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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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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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