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Looking Back To The 1960s To See How They Thought “The Home Of 1999” Would Look (Video)

Dayum! That computer was a hardcore teacher… telling the kid, “You FLUNK” though. Wow. Hahaaa!

Interesting looking at how we look at the future from the soon-to-be-past we reference as the present. Like, look at this forward-looking History Channel Flashback clip.

In 1967, Philco-Ford produced a short film exploring what the “Home of the Future” might look like. We re-examine this film to see what they got right about the future – and what was wrong with the past.

We always look at the future through a lens formed in the present though… For instance, consider the archetypal roles on display here: father is still the money-maker, while mother is still the home-maker (and lunch-maker… Ha!).

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Jay-Z – “Tim Westwood Freestyle” (1997) [Video]

You know how everybody used to pine for “Reasonable Doubt” Jigga… that Golden Era Jay-Z? Well, see what Tim Westwood pulled out the vault for all y’all!!

Jay-Z never heard before freestyle on Westwood in 1997.
– TimWestwoodTV


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Throwback: Eminem x Proof – “Tim Westwood Freestyle” (Video)

Of course, a Tim Westwood freestyle pretty much stamps an artist as ‘official’… even though Em & Proof had earned that stamp over and over again since the time this throwback was recorded.

…years ago Eminem & Mr Porter dropped the biggest freestyle in the world on Tim Westwood TV!

To celebrate I’m releasing this rare never heard before anywhere Eminem & Proof (R.I.P) throwback freestyle.
Recorded back in 1999 on New York Live show with Westwood & Marley Marl.



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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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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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Eye Candy: Spend A Moment With Ayesha Perry-Iqbal (Video)

*sigh* Mondays… I know, right?

But true believers and faithful followers, the Jayforce is with you. Feel it!

Okay, Well how about ‘feeling’ some Ayesha Perry-Iqbal then? Can you get down with that? So thick (and sexy), all you need is a li’l taste of this mocha shake to get you through another Monday!

And if that ‘moment’ is not enough, hit the jump for a good bit more #Throwback


– @ojones1

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Throwback/Comedy: Redd Foxx (1978 Standup Performance) [Video]

You’ve probably seen Redd Foxx be hilarious on ‘Sanford & Son’ on TV, or on ‘Harlem Nights’ with an ensemble cast of Black Hollywood through the late 1980s. But have you had the pleasure of seeing the late great comic do a standup? If not, cross it off your bucket list.


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Sports: Muhammad Ali x David Frost Interview (1974) [Video]

David Frost (yep, that dude they’re talking about in that ‘Frost Nixon’ movie) interviews boxing legend, Muhammad Ali. Frost could give it to U.S. President Nixon, but Ali is the Champion Of The World… and of classic jibber-jabber! Gotta love hearing the Champ talk. You definitely will after watching this.

Lots of funny, but Ali drops some jewels in here, too.


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Snoop Dogg Presents The Best Of GGN News Freestyles (Video)

Check out these freestyle clips pulled from years of GGN episodes, featuring Snoop Dogg (of course), A$AP Rocky, Murs, Young M.A and more!


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Listen To DJ Statik Selektah’s “Tribute To Mac Miller” (Audio)

Man. This is an awesome share (and kind of a tearjerker). Statik Selektah knew Mac Miller… pretty much from jump. Check out what he just put out in Miller’s honor and memory. Reflect and remember; maybe learn something new about dude. Celebrate Mac Miller’s life #RIPMacMiller


Throwback: Mac Miller’s Freestyle For Tim Westwood (Video)

Off the top of the dome! Gonna miss you, Mac Miller. This was from 2013.


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Why “40 Acres And A Mule” Is No Longer Enough Reparations For Black Americans (Video)

Word on the street, dirt road… hell, everywhere… is that that 40 acres and a mule promised to Black folks in the United States… IS. NOT. COMING. And even if it was, it would NOT be enough to ‘catch us up’ and make things fair & square for how far slavery, Jim Crow, and follow-on disenfranchisement has set people of color (esp. Black people in America) back. The ‘why’ behind this is skillfully “Decoded” above in this throwback episode.

