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One Vibe Africa Presents: Year Of Return (Trailer)

From the U.S. back to Kenya. Yes indeed.

You KNOW we are about travel abroad (e.g. from The States to overseas destinations). But this one hits home. As in Mother Africa, being home to ALL humanity and civilization. And this… this is epic. Of course, you know plenty of Sisters and Brothers who have declared that ‘one day’ they are going to make that pilgrimage back Home. Making it a big deal; maybe ‘too big’ a deal. But what if that ‘pilgrimage’ was less of a ‘trip’ to take. Like, let’s just say the family, the homies, the homegirls… are going to make it to an awesome event… and take in some of The Motherland while over that way. We could do that, right? We already do it for other festivals.

And like those other festivals, maybe we make it a yearly thing; or trips more often if we find things over there that draw us back.

Moving Madaraka Festival from Seattle back to Kenya signified the importance of not only arranging for individuals to travel back to Africa as it was with the case of Ghana’s year of return initiative, but getting significant events back to Africa and keeping them in Africa as a way to build a sustainable bridge allowing people of all backgrounds to travel to Africa to enjoy a festival of a lifetime, immerse themselves in the African culture, and inspire global change and collaboration towards mitigating climate change, which does not only threaten the climate but is an existential threat to our music, culture, and livelihood.
– One Vibe TV

Dope music and culture do it again. Let’s get together; for the community and the cause. It’s a Vibe. One Vibe Africa! Matter of fact, why not show love and SUPPORT right now: Cop the EP (linked below) #ForTheYouth #ForKisumu #ForKenya #ForOurWorld

Hit the jump for more on that. The fam Mazzi really blessed with the knowledge on this one. Knowledge and blessing right to mobile #Mobilize

S.O.U.L. PURPOSE AND ONE VIBE AFRICA PRESENT: YEAR OF RETURN (EP)

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Business/Technology: Amazon ‘Just Walk Out’ Shopping (Video)

We stay on the trends that matter to us and, in so doing, we watch history being made. Case in point: Check out the in-store mapping (IndoorAtlas) article we posted on here a few years back. And wait for it…

Told you so! WHAT?!! Not only is Amazon coming out with a store that can track you, you likely desires, and product selection decision (indecision) choices… but you don’t even have to wait in line or do the computerized check-out. You ‘Just Walk Out’ maaaan. Amazon knows who you are, what you finally decide to buy; and charges you for the total when you walk out the store!

And this is not still ‘conceptual’ either. AmazonGo store #1 is coming to Seattle (Washington, USA) early 2017.

@ojones1

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Bumbershoot Festival 2016 Lineup Announced

Festival season is in full swing right now. The Shaky Knees & Shaky Beats festivals have already happened here in Atlanta.  SXSW went down in Austin, Broccoli City in DC and these are just a few of the many nationwide.  Well in the Pacific Northwest the Bumbershoot festival goes down Labor Day weekend September 2-4 in Seattle, Washington.  This is the 46th year of the festival ArtByOdell has flown out to Seattle the last two years to cover this historic festival. Music, Art, Literature, Comedy all happen at Bumbershoot but the music takes center stage.  The lineup was recently announced.  With a lineup that could possibly be one of the most diverse of all festivals.  From Logic, to DeathCab for Cutie, to Anderson.Paak, to Run The Jewels, Billy Idol, to Fetty WapBryson Tiller, Zhu, Flatbush Zombies to Seattle’s own beloved Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.  After all the artists I named that’s not even a quarter of the full lineup of acts.  Once again we will make the trip from Atlanta to Seattle for a fun filled Labor Day weekend!  Passes on sale now if you have never visited Seattle this is a good reason to check it out.  Meet us at the Space Needle and dance to the music being performed.

CLICK HERE FOR PREVIOUS POST: EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE & INTERVIEW FROM 2015 BUMBERSHOOT

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‘Change The Mascot Movement’ Scores A Major Win: U.S. Patent Office Cancels Washington’s NFL Team Trademarks (Video)

Aha! So we’re seeing some real movement on the ‘Change The Mascot’ movement since we posted about it here.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six trademarks belonging to the football team on Wednesday, saying they are offensive to Native Americans…If the decision is upheld, it will be hard for the team to claim ownership of its brand, a crucial step in going after the makers of unlicensed merchandise…The decision came in response to a suit brought by five Native Americans.

It’s been time Washington; and the U.S. Patent Office obviously agrees. Change The Mascot. JayForce suggested ‘Washington Warriors’ as an alternative. See? Still bad ass, yet not offensive.

@ojones1

MORE: PATENT OFFICE CANCELS REDSKINS TRADEMARKS

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The National Congress of American Indians Says It’s Past Time To ‘Change The Mascot’ For Washington D.C.’s NFL Team (Video)

“Native Americans call themselves many things. The one thing they don’t…”

Powerful point made with lots of eyes watching. Above is the commercial the NFL would not let air. The National Congress of American Indians went for another ‘big game’ viewing audience though.

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation bought airtime in seven major cities during halftime of the NBA Finals Game 3 for a one-minute spot criticizing the Redskins team name, and calling for it to be changed. Here’s the extended two-minute version of the “Proud to Be” video, produced by the National Congress of American Indians back in January, leading up to the Super Bowl.

After the jump, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation leaders speak on why they got involved with the Change The Mascot movement.

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Teaching Old Drug Dogs A New Way To Sniff? Washington ‘Weed Heads’ Beware (Video)

In Washington state, changes in law enforcement procedures – especially allowing for legal marijuana possession and use – has come with unique challenges. Unique for now… I’m sure other states will eventually have to go through challenges like this: How do you get a dog to respond differently when sniffing for weed in Washington – to let “personal use” ride but still alert handlers to “intent to sell” situations? Some of Washington’s law enforcement agencies have an answer: Stop training drug-sniffing dogs to alert for marijuana.

“Moving forward, it makes most sense not to train dogs to alert to marijuana as that would likely lead to unwarranted investigatory detentions of people who are not breaking any law.”

Alison Holcomb, author of Washington’s I-502 Law and Drug Policy Director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

WHAT??!! Is that a round of applause I hear? Wait. You know I have to posit the downside on stuff like this. But I am not alone this time: My worry is ACLU’s worry. Not all law-enforcement agencies are changing procedures for training or using narcotics dogs, as the possession of marijuana is still illegal under FEDERAL law. That’s one thing, but not the MAIN thing. Holcomb has a concern that

“…narcotics dogs trained to alert for legal marijuana could extend detention and questioning beyond the scope of reasonable suspicion of a crime. This is especially worrisome because marijuana residue and odor are much more likely to be present on the state’s residents than any of the other substances dogs are trained to detect.”

Hate stop and frisk? Try stop, SNIFF, frisk, and DETAIN UNTIL COPS FIND SOMETHING TO ARREST YOU FOR.

READ: LEGAL POT MEANS BIG CHANGES FOR DRUG-SNIFFING DOGS

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yU – “I Believe” (Oddisee Remix)

“I Believe” was originally released as part of “The EARN,” a mixtape from DC emcee yU the 78er. Well, Oddisee got hold of it and worked some magic; creating a classic track that is heavier on the boom bap. “Either believe, or be left,” yU said it best on this cut. Don’t get left! Listen to this banger for yourself. It will make a believer of you!

DOWNLOAD: yU – I BELIEVE (ODDISSEE REMIX)

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