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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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Debunking The Myth Of Women’s Fast-Ticking “Biological Clock” (Video)

Hahaaa! She said she’s gotta get baking before her oven breaks down. Easy lady. Take it easy. Experts agree that you can still have a baby after 35. Above, Adam tells you why.

(You should know the ‘how’ by now.)

The data that “modern” fertility advice is based on is actually straight-up medieval.
– College Humor

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Betting On Black: How Jojo Faked Being Black To Get Into Medical School (Video)

Man oh man! Shave his head and call him Jojo. Watch Vijay ‘school’ us on the Pochahantas Factor, faking Black to get in via an admissions back door, and pretty much everything that feels wrong yet Vijay felt it his right to do.

President Trump will end Affirmative Action like Lincoln ended slavery.
Vijay Jojo Chokal-Ingam

And you know the cutie Mindy Kaling (from the Mindy Project)? This is her brother!

Damn. Well, at least Mindy does not seem to be as much a Trumpeter as her brother is implying that he is.

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A Mix Of Pride And Shame: Ken Burns The History Of “The West” To Life (Video)

The legendary documentary film producer Ken Burns brings us the real story of “The West” in eight parts for PBS America. Might be able to get to see this on-demand from your local cable provider. You can definitely see it on Netflix.

The series explores the region from the times of the earliest Native Americans to the 20th century. Monday’s episode, The People (to 1806), looks back to the emergence of a new world with the arrival of the first Europeans. On Tuesday, Empire upon the Trails (1806- 1848) tells the story of the Americans who headed west, following the fur trade into the mountains, fighting for self-determination in Texas or seeking a better life along the Oregon Trail. In Speck of the Future (1848-56) on Wednesday, the landscape changes dramatically with the discovery of gold in California. The Gold Rush brings the whole world to the West as prospectors scramble for a share, littering the hills with mining towns and creating the West’s first metropolis. But in the push to strike it rich, many are violently displaced. Conflict comes to the West in Thursday’s episode, Death Runs Riot (1856-68). In Utah, federal troops march against Mormon polygamy while along the Rio Grande oppressed Mexican Americans rebel. The war between North and South unleashes brute savagery in the West, leaving behind an army prepared for total war against the native peoples of the plains.
– PBS America

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J-Live: The 9000 Miles Project (Video)


www.gofundme.com/realjlive

“Peace! My name is J-Live. I’m an emcee, producer, DJ, and an educator. Born and raised in New York City. Currently residing here in Atlanta Georgia.

9000 Miles is my very first crowdfunding project. The purpose of this campaign is to enable and empower me to serve not just an artist, but as an educator.

My vision is to not only teach through my lyrical content and performances, but also through lectures, classes and hands on workshops for aspiring artists of all ages. The title “9000 Miles” and the concept, is actually an old song of mine.” – J-Live

THE 9000 MILES PROJECT :
J-Live’s Studio Upgrade To Teach Through Hip Hop.
A $9,000 gofundme campaign.
Multi level support rewards plus free online videos from J-Live’s hip hop curriculum.

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Why Do We Celebrate The 4th Of July?

Beyonce’s spirit traveled to 1776 to tell us to be independent?? Bwaaaaha! A’ight dude. But for real, watch above to learn some things about Independence Day and related factoids.

Before you head out to that BBQ, do you know why we even celebrate the Fourth of July? Watch as host MegScoop and guest host Rome Greene, Jr. from Dormtainment discuss facts you may or may not know about Independence Day.
– All Def Digital

Hahaa! And MegScoop said she likes ‘Napoleton’ ice cream. They stoopit! But watch above though, and learn.

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Learn About Humanity’s Journey Out Of Africa And Into The Wider World In The “Great Human Odyssey” (Trailer)

Humanity started in Africa. We’re on the same page with that, right. Science!

But let’s go deeper in depth with NOVA’s and PBS’ help. How did ancient humans make their ways to all corners of the Earth; not only surviving Africa but leaving it and coming to thrive as distant disparate populations in the various regions in which they finally settled? HUGE question. And there are more that will be addressed in the “Great Human Odyssey” documentary (available on PBS, and now on Netflix).

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Many Spanish And Arabic Words Sound Nearly The Same (Video)

Maybe you remember young Keke Palmer in “Akeelah And The Bee” studying the language roots of English words for clues on how contest words might be spelled and it clicking: English words have shared/borrowed elements from other cultures. Well, whether you do or don’t, you are going to love this. Knowledge!

Spanish and Arabic have more in common than you think, and it’s not a coincidence.
– Annenberg Media

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Science: Even Einstein’s Blunders Help Explain The Universe’s Wonders (Video)

Even Einstein’s bad ideas end up being pretty darn good.
Brian Greene

Ha! This kind of reminds me of Dr. McCoy’s line in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, where he told Spock that Captain Kirk trusted his guesses more than most people’s facts. We can’t even count out the theorems that Albert Einstein tosses out; they might be right.

