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Rapsody – “Pay Up” feat. Heather Victoria (Prod. By Khrysis x Kashif)

Oh, remember hearing the push for “Laila’s Wisdom” during the “In-Office Concert” that we posted on Rapsody on here earlier? Now we get this “Pay Up” joint, produced by Khrysis and Kashif, with vocals from Heather Victoria. See, September 22nd cannot get here soon enough for folks who want a whole album of music as dope as this!

RAPSODY – LAILA’S WISDOM (PRE-ORDER)

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Common Does A Soulful ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ At The White House (Video)

The White House is often at the center of some controversy, more so nowadays. But there was a recent time when there was less ‘crazy’ – as Keith Olbermann might say (here) – coming from the White House …or, at least, a different type of ‘crazy.’ Even then, something like this probably would not have made headline news. But it was certainly worthy of being documented. And I am glad NPR did. And after you watch, bet money that you will be, too.

We’ve never done a Tiny Desk Concert that wasn’t behind my desk at NPR. But when the White House called and said they were putting on an event called South by South Lawn, a day-long festival filled with innovators and creators from the worlds of technology and art, including music, we jumped at the chance to get involved. We chose Common as the performer and the White House library as the space.

This Tiny Desk Concert was a convergence of art and soul, mixing politics with heart. Common’s choice of songs dealt with incarceration as the new slavery, imagined a time where women rule the world and honored the man he looked up to all his life, his father. For this occasion, Common put together a special six-piece band of close friends that includes the great Robert Glasper, with his eloquent and delicate touch, on keyboards and Derrick Hodge, whose music spans from Hip-Hop to folk and has made a big imprint on the world of jazz, on bass. Common also asked his longtime friend and collaborator Bilal to sing on two songs. The performance includes three brand new songs, along with one classic, “I Used To Love H.E.R.”

Bob Boilen

Yooooo! Brother Common and his crew rocked a [Tiny Desk] Concert at The White House. DOPE!

(Oh, and the girl on the flute is Elena Pinderhughes, who played flute on Future’s “Mask Off.” Hella cute! Especially in that form-fitting dress. Yes!)

@ojones1

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Keith Olbermann Declares, “The Media Doesn’t Understand What Trump Is Doing” (Video)

Donald Trump’s not pivoting. He’s not changing. He’s just crazy.
– GQ

Interesting points, as usual, by Keith Olbermann… The media is not getting the real story of the Trump Administration out to us, not because they are holding back, but because they do not ‘get’ it. Or at least, they do not ‘get’ how to get the story out to us.

And this is NOT all the fault of Trump’s crazy ways (though Olbermann declares, several times in this clip, that Trump is, in fact, ‘crazy’). It could very well be that, unlike Olbermann’s former field of sportscasting, the mainstream news media has neither the acumen or desire to cover something as unprecedented as what is going on with the level of ‘crazy’ coming out of The White House.

@ojones1

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DJ Kay Slay – “Story of My Life” feat. Papoose x Mysonne x AZ (Video)

Days from the release of “The Big Brother,” DJ Kay Slay got some brothers together to work it out on a heartfelt tribute track. Papoose, Mysonne, and AZ not only hold the women in their lives down; but in this rhyme, they hold them up. Good stuff!

DJ KAY SLAY – THE BIG BROTHER (PRE-ORDER)

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Science: What Is A ‘Category 5’ Hurricane Really? (Video)

We’ve been hit with hurricanes these past few weeks (Harvey, Irma)… hit badly. And it was reported that the weather events reached Category 5. But what does that mean actually? Anyone?

Hurricanes roll up the Atlantic basin every year, but they weren’t categorized until 1971. The system, called the Saffir-Simpson Scale, tracks wind speed, damage caused, power and water loss expected, and habitability of affected areas. Category 1 storms are usually the least destructive, with the scale topping out at Category 5 storms, which can cause areas to be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

@ojones1

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Iranian Women Combat Domestic Violence With Ninjutsu (Video)

A different fare for the ‘nooner’ hour to be certain. When these ladies say ‘no touching’ you better listen and heed, or you gone learn today… learn how to eat and wipe with your other hand (for at least a while)!

