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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated was founded on December 4th, 1906.

The ideals are Scholarship, Manly Deeds, and Love for All Mankind.

In 2016, as much as any year before, my personal commitment to serve my religious community and all mankind has really come to the surface.

So four years from now, when I accept the nomination for President of the United States, I’m already counting on my opponent to remind everyone that this was the walk out song I chose for my last stepshow.

(This is true, that video will surface online sooner as opposed to later.)

Anyway, it’s the weekend.  Happy Anniversary to the Brothers, and everyone else, have a good one.

Enjoy!

 

 

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First, Kaepernick.  Don’t have much to add here.  My father, uncles, cousins, good friends are all veterans so I’ve always stood for the national anthem out of respect for them.  But if the man doesn’t want to do it, and he’s expressed why he doesn’t want to do it, I’ve been there too.  And I’m the last person to tell someone to do something they don’t want to do for the sake of appearances.

My original topic for this Sunday was going to be ‘black masculinity’, and how everyone from Nate Parker to Jaden Smith are making us think about what that’s meant, historically and what it means right now. As I sit here, my thoughts feel like a work in progress and not a fully formed idea.  Not yet anyway.

So today is as good of a Sunday as any to say ‘Thank You.’  The more personal impetus behind the masculinity idea I’ve been thinking about this week is I had to ask someone for help.  Out of all the demons I’ve beaten, my ego and my pride are the last two I haven’t yet fully conquered.  Everyone has that problem to a degree, but there’s a deeper complex black men are given at birth about not looking ‘weak’.  A lot of brothers with much more serious problems than I’ve ever had never ask or seek out the help they need because they don’t want to look like a ‘punk’.  I promise I’ll come back to this topic (on a large scale) before the year is out.

A lot of trial and error, but swallowing my pride is easier for me now because I’ve spent a significant part of my life surrounding myself with quality people and attracting like minds.  Ali passing at the beginning of Ramadan and the rise of Trumpism took me from year 4 of my 5 year plan to be a more vocal advocate for my community to year…11; but the pieces of my life had already fallen into place before things beyond my control happened.

So thank you to all of you who contribute to, support, and encourage me to be ‘MALIK AZIZ.’  The Wyandotte folks, the Jayhawks, the Trojans, the Ummah, the Frat; the music geeks, the film geeks, the nerds, the artists, the activists, the politicos; the Romantics who work for true love and friendship over notches on an imaginary belt or friend list, the old heads who worry for the kids coming up behind us and are determined to do what you can to make it easier for them than it was for us.

You all matter to me and I appreciate you.  I carry the public image of a loner, but I’m reminded daily how many people have my back.

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Relieved.

Way back when, I was an intensely serious child.  Most everyone admired me for it, in different ways.  I was intelligent.  I was curious.  I was ‘angry’, in the sense I was fascinated by all the whys and hows of what brought all of us to where we are.  I was an avid student of Black history.  Hollywood history.  American history.

It’s always the little, ‘insignificant’ details you remember.  At some point, during senior year as we were saying our goodbyes, one of the guys said to me simply, ‘We all love you and definitely need to have brothers like you around.  But don’t forget to have some fun.’

That’s how it started, it was really that simple.  A lot more often, my choices became a reflection of someone who could take the weight of the world off his shoulders once in a while, and enjoy this life.  Spending a spring at the Playboy Mansion. The ‘Tony Montana Dream Weekend’ in South Beach. Dinner dates with WWE Divas.  And a million other episodes I’ve either genuinely forgot about, or deliberately refuse to talk about publicly.

So I’ve had fun. Too much fun? That’s debatable. Fun at the cost of other things? Sure, but even at my least responsible, I always accepted every decision I make comes with a price.

I have been doing this long enough to accept the question, not in my own mind, but in the minds of others, of whether I still had it in within myself to be the completely focused, passionate, articulate and intelligent, socially conscious and driven boy I was when so many friends, family, and mentors invested in me, and told everyone who would listen ‘Malik is the one who’s going to ‘do it’ and he’s not going to sell out what he stands for to get there.’

