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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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Donshea Hopkins Speaks On Life Before, During, And After ‘Power’ (Video)

Hope you’ve caught up on your Showtime viewing by now. In particular, I hope you already know what happened on this past Sunday’s episode of “Power.”

****SPOILER ALERT***

Well, the ‘Big Rich Town’ is a very sad place. The violent storm has finally taken someone that EVERYONE will miss: Ghost’s beautiful baby girl is gone. Reina (played by Donshea Hopkins) has fallen. And the “Power” watchers will tune in next week for two reasons… (1) to see what that damnable brother of hers, Tariq, is gonna do and (2) to see what Ghost & Tommy are gonna do (holyyyyy sh!t)!

But don’t cry too, too much for Reina… and you should only shed tears of joy for Donshea. She has been acting practically since right after she could walk. And she has a couple of roles she might revisit (like the series that put Netflix on the map, “Orange Is The New Black”). Click play and tune into Donshea’s radio interview embedded above for the skinny on all that and more!

@ojones1

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J-Live: The 9000 Miles Project (Video)


www.gofundme.com/realjlive

“Peace! My name is J-Live. I’m an emcee, producer, DJ, and an educator. Born and raised in New York City. Currently residing here in Atlanta Georgia.

9000 Miles is my very first crowdfunding project. The purpose of this campaign is to enable and empower me to serve not just an artist, but as an educator.

My vision is to not only teach through my lyrical content and performances, but also through lectures, classes and hands on workshops for aspiring artists of all ages. The title “9000 Miles” and the concept, is actually an old song of mine.” – J-Live

THE 9000 MILES PROJECT :
J-Live’s Studio Upgrade To Teach Through Hip Hop.
A $9,000 gofundme campaign.
Multi level support rewards plus free online videos from J-Live’s hip hop curriculum.

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Girls Gone Viral: Black Beach Weekend 2017 (Biloxi, Mississippi, USA) [Video]

Wowzerrrrs ma’ams and sirs! By now you know, or ought to know, that I am from Alabama. Begs the question of me: WHERE did all them thick Alabama molasses asses in this vid come from, and WHY did they all flood Mississippi like this and not tell me???

Oh, Black Beach Weekend. They still do it like that? Apparently so. And I’ain’even know must be getting old *sigh*

Now, it might just be me, but I must warn y’all that there is a HIGH degree of ratchet roaming about. Not mad at that. Folks getting ratchet provide the best batches (drink, smoke, photos, videos, and all kinds of ASStonishing things). The music you’ll hear is the perfect soundtrack for all that hood hectic (fair warning). Young Black folks going WILD for sure. But I saw some hustlers handling biz, too. Every archetype from the trickster/gambler, to the curbside fry cook, to a weed edibles salesman. Then you see folks walking and flashing the fly liquors and folks riding in the big body vehicles with even bigger rims. All that kind of stuff I remember from back in the day for the most part.

But THEN you get new school star power. Sure, rumpshakers alone will get views. But how about folks who are already viral stars out there? Coming to the stage NOLA’s own PATTIWHACK and Dancing DanRue (around the 7 minute mark) getting live baaaaby with the ‘Peter Piper pick a pan… Yeeeeaaaah!’

Hahaaa! I’m not mad at y’all overall Biloxi (but some YouTube commenters are apparently… chill will’ya… sheezus). Do you! But at least send home some of them juicy ‘Bama yum-yums though.

@ojones1

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Sports: Jay Z’s Nephew Nahziah Carter Balling Out Of Control (Video)

Okay, Hov. Okay. Your nephew (Nahziah Carter) got the skills and the hops. Respect to the kid. Hope he goes far. And from the looks of these highlights, he will. Peep it.

(By the way… The dude he dunked on is the number one recruit in the 2018 class, Marvin Bagley.)

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Marvel Presents ‘The Gifted’ (Series Trailer)

Okay! So FOX is trying to eat off ‘superhero TV’ now. FX is on board for a second season of “Legion” – a show that leans on the door of the X-Men mutant universe. Now the big network of the FOX TV family is kicking that door in and sitting at the grownups’ table this Fall. They even have Bryan Singer at the storytelling helm. He’s the one who brought us those first Patrick Stewart x Hugh Jackman x Halle Berry X-Men! Here’s the series synopsis…

What tore them apart is what will bring them together. From Director Bryan Singer, and in association with Marvel Television, comes the all-new FOX series, “The Gifted.”

Action-adventure family drama “The Gifted,” from Marvel, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
– FOX

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Saving An Ancient Language Using Pop Music (Video)

Something very Hip-Hop about this story. We (Hip-Hop Nation, Black people, all people) know about griots who tell stories they were told, preserving history through generations, how slaves communicated stories (and plans) through song, and how Hip-Hop built on those traditions, speaking to and through the Culture… Well, Renata is doing that at the essence; not just speaking stories, but attempting to save the mode of speech (her language) itself using songs.

Renata Flores is a 16-year-old singer from Peru who is using her voice to save an ancient language. Though Quechua is the second-most spoken language in Peru, native speakers have suffered from discrimination and social stigma for generations, and today, many young people aren’t learning the language at all. But with her powerful vocals to covers of pop songs by Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys in her native tongue, Flores is sparking a renewed celebration of Quechuan language and culture.
– Great Big Story

@ojones1

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Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger (Series Trailer)

Good move for Marvel for 2018: Push further into TV. DC is doing it… very well… on The CW (Supergirl, The Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, Arrow) and Fox (Gotham). Five shows to Marvel’s one-and-a-half (Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. with Legion counting as a ‘half’ for now).

