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Should Altadena & South Pasadena merge with Pasadena? Cast Your Vote Today!

As the industrial age comes to a close and year 2000 babies become adults, a new generation of thinkers arise from our communities. Since the late 1880’s, Altadena, Pasadena, and South Pasadena have developed their own sense of character and esteemed heritage.

We’ve recently asked the Pasadena community if they’d be open to such a change. And a lot of more than half of them said “No”. After the initial response we received, we believe that Altadenans, Pasadenans, and South Pasadenans more or less agree on each city keeping their own identity. But, the young minds of today challenge that tradition with a simple question. Should Altadena & South Pasadena be Incorporated into one Pasadena?

Cast your vote below and feel free to explain why you feel it would or would not be a good idea. At this time, there is no commissioned initiative to change these cities. This is strictly for discussion purposes and to encourage community engagement.


Dom Promo interviews Comedian Anthony Stone on WilsonBlock100 Radio

Dom Promo, commonly known as Dominic Poole or DOMINANCE, connected with Inland Empire Comedian Anthony Stone as they discuss the movement, love for the craft, and greats that have influenced him.

BringingItTogether Gold Carpet Photo Shoot sets stage for Artist Development

If you know anything about Pasadena, know this: the local music scene has been striving to unite and nourish a sense of stability for artists native to the region. Over the last 5 years, we’ve seen great local shows and events cease due in part to the decline of local, native culture. Many people from Pasadena live elsewhere today. It’s an interesting statistic as we fight to build a scene that’s constantly changing. Don’t get it twisted, the pride & culture surrounding DENA, Pasadena, Altadena cannot be hacked. People who grew up here love this place. But, for those who still live here, it’s been a challenge to revive what Pasadena is already known for. It’s local music scene…

Inspiration for the #BringingItTogether movement and Mistah Wilson’s mission to help unite the local music scene comes from events like Nic @ Nite when 72 North (venue) was still in effect. Phat Cat’s Live @ The Loft really brought out the local music community. It was huge for local music in Pasadena. Natives appreciated being able to enjoy a good time in Hen’s Teeth Square where The

Sidewalk Cafe is. We can’t forget about Perry’s Joint!, either! They’ve kept the local music scene open on Tuesdays for years and should be acknowledged for their commitment to the Pasadena / Altadena community abroad. The Old Towne Pub and The Coffee Gallery has been known to be amongst the most consistent venues for local music.

What do we mean by the “local music scene”? As far as Mistah Wilson is concerned, the local music scene that they are trying to accomplish is focused around the local, native artists. The artists who grew up here, have stories here, and live here. The Pasadena Music Scene will always serve as a general platform for any artist to be involved in, but it’s the inspiration that has come from the local native artists who helped form the vision for today’s and tomorrow’s scene. It was for radio shows like 210West, DENA DONS, Disco Ministries. Rugged rap groups like Rough City and FuelHead. Discovering music from Snake Pits & Belle Rose. Fast forward to Bing Bing’s era (2008 – present) and you had artists like Paco Swartz, Black Santa, and 2-Hye holding it down. The Rose Family. Blak Axx & LeMatiq. Pasadena has always had a music scene, we’re just bringing it together. 

The third event in the #BringingItTogether Photo Shoot series gave more than expected. A step up from the previous 2 events, Mistah Wilson & Co. assured that the 3rd event would not be held in an outside venue (park). After being rained on in November’s shoot, it was imperative that the next one be inside. And artists in attendance were in for a sweet surprise. 

