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Hasan Minhaj (Of The Daily Show) Gives An Roast Epic Speech At The White House Correspondents’ Dinner (Video)

Ohhhhhh shhhheeeeeeeiiiit! I wanted to categorize this as comedy, but this is more. This is even more biting than mere satire; plenty of BITE. Don Rickles (RIP) level roasting of an entire room AND of The President… you know, at the WHITE HOUSE Correspondents’ event that they have EVERY year.

Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj took full advantage of Donald Trump’s absence by taking aim at The President and his administration during his monologue at the White House Correspondents’ dinner.
Global News

I’m sure it was on his calendar. But hell, I cannot blame him. Some of this sh!t BURNED, but it seems like everyone took it in stride. And I do mean everyone, because ‘The Daily Show’ Correspondent Hasan Minhaj gave a taste to EVERYONE: Not just the POTUS, but key officials in his Administration, with shots for Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, even C-SPAN (who broadcasts the event annually)!

You HAVE to watch, but strap up and sack up. Hasan is hella funny, but his speech hits hella HARD! Whew.

@ojones1

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The Penn Relays 2017 by Jamaine Mungo For JAYFORCE.COM (Video)

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Posted this little snip so you all can see what it is like to be in the midst of massive pure human energy on level 12! Anyone who might have seen the subject of this post and thought, “Penn Relays… so that’s a big deal?” YES! It’s a big tings a Gwan!!! Peace to the homie “Maine” for sharing this firsthand experience for this piece, too.

Began running track my freshman year in high school, attended Maple Shade High School, New Jersey. My events were 400m, 800m and the 4×400 meter relay. Along with my teammates, we always trained hard and wanted to win. Our mindset was that hard work pays off and it certainly did. The start of outdoor track & field started in March and we all knew that once April approached it would be time for the Penn Relays. We knew that once we stepped on that track at Penn Relays, it would be “Game Time”. It is an indescribable feeling of pure energy, excitement, and adrenaline once you step on to the track at Penn Relays.

After high school, I continued my track career at Virginia State University running the 400m, 800m and 4x400m events. Throughout my time at VSU, I ran the 4x400m, sprint medley and distant medley relay events at the Penn Relays. Every year that I’ve run at the Penn Relays, there was that same electrifying feeling was always there and I always ran my personal best time.

There is an overall natural feeling of excitement for any athlete from high school, collegiate to olympian who steps onto the track at the University of Pennsylvania for the Penn Relays. A majority of athletes run their fastest times at the track that is known as a “fast track”. The Penn Relay carnival kicks off on a Tuesday and goes until Saturday. Athletes range from all age groups from middle school, high school, college, Olympians, and masters groups whom still compete at the golden age of 75+ running the 100m dash.

This is the largest Track & Field competition that is hosted where you can see all forms of athletes from all different age groups, various events and guaranteed to see some fast times on the track from the world’s best athletes.

So, you got a stadium packed with 90,000 fans – cheering, shouting, blowing horns, rattling all kinds of noisemakers and reveling with each other –
transferring that energy to the athletes who are now overcharged to run their fastest. Tradition, excellence, positive potential energy turned kinetic in the best ways. The Penn Relays started in April 21st, 1895 and is showing no signs of slowing down. It continues to get larger each year. The last race this year ended early Saturday evening, and just like that, it is over… until next year! – Jamaine

Hit the jump for a couple of images of Jamaine Mungo from Penn Relays Years Ago.

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The 2017 NFL Draft Experience: Takeaways From JAYFORCE.COM Sports Team In Philadelphia

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The 2017 NFL Draft In Philadelphia was the 1st time the NFL Draft would be held outdoors. The NFL draft in Philadelphia drew over 250,000 people with plenty of activities for adults & children a like as fans packed Philly’s Benjamin Franklin parkway up to Philadelphia’s Art Museum aka the “Rocky Steps” made famous by Sylvester Stallone.

There were a wide variety of activities in the park before & during the NFL draft that were free of charge most likely leveraged by the variety of corporate sponsors participating. Zip lines, kids events, & even a Lombardi trophy was on hand for fans to gawk or flick it up with.

A few things we noticed included the price of beers that were $12 a can which made it more difficult for anyone to get too rowdy & drunk during the festivities. Although the beers were expensive, the purified water at various stations throughout the park was free.

Public transportation from the suburbs & back on Philadelphia’s Regional trains was free for anyone who stepped foot on board. Philadelphia did an excellent job hosting the NFL Draft outdoors on the parkway.


Not only did it turn out successful, but it also allowed the NFL to break attendance records for the NFL Draft as various people were moved in & out of the seating area for a chance to witness the draft up close. Check out more video, pics, & thoughts from the Jayforce.com sports crew about the experience below…..

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History: The Cruel Ads Of Andrew Jackson And ‘The Master Class’

Full disclosure: This sh!t will probably make you cussin’ mad.

