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Doug Jones May Not Be Famous, But His Movie Roles Are (Video)

Yoooo! Dude’s been in a LOT; so much I declare it true… Didn’t know who Doug Jones was, but I will be checking for him and his work in the future.

You might not know his face, but you’ve seen his work. With over 150 movie and TV credits to his name, Doug Jones has been every creature, monster, and villain known to Hollywood. From the Amphibian Man in “The Shape of Water,” the Silver Surfer in “Fantastic Four” to the Thin Clown in “Batman Returns,” Jones has been spicing up your movie-watching experience for the past three decades.
– Great Big Story

Thirty years, 150 movie & TV credits. Now, that’s beasting it out on the on them Tinsel Town streets. Salute!



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Ultramarathoner Mirna Valerio Breaks Stereotypes With Every Race (Video)

I’m Black I’m a woman and I’m fat… I know I’m breaking a mold…
Mirna Valerio

Go for it, Mirna. Let me say it, too. Thank you for being you and letting us see you. Your best you. Go get ’em!

After suffering health complications, Mirna Valerio knew she needed a change in lifestyle. She dedicated herself to fitness and has spent the past eight years running marathons and ultramarathons across the state of Georgia. With every race, she’s on a mission to challenge assumptions about what it means to be a runner.
– Great Big Story


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Nipsey Hussle Treats Longtime Employee To An Amazing Day (Video)

Okay, this made my ‘eyes rain’ a bit for real! Wonderful what Neighborhood Nip did for the big homie. Real heart. He really is NOTHING like a lot of these other ‘rap n!ggas’ (and that’s a good thing).

Watch episode one of “The Midas Touch.”


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Matt Maxey Brings Hip-Hop To The Hearing Impaired Using Sign Language (Video)

Alright, aaaalright. Get past the use of “Deaf Jam” as the title. This is actually a really cool story. Side note: Gotta be something to the whole Chance The Rapper being associated with stories that matter to the Hip-Hop Nation. Just an observation.

Although he’s had profound hearing loss his entire life, Matt Maxey didn’t learn to sign until he was 18 years old. He began to practice his ASL by signing along to the lyrics of his favorite artists and uploading videos to YouTube. Now, as the CEO and founder of DEAFinitely Dope, he’s translating hip-hop music alongside artists like Chance the Rapper and D.R.A.M.
– Great Big Story


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Dogg Pound Gangsta To Dogg Father To “Coach Snoop”… Watch Him Do It For The Kids (Trailer)

Snoop Dogg spit the real, to get the dough, to put it down for the youth, to take the field, to WIN at LIFE! Salute to Netflix for giving a home to a story a proud Hip-Hop Nation needs to see… and celebrate!

“Coach Snoop” follows the legendary rapper outside the studio and on the field, as he coaches a team of teenagers in the Snoop Youth Football League. The eight-episode season offers an intimate look at Snoop and the players as they chase a championship and deal with adversity off the field. “Coach Snoop” launches globally on Netflix February 2, 2018.
– Netflix

Nice! Peep the trailer above.

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Cover Story: Watch The Cyntoia Brown Documentary And Learn About How Her Story Has Gone Viral (Video)

Have you heard, or been following, the #FreeCyntoiaBrown movement? Cyntoia Brown has already been in prison for well over a decade, convicted of murder as a teen. The story has recently resurfaced and gone viral. Gotten the attention of celebs like Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian (see what she tweeted after the jump) has said she has reached out to her lawyers to see what she could do to help.

Embedded above is a documentary on Cyntoia. Watch. Watch NOW. They are snatching copies of the documentary offline with the quickness (took digging to find this one). At least the PBS Independent Lens trailer (after the jump) should remain stable, since it has been since 2011. Matter of fact, eff that: going in after the jump and posting all the clips PBS left up. Maybe PBS will re-release the documentary itself in full. This story should be known, told and retold. Tragedy begets more tragedy. You (me, we). Must. LEARN!

Also, you can also become better versed in the various details of the case and campaign to get Cyntoia Brown freed via the links below.

(More backstory and catch-up content after the jump, including clips from Roland S. Martin on TV One and Big Tigger on Atlanta’s V-103 radio.)


