJing. Q: What was it like spinning your first party?

A: “Love” and “Body Shake” were the two songs A: When I produced my first track “That‟s Right”. that I wrote but I never put them on the market, Q: What do you like to for fun outside of but “That‟s Right‟ was the song that did make it working on music? to the market. Q: Who inspired you to write the song That‟s Right? A: A young lady inspired me to write the song “That‟s Right” while we were riding down the street. Q: How did you first connect with Jam Pony Express? A: Kenny Williams introduced me to his uncle which is the owner of Jam Pony Express. Q: What is the biggest crowd you have spun for? A: I like to shoot pool, crack jokes with friends, play with my son Timothy and step-daughter Briona, play video games, watch movies, and help my wife Alisa on her job. Q: What are you plans for the next 5 years? A: The next 5 years I plan to go back to school for electrician and travel. Q: Do you have advice for young people who want to become an artist or a DJ? A: My advice to young people is to be a leader not a follower. Don‟t do Drugs and everything you see on TV is not always real. Stay in school and get your education. Q: What are you doing now? A: I am currently the owner of 7Fthyee Production, part-owner of CPT Records, and a member of Hustling DJs & Razor Sharp Records.

A: The biggest crowd was about 800—900 A: I was nervous, scared, and wondered if the people at Club 20 Grand. people would like me. Just ready to be out there Q: How does it feel to be one of the top and period. hottest DJs in Charleston? Q: What do you like mot about DJing? A: I feel like I have accomplished something A: The fame, being in the spot light and to see even though I do not get the recognition for it. the look on people‟s faces. Q: What made you deicide to go into the Q: What was the name of your last song you record producing business? wrote? GeeChee One Magazine Volume IV Issue 3

Catch DJ Tazz at Club Echelon every Thursday night, but please don‟t drink and drive.
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Blue: A man can be defined by many things, but how does P.I.M.P. define himself? P.I.M.P.: Well, you know, P.I.M.P., is just a real dude, I‟m real laid back, I‟m „bout my business, handling mine, like I said, P.I.M.P. stands for Pain Inspires My Progressions. I feel just like any other young Black male that‟s living in the world today. We go through all types of similar situations. I‟m no different than anybody else. I‟m a young Black male. I try to be about my business as much as I can. I love my kids and my family, like I said, I‟m just a real dude going through some real situations. Blue: As it relates to your music, how do you see yourself as an artist? P.I.M.P.: I see myself as one of the best. I take my music seriously.

Blue: What were some of your favorite collaborations? P.I.M.P.: Well, that‟s my brother, so it‟s gonna always be a blessing. We‟ve been tight since we were little. I guess now, he really has a good ear for music, all of us do, because we came up in the church. We started singing in the church choir and what not… so all of us have a pretty good ear for music, except I guess at the level that he‟s on, being a very influential DJ in the South, working with a lot of people and things like that… it was real good because his opinions meant something to me. He‟s the type of guy that always pushes me to be better as an artist. Some things he hears, he‟s like my worst and best critic. I love it because it pushes me to go further with my music. There‟s basically nothing I wouldn‟t try with the music. Blue: You are looking at some time… P.I.M.P.: I was sentenced Thursday (August 28, 2008) to a non-violent five year sentence. I‟ll be eligible for parole after a year. That was a situation that happened in 2005. I‟m not perfect, I make mistakes just like anybody else, but at the same time, it was a learning experience for me because it really made me appreciate and respect things, the little things that we don‟t really look at like that. Just being here with my kids, just being out here breathing this fresh air, being with all my friends and family. It‟s something that I‟m definitely gonna miss , but at the same time, it just brought me closer to them. On another note, it just sharpened me up because, you know, I‟ve been in prison before, and somebody told you a lie if they said anything about it is cool. But, you know, sometimes when we are young, we make mistakes… but

it‟s all about learning from them and moving forward. That‟s how I see my situation, at the same time, I get depressed about it, thinking about trials and tribulations I‟m gonna have to face in the future but at the same time, I know it‟s gonna make me stronger. Blue: So tomorrow, you go in and that chapter begins… while you‟re in, what type of things do you think you‟ll be working on, spiritually as well as mentally? P.I.M.P.: Well, first of all, musically, I‟ma definitely be working on another album. I was thinking of the title “Picture Me Rolling 2”, take it back to that old Tupac when it was a celebration, when Tupac got out of jail, he was just happy to be out here. You could tell through his music, it was like a celebration. That‟s what I was thinking about. I‟ma definitely get my mind right, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically. You can never say what type of job or position that you may have when you get in there… I‟ma try and do something with the education department. I‟ma try and help some of the other younger brothers, who don‟t really have that guidance or whatever and they travel down the wrong path. We make all different kind of mistakes. It‟s my part as an older Black brother, I gotta give the game to the youngsters. I‟ll be dead wrong if I said I wanted my kids or whatever to go out and do some of the things that I did, knowing the consequences. That‟ll make me look like one of the biggest player haters in the world. So definitely, that‟s a train of thought that I really started getting into, because it‟s only right. We gotta lot of brothers who‟s fathers are not in their lives and you got some dudes where they would give them a package and tell

„em to make some money and wouldn‟t give them a book and tell them to read this. So I‟ma definitely try and do what I can to help other young Black brothers to prevent these type of situations. Definitely! Blue: I don‟t want to say last words, don‟t want to say final words… some words, until the next time? P.I.M.P.: This your man, Mr. P.I.M.P., Mr. South Carolina, one of the flyest players in the 50 states, that‟s my title. Whether I‟m here or I‟m there, I‟m gonna hold it down for the state and I‟m gonna rep the city, no matter where I‟m at… until we meet again.

