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Flasback 1954: The Secret Of Selling The Negro (Lifted From The ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Documentary) [Video]

You just have to watch this and take it in. It is from a bygone era, so do not terminology totally get you in your feelings. Realize though, that this was a way the ‘market opportunity’ the Black consumer segment was presented.

Film commissioned by the Chicago-based publisher of Negro Digest, Ebony, and Jet to encourage advertisers to reach out to African American consumers. The Secret of Selling the Negro depicts the lives, activities, and consumer behavior of African American professionals, students, and housewives. A Business Screen reviewer noted that the film focused on the “bright positive” aspects of the “new Negro family.”

NOTE: The sponsor issued a companion booklet offering the “do’s and don’ts of selling to the Negro.”

– Reelblack

Wow. This explains why we MUST have those sneakers or fly jewelry or whatever… Not bad, all things considered. Actually really insightful.

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Redman – “Who Shot Ya” (Freestyle)

Reggie Noble with seemingly limitless spit for that “Who Shot Ya” beat! Oh yes, let’s take it back to ’95!

Redman goin in with a legendary freestyle over Notorious B.I.G’s Who Shot Ya back in 1995 in New York on the Rap Xchange with Westwood & Funkmaster Flex.
Tim Westwood TV

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Snoop Dogg – “Moment I Feared” feat. Rick Rock (Video)

So… a couple of things off top… This is a music video for The DoggFather’s “Moment I Feared” off that “Neva Left” album (that’s one). And yes, that is Rick Rock (The Hyphy-Father) in it smoking a forest and actin’ a damned fool in the ‘Beast Raider’ jersey, homie (for two).

Trust. It starts like a GGN ‘sode… but it goes music video mode before you know. All that, plus a hella sexy Stormy Fronts model doubling up in this as a video vixen.


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Bruce Lee Showing The Martial Arts Skills In Real Life (Video)

That’s right. You read the headline right: Bruce Lee and Ted Wong (his student) square off for a match. Both covered by protective gear, no arrangement made to allow us viewers to see the fighters’ faces. This is that real! Footage from 1967 above showing far less movie magic; and far more real setups, kicks, and punches. Good stuff!

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Camp Lo – “On The Way Uptown” (‘Uptown Saturday Night’ Demo)

This is it… what? For real. WHAT! This is why I stay on the homies’ list over at BadMagics. Beyond behind the scenes, this music speaks to how dope the Camp Lo duo was before the execs greenlit the label to let us all know. See, kiddies, back in the day, dope artists put together music bundles (e.g. demos) like this and ‘shopped’ them (e.g. begged out-of-touch weirdos) to listen and help get the music out to the masses.

Then the Interwebs… then here we are.

So, this is kind of full circle, right? Camp Lo has been dope for decades, before the World Wide Web, but they started with a demo run like this. Now, we get to run the demo on the Web. Nice. Pay your respect! Long overdue, and still due.



Nina Simone Speaks On Her Fashion Making A Statement, Black Pride And More (Video)

Great interview audio compiled by PBS Digital. Nina Simone wowing listeners right from the start: Did she say she hit the stage in an outfit that made her appear NUDE? WHOA! Talking about her baby girl and the world she will grow up in, music inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. So much in such a short clip.

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Comedy: The Hizzistory of Bizzasketball with Snoop Dogg (Video)

Hahaaaaaa! This is genius captured in visual form. This Jimmy Kimmel Live clip featuring Snoop’s hizzistorical commentary is hizzsterical!!

The NBA has been around for a very long time. The game has obviously changed a lot over the years, so we invited basketball historian Snoop Dogg to share some insight on how things have transformed over the years.

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Prince Actually Playing Basketball… Wanna See? (Video)

Maaan, would somebody LOOK at this? Did you think Charlie Murphy wasn’t telling TRUE Hollywood Stories on Chappelle’s Show? This is a video for “The Daisy Chain” but…

At the end of the video at the 5:37 mark there are some clips of us playing basketball.

And by ‘us’ David Schwartz is talking about himself and Prince (RIP). That’s right. Game…Blouses. Hahaaaa!


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Unexplained: Was Someone Recording The Tyson Vs. McNeely Fight With A Smartphone… Five Years Before The First One Was Introduced? (Video)

Instead of noon candy, here’s a little something for your mind’s eye perhaps.

Don’t you just hate when folks would rather whip out their smartphones and record a primo live event instead of just enjoying the moment? Could you imagine being at this Tyson fight and some guy is just hand-up phone camming the beatdown instead of… WAIT! There was no such tech back then!! Then what in the fudge-flavored candy is this???

Did the TV camera catch a time traveler or something? Could smartphone tech have been introduced from the future?


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Candid Camera Classic: Ali Meets the Kids (Video)

If it is possible to run across an ‘Ali hater’ in this time of remembrance of The Greatest, SHOW THIS VIDEO!

Muhammad Ali made several appearances on Candid Camera. In 1974 he visited a school and allowed kids to “discover” him. Allen Funt narrates.

The Louisville Lip had no chill…larger than life, but accessible and obviously not shy about cutting up for the kids. Incredible classic TV clip that you may have seen. Worth watching [again].


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Darth By Darthwest (Short Film)

BRILLIANT! Are you seeing the classic mashup of classic cinema stories on display (above). “North By Northwest” (starring Cary Grant) meets “Star Wars” on deck. The works of Alfred Hitchcock and George Lucas… together at least.

Close encounters of the third kind for Cary Grant!
Darth by Darthwest: when Hitchcock meets Lucas…

Produced by Alfred Lucas. Because ‘why not?’ That’s why.

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Angelo Casimiro Shows How To Build A BB8 Droid Like The One In “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Video)

Prepare for full on nerdgasmic fascination! This kid just built a full-size, smartphone-controlled BB8 – just like in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” But that’s not all. He’s telling YOU how to build your own in the above video.

