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"UPRISING: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots" PDF Print E-mail
Written by RB   
Thursday, 05 April 2012 08:28

It has been 20 years since the L.A. Riots, the four days of unrest, looting and rage that paralyzed Los Angeles and sent racial shockwaves throughout the country. After decades of racial tension in South Central Los Angeles, VH1's Emmy Award-winning "VH1 Rock Docs" franchise explores the connection between the violence manifested on the streets during the 1992 riots and the rage expressed in Hip Hop by NWA, Dr. Dre, Ice T, and Ice Cube among others with VH1's "UPRISING: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots" premiering Tuesday, May 1 at 9PM ET/PT on VH1.

Executive produced and narrated by Hip Hop legend Snoop Dogg and directed by Mark Ford, "UPRISING: Hip Hop and The L.A. Riots" tells the story of the most destructive riot in American history and is scored by some of the most iconic and controversial hip hop tracks of all time, such as NWA's "F Tha Police" and Body Count's "Cop Killer." With definitive first-hand accounts and exclusive rare footage that was locked away and hasn't been seen until now, the documentary gives an inside look at the four fiery days that left 53 people dead and over 12,000 arrested, "UPRISING" is told through the diverse perspective of the rappers, musicians, police officers and victims who lived through the landmark L.A. Riots in April, 1992. Viewers will also witness never-before-heard stories from well known figures and Hip Hop artists who were affected by or actual participants in the riots, including: Rodney King, Arsenio Hall, Ice T, Professor Todd Boyd (USC), Connie Rice (Civil Rights attorney), John Singleton, Too Short, KRS-One, Nas and Henry Watson (one of the "LA Four" convicted of beating Reginald Denny) and many more.

After making its successful debut and receiving rave reviews at the SXSW Film Festival this past March "UPRISING: Hip Hop and the L.A. Riots," puts a searing spotlight on race relations, revisits Hip Hop's warning of what was to come and documents the turbulent days of the riot with first hand accounts from residents that were caught in the cross hairs.

VH1's Emmy Award-winning Rock Docs are feature-length documentaries that tell unique stories of artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles and musical perspectives. "UPRISING: Hip Hop and the LA Riots" is executive produced by Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez for Creature Films and executive produced by Brad Abramson, Stephen Mintz, Shelly Tatro and Jeff Olde for VH1.

 
Cissy Houston: ‘I Did The Best I Could’ With Daughter Whitney Houston PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Wendy Carpenter at Yahoo   
Sunday, 01 April 2012 09:19

In her first interview since daughter Whitney Houston died almost two months ago, Cissy Houston says she did "the best" she could raising her, and she is "very proud" of her.

On Thursday, Houston returned to the location of her daughter's funeral, New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., a symbolic gesture for her first public speaking appearance. The church is also where Whitney Houston awed the congregation with her prodigious singing as a child.

"I'm very proud of my daughter," Houston said. "She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here ... she was a very wonderful person."

Whitney Houston's death on Feb. 11 was ruled as an accidental drowning -- in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton Hotel suite the night before the Grammys -- though it was determined that heart disease and cocaine contributed as well.

"I know I did the best I could. ... I don't blame myself," Houston said of her daughter. "I know I did the best I could for everything."

"I have my moments ..." Houston, a mother of three, responded when asked how she's dealing with losing her only daughter. "I'm not there yet ... I don't think I'm any more courageous than anyone else."

Houston, a Grammy Award—winning soul and gospel singer, also says there's one rumor that is completely false.

"Whitney did not die broke ... she's not broke. None of that crap."

It wasn't the first time Houston tried to help her famous daughter.

In a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Whitney Houston claimed it was her mother who fought to save her from her substance addiction.

"I'm not losing you to Satan," Whitney recalled her mother telling her. "I'm not doing this. I want my daughter back. I want you back."

Cissy Houston was "hysterical" after her daughter's death, Perez Hilton reported, and she said as much in a statement released at the time: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Whitney. This is an unimaginable tragedy and we will miss her terribly. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from her fans and friends."