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Music is not the same kind of product that a shoe is. You don't sell a shoe the same way you sell a CD. If you want to sell a shoe, the shoe itself will not object too much about how you sell it. Not so with music. The artists and bands that make music have an emotional investment in their creation. As 'artists' they concentrate more on the creative side of music, and rarely are they well versed in the intricacies of the business world. So, as creative creatures they can easily develop conflicting opinions on how their 'art' should be marketed. Songwriters may write songs as a creative expression. Musicians and singers may record a version of that song, but a record label pays the bills for the recording, and then has to find a way to convince listeners of the song that owning it will bring some kind of pleasure to their lives. Business people usually know more about commerce than art, so the tensions that exist because of this dynamic can lead to misunderstandings, and misunderstandings can lead to disappointments for all parties involved. Many solo artists and bands that get signed to record labels get themselves into trouble with record label executives because they think the only thing that is important is the music itself, while the record label executives and their team of promotional representatives have very little emotional investment in the songs they promote. From their point of view, it is the responsibility of a record label to find a business way to sell the recording they invested in. They may try to preserve the emotional investment their act's have in their songs as best they can, but they will stop at nothing when, for example, a promotional opportunity comes up that may be at odds with the image or ethics that the artist may hold. If the label executives see a potential profit coming from some controversial promotion campaign, they will usually do what they have to do to take advantage of that marketing opportunity. However, at the same time, if the artist is creating such a nuisance to them, they may sense a threat to their investment or even their egos, and decide to cancel a promotion campaign at a moment's notice. Factors That Determine Priority Releases Major labels often find that they have overextended themselves by signing too many acts within a short period of time and scheduling too many releases to come out at the same time. So, when they discuss which scheduled Page 22

I know that your single is on heavy rotation on The Z, Big DM, and The Beat... and you just got signed to a major label. Now what? Let me educate those that may not know, signing a record label contract is not the end of this musical journey. Now the work truly begins... I wish to educate those of you in the business on the challenges of staying on the label's radar once you are signed.

beyond typical understandings. The major labels, and many independent record labels, juggle a lot of this and that when they go about the business of trying to sell records. Some of these have to do with hard business realities, while others are quite emotional and complex.

When it comes down to deciding when a record will be released, and deciding whether or not to spend very much time and money to help sell Just because you got a record deal does not it, there are some complex issues that come automatically mean that you will be treated into play, but the biggest one is this: music, well by your record label. Once a record has after it has been created, becomes a product. been scheduled for release, a number of Music is an emotional product, and because of factors will determine if it becomes a "priority" that there will always be issues that come up at the label in terms of the amount of attention during the recording of the songs, the it receives. marketing of the record, or in the personal The reasons why one artist's new release may relationships that are developed that can be more important to a label than another can deeply affect the success or failure of the be determined by any number of things, some project. GeeChee One Magazine Volume IV Issue 3

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records have the best chance of success in the marketplace, they may simply push back a release 6 months to a year. Regretfully, depending on an act's actual contract, there may be no guarantees that a label has to ever release their record. On another note, if a label signs an act because they play a genre of music that is currently hot on the charts, but the negotiations for signing the deal, or the recording process took too much time, they may have missed their opportunity to cash in on a current popular music trend, and realizing that fact, simply decide not to make the record a priority release, but to 'sit on it' and wait to see if another time of year for releasing the record would be more opportunistic.

artist in order to impress and influence the manager of another similar hot act, with hopes of getting the band on their label someday. So, when the record of such an artist comes out, the label executive may pull out all the stops promotionally, to show the manager what a great job the label can do. If the label shows it can do a good job with a newer artist on that manager's roster, perhaps the manager will send one of his established stars over to the label, when the existing record contract with the established artist runs out. "Bidding wars" also affect priority status. That new single from Songbird is so hot... you can hear her song on numerous radio stations. One label makes an offer to sign her, another label hears about it and ups the bid, a third label offers even more money. The winner of this bidding war will probably be forced to make Songbird's initial release a priority. The label will need a sizeable return in sales dollars from her recording to recoup their large investment. Interestingly, no band or act signed from any bidding war has ever gone on to major stardom. Not a single one...

become a priority at the record label that signed them. By the way, usually, all new releases by superstar acts are automatic priority records because of their star status and the simple fact that they sell a lot of product consistently. Many people think signing a recording contract with a record label means automatic stardom. That is not the case, and musicians approached by a label for a deal would do well to research that label's track record and reputation for making their releases priorities. Take my word for it though, if you are perceived as a troublemaker by the label executives, or if they decide that your record shows no signs of being accepted at radio, other media, and music retailers, that piece of paper you have in your possession called a recording contract may be about as valuable as a sheet of Kleenex. Where is your video? Where is your nationwide radio promotion? Is your single charted on Billboard or Soundscan? When is your album release and how many copies are being distributed upon initial release? You can't answer these questions, then let me ask you this, you got signed... now what?

To complicate matters even more when it comes to what records will be given the most attention by a label, a label executive may sign an act only to stop a competing record label executive from signing them to his label, and when the record is released any interest in promoting the record takes second place to the personal satisfaction of having 'one-upped' a competitor….and the act is left out in the cold. When a hot new music style comes on the scene, any act that is signed to take advantage But the ego issue can also work positively for a of a new popular music trend will usually recording artist. A label executive may sign an

White folk wanted to make the USA a great country. What did they do? They went to Africa and enslaved Blacks to turn the country into an agricultural powerhouse. White folk wanted to make Washington D.C. a great city. What did they do? They used a Black to design the city and Black labor to build it.

settlers and to fight the Indians. White folk wanted to raise cattle in the mid west. What did they do? They hired cowboys to do it (Yes, most cowboy's were Black.) White folk wanted to explore the North Pole. What did they do? Adm. Perry took a Black guide along to get him there. The guide reached the pole before Perry.

White folk wanted to explore the western USA . What did they do? Lewis and Clark took a Black slave with them to negotiate with the Native Americans. White folk wanted to make the USA armed forces better. White folk wanted to end the Civil War. What did they do? What did they do? Truman integrated the military. They freed the slaves who helped win the war. White folk wanted to improve college and pro sports and make more money doing so. White folk wanted to take San Juan Hill What did they do? What did they do? They integrated sports and built larger stadiTeddy rushed up the hill, got in trouble, and ums and arenas and tougher golf courses. was rescued by Blacks who took the hill. White folk wanted to take the middle and western USA from the Indians. What did they do? They sent the Buffalo soldiers to protect the GeeChee One Magazine Volume IV Issue 3

Now, White folk want a new president to straighten out the Bush mess. What will they do based on history?

