In interviews Damon Dash has been making the headlines for the topics he discusses. Some agree some don’t but most of the Blogs and Gossip sites love to use his words to stir traffic not really investigating his true talking points. Well Dr. Boyce Watkins has reached out to Dame Dash allowing him to discuss issues on his platform. This is not a pair of people you would expect to partner up but I am happy to see it. In this video Damon Dash explains how he is fighting for custody of his daughters without a lawyer. He gives some detailed facts on what fathers can and must do to see their children in custody battles. He is upfront with the fact that the courts will frustrate you but you must have patience and remember that your child is the ultimate prize. I am not saying that Damon Dash is who you should pattern your legal battles after but if you took the time to watch interviews with him yelling at someone how about watching a video where he is imploring men to fight to see their children legally!
So ArtByOdell of the Beatz & Lyrics Show and our number one camera man James Lewis hit the town for another Night out with Beatz & Lyrics. This time it is an early morning adventure with Beatz & Lyrics visiting The Swag Shop Barber Shop owned by rapper Killer Mike and his wife. The Swag Shop is located in Atlanta, GA & recently Big Tigger of v103 did a live broadcast from the shop proviing kids with free haircuts for a couple of hours also promoting the new Furious 7 movie dropping April 3rd. A cold Saturday morning didn’t stop people from showing up, even entertainers DC Young Fly & Eman Hudson stopped by to take photos and crack jokes. So be sure to be on the lookout never know where you might see Beatz & Lyrics hosts Jayforce, ArtByOdell, TwiceBorn, & James Lewis with the camera out and about.
There has been a lot of talk about Black ownership and financial freedom sparked from the Damon Dash interview he did on The Breakfast Club. It set off a firestorm on social media some people being inspired and some comical moments with the hashtag #TweetLikeDameDash. With all of that said Dame brought up some good topics and Dr Boyce Watkins helped to bring some perspective to the conversation. He has a PhD in finance and owns his own business Financial Juneteenth. Dr Boyce discussed obstacles like Racism & White Supremacy that play a part in blacks becoming financially independent. He does not make excuses though and agrees with Dame Dash in regards to Black Men & Women having the be their own Boss mindset. Overall it is a great discussion between Angela Yee, Envy, Charlagmagne & Dr Boyce Watkins a breath of fresh air rather than mindless gossip talk.
The Phife Sports Network (PSN): Phife Dawg Narrates & Provides Game Analysis of Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Clippers in Mini-Documentary (Video)
In case some of you may not be aware, Phife Dawg of the legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest has been very active & vocal in sports for quite a number of years. In recent years he has appeared on ESPN, ESPN2, & various sportstalk radio programs around the country giving his opinion on everything from the NBA, NFL, NCAA College Basketball & more. There were rumors that Phife had some bigger plans in the works to further expand his sportscaster resume, but nothing stopping him from at least making inroads independently online with his own “PSN” or ‘Phife Sports Network.’ Check out one of the first video clips of Phife Dawg providing pre-game NBA analysis in great game that took place between the Toronto Raptors & the Los Angeles Clippers about a month ago on February 6th of this year. Phife Dawg & his manager DJ Rasta Root also performed at halftime while they were in Toronto that evening as well. In case you missed the footage from that, we have it below….
Channel Dynamic a site based here in Atlanta, GA sat down with Jayforce & ArtByOdell of the Beatz & Lyrics Show during A3C 2014. FBI & Jeff Blactracks of Channel Dynamic asked the two a myriad of questions about the music industry, how they got started in radio, and what advice to give artists. ArtByOdell & Jayforce gave their opinions on modern day reality TV, propaganda & reminding artists they have to get out here and work to make it.
“A TODDLER hangs off the back of a super-sized pit bull – that could snap a man’s arm with a SINGLE bite. But despite being a banned breed in the UK, breeders Marlon and Lisa Grennan say monster dog ‘the Hulk’ is 100 per cent trusted with their young son. Despite the lethal potential of 12-stone Hulk and the couple’s many other dogs, three-year-old Jordan has grown up with them within arm’s reach. The couple’s company Dark Dynasty K9s supplies animals to high-profile celebrities, billionaires and wealthy professionals – as well as law enforcement around the world. They are trained to have ‘no fear’ and some specialist dogs can even run up the side of fences and walls to reach second-floor windows. Many their dogs share their house on a sprawling 150-acre ranch in New Hampshire, USA. The dogs include more than a dozen highly trained pit bulls – and a single chihuahua.” – Barcroft TV
Welcome to the Round Table…. Odell’s Round Table, a place where real conversation happens between men and women. It seems like everywhere you turn someone is telling you about relationships giving their “expert” opinion. Who made these people experts? Are they really saying anything that you don’t already know? How about sitting some men and women in a room and talking about what’s going on and get a better understanding? You like how that sounds? If so, Welcome to the Round Table where Odell, an Atlanta based radio show host & visual artist will be stirring the quality discussion.
