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Colin Kaepernick: GQ Magazine’s “Citizen Of The Year.” Here’s Why (Video)

I saw an attempt to reframe the whole ‘Kaep blackballed for #TakeAKnee‘ argument. Going so far as belittling his moves & societal standing. You might have seen it on Facebook or something: in essence saying current NFL standout JJ Watt raised millions for hurricane relief while Colin Kaepernick just gave a million or so.

Hey. JJ Watt did a great thing; inspiring others to join his cause. Colin is TRYING to do a great necessary thing; trying to compel law enforcement, lawmakers, and the uninformed majority to actually ACT like #BlackLivesMatter too. Yeah, less popular. Less money in it. But even though Colin’s number is “smaller,” the dollars are doing big things!

Watch. See why Kaep DESERVES to be “Citizen Of The Year!”

@ojones1

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Mysonne Speaks On It: Meek Mill’s Going Back To Jail Is ‘Bigger Than Meek’ (Video)

Okay, everybody believes in justice. But, when it comes to fitting the punishment to the crime, how far is too far? Interesting and compelling discussion here. Mysonne & Carmen Perez speak on the pending Meek Mill jail bid as an example and jumpoff point for extended discussion on a trend of unusual punishment, the scales of justice being unfairly tipped and more.

@ojones1

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Eye Candy: Demetria Obilor Is The Sexiest Traffic Reporter Ever! (Video)

I have been known to tell an insanely sexy woman (or three or more) that their beauty will inspire hate! Case in point: Demetria Obilor had to clapback on the semi-humble to check a hater that came for her online over her on-air style of dress when she reports on traffic.

Will y’all please let the sexy be great without the hate? Especially Demetria… mm mm mm! Mercy!!!

MORE DEMETRIA OBILOR ON INSTAGRAM

(After the jump, see what Gabrielle Union has to say about this real-life “Being Mary Jane” situation.)

@ojones1

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Activism/History: Theresa Burroughs Would Not Be Denied The Right To Vote (Video)

Being from Alabama, growing up in Tuskegee (and in the shadow of Montgomery and Selma), with Civil Rights figures (Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Attorney Fred Gray, Rosa Parks, Dr. Charles Gomillion) as neighbors, this story hits home… hard! Not even going to hit y’all with a ‘VOTE DAMMIT’ rant today. Just watch, and maybe stop taking our ‘privileges’ for granted. Folks had to FIGHT for our rights; and even then, others tried to keep us from exercising them.

When Theresa Burroughs came of voting age in Alabama during the Jim Crow era, she was determined to cast her ballot — but she had a long fight ahead of her.
– StoryCorps

(And I can recite the Preamble To The U.S. Constitution, too. Salute, Ms. Burroughs. Respect!)

@ojones1

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Ice Cube On CNBC Right After Releasing His “Death Certificate” Album (Video)

Ah, so Jerry Heller did make some anti-defamation moves (reaching out to Simon Wiesenthal, Wiesenthal Center) like the character in “Straight Outta Compton” threatened.

Late night call-in talk show, taped right after Ice Cube left NWA and released his solo album called “Death Certificate.”
– X+

Looking at the comments on this vid on the Tube and across the Interwebs, this interview might have been part of the setup… to negatively spin Cube’s views & lyrics. Gotta say, Cube, even as a young man, repped himself and the Culture strong on air; despite the media pressure.

(Reporter/host was kind of thin-skinned near the end, right? Asking. And slipping in that “Man Of Rage” moniker… Really? He never once even raised his voice.)

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History: Stand For The Anthem, But Have You Really Listened To It? Does It Stand For ALL Of Us? (Video)

Respect shout to Morgan State alum Duane Saunders Jr. who is putting us on to the National Anthem’s [conveniently] forgotten third verse (quoted in the next block) with this documentary “What So Proudly We Hail.” Might make you feel a new different way about #TakeAKnee

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave

The breakdown: Hireling and slave. That slave part… that’s Black people enslaved in the U.S. Many made a deal with the Brits, to join their side, gaining freedom if the Redcoats won… and the ‘real Americans’ (not us “three-fifths” humans, just living in America) got salty and wrong a song about it. Wanna hear it? It’s in the 3rd verse of the National Anthem. And that Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution part… Yeah, our ancestors “betrayal” (imagine their gall, making a deal with their SLAVEMASTERS’ enemy) was a pollution that their spill blood had washed away. As in the song celebrated our ancestors’ deaths in battle (as opposed to beating, raping, and working us to death under the power of the lash and legislation). See, we (Black people) could not be saved from the terror of flight. The Americans’ valor, the flag waving in evidence of it, o’er the land of the FREE (not us) and the home of the BRAVE (nah, they thought us traiterous cowards)!

FOH!!

