From the streets to beats Wooda C Black is moving forward and not turning back


From the streets to beats Wooda C Black is moving forward and not turning back
Wooda C Black photo by IDO Photography
Finding your path can sometimes come at the most challenging times. Those challenging times tho help us build character and strength for the road ahead. This has been the reality for Shane Black also know as Wooda C Black. Going from being homeless in the cold streets of Minneapolis to helping music artists find their voice on stage. We had a chance to ask Wooda C Black about his path and plans for the future for this young entrepreneur/artist, read more below

Question #1 Who are you and where you from?

“My name is Wooda C Black (Shane Black). I was born in Kankakee Illinois, I’ve lived in Minnesota for as far back as I can remember though. I am 32 years of age and consider myself a strong, proud, African American man.” said by Wooda C Black

Question #2 What do you do? And why?

“A promoter who is very passionate about his work. I also consider myself a very humble individual. Minnesota Official was established in January of 2019. The meaningful and soul purpose of my company is to give youth and young adults a platform where they can display their talent, be in a safe environment, and I can give strong promotions to uplift these hungry artists in Minnesota. There are a few reasons as to why I do what I do, the main one being the fact that I absolutely love music, I have for as far back as I can remember, it’s kind of like an addiction. ” said by Wooda C Black

Question #3 What inspired you to get started?

“Arvesta Kelly is also has a huge inspiration for me, he has created a platform for promoters like myself to live their dream.” said by Wooda C Black

Question #4 What are some obstacles you had or have to face during your journey.

“I have overcome many obstacles in life but I would have to say my lowest point was probably when I was sleeping outside in the cold because I had no place to go and I had to check into Stepping Stones Shelter. After that, I had to reevaluate my life and make some changes. I decided to put my energy and time into something I loved doing and that was promoting and creating music. ” said by Wooda C Black

Question #5 How do you plan on having an impact in Twin-Cities?

“My plan for the future is to build a long-term foundation that Minnesota artists can call home. I plan on doing a lot for the community in the future, back to school giveaways, feeding the homeless, block parties, etc. I really just want to spread love and music to the community.” said by Wooda C Black

Question #6 How can people follow or learn more?


“I can be reached on Facebook – Wooda C Black- or by email: loyalman555@yahoo.com Don’t forget to check me out on YouTube as well. Wooda C Black -Minnesota Official” said by Wooda C Black

Meet the Minneapolis author Deontae Henderson who is using books to write his own narrative

Deontae Henderson
Deontae Henderson
We had a chance to ask the Minneapolis native and book author Deontae Henderson a few questions. Based on topics to further understand who is this Minneapolis author and why should people pay attention. Being a child's book author isn't easy not to mention to be doing to have the drive to publish 2. Learn about this young author below.

Interview Questions with Deontae Henderson

Question #1 Who are you and where you from?

"My name is Deontae Henderson and I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota," said Deontae Henderson

Question #2 What do you do? And why?

"I am a published children’s book author. I create fun stories for children that are designed to inspire, inform, and educate the reader at the same time." said Deontae Henderson

Question #3 What inspired you to get started?

"I simply wanted to tell my life story the easiest way possible and do it in a way that children would enjoy and parents would be intrigued. That thought process led me to write my first book TO THE TOP" said Deontae Henderson

Question #4 What are some obstacles you had or have to face during your journey

"I had to ignore people that told me that I was too young to write and publish a book and that it was hard to find a publisher. Instead of getting discouraged by other people’s opinions and waiting around for a publishing company to give me a chance, I decided that I would find a way to get the book published myself and still get it in front of people on major platforms like Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Since my first book TO THE TOP, I have gone on to write four more, with one being a best seller on Amazon ( The Hungriest Pirate)" said Deontae Henderson

Question #5 How do you plan on having an impact in Minneapolis?

"I plan on impacting my city, by going around the world and leaving my mark. When I do this, people will always ask where I’m from, and I will say Minneapolis, Minnesota with a smile on my face. This will show both the people wondering where I’m from and the people from Minneapolis that you can come from anywhere and make things happen." said Deontae Henderson

Question #6 How can people follow your movement and contact you?

"They can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @justdeontae. My books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Nook, iBook, Kindle, and other major book websites." said Deontae Henderson

Tune into PWRS Featuring Bazz on single "Conscious" brought to you by ENDS The Family

Music Artist: PWRS(Minneapolis, MN), Bazz(Detroit, MI)

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Watch Shortclip of Mahalia at the 7th Entry 

Who is Mahalia?

Mahalia Burkmar, known by the stage name Mahalia, is an English singer, songwriter and actress, from Leicester. Mahalia has released a couple of EPs and an album, Diary Of Me. She acted in the film Brotherhood.

