Monday, May 24, 2010


"All That I Can Say ”-


Tavis smiley
Taina hernandez

Thursday highlight's the journalist: notably the african-american and latino voices in mainstream and democratic journalism. Though some roles in mainstream journalism are controversial to some; due to the fact that by popular belief figures as tavis smiley and soledad o'brien are the voices of people of color in mass media, whether radical, or conservative to the approach to their work, their impact is potent regardless. Exceptional leaders on the forefront are Taina Hernandez and Soledad O'brien; and also the explosion of philadelphia influential black journalists as the late Reggie Bryant, and incarcerated but active, Mumia abu Jamal.

"Taina Hernandez ( born July 30, 1974 in
Brooklyn, New York)[1] is a correspondent for ABC News. She is graduated from Brown University in 1996[2]. A native of the New York City borough of Brooklyn,[3] Hernandez joined ABC News in 2001 as a correspondent for NewsOne, ABC's affiliate news service. She anchored the overnight broadcast ABC World News Now from 2005–2007, and appears regularly on Good Morning America and World News."

"María de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien
[1] (born September 19, 1966) is an American television journalist. She is currently the host of the "In America" documentary unit on CNN, and is best known for anchoring the CNN marquee morning newscast American Morning from July 2003[2] to April 3, 2007, with Miles O'Brien. "-


-Below is is an interview of Soledad O'brien, on recent coverage of the controversial CNN series "In america" focusing on the latin and african diasporas, along the trailers of both series, a series that had progressive work throughout 2007 -2009:

-We close with a exclusive feature from writer/recording artist immortal technique, off his latest lp "The 3rd world" ft Jean Grae.






"On 24 May 2010, police and military forces launched a large-scale operation aimed at taking Coke into custody. By 27 May, at least 73 people had died in clashes between Jamaican security forces and gunmen in West Kingston."-


Through mass media we witness the burning season of current events in the 3rd world. Today's spot visits the generational transitions, bloodshed, and the political and social landscape of one of the carribbean's most significant island nations, Jamaica. Currently the situation involving Christopher coke has catapulted jamaica to the front page of global headlines. Coke, son of a drug lord and head of the infamous "shower posse" which has foundations in NY, canada, and jamaica has been in a stand off for the warrant of his arrest for several days; this bears as a reflection of the island nations relationship of crime and politcs, and the mindset of the overall political climate of jamaica:

"Jamaica's two-party system, which had its roots in the rivalry between William Alexander Bustamante and Norman W. Manley (see Historical Setting, this ch.), resembles traditional North American patterns. Both parties--the JLP and PNP--were formed and operated by a relatively small number of men and with a high degree of British and intraparty cooperation."-

-throughout the 70's these two political parties clashed, to where the streets of jamaica were filled with political violence. Of the greatest ambassadors of that era, Bob Marley headed a peace concert to counteract the war:

"The One Love Peace Concert was a large concert held on April 22, 1978 at The National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.
This concert was held during a political civil war in
Jamaica between opposing parties Jamaican Labour Party and the People's National Party. The concert came to its peak during Bob Marley & The Wailers' performance of "Jammin'", when Marley joined the hands of political rivals Michael Manley (PNP) and Edward Seaga (JLP-"


-As the world still wacthes the ultimate results of the current crisis involving coke, who is also tied to politcal powers, we can take time to look to at the accomplishments of the past, to aid in the resolving of the current state of the socio-political climate of jamaica. As the point of understanding history, is to not let it repeat itself. We close with a recent documentry, 3 of 5 parts included in the embedded link of award winning journalist Ross kemp, with an insight into the struggles of jamaica. And a throwback of Hon. Robert Nesta Marley O.M, with his own declaration of peace in a time of conflict.



Saturday, May 22, 2010


I don't feel like I need to preach to the world or nothing like that. I just feel like I share what I say, and if listeners get it, they get it. And I never underestimate the audience's ability to feel me. -

Erykah Badu

"Rotterdam (pronounced /ˈrɒtərdæm/; Dutch [rɔtərˈdɑm] (help·info)) is a city and municipality in the Dutch province of South Holland, situated in the west of the Netherlands. The municipality is the second largest in the country, with a population of 603,425 as of March 2010. The greater Rotterdam area, best known as 'Rotterdam-Rijnmond'/'Rijnmond region' (Rijnmond is to be literally translated as "the Rhine's mouth", referring to Rotterdam's location at the end of the Rhine-delta and its economic position as Europe's main port) contains around 1.3 million people (by some standards it rather approaches 2 million inhabitants). It forms the southern part of the Randstad, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Europe, with a population of 6.7 million;"em>

"Rotterdam has had a rich hiphop music scene since the early 1980s. It is also the home of Gabber, a type of hardcore electronic music popular in the mid-1990s, with hard beats and samples. Groups like Neophyte and Rotterdam Terror Corps (RTC) started in Rotterdam.

