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Natives Speak On Being Indigenous, Invisible, And Not ‘American’ (Video)

Damn. In America, Black folks are regular ‘property’ and the Indigenous Peoples are the ‘exotics’ though? Still sorting my feelings about that comment. But this is a convo we need to have and keep having.

Native Americans challenge their invisibility in society.
– Op-Docs

And what about a Black Indigenous mixed heritage. They talk about that, too. Remember that post that actually addressed Black people’s roots in America; a Native heritage (here)? Interesting. Discuss.

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HBO’s ‘King In The Wilderness’ Examines The Final Years Of Dr. King (Teaser)

We’ve posted on activist/educator Dr. Bernard LaFayette on here, a close associate of Dr. MLK Jr. back in the day. Bet money he could speak on this and more (and he might). But let’s see what this HBO joint has to say. Looks intriguing.

Coming in April, this documentary follows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the last few years of his life, from the vital role he played in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to his assassination in 1968.
– HBO

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Mark Ronson Speaks On How Sampling Transformed Music (Video)

Okay, grant me a late pass on this one, but this a dope TED Talk on sampling and the evolution of modern music. Presented by Mark Ronson.

Sampling isn’t about “hijacking nostalgia wholesale,” says Mark Ronson. It’s about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. Watch the DJ scramble 15 TED Talks into an audio-visual omelette, and trace the evolution of “La Di Da Di,” Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick’s 1984 hit that has been reimagined for every generation since.
– TED

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That Time Roxanne Shante Ran Up On KRS-ONE Over ‘The Bridge Is Over’ Diss (Video)

Really? BDP wanted to be in the Juice Crew? Hmmm. Kinda got me *sideeye* over here hearing that…

But, Roxanne Shante has the mic. So we gotta respect it. ‘The Bridge Is Over’ …but the talk about the legendary beef, by the legend that got dissed… that wasn’t over… by a long shot! Got squashed though.

Roxanne Shante spoke openly with VladTV about the beef that started between The Juice Crew and Boogie Down Productions, which spawned the classic diss track, “The Bridge is Over.” Shante went on to explain how she even stepped to KRS One a few weeks after the track was released when she ran into him at the bank. Watch the interview footage above.
DJ Vlad

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Learn About Malcolm X And His Influence Then & Now (Trailer)

Martin and Malcolm. That’s how we usually characterize the study. Both exerted Overwhelming Influence in our struggle for Civil Rights. Understandably, we get more ‘fed’ to us about moderate Martin (and that ain’t his whole story…facts). But the Malcolm food is out here. We’re bringing you some here and now. Take a taste!

Viewers join in on a road trip from the nation’s capital to the headquarters of the voting rights struggle, Alabama, with Malcolm X co-worker, journalist and lecturer, A. Peter Bailey for a journey through the countryside to meet friends and family of Malcolm X and fascinating front-line veterans of the war for civil rights. We’ll draw the curtain on public perception of Malcolm X, to show you the real man through personal stories from those who knew him.
– BB Unity

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World Travel: Mennia Recounts Her Heritage Trip To ‘Eritrea’ (Documentary)

Dayum! Mennia Michael is hella cute. Scratch that. She’s captivating! Certainly held our interest as she talks about how it felt walking on her homeland (Eritrea) soil.

#TravelNoire #Eritrean #HeritageTrip #EritreanAmerican #Eritrea

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Rakim Speaks On His Best Work And Producers Trying To Change His Style Over The Years (Video)

The G.O.D.M.C. Rakim sat down in front of the appreciative crowd and he still moved them with his words on the mic. Talking with Touré for his podcast, but speaking to us all.

(Above is just Part 1. Keep it moving by hitting the jump to check for the rest.)