In collaboration with Pasadena artist & entrepreneur Maca, Blurry Vizion Media, and True Spitters, they were able to pull off more than just an Open Mic. Accompanied by the Drum Circle, Rahsan was a great host as he led drummers into the first quarter of the evening. It turned out to be another rainy night, ultimately affecting the overall turnout. However, artists, musicians, and poets still showed up to be a part of Pasadena’s local music scene. 
The event was planned around the photo shoot & open mic. Maca and Blurry Vizions provided a

well-put together stage area with DJ Jut (Jutting Out Radio) & Lamont Vintage on the 1’s & 2’s. Artists who performed got a whole lot more than just an opportunity to reach people, they received quality content of themselves that they could use for their own press kits.
For this event, Mistah Wilson wanted to try something new…The Gold Carpet. The idea to use a different color carpet was so that the event wasn’t confused with some type of fashion show like the red carpet. Wilson wanted to choose a color carpet that represented community. The purpose of the Gold Carpet was to create a new standard for the local music scene. It was meant to help give artists a sense of purpose. That we as individuals stand on common core principles and values. The Gold Carpet means that we are for love, peace, & unity. By participating in the Gold Carpet photo shoot, you are taking a step in the right direction by helping to influence our future as a community in a positive way. The Gold Carpet is meant to

redefine what it means to be an artist. An artist not just being an artist, but a valuable member of their community. 

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Rain Couldn’t Stop DENA Artists from #BringingItTogether in the November 2016 Free Artist Photo Shoot

After the success of the #BringingItTogether October 2016 Free Artist Photo Shoot, Mistah Wilson &

Percy Johnson were excited for next month’s event. This time, they put a little more love into it. With only a couple of weeks to make it happen, they went out to get a photo backdrop with the logos of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine, Percy’s Portrait Photography, and a hashtag of #DENA to represent where the movement is taking place.

Before the October 2016 shoot, the news was forecasting rain on the day of the event. That would be tragic since everyone is meeting up outside in McDonald Park. As the day grew in, it was almost cancelled. Mistah Wilson decided to go along with it and it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. For the next event, the news forecasted rain. Mistah Wilson decided to call the weather’s bluff. But, this time, the weather was for real.

After much preparation and money spent to put this event together, we were expecting a much bigger turnout than the first one. On the morning of the event, the sun beamed life onto La Pintoresca. But, by 2p at Jefferson Park, the clouds were coming in fast. It was unbelievable because it was such a

sunny day to begin with.

The event started at 12p and it hadn’t yet rained. DJ AJ was holdin’ it down with local, Pasadena music, neo-soul, & funk jams. The photo backdrop was against the sidewall of the restrooms and nobody had any problems coming together for the cause. Soon enough, it starts to rain sideways! The people who came stayed through the rain for the most of the event. I mean, these artists were troopers. But, once it did start raining, we believe it deterred a lot of people from coming out.

“People were pulling up to the event, but kept going once it started to rain,” says an attendee. Although it rained, we were fortunate enough to have a few large trees over everything. They were still able to eat the BBQ & Teriyaki chicken wins, Pizza, Salad, & Cookies.

“We strongly believe that the rain deterred people from coming out to participate in the

#BringingItTogether November 2016 Free Artist Photo Shoot. We’d still like to thank everybody who had interest and wanted to come out. We’d also like to thank all those who came out and those who won raffle prizes. We can’t do this without you,” Mistah Wilson says after the event.

During the event, the backdrop was moved under one of the large trees. Even though it rained, a few people still showed up and participated. It was truly amazing to see these artists battle through the rain to be a part of their community. It still turned out to be a great event with about double the amount of photos taken. While it was going on, it felt like a failure. But, in hindsight, it’s pretty admirable to see artists endure the rain for the cause. That’s a great milestone we achieved together that we can reflect on later to inspire us moving forward.

Close to $1,000 was spent to put this event together only for their parade to be rained on! Mistah

Wilson takes responsibility for the lack of preparation on his part and says the next series of event(s) leading up to the Summer will be held indoors and will be taking place in the evening time. For this event, it wasn’t so much about who they were as individuals, but who they are as individuals coming together.

Mistah Wilson’s vision for this event is slowly taking form. He knew that October & November’s shoot had to be done informally so that he could gain some momentum to brand the event through the Gold Carpet. On Friday December 30th from 8p-12a, Mistah Wilson & ThaWilsonBlock Magazine will be bringing you the #BringingItTogether Open Mic Gold Carpet Photo Shoot & Drum Circle! Hope to see you there!