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31Jul/15
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Barber Shop “Chop up”

 

11222698_492171877625604_4489880442864566862_nNothing stands out in any community than the famous Red and White Striped pole. Recurrently associated with a blue stripe at times. This could be found twisting next to a small storefront or other places of operation; signifying a place where one could appropriate a haircut, a shave, possibly a manicure and a bit of masculine bonhomie. A wonderful contribution to any neighborhood and even around the world. Barbers are true comrades. One will marvel at their good-naturedness which sends friendliness amongst the world.

I was curious to know if other barbers in different parts of the country were indistinguishable. Excited about the thought; I disembarked the city of Chicago for a class with Dudley’s school of Cosmetology.FB_IMG_1438308786051FB_IMG_1438308798528 This trip was an Honor for me because Dudley’s Products are like the Mercedes Benz of hair products for African American Hair. This class possessed some of Americas Top Barbers from “Hotlanta” to my Hometown in Highland Park, MI. 11209560_492171967625595_302049933858343301_n 11755147_492171934292265_4101304602645663095_n

Meeting many a barber’s in my day and watching them come and go; there is something about a barber that entices me (no pun intended). These men are all driven by something. Me being me, of course I am going to satisfy my curiosity. In the “CHI” I had the Liberty of conversing with some well re-knowned Young Men that “cut up”. You can watch the video here, just click on the link. Enticing Resultz Magazine Live in Chicago

Sitting face to face with them and straight grilling them, I had questions and they had answers. So those of you that visit the barber shop or are even in thought of becoming a Barber, take notes. Because this stuff you simply won’t find in a text book.

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Columnist/Enticing Resultz Magazine

Alicia thaHighlander

Born Alicia Dinera` Williams, a name that her only Biological Paternal Aunt had given her, Alicia was born and raised in the city of Highland Park, Michigan in 1978 by both her parental units. In Highland Park, Michigan is where she began a career in mental health in which she became certified by the State of Michigan Department of community health as a Social Worker Technician. Through much hardship, but still determined, Alicia had always had a loyal heart for trichology (the science of Hair). Through multiple career changes, she not only went to Cosmetology School, she had also become a school bus driver and tax preparer for Liberty Tax out of River Rouge, Michigan; and later a Paralegal. She realized that even with her Children’s ages ranging from 19, 10, and 6 it was not too late for her to spread her wings and soar. As a columnist for Enticing Resultz Magazine, Alicia has had the opportunity to collaborate with many faces much like her journey in life.

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26Aug/14
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Eaddy Boy(s)

“This family was begun by James Eaddy, I. (aka. Eddy, Edy, Edie, and Eady). According to the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR), he was born about 1730. He petitioned for and received a land grant about 1753-54. He settled on the Lynches River in South Carolina. His neighbors and their descendants have pioneered that wilderness into a prosperous farming community. Some accounts indicate that he served in the Revolutionary War in the General Francis Marion (Swamp Fox) Brigade about the age of 45-50 with his two sons, James Eaddy, II. and Samuel Eaddy, Sr. Some historians doubt that he actually served as a soldier; but, it is well documented that he was a patriot having provided food and other supplies. There is a documented account of a James Eddy (Eaddy) who provided supplies in 1743 to the South Carolina Militia for use in a conflict with the Spanish in Florida. These indents valued at 5 Pounds were collected by Captain Elias Horry. Additional research is needed to establish whether this man could be associated with the James Eaddy Family.”………………………