This will be the most memorable election of all time. Obama and McCain stand on two totally different platforms as it pertains to America’s future. I am not telling you to vote one way or another, I am just asking you to VOTE. If you never voted before, I am not mad at you. If you were disgusted as I was at the 2000 election when most of Florida’s votes were discarded, I understand. If you decided to not VOTE in the 2004 election, I can not even fault you for that either… but this time, I want you to make an honest effort to VOTE this election year. If you want more of the same, then you know who to vote for… but if you want a change, then you know what you need to do. I want you to register to vote and on election day, I want you to use your constitutional right and VOTE for our next President of the United States. Now… do what we do, and VOTE OR SHUT UP!!! Darlisha Chisolm and F. Khristopher Blue

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Did you watch that program that came on America itself can be and is detrimental So, instead of so much attention being placed awhile back called Hip Hop versus Amerikkka? towards the same group of people. upon the artist who create and the TV programs which showcase these type of artists The statement itself proves just how far the All I hear about is how the misogynistic lyrics of into your household, I imagine it would make somewhat blind and ignorant fight which artists such as Lil Wayne and Soulja Boy better sense if one of the members of the America has shown towards Hip Hop music and destroy the youth of America. I'm sure they do. round table discussions and picket lines took a its resulted culture, has truly become. But, ultimately, there is a reason why the gigantic step forward and asked one simple album sales of these entertainers continue to question… if we are truly in the business of How is it possible that a country supposedly sell millions. There is a reason why the often trying to clean up America, then wouldn't it be built on freedom, directs so much of its ridiculed cable stations such as Black Enterlogical to start at the head? I mean, that is attention towards a particular entertainment tainment Television continue to add to their where the true influence resides. The head of sect, when the constitution which grants that vast media empire. the household that is… step up or shut up. very freedom, stands largely responsible for the targeted existence of this particular entertainment sect? To me, that doesn't speak of Hip Hop versus America; it speaks of America versus America. "Still I stand," as rapper T.I. boastfully states in his song, aptly entitled “No Matter What”. And there is a glaring reason why Hip Hop music continues to stand proudly amongst its growing detractors. That reason being, America has no It does. It also speaks of hypocrisy. Meaning, other choice. The only choice is whether you since America promotes freedom of speech, choose to listen. Hip Hop is forever protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Also, let's be honest, is there that much of a Which would thoroughly explain why, regard- difference between the Lil Waynes and Soulja less of how many boycotts and televised dis- Boys of today, than the NWA‟s and Two Live cussions are being aimed towards Hip Hop, the Crews of yesterday? At some point it would music continues to be created. appear that at least one person would realize how, for all the widely-publicized criticism being I won't try to convince anyone that certain offered, all Hip Hop and America has done is factions of this particular genre music isn't gone in circles. detrimental. Of course it is. It can be very influential towards the rebellious demeanor of It seems as if someone would realize the every young and immature mind. To think undeniable truth which, sadly, is being missed, otherwise would be foolish. Why? Because Hip Hop music goes, as America itself goes. GeeChee One Magazine Volume IV Issue 3 Visit us @ www.geecheeone.com or call us at 843-879-8352 Page 24

Barack Obama is right. Now some say he is just sucking up to White people in order to get their votes but so what if he is. His message is not any less true. We need our Black men involved in our children's lives so that Black boys know how to be a good man and Black girls have an idea of what a good man is. There is no disputing the reports that children who have fathers involved in their education do better as a group. There is no disputing that these same children are less likely to end up in prison. There is no disputing that these children are less likely to grow up in poverty. Black men, we owe it to our children to make sure that they do better than we did. The true measure of a man is not how tough you are, what kind of car you have, how much money you have. It's not any of that. It's how you take care of "Yours". The true measure of a man is how you ensure your children's future. That being said, let's not forget that the majority of Black fathers do the right thing. Yeah, I know about the 70% number of Black children born to single mothers but that does not equate to 70% of Black men not being involved in their children's lives. That only means that they don't live with the mother. One last point. It's just not Black men that need to step up. If you have ever been to a PTA meeting or Parent/Teacher Night forget color and just count the number of men that are there. I'm sure women will outnumber them at least 3 to 1 if not more. So while this is an issue that has the spotlight shining on Black fathers it is not unique to them. To all the good Black fathers out there keep doing what you are doing and set the example. Although you are rarely acknowledged even by our own, I just want to let you know that you are appreciated.

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I am Black and I live in America. Whenever I sit and really think about that statement, which is hardly ever, I realize two things… this shining truth has placed me within a steel paradox. I'm both fortunate and unfortunate and unless someone knows something that I don't, I figured it would make perfect sense to accept and embrace this undeniable fact, especially seeing as how it's going to be this way until my final breath. So, I may as well take off my shoes, stretch my legs, and make myself at home. If I have any say whatsoever in this matter, it's going to be a long one. Although this great country bears an unfortunate and ongoing history of institutionalized racism, which I imagine is largely responsible due to 400 years of slavery and just an overall pure evilness, currently, I cannot think of another place where I prefer to live besides America. Maybe Russia, seeing as how I've been called a black Russian once or twice, but definitely not Africa. I do not care to live in the Motherland. Who would I talk to? Where would I go? I don't know anyone who lives there.

I enjoy living here. Of course I do. I mean, where else can a Black man reside and be endlessly judged, blatantly stereotyped, always discriminated against, mentally condemned, wrongfully accused, hated and sometimes even have a noose placed around his neck and tied to some tall and strong tree… all based on skin color alone. Where else but in the Sweet Land of Liberty can African Americans find themselves entangled within a confusing web of frustration and injustice so intelligently woven, where the captured fly becomes upset with the captured bug which causes them both to lash out against one another. In the meanwhile, "Charlotte" quietly builds more webs. I digress. Fortunately, there is a flip side to each and every coin. And the other side of that rusty nickel, the positive side, undoubtedly states how only in America can Black men have the tremendous opportunity to soar the educated skies and freely become whatever his heart desires. He may experience some level of discomfort and turbulence along his respective plight but as long as he chooses to remain patient and steady and focused ... eventually, he will land like a bird. In the event of a crash landing, it will signal the fact that some very bad and f***ed up decisions were made along the way. So contrary to popular belief, the Black man now has freedom in America, unless he breaks a felony law. If so, those civil liberties will quickly be taken away. Still, I am certain there are more African men who sit and dream about Coming To America ... rather than Black men in America who ponder living in Africa. A sentiment which thoroughly speaks of The Motherland being a great place to visit, but upon given the choice, hardly anyone holds the desire to live there. As a Black man in America I never fail to recognize how Black people have yet to overcome the psychological effects of those 400 years, as we bear witness daily. But I stand completely proud of the fact that our people have overcome free labor and possess human rights sadly unknown to our enslaved ancestors. Again, America fortunately and unfortunately is our home, the gift and the curse. Deal with it.

