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Roots (Official Trailer)

Looks as compelling as the original TV mega-series driven by author Alex Haley’s groundbreaking story. A man tracing his family back to its “Roots” in the Motherland. The trailer shows an ensemble cast giving us a real look at history in the raw. Make your plans around this program’s debut on Memorial Day, May 30th.

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Africa’s Biggest Mall Opens In South Africa (Video)

Just a mall opening. That’s all. The continent’s biggest mall. Sure, but big or small, a mall’s a mall… Oh wait, the continent is Africa; which is big. And this Mall Of Africa grand opening was HUGE!

By 1:30pm, 70,000 people had walked into Mall of Africa. [Morné] Wilken said many customers were taking advantage of opening sales by large stores such as clothing retailers H&M and Cotton On and electronics group Dion Wired. Starbucks had also opened its second branch in the country and was “trading extremely well.”

“We are really excited about what this mall can do. It is located in an extremely good position. Shopping mall culture is very much entrenched in South Africans. In Gauteng, we hang out at malls. Families go to malls. It’s what we do. We feel we have built a centre which has a strong choice of tenants, more space and more facilities than any other shopping centre in SA,” said Mr. Wilken.

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Politics: Bernie Sanders Rally In South Bronx With Rosario Dawson, Spike Lee And More (Video)

I’m very excited about the fact that I don’t have to vote against someone… that I get to vote for someone… who’s on our side… who marched with Martin Luther King… who can draw a crowd that makes me dizzy with happiness and love and excitement.
Rosario Dawson

Feel that? It’s the Bern! Great lead-off to an hour-strong ‘Bernie Sanders For President’ rally in the South Bronx (New York) by the uber-sexy (yes) actor-activist Rosario Dawson. Spike Lee and other noteworthy folks were on hand. Thousands of fanatic supporters. And the Senator-Who-Would-Be-President, Bernie Sanders.

Coming for those electors, New York. Game on, Hillary. This is it! Press play #FeelTheBern

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Watch the 1st Annual Coon Train Awards Tonight 10p Est! (Video Stream)

It’s not the Soul Train Awards it’s the Coon Train Awards that is taking place tonight at the Acme Comedy Theater in Los Angeles, CA.  What is the Coon Train Awards aka Plantation Celebration all about?  This is the brain child of Filmaker/Author Tariq Nasheed who has commonly used the phrase Coon Train in his lectures.  Tariq has even created funny YouTube videos with a Coon Train awards theme song and placing images of certain celebrities in the skits.  In some of the videos he has placed Clarence Thomas, Michael Steele, Stacey Dash among many others.  If you are not in LA to see the awards in person you can still stream online 10pm Est 7pm Pst. Click Here to go to Tariq Nasheed’s Ustream page where the awards will be shown.

Some of the categories are: Best Sambo in Sports, Mammy of the Year, Biggest Coon in News so there will be plenty of interesting names nominated for these awards.  I am sure this will cause quite a discussion watch live and use the hashtag #CoonTrainAwards

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UK Artist Little Simz – “Atlanta Show Debut” (Concert Review)

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A Curious Tale of Trials & Persons tour made it’s stop in Atlanta, GA March 21st at Vinyl (Center Stage).  A curious tale is the debut album from rapper Little Simz who hails from London, England making her Atlanta debut.  I have been a fan of her music ever since I heard the track “Mandarin Oranges” which features Grand Rapids emcee Waldo.  Mandarin Oranges immediately pulled me into her music and had me seeking to find out more about her.  I have had the pleasure of interviewing Waldo and he expressed how talented Simz is and happy to see her gaining much success. So I was very excited to see that she would be making a stop in ATL to perform live!

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Marshawn Lynch And Colleagues Teach American Football At A Camp In Egypt (Video)

Marshawn Lynch. He ’bout that action, boss!’ And above you see a great way Beast Mode is taking action on the other side of the world – teaching American football to a full camp of eager attendees in Egypt. See more about this global sports education effort – American Football Without Barriers (AFWB) – after the jump.

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Compton Awards The ‘Key To The City’ To Kendrick Lamar (Video)

Man, I’m overwhelmed… y’all got to give me a second…

Kendrick Lamar. Yes, the Dr. Dre protege; the Grammy winner (winning on stage, too); the dude doing good from the Hood to the [White] House; and now, recipient of the Key To The City Of Compton. Watch him in all graciousness, and almost no glamorizing. Love shown by the city for the love he has and always will show right back. Respect!

