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Brothers Gonna Work it Out: Connecting with Big Sty, Barz Nice and Vox Da Boss

“Go get it! Get involved cause the brothers in the streets are willing to work it out, c’mon!! We gonna work it out one day til we all get paid the right way in full, no bull. talkin’ no walkin’, drivin’ arrivin’ in style. Tell ‘em, soon you’ll see what I’m talkin’ bout cause one day the brothers gonna work it out!!!!”

Brothers Gonna Work it Out
Chuck D
Public Enemy
Fear of a Black Planet
Released April 10, 1990.

I wish that I had the ability to bottle an experience and share it with the rest of the world. So, if I would bring you the bottle and YOU opened it; you would experience the SAME thing that I did, in the same manner I did. You could walk away being like, “Damn, that was some deep .”

Alas, the BEST that I can do is use the power of the pen in order to re-create what I have experienced. Barz Nice always said the pen is mightier than the sword and you cannot f*** with a warriors pen. On Sunday, September 26, 2021 I had the opportunity to link with three powerful brothers in the Central Virginia Hip Hop community. Barz Nice, Big Sty and Vox Da Boss.

Barz Nice was recently named the Virginia Representative for Generation Hip Hop (known herein as GHHVA). GHHVA is a global non profit organization in support of Hip Hop culture. Its mission is to empower the global community and to collectively change the world through artistic expression, entrepreneurship and education.

On September 16, 2021, Barz Nice received word from the Commonwealth of Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) that GHHVA is officially the statewide chapter of Generation Hip Hop (GHH). Barz Nice as the Chairman of GHHVA and I were supposed to meet in order to discuss future programming in the community for the organization. But then some other conversations began to bubble. Earlier during the week of September 19, 2021 some random acts of violence occurred in the community. Barz had a conversation with Big Sty while I shared a conversation with Vox. Both Sty and Vox expressed their interest in coming to the table to address some issues that they had.

So, now the four of us were set to meet. Sty had the idea of meeting in a black owned business. Then the plan changed. We were given the green light to connect at Da Factory which is the studio owned by James “Bully Boi” Harris in the Manchester section of Richmond. Da Factory were we all met through Bully. For all of us, it is our second home kinda like the bar at Cheers where everybody knows your name.

We had the opportunity to pull up in Da Factory Radio Room. Bully was in a session. We all slid in, gave Bully a pound and then moved into the room to begin our conversation. I did my very best to capture the thoughts, opinion and perspectives of my brothers in Hip Hop. I kinda wish I had that bottling technique figured out.

Big Sty was concerned about police community relations.*
Vox Da Boss with school aged children was extremely concerned with school violence.
Barz and I both listened attentively not to interrupt either Sty or Vox and they shared their concerns.
Big Sty was wanting to improve the organic relationship between the black community and the Richmond Police Department. He shared his idea about the Police and the community coming together to fellowship in a celebration where we could cook out, eat, play sports and really get to know each other on a more personal “family” level. This so when law enforcement has to respond and meet members of the community in the streets; the relationship has a firm and more personable foundation.**
I shared with Sty that since I was an Armed Security Supervisor for the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for four years and I made it half way through the Richmond Police Academy as a Cadet. I had a different perspective about law enforcement. However, I could see that Sty really wanted to effect change in Richmond and he felt that his idea could bring that cultivation of a better relationship as long as it was “organic.”

Vox in turn wanted to have some sort of programming to allow our children and grandchildren to know that “we love them to life.”
He says that people always say, “I love my child to death.”

That figure of speech did not sit well with him at all. As there was already enough death and despair in our community. We need to do something “different” in order to make the charted improvements to our community for everyone.

I love the relationship that I have with my brothers in Hip Hop. I know that we can work together to make a positive change in the community. Because I wholeheartedly agree with Big Sty. Politicians are NOT doing enough, we the people need to hold them accountable and the relationship really does need to be “organic” and currently it is not. Big up to Big Sty the Unofficial Mayor of Richmond (hint, hint Sty…….hint, hint), Da General Barz Nice and Vox Da Boss.

About Corey Fauconier

Corey “Sage” Fauconier is a native of Cambria Heights, Queens, New York who currently resides in Chesterfield County, Virginia. He is a graduate of Hampton University with a degree in Political Science (1994) and a Paralegal Studies Certificate (1996). Former Libertarian Candidate for Virginia State Senate (2017). First Black Communications Chair of the Libertarian Party (2016), Lobby Day Leader for the Virginia Citizens Defense League, second amendment supporter, volunteer with Generation Hip Hop VA and host of independent podcast Talks Over Drinks in Richmond, Virginia.

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