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Watch This Clip On A “Labor Camp” In Belle Glade, Florida, In 1960 (Mini-Documentary)

My Dad saw a similar story on TV in the mid-1980s and it prompted him to go looking for his older brother. They’d only been in sparse contact with each other, but Dad knew Uncle DeWitt was in Florida working on a farm similar to their sharecropping days. It turns out that Uncle DeWitt was caught up at a place like this.

Check out this footage of these kids and their mother at a “labor camp” in Belle Glade, FL in 1960. Gotta see it to believe it.

We got him out of there. But places like that even existing in the 20th century. Makes me feel a way. Watch and you’ll likely feel it, too.


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Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger Season 2 Premieres Thursday, April 4 On Freeform (Series Trailer)

I never like it when my shows take long hiatuses, esp. in the modern TV era when most networks’ shows break their seasons in half (like a series premiere, then a midseason finale, then a midseason premiere, then a season finale). Too much time away from the viewers. Out of sight, out of mind, out of a job.

But Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger had a pretty good premiere season. Hopefully, the long hiatus means a powerful second season is on the way. We will see next month!


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Gayle King Speaks On Her Harrowing R. Kelly Interview Experience (Video)

R. Kelly lives at Trump Towers in Chicago. Interesting. Moving on…

Mm mm mm. Gayle can still get it. I’m sure I’ve said it before. That’s why I’m saying STILL. Watch her talk about how she stayed calm and soothed Robert during their interview gone viral.

‘CBS This Morning’ co-host Gayle King was impressively calm in the face of R. Kelly’s self-destruction.
– The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

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Comedy: SNL Lampoons The R. Kelly x Gayle King Interview (Video)

R. puts on his pants one sleeve at a time, like everyone else. Y’all need to recognize that.

Gayle King (Leslie Jones) interviews R. Kelly (Kenan Thompson) about the allegations leveled against him.
– Saturday Night Live

The singing, too, though… Bahaaa!


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News: Flint Residents Can Now Get Some Clean Water From The ‘Water Box’ (Video)

Dope! Good look for the youth, for Hip-Hop & ministry, for our people, and for humanity! Shout to Jada Pinkett Smith, Just, First Trinity, & Jaden Smith and The Water Box for doing this (respek on their names) and to the Reupspot on Facebook for the scoop.



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Original Soul Train Dancers Speak On What It Took To Dance For Don Cornelius & ‘Soul Train’ Back In The Day (Video)

We taught America to dance. We taught the WORLD to dance!

Ahhh, so Doc C. brought the Soul Train line to TV straight out of Chi-Town. Learn about that and more about this quintessential part of our Culture in this mini-doc.

From the days of Motown to the birth of Hip-Hop, the “Soul Train” dancers look back at their time on the show and reflect on how their experiences transformed Black culture.
– Soul Train


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‘Uncle Ruckus’ Speaks On The Greatness Of President Trump And MAGA

Uncle Ruckus (no relation) is back… with a good word about the wall (almost finished) and more. Hahaa! He is giving Charlamagne hell in this interview. Hahaaaa!

Uncle Ruckus of The Boondocks stops by to preach his love for President Donald Trump and explain how Black people are enjoying the time of their lives.
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM


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One Last Look Before Jeffrey Wright’s HBO Prison Drama “O.G.” Debuts (Trailer)

Latest teaser before the February 23rd premiere of “O.G.”


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‘Officer Clemmons’ Speaks On Being Black In “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (Video)

Hope you got to spend Valentine’s Day celebrating love in some way. I sat down and watched a documentary on a legend who lived a life of love; influencing generations to be better people as he made his way in the world. Man, if only we had Mr. Rogers around now. Rest in peace to the legend Fred Rogers.

Then I found this Great Big Story on ‘Officer Clemmons’ on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. So wonderful!

Remember Officer Clemmons, the policeman from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?” Actor Francois Clemmons was initially reluctant to take the role. Growing up in the late ’60s, Clemmons didn’t have a positive opinion of the cops at the time. But Fred Rogers convinced him, and Clemmons became one of the first Black actors to have a recurring role in a children’s TV program.
– Great Big Story

You gotta watch this story and check for the “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” documentary on HBO or on-demand on YouTube. Well worth watching!


