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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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Latinos Converting To Islam (Documentary)

What so-called religions that promise ‘salvation’ can truly forget is the SAVING. What the dude says in here about why he converted to Islam, how it truly SAVED him… He was not speaking of a ‘magical’ event or a sudden ‘newness’ feeling (set to orchestral music or something). Rather, he was speaking of Islam SAVING his life in an UNDERSTANDABLE way that brought joy to his soul and meaning to his life. ‘Survival mode’ to a ‘revival’ by way of the Quran.

Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups within Islam in America. VICE’s Lee Adams travels to Houston Texas, the home of America’s first Islam in Spanish center, to investigate what’s behind this phenomenon and how America’s current political climate might be related.

Another great VICE documentary.

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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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Federal Workers Speak On How it Feels to Be Shut Down (Video)

Backs up against the wall, employed but not gainfully, this clip is representative of the employees and contractors NOT getting paid while President Trump and Congress are at a standstill over the Wall.

Okay. Actually, most everyone else in the situation (other Repubs and Dems in the Senate) are in agreement… at least to the extent we could reopen the government coffers and get these folks paychecks flowing again in the short-term. Now. It. Is. Just. Trump. President Trump. Alone. Standing on his Wall (um… slats… um, whatever)!

All the while. These people’s lives are in limbo. VICE reports (in the short above).

@ojones1

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Jayforce.com Has Joined The Fight For Freedom (Video)

Jayforce.com has become one of the founding members of “Building The North Star.”

171 years ago Frederick Douglass and Dr. Martin Delany started ‘The North Star’ as the leading abolitionist newspaper of the day. They spoke truth to power and unashamedly used journalism as a platform to fight for freedom. With the blessing and permission of the family of Frederick Douglass, we are rebuilding ‘The North Star.’
– The North Star News Group

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Snoop Dogg Honored With His Own Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame (Video)

Have you peeped the news of Snoop getting his star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame yet? You already KNOW he brought some gangsta to the situation… ready to experience The DoggFather gone HollyHood for real though? #CripwalkOfFame

Beloved rapper Snoop Dogg received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday. The ceremony began at 11:30 a.m. right in front of the El Capitan Entertainment Center on Hollywood Boulevard.
– ABC7

(Wow! Look at who showed up for it, too. Dope!)

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April Ryan To President Trump: “I’m Not A Loser” (Video)

Another “enemy” of the people Trump’s with a rebuttal. Get him sista. GET HIM! Yeezus! When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. Unless you’re Trump – who, as Gloria Berger aptly declares that he is “just defining the Presidency downward… every single day.” Damn. Just. Damn.

CNN political analyst April Ryan responds to President Donald Trump’s comment in which he called her a “loser” who “doesn’t know what the she is doing.”
– CNN

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Who Killed Tupac & Biggie? LAPD Detective Greg Kading Names Names! (Video)

Just in case the decades of foot-dragging and the much-hyped USA Network miniseries did not quench your thirst for knowledge on the Notorious B.I.G. & Tupac murders, VICE gets the scoop in ’10 Questions’ posed to the lead investigator. And he answers them directly!

Ever wondered who committed the murders of Tupac and Biggie? Greg Kading, the LAPD Detective who investigated the murders, claims he has the answers. With a theory that allegedly implicates Sean Combs and Suge Knight, Kading claims to have solved two of the most famous murders in US history.
– VICE

A couple of things to keep in mind: (1) Kading’s investigation was directed toward clearing any blame regarding the LAPD’s role/coverup with respect to the murders of ‘Pac & BIG… (2) both the people Kading directly accused are dead #JustSaying

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Candidate Stacey Abrams Speaks On Her Historic Campaign To Become Governor Of Georgia (Video)

If you have done so already, thank you. But now, and in the future, I gotta keep screaming, “VOTE DAMMIT!” Because it is so important. So beyond the “your ancestors fought and died for the rights you enjoy and have a duty to maintain and fight for” rhetoric. Get in that booth and get into true governance of these United States if you are a citizen. Nothing wrong with ‘making America great’ but if you don’t VOTE then the how, who, and what of that will be determined by those who do and who they elect. Point. Blank. Period.

That said, here’s a lady who wants every Georgia voter to check her box at the polls…

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams discusses her passion for criminal justice reform and her effort to get more people of color registered to vote.
– The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

#VoteDammit

@ojones1

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Candidate Andrew Gillum Speaks On Race In The Race To Be Florida’s Governor And In Politics As Usual (Video)

Wow. My elders and peers used to always say, “A hit dog’ll holler,” too!

Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum lays out the role of race in the Florida governor’s race, his plan to help all Floridians and how he’d handle Republican opposition if elected.
– The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Felt compelled to post something political, progressive, and positive with the big mid-terms coming up. President Obama was stumping for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams AND for this candidate in Florida’s race, Andrew Gillum.

#VoteDammit

@ojones1

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Environment/Activism: How Much Do ‘Black Lives Matter’ To This Louisiana Plant? Not Much… (Video)

Just off G.P. this should get a thorough looking into. Just think: It there is a chance that a deadly chemical, given off in the process to make recreational stuff, is killing off this predominantly Black Louisiana town, isn’t it worth study (and a fight, if true)? This 77-year old ‘fighter’ thinks so. So he’s taking on a giant chemical plant to save his community.

