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Where Did The True “Swag” Go?

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This week on Life Full Circle Radio we are asking the question, what happened to true swag?

Rappers Bow Wow and Soldier Boy are a long way from the fashion statements of the 50s

By Miguel Lloyd

One of our panelists will be Damon from VerySmartbrothas.com

At the risk of sounding like a real ol’ head and borderline curmudgeon, when I saw this picture that is circling around the internet, I was immediately floored. Pictured above are two young dudes, one with his jeans on his hips, the other with his jeans unbuttoned and below his….package…taking a picture like they are the most suave dudes on the planet. Well for some of y’all reading this who’ve been stuck in a cubicle ignoring BET, YouTube and your kids for the last 15 years, that is Bow Wow (formerly Lil Bow Wow) and Soldier Boy. Two very popular rappers and sometimes actors in the game. The way they and many of their colleagues in the entertainment industry are dressing are the source of your discontent with your sons, nephews and neighbors fashion choices.

Fashion Designer Niiamar Felder will also be our guest tonight

Now for some who know me personally, you know that I went through, just like many of us, phases in fashion that we will never understand. The Kwame polka dots, house music rayon shirts and those silver toe shoes many of us wore, we will never live down. However, I am proud to say that I never owned a pair of hammer pants. They were just whack!

I am not trying to dump on youthful exuberance or their form of self-expression. What concerns me and many like me is many of the choices that being made show very little vision and are irreversible. It goes well beyond skinny jeans that will go out of style like the Jerri curl. Face and neck tattoos are becoming as important to your outfit as, a Gucci belt or a pair of Jordans. All while black unemployment is double the average of the rest of America. For some of the younger fashionistas reading this and wondering what one has to do with the other. Well if you have black or brown skin and you have tattoos that are in places that cannot be covered up by a polo shot, you’ve made a decision that may influence people who may not employ you. Unless you want to work at McDonalds, wash cars or cut grass.

Many of us ol heads who have tats or black greek brands, have them in places you might see on our follow through during a round of golf, or during a pick up game of hoops, not when we are simply walking around in the mall. When we chose to make those personal expressions, we did it in a way that if we were a Kappa or we wanted to honor the memory of Tupac or another “dead homie”, it was on a “need to know” basis, not for mass consumption. Thats not the mind-set of many anymore.

Gucci Mane may never need a 9-5, but his tat and many others are making many of their fans unemployable

Young men and women are not leaving much to the imagination in the choices they are making in their way of expression. They are wearing them for all to see, whether we want to see them or not.

On this weeks show, we will ask the question, Where did the “Swag” go? Are these young people making mistakes or is it much adieu about nothing.

Miguel Lloyd is a blogger, radio host and Media entrepreneur. He hosts a weekly talk show called Life Full Circle Radio. The show includes super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics365.com Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

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Black Patrioitism:Why is it ever questioned


By Miguel Lloyd

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This week marks the release of the highly anticipated film “Red Tails.” This movie will chronicle the heroism of the mighty Tuskegee Airmen, the band of African American airmen who fought simply for the the right to….well…fight.

There has been many adaptations of this story over the years, but none with the fanfare that this one is receiving. This one has been executive produced by one of the greatest filmmakers of all times. Mr. George Lucas. One of Hollywoods elite. But even with all his box office success ( Star Wars Franchise and Indiana Jones Franchise), it took him 23 years to bring this project to the big screen. Not because it wasn’t a quality story. Not because the characters are not compelling, but because the most exciting white character in the film will probably be Adolph Hitler.

Although African Americans have had extreme success in all areas of American life, you have two issues that present themselves here, from Hollywoods perspective. Black actors aren’t “bankable” and blacks aren’t American “Heroes.” Both theories of which George Lucas and his investment partners are banking will be debunked with this film.

For the sake of this weeks blog and show, we are going to narrow in on Americas perception of blacks as American Heroes. Blacks and Patriotism. Why aren’t blacks consider “patriots?” Why is that blacks as a whole do not consider themselves patriots?

Even though, black soldiers have made the same sacrifices for country that whites have, you never seem to see many stories told about the heroism of the black soldier. Why is that?

On this weeks episode of Life Full Circle Radio, we will examine this often believed misnomer that blacks are less patriotic that whites. And if it is possibly true, who’s to blame and what we can do about it.

Of course, as always, we will have our super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics365.com Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

2012: Leadership Series

By Miguel Lloyd

UPDATE If you missed this show, you need to check it out! Especially the ladies.  Click HERE to the replay!

Welcome to 2012! We at Life Full Circle Radio took a much need break to rejuvenate ourselves so that we can continue to deliver to you guys the best radio on radio. We you have a staff that includes parents of a newborn, a newlywed and constant media hustlers, sometimes you have to exhale. But its officially back to the grind. Truth be told, after week one, a couple of the team was ready to get back to work!

Anyway, this week we are going to be bringing in the New Year with a focus on leadership. We will spend a lot of time this year focusing on character development. We will have 3 outstanding guests this week that will focus on your minds and bodies. We will have fitness guru Rafael Justo, Leadership coach Donte Hill  and serial entrepreneur Bishop Rodney Sampson. As always, we are looking to bringing you the most entertaining, yet informative radio…on radio!

Of course, as always, we will have our super producer, Nikkia Ganey with hot topics, Seshmi Robertson with Entertainment, Elton Gumbel with Sports and Alton Drew with the Politics365.com Politics segment. Join us this and every Wednesday night for the lively conversation by clicking HERE!

Where are todays black leaders

by Miguel Lloyd

Its been over 40 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Some would say, not since these two great leaders walked the Earth has Black America had a “leader”. Really? What about Jesse Jackson? or Shirley Chisholm? How about current leaders like Al Sharpton or Louis Farrakhan? Are our media giants Tom Joyner, Steve Harvey, Michael Baisden, or Tavis Smiley trying to fill that role? What about our entertainment moguls such as Jay-Z, Beyonce, Will and Jada Smith or Lil’ Wayne? What about our athletes like Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan or D. Wade. What about our megachurch preachers like Dr. Creflo Dollar, Dr. Fred Price and A.R. Bernard. And we can’t forget our current President, Barack Obama. Where do we turn? All these “leaders” while our families are falling apart. Tune in this week as we discuss this all important issue. Who are our leaders? Who do we go to for answers? Tune in this week for this thought provoking subject right here on Life Full Circle Radio.

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