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Opposition To President Obama’s Handling Of The Mike Brown Tragedy And Subsequent Injustices…From Notable Black Critics (Video)

Interesting. Let’s synthesize the views of two known call-it-as-they-see-it Black socio-political commentators: Michael Eric Dyson and Dr. Cornell West. We’ll start with Dr. West’s clip (above) because it seems to have more of a yearning for balance and justice in its honest criticism of The President than fire. To be certain, Dyson makes valid points; but in a way that engenders more of a cannot-believe-he-said-that factor. Even though the continuing tragedy whose latest face is Mike Brown’s definitely calls for words that shock.

In the above clip (Dyson’s is after the jump), Dr. West is talking on BBC. Despite the time delay due to overseas videoconferencing, we quickly get to some really good meat for discussion. In response to a posit from the BBC Newsnight correspondent made of the Black leader West:

I’m not a “Black leader.” I’m a lover of Black people… I tell the truth of suffering of poor people, in general; Black people, in particular. What we need now is quality leadership on every level. We don’t need the same kind of every day folk coming through with the market branding, with the names and photo opportunities. We need local, grassroots leaders who have integrity. And the sad thing is we have such low-quality Black leadership in America; so that you get a certain distance from what is actually happening on the ground… in terms of following through. We need a leadership… that brings us into the great legacies of Martin King and others.

Ooh, ooh… now click over to the posts on Talib Kweli’s and J. Cole’s recent responses on what is needed. An affirmative, love-driven response, that has actually doing something rather provide another occasion for empty rhetoric and photo opps from the same ‘leaders.’ Wow. And it also shows a risk inherent in Black people taking control of the narrative, as Kweli declared was necessary: that we do not all will not agree on approaches. There will likely be a contingent that opposes folks we ‘need to be on our side’ (like President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder; Black people in high places). There will likely be folks who would prefer Dr. West and Dyson ‘hush now’ and not speak their minds.

Mehhh…no!

What we need is the struggle. W.E.B. DuBois vs. Booker T. Washington…opposing stances vocalized, and Black people move forward. Malcolm X vs. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr...opposing stances vocalized, and Black people move forward. Today, perhaps, we have yet again opportunity for the friction of those sorts to generate that heat energy we need (e.g. so called ‘Obama apologists’ that Dr. West calls out above versus stern steady opposition in the calling out, above and after the jump, by Dr. West and Dyson).

Man. And wait until you see what Dyson says below. Just what was posted earlier. Taking back the narrative, maintaining focus on the core issue – not an assessment of Mike Brown, but of the events leading to and brought up by the tragedy of his being unjustifiably killed. Sure, an assessment of guilt would be called for …in a court of law …if Brown was still alive to stand trial; even posthumously, if anyone (like the police who stand accused of slaying Brown) were ever arrested and indicted.

Get it now? Discuss amongst yourselves. We’ll be here.

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BLITZ – 8/18/14: LOL’er Skates


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BLITZ – 8/11/14: Fight The Power

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HEADLINES

Police In Ferguson Missouri Shot & Killed An Unarmed College Bound Teenager

Feds Must Investigate The Murder Of Unarmed Teen By The Police In Missouri

Sign The Change.org Petition To For Fed Laws Against Police Violence & Misconduct

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′ In The Works; New Film Grosses $65 Million In Theaters

Private Prisons House More Latinos Than Public Prisons

Black Men Need More Education Than White Men Just To Get The Same Jobs

Need To Escape From The Trunk Of A Car? There’s A New Class For That

A Wanted Man Is Arrested In A Police Sponsored ‘Donut Eating Contest’

Despite Numerous Protests From Christian Groups, ‘Black Jesus’ Did Very Well In TV Ratings

Porn Set Productions Assistants Have The Best Job On Earth?

Why Are So Many Women In Public Relations?