IMG_527770277607490Fast forwarding; Moe Eaddy is from Highland Park, Michigan, a Metropolitan area in Detroit. One of 17 children all by the same mother and father. His mother was from Detroit, father was from South Carolina. Their family grew up in church, singing in the choir, and were well known in the comunity. He was short and was picked on a lot, so he learned how to box. He fought a lot in middle school, fighting on behalf of himself and for anyone else that was getting bullied. Fighting gained him a lot of respect. Geronimo was a friend of his that lived in a “spot”. Hanging with “Geronimo” caused him to get in the game. One day in 1983, Moe, an early teen at the time had gotten his chance. The “Kingpin” that Geronimo worked for came in, but then he stepped out for a minute. People were knocking at the door to be served. Moe watched Geronimo for some time so he caught on and started serving the customers. When the Kingpin had come back, he realized that Moe had sold $700 worth of pure uncut powder narcotics in less than 2 hours, and this was his first time, $150 was offered to him. Moe started working the spots, then formed his own crew. Geronimo had put Moe onto the game so Moe returned Geronimo the favor and made him part of his crew. He was kicked out of school in the 10th grade, because he was suspected of soliciting workers while in school, which he did. He and his brothers also rolled up to school in the finest cars and wore flashy clothes, so this alerted school officials as well. He was selling drugs before he started cursing. Moe’s Pastor didn’t know that he sold drugs until he was older. Even though he sold drugs, he still attended church regularly, and tithed. New Doc 1_1_resized_2 (4)

“Zip Lock Crew” was coined to Moe and his crew (Eaddy Boys) by the police because they served drugs out of a bag in photo 4Detroit instead of out of their hand like they did in Flint, MI. One of the ATF agents labeled their operation as the “most sophisticated group he had ever seen.” Eaddy Boys consisted of 6 biological brothers and anyone else close enough to them in their crew. They raked in about $120,000 or more per day; about $2 million or more per month. Their operation went throughout Detroit, Flint, Alabama, New York, Chicago, Jamaica and a few other places between 1986-1994. In fact Moe was on the run for about 3 1/2 years from 1994 til about 1998, before getting caught. Money was transported by cabs, and he travelled by limousines because he didn’t have to use I.D. When the ATF (acronym for federal law enforcement agency related to laws governing Alcohol Tobacco Firearms) finally busted them in the late 1990’s they found about 50 locations where they housed the drugs along with workers that were chained to a pipe in the house that reached as far as a hole in the door that allowed them to serve customers when they walked up. They couldn’t get out, even if there was a fire. Their bathroom consisted of a bucket with ammonia and bleach so that they could use at any time. Workers would get beaten if they messed up, or didn’t bring in their quota. They usually met their quota though. People would wait in long lines to purchase and Moe found himself supplying to each of his spots regularly throughout the day, because they would run out so often. The workers were paid on average $1.000.00 per week.  The Eaddy Boys would allow people to quit working for them to build their own crew, contrary to what the police had reported (see article to the top right). He had lawyers on call 24 hrs a day for every crew member and their workers. Moe himself beat several cases including attempted murder.
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Moe originally left Highland Park, MI because of a turf war. After witnessing three of  his friends get killed because of  being a threat, Moe had gotten shot four times at once, then the gun was pointed at his head. He played dead, but luckily the gun had run out of bullets. There was a lady that witnessed and called the ambulance. She stayed with him until they came. She was given money for looking out for him by one of  Moe’s crew members. But during his hospital stay his crew members were posted up day and night for protection. He got well enough, still on crutches though and commenced to looking for the man that shot him. He posted up in a car with crutches nearby………..
Life in prison was no piece of cake. He was kicked out  of  two federal prisons and landed in a high security prison for fighting and causing a riot. Milan Federal Prison, McKean Federal Prison (medium security prison), and lastly USP Pollock Federal Prison which was a maximum high security prison. He started writing during this time to calm him down. He completed one book and started writing two more after prison release.
People do change. Upon being released from prison serving 11 1/2 out of 17 years because drug laws had changed, he went straight home, no halfway house. After being released from prison, there was a party thrown for him. When he pulled up outside the house there was a Mercedes Benz, amongst other luxury cars, of people ready greet him. The guest were there to welcome him home with clothes and money. Moe invested into real estate; homes and a few businesses, one club and one hair salon. One regret that Moe had was getting into the drug game. He says that “The game is good for no one”.
**Disclaimer: Some names have been changed due to the nature of this content.**
References:
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