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Yes, Her Name Is ABCDE… (Video)

Five-year-old Abcde Redford pronounces her name “ab-city.”

…and watch the above clip to the end, because she is not the only one. Wow.

Okay, sure, tsk-tsk to the employee who made the little girl feel bad. Would it have made a difference if it was made clear that the PARENT who named the child was the real target? Dunno. Ummm. No. Probably not.

But… well… Though parents can name their children whatever, should they???

(Gonna leave it there.)

@ojones1

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Mississippi Elected A Racist Governor & Slavery Was Recently Abolished (Video)

See this? You might say it looks ridiculous? But you know what is ridiculous, but true? The last state did not legally abolish slavery until 1995. Surprised? That last state was Mississippi (still surprised). Hold your jokes. It was 20 years ago…

A segment from Michael Moore’s TV Nation (1994) that focuses on Mississippi finally getting around to ratifying the 13th amendment to the US constitution – 130 years later. Correspondent Rusty Cundieff races down to Mississippi to try to buy some slaves before the law goes into effect.
– KoalaFrog

But wait, wanna guess which state is having a runoff, now, in 2018 for a Senate seat between a Black Democrat and a White Republican… who PUBLICLY said she would attend a hanging… while she was campaigning???? Yeah, same state, M-I-crooked letter-W-T-F’n Mississippi!!

(Hit the jump.)

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Jayforce.com Has Joined The Fight For Freedom (Video)

Jayforce.com has become one of the founding members of “Building The North Star.”

171 years ago Frederick Douglass and Dr. Martin Delany started ‘The North Star’ as the leading abolitionist newspaper of the day. They spoke truth to power and unashamedly used journalism as a platform to fight for freedom. With the blessing and permission of the family of Frederick Douglass, we are rebuilding ‘The North Star.’
– The North Star News Group

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Snoop Dogg Honored With His Own Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame (Video)

Have you peeped the news of Snoop getting his star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame yet? You already KNOW he brought some gangsta to the situation… ready to experience The DoggFather gone HollyHood for real though? #CripwalkOfFame

Beloved rapper Snoop Dogg received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday. The ceremony began at 11:30 a.m. right in front of the El Capitan Entertainment Center on Hollywood Boulevard.
– ABC7

(Wow! Look at who showed up for it, too. Dope!)

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April Ryan To President Trump: “I’m Not A Loser” (Video)

Another “enemy” of the people Trump’s with a rebuttal. Get him sista. GET HIM! Yeezus! When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. Unless you’re Trump – who, as Gloria Berger aptly declares that he is “just defining the Presidency downward… every single day.” Damn. Just. Damn.

CNN political analyst April Ryan responds to President Donald Trump’s comment in which he called her a “loser” who “doesn’t know what the she is doing.”
– CNN

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Jemele Hill Has Nothing But Love For ESPN (Video)

… Yeah, now that she is outta there, and cashing BIG checks!

I will admit to being in my feelings (not in the fun Drake way) about the drama ESPN was giving Jemele before her departure, but it looks like she is doing alright now. Better than alright.

Jemele Hill Talks Leaving ESPN, Mental Health, Lebron James + More
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM

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Who Killed Tupac & Biggie? LAPD Detective Greg Kading Names Names! (Video)

Just in case the decades of foot-dragging and the much-hyped USA Network miniseries did not quench your thirst for knowledge on the Notorious B.I.G. & Tupac murders, VICE gets the scoop in ’10 Questions’ posed to the lead investigator. And he answers them directly!

Ever wondered who committed the murders of Tupac and Biggie? Greg Kading, the LAPD Detective who investigated the murders, claims he has the answers. With a theory that allegedly implicates Sean Combs and Suge Knight, Kading claims to have solved two of the most famous murders in US history.
– VICE

A couple of things to keep in mind: (1) Kading’s investigation was directed toward clearing any blame regarding the LAPD’s role/coverup with respect to the murders of ‘Pac & BIG… (2) both the people Kading directly accused are dead #JustSaying

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Jim Acosta Speaks On His Confrontation With President Trump (Video)

Remember when the question kept coming up during Campaign 2016, “Does Donald Trump have the TEMPERAMENT to be President of the United States?” That part.

