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Quote of the Week

June 29, 2010 1 comment

I thought this might be fitting in light of the current Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

“I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.”

– Thurgood Marshall

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Wisdom

June 29, 2010 Leave a comment

In this video, 50 of the world’s most inspiring and iconic figures over the age of 65 share their words of wisdom. We’ve moved into an age where everything happens so quickly. Social network sites, text messaging, and e-mails have  replaced the intimate conversations we used to have with each other. In my opinion, the gap between each generation is wider than ever before. There are some great things said in this video… so please listen up!

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Trailer: The Lottery

June 27, 2010 Leave a comment

I meant to post this a few weeks ago so everyone would have a chance to go support the film, but somehow it got lost in the shuffle. Usually movies like this don’t last long in theater’s so you might have to wait for the DVD. I’m not going to go in depth in this post about my feelings on the educational system, but this documentary provides an interesting look at an aspect I wasn’t familiar with until now. Below is a synopsis of the documentary.

In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, The Lottery uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. The Lottery follows four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win the chance of a better future. Directed by Madeleine Sackler and shot by award-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Held,The Lottery uncovers a ferocious debate surrounding the education reform movement. Interviews with politicians and educators explain not only the crisis in public education, but also why it is fixable. A call to action to avert a catastrophe in the education of American children, The Lottery makes the case that any child can succeed.

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The Making of OutKast’s Aquemini

June 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Earlier this week, Creative Loathing took a look back at one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever created. They sat down with Andre 3000, Big Boi, Organized Noise, and others to break down track by track the duo’s 3rd studio effort Aquemini. In my opinion, Outkast is the greatest hip-hop group ever and this album is definitely in my top 5 (I even have it on vinyl). XXL Magazine has done a few reviews like these, but this has to be the best one I’ve ever read. Below is an excerpt on the making of Rosa Parks & you can read the full review here.

Andre 3000: I actually submitted that beat to [Diddy’s old group] Total – ’cause I was going with Keisha from Total around that time – but they couldn’t use it, so we ended up using it.

Big Boi: I took the beat home and I remember I was in my bedroom, and I was like, ‘I got the hook!’ I was playing the music loud as hell and I was just singing the hook: ‘Aah-haah, hush that fuss!’ Like, that’s it, we need to lay it down. So then, you know how we use these metaphors, [so we named it] Rosa Parks. Boom. We always do stuff like that and shit just falls into place.

Neal H. Pogue (sound engineer): Naming that song ‘Rosa Parks’ was a big, big statement too, because it was just trying to show people don’t forget about where we’ve come from and where we are now.

Quote of the Week

June 21, 2010 2 comments

“I Don’t Know The Key To Success, But The Key To Failure Is Trying To Please Everybody.”

– Bill Cosby

Video: Nas Speaks on “Born To Use Mics”

June 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Last week at the Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Nas took some time out to speak on the book Born To Use Mics. The book breaks down Nas’ 1994 classic LP Illmatic track by track and if your a hip-hop head like myself, it is a must read (I actually used this book to preface my review of Drake’s Thank Me Later).

I’ve seen some footage of the Bonnaroo festival and it looked amazing. I don’t think anything is going to touch the Rock The Bells lineup this year though. Unfortunately I won’t be in attendance, but I’m going to try my best to make it next year.

Throwback Thursday: Common – “The Light”

June 10, 2010 Leave a comment

“It’s kinda fresh you listen to more than hip-hop
and I can catch you in the mix from beauty to thrift shop”

A friend of mine once asked me to pick a hip-hop song that I wish I had written. I don’t think I was able to name only one, but this was definitely on my list. We need music like this. Not enough love in our music anymore, or our community for that matter.

I’ll be posting something soon about Slim Thug’s recent comments. Until then, Enjoy.