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Classic Holiday Music Video: Run DMC - 'Christmas In Hollis'

Posted On: December 25, 2014

In this classic holiday music video, 'Christmas In Hollis' the legendary Hip Hop group, Run DMC use their dopeness and coolness to spread some holiday joy. With some merry lyrics, Run DMC makes Christmas special.

RIH to Jam Master Jay

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Happy Holidays: Earth, Wind & Fire - 'Everyday Is Christmas"

Posted On: December 25, 2014

For Christmas and Holiday 2014, the classic R&B group, Earth Wind and Fire remade some of their hits, with their new Christmas album.

In a recent track, 'Everyday Is Christmas,' Earth, Wind and Fire sing about every day being Christmas, with the saxophone playing in the background, keys off the piano to give it some groovy tunes and; the type of hook to sing along to.

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New Lyric Music Video: John Legend feat. Common - 'Glory'

Posted On: December 25, 2014

John Legend and Common collaborated on a track called, 'Glory' for the upcoming movie, "Selma." The movie was inpsired by Martin Luther King who led many voting marches during the Civil Rights Era.

The track Glory was inspired by the movie and also, recent events of non indictments in the Eric Garner and Mike Brown police brutality cases. The production to the song starts with the piano, followed with the hook from a church choir, mixed with violin sound elements and a full orchestra. John Legend keeps it steady with the tempos of the instrumentals and Common adds a few bars to the musical notes.

The song is about the glory Dr. King earned from taking a stand against racism, which affected voting rights for Black people. It also depicts the glory of justice for Garner and Mike Brown.

The visuals for the video is mostly in black and white, with red lettering of the lyrics.

Check it out below.

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Classic Holiday Music Video: Nat King Cole - 'The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)'

Posted On: December 25, 2014

In this classic holiday video, "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)," the GOAT Nat King Cole makes Christmas sounds more than merry, with soulful ballads and jazzy tunes.

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Happy Holidays

Posted On: December 25, 2014

'Tis the season for eggnog toast, family dinners and holiday joy. It's the season children look forward to and some, anticipating on Santa's best. It is a time carolers sing "Oh Christmas Tree" and remind us of Rudolph's shiny nose with the song, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

'Tis the season of gift exchanges, happy smiles and enless joys from children faces. it is a time for priceless moments and everlasing memories. Christmas mornings leads to a day filled with blessings and the gratefullness of a thankful heart, warmed spirits and happy souls.

'Tis the season to say "Happy Holidays" and "Merry Christmas" with a smile that brightens the day; and spreads joy all around.

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Essence Will Honor Jill Scott in 2015 at 'Black Women in Music'

Posted On: December 25, 2014

'Essence Magazine' will begin the new year in 2015, with a year long commemoration for the 45th annivesary of their magazine. It will also include a special "Black Women in Music" Grammy Awards Week celebration, where Jill Scott will be honored for her contributions in music.

Jill Scott also will be honored for her achievement in music, for her art form, creativity and; powerful storytelling in her music.
Essence's editor in chief stated how Jill Scott is an inspiration for all women generations.

“Jill Scott is the quintessential Essence woman. Like many of the female artists who inspired her, she has touched the collective soul of women across generations,” said Essence's Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. DeLuca.


 
Essence's president, Michelle Ebanks added how Jill Scott is an innovator, who impacted music and art.
 
“Essence was groundbreaking in its founding 45 years ago, as is Jill Scott in her impact on music and the arts. She is a fearless innovator, and it is our honor to continue to build community by bringing together music industry influencers and fans during Grammy week for an epic celebration."

The Black Women in Music’ Grammy Awards Week, will be held in Ferbruary 5, 2015 and the locations has yet to be announced.

Congrats to Jill Scott!
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President Obama Restores Diplomatic Relations With Cuba & Assata Shakur Granted Asylum

Posted On: December 24, 2014

President Obama recently had a press conference, where he informed the nation that America restored its diplomatic relations with Cuba. Obama also stated, that Americans would now be able to travel to Cuba and vice versa, business and trading relations were restored in agriculture, mechanics, and etc.