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Quiz: Can you Guess Who is Infected? The characters are made up but the situations can be true. Jenny, age 22, lives in West Ashley, has had only two sexual encounters unprotected with her boyfriend of 4 years. Taneka, age 17, lives with his parents in Mt. Pleasant, has had multiple sexual encounters with multiple men and women, and plans to attend college next year to pursue nursing. Shaun, age 19, lives with her boyfriend in Summerville, and has only slept with 3 people in her lifetime. Shanta, age 28, mother of two that lives in North Charleston, uses protection regularly. Jamie, age 31, married with two children, has multiple flings, works as an executive at a law firm, and keeps her sexual side on the down low. Answers: Jenny is not infected even though she only has oral sex with her faithful boyfriend. Taneka, even though not infected with HIV/Aids, has Herpes. Shaun, is not infected and uses protection with her partners. Shanta is not infected now, but has been treated for Chlamydia. Jamie, even though she is happily married and works at a good job, is infected with HIV.

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are among the most common infectious diseases in the United States today. More than 20 different STDs have been identified, and 13 million men and women are infected each year in the United States. Depending on the disease, the infection can be spread through any type of sexual activity (including oral sex). Important Facts about STDs: ·STDs affect men and women of all ages and backgrounds. ·STDs have become more common, partly because young people are becoming sexually active at a younger age and are having multiple partners. ·People can pass STDs to sexual partners even if they themselves do not have any symptoms.

Here are a few key points about the disease: Globally, 85% of HIV transmission is heterosexual. In the United States, approximately one-third of new diagnoses appear to be related to heterosexual transmission. Male-to-male sexual contact still accounts for approximately half of new diagnoses in the U.S. Intravenous drug use contributes to the remaining cases. Because the diagnosis may occur years after infection, it is likely that a higher proportion of recent infections are due to heterosexual transmission. Infections in women are increasing. Worldwide, 42% of people with HIV are women. In the United States, approximately 25% of new diagnoses are in women, and the proportion is rising.

STDs can be passed from a mother to her baby before, during, or immediately after birth. Because the method of becoming infected is similar with all STDs, a person can easily pick up more than one infection at a time. Experts believe that having an STD that is not AIDS increases one's risk for becoming infected with AIDS. STDS Symptoms
Common STDs have a variety of symptoms (if symptoms develop at all) and many different complications, including death. ·Chlamydia Most common of all STDs caused by bacteria No symptoms in 80% of women and 50% of men Discharge from the vagina or the penis, burning or pain during urination Transmitted through vaginal, oral, or anal sexual contact Ectopic pregnancy and infertility for women most serious complications Treatable with Antibiotics Genital herpes: One type of herpes typically causes cold sores in the mouth, and another type causes genital sores; however, each type can cause either type of infection. o o Recurring outbreaks of blisterlike sores on the genitals Can be transmitted from a mother to her baby during birth

There is good news on one front: New HIV infections in Frequently, STDs cause no symptoms, especially in U.S. children have fallen dramatically, with only 38 women. cases reported in 2006. This is largely a result of testing and treating infected mothers, as well as esHealth problems from STDs tend to be more severe tablishing uniform testing guidelines for blood prodfor women than for men. Some STDs can cause pelvic ucts. infections that may lead to scarring of the reproductive organs, which can result in an ectopic pregnancy In order to understand HIV and AIDS, it is important to (a pregnancy outside the uterus) and infertility for understand the meanings behind these terms: women. HIV stands for the human immunodeficiency virus. It STDs in women may be related to cancer of the cervix. is one of a group of viruses known as retroviruses. After getting into the body, the virus kills or damages STDs can be passed from a mother to her baby becells of the body's immune system. The body tries to fore, during, or immediately after birth. keep up by making new cells or trying to contain the virus, but eventually the HIV wins out and progres·Because the method of becoming infected is similar sively destroys the body's ability to fight infections and with all STDs, a person can easily pick up more than certain cancers. one infection at a time. ·Experts believe that having an STD that is not AIDS increases one's risk for becoming infected with AIDS. The most common STD infections are Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and HIV. Chlamydia is a bacterial infection disease transmitted when people have sexual relations. It is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States. Among adults, about 5% of the population is estimated to be infected. Among sexually active adolescent females, about 10% are infected. Infection with Chlamydia is most commonly found among young adults, people living in urban areas, and African Americans. Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported notifiable disease in the United States. The CDC estimates that approximately 700,000 new gonorrheal infections occur yearly in the U.S., only about half of which are reported to the CDC. . More than 5% of people between the ages of 18 and 35 have an infection with gonorrhea that they do not know about. New strains are more easily spread and are resisting treatment even with strong antibiotics. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection has now spread to every country in the world. Approximately 40 million people are currently living with HIV infection, and an estimated 25 million have died from this disease. The scourge of HIV has been particularly devastating in sub-Saharan Africa, but infection rates in other countries remain high. In the United States, approximately 1 million people are currently infected. AIDS stands for the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is caused by HIV and occurs when the virus has destroyed so much of the body's defenses that immune-cell counts fall to critical levels or Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are among the most common infectious diseases in the United States today. More than 20 different STDs have been identified, and 13 million men and women are infected each year in the United States. Depending on the disease, the infection can be spread through any type of sexual activity involving the sex organs or the mouth; the infection can also be spread through contact with blood during sexual activity. STDs affect men and women of all ages and backgrounds. STDs have become more common, partly because young people are becoming sexually active at a younger age and are having multiple partners. People can pass STDs to sexual partners even if they themselves do not have any symptoms. Frequently, STDs cause no symptoms, especially in women. Health problems from STDs tend to be more severe for women than for men. Some STDs can cause pelvic infections that may lead to scarring of the reproductive organs, which can result in an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside the uterus) and infertility for women.

o Reduction in frequency and severity of blister outbreaks with treatment but not complete elimination of infection. ·Hepatitis (A, B, C, D) o Hepatitis B most often associated with sexual contact o Yellowish skin and eyes, fever, achy, tired, might feel like the flu o Severe complications, including cirrhosis and liver cancer o No cure available, remission possible with some aggressive medications o · o o Immunizations available to prevent hepatitis A and B Gonorrhea Discharge from the vagina or the penis Painful urination

o Ectopic pregnancy and infertility for women most serious complications o · o Treatable with antibiotics Syphilis Mild symptoms, often goes undetected initially

o Starts with painless genital ulcer that goes away on its own o o Rash, fever, headache, achy joints Treatable with antibiotics

o More serious complications associated with later stages of disease if undetected and untreated HIV/AIDS o Spread primarily by sexual contact and from sharing IV needles o Can be transmitted at the time a person becomes infected with other STDs o Fatigue, night sweats, chills or fever lasting several weeks, headaches, cough o No current cure and generally fatal, with death usually occurring after 2-3 years; medication available to slow disease progression · o Genital warts Caused by a virus related to skin warts

o Small, painless bumps in the genital or anal areas (sometimes in clusters that look like cauliflower) o Various treatments available (for example, freezing or

