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Black Women’s Defense League (Video)

Something about that U.S. Army Oath Of Allegiance comes to mind: ‘support and defend… against all enemies foreign and domestic.’ The documentary above starts off getting right into the range of threats posed to the Black woman by a myria of factions, all the way down to Black men. In the tradition of the Black Panthers, and holding to their radical activist philosophical underpinnings in many ways, the Black Women’s Defense League (BWDL) is all about Black women fighting against the oppressor for each other.

VICE’s Wilbert L. Cooper meets the Black Women’s Defense League, a Dallas-based womanist organization notable for its pro-gun stance. As he follows them from their political education classes to their firearms training, he sees how they fight against White supremacy and patriarchal violence.

On ‘support and defend’… These sistas are definitely doing community education, empowerment and nutrition programs the Panthers intiated and implemented. But note the use of the word ‘many’ when it comes to what Pather traditions BWDL will support and defend… Founder Neicy X says that, unlike in the past, BWDL is NOT toeing the line for ‘the cause’ so far that it even compromises the liberty of women – like not standing against the abuse of their mates. No! ANY enemy, including an abusive husband/mate/relative, can catch a bad one!

Interesting viewpoints – about the right to self-defense, gun ownership (and the U.S.’s racist historical stance against Black ownership) and the inherent dangers, how some see women with guns as sexy (which BWDL does not mind, but stresses that the guns ‘are for USE’) and more – shared in this VICE short documentary.

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How An 80s Arnold Schwarzenegger Film Predicted Our Future (Video)

First, it was NOT “Terminator”… That isn’t the film; not yet.

When Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi film The Running Man first premiered in 1987, it presented a dark vision of the US in the year 2017: economically depressed, ruled by the military, and obsessed with a reality TV show. It seemed far-fetched at the time, even to its creators. But on the eve of reality TV-star-turned President Donald Trump’s inauguration, it seems more timely and plausible than ever. Watch all the parallels between this retro sci-fi film and reality in our inaugural episode of Future Shock.
– VICE Motherboard

Good start for VICE’s newest Motherboard series: Future Shock. Somehow you always knew Schwarzenegger would figure into the future somehow. Actually, even more chilling than the idea of an unstoppable time-traveling murder-bot… that part in Sly Stallone’s “Demolition Man” where they talked about President Schwarzenegger (whew)!

Of course, we might come to wish for that. We’ll see…

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J’ouvert: Brooklyn’s Dirty Masquerade (Documentary)

Yup. You probably know Carnival. You MIGHT know J’ouvert. Whether you do or don’t, here comes a VICE documentary on it… meaning we are about to get deep enough in depth about it so all who watch are in the know. Was kind of hoping the Carnival newbie Wilbert L. Cooper was gonna get a ‘real’ demonstration from Kat (or one of the other sistas) at the barber shop *wink*

J’ouvert is a wild, pre-dawn street masquerade that marks the beginning of Caribbean Carnival. It’s a tradition that represents rebellion and freedom from slavery for West Indian communities around the world. New York City’s J’ouvert is one of the most famous, bringing out more than 250,000 revelers every year who party through the night dressed in elaborate costumes or smothered in paint and powder.

While J’ouvert is a cultural cornerstone for the city, it’s become a subject of controversy. Over the past decade, more than 20 people have been shot and killed in and around the festival, leading many to associate the event with violence.
– VICE

Wow. A lot to take in. Press play and get started.

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Stay Melo: Carmelo Anthony Explores Boxing In Brownsville (Video)

I’m a big boxing fan. I just love the fact that it’s mano y mano. May the best man win.

Say that then, Carmelo. On this ep of #StayMelo the baller is off the hardwood and on to the squared circle. Checking out what makes boxers from Brownsville (Brooklyn, NY, USA) different; the “best community for true fighters.”

Brownsville, Brooklyn, has become known for its numerous high rise project buildings, tragic gang violence and world champion boxers with vicious knockouts. Mike Tyson, Zab Judah, Riddick Bowe, Shannon Briggs and countless other world champions all hail from one small section of Brooklyn that encompasses a few square blocks. In this episode of Stay Melo, Carmelo Anthony meets up with WBA Middleweight Champion Danny Jacobs to get a tour of the neighborhood and see what makes this place special. Their journey leads them to a kid named Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington, who is looking to be the next boxer to put Brownsville on his back.
– VICE Sports

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Stay Melo: Carmelo Anthony Explores Rio And Its Favelas (Video)

