2022 Summer Reading List (Girl Power Edition)

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

This classic tale, by American novelist Alice Walker, set in the deep south shows the life of someone enslaved mentally and physically and follows the path of their liberation. This book is not for the weak at heart and will have the reader sympathizing with the main character, Celie, an ignorant young girl whose been abused her entire life until she is awakened with the help of her sister and an unlikely newfound friend. The Color Purple signifies freedom, triumph and royalty and is a must read for any fan of African American historical fiction. The book was ultimately adapted to a full length feature film starring award winners Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Donald Glover. Read the book then watch the movie if this is your first time hearing about the legendary Color Purple.

The Third Eye by Sophia Stewart

The Third Eye is very special, it contains the original screenplay authored by Sophia Stewart that she sent all around Hollywood in hopes of making a movie. Ultimately she was never able to sell her unique screenplay however companies that received her screenplay launched two iconic franchises based on details in her manuscript. In the book, after the screenplay she has all the legal evidence proving that major corporations had full knowledge of her story before creating their own renditions in The Terminator and The Matrix franchises. Sophia Stewart has said publicly that in her story “Jon Connor is Neo.” Many believe her assertions as Hollywood is not known for originality and has been outed for years by countless stars as an overall “shady” industry. It is rumored that Sophia Stewart was awarded an unnamed amount after fighting for years in the court systems. Take some time this summer and read The Third Eye for yourself.

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

In The Warmth of Other Suns, the author, Isabel Wilkerson interviews 3 people who were apart of The Great Migration when many people left the south and moved to the north of America in search of prosperity and true equality. She narrates their journey and details every emotion along the way. A great and informative read. Every historian should have their very own copy of The Warmth of Other Suns.

-Nikki Mack, Senior Editor

African Americans Break Technological Barriers That Change the World Forever

Inventor of the Digital Cell Phone, Jesse Eugene Russell

Blacks also known as people of African descent are advancing society technologically. The strides African Americans have made in innovation has changed the globe for the better. These inventions, advancements, and innovations are not only mind boggling, they are saving countless lives for the foreseeable future.

A laundry list of ailments and systemic obstacles as well as a sordid and horrid American history has not stopped African Americans from creating life saving innovations to advance society. Jesse Eugene Russell, who shares the namesake with DaChickenShack founder and magnate Jesse Is Heavyweight, invented the digital cell phone that is used by billions of people til this very day and made the “smart phone” possible. An amazing innovation.

Jesse Eugene Russell is only one name in a long line of groundbreaking technological innovation birthed from the minds of African descendants. From curing deafness with 3D printing technology, to inventing the mapping system that GPS is built on, to warming your homes in freezing winter months with no fire wood needed, all the way to the modern day cell phone you are likely reading this article on right now Black people are saving countless lives. With these type of strides in technology under the pressure of a system that has historically disenfranchised, one can only imagine the innovation that is being stifled.

More people are understanding the value in new technology being birthed in the minds of blacks globally and men and women like Alice Parker or Garrett A Morgan prove that the world needs black people to continue to innovate. Companies and firms that understand this will excel exponentially.

Nikki Mack, Editor In Chief

Jesse Is Heavyweight Set To Release Happy To Be Here: Heavyweight Documentary

Heavyweight teased a feature film documentary trailer in 2019. A tell all documentary detailing the birth of Jesse Is Heavyweight’s first successful business Heavyweight Enterprises. The film takes you from the gritty streets of South Oak Cliff, Texas to the Hollywood Hills. From project apartments in Dallas to a successful independent conglomerate ran under the hip hop magnate Jesse Is Heavyweight. Well apparently the red tape is cut and the movie is ready to be released to the masses.

Happy To Be Here, The Official Heavyweight Documentary full feature film will be available at streaming service Tubi, Amazon Prime, and TrapFlix on May 20th.

