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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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A Choir Comes From Texas To Sing “Lean On Me” And Jimmy Fallon Puts A Million Dollars In The Collection Plate For Hurricane Harvey Relief (Video)

Now THAT’S how you use your platform! Salute to JJ Watt of the Houston Texans and to Jimmy Fallon. That fund Watt has going to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey keeps growing a million bucks at a time, and The Tonight Show just added another million!

On top of that, Jimmy invited a Houston area Gospel choir to come take his audience to church in less than 5 minutes flat. If you’ve never been ‘full’ from some good church singing… get ready for that and press play above.

#HelpHouston

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Former NFL Lineman Jason Brown Left Football To Farm Crops And Feed People (Video)

Great story. Former [highly-paid] NFL center Jason Brown is tackling food shortages by taking the field, tilling it, seeding and harvesting.

As part of our continuing series “On the Road,” Steve Hartman meets Jason Brown, who quit the NFL to tackle a new field, literally.
– CBS Evening News

This accomplished ex-NFL star found a new passion in farming… and he has never felt more successful.

#FirstFruitsFarm #LivingToServe #FightHunger

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Questlove Speaks On How F*cked Up It Would Be To Cut The EPA’s Budget (Video)

Questlove and the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) put together this light-hearted PSA on what is ultimately a life or death situation. C’mon, current Administration… What? You don’t think it’s important to ensure that we have drinkable water, breathable air, and uncontaminated produce?? That really is f*cked up.

(All jokes and subtleties aside, don’t mess with the Environmental Protection Agency in ANY way. The EPA’s work is too important for scoring political points.)

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Neil deGrasse Tyson With Some “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” And A Word For Climate Science Deniers (Video)

Great talk. Plus: Neil deGrasse Tyson with the booooom statement of, like, the decade or something! To all the climate change deniers: How was it that we made all kinds of plans, and reacted with all kinds and fervor and enthusiasm, to the Eclipse [Across America] – a phenomenon predicted by science – but NOT even flinch or flitter at the very real, very scientifically-founded warnings of pending planet-wide doom due to climate change (global warming, whatever you wanna call it)? Is it because beach chairs will become useless for the beachfront after the ocean level rises? Maybe because you’ll need good galoshes to go anywhere downtown in NYC? C’mon son!

Neil deGrasse Tyson weighs in on why climate change is subject to political debate and examines the privilege of wondering about space in “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.”
– Comedy Central

Okay, they are probably not reading this post or watching The Daily Show on Comedy Central… So if you know a denier, please share this.

(Or share with the like-minded. I don’t mind having an ‘amen corner’ on this.)

@ojones1

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Michael Blackson Challenges ‘Z-List’ Celebrities To Donate To Houston (Video)

Okay, Michael Blackson’s hilarity aside (he janked on the Z-List celebs tho… baaahahaaa!), get the message. Do what you can for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Plain and simple #HelpHouston

@ojones1

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Black Men Trace Their Roots… Of Their Native American Heritage (Video)

You could get in a lot of trouble if you were caught ‘out of place’ or ‘talking out of turn’… Sound familiar, like familia? It should, especially for these gentlemen who have proven that they have ‘Indian in their blood’ (as my elders used to say). But this video is more about similarities in Native American and African American heritages. This is about linkages, bonds, relationships between our peoples. Set aside about a half-hour and get this knowledge!

On the next Another View, a history lesson on the Cheroenhaka-Nottoway Indian Tribe of Southampton County, Virginia – and how a man named Walter Ashby Plecker forever changed the relationship between Native Americans and African Americans in this part of Virginia.
– WHROTV

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Dr. Charshee McIntyre Lectures On The History & Science Of Afrikans and Native Americans (Video)

Strength, beauty, honor, AND knowledge! Pay attention as Dr. Charshee McIntyre breaks it down in spite of diagnoses that would have many think she is ‘diseased’… Nah, she is in a constant state ‘dis ease’ (as in, “ill at ease”). Through her lineage, Afrikan and Native American (Cherokee-Choctaw in her instance), she speaks truth to her (read: our) existence and how we have diminished our humanity.

