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A Mix Of Pride And Shame: Ken Burns The History Of “The West” To Life (Video)

The legendary documentary film producer Ken Burns brings us the real story of “The West” in eight parts for PBS America. Might be able to get to see this on-demand from your local cable provider. You can definitely see it on Netflix.

The series explores the region from the times of the earliest Native Americans to the 20th century. Monday’s episode, The People (to 1806), looks back to the emergence of a new world with the arrival of the first Europeans. On Tuesday, Empire upon the Trails (1806- 1848) tells the story of the Americans who headed west, following the fur trade into the mountains, fighting for self-determination in Texas or seeking a better life along the Oregon Trail. In Speck of the Future (1848-56) on Wednesday, the landscape changes dramatically with the discovery of gold in California. The Gold Rush brings the whole world to the West as prospectors scramble for a share, littering the hills with mining towns and creating the West’s first metropolis. But in the push to strike it rich, many are violently displaced. Conflict comes to the West in Thursday’s episode, Death Runs Riot (1856-68). In Utah, federal troops march against Mormon polygamy while along the Rio Grande oppressed Mexican Americans rebel. The war between North and South unleashes brute savagery in the West, leaving behind an army prepared for total war against the native peoples of the plains.
– PBS America

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Mike Vick Says Colin Kaepernick Should Cut His Hair, And Shannon Sharpe Says… (Video)

Mike Vick let us down but Shannon Sharpe set it straight.

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Hear The Words Of Biggie, And Of Those He Influenced, In “The Life of Notorious B.I.G.” (Extended Teaser Trailer)

Notice how heavy the South’s presence is in this clip: 2 Chainz, David Banner… And the observations are profound. Good points and a good preview for the coming A&E documentary.

Listen to previously unheard audio of Biggie Smalls as the biggest names in Hip-Hop, including 2 Chainz, Mike Will, and T-Pain, talk about the late rapper’s legacy in this bonus clip from “Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.,” and tune in for the premiere on September 4th at 8 PM. #LifeOfBiggie
– A&E

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Paul George Talks About Moving To OKC And Building With Russell Westbrook (Video)

They’re not looking at me as a Kevin Durant replacement, but as a new face of OKC.
Paul George

Okay. That’s one in a roomful of elephants in the room. Paul getting along with former fiery (Paul’s word) opponent turned teammate Russell Westbrook (you know, the current ‘face’ of the Oklahoma City Thunder). That’s another. And ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski does ask about that.

The crazy sports universe and the buzz about as a result of all these pro ball league blue chips flipping (and landing). Wow. And a discussion about another Paul’s impactful move and the potential for another team’s championship run next season. We go from talking of CP3 earlier to talking about PG13, Paul George, going to OKC.

Similar lines of discussion laid out in this clip as in ESPN’s clip on CP3’s move from former to future team, too. And the clip above does ‘include’ Paul’s cute kid (like earlier in CP3’s) but we just see the child (and Paul’s wifey…nice!). This interview is all Paul. Good stuff.

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Amber Rose Speaks On Her Life Journey From Poor Girl From Philly To Being Famous (Video)

People would be on the Internet were like, “You’re famous for no reason!” And I’m like yeah, I don’t f*cking know why. Blame yourselves.
Amber Rose

You know her for the music videos and racy photos, being with Wiz Khalifa and Kanye West, the Slutwalk, and all that. And hate it or love it, Amber’s look… all that (platinum blonde ‘buzzcut’ down to that triple platinum Triple X butt)! And Amber talks about all that with the Drink Champs (N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN).

I know everybody may not be a fan of Rose. Some may even question why the Hip-Hop nation puts so much ‘shine’ on what she has to say (on some ‘your job is to just look sexy’ ish). Buuuut she is a prominent figure (pause, reflect, give thanks) on the Hip-Hop landscape. And buuuut that BUTTTT (even though it is not ‘featured’ above)!

Hahaaaa! Nah, but I do like to hear from the Honeyz and learn a bit about them, too. I do. Gives some insight on them. Watch this talk with Amber Rose. It won’t change your life. Not promising that. But it might just make you more thoughtful of Amber as a person if you thought ‘less’ of her some way.

(I like her voice, too. It’s cute.)

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Chris Paul Speaks On Leaving The Clippers And Linking Up With James Harden And The Rockets To Win A Championship Ring (Video)

This just in: Chris Paul is now a Houston Rocket.

Sorta. The news is a couple of days old. But the shock waves are still being felt, and the impact of the collapse of whatever ‘bridge’ between Paul and the Clippers organization… Well, folks are gonna try to put some scale to that in the months to come; no doubt. But the nuances in this clip – Paul’s poised (carefully worded) responses to questions, how joining James Harden on a new team might play out and even how cute Paul’s son’s (little Chris) wishes for his competitive dad “played” out – make for an intriguing watch.

