D.I.A RECORDS Classic Releases
"OUT OF BOUNDS" by HR of Bad Brains.
All Media Guide Review of "Out Of Bounds".
"OUT OF BOUNDS" CD available on ITUNES, AMAZON MP3, EMUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY, RHOPSODY, SPOTIFY
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"HR IN DUBB" (EP) by HR (Human Rights) of Bad Brains.
"HR IN DUB" CD available on ITUNES, AMAZON MP3. EMUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY and SPOTIFY. "HR IN DUBB" will be live on RHOPSODY soon.
The immortal STALAG 20, 21 & 22 -- THE NEXT GENERATION featuring Elephant Man, Mr. Vegas, Junior Demus, Ce'Cele, Merciless, Danny English, Egg 'n' Bread, Hawkeye, Chico and more... (Reggae-Dancehall super artists). Project was mixed by Cordel "Scatta" Burrell.
All Media Guide Review of "Stalag 20, 21 & 22 - The Next Generation".
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Inverted Paradox (Various Artists) album is available on:
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Inverted Paradox is a 14 track album featuring HR (of Bad Brains), songstress/model/actress Jez Blak (alter ego: Earth Godessa), the salty, magruff gravel-voiced Junior Demus, Snuupi (great writer courtesy of Kesta Records), Li-On (NYC underground hiphop mic stalker), Roguish Armament (alternative hardcore hiphop pioneers), the great Bobby Culture, Merciless (one of dancehall's best) and Long Island's punk krew Bumfounded.
Roguish Armament Alternative Hiphop.
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HR & BAD BRAINS "GOD OF LOVE" video. HR (lead throat) 'longside GARY "DOC" MILLER (guitz), EARL HUDSON (skins), DARYL JENNIFER (bass). Don't be scared children. This is one of the best hardcore-punk-dub reggae-rock bands of all times. .
Roy Wilkins' Park is not to be confused with Southern Queens Park Association (SQPA). Southern Queens Park Association runs Roy Wilkins Park. Thanks to PAUL GIBSON, the 54 acres prime property was acquired from St. Albans Naval Hospital/Veterans Hospital. As Executive Director and President of SQPA, SOLOMON "SOL" GOODRICH with his staff that included Miss Moody (everyone's mom), Rwanda (human right's activist), Gene (everything maintenance) and Chima (finance), etc., built the Urban Oasis over a 25 year period. Sol retired July, 2002. He left a rich legacy in Southeast Queens.
Mr. Solomon Goodrich is a devoted Garveyite. His favorite Marcus Garvey quote
is "...UP YOU MIGHTY RACE..." The former core member of C.O.R.E. (Congress Of Racial Equality) is always prideful of his African heritage and black identity. From advocating against apartheid and unlawful jailing of Nelson Mandela to the effects of asthma in poor neighborhoods -- Sol has always been concerned about the gross indifferences in race relations that pushed his race to the bottom of the order. And what is super kool -- Sol did not wear his feelings on his sleeves to promote hostility or awkwardness to other ethnic groups or races. If he had done so, Southern Queens Park Association would have been stunted. Sol stands firm but a warm character and personality he always pulled the young and old in. Sol is a class act with confidence!!!
Mr. Solomon Goodrich was the man at SQPA and he loved his job. He was a hard/efficient worker. If Sol didn't have off-campus meetings, you could find him in the SQPA's parking lot in his car with eyes closed well before the center opened. Personally, Solomon Goodrich could have been a great leader of any countryman. He is Jamaican so he would have made a brilliant Prime Minister. Probably the best!!! Oh... If anyone can find a picture of Sol on the internet please email it. :-)))!