Nikki Mack, Editor In Chief

African American Woman Responsible for Modern Day Air Conditioning

Alice H. Parker Howard University Alum and Inventor

Alice H. Parker a Howard University alum, shares the alma mater of the founder of DCS, Jesse Is Heavyweight, invented modern day air conditioning when she decided it was too cold in her east coast home and she invented a natural gas heating furnace. Alice Parker patented the invention and changed the course of history forever with her groundbreaking technology.

Alice Parker has saved countless lives and warmed homes and hearts internationally with her advancement in technology. In present times people cannot fathom going without natural gas heating. It is the standard method in homes and buildings til this very day.

Alice Parker’s life was priceless to the technological advancement of the global community. She innovated in 1919 when the world was not a safe place for African Americans to innovate and advance the globe technologically. About a year later this magnificent mind was struck down, many believe by energy giants of today although no one has ever been charged criminally in her early demise. Imagine what other wonders she was working on. Given the social climate to allow African Americans to innovate for the globe the technological advancement will be unmatched.

Nikki Mack, Editor In Chief

African American Revolutionizes Safety Industry Globally with Technology Innovations

Inventor Garrett Augustus Morgan Senior

Inventor Garrett A. Morgan is responsible for the modern day traffic light and the modern day gas mask. Garrett Morgan’s gas mask helped save dozens of men in a tunnel accident. The traffic light regulates the flow of traffic and saves countless lives internationally till this very day. Garrett Morgan’s innovations are largely uncelebrated although the way these inventions have changed the world are no small feat.

The technological advancements that the African diaspora has been responsible for that has revolutionized the way humans live life can not be ignored. Given the proper funding, the proper mentor programs, and effective networking the advancements humanity could make in a short amount of time needs to be explored.

Garrett A Morgan is one inventor, one genius, one savior, in a long list of innovators. His life and legacy shows the world that groundbreaking innovations that change the world for the better could come from any walk of life.

Nikki Mack, Editor In Chief

Dr. Gladys West Responsible for GPS Tracking System

African-Americans are making groundbreaking innovations. These innovations are changing the way humanity lives. They are building blocks for the world of the future.

Dr. Gladys West a well educated mathematician and scientist helped map the Earth accurately allowing for the (GPS) Global Positioning System to exist. Dr. West is highly revered and has prestigious awards for her work.

Although some believe GPS has some serious privacy implications for citizens worldwide, the foundation has been laid to touch every part of the Earth. Dr Gladys West is one in a long line of African American scientists who continue to push society forward.

Nikki Mack, Editor in Chief

Technological Advancement on the Rise in the Black Global Community

Black people have led the charge in many technological breakthroughs going back to the beginning of time. These advancements have afforded humanity some of the necessities and the luxuries of today. Without black people the world would have no sewer system, no major cities, as those foundational breakthroughs come directly from ancient Africa. The advancements offered by black people hasn’t slowed up despite societal obstacles directly in the path of innovation. They continue to advance.

Modern day technological advancements by black people have been amazing to say the least. Everything from inventing the modern day traffic light (Garrett A. Morgan) which governs civilized societies globally today to the digital cell phone (Jesse Eugene Russell) that has revolutionized telecommunication across the world. Black people have continued to be outstanding when it comes to advancing society and show no signs of taking their foot off the gas no matter global affairs or perceived obstacles.

In Kenya two black inventors have designed and developed an amazing breakthrough. They have created a bio robotic device that responds to brain signals allowing for any paraplegic to be able to have the ability of arm or leg usage. This innovation opens the door for a world of opportunity for humanity. David Gathu and Moses Kinyua are creating waves in robotics that will help change the landscape of modern physical rehabilitation. These inventors are pushing the envelope along with countless black people across the Diaspora. 

Encourage the black intellect for life changing innovation as this group has shown and proved continually. Most recently a black woman cracked the code to cure cancer and a black man cured deafness. Given an optimal environment to grow mentally and proper resources, black people can advance society at least 200 years technologically.

