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T.I. Meets With Students From The Atlanta Music Project And Prepares For His NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (Video)

Has there ever been a behind-the-scenes type video put out for a Tiny Desk Concert? Well, there’s at least one now. Leave it to Tip Harris to do it big AND do it differently! Should be good.

T.I. rehearses for upcoming NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert performance at Crossover Studios with students from the Atlanta Music Project.
DJ Blak Magic

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Eleven-Year-Old Artist Waris Kareem Draws On His Everyday Experiences To Produce Masterpieces (Video)

This kid is 11 years old. At 11, I was almost literally still trying to figure out the walk-and-chew-gum “art”… no way I could do amazing stuff like this back then or even now. Learn about Waris Kareem and his artwork above.

@ojones1

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“The Hate U Give” Shows How Hard It Is To Do Right When It All Goes Wrong (Trailer)

Halfway through watching this, you might have your mind made up as to whether or not Starr (with two r’s) should speak up… but keep watching. You KNOW it is not that cut-and-dry, and this trailer bears that out. Looks like a good flick to catch. In Theaters October 19, 2018.

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly Black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right. THE HATE U GIVE is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas and stars Amandla Stenberg as Starr, with Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie.
– 20th Century Fox

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Father’s Day Fun: Will Smith’s Kids Kick, Punch And Blast Him With Water Balloons (Video)

Now, this looks like a LOT of fun was had!

While visiting Will in Budapest for Fathers’ Day, the Smith family tries their hand at some slow-mo filmmaking. Big thanks to the Slow Mo Guys for the inspiration!

@ojones1

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BeingSean: Friday Night Races And A Happy Father’s Day Weekend

Thank you, Andrea and Syd, for an AWESOME WEEKEND!!! I loved every minute of it. AND Happy Fathers Day guys!!!!!
– BeingSean.com

The realest talk. Give Dad what he really wants on Father’s Day, and he’ll be head-over-heels. Not because it’s required (real Dads don’t need a ‘day’ to recognize that), but just because… and out of real love. Awesome piece from the homie Sean. Check it out.

Father’s Day weekend was a little different for me this year in that Syd is spending the entire summer with her mom versus one month. See I’m used to Syd being at the house for most of the summer and this year I had to do the “I’m the summer dad” pickup for the weekend. It was… weird. 

Andrea and Syd both asked me what I wanted to do well in advance but as most dads know, we don’t need a special day to tell us we are great dads. Syd suggested we go to the Friday night drag races which is something we both enjoy doing. Andrea has never been so this was a first for her. Side note… (more)

(Keep reading at BeingSean.com)

One More Teaser For Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger (Series Trailer)

In less than two weeks, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger debuts. Been checking out some other Freeform shows in the meantime. Shadowhunters gets the nod so far. But this… I expect it to be #1 with a bullet for my viewership!

Two paths. One destiny.
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger premieres Thursday, June 7 on Freeform.

@ojones1

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Indonesian Teenagers Making Fast Cash In Illegal Motorcycle Races (Documentary)

This is insane! Man, things youth do, thinking they are immortal and invincible. Plus, there’s the money. Definitely a risk vs. reward thing to do; these high-speed illegal street races. Faster & furiouser. Watch!

Motorcycles rule the streets of Indonesia. By day, the bikes zip through Jakarta, ferrying residents to and from work—but by night, the roads give way to the underground world of illegal street racing. Kids as young as 12 compete in the high-speed sprints, where riders can make a small fortune off a single race. The rewards are great, but the risks are just as high: Flying down roads at breakneck speeds, one, small mistake can cost a “speed jockey” their life.

On this episode of ‘VICE INTL,’ VICE Indonesia went inside Jakarta’s dangerous, high-stakes street racing scene. We met up with a 16-year-old rising star to hear how he got involved, talked to the cops cracking down on illegal drag racing, and checked out a sprint ourselves—watching as two teenagers faced off for more cash than most Indonesians make in a month.

– VICE

Started watching this with that BDP joint “Love’s Gonna Getcha” in mind… kids like: “I make about a G a week. F**K school!”

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Move Over “Ben 10″… Now There’s “KIN” (Trailer)

YOOOOOOO!!! This looks dope! Like Professor X got took me to the astral plane and brought Hollywood and worked up the treatment outta my mind! This is for me, and I am here for it!

