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Issue #719
May 9, 2016

! ? What’s Upper ? !

Universal Zulu Nation Announces Leadership Changes

The statement implies that founder and Hip Hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa,
accused of sexually assaulting multiple young men, has stepped down from his leadership position.
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Date: 6th May 2016
The Universal Zulu Nation wishes to announce that it is currently under new leadership by the International and Regional U.S. Zulu Leaders. This will involve a significant restructure and will feature an in-depth re-assessment of how the organization will function to better serve our communities. As part of this restructure ALL accused parties and those accused of covering up the current allegations of child molestation have been removed and have stepped down from their current positions.
Over the coming months there will be significant changes to the organization in terms of roles, structure and establishing the policies any organization of our size should have in place. There shall also be a new move to work towards providing support for victims of abuse, rape and molestation and working more closely on other social issues existing in communities such as drug addiction, alcoholism and mental health.
We are saddened by current events. Not only because of the trial by social media of which we have been subjected to as an organization, but because until now the previous leaders and founders have been ineffective at being able to respond in a way which our members and associates deserve of us. Especially when our good work spreading the Zulu message has empowered communities worldwide. We would like to offer our sincere apologies for this.
As an organization we are in a very difficult position because we are being asked to condemn one of our founders based on testimony through social media alone. We cannot do this. We also cannot dismiss the comments of parties asserting they have been harmed. We have a duty to search for truth. We also need to be mindful that if these allegations are true that victims discussing this in a public forum has not come easily. We the Universal Zulu Nation wish to extend great sympathy to anyone affected by such issues. We know that respect and compassion need to be at the forefront of how we deal with such topics in the future, this has been a lesson in learning for us.

The public is asking for justice and we would welcome constructive suggestions on how that could be effectuated properly. At the moment it is unclear on how best to proceed, we would like to know how the claimants would like to take the matters further towards some form of resolution where the truth can be established. We can not legally speak on behalf of the parties in question in regard to the current allegations. Individuals must speak up for themselves & advice from their legal teams should be sought.
Our restructure is a positive step towards organizational change for our worldwide family of members and the great community programs they continually run which spread the message of Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun.
To communicate with us during this time of transition please email us at info@universalzulunation.global
International and Regional US Zulu Leaders
Universal Zulu Nation

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We Can’t Afford To Wait:
Hip Hop Moving Beyond the Period of Silence

by Kuttin Kandi

For more than a month there has been a long silence in regards to the allegations against Hip Hop icon, legend, pioneer “Godfather of Hip HopAfrika Bambaataa. Whether the silence is due to shock and/or denial, the neutrality and “on the fence” stance of not wanting to pick sides, the trauma it is causing for many survivors, or the intimidating and bullying threats by perpetrators and enablers; the silence has been frustrating and painful. The depths of the silence speaks volumes to how deep and how real rape culture surrounds all of us. There has been quite a few folks within Hip Hop starting to speak up. Although it’s been powerful and needed; it is still a slow dragging month. Regardless of the reality of this silence --- we cannot afford to wait for that silence to break. We need to continue breaking it till there’s nothing else left to break.

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Who is DJ Kuttin Kandi?

DR. DJ Kuttin Kandi
is a self-proclaimed Professor aka "A People's DJ Scholar" who was born and raised in Queens, NY. She is widely regarded as one of the most legendary and accomplished female DJs in the world. In addition to being a Writer, Spoken Word Poet, Theater Performer, Educator, Hip Hop Feminist and Community Organizer, Kandi is a member of DJ team champions 5th Platoon. She’s a co-founder and DJ for the Hip Hop group Anomolies, co-founder of the famed NYC monthly open mic nights “Guerrilla Words,” and co-founder of the coalition R.E.A.C.Hip-Hop (Representing Education, Activism & Community through Hip Hop). DJ’ing for over 15 years, Kandi has competed in over 20 DJ competitions, including ITF and Vibe. She is the 1998 NY Source Magazine DJ Champion and has been the only female DJ to make it to the DMC USA FINALs.

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Cue Shalimar's track ”A Nite To Remember" — this best sums up my latest trip home this past weekend to the 206 Seattle!

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I've got lots of GREAT new memories . . .

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making a cameo in both
Kid Sensation's aka Xola Malik & King Khazm's new video,

reuniting with my
KCMU Rap Attack posse on their "CAN U DIG IT" podcast show (Supreme, TopSpin & Robert Brewer aka Forrest Gump),

hangin' with my
206 Zulu Nation family at their headquarters in Washington Hall,

meeting new artist
LUCE (with whom I'll soon be working!),

being a guest on
Miguel Rockwell & Joe Hawkin's podcast show "The Biggest,"

reuniting with my fellow
Roosevelt Roughriders, Seva, Lilli & Gary,

chillin’ with my
MMA homie James Gregory,

eating (!) at my favorite spots
Taco Time, Dicks, 13 Coins & Four Seas,

celebrating our Filipino heritage with my
Kuya Liza, Godson Nico,
Elgie, Mark, Pete & Jean

AND to top it all off,
"The Fresh Dressed Jam
hosting this
SOLD-OUT event with my potnah in Hip Hop fo' life,
The Shockmaster Glen Boyd!