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Danny Brown performs live at 1st Avenue 

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See Videos and Pictures of Danny Brown Performance at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis,MN
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See Videos and Pictures of Danny Brown Performance at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis,MN
See Videos and Pictures of Danny Brown Performance at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis,MN
See Videos and Pictures of Danny Brown Performance at 1st Avenue in Minneapolis,MN

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Kirk "Transform"

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Who is Kirk 

Kyren Kelly Jr, also known as "KK" (or Kirk), was born in 1995 in Chicago, Illinois to Laquita Smith (Ferrell) and Kyren Kelly Sr. However, in 2003 his father was fatally gunned down. "Kirk" later moved to Elkhart/Goshen, Indiana and spent most of his teenage years there. Later in 2009 "Kirk" moved to Monticello, Arkansas where he met David Clyburn, also known as Daday , and began the rap group "2Mak" (Two Man Army Klick). At the age of 14, shortly after starting "2Mak", they began to upload their music online and started building a rapidly growing fan base. Sadly, David a.k.a "Daday ", lost his life at the age of 21 in 2017 due to gun violence. This influenced him to strive for greater things. "J Kwala", Who Has Passed away and CEO of FlyyManiacs and longtime friend of "Kirk's", teamed up with "Kirk" and flourished quickly with their music. "Kirk" has a unique rap style and an aggressive sound which makes his delivery stand out.


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Watch Nipsey Hussle 12 tips to building in the music industry

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1. Commit
2. Collaborate
3. Study
4. Experiment
5. Pay Attention
6. Know Your Brand
7. Ownership
8. Invest in Yourself
9. Data
10. Ignore The Bullshit
11. Don't Think Like A Peon
12. It's A Marathon

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What is economic Inclusion and does it matter? ENDS Podcast EP #29
Economic Inclusion photo by ENDS Media LLC
Economic Inclusion photo by ENDS Media LLC

Economic inclusion refers to equality of opportunity for all members of society to participate in the economic life of their country as employers, entrepreneurs, consumers, and citizens. Fostering inclusion through active participation in the market economy involves increasing access to opportunity while generating additional economic growth. Effective strategies for inclusion engage under-represented groups in the design and implementation of policies and programs.

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Ni’Kol M. I. Dowls

Ni’Kol M. I. Dowls is a Queer African American female often referred to as Imani ( Imani meaning faith especially in one’s self in Swahili). Ni’Kol is a Multidisciplinary Artrepreneur born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Finding the Love..

Ni’Kol’s love for arts started at the age of 4 when she completed reading the Giving Tree, relating in such a fascinating way Ni’Kol completed all of Shel Silverstein’s collections and quickly fell in love with the combination of writing and illustration. Very soon after Ni’Kol fell in love with the sound of poetry, finding herself completely captivated by spoken word at the age of 13.
She currently combines her love of Spoken word, photography, body movement, writing, and painting. She uses her artistry as a means of self-expression, to identify with hidden qualities of her character, to teach, cultivate community conversations, and to express my interpretation of the world around her.

Sticking to the Goal

Her goal is to open an unexplored world, a place of curious self-expression, but also a world of new relationships, new chances new beginnings and most importantly new stories. Ni’Kol is a self-taught artist who has a passion for a variety of experiences. Ni’Kol uses her creativity to live unapologetic about her likes, quirks, upbringing, and expression.
Ni’Kol has begun to live by her middle name. Ni’kol is an unconventional transformational Artrepeneur who facilitates groups & workshops, curates galleries, and host community events in healing through expression. Ni’Kol hopes to change her community, to elevate her activism worldwide, and to mentor and teach others through creative expression and radical sensuality.

Watch North 4 Youth Program Fishing Trip Recap

Will Wallace is helping guide the youth to a positive path away from the streets of North Minneapolis. On a recent trip the young men of North 4 went fishing for some this was the first time. North 4 program director has been dedicating his life to help mentor and provide a roadmap for young men of North Minneapolis coming from troubled backgrounds. Watch the experience of the North 4 below.

Watch Northside music artist Grey Matter Freestyle 

Grey Matter stopped by to drop a freestyle, while on the Northside of Minneapolis.

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Watch Mahalia Live at 1st Avenue 7th Entry Venue

Mahalia Burkmar, known by the stage name Mahalia, is an English singer, songwriter, and actress, from Leicester. Mahalia has released a couple of EPs and an album, Diary Of Me. She acted in the film Brotherhood.


