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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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Netflix Presents Ashtan Towles’ Experiences Tackling Race-Related Issues At Yale University (Documentary)

Grew up in the South, all her youth, and she made it through… admitted to an Ivy League university, no less. And STILL this sista cannot ‘get away’ from racism in America.

Imagine waking up to find your school trending because of a racist incident?
– Strong Black Lead

Yeah. Don’t EVER speak of America being post-racial. Even in the ‘affluent’ North. Yale was trending on racism.

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There Are Almost 8 Billion People On Earth. But How Many Is Too Many? (Video)

PBS picks up the conversation topic Bill Gates was speaking on in the post on here from a couple of weeks back – overpopulation.

Is overpopulation real? Is Earth filling up with too many humans? How many people can Earth hold, anyway? As our species approaches 8 billion, human overpopulation is a major concern for many people.
– It’s Okay to be Smart • PBS

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Do Space Battles Make Sense Scientifically? (Video)

When science meets science fiction… we get space battle physics! I had to watch this clip all the way through, because ‘Storm Trooper Hot Pockets’ (haha)!

How scientifically accurate is your favorite sci-fi space battle? #Maythe4thBeWithYou
– It’s Okay to be Smart • PBS

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Why “40 Acres And A Mule” Is No Longer Enough Reparations For Black Americans (Video)

Word on the street, dirt road… hell, everywhere… is that that 40 acres and a mule promised to Black folks in the United States… IS. NOT. COMING. And even if it was, it would NOT be enough to ‘catch us up’ and make things fair & square for how far slavery, Jim Crow, and follow-on disenfranchisement has set people of color (esp. Black people in America) back. The ‘why’ behind this is skillfully “Decoded” above in this throwback episode.

Out of 536 billionaires in the USA, only 3 are Black. Why the stark racial divide? Well, it’s complicated, but it turns out our history of racism has a lot to do with it. From segregated schools that receive less funding in property taxes, to the history of redlining Black homeowners, to the long history of slavery, oppression, and segregation, White families were accumulating wealth. That “old money” has provided the capital for the modern-day billionaires, and even average-income white families, to stay significantly ahead of Black Americans. So how can we fix the wealth divide in America?
– MTV Decoded

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Discovery Channel’s Cage Match: Shaq Vs. Sharks (Video)

He thought it was ‘Shaq Week’ but nah, son, it is “SHARK Week” on Discovery Channel… every year. But props to the Big Shaqtus for leaving the land and braving the depth to do a face-to-face the potentially vicious fishes, mano y (um) shark-o.

Shaq faced his fears and conquered them. Turns out that there wasn’t much to fear… until A SHARK GOT INTO THE CAGE THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT HIM!!

Yeah. That happened. Hit the jump and see.

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Wu-Tang’s The ‘GZA’s Series “Liquid Science” Is Now On Netflix

The GZA has been all about the knowledge, and science, for the longest. We’ve posted on some of that here. Well, he has a series on that front on Netflix for you to check out – “Liquid Science” (Get it? If you are GZA/Wu-Tang Clan fan… yeah ya do)!

WATCH: LIQUID SCIENCE (NETFLIX)

How Cousins Removed Fit On Your Family Tree (Video)

Ever wonder how that ‘first cousin’ vs. ‘cousin once removed’ thing works in your extended family. Well, I found a video that can answer all the questions on that. But if you decide to do what I do, and just call most folks at your next family reunion ‘cousin’ or ‘cuz’… I completely understand and support that. Because this explanation can get confusing real quick.

What’s a third cousin twice removed? Do great parents exist?
– DONG

That ‘great parent’ line though… just watch.

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T.I. Meets With Students From The Atlanta Music Project And Prepares For His NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (Video)

Has there ever been a behind-the-scenes type video put out for a Tiny Desk Concert? Well, there’s at least one now. Leave it to Tip Harris to do it big AND do it differently! Should be good.

