How to Raise Planned Gifts by Mail

first_img Howard Lake | 30 June 2008 | News How to Raise Planned Gifts by Mail Tagged with: Individual giving legacies AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  20 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Australian punters are changing the NFL, and Mitch Wishnowsky is next

first_imgUtah punter Mitch Wishnowsky (Getty Images)Wishnowsky, a native of Perth, Australia, has all the swings, learned from his years with the Perth Demons of the West Australian Football League. However, a few surgeries on his left shoulder meant his goal of playing in Australia’s top professional league was finished. In 2013, Wishnowsky worked as a glazier — someone who installs glass — while playing Australian flag football.”Eventually, it was football or work,” he said. “At that point, I felt like the professional ship had sailed and I wasn’t going to go professional. I had to make a life decision. I had to make a living doing something, and it wasn’t going to be Australian football. I had to make a smart decision. That’s when it really hit me. I had always dreamt about being a professional athlete and it was like, ‘This is it. You’re a glazier.’ That hurt.”Wishnowsky met a coach named Craig Wilson, who knew Chapman and Prokick’s kicking coach, John Smith. At that point, Wishnowsky made an audacious gamble by moving to Melbourne and trying a sport he knew nothing about. He spent mornings lifting weights and punting with Chapman and nights working at a pub to help pay the bills.”That’s where it all started,” he said. “‘This is my last chance.’ I had bought a house with my best mate; we sold the house, which funded junior college. I moved to Melbourne and was like, ‘This is my last chance. Give it your all.'”A year later, Chapman sent film to a few coaches, including Kyle Whittingham. The Utah coach liked what he saw and offered Wishnowsky a scholarship. But first, he had to get his associate’s degree. So he spent 2014 punting at Santa Barbara (Calif.) Community College. In 2016, he arrived at Utah and promptly won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter. He was a finalist for that award in 2017 and 2018.Now, Wishnowsky’s professional dreams are about to come true, even if it is half a world away and in a different sport.”I always dreamt about it,” he said. “I knew there was a chance. I remember speaking to people and people were like, ‘You can get an education and get it paid for’ and that sort of stuff. But even people who care about me were like, ‘I don’t think you should go in with the intentions of going to the NFL. It’s a pretty farfetched sort of dream.’ I always wanted it and I always thought that I could maybe do it, but it is a bit surreal being in this situation and having teams work me out and things like that.” (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2b/4c/punting-stats-040119-getty-ftr_1cow7o0jsiznp1wtqga1ggfhy8.png?t=-643285495&w=500&quality=80 When Nathan Chapman watched Seahawks rookie punter Michael Dickson earn All-Pro honors last season, he could not help but wonder about what might have been.Instead, Chapman will have to settle for his role in revolutionizing the punting position. (Prokick Australia) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/64/2/nathan-chapman-040119jpg_18inrgvt9kggy1paej9gccp3jk.jpg?t=-640368511&w=500&quality=80 Nathan Chapman, pictured with the Packers in 2004 (Photo courtesy of Nathan Chapman/Prokick Australia)Chapman is doing just that. He founded Prokick Australia with the intention of turning Aussie football players into American college punters. According to the Prokick website, 100 of its pupils have earned U.S. college scholarships worth $26 million.From that group, Dickson of the Seahawks, Cameron Johnston of the Eagles and Jordan Berry of the Steelers punted in the NFL last season. Mitch Wishnowsky was an All-American at Utah and is considered the best punting prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was one of seven Prokick grads in the Pac-12 Conference alone in 2018. About 50 punters are on Division I scholarship, Chapman said.Why are Australians taking over this phase of the game?”While Americans grow up wanting to throw the ball, we grow up trying to kick 60-yard goals,” Wishnowsky said in a phone interview from Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was preparing for pre-draft workouts with teams. “We’ve done it from a young age.”Sure, the techniques are slightly different, but the swing of your leg is pretty much the same. We have that muscle memory drilled into us from a young age, where I feel like punting is almost something like, they’re wide receivers and they punt and they’re like, ‘I’m actually really good at this.’ So, it’s later on that they focus on punting and realize that’s what they’re good at.” In Australian football, players are running and kicking. In American football, a punter simply is standing 15 yards behind the snapper, catching the ball and punting. That’s an added advantage for Chapman’s compatriots, he says.”There’s a trust,” Chapman said. “It’s that confidence of having the ball in their hands. Growing up playing Australian rules football allows us to feel confident with the ball in our hands and people running at us. Because we have an ability to adapt to a situation — run, kick on the run or change our body angle but still get the kick away. It takes us away from that catch, two-step, kick it and, if anything out of the ordinary happens, the punter just continues to do his job. Our guys have a little bit more game awareness. If we feel pressure before it’s there, we can make an adjustment and still get the kick away. That confidence that we have with the ball flows onto the coaches.”That confidence was not always there from American special-teams coaches. Chapman played eight professional seasons of Australian football before deciding to give the NFL a try. His chance with the Packers came at age 28. His leg strength was without question. Everything else, however, was up for question. Even simple things, such as how Chapman caught the ball and his steps before kicking, were changed for no other reason than that is just the way it was done.NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS:Big board of top 100 overall playersDuring the early years at Prokick, the challenge for Chapman was opening coaches’ minds that it was OK to be different and, in fact, better to be different. The “Aussie kick,” for instance, has changed the game.For most of football history, when an offense’s drive stalled just outside scoring position, the punter came in and either tried to kick the ball a mile high or kick it out of bounds inside the 20-yard line. Punt returners, in turn, were told to stand at the 10. If the ball went over the returner’s head, he should let it hit the ground and bounce into the end zone for a touchback that would give his team the ball at the 20. The Aussie kick, by contrast, is akin to a golfer with a pitching wedge because the ball’s backward rotation means it typically will hit the ground and stop there or bounce back a bit.Now, if a returner stands at the 10 and the ball hits at the 5, the offense is probably going to be stuck with the ball around the 5.”In the NFL and even college,” Chapman said, “it’s, ‘How can somebody who’s never played the game do a better job than what we’ve seen?’ Coaches didn’t open their view of how something could be done better. Your perception of what the benchmark was needed to be changed. Slowly, with the incorporation of a couple different kicks, we showed that it could be done a different way and done in a better way.”At the end of the day, we could be really skillful, but if you make us kick the way you want us to kick, it becomes a little unnatural. If you allow us to kick with our normal style and ability but within your framework, then we can get a lot more done, and then the consistency’s better. It’s just bridging the gap between, ‘You must do this, you must step like this, catch like this and kick it here.’ We might go, ‘That’s great.’ But it’s a baseball pitcher being told he has to throw underarm. He’s still throwing it, but it’s different.” The success of the Aussie kick showed American coaches that different could mean better. In the United States, punters were directed to kick booming, spiraling kicks. Chapman’s pupils can do that, too. But they can do much more.Because of Aussie players’ years of experience of running and kicking, they can aim right but kick left or kick the ball with accuracy to a specific spot on the field, all with the goal of limiting or outright eliminating the returner from the equation.”It used to be kick it really high,” Chapman said. “What we’re doing now is saying, ‘Why kick it to the returner at all?’ You don’t want him to have it, so don’t kick it to him. If you’ve got the ability to put it where you want it, then you see where he’s standing and kick it the other way.”If the ball doesn’t need to spiral to go 45 yards, why do you ask us to spiral? Even though we do spiral, if it’s really windy, let me tell you, it’s really, really hard to spiral a ball. If the ball doesn’t spin well or look good, the coach and the crowd think that you’re not very good. The physics of a ball going up in the air and turning over and spiraling down perfectly is all well and good in a dome, and it’s all well and good when there’s not any wind. But if the wind’s blowing from left to right and across your body or in your face and you’ve got to kick the ball nose up and the wind blows on the fat part of the ball, it won’t turn over. It doesn’t mean you’re not very good. It just means it’s physics. So, in that instance, I’m just like a golfer. ‘What swing, what club and what am I going to use to get the result I need?'”center_img (University of Utah) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f1/19/mitch-wishnowsky-032919-utah-ftrjpg_pnb7ut7vaf6a1gzvh9zcua8cm.jpg?t=-894150511&w=500&quality=80 “I absolutely know that I had the ability to play,” he said. “No one taught me how to kick a football. I had to learn when I got there. When I got there, I was told in preseason to change the way I caught it and change my steps. Going into training camp, I was being told I needed to look a different way. ‘Let’s try to catch it like this. Let’s do this footwork.’ That takes away from your kicks. But, what I will say, if that hadn’t happened, who knows where I would be now, and we would not have created 120 guys with millions of dollars’ worth of college scholarships.”So, does it bother me? Part of me — the competitive part of me — says I knew I could do it. I feel like I could still do it now. Did that all happen for the greater good of helping other people? Well, so be it. I’m not the kind to look back over my shoulder. I might have played one year and been really bad at it (laughs) and never get another go and walked away and took up baseball. Who knows? Every now and again I think about it. I would have loved to have spent more time at it.”But if you’re ahead of your time …” (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ed/a6/wishnowsky-whittingham-040119-gettyjpg_1kjif9qyb7zw31tkl3jalnak0j.jpg?t=-639870383&w=500&quality=80 Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky, left, and head coach Kyle Whittingham (Getty Images)Wishnowsky is one of Chapman’s latest success stories. A handful of years ago, Chapman had to reach out to schools about his top prospects. Now, it’s the schools who are reaching out to Chapman, the revolutionary.”Gradually, as time would have it, we’ve now put 120 guys through college,” Chapman said. “The guys are now coming to the pro ranks with experience. The guys have played at huge college programs, so they get the opportunity to display the skills that they’ve got. We had to start slow. You can’t expect to change it all at once. If you’re a special teams coach and you’ve done something a certain way for 50 years and it pays the bills and you’ve got a job, why would you change? You let somebody else make the change. If it works, then you look at it. We understood that it wasn’t going to be easy.”Now, if you don’t have a guy with that skill-set, you’re behind the eight-ball. There’s four Aussie guys punting in the league at the moment, and obviously we think Mitch will be drafted this year and we’ve got a steady flow of players coming out every year.”LASTEST NFL DRAFT RUMORS:Raiders like Murray | Bosa to 49ers?Every once in a while, Chapman ponders what might have been. What if he hadn’t been wrestling with his visa? What if the Packers’ coaches had not messed with his technique? What if they had not drafted Sander? What if he were allowed a few night’s sleep before a workout with the Bengals instead of being forced to perform with jet-lagged legs?Those what-if questions don’t last long, though. NFL MOCK DRAFT 2019:Giants begin rebuild; Packers go DA veteran of Australian rules football, Chapman signed with the Packers in March 2004. Ultimately, he never had a chance.”I typically wasn’t around to train with the team because I didn’t have my visa signed off on, so they didn’t want me doing any stuff actively with the team until that happened,” Chapman said in a recent phone interview. “A lot of those minicamp practices, I had to do stuff off to the side, which made it harder for me to learn the game. I basically learned the game at training camp.”By then, it was too late. A month after the Packers signed Chapman, they used a third-round pick on B.J. Sander.”They were paying him a million bucks, so he was going to be the guy,” Chapman said.Chapman had a couple other NFL opportunities before returning home to Australia. While his NFL resume consisted of only three preseason games, he learned two things. First, he loved the sport and wanted to be part of it. Second, the tried-and-true way of punting the football was not the best way.”I knew there was a better way for guys to come in more prepared so more guys would get an opportunity, because I knew we would eventually change the game,” Chapman said.last_img read more

