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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.

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BLITZ – 8/18/14: LOL’er Skates


Blackstreet – “Don’t Leave Me Girl”

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Cover Story: Park Security Officer Pepper Sprays, Handcuffs, And Removes A Man From A Protest… Who Was Not Protesting And Never Threw A Punch (Video)

Okay, even if you have NO idea what happened before the cam started capturing this action… you can tell the officers got this wrong. Like pepper-spraying-an-innocent-bystander wrong! Then rough-handle him wrong… then whisk him away, retreating into a “private” building wrong.

Demonstrators protest the violence in Gaza during a pro Palestine rally in Seattle. As protestors lined the sidewalks in Westlake Park, a pro Israel supporter walks by, harassing the demonstrators, yelling in peoples faces, screaming obscenities, and racial slurs. After crossing the street and harassing another group of demonstrators, the man tore off his shirt and began walking towards the group with fists clenched. As someone who wasn’t a part of the demonstration walked by, the pro Israel supporter turned and said something as he passed. The man then turned around as if he was going to swing, but thought better of it. The pro Israel supporter squared off with him, but a Westlake security guard who was watching the interaction pulled out his pepper spray, and sprayed the innocent passerby, grabbed him by the arm and tried to wrestle him to the ground. He was eventually led off into Westlake Center as SPD arrived on the scene.

A subset of the photos taken documenting the moments before the video are included after the jump (source). THEN go back and watch the video again. Let it sink in. Then Google this phrase: quis custodiet ipsos custodes? And watch it again.

I thought I’d make a crack about out of control security officers being frustrated for not being ‘real’ cops; not having real guns. Then I thought:

  1. I don’t hate on anyone doing her/his job (and some security officers actually do their jobs)
  2. I am SO glad that ALL the officer had was pepper spray (another gun on another authority figure could’ve meant another Black man dead in this case).

Shout to @Carmen_Breezy for dropping this lead in the inbox!

@ojones1

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BLITZ – 8/11/14: Fight The Power

BupTPCiIAAAWiD4J Dilla – “F*ck The Police”

HEADLINES

Police In Ferguson Missouri Shot & Killed An Unarmed College Bound Teenager

Feds Must Investigate The Murder Of Unarmed Teen By The Police In Missouri

Sign The Change.org Petition To For Fed Laws Against Police Violence & Misconduct

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′ In The Works; New Film Grosses $65 Million In Theaters

Private Prisons House More Latinos Than Public Prisons

Black Men Need More Education Than White Men Just To Get The Same Jobs

Need To Escape From The Trunk Of A Car? There’s A New Class For That

A Wanted Man Is Arrested In A Police Sponsored ‘Donut Eating Contest’

Despite Numerous Protests From Christian Groups, ‘Black Jesus’ Did Very Well In TV Ratings

Porn Set Productions Assistants Have The Best Job On Earth?

Why Are So Many Women In Public Relations?

How To Harvest Meat From A Pig While It’s Still ALIVE

Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Claims He Was Misrepresented In Photos With Strippers

If Schools Don’t Change, Robots Will Bring On A ‘Permanent Underclass’

Paris Hilton Got Paid $347,000-an-Hour To ‘DJ’ In Ibiza

Cultural Figures Push ‘Schools Not Prisons’ Hashtag

Smiling Young White People Make App for Avoiding Black Neighborhoods

(Below) The Watts Riots August 11, 1965….. 49 Years ago Today

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BLITZ – 8/5/14: Kanye Takes His Cute Baby Daughter To Work

Kanye & His DaughterKanye West – “Bound 2 LIVE with The Roots & Charlie Wilson on Jimmy Fallon”

HEADLINES

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian’s ‘Bring Your Daughter To Work Day’

30 Years Ago, Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ Saturated Pop Culture

Man Shoots & Pistol Whips His ‘Best Friend’ Following An Argument During A Rap Video Shoot

Georgia Teacher Fired After Students Find Nude Selfies In Her Cell Phone (Video)

MIT Researchers Can Spy On Your Conversations With A Potato-Chip Bag

Christian Radio Host Facing 50 Years In Prison For Sex Acts With 12 Year-Old Boys

Scientists To Create “See-Through” Mice To Study How Disease Travels Through The Body

What Makes Us Fat: Is It Eating Too Much Or Moving Too Little?