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An Enslaved Family Worked A Plantation Almost 90 Years After The Civil War Ended (Documentary)

It’s one thing for post Civil War slaves to be freed on paper, to actually BE freed from slavery is a whole thing altogether. Consider the ‘lag time’ between that Emancipation Proclamation and the slaves coming to know that they can stop ‘slaving’ for no wages… that they can stop being mistreated, brutalized and/or otherwise denied basic human rights & dignity. Especially with no formal education, exposure to ‘outsiders’ (not even mass media or Internet). Think ‘Massuh’ went to them slaves right away to tell ’em, “Y’alls free now”? Hell no. But just how long were they still enslaved? VICE goes to ‘The Slavery Detective of the South’ to get her to tell the whole story.

Slavery might have ended on paper after the Civil War, but many White landowners did everything they could to exploit newly freed slaves well into the 20th century. Thousands of Black laborers across the South were forced to work against their will as late as the 1960s—a new form of enslavement that went on in the shadows of rural America.

VICE’s Akil Gibbons traveled to Louisiana to meet genealogist Antoinette Harrell, the “slavery detective of the South,” who tracks down cases of modern-day slavery and abusive labor practices. They talk to a man whose family was held on a plantation against their will into the 1950s, and explains how she uses decades-old records to uncover how slavery was perpetuated long after the Civil War ended.

– VICE

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A Touching Documentary On Public Television’s Mr. Rogers (Trailer)

As it should be. This “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” trailer teases a film that might pull a few tears (happy, sentimental) from you. So when you catch it in theaters June 8th, tuck a pack of those mini-tissues somewhere on you… for the guy next to you (of course).

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Activism: Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr., Interview (Audio)

I was totally geeked when Love Ultra Radio had friend of the family, mentor, educator, civil rights activist, and Kingian scholar-practitioner Dr. Bernard LaFayette on for another Black History Month interview! Like #WakandaForever level excited!

Love Ultra Radio caught up with Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette. Hear why training and knowledge are important when organizing a movement, the goal of accomplishing peace via non-violent acts, and how that strategy is used effectively throughout our history. Listen to the first step of non-violent activism organizing, the importance of researching your roots, and what inspires Dr. Lafayette, Jr., to continue the necessary forward movement to complete his mission. Also, read and support his book, “In Peace And Freedom My Journey In Selma” (available on Amazon now).

Follow Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr. learn, listen and share his lessons and become a part of the non-violence movement for equality and justice.

– Love Ultra Radio

Here is the audio for the full interview.

DOWNLOAD: REV. DR. BERNARD LAFAYETTE, JR., INTERVIEW (LOVE ULTRA RADIO)

Forest Whitaker Stars in “The Forgiven” (Video)

Maaaan. I didn’t even know this movie was out about Bishop Desmond Tutu. Forest Whitaker as the Bishop, huh? Not a bad choice. Respect! Opposite Eric Bana, a Hollywood heavyweight in a heavy role. “The Forgiven” looks like a good look.

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“The Trayvon Martin Story” Documentary Series Coming To Paramount Network (Trailer)

They say that time heals all wounds. It does not.

Whoa. That’s a quote to frame, esp. for this case.

Paramount Network has teamed up with executive producer Shawn Carter for a landmark television event, “Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” based on the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin. The six-part non-scripted documentary series will be the definitive look at one of the most talked-about and controversial events in the last decade that spurred the impactful worldwide “Black Lives Matter” movement. “Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” premieres in July on Paramount Network.

#ParamountNetwork #RestinPower #TrayvonMartin

And yeah. The exec producer is that Shawn Carter.

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Respect Due: When John McCain Ran Against Barack Obama (Video)

Here’s the thing: We CAN agree without being disagreeable. We can ALL be of one nation and be completely opposite in our views, even values. BUT we should value AND respect each other. And we should expect the candidates – yes ALL candidates – to AT LEAST hold to that level of decorum.

We have seen when they have not. Watch here though, when the guy I did NOT vote for showed RESPECT for his opponent. John McCain, stood tall here. Gave respect to his opponent, who would become President.