The main cultural organisations in Amsterdam, such as the Concertgebouw and Holland Festival, have joint forces with similar organisations in Rotterdam, via A'R'dam. In 2007 these organisations published with plans for co-operation.[9] One of the goals is to strengthen the international position of culture and art in the Netherlands in the international context.

The international context: such as the case of today's
feature artist who beyond their natural dialect communicates their mindset, struggles and culture through music. Language of one visits the city of rotterdam, netherlands; where the grandiose ediface is countered by a stream of hip hop politically, mentally and socially charged. Influenced by the U.S wave of politically and street conscious groups as killarmy, affiliates as black market militia, immortal technique and others, the movement of the voices of rotterdam harness their own talent to communicate to the world their struggle and culture:

One artist, ciph barker and other conglomorates have extended to international borders. He has worked with black market militia, killah priest and many others he has served with production through his team "Gods wrath". Peep some of the highlights, reflections U.S hiphop culture and the voices of the netherlands.


Monday, May 17, 2010


"Fatherhood is not a right, it’s a privilege.Your children are the best part of you.I send my love to this new generation of fathers who have learned from the sins of the past and take a very active role in the lives of our children.”


"Posterity- Pronunciation: \pä-ˈster-ə-tē\
Etymology: Middle English posterite, from Anglo-French pusterité, from Latin posteritat-,All the
future generations, especially the descendants of a specific person"

Erin Wright
Mosdef and kids


In relation to what kweli stated above, in our lifetime we witness generations come and go. Thursday highlight this generation, and the acknowledgement and foresight of its future posterities. More notably to stay conscious of what we leave behind for it. Below is an exclusive of Malcolm x grandson, and the photoshoot that aimed to capture his grandfather's legacy:

-In closing we feature jewels from nas and damian "jr gong" marley latest realease..distant relatives.


Saturday, May 15, 2010


“In this great future you can't forget your past.”-


"Hip Hop which is a culture or a lifestyle started in the late 1960’s and the Official Birthday of Hip Hop is November 12, 1974.
Hip-hop music was first introduced at Bronx located in New York City by a Jamaican DJ, named Clive Campbell a.k.a “Kool Herc”(who was born in 1955 at Kingston, Jamaica).
Hip hop music and rap are two inseparable terms and are used synonymously. The word “rap” was derived in the 1960’s, from a slang word that basically meant conversation. Rap is speaking up rhythmically in rhymes with style and is generally along with beats. Rap also represents the recording aspects of hip hop."
The history of hip-hop music can be classified into various categories like hip-hop music, hip-hop dancing, hip-hop art and hip-hop fashion.-

Any historian of culture, specifically in hip-hop would note its humble origins. From the late keith "guru" elam to countless personalites and contributors, monday hosts a double edged approach to the stream of hip hop music and culture; acknowledgement of some of the sung hero's/heroin's and their progressive moves in the modern day. We note today acts as my brother cee knowledge and the digable planet collective, who just finished a european tour, and current projects by prince po(1/2) of organized konfusion. We see these artists in progressive movement, and some making triumphant return; in some cases to show contrast between the music of the years of their emergence, to the modern day industry and pop culture. We feature recent performances of digable planets, and rakim of his recent lp "the seventh seal" along with a feature track.

The Seventh Seal is the third solo
studio album by American emcee Rakim. Released November 17, 2009 after several delays on Rakim's own Ra Records, TVM, and SMC Recordings and distributed through Fontana and Universal Music Group.[11] Considered a comeback album after a ten-year gap between releases, the album features the 2 singles, Holy Are You which was released on July 14, 2009, and Walk These Streets which was released on October 7, 2009. It features production from several renowned hip hop artists, including Nottz, Needlz, Jake One, and Nick Wiz -



Saturday, May 8, 2010


“Something the Lord Made.”-

Mos Def

"Estimates of the total number of Muslims range from 0.7 to 1.2 billion worldwide and 1.1 to 7 million in the U.S. 3 About 21% of all people on Earth follow Islam. The religion is currently in a period of rapid growth.
Christianity is currently the largest religion in the world. It is followed by about 33% of all people -- a percentage that has remained stable for decades. If current trends continue, Islam will become the most popular world religion sometime in the mid-21st century."-

"The Qur’an (pronounced [qurˈʔaːn]; Arabic: القرآن‎ al-qur’ān, literally “the recitation”) is the central religious verbal text of Islam,[1] also sometimes transliterated as Quran, Qur’ān, Koran, Al-Coran or Al-Qur’ān. Muslims believe the Qur’an to be the verbal book of divine guidance and direction for mankind, and consider the original Arabic verbal text to be the final revelation of God."-


By observation, there has never been a time in history where islamic culture and religious structure has taken center stage as this. Thursday gives grassroots educational insight apart from mass media stream of "jihad"(holy war), and global terrorism. The brief documentry on traditional islam is the foundation of many branches of its religious sects; from sunni, shi'ite, N.O.I(nation of islam, louis farrakhan, malcolm x) and the nation of gods and earths(5% nation).

