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Civil Rights Activist James Baldwin At Cambridge University Union In 1965… Speaking Like He Is With Us Today (Video)

Is 400 years of slavery building this country (and oppression thereafter) plus many wars of service not enough to justify our right to have some say in its running… without having to hear, “You can leave it if you don’t love it”… Well, isn’t it? Answer: YES! Moreover, we are not going to be ousted by anyone. We helped BUILD this place ‘they’ say we can ‘leave’ (like it isn’t OURS, too)! Sure, this declaration has an angry tone. So I will let activist/scholar James Baldwin say it. Words from so long ago. Could he have known they’d still be so applicable today?

Prior to the UK release of the Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, we take a look at a seminal speech by the film’s subject – writer, essayist, poet and civil rights activist James Baldwin. At Cambridge University Union in 1965, Baldwin debates whether the ‘American dream’ has been achieved at the expense of African-Americans.
– The Guardian

Yeah. And Baldwin even has something to say about the flag in this. So on point.

@ojones1

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Watch The USA Network’s Official Teaser For “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac & The Notorious B.I.G.” (Trailer)

Starring Josh Duhamel, Bokeem Woodbine and Jimmi Simpson, and no longer a ‘long-awaited’ or ‘maybe, strong maybe’… They kept snatching the clips down like someone was ‘hedging’ at the network. But okay. This Biggie-Tupac crime drama series is definitely coming to USA.

Watch the official trailer for Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac & The Notorious B.I.G., a new series coming to USA Network from a director of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
– USA Network

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The History Of Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam” (Video)

Wow! The origin/evolution story of one of the quintessential Hip-Hop melodies told in a dope montage. Respect Sister Nancy!

The music of reggae legend Sister Nancy has played a pivotal role in Hip-Hop for over 30 years, but she’s rarely seen profits from her influence. Recently, Jay-Z sampled Nancy’s “Bam Bam” for his track “Bam,” the same song Kanye West reworked for his ‘The Life of Pablo’ cut “Famous.” Genius decided to trace the song’s evolution from a local hit to a frequently-sampled component of Hip-Hop.
– Genius News

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Murs And HipHopDX Present “Rap’s Generation Gap: Old Heads Vs. Young Bucks” (Video)

Yeah, RUN-DMC gave the rap game its own dress code (post ‘borrowed from Disco’ style)… Maybe their predecessors thought that was a step too far. And those shots taken at RUN-DMC by their peers and ‘descendants’… Maybe the young’ns are just taking shots and throwing rocks just as every youthful element of our ever-aging art of rap does to the elders in the game. Overall, solid commentary/history on the evolution of Hip-Hop. Respect to Murs (who is no slouch on the mic himself).

The generation gap in the Hip-Hop community is wider than ever. Classic Hip-Hop has its own radio stations in a few major markets because the old heads don’t want to hear all that new Mumble Rap. A lot of new rappers can’t even name one song by any of the classic Hip-Hop greats because, in their opinion, none of them measure up to Drake. The more either side opens their mouth, the wider the divide becomes. Do we continue to let nature take its course or do we attempt to bridge the gap? Is the gap even bridgeable? Rap’s Generation Gap: Old Heads vs. Young Bucks. Let’s break it down…
Murs

(But sometimes we really want go ‘full Rapaport‘ though, Murs. Hahahaaaa!)

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Watch The Hatchfund Campaign Video For “Yasuke: Birth Of A Samurai” (Trailer)

Dude. DUDE! It’s legend meets line-and-ink in this animated Black Samurai joint in development. Gotta make this happen! If Tom Cruise can be “The Last Samurai,” can we please get the first Black Samurai project greenlit & funded… please?

(Watch above and see how YOU can help, too.)

Lionsgate has put into development, a feature film based on Yasuke’s life, with “Highlander” creator Gregory Widen on board to script the project which they are currently calling “Black Samurai.” Described as an action drama, Mike De Luca and Stephen L’Heureux are producing, and the film is a co-production between Solipsist Films and De Luca Productions.
– Shadow and Act

Good feeling about this. Lionsgate Films AND the dude that brought the Kitana blade-swinging, head-decapitating ‘Duncan MacLeod Of The Clan MacLeod’ to life (Gregory Widen) are already attached. Dope!

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Western History Vs. African History (Video)

Hmmm… How deep can deep get? Africans did not even see themselves as Africans, or being tied to the African continent… and even the name “Africa” is derivative of what Westerners / Europeans imposed. Watch Dr. John Henrik Clarke drop serious science and knowledge on that, and more, above.

An analysis of the history of Africa as compared to Western civilization. European scholars asserted that the so-called ‘Egyptians’ were non-African until C. Diop’s melanin pigmentation test on Pharaohs proved otherwise.
– InfoWerm

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Watch The USA Teasers For “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.” (Trailer)

USA is finally getting in on the controversy. An ivestigative series on the Unsolved Murders of Biggie and 2pac. We got teaser trailers above and after the jump. Check ’em out!

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Nas, 2 Chainz, Mike WiLL Made It, and T-Pain Speak On ‘The Life of Notorious B.I.G.’ (Video)

Did you catch the Biggie documentary debut on Labor Day? If not, keep checking TV listings for the A&E channel for rebroadcasts. On-demand listings, too. In the meantime, we have some snipped clips on the late great B.I.G. for you to see!

Start above. Continue after the jump.

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Hosts “Finding Your Roots” For A 4th Season On PBS (Trailer)

Whenever you see/hear a politician or group of protestors talk about cutting funding for PBS, you remember that they are talking about taking away wonderful, scary good, deeply enriching and fulfilling television like this.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. returns to PBS on October 3rd!
#FindingYourRoots

Can you believe we’re going into Season 4 with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., talking guests through their heritages? He really is a historic/genetic tour guide (like someone said in this clip). Enjoy this extended teaser trailer of all kinds of sneak peeks at celebrity revelations about their family trees. “Finding Your Roots” is so dope!

