Thursday, June 30, 2022

City Of Akron Cancels Rib, White, & Blue Festival

Akron, Ohio, June 30, 2022 — The City of Akron has announced that the Rib, White, & Blue Festival originally scheduled for July 1-4, 2022 has been cancelled. All vendors and musical acts will be notified and compensated accordingly.

Lock 3 will have no activities for the holiday weekend and the City encourages residents and guests to find other opportunities for their weekend plans.

“I completely understand that some residents and guests will be disappointed by the decision to cancel the festival this holiday weekend. Independence Day is meant to be a celebration and a time of gathering with friends and family. Unfortunately, I feel strongly that this is not the time for a city-led celebration.” – Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan

All municipal offices will be closed on Monday, July 4.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Akron Rapper Big Jaz's Top 5 Rappers of all time


One of the many questions that I get regarding this website..."is where's all the rap at?" I always find myself explaining to people that this is and not Yes, we promote rap music as it pertains to our beloved city but Hip-Hop is more than just rap music. Hip-Hop is a culture that's comprised of different elements and rap music is but just one. But I have to admit, I am guilty of sometimes dropping the ball when it comes to educating the community about the many different "Akron" rappers and their music. With that being said today we put the spotlight on the veteran MC, Big Jaz. Representing that real Akron rap music Big Jaz has been putting it down for years/e-ons here in BLAkron Ohio. Check out the videos posted below to see what he's all about. Until next time, have some fun and get something done.


Thursday, June 23, 2022

Transformations Barber & Beauty Anniversary

When successful people in our community talk about giving back, that gesture can be easier said than done. On many occasions the "so-called successful business owner, politician or entertainer" often gives back by providing hotdogs, hamburgers or turkeys.With that being said one's integrity regarding "the giving back" can call someone's character and ultimate motives to be questioned.However, people like business owner/master barber Carmine Robinson Sr. illustrate the standard of what it looks like when it comes to giving back to the community.

Recently, Carmine Robinson Sr. celebrated 10 plus years in business by serving the community with a very clean, professional and positive barbershop called Transformations Barber & Beauty LLC. The shop is located in the heart of one of Akron's most progressive African American communities. Located at 1479 S. Hawkins Avenue, Transformations Barber & Beauty LLC is located right across the street from the very influential & inspiring House of The Lord church.

Carmine's belief in his own personal relationship with God inspired his own transformation. From his very humble beginnings as a Buchtel High School graduate to positively influencing anyone who sits in his barber's chair he has been affecting change one haircut at a time. So when he announced and promoted that he was celebrating his 10 plus years in business he did it by giving back to the community. The anniversary event & celebration was held on a Sunday and what seemed like the entire community showed up. Parents showed up with their children to partake in the huge bouncy house and mobile video gaming room. Other's danced to the music of a live DJ playing some of the hottest songs from music's glorious past to present day bangers. Also, city officials came out to support and present a plaque of acknowledgement & success. The crown jewel of the event was the caliber of meal that everyone in the community enjoyed. When one realized how long of a line you had to stand in, was when you realized that people saw "before-hand" the barbecue ribs & chicken, oven baked mac & cheese, green beans, potato salad and so much more. What I "did" notice was how fast the food line was moving. With that being said, shout out to officials Russ Neal, Margo Summerville, David Hamilton and Veron Sykes and everyone else who helped out to make this "now" yearly celebration a success (not only for our brother Carmine) but also his community. Until next time, have some fun and get something done.

-Hiram Akeem

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Catching Up With Black Carrington

Recently, we kicked off our YouTube "Call In Show" which for now, takes place Monday through Friday starting at 8am. We call the show The "Wake Up"Show with Bro. Hiram Akeem. The live show is to educate the BLAkron Ohio community on what's happening locally as well as nationally. Sometimes, news breaks faster than we can produced, edit and post a program regarding said news, so going live every morning will almost guarantee we don't miss anything important as it pertains to our community. With that being said check out the quick live posted above. Until next time, have some fun and get something done.

-Bro. Hiram Akeem