Source: africanews.com

Nikki Mack, Editor in Chief

Jesse Is Heavyweight Launches the “Shawty Can’t Eat No Books” Book Club

In 2019 magnate Jesse Is Heavyweight released his first best selling inspirational motivational book entitled Simply: A Time Capsule. In addition to his book release he decided to launch the very first hip hop Book Club. The Book Club was inspired by the iconic phrasing from Hype Williams’ Belly. “Shawty Can’t Eat No Books” Book Club

Happy Black History Month! Movie Hour: The Spook Who Sat By The Door (1973)

A former CIA agent organizes the urban community into well-trained guerrillas bent on overthrowing the oppressive establishment. Enjoy your Black History Month!

After 10 Years, A Look Back At The Classic “What A Job”


Millions of songs are produced and released daily, but every now and again, a song is released that embodies the epitome of dopeness, “What A Job,” written by Devin The Dude, Andre 3000 and Big Snoop Dogg explain the unique job of being successful hip-hop artists/personalities, as well as some of the emotional ups-and-downs that come with it. Devin kicks off the classic track asserting that he has the dopest job. Snoop plays the middle verse embodying classic Snoop and paying homage to his career choice. Andre 3K ends the record with one of the most introspective verses of all time about his career path. Each a legend in his own right, the artists team up to create a timeless sonic image that will forever reveal the reality of being a rap artist in these modern times. On the eve of the ten-yearanniversary of the release of this record, we thought some critical analysis was in order.

Devin The Dude

Devin The Dude–an organic legend without the bells and whistles–begins the epic record with the hook explaining how music is as potent as the best weed or as intoxicating as the best spirit.

“Rolling up another Swisha.. dranking but with concentration…”

He also speaks directly to the pressure artists have to be “hot.” He ends the catchy hook explaining how strenuous the job is, detailing graveyard shift hours and how close loved ones can confuse your ambition. Oh, what a job, indeed. Oftentimes, being a rapper is deemed a fun career choice, yet Devin says in his first verse that rapping is more than fun; it’s downright therapeutic. However, he explains how countless nights in the studio and performing go unrewarded and rappers are forced to continue to promote their music for finance.

“Push it peddle it to the people…”

Often throughout Devin’s observation, he makes numerous references that music is like drugs. From the emotional connection that is attached to the music all the way to how the final product is packaged.

“This music is something more different than the weed and the brew.”

Also Devin makes sure to remind people that the music is spiritual, giving less credence to the medium music is disseminated in and more credence to all the people that aide in creating the music.

“This is for all the independents, a few major labels, the big studios…. on the mixing and mastering, puzzling and plastering the track together, on tapes, cds, wax, or whatever.”

Devin even quickly mentions the seedy underworld behind the music. No matter how bad an artist just wants to create, the hard truth of the world is everything costs, especially your favorite Snoop Dogg and/or Andre 3000 verses. Artists often have to surmount these great costs to get their thoughts to the world.

“Can’t forget about the production costs and all the hidden fees for another rhyme written.”

Devin says that regardless of the ills the of pursuing music creation to make a living, it is still a righteous cause and he will continue down that path. Devin set the tone of the song and effectively explained how important rap music is to his life and others.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg comes up next, the elder statesmen on the song. Snoop has been known for his laid-back, witty flow and charismatic persona since the beginning of his career. Here, singing an ode to his profession, is the one of his best performances of his illustrious career. Snoop discusses the smoke-and -mirrors effect of the entertainment industry beginning his performance

“As easy as it looks to you, I make it look so easy…”

People watch Snoop smoke and C Walk and hang with pimps all while generating millions and millions of dollars. Though his marketing strategies may seem effortless, Snoop says that making it look easy is something he has perfected. In the next line he speaks to the impact his music has had on popular culture.

“With the music I be making; the impression I be leaving…”

Snoop understands that every song he releases will influence the future. A responsibility he doesn’t shy away from, but has stood up to over the years. Snoop says that although people may think or hope he will lose his popularity or go broke–like so many of his former colleagues–Snoop simply can’t see it ever happening. He is always looking forward and that has been a secret to his success. Snoop spits:

“Move on to the next phase and it’s amazing. The next generation of rapper Big Snoop Dogg raising.”