Out of 536 billionaires in the USA, only 3 are Black. Why the stark racial divide? Well, it’s complicated, but it turns out our history of racism has a lot to do with it. From segregated schools that receive less funding in property taxes, to the history of redlining Black homeowners, to the long history of slavery, oppression, and segregation, White families were accumulating wealth. That “old money” has provided the capital for the modern-day billionaires, and even average-income white families, to stay significantly ahead of Black Americans. So how can we fix the wealth divide in America?
– MTV Decoded


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“Cobra Kai” Series Premieres May 2, 2018 (Trailer)

YES! YES! And HELL YES! Loving this reboot. The same dudes from the “Karate Kid” original movie we loved them in are back. Grown. Dealing with problems, and they are about to have a problem… again!

But it’s not all the way what you think. Great trailer. Rooting for the series.

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A Touching Documentary On Public Television’s Mr. Rogers (Trailer)

As it should be. This “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” trailer teases a film that might pull a few tears (happy, sentimental) from you. So when you catch it in theaters June 8th, tuck a pack of those mini-tissues somewhere on you… for the guy next to you (of course).

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Mad Skillz Is Turning The Tables, And Kicking The Rhymes, At The Same Time! (Video)

Okay. Please excuse me in advance. Late pass like a mugg, but yoooo this throwback clip I had not seen before now is sooo DOPE! Skillz goes IN on this clip – emceeing AND deejaying!

Mad Skillz dropped by ‘Sway in the Morning’ two days in a row, and blessed us with two live freestyles. Watch above…
– Sway’s Universe


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Dan Aykroyd Speaks On The Scene That Makes “Trading Places” One Of The Best ‘American Business’ Movies Of All Time (Video)

Was watching “Trading Places” a few days ago for the 1,234,678th time. Today while working I ran across this interview with Dan Akroyd about the film that we felt everyone should peep. If you are too young to have seen the classic movie “Trading Places” we posted the full film courtesy of youtube after the jump…..

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Rock/Funk: Prince – “Automatic” (Video)

Ah, old school Prince. Man.

Visuals for “Automatic” by Minnesota’s (and the world’s) own Prince. May the Purple Rocker reign forevermore #RIPPRINCE

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Ice Cube On CNBC Right After Releasing His “Death Certificate” Album (Video)

Ah, so Jerry Heller did make some anti-defamation moves (reaching out to Simon Wiesenthal, Wiesenthal Center) like the character in “Straight Outta Compton” threatened.

Late night call-in talk show, taped right after Ice Cube left NWA and released his solo album called “Death Certificate.”
– X+

Looking at the comments on this vid on the Tube and across the Interwebs, this interview might have been part of the setup… to negatively spin Cube’s views & lyrics. Gotta say, Cube, even as a young man, repped himself and the Culture strong on air; despite the media pressure.

(Reporter/host was kind of thin-skinned near the end, right? Asking. And slipping in that “Man Of Rage” moniker… Really? He never once even raised his voice.)

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Throwback: Corey Holcomb Is ‘Sometimes Married’ And Has Some Relationship Advice To Share (Video)

First off: Corey says go for the ‘cute girls in bad financial situations’ (bwaaahahaaa)! All this is hilarious. But… y’all know how Holcomb do with his brand of comedy. Wonder if he and Kevin Hart spoke on some of the stuff he’s saying in here.

Corey Holcomb discusses relationships, and how men and women can’t be friends. He gets real about how guys and girls cheat on each other, cheating techniques and how in the end, money can fix everything!
– BigBoyTV

Throwback classic Corey Holcomb.


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Throwback: Buckshot Says Sean Price Saved Duck Down (Video)

Ruck saved us. I’mma just give it to you real simple and plain. Ruck saved us.”

Know what… even back then… even when the crew and the Hip-Hop Nation was still hurting from losing Ruck (aka Sean Price), Buckshot did not have to declare that. But in this throwback interview, Buck (Duck Down’s co-founder, mind you) speaks unbridled truth about P! hitting that booth and continuously hitting us all with street HEAT! There was a while when Price was dropping sh!t weekly or more frequently. Keeping Duck Down and real Hip-Hop alive.

Respect to Buck. For saying this, and for paying full respect (watch the whole clip to see how real that statement is) to Sean Price.



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