|Fri, December 06, 2013 at 11:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Former prisoner. Former President. Forever to be respected, admired, loved... now mourned by nations the world over. Pass now from us into eternity, Nelson Mandela. Quite literally, a man who was no myth; but who will remain a legend who lived a life of service to humanity died at his home yesterday. He was 95.
We don't have the perfect words, Mr. President. But we sincerely offer the two that should certainly be heard forever in association with your name: Thank You! For your struggles, protests, imprisonment, iconification... for your work and triumphs freeing yourself and your people (of every color) from the bonds of man, from the oppression racist institutions, and the entanglements of in-fighting that kept us at war with ourselves... We say THANK YOU, President Mandela.
To be certain, the struggles continue. But it is now our turn to take up the causes we see fit and see them through to the end; to our own ends if necessary. And we cannot say we have not had folks to have shown us the way in our lifetime. Chief among them, Nelson Mandela showed us the way of the warrior suited for his lifelong battle against injustice and for peace on a national/global scale: Not perfect, but not waiting for someone or some perfect time to come along. Not looking for a fight, but willing to risk it all and fight with all he has for as long as he has. And as a result, though not seeking glory as an end, glory followed him to the end and will forevermore.
Rest in peace, Brother Mandela. We got it from here.
Video comments from U.S. President Barack Obama above. After the jump, a favorite clip of mine.
READ: NBC WORLDNEWS' COVERAGE
Oh...I forgot movie star *wink*
|Tue, December 03, 2013 at 12:00 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The hard truth about America: We are at war. All of us. It's internal... and just barely civil. We have already seen an occupation of strategic grounds (Wall Street) and the battle lines have been drawn. But don't think Democrat/Liberal vs. Republican/Conservative (there are battlefields within parties anyway)... and don't think (as we have) of haves vs. have-nots... The truth is simple, but not because it is oversimplified. It is hard because it is harsh. It is hard, like difficult - not to understand, but to understand how citizens/humans/institutions could allow this and allow it to continue. And it is hard, because it will be difficult to end the war. To think, all this from reading an article (that you should read, too) at Salon.com...
This is an excerpt from the just released second edition of Noam Chomsky's "Occupy: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity," edited by Greg Ruggiero and published by Zuccotti Park Press.
An article that recently came out in Rolling Stone, titled "Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail," by Matt Taibbi, asserts that the government is afraid to prosecute powerful bankers, such as those running HSBC. Taibbi says that there's "an arrestable class and an unarrestable class." What is your view on the current state of class war in the U.S.?
So, that's how we should view the sides in our modern civil war: The arrestable vs. the unarrestable... and you KNOW most of the sh!t the unarrestable (e.g. the 1% and those protected by them) gets away with would land most of us in prison. Now, no one is saying 'be mad at the haves for having' ... no more so than you want anyone less fortunate being mad at you for walking/driving by when you have change/time to spare. Nah, be mad at how they do you... how they lie to you. You know, the stuff that you'd be mad about if someone did it right to your face... because they DO THAT SH!T... ev-er-y day! Watch the clip above (from a 'have' who has chosen to give a Ted Talk on the truth). Read the article we read... Hell, read the book it references (both linked below)... Then take time to think and decide for yourself, while you can; before that comes under attack!
NOAM CHOMSKY: AMERICA HATES ITS POOR (SALON)
OCCUPY: REFLECTIONS ON CLASS WAR, REBELLION AND SOLIDARITY (AMAZON)
|Sun, December 01, 2013 at 9:23 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
When family (blood and otherwise) meets with music, whether as a DJ or on the mic, you can't really ask for much more!
I'll spare everyone my thoughts on the historical roots of the day of "Thanksgiving"...it's not within the scope of why I am actually very thankful. Seeing my younger cousins grow and mature while catching up with my elders is always appreciated. So after a feast in Woodstock, where my cousin is now enjoying married life with an awesome brother who I had the pleasure to meet, we took it back to East Point and got ready for Friday's events.
Shoutout to Ms. Dia and Taj Anwar. Dilla Day in the A was an intimate event, with many loved ones including Toney Smith of Ill Street Grooves (DC) and J Dilla's mom, Maureen Yancey, affectionately called Ma Dukes. I supported and bought a few pieces of vinyl out of Dilla's record collection, enjoyed the donuts and caught up with my sister Lisa and the attendees. Among the performers doing tributes were Boog Brown, D-Millz (@dmillzmusiq, SUPER FRESH) and DJ Black Magic. The Initiators store in Cumberland mall is full of dope art and clothing and a full recording studio. I highly suggest you go for all your scents and soaps as well.
Later that night, we hit up the Earl for a great live showcase featuring the 16 Bars Hip Hop Orchestra and Dashill's Illumination Treatment. Both live bands were OFF THE CHAIN! Great vibes were in the air. My brother Felix from my OG clique, VJC, came in town just in time and filmed some of my set. Check it out below!
Then Saturday, more of my Cali and OG brothers came through the Edgewood Corner Tavern and rocked with me on the tables for the evening. I'll be there about twice a month going full-fledge for 2014.
I gotta give thanks for life, loved ones and music! I hope you could experience some of this with us...
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