VIDEO: Obama Campaign Calls Out Koch Brothers In New TV Ad

The Obama Reelection Capmaign has unleashed their first television ad of the 2012 election season.

Check it out below.

Dealing largely with Obama’s record on clean energy and ethics, the 30-second spot is also notable for calling out the Koch Brothers, “the wealthy conservative industrialists who have funded the Tea Party and anti-gay, anti-labor politicians such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.” The ad does not mention them by name, instead referring to “secretive oil billionaires” who attack the President with nonfactual ads.

New TV One Series Aims To Help Find Black Missing Persons

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU8DMsaa7eA

Early last month, we told you about Kalisha Madden, a 26 year-old Black women from Detroit who’d been missing since November 28th. To our knowledge, Kalisha has yet to be found.

The conversation regarding Kalisha expanded into a larger discussion on the lack of mainstream media attention for missing persons of color. We wondered why there continues to be such finite media attention paid to missing Black people? Are our lives somehow less valuable?

Well, TV One hopes to counteract this with their brand new show, “Find Our Missing,” set to premiere tonight at 10pm ET. Check out a preview above.

The Daily Beast’s Allison Samuels has written a wonderful piece on the concept, significance, and unique strategies to be employed by this groundbreaking new show.

VIDEO: Celebrities Discuss Growing Up Black and Latino

Check out this fascinating video about growing up Black and Latino.

The clip features remarks from celebrities like Javier Colon, Christina Milian, Soledad O’Brien and Tatyana Ali; all share reflections on the unique and sometimes maddening experience of being both Black and Latino in America.

Among the topics discussed are stereotypes and prejudices, bilingualism, straddling two cultural identities, and discrimination in Hollywood (and society at large).

It’s a very interesting and vital conversation. Check it out below:

STUDY: Black Boys Receive Less Attention, Harsher Punishments, and Lower Grades In School

According to a recent study conducted by the Yale University Child Study Center, Black boys recieve less attention, harsher punishments, and lower grades in school than their White counterparts.

This trend persists from kindergarten all the way through college, regardless of socioeconomic status.

And a recent article in the Washington Post asserts that Black children in the D.C. area are suspended or expelled two to five times more often than White students.

This really shouldn’t surprise anyone; we’ve always known that our young Black men face an uphill battle in this society, practically from birth. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take action to counteract the systemic oppression of young Black men in America.

Check out Roland Martin’s interview with Judith Brown Dianis, the co-director of the Advancement Project, about these disturbing trends below.

VIDEO: Police Officer Punches Special Needs Woman in the Face!

Another day, another shocking case of police brutality.

In Bellflower, California, a special needs woman boarded a city bus with a stroller filled with some pillows. After a stop or two, two police officers boarded and demanded that she exit the bus.

When she refused, the male officer reared back and punched her in the face.

The entire incident was caught on tape.

How can this kind of force ever be justified on an unarmed, special needs woman?

VIDEO: Interview with PARIAH director Dee Rees and actress Kim Wayans!

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard something about “Pariah,” the much-hyped new film from director Dee Rees.

Pariah tells the powerful “coming of age” story of a young, Black lesbian. The film is slowly garnering more and more screens, and more and more praise and acclaim, with each passing day. Do yourself a big favor, and check this film out when it comes to a theater near you.

And in the meantime, check out this fascinating interview with Dee Rees and Kim Wayans, courtesy of Colorlines.

“‘We knew that if we could just get the film done, that regardless of sexuality, race and identity, people would be able to see themselves in different parts of the story,’ Rees told Colorlines.com last month, as she awaited the release of her feature directorial debut ‘Pariah.’

‘We’d go to pitch meetings and the moment we said ‘black, lesbian, coming of age,’ they would turn around, validate our parking and hand us a bottle of water.'”

World AIDS Day: Get Informed, Get Tested, Get INVOLVED!

Today is World AIDS Day; a day to remember the lives lost to HIV and AIDS, to bring attention to the inequities that exist regarding the acquisition of treatment for different populations, and to raise awareness of ways by which we can and should protect ourselves and others.

Our communities have been ravaged by this disease. Young black men who have sex with men accounted for 50% of all new infections in 2006-2009. Of all newly infected women, 2 out of every 3 are Black women.

We’ve got to raise awareness about these disparities, and we’ve got to remember that our lives have value. When we indulge in risky sexual behavior or remain  ignorant of our own statuses, we are devaluing our bodies and our lives. We will not stop this disease unless we take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and others.

It really does start with us. Get tested, practice safe sex, inform others, and love and support those in our community living with HIV, as well as organizations that work on their behalf.

We can do this!

SHOCKING New Film "The Strange Thing About The Johnsons"

A strange, new film is making serious waves across the internet. As a fan of transgressive art, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen a Black film quite like this one. Everyone who sees it walks away with VERY strong opinions on it. We think you will, too. It is incredibly disturbing.

The Strange Thing About the Johnsons is a short film about a well-to-do, upper middle class Black family that’s harboring a jaw-dropping secret. In a nutshell, Isaiah, the son, has been molesting his father, Sidney. And now Sidney, a professional writer, has written a memoir that details their sordid relationship. Isaiah is none too happy about it.

Check out the trailer below. Once again, prepare to be freaked the eff out!

The Strange Thing About the Johnsons trailer:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HYIlDzlH6c

Yeah, we know.

And if you can handle it, check out a 2nd, far creepier trailer below (BE ADVISED – NSFW):