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Last night CNN’s Anderson Cooper held a special town hall discussion called ‘Race & Justice In America II’ on his Anderson Cooper 360 show & brought along a number of commentators to speak on the issues affecting the country. Nas was the most recognizable voice in the hip hop community who added his valuable 2-cents to the discussion. Check out more from the discussion featuring commentators Charles M Blow, Andre Perry, Michaela Angela Davis, & David Webb below….
One of my homies just called me & told me I need to watch this documentary called “Frustrated: Black American Men In Brazil” which I’m sure will raise some seriously heated discussions. The documentary is almost an hour long & I only got about 5 minutes into to it before I decided to go ahead & post this up for discussion. Check out a more detailed synopsis of the documentary below….
“Israeli settlers have been slowly nibbling away at Palestine’s West Bank territory for more than 30 years. 300,000 settlers now occupy illegal outposts that range in size from plywood shacks to full-blown suburban housing complexes. Their abundance has grounded the much-ballyhooed two-state solution to a halt. In this documentary, VICE correspondent Simon Ostrovsky travels from Tel Aviv to the remote West Bank outposts where young Israelis squat for the sake of their heritage.” – VICE
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Richard Masato Aoki, the man journalist Seth Rosenfeld reports gave the Black Panther Party some of its first firearms and weapons training, was an undercover FBI informer, according to a former bureau agent and an FBI report. One of the Bay Area’s most prominent radical activists of the era, Aoki was known as a fierce militant who touted his street-fighting abilities; even before aligning himself with the Black Panther Party. Now, whether the evidence is shared in this video is borne of the misinformation campaign carried out as part of J. Edgar Hoover’s CoIntelPro (e.g. the Counter-Intelligence Program carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigations) or not is left for you to decide. But this is definitely an interesting watch.
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Supposedly, new Voter ID laws are being pushed into place “to reduce instances of voter fraud.” But many have said, on record, that voter fraud is NOT even a real problem. Now, fraudulent practices with vote COUNTING… Well, that’s another Bush election altogether. Fact: Requiring NEW forms of ID to combat voter fraud has the effect, intended or not, of DENYING THE RIGHT TO VOTE in key segments of the population! Keesha Gaskins and Michael Waldman from the Brennan Center for Justice sat down on PBS’ Moyers & Company to explain. Using new research, Waldman and Gaskins argue these laws represent “the first rollback of voting rights since the Jim Crow era.”
Watch… so you’ll be ready for the next “slick” argument for the way voter ID laws are being pushed today!
And if you think that the Black, Hispanic, elderly, and poor votes that will be lost is some kind of “unintended result” of this new type of legislation keep reading…
Let’s talk politics for a second. Who should we talk about? Oh…I dunno. Mitt Romney…Jenna Jameson…President Barack O… Wait! WTF! Back up! You mean former PORNSTAR Jenna Jameson????
Economist Dambisa Moyo Says China Beating the U.S. By Investing In Emerging Markets on ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ (Video)
Damn, I HAVE SUCH A CRUSH on Dr. Dambisa Moyo, International Economist from The Gambia (Africa). Don’t tell me intelligence isn’t SEXY. Whew! Maaannn, I would have listed her as Eye Candy (because she is); but I want you to focus on what she is saying first. Among other points made: The way in which China (as the world’s largest remaining Communist power) is engaging emerging economies is MORE POPULAR and MORE EFFECTIVE than that of the Western World (e.g. of the United States). We must listen and learn; or to quote a favorite artist of mine, “Get right or Get Left!” (Shout out to Anderson Scott of The 5ive.)
ILL Doctrine: Jay Smooth Speaks On Why People Like Actress Gwyneth Paltrow Should Leave The ‘Nuh’ Word Alone (Video)
One of my favorite commentators on what’s going on in the world is definitely fellow hip hop radio show host Jay Smooth over at WBAI in New York City. He does a great job on political & social commentary on his blog ILLDoctrine.com but in the last year or two he had taken a break from his video blogs for quite a while . I was pleasantly surprised to see someone on twitter retweet his latest commentary on the Gwyneth Paltrow “N*ggas In Paris” twitter controversy. As always I agree with Jay Smooth 100% percent with what he says in the above video. R&B singer The-Dream, who was with the actress at the Kanye & Jay-Z’s show in Paris, claims he was responsible for the “N*ggas” tweet from actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s cellphone. Who knows really, but it does provide a lesson for everyone that Jay Smooth puts into words perfectly. Hopefully Jay Smooth doesn’t disappear on us too much with the video commentaries now that he’s back to doing them regularly.
Porn & Politics: Larry Flynt Speaks On His Life, President Obama, JFK, & The World Of Politics (Video)
VICE Magazine speaks with the legendary Larry Flynt on a variety of topics from his life, his opinion of President Barack Obama & comparisons to John F. Kennedy, paying people for information on public figures, & of course his career in porn. I’ve always found Larry Flynt to be a very interesting figure within the fabric of American society & this interview reveals a few new details as to what’s going on with the legendary Hustler magazine owner.
Dan Rather Speaks With Bill Maher On How ‘Corporate Media’ Is Killing The Truth To The People (Video)
I watched this last Friday night on Bill Maher’s show & found it to be very interesting to see former CBS news anchor Dan Rather speaking on how corporate media is being controlled by Washington. It’s something that many of us already know, but to hear a veteran journalist like Dan Rather who worked for years in news speak on it is an great exclamation point to the problem due to a lack of transparency.
President Barack Obama stopped by Jimmy Fallon’s show last night while they were taping at UNC last night. The Roots joined the commander-in-chief to a rousing applause from the fans in the audience. “APELL NOOOO!” “The Barack-Ness Monster”….and the President drops the mic like ‘Sexual Chocolate’….Hahahaaaa!
Wyclef Jean drops some new videos to bring more attention to the Trayvon Martin case that’s going down in florida. Ironically around the time this video hit the web, his killer George Zimmerman was granted bail. All the more reason to keep pushing for justice
Roland Martin talks with legendary entertainer & civil rights activist Harry Belafonte in an exclusive Washington Watch interview from Mr. Belafonte’s office in New York City. During this particular segment the outspoken civil rights activist & humanitarian expressed his profound disappointment in what has become of the King Center here in Atlanta & being uninvited to speak at Coretta Scott King’s funeral. Harry Belafonte also discusses his views about Fidel Castro and Communism & more in other segments from the interview below…..
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Young Jeezy Speaks Passionately On The Trayvon Martin Tragedy; Says He Has A Son The Same Age (Audio)
In a recent interview with Sway of MTV, Young Jeezy discussed the recent tragedy & subsequent protests involving the death of Trayvon Martin. It’s great to see artists like Young Jeezy willing to be a leader not afraid to get politically active & speak out about something that really matters regarding our community & beyond. We need more artists & celebrities to immediately focus their attention on the issue at hand…..
“This film gives an inside look at some of the tough calls President Obama made to get our country back on track. Featuring interviews from President Bill Clinton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Elizabeth Warren, David Axelrod, Austan Goolsbee, and more. It’s a film everyone should see.” – Academy Award®-winning director Davis Guggenheim: “The Road We’ve Traveled”
Check out this rare unearthed video of a young Barack Obama speaking out at a diversity protest rally back in 1991. The rally was in support of more women & minority faculty members such as Professor Derek Bell who was pictured in the video above.
“KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.
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