Answer… NO, he does not.

Even if he thinks reporters are asking unfair or disrespect questions, this is NOT how the leader of the free world should respond. Point. Blank. Period. That said, the reporters, Jim Acosta included, were just doing their jobs. Not as the ‘enemy’ but they are allies; necessary in keeping us informed about what The President and other officials are doing in our name. But don’t you worry about The President attacking members of the press. They can take care of themselves, especially on CNN.

@ojones1

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Dave Chappelle Speaks On Ethics And The Relevance Of What He Did NOT Do (Video)

What was that? You wish there was more Dave Chappelle content posted on here? Well, what a coincidence 😉

In a rare interview, comedian Dave Chappelle tells “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King about why he is connecting with a part of his family history at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina. His great-grandfather, Bishop William David Chappelle, was a former President at the University.
– CBS This Morning

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Journalist Bob Woodward Speaks President Trump’s Relationship With The Media And His Comments On Recent Tragedies (Video)

When it comes to having a seat at the table in political discussions, Bob Woodard’s place is saved permanently (see “Watergate,” because we would not have seen it, or President Nixon resigning because of it, without his reporting)! Maybe he is just echoing what is already constantly said about President Trump, but I will ALWAYS lean in when this guy is speaking on something. Perspectives like his are NEEDED in our world today.

@ojones1

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Comedians Dave Chappelle And Jon Stewart Speak On The Era Of President Trump And Their Comedy (Video)

Two of the most brilliantly funny and thoughtful comedians ever – Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart – sit down with one of the best news commentators today, Christiane Amanpour. Score for CNN… and for us all.

(And Dave says we should NOT consider this the ‘Trump Era’ as he is not worthy and we don’t deserve that. Point taken. Good one.)

@ojones1

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Warren G Speaks On The ‘Feel Good’ Nature Of Making G-Funk Music In The Golden Era (Video)

KTLA anchor Frank Buckley interviews G-Funk pioneer and Hip-Hop icon Warren G.

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All Black People Have To Do Is Comply To Survive A Police Encounter, Right? Wrong! (Video)

This is why we kneel. Point. Blank. Period. Francis nails it here. Enough with this shite already!

Calm Black Man Tries To Comply With Mixed Instructions, Still Gets Brutally Tasered.
Francis Maxwell asks, I thought all black people had to do was comply and it would be fine?
– The Breakdown

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Pinky’s Slutty Vegan Dream Come True: From ‘Dope Concept’ To ‘Ghost Restaurant’ To Bonifide Food Truck (Video)

Slutty Vegan owner Pinky Cole is a vegan who loves vegan junk food. The business’ website says hers is a ghost restaurant that serves the ‘sluttiest vegan cheeseburgers in Atlanta‘ (Georgia). Kinda pricey, but they look DELICIOUS and worth every penny!

@ojones1

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The Miami Style Gods Speak On The Rush And The Danger Of Doing Street Grafitti In Miami (Documentary)

Wow. Right from the start, the dude calls his graf ‘vandalism’… NOT art. But still seems driven about it. Real out there in the streets about the spray game; folks can get shot for real (or worse). VICE investigates.

All across Miami, you’ll find countless tags done by MSG—the Miami Style Gods, a graffiti crew that’s been around since the early 90s. And two decades later, they’re still bombing as many walls, highway signs, bridges, billboards, and abandoned buildings as they can find.

VICE met up with members of the crew—who believe their trade is vandalism, not art—to find out why they’re so dedicated to a trade that makes no money and is often dangerous, from altercations with the cops to dangling over busy highways.

– VICE SPECIALS

And this is about more than graf, though that is life to these guys; it’s life in the streets.