Real ‘Muricans are quick to tell us to love it or leave it… today. Why not let us ‘leave it’ back in the day when you enslaved us? We had to enlist and take up arms and FIGHT you, and this would not be the last time, to be FREE to LEAVE. And miss us with the “Why can’t we just drop it and move on?” argument. Drop it?!? Hell, like that 3rd Anthem verse, we have yet to ‘pick it up’ for real.

#TakeAKnee #NationalAnthemDoesNotStandForAll

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Yasiin Bey On Politics And Rap, And Weighs In On The Possibility Of Another Mayweather/McGregor Event, “No. HELL NO!” (Video)

Interesting point Yasiin made, speaking on Mayweather vs. McGregorConor just took a page out of Floyd’s book. We saw it. Barking it up, making it an event (rather than a fight, we saw it was NOT a fight).

Yasiin Bey Talks opens up on the Mayweather/McGregor fight, South Africa Travel Issues, his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s stance, tearing down of the US monuments, the current state of rap and more!
– HOT 97

Of course, esp. now that we are far removed from the ‘event,’ we can see what Yasiin sees: That FloydConor do not keep doing business (e.g. that was a one-time thing).

@ojones1

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Civil Rights Activist James Baldwin At Cambridge University Union In 1965… Speaking Like He Is With Us Today (Video)

Is 400 years of slavery building this country (and oppression thereafter) plus many wars of service not enough to justify our right to have some say in its running… without having to hear, “You can leave it if you don’t love it”… Well, isn’t it? Answer: YES! Moreover, we are not going to be ousted by anyone. We helped BUILD this place ‘they’ say we can ‘leave’ (like it isn’t OURS, too)! Sure, this declaration has an angry tone. So I will let activist/scholar James Baldwin say it. Words from so long ago. Could he have known they’d still be so applicable today?

Prior to the UK release of the Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, we take a look at a seminal speech by the film’s subject – writer, essayist, poet and civil rights activist James Baldwin. At Cambridge University Union in 1965, Baldwin debates whether the ‘American dream’ has been achieved at the expense of African-Americans.
– The Guardian

Yeah. And Baldwin even has something to say about the flag in this. So on point.

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Olbermann Declares VP Pence’s Staged Walkout A Show Of Disrespect To The Flag And To America (Video)

He doesn’t rhyme like Em, but MC Keith has been spit plenty of venom at Pres. Trump and them. Today, he dumps the whole vial of vitriol on part of “them”… VP Mike Pence… for his and his boss’ disrespect of the flag! Watch and see how.

Mike Pence and Donald Trump are disrespecting the flag and the anthem.
– GQ

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Prophets of Rage – “Hail To The Chief” (Video)

Hells yeah! Throw some things and call him ’45’ in this bih (hahaaaaa)! If you saw the title and thought someone cleverly flipped the Presidential entrance theme… Naaaah son. This is NOT that.

Raw rip rock at its best!

#ProphetsOfRage #HailToTheChief

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Taking The Knee: If Terry Crews Was Still In The League, He Would Kneel (Video)

Damn. The preview clip. Crews popped! Got a point though. Football, as we know it in The States, is pretty much just “American football”… The world doesn’t play it that way. We are ‘playing ourselves’ if we think the world gives a good van DAM about the Sunday games or whether we boycott them.

BUT… He does talk some real talk about what everyone in the WORLD would care about… human lives, liberty, love… or the lack thereof. The U.S. nor the NFL, really not loving Black people.

All that and more. Plus Terry with a great perspective on your worth as a HUMAN BEING.

Watch!

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RIP Hugh Hefner (Video)

Hugh Hefner. Playboy Magazine (and related enterprises) founder and mogul… All around player and lover of life… and young ladies (no hate, at all)… has passed at the age of 91… at the Playboy Mansion… of natural causes. A peaceful end to a remarkable life!

Actually, something about the way we saw him live, makes his passing from this mortal plane a bit less painful, doesn’t it? Forever in chill mode, cool parties, packed with the hottest people. A mag loaded with ‘unwrapped’ Eye Candy (that we actually did read for the articles… sometimes). So dope a player, that being his girlfriend took ‘girls from next door’ to Entertainment Television (E!) stardom (shout to Kendra Wilkinson).

And you know how we sometimes struggle to find noble things to say about the departed? Not even a struggle with Hugh Hefner. Black people like 1990 Playboy Playmate of the Year Reneé Tenison and legendary entrepreneur/activist/comic Dick Gregory will likely tell you about how Hefner was a player in a different way in life… hiring Black performers and integrating his Clubs (risking the business in some regions of the country). Yep, Hef was an impact player in the struggle for Civil Rights, a de facto activist, too.

Gonna miss you Hef. Thanks for the good times and good works. And farewell.

