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The Myth Of Race (Video)

  
The Myth Of Race (Video)



Race is not 'real' per se. It is made up... In medical science and diagnoses, it is actually 'made up' of (e.g. referring to) several contributing factors - like where your ancestors came from and social pressures exerted on the people considered to be part of the same cultural group as you. But just because it is not real (that is, having no distinguishing DNA identifier from person-to-person) does not mean it is not important.

You may know exactly what race you are, but how would you prove it if somebody disagreed with you? Jenée Desmond Harris explains.

- Vox



via: http://www.jayforce.com/videos/the-myth-of-race-video


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Al Elliott: We All Want To Matter (Video)

  
Al Elliott: We All Want To Matter (Video)
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My dude Thed Weller! He goes by his born name, Al Elliott, when he is reaching and teaching the masses (Mr. Elliott when those masses are his 5th-grade students). So very proud of this brother. What a wonderful TEDx talk he gives about how important it is that we all feel like we matter and how we ALL play a role in making that happen. It's probably not what you think, but it's everything you could imagine or hope.

We all want to know that our ideas matter. In this touching talk, educator Al Elliott shares how was all have the opportunity - and the responsibility - to validate the ideas of others in our lives.

- @ojones1

A 5th-grade literacy teacher, Al Elliott uses contemporary rap to help students articulate their truths with both written and spoken word.



via: http://www.jayforce.com/videos/al-elliott-we-all-want-to-matter-video


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Creating Viral content

  


The term "viral," like many descriptive words nowadays is grossly over and misused (think "hilarious" or "amazing") . Using the word "viral" in a youtube video title does not make a video viral. The views, votes, and comments tell me that by looking at your numbers and if I hear about something outside of a music blog or youtube suggested videos then I know you may be on to something.Ok so if it's not in the view numbers or the title...what makes something viral? Mirriam-Webster defines viral as ¹of, relating to, or caused by a virus and ²quickly and widely spread or popularized especially by person-to-person electronic communication . Viral as pertaining to a VIRUS. The best way to understand it is to think of how easily germs are spread in an elementary school. One kid gets a cold, the flu, or lice? It spreads.So how do you make people want to share something? Simple; emotional content. People love to share experiences be it good or bad. Make them react. Ever eaten something disgusting and told someone else to try it? Ever seen the youtube videos where something scary jumps up out of nowhere? People like to be scared. Make people connect to your content emotionally and they'll WANT to share it. There's nothing about sitting in a mansion with bags of cash that makes me send it to a friend like "yo, you have to see this!". But make me laugh, scream, throw up or cry and I'll tell everybody.It's all about the content and the emotional connection you create with your fans.By @Essince  for The College of Hip HopEnroll now at www.thecollegeofhiphop.org to gain more knowledge and understanding of the arts and entertainment business.


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"What is a Tax ID number and Do You Need One for Your Label?" If you pay attention to the media, taxes and hip-hop don''t seem to be good friends. How many stories have you heard about big stars who owe back taxes? How many times have I gone to events and artists didn''t realize they could write off the mileage, food, and hotel for the events on their taxes? We file our taxes using our social security number but businesses use what''s called an EIN, Employer Identification Number. It''s basically an ID number used and given by the US Federal Government to businesses for tax purposes and other filings with the government. The default category if you haven''t filed as a corporation or an LLC (Limited Liability Company) is what''s called a Sole Proprietorship, which means you are only owner (''sole proprietor). If that is the case, then you can just use your personal social security number for your taxes and you don''t need to apply for a separate number.So say I wanted to start ESSINCE PRODUCTIONS. I''m the only owner and the only artist for the time being but I want to protect my personal assets in case of a lawsuit somewhere down the road and I decide to incorporate my company or make it an LLC (this is also true for partnerships), then I will need to apply for a tax ID number. Even though I''m the only owner and worker, the government sees my business entity as a separate person so I''ll need a separate tax ID number. If I am going to hire employees then I do need a new tax number.You also may not want to use your social security number every time you apply for a business credit card or if you''re hired as an independent contractor for a project some companies may want you to have one so it doesn''t appear that you are their employee.Luckily applying for a tax ID number is free and easy. There is a simple form on the IRS'' website (https://sa.www4.irs.gov/modiein/individual/index.jsp) and you will get your tax ID number immediately. Your tax status doesn''t change and you don''t have extra taxes you need to pay just for having one but it makes your filing easier when you separate personal and business.


