I’m supporting Black 8th grade Heavy Metal band for all the ‘wrong’ reasons.


Unlocking the Truth, a heavy metal band comprised of three 8th-graders from Brooklyn, has been signed to a two-album recording contract with Sony. The deal comes with a $60,000 up-front advance and an option for four additional LPs.

The band, made up of guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, bassist Alec Atkins, 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12, was founded in 2007 and has been riding the lightning to metal fame thanks to a steady run of heavy-beyond-their-years busking in Times Square and Washington Square Park . Now the Daily News reports that the boys have finalized a deal with Sony that could net them as much as $1.7 million over a possible 6 albums.

“What started out as play dates went to Times Square and now this. It’s been one great thing after another,” Dawkins’s mother, Tabatha, told the News. The boys competed in the Apollo Theater’s amateur night (under the name Tears of Blood, no less) and have unleashed their middle-school riffage at venues like Webster Hall and the Coachella music festival. Unlocking the Truth is currently touring the country as a part of the Vans Warped Tour and recently took time off from pre-algebra class to open for Gun N Roses in Las Vegas.

Having scored the deal as minors (what were you doing during with your wasted years at that age?) the 8th graders’ Sony contract had to be approved and filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. The deal is remarkable on account of more than just the band’s age, band manager Alan Sacks affirmed. “Sacks says the boys have a chance of becoming the new face of rock because they are unique — black artists excelling in heavy metal, a genre typically dominated by white musicians,”the Post writes.

Details on the band’s debut release are still unclear, but when it does drop you should buy it. Because metal is awesome and folksy-bearded Brooklyn desperately needs more metal. Watch Brickhouse, Atkins, and Dawkins shred Times Square below. [source]

Along with many other of you, a friend of mine sent this into OHN very excited about the accomplishment of these young kids.

Seeing three young black males embracing the awesomeness of the guitar and reclaiming the helm of Rock and following in the footsteps of such awesome Black Heavy Metal cats as Living Colour, literally made the hairs on the back on the nape of my neck stand high.  My response to my friend was simply this: “Young Black kids doing Rock n Roll? I’ll support it no matter what.” Rightfully so I….guess, my friend’s rebuttal was this: “Why not support them simply because it’s kids doing good, not because they are black? Seems like the wrong reason to support them.”

This was my response…

When you’ve live in a world where you are constantly judged as different from “the norm”, ask me that question.
When you live in a world where you are constantly judged as different even WITHIN your own larger racial orientation, ask me that question.

I will support these young black kids for doing Metal purely because they dare to go against the grain and against the “norm” in regards to what black kids should spend their time doing.

I will support them for all the other young black kids out there who want to do, say or be something different than what everyone around them says they should be.

I will support them for the Black kid in the inner city who wants to show just how smart he/she really is in class but is afraid of being picked on and or ostracized by the other kids for being a punk-ass nerd.

I will support them for the black kid who would rather spend time and money dressing up as their favourite video game, comic book or anime character but then be told by those outside the counter culture and within that they can’t do that.

I will support them for all the people who forgot where Rock and Roll came from and how as Black people, we were the ones who originally created the spark of what would become Rock.

I will support them for all the adults who wished they were brave enough as kids to have been who they really were rather than what others told them to be.

I will support if for ALL children who regardless of age, race, gender or sexuality would dare to be different from what their peers tell them is the cool thing to be.

I will support them for all these “wrong” reasons.

..and you can agree with them or not.

SSC: What Folk Wants 4Christmas?

Fvck y’all if y’all think Folk late. It’s still Sunday where Folk nuts sweating.

So what da fvck does Folk want for Christmas. Yeah, Folk could be on some cheese and say some ol’normal shyt like Folk’s bills getting paid, A fvcking Benz, and Santa can get off Folk’s dayck and drop a lil punani with a bow and no fvcking relatives. And can some of this fvcking stress just blow?!?!

But nawl dat ain’t Folk style. Here’s what Folk really want for da holis!

  1. Pretty White Skin: Folk lives on a planet where there are benefits to have a pale completion. What? DJM. Just keeping it real!