Odell will moderate the discussion along with his partner in crime “Dre Day” as they invite different ladies to join in & contribute to the issues. Listen to the first episode of the ORT Show where the topic is “First Date Rules”, what to do what not to do and we even have a drink of the week best for first dates. So watch the video learn more about the Round Table Go to Odell’s SoundCloud page follow the show on Twitter @ORTShow @ArtbyOdell.
Sure this weekend is leading up to Super Bowl Sunday. But how about we stop off at Record Breaking Saturday for just a bit, shall we? Odell Beckham, Jr. Guinness Book world record holder. Most one-handed catches. OFFICIAL (even after the whistle)!
Kurupt Supports Former Clippers Owner Donald Sterling + Thoughts On Marriage & Relationships (Video)
“Kurupt opened up about his relationship with V. Stiviano during an exclusive sit-down with VladTV, and explains why he gave her a home visit soon after the news broke of her leaked messages with Donald Sterling. The rapper says that he was just looking out for a good friend, and Kurupt adds that he would do the same for any of his friends.
During the interview Kurupt also shared his thoughts on Donald Sterling, and believes they “took a good man down.” The West Coast emcee says that it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that Donald is “racist,” considering his age.” – VladTV
As you may have heard, Atlanta based DJ Dug Boogie’s wife, Linett Wilder lost her battle with Lupus on Tuesday. The hip hop community is coming together to raise some funds to help Dug & his children through this difficult time.
On Tuesday December 23rd, there will be a benefit concert at the Apache Cafe in Atlanta
DJ Gee Supreme
Hosted by Fort Knox
We are suggesting a minimum of $10 donation at the door, but any support at all is greatly appreciated.
“This fundraiser is on behalf of my friend and DJ comrade Dug Boogie. Dug Boogie has been a prominent figure amongst the hip hop DJs in Atlanta and needs our help. His beloved wife Linett passed away from complications of Lupus on the morning of 12/16/14. Now what you may not know is Linett and Dug adopted Linette’s niece and nephew a few years after their mother passed away.
Now that Linett is gone, our homie Dug Boogie needs assistance for the two children that he’s become a dad to. Fortunately, he has the burial costs covered but I figured we in the hip hop community can offer some extra help to relieve some financial stress while he segways into being a single parent.”
Thanks in advance,
Lawrence O’Donnell Rips St. Louis County ADA For Mistake That Led To Dismissal Mike Brown’s Killer With No Charges (Video)
Incredible. Those in professions like attorney and doctor are taken at their word all the time; so much so, that we listen to their arguments; not wanting to (or knowing when) to question them. Watch Lawrence O’Donnell break down assistant district attorney Kathy Alizadeh’s reasoning before the Grand Jury in Ferguson; and how she misinformed them… and for the most part led the those on the Grand Jury down a path that would end in the full pardon of officer Darren Wilson. Such a big “mistake” Alizadeh made… hmmm… do you think it was lack of competence or lack of care?
MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell blasted St. Louis County assistant district attorney Kathy Alizadeh on Wednesday for taking weeks to tell the Grand Jury in the Darren Wilson case she made a major mistake regarding police officers’ right to use legal force. “With prosecutors like this, Darren Wilson never really needed a defense lawyer,” he said. O’Donnell said that early on in the jurors’ deliberations, Alizadeh handed them a copy of a 1979 Missouri statute saying police were “justified in the use of such physical force as he or she reasonably believes is immediately necessary to effect the arrest or prevent the escape from custody.” However, he explained, the Supreme Court found those kinds of statutes to be unconstitutional six years later.
During his “Rewrite” section last night, MSNBC Host Lawrence O’Donnell pointed a very serious error that the St. Louis Assistant DA made when preparing the Jury to hear the testimony of Officer Darren Wilson.
The Grand Jury decided that Wilson has the right to shoot even if his life is not threatened, however, they made the decision based on a 1979 statute that was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court back in 1985.
Heartbreaking letter from LaRanda Jackson, a 20-year-old Wal-Mart employee who posted it to Alice Walton (heiress to Sam Walton’s Wal-Mart empire) on Wal-Mart’s “Hunger Games” Tumblr page.
I’m writing to you because it hurts to see the pain in my younger brothers’ eyes when we can’t afford food to fill their stomachs. Sure, they see that I’m working hard, taking the bus an hour each way to get to work at Walmart. Even though they know that things are tight right now, that our mom is often too sick to work, they just can’t understand why last year on Thanksgiving they didn’t get turkey and gravy like other kids their age.