A cluster of activities goes on at SQPA/Roy Wilkins' Center daily for kids to seniors. All programs are important. But it is safe to say the main focus is shepherding children especially from blighted areas in South East, Queens. And while parents or guardians should be role models, SQPA children have a lot of positive people to look up to. During Sol's administration, children had a long line of upwardly mobile people naturally among them. The youths probably bumped into some of these VIPs who walked under the pyramid to enter the center. And the list of VIPs was tall -- Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins, former first black Deputy Mayor of NYC -- Mr. Paul Gibson (SQPA Chairman at the time), City Councilman Archie Spigner, Congressman Floyd Flake, Boro President Claire Shulman, Marcus Garvey's sons Marcus Garvey, Jr. and Julius Garvey, MD, Black Enterprise publisher, Earl Graves, Sr., Ron Daniels, Viola Plummer, Jitu Weusi, Preston Wilcox, etc. Sol's roller deck is worth millions. He could get on the phone and call anyone it seems.
SQPA/Roy Wilkins Park is an Urban Oasis on multiple levels. It is a total success story and modeled example of what black people can accomplish. "...UP YOU MIGHTY RACE..." The organization is like a phoenix. It has risen from humble begging to shine like the Sirius. Before moving into the current SQPA/Roy Wilkins' Center, Sol and his crew worked out of a small white building that used to be a gas station/garage below the water tower (then), at Foch and Merrick Blvds. Back then they would run programs off campus at York College, IS8 Junior High and in a warehouse-type building blocks away from 40 Projects between South Road and Liberty Avenue a block west of Guy Brewer Blvd. This location is now York College athletic field. Man SQPA probably fed Curtis Jackson aka Fifty Cents via its summer lunch program. Currently, the SQPA center houses a gym, swimming pool, Black Spectrum Theater, etc. In Roy Wilkins' Park, there is a track and field area, baseball fields, soccer field, tennis courts, and an area that doubles as a football and cricket fields. Don't know if it is still there but the community garden was Sol's pride and joy.
Hey listen! I have traveled across the USA from NYC to San Diego several times -- Southern Queens Park Association and Roy Wilkins Park is the beacon above all the rest. Light-years ahead.
Lots of props to Rwanda whose name brought attention to Rwanda's genocide every time her name was mentioned. It was interesting to see reactions in meetings.
SQPA and Roy Wilkins Park are not only the exception to the rule. SQPA and Roy Wilkins Park RULE!!!
MR. PAUL GIBSON WAS THE OTHER MAN AT SQPA!! And he should be saluted. (Click the link and read Times Ledger piece about Paul Gibson). The man’s achievements are stellar. Paul Gibson is a pillar of Jamaica, Queens - NY and the head cornerstone at Roy Wilkins Park. The 54 acres was appropriately named Roy Wilkins Park. However, the property could have been named Paul Gibson Park too and it would have been justified.
Like Solomon Goodrich, Paul Gibson too committed his life to serving Black people. And with all his accomplishments he stayed in the hood instead of moving to an exclusive hood like a lot of people do when they step up in life and economics. Paul Gibson is/was a super cool person in a rockstar way at SQPA. He used to drive to SQPA in a regular car dressed in regular clothes. No hype or obnoxious display of being better than folks. (Some folks with way fewer achievements than Paul Gibson behave as if they are socially better than their brothers and sisters. They practice and display some of the same prejudicial and racist atrocities levied and black people since slavery on their own kin. I mean Martin Luther King, Jr. stood firm against some of these practices.) If one did not know who Paul Gibson was he/she would think he was just another regular person. Great leader!!
It there isn't one already, SQPA should start a Paul Gibson and Solomon Goodrich Achievement Award and/or Scholarship Fund for SQPA-related kids who excel in High School and are going on to College or University. Anyone who accepts the scholarship must return to SQPA or Community and donate at least one year of service.
BTW: wonder if folks using the park today know who Roy Wilkins was? Free your minds! The spotlight on Black History shouldn't just be for one month yearly. Black History should be taught all year...
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JAMEKEE WAS THE FIRST TO FEATURE REGGAE MUZIK IN ROY WILKINS PARK IN SUMMER OF 1985.
