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This Thanksgiving In Theaters: Tom Hanks Asks, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (Trailer)

Best. Casting. EVER! Get your issue of tissues, because the sweet memories of Mister Rogers alone might bring a tear to your eyes. Just imagine what is gonna happen when the Oscar-winning Tom Hanks brings him back to life on the big screen.

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.
– Sony Pictures Entertainment

Good story to tell. Guaranteed good ticket for a film to tug at the heartstrings.

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Principal Akbar Cook Is Still Taking Care Of His ‘Babies’ With His ‘Lights On’ Program (Video)

First, a spot on Ellen (see our post here). Now, CNN is covering the Newark (New Jersey, USA) principal. This brother Akbar Cook and his amazing work should keep getting the spotlight on big awesome platforms as an example of what normal people who dare to show extraordinary care can do to make this world a better place!

“When it all gets down to it, we’re saving lives,” says Akbar Cook, the principal of West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey. Cook founded and directs, a program that gives students a safe place to go on Friday nights, when crime and gun violence are prevalent. In the past three years, Cook says, West Side hasn’t lost any students to gun violence.
– CNN

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Common x The Sesame Street Muppets – “Respect” (Give It, Live It) [Video]

Usually only get Sesame Street infused with Hip-Hop when YouTubers take it upon themselves to do their own mashups. But this is cool. Push down that urge to judge it as corny and get the message and where it is aimed: Children (and parents) need this plain & simple direct messaging on RESPECT.

Messaging and respect. That’s as Hip-Hop as it gets, folks. Kudos to Common and all the Muppets on the Street for representing good values.

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‘Officer Clemmons’ Speaks On Being Black In “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (Video)

Hope you got to spend Valentine’s Day celebrating love in some way. I sat down and watched a documentary on a legend who lived a life of love; influencing generations to be better people as he made his way in the world. Man, if only we had Mr. Rogers around now. Rest in peace to the legend Fred Rogers.

Then I found this Great Big Story on ‘Officer Clemmons’ on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. So wonderful!

Remember Officer Clemmons, the policeman from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?” Actor Francois Clemmons was initially reluctant to take the role. Growing up in the late ’60s, Clemmons didn’t have a positive opinion of the cops at the time. But Fred Rogers convinced him, and Clemmons became one of the first Black actors to have a recurring role in a children’s TV program.
– Great Big Story

You gotta watch this story and check for the “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” documentary on HBO or on-demand on YouTube. Well worth watching!

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What Is The Real Definition of Freestyle (Video)

Interesting. Freestyle vs. off-the-top rhyming. Check out this revisitation of an MTV-televised discussion about historical misunderstandings and their perspectives on what freestyle is for real. Along with perspectives on freestyling in-the-streets vs in-the-industry from today (from Papoose).

The term “Freestyle” is an integral part of Hip-Hop. But what does it mean? This piece delves into the evolution of one of Hip-Hop’s most common, yet most misunderstood terms.
– The Company Man

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Schools Are Still Separate And Unequal In The Deep South (Video)

The fight is NOT over! We just celebrated MLK Day, and sure, all the crowds were likely integrated to varying degrees… and even Vice President Mike Pence was on TV quoting King… BUT we STILL have MUCH work to do. Time to go back to school(s)… and fix this!

These students are still facing segregation and inequality every day at school, more than 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement.
– NowThis

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How Science Teacher Pavel Viktor Became ‘YouTube Famous’ (Video)

We need more of this over here in the States, please and thank you. Neil deGrasse Tyson can’t do it alone #NerdCool #ScienceRules

Pavel Viktor, a science teacher in Odesa, Ukraine, started posting his lectures on YouTube for absent students. He never expected the videos to gain millions of views beyond his classroom.
– Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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Started As Some Colonies, Now We’re Here… As A Corporation (Video)

If you hang out with folks in the States who claim Moor as nationality, they might have hipped you to something like this. Or at least tried. Perhaps you really did not take in the knowledge because it was not echoed elsewhere. Well, not trying to proselytize anyone, but here’s a ‘truth echo’ right here. Study, look into things, and THINK for yourSELF!

Plain and simple America is a Corporation since 1871 with the Act of 1871. Finalized in 1938. Rockefellers in the United States. The Rothschilds in England. They own and run the Federal Reserve the Central bank of England and the United Nations is run by them. They both finance WAR for both sides to keep the lies going and but the Corporations are broke. Everything with Syria, Russia, USA and soon to be China falls under this to enslave us with Agenda2030 that was Agenda21 www.republicoftheunitedstates.org GO now!!
– TruthnotWar2115

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Dave Chappelle Speaks On Ethics And The Relevance Of What He Did NOT Do (Video)

What was that? You wish there was more Dave Chappelle content posted on here? Well, what a coincidence 😉

In a rare interview, comedian Dave Chappelle tells “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King about why he is connecting with a part of his family history at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina. His great-grandfather, Bishop William David Chappelle, was a former President at the University.
– CBS This Morning

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Learn How Spies Use Disguises (Video)

Wow. This is some of that Ra’s al Ghul training Bruce Wayne to be a ninja-in-disguise sh!t right here. But in real life; like CIA real life!

Former Chief of Disguise for the CIA, Jonna Mendez, explains how disguises are used in the CIA, and what aspects to the deception make for an effective disguise.
– WIRED

Hell of an objective… They want a disguise to be so good that when someone tries to describe the person wearing it they get EVERY DETAIL WRONG! Wow again!

(Actually some good tips in here for world travelers. Hey, JayForce and BoneBreaker Jones… you’re welcome!)

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How To Escape A Kidnapping (Video)

You can add this to the, “This is what I would’ve done,” files; so you can comment on your bad azz-ness when you are watching that hostage or ‘Taken’ situation on TV or at the theater.

Of course, if you actually are kidnapped, you’d probably be better off having learned this stuff. Straight from a U.S. Special Operator, get tips of the trade that may save… a life… YOURS!

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Meet The New Principal Of Newark’s Westside High School, Akbar Cook (Video)

Ellen always comes through with the great ‘feel good’ stories. This one on the brother Akbar Cook certainly ranks near the top of that stack. Watch.

Ellen sat down with Akbar Cook, Principal of a Newark, New Jersey high school, who after noticing at-risk students being bullied for dirty clothes, worked hard to install washing machines and dryers so the kids could do laundry. After hearing his story, Ellen teamed up with her friends at Cheerios to help Principal Cook continue to do good and support his “babies” at school.

Take care of the babies, Akbar. Our babies! And bless you, Ellen, for shining the light on this.

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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.

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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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