(Angelo’s a DIY genius! Hope he got some sponsor bucks from Ace or some of those product makers though. C’mon…Kick it in billion-dollar businesses. This is pure dopeness.)

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Al Elliott Shares His Story: Reasons For Rap

Really proud to say I know Al Elliott, and that I fondly remember his days with Chip Records, and another thing… well, I’ll save that for after the jump.

But peep this perspective he gives on Hip-Hop and his reasons for rapping, then and now. Wow. I’ve used the music for therapy. So have you, I’ll bet. But for speech therapy… not to mention for teaching and bonding with his son. Check out the audio stream above in which Al gives a talk for Arc Stories.

Al Elliott tells of overcoming his childhood stuttering through discovering rap music. The theme for the night was “Out with the Old: Stories About Change.”
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Love Hip-Hop maaaan! And I will always have love for Brother Elliott (hit the jump).


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Treach (Of Naughty By Nature) Reminisces About A Studio Session with The Notorious B.I.G. x Onyx (Video)

Even before you click play to watch the energy above, what do you think a monster studio sess interview with Naughty By Nature, Onyx and Biggie would be like? In a word, Treach would say… HOT! Check out the mini-clip.

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Classic Clips: Prince Performing “Purple Rain” at the Legendary ‘First Ave’ (Video)

Screenshot 2015-09-04 03.21.28(2)Prince LIVE at First Ave. Click to watch NOW!

Time traveling to the early 1980s. The Purple Rocker doing his soon to be classic for the first time on-stage at the venue First Ave. An hour strong, full of Prince rocking out. Watch it now, because these embeds have been getting snatched down off the Interwebs left and right with the quickness!


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Everett Whiteside aka RunWRC – “45 Forty-Fives” (Mixtape)

Ohhhh! My bredren from waaay back! This one put me on a flashback to us chilling at the station Thursday into Friday, then riding out in The Couch (my beige beater ’85 Caprice Classic), toting crates, and him rocking gigs Friday into Saturday and beyond! Memories. Good to hear DJ Soul (ha, going with the throwback handle) still doing the damn the right damn way… just like did when he was running the WVUA-FM Wide World Of Hip-Hop back in the guts of the Golden Era. Soul sent me a CD y’all. Fortunately, he included a link to the mix online, so he went new school enough for me to share with y’all. Up with the tech, but still…

45 Forty-Five Records mixed on two turntables; No Serato and no special edition remixes; Extended version of this mix coming soon

Thank you, DJ Soul (aka Everett Whiteside aka RunWRC) my University of Alabama schoolmate, for the blessing of “45 Forty-Fives.” And Happy Belated Birthday homie!!

(Click play and enjoy the stream above, and ooh’s and aah’s you get from learning where some classic Hip-Hop samples came from… and from memories of actually playing some of these jams on tapes and vinyl, if you were around back then. And keep reading for more great stuff after the jump.)


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Aretha Franklin’s Unreleased Documentary ‘Amazing Grace’ (Trailer)

One of the most interesting things to come of the theatrical and commercial success of “Straight Outta Compton” is the explosion of discussions about the ‘next’ biopic. Some word has been floating about regarding a sequel to the N.W.A. biopic that focuses on Snoop and Tupac. Before that, there was substantial rumor mill grist generated by talk on a possible Public Enemy movie. Well… how about telling a story outside the rap genre? That TLC movie raised quite a ruckus, and that was a straight-to-cable work.

What say we consider a movie, more documentary-like, that was shot in 1972… edited and likely re-edited over the decades since… and set to surface at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (running September 10th to 20th)? It was billed as a ‘gospel concert’ movie for Aretha Franklin – constructed with extensive footage captured while Re-Re recorded her “Amazing Grace” album. Check out what was to be the trailer in 2010 above.

We will all just have to wait on the new new version. The world will get it when Toronto does.

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“Cooley High” Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary (Video)

And I’ll taaaaaake with me the memorieeeees…

Wow! Has it been 40 years already? Answer: Yes. The movie some of your peers didn’t even know about until Boyz II Men did the theme song remake (“It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” – see quote above)… “Cooley High” was released 40 years ago! Movie magic made with a cast of unknowns (at that point in time). Hard times, good times, sad times. A bittersweet classic that is REQUIRED watching; so watch above (again, if you like) and celebrate with us. Preach, Cochise… everybody is waiting for you to press play. Go!

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Vintage Vin Diesel: A Rare Breakdancing Performance (Video)

Yooo! One of these guys looks very familiar. Is that… hell yeah it is… Mr. Fast N Furious Vin Diesel breakdancing; getting it popping and locking on there! Enjoy vintage Vin going ‘Flystyle’ on ’em.

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“Resurrecting Black Wall Street” (Trailer)

The term Black Wall Street” has been thrown around by a lot of rappers from time to time. The reality is the term Black Wall Street speaks to the amazing times of Black Prosperity in Tulsa Oklahoma in the 1920’s. The Greenwood neighborhood located in Tulsa had a number of Black doctors, dentists, bankers, and business owners. They spent money amongst themselves had their own bus companies and were doing better than most of the whites in Tulsa. It all came to a crashing bloody ending when false accusations were made regarding a white woman saying she was attacked by black men from the neighborhood. This led to the first time the US government bombed it’s own people yes you read that correctly the Feds dropped a bomb and destroyed the neighborhood. If you didn’t know the GAP Band is from Tulsa, OK one of their famous songs is “You dropped the Bomb on me” and you thought that was just talking about the ladies.

Well Your Black World Films has a documentary coming out detailing Black Wall Street and how we can make our modern day Black Wall Street. Check out the trailer and CLICK HERE to Pre- order the movie!

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