I felt transported back to 1980 when I made my debut on Seattle’s
1250 KFOX
& now 36 years later, I’m reunited with my loyal KFOX fans!

Much love & props to Jazmyn, Aaron, Margo & Karin for making this happen.
If I left out your name, it's cause there’re too many to thank,
but I don't forget faces! 
What an honor . . . I'm feeling blessed
to still be alive to experience more of GOD's unconditional blessings.

Thank you Seattle!  

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Remembering Prince Rogers Nelson
by DJ 3rd Degree

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Prince passed away last Thursday, April 21, 2016.
The news stated he had been sick, was recuperating from hip surgery and was having problems with that. He passed away unexpectedly and alone in his Paisley Park home. I woke up Thursday morning to news of his passing on my Facebook timeline. I immediately said NO and messaged my friend Kim, Prince’s hair-stylist for the past two decades. I didn’t hear back from her but it quickly became evident that he had in fact, passed away.

As a music fan since the age of 10, and I mean a HUGE music fan, Prince meant a whole lot to me on many different levels.
First and foremost, Prince was a rebel! He didn’t care what anyone thought of him, what he did or how he looked. He pushed the boundaries with complete self-confidence. That was always appealing. He did whatever he wanted! Not egotistically but with complete awareness of who he was and how he wanted to show himself to the world.

MTV was how I first heard of Prince and his music. I saw 1999’s Little Red Corvette video and thought, this dude rocks! I was able to learn about his earlier music, Dirty Mind, Controversy, Delirious, and more!

I was an instant fan. After the 1999 album came Purple Rain. It was 1984, I was 14 and that album, the soundtrack to the movie of the same name, was one of the most amazing pieces of work I’d ever heard. It was deep and passionate, with pop and funk intertwined into the songs. I played his music constantly as a DJ. So many jams to rock dance floors!

Prince influenced me as well as many other artists.
He made me believe I could do anything musically. He played over 40 instruments. Wrote everything he played. Wrote many hit songs for so many amazing artists. Stevie Nicks, Sheena Easton, Chaka Khan and Sinead O’Connor, to name a few. Made stars of Sheila E., Vanity and Apollonia. He didn’t just play Pop and R&B; he loved Jazz.

He was a complete artist. Played the meanest guitar. Put him up against any of the greats and I bet he’d hold his own. He was Jimi Hendrix and James Brown rolled into one.
Prince’s music was the soundtrack of my teenage years. Whenever I listen to certain songs, I am quickly taken back to those wonderful memories. As a DJ, I played his music because it was funky and made people dance. I will always play his music! As a fan, I am blessed to have seen him perform live and those shows were all absolutely amazing.

Thank you Prince Rogers Nelson for making music that will last forever. We will always remember you and your music and all the great memories you helped give us.
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t's going DOWN! See you there.
Friday, June 3, 2016 - Crowne Plaza Hotel San Diego 12noon-1:30pm

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Friday, June 3, 2016 - Crowne Plaza Hotel San Diego 12noon-1:30pm

Panel 6: Decks, BPMs and Playlists/Focus on the DJs

Nasty Nes, CEO, RapAttackLives.com
Corey “CL” Llewellyn, Founder/Digiwaxx Media
DJ Amen, Young California DJs/Real 92.3 LA/106-KMEL, San Francisco
DJ Caesar, Co-H, WeekendWork Radio Show, Shade 45, Sirius XM
DJ Jam, 95.7 KISS-FM San Diego; Snoop Dogg’s Cadillac Music/Dash Radio
Kevin M. Netters, “Big Daddy The DJ” President, VirDiKo
Brian B-Hen, Hollywood’s Champion of New Sound
Raymond T, Slacker Radio, San D

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#FBF 1988
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KCMU RAP ATTACK #FBF 1988: I found this on You Tube — a rare recording of two of my very first RAP ATTACK radio shows aired in 1988. The first link is about 37 min long & you can hear my MasterMix around 10min 30 sec into it. Both aired on 90.3FM KCMU, 28 years ago. I was fired from KFOX in April of 1988 as the station was sold & they made it clear to me that the new KFOX would NOT play RAP/Hip Hop anymore. KCMU, based on the UW campus, offered me a Sunday night slot around July of 1988 to keep KFOX FRESHTRACKS on the air. I accepted the offer, went from AM to FM in 3 months & renamed my show KCMU RAP ATTACK. I wanted this show to sound just as good as if you're listening to a Casey Kasem American Top 40 show or any professional sounding show you'd hear on commercial radio. I didn't want to just yell on a mic & say my name in a mix or during the show so I invested $$$ in getting Professional Custom Voice Over Drops. I also made my own Drops & the rest is Seattle Hip Hop HISTORY!
Here it is from 1988 (28 years ago) yours truly,


Happy Birthday to

The King of Bass, out of Florida, DJ Magic Mike!

celebrating on Monday, May 9th


R.I.P.) to a close friend & childhood mentor,

Nick Gonzales,

who passed away on May 11, 2005.

PEACE, LOVE & HIP-HOP UNITY (God Bless & Isa Mahal)