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Author: Emmanuel Aouad

1-UP teams up with the NPC to save the GameCube

My real name is Emmanuel for those of you who forget I am actually a Business Process Engineer (Six Sigma Green Belt which has nothing to do with this message) who just happens to do music on the side as an extremely fulfilling hobby going by the stage name 1-UP Creative Mind Frame.

I specifically make music about video games and education type dealios very shortly after meeting Mega Ran for the first time and just finished up a mixtape dedicated to the Nintendo GameCube which I released today on my little brother’s birthday to remind him how I will always destroy him at any GameCube game.

“Join 1-UP in the second installment of “Nerdcore Emulation Station” (NES 2) as he teams up with party collect star sprites and free the GameCube from the Imagidrain army.
Party Members: (Mega Ran, Sammus, Lex Lingo, Xavier Woods, Richie Branson, Shubzilla, Eye.Q, SkyBlew, Press B, TYT, MC Ohm-I, Shammers, W!SE, Force of Will and MC JB)
Venture through 8 stages filled with plot twists as they collect the star sprites and free Kadesh Flow from the Imagidrain king’s mind control spell.”

Get a free download on bandcamp!

If you missed volume one you can find it here!

Anyway I hope you have time to take a gander and hopefully enjoy it enough to share it around with your buddies!!

1-UP

Shubzilla charging through the NPC Q&A!

Shubzilla : The woman, the Dinosaur, the LEGEND.

Also the wonderful individual who keeps us all on track when we start drifting away. Take a second and get to know this wonderful gem we know as Shubzilla.

Shubzilla and the NPC:

1. What are you nerding out on currently?
BISHOUJO SENSHI SAILOR MOON IS ON HULU. So there’s that! I’ve been a fan since 1998 and it the one franchise I know hella about so it being on Hulu is a big deal for yours truly.

2. What’s your most recent games played?
I ran through Saints Row 3 and Saints Row 4 in a couple of weeks. It’s such an over-the-top series! They really found their groove to separate themselves from other open-world games with how unabashed they are. However, it’s the music and their usage of that sucks you in to this world. Kudos to the folks that chose the music for these two games!

Since, I’ve picked up Hitman: Absolution. I haven’t played that series since Hitman 2: Silent Assassin so it’s cool to see where they took Agent 47’s story. A far cry from the ridiculous story of the Saints Row series, it’s been one of the most serious in story that I’ve played in a long time.

3. What music is on your playlist?
I have been listening to a lot of MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Lady of Rage, Wu Tang Clan, and Peter Cetera. Guest voices include Atlantic Starr, Hall and Oates, Kanye West, Jay Z, and Tyga. Shoutouts to Pandora and their glorious shuffle feature.

Also! I just copped the download for Sammus’ “Another M” and this is FIRE! Do not sleep on this EP.

4. What do you do in your downtime?
I’ll either eat, game, read, and/or sleep.

5. Any past/present involvement in community activities you’d like to speak about?

I am one of the founding members and the current merchandise manager of the Seattle-based organization GeekGirlCon. I invite and encourage everyone to check us out. The focus is to celebrate the achievements of the female geek in everything from math & science to pop culture and gaming. While the name highlights girl, GeekGirlCon invites EVERYONE to join in on the celebration as they create a space where women and girls are acknowledged for their contributions and what they are most passionate about. We are four years strong and still going! This year’s annual convention is Saturday, October 11-Sunday, October 12 in Seattle, WA.

6. What are you trying to learn to do right now?

I’d like to learn how to sew so I can create my own cosplay. Also, I am interested in learning the production-side of music – composing, sampling, the whole bit.

7. What should Nerdy People of Color get out of our website and collective?

This is a space where you, as a nerdy person of color, are free to collaborate, contribute, and participate. Please do! Our aim here is to celebrate each other and BE VISIBLE in the nerd/geek community. Join us in that mission.

8. Favorites:

a) Movie? Bloodsport. Any time you have two musical montages in a row, you know it’s gotta be from the 80s. This gem also features a young Forest Whitaker as Agent Rawlins assisting in the pursuit of protagonist Frank Dux (played by Jean-Claude Van Damme). Just see it. I could go forever about why this movie is ridiculous and how this is my favorite movie, but just go see it. If not for those two, then see it for Bolo Yeung who straight kills the game as the vicious Chong Li.

b) Food? Pancit palabok. Also most cheese.

c) Website? I’m a fan of the comic Zen Pencils. Artist Gavin Aung Than creates comics that revolve around an inspirational quote. My favorites include his take on Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” and William Earnest Henley’s “Invictus”

ALSO: My Facebook Page

AND: My Twitter Page

9. What’s upcoming for you?

It’s gonna be a very busy few months! Lemme do this in to-do list fashion:

1: Bill Beats and I will be releasing our EP in the next few months. Be ready!!! We’ll be having a CD release party in Seattle in August.
2: Lex Lingo and I are writing the next 9k1 album. Be double ready!
3: Sammus will be joining me here in Seattle for GeekGirlCon’s GeekGirlCONcert July 13 at Seattle’s Barboza. Other acts include 9k1, Death*Star, and Jonny Nero Action Hero. If you’re in the 206 that night, come thru and party with us!

