Good For Humanity


The situation in Baltimore, Maryland this week has been a powder keg, or a raisin in the sun. The tweet that floored me was from @Shugah, who quoted a very prophetic James Baldwin Esquire interview from 1968. (Read that for some head crack.) But back to Baltimore, 2015…the complex issues from Freddie Gray’s unexplained spinal injury, his death, the release of his unrelated police record, the days of peaceful protest, and then this week’s explosion of violence, looting, and vandalism…can not be summed up neatly or patched up with a meme. It has to be added to the growing list of issues and incidents that are festering around the country.
But…I just wanted to share an interview that CBS did with Toya Graham, the Baltimore mom who angrily pulled her 16-year-old son off the street when she spotted him throwing rocks at riot police.

Watch Toya Graham…after the jump

snoop dogg invests in weed delivery service

While Jay Z is busy trying to take over the music streaming industry, Snoop Dogg is plowing his rap dollars into something a little closer to heart. According to Quartz, Uncle Snoop’s Casa Verde Capital firm is one of several investors in a new weed delivery service named Eaze.

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President Obama is visiting Kingston, Jamaica this week (the first U.S. President to do so since Ronald Reagan) to participate in a summit of 15 Caribbean leaders. And as an enthusiastic Bob Marley fan, the Prez made an unannounced visit to his idol’s old home, which now houses the Bob Marley Museum.

All the good Kingston vibes got POTUS feeling irie enough to give his best opening statement ever…

Watch the vine evidence, after the jump



One day after giving fans one of the most memorable moments of the 57th annual Grammy Awards, Beyoncé digs deeper into the significance of her performance by giving her fans an inside look at the inspiration. Bey debuted an eight-minute mini-documentary where she narrates the story behind her Grammy performance of the gospel classic “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” during the Selma tribute. “First time I heard ‘Precious Lord’ I was a kid and my mother sang it to me, and my mother played me Mahalia Jackson’s version,” the 20-time Grammy Award-winner opened the behind-the-scenes clip with.

She sang the song with her eyes closed, and she was a vessel, and it was like God speaking using her body to speak and to heal,” says B recounting her experience as a child when she first heard the record. The music icon also broke down the importance of finding real men who have been through issues of racism, who also give their own personal accounts and experiences dealing with police, and more.

Beyonce also touched on her family’s history, specifically her grandparents, who marched with the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch the piece below.

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el p killer mike talk to kids

Proving that kids are in fact smarter than the U.S. government, El-P and Killer Mike sit down with a group of kids in a barbershop to talk about drug policies, female Presidents, the responsibilities of rappers and more of life’s pressing issues. Run The Jewels is for the children.

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kanye west martin luther king

Watching footage of Kanye Omari West in his formative years is always a blessing, not least because you can guarantee there’ll be flashes of the brash, fearless and endearing genius he grows up to be. In this clip from 1990, which was originally uploaded in 2012 but shared by Kim Kardashian on Twitter yesterday, a 12-year-old Yeezy takes to the podium in his middle school hall to recite a beautiful poem about Martin Luther King Jr. But not before announcing himself to the audience (“My name is Kanye West“) with the same confidence that has carried him all the way to the top of the totem pole. We can’t wait to see Nori do things like this when she’s older.

A man who fought for freedom/A man who fought for equality/Those who were against him/Were too blind to see/What this man was fighting for/So Blacks, Hispanics, Jews and Asians could put their foot in the door/Yes, we know that this man is great/That’s why today we celebrate/Everyone lifts their voice and sing/For a man who wanted freedom to ring/Martin Luther King is who I’m speaking of/A man whose name means love.

Watch below…


killer mike martin luther king

Killer Mike was undoubtedly one of, if not the, most important voices in hip-hop last year, not only because of his rhymes on Run The Jewels 2, but for his powerful and heartfelt commentary on the Ferguson tragedy.

Commemorating Martin Luther King Day yesterday, the Atlanta rapper put pen to paper once again as he wrote an inspiring essay on the civil rights icon for OkayPlayer. In it, Mike paid tribute to MLK’s courage, philosophy and ideals while calling for all Americans to come together and continue to fight for his dream.

Killer Mike for President (in case you didn’t hear us the first time).

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jon stewart mike huckabee

Just weeks after ripping into Fox News’ Sean Hannity for referring to Jay Z as a “former crack dealer,” Jon Stewart came to Hov’s defense against another old, white figure of ignorance on last night’s episode of The Daily Show. This time the target was Republican Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and potential 2016 Presidential candidate, who claimed in his new book that Jay Z is “crossing the line from husband to pimp” when it comes to Beyonce’s career by “exploiting his wife as a sex object.”

Watch below with pleasure as Jon puts another wildly out-of-touch politician in his place.


black dynamite the wizard of watts

Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite — an animated adaptation of the 2009 film of the same name — is capping off its second season with a special musical episode packed with powerful racial commentary and a star-studded cast. Titled “The Wizard of Watts,” the season finale is set in the Magical Land of Oz-Watts, where its army of oppressive pigs finally become defeated through the melting powers of good old fashioned camcorders.

The primary villain in the Magical Land of Oz-Watts, where the story takes place, is a vicious pig clad in riot gear. Water does not neutralize this Oz villain; instead this baddie gets melted with a camcorder. “Oh, no! Not an irrefutable visual record of my illegal actions!” the anthropomorphized pig wails as he turns to mush at the musical’s climax. (via New York Times)

The episode was actually conceived two years ago, but feels all the more timely given the tragic events that took place in Ferguson and Staten Island last year. Tyler, The Creator, Chance The Rapper and Erykah Badu all lend their voices to the musical special, which airs on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim tomorrow night (January 10).

Watch the trailer below…


danny brown childrens book

Some of Danny Brown’s songs may not be very family-friendly (you ever accidentally played “Handstand” in front of your grandparents?), but there’s no denying that his music carries an important message for kids, especially those who don’t have it all. Taking his talents outside of the studio, the Detroit rapper is trying his hand at writing a children’s book that he hopes will improve self-confidence and promote a positive body image in young black girls.

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