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Importance of Good Packaging

  

Everyday someone is dropping a mixtape & it''s the HOTTEST EVER! The biggest DJ hosts it and they''re about flood the streets. With music (especially hip hop) being so saturated the difference between a win and a loss could be something as simple as presentation. Your cover art or disc labeling could separate your project from the pack.The presentation of it is key for any one planning to sell a product. Quality materials add value to your album/mixtape. Proper packaging creates the perception that you have invested in the project & it will be worth the money. If you don''t show that you are serious about how your items look then people may conclude that the music is also approached that way. People always judge. Even if they say they don''t. How your packaging looks is your music''s first impression on the consumers. It should draw eyes to the project on shelves & websites alike. Interesting artwork & CD printing may seem like an unimportant part of putting your mixtape/album out but it is basically the first step to building interest in you to people you haven''t directly approached or marketed to.Using high quality materials can extend your music''s shelf life long after you''ve moved on to something else. The wrong case or low quality materials could be more damaging perceptually & leave the product more vulnerable to damage. Present your project professionally & increase the appeal to generate profit.Written by Karyn Shanks (@MeanGirlzMedia) for The College of Hip HopEnroll now at www.thecollegeofhiphop.org for 19.96 a year to gain more knowledge and understanding of the arts and entertainment business


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T.I. Tells Us How TIDAL "Money Talks" Launch Went Down



Hustle Gang leader T.I. has hit up SOHH to discuss teaming up with Jay Z's growing TIDAL platform for his new "Money Talks Education" launch.

Tip said TIDAL green lighting positive projects like his newly launched education initiative cemented his decision to join the entertainment platform earlier this year.

"It was a collaborative effort ever since we came together upon our consideration in partnering with TIDAL for us to assist each other. I felt that was very important. We just already knew what the intent was to do things that we had like minds about. One of those things is inspiring entrepreneurial initiatives in the community and promoting education. It's really all about finding the things that are direct associations with the TIDAL brand and my brand and things that we all feel the same about. I think this was the most valiant opportunity to do so. It's the first of many." (SOHH)

Check out more details on T.I.'s "Money Talks Education" on the next page...
The post T.I. Tells Us How TIDAL "Money Talks" Launch Went Down appeared first on For The Best In Hip-Hop News - SOHH.com.

via: http://www.sohh.com/t-tells-us-tidal-money-talks-launch-went


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7 suggestions to ensure your happiness

  
7 suggestions to ensure your happiness



I have seen these rules online and also on social media sites some time ago, but it has rested in my spirit since I first saw it:

1. Make Peace with Your Past so it does not spoil your present. Your past does not define your future - you actions and beliefs do.2. What others think of you is none of your business. It is how much you value yourself and how important you think you are.

3. Time heals almost everything give time, time. Pain will be less hurting. Scars make us who we are, they explain our life and who we are, they challenge us and force us to be strong.4. No one is the reason for your own happiness, except you yourself. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside.5. Don't compare your life with others' you have no idea what their journey is about. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we would grab ours back as fast as we could.6. Stop thinking too much it's all right not to know all the answers. Sometimes there is no answer, not going to be any answer, never has been an answer. That's the answer! Just accept it, move on. Next!7. Smile you don't own all the problems in the world. A smile can brighten the darkest day and make life more beautiful. It is a potential curve to turn a life around and set everything straight.

Written by Stephen Covey  http://positiveoutlooksblog.com/2014/10/05/seven-cardinal-rules/


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Public humiliation. Personal inspiration

  
Public humiliation. Personal inspiration

I've decided to chronicle my fitness journey. I have used the birth of my son to scapegoat the fact that I gained 75 pounds during the course of my wife's pregnancy. Now let me preface this article by explaining that I was at one point a lean mean fitness machine. Now I'm more of a big sloppy sack of sand.

I heard something on the radio show The Nightly Spirit with Darlene McCoy; that really spoke to my spirit. She said [paraphrasing] "Sometimes your insecurities can inspire someone else who maybe able to relate to your situation. When they hear your story and see how your test became your testimony, they will become inspired and empowered. 

I've lamented the loss of the slimmer, sexier me. After surmounting the 7th stage of grief à la Elisabeth Kübler-Ross "On Death and Dying"; I admitted that I was my own saboteur.  I conceded within my consciousness that if I invested as much into my physical health and well-being Ken Brown would have to be the one to to cultivate this seed into fruition. 

Since we're all family here, I'm cool with being transparent with my fitness transformation. This revolution will be televised--well more like radioised  

KB 


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The history of the man who changed HIStory

  
The history of the man who changed HIStory

It takes an indomitable spirit to conquer abuse, abandonment, incarceration, homelessness, and depression. It takes a bold person to unabashedly communicate those experiences to the world. Ken Brown is just that- resilliant, bold, and a manifestation of the American Dream. His story is one of tragedy, triumph, insurmountable struggle, and imeasurable success. Ken Brown is a remarkably bold man who has overcome unimaginable adversity. The pain from his past has become the platform for his present success. Ken is a world renown, impassioned, award winning speaker. He empowers audiences across the globe with electrifying and emotional speeches that affirm the greatness within us all. To appreciate his purpose, you must first understand his past. Ken Brown was born on the back seat of a cab, then abandoned by his birth mother.  Ken was adopted into an abusive family, and was was bulied at school by the students and teachers. One teacher even called Ken "stupid" after he failed the 5th grade and again in the 6th grade. Anxiety and depression led Ken to begin cutting himself as a teenager. After Ken was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in his early 20''s, his life spiraled out of control. He had been in and out of jail, homeless, sleeping in abandoned buildings and on park benches.  "I felt emotionally and mentally defeated. I started thinking about killing myself again. I was at rock bottom"  At the age of 25 Ken Brown had a nervous breakdown. Ken was hospitalized where he recieved treatment and began the road to recovery. "It took me hitting rock bottom to realize that I was the only person with the strength to lift myself up." With therapy and medication, Ken learned to manage his mental and emotional health.  While in the hospital, Ken had time to reflect on his life and surmised "I''ve been through so much and I''m still standing. There''s a purpose in that pain." 