Yeah, Melo could have just stayed on the celeb tourist path laid out by the Olympics host committee when he went there to hoop for the USA. But nah man. He had to take the VICE crew out and about and bring back this; another dope ep of #StayMelo

Carmelo Anthony won some hardware when he visited Rio for the Olympics, but he still wanted more out of the trip. In this episode of Stay Melo, we spend a day exploring some of the best views in Brazil and the favelas of Rio.
– VICE Sports

WATCH: PREVIOUS EPISODES OF ‘STAY MELO’

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The World’s First Male Sex Doll (Video)

Ooookay. VICE’s Karley Sciortino is taking girls “playing with dolls” to a whole other level! Getting mighty cozy with the concept in this documentary episode exploring the making of male sex dolls for women.

Because, you know, gender equality.

(Hahaa! Karley, though. Got an undeniable sexy about her, right? Just saying, she probably does not need to go the doll route. Surely there is a real ‘plaything’ out here that will gladly play with her… Errr… Just watch.)

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The Boyfriend Experience: In Japan, A Woman Can Even Rent A Man That Will Come Sit & Cry With Her (Video)

So the ‘Boyfriends For Hire’ business is still strong in Japan. We hipped y’all to it over three years ago on here. This is a next step. Sure, you can rent a boyfriend in Japan, but what about the elements expected of a longer-term bond? What if Japanese women could experience feelings usually borne of deeper bonds… without the being bound to a partner part? And do it a la carte? Would that be worth something?

Yeah, about $65 per hour. Yep, at least that’s what a ‘Handsome Weeping Boy’ will cost in Japan.

Watch.

(Full disclosure: VICE finds some cute correspondents. Like this Karley Sciortino. Them legs, too. Just saying.)

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South Asian Emcee Anik Khan Touring In & Around Astoria (Video)

Daily VICE gives us an up close look at Anik Khan from Bangladesh (the country, not the producer) as the emcee takes a look and see around his Astoria neighborhood in Queens, New York. Anik came from overseas at age four, and now he is ready to wreck and rep for South Asia like none he has ever known.

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Jhenè Aiko Speaks On Love, Loss, Diversity And Family (Video)

Jhene

Artists should be open in some way that gets fans open about them; but some don’t open up a lot. Others go full Yeezy with the openness. Ha!

But Jhenè Aiko is sharing in this documentary at a level that falls comfortably within that range; even when talking about the ‘uncomfortable’ aspects of her life and career. Watch this engaging, albeit short, documentary feature on Jhenè.

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Prodigy Shares And Shows How He Cooks BBQ Salmon (Video)

Verrrry interesting. A recipe demo for the Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook that Prodigy is pushing. While marketing execs might call this Merch 101, don’t you still want to try this fish? Plus: Knowledge dropped about his sickle cell disease, and how he adapted his diet while locked up (talked about that situation, too) to help him stay healthy.

First things first: You always wash your hands first!

COMMISSARY KITCHEN: MY INFAMOUS PRISON COOKBOOK (AMAZON)

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Like – “Vice” (Video)

That dude Like from Pac Div… He’s back with a full-length LP on the way (“Songs Made While High,”, due out September 30, 2016). And lookit: Here’s the first visual, for “Vice,” off the forthcoming project.

The concept for the video is going into detail about people’s vices – whether it’s sex, drugs or alcohol. We focused on dark yet neon colors captivating the illuminating mystique of night; where temptation of addiction is most busy.
Like

LIKE – SONGS MADE WHILE HIGH (PRE-ORDER)

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Cuba’s Skate Culture (Trailer)

When you look at the parallels between cultures, you learn more about yours as well as theirs. Cuba’s burgeoning skate culture came about as the poor people there becoming practioners, doing their thing in the park, with other people there loving and nurturing something of their own right where it is happening, and the outside world recognizing its beauty and coming to partake. Sounds like Hip-Hop’s beginnings, right? Cuba skate culture is evolving in a way we recognize. Salute! They did not ‘invent’ skating per se, but this is their own flavor. Get a taste of Cuba’s skate scene with the trailer above from VICE SPORTS.

Cuba’s skate scene has no funding, very few resources and not much to speak of in terms of a skate park. But despite those obstacles scene is growing, thanks in part to organizations like Cuba Skate and the kids that want to see it furthered. We travelled with Ishod Wair, Lucien Clarke, Andrew Reynolds and special guest photographer Arto Saari to see the best skate spots that the country has to offer and take note of a vibrant underground skate scene on the verge of change.