Narrow win for Mick at English Disability Open

first_imgCaption: Mick Horsley in action at the English Disability Open (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography). Derbyshire’s Mick Horsley won the 2018 English Disability Open by the slender margin of one stroke at The Warwickshire.Groves, from Marriott Breadsall Priory, completed 36 holes in 154, and pipped George Groves of Copthorne, Sussex. It was the second year in a row that Groves had to settle for the runner-up position.Horlsey opened with two-over par 74 on the Kings course, followed by a mixed bag in the rain on the second day on the Earls. His card included two eagles on par fives, but dropped shots pushed his score to eight-over 80.Groves, meanwhile shot 73 82, while third place went to Lewis Eccles of Grange Park, Yorkshire, with 77 82.Horsley also won the Category One handicap prize with his two-under net score. Category Two was won by Mike Wraight of Foxhills, Surrey, with a net score of two-over. The Category Three stableford was won by Ciaran Murphy of North Wilts with 57 points.The third English Disability Open was co-sanctioned by England Golf and Balasa Golf. It offered a championship for golfers of all impairments, creating one umbrella event for disabled golf in England.The event welcomed over 40 golfers, including three women.Jamie Blair, Disability Manager for England Golf, commented: “We had a fantastic two days and Mick Horsley put on a great performance to take overall title, battling the course and the wet conditions to win. It was brilliant to have the support of BALASA, the referees, the seniors section from the club and The R&A.”Next year, England Golf will take over the management of this event and making it part of their annual calendar of events. Tags: Disability Open, Mick Horsley, The Warwickshirecenter_img 31 Aug 2018 Narrow win for Mick at English Disability Open last_img read more