Snoop makes sure to boast his lengthy rap career and how he is still becoming an even bigger brand 15 years after his initial offering to the culture. Snoop’s verse is unique because, unlike Devin and Dre, Snoop doesn’t highlight any negative parts of being a rapper. The closest the west coast legend comes is saying that some people expect him to ruin his opportunity. Snoop makes it clear that he will continue making “hot” hip-hop music until he takes his place in Heaven. The Doggfather even implies that his verses and rhymes are on the same level as reverends’ sermons, as he speaks the truth.

“Check this Devin. Somebody said that real G’s go to Heaven. So I’mma keep spitting the truth on these fools like a reverend. Stay open like 7-11 that’s 24-7.”

Similar to Devin The Dude’s verse, Snoop also likens music to drugs. Interesting, because drugs, like music, can be addictive and potent. Also you can sell it by the album or by the single.

“I’m serving my rhymes like nickel and dimes. Plug it in, let it play and let me blow your mind.”

Snoop displays his ability and his perspective on this song and adds a much needed commercial layer to the record. This coupled with his velvety delivery helps boost the song to classic status.

Andre 3000

Andre 3000 is the most elusive, successful lyricist known to hip-hop. Over the years he has continued to be extremely eccentric about touring, taking credit on big rap albums, and even in his attire. Dre 3000 is one of the few emcees that has sold diamond and still pops up for classic hip-hop moments, like ”What A Job.” Automatically, Dre comes out equating rappers to terrifying, mythical creatures and lyrics to telling scary stories in the middle of the night. This gives light to Dre 3K’s insight and how he views his music career, in a normal world.

“We work nights, we some vampires. Niggas gather round the beat like a campfire.”

These two lines foreshadow the story Dre will tell towards the end of his verse. Andre also explains how artist is affected by the shift in the industry that came in the mid 2000s, whenstreaming and downloading became the primary way to get new music. Dre details the logic that the fan has which ruins the overall product:

“You download it for free, we get charged back for it. I know you’re saying, they won’t know, they won’t miss it. Besides, I ain’t a thief, they won’t pay me a visit. So if I come to your job, take your corn on the cob and take a couple kernels off it, that would be alright with you. Hell no.”

Andre takes his verse and uses it to shine the light on serious problems facing the rap industry. Unlike Devin and Snoop, 3000 felt the need to explain the issues with living off of rap present day and how true MCs will continue to make the music because it moves their soul.

“But we just keep recording and it ain’t to get no condo…”

When 3000 explains the fulfillment he receives from real people around the world, we finally start to understand how meaningful this job is. Dre says that he does his music for the families who are progressing in life and use his catalog to get them through trying times in their lives. This is one of the most rare perspectives hip-hop has ever heard. Dre details a fan encounter where they asked to be immortalized in music and he does just that explaining their story.

“…And that he wouldn’t have made it if it wasn’t for your CD #9 and he standing with his baby mama KiKi and she crying…”

Andre 3000 masterfully captures the fans with the latter part of his verse. He solidifies why he is among the most underrated emcees in rap music. Dre says he doesn’t care about the Bentleys, Grammys, or beautiful women that come with rap success, but is moved by how he is affecting families and saving lives.

If you are a west coast rap fan, a down south rap fan, Outkast fan, or just a fan of hip-hop and you never heard this ballad, you have been missing out on one of the greatest moments in hip-hop. This moment was easy to miss, as there was never a music video created and it was never a single on national radio rotation list, despite its star power. As long as Snoop Dogg, Devin The Dude, and Andre 3000 are still breathing, hip-hop is very much so alive, and they love their job.

Oh, what a job this is!


Nikki Mack began writing as a way to tell stories that would otherwise go untold. Nikki Mack is an avid reader who is currently working tirelessly on an urban fiction novel.