And this trailer for Marvel’s “Cloak & Dagger” – set to debut on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). DOPE!

(Plus, Marvel is already RULING all on Netflix. Maaaan!)

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BJ The Chicago Kid Is Asked, “Why Does Future Mumble?” And More On ‘Arts & Raps’ (Video)

BJ The Chicago Kid said Future has a sippy cup… aaaand that’s where we get started with some serious snapping!! Then the kid (not BJ, one of the others) disses Hov… Yoooo! This video is hardcore, funny and more.

Rising and soulful singer, BJ The Chicago Kid, joins the show to answer, “Why Does Future Mumble?” See an interview of a lifetime in this week’s episode of All Def Digital’s Arts and Raps!

Plus, the kid can carry a tune. Great episode of Arts and Raps.

(And c’mon Hollywood. Make that ‘Equalizer’ sequel and cast BJ as the star; defending the hardware store against another gang of bad guys. Call it ‘Equalizer II: Security And Justice For All!’ Cut the check, and send it here. The kids’ll love it!)

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Young ‘Yoga Warriors’ Fighting For A Better Future For Themselves (Video)

Providing focus and structure to our youth. Off the streets, out of trouble, onto a directed path of achievement; by getting onto the yoga mats. These kids are learning coping skills, and they are choosing ‘to live by choice, not by chance.’ Great stuff!

These teenagers in Baltimore are practicing yoga, meditation and martial arts to help them cope with emotions and control impulse actions. It’s part of Project Pneuma, which means ‘breath’ in ancient Greek, set up to support young black men in overcoming some of the barriers that might hold them back at school.
– Guardian US

@ojones1

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The Lost Streets Of Chicago (Documentary)

The caution on language for this BBC documentary. If that is what folks fret most about this video, then maybe they should not watch. Just saying, if harsh words make you cringe, you cannot possibly take an expose of the harsh reality Chicagoans face. Worse, if you are MORE affected by the language than the subject matter, you fail as a human.

Know what. Watch either way. We must do better. But first, we must not shy away. Otherwise, our great city will be lost.

Killings in Chicago have hit a 20-year high as the grim toll for homicides passes 500. The BBC’s Ian Pannell and Darren Conway explore a world where gangs and guns rule.
– BBC News

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Hiplet: Now Hip-Hop Is En Pointe (Video)

I will admit to turning a ‘side eye’ to Hip-Hop dance brought into a ballet milieu. Though I was not mad like the why-are-THOSE-PEOPLE-invading-our-artful-dance ballet purists. I was mad like F##K-their-fancy-shmancy-dancy-sh!t, we got our OWN legit dance practiced by the WORLDWIDE Hip-Hop Nation!

But seeing this helped me realize that whatever we do that aspires to LOVE, PEACE, UNITY, and HAVING FUN (word to Africa Bambatta and Soul Brother #1 Mr. James Brown) is a good thing.

A man of color forges a new art form that allows anyone to be down; first and foremost the have-nots and those previously left out. That art form grows, gets embraced by those for whom it was meant and is spread to, through and by everyone who enjoys it. Sound like a familiar story? This IS Hip-Hop showing its essence in another form, no less true. And it is beautiful.

So are the ladies doing it in the above mini-documentary. Wowee-wow-WOW. I love these HIPS… I mean Hiplet dancers!

(Hey, they are fine af ok? You see ’em. And if you’re mad at that, you can stay mad. Ha!)

Watch this. Enlightenment awaits. I was thoroughly edutained (educated and entertained, word to KRS-ONE). Bet you will be, too!

@ojones1

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Children As Young As Four Work 12 Hours A Day To Make Your Smartphone Work (Video)

Damn. And while the States stay distracted by whatever the f*ck the President is up to or not, and whether we care if Nicki will clap back at Remy or not, THIS deplorable despicable sh!t is going on. Watch above and read on… and prepare to get MAD!

‘Slavery is alive and well’ is no metaphor, people. We’re talking about miners in The Congo who are worked near death daily in unsafe conditions for nowhere-near-livable pay. And many of the miners are MINORS, some as young as four f*cking years old! All this to dig up as much cobalt as the developed world can buy to make smartphone and electric car batteries.

Regulate the mines? Yeah, right. Read more about the tragedy and challenges of this situation by following the link below.

MORE: FOUR-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN MINE 12 HOURS A DAY (TRUE ACTIVIST)

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The Wind Games 2017: Footage From The Freestyle Finals (Video)

Yeah, yeah, yeah… something about music and dancing is grounds for good competitions. We get it. But focus! This is skydiving, inside, without the plane, or parachute, and better ‘noise’… so when can we get a turn??

Oh, they have a wind tunnel place in Marietta now, too. Indoor skydiving near Cumberland Mall where the new Atlanta Braves stadium will be? Um… excuse please. Y’all can watch this clip above. Someone around here has to get ready to get ready for some indoor skydiving of his own!!

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Classic Clips: Stevie Wonder – “Superstition” (Live On ‘Sesame Street’) [Video]

Stevie being the genius that gave us “Superstition” is enough. But seeing him do it live… Okay, that’s incredible; and enough, to be certain. But what will make your Sunday and New Year wonderful is that Stevie Wonder rocked ‘Sesame Street’ live with that joint!

It was like a funk & soul clinic for the kids: Talk about a Children’s Television Workshop!

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