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Politics: Hasan Minhaj On The Student Loan Debt Crisis (Video)

Yooo! There’s a game show to pay off student loans?? I need, like REALLY need to go out for that… and WIN! Mr. President, student loan debt is REAL national emergency (eff that wall thing). Hasan speaks on it.

With Americans’ student debt now over $1.5 trillion, Hasan looks at how the federal government turned the Department of Education into the largest bank in America in terms of loans, and examines the department’s relationship with loan servicers. These private financial companies have benefitted from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ hands-off regulation that has made it easy for students to become trapped in debt.
– Patriot Act

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Comedian Tommy Davidson Speaks On Colin Kaepernick (Video)

I think if you get a group of rich White men together, you best watch out… every single time.

Lean in as funnyman Tommy Davidson sets the jokey-jokes aside and gets real about ‘the kneel,’ the response of the ‘rich White men’ and more.

Tommy Davidson breaks down his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s stance and how Black NFL players can react to future injustice.
– Comedy Hype

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Hasan Minhaj On ‘Drug Pricing’ (Video)

Hard work keeping the funny in this half-hour monologue on a very serious matter: Price gouging by Big Pharma at the expense of more than half the U.S. citizenry. But Hasan did it.

On the latest episode of Patriot Act, Hasan dissects one of America’s most pressing issues: the rising cost of prescription drugs. Hasan breaks down how America’s complicated healthcare industry has lead to these price hikes over the past few decades, and looks specifically at how increases in insulin prices have impacted the millions of Americans that need it to survive.
– Patriot Act

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‘Officer Clemmons’ Speaks On Being Black In “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (Video)

Hope you got to spend Valentine’s Day celebrating love in some way. I sat down and watched a documentary on a legend who lived a life of love; influencing generations to be better people as he made his way in the world. Man, if only we had Mr. Rogers around now. Rest in peace to the legend Fred Rogers.

Then I found this Great Big Story on ‘Officer Clemmons’ on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. So wonderful!

Remember Officer Clemmons, the policeman from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?” Actor Francois Clemmons was initially reluctant to take the role. Growing up in the late ’60s, Clemmons didn’t have a positive opinion of the cops at the time. But Fred Rogers convinced him, and Clemmons became one of the first Black actors to have a recurring role in a children’s TV program.
– Great Big Story

You gotta watch this story and check for the “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” documentary on HBO or on-demand on YouTube. Well worth watching!

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Politics: Hasan Minhaj On Saudi Arabia Banning ‘Patriot Act’ & Chinese Censorship (Video)

Aw, look at that. Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” is growing up before our eyes… It got major enough to make Saudia Arabia ban the show.

On the first new episode of Patriot Act in 2019, Hasan addresses the government of Saudi Arabia’s legal demand to take down an episode of the show in that country and turns his focus to another country with restrictive censorship laws: China. But by using the Internet, Chinese activists are making their voices heard and a determined #MeToo movement may be creating lasting change.

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“Black, White, & Blue” Film Interview (Video)

The truth is… when you get stopped by the police, what you’ve got to realize – not to be disrespectful to anybody – but you’ve got to take into consideration that that’s an idiot stopping you.

And recognize that that ‘idiot’ has a gun. Raw talk from Scoon about his life and about the documentary right from the start. Scoon hit ’em with the way they flipped the American flag’s colors for the title right away.

Curtis Scoon And Asia Norris Talks ‘Black White & Blue’ Film, Jam Master Jay + More
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Activism: Per Dr. King’s Request, Where Is Our ‘Check,’ America? (Video)

Shout to the homie Mack Friday for resharing this, keeping it going. I would post this ANY DAY OF THE YEAR. It just happens to be Black History Month. So yeah, let’s say that’s the reason. Feel free to share this with anyone who just cannot understand why Black people are still ‘crying foul’ over slavery that happened so long ago.

America was built off the back of slaves. This wealth created did not disappear after the “Great Emancipation” neither was it shared with the new Black citizens of America. It remained with colonizers and their decedents creating a wealth disparity that we still see TODAY.
– The Great Griot

No late pass needed. This clip will be on point forever… because TRUTH! Watch, discuss, and share. Stay woke, and wake up everyone around you. Make sure everyone watches this to the end. Let MLK Jr.’s words on reparations be heard #ComingToGetOurCheck

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Tezlyn Figaro On Repping The Independent Party On Fox News, Her Connections In Politics And To The Streets (Video)

So… this sista worked on Bernie Sanders’ campaign then went to work for Fox News??? Leaning in for this interview. And listening with an especially critical ear.

