I know I know I’ve been slacking, but please forgive me, I’m still in a balancing act! On another note, be sure to look out for more of my post, and continue reading to find out about the minds behind Money and Violence.
This week’s “We Are,” is the cast of one of my favorite shows and guilty pleasures. The web series is called, Money and Violence, and it is brought to you by four talented young men, who came together as Cloud9TV. Moises Verneau, Rene Guercy, Nanawoods Napolean, and Kendu Hammond are the faces of Cloud9TV, which not only brings you, my personal fave, Money and Violence, but also some of the dopest music, fashion and news.
Moises Verneau, also known as Moetivation, had somewhat of an unconventional childhood, as he was born in Brooklyn, but shortly after, at 3 months old, he was sent to live in Haiti. Within just three years his mother worked hard here in the States to provide a stable living structure for her and her family. As a result, three year old Moetivation was able to return to the U.S. and join his mother. However it did not stop there, soon after being reunited with his mother Moetivation grew up to learn just how cruel and cold this world could be. Having grown up during the crack-era in one of Brooklyn’s roughest neighborhoods he didn’t have the most ideal environment for a child to mature in. Nevertheless, he didn’t let any of that stop him. With a love for reading and writing he began to write music and even formed a rap group with a friend. His writing continues to grow, he has written for the show: Money and Violence, Cloud9TV’s blog, and two novels (not yet published). In Money and Violence he plays the character Rafe, he also directs, and edits the project.
In the show Rafe’s right hand man, Miz is played by Rene Guercy aka Ray, who was born in Haiti. Unfortunately due to violence birthed by Haiti’s coup d’etat (1991) of past President Jean-Bertrand Astride, Ray’s father was shot and killed. After this tragic event, him and his mother both moved to the U.S, settling in Brooklyn. Ray suffered at the hand of language barriers while growing up, finding it difficult to fit in. He was continuously misbehaving and displaying anger issues. He needed an outlet, a resolution, and his cousin swooped in at the right time and introduced him to Hip Hop. Ray finally found comfort and release in something and it turned out to be just what he needed. Now able to assimilate, he has made a name for himself and has been a pivotal player, in his role as Miz.
Next up, Nanawoods Napolean, goes by Ace General, who grew up with a brewing love for music and sports. Football and tunes were his main focus, in high school he was a member of the football team and a part of a rap group called “Team Playboys”. Eventually his love and passion took him in the direction of music and he concentrated solely on “Team Playboys.” Ace's family was constantly relocating and as a result he developed social and networking skills. He became a chameleon of sorts, always adapting to the new people he met and places he lived. Becoming a socialite in his own right, he added party promoter to his resume and collaborated with some heavy hitters. Among rapping and portraying Kane in Money and Violence, he also aids with the production of the series.
Last but not least, from Queens, New York Kendu Hammond aka Du, had a seemingly normal childhood. While growing up he loved all sports, but had a particular soft spot for basketball. This love led him to hoop for Monroe College in the Bronx. He eventually went on to become a reputed sales representative for one of the nation’s best internet service providers. While this proved to be a rewarding position for him, Du did not settle. During his time with the company, he found himself involved with party promoting and event planning with a number of long term friends. In Money and Violence he plays the character Shane, but wearing many hats, he also assists with the cinematography for the series.
The show, Money and Violence can be seen as gruesome, but it is a reality that some of us have to live. These four men bring to the forefront what could be the lives of your students, coworkers, or classmates. I chose to write about the men of Cloud9TV, not just because Money and Violence is compelling, but because these young men took what may have been seen as negative situations or circumstances and made a way for themselves. Be sure to check out their website: www.cloud9tv.net and watch seasons 1 and 2 of Money and Violence.
Connect with them:
(click the usernames to be directed to their pages)
Ray Guercy: @ray_day9
Ace General: @ace_general_
Ray Guercy: @RayDay5
Ace General: @Ace_General_