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Been around the world
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When I first had the idea of creating Like It ,Ruff, I wanted to showcase interviews of various individuals from music artists to actors to comedians to motivational speakers. I set out to make contact with these people and create a relationship before asking for the interview. Turns out, there are some pretty cool industry folk out there. All the way down to the publicists. I have so many interviews lined up, I had to create more sections of the magazine.
When I first started writing, I was an emcee. I wrote rhymes and performed rap. Then, I ventured into stand up comedy. I wanted to continue entertaining people, but I grew out of the rap artist scene. I tried my hand at making folks laugh. Turns out, I'm pretty good at it. But, I still wanted to write. And not just jokes. I wanted to write, articles, stories about people, places and things. I found The Good Men Project. I started writing articles about once or twice a month. I graduated to writing as a weekly columnist. I perfected my craft and owe much of my success to what I learned while writing for The Good Men Project.
I started my own freelance writing company which quickly grew into this magazine, Like It, Ruff. And I decided to start each issue with drink reviews, 'M-Bibe' and then an interview, followed by the book of the month. Bless you with a latest concert review, and some exclusive pictures. Then, play a little game of the 'Dozens'. Well, not really the Dozens. Just a little jokey joke section. Then I thought, nobody tells me about any real places that I visit. Let me start by reviewing some of these regular spots for us regular folks. Ain't no reason to be reading about a place you are not going to. 'Been Around the World' is dedicated to the traveler who goes to places like the DC Harbor, the National Museum of African American History. Nothing extra. Lots of local spots. Average hopping, on an average person salary.
Now. On the heels of a sixth edition, yes, volume 6 issue of Like It, Ruff, I have made a few changes and additions to the mag. For starters, I have a new cover format. Hope you like it. I've added movie reviews. Check what Ruff likes in the theaters, today You'll love it.
Expect more music reviews and various interviews from guest authors.
Please, read and enjoy. And more importantly, share!
Spark-Ski and Dutchess Black Card Revoked
THE WRITE ONE MAGAZINE
Parent company Ruff Writing, LLC. to Drop ‘Like It Ruff’
New Name of Magazine – The Write One
Northern, VA: Nearly three quarters after Ruff Writing, LLC. launched its signature magazine, Like It Ruff will change its brand name to The Write One.
The Write One will soon take on the branding of its parent company, Ruff Writing, and assume its new identity immediately.
Like It Ruff magazine was originally developed by Ruff Writing’s CEO, Saliek Ruffin. The company’s CEO has agreed to drop its licensing agreement and remove the name Like It Ruff from the company branding. The CEO said that the company had been planning this name change along with other major strategy changes. Ruff Writing also manufactures video marketing products online.
When asked about the magazine name change, the Assignment Editor of Like It Ruff shared that this re-branding solidified the commitment of Ruff Writing and its intentions on becoming the industry’s greatest voice of the voiceless. As well as being the #1 go to media company for entertainment and travel.
Ruff Writing is a media company that can help enhance a business’ stakeholder value with the help of editorials and video marketing. Ruff Writing, LLC. released its first video marketing packages to the market in the Spring of 2018 and in the Fall of the same year, released its Special Edition of Like It Ruff to commemorate its love and respect for Walt Disney World, Orlando, which will appear under the new brand, The Write One.
Introducing a comic strip created by Ruff Writing to 'spark' conversation.
Spark-Ski and Dutchess are two 18 year old Black teens living in the inner city, who often have conversations with each other about issues of the world today.
By Saliek Ruffin
IN MEMORY OF ROBERT BOMAN CALHOUN 11/30/1971 - 01/06/2019
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A Madea Family Funeral 3/1/19
The Hummingbird Project 3/15/19
The Informer 3/21/19
these are movies you should see...
in theaters or on dvd
MIiss Bala 1/18/19
The Upside 1/11/19
Well. It's been a really good season for new movies.
First on the list of Ruff's recent finds in the theater is Miss Bala I loved this movie. This movie almost completely confirmed my forever thoughts of the Latino culture. They got thugs. And lots of them. Young Gloria, played by Gina Rodriguez tries to get help from the Policia after the Cartel kidnap her friend from a club in Mexico. But, there are corrupt cops all over. Especially in Mexico. The Policia take Gloria and give her to the same bad guys she complained to them about. Now, it gets interesting. And stays that way. This movie is filled with greatness. From the directing to the acting to the storyline. A very exciting movie that keeps you jumping and in suspense.
Next up is Glass. An awesome superhero movie starring Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis. The characters from Unbreakable and Split get together in this superhero mashup, full of action.
Now. I know you have heard of escape rooms, right? Well, this next movie, titled just that, Escape Room is a must see with lots of shocking twists that totally shocked me. Picture Saw and Jigsaw meets Fear Factor. Do yourself a favor and go see it.