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This Woman From Western Germany Changed Her Body AND Her Race (Video)

Wow. This piece speaks for itself, especially when Ms. Big starts to talk.

In an exclusive “Social Sit-down” with MAURY, Martina Big discusses her controversial decision to change her race. Through chemical injections, Martina says she has transitioned from a white woman to a Black woman. Check out the shocking interview!

Watch, and get all your oohs and ahhs out. Then think: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could get those blessed from birth to truly be proud of their own Black skin? In fact, everybody should proudly own the skin they are born in… and cherish & respect everyone else’s. How about we do that, and watch how great this world could truly be.

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Food & Culture: Fried Flowers? We Can Eat Flowers… Fried? (Video)

We all know that everything tastes better deep-fried…

Not saying I’d take a trip to Thailand just to try this, but not saying I wouldn’t… if someone else was paying for the ticket. I got my own fried flower money! Something tells me that this is delicious.

Plus, the li’l lady selling ’em looks like a sweetheart 🙂


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Gaming/Relationships: Man Marries The Anime Character Of His Dreams (Video)

Hmm… file this under, “Naaaah, not crazy at all. Do you, um, player!”

Japanese adult game developer Hibiki Works recently performed a VR assisted wedding between a man and the anime character of his dreams. The wedding – which actually took place in a chapel in Tokyo – was part of Hibiki Works’ promotion of their upcoming game “Niizuma: Lovely x Cation.”
– Vocativ

So, question: With the virtual wife concept… Would that be ‘death do them part’ after losing one life on the video game; or is this an ‘all lives matter’ situation (like, you have to stay with the new virtual spouse through all your game lives).


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Remember When That Cliffside Shop Was Giving Out Free Jackets? (Video)

Ah! Here’s what looks like a winner for best response to when bae pops up like, “Honey, let’s go shopping,” all excited and *ish. Just make sure bae’s not a climbing enthusiast, and you can have your weekend back… Sheeeeit! They haven’t made a jacket worth a death-defying rock climb. Sorry, so NOT sorry. HA!

A pop-up clothing shop lets you get warm 300 feet up.

Cocona set up a shop 300 feet in the air in Colorado’s Eldorado Canyon. Climbers earned the clothing simply by making the ascent up the canyon’s Bastille Wall — no purchase necessary.

Cocona wants to show off their clothing, which is based on “37.5 technology” — it keeps climbers’ body temperature at 37.5 degrees Celsius, or 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Many climbers claim that temperature is ideal for endurance.

– Vocativ


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How Did Teenager Luke Thill Afford His Own Home? Well, He Started By Mowing Lawns (Video)

Not bad. Actually, kind of very cool! Think back to when I was 13… Was I doing anything remotely this bright? Nah. Not anywhere near. Hahaaa!

Now, you armchair conservationists and construction engineers should take note: (1) Luke’s built and “financed” this house on his own, (2) using LOTS of reclaimed/repurposed material, (3) for less than $1500, and (4) HE IS 13 YEARS OLD!

Meet Luke Thill, who at age twelve started working on his very own tiny house- one a mere 5′ by 10′, but with a sleep loft, transforming dining table, and even a small kitchenette. At age thirteen, using money from summer lawn-mowing jobs, and bartering (electrical wiring help in exchange for cleaning out a garage in one case), Iowa’s Thill completed his tiny house – one that he calls the practice precursor to a future “real” tiny house he plans on designing and eventually living in.
– relaxshacksDOTcom


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Business/Technology: In China, People Usually Carry Less Than $15 In Their Pockets… But NEVER Leave Home Without Their Smartphones (Video)

Got that “Making Moves With Puff” (Craig Mack) playing in the mental for some reason. Something about the headline maybe. Haaaaa, bwoooyyy!

Buuuut, for real, they DON’T gotta get the cash nowadays. See how China is already in the future? Cash is already dead in China. They pay for EVERYTHING with their phones. Cash is NOT king, unlike in the States. They don’t even do credit/debit cards. Even chipping off money to the homeless… all digital, with the phone, homie. Watch!

