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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

@ojones1

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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

@ojones1

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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

@ojones1

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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.

@ojones1

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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)

@ojones1

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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.)

@ojones1

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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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For The NYC Title, Brooklyn Tech’s Team Will Step In The Arena (Documentary)

If you cannot wrap your head around ‘step team’ as a sports/athletic activity, look at this and reconsider. Just saying. They go in as hard as any team on the court (or anywhere else).

You won’t find the most successful team at Brooklyn Technical High School on the basketball court or on the football field. You’ll find them stepping in the cafeteria – sweating, laughing and striving to keep their crown as NYC’s regional champions. In this VICE Sports exclusive, we met up with the all-female Lady Dragons step team to see their pressure-packed final days of preparation for NYC regionals.
– VICE SPORTS

Great story, regardless of what you ‘decide’ about the nature of the competition.

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Changing The Game: Lacrosse Comes To Harlem (Video)

Up top, it’s all about the blacktop. The lyric, “Basketball is my favorite sport,” not lacrosse… right? Well, these kids are into it AND it’s helping them level up to a better shot in life.

Basketball courts may still dominate north of 125th Street in New York City, but more kids than ever are taking up lacrosse as their sport of choice. We followed Javon to hear what his friends think about lacrosse and how he plans to make his mark on the game.
– VICE SPORTS

Watch. Might have to change that lyric.

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“Little Apple” Is Young, Woke, And Representing Harlem To The Fullest (Series Trailer)

Watch out, Luke Cage! “Little Apple” is a young hero-in-the-making doing her thing in & for Harlem (whether Marvel Universe acknowledges her or not).

From Executive Producers Riley S. Wilson (Orange Bright) and Lisa Cortés (Precious) comes a sci-fi/drama series with a 9-year-old heroine taking a stand against gentrification, racism, and complicity–all while developing special abilities. Little Apple is a contemporary coming of age story about a young Harlem girl finding her voice in a society that often silences women and people of color. The product of a successful Kickstarter campaign and a finalist for the 2016 Sundance Institute YouTube New Voices Lab, Little Apple is also a comic book, podcast, and upcoming Summit.

The first season features 6 episodes exploring themes of gentrification, the erasure of Native Peoples, Black feminism, microaggressions, Black Girl Magic and more. Find out how you can grab your copy of the comic book and be notified when the series goes LIVE! www.LittleAppleTheSeries.com

Little Apple

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Being Sean: Sydney’s First Car

Great write-up on what has always been a hard moment in a girl’s dad’s life: when his baby gets her own car. Our homie Sean “DJ Cisco” Thomas puts it perfectly – relating all the feelings (and fears) that come with this milestone in your child’s life. Please read on.

July 26, 2018. Today was an extremely exciting and also a sad day for me. Syd bought her first car! Yup, her first car! Here’s the back-story…(More at BeingSean.com)

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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)

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