Mary Poppins Returns was a fun movie for everyone in the family. Imagination
full circle. We really enjoyed it.
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Alita:The Battle Angel 2/14/19
What Men Want 2/8/19
Cold Pursuit 2/8/19
Happy Death Day 2 /14/19
Pet Sematary 4/4/19
The Best of Enemies 4/5/19
Project X 4/19/19
DC was basically a swamp well into the 19th century - it wasn’t an ideal place for a city, but for political reasons it was selected as the nation’s capital so that established cities (Philly, New York, Boston, etc.) wouldn’t hold undue influence over the country. Because Washington is on the fall line, it developed a decent industrial base that attracted a large number of Black farmers who had been decimated by the Agricultural Depression that started after WWI. That was part of the whole “farm to factory” migration that led to places like Detroit and Cleveland becoming destinations for poor African Americans to find jobs. Keep in mind that this was during the Jim Crow era, and most of these people had legal freedom but were still working the same plantations that their (slave) parents and grandparents had worked. The Great Depression hit DC and other cities hard, and throughout the 1930s the majority of Black Washingtonians were in rough shape - there was over 50% unemployment by most estimates.
WWII completely changed DC - read David Brinkley’s excellent book “Washington Goes To War” - and the city’s population tripled as Americans poured into the city to work for the government. This is the real beginning of “modern” Washington. However, most of the government jobs were not open to Blacks, so even as the city grew and prospered, African Americans didn’t really benefit.
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A DC Perspective
by Shane Cooper
In addition - and this is the most important part of my answer to your question - Blacks were redlined out of most neighborhoods in the city and the nearby suburbs. The major source of American wealth appreciation in the last 60 years is tied to the housing market, and families that bought homes between 1945 and 1970 created generational wealth that allowed their kids to go to college inexpensively and get into lucrative careers with almost no debt. No generation has ever had it easier than the
This was not an option for many Blacks because of housing covenants and discriminatory lending policies - both of which were legal into the 1970s. As a result, a White returning WWII vet could buy a house for $7k in Bethesda and by 1970 his family was probably college-educated and making decent money. Black veterans could only buy in areas with poor city services and schools, and property values increased at a much slower rate over the next 20 years.
Everyone points to the 1968 riots as the cause of Black poverty in DC, but that’s a real oversimplification because White flight combined with the death of local manufacturing had already decimated many of the middle-class Black areas. A lot of the houses that had been purchased after WWII needed major repairs, and the growth of suburban malls pretty much wiped out retail in many parts of DC.
That’s the DC I grew up in in the late 1970s and early 1980s: rows of houses in disrepair, with the only local retailer being a corner liquor store. Those are the areas that are gentrifying hard right now, but I remember when $30k would get you a Capitol Hill slum house that’s probably worth $1.2 million now. 14th Street NW was a war zone, but we’d go there because the stores didn’t check our IDs.
Then we get to the crack epidemic. Drugs and alcohol had been problems for a long time, but smokable cocaine nuggets changed everything because it created the modern prison complex. I don’t need to go into any conspiracy theories to show that the “war on drugs” was really a war against Black people. If you look at how the government treats today’s White rural meth addicts versus how crack users were treated, the dichotomy is jarring.
Not only did crack create a pipeline to Lorton, but it also spawned a real drug war for the first time in DC’s history. People forget (and even romanticize) organized crime during prohibition, but the crack wars were no joke. Keep in mind, though, that these were almost always between rival groups rather than against “civilians,” and that most parts of the city were free of the major violence. A lot of this was fueled by some really lousy yellow journalism, especially around the death of college basketball star Len Bias. But its not like middle-class folks were getting gunned down on their way home from work.
The crack wars pretty much pushed the worst parts of DC to the brink of ruin by the mid nineties…just in time for the inversion of White flight. Neighborhoods in DC that we absolutely did not visit in the eighties are incredibly hot right now. A lot of “bad” areas like Bloomingdales, Shaw, Thomas Circle, etc. are super trendy, and a lot of the city’s poor residents are getting pushed out to suburbs and exurbs, especially in PG County, Maryland.
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On February 25, 2010, the Associated Press announced that Killen documented a claim against the FBI. The suit asserted that one of Killen's legal advisors in his 1967 preliminary, Clayton Lewis, was a FBI source, and that the FBI contracted "criminal and executioner" Gregory Scarpa to constrain witnesses. On February 18, 2011 U.S. Justice F. Keith Ball prescribed that the claim be rejected. On March 23, 2011, District Judge Daniel P. Jordan, III, embraced the officer's report and expelled the case.