Wednesday Darts League

first_imgi-Rovers ‘A’1587706516 W. Tankies16106885620 Mai’s Bar15510449110 TeamPWLBonusDiff.Pts. Buffalo Jack’s161511044030 i-Rovers ‘B’1531250856 Legends Sports Bar15123914424 Yates’ Bar1631353916 Results & Standings August 13 (week 16) The Clinic16412411038 Jantha Coffee1641257878 Oscar’s MC Sports Bar161421044028 Results:  Buffalo Jack’s (6-0)-(3-1) v i-Rovers ‘B’, Mai’s Bar (0-0)-(9-1) v Oscar’s MC Sports Bar, The Clinic (1-0)-(8-1) v Jantha Coffee, W. Tankies (7-1)-(2-0) v Yates’ Barlast_img

Jimmy White highlights ‘whirlwind’ charity pool & snooker fundraiser

first_imgVeteran snooker ace Jimmy White was in Pattaya recently where he gave up his time to play against local pool and snooker enthusiasts at different venues, and all for charity. Players paid 1000 baht to take on the ‘Whirlwind’ at four bars across the city for the Father Ray Foundation educational fund. This was hot on the heels of a press conference announcing a high profile snooker event that will take place in August 2015 which will also raise funds for Father Ray.Jimmy has a long affinity with Pattaya and recently purchased a unit at the Palm Condo, so for him Pattaya is like a second home and is a familiar and friendly face around town.Jimmy White plays for the side pocket in one of his many charity games played last week to raise money for the Father Ray Foundation. On Sunday the 7th of September Jimmy first played a number of regulars at the Sportsman Bar where 13,840 baht was raised.The following night Jimmy played at the Kilkenny Bar on LK Metro where a further 20,660 baht went into the pot.On Tuesday he ventured out by Mabprachan Lake to the very popular Brasshouse where things started to get a bit crazy. 68,000 was pledged to play Jimmy, then there was an auction for a signed snooker cue which went for 51,000 baht, which was then doubled by a generous guy making it 102,000 for the cue – so a total of 170,000 baht was raised.Jimmy Deakin from the Brass House and his lovely wife present Jimmy White with flowers as a small token of appreciation.And finally, on Wednesday the 10th Jimmy went to a small bar off of Soi Khao Noi which used to be called the Golden Gate but recently changed hands and has been rebranded as The Dukes Lounge.  26 players took on Jimmy raising 26,000 baht. This was followed by a raffle which made 5,400 baht, which Jamie Saunders from the Dukes Lounge and Jimmy Deakin from the Brasshouse doubled to make it 31,400. An auction followed that raised a further 22,000, and finally, to top it all off, some very generous donations of 42,000 made a total of over 126,000 baht for the night.In an exclusive interview with PMTV Jimmy stated that some of the most competent opponents were Thai women who play a lot of pool and are confident and determined.Jimmy also stated that for him it was a pleasure to be involved in events like this and that he was amazed at the generosity of people.Over the four nights, over 330,000 baht was raised for the Father Ray Foundation, a charity that is well loved here in Pattaya and that takes cares of over 800 children across its various communities. With Jimmy White’s help these children are promised a brighter future.last_img read more

The Jersey Speed Skiffs of the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers

first_imgBy Rick Geffken |HIGHLANDS – Ned Lloyd spent a lot of time on Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers while growing up in Rumson. That doesn’t make him a whole lot different from thousands of other kids lucky enough to live in and around the Two River peninsula. What distinguishes this current Connecticut resident is that he’s deepened his love for, and encyclopedic knowledge of, the indigenous small crafts of our local waterways, particularly the revered and inimitable Jersey skiff.Lloyd will be the featured speaker at a meeting of the Navesink Maritime Historical Association (NHMA) scheduled for Wednesday evening, Oct. 17 at Bahrs Landing Restaurant. His discussion and presentation, “The Pound Boats and Beach Fisheries of the Jersey Shore” will start after light refreshments at 7:30 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.Lloyd recently made the trip from his home in the Nutmeg State back to Monmouth County to participate in the annual Thunder on the Shrewsbury at the Long Branch Ice Boat & Yacht Club just a few weeks ago. “It’s a rendezvous and get-together,” said Lloyd, “for owners, aficionados, and racers of a Jersey speed skiff which is a Jersey-born, 16-foot inboard race boat class with a strong local following.”These world-renowned Jersey speed skiffs are nothing like the typical fiberglass speedboats running on the Shrewsbury these days, powered by Yamaha or Honda outboards. “Back in the 1960s, they were 50-60 mph wooden-hulled boats, close to the fastest things in the water,” said Lloyd about the local boats he fell in love with as a kid. He noted that an Oceanport resident, Rob Garretano, recently set the American Power Boat Association (APBA) record in Devils Lake, Oregon when his 16-footer hit 85 mph over a quarter-mile run.“It’s fairly well established that the first Jersey speed skiff, named PJ, was built by Harold ‘Pappy’ Seaman in the Port-au-Peck section of Oceanport in 1922. She was strictly a pleasure boat. Pappy’s family was building boats as early as the 1840s. “With a name like that you just have to build boats,” said Lloyd. When smaller, more high-powered in-board marine engines became available in the early 1920s, Seaman’s skills easily ported to the development of a new kind of small wooden watercraft.The story is that J. P. Bowers of Red Bank asked Pappy Seaman to build a little 16-foot boat for his family. “Seaman came up with an unusual deviation, a flat bottom. Previously, Jersey Shore boats had rolled garboard keel bottoms to let them stand upright on the beach, easier to push into the ocean. Those resulting high stern ends also shielded their propellers from damage,” Lloyd said.At the Long Branch Thunder event, Oceanport’s Charlie Boland consulted with Lloyd on some maintenance and restoration aspects of Charlie’s own Suds, named after a similar sea skiff his father once owned. Jim Janeczko of Belford has also relied on Lloyd’s expertise for years. “I bought back my dad’s old 1965 cigar box (boat) and I’m restoring it now.”Lloyd displayed his voluminous scrapbooks, notes and other historic maritime pictures during his visit to the Long Branch Ice Boat & Yacht Club Sept. 29. More than a few visitors suggested Lloyd should write a book showcasing his vast knowledge of this intriguing local subject. “If I ever find time,” is his stock answer.Lloyd was still in grade school in Rumson when he was first attracted to boats. He remembers going to speed skiff races in Atlantic Highlands as well as to the National Sweepstakes Regatta in Red Bank. Speed skiffs were still racing near Oceanport well into the 1970s and Lloyd’s family would travel by boat to watch the races while they anchored nearby. He smiled as he recalled, “Growing up, if I wasn’t in school, I was either mucking around the saltwater marshes, playing with wooden boats or hanging around boatyards.”“There were times I’d be at the tip of Sandy Hook at five in the morning but make it back to homeroom in time,” he said. His consistent classroom attendance paid off. Lloyd eventually graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a major in fisheries and marine technologies. From there he spent a short time working in a small shipyard and now designs custom electric wiring and cable for a living. He’s also a frequent contributor to a boat lover’s website, thehulltruth.com.A pivotal life experience for Lloyd was the 1977 day he got a ramshackle old skiff, long abandoned in Red Bank. It was originally a product of Bill Tallman’s 1930’s-era “Row No More Boats” yard in Fair Haven. Lloyd spent a year and a half restoring Bits ‘N’ Pieces, so called after the driftwood and other jetsam he scavenged. Forty years on, he’s restoring her once again, hoping to have her back in the water next year.NHMA president Rik van Hemmen said, “Ned Lloyd has one of the best collections of information, memorabilia and pictures of the Jersey Sea Skiff and the local builders.”To learn more about Ned Lloyd’s local appearances or the NHMA, visit navesinkmaritime.org/events.This article was first published in the Oct. 11 – Oct. 17, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Great new sport takes over Nelson — Pickleball

first_imgThere a great new sport in Nelson — and it’s called Pickleball. Nelson pickleball has taken over Selkirk College’s Mary Hall gym on Sunday for an afternoon of continuous play on five courts.For people unaware of the sport, pickleball is the fastest growing game in North America, especially with the 55-plus crowd.But anyone is welcome to join the players who can usually be found playing at Mary Hall (10th Avenue campus) Monday to Thursday 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Fridays and Sundays at 1:30, p.m. as long as the gym is free.Selkirk students often join the regular players, notably several students from India who are enrolled in the Hospitality and Tourism program.It’s an easy-to-learn sport which is played on a badminton-sized court with a hard paddle (often graphite) and a wiffle ball. For more information visit Pickleball Canada or this link.last_img read more