STDs in women may be related to cancer of the cervix. painting the warts

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Originally from the (718) boogie down Bronx, Sassy Sammy (Samara L.A. Simmons) first stepped on the spoken word scene performance wise in 2002-2003 but has been performing others poetry since the age of 5. She spits her drops in English, Spanish and Swahili. She engages in a lot of slam poetry & spoken word competitions. She has participated in The National Endowment of the Arts Poetry Outloud where she became the SC State Champion and earned a spot at the National level in 2007. She has performed in venues such as Charleston's Black Expo (SC), The Moja Arts Festival (SC), The Sweet Grass Festival (SC), The Henry Street Festival (V.A.), and Dumas Arts Festival (V.A.). Most recently she gained recognition for being a Slam Poet Champion of Roanoke V.A. and breaking the mold of Hollins University Literary Arts Festival. In the coming year she will be in the process of producing her first book of poetry "The Essence of The Scribe" look out for sales information. You can catch her performing during the school semester at The Mix in Roanoke V.A. and during the summer at Kudos, East Bay Coffee, Sonia Manila Bar & Grill and most community programs. She is known to audiences as Sexy Sassy Saucy Sammy, or just plain Sassy Sammy. If you would like her to come out and perform for your event just email her at
SassySammyThe Scribe@yahoo.com.

WITH INTENSITY YOU GAZE AT ME HOPING I HAVE THE ANSWER... WILLING ME TO SAY THE RIGHT THING TO KEEP YOUR ANGER FROM SKYROCKETING BUT ... I'VE NEVER BEEN GOOD UNDER PRESSURE. PLACING ALL YOUR HOPE IN ME TO BE SOMETHING I'M NOT WILL ONLY LEAD TO THE BREAKING OF BOTH OUR HEARTS AND

... I FEEL A TEAR.

IT IS TINY ALMOST UNDETECTABLE BUT, LIKE AN UNSEEN PAPER CUT IT STINGS LIKE HELL KNOWING I CAN NEVER BE ENOUGH SHATTERS ME. TO KNOW THAT I WILL NEVER BE YOUR IDEAL LOVER, WIFE, SOULMATE HAS ME REACHING FOR UNATTAINABLE GOALS TO BE WHAT YOU WANT ME TO BE... THE WAY YOU WANT ME TO BE IT. WHICH ISN'T MUCH, IRONICALLY SO I FIND MYSELF IMPLODING FOLDING AND MOLDING BOILING MYSELF DOWN TO BARE MINIMUM ADJUSTING SELF TO FIT INTO YOUR IMPOSSIBLE LITTLE BOX.

... I'M TRYING BABY I AM.
I LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND KNOW THAT IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO REDUCE MYSELF... TO DIVIDE AND DEDUCT UNTIL I HAVE STRIPPED AND SUBTRACTED ALL THAT MAKES ME

"As a poet, it is my belief that I have power within my words and that through my poetry I can reach the masses. As a result, in my poetry, I try to raise awareness about unpopular subjects within our contemporary society that would otherwise stay behind the curtain. I also believe that while your on this earth your should never not let your voice be heard! It is our charge as conscious individuals to better society, but the change has to begin with us!" ~Love, Laugh, & Dream ! Sexy Sassy Saucy Sammy~
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I AM AN OVERABUNDANCE OF ALL THE THINGS YOU BELIEVE ARE WRONG WITH WOMEN 'TODAY' TOO STRONG TOO CONFIDENT TOO EXPRESSIVE TOO SEXUAL TOO OPEN TOO FREE TOO ... ME SO WHERE DOES THIS LEAVE US? OR LEAVE ME? GUESS I'LL KEEP ON DIVIDING DWINDLING HIDING

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...REPLACING STRONG, CONFIDENT AND EXPRESSIVE WITH FLACCID, COMPLACENT AND NONPROGRESSIVE PUSHING SMASHING STUFFING THEM INTO YOUR IMPOSSIBLE LITTLE BOX ... HOPING THAT I CAN FIT INTO YOUR SMALL WORLD ...CAUSE I LOVE YOU BABY. AND I'M TRYING, I REALLY AM FOR I WANT TO BE YOUR ALL I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME FOR ME EVEN IF THAT ME DOES NEED TO BE 'TWEAKED' A LITTLE

Looking at my daughters play in the park, I reflect on how I love how children of different ethnic and economic backgrounds can smile, laugh, play, and eat together. I hate how once the ways of the world rears its ugly head, it doesn't allow children to remain this way. Why must race divide us so? Why? As a brother, I love my beautiful Black sisters; their soulful spirit, the richness of their bodies, their perseverance. I hate nothing about them. I do wish that we could make our minds up to get it together. We need each other. I love the person I am today. For the most part I do. I hate everything I had to go through in becoming who I am. Damn...

Mister Blue is a Webster University Graduate with a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a minor in Marriage and Family Counseling. He educates, empowers, and entertains.

Dalbert Questions... One of my female friends vents to me about her boyfriend not treating her right. When he was broke and unemployed, she befriended him and then started dating him. She catered to him and he was nice, sweet, and attentive to her. She let him drive her car, because his was not operational, gave him all access to her home, and even gave her virginity to him.

...ISN'T THAT THE WORD YOU USED?
I'LL TRY TO BE LIGHT MAKE MY THOUGHTS NOT SO HEAVY MY WORD NOT SO STEADY MY MIND NOT SO UNREADY TO LIVE IN THE CONFINES OF YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS THEN WILL I BE ENOUGH? OR SHOULD I SAY NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU? IF I REDUCE ENOUGH WILL YOU LOVE ME LIKE YOU LOVED THEM? IF I SPEND MY NIGHTS PREPARING YOUR MEALS INSTEAD OF STUDYINGPOLITICAL SCIENCE NOVELS WILL YOU SMILE ONCE MORE? IF I AM THE PERFECT STEPFORD WIFE YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR? I KNOW I CAN BE HER... JUST LET ME DOWNSIZE A BIT I KNOW I CAN BE THE PERFECT WOMAN ...THE PERFECT FIT I'LL THROW AWAY MY KNOWLEDGE ALL MY WORLD VIEWS HELL, I WON'T EVEN WATCH THE NEWS! SO THEN, BABY WILL I BE REDUCED ENOUGH TO NOT BE ME ...BUT THE SHELL THAT YOU WANT ME TO BE?