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Politics: Meghan McCain & Conservative News Outlets Try To Smear Kamala Harris’ Breakfast Club Quotes (Video)

Aha! Charlamagne Tha God catches Meghan McCain and Fox News in NOT catching Senator and Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris in a lie. Turns out she did NOT say what they are saying she said during a recent Breakfast Club interview (posted here). And they are out of pocket implying that the Senator is lying and trying to be ‘too cool’ as a candidate. Check it out.

Breitbart, FOX News, and Meghan McCain are the ‘Donkey of the Day’ for trying to smear Kamala Harris’ quote about smoking marijuana in college listening to Snoop Dogg and Tupac on The Breakfast Club.
– Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM


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The 2019 Grammys: Standout Live Performances (Video)

Did anybody catch The Grammys? Not on ’em like that so much, but landed on the channel and peeped a while. Some out-there performances on there; memorable to say the least. Snagged and embedded some of the noteworthy ones – starting with a very special opening above, continuing the showcases after the jump.

(Now when I say ‘snagged’… Well, you’ll see. Just please forgive the bootleggedness of some of the clips.)


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Gabrielle Union & Jessica Alba Are “L.A.’s Finest” (Series Trailer)

Interesting that this will be on Charter, a cable platform. Word on the Interwebs is that the pilot for this “Bad Boys” spinoff-for-TV series was passed on by NBC (which is owned by Comcast, a huge Charter competitor) first. Let’s see if ‘little bank’ can take from ‘big bank’ on this occasion.

Looks like a dope trailer, setting up ‘Syd’ (Gabrielle Union reprising her role as Martin Lawrence’s character’s sister from “Bad Boys II”) as the centerpiece for some good storytelling on the small screen.

From the universe of the Jerry Bruckheimer/Michael Bay “Bad Boys” franchise, “L.A.’s Finest” follows Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union), last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, who has seemingly left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd is forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles while skirting the rules, and speed limits, Syd and Nancy become a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives.

The first three installments in the 13-episode series will be exclusively available to Spectrum video subscribers free On Demand (and without ads) on May 13, after which new episodes will release every Monday until the finale.

Debuting in 2019, Spectrum Originals is a premier destination for premium original series available exclusively to Spectrum video subscribers on-demand and ad-free. This free service will launch with the Sony and Bruckheimer-produced drama “L.A.’s Finest,” starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. An initiative of Charter Communications, Spectrum Originals is the latest expansion of Charter’s market-leading video offerings, which include regional sports networks and its award-winning Spectrum News services. More information on Spectrum Originals can be found at

– Spectrum Originals

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Throwback/History: Nikki Giovanni Interviews James Baldwin (November 1971) [Video]

The world does it to you long enough and effectively enough… You begin to do it to yourself. You become a collaborator, an accomplice of your own murderers…

Just reading the title, you must know that the convo here is about to get deep-deep-DEEPER in depth. Even the context of this clip is deep. Nikki Giovanni, at this point in her life, is interviewing an idol of hers (James Baldwin). And before the talk really gets started, her idol declares that he is PROUD of her… that he needs and depends on her.

If only we strived to live to make our forerunners proud; for them to be able to truly pass the baton to us and trust that the race will continue to be well run… WHEW!! #Chills #NoChill #BlackHistoryMonth

Original video from SOUL! and then shoutfactorytv. All rights and love to Soul! and shoutfactorytv for broadcasting this. Taped in London, November 1971.

Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni, Jr. (born June 7, 1943) is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Giovanni gained initial fame in the late 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement. Influenced by the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement of the period, her early work provides a strong, militant African-American perspective, leading one writer to dub her the “Poet of the Black Revolution.”

James Arthur Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987) was an American novelist and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son (1955), explore intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America. Some of Baldwin’s essays are book-length, including The Fire Next Time (1963), No Name in the Street (1972), and The Devil Finds Work (1976). An unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award-nominated documentary film I Am Not Your Negro.

Baldwin’s novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration of not only African Americans, but also gay and bisexual men, while depicting some internalized obstacles to such individuals’ quests for acceptance. Such dynamics are prominent in Baldwin’s second novel, Giovanni’s Room, written in 1956, well before the gay liberation movement.

Soul! or SOUL! (1967–1971 or 1967–1973) was a pioneering performance/variety television program in the late 1960s and early 1970s produced by New York City PBS affiliate, WNET. It showcased African American music, dance, and literature.