Atlanta Makes The List Of The 15 Most Affordable Cities For Millennials

Fox News Anchor Arrested For Shoplifting After Store Employees See Her On TV

What Ever Happened To The Woman Who Tried To Murder Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr?

Jay Z’s Mom Opens New Restaurant In Newark, New Jersey

50 Books Every Black Teen Should Read

Africa: The Richest Region For Young Workers & Consumers

Economy Adds 209,000 July Jobs, But Black Unemployment Remains In The Double Digits

Soccer Fan’s Hand Blown Off By Grenade During Skirmish With Riot Police (Video)

Sony Is Planning A Female-Led Spider-Man Spin-Off, Venom Film Possible In 2017

Experimental ‘Top Secret Serum’ Drug Likely Saved Ebola Patients

Have You Ever Wondered Why Do East Asians Always Spontaneously Make V-Signs In Photos?

T-Pain Talks About Spending Over $2.4 Million Dollars In Strip Clubs (Video)

Daaaaamn! T-Pain wildin’ (hope that money’s pilin’)! I mean… What man doesn’t like going to strip clubs every now & then to have a drink with friends? But even a multi-multi-millionaire or even a billionaire has gotta say to himself, “There’s no way to make sense of spending millions of my dollars in strip clubs! I gotta chill.” And what about buddies? Ain’t no other ballers rolling with him to throw some piles on all them azz taxes? And what about wifey? Pain said she likes to go, too. Cool; no doubt, very cool. But ya gotta wonder if she ever nudged her man on some save-some-for-Mami’s-g-string *ish. Hmmm, wifey’s a cutie (see after the jump). Wonder where she’d fit on the Universal Hot-Crazy Matrix?

Check out the full interview from New York’s at Hot 97. Fun watch.

@ojones1

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BLITZ – 8/4/14: Dark & Alienated

BuIoeTNIEAA_JMoOutkast – “ATLiens” (1996)

HEADLINES

Outkast, Eminem, Nas, & More Entertain Over 300,000 Fans At Lollapalooza In Chicago

Anonymous Declares Cyber War On Israel; Brings Down Mossad Site & Many Others

Millennials, Outraged Over Israel’s Role In Gaza Rejects Washington’s Reflexive Support

Cleveland Cavaliers Coach David Blatt Says Israel’s War Against Hamas Is Justified

Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Film Breaks Box Office Records With $94 Million Opening

Actor From HBO’s ‘The Wire’ Beaten & Stabbed Inside A Washington D.C. Nightclub

Indiana Pacers Star ‘Paul George’ Recovering After Gruesome Leg Injury In Las Vegas

400,000 People In Toledo, Ohio Told To Avoid Drinking Tap Water Containing Dangerous Toxins

Danny Trejo: From The Big House To The Big Screen (Audio)

Former Terror Squad Rapper ‘Remy Ma’ Plans To Restart Her Career After 6 Years In Prison

Africa’s Leaders Aim To Change The Perception Of The Continent

Anything You Spit Can Be Used Against You In Court: Rappers Arrested & Charged For Lyrics

Miami Heat’s Ray Allen Says He’d Be Content With Retiring, But Hasn’t Made a Decision

The Invincibility Streak Ends For USA Basketball Following Paul George’s Horrific Leg Injury

Europe’s Mars Rover Will Have A Sensor That Can Smell Life

HIV In America Has Disproportionately Hurt Blacks Even After Treatment

Elon Musk’s High Speed ‘HyperLoop’ Makes The Bullet Train Look Like A Loco-Motive

The Most Hated Sports Teams In America: The Complete SPORTS HATE MAP

People Are More Polyamorous Than You Think: Monogamy Believed To Be Rare New Concept

The Weird Reasons People Make Up False Identities On The Internet

The War on Sex Workers Escalates With FBI Shutdown Of MyRedBook

@Edwin_Lyngar: “I Was Poor, But A GOP die-hard: How I Finally Left The Politics Of Shame”

U.N. & Amnesty International Criticize U.S. Military Support For Israel

BLITZ – 7/31/14: Booger Basketball

Bn3EKxUIUAEwHAhBiz Markie – Pickin’ Boogers (1988)HEADLINES

The NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers Demand To Be Rewarded For Losing

Gaza Conflict: Israeli Shell Strike Hits U.N. School Killing 19 Who Sought Shelter

6 Philly Narcotics Cops Indicted For Robbing, Kidnapping, & Framing Drug Dealers

Atlanta Makes Top 10 List Of Cities For IT Work; Growth Expected To Continue

Debunking The Myths About Gaza: The Truth Behind Israeli & Palestinian Talking Points

Will Kevin Durant Leave OKC In 2016 & Go Back Home To Play For The Wizards in D.C.?