The best thing to do is like my page on Facebook or follow me on Twitter for all the hilarity and updates.

10) Talk about a person or event who made you who you are today.

One event that has made a difference in who I am now is the passing of my maternal grandmother. She was the heart of my very close knit family and she had been battling health issues for years. My mother and her sisters had been taking care of her around the clock and even more so near the final days of my grandmother being alive.

Whenever my grandmother was hospitalized, I would volunteer to stay at the hospital with her as I usually stayed up later and had a more flexible schedule than my mother and elders. It was incredibly difficult seeing one of the strongest women I knew in health and in faith reduced to a shell of her former self.

My grandmother’s passing did bring my mother, my aunts, and I closer. We made the promise to my grandmother that we will uphold our family’s traditions and ensure that family always comes first. In fact, my elders have even come to some of my shows for our “family nights (Their favorite song is “Hello Kitty Swag.”).” Keeping the fam close is something that I have especially held true to, as my nears and dears will tell you. While family is a community you are born into, the family that you create is one that holds equal merit.

NPC Q&A : SAMMUS!!!

Sammus steps up to the plate next to answer the NPC Q&A!

Not only one of the fiercest and smartest MCs I have ever heard in ANY genre, but also one of the nicest people I’ve met in a long time (but don’t start acting crazy on her now because she will tell you what’s up).

Somehow she always makes time in her busy schedule to help the cause so get to know a little bit about Sammus

 

1. What are you nerding out on currently?

Recently I’ve been watching a lot of Portlandia. I know I’m super late to the game, but in my defense working on a PhD for the past few years is a pretty good excuse. I finally ended up watching Portlandia on Netflix at the end of the semester and immediately connected with the show because the town in which I was raised and am currently living while I attend graduate school – Ithaca, NY – shares a lot of similarities with Portland as it is portrayed through this utterly ridiculous sketch comedy show. Also, shout out to Mega Ran for the feature of “Splash Woman” on the episode “Aimee.”

 

2. What are your most recent games played?

I’ve been playing a lot of SNES games lately on my tablet. F-Zero is probably my favorite right now — super fun and I love the music! Because I like to balance out the light with the dark, I’ve also been playing lots of Blackthorne.

 

3. What music is on your playlist?

I’ve been spinning Open Mike Eagle’s latest project, “Dark Comedy” nonstop! I have also been listening to quite a bit of Homeboy Sandman, Dam Funk, Fleet Foxes, and instrumentals from Ivorian producer Chuk le Garçon. Finally, I’ve been bobbing my head to Mega Ran’s track “Infinite Lives” featuring D&D Sluggers.

 

4. What do you do in your downtime?

Downtime?

 

5. Any past/present involvement in community activities you’d like to speak about?

From 2008 – 2010 I worked as a teacher in an underserved community in Houston, TX. From 2011 – 2012, I served as the Community Service Chair for the Black Graduate and Professional Students Association at Cornell University. Since then I’ve been devising new ways to get involved despite my schedule – this weekend I will be performing at the Southside Community Center as part of their annual Juneteenth celebration.

 

6. What are you trying to learn to do right now?

I’m currently trying to learn how to mix and master tracks professionally. As a producer and the person responsible for recording my own vocals over the past three years I’ve had considerable experience with basic mixing, but I am now trying to commit more time and energy to it. Although I find mixing to be tedious and annoying, it’s also been frustrating leaving the job to other people as I’ve done for the last two projects. I’m hoping by year’s end, I’m a one-stop production-recording-mixing shop.

 

7. What should Nerdy People of Color get out of this website and collective?

First and foremost I think Nerdy People of Color should visit the website and follow the stories of its members for inspiration. I am constantly inspired by all of the great work of my peers in the NPCC. Nerdy People of Color should also check out the website to stay updated on what we’re doing – more specifically when we’ll be in their areas so that they can come out, support, learn more, and hang out!