Tezlyn Figaro, former racial justice director for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, talks how it is to represent the independent party on FOX News and explains how Trump runs the country is gangster.
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Killer Mike Speaks On How Buying Black Benefits Society As A Whole (Video)

Mike calls Vlad a friend and vice versa. Wonder if he considers Vlad an ‘ally’ like his RTJ homie El-P. Gotta watch “Trigger Warning” to really get the fullness of the difference, but an ‘ally’ is down for the cause; way past friendship.

Killer Mike spoke to VladTV about working for ten years to get his new show “Trigger Warning” picked up before Netflix came along. He explained that FX was originally interested and allowed them to use the footage that they filmed for a demo roll to shop to other networks. During the conversation, Killer Mike spoke about the first episode, where he lived within a Black-owned economy for 60 hours, which he offered as a challenge to viewers. To hear more, including Killer Mike’s thoughts on why it should be easier to live in a Black economy.
DJ Vlad

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Comedian Godfrey Speaks On Terry Crews’ Social Media Battles & Black Women Constantly Being Disrespected (Video)

Reiterating the point DL made, Vlad hipped Godfrey to how Terry’s threat [to slap D.L. over year-old commentary on his being harassed & inappropriately touched by another male] might be a move to deflect some of the heat he has been getting for defending Gina Rodriguez’s character in light of comments she made that offended many Black women.

Terry Crews offering to slap DL Hughley, Godfrey stopped by VladTV again, and this time around he shared his thoughts on Terry Crews addressing “toxic masculinity,” where he called out D.L. Hughley for telling DJ Vlad that God gave him muscles for a reason when he was assaulted. Godfrey admitted that Terry seemed a little hypocritical for saying he should slap D.L. amid the argument. During the conversation, Godfrey also reacted to Terry defending actress Gina Rodriguez when she was accused of making statements to belittle Black women, which he later apologized for.
DJ Vlad

‘Offering to slap D.L.…’ Kind of hilarious worded that way. Excuse me, but might you like to have the sh!t slapped out of you, Mr. Hughley? Haha!

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Throwback/History: Nikki Giovanni Interviews James Baldwin (November 1971) [Video]

The world does it to you long enough and effectively enough… You begin to do it to yourself. You become a collaborator, an accomplice of your own murderers…

Just reading the title, you must know that the convo here is about to get deep-deep-DEEPER in depth. Even the context of this clip is deep. Nikki Giovanni, at this point in her life, is interviewing an idol of hers (James Baldwin). And before the talk really gets started, her idol declares that he is PROUD of her… that he needs and depends on her.

If only we strived to live to make our forerunners proud; for them to be able to truly pass the baton to us and trust that the race will continue to be well run… WHEW!! #Chills #NoChill #BlackHistoryMonth

Original video from SOUL! and then shoutfactorytv. All rights and love to Soul! and shoutfactorytv for broadcasting this. Taped in London, November 1971.

Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni, Jr. (born June 7, 1943) is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Giovanni gained initial fame in the late 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement. Influenced by the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement of the period, her early work provides a strong, militant African-American perspective, leading one writer to dub her the “Poet of the Black Revolution.”

James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America. Some of Baldwin’s essays are book-length, including The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). An unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award-nominated documentary film I Am Not Your Negro.

Baldwin’s novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration of not only African Americans, but also gay and bisexual men, while depicting some internalized obstacles to such individuals’ quests for acceptance. Such dynamics are prominent in Baldwin’s second novel, Giovanni’s Room, written in 1956, well before the gay liberation movement.

Soul! or SOUL! (1967–1971 or 1967–1973) was a pioneering performance/variety television program in the late 1960s and early 1970s produced by New York City PBS affiliate, WNET. It showcased African American music, dance, and literature.

Ellis Haizlip was born on September 17, 1929 (to January 25, 1991). He was a pioneering broadcaster, television host, theater and television producer, and cultural activist. Often host of Soul!

– thepostarchive

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Killer Mike Cannot Wait To Go To The White House! (Video)

Hmmm. Just saying… I don’t know if Tory Lanez OR President Trump want it with Mr. Michael Render… But Mike does want to talk to the latter. He has already set the agenda for if/when they meet.

Killer Mike Wants To Sit With President Trump and Tell Him 3 Things
Sway’s Universe

(And that’s just a snippet above. Full interview embedded after the jump.)

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Police Officer Threatened To Ticket Motorcylist When He Honked His Horn (Video)

Check this out. This can go down. I have been stuck behind an un-cop-looking car, and I flashed my headlights because the driver was going below the speed limit in the passing lane… AND ENDED UP GETTING PULLED OVER. I just flashed my lights. That’s all. And I got an agitated cop leaning in my window all of a sudden. Exactly what I did NOT want to happen EVER.