Chris Paul sits down with Shelley Smith and talks about his six-year run with the Clippers, his relationship with James Harden and the challenge of stopping the Warriors.
– ESPN

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Centuries Ago, A “Witch Hunt” Was Not A Metaphor. It Was State-Sanctioned Murder (Documentary Trailer)

For all the things we can say about living in society today… at LEAST “witchcraft” is no longer a crime (and look above to see why the quote marks were necessary; lots of room for interpretation in those ‘laws’ that can get someone f*ck*d UP)! Of course, there is still enough frivolous prosecution and unfair persecution today to go around twice.

Historian Suzannah Lipscomb investigates the witch hunts that plagued Britain in the 17th century, examining common myths about their origin.
– Netflix

A Channel 5 two-part documentary that you can catch on Netflix (no chill).

WITCH HUNT: A CENTURY OF MURDER (NETFLIX)

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Former Lions’ Receiver Visits With The Raiders In Camp (Video)

Oh… So he is visiting the Raiders as a ‘special guest’ huh? Is that what they are calling it nowadays? Hahaaa! Yeah, the Raiders are probably looking a might sight better than Calvin “Megatron” Johnson’s former squad.

So how do you lose Megatron? That is the question NFL fans might have posed to the Detroit Lions organization when Calvin Johnson announced his retirement in 2016. Maybe pride would have kept them from giving a frank answer, but Calvin can now give his answer: Nine years in a brutal league on a losing team that was not making any real moves to win.

Wow.

Can’t blame the man though. He was a marquee player putting in world class work; the kind that kept him on highlight reels… in spite of lackluster Lions team performance. Watch the ‘puff piece’ above, and read the real talk the NY Daily News got from Johnson via the link below.

MORE: CALVIN JOHNSON ADMITS LIONS’ LOSING A FACTOR (NY DAILY NEWS)

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Dr. Umar Johnson Responds To His Critics And Doubters (Video)

Trust. Umar Johnson has been Umar Johnson since before he was Dr. Umar Johnson. Consistency and frankness are his hallmarks. ‘People pleasing’ not as much (ha). In this video, he offers an answer to every question/challenge. Whether you or we or anyone likes it or agrees or not… dude is what he is and speaks on it. And while that might be his ‘problem’ to lots of folks, it seems alright to him.

Black Twitter unleashed on activist and philosopher Umar Johnson after his appearance on The Breakfast Club. On Monday, Dr. Umar Johnson sat down for a one-on-one interview with Roland Martin to discuss his controversial Breakfast Club interview, educational credentials, the school he said he was starting and more.
Roland Martin

An engaging clip to watch. Dr. Johnson knows how to stir up a room, right? Wowww.

And after the jump, we hear from a guy who says neither Dr. Johnson nor Mr. Martin really likes him – Dr. Boyce Watkins. Some real talk there. Among other things, Dr. Watkins is down for causes, actions, and views with which he agrees… Not wholly for or against anyone as a person. Respect. His words are strong below, too. Full disclosure.

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PBS America Reveals The “Secrets Of Henry VIII’s Palace” (Documentary)

King Henry VIII’s Palace is wonderful. A piece of history, but the secrets and scandals are the part of a history less addressed. This “Secrets Of Henry VIII’s Palace” gets into that and then some.

The luxurious Hampton Court Palace sits on the banks of the river, just a short train ride from London. The large palace was home to Henry VIII’s court in the 16th century, and holds the many secrets and scandals of his reign.

The palace embodies Henry’s lavish and indulgent lifestyle, but also bears the mark of the royals who inhabited it after him; King William III and Queen Mary II demolished half of the palace in order to rebuild it into a Baroque castle intended to rival Versailles.

The resulting combination of styles makes Hampton Court one of the most unique palaces in the world. SECRETS OF HENRY VIII’s PALACE looks beneath the brick and stone to bring the many lives of Hampton Court to life.

– PBS America

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“Ballers” Is Going To Vegas For Season 3 (Trailer)

(Warning: There’s plenty of hips and a few flashes of nips in the above clip. May not be safe for work.)

You think this is a game? That this is fantasy? Nah… and it’s not ‘just football’ either. This is Ballers son! And this is the teaser for Season 3.

If you build it, they will come. Ballers returns Sunday July 23 at 10PM on HBO.

Build it? A football franchise… in Las Vegas… Well wonder where in the Raider Nation they would get an idea like that!

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Cracking “The Pyramid Code” Might Show That The Builders Of The Pyramids Had Technology Way Ahead Of… Our Time (Series Trailer)

Think we are more ‘advanced’ than those who came before us? Your first answer is, “Of course!” But are you really that sure? Advice: Don’t be so sure about how sure you are. More advice: Watch The Pyramid Code and see why should be a bit less sure about our timeline and modern technological superiority…

The Pyramid Code is a made-for-television documentary series of 5 episodes that explores the pyramid fields and ancient temples in Egypt, as well as ancient megalithic sites around the world, looking for clues to matriarchal consciousness, ancient knowledge, and sophisticated technology in a Golden Age.