#RIPHughHefner

@ojones1

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People Have Been ‘Disrespecting The Flag’ For Decades (Video)

Hmm… So why are these actual Flag Code violations (read: instances of disrespect for the flag) okay, but ‘taking a knee’ is not? Fact is, kneeling is NOT a violation of flag code. So, what now? Talk to us, ‘Murica.

Trump said NFL players disrespected the flag by kneeling during the national anthem. As it turns out, “disrespecting” the flag is probably more common than you think.
– BuzzFeed News

#RespectTheFlag #TakeAKnee

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Sports/Politics: Nick Wright’s Question For People Angered By The #TakeAKnee Movement: What Are You Actually Mad At? (Video)

I’m not gonna engage on the absurdity that we just ran a clip where a player quotes the President Of The United States, and we felt we needed to bleep it.
Nick Wright

Yeah. And this isn’t the first time the words of the POTUS have been ‘bleeped’… But let’s not engage in the folly for now.

Instead, let’s follow Nick’s lead. Let’s follow the line of reasoning, avoiding all the crazy and staying on that line… bypassing the false equivocations… walking past the baseless arguments of the Trumpeters and stepping over their misunderstandings, barreling through that wall protecting those who want to make ‘Murica great again, make football in ‘Murica great again, until we arrive at the heart of what those against the PEACEFUL #TakeAKnee movement are really against…

Because once we get to the end of that line of unreasonable, where folks in their feelings have nowhere to go and have to answer honestly about why they detest #TakeAKnee …”What Are You Actually Mad At?”

And before someone says it… we’re NOT going to ‘just stick to sports’ this time. I just want them to say the words.

@ojones1

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Sports/Politics: Bob Costas Declares That President Trump Has Galvanized The #TakeAKnee Movement (Video)

Do you want a President of the United States who, even if you’re giving him the benefit of that doubt, is so tone deaf to the racial implications of this?
Bob Costas

Right on time! There was so much on Kaep and #TakeAKnee this past weekend and even before. Wasn’t sure how to cover it all here. But then veteran sportscaster/commentator Bob Costas comes through and wraps it with a bow!

NBC Sports broadcaster Bob Costas speaks to CNN’s John Berman and Alisyn Camerota after President Donald Trump criticized the NFL and players who took a knee during the national anthem.
– CNN

Great points. Trump galvanized the #TakeAKnee movement. Can’t even call this ‘shots fired’ really. Just facts!

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Western History Vs. African History (Video)

Hmmm… How deep can deep get? Africans did not even see themselves as Africans, or being tied to the African continent… and even the name “Africa” is derivative of what Westerners / Europeans imposed. Watch Dr. John Henrik Clarke drop serious science and knowledge on that, and more, above.

An analysis of the history of Africa as compared to Western civilization. European scholars asserted that the so-called ‘Egyptians’ were non-African until C. Diop’s melanin pigmentation test on Pharaohs proved otherwise.
– InfoWerm

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Prophets Of Rage Speak On The New Album And On Trump Not Being The Sole Reason For The Group’s Being (Video)

Bahaaa! Timmy C. with the ex-girlfriend level of intensity in getting controversial documentarian (and fan of Rage Against The Machine, Cypress Hill, and Public Enemy) Michael Moore to do the Prophets Of Rage music video… pays off.

Prophets Of Rage (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord) came together during 2016’s tumultuous election to combat the coming storm. Fresh off the road and riled up following last summer’s highly successful “Make America Rage Again” tour, the group knew it could evolve from protest performance art with a tactical mission, to a stand-alone entity with creative ideas all its own. At its core, Prophets Of Rage functions not only on a love of music, but a deep belief in its power as a tool, and a weapon. The group stopped by the BUILD Studio to discuss their new self-titled album.
– BUILD Series

Egos put aside for the music and the mission and the creative process. Hear the supergroup talk about it all above. Shout out to ATL’s own DJ Lord in there, too.

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“Homeboy” Shows Us That When One Door Opens… (Trailer)

The concept alone… DOPE! A different look at being in the trap… ensnared by a mental health challenge. Kudos to Bryan Christian for finding his way out of that trap with the help of loving fam and friends, and for this “Homeboy” film. Check out the trailer and the pitch at the end.

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Angela Rye Talks About President Trump Being In ‘Over His Head’ In Responses To Hurricane Harvey And To North Korea (Video)

Yes yes y’all! The crew welcomes back Angela Rye. In this interview clip, she talks about President Trump’s initial response to the victims of Hurricane Harvey (“good luck”), about how even the Trump Administration’s attempts to help have hurt (e.g. removing regulatory checks for bridges make building them quicker, but not necessarily as safe)… There’s a LOT to unpack in her commentary, as usual.
#HelpHouston #HelpUsAll

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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.

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