 

8. Favorites:

a) Movie? Recently, I was a guest on The FanBros Show and was asked this same question. At the time I said that “Good Burger” was my favorite flick, but I’ve since reconsidered – I actually think “Hot Fuzz” just may be my favorite film. #TheGreaterGood

b) Food? My mom’s porkchops. Actually, anything my mom cooks.

c) Website? http://sammusmusic.com

 

9. What’s upcoming for you?

I just released a seven-track Metroid EP that’s been getting a lot of love thanks to my friends and fans so now I plan on promoting the project until I can promote it no longer. I’m going to be shooting the video for the EP’s first single, Power-Ups, on July 1st, promoting the second single, Crown, heading to perform at some out-of-state-shows, and preparing for my third full length-album, which is currently untitled.

 

10) Talk about a person or event who made you who you are today.

I often talk about my older brother and his influence on my personal growth, so I’d like to start talking a little more about the role my younger brother has played in my life. Although we didn’t always get along, my little brother was definitely my road dog for my childhood and a lot of my teenage years – especially as my older brother began to spend more time outside of the house with jobs, school activities, and band practice. So much of the geeky stuff I consumed was because of his influence. We spent countless mornings and afternoons watching everything from Pokémon to Reboot; I shared all of the stories of the cartoon and video game characters I created with him, often exclusively; we spent whole summers seated next to each other watching poorly animated Hanna-Barbera cartoons and catching mistakes in everything form the plotlines to poor animation. One thing I’ve always admired about my younger brother was that even though he is incredible at doing so many things, he has always remained humble and generous. I remember sometimes playing against him in Street Fighter, and knowing that he was holding back so that I could at least get in a few hits. It was so nice having such a dope partner in geekdom growing up and I often draw on those memories for inspiration.

The NPC Q&A : Doug Funnie

I met Doug Funnie almost two years ago when I went to go check him and Mega Ran out at a performance in Dallas at the Double Wide Bar downtown. A random encounter ended up turning into a frequent collaborative effort between two Dallas musicians long after so check out one of Fort Worth’s extremely talented hip hop artists… our own Doug Funnie!

Doug Funnie

 

1. What are you nerding out on currently? 

I recently obtained a PS4, so I’m learning the next gen consoles and broadcasting my gameplay which is really fun to me. I’ve never had a mic for online interactions before so it’s a treat to trash talk to someone that can actually hear me.

2. What are your most recent games played? 

Metal gear Solid 5 Ground Zeros, I am a huge fan of the Metal Gear Solid series so playing another installment for it is always a treat.

Infamous: Second son.

3. What music is on your playlist? 

I found that most of my playlist nowadays are friends of mine in the nerdcore world. Like Richie Branson, Professor Shyguy, D & D Sluggers, Megaran and a lot of others. I like to support my people trying to live the dream.

4. What do you do in your downtime? 

I am trying to write my new album in my free time and building a set for a live performances, I recently upgrade my performance with a visual with it. It been working good so far but there is still room for improvement.

5. Any past/present involvement in community activities you’d like to speak about? 

I recently put a KickBall team together for a tournament for the Big Brothers and Big Sister Foundation, which was a blast but since we were a team of nerds, we lost, but it didn’t matter, we had fun. Also, I did a speed run of Super Mario 2 for Childs Play Charity in Austin Texas and complete it under 15 min, that one I had to practice a lot for.

6. What are you trying to learn to do right now? 

Build scenery like what I use to do for High School plays. And learn how to create videos for the performances.

7. What should Nerdy People of Color get out of this website and collective? 

“Always be strong, be who you are.”

8. Favorites: 

a) Movie? Back to the Future Trilogy

b) Food? Sushi. Pretty much any Asian Cuisine

c) Website? Dougfunniemusic.com

9. What’s upcoming for you? 

A plethora of Albums and mix tape releases I been working on since last year, I just haven’t had time to complete and release it. Including the all original album set to release in September. In May  I went on tour with Danger Boyco, Dj RoboRob, and Press B, which was very exciting.

10) Talk about a person or event who made you who you are today. 

My grandfather was a big influence to me as a kid. He was a bare Knuckle boxer in Panama but was a big nerd. He would have boxes and boxes of VHS Tapes I would go over to his place and we would watch “Back to the Future”, Heathcliff cartoons and Charlie Brown. I miss that guy. “Always be strong, be who you are.”

NPC Xavier Woods Participates In Anti Bullying Rally

On February 20th 2014 Xavier Woods participated in an anti bullying campaign for World Wrestling Entertainment.

The campaign is called “Be A STAR” and in this case STAR stands for Show Tolerance and Respect. The mission of Be a STAR is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness. It also promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals and with respect because everyone is a star in their own right. Woods gave a speech on the effects of cyberbullying and explained different ways that people could deal with it. After the event, the principle of the school was presented with an anti-bullying certificate to put on display to remind the children of the information they received that day.

Photos from the event can be seen here:

https://community.wwe.com/diversity/gallery/wwe-and-nxt-host-be-star-rally-orlando-fla-photos