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All Black People Have To Do Is Comply To Survive A Police Encounter, Right? Wrong! (Video)

This is why we kneel. Point. Blank. Period. Francis nails it here. Enough with this shite already!

Calm Black Man Tries To Comply With Mixed Instructions, Still Gets Brutally Tasered.
Francis Maxwell asks, I thought all black people had to do was comply and it would be fine?
– The Breakdown

@ojones1

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Eye Candy: Congratulations To Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers, Miss Universe GB (Video)

Goodness! Please excuse me and accept my late pass. Actually, this is nowhere near the ‘oldness’ of some clips I have shared, but I meant this congratulatory post to go up much sooner. Respek on her name and respect the crown of Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers, the first Black Miss Universe GB!

Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers, the first Black woman to be crowned Miss Universe GB sits down with Christine Lampard to discuss her transition from professional athlete to Miss Universe, and how she thinks pageantry can be empowering for women and have a positive impact on the causes it supports.
Lorraine

Athlete to Lawyer to Beauty Queen and Goodwill Ambassador… WOW! Go on Sista. Go strong!

(And yes, she is DEFINITELY Eye Candy. The proof is in the pot. For the Honey, hit the jump.)

MORE DEE-ANN KENTISH-ROGERS ON INSTAGRAM

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Barack Obama Is Campaigning For Your Vote This November. And It Is More Important Than Ever (Video)

Heart jumped when you read the title, right? Well, of course, President Obama is not running for the White House; the November vote having no bearing on the U.S. Presidency at all. However, he does want every American to vote this Fall. And he tells you why it is so important to do so; even though it is not for him, or for a new President… It is for YOU!

If you still don’t think the midterms will affect you, Barack Obama is back to spell out just how important they are.
– NowThis Opinions

Especially reaching out to the youngest voters. So many did not show at the polls.

@ojones1

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RIP Mac Miller (Rhythm Roulette Rewind) [Video]

So very sad to hear of the passing of one of the talented emcees who was considered ‘new’ but kept it True School. Kept him in solid rotation on the old Beatz & Lyrics Show since his early hits. He really seemed to have fun with the craft and rode the hell out of his lane through his very short trip through life. Rest Well, Mac Miller aka Larry Fisherman.

The Mac in the ‘Rhythm Roulette’ above and the bonus embed after the jump (with the late great Sean Price…wow) – that’s how we should remember him. Full of life, a little off but always on beat, zany and dope, a fun dude with amazing talent and wit.

#RIPMacMiller

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Kanye West Tears Up On Live Radio. Takes A Moment… (Video)

You know. There were comments on the ‘Tube to bear this out… maybe Yeezy needs to break from all this. For just a while at least. It’s one thing to be a true ‘original thinker’ or societal outsider or enigma. But when that ‘being yourself’ breaks you down like this, whether we judge it to be ‘real enough’ or not #BreakTime

Kanye West Cries On Chicago Radio & Apologize For Slavery Comment
– All Viral Access Media

And if you need the full interview for context, we got that after the jump.

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See How Replica Sneakers Made In China Make It Into The Hands Of U.S. Buyers (HBO)

Wow! The fiends NEED the latest Yeezys and Jordans like this bad? The fake kick market is kicking this hard. Gotta be if there is a black market with movers in it like Chan, right? Let VICE News tell it…

After the sun sets in Putian, thousands of bikes carrying fake sneakers hit the streets.

The lace-up black market is no secret in Putian, and it’s where you can find Chan, a vendor with a knack for getting high-quality pairs off the streets and into the hands of hypebeasts on the other side of the globe.

– VICE News

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Black Man Falsely Convicted Now Helps Others Wrongfully Convicted (Video)

Jarrett Adams could have gone home and gone quiet after his exoneration, but he chose to turn that page of his life in a different way… going to work for The Innocence Project to get other wrongful convictions overturned. Incredible NBC Nightly News story on Attorney Adams. Salute to the brother!

Lester Holt interviews Jarrett Adams, who was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault when he was just 17 and — as an attorney — is now helping others who are in similar positions as he used to be.
– NBC News

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Angie Martinez Speaks On And Shares Her Lost Interview With 2Pac

Hmm. last time the Interwebs were abuzz with talk of 2Pac and Hot 97 in the same breath was when it was ‘the world’ vs. Funk Flex ranting about the way Pac talked & moved while he was here. Folks pretty much took the view, “Flex, it’s been decades. Let it die.”

But time and again, we see that 2Pac and all things related come up and come back to life (so to speak).

Angie Martinez Details Meeting 2pac, Interviewing 2pac & Puffy Telling Her Not To Release Interview
– The Art Of Dialogue

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Nashville’s Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria Doing Good, Serving Good Pies, In The Hood (Video)

Hey, this is dope. A Black-owned pizza chain. Here’s the website’s promo piece. Maybe it’ll make you hungry for a piece of pizza pie if you’re nearby a location in the future.

Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria is Nashville’s hottest new pizza joint. Our aim is to bring a fun atmosphere to the neighborhood pizza scene using locally sourced ingredients. Located in historic North Nashville, Slim & Husky’s offers hot, fresh specialty pizzas and locally brewed craft beer.

Check out the human interest clip from CBS Evening News about the brothers doing business and bringing hope to impoverished North Nashville area.

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