Brian Greene, Columbia University physicist and co-founder of the World Science Festival, explains how today’s physicists and mathematicians use an Einsteinian formula to explain the universe that Einstein himself originally thought was false.
– Tech Insider

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The Power Of Sound In Cinema (Video)

Really nice vignette on the power of sound with regard to its impact in cinema. What you hear, what you don’t hear, the supression of noise or noises; even the inclusion of silence… The sound mix affects the feel and story delivery in so many ways.

Just imagine being in that control room about halfway through the above clip. When the static-filled voicecast says calmly, “There is no danger…” Man, they better get the f#ck out! Or since it started at the 4:20 mark, smoked ’em if they had ’em. Hahaaa!

Great insights in this video!

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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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ESPN President John Skipper Speaks At The Tuskegee University Commencement And…

…it was a CELEBRATION! Strike up the band… the best band in the land, the Tuskegee University Golden Virtuosos!!

Wow. I have a LOT of family and friends who are Tuskegee Institute and Tuskegee University alumni. I may well have attended myself, but The University Of Alabama ended up being the best option (financially, mainly) for continuing my education post-high school. However, anyone who grew up in ‘Skegee can tell you that TU and the town that surrounds it are bound in many ways; especially on Football Saturdays (Homecoming Weekend = Off The Meter!) and special commemorations. So, I may not be a TU alum, but I am a true Tuskegeean (46!)… and trust me, that is way past close enough for me join in celebrating this.

See more footage and some of what students and Presidents Skipper and Johnson had to say on this occasion after the jump.

(Wonder if any of this made SportsCenter over the weekend? Best bet for worthy coverage is ESPN’s ‘The Six’ with Jemele Hill and Michael Smith.)

#ESPNSportsCenterTheme #TUBallandParlay #MCP #TUCommencement2017#CelebratingTUBestandBrightest

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Indium: A Metal That You Can Bite (Video)

Random factoid: You know real gold is malleable, right? That’s why you see prospectors, exchangers and ‘testers’ biting down on gold nuggets and trinkets. To see if they can ‘dent’ them. See, you can bite a mark into real gold; most other metals, not so much. On that point: You can bite indium, too. It is much softer than gold though; in fact, the softest metal you can hold in your hand! Watch the clip above. Learn what you can do to and with a bit of indium.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks About The ‘Pale Blue Dot’ And Our Place In The Universe (Video)

I remember a show on TV growing up called “Big Blue Marble” that hinted at the smallness of planet Earth compared to the vastness of space; but it still referred to it as the ‘biggest marble’ in the game. But…BUT… watch modern science guy Neil deGrasse Tyson show us just how small our home is as a place in the universe… but still let us know that we are STILL special.

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Education: What Is ‘Infinity’… Really? (Video)

I know you are, but what I am I… I know you are, but what am I… Infinity!

If you had a nerdy Peewee’s Playhouse-watching friend (like me) growing up – or if you were that friend – then you instantly got the reference AND significance to the quote above. Hit the jump if you need clueing in. Ahhh, Peewee Herman: debate champ and math scholar. Hahaaaa! Invoking the concept of infinity to shut down a hater. Science!

Infinity is an elusive concept that can often be difficult to comprehend. In order to better define what infinity actually is, we brought in Eugenia Cheng, a mathematician and the author of “Beyond Infinity.”

Hands up if you ever countered someone with ‘infinity plus one’ though. C’monnnnn, you can admit it. That’s the paradox!

(Well, this gives new meaning to Souls Of Mischief’s “93 Til Infinity”…maybe).

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Why Credit Cards Are A Scam (Video)

Funny. But straight – no chaser! Credit cards are a scam. ‘Money without having money’… yeah right, more like a fancy IOU card #Facts #FinancialLiteracy

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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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Science: Just How Deep Is The Ocean? (Video)

I’ve seen videos like this before, and they get me every time. There is a BIG world out there… in the ocean. Sure there is the vast unexplored expanse of outer space, but what about the unexplored areas of our planet. NASA has had some shaving of its programs over time, and it’s unfortunate but understandable. Plus, the opportunities for international partnerships to get some space exploration done could turn out to be better for the planet’s push into the beyond.

But what if we swapped in some oceanic exploration in the U.S. and anywhere else that wanted “in” on the new nearer frontier? There is so much of our planet’s mass that we still know nothing about. Most of it is ocean. We could still spur youths’ daring (remember: kids wanted to grow up to be astronauts back in the day) and societies’ pursuit of bold advances in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (aka STEM) research. We would definitely find new challenges, cures to problems and diseases, and more. But first, we would have to find courage. Because the ocean is deep. SCARY deep. How deep? Watch!

Just how deep does the ocean go? Way further than you think. This animation puts the actual distance into perspective, showing a vast distance between the waves we see and the mysterious point we call Challenger Deep.

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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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