Clocking in at just over 20 minutes Story of Stuff manages to be enlightening and controversial. Teachers have been showing it to their students for years and some of the usual suspects made a stink about it. Some call it propaganda. According to their site:
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view…
The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. ~storyofstuff.org
You owe it to yourself to watch this and learn about were your stuff comes from and where it goes when you’re done with it. Soon there will be no excuses for not knowing. Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Photo Credit: “Rev recovers from a near-shopping convulsion” by Michael Hart
If you’ve never heard of him let me introduce you to Reverend Billy. He oversees a flock called The Church of Stop Shopping and he preaches anti-consumerism. Recognizing the importance of environmentalism, Reverend Billy, who is an actor turned activist not a real reverend, has taken up another cause. He went from Hallelujah, to Change-alujah, to, now, Earthalujah! Continue reading →
Kanye West has returned and in a way it’s pleasant, even my mama likes him…kind of. West put his best foot forward this week, releasing “Power”, a piece of ear candy the people have been craving on the internets. Complete with easy to sing along chants in the background, the anthem makes impact. Gone is Amber Rose, Louis Vuitton, fancy sneakers and tight pants. All that’s left are the reasons we liked Ye in the first place. When those other things return I might check out though cause it’s still too soon for me for that to come back. Then again it’s still too soon for Eminem to comeback for me…
S1 of Waco, Texas’ Strange Fruit Project co-produced “Power”. It’s the first official leak from Kanye West’s upcoming album Good *ss Job, due later this year. Can’t wait to see what happens then cause with this one song yesterday the internets went nuts in a torrent of fandom Dr. Dre could only wish he would get if he finally gets around to putting out Detox. Or at least the blogs and twitter went nuts. Some said Kanye saved music…again. “No one man should have all that POWER” he rhymed. Word.
“You got the power to let power go?” he asks at the end which got me thinking. Do Americans have the power to let power go? Continue reading →
Ordinarily I enjoy the plethora of Black History Month programming, but this year I haven’t seen much around, even on PBS. Is our new president somehow to blame for this?
Anyway, I used to get upset wen I would see programs about all kinds of other folks during February and I’ve done my best to balance the lack of Black programming out this year. Here we are on the tail end of this month but I’m going to go ahead an interrupt it for these 5 white folks that I think are worth listening to anytime of year in no particular order. Continue reading →