The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin Has ‘Beef’ After Getting Kicked Out Of Fast Food Joint

An American Doctor Sick With Ebola Is Now Fighting For His Life

Ass Milk Is The Drink Of Choice For European Babies & Elderly Chinese

Geraldo Rivera Receiving Backlash For His Controversial Comments On Marriage

What Science Says About Marijuana: Less Dangerous Than Alcohol & Tobacco

Actor Djimon Hounsou Speaks on ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ & ‘Fast & Furious 7′ in ATL

5 Armed People, Including A Security Guard, Busted In Caesars Atlantic City Heist of $181,000

Woody Allen Won’t Hire A Black Actor Unless He ‘Writes A Story That Requires It’

Jay Z & Beyonce Rumored To Be Getting A Divorce At The End Of Their ‘On The Run’ Tour

NFL Cracking Down On Racial Slurs This Season, But Still Has A Team Named After A Racial Slur

One Congressman Says A Wage Of $7.25 an Hour Is ‘Inadequate’ For Supporting A Family

Judge Who Had Affair With Witness In His Chambers During Child Support Case Can’t Be Sued

The Oakland Raiders Possibly Eyeing A Move To San Antonio, Texans Owner ‘Not Surprised’?

Pat Riley Says The Miami Heat Recovered Well After Lebron James Exit To Cleveland

BLITZ – 7/28/14: Weekend Over

Btbry8AIYAAT41QNew Edition – “Is This The End?”

HEADLINES

A Creative Dad Just Made Water Balloon Fights Way More Efficient

Lebron James To Wear Number ’23’ For His Return With The Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Gets Detailed On Why College Athletes Should Be Paid

The World Cup In Brazil Is Over, But Many Visitors To The Country Refuse To Go Home

Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay Hands Out $100 Bills To Fans At Training Camp

The U.S. Has A Huge Problem With ‘Mass Incarceration In America’

Stephen A. Smith To Host 1pm-3pm Sports Program On Sirius XM Radio

Eric Garner & The Plague Of Police Brutality Against Black Men

Researchers Say Decriminalizing Sex Work Is The Best Way To Combat HIV/AIDS

There Are Officially Too Many Apps & Nobody Is Making Money

The Idea For People To Beta-Test Marriages Is Gaining Support

Aaron McGruder’s Upcoming Comedy ‘Black Jesus’ Is Angering Christian Groups

The Minorities: Will Blacks In Iraq Ever Win Justice?

A New iPad App That Will Turn Your Selfies Into 3-D Images

Fist Bumping Is 20 Times Safer Than Shaking Hands If You’re Worried About Germs

Colleges & Universities Facing Issues With Where To House Their Transgender Students

UCONN Is Able To 3D Print Copies Of Antique Instrument Parts

British Inventor Creates Giant Buttocks To ‘Fart On France’ (Video)

Civil Rights Leaders Weigh In: Where Are The Black Internet Workers?

Activism: Spike Lee Edits NYPD Chokehold Victim’s Images Into “Do The Right Thing” (Video)

Last Thursday, Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, died…on camera, in front of citizens of these United States. DAMN! Staten Island’s son passed away after being put in a lethal choke hold by police. The man had chronic asthma AND sleep apnea, but the cops could not have known that in their initial seconds of exercising force. BUT, soon enough (after he was on the ground) he told police officers he could not breathe many times. They literally choked the life out of the brother!!

If you are mumbling to yourself angrily, trying to square your feelings, and not throw a garbage can through a shop window. You, like us, know that the struggle is still very real. You may even flashback to that tragic scene with Radio Raheem and the cops in Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing.”

The above edited rendition is stirring. But hit the jump. That’s our fallen brother Eric ‘shopped into the image and shared by Spike Lee himself. Don’t tell us movies are ‘make believe.’ Too real. Disturbingly real.