Dr. McIntyre gets deeper in depth in her lecture above. Rep. Maxine Waters popularized ‘reclaiming my time’… Dr. McIntyre implores us all to ‘claim our heritage’ and reclaim OUR humanity!

Yes, OUR humanity – Black, Red, White – all coming out of Africa… all intermingled genetically now. Traced back many, many millennia to The Motherland.

(Oh, and several historical myths are getting blown up in here. Sorry, not sorry, Columbus!)

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Activist/Reverend Jesse Jackson Says Former NFL QB Colin Kaepernick Should Have The Right To Play And Express Himself At The Same Time (Video)

Above: Bill Maher and Reverend Jackson have a real talk about what is at the essence of Kaep’s stand (or kneel) in PEACEFUL protest… not ‘standing’ for the way Black people are expected to honor the flag & anthem of a country that does not honor them as it should. Kaep can’t get a job in the league, and yet he broke no league or team rule that anyone can cite. Owners and major stakeholders, just in their feelings, are keeping him from his bag. Maybe they are ‘teaching him a lesson’ (maybe teaching US a lesson). Whatever they’re doing smells, and Maher and Jackson talk about what it smells like.

He should have the right to express himself. He’s not burning the flag, he’s not hustling drugs to teammates, he’s not shooting people with guns.
Rev. Jesse Jackson

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An Anti-Facist Film’s Message We Need To Hear… Today! (Video)

“When that first minority lost out… everybody lost out.”

At the risk of piling on… Michael Moore said it so right in our post on here: If you are not going to say that what went down in Charlottesville was wrong (not on both sides, Mr. President; the NEO-NAZI side), you are pretty much on the wrong side! Turn it around. Don’t support racists, Neo-whatevers… none of that. Do the right thing: Stand with the right. The right side of the aisle, if you like; but at least be on the right side of HISTORY!

And speaking of history, watch the above clip. And by all means… DON’T BE A SUCKER!

@ojones1

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Michael Moore Calls A Racist A Racist, All Of Them… And Those Who Will Not Denounce Them (Video)

Anybody who enables, anybody who votes for and supports a racist, is a racist.
Michael Moore

The controversial filmmaker Moore has never had a problem calling it how he sees it. And in keeping with the lifted quote above, Moore is holding those who support the racist ralliers and those of their ilk – whether gathered at the Take ‘Murica Back rally in Charlottesville or not – just as guilty. Because #BlackLivesMatter or #AllLivesMatter or whatever matters to you aside, the venomous speech, vitriolic tone and victimization of those hurt by Neo-Nazi words and a wildly driven car… well, that all happened. And if you are not denouncing that, you are tacitly supporting it.

#LookingAtYouMrPresident #BothSidesHuh #AndThatTheStoryOfOJ #OK

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Live Footage From ‘United We Stand: Rally for Colin Kaepernick’ (Video)

When does a protest gesture become a movement? When others get involved. Rosa Parks took a stand by refusing to stand and go to the back of the bus, then boycott, then movement. Kaep took a stand by taking a knew because he felt he could no longer stand our American nightmare (injustice, police brutality) that is our current situation. You have no doubt heard talk about boycotting the NFL. Do we now have a movement?

Time will tell. But for right now, we do have a rally. Check it out.

We’re live at the NFL headquarters in NYC as demonstrators rally in support of unsigned quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
– HuffPost Black Voices

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Theo E.J. Wilson’s TED Talk About Insights He Gained From Infiltrating The Alt-Right (Video)

“I became Lucius25, White supremacist lurker, and digitally I began to infiltrate the infamous alt-right movement.”
Theo E.J. Wilson

Interesting point Wilson makes not too far in. The things we see online today are fed to us by an algorithm that determines what we might buy, and what we want to see & hear, and feeds us mre and more of that… and just that. So liberal feed fed Theo comes up with the idea of creating Lucius25 super-racist, and troll those who would troll him.

And he came to a new understanding about it all. Very interesting watch!