The sentiment was representative of the close relationship Cissy Houston and her daughter had. Journalist Jawn Murray told FOXNews.com that their connection was comparable to that of Whitney Houston's situation with her own daughter, , which was "amazingly close."

"They had a relationship that really resembled the relationship that Whitney Houston had with her own mother, Cissy Houston," said Murray, who interviewed Whitney Houston. "Whitney loved her daughter. Bobbi Kristina was her only child and her pride and joy. Because of that, she treasured her."

 
Lord Jamar (of Brand Nubian) Launches Kickstarter Campaign! PDF Print E-mail
Written by RB   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 12:14

Always the forward thinker, Lord Jamar, who is one third of the legendary rap group, Brand Nubian, is utilizing Kickstarter to raise $10,000 for his latest album, 'Known Associates.' Known Associates is the follow-up to his 2006 release, 'The 5% Album,' and it will include collaborations with Nature, Hasan Salaam, Sadat X, Cappadonna and Lord Superb. Along with production from the likes of Big Throwback, Element, Sha Banga, Chris Watts, Lord Jamar and more.

Kickstarter.com, a website that has helped musicians raise more than $13 million for a variety of projects, is an excellent way for Lord Jamar to fund 'Known Associates' because it will allow him to give back to his fans. Those who contribute will be treated to an exclusive copy of the final product as well as other rewards as a show of appreciation for their support.

"I've always believed in the power of the people." says Jamar. "This is a chance for you to fund a music project you really want to hear."

To make a pledge, visit Lord Jamar/Universal Indie 'KickStarter' website:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/universalindie/lord-jamar-of-brand-nubian-know-associates-limited

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2012 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert   
Thursday, 29 March 2012 09:49

Telemundo confirms performances by top Latin music stars at the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm®. Sixteen-time Billboard finalist Don Omar, 2011 Latin Artist of the Year Prince Royce, and Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio join previously announced performers: Latin urban star and entrepreneur Daddy Yankee, world-renowned Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes and platinum plus Regional Mexican Music artist Jenni Rivera. The most prestigious Latin music awards show will be produced and broadcast live in HD by Telemundo on Thursday, April 26 at 7PM/6c from BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Florida. The complete list of finalists, in addition to exclusive content about this year’s event, can be found at www.telemundo.com/premiosbillboard, the official website of the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm®. Follow the star-studded event on: Twitter.com/LatinBillboards and Facebook.com/PremiosBillboardTelemundo.

Don Omar, one of reggaeton’s first international superstars, leads the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards field as a 16-time finalist. A worldwide social media phenomenon, Don Omar is one of the leading Latin music performers that have successfully tapped into the new generation of consumers. His collaboration with Lucenzo “Danza Kuduro” enjoyed more than 320 million views online, an unprecedented feat for a Latin music act. The song also reached number one in at least 12 countries worldwide.

Prince Royce, the winner of the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Award for Latin Artist of the Year, New, continued his success in 2012. He is a finalist in 12 Billboard Latin Music Awards categories. “Las Cosas Pequeñas” is Royce’s latest single and it reached the top of Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs, Latin Pop Songs and Tropical Songs charts. His 2011 single “Corazón Sin Cara” reached number one on Billboard’s Tropical Songs chart and Hot Latin Songs. The album, “Prince Royce,” achieved great commercial success, reaching number one on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums and Tropical Albums charts.

Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio is one of the leading female acts in Latin pop music. Having a very prolific and versatile career, Paulina Rubio’s albums and songs have charted on a variety of Billboard Charts including the Billboard Hot 100, Pop Songs, Top Latin Albums, Hot Latin Songs, Dance/Club Play Songs, Regional Mexican Songs, Latin Pop Songs, Latin Pop Albums, Tropical Songs, European Albums, among others.

The awards show caps off the 23rd annual Billboard Latin Music Conference presented by State Farm, which takes place April 23 – 26 at the JW Marriot Marquis in Miami, Florida. For details on the Conference, visit: www.BillboardLatinConference.com.