When he started working, all that changed. He started clubbing and hanging with his boys more often. He would only pop up when he wanted some sex. He would I love how good things come to cancel dates with her to hang with his friends. His those who wait. I hate patiently phone was filled with suggestive texts and phone logs waiting. I am tired of waiting. of extended conversations with the female this girlfriend considered a friend (you read about her on page I love how life is a continuous learning process. Class is always #13, she had the S.T.D.). He started talking on the phone, setting up sexual rendezvous as well. in session. I can deal with that. It's all the homework that I hate. My friend is distraught and upset by this situation, and I have to quit procrastinating, understandably so. She came over one night after too. having a physical altercation with him wearing a night I love everything about her. I hate absolutely nothing. She is a sweet soul and fabulous woman. She thoroughly bathes my spirit. It's just one little thing: her man. gown. We sat on my back porch and she poured her heart out to me. I really like this girl, but she is still in love with him. She broke up with him and went back with him two days later.

She dedicated a song to me. I So I ask you, Mister Blue… what would you do? love the fact that she thinks of -- Dalbert me in that way. I hate that i will think about her every time i hear Mister Responds... that song. I‟ma be honest, I just recently went through something I love crab legs; the salted taste, like this… I must admit, I did not handle the situation the tender meat, the tasty juices. well at all… but through my mistakes, comes your I hate the struggle that comes advice… when trying to open the legs. You ask her, what does she want. Does she want to be I love how supporters of Barack mistreated, hurt, taken advantage of, disrespected, Obama stood their ground and humiliated, belittled, abused mentally and physically, brought home the Democratic made fun of, talked about, beat up, tires slashed, car Nomination. We did it. I hate that keyed, etc. Do you like to be treated like you are not a we're about to once again attend priority in the relationship? Do you like to put yourself in the same political games with situations that may take your life? Do you not know McCain and his supporters. what a healthy relationship looks like? Are you happy? What do you love? What do you Do you feel like you are cared for? Do you feel loved? Do you feel respected? Do you feel cherished? Do you… hate? remember what you felt like the very first time…. Was it what you imagined… was it?? GeeChee One Magazine Volume IV Issue 3 Visit us @ www.geecheeone.com or call us at 843-879-8352 Page 31

As Felicia Rivers walked up to the mountain top and fasted (yeah, figure that) awaiting the tabernacles which held the word… she came down and presented to the GeeChee One readers what they needed to know for these Chucktown summers... 1. Thou shall get a pedicure: Umm yeah, the sandals are super cute, but your crusty ankles and jagged, half-painted toenails are a tad bit distracting. Please head to the nearest shop and handle that… go to the Nailmania in Goose Creek because it only costs 25 bucks, really. 2. Thou shall not show booty when wearing booty shorts: it's just a name, honey. it doesn't actually mean you have to have cheekage hanging out. you look like something that stepped out of a Ying Yang Twins video, and we'd all prefer you not. Thanks. 3. Thou shall shave/wax/Nair your underarms: I really hope this needs no explanation. If you are wearing a tank top, and you plan on raising your hand for any reason, even if it's just to scratch that itch in your weave, please make sure you don't resemble my baby daddy Darryl Johnson under there. Not cute. Really… he isn‟t. It isn‟t. 4. Thou shall do the same with legs: Now, this one is tricky. Because some women don't have to shave, and some, the hair is too light and soft to really notice… but if you look like Wolverine about the stems like I do, do not pass go... head directly to the nearest jar of wax/can of shaving cream, and smooth that ish out. Please. 5. Thou shall not wear dresses that look like potato sacks: This is by far my least fashion fad this summer. if you are not particularly oddly plump and oval shaped, why would you want to look like you are? I don't get it.

6. Thou shall not have matching mommy-daughter skank outfits: Girl, if I see this one more time... your daughter is five. Why is she wearing a leopard bikini top and baby booty shorts with the word PHAT on the back? And we already told you about the cheekage you have hanging. Stop that. Right now. 7. Thou shall buy shoes that fit: No matter how cute they are, if your toes or heels are hanging over, or if it is visibly painful for you to walk, just leave them on the shelf. Your feet will thank you later, trust me. 8. Thou shall know when the time has passed where you could wear belly shirts and look cute: I'm not trying to be mean, I'm really not. But if you are wearing a belly shirt, and your belly is hanging over your pants and a lot on the jiggly side, maybe you need to start investing in longer shirts. It's much more flattering. I mean, just an idea. 9. Thou shall not wear biker shorts. Ever: Ugh. JUST. SAY. NO. Especially if those particular shorts are a size 24 and they're white… and if you have on a short shirt. Please. 10. Thou shall not wear your 'freakum' dress to the family reunion: I know, I know. That dress is bad. It hugs all the right places and makes all the men stare. But really, stilettos and a skin-tight, bright blue dress outside downtown where all the families are BBQing? Come on now… and we all see you limping in those shoes. Shame, shame, shame.

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#1 - Malik Frye, Fade 2 Black Entertainment performs on stage #2 - Local Group performs at 2008 Hip Hop Social #3 - 2008 Hip Hop Social volunteers enjoy the show backstage #4 - Anon and Mr. Prez, Hip Hop Group in Columbia, SC Perform on stage at the 2008 Hip Hop Social #5 - Special Guest Rudy Rush poses with Co-coordinator Rashmia Smith GeeChee One Magazine Volume IV Issue 3

#6 - Malik Frye, formally of Nappy Roots performs at 2008 Hip Hop Social #7 - Co-Coordinator Quinton Smith and DJ Tazz #8 - Co-Coordinators Eric and Rashmia Smith backstage at 2008 Hip Hop Social held Friday night August 8, 2008 at Wilson High School in Florence, SC Visit us @ www.geecheeone.com or call us at 843-879-8352 Page 34

Yes ma'am we are next." "Right this way, sir." she directs you and the child to take a seat in the third room to the left and states that she will return, shortly. Your brother slides into a chair in the lobby. Ridiculed earlier for his similar demand, Malik is now able to laugh out loudly at the irony of his nephew who asked his own dad for a DNA test. Weeks later, you arrive home tired from work. You reach your hand into the mailbox and retrieve the lone envelope. You glance at the upper left hand address. You realize the test results have been completed. You lazily open the letter and read the results. There is a 0.00% chance that you are the father of this child. Completely stunned, you stand there frozen and unable to move, as the heartbreaking letter and torn envelope slide gently from your within the grasp of your cold and stiffened hands and onto the ground. What would you do if this happened to you?