Following the press conference, an online petition was drawned up addressed to President Obama to grant political asylum to Assata Shakur, who has been exiled in Cuba since 1984. Shakur who is a former Black Panther activist, was pulled over by New Jersey State police officers, shot twice and accused of killing an officer, which Asatta is saying was a set up because of her political activist ties.

Shakur was sentenced to prison and escaped due to political punishments, government persecution, racism, violence; which Assata said she could not endure anymore. Assata Shakur and her lawyers accused the government of trying to criminalize her, because of her activities and affiliations with the Black Panthers.

Since her escape from prison, Assata Shakur has been exiled and living in Cuba since 1984. A bounty was placed on Assata Shakur by government officials for $2 million dollars, for her return back into the US.

With the restoration of America and Cuba's political relations, the FBI who has Assata Shakur on their most wanted list, was hoping to extradite Shakur. But on Monday, according to the 'Associated Press' Cuba’s head of North American affairs, Josefina Vidal, declared a statement to the President that Cuba granted Assata Shakur political asylum. In the statement, Vidal expressed the country's right to do so.

“Every nation has sovereign and legitimate rights to grant political asylum to people it considers to have been persecuted. ... That’s a legitimate right,” Vidal told AP

Vidal also expressed, how there are no form of treaties between Cuba and America when it comes to extraditing people who have been exiled in Cuba. And how Cuba already granted certain people political asylum in their country.

“We’ve explained to the U.S. government in the past that there are some people living in Cuba to whom Cuba has legitimately granted political asylum.

“There’s no extradition treaty in effect between Cuba and the U.S.,” confirmed Vidal.

Assata Shakur was granted political asylum in Cuba back when Fidel Castro was the president.

Upon news of Assata Shakur's political asylum, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie issued a letter expressing his disappointments and how Shakur should be brought back to the US to face her charges. He called for President Obama to extradite Shakur.

Assata Shakur has not released any statements about her asylum. While in Cuba, Assata Shakur continued her political activism work. Assata is also the godmother of Tupac Shakur.

 

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New R&B Joint: Anthony Lewis – 'Pretty Brown Eyes'

Posted On: December 24, 2014

Anthony Lewis is a young and upcoming R&B musician from L.A.. In his second debut track, Lewis remakes the 1991 R&B group, Mint Conditions' classic hit 'Pretty Brown Eyes.'

In his new song, Anthony Lewis kept the same lyrics from the original Pretty Brown Eyes but more modern, because of the song's production. The track was produced by Da Internz who added more bass, sound keyboard and MPC effects. The song has its feel good vibes to make you jam to it.

Check it out below.

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Breaking News: Protestors Near Ferguson Clash With Police Officers, After Another Shooting of a Black Teen

Posted On: December 24, 2014

Another  teenager has been fatally shot by police officers near Ferguson, Missouri. The victim has been identified as, 18 year old Antonio Martin.

Earlier reports were coming in, that another unarmed Black teen has been shot and killed by police officers, when he was asked to lay down on the ground and refused.

But according to the County police spokesman Sgt. Brian Schellman, the Berkeley officer was conducting nightly rounds at a Mobil gas station last night, when he was approached by two men. Schellman stated, that one of the gunman pulled out a gun at the officer, who returned with fire, fatally striking and killing the man; while the other man fled on foot.

Antonio Martin's mother was at the scene of the incident, along with residents from the community who began to protest. In a live footage from Ustream, police officials and protestors clashed several times.

Below is a snippet of the footage.

In the second footage below, while mayhem was going on between the police officers and protestors, one of the gas tanks blew up. From what it appeared to be tear gas or some form of combustible items at the crowd thrown at the crowd.

Several arrest has been made but no other fatalities has been reported.

As this story continues to develop, we will update.

