Video bolsters BDS battle on US campuses

20 February 2014 — Jonathon Cook

It’s great to see the recent burst of creativity among Palestinians in telling their story where it is needed most: in the United States. Here’s a video that promotes BDS while pummelling all that hypocrisy we keep hearing about “singling out” Israel, not just from Israeli leaders but from US campus administrators. The video is a collaboration between performance-poet Remi Kanazi and Suhel Nafar, of the hip-hop band DAM. Continue reading

Why I Wrote the Song “Checkpoint” and Exposed the Apartheid I Witnessed in Palestine

12 February 2014 — Black Youth Project

I honestly had no intention on writing a song based on the trip I took to Palestine and Israel recently as part of a delegation of African-American activists and artists, sponsored by the Carter Center. I’m still having a difficult time processing what I witnessed. I spent much of the trip trying to get my head around how one group of human beings could be so inhumane to another group of human beings. I still can’t understand. By day 4 of our 7 day trip I wanted to come home. The mental intensity of what I saw that the brutality of the stories I heard had taken a toll on me to the point where I had enough. Continue reading

Video: Checkpoint By Jasiri X

28 January 2914 — Mondoweiss

From Ferrari Sheppard’s website Stop Being Famous:

Up-and-coming Pittsburgh Emcee Jasiri X releases “Checkpoint,” a chilling music video documenting his experience visiting Palestine in 2014. The video features footage Jasiri himself captured of Israeli soldiers, as well as newsreel clips of IDF brutality against Palestinians and internationals. Watch closely, Ferrari Sheppard of Stop Being Famous has cameo in this powerful video.

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Hip Hop, White Supremacy & Capitalism (Exclusive FILM)

10 November 2013 — YourWorldNewsFilms

This is version one of the brand new documentary corporations won’t want you to view and study. If you are upset at the way corporations have co-opted Hip Hop and re-sold it in the most racist, hyper-violent, and misogynistic ways possible, then this is a film you must watch. “Hip Hop, White Supremacy & Capitalism: Why Corporations Infiltrated RAP Music” is an incredibly powerful and in-depth film focusing on the nefarious role corporations have played in co-opting Hip Hop Music (RAP), suppressing socially and politically progressive messages, while creating and promoting the most racist, misogynistic and hyper-violent images. Continue reading

Blue Scholars – 'Cinemetropolis'

19 November 2011

Came across Blue Scholars some years back on Rootdownfm.com. This Seattle-based Indie hip-hop band create politically conscious lyrics, funky music and this is their latest offering and I think their best so far. Check it out. (See also: Bayani from the album Bayani Redux and No Rest for the Weary from Blue Scholars. At the end of the track you get to pick from other tracks off the album.

Title track from Cinemetropolis. This song is owned by Blue Scholars and the people who pledged towards The Cinemetropolis Project. Enjoy

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Black Agenda Report 6 July 2011: GOP & Dems = Evil / Teachers Shoot Selves / Africa Stands Up

6 July 2011 — Black Agenda Report

Black Agenda Report – News, commentary and analysis from the black left

Freedom Rider: The Evil of Two Lessers

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
“Not only is Obama keeping the country in a perpetual state of war,” but he abandons core Democratic programs “at the first sign of Republican resistance.” As a consequence the GOP, which has fought and schemed for decades to “starve the beast” by cutting social programs while fattening the military and the wealthy, “are closer than ever to seeing their dream realized.” No longer can it be said that the Democrats are the “lesser of two evils,” since they are the party in charge that is making the evils possible.

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