Think for a second: Countless stones go into building a pyramid; each weighing, what, about a couple tons? You think a bunch of whip crackers, slaves and pullies got all that done back then? You sure?

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Learn About Humanity’s Journey Out Of Africa And Into The Wider World In The “Great Human Odyssey” (Trailer)

Humanity started in Africa. We’re on the same page with that, right. Science!

But let’s go deeper in depth with NOVA’s and PBS’ help. How did ancient humans make their ways to all corners of the Earth; not only surviving Africa but leaving it and coming to thrive as distant disparate populations in the various regions in which they finally settled? HUGE question. And there are more that will be addressed in the “Great Human Odyssey” documentary (available on PBS, and now on Netflix).

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VICE On HBO: Boko Haram & Unnatural Selection (Season 4, Episode 1) [Video]

The National Resource Center For Mutant Mice?? WTF?? Oh, wait, VICE is back for Season 4. Ohhhhh! Now, that does not explain it. But be damned sure that VICE will explain everything. We have the first episode of this season from the HBO investigative docu-series embedded above. Read the episode summary below.

The terrorist group Boko Haram is responsible for thousands of deaths in Nigeria. Now, the government is determined to drive these militants from the country. But is the hunt for insurgents causing as much harm as it’s preventing? Former Navy SEAL and new VICE correspondent Kaj Larsen travels to Nigeria to see what this cat-and-mouse game means for the people caught in the middle of the fight.

For centuries, scientists have been working to change the genetic traits of plants and animals. Now, the new gene-editing method CRISPR has made that process astonishingly simple – so simple it could easily be used on humans. Isobel Yeung reports from Brazil, Scotland, China and the U.S. on the technological advances that could reshape evolution as we know it.

– VICE

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“Marvel’s Inhumans” Series Debuts This Fall (Series Trailer)

I am already a huge Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan. And they prominently feature Inhumans on that ABC series. Now, they are giving them their own series. Doooooope!

There’s a whole world of Inhumans out there. Meet the legendary Royal Family in Marvel’s Inhumans, coming to IMAX and ABC.

Hey, if Disney/ABC cannot have Mutants or X-MenInhumans will do. Inhumans will do big! Plus, there is always Cloak & Dagger on Freeform (posted the trailer on here earlier).

Besides, the Mutants will be on Fox and FX with The Gifted and Legion.

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Comedy: Stephen Colbert Goes To Russia For Vodka, Pickles And Politics (Video)

Stephen Colbert appears on Russian TV, slaps a talk show host, gobbles his pickle, and jokes About Presidential Run’… think maybe I should have made that the byline?? Hahaaaa! Hilarious clip.

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Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Are ‘The Defiant Ones’ (Video)

Getting close to the HBO four-part docu-series debut date: July 9th. Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are “The Defiant Ones”. Got the latest trailer for that cued up above.

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Issa Rae Drops The Teaser For Season 2 Of Her HBO Series “Insecure” (Trailer)

You ready for more crazy, more dope, more awkward dopiness laced with coolness and quirkiness? All delivered by the Awkward Black Girl (but so cute) Issa Rae. Season 2 of “Insecure” starring Rae is on the way. If you are not caught up with Season 1, hurry up and binge watch today!

Insecure returns to HBO July 23 at 10:30 pm. Starring Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji and Jay Ellis; the hit comedy series follows three Los Angeles natives as they navigate the insecurities and all-too-real ups and downs of their personal and professional lives.
Issa Rae

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Showtime Will Debut Its Whitney Houston Biopic “Can I Be Me” On August 26th (Trailer)

Lifetime shot its shot (with plenty of shots) at telling the story of Whitney. Lots of people were not feeling it… at all. Let’s see how Showtime’s gonna do. Not too bad by comparison, given this “Whitney Houston: Can I Be Me?” trailer. It seems like the film will be intriguing, at least; hopefully, true-to-life. Whitney was a part of the lives of a couple of generations who felt like they knew her and were always wanting to know more. If the story is going to be about her, let it be about her, not about ‘ratings’ (stepping down from soapbox).

Understand legendary superstar Whitney Houston’s story and what lied behind one of the greatest voices of our time. Don’t miss the premiere of the SHOWTIME Documentary Whitney. “Can I Be Me” on Saturday, August 26th at 9PM ET/PT.
– Showtime

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Sports: Floyd Mayweather And Conor McGregor Will Fight August 26th (Video)

The fans wanted to see this fight… and it will be the biggest fight ever in the history of two people punching each other.
– UFC President Dana White

Respect for the sweet science or claims of cage fighting’s supremacy aside, Dana’s probably right. This fight has plenty of haters, each of its combatants have plenty of haters, and both boxing and UFC have haters. With that much hateration – and even more folks who follow either or both Mayweather and McGregor in the nation – this is another event to net Floyd triple figures easy!

And some pretty juicy scraps for everyone else involved.

Like it or love it (and Stephen A. will tell you which L he’s taking above, hahaa)… the fight is on! Hitting pay-per-view screens in August… It’s Showtime!

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