Archive for June, 2010

Paying Tribute to Three Pioneers Rammellzee, Mr Fantastik and Gary 'Starchile' Shider-RIP Got word yesterday that legendary graf writer and emcees Rammellzee passed away… Not sure why or how, but for Hip Hop folks it was the second death in two weeks. People in the Bay Area are still mourning the death of pioneering B-Boy Mr Fantastic aka Melvin.. of the Royal Rockers He died of a sudden heart attack at age 41  in the arms of his oldest daughter  His wake was yesterday as we got word of Rammellzee passing.. Longtime B-Boy Bas-1 sent … Read More

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Coundown to the Oscar Grant Vedict/ Why Are Police beating Our Kids? Click HERE: http://bit.ly/9IlXCm As the historic Oscar Grant trial comes to a close in Los Angeles we wanted to share a crucial update as to what is going on in the trial. For those who are unaware, for the first time in the history of the state of California, a police officer (Johannes Mehserle) was brought to trail and c … Read More

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Thembisa Mshaka: Forgiving Chris Brown Forgiving Chris Brown: Re-post & Update By Thembisa Mshaka Peep the Breakdown FM podcast we did with Thembisa on this topic http://bit.ly/axcjDL I am on record as being one who advocated for the forgiveness of the multi-talented, multi-platinum Chris Brown as far back as February 2009, when the most media and much of the public wanted to banish and boycott him forever. His missteps with the media in the aftermath turned the fury way up, as he … Read More

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An Open letter to President Obama about Oscar Grant      I sent this to the White house. Although it may never reach him, I sent it anyway. "The price of having hope is sometimes disappointment, but the price of having no hope is always failure…" ~ Immortal Technique Dear Mr. President, I am writing to ask that you bring national attention to the Oscar Grant trial in Los Angeles, CA. While I know you have other priorities, this too should grab your attention, if at least not your compassion. Injus … Read More

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The Rise of Facism: More & More Journalists are Being Attacked by Police Seems like with each passing day we are hearing and seeing more and more police getting drunk with power. Even though most are one of two paychecks away from being in deep financial trouble, many ignorantly like to go overboard and smash on people who they know are legitimately protesting policies that in the long run will hurt them too. In recent months we see more and more cops acting brazenly even when they know cameras are trained up on them. … Read More

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Detroit: One of the more telling aspects that stood out during last week’s Allied Media Conference held in Detroit, is the importance of artists forming collectives as a way to deal with the increasing impenetrable walls preventing access to corporate media outlets. In a world where media consolidation is the order of the day and money and resources are ‘king’ many indy artists are finding that its there’s strength in unity. It’s become clear as … Read More

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Rosa Clemente Gives keynote at Hip Hop Congress Convention in Detroit Rosa Clemente gave the keynote address this evening (June 26, 2010) at the national conference of the Hip-Hop Congress in Detroit, MI. Taking place adjacent to the U.S. Social Forum this gathering of what Clemente described as, “the only real national hip-hop political organization,” happens at yet another moment of crisis … Read More

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