James Hart Stern, a dark evangelist from California, imparted a jail cell to Edgar Ray Killen from August 2010 to November 2011. Amid that time, Killen and Stern manufactured a cozy relationship and Killen hand composed many letters to Stern laying out his perspectives on race just as admitting to different violations. Notwithstanding the letters, the previous pioneer of the KKK marked over intensity of lawyer and his property in Mississippi to his cellmate. Stern point by point his involvement in the 2017 book Killen the KKK, co-composed by North Carolina writer Autumn K. Robinson. Utilizing his capacity of lawyer, Rev. Stern disbanded Killen's manifestation of the KKK on January 5, 2016.
What we know about the Black man who “outsmarted" one of America's largest Neo-nazi groups.
James Hart Stern experienced childhood in Watts, a suburb of Los Angeles. The child of common laborers guardians, Stern was a piece of the flourishing dark network in South Central. His dad was an individual from the Ethiopian Jewish people group, however his mom was a faithful Christian. As a young person, he sharpened his open talking aptitudes and apprenticed as a minister in Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church under the tutelage of the very much regarded Reverend Frederick Douglas Ferrell. Reverend Ferrell had been the principal dark minister chose to the California State Assembly, speaking to the 55th District from 1963-1966. Stern's cozy association with his tutor was a developmental piece of his later passage into the service and into activism. He would turn into a Junior Deacon under Ferrell, in the long run talking at his burial service in 1982 when Stern was only 18 years of age.
Killen entered the Mississippi Department of Corrections framework on June 27, 2005, to serve his sixty-year sentence (three twenty-year sentences running continuously). That equivalent year, after a circuit court judge denied Killen's ask for another preliminary, he was sent to the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility (CMCF) in a unincorporated territory of Rankin County, close Pearl. He experienced assessment, and jail authorities were choosing whether to keep him at CMCF or to send him to the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, a unincorporated network in Sunflower County. Killen's discharge date was September 1, 2027 (by which time he would have been 102 years of age). His area keep going changed on July 29, 2014.
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KingJet — "Apparition"
Where ghosting can be tragic, LA's KingJet catches the tension of succumbing to somebody in a sincere and infectious bundle.
Dreezy — "Chicken Noodle Soup"
The opener of Big Dreez lives up the collection title, banished up and promising that Chicago's Dreezy implies huge business, dependably.
Sada Baby — "Numb nuts"
Nobody raps like Sada Baby, and Bartier Bounty standout "Good for nothing" is confirmation his affectations and rhythm have a place with only him.
Summer Walker — "Mob"
In less than two minutes, Summer Walker achieves a soul-filled, guitar-drove, emotive accomplishment on "Mob."
Solange — "Almeda"
Solange's most recent collection is a jazz triumph, a festival of Blackness, and a recognition melody for home. "Almeda" is the same.
Little Simz — "Venom"
With her best collection to date, Gray Area, added to her repertoire, "Venom" is only one of numerous confirmations that Simz is a fearsome spitter.
2 Chainz — "Danger 2 Society"
2 Chainz may have passed up a JAY-Z stanza on Rap or Go to the League, but "Risk 2 Society" absolutely would have made Hov pleased.
DaBaby — "Sitter"
Of all the infant rappers at present out, none are more energizing than DaBaby. Press play to hear why.
Tierra Whack — "CLONES"
Every one of these rappers are Tierra Whack's children, and "CLONES" is only one greater portion in the Tierra Whack Is The Most Exciting Rapper Out Now arrangement.
Every year end, we think back and attempt to recall the best music the year brought to the table. All things considered, probably the best tunes definitely become lost despite a general sense of vigilance.
Accordingly, we've chosen to start the truly difficult work in January by beginning a progressing highlight and playlist (see beneath) of the best hip-hop and R&B melodies of 2019. This aticle will be refreshed month after month to enable you to deal with your pivot and guarantee you hear everything advantageous dropping month over month. We do the burrowing so you don't have to. Enjoy.
James Blake — "Where's the Catch?" ft. André 3000
One of the most grounded, most disturbed tunes off James Blakes' most recent collection, Assume Form.
Toro y Moi — "Independent"
Toro y Moi shows us a vital exercise on peace on his new collection Outer Peace, and "Independent" is the same.
YNW Melly — "No Holidays"
We know Melly for "Homicide On My Mind," yet "No Holidays" is a commendable and influencing successor from the Florida rapper's new undertaking We All Shine.
Future — "Faceshot"
The congregation of Future will dependably say so be it insofar as Future remains as predictable as he does on "Faceshot," a champion from his as of late discharged Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD.
Little Simz — "Egotistical" ft. Cleo Sol
Little Simz season has arrived, and the dynamic scholar does not frustrate on "Egotistical."
Boogie — "Soho" ft. J.I.D
Boogie just talks reality on his Shady Records debut, Everything's For Sale, and the jitter of "Soho" is the same.
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