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Update on NYPD Ambush Shooting & The Victims

Posted On: December 22, 2014

Police officials continue to investigate this past weekend's Saturday ambush shooting and killing of two 'NYPD' police officers, Wen Jian Liu and Rafael Ramos. The two officers were out on patrol in Brooklyn, when they were approached by the assailant, who was wanted by law enforcements in Baltimore, for shooting his girlfriend earlier that day. The gunman was identified as, Ismaaiyl Brinsley who broadcast his intention to kill any police officers on social media, which went undetected and below the radar, as a red flag.

From what  investigators have gathered, Ismaaiyl Brinsley (pictured below) was a troubled young man at the age of 28, who was feared by his own mother. Brinsley was also suicidal and attempted to kill himself twice, once last year and also, again this year.

Investigators continue to piece all the information they've gathered, to try and figure out what made Brinsely target the two police officers. Besides his caption on social media, wanting to avenge the death of Eric Garner and Mike Brown. Eric Garner's family held a press conference about Garner's name being misused for acts of violence and the family made it clear that they are not about violence; but resolving the issues of police brutality on a more peaceful and rational level. Brown's family made the same likewise statements also.

Pat Lynch of the 'Patrolmen's Benevolent Association' continues to condemn Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City and blames the Mayor for the murder of the two police officers. Former Mayor of NYC, Rudy Giuliani is also pointing fingers as far as the White House and criticized President Obama for his "anti -cop" propaganda; and for passing a bill that requires all police officers to wear a body camera.

In the midst of this blaming, Pat Lynch nor Rudy Giuliani expressed concerns of support for the two NYPD victims' family.

Officers Wenjian Liu is survived by his wife and Rafael Ramos (pictured below) by his wife and two sons.

 

Rafael Ramos who was 40 years old, was a two-year veteran of the NYPD. Wen Jian Liu was 32 years old and a seven-year veteran of the NYPD. The two officers were rememberred for their commitment as police officers for their communities and families.

'The Yankees'' "The Silver Shield Foundation" will pay for the education of Rafael Ramos' two sons. 

Continued prayers and comfort to the victims' family.

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Legendary Tuskegee Airman Pilot, Lowell Steward Dies at the Age of 95

Posted On: December 22, 2014

The legendary aviator crew, The Tuskegee Airmen who is known for their lionhearted acts, lost one of their pilots, Lowell Steward.

During World War II, The Tuskegee Airmen, along with Lowell Steward flew nearly 200 hundred missions in Europe. Tuskegee Airmen were the first Black U.S. military pilots who stood their grounds despite an era where racism was rampant and soared above the hate.

According to an editorial news report by the 'Guardian,' Lowell Steward joined the Army Air Corps' 100th Fighter Squadron of the all-black unit in 1944 and trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. Steward joined the army after he graduated from Santa Barbara College in 1941 and obtained at degree in business.

The report also stated, Lowell Steward was stationed in Italy at the Capodechino Air Base in Naples, where he completed 96 missions and was the pilot for the P-39 Airacobras and P-40 Warhawks of The Tuskgee Airmen.

Later he was reassigned and stationed in Ramitelli and was co-piloting missions.

After the war and being discharged in 1946, Lowell Steward moved to Los Angeles, California where he tried to buy a house but was denied because, he was Black. Despite Steward heroic acts for his country, he came back home where he was still judged for the color of his skin and not for the content of his character, nor his noble acts of bravery.

Not taking no for an answer, Lowell Steward began to find ways to finance his own home, without a loan from the bank. Steward enrolled and started taking classes and course in real estate schools.

Lowell Steward again made history by becoming one of the first Black real estate agents with 40 years in the industry. Steward took part in organizing The Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. in Los Angeles, where he was also the president. The company's purpose was to preserve and honor the legacy of the fighter pilots of The Tuskgee Airmen. Steward Lowell also developed and created a scholarship foundation, which sponsored and funded the education for several college students across the nation.

In 2007, Lowell Steward was presented and honored by in the US Capitol by President George W Bush with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Steward's wife of 60 years passed away in 2004 and he is survived by his children: Lowell Jr, his dauthers, Shelley Lambert and Pamela Mills; including several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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