You and your loving wife have been married for a total of nine years. You've enjoy every single day that you've spent together. Within your unbreakable bond of matrimony, the two of you have produced the greatest joy to ever take place within your life, an eight year old son. You love him with everything inside you. Your friends, family and sometimes even complete strangers will stop and comment about how the child is the spitting image of you. As a proud husband, there is absolutely nothing in the world more valuable to you than family. You believe it to be the core of all things good concerning life on Earth. No matter the case, you are the kind of person who is willing to bend over backwards for the happiness and well-being of your family. Currently, your baby brother Malik is currently involved in a nasty divorce proceeding. You sit and watch as he actually stands up in court and informs the Family Court Judge that he requests a DNA test on the matter of he and his suddenly-questioned ten year old, Myles. You and your own son are patiently seated in the back of the courtroom. You have come to show support for your brother. Unable to hold back laughter upon your brother's absurd remark, you hold your head down and cover your face with your hand. You murmur, "This negro will do just about anything to avoid paying that woman her money." For months now Malik and his now-former wife of six years, Kyla, have been going back and forth with their divorce proceedings. Your brother is still obviously hurt by the witnessed and unforgivable act of adultery at the hands of his wife. Although it's obvious to everyone gathered in the courtroom that his absurd request is another legal maneuver to further set back the case, the Judge lawfully obliges. He rules it's well within the legal rights of your brother.

As you, your son, and Malik walk softly towards the exit door, you can't help but glance over at your brother and in a sign of obvious disappointment, you silently shake your head. "Hey man, you never know." Malik whispers. "There's no telling how long that woman has been cheating on me." You want to become vocal but you attempt to shield those comments from the young and impressionable ears of your child. Once outside, the three of you hop into your car and head over to the DNA analysis building. "Daddy, cousin Myles isn't Uncle Malik's son?" the child says, as you both sit within the lobby area and await Malik's return from the testing room. Surprised to hear him utter those words, you assure him that is not the case. "Of course, Myles is! What in the world would make you think that he's not?" "That's what I heard Uncle Malik tell the man dressed in the black robe." The child says, as he freezes the worried look seen within his eyes and asks. "Are you my daddy?" "Yes indeed, and you are my little man." You assure him, and emulate the imaginary punch to the child's stomach, a gesture which you've done ever since the little boy was a playful toddler. Even til this day, that move still manages to create the same ticklish smile upon your son's glowing face. Malik returns to the waiting area after having saliva gathered from the inside of his mouth. The lab technician walks in directly behind him. She doesn't realize the three of you had arrived together. "Excuse me, sir...are you two next?" she unknowingly asks. "Uh...," you stutter, as your son interrupts you. "Yeah, Daddy can we? Please. Then I can go home and tell Mommy that she is right, you are my Dad. The best daddy in the whole wide world." the little boy shouts, enthusiastically.

He orders the DNA test to be administered immediately following court. In total disbelief, the visibly upset ex grabs her son's hand, rolls You sigh. Although it's a clear waste of money, her eyes at his father, and rushes out the court- there is nothing inside of you that cares to say no to your son. The proud compliment given by room. your son makes it even harder. "Uh, well, okay. GeeChee One Magazine Volume IV Issue 3

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There‟s a lot of talk about ending teen pregnancy, although by “teen pregnancy” most people really mean unwed teen pregnancy, many people worry about unwed teen pregnancy as the cause of poverty, especially of Black poverty (something like 70% of current births among African-Americans are to single mothers), and they talk about teen pregnancy as if it were a pathology. I think the pathology model is mistaken. Poverty is a cause of high teen pregnancy rates, rather than vice-versa. And poor Black teens aren‟t pathological; they‟re rational actors, who make the best choice they can given the opportunities they have. When high rates of some population, in this case, poor girls and especially poor Blacks, get pregnant, then chances are getting pregnant is a good choice for their circumstances. If we want less pregnancy among poor Black teens, then we need to reorder society so that poor Black teens face a better set of circumstances.

1) For teens raised in poor (and statistically more likely to be polluted) areas, with lousy food and lousy medical care, their health will probably peak at around ages 17-19. That makes the teenage years a much better time to give birth than later years. Among poor Black girls and women, the infant mortality rate is twice as high among those who wait until their 20‟s to give birth as it is for those who give birth in their teens.

2) For those who will be relying on an extended family of older female relatives to help with childcare and support, it makes sense to give birth when mothers, aunts and older cousins There‟s an argument that, for many poor teens, are younger and more able to offer assistance. unwed teen pregnancy is a rational choice Furthermore, grandmothers may feel more given their circumstances. If we want to change obligated to offer extensive aid to their 16 year the choices they make, we have to change their old pregnant daughter than to their 26 year old circumstances until it is no longer a rational pregnant daughter. choice for them to get pregnant as a teenager. 3) For middle-class Whites, the opportunity At age 20, Austin believes Already having one child she there is absolutely no way out can not provide for , Sunshine costs of early childbirth are enormous; college of her mother‟s house. All her has unprotected sex with a and early career building are made much life she has undergone emostranger and becomes pregharder by a baby or two. Furthermore, the odds tional stress and verbal abuse nant with her second child. of eventually getting married and having a from her mother and longs for Performing a sexual act the love of her father she never (threesome) for one night‟s healthy child in wedlock are very good for midknew. Austin comes up with pleasure leads her to a lifetime dle class teens who wait until they‟re women to one hell of an idea that she of consequences. She and the marry and have children. believes will change her life for other girl got a STD and when
the better. Knowing the government will provide a single mother with housing, food stamps, child support checks (if the baby‟s dad is absent) etc. Austin decides to have unprotected sex with her boyfriend of 4 months until she becomes pregnant. Struggling to conceive Austin seeks help from a nurse at a local clinic for tips to become pregnant and fast. With the nurse‟s tips on conceiving Austin becomes pregnant. Right away she takes advantage of the governments perks and applied for Medicaid food stamps and WIC. Months later, she‟s approved for housing and her dreams of getting out of her mothers house are finally true. What she calls a blessing we call a damn shame.. she approached the man (if you can call him that) about getting cured, he stated that she did not get it from him and continues to walk around with the STD infection. Sunshine may continue to have the STD as well since she did not take all of the medicine as recommended by the medical provider. Sunshine decides to name her daughter after this damn stranger and thinks its cute! Not... she seeks this man going around her neighborhood asking friends and neighbors have they seen or knows where he could be found. And the drama continues...

