New Documentary: Dear Daddy

A recently released documentary takes a close look at the impact of fatherlessness on Black young women.

The film is called Dear Daddy; check out the trailer below.

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

Directed by Janks Morton, Dear Daddy follows 8 young women struggling to find their way in life without the guidance of their fathers.

According to Clutch Magazine:

New Documentary: Black Girl In Suburbia

Check out the trailer for the provocative new documentary Black Girl in Suburbia below.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSoF5p-otqY

Directed by Melissa Lowry, Black Girl in Suburbia explores the difficulties faced by young Black women living in predominantly white neighborhoods.

According the doc’s website:

 

Beyonce's "Countdown" Music Video

The countdown for Beyonce’s new music video has been on since a preview was posted earlier this week.

 

The much-hyped video has finally arrived, and it does not disappoint.

 

Bey gets her Audrey Hepburn-meets-70’s supermodel on in the video for “Countdown,” with a natural charisma that is all her own on full freakin’ blast.

 

It’s an insanely fun clip. The editing, makeup and art direction are all an absolute ten. We’re loving the song, and we’re loving the throwback, mod look and feel to the video.

 

Pregnant and all, Beyonce still proves she’s got that thing so many young starlets would kill for.

 

Check out Beyonce’s “Countdown” below.

THE FOOTAGE: 700 OCCUPY WALL STREET Protestors Arrested At Brooklyn Bridge

The news media wants us focused on the back-and-forth, he said-she said, GOP Presidential nomination bullshit, so they’re burying this kind of footage amid other relatively mundane headlines.

Go figure.

But anybody with a brain, and some level of frustration with corporate greed and political corruption, knows that the biggest and most fascinating story in America is the continued uprising in New York City, and other cities across the country (and the World, for that matter). If you’re wondering just how real things are getting in the Big Apple, feast your eyes on the explosive footage below.

This video of the Occupy Wall Street incident at the Brooklyn Bridge this weekend, in which 700 protestors were arrested by the NYPD, is currently making its way across the internets. And it is sure to raise a few eyebrows.

In addition to the relative brutality of the operation (considering this was a peaceful, nonviolent protest), the NYPD are under fire for their use of a crowd control tactic called “kettling,” involving the cordoning off of a crowd by a large group of officers. With only one exit, protestors can then be arrested en masse.

A Gawker staff member witnessed the incident:

 

” So, when the protest reached the bridge a large portion peeled off and started up the Brooklyn-bound roadway. People started hopping off the walkway, joining them. We went along fine for a while until we reached maybe midway. There, a phalanx of cops—maybe 50—were blocking the way. Cops began arresting people up front, and a couple caused some scuffles. Right when the first arrests started happening, the crowd started jostling back and forth and I seriously thought there might be a stampede.
Cops shoved one guy down and were kneeling on him. When they tried to drag someone else out of the crowd people held onto his arms as long as possible; a guy stole one white-shirtted cop’s hat from his head and threw it into the air. There’s definitely going to be some dramatic footage but I couldn’t tell how the rough stuff started. While the scuffles continued, leaders got everyone to sit down, but the cops kept arresting people, starting from the front, even though they were sitting down. A bunch of police vans blocked off the way back to Manhattan, so people started scaling the bridge to climb up to the walkway ~10 feet above. Eventually they brought out the orange mesh and began funneling people back to manhattan one-by-one, telling everyone to keep moving cause we were all “subject to arrest.” I was maybe in the middle section of people who walked out that way—seemed like they kept arresting people up front as they were letting people out the rear.”

We implore you to check out the footage below. Pay particular attention to the photojournalists and shockingly young people being dragged off to awaiting police buses and paddy wagons, as well as the incredible passion and resolve of the throngs of demonstrators.

In other words, this ain’t over. Not by a long shot.

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fockzr7rXys

Kevin "KO" Olusola's "Julie-O"

Stop whatever you’re doing and watch this video.

His name is Kevin “KO” Olusola. He plays the cello, and he can beatbox.