-In conclusion we host a double feature of legendary hip hop group brand nubian's sadat x; words on his upcoming "wild cowboys" p.2 album in an recent interview, along with a recent song produced by pete rock.

Interview With kdhx

Turn it Up (feat. Pete Rock) (CLEAN)


"We can come from our own particular point of view and lay it down. We should not be throwing verbal rocks at each other. We're all responsible to continue the growth of Hip Hop."-

Grandmaster Flash

"MCing, DJing, break-dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include beatboxing, hip hop fashion, and slang. Since first emerging in the South Bronx, hip hop culture has spread around the world.[6] When hip hop music first began to emerge, it was based around disc jockeys who created rhythmic beats by looping breaks (small portions of songs emphasizing a percussive pattern) on two turntables, which is now more commonly referred to as sampling. This was later accompanied by "rap" (a rhythmic style of chanting or poetry more formally in 16 bar measures or time frames) and beatboxing, a vocal technique mainly used to imitate percussive elements of the music and various technical effects of hip hop DJs." -wikpedia

The second week in may visits the foundations of a culture, that exceeded far past the boundaries of a sub-culture for the last 30 years. Monday gives insight to the ediface of the new hip hop museum, located in new york:

"For at least 15 years, the New York City community, as well as an international hip-hop fan base, has sought to establish an institution that celebrates and commemorates the accomplishments of the various professionals who have helped to pave the way for the development, progression and regional/global expansion of the hip-hop industry. The Board of Governors for the National Museum of Hip-Hop, a museum organization that has been chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, has responded to this by arranging for the development of this facility."-

-Peep info from recent media coverage, and a social discourse from "the teacha" himself live at the museum, discussing the institution and current artists role.


1917 -2010

Monday, May 3, 2010


"We're in an illusion about what our role is in world politics and foreign affairs, and our policies are killing and destroying and doing a lot of things that we are not aware of. " -

Talib Kweli

"Amadou Diallo (September 2, 1975 – February 4, 1999) was a 23-year-old Guinean immigrant in New York City who was shot and killed on February 4, 1999 by four New York City Police Department plain-clothed officers: Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss. The four officers fired a total of 41 rounds. The shooting took place at 1157 Wheeler Avenue in the Soundview section of The Bronx. The four were part of the now-defunct Street Crimes Unit. All four officers were acquitted at trial in Albany, New York"

"The Sean Bell shooting incident took place in the New York City borough of Queens on November 25, 2006, in which one Latino and two African-American men were shot a total of fifty times by a team of both plainclothes and undercover NYPD officers, killing one of the men, Sean Bell, on the morning after his bachelor party, and severely wounding two of his friends.[1] The incident sparked fierce criticism of the police from some members of the public and drew comparisons to the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo.[2] Three of the five detectives involved in the shooting went to trial[3] on charges ranging from manslaughter to reckless endangerment, and were found not guilty."


"There is nothing new under the sun"- King solomon. The above cases in recent years, among many in the urban struggle sparked a stream of social awareness of the ills of inner city politics; specifically the relation of minorties and law enforcement. I personally advocate even the more social consciousness among the inner cities; due to the reflection of mass media stereotypes, and the hidden themes of racial profiling. Considerable time has passed in the wake of the above cases, and due to freedom of speech in the fabric of american democracy, these and many other cases of social injustices have been exposed. Nonetheless it is a constant struggle, on camara or off. Specifically in the inner city's, social consciousness is part of the element of survival; to understand the spirit and mindset of your environment; and the activity, apart
from the badge or behind it. A notable project that reflects social injustices is the 2000 throwback "hip hop for respect", created in the wake of the amadou diallo case:

"Hip Hop for Respect was a project which released one EP for Rawkus Records. It was organized & created by Mos Def & Talib Kweli to speak out against police brutality
Amadou Diallo had been murdered by policeman the previous year, so the subject of police brutality was prevalent.
Rappers featured on the EP include
Kool G Rap, Rah Digga, Sporty Thievz, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Common, Pharoahe Monch, Posdnous, Dante & Main Flow of Mood, Nine, Tiye Phoenix, Breezly Brewin' of Juggaknots, Punchline, Imani Uzuri, EL-P & Mr. Len of Company Flow, Jah Born of Medina Green, What? What?, John Forté, Fre, J-Live, Rubix, Invincible, Wordsworth, A.L., Kofi Taha, Tame One, Jane Doe, Grafh, Shyheim, Channel Live, Wise Intelligent, Crunch Lo, Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Nonchalant, Ras Kass, Dead Prez, & Parrish Smith."-WIKIPEDIA

-We close with a recent documentry of an artist collective on this very subject. And the request of prayers toward my brother and G.G.O/t.h.u.g. angel wu-tang affiliate hell razah, who recently came out of icu into rehabilitaion after a brain anuerism. We feature a song off his upcoming project "the heaven razah lp". Continue to heal brother.




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