You’ve heard that former Presidents all the way back to the Founding Fathers of the United States owned slaves and did terrible things to Black people just ’cause with no just cause… right? Please tell me you know this. Well, if you ‘heard about it’ and sort of dismissed it as heresay, how about you take a read of the article linked below and see the $50 bounty ad that Andrew Jackson (yep, Andrew Jackson that was the President) put out for the capture of his “Mulatto Man Slave” wherein he offered “ten dollars extra, for every hundred lashes any person will give him, to the amount of three hundred.”

DAMMIT! So infuriating. I’d call him a son of a b!tch, but I actually like dogs. But I don’t like Massa Jacksun. Not a bit.

He was not the only one, of course. But this hard evidence was gathered – and must serve as a reminder – of what America at even its highest levels did to Black people, and how they viewed Blacks as less than ‘people,’ not so long ago. Read on…

MORE: HUNTING DOWN RUNAWAY SLAVES (MSN.COM)

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The Assassination Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (Documentary)

“Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader of the African-American civil rights movement and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who became known for his advancement of civil rights by using civil disobedience. He was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. King was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:05PM that evening. The King family and others believe that the assassination was carried out by a conspiracy involving the US government, as alleged by Loyd Jowers in 1993, and that James Earl Ray was a scapegoat. In a 1999 civil trial that did not name the US government as a defendant and sought $100 from Jowers, with both the family and Jowers cooperating together and the only presenting parties, the jury ruled against Jowers and Unidentified Conspirators”

Rewind: Judge Joe Brown Says James Earl Ray Didn’t Assassinate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (Video)

It’s been almost 50 years to this date, April 4th, that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated in Memphis Tennessee. Judge Joe Brown was the last judge to preside over alleged shooter, James Earl Ray’s case. To this very day Judge Joe Brown still believes “he didn’t kill him.” Judge Joe Brown says he didn’t believe Ray was the gunman despite his guilty plea. Joe Brown denied that he was involved in Dr. King’s murder but plead guilty because he felt it was in his best interest under the circumstances given.

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The Lost Streets Of Chicago (Documentary)

The caution on language for this BBC documentary. If that is what folks fret most about this video, then maybe they should not watch. Just saying, if harsh words make you cringe, you cannot possibly take an expose of the harsh reality Chicagoans face. Worse, if you are MORE affected by the language than the subject matter, you fail as a human.

Know what. Watch either way. We must do better. But first, we must not shy away. Otherwise, our great city will be lost.

Killings in Chicago have hit a 20-year high as the grim toll for homicides passes 500. The BBC’s Ian Pannell and Darren Conway explore a world where gangs and guns rule.
– BBC News

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Cover Story: The Illegal Harvesting Of Black Men’s Organs

When I found out about that movie, “The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks,” coming out on HBO in April, I felt the urge to do some digging now. Surely, medical science is not doing us like they did in the Tuskegee Study; or perhaps burying our stories still (like they tried with Henrietta Lacks). Nope. They are just harvesting our organs now and…

…WAIT WHAT???

The World Health Organisation reports that over 7,000 kidneys alone are harvested illegally annually. But with closer inspection at the statistics surrounding illegally harvested organs comes an even more sinister discovery: multiple black people have been found dead with missing organs and nothing has been said about it.
– Affinity Magazine

Dammit. Damn it to hell!

MORE: THE ILLEGAL HARVESTING OF BLACK MEN’S ORGANS (AFFINITY MAGAZINE)

@ojones1

Brooklyn-Born Representative Hakeem Jeffries Recites Biggie’s “Juicy” Verses On The Congressional Floor (Video)

Did you hear about the Congressman that got up on the House floor and commemorated the 20th year since the passing of Notorious B.I.G. by reciting some lyrics from his late hometown’s hero? It was NOT a dream! And it was damned awesome. Never believe that Hip-Hop can’t move a nation. It does, and its leaders… and this should move YOU! Watch.

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Recently Published Footage Calls Events Preceding Mike Brown’s Death Into Question (Video)

LOOK at this and TRY not to get mad. Remember the Michael Brown case; the Ferguson police murder (er…arrest)? Well, additional footage dropped that shows the strong-arm robbery Brown supposedly perpetrated on the owner – the video footage of which was leaked, somehow ‘justifying’ the arresting officer’s use of lethal force – did not tell the entire story. See, above is another piece of footage that shows an orderly exchange, perhaps even a DEAL struck between Brown and the store owner. Strange how that’s been left out of the conversation until now, huh?

