When Did Not Supporting Ray Rice Become Something That Makes Back People Look Bad?

It’s crazy how public opinion changed within a week about Ray Rice. I’m pretty sure most of that change of heart was because The NFL has really fucked up. With African Americans it just became a shock of what happened to shock of what happened to Ray Rice to a major support campaign to right a wrong by the Baltimore Ravens and The NFL. While all this was going on somewhere, somehow not being behind Ray Rice and his wife had become a lack of black support and is a bad look for Black people.

First off the bad look for Black people started with Ray Rice and his wife. While some people are happy to inform people that Ray Rice wife spit on him and they were in a heated argument before the elevator “mistake”, no one stops to think that makes Black people look bad. Being in pubic showing out brings our people down. Black people trying to half-ass support Ray Rice brings our people down. To bring up she spit and or put her hands on Rice as if that deserves to be punched in the face make our people look bad. Reading, hearing and watching Black people get mad at other Black people and claim those people are “hating” on Rice is crazy. I’m sure this kind of thinking will have the NAACP or Al Sharpton find time to stand beside Ray Rice and speak as if he’s been wronged somehow.

What has happened is the blame has shifted, it’s no longer about Rice and now it’s about The NFL. The average Joe wants to know just how much did The NFL know and why did the team and league blink on Monday when they were willing to wait it out the first time around. By Thursday night public opinion changed and Rice may have still had a job if The Ravens and The NFL had stood their ground. With that change came this idea that The NFL is attacking a Black man. How stupid of these people to play the race card with situation. First off Ray Rice as long as he was a player wasn’t a Black man he was a NFL player. He had the same protection Ben Roethlisberger had. For people to act as if Ray Rice had been treated unfair is crazy. The NFL heard the story and may have even seen everything that happen and chose to cover him and give him a two game suspension. Once the video of the actual punch was out there people made those rumbles transform into roars on how two games wasn’t enough. For African Americans to talk about how that man job was stripped from him is silliness. If you or anyone you know who isn’t famous did what Rice did, you’d be unemployed too. To be honest you’d be kicked out of where ever you are once the argument started and you’d definitely locked up after dragging your woman out of an elevator. Your job isn’t going to come to your rescue, or even be there for you after your few months behind bars. You wouldn’t get that soft alternative to jail time Ray Rice got either. We know the system targets African American men, we know if he was a nobody things would have been much worse as far as the court system is concerned. People are complaining about his NFL career, he still will have a life. Michael Vick still had a job after his time in Federal prison, the average person can’t do that. Ray Rice is fine, the fear of fan backlash was why he was let go not what he did. Now they’re wondering who will pick Rice up next year.

If you want to talk about what brings our people down then look in the mirror. Trying to come away with reasons to justify Ray Rice just because he is black makes our people look bad. Pointing out the White women defending Rice doesn’t mean shit either. His wife isn’t White, you remember how fucked up Tiger had it for a year by White media, a good portion females as well? All he did was cheat. White people went above and beyond to celebrate once OJ was locked up, they didn’t care why he was locked up they just were happy he was locked away. Trust me those white ladies wouldn’t have been so supportive if his wife was White. They don’t see themselves in his wife. We as African Americans see ourselves in any black man under fire by the media, Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant, OJ, Ray Lewis and now Ray Rice.

I’m not in support of Ray Rice or his wife and I feel they should have hit him with a one year ban. Not just from playing but from everything like interviews, charity events, any appearances of any kind. You know it will all come back to the punch. And then let it be known anything dealing abuse to a female of any type will result in one year of couch time. Hopefully other leagues as well as college sports will come up with their own version of punishment. There are stiff punishments for drugs and guns and a slap on the wrist for cases dealing with females. The NFL is a brand and as ESPN is proving everyday of a year round sport, so once your in The NFL your life is a part of that brand. It’s why off season antics are punished in The NFL season. Maybe all those African Americans fighting the good fight forgot about that as they argued Ray Rice was on his personal time during the “mistake”. Personally I don’t care what happens with the guy but I will not let my “blackness” be defined by if I support Ray Rice or not.

The Combat Jack Show: The Ice T Episode


Ice T’s been around for a while and came through the show to share his journey from the death of his parents in New Jersey to encountering gang culture in Los Angeles. From drugs to robberies to rapping to a record deal. A step by step of how the Body Count song “Cop Killer” changed his whole life, and how he and Coco (she’s here too) managed to keep their marriage alive. There’s a whole lot here. Ice T, uncensored.

Moving to Spreaker for now


I took some time from the mix show to figure out what would be the next move for Live At The Oasis. One thing I know for sure is I want to have a longer show. Blogtalkradio has been good and I made do with the free plan and sometimes I even made 30 minutes feel longer. I just can’t see myself paying $40 a month for a music show where I’m not getting the best quality out of the music. I searched and checked out other podcast sites and or mix sites since my show is more music than talk radio, I came across Spreaker again. I’m on Spreaker now and use it as another outlet for my shows like I do with Mixcloud and Soundcloud but I never gave it a real good look as far as setting up my show there.