 
“It’s Safe to Murder Negroes” in Alabama, “African-Americans in America” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lyle Russworm   
Monday, 26 March 2012 10:59

“It’s Safe to Murder Negroes” in Alabama, “African-Americans in America”

Before there was a Civil Rights Movement God gave us Rev. Vernon Johns, who preceded Rev. Martin L. King Jr. as the pastor of Alabama Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL.

He gave a historic speech titled “It’s Safe to Murder Negroes” in Alabama at his church before the Deacons of the church was forced to fire him.  The police chief and the White community framed him as being radical, but fear was the driving point for the Deacons.  During his sermon he was removed from the church by the local police officers.  He had been warned not to give the sermon that Sunday, yet, he had the courage to follow his heart.  During the sermon, he told his congregation why Black men are killed and nothing happens. He said it’s because the Blacks just stand by without saying anything against it. It’s like they stood by while Christ was being crucified. Is it fear?”(Johns, 1994) During the sermon he berated the Black community for cooperating with the racist system. (Johns, 1994)



Decades later we are still fearful, yet Black men are killed and in so many cases no justice for the victim's family. Our community institutions should look at each murder that happens in our community to determine if the local law enforcement teams are investigating them with due diligence.

How many African-Americans males must die before we say enough is enough! I have been telling whoever would listen to me for a decade that it is safer for an African-American male to walk the streets of Bagdad than for us to walk on any street in America!

We have failed our children; it starts with fathers, then mothers, then the family, and then community leaders.  It takes a village to raise a child and how many more Trayvon Martin’s must be killed before we take control of our children and our communities.  Perhaps the greatest responsible we have as parents and community leaders is to protect our children and if we cannot do that, it is a clear sign that we are losing the war for the lives and soul of our children. We should be mad as hell that our children are attacked on day one in our educational systems especially our male children, that police officers profile our youth daily, that judges legislate from the bench by always providing sentencing higher for Blacks than Whites, that our legislative branch of government mandate laws that are discriminatory and greatly affect our people, that voting district are drawn to minimize our voting power, that lenders always charge our people a higher interest rate on loans, that grocery stores in our communities charge higher prices, and that there are more liquor stores than grocery stores in most of our communities.  I say what does it take, how many new prisons must be built before you and all our leaders say that we need to begin protesting these not so random act of racism across this country. What does this type of internalized racism say to our children when they see no future and we, as caregiver or so called protectors of the community, say or do nothing to protect or help them!

What will it take before we realize that we are at war and that our children are the targets of millions of gatekeepers determined to marginalize their existence. We may as well call our children collateral damage. If that is the case, I ask you what is the risk analysis?  How many must die each day before enough is enough, is the number 3, 4 or 10. How many must be imprisoned before enough is enough perhaps 1.5 million, 2.5 million or 3 million. What is the acceptable number for Black male dropout rate, 50%, 67% or 80%? How many Black men need to be unemployed or not in the workforce before enough is enough, 12 million, 16 million or 20 million. Does anyone give a damn?

What did Gandhi do? What did Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. do?  What did Nelson Mandela do? Protest!!!!

I call for a National Day of Solidarity for change, a day of community action, a day of community service. My recommendation is that June 19, 2012 be selected for this purpose. I have planted a seed of hope and now what will you and all the community leaders do? My hope is cultivate this seed to rebuild our community and to protect our future which is our children!!!

If you agree in part or in whole in what you just read, please let me know and become active in your community.  Please forward this letter to your local, regional, and state leaders, plus Black radio stations and Black newspapers. I will personally call, email, mail and fax 1000 community leaders in America. At this time I will not pass judgment about who will support this project or who will not, I will allow God and history to judge them!!!!!

Sincerely,

Lyle G. Russworm,

Founder of African-Americans For A Better Society (AAFABS) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story (1994). http://www.vernonjohns.org/snuffy1186/vernjohn.html

Additional Sites to learn more about Internalized Racism:

http://www.rc.org/uer/InternalizedRacism.html

http://www.rc.org/publications/journals/black_reemergence/br2/br2_5_sl.html

http://www.thewtc.org/Internalized_Racism.pdf

http://racerelations.about.com/od/understandingrac1/a/internalizedracism.htm

 
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