For all unaware (read: NOT ‘woke’), THAT is how you paint a negative narrative using ‘actual footage.’ You don’t put out all the footage, just the part that supports the story you want told, AND negates the one you don’t. Whatever happened, Mike Brown should NOT be dead. TRUTH! The ‘strong arm video’ was meant to sell us on the bad-things-happen-to-bad-people story. Wrong story, okay. ‘They’ (e.g. those who want you to believe that Mike Brown was ‘not so good enough’ that he deserved to live to be tried like a citizen) WANTED that video to be seen to support their story, not the one this new footage tells…

But Jay Kanzler, a lawyer for the convenience store and its employees, strongly disputes that version of events, and said the new footage is unrelated to Mr. Brown’s later visit to the store.

HUH! Their lawyer disputes the new footage and what it might reveal… Ya think?

MORE: NEW FERGUSON VIDEO ADDS WRINKLE TO MICHAEL BROWN CASE (NY TIMES)

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Children As Young As Four Work 12 Hours A Day To Make Your Smartphone Work (Video)

Damn. And while the States stay distracted by whatever the f*ck the President is up to or not, and whether we care if Nicki will clap back at Remy or not, THIS deplorable despicable sh!t is going on. Watch above and read on… and prepare to get MAD!

‘Slavery is alive and well’ is no metaphor, people. We’re talking about miners in The Congo who are worked near death daily in unsafe conditions for nowhere-near-livable pay. And many of the miners are MINORS, some as young as four f*cking years old! All this to dig up as much cobalt as the developed world can buy to make smartphone and electric car batteries.

Regulate the mines? Yeah, right. Read more about the tragedy and challenges of this situation by following the link below.

MORE: FOUR-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN MINE 12 HOURS A DAY (TRUE ACTIVIST)

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Chance The Rapper Speaks On His Frustration Over Chicago Public School Funding (Video)

Chance The Rapper clip above; saying he was feeling a kind of way (not the good kind either) after his conversation with the Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner about funding from Chicago Public Schools. Chance is not the first in Hip-Hop to go hard for his hometown, for the kids & community; but the occasion is still too rare among folks with the bully pulpit and the bucks in our culture. And if you peep after the jump, you will see that Chance is putting his money on the table… even as the Governor and his ilk are taking money ($215 million) off it.

Salute to Chance The Rapper. He put up. Hope he doesn’t shut up until the state does right and puts some bread up, too!

@ojones1

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Politics: Senate Chair Silences Elizabeth Warren And Tells Her, ‘Take A Seat’ (Video)

Senator Warren defends her decision to read Coretta Scott King’s letter on Jeff Sessions, saying that the facts may hurt but it’s her responsibility as a Senator to not gloss over them.

Disclaimer that is not really a disclaimer: Senator Jeff Sessions represents my home state, Alabama. He is President Trump’s appointee for U.S. Attorney General, the nation’s most powerful law enforcement office.

So, Sen. Sessions is up to be The USAG. To ascend to such a rank, you expect to be vetted, right? Things that were private may come up. Things that were public WILL come up. Those who oppose you will DEFINITELY bring it all up. Put on your big politician pants.

Now, I have not heard about anything from Senator Sessions or his people on this matter, but we have heard enough from the Republican leadership of the U.S. Senate. They LITERALLY told her to ‘take her seat’ when she read from a letter by Coretta Scott King (Martin Luther King, Jr.’s late widow) on Jeff Sessions when she opposed his efforts to prosecute Black civil rights advocates back in the day. She read a letter, and they tried to shut her the f*ck up!

Sorry Republicans, America does not work that way. Other Democrats, including Senator Bernie Sanders (FEEL the Bern STILL) stepped up and read the letter. That, plus Warren on Facebook Live… You cannot silence us all. You will not keep us all in the dark, especially if the press does its duty of keeping us (the electorate) informed! Watch discussion above, with more after the jump.

(Wait. Senator Mitch McConnell brought the opposition? An actual MITCH did this ‘mitch’ sh!t? Yep.)

@ojones1

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NYFF: ’13th’ Documentary Film Panel Discussion (Video)

The day after Ava DuVernay’s new film, 13TH, opened the 54th New York Film Festival, subjects interviewed in the film came together for an extended conversation exploring the many issues explored in this powerful documentary about race and criminal justice.

From the portrayal of black men in popular culture, dating back to D. W. Griffith’s 1915 Birth of a Nation, to the progression from slavery to mass incarceration and the persistent demonization and killing of black men by police in our cities today, the discussion will consider how the past connects with our present reality. Participants will include Ashley Clark (BFI), Jelani Cobb (The New Yorker, The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress), Malkia Cyril (Center for Media Justice), Kevin Gannon (Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning), and Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Harvard Kennedy School; former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture). 13TH is a Netflix original documentary.

PREVIOUS: 13TH DOCUMENTARY TRAILER (VIDEO)
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Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (Festival Trailer)

I never set out to convert anybody. In my quest, some of them ended up converting themselves.
Daryl Davis

So, go on and plan on watching the trailer above TWICE, because the first run will likely leave you breathless. This is the award-winning documentary about a Black musician, Daryl Davis, who befriends and engages members of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists in an extended dialog about race, hate, and how we can get past it. Turns out this all started as a bold an simple measure to get the KKK’s answer to this question: “How can you hate me if you don’t even know me?”