How To Harvest Meat From A Pig While It’s Still ALIVE

Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Claims He Was Misrepresented In Photos With Strippers

If Schools Don’t Change, Robots Will Bring On A ‘Permanent Underclass’

Paris Hilton Got Paid $347,000-an-Hour To ‘DJ’ In Ibiza

Cultural Figures Push ‘Schools Not Prisons’ Hashtag

Smiling Young White People Make App for Avoiding Black Neighborhoods

(Below) The Watts Riots August 11, 1965….. 49 Years ago Today

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BLITZ – 8/5/14: Kanye Takes His Cute Baby Daughter To Work

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HEADLINES

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian’s ‘Bring Your Daughter To Work Day’

30 Years Ago, Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ Saturated Pop Culture

Man Shoots & Pistol Whips His ‘Best Friend’ Following An Argument During A Rap Video Shoot

Georgia Teacher Fired After Students Find Nude Selfies In Her Cell Phone (Video)

MIT Researchers Can Spy On Your Conversations With A Potato-Chip Bag

Christian Radio Host Facing 50 Years In Prison For Sex Acts With 12 Year-Old Boys

Scientists To Create “See-Through” Mice To Study How Disease Travels Through The Body

What Makes Us Fat: Is It Eating Too Much Or Moving Too Little?

Atlanta Makes The List Of The 15 Most Affordable Cities For Millennials

Fox News Anchor Arrested For Shoplifting After Store Employees See Her On TV

What Ever Happened To The Woman Who Tried To Murder Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr?

Jay Z’s Mom Opens New Restaurant In Newark, New Jersey

50 Books Every Black Teen Should Read

Africa: The Richest Region For Young Workers & Consumers

Economy Adds 209,000 July Jobs, But Black Unemployment Remains In The Double Digits

Soccer Fan’s Hand Blown Off By Grenade During Skirmish With Riot Police (Video)

Sony Is Planning A Female-Led Spider-Man Spin-Off, Venom Film Possible In 2017

Experimental ‘Top Secret Serum’ Drug Likely Saved Ebola Patients

Have You Ever Wondered Why Do East Asians Always Spontaneously Make V-Signs In Photos?

BLITZ – 8/4/14: Dark & Alienated

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HEADLINES

Outkast, Eminem, Nas, & More Entertain Over 300,000 Fans At Lollapalooza In Chicago

Anonymous Declares Cyber War On Israel; Brings Down Mossad Site & Many Others

Millennials, Outraged Over Israel’s Role In Gaza Rejects Washington’s Reflexive Support

Cleveland Cavaliers Coach David Blatt Says Israel’s War Against Hamas Is Justified

Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Film Breaks Box Office Records With $94 Million Opening

Actor From HBO’s ‘The Wire’ Beaten & Stabbed Inside A Washington D.C. Nightclub

Indiana Pacers Star ‘Paul George’ Recovering After Gruesome Leg Injury In Las Vegas

400,000 People In Toledo, Ohio Told To Avoid Drinking Tap Water Containing Dangerous Toxins

Danny Trejo: From The Big House To The Big Screen (Audio)

Former Terror Squad Rapper ‘Remy Ma’ Plans To Restart Her Career After 6 Years In Prison

Africa’s Leaders Aim To Change The Perception Of The Continent

Anything You Spit Can Be Used Against You In Court: Rappers Arrested & Charged For Lyrics

Miami Heat’s Ray Allen Says He’d Be Content With Retiring, But Hasn’t Made a Decision

The Invincibility Streak Ends For USA Basketball Following Paul George’s Horrific Leg Injury

Europe’s Mars Rover Will Have A Sensor That Can Smell Life

HIV In America Has Disproportionately Hurt Blacks Even After Treatment

Elon Musk’s High Speed ‘HyperLoop’ Makes The Bullet Train Look Like A Loco-Motive

The Most Hated Sports Teams In America: The Complete SPORTS HATE MAP

People Are More Polyamorous Than You Think: Monogamy Believed To Be Rare New Concept

The Weird Reasons People Make Up False Identities On The Internet

The War on Sex Workers Escalates With FBI Shutdown Of MyRedBook

@Edwin_Lyngar: “I Was Poor, But A GOP die-hard: How I Finally Left The Politics Of Shame”

U.N. & Amnesty International Criticize U.S. Military Support For Israel

BLITZ – 7/31/14: Booger Basketball

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The NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers Demand To Be Rewarded For Losing

Gaza Conflict: Israeli Shell Strike Hits U.N. School Killing 19 Who Sought Shelter

6 Philly Narcotics Cops Indicted For Robbing, Kidnapping, & Framing Drug Dealers

Atlanta Makes Top 10 List Of Cities For IT Work; Growth Expected To Continue

Debunking The Myths About Gaza: The Truth Behind Israeli & Palestinian Talking Points

Will Kevin Durant Leave OKC In 2016 & Go Back Home To Play For The Wizards in D.C.?