    And if Folk can’t get that then some pics of white breast will suffice. Ladies send dem pics to email.folk”at” [ouch! WTF! Shyt!] Never mind [rubs black eye]…

    Okay seriously, let’s do this shyt!

  2. Stop the war on Christmas:  Its fvcking insane!  We been at this war for … how long???  Too long D@mnit!  How many children got to die in this senseless war?  How many parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and others have to get trampled on Black Friday or loose their life savings on Cyber Monday?  The army that Santa has amassed over the centuries makes this war ridiculous.  Those fvcking elves are evil as shyt!  And that fvcker got flying fvcking reindeer!  The reindeer fvcking flying!  That motherfvcking Nick got red and white gats!  He be bus’n fvckers!  He be bus’n!!!  [tear falls from eye]  St Nick be bus’n y’all…
  3. Legalize light’n up and smoke’n trees:  Folk don’t even see what the issue is with this one.  It is so common, people buying this shyt on the street corners, and people be light’n up d@mned near er’day this time of the year.  Not like the police intervening.  Hell even the government have events showcasing how spectacular they can light up that green.  Stores even sell the tools necessary to get the most out of the time honored tradition that brings so much joy to millions and calms the salvage soul.  Hell its just a fvcking Christmas tree!  Fold don’t get it.  Legalize this shyt.  And yet Folk understand why you don’t wanna burn fake trees, shouldn’t be a d@mned problem with smoke’n a real one.  Shyt ain’t gonna stop global warming so we should all be at liberty to just light ‘em up!
  4. Kwanzaa:  Seriously?  This still a fvcking consideration?  Seriously?  Folk ain’t time for this shyt!  Next!
  5. Pi$$ing on Perfection:  Isn’t there enough d@mned stress for motherfvckers to add to it with motherfcvking fake azz expectations that a single motherfvcking day has to be somewhat perfect?  WTF!?!?!  Who da fvck cares!  Why motherfvckers got to act civilized on one fvcking day?  Why da fvck does a fvcking meal has to be textbook perfect on one fvcking day when any other day motherfvckers down with Pizza Hot Pockets with Lowery’s Season salt and MickyDs fries?  Fvck Christmas and all the fvcking commercialized perfection that comes with it!  Folk didn’t like y’all azzes on the 24th ain’t shyt changed on the 25th of Dec other than the calendar.  So don’t go bringing couz’n Rae Rae around who Folk fvcking hate more than an annual rectal exam with da doc who’s 7’5″ and expect Folk to be fvcking all jolly and shyt!  Fvck Rae Rae and fvck you for thinking ol’ fvcking Saint Nick touched Folk’s bawlz with da Christmas spirit.  If it wasn’t da lips of a long hair, face [ that closely resembles MC or Sade ], double d bare breasted female fairy with scrumptious legs licking da back of Folk’s bawlz with a happy ending then Folk ain’t got no fvcking Christmas Spirit!

MC Christmas
So in the spirit of getting Folk’s dayck slurp’d like a Popsicle on a hot summer day by a poor college student during summer recess in the water park, Happy Holidays and Merry Kriszma.

What y’all want for Kriszma?

SSC: Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?

eye eyeball beautyBeauty. That intrinsic animal concept that drives us to go to extraordinary lengths, in some cases, to achieve this well defined undefined concept.

Yes, that statement is indeed true.

We say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, yet we allow our interpretations of beauty to be constantly defined via social concentric circles of influence.

In modern times the economic influence of the western world has dominated the world’s perception and has held hostage the concept of what defines beauty for some while.

We are bombarded with images, ideas, and concepts of what “ideal” beauty is. Driven by male overlords who are obsessed with youth, control, and intimately narcissistic creatures.

But this is about a phrase that is constantly being recycled throughout our society to hoodwink and deceive the general populace that beauty is indeed not in the eye of the beholder but carefully manipulated by a few to capitalized on this universal idea of “to each its own” that NO ONE controls beauty. That beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder and that each individual can achieve this undefined level of attractiveness.

And this is where the politically oriented and money driven media plays its most self-righteous card; constantly bombarding us with retouched images and brainwashing us into accepting their artificially enhanced symmetrical lines of human design as the universally preferred ones to drive spending habits and massacre individual self image.

