Let’s be hopeful this Monday morning.
US vs Iran sparking speculations of World War 3.
The Taal Volcano eruption in the Philippines.
We lost Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter, Gigi, and 7 others to a helicopter crash in Southern California.
The Coronavirus Pandemic.
NBA suspends their season until further notice. Big bummer for us basketball fans.
The Great Toilet Paper Shortage.
So yes, can we try this again 2020? The world definitely needs a do over.
Welp, this is a bummer.
His name and his face will forever be in our memory. Gabriel was only 8 years old when his mother, Pearl Fernandez and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, tortured then murdered him.
In the Netflix Docuseries, “The Trials OG Gabriel Fernandez”, the series documents how the system consistently allowed his case to fall through the cracks when he needed help. Was it difficult to watch? It was very difficult. So difficult, it had a gangsta in tears. Two minutes into the first episode, I had to close out the screen to gather my thoughts. The next day, I mentally prepared myself and decided to watch the series from beginning to end.
In a span of 8 months, aside from regular beatings, Gabriel was shot in the face with a BB gun, he was forced to eat cat litter, while everyone slept in beds, he was locked up in a cupboard, Gabriel was pepper sprayed in the bathroom, and burned by cigarettes. On top of that, his older brother and sister witnessed the abuse. Isauro Aguirre lost his shit and beat Gabriel which lead to his death. During an interview between an investigator and Gabriel’s sister, she mentioned that she tried to feed her brother by slipping in a piece of banana through the cupboard. What saddened me was the fact that his teacher reported the abuse to the Department of Children and Family Services several times, a security guard from The Department of Social Services also reported the abuse — but no action was taken. Law enforcement was also called to the scene and nothing was done.
Days before Gabriel was murdered, he made a Mother’s Day card telling her how beautiful she was and how much he loved her. On a Mother’s Day coupon, Gabriel wrote: “This coupon is for a time for me and you”
He just wanted to be loved by his mother.
Pearl Fernandez avoided the death penalty by taking a plea deal and was sentenced to life in prison. Her boyfriend, Isauro was convicted of murder in the first degree and sentenced to death. Two social workers, Patricia Clement, Stefanie Rodriguez and their supervisors, Kevin Bom and Gregory Merritt were charged with a felony count of abuse and falsifying records. Unfortunately, their case never made it to trial and later dismissed. Do I feel that all parties are to blame for Gabriel’s murder, YES!
I cried as I watched episode after episode. I could not grasp the reality of the abuse they inflicted on Gabriel and what bothers me the most is how the system failed to investigate his case further. I continue to ask myself why he wasn’t removed from the home? In the county I live in, DCFS will say it’s neglect if your children of the opposite sex share a bedroom. In the county I live in, if you’re reported by CFS, a social worker will interview you and all of your kids even if one child is being referred. I just can’t understand how the system failed him — in my opinion, they didn’t take his case seriously.
First Gabriel Fernandez and then there’s Anthony Avalos, which is yet another child that Los Angeles County CFS failed to protect. Then came, Noah Cuatro, a 4 year old Palmdale boy, who was also abused and killed by his parents.
I just can’t.
I’ve been working in the Music Industry, mainly in the Promotions department since 2001 and came across so many local and some well known artists from different genres. I have an eclectic taste in music, but if you really know me, I grew up on Hip Hop and my playlist is flooded with music by local hip hop artists to mainstream. I used to be a lyricist back when I was 16 years old and I remember spending hours in the studio writing a verse on the back of a piece of scratch paper. After years of working in the independent music industry and being a musician myself, I’ve learned to appreciate all the hard work, dedication, and time that these upcoming artists put in.
With that said, I wanted to feature a new music artist at least once a month to show you there is so much talent in the world other than what we hear on the radio.
The first artist I wanted to feature is an upcoming rapper from Anaheim, California – STUPID BARS.
Originally from Ashtabula, Ohio, now residing in Anaheim, California, Darice “Stupid Bars” Holley first started writing music in the 5th grade then started recording and performing at the age of 16.
“What got me doing music is my family”
This Southern California rap artist came from a family with a huge musical background. His mother is a singer, his uncle is also a singer/producer, he has another uncle who also raps, and on top of that, he has a cousin who produces and engineers. Now I see where he gets his talent from!
I was happy to get in contact with Darice through Social Media to do a quick Q&A. He talked about his admiration for artists such as, J Cole, Nipsey Hussle, Tupac, and Biggie.
CRYS: If you could open up a show for any artist who would it be?
SB: Opening up for any artist would be amazing but if I could choose who I opened up for, it would be J Cole, B.o.B, Cap 1, or Tech9
CRYS: Who would you most like to collaborate with on a track?
SB: If I could collab with any artist, it would be J Cole, NAS, or B.o.B
CRYS: Which famous musicians do you admire?
SB: I admire J Cole, NAS, DMX, Tech9, E-40, Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana, Kevin Gates, Nipsey Hussle, Tupac, Biggie, Master P, and Jay-Z.
CRYS: What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for your music career?
SB: If I wasn’t doing music right now, I would be working a 9 to 5 in Aerospace and going to school to further my education.
CRYS: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
SB: The best advice that I’ve ever been given is don’t ever give up no matter how hard it gets. When you feel like you want to quit, push through, find the motivation, and keep going.
In 2019, Stupid Bars released “Sex, Love, & Heartbreak” featuring the single, Another One. You can download this track and many other songs on all music platforms.
Darice currently has a compilation in the works which will be dropping in late March 2020. He is also working on a solo project that will be released later this year. So make sure to keep your eyes and ears open everyone cause STUPID BARS is about to drop some heat! 🔥
Don’t forget to follow Stupid Bars on Social Media:
SoundCloud: Stupid Bars Official
YouTube: Stupid Bars Official