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African History: Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan Tell It “Like It Is” (Video)

African History is WORLD History! Africa MADE history, not just as the Motherland for all humanity; but for all kinds of advances. Evidence of an astronomical observatory, calendars, advanced husbandry and metal works… way in advance of when man supposedly first ‘discovered’ them… Yeah, this is vintage footage of Black scholars telling us – and offering strong arguments to support – that Africa had all that on lock.

The scholars even speak of the cultural character of ancient African civilizations. When Africans invade, they do not wipe out others’ civilizations. But when others invade…

Well, just watch. Wonder. Learn. SHARE!

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Dr. Charshee McIntyre Lectures On The History & Science Of Afrikans and Native Americans (Video)

Strength, beauty, honor, AND knowledge! Pay attention as Dr. Charshee McIntyre breaks it down in spite of diagnoses that would have many think she is ‘diseased’… Nah, she is in a constant state ‘dis ease’ (as in, “ill at ease”). Through her lineage, Afrikan and Native American (Cherokee-Choctaw in her instance), she speaks truth to her (read: our) existence and how we have diminished our humanity.

Dr. McIntyre gets deeper in depth in her lecture above. Rep. Maxine Waters popularized ‘reclaiming my time’… Dr. McIntyre implores us all to ‘claim our heritage’ and reclaim OUR humanity!

Yes, OUR humanity – Black, Red, White – all coming out of Africa… all intermingled genetically now. Traced back many, many millennia to The Motherland.

(Oh, and several historical myths are getting blown up in here. Sorry, not sorry, Columbus!)

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An Anti-Facist Film’s Message We Need To Hear… Today! (Video)

“When that first minority lost out… everybody lost out.”

At the risk of piling on… Michael Moore said it so right in our post on here: If you are not going to say that what went down in Charlottesville was wrong (not on both sides, Mr. President; the NEO-NAZI side), you are pretty much on the wrong side! Turn it around. Don’t support racists, Neo-whatevers… none of that. Do the right thing: Stand with the right. The right side of the aisle, if you like; but at least be on the right side of HISTORY!

And speaking of history, watch the above clip. And by all means… DON’T BE A SUCKER!

@ojones1

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Watch The Documentary “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me” (Trailer)

I’m colored, Jewish, and Puerto Rican. When I move into a neighborhood, I wipe it out!
Sammy Davis, Jr.

And that’s how the trailer for this installment of “American Masters” starts! Definitely a different time back then, and Sammy Davis, Jr. was right there in the think of entertainment’s elite. See his story told as only PBS can.

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The Evolution Of Hip-Hop (1979 – 2017) [Video]

Dope. Pretty dope! Google’s Doodle was definitely cool. We posted that here (and the SikzPho song it inspired here). But this is straight to YouTube video documenting a back then-to-now timeline of Hip-Hop. No commentary, just the tunes and visuals to drive it. Nice.

@ojones1

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History: Hear The Recorded Voices Of Former Slaves (Video)

My Grandma had a neighbor across the street who took these kinds of insights to the grave. When folks would ask what slavery was like or how she made it through, she would respond, “We don’t talk about those times.”

And that’s it. That’s all she’d say.

And now she’s gone. All that perspective lost to the ages. And since she never even talked to my Grandma (her dearest friend) about it, I never even had a second-hand account. Rest in peace, Grandma.

But now, we get to hear audio from actual former slaves – their words, their voices! And lean in around three minutes in… Former slave Fountain Hughes was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. Yeah, the place racists and counter-protesters just gathered.

WATCH. NOW!

@ojones1

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Say No To The Dress, The Caterer, To The Whole Expensive Wedding… It’s All A Total Rip-Off (Video)

How could the College Humor crew dare to attack the sacred, traditional, necessary institution of marriage? Well, because it is really none of that. Just hella expensive for no damn reason (except, well, commerce)!

No hate, even though Adam does Ruin Everything… like the need for big weddings in this episode. Just like he did the ‘wedding ring’ racket (see here).

(Your fiancee might not need to see this though. Haaa!)

@ojones1

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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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Google Doodles ‘The 44th Anniversary Of The Birth Of Hip-Hop’

So dope! I hope it still works…

I was playing with this Hip-Hop Birthday Google Doodle widget thing Friday and was getting it in, thanks to some snazzy app ware and on point tutelage from Hip-Hop icon Fab 5 Freddy. Watch, learn, play, enjoy. I certainly am!

(Shout to the homie Demetria for this epic share!)

@ojones1

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American Experience: Last Days in Vietnam (Documentary Trailer)

Documentarian Rory Kennedy gives us an in-depth look at the final days of the American presence in Saigon. It’s a story where simply following orders would play opposite to doing the right thing. And what do you think heroes do? Could those soldiers and support personnel have lived with themselves getting out safely while leaving South Vietnamese in harm’s way? Even if ordered to do so?

In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind. With no official evacuation plan in place, the clock ticking, and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans took matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many people as possible. In those last days in Vietnam, 135,000 men, women and children managed to escape.
– American Experience PBS

Orders be damned!

LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM (NETFLIX)

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Ken Burns Covers ‘The War’ In This PBS Documentary (Mini-Series Trailer)

We posted a World War I era documentary days ago, got several recent Ken Burns documentary posts – one about the Civil War. But how about Burns taking us to and through World War II? Yep, got that for you. Well, Netflix does. But we have the trailer embedded above.

THE WAR, a seven-part series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history – a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America – and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives.
– PBS

KEN BURNS’ THE WAR (NETFLIX)

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