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"BLACK UNDERWORLD" (MOST FEARED FEMALE BANGER IN US HISTORY DIED)

Courtesy of: United Gangs

Sylvia Marie Nunn, (born june 9, 1962) better known on the streets as “Rambo” from Compton, California. is an Original Gangster and the younger sister of Marcus “China Dog” Nunn, a founding member of the Lueders Park Piru. a notorious street gang based in Compton, California.

Rambo was so feared that "male" gang members refused to step to her.  And she was lethal with guns and knives. It was rumored that she moonlighted as an enforcer for drug gangs.

During the late 1950s, Sylvia and her family moved to the East Side of Compton, in an area dominated by the Lueders Park Pirus, a blood street gang. In 1962, Sylvia was born to a middle class African-American family, her father (William “Willie” Nunn) was a former boxer who taught Sylvia how to fight and shoot a gun. These survival tactics would later Prove useful in confutation and gang related situations.

From Girl To Gangster:

However, by 1973, her father was convicted of drug possession and sent to prison. In 1979, 16-year-old Sylvia Nunn joined the Lueders Park Pirus after her brother (China Dog) was gunned down by a carload of Compton Crips, which out numbered the Pirus (3 to 1). China Dog was wounded, but somehow, managed to survive the brutal attack and was recovering at a near-by hospital.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town 16-year-old Sylvia was gearing up to go on a shooting spree in crip territory. On June 12, 2008, Sylvia was featured on an episode of Gangland (“From Girl To Gangster”), which mainly focused on Criplettes and Bloodlettes with gang affiliation or gang-related ties. However, the show was primarily centered around the life of Sylvia Nunn AKA Rambo, affiliation with the Lueders Park Pirus.

By the 1980s, crack cocaine epidemic hit the streets of South Central Los Angeles and near-by cities such as Compton, Watts and Inglewood. Many gang members started selling and using this drug, including Rambo who had already established a brutal reputation for carrying a gun, under the influence of crack allowed her to go on drive-by missions and feel no guilt, pain or remorse for her actions.

In April of 1991, Sylvia was approached by police officers with a warrant for her arrest. She had two options either go to jail or reveal the day-to-day drug operations of the Lueders Park Piru, she chose to cooperate with the police. On July 23, 1991, mid-afternoon Sylvia Nunn received a phone call from her mother who confirmed that her oldest brother (Junior Nunn) was shot in the back of the head while walking his girlfriend home.

Life After Bangin:

In 1993, Sylvia Nunn fled to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she became Sylvia Hardman, after marrying her husband (John Hardman) former sheriff of Kansas, Missouri, in 1995. She left the gang life in the past and concentrated on her future, becoming an active member of the Second Missionary Baptist Church, located in Pahrump, Nevada.

“I put down Piru and picked up Jesus”

A few years ago, Sylvia Hardman passed away, and was buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery located in Las Vegas. S.Y.L.V.I.A.-N.U.N.N. A.N.G.E.L.S, a non pro-fit organization located in the city of Compton and founded by Cynthia Nunn, who is the sister of Sylvia Nunn. The organization, is dedicated to helping the community and was inspired by the memory of Sylvia Nunn.

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"THE GRANDSON OF SLAVES" (FROM RICHES TO DOWNFAL-A LEGEND LOST)

Introduction:

When you think of great harmonica players, you automatically think of Stevie Wonder but Stevie has nothing on Deford Bailey who is considered the most influential harmonica player in history.

Unbeknownst too many, Charlie Pride wasn't the first African American to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, that distinction belongs to Deford Bailey.

He was considered a wizard at playing the harmonica and was most notable for mimicking the sound of locomotives.

He was the first African American star of country music and he's lost in history until now.

Backstory:

DeFord Bailey (December 14, 1899 – July 2, 1982) was a country music and blues star from the 1920s until 1941. Bailey was both the first performer to be introduced as playing on the Grand Ole Opry and also the first African-American performer on the show. He played several instruments but is best known for his harmonica tunes.