But hey, what can Alice do? How could she help? All she did was inherit tons (literally) of money. Well, Walton family, listen to activist economist Robert Reich (above).
Jay Smooth Breaks Down Ferguson, The Riots, & People Being Pushed To Their Absolute Boiling Point (Video)
Jay Smooth always comes correct with the insightful social commentary on a variety of topics & events. The recent riots & protests taking place around the country in relation to what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri is no different. I couldn’t relay my thoughts as perfectly as Jay Smooth did here in his latest opinion piece. I agree with him 100%
VICE News is literally going into the hot zone (Monrovia, Liberia) to bring us news on the fight against Ebola at ground zero; right as U.S. President Barack Obama announced that the American military would have boots on the ground shortly
The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa began in Guinea in December 2013. From there, it quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Cases also appeared in Senegal and Nigeria, and there was another outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Today, Liberia is at the center of the epidemic, with more than 3,000 cases of infection. About half of them have been fatal.
As you’ll see in the mini-documentary, the threat is not a ‘threat’… it’s REAL. And for those in the West; we have not been hit hard, but we’ve been hit. Maybe this will wake us up to the reality that problems over there ain’t just “their” problems. Watch, learn… about the outbreak, response & solutions, frustrations and more.
Thank you, VICE News… again… for news coverage and information (not just a quick scare before moving on to the next shiny story).
In the minds of most Westerners, still, the Black Plague triggers thoughts of history lessons, or of movies about the Middle Ages. This is not a modern era illness we face. To oversimplify, the Black Death is supposed to be dead. Well, with recent mainstream reporting about a third world outbreak – and a public health scare as two victims returned to Atlanta (Georgia, USA) for treatment – the West likely experienced a mental software upgrade that re-ranked the disease much higher among the threats to health and chances of survival. However, as is oft the case for mainstream media, another shiny new story came up, and another (Ray Rice, U.S.-led airstrikes…whatever, take your pick); and Western reporters moved on to the next one…on to the next one. But not VICE. This is where VICE lives: Embedded in the hottest areas of stories too dangerous AND too low on the ‘this just in’ scale of current events for big-budget reporting outfits to care about; usually in faraway places and affecting people who are to far removed from ‘us’ to care about. THAT is why we f#ck with VICE: Because as a noble reporting institution that could do otherwise, it consistently chooses to find and stay on the stories that thinking and feeling people would indeed care about (or care about longer) if they were told and kept fully informed about them. Like this Black Death that the mainstream news (liberal and conservative leaning) thinks is ‘dead’ (e.g. a dead story). It is still VERY much alive. And not knowing and keeping up with it could still get lots and lots of us KILLED.
[I]n the fall of 2013, Beranimbo [Madagascar, Africa] had been an epicenter of a black plague outbreak that resulted in nearly 600 cases and more than 90 deaths across the country. Madagascar reports the most instances of the disease in the world. Depending on which century you’re talking about, it’s perhaps best known as the plague—a scourge generally associated with the Middle Ages, when rats, fleas, and poor hygiene resulted in the deaths of between 75 and 200 million people. The disease remains an enduring threat in third-world nations; public-health watchdogs report up to 2,000 cases a year.
VICE gives a detailed, two-part documentary report and writeup. Watch, starting with part 1 above. Follow the link to read more below; and hit the jump for part 2. Get this knowledge in you like medicine! Folks and the media think the ‘curing’ of two folks in the ATL is a triumph over what could be considered a ‘scary outbreak that happened over there.’ Nah, maaan. This thing could hit a city! Thousands to millions of people at risk. Maybe that’d make it ‘big’ enough to get outbreak coverage again but… as the VICE report adeptly put it: “[H]istory has taught us, by the time there are enough people with the plague to classify it as an “outbreak,” it’s already too late.”
Punchlines That Sting: Comedian John Oliver Delivers Biting Commentary on The Mike Brown Shooting & Subsequent Protests (Video)
Comedian John Oliver put on a clinic on how you deliver stinging social commentary as thinly veiled comedy. VERY thinly veiled. On the last episode of his Last Week Tonight show on HBO, he spent a huge chunk of the show talking all things Ferguson. The delivery vehicle – a satirical news-formatted TV broadcast – puts viewers (except for hardened Conservatives dead set against the Liberal-leaning Brit they know from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) in a “hey-you-gotta-be-able-to-laugh-at-things” mode to start. He expertly pulls some chuckles in his segment about the recent events – Mike Brown’s fatal shooting by Ferguson (Missouri) cops, the brutality and militarization of American police departments, etc. But he kept raising the temperature on the presentation until his beef with the entire situation was well cooked. Smoke. Fire. BURN!
Sure, we laugh. But it ain’t funny. John knows…and he let the viewer know he knows this is some bullsh!t.