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Meet A Muslim (Video)

It’s high time for tolerance folks! Hug someone different than you… today (with permission)! I know I am preaching to the choir, because you are on here. Shout to our visitors, extended fam, because y’all “get” a lot of what’s posted here (and it’s still love when you don’t). And I know you’ll get this… I got a li’l choked up right from the start of this… When the lady said, “I am a human. I am a mom.”

Man. My mom is my HEART! Okay…

Yes, this “Meet A Muslim” is all that you’d expect. You probably know and celebrate some or all this in yourselves and in/with your Muslim friends and associates. But maybe play this within earshot of folks who may not ‘get it’ like you do. This is bound to soften a heart and/or open an eye or three. Great short video!

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Communication Is Overrated! Here Is The Most Important Advice For Lasting Relationships (Video)

For all of you couples who want the ‘science’ on how to Make It Last Forever (shout to Keith Sweat and Jacci McGhee, good choice for tonight)… You’re welcome.

When author and blogger, Mark Manson, was about to get married, he reached out for some advice. He didn’t ask friends, or family, but instead called upon his considerable readership.

He asked people who had been happily married for at least 10 years to explain what lessons they had learned and would pass down to others. He also asked anyone who had been divorced to explain what had gone wrong — which led to some of the most interesting responses.

Over 1,500 people responded. Here, we speak with Manson about his experience and one of the most valuable pieces of advice he learned.

– Tech Insider

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Denzel Washington And Viola Davis On ‘Fences’ (Video)

Maaan. Denzel Washington gone have pull with the ladies until they pull the casket closed, put it in the hole, bury and top it with daisies. And even after that! The lady was hollering, “You can give it to ME,” at Denzel on stage. That’s why we can’t go nowhere nice right there, momma. Come on, we’re leaving. BWAAHAHAAA!

Watch this clip with Mr. Washington and the lovely Viola Davis talking a bit more about their work/play/love on “Fences.”

(Vin Diesel came through, too, though?)

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Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (Festival Trailer)

I never set out to convert anybody. In my quest, some of them ended up converting themselves.
Daryl Davis

So, go on and plan on watching the trailer above TWICE, because the first run will likely leave you breathless. This is the award-winning documentary about a Black musician, Daryl Davis, who befriends and engages members of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists in an extended dialog about race, hate, and how we can get past it. Turns out this all started as a bold an simple measure to get the KKK’s answer to this question: “How can you hate me if you don’t even know me?”

(Davis’ dialogs with Klan members have been so powerful that several members ultimately left the organization. You MUST watch!)

“Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America” comes to PBS on February 13, 2017.

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The Obamas’ Last Christmas Weekly Address From The White House (Video)

Merry Christmas everybody!…Celebrating the holidays in the White House over these past eight years has been a true privilege. We’ve been able to welcome over half a million guests, our outstanding pastry chefs have baked 200,000 holiday cookies, and Barack has treated the American people to countless dad jokes. Although a few got a Frosty reception…

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate their final holiday season at the White House. In the above video, the Obamas lay out some of the country’s achievements over their terms in the White House, include some reminders of how great America is and can be, as well as a call to remember those who serve and protect the U.S. even over the holidays. Join them in supporting America’s service members and families, now and year-round, at JoiningForces.gov.

Merry Christmas, Mr. President & Madam First Lady.

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Talib Kweli Speaks On His Times Meeting President Obama, Relationships With Other Artists And Much More (Video)

Tell the truth, we ‘never thought that Hip-Hop would take it this far’

According to Talib Kweli (above), President Obama got his favorite artists together in a room to share ideas on and declare his desire for criminal justice reform to be part of his administration’s legacy… and ask for their inputs & help. Talk about a work-play moment! Imagine a concert featuring Talib, A$AP Rocky, J. Cole, Busta Rhymes, Pusha T and others? Why not? It’s the White House! But nah, country first. Still sounds like a cool meet-up.

(The story about his Grandma though… wow!)

Kweli also speaks on his next project (with Styles P), Yasiin Bey, the experience of working with Q-Tip and getting on the A Tribe Called Quest album, Jay Electronica and more. DOPE interview!