Students at Tehran’s “Ninja Ranger” are not just learning martial arts for exercise. More and more Iranian women are becoming ninjas to fight back against domestic violence. Ninjutsu is traditionally an East Asian martial art, but has become a popular tool for women to improve their safety and confidence. Women in Iran are training in hand-to-hand combat as well as with various weapons.
– Vocativ

Yeah! These ladies are not gonna take it anymore. They are going to take it out on attackers and abusers!

@ojones1

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Fred The Godson | Freestyles On Flex | Freestyle #072 (Video)

Hard to contain myself. Know what? I’d heard that Fred The Godson was a beast, but I was not ready for him to get on with Flex and snap this hard! Let me put it this way: When heads talk about how they wish Jay-Z would go back to rapping like this or that… What they really wanna say is they want Hov to step his bars UP to Godson’s level. That’s right. Godson > Hov. Yeah, that’s today’s math! Watch.

(Shot to Jaquae for amping things up and doing the most with the hook.)

@ojones1

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Comedy: Woman, If It Involves Tools, It Comes With D!CK. Point Blank (Video)

Bwwwaaaaahahaaa! Been too long since Clint Coley checked in a vid for All Def Digital. Worth the wait though. When it comes to any ‘misunderstanding’ about male-female & ‘just friends’ boundaries… Coley ain’t having it. Not with the bullsh!t. At all. Honey got checked – in the most hilarious way – for thinking he was gonna be a ‘stand-in’ for things her boyfriend ought to be doing. Moving, fixing things, whatever it takes man muscle and equipment for. Plain and simple: If it involves tools, well, you read the headline already. Ha!

@ojones1

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‘Hunger Games’ Director Francis Lawrence Directs Jennifer Lawrence Again, This Time Starring As The “Red Sparrow” (Trailer)

From playing shape-shifting infiltration specialist mutant Mystique to ‘Hunger Games’ insurrectionist, it’s like Jennifer Lawrence’s roles have been a demo reel for a blood pressure-raising spy thriller like this. Especially when it is being directed by the same guy that helmed the ‘Hunger Games’ blockbusters, Francis Lawrence. Check out the trailer for “Red Sparrow” above. Looks like it goes sultry to gritty faster than 0-to-100… real quick!

Dominika Egorova is many things.
A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs.
A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit.
A master of seductive and manipulative combat.

When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.

In Theaters March 2, 2018

– 20th Century FOX

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Technology: Virginia Tech & Ford’s “Mystery Van” Test Drives The Concept Of Autonomous Vehicles Moving Amongst People In Real Life (Video)

Wowww! The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and Ford tricked out a vehicle like they did for KITT on ‘Knight Rider’ back in the ’80s. A person, disguised as a seat, is doing the driving… for now. But this is more scientific / industry study than a campy action-tech series featuring ‘The Hoff.’ Way more!

As the self-driving future nears, we’re testing the next phase in autonomous technology to learn how these vehicles can communicate with pedestrians. We worked with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to explore this new development, and see how pedestrians on campus reacted to a vehicle that appeared to be driving itself.
– Ford Motor Company

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Floyd Mayweather’s “Lucky 7” Ladies Take Care Of All His Needs (Video)

Money Mayweather talking to that puppet Diego is not so much awkward as it is HILARIOUS!! Okay, he does slip in something for the haters – that he is ‘7 deep’ in women, and he is a confirmed bachelor… seeing NO need for a wife. Floyd is a confirmed bachelor… and superhero. Hahaa! Yeah, watch.

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Rick Ross – “Santorini Greece” (Video)

Crrrazzzy visuals! Rozay is already in Atlanta winning. His mansion over here is ridiculous. Manicured grounds, off the chain parties with all kinds of Eye Candy spread around… Wherever he travels to, it being home-away-from-home, MUST be extra-extra crazy. Hence, Rick Ross HAD to do “Santorini Greece” like this.

RICK ROSS – RATHER YOU THAN ME (ALBUM)

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Eye Candy: Octavia Bowers aka Ms. @ceobeautifullupus Is Ready For Her Close-Up (Video)

Her very, very sexy close-up. Mm mm mm, I don’t know how the homie, primo photog Ralph Lenard, keeps doing it… I’m just glad Honeyz like Octavia keep showing up to let him. And we get to watch! Behind the scenes of another hot shoot.

