by Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma’at
Oakland’s own Stanley Petey Cox – aka Mistah FAB (as well as Fabby Davis Jr.) – launched the world premiere of his autobiographical movie in August. Titled “My Ten Thousand Hours,” it is an inspirational and must-see rap-umentary for true fans of hip-hop and the rich O-Town scene.
For sure, the film covers some of the highs of the rap industry, like his platinum-selling song-writing, performances and partying with artists like Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus, Todd “Too $hort” Shaw, Ancestor Andre “Mac Mall” Hicks and many others. But it also, and most critically, deals honestly with the low periods and major lessons of his life. Thus far.
These include the tragic death of his father from AIDS, when FAB was only 12 years young. Or an unwise confrontation that led to a serious beat-down he received by a crew that I will leave unnamed in this review.
And the spiritual transformation of possibly the most important person in his life, and one he calls his forever angel, his do-it-all manager, scheduler, ticket-taker, money-holder, cook, alarm clock, relationship-checker and Queen Mother, Desire A. Jeffery. What was very touching in the dialogue with the audience after the showing, was when FAB tearfully revealed that he and his young daughter, Liberty, were not aware that scenes from his Queen Mother’s funeral were included in the final cut. Having had my own Queen Mother pass on recently, I can fully relate to the emotions they felt reliving those moments. Asé. Amen.
Oakland’s own Stanley Petey Cox – aka Mistah FAB – launched the world premiere of his autobiographical movie in August. Titled “My Ten Thousand Hours,” it is an inspirational and must-see rap-umentary for true fans of hip-hop and the rich O-Town scene.
At its essence, MTTH is about FAB’s decades of staying connected to and to helping build his community, as well as his career. His crew, which includes his younger cousin, NFL Super-bowl champion Marshawn “beast mode” Lynch, are carrying out some of the spirit of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in the North Oakland neighborhood where the party was conceived.
They are regularly feeding, clothing, housing, protecting and inspiring others, particularly our youth, by providing much-needed food, back to school supplies, holiday toys, sports camps, domestic violence prevention and more. And, even when his clothing store was torched by a cowardly arsonist earlier this year, FAB took it all in stride. “Hey, man, I was more concerned about the 11 children who live in the apartments upstairs.”
Now, that’s the attitude and altitude you need … to keep putting in da work! And, yo 10,000 hours! Asé. Amen.
I encourage everyone to check out the new movie, the man, the music and the growing community improvement movement, at https://mistahfab.bandcamp.com/ as well as Instagram, FB and Twitter.
Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma’at is a Baba (Father), a “FREE-tired” community-labor-environmental and justice organizer, writer, musician and author of several books including “Many Paths to Kujichagulia (Self-Determination).” Check out samples of his musical catalog on Soundcloud.com (search Jahahara). Reach him at www.africansdeservereparations.com or FONAMI, P.O. Box 10963, Oakland, CA 94610 usa.