MISTA FAB FOR MAYOR

February 13, 2018

MISTA FAB FOR MAYOR

My oldest son Dallas a high school senior and aspiring fashion mogul, he asked if I could set up an interview with Mista Fab for his school project. I reached out to Fab and he said no problem bring him to the store “DOPE ERA”. We drive out to the Town and right away we see the bright yellow and blue awning and know we’ve arrived. I also happen to notice an OPD police car posted on the corner pointed directly at the shop. As we roll up we see a few people hanging in front. We hear music and what seems to be a freestyle rap session going on inside the shop. I walk in and ask for Fab and was told he’s next door at the barbershop. I text him and he comes out and gives me a big hug and tells us one second. He goes back into Dope Era and takes a seat soaking up these young aspiring artist.  I realize he’s giving these rappers an opportunity to network and let their music be heard. After the last performer he comes to us and asks how long the interview is and what format does Dallas want to do. Dallas replies about 15 minutes and will do an audio recording of the interview. Fab says “All good let’s go inside the barbershop. Dallas takes a seat next to Fab on the sofa and they begin. As I sit back as this proud dad watching my son conduct this interview. I’m hearing some of the most articulated and well thought answers by FAB. During the interview the barbershop door opens a few times looking for Fabs approval on different subjects. He is multi-tasking like the CEO of a major corporation. Then his phone rings and he asks Dallas to hold on for a second it’s SWAY. He takes the conversation on speaker and SWAY and I exchange pleasantries with my guy. SWAY and Fab start talking about the Black Panther movie and Fabs relationship with the director and a bunch of other business, social causes and community activism. During the conversation we hear some yelling coming from outside and the door busts open and a young man is furious and agitated. He pleads his case to FAB and with the skill and master of a person with a psychology degree he talks this young man down. The young man leaves the shop and FAB explains that someone was killed across the street last week that’s why the police are posted and why there is tension in the air. Just like that it’s all calm outside.  He turns to Dallas and asks if he’s ready to continue. I laugh if he’s ready. Dallas’ asks more questions about business and some personal questions. One question was “who are his hero’s”, without hesitation he said his mother! He tells Dallas she overcame crack addiction, he even said he didn’t know they were poor until he was 16. He said she always provided for him no matter what. He also said Donyell Marshall former NBA star was another heo to him. He said is mother met Donyell and told him about FAB when he was just 14 and how Donyell would invite him into his home and to Warriors games with his own family. Now here’s a bit of 6 degrees of separation, Donyell is my other son Tyler’s Godfather.  Dallas gets to his final question and wraps up what turned into over one hour interview. We thank FAB and leave. During our ride home we reflect on everything he just experience in that barbershop in Oakland. It was the least expensive and most valuable life lesson my son ever experienced. Thank you to the MAYOR MISTA FAB.