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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.)

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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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A First Look At The New VICE News (Video)

VICE usually travels to spots around the world to report perspectives. Imagine their HQ with an expanded news desk… AND bureaus around the world! From magazine to online video to HBO… and here they grow again! Let founder Shane Smith give you the tour in the clip above.

VICE founder Shane Smith gives you a behind-the-scenes tour of the new VICE News headquarters, and offers a sneak peek of the VICE News site and the exciting new documentaries coming in 2014.

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Minister Louis Farrakhan Supports Kanye West’s Socio-Political Comments In The Media (Video)

I’ve gotten into recent debates with people about Kanye West’s statements on entertainers having control of their work & more specifically the Arsenio Hall show analogy he used when he appeared on The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 in New York.  People were quick to applaud Arsenio Hall’s response to Kanye West about what the real reason Arsenio’s late night talk show went off the air years ago, but most many have forget that it was Minister Louis Farrakhan who stated multiple times the reason why Arsenio show was threatened. In fact, when Minister Louis Farrakhan appeared on one of the very last episode’s of the Arsenio Hall Show he even said it to Arsenio’s face. Minister Louis Farrakhan also recently expressed his support for Kanye West after he’s been taking heat from various groups in speaking out on a number of issues affecting the black community.  Arsenio made a comment that Kanye West should never used the term ‘Slave’ as an artist, but he never addressed that back in the 90’s when Prince changed his name to ‘The Artist Formerly Known As Prince’ & performed with “Slave” written on his face years ago protesting the same economic issues facing creative artists. Arsenio is largely to blame for Kanye or anyone of us confusing the “facts” because Arsenio never addressed Louis Farrakhan or his fans when he had the opportunity & platform to do so years ago.

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Politics: Iceland Overthrows It’s Government & Jails Bankers (Video)

The movie above – “Pots, Pans and Other Solutions” – documents power-to-the-people in action in real life. The PEOPLE, not their so-called representatives and institutions, have taken control of their government and collective destiny. Hell, the reps were in the way… and the bankers responsible for financial wrongdoing and damaging the economy… got put away!

Icelanders forced their entire government to resign after a banking fraud scandal, overthrowing the ruling party and creating a citizen’s group tasked with writing a new constitution that offered a solution to prevent corporate greed from destroying the country. The constitution of Iceland was scrapped and is being rewritten by private citizens; using a crowd-sourcing technique via social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. These events have been going on since 2008, yet there’s been no word from the U.S. mainstream media about any of them.

- Liberty Voice

Respect to Liberty Voice for breaking this news. Just think if Americans would have been told of this around the time ‘Occupy Wallstreet’ was at full steam…

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LIVESTREAM: Nelson Mandela Memorial Service In Johannesburg, South Africa (Video)


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Thank You Nelson Mandela (Video)

Former prisoner. Former President. Forever to be respected, admired, loved…  now mourned by nations the world over. Pass now from us into eternity, Nelson Mandela. Quite literally, a man who was no myth; but who will remain a legend who lived a life of service to humanity died at his home yesterday. He was 95.

We don’t have the perfect words, Mr. President. But we sincerely offer the two that should certainly be heard forever in association with your name: Thank You! For your struggles, protests, imprisonment, iconification… for your work and triumphs freeing yourself and your people (of every color) from the bonds of man, from the oppression racist institutions, and the entanglements of in-fighting that kept us at war with ourselves… We say THANK YOU, President Mandela.

To be certain, the struggles continue. But it is now our turn to take up the causes we see fit and see them through to the end; to our own ends if necessary. And we cannot say we have not had folks to have shown us the way in our lifetime. Chief among them, Nelson Mandela showed us the way of the warrior suited for his lifelong battle against injustice and for peace on a national/global scale: Not perfect, but not waiting for someone or some perfect time to come along. Not looking for a fight, but willing to risk it all and fight with all he has for as long as he has. And as a result, though not seeking glory as an end, glory followed him to the end and will forevermore.