He puts the two together and gives us the Hip Hop Cello-Beatbox Experience. And it is incredible.

You must watch this man in action. You will smile. You will nod your head. You will feel good about life.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; Hip Hop is the coolest genre of music ever.

Check out KO’s version of “Julie-O” by Mark Summer below.

P.S. – Does anybody else think a KO-Jay Electronica collaboration would be absolutely earth-shattering? Just sayin’…

Kevin “KO” Olusola’s “Julie-O”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T36A-H8dPhI

Powerful "I Will" Music Video Confronts HIV Stigma

Our community has a crisis on its hands.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rates of HIV infections amongst gay and bisexual African American men rose 48% between 2006-2009. And nobody seems to know why.

According to the CDC, potential reasons for the continued increase in HIV infections amongst black gay and bisexual men include a lack of knowledge of one’s own status, as well as a lack of access to health care.

But one factor that stands out is STIGMA. Many are simply too afraid to know their status because they fear the stigma of being positive. But as these CDC statistics show, ignorance is not bliss.

As a community, we must be committed to loving ourselves and loving one another, regardless of sexuality or HIV status. True healing begins with love and understanding. How can our young people learn to thrive in an unforgiving world when they think they’ve got nowhere to go when life pulls them in an unexpected direction?

And how can we eradicate this deadly disease from our community when no one is willing to talk about it?

It’s time for a change.

Check out the video below. It’s a short film/music video directed by photographer and director John Gress, set to the song “I Will’ by Marshall Titus. The video tells the story of a young Gay man that discovers he is HIV positive. He fears not only for his mortality, but for the isolation sure to come with such an affliction.

His friends and loved ones prove him wrong.

Gress spoke with Rod 2.0, and had this to say about the film:

“For almost 30 years the focus solely on condom usage and fear has led to a rift in our society. People who are negative run from people who are positive, and people who are positive run from people who are negative to avoid rejection. People who think they are negative are afraid to be tested because the last thing any one wants is to be marginalized.

I wanted to show that although an HIV diagnosis can be a traumatic event, everyone has people who will love, support and accept them.”

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLY28BXSgm4

 

KRS-One's "Real Terrorism" Video Banned From YouTube

KRS-One’s latest music video for a track called “Real Terrorism” has been banned from YouTube, one of very few videos to receive such a response from the generally-lax video sharing site.

Featuring protégé Greenie, “Real Terrorism” takes America to task for atrocities committed against innocent civilians around the world, while calling into question our use of the word “terrorism” to describe those whom KRS and Greenie feel are simply fighting back against a far-more-powerful aggressor.

And while the video’s images are  difficult to take, one has to wonder if the politics of the song and video had something to do with it being banned. Last year, a similarly disturbing and fiercely political M.I.A. music video was banned from YouTube as well.

The music video is extremely graphic, composed of horrifying images of destruction, dead bodies and other sorts of “collateral damage.” We repeat, “Real Terrorism” is extremely disturbing, but it espouses a honest and raw perspective that deserves to be seen and heard.  Check out the music video below.

Obviously, viewer discretion is advised.

 

“Real Terrorism” by KRS-One and Greenie

New Documentary: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

If a more interesting documentary comes along this year, I will be shoc ked.

Check out the trailer for a new documentary called The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 below.

The film largely consists of hundreds of hours of previously-unseen footage shot during the height of the Black Power Movement, including interviews with Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael and many more. These searing images and fascinating interviews are coupled with poignant and insightful commentary from the likes of Talib Kweli, ?uestlove, Harry Belafonte, Erykah Badu and Bobby Seale.

This is a must see, people. If you actually shelled out $10 to see The Help, consider this your chance at redemption. Just sayin…

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1InB3YB6vM&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcolorlines.com%2Farchives%2F2011%2F09%2Finterview_with_goran_hugo_olsson_director_of_the_black_power_mixtape_1967-1975.html&feature=player_embedded

 

Check out a fascinating interview

with the director of The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 at Colorlines.com