So is beauty in the eye of the beholder? Yes. But the question becomes did the individual form that definition apart from the social engineered definition that drives profits? So the question becomes, can beauty be defined solely by the soul that beholds what is observed by those eyes?

SSC: the rise of racism and stupidity in America? click here…

recent events have people running in the streets bukket azz nekkid crying screaming fussing yelling and d@mned near loosing their motherfvcking minds!

motherfvckers saying shyt that blacks deserve the injustice they receive, mexicans should be shot on site at boarder crossings, and who gives a fvck about unity? its fvcking white history month! so all you other fvckers go back to where you came from.

…and in the mist of all this displaced native americans isolated on small tracks of mostly unusable land and in a majority of cases without adequate services don’t know what da fvck all the noise is about because a fair share of them don’t have means or access to information via OTA tele services, cable, or the internet due to the adjunct poverty the majority of them live in.

what has caused this growth in animosity among americans? declining educational efforts by the failing public school systems? increased arsenic in the public water supply? too much “special” in the mcD’s special sauce with the faux lettuce and processed cheese? plummeting punnani street value?


Folk blaming the illusion of increased racism and apparent stupidity in america on social media!

Yup since the early days of DOS bulletin boards and AOL chat, people have been able to “connect” unlike ever before in human history. social media sites like to brag how they give a voice to the voiceless, information to the uniformed, and freedom to the oppressed. all you need to be free today is a “smart”phone.

sure social media has uncovered quite a few conspiracies, aided oppressed people to rise up and overthrow corrupt governments, to unify the masses to rise up against injustice, and bring together distant societies unlike any nude pony express rider ever could. but here in america, social media brought rise to something else other than males members on porn sites. that is giving the loan racist and stupid azz fvcker a megaphone and a way to congregate in online forums with other like minded morons.

see its hard to be a closet racist if you’re in backyard south west alabama on 30 acres of land in the mist of a bunch of “dem” peoples. you have to shop among “dem folks”, socialize to some extent with “dem daggits”, and interact with “those” people from time to time. enter single coax cable or cat5e line to your home, a megar 500.00 device, or a 100.00 subsidized portable “smart” telephony device and you now have access to a whole “k”clan (silent k) of people to “arouse” your anger.

television stations quickly adapted a new policy of conglomerate isolation and fragmentation of the “unification” of america to specialize services for a “particular” demographic – all for the benefit of the audience$$$$. Right?!?!

the internet was born in this cesspool of “targeted demographic” isolation marketing. as such, from day one the advent of the chat room was based on this concept that you can meet with “like” minded “individuals”.

with every technology there is an angel and there is an underlying lurking evil ready to devour the souls of its users. with the internet that evil was misjudged as lasciviousness. the worry by many in america was how do we protect our children from the rampant tidday and dayck show that was online 24 hours a day as long as you could connect at 9.4 or 14.4 kbps. lasciviousness was not the demon of concern. NOPE.

Not hard to call a motherfvcker a N!gger, Gringo, Wetb@ck, S!anteye, Dayck Dibber, Pu$$ypaster, 6th toe hoe, dwarf pinky finger butthole scratcher, sh!tfaced donkey dog, or jabba turd behind a keyboard in the isolation of your home, car, or brothel. Especially when you know that regardless of what you say, there is another rotting genitalia fvck sitting on a toilet somewhere else that will instantly have your twitter back. throw a media hoard on the fire to generate some views for old media and you got a shyt storm of hatred brewing that cannot be put out; that some, Folk may add, does not want this fire put out!

these “conversations” bring about calculated and expected results that generate hoards of cash for the owners of the pipes as our souls are sold on the behind the internet curtain of advertisement and “personalized” product placement.

it is with these “clicks” that the divide between races, religions, gender, etc grow. it is with these “clicks” that emphasis is put on celebrities and not children educational failings. it is with these “clicks” that we, as a society, is devolving into emotional primal circles of division, all because we can now be remotely brave within our isolated “clicks” without being in a true physical “click” in the world that would bring pause before you just hollered out a racial slur at some unknown citizen.

