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History: Life In Roman Britain (Video)

Caught a BBC write-up on this Roman Britain history animation video. Intriguing – both that the animators/producers chose to mix in brown-skinned characters as something other than slave-level AND that there was much Twitter beef about the historical accuracy of including Black people in the mix. Well, that second part is not that ‘intriguing’ as you KNOW someone is gonna hate when folks give Black people anywhere near a fair shake.

Come on. Why can’t haters skip the arguments (which they just might lose, seeing some scholars clap back that there were Brit Blacks back then)? To historical accuracy… would this clip’s detractors argument against White actress Elizabeth Taylor playing Cleopatra or all the non-Native players of Native Americans in the ‘classic’ movies? Want to go deeper? Okay, anyone want to tackle the ‘accuracy’ of Tom Cruise playing a White American Army officer who becomes the bad-azz sword-swinging ‘Last Sumerai’ in a year or so?

Yeah. Just watch the cartoon. LISTEN to the content. Maybe learn something about Britannia back in the day.

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SikzPho – “Sunburn” (Google Doodle Remix)

YOOOOO!!!! Thiz shiz iz yoga-flame-FIYAAAH! You probably know PhoBro from Greasekydz. He does production for Sikz when they link up to form the Hip-Hop monster SikzPho. Well, see, Google put this fun widget (called a ‘Doodle’) on its main search page last week to honor the widely accepted birthday of Hip-Hop. The widget let even a novice like me have fun ‘deejaying’ (definitely in quotes when it comes to my skills, but epic fun still).

Well… SikzPho was NOT effin’ around even as they were effin’ around with the Google Doodle. This is what they produced. Banging!

Happy Birthday, Hip-Hop! To one and all!


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Google Doodles ‘The 44th Anniversary Of The Birth Of Hip-Hop’

So dope! I hope it still works…

I was playing with this Hip-Hop Birthday Google Doodle widget thing Friday and was getting it in, thanks to some snazzy app ware and on point tutelage from Hip-Hop icon Fab 5 Freddy. Watch, learn, play, enjoy. I certainly am!

(Shout to the homie Demetria for this epic share!)


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Technology: Scientists Create ‘Chemputer’ Designed To Grow Drones (Video)

Crazy. Not only would this manufacturing method be quick, but the customization possibilities could be limitless! If we get to the level of on-demand ‘made to order’ drones… wow! The range of uses alone would be exciting… and at least a touch scary (since it would first be used by the military AND those drones look like some Skynet *ish off the Terminator movies). Still, incredible concept tech though.

During this century, scientists and engineers from BAE Systems and The University of Glasgow envisage that small Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) bespoke to military operations, could be ‘grown’ in large-scale labs through chemistry, speeding up evolutionary processes and creating bespoke aircraft in weeks, rather than years.
– BAE Systems

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Lex Boogie From The Bronx x Senz Beats – “A Tale Of Two Planets” (Instrumental Mixtape) [Video]

Crazy dopeness!

Lex Boogie From The Bronx tweeted this out and tagged me. Dude is trying to WIN the championship and collapse the arena with Senz Beats! This “A Tale Of Two Planets” release is an out-of-this-world animated beat tape experience that might put you in that next dimension. This IS a journey into sound… and some wild anime visuals.

Click play above and enjoy the playlist. Respect to Lex Boogie and Senz Beats for the blessing!


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Jay Z – “The Story of O.J.” (Video)

Okay. Everyone is hyping Jay Z’s latest plate “4:44” like it’s the second coming of Hov for real. Not hopping the bandwagon yet, but even as heads that pine for “Reasonable Doubt” Jigga to return… this cut from it – “The Story of O.J.” – is pretty damn dope. Jaybo (not ‘Sambo’ as you might infer from the animation style) is taking you on a journey in the video as a vehicle; trying to show you the way. But the roadmap of the audio itself. Banging! Lyrics matter, so listen to them. And maybe save those $tripper rain dollar$ and build your credit (more important, sayeth the Hov).

And that beat though… Niiiice!

JAY Z – 4:44 (ALBUM) [TIDAL]

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Technology: Nissan Introduces The LEAF EV, With ProPilot Driver Assist (Video)

Not bad, Nissan. Not bad! The LEAF EV will bring ProPilot driver assist to the North American and European markets, meaning a driver can shift many of the burdens of a boring drive to the car with the push of a button. Steering, braking, acceleration, and the LEAF will truly help you stay in your lane while taking the freeway to work and back home… or on that nothing-happening stretch of road you travel on the way to (or back from) summer vacay.

Push play and get a look at some good tech. Smartcars are getting smarter!

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Technology: Bill Gates Is Backing Cranfield University’s Waterless Toilet Concept (Video)

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is going hard for ‘the toilet of the future’… still. We posted on a prototype the Foundation backed in 2012 on here.

And now this…

In developing countries, access to public utilities like running water and sewer systems are often not available. The lack of those resources leads to unsanitary conditions that can put people’s lives at risk. Researchers at Cranfield University hope to put an end to that with the waterless Nano Membrane Toilet. The design has so much potential to change lives that it’s been backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
– Tech Insider


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Technology: A Look At The Phantom Express Spaceplane Concept (Video)

A spaceplane? A HYPERSONIC spaceplane?? You mean we’re getting that in real life? Hell yes! Thank you, technology and science (and business and military)!