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ESPYs Special Moment: Sports Anchor Stuart Scott Accepts The 2014 Jimmy V Award And A Hug From His Baby Girl (Video)

I’m not special. I just listened to what the man said.
Stuart Scott

The man, to whom ESPN anchor Stuart Scott refers in his statement above, was the late coach and ESPN commentator Jimmy Valvano. But if you witnessed Stuart’s acceptance of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs… through your tears… you witnessed what the man stood for – a demonstration of character, strength in the face of adversity, humility, honesty, and love. What you witnessed was heart; and it was beautiful.

Stuart is also battling cancer. And in his acceptance speech, he revealed how hard he is fighting – having undergone four surgeries in the days before due to complications with the disease. Such courage, wisdom and grace. Worthy of praise and so hard to put into words; but more than worthy of our attempt here.

Stuart is living V’s words: He will not give up…ever! Neither will his extended family (ESPN coworkers and execs, mom and dad siblings, girlfriend, daughters, other loved ones and friends); because, as he said, he cannot fight alone.

Watch the ultimate ESPN highlight; capped by the most beautiful moment of the night – when his youngest daughter, Sydni, walked on stage and gave Daddy the hug he needed.

(Crying again…dammit.)

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VICE: The War On Kids (Video)

What? 21 Jump Street like a mug… The authorities are out of control though…

This is the story of Jesse Snodgrass, a kid with Asperger’s syndrome who was arrested by an undercover cop posing as a student at Jesse’s high school. This is the story of how the war on drugs preys on the most vulnerable.
– Vice

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Cover Story: Inside the FBI’s Giant Bomb Warehouse (Video)

Employing forensics akin to what you’d see on CSI or NCIS, and taking what’s learned into the field (like on ’24’). the FBI is growing what will likely be America’s greatest asset in defending the U.S. against terror… information. Gathering artifacts and evidence from and related to bombs used against soldiers and civilians, compiling and crunching data on explosions that happened and that were prevented, identifying what makes bombs and bombers tick, predicting what or who spells trouble with regard to bomb attacks against the U.S. – all that and more has been going on for 10 years in TEDAC. Great article. Businessweek is the bomb y’all (alright, alright…stop groaning).

@ojones1

MORE: FBI LAB STUDIES BOMBS TO CATCH TERRORISTS (BUSINESSWEEK)

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VICE: Corruption, Cocaine, & Murder in Trinidad (Video)

VICE News visited the slums of Port of Spain and spoke with police, activists, community leaders, and gangsters to understand the country’s decade-plus spike in killings [more than tripling over the past 15 years]. Many of the murders are attributed to ruthless and politically connected street gangs who control territories that are sometimes no larger than a city block. The gangs fight over lucrative government contracts meant to provide social services and combat unemployment.

But gang violence is just where the problems start. Trinidad has become an important stop for drugs headed to West Africa and the United States. The “big fish” keeping and growing the country into a mega narco-state — the political and business elite.

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RIP Frankie Knuckles, Legendary DJ And Godfather Of House Music

BkH-GitCUAAr0nMSenator (now President) Barack Obama, pictured with First Lady Michelle (left) helped declare August 25, 2004, Frankie Knuckles (right) Day in Chicago.

The psalmist wrote, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the mourning.” Often, mourners gain comfort from these words; because they remind them that the pain of losing a loved one will not last. But the memories, legacy and love… those should. But first the respect due, demands we take a somber moment, family.

For House heads, dancers, and fans worldwide, it is not ‘breaking’ news so much as heartbreaking news that the
The Huffington Post reported yesterday: “Frankie Knuckles… Godfather of House Music… dies at 59 in Chicago.”

Bronx, New York (USA), native DJ Frankie Knuckles died unexpectedly on Monday afternoon; his cause of death not officially disclosed as of Tuesday morning. Having started DJing in The Bronx in 1972, Knuckles moved to Chicago in the late 1970s and played regularly at major venues through the late 1980s. His sets laid the groundwork for electronic dance music culture — his best known tracks, crossing and puling in fans from many genres, included “Your Love,” “The Whistle Song,” “Tears” and remixes of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode and many others. Knuckles won a Grammy in 1997, had a stretch of Jefferson Street in Chicago (where the famed Warehouse venue once stood) named after him in 2004 and was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Knuckles remained active until his sudden passing, playing a show just two days before his death.