At this point, therefore, it‟s no wonder that so many poor teens see no reason to put off motherhood. Rationally, they‟re as well off or better off becoming a mother in their teens. If we want to change teen pregnancy, we need to change the circumstances of poor girls‟ lives and especially the lives of poor Black girls until their most rational choice is to put motherhood off until they‟re in their mid-twenties and married. Circumstances that need changing include, but aren‟t limited to: 1) The provision of easy access, super cheap universal health care. The model should be France‟s, where anyone can walk into any general practitioner‟s office and make an appointment without having to navigate any bureaucracies or pay out of pocket. 2) Middle-class, attractive jobs need to become widely available for poor people. 3) There need to be far, far fewer Black men of marriageable age in jail and prison. 4) Detriments to health that are especially common in areas where poor folks live… things like lead paint, poor quality food, pollution, etc. need to be effectively mitigated or eliminated. 5) College education and attractive career paths after college need to become likely possibilities for poor girls… even for those who are mediocre scholars. Just as such paths are now available for middle-class and wealthy boys even if they‟re mediocre scholars. 6) Much, much more serious work fighting the racism and sexism that (among many other causes) holds back women of color. Affirmative action programs should be returned to their strong forms, which haven‟t existed since before the Reagan administration.

For poor teens of color, in contrast, the opportunity costs of early childbirth are much lower. Poor teens can see that their odds of affording a good college followed by a high paying, high status career are low. And for poor Black girls, the odds of finding someone suitable to marry during peak childbearing years or even during their 20‟s are much lower. So overall, poor girls of color have much less reason to delay childbearing. Studies have shown that, for poor women of color, economic outcomes aren‟t much different for girls who wait to become mothers in their 20‟s than they are for girls who become mothers in their teens. One study I read recently compared sisters who became mothers at different times in their lives, for example, and found that the future income was about the same regardless of the time of first birth.

For Black teens, why is unwed teen pregnancy a rational choice? GeeChee One Magazine Volume IV Issue 3

The names used in this article have been changed to protect the guilty… not the innocent. We all must strive to do better. Heaven help us.

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Some may frown on you dating an older guy, but there are plenty of reasons to do so. Having your own personal Sugar Daddy has its benefits and if you are attracted to the guy, then this is just the type of relationship you need. Forget what your friends say, ignore those who call you a gold digger and enjoy yourself.

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Older men are more mature than guys your own age, as you‟ve probably noticed. If you‟re tired of fooling around with kids and would like a more stable relationship, get yourself a sugar daddy. You will get more respect in a Sugar Daddy relationship. Older men know how to treat a woman, open doors for her, and generally respect her, they were raised in another time when these things were still taught. Everyone has baggage, whether it‟s scars from a bad childhood, failed relationships or even children. Sugar Daddies are usually more tolerant of these issues than a younger guy, since they have more life experience. Most women feel safer around an older man, particularly when meeting for the first time after carrying on an online or telephone relationship. Sugar Daddies understand that safety is important to you and that you are nervous on the first meeting, so they‟ll be happy to meet in a public place to set your mind at ease. Sugar Daddies not only know where the best restaurants are, they can actually afford to take you there. Older men are usually far more supportive of your dreams and ambitions and may have an idea of how you can reach them. They will often help you attain your goals, as well. Sexually speaking, Sugar Daddies tend to be more interested in pleasing their partner than reaching a quick climax. For the younger woman used to selfish, twenty-something men, this can be a huge benefit.. Sugar Daddies know how to make you feel special. While gifts and vacations to Miami may be part of that, it is really more about treating you well, respecting you and paying attention to you, something most younger men wouldn‟t do. Long term relationships are more probable with an older man. Your Sugar Daddy will have already done all the wild things he dreamed of in his youth and is most likely now ready to settle down. If you‟re looking for a serious relationship, an older man will provide it.

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This is never to say that our own accomplished possessions … woman, car and home isn't beautiful. In most cases they are. But I personally feel that it's a natural instinct for all men to instantly desire that which visually captures our imagination, whether or not we admit or act upon those desires. To say otherwise would be a false statement. It doesn't matter if the man is married, seriously involved with someone or going through a painful heartDarlisha and I recently had an engaging scenario leads to, amongst other things, break. Our eyesight remains. And no man can conversation concerning what she described as jealousy and insecurity. It hardly becomes deny what his eyes have undeniably seen. We “The Beautiful Distraction”, a term she about the woman or relationship anymore. Just may attempt to, but, in the end, a sexy describes as any person whose considered to some evil nightmare which her one and only motherf***er is a sexy motherf***er, regardbe society's definition of beautiful or being man now has. This leads to paranoia, which less. physically flawless or 'drop-dead.' She leads to endless arguments, which leads to discussed how that perceived gift will inevitably mental and sometimes physical abuse, which become the curse when said person ends up leads to an emotional catastrophe. Which being, in her words, 'enough to hold, but too eventually leads to the man eventually coming In my lifetime I've only experienced two much to hold onto.' to the realization that a beautiful woman is not encounters with women that society would worth it, and too much to deal with. The As men, we think with our little head and not label as being beautiful. I cannot say either woman can no longer deal with the man, and our big head. This is an overwhelming fact. female was different from any other woman. I the breakup follows. And let's not get started Most of everything we say or do, becomes mean, they were still women. You dig? Once I on the married man who cannot wife her, only aimed toward women in some form or fashion. became mentally and physically familiar with keep her, or the somewhat wealthy man who Society assures this. It's certainly understandeach I found nothing different as far as the eye seems to think that he can buy her love..." able, especially once you consider the mental, candy… lips, breast, and ahem, well… you physical and emotional effect that all women I thought about her statement for a minute. I know. Everything felt and tasted the same. If have upon men. When the appearance is allowed it enough time to completely register, anything, I admit how I ended up allowing the enhanced, the 'perfect-looking woman' and for the most part I agreed with her. As men imminent outside forces to ultimately dictate becomes the undefeated object of every man's we definitely tend to desire that which appeals the manner in which I treated those women. Of desire - age, money, race and education notto our naked eye, whether the eye candy course I lost both. withstanding. The beautiful woman breaks all arrives in the form of pretty women, fast cars or In the end, and a notion which Darlisha barriers. nice homes. As humans, it's natural for our reinforced during the conversation, the eyes to become fixated upon that which "Since this is the case she will have more men beautiful ones became entirely too much of a immediately catches our attention, and rightwho desire and compete for her love and distraction. fully so. Eye candy appeals. affection, which offends the male ego. This

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