One thing I like is Spreaker is cheaper. The next thing I like is that I can do a live show, mix from my home and feel like I’m really let listeners feel what I’m feeling as I’m mixing. I had to research about using my mixer with Spreaker and once I saw that I could I knew I wanted to ride with that site. Spreaker can allow me to even try to get on iHeartradio. I looked up mix shows and most were club or dud music shows but I’ll still see if I can maybe make the cut somewhere down the line. I’m ready for change from time to format. My first week I will go completely live and see if it is better to have premade mixes or do it live.

My goal is to by next year have videos of the shows as well. I won’t do Ustream or anything like that so it will be Youtube and or Daily Motion. Live shows, downloads, and videos… I’m hoping it all works out. Live At The Oasis has gotten off to a nice start, short and slow but still a nice start. To those who have listened and enjoyed the music, I will keep it just the way it is. I’m flirting with going five days a week as well. I really want to bring back my Thursday’s Review podcast. I figure to have things in place by Sept. 22nd. I’m thinking 9pm EST. If you’re an artist or just know of good music feel free to hit me up and share a link. I’ve played songs from artists on Hulkshare, Soundcloud, Bandcamp and other sites, good music is good music and that’s what i’m trying to showcase.

TMZ Shows What Happened In The Elevator Between Ray Rice and Fiancee


I’m pretty sure you’re aware of the incident between Ray Rice and his then fiancee, him dragging her out of the elevator after he knocked her out. I’m also sure you knew it wouldn’t be long before some site or network released the more than the footage that was seen over the summer. Well, TMZ “Sports” has what took place in the elevator and to be honest it makes all those Ray Rice sympathizers sounds even worse than than they did when just trying to come up with reasons a grown ass man would and should be allowed to punch a woman. Yes, we’ve seen and heard not just online or any ESPN show the weeks of all attention the story got, but in our surrounding area people were trying to justify Ray Rice punching his then fiancee. All of those scenarios that were thrown around were useless then and even more so when compared to what Rice’s then fiancee really did… Walked towards him. No arms raised and flaring all over the place, no fight stance, not even the stereotypical ritual of taking off heels and or earrings that is associated with Black females getting ready to fight. It was an argument, that for what ever reason Rice seem to want to take further as it he invaded her personal space once they were in the elevator. Rice hit her first and her head hit the railing as she was going down. There also wasn’t an urgency to help his then fiancee in any manner.

click here to see footage

What makes this even crazier is the fact TMZ has this and now you have to wonder did Roger Goodell and his people see what happened from the time the couple stepped in the elevator and if so why such a slap on the wrist with a two game suspension? The NFL is saying they aware of more footage. That also says they chose not to hunt it down, that doesn’t look good for the leauge. The first time this came up it felt like The NFL was trying to sweep it under the rug. like they were the police and The NFL had their own “blue wall”. Guess they figured the men of the world would be ok with whatever the league threw out there as a punishment. That didn’t happen, a nice amount of men found the whole thing from what they saw to how The NFL handled it was wrong. The NFL must have been lied to about what happened in the elevator and accepted it as truth and chose to give Rice a two game suspension is unacceptable. I wonder if those fans cheering for Rice during the preseason would still be supporting a woman beater after seeing this footage? You also have to think about The Ravens organization as well. This is a prime example of talent being put over everything else. Something talented people know about well, they’ve lived through it. Some to this day still feel Allen Iverson got off easy during the bowling alley brawl because of who he was. That is still somewhat debatable, this is a clear cut case of wrong doing. This will be a black eye on The NFL and Robert Goodell.

September 8th Blackout Means What Exactly?



I will be honest I had no idea when Labor Day was so when I saw the protest poster calling for a black out on Monday, September the 8th I thought was Labor Day. Of course I was totally wrong which brings me to the question of why the 8th? Why not August 30th or even the weekend in general? Reading comments on sites about this blackout people are all for making a statement by hurting businesses. No one on the three sites I’ve seen the blackout posted on has asked why not the first of the month. Most companies in retail make their major money for the month during the first.
The objective is to show that as a group be it race, political party, gender, sexual preference or just a group pissed off about something that you can hurt a company by not spending your money. Now if whoever came up with that September 8th date really wanted to say something they should have thought big. Blackout on Black Friday. Imagine the impact if people just stayed home that day? How about blackout on the first of any giving month? Why think small on blacking out any major stores, go bigger, blackout corner stores that are owned by people who are willing to take your money but not invest in your community. Take the concept and shape it to many other things, to come together and sit home is easy, to come together and take a stand together is difficult. The blackout is in response to the alarming rate black men being shot stories making the news local or national. Why not take a stand and go to your City Hall, you know where you Mayor loves to go to lunch stand there. Even if that city isn’t in the news for shooting a black male, the usual suspect mentality falls on Black males starts at the academy and ride alongs. You want to slow the quick to shoot first element then put pressure on your Mayor and let him pass that buck down the ladder, you have to start at the top. Blackout BET as well as your local radio station that claims their the home Hip Hop of R&B. The music that makes the rotation makes Black men look bad, the images help feed the need for people to assume Black men are dangerous. With that said I grew up in the true gangster rap days where Public Enemy was on the other side and was deemed just as dangerous as N.W.A or Snoop. The difference is when some places out in the Midwest they played Pete Rock & CL, Das EFX, new Run DMC, MC Lyte, Sir Mix – A- Lot or anything not “gangster”. Nowadays there really isn’t an alternative to what gets played and even though Drake is borderline bubble gum, he is very much one dimensional and shallow.

