Monthly Archives: August 2015

Baby Girl: 20 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Aaliyah

Global Grind

File photo dated 20 March 2000 shows US recording

Today marks the 14th anniversary of the death of angelic songstressAaliyah Haughton.

On this day in 2001, fans all over the world mourned the sudden loss of one of music’s rising stars. Aaliyah was living the good life at 22 years old; engaged to Dame Dash, finishing up her self titled third album, and making her mark on the film industry after starring in Romeo Must Die and Queen Of The Damned.

Almost 15 years after she got her wings, her legacy continues to live on. Everyone from Draketo Chris Brown has sampled an Aaliyah track and paid homage to her every chance they get.

In honor of Aaliyah’s life taken too soon, we put together a gallery of facts that you probably didn’t know about the fallen star. Check it out below.

Rest in peace, Baby Girl.

SOURCE: Complex | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty 

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BlackOut August

The Final week and What You Can Do.

BlackOut August 2015
What You Can Do.
Programme of Actions
1. Boycott all mainstream social and news media such as CNN and Fox News.
2. Boycott all anti-Black entertainers. Combat cultural appropriation.
3. Patronize Black owned businesses.
4. Support pro-active events such as Marcus Garvey Day, Black August, etc.
5.. Protest against police brutality and killings of Black people. Sandra Bland.Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Ezell Ford, and thousands of others
6. Last but not least recognize We Are At War. We all need to be getting our households together. Stock water, prepare emergency backpacks, increase the readiness of your family in case of an emergency such as prolonged energy blackout or escalation of civil unrest.
7. This goes back to #5. We not suggesting you take to the streets in spontaneous actions. Organized protests in key spots can be effective in mobilizing small groups into larger groups of organizers. These are just a few actions you can initiate.
8. Stop The War Against Black People, not only in the United States, but Internationally. Jamaica. Ghana. Ethiopia. Standing Up!
For more information contact BAM at blackoutaugust2015@gmail.com
#FreeThePeople!

Reconciling Duplicity: Feminism & Misogyny in 2Pac

Gender & Society, Spring 2013

Reconciling Duplicity in Tupac Shakur: Feminism and Misogyny

“So tell me am I wrong for trying to communicate through a song…”
-2Pac, “Run Tha Streetz”

The life and music of Tupac Amaru Shakur present an inextricable clash between feminism and misogyny. With over 75 million albums sold worldwide, 2Pac’s discography addresses a vast and diverse array of social and political issues that affect the black community. Ranging from lamentations of sexual abuse (“Brenda’s Got a Baby”) to outcries against poverty (“Po Nigga Blues”), 2Pac’s music often voices the plights of low-income, black, urban communities to audiences beyond “the hood.” Nonetheless, as a celebrity and sex icon, 2Pac and his lyrics attracted strong criticism from many prominent feminists, including C. Delores Tucker, decrying the misogyny and overt sexuality in his music.

Without a doubt, many of 2Pac’s songs are indeed filled with mentions of “bitches” (“Wonda…

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Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle to plead guilty to child pornography charges

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 18, 2015)— FOX59 has confirmed Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesman, is expected to plead guilty to possession of child pornography charges.

Sources say Fogle will accept a plea deal Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss the deal and charges against Fogle.

Fogle’s attorney, Ron Elberger, had no comment in regards to the plea deal. He said any information regarding the charges would come from the attorney’s office. Elberger did say Fogle’s suspension with Subway continues.

Subway issued the following statement to FOX59 Tuesday:

“We have already ended our relationship with Jared and have no further comment.”

Suspended Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is seen leaving his Zionsville home as investigators conduct Tuesday's search. Suspended Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is seen leaving his Zionsville home as investigators conduct Tuesday’s search.

The charges come after federal agents raided Fogle’s Zionsville home in early July. FBI sources confirmed to FOX59 state and federal investigators were…

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Greg Mack, Rap Radio DJ Who Broke N.W.A, To Get Biopic

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Following the success of Straight Outta Compton, in which he is portrayed in a cameo by director F. Gary Gray, hugely influential radio DJ Greg Mack has optioned the rights to his upcoming autobiography to Goddard Film Group. Goddard will produce a new film detailing Mack’s time with LA’s legendary 1580 KDAY-AM, the first radio station in the U.S. to play rap and hip-hop 24 hours a day.

Mack became Assistant Program Director/Music Director at KDAY in 1983 and was instrumental in the station’s decision to switch to an all rap/hip-hop format. It was a risky move, as at the time rap was considered — at best — a passing fad, and aside from the odd hit, it was ignored by mainstream radio and the music industry. But KDAY became a sensation almost overnight and Mack a powerful tastemaker. Hosting his own afternoon show under the name Greg “Mack Attack”…

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“Gangsta” is Not Revolutionary

MY TRUE SENSE

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In his 1963 “Message to the Grassroots” speech, Brother Malcolm X warned, “If some of you understood what a revolution really is, you wouldn’t use the word. Revolution is bloody, revolution is hostile, revolution destroys everything in its way.” I have reason to believe that many politically minded college students, hip-hop artists, and other members of our community, mistakenly refer to themselves as “revolutionary” because they confuse the term’s meaning.

One problem we face in discussing anything revolutionary, is that the term and its implications are not fully understood.

Naturally, this society’s elite benefits from our confusion in this regard. They have no interest in losing their power or prestige. Maintaing confusion within potential rebel forces helps to maintain power arrangements while compromisung revolutionary activity.

Language, which provides us with definition, clarity, and therefore direction, is a key tool used to misdirect our liberation movements. Many of us in…

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Assata Shakur, Excluding the Nightmare After the Dream by Dhoruba bin-Wahad

Extending our earlier discussion of Herman Wallace and the Political Context of Black Self-Defense Dhoruba bin-Wahad continued with this frank – and highly explicit* – discussion of the shortcomings of many current strategies chosen by those looking to free political prisoners.  Our conversation picks up with bin-Wahad discussing Alice Walker and much of what he sees as flaws with how well-meaning supporters approach struggles to free of political prisoners, and specifically the exiled Assata Shakur.

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