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Unforgivable Blackness (Documentary Trailer)

  
Unforgivable Blackness (Documentary Trailer)



Sometimes it takes outsiders to tell you about yourself. PBS America - out of the United Kingdom - put out this documentary on the first Black American boxing champion, Jack Johnson. Dude was ahead of his time ways that would still scare a good amount of White people today. Just saying.

This film by Ken Burns tells the story of one of the greatest boxers of all time and his refusal to accept the rules of a society that considered people of his colour to be second-class citizens. This is the story of a man who refused to recognise racial differences and who forced America to reconsider its very definition of freedom.

Check out this trailer. Watching this documentary would be the way to end your Black History Month viewing with a bang...to the rib cage. Damn. Johnson was a baaaad maaan (Muhammad Ali voice).



via: http://www.jayforce.com/sports/unforgivable-blackness-documentary-trailer


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PBS: Freedom Riders (Documentary)

  
PBS: Freedom Riders (Documentary)
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Wow. Another moment in American History that just so happens to fall into the Black History category. You know how when someone gets in over his head and exclaims, "I did not sign up for this!" Well, in the first few minutes of this film you see that these young adults knew EXACTLY what they signed up for... and they went anyway. Civil Rights fighters of the highest caliber. Man, the courage it must have taken for CORE (Council On Racial Equality) to get on those buses.

Watch the story of the "Freedom Riders" - expertly told by PBS.









via: http://www.jayforce.com/videos/pbs-freedom-riders-documentary


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The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (Documentary Series)
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Five centuries of history... Black History... our history. Encapsulated in an outstanding documentary mini-series you've gotta watch if your Black History Month is to be truly complete. Dr. Robert Louis Gates already does fine work helping celebs learn about their ancestries and themselves on "Find Your Roots." But to teach a people, a nation, a WORLD about itself through something like this? Outstanding!

(Above is Episode 1 to get you started. Hit the jump for Episodes 2-6.)





























via: http://www.jayforce.com/videos/the-african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross-documentary-series


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4 Little Girls: Spike Lee Speaks On The Heart-Wrenching Decision He Had To Make (Video)
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Another must-see before the focus on Black History for 2016 is lost..."4 Black Girls" (a real gut punch; but you still MUST watch). It will be hard to watch. Let Spike tell you (as he tells Oprah, above): It was hard to make.

In 1997, Spike Lee released "4 Little Girls," a moving documentary about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, which killed four African-American girls. The film went on to earn an Oscar nomination for best documentary. Watch as Spike discusses one of the most difficult decisions he's ever made as a director and how the birth of his daughter, Satchel, changed his perspective.

You can see a trailer for the actual documentary here.

4 LITTLE GIRLS (HBO PROMO TRAILER)





via: http://www.jayforce.com/videos/4-little-girls-spike-lee-speaks-on-the-heart-wrenching-decision-he-had-to-make-video


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The Murder of Fred Hampton (Documentary Trailer)

  
The Murder of Fred Hampton (Documentary Trailer)
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'All Power To The People' as a concept should not scare us. Fred Hampton's stance in the above trailer comes through just as plain and clear on grainy archival footage as it would were he standing flat-footed saying it to our faces today: 'If you are scared of socialism...you are scared of yourselves.' How deep is that?!

This trailer was made before Fred Hampton's death when the film was to be called "Black Panther." It shows Hampton (August 30, 1948 - December 4, 1969) giving a speech on revolution and racism in front of a large audience. Includes glimpses of Panthers Bobby Rush and Bobby Seale and filmmaker Howard Alk. This trailer is not included in the DVD release of the film.

- Chicago Film Archives

Black History is OUR history, all of ours (not just Black people's). You should watch this; even after February 29th.





via: http://www.jayforce.com/videos/the-murder-of-fred-hampton-documentary-trailer


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Eyes on the Prize Parts 1 & 2 (Documentary Series)

  
Eyes on the Prize Parts 1 & 2 (Documentary Series)
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Not to say that any print, audio, or audio-visual work is the end-all of what Black History Month should be... But if you have not watched the PBS American Experience documentary "Eyes On The Prize," you have NOT had Black History Month! Above, you have your chance: Part 1 ("Awakenings") and Part 2 ("Fighting Back") are ready for your viewing and enrichment. Arguably, the best series on the decades-long American Civil Rights Movement. Filmmaker Henry Hampton and PBS have, no doubt, taken tremendous pride in bringing this presentation to the masses over the years.

Watch. Now.

























via: http://www.jayforce.com/videos/eyes-on-the-prize-parts-1-2-documentary-series


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