MORE OCTAVIA BOWERS ON INSTAGRAM | ON JAYFORCE.COM

@ojones1

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NFL Week 2: Raiders Smash The Jets (Game Highlights) [Video]

The Raiders keep rolling! Wonder how Raider Nation liked those FREE Skittles Beast Mode hooked up for them? Because they surely liked the outcome of the game. Oakland over the Jets, 45 – 20. Dominance!

#RaiderNation

(And if you REALLY know or wanna know about Marshawn Lynch’s turn-up at the game, hit the jump and watch. No spoiler alert. You just gotta watch!)

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Politics/Comedy: Clapping Back For Jemele Hill, Roy Wood Jr. Has Jokes (And Ideas) For The White House And ESPN (Video)

Roy Wood, Jr. You, sir, are a FOOL for this one. But so on point. Great segment, and an instant classic clip for ‘The Daily Show.’

Roy Wood, Jr. unpacks a White House official’s call for ESPN to fire anchor Jemele Hill after she called President Trump a white supremacist on Twitter.

I bet Jamele is cool people, even if she did straight diss the beloved ‘Awful Waffle’ (ahaahahaaa)!

@ojones1

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Marshawn Lynch Shares Free Skittles With Oakland (Video)

Okay, you saw how we posted (here) on Marshawn Lynch handing out L’s to opponents on-field on the road, right? So what does Beast Mode hand out at home? Well, off-field… skittles!

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DL Hughley Salutes Co-Host Michael Smith And Others At ESPN For Having Jemele Hill’s Back At ESPN (Video)

Wow! If this is true… wow! Talk about sticking together. Michael Smith, risking his career, apparently told ESPN something like ‘I refuse to do the show if you let Jamele Hill go!’ He backed his co-host – willing to sacrifice his livelihood – and so did a small army of others. Yes, before ESPN could even consider kicking Smith out, too, Elle Duncan and Michael Eaves stepped on some ‘if they go, so do WE’ stuff. Even Michael Wilbon took some air time to vocalize strong support for Hill.

I really hope DL has the scoop on what is a true, and truly beautiful, story of solidarity. That’s how you get your people’s back!

@ojones1

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David Banner Speaks On His New Album, How Trump’s Election Was A Good Thing, And Black People Needing To Be More Racist (Video)

Preach, David Banner, PREACH!

About all that in the headline, and then some! Not only will he speak about his activism… and struggles with alcohol, depression, etc. But Banner gets things started with the WAY to deliver an activist’s message in music. First Commandment of an Entertainer, esp. in Hip-Hop music: THOU SHALL NOT BE WACK!!!! Spiritual/Positive/Conscious music artists cannot lean on the message and just put out wack music. And looking at you, too, rapping-azz-rappers: Stop sacrificing lyricism for beats, or vice versa… No wack music!!

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Architects and Engineers: Solving the Mystery of Building 7 – w/ Ed Asner

Hurry up and watch this one before it is “removed as a violation of YouTube’s policy against spam, scams, and commercially deceptive content”… again! Not trying to theorize on any conspiracies afoot, but watch and see if you see ‘scam’ or ‘spam’ or ‘deception.’ No. Quite the opposite. A call for a new investigation; for truth!

Take 15 minutes and watch above. Consider the argument laid out. Perhaps it will lead you to visit AE911Truth.org to investigate the explosive evidence of the Twin Towers and to sign the petition calling for a new World Trade Center 9/11 collapse investigation.

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Watch Rapsody’s In-Office Performance (Live) [Video]

“Laila’s Wisdom” drops this Friday, September 22nd. But good news for us, Rapsody & Okayplayer dropped off this footage of a free mini-concert of some old and new joints in advance of that. Bonus: I dropped that pre-order link for y’all below!

We’re live with Rapsody for an in-office performance ahead of the release of her album “Laila’s Wisdom” this Friday. Tune in!

RAPSODY – LAILA’S WISDOM (PRE-ORDER)

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