Shout out to Jeandra LeBeauf and for capturing this proud moment for us all.

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Kendrick Lamar – “The Blacker The Berry” / “Alright” (Live At The Grammys) [Video]

Now, it’d be enough for a West Coast emcee to someday rock the Staples Center. If you are a fan of K-Dot’s, it would be enough to see him rock anywhere; a dream for that place to be the Center. But imagine THE performance of THE Grammys that got the whole web world wide JUMPING… Better watch this now. Embeds of Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker The Berry” & “Alright” Grammy night set are getting snatched down left and right.

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Action Bronson With Food and Fun From The Festival In Jamaica (Video)

Well, well, if it isn’t ol’ Bam Bam at the Nyam Jam Festival in Jamaica. And what’s cooking chef? Whatever it is… We’re sure to say, “F#ck, That’s Delicious!”

As Action Bronson’s presence in the “Food World” becomes more permanent, new and diverse opportunities are popping up for the self proclaimed Human Highlight Reel. This time it popped up in the most beautiful location possible, Goldeneye Resort in Oracabessa, Jamaica. The event was entitled Nyam Jam, and even before Action knew exactly what it was, he agreed to attend. As stated in the video, there was not a single bad bite of food, and if you love hot sauces and various pepper spreads, then you really couldn’t do much better. Mr. Bronson honed in on a calabasa slaw prepared by visiting Puerto Rican chef, Jose Enrique and a smoked chicken sandwich from Jamaican grill master, Gariel Ferguson. His experience at Nyam Jam inspired him so much, that upon his arrival back in New York, he immediately got cow foot stew and ate in the parking lot of Home Depot. One love.

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The Golden State Warriors Visit The White House And Get Roasted…By President Obama (Video)

Cool clip of the Golden State Warriors’ White House trip. Know who else is a trip? President Obama. He welcomed the NBA champs to the house, as is custom, and gave ’em a good ribbing. Steph will most def be working on his jump shot form thanks to The President’s wisecracks. Haaa!

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The Curators of Hip Hop Atlanta Takeover (ATL Event)

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It’s so important that when it comes to Hip Hop we document and tell our own stories.  COHH (The Curators of Hip Hop) is an organization that does an excellent job of doing just that.  They have a great website that highlights artists and events.  They have created a documentary that is a must see for all lovers of Hip Hop and they tour the country speaking at schools.

The tour is coming back to Atlanta and we want to encourage everyone to go out and support the great events they have lined up.

  • Starting with a film screening & panel Thursday February 11, 2016 7p-9p on the campus of Morehouse College in Sale Hall
  • Friday February 12, 2016 the artist Dee-1 along with Carolyn Malachi perform at Apache Cafe 9:30p Address: 64 3rd St NW Atlanta, GA 30308

Make sure to visit their website

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Dr. Boyce Watkins & Elementary Genocide Screening (ATL Event)

BOYCE-WATKINS_FINAL-e1450399023608The People’s Scholar Dr. Boyce Watkins is coming to Atlanta February 13, 2016. He will be speaking at Georgia State University the event will be from 4p-8p. There will also be a screening of Elementary Genocide 2 by filmmaker Rahiem Shabazz who is also hosting the event. If you are in Atlanta or nearby area make sure you come out and check out this event. Plenty of great information will be shared informative and timely for the days we are in along with it being Black History Month!

Click Here For Tickets February 13 4p-8p Georgia State University 55 Gilmer St Atlanta, GA 30302

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Ryan Coogler Interviews J. Cole For #MLKNow (Video)

Above: Ryan Coogler (Director of “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station”) with a deeper than in-depth interview with J. Cole. You can tell it was more a frank discussion than an interview though; Coogler admitting to this being his first time as an interviewer and Cole admitting to a gang of things: the tragic death of Oscar Grant as told in “Fruitvale Station” makes him cry every time… fear-frustration-sadness and artistic motivations that came from subsequent incidents of police brutality… feelings on Black-on-Black crime… life as a married man (stunned the crowd, and toned down the ladies’ screams…for the time being).

Watch the whole 20 minutes. Very appropriate conversation in the wake of the Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration. Engaging, enlightening and empowering! The web was on fire due to news of Cole’s nuptials being dropped like a bomb in this clip, but the most powerful moment was when the brothers were exchanging thank-yous to end the interview.

