August 04, 2020

One Be Lo "C Section" (Album Stream)

The cover art is a picture of the Pontiac Northern Huskies, High school basketball team. This game was against our rivals, Pontiac Central. We are huddled up on a time out with 46.9 seconds left on the clock, and the legendary Coach Sy Green (R.I.P.) is hunched over with his arm around me (Number 21), giving us instructions before we go back in the game. I don’t remember the final score, be we ended up winning this game by 2 or 4 points. That huddle was intense but we were cool under pressure. This picture reminds me of Teamwork, Hard work, Dedication, Never giving up, Struggle, Overcoming adversity, just to name a few. This was my senior year and I was a team captain. My teammates nicknamed me 'Scrappy Doo' because my defense was relentless and I always scrapped for the ball. As of July 2020, the whole globe has been in a state of pandemic for the last 4 months at least. Many cities and countries were forced into quarantine to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many businesses shut down and even the NBA was brought to a standstill...

While in quarantine, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others lit a spark and protests erupted in cities worldwide, demanding justice for those wrongfully killed. Breonna Taylor was killed while sleeping in her home by Police Officers who entered the wrong home on a no knock warrant, and her killers have yet to be arrested or charged with any crime. These events lead some of the most influential players in Professional basketball to speak about refusing to play until some major reforms were made in the United States. Now as of July 2020, the NBA is scheduled to restart on July 30, 2020 to finish out the 2019-2020 season. Some people have even criticized the NBA as being a distraction during these tumultuous times, while others have argued that playing could also bring attention and resources to individuals and groups working towards justice. It has been my intention to bounce back when the NBA restarts, but with my contribution in revolutionary fashion. This project is intended to call attention to several conversations ranging from Police reform and abuse of power that continues where Colin Kaepernick kneeling in the NFL left off, the safety of Vaccines, 2020 being an election year, and more. The NBA is scheduled to restart with all games played in Orlando, with no crowds in attendance, for safety measures. Section C will be empty, but hopefully the protesting, the dedication, the teamwork, the struggle and so on will continue. - One Be Lo. Listen and support!