T.I. “We Will Not” Official Music Video – Best Song of the Year, 2016

When I first heard T.I.’s new song “We Will Not” I knew the video would be epic. The record itself is incredibly powerful as it touches on the daily and historical struggles that black people continue to endure here in America. So T.I. clearly isn’t playing on this track and takes it step further as he is making a clear statement, “No we will not stand here in silence, while they take the lives of our brothers and sisters and partner”. Using mostly photographs, which I love especially since it…

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The First Memorial Day; Celebrated by African Americans to Honor the Dead/ Video of Yale University Professor David Blight Lecture

As they say, you learn something new everyday. Well as you continue to indulge in your Memorial Day Weekend festivities, take a few minutes and watch this video of Yale Professor David Blight and his discovery of the true origins of this national holiday. “And then on May 1st 1865, they held a parade of 10,000 people on the race track, lead by 3,000 black children carrying arm loads of roses and singing John Browns Body. Followed then by black women, then by black men, it was regimented this way.…

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Prince Ea “BACKWARDS RAPPERS” Official Music Video

WHOA! My words can’t even begin to speak on the complexity of this record. In “Backwards Rappers” Prince Ea does what Nas does on “Rewind” but even better! He literally wrote a 16 that is split in half and can be rapped both forward and backwards. And not only does it make sense, but the meaning is completely flipped. He goes from being a generic commercial rapper who only spits about popping bottles and getting money to rapping about knowledge and education being the solution. If you appreciate good music,…

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MC Lyte ft Common “Dear John” Official Record/ #EducateOURMen

Damn after at least 10 years since I’ve heard any music from MC Lyte, she drops some new heat just as it’s starting to get colder up here in the North East. As always, she’s spitting some knowledge that needs to be heard by many of y’all brothas out here. And with the help of Common and 10Beats, y’all can relate to the message; Take Care of Yours! And I’m feeling how they used the hook which poses one of Puffy Daddy’s signature lines into a question~ “Dear John” is…

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Classified X / Documentary on the History of Racist Stereotypes of African Americans in Cinema

Recently a college professor suggested that I watch a documentary called Classified X from actor and director Melvin Van Peebles. Now the name rang a bell, but something was off… until it came to me, Mario Van Peebles. Mario was the actor from New Jack City, Ali, and Carlitos Way among many other movies and TV shows. Melvin is Mario’s father who played a critical role in the film industry, often credited for the first blaxploitation film with his movie Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song which was released before Shaft. But…

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