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Atlanta United Qualifies For MLS Playoffs In Their Inaugural Season – JAYFORCE.COM (Video)

The JAYFORCE.COM Sports Media Team was there as we covered Atlanta United securing a MLS playoff spot in their inaugural season. It was an opportunity for us to also check out the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta which also doubles as home base for the Atlanta Falcons NFL team. As soccer (Futbol) becomes more popular in the U.S., its an exciting time for Atlanta fans with sold out games for what was an expansion team in Major league soccer. Check out our time as the Atlanta United team beats Philadelphia Union to claim their spot in the MLS playoffs. Atlanta United will play their 1st playoff game ever on October 22nd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  ATLUTD.COM

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RIP Hugh Hefner (Video)

Hugh Hefner. Playboy Magazine (and related enterprises) founder and mogul… All around player and lover of life… and young ladies (no hate, at all)… has passed at the age of 91… at the Playboy Mansion… of natural causes. A peaceful end to a remarkable life!

Actually, something about the way we saw him live, makes his passing from this mortal plane a bit less painful, doesn’t it? Forever in chill mode, cool parties, packed with the hottest people. A mag loaded with ‘unwrapped’ Eye Candy (that we actually did read for the articles… sometimes). So dope a player, that being his girlfriend took ‘girls from next door’ to Entertainment Television (E!) stardom (shout to Kendra Wilkinson).

And you know how we sometimes struggle to find noble things to say about the departed? Not even a struggle with Hugh Hefner. Black people like 1990 Playboy Playmate of the Year Reneé Tenison and legendary entrepreneur/activist/comic Dick Gregory will likely tell you about how Hefner was a player in a different way in life… hiring Black performers and integrating his Clubs (risking the business in some regions of the country). Yep, Hef was an impact player in the struggle for Civil Rights, a de facto activist, too.

Gonna miss you Hef. Thanks for the good times and good works. And farewell.



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Iranian Women Combat Domestic Violence With Ninjutsu (Video)

A different fare for the ‘nooner’ hour to be certain. When these ladies say ‘no touching’ you better listen and heed, or you gone learn today… learn how to eat and wipe with your other hand (for at least a while)!

Students at Tehran’s “Ninja Ranger” are not just learning martial arts for exercise. More and more Iranian women are becoming ninjas to fight back against domestic violence. Ninjutsu is traditionally an East Asian martial art, but has become a popular tool for women to improve their safety and confidence. Women in Iran are training in hand-to-hand combat as well as with various weapons.
– Vocativ

Yeah! These ladies are not gonna take it anymore. They are going to take it out on attackers and abusers!


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Technology: Virginia Tech & Ford’s “Mystery Van” Test Drives The Concept Of Autonomous Vehicles Moving Amongst People In Real Life (Video)

Wowww! The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and Ford tricked out a vehicle like they did for KITT on ‘Knight Rider’ back in the ’80s. A person, disguised as a seat, is doing the driving… for now. But this is more scientific / industry study than a campy action-tech series featuring ‘The Hoff.’ Way more!

As the self-driving future nears, we’re testing the next phase in autonomous technology to learn how these vehicles can communicate with pedestrians. We worked with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to explore this new development, and see how pedestrians on campus reacted to a vehicle that appeared to be driving itself.
– Ford Motor Company

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Marshawn Lynch Shares Free Skittles With Oakland (Video)

Okay, you saw how we posted (here) on Marshawn Lynch handing out L’s to opponents on-field on the road, right? So what does Beast Mode hand out at home? Well, off-field… skittles!

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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!

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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Former NFL Lineman Jason Brown Left Football To Farm Crops And Feed People (Video)

Great story. Former [highly-paid] NFL center Jason Brown is tackling food shortages by taking the field, tilling it, seeding and harvesting.

As part of our continuing series “On the Road,” Steve Hartman meets Jason Brown, who quit the NFL to tackle a new field, literally.
– CBS Evening News

This accomplished ex-NFL star found a new passion in farming… and he has never felt more successful.

#FirstFruitsFarm #LivingToServe #FightHunger

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70 Year Olds Try Smoking Weed For The First Time (Video)

Bwaaahahaaa! THIS is why, though I am not a consumer, I am cool with having the doobie-doers around. No personal politics in this video one way or the other. Just some dudes who have gone all their lives without taking even one hit off a joint, now deciding to fire up and fuse up. The result is informative and incredibly funny (looking at you, Graham)!

Plus… there are snacks!


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