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Fab Boy Boochie With R.I.P. Bars For ‘Cupcake’ (Video)

Shout to Birmingham’s (Alabama) Fabboy Boochie (aka Charles Smith) for this timely rhyme I caught on the Facebook feed. I think we will all feel this one for a while. We should. We must do better by our children.

I can hear yours tears of joy from heaven outside my window you getting love ❤️ from all over the 🌍 I wish I could’ve been there to help you I hope you accept my apology 🧁💜 #imsorry 😢 #KeepSharing 🙏🏾
Charles Smith

We keep losing our babies in the most heinous ways. Recently, Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was kidnapped from a party, and her remains were found a week later (more after the jump). Damn.

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Intentional Act Of Kindness Earns Kids A New Friend, Clothes, Cash & A Special Visit (Video)

That is exactly how human beings are supposed to interact with one another… It’s not more complicated than that… Somebody’s having a hard time, and you help them.

Tearjerker alert. Mondays are Mondays. Watch this though. You WILL get hit in the feels. And you can blame Ellen and Will for ‘chopping them onions’ and ‘making your eyes rain’ as they celebrate these kids and their awesomeness!

#BeKindToOneAnother

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Principal Akbar Cook Is Still Taking Care Of His ‘Babies’ With His ‘Lights On’ Program (Video)

First, a spot on Ellen (see our post here). Now, CNN is covering the Newark (New Jersey, USA) principal. This brother Akbar Cook and his amazing work should keep getting the spotlight on big awesome platforms as an example of what normal people who dare to show extraordinary care can do to make this world a better place!

“When it all gets down to it, we’re saving lives,” says Akbar Cook, the principal of West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey. Cook founded and directs, a program that gives students a safe place to go on Friday nights, when crime and gun violence are prevalent. In the past three years, Cook says, West Side hasn’t lost any students to gun violence.
– CNN

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When They See “When They See Us” People Will Really Understand The ‘Central Park Five’ Story (Trailer)

“When They See Us” was conceptualized and co-written by Ava DuVernay for Netflix and it is coming to take hearts and minds and twist them… to make us feel everything the falsely accused (and eventually exonerated) Central Park Five.

Just LOOK at who is attached. The exec producers (Oprah Winfrey, Robert De Niro) all the through to casting (Michael K. Williams, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood)… they will draw MILLIONS of viewers! We must learn. ALL of us.

Based on a true story that gripped the country, “When They See Us” will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four-part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

“When They See Us” premieres May 31 only on Netflix.

– Netflix

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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.

FULL STORY: JADEN SMITH IN FLINT, WATER BOX (FOX 2 DETROIT)

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Just Dala: Meet the Bubble Heads of Cape Town (Doumentary)

Sneakerheads in the hood are sneakerheads in the hood, worldwide. And they (including you, if the shoe fits) will see at least some of themselves in this docu-film.

In our short documentary, “Just Dala,” we explore the small but growing sneaker culture that exists in the city’s Cape Flats. Known colloquially as “bubbleheads,” South Africa’s sneakerheads are in a league of their own. Here we talk to some of the scene’s most influential insiders to learn about life in one of the country’s poorest communities and how locals live their life with dignity and with the freshest kicks.
– Highsnobiety

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Schools Are Still Separate And Unequal In The Deep South (Video)

The fight is NOT over! We just celebrated MLK Day, and sure, all the crowds were likely integrated to varying degrees… and even Vice President Mike Pence was on TV quoting King… BUT we STILL have MUCH work to do. Time to go back to school(s)… and fix this!

These students are still facing segregation and inequality every day at school, more than 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement.
– NowThis

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Due Out Next Year: “See You Yesterday” (Trailer)

DOPE! Blerds (Black Nerds) rejoice! Spike Lee is getting in on the sci-fi superhero genre and adding some color to the fracas. Taking a short submitted for an HBO film competition and blowing it up into a Netflix project. Spike’s protege, Stefon Bristol, who helped script the short, will direct. Co-stars from the short, Eden Duncan-Smith and Danté Crichlow, will star in the “See You Yesterday” reboot. Adding onto the cast will be Astro Bradley, Marsha Stephanie Blake, and Wavvy Jones.

Watch the original short’s trailer above to get an idea of what you’ll be getting in 2019 on Netflix…

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Does Will Smith Enjoy Being Famous? What Do You Think? (Video)

Nothing was off limits, and he promised to tell the truth. So she asked. And Will gave here the WHOLE truth. Interesting.

In our first episode of Ask Uncle Will, we explore the positive and negative effects of fame.
Will Smith

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Cavalli Talks To His Terminally Ill Grandpa About His Coming Death (Video)

Sometimes you need a good cry. Coach Jim Valvano (aka Jimmy V, late great ESPN commentator and namesake of the Espys cancer courage award) said you need to think, laugh, and be moved to tears DAILY to have one helluva life. That, plus that I am all about FAMILY, made posting this a must-do for me. Very emotional, but you gotta watch!
#MovedToTears #NoShame #HaveTissues

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Pio Tastes Ainsworth’s Gold Wings (Video)

Aha! Looks like #ExcessWithPio is like “Most Expensivist” from a kid’s perspective. That, plus chicken wings coated with a gold dust. Okay, I’m in!