Remember, folks. The person running against your person is not ‘bad’ for that reason. Give credit when earned and respect when it is due. Respect Senator McCain. Respect.

@ojones1

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How To Get Gun Control Legislation Passed NOW (Video)

Okay, so you see Trevor Noah with Neal Brennan at The Daily Show desk on COMEDY Central. So, it is okay – even expected – for you to laugh. But dude’s idea is brilliant, and it actually worked… back in the ’60s. Score one for #BlackPanther for real #AmericanSymbolsMatter

The ‘solution’ to which Neal referred above is presented in the clip embedded after the jump. Scenes from that earlier ‘Panther’ movie. All Power To The People #Forever

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Was Wakanda, The Homeland Of “Black Panther,” Based On An Ancient African Empire? (Video)

If When you are sitting in a theater in a few days, watching “Black Panther” with your eyes and mouth wide open, saying to yourself that this is so dope… you get it! If you get the feeling that it feels ‘real’ – Wakanda and all – then you reeeeally get it! Watch this vid and see how close to right your thinking is.

Plus, you can read up on how real Wakanda could be here.

MORE: WAKANADA SOUNDS LIKE AN ANCIENT AFRICAN KINGDOM (NPR)

(Keep going. There’s more after the jump.)

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Questlove Tells The Story Of The Birth Of Hip-Hop… Drunk (Video)

This excerpt of Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” is gold! Comedic, historically actual, Hip-Hop factual GOLD!

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Wrestlemania? Nah, The Big Event Is The “Andre The Giant” Documentary Coming To HBO (Trailer)

Man. This film looks like it gets real, real fast. Sports entertainment storylines usually tend toward larger-than-life facade… “Andre The Giant” has the larger than life part down pat. But this doc looks to take viewers beyond the facade. Got mixed feelings about that. But feeling compelled to watch nonetheless.

Andre the Giant was literally the biggest celebrity in the world. HBO Sports, WWE, and the Bill Simmons Media Group present Andre The Giant, a documentary examining the life and career of one of the most beloved figures in wrestling history. Andre The Giant premieres April 10 on HBO.
– HBO

Two days after Wrestlemania.

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Take A Sneak Peek At “Death Row Chronicles” (Trailer)

BET’s documentary series “Death Row Chronicles” premieres Tuesday, February 20th, at 10 p.m. ET.

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25 Years Later, Ayanna Jackson Speaks On 2Pac And The Sexual Assault Case (Video)

Okay. That’s a nice-looking Honey though. Let’s just get that said already. But we know that Ayanna Jackson, the one who accused 2Pac and his associates of rape in 1993, has a story to tell that touches off emotionally-charged firestorms on all sides of Pac fandom & hate, assault & empowerment… all kinds of stuff.

In this VladTV exclusive clip, Vlad sat down with Ayanna Jackson, a woman who accused 2Pac and his associates of rape in 1993. As a result, 2Pac was convicted of first-degree sexual assault and sentenced to one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years in prison.

Jackson noted that the interview with Vlad is the first time she went on-camera to discuss the events that took place, ultimately leading up to the incarceration of the rapper. Jackson laid out how old she was when she met the rapper–around 19-years-old, along with the location they connected.

This is Part 1 of Ayanna telling her story to Vlad. Much more after the jump.

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Watch This Short Film On The History And Musical Impact Of The Soulquarians (Documentary)

The Soulquarians were born at the Electric Lady Studios. Questlove and D’Angelo loving to make music with sickness in it. Common & Erykah Badu came in and got down with the sickness. The fam kept growing… and the brothers James (Poyser and Yancey) rounded out the core… but the story certainly doesn’t stop there…

In 1998, the Neo-Soul movement was near its peak when a collective of like-minded artists came together to push the wave even higher. They called themselves the Soulquarians, and before the decade ended they’d help birth some of the modern era’s greatest recordings.
– Pitchfork

Watch how ‘sick’ the crew would get. Nice!

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