VH1′s Behind The Music series was one of the best to hit the airwaves for music lovers. Fresh off an 18 year anniversary for his game changing debut album “Illmatic”, Nas got the Behind The Music treatment yesterday.
This video from Democracy Now! brings together voting rights, so-called Stand Your Ground laws used in defense of slain teen Trayvon Martin‘s killer George Zimmerman, persons of color, and more. What’s important here is connecting the dots so you can more effectively “be the change you want to see”.
Description: After a massive corporate exodus prompted by growing scrutiny of its activities, the secretive right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has announced it will stop pushing so-called Stand Your Ground and voter ID laws. Our guest Lisa Graves says this is an attempt by ALEC “to try to keep its donors and try to have the press move along.” She notes, “ALEC’s broader agenda, which it calls its jobs agenda, is extraordinarily extreme itself,” noting that one of its bills would cut off one’s right to sue if one’s loved one is killed by a drug approved the Food and Drug Administration, even if the drug is later recalled.
Graves is executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, which built “ALEC Exposed,” a website showcasing more than 800 model bills the group has pushed in states nationwide. We’re also joined by Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange.org, which has criticized corporations for working with ALEC to pass laws that hurt people of color, young people and the elderly, especially voter ID laws. “You can’t come for black folks’ money by day and try to take away our vote by night,” Robinson says.
If you know anything about me you know I’m a big Dick Gregory fan. He’s an activist, comedian and a nutritionist. I’m not sure how much more Black and Green this guy can get. This video is from March 24th were thousands of people gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC to demand justice for Trayvon Martin.
Ever the observer, I love the seemingly unrelated points he makes about the Trayvon Martin case.
Sure he’s been dead for more than 15 years but how could something like that stop a guy like Tupac? A Tupac hologram showed up to Coachella, joined Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, and performed “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted” and “Gangsta Party”. The trippiest part is he yelled out the “Coachella” by name even though Coachella was started in 1999 and Pac died in 1996. Details, details…
There is a beautiful monthly event held at Subterranean dedicated to women in Hip-Hop called I Still Love H.E.R. LadyGemStar and KickAssAlyssia created this vibrant night “dedicated to the love of Hip Hop and its elements through the feminine experience. The four are represented by featuring a variety of Chicago female DJs, MCs, Breakers and Graffiti artists. Their mission: “to create a platform and raise awareness to the importance of the feminine contribution in the Chicago hip hop community as well as in it’s culture.” Word.
Recently, they put out a mixtape (mixed by DJ ALO) highlighting some of Chicago’s flyest Emcees. The mixtape features: The First Lady Of Rhymesayers: Psalm One, Rita J (Of All Natural), ANG 13, Amina, Jade Ivy, SPQ-HER, and many more. The ladies have diverse styles, content, and such. They are on point. If you love Rap check it out and if you’re in Chicago drop by Subterranean and soak up some culture. Visit their website: istillloveherinc.com to download the mixtape.
You did know the animals you eat are given antibiotics on a regular basis didn’t you? Well, on Wednesday “the Food and Drug Administration announced the new rule Wednesday after trying for more than 35 years to stop farmers and ranchers from feeding antibiotics to cattle, pigs, chickens and other animals simply to help the animals grow larger.” Those animals are NOT sick, they are perfectly healthy to begin with before being drugged. Continue reading