KIN, a pulse-pounding crime thriller with a sci-fi twist, is the story of an unexpected hero destined for greatness. Chased by a vengeful criminal (James Franco) and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con (Jack Reynor) and his adopted teenage brother (Myles Truitt) are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection
– Lionsgate Movies

AND they got Zoë Kravitz looking all kinda fine in this??? C’mon maaaannn! “KIN” finna WIN in August #WatchAndSee #WatchTheTrailerNOW

@ojones1

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President Barack Obama Interviews Liza Koshy (Video)

(Wait… I think we got that backwards… anywaay, that’s how Liza tagged it.)

So you know when we learned that Liza got to interview the POTUS, Barack Obama? Well, I went looking annnnnd BOOM!

@ojones1

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Craft: A Mother Made This ‘Shuri’ Doll For Her Daughter (Video)

This is beautiful. And not Eye Candy beautiful, but make your eyes water beautiful. Wanted her baby to play with a doll that looked like her (or a friend or baby sister), or her heroes #WakandaForver #MommasGonnaWorkItOut

This mom transformed a doll into Shuri from “Black Panther.”
– Parenting Insider

Take a look. Sweet!

@ojones1

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“The Trayvon Martin Story” Documentary Series Coming To Paramount Network (Trailer)

They say that time heals all wounds. It does not.

Whoa. That’s a quote to frame, esp. for this case.

Paramount Network has teamed up with executive producer Shawn Carter for a landmark television event, “Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” based on the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin. The six-part non-scripted documentary series will be the definitive look at one of the most talked-about and controversial events in the last decade that spurred the impactful worldwide “Black Lives Matter” movement. “Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” premieres in July on Paramount Network.

#ParamountNetwork #RestinPower #TrayvonMartin

And yeah. The exec producer is that Shawn Carter.

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High School Is Serious To The Squad “On My Block” (Trailer)

How are we gonna survive high school?

It’s a funny question, sorta. You remember it was a big deal; and in some hoods it could be that dangerous. Dope theme music running through this trailer, somebody should’ve found a way to throw “On My Black” by Scarface in there. Plenty of episodes (10) for binging soon… maybe they will.

On My Block, co-created by Lauren Iungerich (creator of Awkward) and Eddie Gonzalez & Jeremy Haft, is a coming of age comedy about four bright and street-savvy friends navigating their way through the triumph, pain and the newness of high-school set in the rough inner city. See it on Netflix March 16.
– Netflix

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Dogg Pound Gangsta To Dogg Father To “Coach Snoop”… Watch Him Do It For The Kids (Trailer)

Snoop Dogg spit the real, to get the dough, to put it down for the youth, to take the field, to WIN at LIFE! Salute to Netflix for giving a home to a story a proud Hip-Hop Nation needs to see… and celebrate!

“Coach Snoop” follows the legendary rapper outside the studio and on the field, as he coaches a team of teenagers in the Snoop Youth Football League. The eight-episode season offers an intimate look at Snoop and the players as they chase a championship and deal with adversity off the field. “Coach Snoop” launches globally on Netflix February 2, 2018.
– Netflix

Nice! Peep the trailer above.

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Check Out This Live Performance Footage From Young Prophit (Video)

Get ya likes up Young Prophit! And before you go all ‘grumpy ole real Hip-Hop head’ and click past this post, why not give this next-gen young G an earnest look? Actually pretty good. In fact, he seems to be tracking more Joey Bada$$ and Stro than the garden variety young mumbler. Just saying. But watch for yourself and see what you say.

Young Prophit is on the rise. Check out this recent vlog. Prophit is behind the scenes on his daily grind and here he is rocking out in Greensboro and Charlotte, North Carolina.
– Empire Music Group/Lions Mane Records

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Cover Story: Watch The Cyntoia Brown Documentary And Learn About How Her Story Has Gone Viral (Video)

Have you heard, or been following, the #FreeCyntoiaBrown movement? Cyntoia Brown has already been in prison for well over a decade, convicted of murder as a teen. The story has recently resurfaced and gone viral. Gotten the attention of celebs like Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian (see what she tweeted after the jump) has said she has reached out to her lawyers to see what she could do to help.

Embedded above is a documentary on Cyntoia. Watch. Watch NOW. They are snatching copies of the documentary offline with the quickness (took digging to find this one). At least the PBS Independent Lens trailer (after the jump) should remain stable, since it has been since 2011. Matter of fact, eff that: going in after the jump and posting all the clips PBS left up. Maybe PBS will re-release the documentary itself in full. This story should be known, told and retold. Tragedy begets more tragedy. You (me, we). Must. LEARN!

Also, you can also become better versed in the various details of the case and campaign to get Cyntoia Brown freed via the links below.