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Go In-Depth With ‘Common’ and ‘Serena Williams’ On ESPN’s “The Undefeated” (Video)

Quick! When you conjure up a visual of a dude sitting down to talk to his ex, what do you think? Cringeworthy viewing, right? Well, nah. Kind of a trick question if you aren’t told that it’s the renaissance revolutionary cool rapper Common. And his ex? Oh that’s super sexy tennis star Serena Williams. Much better imagery in your mind now, of course.

On this ESPN’s The Undefeated: In-DepthSerena and Common… speaking on fame, sports, and race and gender issues. Start above and continue after the jump.

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The World’s First Male Sex Doll (Video)

Ooookay. VICE’s Karley Sciortino is taking girls “playing with dolls” to a whole other level! Getting mighty cozy with the concept in this documentary episode exploring the making of male sex dolls for women.

Because, you know, gender equality.

(Hahaa! Karley, though. Got an undeniable sexy about her, right? Just saying, she probably does not need to go the doll route. Surely there is a real ‘plaything’ out here that will gladly play with her… Errr… Just watch.)

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The Boyfriend Experience: In Japan, A Woman Can Even Rent A Man That Will Come Sit & Cry With Her (Video)

So the ‘Boyfriends For Hire’ business is still strong in Japan. We hipped y’all to it over three years ago on here. This is a next step. Sure, you can rent a boyfriend in Japan, but what about the elements expected of a longer-term bond? What if Japanese women could experience feelings usually borne of deeper bonds… without the being bound to a partner part? And do it a la carte? Would that be worth something?

Yeah, about $65 per hour. Yep, at least that’s what a ‘Handsome Weeping Boy’ will cost in Japan.

Watch.

(Full disclosure: VICE finds some cute correspondents. Like this Karley Sciortino. Them legs, too. Just saying.)

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Woman Undergoes Procedure To Become A Sex Doll (Video)

Actually… that music wasn’t creepy enough! You know how folks (okay, dudes mainly) get sex dolls, right? How they get them and use them as though they were women.

Okay, okay! The dolls are their women, and they have sex with them. There it’s out there.

As hard as that was to say, wrap your head and vocal chords around this: A woman undergoing a procedure to become a sex doll!! Aw hellllll no! That’s what we say. And yet, there she is above doing it!

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Brother Polight Speaks On His Troubled Youth, Gang Life, & Positively Changing His Life (Video)

This is crazy, not just the life Brother Polight has lived to this point, but the way he gets it across so vividly in this sit-down with DJ Vlad. Brownsville’s own recollects and reflects on his hard-knock life from back then up to when and why he started to change up to his present day. Strap in for an hour plus of realness.

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Cuba’s Generational Divide (Documentary Short Film)

Incredible video expo… and incredibly short. Maybe ongoing interest will drive development of a fuller doc or short. The impact of the life, and recent passing, of Cuban revolutionary dictator Fidel Castro can be debated from various angles including regional vs. global and overall positive vs. overall negative. But we do know there was an impact, and it apparently resonates throughout the ages.

Case in point: Above you see three generations of Black Cubans – Esperanza Caridad Martinez (Grandmother), Margarita Beatriz Nicholas (Daughter), and Leyssy O’Farrill Nicholas (Granddaughter) speak on three views of Cuba; in effect, Castro’s legacy. Thing about it is that while the views could have (and maybe has already) sparked fiery discourse among them, the discourse is very calm and deliberate. Each generation speaking on what they know and feel about living in Cuba and prospects for Black Cubans like them moving forward there and abroad. But what’ll really get you at the end… is that one tear Grandma shed for her Leyssy. Whether or not Leyssy has what it takes to eat off her art (caution: NOT a given, anywhere) by leaving, she ought to know she has LOVE in Cuba. 100,000%.

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Animation: GZA & RZA Have Been Hip-Hop Since They Were Kids (Video)

Nice! Boom Bap Nation dug and found this toonage of some GZA talk about back in the day with him and RZA growing up Hip-Hop… So true to it it likely cost RZA an azz whuppin as a young’n (at least once, hahaa)!