The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin Has ‘Beef’ After Getting Kicked Out Of Fast Food Joint

An American Doctor Sick With Ebola Is Now Fighting For His Life

Ass Milk Is The Drink Of Choice For European Babies & Elderly Chinese

Geraldo Rivera Receiving Backlash For His Controversial Comments On Marriage

What Science Says About Marijuana: Less Dangerous Than Alcohol & Tobacco

Actor Djimon Hounsou Speaks on ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ & ‘Fast & Furious 7′ in ATL

5 Armed People, Including A Security Guard, Busted In Caesars Atlantic City Heist of $181,000

Woody Allen Won’t Hire A Black Actor Unless He ‘Writes A Story That Requires It’

Jay Z & Beyonce Rumored To Be Getting A Divorce At The End Of Their ‘On The Run’ Tour

NFL Cracking Down On Racial Slurs This Season, But Still Has A Team Named After A Racial Slur

One Congressman Says A Wage Of $7.25 an Hour Is ‘Inadequate’ For Supporting A Family

Judge Who Had Affair With Witness In His Chambers During Child Support Case Can’t Be Sued

The Oakland Raiders Possibly Eyeing A Move To San Antonio, Texans Owner ‘Not Surprised’?

Pat Riley Says The Miami Heat Recovered Well After Lebron James Exit To Cleveland

Cover Story: Common And Kanye Part Ways Musically, And It’s All ‘GOOD’ (Video)

Well, we just posted on Busta Rhymes’ leaving Cash Money. Now, there’s another shift in the Hip-Hop cosmos…G.O.O.D. Music bids adieu to Chi-Town’s Common. Similarly, the rap titans (Kanye West and Common) have apparently parted on good terms; no animosity in Common’s commentary about the subject.

‘Ye is my brother. Point-blank, business-wise, it wasn’t like…‘Ye wasn’t really like ‘Okay, let’s go do this. Let’s go do this album.’ It was like, ‘I’m ’bout to go do this album, ‘Ye. We friends, but if you ain’t really trying to…but if we ain’t gonna create together, it’s all good. We still brothers.’ I think his focus was somewhere else…Marriage, life, good places…I cherish our friendship more than music. I’m grateful for the music we did…
Common

Good scoop by HipHop DX. Check out the RapFix interview clip above. Good seeing brothers wish the best to each other; whether together or on their own. Part of being grown.

- @ojones1

MORE: COMMON EXPLAINS G.O.O.D. MUSIC DEPARTURE

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BLITZ – 7/28/14: Weekend Over

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HEADLINES

A Creative Dad Just Made Water Balloon Fights Way More Efficient

Lebron James To Wear Number ’23′ For His Return With The Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Gets Detailed On Why College Athletes Should Be Paid

The World Cup In Brazil Is Over, But Many Visitors To The Country Refuse To Go Home

Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay Hands Out $100 Bills To Fans At Training Camp

The U.S. Has A Huge Problem With ‘Mass Incarceration In America’

Stephen A. Smith To Host 1pm-3pm Sports Program On Sirius XM Radio

Eric Garner & The Plague Of Police Brutality Against Black Men

Researchers Say Decriminalizing Sex Work Is The Best Way To Combat HIV/AIDS

There Are Officially Too Many Apps & Nobody Is Making Money

The Idea For People To Beta-Test Marriages Is Gaining Support

Aaron McGruder’s Upcoming Comedy ‘Black Jesus’ Is Angering Christian Groups

The Minorities: Will Blacks In Iraq Ever Win Justice?

A New iPad App That Will Turn Your Selfies Into 3-D Images

Fist Bumping Is 20 Times Safer Than Shaking Hands If You’re Worried About Germs

Colleges & Universities Facing Issues With Where To House Their Transgender Students

UCONN Is Able To 3D Print Copies Of Antique Instrument Parts

British Inventor Creates Giant Buttocks To ‘Fart On France’ (Video)

Civil Rights Leaders Weigh In: Where Are The Black Internet Workers?