Rest in peace, Brother Mandela. We got it from here.

Video comments from U.S. President Barack Obama above. After the jump, a favorite clip of mine.

READ: NBC WORLDNEWS’ COVERAGE

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Stay Classy, Bismarck. Is That THE Ron Burgundy On North Dakota’s Local News Leader? (Video)

WHAT? Ron Burgundy (yeah, Will Farrell’s character from the movie played by Will Farrell, yeah) guest anchored KXMB News in Bismarck, North Dakota; sticking around for the whole broadcast! “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” is due out December 20, 2013. Respect to the full-time crew for keeping it together. Hahaa!

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES (TRAILER)

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Comedy: Woman Quits Job Via A Video Of Her Dancing To Kanye West’s “Gone” (Video)

How far is too far with all this technology we have? Hey… whether or not this is too far, it’s too funny! Check out how this woman does the modern version of “Take This Job And Shove It” set to the music of Kanye West (“Gone”).

This looks like something a cast member on HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ would do. Great commentary on valuing shallow views-over-news stances in today’s information media. BUT… if this is really real… it was risky. And it probably helped that this lady works in a field where her job will involve making engaging videos.

Last funny: Though she had an ‘anti’ go-for-the-views stance message, the clip above has over 7 million views thus proving her point of quality over quantity. It took her one quality video like this to connect with people that generated views. Haha

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Comedy: Members Of U.S. Congress ‘Representing’ In Egypt (Video)

VOTE DAMMIT! Okay… no this is not going to turn into a PSA by @ojones1 (this time). This Daily Show with Jon Stewart clip is a comedy post (but watching ELECTED members of our U.S. Congress “represent” us could send me off on a rant). What’s really funniest though is the portion BEFORE the comedians (Samantha Bee, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk) come in. Just watch…

@ojones1

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60 Minutes: The Legacy Of Michael Jackson (Video)

It’s been four years since Michael Jackson’s passing. The late King of Pop is the subject of the above segment on CBS television’s 60 Minutes. The expose focuses on the talent he possessed (up to the end), his material possessions (all left in the warehouse), his debt (cleared by cash from investments and sales of music and other assets); with extensive conversation with John Branca, executor of MJJ’s estate.

(Damn. Michael Jackson’s estate has made $600 million in the four years since his passing. He’s the King even after going to the hereafter!)

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Teaching Old Drug Dogs A New Way To Sniff? Washington ‘Weed Heads’ Beware (Video)

In Washington state, changes in law enforcement procedures – especially allowing for legal marijuana possession and use – has come with unique challenges. Unique for now… I’m sure other states will eventually have to go through challenges like this: How do you get a dog to respond differently when sniffing for weed in Washington – to let “personal use” ride but still alert handlers to “intent to sell” situations? Some of Washington’s law enforcement agencies have an answer: Stop training drug-sniffing dogs to alert for marijuana.

“Moving forward, it makes most sense not to train dogs to alert to marijuana as that would likely lead to unwarranted investigatory detentions of people who are not breaking any law.”

- Alison Holcomb, author of Washington’s I-502 Law and Drug Policy Director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

WHAT??!! Is that a round of applause I hear? Wait. You know I have to posit the downside on stuff like this. But I am not alone this time: My worry is ACLU’s worry. Not all law-enforcement agencies are changing procedures for training or using narcotics dogs, as the possession of marijuana is still illegal under FEDERAL law. That’s one thing, but not the MAIN thing. Holcomb has a concern that

“…narcotics dogs trained to alert for legal marijuana could extend detention and questioning beyond the scope of reasonable suspicion of a crime. This is especially worrisome because marijuana residue and odor are much more likely to be present on the state’s residents than any of the other substances dogs are trained to detect.”

Hate stop and frisk? Try stop, SNIFF, frisk, and DETAIN UNTIL COPS FIND SOMETHING TO ARREST YOU FOR.

