A War For Your Soul-Birmingham version from Erisai Films on Vimeo.

This video was created to inspire young at-risk African-Americans not to fall prey to some of the problems they face in society.

This video should not to be used to divide people (Black & White).
This video should not be used to criticize all aspects of hip-hop culture.
This video should not be used to degrade the millions of children that do not have the proper educational resources offered in their community.
This video should not be used to scare Black youth into a position of change.
This video should not be used to allow the rest of society to escape from their responsibility, to reach back and help with financial & academic support.

If used properly, this video will allow our youth to see some of the horrific conditions that our ancestors fought through & some of the horrific conditions we face today.

All Americans should be upset at the alarming homicide rate in many cities.
Many have asked "Why should I care?"...but can you imagine, the first person to find a cure for cancer, could be living in one of these areas, that we are afraid to reach out and help.
The use of the voice "Master of Darkness" represents the abstract concept of evil.


A filmmaker and public speaker, Reggie Bullock is a vibrant voice and accomplished role model for the youth of today. Born as the eldest of two children in the Bronx, New York, his parents, Melray and Reginald Bullock, were native North Carolinians who raised their family during the 60's civil rights movement.
In 1980 Reggie graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University. In 1982 Reginald began his professional career working with students who were academically at-risk at St Thomas More School in Connecticut, where he began developing educational short films to maintain the interest of his students in various subject matters.
Eight years later, Reginald became the Multicultural Director at Norwich Free Academy, working with minority students, serving as a liaison between students and the local community. From 1986-1998 Reginald also served as an adjunct professor at Eastern Connecticut State University. In 1997, Reginald received the Norwich NAACP Youth Leadership Award for his exemplary leadership as a volunteer counselor in the Norwich, CT community.

On March 15, 2009, Reggie’s short film "A War For Your Soul" was independently released on the internet, and has catapulted as a “stirring, epic and inspirational” video for today’s generation”. Over 800,000 internet viewers have watched “A War For Your Soul” in five short months. The video has garnered praise from mayors, city leaders, youth and civic organizations from Ghana, Israel, the Caribbean, U.K. and other countries for sparking dialogue in encouraging adults to play a more active role in educating children.

Reggie is currently working on an epic dvd, "A History of African American Dance". This short film contains never before seen footage of dance, from historic icons to ground breaking innovators.

Reggie is currently active as a noted speaker, conducting speaking engagements throughout the country. Reggie also serves as a board member and partner of 'Speak The Dream Foundation, Inc.' a non-profit mentoring and teaching organization that conducts workshops designed to teach parents and children to pursue their dreams with confidence and passion. Reggie is also strategically partnered with

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Comment by Boo on September 10, 2009 at 9:36pm
Hi Janie. glad you found this video......that's what I want everyone to do.. (..Pass this around ) maybe it will help someone. I am also upset about the outbrust. . We just have to remember that we still have stupid people to deal with. I don't like using that word, but right now that's what I mean just like he said "You Lie " I said "YOU Stupid"
Comment by Janie C Edney on September 10, 2009 at 7:07pm
OMG!!! I know I'm late, but I was just browsing thru and this video brought me to tears. I'm showing this to my grands and the whole fam,because I have those that think the n-word is hep and I'm "not with it". Gene you are right this should be show in the prisons, because that's where our young me are, sadly. I'm sitting here trying to get over this ignorant man calling my President a lie and stumble across this video, So you know I'm not ready to mix with other people right now!
Comment by Boo on September 5, 2009 at 11:05pm
Gene you made some very good points.It should be shown in the places you mention below I'm sure it will help someone.It will give them something to think about. I can't wait to see A History of African American Dance.
Comment by KnightD12 on September 5, 2009 at 8:55pm
My first reaction to this video was we sure are some strong people. To have suffered through all of that.....and we are STILL here. That was one of the most powerful , moving and honest things I`ve seen in a long long time. It should be mandatory viewing in every school and church in America. But to ensure that the ones who really need to see it see it. It need to be shown in every jailhouse and prison from coast to coast. Very well done video. and the Brotha hit the nail right on da head. Thanks Bert!
Comment by Boo on September 5, 2009 at 6:43pm
Whoa.......thanks for stopping by, that means a lot to me.You have helped just by having this sight.....parents should show the videos to their family and friends and keep it going. Thanks
Comment by Boo on September 5, 2009 at 6:32pm
We need more people like you.....and better still we all need to step up and help our children to make better choices for a better tomorrow.
Comment by Edie Antoinette on September 5, 2009 at 11:46am
Whoa. Thanks!