BE Modern Man: Louis Macarthur


by Alfred Edmond,Jr.
Mentor/Volunteer, 31, Actor/Model/Creative Director
Twitter: @LouisMacarthur_; Instagram: @louismacarthur
My focus for 2019 has been to give directly back to the Los Angeles communities with a goal of mentoring for impact. Two organizations that I volunteer with, Peggy Beatrice Foundation (Skid Row) and Engage The Vision (Inner-City LA), offer the opportunity to make an immediate impact every week. This is along with continuing my iLead mentoring series in my hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee—where I actively mentor high school athletes and help them pursue higher education and excel in the college admissions/recruiting process.
On Tuesdays, I am in downtown L.A. distributing and serving food, clothes, prayers, and love to hundreds of homeless individuals who make up the infamous Skid Row district. On Fridays, I am inside the inner-city elementary school—mentoring young boys ages 9-11. This is an interactive program that allows us to impart values of manhood that these young kids may not receive anywhere else. These minority youth all are from low-income households. An invaluable impact from being involved in these organizations has been the discovery of the influence I have as a black man. The power to enforce and make change lies in our ability to be of service. When integrity aligns with work ethic, your impact is inevitable. That’s what mentoring for impact is about.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN LIFE?

Aside from being a proud father to my talented daughter, Crimson, witnessing the reveal of “Dream” by German sculptor Julian Voss-Andreae was a dream come true! “Dream” is Quantum Sculpture created from an exact replica of my body and physical likeness; constructed in stainless steel. The eight-foot statue was presented at Miami Art Basel for the 2018 Edition of Art Miami | CONTEXT Art Miami.

HOW HAVE YOU TURNED STRUGGLE INTO SUCCESS?

My biological mom abandoned me as an infant due to her ongoing addiction to drugs. My dad was in and out of jail much of my childhood. I was labeled a “bad kid”—an active juvenile delinquent. Expelled from middle school. Sent to an alternative school. I dealt with anger issues surrounding my insecurities with abandonment and love. I was able to fake it enough to get through high school using sports and involvement [in activities] to mask my family issues. In college, I started visiting the sports psychologist; this is when I began to identify and heal—I took my hardships and fueled my passions. I begin to explore the world, traveling internationally, take creative, professional risks; life has been telling a beautiful story ever since.

WHO IS YOUR GREATEST MALE ROLE MODEL AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM HIM?

One of my greatest male role models has been my dad. Growing up, I focused on his shortcomings, mishaps, and mistakes; I always molded my actions to do things opposite of how I viewed him. However, as I got into my 20s, I started to communicate with my dad about the problems I had with him. He talked back. We created a dynamic of a relationship that I needed to be the man I am destined to be. As a man with my own struggles, I was able to identify with his struggles; I embodied and admired his perseverance. Now I respect him for the journey and legacy he has established.

HOW ARE YOU PAYING IT FORWARD TO SUPPORT OTHER BLACK MALES?

Mentoring with impact means making it a point to stay active with young black males from middle school ages to undergraduate; more specifically, those with minority and/or low socioeconomic backgrounds. Using my personal experiences, I find it easy to relate and connect with inner passions—encouraging youth to take hardships to fuel their ambitions; focusing on education as an invaluable tool.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A BLACK MAN?


I embrace the power and presence of being a black man. The black man is one of the most sought after creatures on the face of this Earth. My energy can shift any environment I step into. I love the ability to demand respect without saying much. I enjoy that as a black man, I was created as a force to be reckoned with.

Watch North 4, Program Manager, Will Wallace talk about making difference & how to more forward

Will Wallace is helping guide the youth to a positive path away from the streets of North Minneapolis In a recent interview Will Wallace, North 4 program director has been dedicating his life to help mentor and provide a roadmap for young men of North Minneapolis coming from troubled backgrounds. Will Wallace, is well qualified for the job overcoming adversity in his own life. Dealing with being a young parent, overcoming life in the streets, and finding the courage to better himself in a toxic environment that lacked support. Advocating for those that don’t have a voice comes with its challenges, but Will Wallace has a plan on how we can help counter the oppression in our neighborhood. See the interview with North 4 program director Will Wallace below:

Watch ENDS Media Interns from the North 4 Program do some community outreach & engagement

We step out into the community to invite them to the 35th Anniversary of the Harrison Neighborhood Association.

Watch Dre Mo & Juixe interview in Atlanta, GA

Dre Mo and the music artist Juixe sat down with the ENDS team while filming his video for his latest version single.

The Gentleman Artist talks living in North Minneapolis, gentrification, culture and more

The Gentleman Artist, a long resident of the Harrison neighborhood set down to speak on his experience living and working in the North Minneapolis community of Harrison.

How North Minneapolis helped shape my hustle?

We had a chance to interview a community resident of North Minneapolis, and get his testimony on how growing up in the Twin-Cities has helped shaped the person they are today.




Colin Kaepernick making his own workout for the NFL, Smart move? 

In this episode, we discussed Colin Kaepernick's decision to host a private workout and signing the NFL waiver. Was it a good move on his behalf? 


Colin Kaepernick making his own workout for the NFL, Smart move?

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Black entrepreneurs: With the ability to have your brand be searchable through Google and other search engines, (and/or customers) can learn more about you and your brand. Here are some strategies to help expand your brand’s digital footprint.

