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Comedy: Cynthia Luciette’s MLK Day Was Spent Serving… Businesses Who Had The Nerve To Be Open On The Holiday (Video)

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Any business that dared to be open on MLK Day… Civil Rights Cynt was pullin’ up on ya! And not in that way you want!!

(I mean it’s funny, but if she goes full wrath of Black woman on them… Well, she’ll still be sexy. But there will be TROUBLE!)

@ojones1

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HBO’s ‘King In The Wilderness’ Examines The Final Years Of Dr. King (Teaser)

We’ve posted on activist/educator Dr. Bernard LaFayette on here, a close associate of Dr. MLK Jr. back in the day. Bet money he could speak on this and more (and he might). But let’s see what this HBO joint has to say. Looks intriguing.

Coming in April, this documentary follows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the last few years of his life, from the vital role he played in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to his assassination in 1968.
– HBO

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The Assassination Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (Documentary)

“Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader of the African-American civil rights movement and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who became known for his advancement of civil rights by using civil disobedience. He was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. King was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:05PM that evening. The King family and others believe that the assassination was carried out by a conspiracy involving the US government, as alleged by Loyd Jowers in 1993, and that James Earl Ray was a scapegoat. In a 1999 civil trial that did not name the US government as a defendant and sought $100 from Jowers, with both the family and Jowers cooperating together and the only presenting parties, the jury ruled against Jowers and Unidentified Conspirators”

Rewind: Judge Joe Brown Says James Earl Ray Didn’t Assassinate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (Video)

It’s been almost 50 years to this date, April 4th, that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated in Memphis Tennessee. Judge Joe Brown was the last judge to preside over alleged shooter, James Earl Ray’s case. To this very day Judge Joe Brown still believes “he didn’t kill him.” Judge Joe Brown says he didn’t believe Ray was the gunman despite his guilty plea. Joe Brown denied that he was involved in Dr. King’s murder but plead guilty because he felt it was in his best interest under the circumstances given.

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Stafford Battle – “MLK Mix”

Who really killed Dr. Martin Luther King? Who did it?!

Smooth with the undeniable roughness. Call for justice from Stafford Battle in the form of a battle hymn. Powerful song singing to the hearts of those who seek righteousness; especially those who can stand the heat, stay in the kitchen, AND stir the pot. And look, Dr. Cynthia McKinney, the firebrand politician and activist is definitely on board!

Lots of revelations and little discussed facts in here, too.

STAFFORD BATTLE – MLK MIX

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Marcus Garvey Inspired MLK & Mandela; Today His Son Is Asking President Obama To Pardon Him (Video)

“Today we look at another request for a presidential pardon, this one from the family of Marcus Garvey, a pioneering figure in the Black Freedom struggle in the early 20th century who inspired generations of civil rights activists around the world. In the 1920s, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover targeted Garvey for his political activity as a leader of the Pan-African movement. Garvey was convicted in 1923 on a charge of mail fraud and sentenced to five years in jail. His charges and conviction effectively ended Garvey’s political movement and eventually led to his deportation back to Jamaica. We speak to Marcus Garvey’s son, Dr. Julius Garvey, who is leading the Justice4Garvey effort.”

JUSTICE4GARVEY.COM

PART 2 OF THIS INVERVIEW AFTER THE JUMP BELOW…..
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Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (Trailer)

New docu-series from noted history scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Debuted last night. Next scheduled national broadcast next Tuesday, November 22, 2016. Check local listings for other air times.

In his new four-hour series, BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of Black America — and our nation as a whole.
– PBS

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The Black Power Mixtape (1967-1975) [Trailer]

Another must-see for your Black History Month experience: “The Black Power Mixtape” (1967-1975). That’s right man. We wouldn’t lead you wrong. A mixtape, before we really recognized the term for the most part, of powerful stuff on the Civil Rights Era struggle. Peep the trailer above ( rent/buy link below), teasing footage of Black Pathers co-founder Bobby Seale, reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., activist Angela Davis, and others; with commentary from contemporaries (like Talib Kweli).

The Black Power Mixtape is an award winning compilation feature documentary that displays the story of the African-American community 1967-1975, the people, the society and the style that fueled a change. Told with sparkling, beautiful and deep footage, lost in the archives in Sweden for 30 years.