(Davis’ dialogs with Klan members have been so powerful that several members ultimately left the organization. You MUST watch!)

“Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America” comes to PBS on February 13, 2017.

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Marcus Garvey Inspired MLK & Mandela; Today His Son Is Asking President Obama To Pardon Him (Video)

“Today we look at another request for a presidential pardon, this one from the family of Marcus Garvey, a pioneering figure in the Black Freedom struggle in the early 20th century who inspired generations of civil rights activists around the world. In the 1920s, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover targeted Garvey for his political activity as a leader of the Pan-African movement. Garvey was convicted in 1923 on a charge of mail fraud and sentenced to five years in jail. His charges and conviction effectively ended Garvey’s political movement and eventually led to his deportation back to Jamaica. We speak to Marcus Garvey’s son, Dr. Julius Garvey, who is leading the Justice4Garvey effort.”

JUSTICE4GARVEY.COM

PART 2 OF THIS INVERVIEW AFTER THE JUMP BELOW…..
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Gentrified – Ethnic Cleansing: American Style (Film Trailer)

“Is it ‘redevelopment’ . . . or ethnic cleansing?

‘Gentrified’ is the first documentary ever to take an in-depth look at the effects of gentrification and provide statistical and social evidence that it targets the Black community in particular. When big business and big govt conspire to create so-called “redevelopment” it always leaves a richer, all white neighborhood in its wake. The old, Black residents are left to their own devices which include poverty and homelessness.

In ‘Gentrified’, we travel across the United States and interview activists, entrepreneurs and academics to give a brutally honest look at the way the entire country, and even the world, is being reshaped by the process of gentrification. In the 21st century the ‘haves’ are removing the ‘have-nots’ and it’s time we saw who they were.

They’re rich. They’re white . . . and they’re coming for everything you’ve got.

A special UK screening will be followed by a panel discussion in London on February 18th at 6pm at the Hackney Attic.

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PREVIOUS: BLACK CHANNEL FILMS PRESENTS ‘GENTRIFIED – POLICE, MONEY, & ETHNIC CLEANSING’ (VIDEO)

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Victims Of Misfortune (Extended Trailer)

The American criminal justice system is more about addressing the ‘criminal’ part rather than the ‘justice’ part of its moniker. A quick search on ‘prison’ on here will tell you that. But this “Victims Of Misfortune” shows how deep the dung is; addressing what happens to the imprisoned after they have served their time. Facts and nearly two decades of research folks. Don’t argue with folks who disagree, as this is no longer a debate. This is a documentary that exposes truths and shares knowledge.

Victims Of Misfortune is a feature-length, social change documentary that will give a historical and current look at America’s criminal justice system and the discriminatory policies that people with a criminal background face, post conviction/release. Victims Of Misfortune will also take a closer look at America’s system of indentured servitude putting the practice in proper historical context. The United States has 5 percent of the world population, with around 25 percent of the world’s prisoners (over 2.4 million people behind bars). Nearly $70 billion is spent annually on probation/parole, prison and detention centers for immigration detainees. Once these people are released from prison or have a criminal record, they are then discriminated against for employment, housing, education, governmental benefits and some even deported.

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U.S. Veterans Deliver Powerful Apology To Native Americans At Standing Rock (Video)

Someone is probably going to find a way to be mad at these vets about this, but oh well. I salute these troops who likely served proudly with reverence, demonstrated humility and purity of heart. They still serve, in a different way here, with this bold, sincere, and timely formal apology. On bent knees at Standing Rock. Watch and be moved.

“We fought you, we took your land, we signed treaties that we broke…we beg for your forgiveness.”
Wesley Clark Jr.

Note the chosen pronoun ‘we’… not shirking the legacy (good & not-so-good) they joined when they joined to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. And they were granted forgiveness in front of those assembled. A largely symbolic ceremony to be certain; but still very powerful!

@ojones1

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Nigerian Tribal King Takes Shell Oil To Court (Video)

Lawsuit for millions and millions of dollars. Think that even makes an oil conglomerate blink? Hardly! Real question is… Where is the humanity?! If you got it for the clean-up, when the courts force you, why not spend the money PROTECTING the people?

(Wait. Don’t answer. I think I already know. Sickening…)

A Nigerian tribal king has taken oil giant Shell to court in London. Here’s why.
– Al Jazeera English

Long Live The Chief! Watch him work. Shame on you Shell! Immeasurable amounts of oil spilled. Land made wasteland. Militarization and the killing of Ken Saro-Wiwa. On you (and the Nigerian government)!

@ojones1

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