Thembisa MShaka

#40: Coming Straight Outta High School: Eazy E and The Bishop

                  Eazy E and The Bishop at the first NWA show in Richmond, CA circa 1988

                  Eazy E and The Bishop at the first NWA show in Richmond, CA circa 1988

Here is an NWA story that you can only get from the Bishop Chronicles. It's about the unlikely friendship between a gangsta rapper and suburban Black kid in need of a career path. Eazy E basically gave me the shot at being a journalist long before The Source, XXL or Vibe Magazine existed. 

L-R Eazy, Ren, Dr. Dre, Arabian Prince, lower front JT my friend and The Bishop

L-R Eazy, Ren, Dr. Dre, Arabian Prince, lower front JT my friend and The Bishop

Possibly the first article on Eazy E ever done. Written by a kid obsessed with rap. 

Possibly the first article on Eazy E ever done. Written by a kid obsessed with rap. 

As a weekend binge drinking teen, on his way to failing out of Oceana High School in Pacifica, CA-  only one man, my counselor Mr. King saw my potential as a writer. Mr. King basically forced me into writing for the school newspaper. I told him that while I appreciated his vision, I did not want to be a writer. He insisted. I obliged but only if I didn't have to cover wrestling, swimming or football. He agreed. Boyz in the Hood had just come out. It was not even a hit. But a local DJ had given me a copy soon as it dropped. I called the offices of Ruthless Records and my life, Hip-Hop was never the same.  This is the story of how two people who believed in my ability to write, changed my future forever. 

Without Mr. King, my counselor at Oceana High School there is no Bishop Chronicles. He was the first person to see a journalist in me and allow me to write about what I loved, Hip-Hop. I owe everything I have ever written and every speech I have ever given to him and Eazy E. 

Without Mr. King, my counselor at Oceana High School there is no Bishop Chronicles. He was the first person to see a journalist in me and allow me to write about what I loved, Hip-Hop. I owe everything I have ever written and every speech I have ever given to him and Eazy E. 

#35: Empire, Scandal, Gender and Race with Filmmaker Thembisa MShaka

This episode is one of the coolest in a long time. We speak with entertainment author and filmmaker Thembisa MShaka. We dig in deep on things we know you love. We're talking about TV shows like Scandal, Empire, Fresh off the Boat and much more. Thembisa and I take a look at how race and gender have evolved in television.  We also talk about how the biggest ways technology changed how we make and enjoy Hip-Hop. Prior to making films, Thembisa was one of the top ad writers for some of raps biggest campaigns including Nas, Lauryn Hill, Wu-Tang Clan and more. You will learn a lot and laugh while doing it. Buckle up BC family.

Legendary rapper Nas, Thembisa MShaka and Cha Cha when life was illmatic!

Legendary rapper Nas, Thembisa MShaka and Cha Cha when life was illmatic!

Adisa opens the show talking about his fear of flying and his experiences with the Oberlin Chess Team and the UConn Hip-Hop Collective.

Justis, Adisa and Jasmine at UConn Hip-Hop in Education Conference

Justis, Adisa and Jasmine at UConn Hip-Hop in Education Conference

Oberlin Chess Club after Hidden in Plain Sight: The History of Hip-Hop and Chess presentation

Oberlin Chess Club after Hidden in Plain Sight: The History of Hip-Hop and Chess presentation