That said, I don’t know the full story of this vid. But I can relate to the sentiment the Facebook poster is pushing: It’s f’d up that a cop can dress me down just because he got miffed because he thinks I dissed him.

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Killer Mike & Joe Rogan Talk About Why Black Folks Are Enamored With ‘White Jesus’ (Video)

Have you seen that Joe Rogan Experience podcast episode with Killer Mike as the guest yet? Well, we have the whole deal embedded after the jump. But let’s get right to Mike going right in hella hard above.

Went right after the mystical, mythical creature in the hood, ‘White Jesus’ eh? Yep. That part. Wow!

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The ‘Blaxit’ Movement: Young Black Conservatives Believe President Trump Can Make America Great For Them (Video)

Yeeeesh!

Okay, get past that feeling because this is actually worth watching; at least to get another point of view you might not have considered. It’s like what Killer Mike was saying on his Netflix show (“Trigger Warning”): You need to actually engage people with views that differ from your own.

In October of 2018, hundreds of young conservatives of color met up in Washington, DC, for the first ever Young Black Leadership Summit: a four-day conference that featured speeches from conservative actress Stacey Dash and firebrand Candace Owens, a trip to the White House to hear Trump speak, and a rare chance for young, black Republicans to get together and network IRL.

VICE’s Lee Adams went to the summit to talk firsthand with young, Black conservatives about what drew them to the Republican party, along with what kind of backlash they’ve faced from the black community for going public with their political views. To find out more about the movement, he also tagged along with Antonia Okafor—an outspoken Second Amendment activist—on a hunting trip in northwestern Iowa with Steve King, a House Rep who’s been widely criticized for his racist comments. Lastly, he met up with Shekinah Geist, a Black Republican and budding social media influencer, and sat in on a conversation between her and a group of peers from the local Black student union who challenged her on her support for President Trump.

– VICE

All this said and shown… this is NOT an endorsement of the GOP or President Trump or the views shared. But it IS an earnest sharing of different point of view (the VICE video and this blog post on it).

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Schools Are Still Separate And Unequal In The Deep South (Video)

The fight is NOT over! We just celebrated MLK Day, and sure, all the crowds were likely integrated to varying degrees… and even Vice President Mike Pence was on TV quoting King… BUT we STILL have MUCH work to do. Time to go back to school(s)… and fix this!

These students are still facing segregation and inequality every day at school, more than 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement.
– NowThis

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President Trump Vs. U.S. Senate: Who Will Stop The Government Shutdown? (Video)

Anybody else get a little excited when a vid posts of super-woke, super-cute Angela Rye giving us the realness? It’s okay if it’s just me. Really. Alright enough from me. Let’s listen to Angela tell us how an extended President Trump tantrum will ultimately cause government workers to lose pay, put many U.S. citizens at risk (e.g. food inspections stop), and more.

Angela Rye Weighs In On The Government Shutdown, Trump’s Tantrums + More
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Controversial Sports Commentator Jemele Hill Always Had A Strong Sense Of Who She Was, Before And After Her Time At ESPN (Video)

Above: Jemele Hill speaks on what it felt like leaving ESPN after more than a decade. There really wasn’t a mourning period. More than just the controversial Tweets and stands she took. By the time President Trump came ‘sniffing & riffing’… It had been time.

In this clip, Jemele Hill speaks on having three years left on her contract and being bought out via an offer. Hill noted that things weren’t already going right on ‘Sportscenter’ by the time the issues with Donald Trump happened, so she didn’t have plans on coming back to the show.
DJ Vlad

Hmmm… forgot about the production stuff she got into. Dope!

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Environment: Marino Morikawa Used His PhD, His Time, And A Loan To Clean A Lake (Video)

Talk about not just talking about it. Marino’s hometown lake got polluted, and instead of just protesting who/what did it… he put the brains, brawn, and budget to work and got it cleaned! And he’s going to clean a bigger lake next. Not cheap. Not easy. But brilliant. And an awesome life mission!

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Sports Commentator Jemele Hill Speaks On Her Challenging Upbringing & Being An Advocate For Rape Survivors (Video)

Okay, Jemele Hill has a firm, fixed position on my ‘can get it’ list. No question. No fight over that wanted or needed. Wokeness and sexiness all in one thick mocha shake. Whew!

Now that ‘Three One Three’ short she is rocking… y’all might have to fight my homie BIGCRAZ313 over that.

Okay, but for real. What an insightful clip! I will definitely be on the lookout for other clips from this sit-down with Jemele to share.

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