Jamekee/D.I.A was the first to feature Reggae music in Roy Wilkins Park in the summer of 1985. The event was for a benefit concert for Shortwood Community College of Kingston - Jamaica. The gig was organically grown in about 6 weeks. Local New York reggae artists and bands Lone Ranger, Lee Van Cliff, Alton Irie, Toyan, Little John, Mikey Slue, Colonel Tonto, Witty Records (Brooklyn) crews and others plus a couple of businesses -- Jean's Restaurant (Linden and Parsons Blvd.) and Gordon's Shipping (Springfield Gardens) supported the event. Camara M. Nkrumah -- Executive Director of SCC, was very thankful for funds raised. Click letter image to read. That videotape is out there somewhere. Put a clip on Youtube. Jamekee as event coordinator later went on to do other events independently and jointly with SQPA via Solomon Goodrich...
SQPA has a tradition of featuring great events for its Summer Festivals. Soul, Funk, Rock N Roll, RnB and Hip-hop acts have played Roy Wilkins Park. For 1998, Summer Festival Jamekee produced events for the 10-day period. The highlight concert was Isaac Hayes performing. The bigger they are the nicer they are. Mr. Shaft rolled up in a black town car with his daughter and tracks and performed with the greatest of ease to the delight of the audience. No hype. The other hit for 1998, was the carnival that ran for 10 days. It was some lively times.
ISAAC HAYES performing "SHAFT" live in1973. Isaac Hayes was introduced by Jesse Jackson. What a fro and chops on Jesse aka "The Great Filibuster" when he was in High School. That was one hip dude man.
The PEACE & LOVE CONCERT ironically was indicative of the difficult struggles (all people but specifically in this case) Black people go through. And often, advances are stopped from within... Sometimes one has to stand firm without wavering despite deterrents. Gene and his crew took 4 weeks to build the stage in modules in the bunkers. Gene then transported the huge sections to be erected on the northern side of the track field and had the stage ready days before the June 1998, Summer Festival started. Lots of hard work was done!!! Quite often entertainment is the “Axis: Of Evil.” The lure of fame and the illusion of getting rich quick attract all kinds of Entertainment. Fueled by hatred, malice, jealousy, and envy, some folks commit all types of ills for advancements...
By sheer coincidence, the "back to school" Peace & Luv Concert, '98, and the Million Youth March in Harlem, were scheduled on the same day -- Sept. 5, 1998. Some thought the concert was produced to counteract the Million Youth March. NOT AT All!! Anyway, the stage was burnt down 48 hours before the concert. No worries. My brother brought in his construction workers (donating time and labor) and rebuilt the 40' by 30' stage working all day and night of Sept. 4 to the morning of Sat. September 5th, 1998. The stage was painted black and dubbed the Phoenix. It was tagged in graffiti style -- “...And Life Rises From The Ashes,” written in red paint. Can’t stop resilience and unwavering ambition bolstered by fevered motivation!! The concert went on as planned. The Phoenix provided a platform for SQPA’s events for years after, saving the organization a ton of funds for stage rental.
The Spring Break 1991, event was held in the SQPA gym. Acts were Brand Nubian, Junior Demus, Jamalski and Worl A Girl. This was a hiphop-dancehal reggae gigs. Jamekee was mixing hiphop with reggae in all variations before it was kool. The underline reason was to narrow the gap between West Indians and Black youths. Back then genres were grossly isolated. Jamekee evolved into D.I.A (Diverse Intensified Audio). Through that same fusion concept "Global Rock" was created. Global Rock is now the new genre for today’s multi-genre fusion sounds that blur the lines of Funk, Punk, Alt. Hiphop, Reggae, Alt. Rock, Ska, etc...
A lil' Global Rock Revolution press.
BRAND NUBIAN performing "SLOW DOWN" in clip. Classic hiphop track.
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"The Alternative Clothing!"