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Many Black Kids Cannot Swim. Really. And Here Is Why… (Video)

Wow, that’s a real thing. All my family can swim. My Dad learned as a kid, self-taught, playing in the ‘crick’ (creek) down the road. My baby brother was swimming by the time he could walk. So, I just kinda dismissed such talk as broad generalization; no real fact-finding driving the claim. Well…

In 2014, the CDC found that an 11-year-old Black child is 10 times more likely to drown than a White child the same age. The notion that “Black people can’t swim” may sound like a stereotype, but it’s a real disparity and it’s rooted in a history of discriminatory access to swimming pools.
– VICE News Tonight

Again, wow. And damn.

@ojones1

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Dear #BurnYourNikes Movement, Nike Doesn’t Mind At All (Video)

If you feel like wasting some keystrokes, comment on the next vid you see posted by a ‘Nike burner’ that Nike doesn’t give not one aglet about #BurnYourNikes

(Oh, and an ‘aglet’ is that sheath or tip at the end of your shoelace. You knew that? Okay cool.)

See, this whole ‘we stand by Kaep‘ stance Nike is putting forth is still a BUSINESS move at its core. We know that, right? Right?? It’s a business move that folks (read: the majority of people that Nike wants to buy its products) who are cool with #TakeAKnee will vote in favor of… with their purchasing power.

This is why Nike doesn’t care if you set your shoes on fire.
– VICE News Tonight

Just like choosing to ‘vote’ for (buy from) Burger King because you like your burgers flame-broiled, or your way, or whatever the other fast food joints ain’t doing. Or vice versa.

And for folks who decide to NOT buy from them anymore, Nike is wagering (i.e. taking a strategic business risk) there will be few enough of them to not matter (to its BUSINESS). Buuuut… all this could make for some cool counter-hashtaggery to make the new ‘Nike haters’ hot though…

#KaepHatersDontMatter

Nah…

#GoOnAndBurnYourGear #NikeAlreadyHasYourMoney

Better…

#KaepGotPaid #NikeUsedMoneyYouPaid #MoneyYouJustSetAblaze

BARZ!

@ojones1

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History/Activism: James Baldwin Called It Long Ago. But America Has Still Not Learned (Video)

Those who do not remember their history are doomed to repeat it. Only thing is, for minorities (read: Black people) in America, there is WAY more ‘doom’ at stake.

…what America still refuses to learn from history. Here are the lessons still unlearned from James Baldwin.
Francis Maxwell

We keep thinking that this Administration, this social reality, this America, is something ‘new’… but nah… Baldwin saw this in his day, over and over, and would have probably seen it all coming.

@ojones1

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A Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute A La Atlanta’s Action 2 Morning News (Video)

Maaaan! Shout to the homie BigDee @65phenom for sharing this epic MJJ tribute compilation post. These ATL newscasters go in, esp. Fred Blankenship, when it comes to giving on-air winks and nods to the music & culture. This clip is all about Michael Joseph Jackson, the King Of Pop, who would have turned 60 years young yesterday #RIPMJJ

Happy Wednesday!! We had some fun this morning paying tribute to Michael Jackson on what would have been his 60th birthday. Let me know how many MJ references you catch! 🙂 Have a great day and as Mark and I say every morning before the news starts–Mama Se Mama Sa Mama Coosa! Let’s get it!!
Fred Blankenship

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See How Replica Sneakers Made In China Make It Into The Hands Of U.S. Buyers (HBO)

Wow! The fiends NEED the latest Yeezys and Jordans like this bad? The fake kick market is kicking this hard. Gotta be if there is a black market with movers in it like Chan, right? Let VICE News tell it…

After the sun sets in Putian, thousands of bikes carrying fake sneakers hit the streets.

The lace-up black market is no secret in Putian, and it’s where you can find Chan, a vendor with a knack for getting high-quality pairs off the streets and into the hands of hypebeasts on the other side of the globe.

– VICE News

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