(More backstory and catch-up content after the jump, including clips from Roland S. Martin on TV One and Big Tigger on Atlanta’s V-103 radio.)

WHY CYNTOIA BROWN IS ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA (CNN)
CELEBRITIES SUPPORT TEEN KILLER (CBS NEWS)
CELEBRITIES RALLY BEHIND TEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON (NBC NEWS)
ME FACING LIFE: CYNTOIA’S STORY (PBS)

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Making French Montana’s “Unforgettable” Provided Opportunity & Footage For A Compelling Documentary: “My Project, Their Reality” (Video)

Remember that “Unforgettable” joint that Montana did with Swae Lee? This documentary/behind-the-scenes is about the place (Uganda) and people that provided the backdrop and warmth for the video. Gave French Montana life again when it came to Hip-Hop. Watch and get a feel for why…

(After the jump, in the pics, you see the most gripping moment of the short film… The kid, Ronnie, said “if” he grows up. “IF”… no kid his age should be ‘hedging’ in life because he may not live to grow up. Wow. Well worth watching this story.)

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How Did Teenager Luke Thill Afford His Own Home? Well, He Started By Mowing Lawns (Video)

Not bad. Actually, kind of very cool! Think back to when I was 13… Was I doing anything remotely this bright? Nah. Not anywhere near. Hahaaa!

Now, you armchair conservationists and construction engineers should take note: (1) Luke’s built and “financed” this house on his own, (2) using LOTS of reclaimed/repurposed material, (3) for less than $1500, and (4) HE IS 13 YEARS OLD!

Meet Luke Thill, who at age twelve started working on his very own tiny house- one a mere 5′ by 10′, but with a sleep loft, transforming dining table, and even a small kitchenette. At age thirteen, using money from summer lawn-mowing jobs, and bartering (electrical wiring help in exchange for cleaning out a garage in one case), Iowa’s Thill completed his tiny house – one that he calls the practice precursor to a future “real” tiny house he plans on designing and eventually living in.
– relaxshacksDOTcom

@ojones1

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Watch The Teaser For Marvel’s “Runaways” (Trailer)

Hmmm… could be verrrry interesting! So Hulu is getting into the Marvel game. Saw this “Runaways” start playing while I was YouTube surfing, and I immediately tried to figure out whether this fits in the Mutant Universe (like what Fox and FX are trying with “The Gifted” and “Legion” and the “X-Men” movies) or the MCU (Marvel Comics Universe, with all “The Defenders” on Netflix and big screen smashes like “Avengers”). Check out the Teaser.

(Oh… and the Mutant vs. MCU thing… looks like this is something else altogether! Maybe some “Doctor Strange” mixed in with a hybrid of both.)

@ojones1

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“Keloid” Is Young, Black, And Super-Powered! Binge Season 1. Here. NOW! (Video)

Holy sheeeit! This “Keloid” series could very well cause Blerdgasms (Blerd = BLack nERD, and if you don’t know ‘gasms’ go Google or ask your parents or some sh!t) across the Interwebs! Have you peeped it out yet? A really compelling take on the coming of age, coming into one’s own, story of a youngster with abilities. Right in keeping with young hero sagas like Gotham already on Fox Television and The Gifted and Cloak & Dagger hitting the tube soon. And see, “Keloid” is already on YouTube, thanks to continued crowdfunding.

In episode 1, Keloid and his mom disagree about the emergence of his special abilities – telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation and the control of electricity. Meanwhile his girlfriend Aisha appears at his door unannounced. Is she right on time, or is it the worst time possible?
– Black TV & Film Collective

CRAZY! Check out Episode 1 above. More (like, the rest of the season!) after the jump, after the funding link below… where you can support if you like.

SUPPORT KELOID: SEASON 2 (INDIE GOGO)

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The Balls’ New Reality Show Is A Reality (Trailer)

Well, you didn’t think it was all trash talk, clothing, and pro contract negotiations, did you? The Ball‘ers gotta get that online reality TV poppin’ too, maaaan!

The first two episodes of “Ball in the Family” — a docu-series about Lonzo Ball and his family will premiere Aug. 31 on Facebook. “Ball in the Family” is one of the first original TV-style shows it’s using to launch Facebook Watch: 10 episodes will air this fall.

So, it’s just about Lonzo and Melo, right? They’re the ones in the freeze frame before you click play. Ha! You KNOW their pops is gonna figure prominently in this. It is a REALITY show… and LaVar is definitely part of their reality.

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