Stop thanking me… We a part of the same body. Bruh, my hand don’t wake up and thank the other hand.
Ryan Coogler

Wow… feel that chill? That surge of pride? That’s #MLKNow and hopefully motivation to take strides.

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Kanye West Rocks The DNC Fundraiser With A Near Hour-Long Performance (Video)

Rich folks, dry wine, drier chicken, even drier conversation. That’s all you envision going on at a high-brow fundraiser. Admit it.

Well, if you said, “No,” you must have already seen Yeezus West have no mercy on stage at this concert gig he did at The Warfield for the Democratic National Convention’s fundraiser. The cause: The Democratic Hope Fund. But why an hour? Just cause he has the time and the talent to deliver that long and the show stay strong.


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Two-Hour Live Interview With Kanye West (Video)

People’s misunderstanding of me is a misunderstanding of themselves.
Kanye West

Okay, say what you will about Kanye (and you will, just the way it is), but the man is a phenomenon. And as such, we are almost equally blessed and stressed by what we know and think we know about him. And even when so-called ‘craziness’ comes to light related to dude, we’re more likely to run toward it than away. But this low-key live interview interaction with Ye gives us another look at the man, dispelling some myths (letting others ride), talking in the way of a misunderstood legend. Think John Lennon back in the day when watching this (uh oh, might have to do some more Googling, ha).

Good watch. Right under two hours… wow! Full transcript available, too.


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Tall Black Guy – “Boiler Room London DJ Set”

Sunday easy listening grooving brought to you from Tall Black Guy on his Boiler Room London set. Lovely mix. Sounds like a nice crowd in attendance, too. Enjoy the music and vibes…and the FREE download.

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Jill Scott Covers Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” (Shining A Light Concert Performance) [Video]

Incredible performance by an incredibly beautiful impeccable singer. All to shine a light on the inexcusable. Billie Holiday’s poem with the tragic theme brought to song long ago. Brought to life on stage again by the incomparable Jill Scott. Watch and be moved… to act!

Morgan Freeman introduces Jill Scott’s full performance of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” from Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, presented by A&E Networks and iHeartMedia.

Your donations to the Fund will help to provide grants to those who are doing great work to raise awareness about the causes and effects of racial divisiveness, promote social and criminal justice reform, and help eliminate racial bias and discrimination.

Show your support by donating to the Fund for Progress on Race in America at


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Playlist Retreat 2015 (Full Length Documentary)

Nice! Shout to Tall Black Guy for this share. We posted on #PlayListRetreat a while ago; but it was pretty much a teaser. Check out the full-length video.

The Playlist Retreat is an intimate gathering of progressive artists for the purpose of inspiration, motivation and collaboration. It is an organic exchange between people who believe in the greater purpose of expression through music.

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Celebrate DJ Princess Cut’s Birthday this COOL Friday [ATL Event]

Dj Princess Cut Bday flyer

If you party in Atlanta, GA or listen to the radio airwaves it’s a very good chance you have enjoyed DJ Princess Cut spinning the sounds for you to move to. Well here is your chance to celebrate with her because she is celebrating her Birthday this COOL Friday.

Yes it goes down 10/23/2015 at the Whiskey Peach at the W in Midtown 10p-3am. It’s going to be a party with special guest DJ sets. So get your dancing shoes ready and be ready to say happy birthday to one of the hardest working DJ’s in the game!


Eddie Murphy Accepts Mark Twain Prize And Does Bill Cosby Impression At Kennedy Center (Video)

Okay, it’s going to be some must-see TV on PBS on November 23, 2015. Comic legend Eddie Murphy was honored recently with the Mark Twain Prize; and PBS will broadcast the award show (recorded at the Kennedy Center) on that night. Most interesting is the title of the YouTube trailer, “Murphy Makes Cosby Jokes at Award Ceremony.”

On the one hand, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) was known for biting witticisms and tongue-in-cheek commentary; so joking on current events and taboo stuff would be par for his course, right? But focusing on Cosby controversy will get the poster some more hits… is what it is. On the other hand, the Cos jokes were an overwhelmingly small part of the clip. Most of the video features celeb admirers – including JB Smoove, a near teary-eyed Tracy Morgan, and best bud Arsenio Hall – there to celebrate a comedy idol.

The Bill Cosby jokes and impression, though, were hilarious. That’s a given. It’s Eddie. Plus, he’s been killing with the Cos play since “Raw.”

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