Pio La Ditingancia discovers a whole new level of 24k magic. 💸 Let’s see what these gold wings from The Ainsworth are all about. #ExcessWithPio
– The Game on BET

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Young Devyn – “Bars On I-95 Freestyle” (Video)

When Young Devyn did the Friday Freestyle for Sway, he told her to go on every show and wreck! And best believe the mid-teen phenom emcee is doing just that! Watch her work on this ep of ‘Freestyles On Bars On I-95.’

#MumbleRapIsQuiet

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Activism/Politics: Dear Young People, “Don’t Vote” (Video)

This ad by Occupy Democrats is good, scary good. Don’t think it will ‘scare’ millennials, but maybe it will get them thinking… maybe even ‘dared’ into voting in next month’s midterm elections.

Hope so #KnockTheVote #VoteDammit

@ojones1

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History: Did You Know The Panthers Were Instrumental In Bringing Healthcare To The Community (Video)

Just being a follower here, we can assume that you know that the Black Panthers were NOT just gun-toting White-hating anarchists and agitators. But this vid… this is for the one looking over your shoulder; the one that maybe you should invite over and give your chair and let learn the truth! The Black Panthers were not only stepping up to defend downtrodden people of color against abusive authorities, but they were stepping in where the authorities would not – providing food and healthcare programs unlike anything offered to brothers and sisters who would not get help elsewhere.

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Being Sean: Introducing Ibum Obu And Her First Single Titled “Tongue Tied”

The last post we shared from the homie Sean “DJ Cisco” Thomas, he was relating all his feelings (and fears) that come with a milestone in his daughter’s life. Well, that was “Daughter #1” (Syd). His new post, it turns out, is all about “Daughter #2” (Ibum). Read on, and listen!

It’s been a minute since I put up a story and that’s because I have been working on a major surprise to tell you about. That surprise is…..I am proud to introduce you to IBUM OBU and her first single titled “Tongue Tied” produced by yours truly!!!! That’s right I am working on new music and we have officially released “Tongue Tied”… (More at BeingSean.com)

IBUM OBU – TONGUE TIED (ITUNES)

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Meet The New Principal Of Newark’s Westside High School, Akbar Cook (Video)

Ellen always comes through with the great ‘feel good’ stories. This one on the brother Akbar Cook certainly ranks near the top of that stack. Watch.

Ellen sat down with Akbar Cook, Principal of a Newark, New Jersey high school, who after noticing at-risk students being bullied for dirty clothes, worked hard to install washing machines and dryers so the kids could do laundry. After hearing his story, Ellen teamed up with her friends at Cheerios to help Principal Cook continue to do good and support his “babies” at school.

Take care of the babies, Akbar. Our babies! And bless you, Ellen, for shining the light on this.

@ojones1

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What Happens When A Fan Finally Catches Up To ‘Tariq’ (Video)

It’s not a show, Tariq!

Bwaaaahahaaaa! This is HILARIOUS! I’ve watched this clip featuring Michael Rainey, Jr. (aka ‘Tariq’ from “Power” on Starz) dozens of times by now, and I still chuckle. He’s a good sport about it seems. And that’s a good thing. Because folks have real heat for Tariq in these streets (haha)!

(Did you catch the season that just wrapped though. Epic! Bingeworthy if you have not seen it yet.)

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Many Black Kids Cannot Swim. Really. And Here Is Why… (Video)

Wow, that’s a real thing. All my family can swim. My Dad learned as a kid, self-taught, playing in the ‘crick’ (creek) down the road. My baby brother was swimming by the time he could walk. So, I just kinda dismissed such talk as broad generalization; no real fact-finding driving the claim. Well…

In 2014, the CDC found that an 11-year-old Black child is 10 times more likely to drown than a White child the same age. The notion that “Black people can’t swim” may sound like a stereotype, but it’s a real disparity and it’s rooted in a history of discriminatory access to swimming pools.
– VICE News Tonight

Again, wow. And damn.

@ojones1

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Executive Producer Thandie Newton Presents “Liyana” (Trailer)

You know the movie is going to be powerful when the trailer touches your heart and wells your eyes with tears. With animation in it no less. Incredibly compelling film!

Under the guidance of acclaimed South African storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe, five orphaned children from Swaziland collaborate to craft a collective fairytale drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character, Liyana, is brought to life in innovative animated artwork as she embarks on a perilous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. The children’s real and imagined worlds begin to converge, and they must choose what kind of story they will tell – in fiction and in their own lives.

This genre-defying film weaves an original animated hero’s journey with poetic documentary scenes to create an inspiring tale of perseverance. LIYANA is a tribute to creativity, the strength of the human spirit, and the healing power storytelling.

Critically acclaimed, and executive produced by award-winning actress, Thandie Newton, LIYANA has won more than 25 jury and audience awards and screened at more than 80 film festivals around the world including the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival and MoMA’s Doc Fortnight.

LiyanaTheMovie.com

 

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Four-Year-Old Superhero Helping Homeless People (Video)

Here’s something sweet to finish off the holiday eating. Swear this’ll hit you in the feels. Little bro is adorable, and his living out a message on how we should help each other is at just the right volume… LOUD and CLEAR! Great clip.

@ojones1

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