Gone but not forgotten: Notable Bay Area residents who died in 2018

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)Several notable Bay Area residents passed away in 2018. They come from all corners of the region and all walks of life. The one thing they all have in common is the legacy they leave behind. Here are their stories.Leon Fox, Jan. 4: The longtime judge presided over cases in Santa Clara County Superior Court for decades. He was 77.Priscilla Elder, Jan. 7: The onetime “Rosie” who worked at the Kaiser shipyards …last_img

Q&A with South African women rappers

first_imgMelissa JavanMany female rappers are making a name for themselves in the male dominated hip hop industry. In celebration of Heritage Month, journalist Melissa Javan spoke to two female artists. Ms Supa and Yugen Blakrok shared their journeys as rappers in a question and answer session.Growing up Ms Supa listened to rappers like Foxy Brown, who made her realise that women can be emcees too. (Image supplied)Where did you grew up?Yugen Blakrok: I grew up in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.Ms Supa: I hail from Benoni.How long have you been in the hip hop industry?Yugen Blakrok: I started rapping in the early 2000s.Ms Supa: I started rapping in 1996. I only actively pursued it from 2003, after I moved to Pretoria.What made you decide to become a rapper [emcee]?Yugen Blakrok: The love for poetry and language. Also, I had two left feet and I realised I’d never make it break-dancing.Ms Supa: I had always loved rap music. I did not even consider it a possibility that females could do it. I had an ‘aha moment’ when I heard a song by Foxy Brown called Get You Home on radio. My first thought then was: “Oh, girls can do it too.”Insert music video of Yugen Blakrok.What is your culture, and how do you express or showcase it within your craft?Yugen Blakrok: I’m Xhosa. My culture and heritage is embedded in the lyrics. The influence of where I was born, the traditions I’ve learnt and the rhythm in my native tongue permeates everything I do, in and out of the creative spectrum.Ms Supa: I am a Zulu girl. My punchlines and metaphors are mostly South African. I talk about things that a South African would understand.Insert music video of Ms Supa.Do you, as a woman in the hip hop industry, feel equal to the men?Yugen Blakrok: When it comes to skills, yes I do.Ms Supa: I think women throughout history have always had a hard time getting recognition for a job well done or being taken seriously. This happens in corporate, in the home and definitely in the hip hop industry. Because the founders of hip hop were male, so women had to work twice as hard to prove they are just as good. We are not allowed to drop the ball. So we are equal in skill, but the market is yet to see us in the same light.Do you get the question “what’s it like being a woman emcee” a lot?Yugen Blakrok: Now, definitely not as much as I used to.Ms Supa: Yes – a lot, especially during Women’s Month.How do you feel about that question?Yugen Blakrok: I find it hard to engage with and a bit dull. There are far more interesting questions one could ask.Ms Supa: I have been in the industry for over a decade. So for me that question gets tired because it shows the lack of research an interviewer did on you before an interview. There are so many other facets of my music and being that don’t get explored and shown to the public that they also have the view that female rappers are still feeling marginalised.I would also love to have an interview with AKA for example and ask him ‘What is it like being a male rapper’ and see if he humours me with a solid answer.The question lacks any depth or respect for the artist.Yugen Blakrok says her hip hop influences include Wu-Tang Clan, The Fugees, Lauren Hill, Nas and Organized Konfushion. (Image supplied)What keeps you motivated or inspired?Yugen Blakrok: My people at Iapetus Records always push me to do more. I’m inspired by my sisters, my friends and opportunities that show themselves right when they’re needed. It’s not always easy staying motivated so I often go out of my way to find things that will create that spark. Good friendships are the best.Ms Supa: Music and my family.What is your most memorable moment as an emcee?Yugen Blakrok: I have a few – rapping for Chuck D when Public Enemy were in South Africa, opening for Sage Francis, and playing at Hip Hop Kemp this year.Ms Supa: It definitely has to be [that I was the first woman emcee on] hip hop magazine Hype’s cover. It really set the tone and made my career memorable to others. I had the pleasure of featuring on HHP’s Dumela album on a song called Mmago Rrago. I have also shared the stage and songs with some great artists in South Africa such as Amu, Ramesh, Reason, Black Lez and many others.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more