A grandson of slaves, Bailey was born near the Bellwood community in Smith County, Tennessee, and learned to play the harmonica at the age of three when he contracted polio (or as it was called at the time 'infantile paralysis'). He was confined to bed for a year, during which he began developing his distinctive style of playing. In 1918, he moved to Nashville performing locally as an amateur, with his first radio appearance as documented in the newspapers' radio schedules being June 19, 1926 on Nashville's WSM. On December 10, 1927, he premiered his trademark number, "Pan American Blues" (named for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad's Pan-American) on a show then known as the "WSM Barn Dance". At that time "Barn Dance" aired after NBC's classical music show, the "Music Appreciation Hour". While introducing Bailey, WSM station manager and announcer George D. Hay exclaimed on-air: “For the past hour, we have been listening to music largely from Grand Opera, but from now on, we will present ‘The Grand Ole Opry.’”

Bailey also had several records issued in 1927-1928, all of them harmonica solos. In 1927 he recorded for Brunswick records in New York City, while in 1928 he recorded eight sides for Victor in Nashville, of which three were issued on several labels, including Victor, Bluebird and RCA. Emblematic of the ambiguity of Bailey's position as a recording artist is the fact his arguably greatest recording, John Henry, was released separately in both RCA's 'race' and 'hillbilly' series.

Bailey was a pioneer member of the WSM Grand Ole Opry, and one of its most popular performers, appearing on the program from 1927 to 1941. During this period he toured with many major country stars, including Uncle Dave Macon, Bill Monroe, and Roy Acuff. Like other black stars of his day traveling in the South and West, he faced many difficulties in finding food and accommodation because of the discriminatory Jim Crow laws.

Bailey was fired by WSM in 1941 because of a licensing conflict with BMI-ASCAP, which prevented him from playing his best known tunes on the radio. This effectively ended his performance career, and he spent the rest of his life shining shoes and renting out rooms in his home to make a living. Though he continued to play the harp, he almost never performed publicly. One of his rare appearances occurred in 1974, when he agreed to make one more appearance on the Opry. This became the occasion for the Opry's first annual Old Timers' Show. He died on July 2, 1982 in Nashville. and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery there.

In 2005, Nashville Public Television produced the documentary "DeFord Bailey: A Legend Lost."The documentary was broadcast nationally through PBS. Later that year, Bailey was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on November 15, 2005. Joining him in the 2005 class were country-pop superstar Glen Campbell and the band Alabama. The Encyclopedia of Country Music called him "the most significant black country star before World War II."

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SHADOWY: (MYSTERIOUS & STRANGE PHONE CALLS)

Introduction:

Mysterious and strange phone calls are nothing new but I know of an friend who disconnected her land line but had yet unplugged her phone (which was dead) from the wall. Despite the phone being dead, oddly, the phone continued to ring and there's been several cases of "White Noise," where dead people speak beyond the grave. Voices from the other side can be headd on voice mails. This scenario is referred to as EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena).  The story below is the result of a spoof card but how did the caller know the "nickname" of the person which was displayed on the incoming call screen?

Evan: I received a strange telephone call at home yesterday. The caller ID showed our home number and me as the caller. I went ahead and picked it up but there was only silence which was probably a good thing because if I had been on the other end I'm not sure what I would have done.

I went to the other phone and called our number just to see what would happen and there was a recorded message that the call could not be completed, please hang up and wait for the other party to answer. I hung up, the phone rang and my spouse waiting at the phone said that the ID said "Incoming Call" with no number.

My spouse is worried that it may be some type of omen. I am trying to toss it off as some kind of weird phone thing but the ID showed my nickname, not the name that the phone is registered under.

Ashton: Mysterious phone calls are interesting, and one of the more intriguing areas of the 'spooky realm'. About 10 years ago, I had some friends tell me they got a couple very eerie calls one night.

To make it even spookier, it was a foggy night. The caller ID displayed 'UNKNOWN CALLER."

The phone rang twice, then stopped ringing. It took my friend a few seconds to get to the phone. The call should've been disconnected, as the phone had stopped ringing. When he picked it up, a bizarre, high-pitched voice shrieked
"No you cant!" My friend said it sounded like a watery, disembodied EVP that you'll hear on those ghost hunting TV shows.

The second call came 30 minutes later.

The same voice, but calmer this time. It wasn't screaming like the previous call.

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