BET and radio aren’t going to openly back any type of blackouts that are nothing more than marches because they’re owned by advertisements. How would the radio station you listen to that is supposed to be the voice of the community look to K mart and Wal Mart if they had one or more DJs promoting the blackout? That’s bad for business. To have one or two businesses pay extra money to have DJs read about a store verses some other store is business, to speak to listeners and say don’t shop anywhere on a set date is bad for business all across the board, that station and those stores. So now the one major source that could reach more people than even a Facebook page or some website or message board online isn’t in play. any movement of protest needs something stronger than word of mouth The Tea Party had conservative radio and the fact white people hated Obama and wanted to group up anyway going for it. CNN isn’t going to have a story about an African American blackout on a set date because even if not many African Americans watch CNN or MSNBC once that door is open you bring legitimacy to the blackout and that’s bad for that channel and it’s advertising. I’m all for this blackout talk but to do it on a random day that as far as I know has no importance defeats that point. Make a powerful statement on the right day that really makes a statement.

Sunday Soul Session: Combat Jack and Francis Chiser Present ‘PG-14, A Tribute To Larry Levan Circa 1986 – 1987′

I know i haven’t done of these i n a long time, I haven’t done much posting consistently in a long time. School is back in session so I’ll have more time. Anyway peep this throwback mix, it’s a gem. read all about it below.

If you know me, you know I’m a Paradise Garage head, and if you really know New York City, you’ll know that the Paradise Garage was the GOAT New York night club.

Maestro Larry Levan spun magic weekly and house music has never been the same. For years I’ve searched for a classic sounding Paradise Garage mixtape circa 1985 – 1987, arguably the club’s best years before it closed its doors in 1987. Frustrated, I settled for never getting my hands on such a tape.

A few weeks ago, friend and Internets colleague Francis Chiser asked me if I’d be down to curate a Garage tape that would capture the magic of the club’s ’85 – ’87 heyday. Jumping in, I wanted to make sure we featured music that I personally heard Larry play as he slayed. Francis and I vetted through hundreds of songs that got touched by Larry.

Weeks later, we proudly present to you ‘PG – 14, A Tribute To Larry Levan Circa ’85 – 87′. Listen to this as a 3 hour time capsule reflecting a very special time in my life and in New York underground culture.

A heartfelt thank you to Francis Chiser who, in recruiting me, helped me relive the some of the best times of my youth. Thanks also to the ever reliable Theotis Jones for his artwork capturing the retro gritty look of mid NYC iconography.

Enough. Press download and Jack your body.

Combat Jack & Francis Chiser present "PG-14: A tribute to Larry Levan" by Francis Chiser on Mixcloud


Reggie Ossé – Combat Jack
August 28, 2014

1. Taana Gardner – Heartbeat
2. Linda Clifford – Runaway Love
3. Womack & Womack – I’m Scared of You
4. Gwen Guthrie – Aint Nothin Goin On But The Rent
5. Touch – Without You
6. NYC Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait
7. The Clash – The Magnificent Seven
8. Diane Ross – Love Hangover
9. Grace Jones – Pull Up The Bumper
10. The It – Donnie
11. Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
12. Liz Torres – Can’t Get Enough
13. ESG – Moody
14. Ten City – Devotion
15. Jungle Wonz – The Jungle
16. Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face?
17. Inner Life – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
18. Robert Owens – I’ll Be Your Friend
19. First Choice – Double Cross
20. Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It
21. Jungle Wonz – Time Marches On
22. Fingers Inc. – Mystery of Love
23. Raze – Break 4 Love
24. Third World – Now That We Found Love
25. Chip E – Life This
26. Jeanette “JT” Thomas – Shake Your Body
27. Steve “Silk” Hurley – Jack Your Body
28. Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body
29. Ralph Rosario – You Used to Hold Me
30. Frankie Knuckles feat Jamie Principle – Baby Wants To Ride
31. Gil Scott-Heron – The Bottle
32. Roy Ayers – Running Away
33. Cyamnde – Bra
34.  First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder
35. Joubert Singers – Stand On the World
36. Stevie Wonder – All I Do