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Joe Budden & Cyn Santana Sitting In… With Angie Martinez (Video)

Ahhh, love. Sweet love. With just enough crazy to make for good radio. There’s a grownness about Joe & Cyn’s convo (esp. Joe’s) when they get to the meat of it. You know how a dude thinks he can pull a girl that’s into girls… Well, Budden’s done it. Don’t hate.

He’s my man now…
Cyn Santana

Still very light-hearted talk overall. I liked watching it. I think you might, too. Peep.

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Reading Body Language: A Quick Guide (Video)

Maybe this will help folks understand why I tell them, “I need to straighten my glasses so I can see what you are saying.” The rest of your body speaks as much as your mouth does in ways that count.

Personal interactions with others are often draped in nuance. Here are some ways to read the unspoken things people say with their bodies.
– Tech Insider

Scientists, law enforcement, the intelligence community, your parents, your significant other… they all know. Get this knowledge. Learn something about reading people, people. And maybe understand how people are reading you!

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…And Of The Son: The Legacy Of David And Jackie Robinson (Mini-Documentary)

David’s story begins by him talking about his going back home to Africa…Tanzania specifically. It’d be an interesting human interest piece if this was just that. But this is a Spike Lee [Lil] Joint. Why the Spike Lee treatment? And why on ESPN? David is activist & baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s son. ESPN’s headline – “Jackie Robinson’s son is a coffee farmer in Tanzania” – rather oversimplifies what this documentary is covering, but it’s a good watch!

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Definition Of A Down A** Chick: Miko Grimes (Video)

Full disclosure: I really did not know who Miko Grimes was. Not important. Her eventual husband did, and while we might infer that things weren’t always heavenly, hearing her talk about how she rides for him… man… intense! Might even say HOT. Something very ’90s Hip-Hop about this Gangsta Chick. Gotta admit that I like it. Even though I know she’s a handful.

Okay, two handfuls (wink). Do you SEEEEE that top? Fitting her where she’s so gifted. Wowzers!

Suffice it to say, Miko Grimes is the business. But she is well-informed and about her business, so you really gotta hope her man (husband, Brent Grimes, pro ball player) stays on point. Miko’s outspoken on some of everything: from the treatment of NFL players, shutting down groupies and hangers-on, and much more (as shown in the sit-down vid above).

Regarding career ups & downs for her former Falcon, then former Dolphin, hubby Brent, Miko gives her side of those goings down, too. Again I say WOW. Of course, I know Miko would absolutely DESTROY me (I’d fall too hard and stay down). But ohhhh, what a way to go!

@ojones1

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Rewind: Rick James Takes His Former Bandmate To Court on Judge Joe Brown (Video)

Yooooo! Don’t waste another second trying to figure out “what the…?” It’s RICK JAMES, B!TCH! And just like Charlie Murphy might tell it, this story has some crazy twists & turns. Check out this celeb drama, played out on the Judge Joe Brown show.

At around 3 min, prepare for your first legit “DAAAAAAMNN! Did he just…” reaction. And it won’t be the last watching this.

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Dr. Umar Johnson Speaks On The Challenges Of Being High-Profile, Being Blindsided By The ‘Conscious Stripper’ And More (Video)

Dr. Umar Johnson: outspoken, massively popular… and a target. In the above interview, he clarifies that high-profile people, such as himself, are targeted by media spinners and even women with unknown motives; specifically, a woman he met in Florida who calls herself the “Conscious Stripper.” She turned on Dr. Johnson in a very public way, and in the fallout from the incident he lost a million-dollar donation from an NBA player he would not name. Dr. Johnson declared that if he had known that he was going to be famous, he would have gotten married before the fame. Marriage calms you down and keeps you out of trouble.

Hmmm… something to consider guys… Put a ring on her, so she can rein you in.

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Invisible Roots: Afro-Mexicans In Southern California (Trailer)

More than one million Mexicans are of African descent, yet this heritage is often forgotten, denied, and many times stigmatized, both in Mexico and in Chicanx communities in the United States. INVISIBLE ROOTS is an intimate look at Afro-Mexicans living in Southern California as they discuss complex issues of racial, national and cultural identities.
– Third World Newsreel

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