what we are seeing in america and throughout the world is what happens when our “clicks” within the sphere of the interwebs give voices to our souls in a physical world. we turn these “clicks” and “connections” that are dipped in the pool of fear, rubbed with ignorance, and shaped by selfishness into actions that affect public policy, shape our laws, and determine our social views. in short, our online personas have come from behind the keyboards and are now out and running in these streets unsupervised.

the internet is a powerful drug. an aphrodisiac. a hallucinogen. one where the user can believe their own lies when they traverse the streets.

maybe the internet should come with a warning “use of this informational portal can cause long term physical and mental alteration. this portal can increase your awareness or it can limit your long term mental prognosis. the choice is yours. choose your clicks wisely.”

maybe we should institute a license requirement to use the internet. children under a certain age cannot log on without adult supervision. licenses would have to be renewed every few years. and if you’re convicted in a court of law you’re imposed with internet restrictions. how powerful is a law that says if you cause an accident while texting and driving you’ll loose the privilege to text for a specified time period?

the internet is akin to power tools. use them incorrectly and you can cause a lifetime of hurt, pain, and suffering for yourself or someone else. used properly and you can create works of art.

Folk don’t know for sure. this was just Folk’s rambling about Folk’s feelings on the perceived rise of racism and stupidity in america. what do you think? is the internet, specifically social media, responsible for this perception that america is growing more divided and stupid by giving an unfiltered voice to those who historically would shut da fvck up? or is there a real underlying devolution of our society causing this divide?

The Men’s Roundtable: The Ex Factor

Like it or not, every relationship you’re in has an effect on you. From your first school crush deciding he liked sitting next to the cheerleaders at lunch instead of you to that one guy in college who did that trick with his hands, we learn a lot of the things we like (and too many of the things we don’t) through experience.

MV5BMjI1NzMzMzg5Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTA3MjIwNQ@@._V1._SX640_SY418_But more than that — our significant others become our partners while we’re together. Experiencing the triumphs and the defeats in our lives while we’re with them. That’s why we look for quality people to share our lives and our beds with, because it’s a tough world out there, and sometimes it’s nice to have someone who’s gonna be there by your side to help see you through the good times and the bad.

But when you’ve been through all those things with someone and then the relationship doesn’t work out — things can get messy.

It’s one thing to be there for someone when there’s a direct connection between you, but where does that line end? After all, when someone’s an “ex” — doesn’t that mean things should be all the way over?

phone-dateWhat’s the difference between being a stand up guy and not letting things go?

You’d think the math would be simple, but so often when your partners previous relationship involves shared property, or connections with family members, or even children the lines can start to get blurry.

But does that mean that people should just look the other way when situations arise?

Hey Guys, greetings from the not so summery Netherlands.

I need your opinion on this. I  ran it past some guys I know but I think they wanna smang me and are just agreeing with me just to increase their chances. But I know you’ll be honest with me, so here it is: 

I have been seeing this guy for short while now. We’re in the beginning stages of a relationship and everything was going fine and dandy until his ex showed up. One of her relatives died (my current knew that relative too), so he decided to go to the funeral with her for support and to pay his respects. Nothing wrong with that. No drama’s, everything cool.

A week later he told me his ex booked tickets behind his back for them to go to the Dutch Antilles because her grandmother his gravely ill and would not have long. She decided to not tell him until after she booked so he could not refuse. She wanted him to come along because she needed his support. He ran this by me and I told him that I could not make the decision for him, I will not forbid him to go because I’m not that kind of person and that he is a grown man and that I hope he will make the right decision.

I also said that if I had been in a break-up like theirs and if was really over him I would have never done what she had done to make him go. And in a situation like this the support of my family would probably have been enough. I asked him to think about what I said and to think about his ex’s intentions in this situation.

After all this he decided to go anyway.

I voiced my concerns and told him I was not happy about his decisions and that I was feeling very hurt and disrespected, and that I would have never even considered going had I been in his shoes, out of respect for him and our relationship. While he was over there with his ex my feelings for him have changed and I just don’t feel the same. I feel like I can’t trust him and that there’s something fishy going on. He says I’m over-reacting, nothing happened and I should get over it. What do you guys make of it? Am I overreacting?