Don’t Sell Your Story Locally Without Pitching National Publications

I always suggest pitching your story to major publications initially. Not only will you learn what works and what doesn’t work through pitching the editors of national media, but you will also have the opportunity to reach more readers (if your story is picked up). After securing national press, you can then pitch the local publications and have somewhat of a follow-up feature. The local newspapers will be impressed with the fact that you have been published in national newspapers and jump in on the opportunity to introduce you to their local readers.
I employed this strategy when pitching my technology company. After securing significant media features, I pitched my local business journal and secured additional media buzz. The features not only increased my brands’ exposure on multiple levels and platforms; it also established my company as a hot new startup in the city. Simply put, don’t shy away from pitching notable publications, you can always go local after expanding through a national market.

All Publicity Isn’t Good Publicity

Research the publications before pitching. If the publication has a large reader base but lacks industry credibility, you can tarnish your brand’s image. Even after a feature is posted in print, it will typically have a home digitally.

Podcasts

Look into being featured on podcasts seeking entrepreneur guests on their show. This is a great way to learn the art of pitching producers, hosts, and editors.

Keep in mind that your brand deserves the most notable exposure. You can use the publicity as social proof to differentiate your business from your competitors.

Understanding the value of the black dollar?

Bartender at Pimento's by ENDS Media LLC Photography

African Americans have been key components in the Economic system of The United States since its inception. The initial relationship of the African American population to the economy was based upon enslaved labor. Africans were instrumental in establishing the industrial and agrarian power of the United States.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Railroads, factories, residences, economy and places of business were often built by enslaved Africans.NOW African Americans are engaged in every sector of the American economy, Though the level of integration in some sectors is less than in others.
A considerable portion of the African American population works in the industrial or service sectors. Others are found in the professions as opposed to small businesses. Thus, teachers, lawyers, doctors, and managers account for the principal professional workers.

These patterns are based upon previous conditions of discrimination in businesses throughout the South. Though the level of integration in some sectors is less than in others. A considerable portion of the African American population works in the industrial or service sectors. Others are found in the professions as opposed to small businesses. Thus, teachers, lawyers, doctors, and managers account for the principal professional workers. These patterns are based upon previous conditions of discrimination in businesses throughout the South.                                                                                                                                                       
Most African Americans could find employment in communities where their professional services were needed; therefore, the above-mentioned professions and others that cater to the African American population provide numerous opportunities for employment. During the past twenty years, the number of businesses opened by African Americans has begun to increase again. During the period of segregation, many businesses existing solely for the convenience of the African American population flourished. When the civil rights movement ended most of the petty discriminations and it became possible for African Americans to trade and shop at other stores and businesses, the businesses located in the African American community suffered. There is now a greater awareness of the need to see businesses as interconnected and interdependent with the greater American society.   A larger and more
equitable role is being played by women in the African American Community. Indeed, many of the chief leaders in the economic development of the African American community are and have been women. Both men and women have always worked in the majority of African American homes.

We are the voice of culture, but Nick Napo is the Voice of Jamaican culture in the Twin Cities.

Nick Napo photo taking by ENDS Media LLC Photography Team

We stand behind our statement, “We are the voice of the Culture”. We’re shining our lights on one of the top Jamaican culture influences in the Midwest. Nick Napo from Brooklyn now in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN) pioneering a new taste in a city that is already a cultural melting pot. Founding the company 5 Star Thing Conglomerate, a group of entities that specializes in promotion, event planning, consultation and more. We had a chance to ask Nick Napo a few questions about what he and 5 Star Thing Conglomerate does but also how he and his team plan on making an impact.

Question #1 Who you are and where are you from?

I am an Artist of all sorts but I’m also a promoter and cultural historian from Brooklyn, NYC, said by Nick Napo.

Question #2 How did you get into the business or industry your in?

I got into the business here in the Twin Cities as a transplant from the East Coast who saw a need and void. that has to be filled as it relates, food, music, art , Jamaican culture and a niche market, said Nick Napo.

Question #3 What were some of the ups and downs?

The ups and downs I would say go in accordance with the weather out in these parts. It’s an uphill battle to get patrons and supporters out when it’s cold in the wintertime for the event. But it’s more of the level playing field and brighter possibility in Spring Summertime to engage the people said by Nick Napo.

Question #4 How are you and your company making a difference?

My company (5 Star Thing Conglomerate) is making a difference to empower more people from the Afro diaspora within the levels and realms of the arts, health and uplifting towards personal development, said by Nick Napo.

Question #5 What can we expect from you in the future?

The Future is to broaden and magnify the scope of message and methodology so that it can reach more people in other countries through different mediums to spark the receptive minds in our time, Nick Napo

Learn more about Nick Napo and 5 Star Conglomerate on Facebook