Wednesday, March 31, 2010
C'est la Vie! I have decided to graduate from blogger.com and travel to a different site to host. As I am releasing a new album I thought it time that I re-connect with the world through a site that looks and feels different from where I have generally gone as an artist. Life is a bit different now and as a pastor I feel its time to move on from here. I can now be found at http://avoice.tumblr.com for all words, flix and verbs. I will be using this site from now on so this will be my last post here. I may take a few posts from here and re-post them but that is the extent of which I will do here. So thank you blogger! You have been a good friend but now I'm moving on.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I still can't believe this video. I was a HUGE Scarface movie fan because at the time in my life when I was really into the movie I was a go hard gangsta in the streets. At one point in my life I would've said this was my favorite movie. Even Jay Z said "Scarface the movie did more than Scarface the rapper to me..." Having said that, and knowing the wickedness that this movie has made into pop black culture, I was shocked to see this kids play re-enacting the movie. WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO!!!!!
How often do you really get to do what you want to do? When I was in New Orleans I was able to do just that! Also while in New Orleans I got to shoot half of the music video for Whatever It Takes, the single I released for Josh Harris but that will also be on my album "Christ The King" coming in May 2010.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I can't believe I get to go to New Orleans and go into public high schools and share a message of hope to kids who's life trajectory is death, pregnancy and prison. At a couple of points I was almost in tears when I would see the faces of kids who I was told never sit quiet in an assembly for longer than seven minutes, sit and listen to me talk for 50 minutes so quietly that a sneeze seemed interruptive. It was insane the kind of response I was getting. It was humbling that I was getting that kind of response. I only hope that some heard and remember Jamal.
The above video is the beginning of one of talks I did at a pretty dangerous school. Its a school where the grades are so poor that the state of Louisiana took jurisdiction of the school from the city. It is called a recovery school. Nonetheless as hard as the staff may be trying to recover the school, the competition of a culture and neighborhood pulls at them screaming "IT'S DUMB TO BE SMART!" I pray that some realize that in the real world it is quite the opposite. May the gospel change the direction of all of them.
Man it has been forever since I posted. Primarily because I just don't assume that everyone wants to or is reading what I write. Another reason why I don't have a Twitter by the way. However I am back and it could possibly be due to the fact that my buddy Josh Harris posted a song I did for him about his new book called "Dug Down Deep" that is out now. www.joshharris.com excellent read I might add too!! Also it could be that I am releasing a new project this May called "Christ The King" around the time of the Next conference. I am sure that plays a role as to why I am deciding to begin writing again. With all of the above as a motivation I hereby declare once again it's on!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Whole audio interview can be heard at http://media.9marks.org/
Both Shai Linne and myself can be found on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=313958485&s=143441