– I deserve better

We put this question to the OHN men’s roundtable and opened the floor to discussion. Guys from all over the country weighed in with their opinions, and some even offered advice from similar experiences.

Here are some of the highlights:


Smell his dack when he gets home.






She’s not overreacting, he violated her trust in a big way, and if nothing else, the way he allowed himself to be manipulated by his ex says more about him than it says about her. He most DEFINITELY still has feelings for her.






 Be glad you found all this out now before something really does happen. He’s either easily manipulated, still stuck on her, or his ego is fragile & this blatant attempt to get back with him turns him on. At the very least he’s unable to stand up for himself when disrespected, because his ex dissed both of you. Wish them the best & chuck the deuces.




 Sorry to disagree but from where I sit the term limits on your newly minted relationship have not ended yet. You state you guys have only been together a short while. So unless y’all are living together or putting money in his pocket you are kind of out of lane.




 Out of lane how? I don’t see that she said or did anything wrong, so I’m curious as to why you see it as a violation?





 Whoa, flag on the play — he seriously violated the code on that one. A funeral is one thing, I guess I can see that. But going away on a trip with the ex? No wonder she feels different. Most people male or female probably would after something like that.





Homeboy is either a sucker or he’s trying to play her for one. Flat out. 

Pulling shit like this early in the relationship is a big-ass warning sign that there’s gonna be nothing but drama in the future. Because that ex damn sure ain’t going away any time soon. 

Throw the deuces, lady.



 You are not overreacting. He’s smashing. Move on.






 Yeah.. somethin fishy is goin on. I can kinda see if it was local, but travel is involved? Nah, get out now while you can still make a clean break.





 Is the author of this letter cute? If not, he’s smashing his ex.






Even if the letter writer is cute, he’s still smanging the ex, or will be eventually. I mean, maybe the funeral was one thing — I could see the ex being distraught and wanting someone there for comfort and strength – figuring that he’s the only one she could trust to help her through this troubling time, but then all that backdoor dealing with that second trip, and so close to the first time?

No way, something’s something’s rotten in the state of Denmark



It doesn’t even matter how fine she is. Sideslit is still sideslit. Think of it this way — If I get myself a Cadillac, I’m gonna love driving that bytch —  but it’s not like I am not gonna love driving the mustang for old time sake, just sayin.





Oh it’s like that? Here I was trying to make her have a solid reason to think about, but y’all straight up crushing her dreams.






 Why in all of Fugg-dom should he give a tin shyt in a top hat for some other bytch’s Big Momma? This is some ol’ passive/aggressive boolshyt right here, because he’s tryna make YOU out to be the azzhole if you object. Nope, this current fool can stay all the way up in some Antilles. Meanwhile, you can sort you out the next dude from amongst them as are agreeing with you, cuz free agency in a seller’s market is a WONDERFUL thang…




 Yeah, dude is trippin’. I won’t go so far as to say he’s banging his ex, but he still has feelings for her — or at least is open to take a trip down memory lane. And I’d say our letter writer handled the situation exactly as she should have by not forbidding that he go and just handing him a length of rope, with which he promptly used to hang himself.





 We’ve all seen the pornos — comforting a distraught, crying woman always end up with a penis in the pussy.






 Is the letter writer hot? Because the Netherlands is just a couple hours drive for me. If she’s fine, I might be available to provide post-break up counseling and support.

Shit, even if she ain’t all that fine, I could smash and then pick up a few grams of that good while I’m there.










 I’m. Just. Sayin.






Dear Letter-Writer,

When you break up with someone, that means shyt is BROKEN. Ain’t no “Oh, her uncle was cool with me and I gotta go blah-blah.” NONE of that. Broke up means No. Diplomatic. Relations. It means I broke up with you, ya parents, ya sisters, ya friends, ya co-workers, err’body that has ANYthing to do with you. This fool sounds like someone tryna quit smoking and still has ashtrays in all the rooms.


 If he can look you in the face and tell you that he HAS to go to whatever because some silly bytch already bought plane tickets (like refunds ain’t a thing apparently), then he can look you in the face and lie to you about fuggin’ another bytch. B’leee dat.





But that’s just our opinion. What do you think?

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