T.I. rehearses for upcoming NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert performance at Crossover Studios with students from the Atlanta Music Project.
DJ Blak Magic

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A Societal How-To For People Of Color: Watch “The Melanin Code” (Documentary)

Yessir. This knowledge is needed! Forty acres and a mule just will not do. People of color in America need generational wealth. Watch “The Melanin Code” and let’s learn to organize and get that. Trailer above. Link to the documentary (on demand) below.

How is it possible to thrive when history has shown that for over 300 years, where there have been steps taken to divide melanated people mentally? The answer is simple. We need to start over from scratch and go back to the basics. We need a Code of Conduct. We need an Instructional Video.

Yes, an Instructional Video that covers all areas of activity:

Economics
Education
Entertainment
Law
Labor
Politics
Religion
Sex
War

This is a “Solutions-Based” film. The diverse cast of business owners, financial experts, religious figures, well-known activists, educators, politicians and even members of the police force will identify the problems within our race, and will present solutions.

“The Melanin Code” will also decode hidden actions and keywords from the dominant society that are used to demean us.

All other ethnic groups have a code they abide by to get things accomplished. Let’s establish ours.

WATCH: THE MELANIN CODE (DOCUMENTARY) [RENT] | [BUY]

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Being a White Student At A Historically Black College (Documentary)

“I feel like I belong here if I’m putting in the work. It’s that simple.”

Whew. When he asked dude, “Do you feel like you really belong here?” Tiago answered like that. VICE does it again! Really digs into this perspective of a White student attending an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).

On this episode of ‘MINORITY REPORTS,’ we met up with Tiago, a White freshman at Morehouse College, an HBCU in Atlanta that counts Martin Luther King, Jr. and Spike Lee as alumni.

We sat down with him to hear why he decided to enroll in the school, asked his peers for their thoughts on having white students on campus, and followed along as he showed us what it’s like to be one of very few non-black students at school.

– VICE

Now, if you are even thinking about reducing this topic to ‘any student can go anywhere’… Let’s not waste your time. Come back in an hour or something. This is deep exploration like VICE documentaries do. Gonna stay? Okay, press play.

@ojones1

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Do You Even Know How Rich Bill Gates Is? No, You Don’t. Let Neil deGrasse Tyson Explain (Video)

I’m charmed by the fact that the ‘patron saint of geeks’ is the richest man in the world.
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wow. Just… wow. And this was back in 2016 (yeah, gimme that ‘late pass’). Probably only gotten richer since then.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains Just How Wealthy Bill Gates Is
– Science Today

Guaranteed you haven’t thought of it like this #BetMoney

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Back Story Of The Israel-Palestine Conflict (Video)

Peace in the Middle East. We got used to saying the phrase; praying for it to become a reality. If you already know the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, good on you for being informed. I will admit to not knowing. I came across many storytellings like this on YouTube. Though I do not claim the expertise to declare it absolutely so, this one seems to speak to the true history in an even-toned manner.

@ojones1

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Did You Know That Bob Ross Did Much More Than Paint On PBS? (Video)

I thought about whether or not many of you are even old enough to remember how awesome “The Joy Of Painting” and host Bob Ross were. PBS was home to some great television. And if watching Ross paint ‘happy trees’ gave you joy back in the day, too, you will likely be as wow’d as I was (in a good way) when you learn even more about the PBS icon.

He inspired generations of young people to paint, but did you know these facts about him?
George Takei Presents

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Chadwick Boseman’s Uplifting Commencement Address To Howard University’s Class Of 2018 (Video)

Better to find PURPOSE than a JOB. PURPOSE drives you to make a mark on HISTORY! A JOB is how you make a living. Preach that truth brother Boseman! Hear (and feel) the words of the Howard University alum giving his address to the most recent graduates from his alma mater, The Hilltop aka #WakandaUniversity

Stop what you’re doing and watch Chadwick Boseman give powerful advice to the class of 2018.
– NowThis

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Baba Brinkman Is Dropping Science… Brain Science… In His “Rap Guide to Consciousness” (Trailer)

Not sure if you know like I know, but there are folks in Hip-Hop whose works I admire yet will probably never totally ‘get.’ Like, I know Raekwon is dope, but sometimes he goes into some bushes I have never seen before… and I can’t follow what he’s doing. I just chalk it up to him doing him doing Hip-Hop… and I stay on a Hip-Hop path because I know he will come back and stomp down a familiar path (or at least one I can follow) and we’re good. That kind of thinking is not just for Hip-Hop. I think about Neil deGrasse Tyson or Gary Vaynerchuk or some of the far-out science/tech articles I post here… not knowing all of what is going on, but knowing there is something there; that this is something I should be following.

