DAY 63 GRAMMY CHASE: PRYOR

Day 63 and it’s 33 degrees here in Buffalo,  and I guess this only will apply to by Buffalo natives when I exclaim “IT’S WARM TODAY!”…Warm?…Really? Wow! Everything must be put into perspective, for 33 degrees in another city is enough reason to not allow children to stand on bus stops in the morning. LOL. Well, for us polar bears, 33 is sunbathing compared to temperatures of 16 – 20 degrees.

In contrast to the frigid reputation of WNY, Richard Pryor was red-hot, even during the later part of his career. His album Live on the Sunset Strip won the Best Comedy Album at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards in 1992. Richard Pryor “The King of Comedy,” in the clip above, was dropping knowledge about the use of the word nigga! I’ve always found it bizarre how certain people or rather  a vast collective of African/Blacks/Afro-Americans, (whatever term that is deemed acceptable today), not only embrace a word, defend a word and even try to redefine but try to justify the difference between nigger and nigga. It’s even gone so far as to take on a NEW phrase/word…almost like a title, an award, an achievement or something. “The N Word.” What the heck is that? Are we in 5th grade all over again? Nigga, Nigger and Niggaz will never be eradicated especially if the people who it was cast upon continuously protect, accept, defend and own the word.

In the words of DreHow, “Pryor was the greatest to do it.”

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About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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