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The history of the Butlers/Raw Soul is dense, but for all of us music nerds, that's normal. It is not totally clear what year the Butlers actually formed but they released their first single in 1963 on Liberty Records. That single was "She Tried To Kiss Me" and another single followed on Guyden entitled "Lovable Girl." After the Guyden single the Butlers took a break not recording another record until the single "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" was released on the Phila label in 1966. The group also backed Charles Earland and Jean Wells on one Phila single ("I Know She Loves Me"). 

As you might be noticing, the Butlers were doing a fair amount of recording but not achieving much success. The group's recordings sold regionally but never had the promotion to make an impact on the national scene. After the single with Phila, the Butlers moved to the Fairmount label (part of the Cameo-Parkway family) and released a handful of singles, some being reissued singles of the past. The Butlers were with Fairmount for 1966-67 and then moved to Sassy Records. Sassy released the group's greatest single (in my opinion) "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" b/w "If That's What You Wanted." A copy of that 45 sold for just under $500 last summer on eBay. Even though that isn't that much in the world of record collecting--it's still a hefty sum. The Butlers released another single on Sassy ("She's Gone" b/w "Love Is Good") that appears to be even 
harder to come by then the "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" single.


The true history become a bit blurred here as the AMG biography states that the Butlers last record was released on C.R.S. in 1974 (". However, between 1971 and that single, Frankie Beverly formed a group called Raw Soul and released a number of singles. Some of the songs recorded by Beverly during this period are "While I'm Alone," "Open Up Your Heart," (both on the Gregor label) and "Color Blind." "Color Blind" was released by the Eldorado label and rerecorded by Maze. Beverly's big break came when Marvin Gaye asked Raw Soul to back him on a tour. Gaye helped Beverly/Raw Soul get a contract at Capitol. Beverly decided to take the group in a different direction, a name change occurred, and Maze was created. 

The above isn't the most complete history of Beverly but hopefully someone will know a way to get in touch with the man or his management because a comprehensive pre-Maze history needs to be done on Frankie Beverly (his real name is Howard, by the way). Below you'll find every Frankie Beverly (pre-Maze) song available to me right now ("Color Blind" will be up soon). 

If you have a song that is not included below, shoot it over to funkinsoulman (at) and it will go up in the next Frankie Beverly post (later this week--highlighting Maze). Also, if you have any more information please share your knowledge. The Butlers material has been comp-ed sporadically (usually imports) but the entire Maze catalog has been reissued and is available. 

Enjoy.  "She Kissed Me" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967) 
 "I Want To Feel I'm Wanted" (not sure which label or year) "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" (Phila, 1966) "Because Of My Heart" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967)
 "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" (Sassy, 1967)
 "If That's What You Wanted" (Sassy, 1967)

Frankie Beverly is one of those cats that has lasting power. He started in the music business doing a tour with doo wop group the Silhouettes and then formed his own group called the Blenders. The Blenders never recorded a single, Beverly wouldn't appear on wax until forming the Butlers a few years later. Along with Beverly, the Butlers included Jack "Sonny" Nicholson, Joe Collins, John Fitch, and Talmadge Conway.

Beverly would later enjoy great success fronting Maze and Conway would become a
well-known penning Double Exposure's
"Ten Percent" and the Intruders' "Memories Are Here To Stay." 
 While Maze is a phenomenal group, Beverly's work before that group will always stand out as his best (imo).

The Butlers produced tunes that most Northern Soul fans would kill for and Raw Soul gave the funksters something to pursue. If, by chance, you know of a way to get in touch with Frankie Beverly or his management, please drop me an e-mail. It would be absolutely great to do an interview with him about his pre-Maze work. He's still playing out, most recently doing a New Year's Eve show in Atlanta.
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