READ: LEGAL POT MEANS BIG CHANGES FOR DRUG-SNIFFING DOGS

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VICE: The Harlem Globetrotters & Dennis Rodman Visit North Korea (Video)

I’ve been posting interesting stories & documentaries from VICE for a few years now. And this isn’t the first time we’ve posted their reports on North Korea, but what makes this particular trip back to North Korea wildly interesting is they’ve brought along the Harlem Globetrotters & former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman. The news that VICE was returning to North Korea & that NBA champion Dennis Rodman agreed to go with them sent shockwaves throughout the world & had everyone around the globe talking. There’s moments of hilarity in this video captured this North Korea trip but it wasn’t at all perpetuated by Dennis Rodman.  It was in the cultural differences & appearances the North Korean government was trying to keep up for their guests. Overall from watching this video of the trip to North Korea it’s clear that the Harlem Globetrotters may have left the biggest impact on this diplomatic exchange.

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MSNBC: Cord Jefferson Discusses The White Culture Of Violence (Video)

Above: Gawker’s West Coast Editor Cord Jefferson with scathing commentary on this clip of an episode of All In With Chris Hayes. Cord spoke with host Hayes about his controversial essay, the roots of White violence, and his deep ties to the White community.

‘The story of White criminal culture is not a story the mainstream media will tell you. Though once you scratch the surface, the stories are everywhere you look.’

You gotta watch!

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Questlove Speaks On The Trayvon Martin Verdict (Video)

In an interview with host Alex Wagner of MSNBC’s Now, Hip-Hop icon and co-founder of The Roots, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson declared that he was so taken aback when he found out that George Zimmerman got off (e.g. was acquitted of the murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin) that he walked off of a DJ gig in Amsterdam. He noted that “it felt like I was watching my own trial,” adding later in an Internet post that “this whole Trayvon case has taught me: you ain’t sh!t. That’s the lesson I take from this case.”

Watch the interview MSNBC interview clip above.

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Nas Speaks On CNN With Anderson Cooper On The ‘Race And Justice In America II’ Special (Video)

Last night CNN’s Anderson Cooper held a special town hall discussion called ‘Race & Justice In America II’ on his Anderson Cooper 360 show & brought along a number of commentators to speak on the issues affecting the country. Nas was the most recognizable voice in the hip hop community who added his valuable 2-cents to the discussion. Check out more from the discussion featuring commentators Charles M Blow, Andre Perry, Michaela Angela Davis, & David Webb below….

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ESPN First Take: Master P States His Opinions On Jay Z Entering The Sports Agency Business (Video)

The first rapper to enter into the world of representing pro athletes was Master P. By now everyone should be familiar with the infamous deal that former NFL running back Ricky Williams signed with the New Orleans Saints that didn’t go over well in his favor. Master P stopped by ESPN’s First Take to speak with Stephen A. Smith & Skip Bayless to give his opinion on Jay Z’s entrance into the world of sports agency. Having dealt with the ups & downs of formerly running his no defunct NO LIMIT SPORTS agency, it was interesting to see Master P choose his words carefully without being negative or discouraging even though it feels like he’s saying it may not be the best move for a few parties involved.

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Vice: Mexico’s Female Crime Journalists (Video)

In Ciudad Juarez, All of the journalists who cover politics and crime for the Diario de Juarez are women, and they have covered some of the most grotesque, brutal crimes in the world. Fearless. These ladies take it to what, in effect, is the war zone. To get the story and shed light on the horrible crime issue. Vice follows them, in and out of the killing fields and beyond to try to understand why politicians are not doing what it takes to stop any of this.

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WTF: Naked Man Attacks Riders at San Francisco BART Station (Video)

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Awwww HELLLLLLL naw! Did this guy… butt azz naked… at the train station… running up on innocent travelers?? If this ends with a tasing and a beatdown, I’m not sure anyone would be surprised (or remorseful). Watch, and be stunned. The video is embedded after the jump, as it is Not Suitable For Work… for all the wrong reasons!

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