This cat, Baba Brinkman. He’s like that; with his lyrical presentations about consciousness and such. I just dug some write-ups about him out of the inbox and peeped this trailer that came with them… I’m seeing critical acclaim, some building buzz, association with work I often follow into some of those aforementioned bushes (see Mega Ran – who I ran across while staying up on the moves of the homie SkyBlew). Yeah. So I subscribed. I get a good amount of what he is spitting about (yeah, like rapping about) in his rhymes that engage and explore the mind. And while I am sure Baba will head off into some bushes I’m not eff’n with from time-to-time, I get the feeling that he will brink it back (come, rewind). Like Chef Raekwon and Dr. Tyson do for me.

Check dude’s trailer out and see if you can keep up with what he’s putting down. One time for your mind!

@ojones1

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Science: Earth’s Longest Living Lifeforms (Video)

I was just telling someone the other day: I think it is a good thing that we cannot talk to animals and plants. Some species have been around way long, and live way longer, than us. They could tell us about ourselves. Really tell us about ourselves.

And living that long, that ‘reading’ on us could get ugly. Still… thinking about how long they (e.g. non-human lifeforms) live. Hella interesting!

@ojones1

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Study More Effectively Utilizing “The Feynman Technique” (Video)

The world is overflowing with information. It’s impossible to learn deeply about everything.

So, that’s what the narrator is saying in the first part of this instructional video. Hmmm… not making me feel better about this training session I have to get ready to run soon… and I bet a LOT of students getting ready for finals will not be comforted by the ‘impossibility’ of deep learning about a LOT of stuff (especially given a limited time to do it, like by FINALS, in a couple of weeks)!

But hang on, true believers. The technique described in the video above outlines a process that makes sense. I’m banking on it to work (because I have some training to do for a gig VERY soon). It might help you, as a student of life, or some student you know who is facing finals soon.

Note: It is NOT magic. This involves discipline and hard work! But isn’t that always the path to true mastery?

So, click play, get insight on the Feynman Technique, and let’s get it!

@ojones1

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Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson Offers An ‘Interstellar’ Explanation Of Reality Beyond Three Dimensions (Video)

That “Interstellar” flick was incredible by the way. A real mind trip, especially the way they viewed time and space in outer space. Crazy… until go-to astrophysicist and all-around smart guy Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson breaks it down for us. Then it makes much more sense.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson saw “Interstellar” and then came by Business Insider to explain what the ending means – and if it’s scientifically sound.

Time. Wow!

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PBS To Feature “The Story of Black Colleges & Universities” On ‘Independent Lens’ (Trailer)

Last year, we got the new mind-blowing documentary from Stanley Nelson about the rise and fall of The Black Panthers. This year, like right now, we get a trailer letting us know about the new new documentary due out 1st Quarter 2018 – “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities.”

Stanley Nelson, the preeminent storyteller of the African-American experience and Firelight Films, the award-winning production company committed to making films about pivotal events, movements, and people in American history, unveil a new full-length trailer for the upcoming documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. The trailer provides a fast-paced, rousing overview of the complex history of how HBCUs, havens for Black intellectuals, artists and trailblazers, offered a path of promise toward the American dream, educated the architects of freedom movements throughout the decades and cultivated leaders in every field.

Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities premieres on the acclaimed series Independent Lens on PBS on Monday, February 19th 2018 at 9p ET (check local listings). For more details on the film and #HBCURising campaign go to www.hbcurising.com

– Firelight Films

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