@ojones1

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Ice-T’s TEDxSingSing Talk On ‘Surviving’ (Video)

Recent throwback TEDx talk from Ice T. Great insights and a very worthwhile watch. In fact, I should not have even mentioned the throwback aspect. Relevant to today. Hear some real life struggles from the former light-skinned, light-eyed little kid named Tracy who had to turn gangsta just to survive growing up.

@ojones1

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Cover Story: Climate Gentrification Is Pushing Black Residents Out Of Little Haiti (Video)

It’s like we’re coming to an end, right? Little Haiti will be wiped away.
Valencia Gunder

Redlining, gentrification… and now climate gentrification? Damn! Black folks can’t catch a break, can we? Pushed off living on the beach, being pushed out of where they eventually settled, and now the WEATHER is a driving force displacing the residents of Little Haiti in Florida. See the insights and angles explored in this mini-documentary from The Root. It was made with support from Participant Media, creator of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (the follow-up to that first film former Vice President Al Gore did: “An Inconvenient Truth”).

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VICE News Reports On ‘Race and Terror’ In Charlottesville (Video)

Here is a VICE News piece on the protests, counter-protests, why everyone is REALLY there, the points of view, passionate responses and tragedy coming out of Charlottesville.

On Saturday hundreds of white nationalists, alt-righters, and neo-Nazis traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to participate in the “Unite the Right” rally. By Saturday evening three people were dead – one protester, and two police officers – and many more injured.
– VICE News

The lens through which we observe events that affect us should be handled responsibly. The lens in this instance is journalistic reporting. There is stuff we ought to know. A free press should (read again: SHOULD) keep our eyes on what is important, tell us why, and provide proper focus long enough for us to make up our own minds about it. Extending the metaphor, the lens should be kept clear of clutter so we can see the TRUTH. That truth is left to each of us to find for ourselves.

On what’s going on in Charlottesville, VICE News does that. Like they always do: They go to the hot spot and embed, clear out the clutter and show us what it going on and why we should care; and viewers can go from there. Elle Reeve was there for VICE News to show us the raw truth, including what everyone said… including the U.S. President and White supremacist leader Chris Cantwell. Their words. Footage of actions and aftermath. Truthfully presented. Point blank period.

(You will likely feel enraged, sad, confused, helpless, or some combination. But if you feel anything like akin to Cantwell’s smirk at the end of this piece, LEAVE. And NEVER come back!

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Flasback 1954: The Secret Of Selling The Negro (Lifted From The ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Documentary) [Video]

You just have to watch this and take it in. It is from a bygone era, so do not terminology totally get you in your feelings. Realize though, that this was a way the ‘market opportunity’ the Black consumer segment was presented.

Film commissioned by the Chicago-based publisher of Negro Digest, Ebony, and Jet to encourage advertisers to reach out to African American consumers. The Secret of Selling the Negro depicts the lives, activities, and consumer behavior of African American professionals, students, and housewives. A Business Screen reviewer noted that the film focused on the “bright positive” aspects of the “new Negro family.”

NOTE: The sponsor issued a companion booklet offering the “do’s and don’ts of selling to the Negro.”

– Reelblack

Wow. This explains why we MUST have those sneakers or fly jewelry or whatever… Not bad, all things considered. Actually really insightful.

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David Bamberger Shows How He Brought Life Back To The Barren Texas Hill Country (Video)

Kind of cool. You know, in our posting about colonizing Mars we probably should be talking more about making the unlivable land inhabitable. Kind of like David is doing here. A bit easier to do on Earth, what with the breathable air, centuries of civilized existence, and access to society making inputs on the same planet. Still, David boldly went on his mission to make a natural paradise of the rough Texas Hill Country.

Almost 50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. Planting grasses to soak in rains and fill hillside aquifers, Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape. Today, the land has been restored to its original habitat and boasts enormous biodiversity. Bamberger’s model of land stewardship is now being replicated across the region and he is considered to be a visionary in land management and water conservation.
– National Geographic

@ojones1

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