Busta Rhymes Speaking On The Why’s And How’s Regarding His Leaving Cash Money Records (Video)

Maybe you knew Busta Rhymes was signed to Cash Money Records a few years back. Well, if you didn’t, now you do. In truth, you are not slow any more, because Buss left the label. Now, why do you suppose that news bit wasn’t a hit across the Interwebs? Probably because there was no heat between Busta and Cash Money label head Baby amid the departure. No beef, no animosity. Grown men who are still cordial; friends at some level. Busta, saying enough but not too much, just reveals (above)… that it was time for him to move on. Good clip to watch for insight from a Hip-Hop vet still keeping it moving.

- @ojones1

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VICE: New Ebola Outbreak In Liberia (Video)

“Ebola is one of those words. You can say it anywhere in the world; and it evokes fear.”
Dr. Joseph Fair

This is real life; not a Dustin Hoffman movie. West Africa is being plagued by a new outbreak of Ebola—a. Victims bleed to death from the inside out. There is no cure, and the epidemic is spreading fast.

VICE News is on it, to arm us… with information. Being informed and aware are critical at this stage. VICE News went to Liberia, where many feel the outbreak began. Western scientists feel that the preparation and consumption of meat from monkeys, fruit bats, and other forest animals – collectively referred to as bush meat – is behind the disease transmission. If left uncontrolled, Ebola, Ebola—a or a similar disease could kill a third of the world’s population.

MORE: LIBERIA’S NEW EBOLA OUTBREAK (VICE)

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‘Change The Mascot Movement’ Scores A Major Win: U.S. Patent Office Cancels Washington’s NFL Team Trademarks (Video)

Aha! So we’re seeing some real movement on the ‘Change The Mascot’ movement since we posted about it here.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six trademarks belonging to the football team on Wednesday, saying they are offensive to Native Americans…If the decision is upheld, it will be hard for the team to claim ownership of its brand, a crucial step in going after the makers of unlicensed merchandise…The decision came in response to a suit brought by five Native Americans.

It’s been time Washington; and the U.S. Patent Office obviously agrees. Change The Mascot. JayForce suggested ‘Washington Warriors’ as an alternative. See? Still bad ass, yet not offensive.

- @ojones1

MORE: PATENT OFFICE CANCELS REDSKINS TRADEMARKS

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Bleached Beauty: Kenyan Women Are Risking Their Health in Attempts to Lighten Their Skin (Video)

One has to wonder how far is too far? Some folks are totally against makeup; while some say ‘never leave home without it.’ Cosmetics can be used for slight beauty enhancement or covering blemishes that might otherwise wreck a person’s self esteem and day-to-day function. So, what about lightening of one’s skin? We have lightening patches to even skin tone in the States, but what about the growing trend for our Kenyan sisters to lighten up entirely? If it can be done safely and reliably (note: the above vid more than implies it is unsafe and unreliable), is significant skin lightening okay? Is that right? Is it anyone’s businesses but the buyers and sellers of such products and services?

Watch the news clip above. Let it spark deep thought and conversation.

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Katie Couric Interviews Lupe Fiasco (Video)

Lupe Fiasco sat down with Katie Couric to speak on the fallout from his Obama-is-the-worst-terrorist comments, his Chicago upbringing, first linking with Kanye West and Jay Z, and to get Couric’s recorded testimonial to add to his efforts on the Stand Up To Cancer campaign. Her story will be part of Lupe’s forthcoming track “Re-Mission.” Dope interview.

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Cancelled: ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ Will Not Return For A 2nd Season

arsenio hall hat reutersFoxNews reports ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ has been cancelled after only one season.

DAMMIT! I thought we had at least one more season with Arsenio, right Jay Leno (that’s what you said)?

Sometimes TV gets it wrong…dead wrong. They (CBS is ‘they’ this time) cancelled ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ already. Fu#kin’ @ssh0les make me so mad! I wanted to take this as a ‘hater rumor’ but the reports are coming in from beyond the blogosphere… and Carmen Breezy announced it on the Beatz & Lyrics show’s Hip-Hop Week In Review. *Sigh* and I found this announcement from the CBS-holes themselves:

“Unfortunately, ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ will not return for a second season while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue. Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We’d also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show.”

