The Sandmann's Journal : Vol. 7 - Wilfred Kanu Jr.

The Sandmann's Journal

Vol. 7

By: Wilfred Kanu Jr.

eBook | 19 July 2023

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This book is the continuation of Volume 6. It is the final edition of the seven-book series that Wilfred began in 2016. Taken from a since renamed "Freddy Will's Blog," the dates at the beginning of each chapter indicate when he published them. These entries, while factual, are not intended to have journalistic outcomes in any way. The author intends readers to use them for educational purposes, not political, scientific, or religious decisions. As a musician who started rapping in the early 1990s under the stage name Freddy Will, he activated his independent music career in 2006. His literary and publishing career began in 2009. He believed there is a gloomy misconception that Hip Hop's lyrical themes promote gun violence, misogyny, materialism, homophobia, and blasphemy. Around the same time, he started blogging to share his perspective on the most trending discourses. The musician who grew up under the teachings of Abraham is not a devout Christian. From his point of view, he was an apostate Christian who composed pieces of Hip Hop music and lyrics inspired by his experiences during two civil wars, life as a refugee, and life in the streets. Ironically, he did not see himself as a propagator of gang culture, gun violence, misogyny, materialism, homophobia, or vulgarity. This misconception was resolute. Black awareness was his timeworn narrative after surviving Liberia and Sierra Leone's civil wars and racism in the West. The grim lyrics in Freddy's earlier raps lament his past, not a celebration of his present. The artist envisioned a future where he'd live a harmonious life with friends and family, using his talents to educate and entertain those who watched. He'd moved on by studying at colleges or institutes and seeking gainful employment. In 2007, he founded his now-renamed "Freddy Will's Blog," writing about a clash between old and new mentalities. Interestingly, he noted that the entertainment industry and mainstream media have shifted from Abrahamic to radical feminist and LGBTQIA+ ideals. For him, it was a time to rebuild relationships, educate, and promote. He was ready to proclaim his African traditions and learn to pass them on to the next generation. Despite that, he noted that there was a change in global mentality. Dogmatic concepts gave way to secularism. Radical feminists demeaned traditional family values. Disputes over gender and sexuality fueled an abandonment culture. Freddy also noted that governments, corporations, the education system, the entertainment industry, and the mainstream media had all shifted dramatically to show their unapologetic support for modern inclinations. This shift prompted the artist to republish his blog as the journal of his alter ego, The Sandman. He focused on how modern social media technologies aided by smartphones and WIFI helped popularize the debate. His question was: how can older generations pass on their tradition without prejudice, discrimination, or hatred? How did the masses change opinions and turn against the educated, experienced, or traditional?

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