Ellis Haizlip was born on September 17, 1929 (to January 25, 1991). He was a pioneering broadcaster, television host, theater and television producer, and cultural activist. Often host of Soul!

– thepostarchive


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Comedy: Y’all Better Stop Playing With ‘Soulja Boy’ On SNL! You Know Trump And Obama Stole Their Styles From Him (Video)

Trrruuummmp!? The one that got bodied by the popular vote??

Bwaaahahaaa! ‘Soulja Boy’ is Tellin’ ‘Em on SNL, ain’t he? Got Che-Che chuckling throughout the Weekend Update.

(Did not post the actual radio interview that Saturday Night Live is poking fun at in this sketch on here. You can Google that on your own if you like.)


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Limited Series ‘The Red Line’ Delivers Several Perspectives In The Aftermath Of A Police Shooting (Trailer)

Award-winning director of the movie “Selma” (Ava DuVernay) and the showrunner for all the superhero shows on The CW (Greg Berlanti) team up on the production of this. Very interested in how they deliver this limited series.

First Look Trailer for THE RED LINE, an eight-episode event series premiering Sunday, April 28 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS with broadcasts in two-hour installments across four Sundays. It follows three very different Chicago families as they journey toward hope and healing after a tragedy connects them all.

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Jeffrey Wright Narates This Ad For A Product Named In Honor Of ‘The Greatest Whiskey Maker The World Never Knew’ (Video)

Okay, so there will be at least ONE commercial that is a must-watch on Super Bowl Sunday – this one for Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey. This new whiskey is named for the slave, Nathan Green aka Uncle Nearest, who taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey (*record scratches*). Yeah. That’s right. That Jack Daniel.

What happens when everything we know about something changes?

This is “The Why,” our first national TV campaign to debut following Super Bowl LIII on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Post-Super Bowl Special. The people you see are Uncle Nearest team members and their passion and words are 100% unscripted.

This is what sets us apart.

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Snitch Cop: Money Is a Powerful Motivator (Video)

Even though it’s like a promo trailer for his standup special (“No One Loves You”), it’s good we did not get wind of this clip until AFTER the Roy Wood, Jr.’s show on Comedy Central. The gig was hilarious on its own; just like this video.

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The “Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men” Documentary Comes To Showtime This Spring (Trailer)

ShoDocs is a good look for the Wu. A mini-series telling of a story all the heads want to hear – on the history of one of Hip-Hop’s most influential crews ever.

Showtime Documentary Films dives deeper into the music documentary space with Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, a four-part limited docuseries from filmmaker Sacha Jenkins (BURN MOTHERF*CKER, BURN!) that transcends the music documentary genre by creating a new lane that merges music, socio-cultural commentary and intimate family portrait.

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Regina King Speaks On Being Grateful For The Gifts And Awards She Has Received (Video)

Mm mm mm. Regina King is still fine as wine! Wow. Glad she is getting even more recognition for excellence at her craft and well wishes from fans. But see, I’m kinda salty now.

Truth is, I have been crushing on Regina for most of my life… and she’s been saving that love for Sam Elliott? Sam Elliott?? Well, if she’s gonna throw ‘Road House’ in the argument, I have to understand. I was just watching that movie for the umpteenth time a couple of days ago. Still bitter though. And now I hear his voice from that loading dock fight scene (here) in my head saying, “Hot damn that hurts doesn’t it,” as I imagine him kanoodling with my sweetie Regina

(Nah, I did not take that fantasy-into-regret moment too far at all, did I? Hahahaaa!)

Regina talks about her success during this awards season for her film ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ giving acceptance speeches, meeting her celebrity crush at the Golden Globes, and what she did for her birthday.
Jimmy Kimmel Live


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The Grimes Gang Faces A ‘New Enemy’ On ‘The Walking Dead’ In 2019 (Trailer)

Well, it’s not really the Grimes Gang anymore, is it?

Have you been keeping up with AMC’s series ‘The Walking Dead’ lately? Get your binging in before it returns with new episodes in February 2019 if you have not. It is still compelling television.

The storyline took a turn I kinda figured it would eventually, but not like this. Not like this…

And isn’t that why shows of this caliber are friggin awesome?? Because even the expected is delivered in an unexpected way.

A couple of weeks and TWD is back at it. One question though: WTF is Negan doing at…
#Oops #NoSpoilers


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