WATCH THE FULL FILM NOW: THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE (IFC FILMS)

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Ryan Coogler Interviews J. Cole For #MLKNow (Video)

Above: Ryan Coogler (Director of “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station”) with a deeper than in-depth interview with J. Cole. You can tell it was more a frank discussion than an interview though; Coogler admitting to this being his first time as an interviewer and Cole admitting to a gang of things: the tragic death of Oscar Grant as told in “Fruitvale Station” makes him cry every time… fear-frustration-sadness and artistic motivations that came from subsequent incidents of police brutality… feelings on Black-on-Black crime… life as a married man (stunned the crowd, and toned down the ladies’ screams…for the time being).

Watch the whole 20 minutes. Very appropriate conversation in the wake of the Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration. Engaging, enlightening and empowering! The web was on fire due to news of Cole’s nuptials being dropped like a bomb in this clip, but the most powerful moment was when the brothers were exchanging thank-yous to end the interview.

Stop thanking me… We a part of the same body. Bruh, my hand don’t wake up and thank the other hand.
Ryan Coogler

Wow… feel that chill? That surge of pride? That’s #MLKNow and hopefully motivation to take strides.

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Swiff D – “King”

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Swiff D

Following MLK Day, and as a fitting prelude for Black History Month, please vibe out to this Swiff D jawn “King.” Taking Dr. King’s words and laying some lush choral boom-bap on an underlying track. Genius!!

SWIFF D – KING

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Classic Clips: 12-Year Old Kanye West Recites Poem Dedicated To Martin Luther King, Jr (Video)

Any of you have to do that MLK Jr. Day poem… in front of the school? Were you nervous? Got it on video? Did you go mega-platinum and marry a Kardashian later in life? Good for you: So did Kanye! Aww, watch li’l Yeezy give his very important reading in tribute to a very important man.

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BLITZ – 1/21/13: MLK Day

MLK Day

HEADLINES

49ers Rally From 17-Point Deficit To Beat Falcons; Advance To Super Bowl 1st Time In 18 Years

Baltimore Ravens Beat Up The NPatriots 28-13; Advance To Super Bowl In New Orleans

Atlanta Falcons Fan Stabbed In The Throat By 49ers Fan After NFC Championship Game

Rediscovering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: 8 Surprising Facts About MLK

Will The Grass Be Greener During President Obama’s Second Term In Office?

Dr. Cornell West: Obama Doesn’t Deserve To Be Sworn In With Martin Luther King’s Bible

The Rev. Al Sharpton In 6 True-False Statements

Political Assassination Attempt Goes Wrong In Europe When Shooter’s Gun Jams

Inventors Design A Lamp Powered Entirely By Gravity

Dr. Dre & Jay-Z Allegedly In $75 Million Dollar Bidding War For Atlanta Rapper T.I.

Sacramento Kings Expected To Move to NBA Franchise To Seattle In New Deal

Jamie Foxx Calls Spike Lee ‘Shady’ & ‘Irresponsible’ For Django Unchained Criticism

Anthony Mackie Speaks On Role In Marvel’s ‘Avengers 2’ & ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’

Danny Glover: 2nd Amendment Created To Protect Slavery & Take Land From Indians

ABC News Personality Barbara Walters Cuts Her Forehead After Falling On Stairs

Black Thought Says MLK’s ‘Dream’ Is Almost a ‘Nightmare’ Similar to a Boondocks Episode (Video)

The team over at ALLHIPHOP caught up with The Roots frontman Black Thought who spoke about the great things about Martin Luther King Jr’s dream, but in contrast to the notion of at what cost today in 2012. I don’t disagree with Black Thought’s analogy that Aaron McGruder’s “Return Of The King” episode of The Boondocks is similar to what’s going on today with our communities. Pay attention to the interview so you can fully understand the context from which Mr. Tariq Trotter & The Wurx are speaking…

yU – “I Believe” feat. Duff

One of D.C.’s skilled emcees, yU, decided to release this joint from his album “The Earn” in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr this morning. Let’s all sit back, read the lyrics to the song, & reflect for a while…..
DOWNLOAD: YU – I BELIEVE FEAT. DUFF

Rewind: Boondocks – “The Return of The King” Episode (Video)

Aaron McGruder’s social & political messages in the successful & animated The Boondocks series needs to return to television like asap….. Reupping this special episode of the Boondocks in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. How ironic is it that some of the dumb stuff in this episode is actually happening. Check out an actual MLK weekend party flyer under the hood……SMDH
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The BLITZ – 1/17/11 MLK JR DAY

No matter if you’re at work today or off due to the holiday, keep his legacy & what it means in mind. It’s the BLITZ! Happy Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Day! More news, speeches, & information from around the world after the jump…

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