The Phantom Express is the latest spaceplane concept. DARPA and Boeing joined up to design an unmanned space craft that can carry 3,000 lb payloads on daily flights.
– Tech Insider


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Science: How Long Could You Survive In Space Without A Spacesuit? (Video)

Okay, I don’t mean it for real for real… but if you actually DO think you could live any significant amount of time in space, kill yourself. This video will show you a spectacular (read: awful) way to do so in the cold vacuum of space.

Why are astronauts always wearing those bulky suits? You don’t NEED them, do you? Here’s what would really happen to an exposed human in the void of space.
– Tech Insider


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New Animated Lego Video Game Features Many Marvel Universe Heroes Battling Kang The Conqueror Across Time (Trailer)

Ohhhhh! This is a trailer for a video game? I thought it was teasing some kind of epic movie – like how they did the Lego Batman joints. Maybe they will make a Marvel mashup movie down the road. At least we get this dope trailer. Game’s probably fun, too.

Go head-to-head with the time-traveling Kang The Conqueror in an epic battle across Chronopolis, from Ancient Egypt and The Old West to Sakaar and New York City in 2099. Along the way, gamers will be able to take control of a host of iconic characters, from Cowboy Captain America from the past to Spider-Man 2099 from the future along with Thor, Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Green Goblin, and dozens of other Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains.
– Marvel Entertainment

Thor calling out Kang The Conqueror though. Epic!


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Science: What is Dark Matter? (Video)

In a little over a minute total running time, learn about Dark Matter and why it matters… to the very fabric of the universe!

Minute Physics provides an energetic and entertaining view of old and new problems in physics — all in one minute! In this episode, we discuss Dark Matter, an exotic type of matter we know very little about, despite the fact that it makes up around 80% of all matter in the universe! Created by Henry Reich.
– Minute Physics

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BJ The Chicago Kid Is Asked, “Why Does Future Mumble?” And More On ‘Arts & Raps’ (Video)

BJ The Chicago Kid said Future has a sippy cup… aaaand that’s where we get started with some serious snapping!! Then the kid (not BJ, one of the others) disses Hov… Yoooo! This video is hardcore, funny and more.

Rising and soulful singer, BJ The Chicago Kid, joins the show to answer, “Why Does Future Mumble?” See an interview of a lifetime in this week’s episode of All Def Digital’s Arts and Raps!

Plus, the kid can carry a tune. Great episode of Arts and Raps.

(And c’mon Hollywood. Make that ‘Equalizer’ sequel and cast BJ as the star; defending the hardware store against another gang of bad guys. Call it ‘Equalizer II: Security And Justice For All!’ Cut the check, and send it here. The kids’ll love it!)

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Thor: Ragnarok (Teaser Trailer)

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!
– Cinelinx

Rock’em sock’em on an intergalactic other-worldly level! But how in the Asgard did Hulk go from (literally) flying off into the sunset on the last Avengers movie to going the f**k off in the super-powered gladiator arena fighting Thor? No answers… yet. But an action packed teaser for the next Thor chapter… YES!

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Out Cold: How Long Does It Take To Get Frostbite? (Video)

So wind chill DOES matter. For real! All these years, since bus stop forecasts on the evening news weather reports to just now, I was thinking that wind chill was just a matter of comfort; how long you could ‘chill’ in the wind, so to speak. But naaaaah son, it’s real in the field (AND at the bus stop). It turns out that extreme cold, in concert with wind chill, can freeze uncovered extremities within MINUTES. Introducing… frostbite!

Yeah, I used the word ‘concert’ – but think more ‘lose your fist’ than pumping your fist to ‘Lose Yourself’ if you find yourself in the middle of a windy winter in Detroit without gloves and gear. Just saying.

Frostbite is a serious condition. Cold temperatures can cause the skin and tissue to start freezing, killing the cells. But, wind-chill can drastically change how long you’ll last.
– Tech Insider


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How Microaggressions Are Majorly Offensive (Video)

Still don’t fully understand what microaggressions are?
Here’s a metaphor you won’t forget!

Ohhh! So that’s what you call it when folks who don’t know any better (or who actually do, but wanna be azzholy-on-the-lowly) poke and pester you with patronizing platitudes that are actually coded putdowns… microaggressions!

You know, like if you are actually surprised that a Black guy, or a ‘blogger’ for that matter, actually knew those words I just used, could onomatopoeically employ them thusly, or even want to comment how surprised you are that I know a sesquipedalian word like ‘onomatopoeically’… Yeah, you’d be one of those microaggressors!


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Tito Montana – “Must Be Crazy” feat. Dave East (Video)

Tito Montana threw the switch and brought a monster to life with this one. Dave East on the feature. Featuring an audio sample from Dick Gregory schooling fools (once again) on America’s fear of the young Black male… You know a joint with all that “Must Be Crazy” (iTunes link to single below)!

Animated visuals, huh? A’ight let’s see ’em.


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Roots Picnic 2017 (Promotional Video)

Ha! Kinda dope (actually, really dope, and hilarious) ad for the 10th Annual Roots Picnic on June 3rd, 2017. Back to the lab with it. Animated.

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Blank On Blank: Nina Simone 1968 Interview (Video)

Back in the day renowned Italian national radio on-air personality Lilian Terry recorded a favorite, long-sought celeb interview – of Nina Simone – by the skin of her teeth. See, Nina being Nina… She did not make a habit of talking to White people. And Lillian almost missed out, because she had the complexion for rejection. However, once Nina found out Lillian was ‘from Egypt’ though (born in Cairo to a father from Malta and a mother from Italy), the two were formally introduced and found themselves talking about Nefertitti and the Pharoahs in no time. Only days later Lilian went to Nina’s house in Mt. Vernon, New York, and recorded this conversation.

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