I don’t want you to go Arsenio. But if you gotta go, please do a dope farewell show. I still YouTube your 90′s Hip-Hop megashow every now and then.

Please. I’m putting it out there. Throwback video after the jump.

- @ojones1

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R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou (Video)


Local news report on the passing of an international treasure. We are deeply saddened by the passing of spiritual sister-mother to many, inspiration to all, Dr. Maya Angelou. Born Marguerite Ann Johnson, the legendary poet, author and social commentator left this earthly realm yesterday morning. She was 86 years old. Her son, Guy Johnson, issued this statement:

Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8 a.m., EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.”

Choked up as we may be over this news, we can say this. Very few in the modern era can say they have spoken to and for ALL of us – the most powerful to the least thought of – lifting up all who heard or read her words; but never putting herself ahead of anyone. Anyone, ANYONE who lives four score and six years about whom that can be said MUST have lived a full life. Cry for a moment, because loss hurts. But please, find joy after the mourning. We were better for knowing Dr. Angelou in some capacity. It seems only right that we honor her by striving to be our best, as she seemed to see and celebrate the best in us.

Rest In Power, Dr. Angelou.

(See photos, remembrances and more after the jump.)

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Bill Nye Battles CNN Crossfire Host On Climate Change (Video)

Okay. In truth, renown scientist Bill Nye (aka “Bill Nye The Science Guy”) was invited to hold down the “for” side in a discussion about whether climate change (e.g. ‘global warming’) is a problem… that man caused. Not really a battle; UNLESS you consider a grown man square his shoulders and spit fiery truth in the direction of an opponent in a war of words.

“I will look anyone in the eyes and remind them that climate change is the most serious problem facing human kind…This is serious business.”

- Bill Nye

On second thought, the show is called ‘Crossfire’… It’s a battle. And Bill is schooling ‘em! Watch.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z Show Up To Miami Heat Game Despite Solange’s Recent Attack On Mr. Sean Carter (Video)

0512-beyonce-jay-z-2Despite all of the chaos surrounded by the elevator surveillance footage (see after the jump) released yesterday of what appears to be Beyonce’s sister, Solange physically attacking her brother-in-law, Jay Z after the Met Gala at the Standard Hotel in New York City, the power couple are all smiles courtside at the Miami Heat vs. Brooklyn Nets game last night.

The question that everyone has been asking is, “What happened for Solange to go off on Jay Z?”

Since Jay Z and Beyonce are so private, who knows if we’ll ever find out the reason it all occurred.

- @Carmen_Breezy

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R.I.P. DJ EZ ROCK

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With great sadness, we join throngs of Hip-Hop heads across the terrestrial and cyberworld who have learned of the loss of DJ EZ Rock (known to family and friends as Rodney “Skip” Bryce). The news is confirmed by several sources, including HipHopDX, who took it from EZ’s “It Takes Two” partner-in-rhyme Rob Base.

Rob Base took to Facebook to break the news of DJ EZ Rock’s passing. DJ EZ Rock of the duo Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock has reportedly died. The news quickly spread following a post on Rob Base’s personal Facebook page. “R.I.P. Skip (DJ EZ Rock) friends since 4Th grade I’m really going to miss you,” he wrote.

It’s the kind of news you hope against all hope is not true. Then you find out it is, and try to come to grips with it and move on as best you can. That’s what we are going to do. Family, let’s remember… We mourn only the loss, the rest is joy and great memories.

Rest In Power, Mr. DJ. And thank you for helping “make it out of sight.”

(Just chuckled a bit, as EZ ROCK would probably have punched someone in the arm for that groaner.)

- @ojones1

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Comedy: KTLA News Anchors Dive Under Desks During Earthquake (Video)

Okay. Probably not funny at the time. But c’mon…

 

Check out the video above. Chuckle among yourselves.

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Snoop Dogg Talks About Life On A Different High On ‘CBS This Morning’ (Video)

Snoop Dogg was up for another Grammy (as Snoop Lion this year), but this CBS morning show expo shows him in a different light that’s so gangsta in a good way. Nearly 20 years of married life, loving and coaching the kids, no longer toting a gat, and visiting the White House on top of all that. Watch the above vid for that and more. It’ll make you proud of the Dogg Father. On some grown man ish.

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