For the legend, the set has now moved to another venue. Yet, we have much to celebrate and celebrate with here. Take your time, fam. Join the party when you’re ready… after the jump.

READ: FRANKIE KNUCKLES, GODFATHER OF HOUSE MUSIC DIES, AT 59 (HUFFINGTON POST)

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VICE: The Devil Tried To Divide Us (Documentary)

There are REASONS we have rules for wars… that nations declare war, seek coalitions before they do, and convene war crimes courts after. The ongoing tragedy in the Central African Republic though… Damn. There have been no rules, no understandings, and countless crimes against humanity… for DECADES… and it has just gotten worse! VICE News is taking us there. They have to, so we can try to understand. Watch above.

The Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui has seen its Muslim population drop from 130,000 to under 1,000 during the past few months. Over the past year, thousands across CAR have been killed, and nearly a million have been displaced. The United Nations recently stated that the entire Western half of the country has now been cleansed of Muslims…

READ MORE: WAR IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (VICE)

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Mike Vick’s First Interview as Quarterback for The New York Jets (Video)

I’m kinda sad to see Mike Vick no longer playing for my hometown Philadelphia Eagles, but I’m excited he’s still being given the opportunity to play in the NFL for head coach Rex Ryan & the New York Jets. I’m not a fan of the NY Jets, but I’m definitely a fan of Mike Vick & Rex Ryan. I believe they’ll make a good combination up there in New York City & I hope they do well this upcoming season except, if and when, they play my Oakland Raiders. Check out this new video from Mike Vick’s first interview as a NY Jet above. The reporter asks the standard run of the mill questions, but he missed a key opportunity to ask what number does Mike expect to wear this season considering both he & Geno Smith both like the number “7”. I’m sure there won’t be any beefs between Geno & Mike based on their mutual interests in helping to push each other, but just who will get that number “7” should be interesting.

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The 1983 Los Angeles Raiders: A Run To Remember (Video)

You should know by now that I’m an Oakland Raiders fan to the fullest. Of course I still support & will always support my hometown Philadelphia Eagles & other Philadelphia sports teams because I’m a proud Philly native, but the Raiders have always personally resonated with me since I was a young kid. The last 10 years haven’t been great ones for my Oakland Raiders squad, but some of the good moves taking place during the current 2014 Free agency period has me feeling good & optimistic. I have a feeling it won’t be long until my Raiders return to greatness which inspired me to post this mini-documentary of arguably the greatest Raiders squad in the history of the organization. I’ll never forget cheering loudly as a kid watching the Raiders win the Super Bowl in my mother’s living room back in the day. It’s been 31 years since the last Super Bowl win back then, but you can relive those moments with me in the perspective based video above. Back in 1983, NFL Hall Of Fame running back Marcus Allen & the Los Angeles Raiders truly had a ‘Run To Remember’.

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Cover Story: 15-Year-Old DJ Focus Built A Radio Station From Scraps And His Message Has Reached MIT And The World (Video)

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. But in this youth’s hands, it’s an opportunity to create something incredible!

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

David Sengeh, an MIT student and fellow native of Sierra Leone, met Kelvin in a Summer Innovation Program he ran there. His heart and mind, Kelvin’s heart and mind… and this story… will touch and inspire you. Guaranteed!

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9th Wonder At Harvard: “The Hip-Hop Fellow” (Trailer)

Slated for release next month, “The Hip-Hop Fellow” is a feature-length film documenting super-producer 9th Wonder’s time as a Harvard University professor, teaching “The Breaks” to a bunch of students of the Cambridge (Massachusetts) institution. 9th Wonder’s contribution is an awesome complement to Harvard’s Hip-Hop Archive (see our post on Nas being honored there). Each and together these are a blessing to the campus community and the world.

The trailer captures commentary and cosigns by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Young Guru, Pete Rock, DJ Premier and more. This documentary is going to be a “don’t miss” to be certain. Watch.

He has the love for it. He has the drive for it. It’s always been in him. He’s the genius behind it. You know, it’s only right.

- Kendrick Lamar

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