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Dennis Rodman Tells How He Broke His ‘Carrot’ Three Times During Sex (Video)

Bahahahahahahaha!!!! The graphics and the game horn though! You will forever think differently of ‘The Worm’ after watching this. Think breaking his… um… carrot… THREE TIMES would stop Dennis Rodman’s sex game. Nah. In his words, he is “good to go.”

Dennis Rodman tells us how he’s broken his d!ck 3 times.
– VICELAND

Okay, VICELAND, we know you always get the full story. But yooooo, this one is over the top.

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Who is Anonymous? (Documentary)

Anonymous. It’s a brand, a meme, and a movement. But who is Anonymous? Where did it/they come from? VICELAND is going in to get the scoop.

The notorious hacktivist collective Anonymous has targeted everyone from PayPal to the FBI. But a string of arrests have crippled the group. So who is Anonymous now?

Hint: The story isn’t all as “Mr. Robot” (you know, the USA Network series) as you might think. At least not at first.

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How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse (Video)

Think AMC’s The Walking Dead is a joke, man?! It’s actually fiction; not a whole lot of funny. Many might say prospect of a zombie apocalypse is scary. And some of them would say… the threat of it is REAL… at least real enough to go to a training camp to learn the basic survival skills of living with all kinds of undead walking around.

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New Jersey Drive: Black Market With Michael K. Williams (Documentary)

Back in the day, it used to be stealing cars on the slick, and joyriding. Nowadays, it’s carjacking. Sh!t’s dangerous and desperate. Ride with VICELAND and Michael K. Williams as we get into the hows and whys. It’s deep.

In Newark NJ, unemployment and lack of hope turns a tradition of joyriding stolen cars into an international criminal operation.

Wow, even connecting with Treach (of Naughty By Nature). The full story will be told!

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DJ Premier, Kareem Biggs And Beef Jones Talk Roc-A-Fella History, Jay Z And “Reasonable Doubt” (Video)

Beef Jones hosts a sitdown with DJ Premier & Roc-A-Fella’s Kareem “Biggs” Burke. They discuss Jay Z’s classic “Reasonable Doubt” album. The video starts with a lot of prelim (some setup is going on); as this is a live online discussion forum while. The meat of the discussion is set out around the 11-minute mark. Check it out.

Interesting insights on Preem’s production process and some early history at The Roc (like who was the label’s first signee).

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Is There A Link Between Former Toronto Mayor And The Dixon City Bloods? (Documentary)

As usual, VICE asks the toughest questions: Does the gang involved in the Rob Ford crack scandal actually exist? There is a neighborhood called Dixon. Truth. In 2013, police raided the area; alleging that a street gang called the “Dixon City Bloods” was responsible for crack and gun operations across southern Ontario. Facts. Several alleged gang members appeared in a photo with the former Toronto mayor, and the group released video that ignited his notorious crack scandal. And here we are…

But where are we for real? Can the gun violence, gang activity, street players’ moves, and media and police reports actually tie together in a substantial way; one that signifies a true criminal organization?

VICE investigates.

READ: DIXON CITY BLOODS (VICE)

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Edward Snowden On How To Make Your Phone ‘Go Black’ (Video)

If the NSA wants to pop my box, they’re totally gonna do it.
Edward Snowden

Now THAT… if anything sounds like an occasion to immediately say, “PAUSE!” But for real, pause, for just a bit over a minute, and watch this clip. Have you seen the whole Edward Snowden piece by VICE on HBO? You should. It’s on here. But this clip though – advice from a guy that used to work for a super-spy agency, now trying to stay beyond the reach of that Agency… Maaaan, dig in!

VICE ON HBO: STATE OF SURVEILLANCE (THE EDWARD SNOWDEN PIECE)

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State of Surveillance (Documentary)

Damn. Privacy is an illusion. That’s not the future; that’s NOW. If anyone would know, it’s former NSA’er, current whistleblower in exile, Edward Snowden. And if anyone can get at the core of the story, it’s VICE.

When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked details of massive government surveillance programs in 2013, he ignited a raging debate over digital privacy and security. That debate came to a head this year, when Apple refused an FBI court order to access the iPhone of alleged San Bernardino Terrorist Syed Farook. Meanwhile, journalists and activists are under increasing attack from foreign agents. To find out the government’s real capabilities, and whether any of us can truly protect our sensitive information, VICE founder Shane Smith heads to Moscow to meet the man who started the conversation, Edward Snowden.

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