So I’m relieved.

I’m relieved I’ve lived long enough to grow from a pure ideologue into a three dimensional human being.

I’m relieved more often than not I’ve surrounded myself with people who gave me the latitude to grow, to make mistakes and learn from them.

I’m relieved that I’m able to live my life on my terms without doing major harm to anyone else (to my knowledge).

I’m relieved I’ve found avenues that allow me to honor those who came before me, and ideally allow me to do things that will benefit the next generation of people who look like me or have names like mine.

I’m relieved I’ve been able to build a personal and private life where the only agenda is ‘Do we enjoy each other’s company? Do we have a good time together? Do we support each other’s dreams?’

I’m relieved I’ve lived long enough and worked hard enough to get to the point where all the different elements that make up my life finally complement each other.

I’m relieved that while I know something will eventually go bad, on the whole I’ve grown into a man who enjoys life and loves life and is motivated to keep going.

All praise is due to Allah, only the mistakes have been mine.

Eid Mubarak.

Back after 4th of July weekend.

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Always holds a special place for me, not just as a hip hop jam of its time, but the theme we used for my Dean’s greeting back in the day.

Enjoy!

 

‘Blackballed’

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My frat brother (and all around good dude) Lawrence Ross is about to release his next book: ‘Blackballed: the Black and White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses’.  Many of you know Brother Ross as the author of the definitive book on African-American Greek letter organizations ‘The Divine Nine’.  The state of the world we live in, the subject matter of this book couldn’t be more timely.

For my L.A. people, the official book kickoff is this coming Saturday at the Alpha House: 3712 West 54th Street, Los Angeles, CA.  Eso Won is bringing copies of the book to purchase and part of the proceeds will go to the Alpha Phi Alpha Scholarship Fund.

For my out of town people, the book is already available on pre-order on the Eso Won site and Amazon (to name two places).

Based on what I heard from people who’ve read the galleys, Brother Ross brings it (to no surprise).  Looking forward to checking it out myself.

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Whatever feelings I had toward Roy Williams in the past, I have to give him a pass now.  Because I can’t imagine a scenario past, present, or future, where they’d ever let us do this at Allen Field House (during Late Night no less!)

Good, good, good stuff Bros.  0000006!

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Overwhelmed.

Aaron and I have both watched ‘Trojan War’ repeatedly before tonight; there was a ‘USC premiere’ and a ‘Hollywood premiere’ last week, so we both felt good about how the ‘core demographic’ would react.  But still…

This week, and today especially, the sheer number of you who reposted, retweeted, and otherwise spread the word about the film coming on has been completely humbling.  I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’m not even going to try to name names because there were so many it would be a guarantee I would forget someone.

Homies from high school, family of course. Old teachers who pushed me in the right direction. The boys from the college days that swiftly passed.  Acting friends and industry friends, both still trying to break in, and well established.  My people from every day job I’ve ever held down while I pursue my dreams. You know, but you don’t completely realize how many people are cheering for you until something like this goes down, and everyone tells you in their own way how proud they are of you.

I know what I just said about naming names, but I should thank the people whose names and faces you heard and saw who made ‘Trojan War’ what it is: everybody at ESPN for letting us be a part of this, Keyshawn Johnson, Shelley Smith, Dylann Tharp, Joe Perracchio, Mario Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Matt Leinart, Lendale White, Pete Carroll.  To name a few.

As far as you go Aaron…I’ll let Coach Vermeil take it from here…

Today was a good day.

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For one of my tribes, this is a top 5 hip hop video of the 90s.

Enjoy!

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Tis the weekend and the beginning of a new month.  Feel like dancing, or really, if you know me…

Have a good one folks! Should be a memorable weekend!

The Big Game

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Enjoy Super Bowl weekend gang…