[video] Snoop Dogg Asks Fans To Boycott Roots! “They Just Want to Keep Showing the Abuse That We Took”

Snoop Dogg gives his thoughts on the remake of Roots which debuted tonight on the History channel starring Laurence Fishburne · Mekhi Phifer · Forest Whitaker · Produced By LeVar Burton.

via USA Today

Earlier, Roots co-executive producer LeVar Burton, who played the central character in the 1977 miniseries, enslaved protagonist Kunta Kinte, told USA TODAY that the remake was needed as part of a national discussion.

“We are clearly engaged in the conversation in America and it’s one where everybody needs to be involved,” Burton says. “If you are living in America right now, then the story of slavery is relevant to you, because it’s shaped the country and the culture in which you live, whether you want to admit that or not.”

[video] THE BIRTH OF A NATION: Official HD Teaser Trailer

Are we tired of slave movies or nah? Or is the story of Nat Turner a must see?

Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.


[video] Isaiah Washington Discusses Baltimore Riots: ‘We Need To Talk About Denial’

Kudos to this brother for having the balls to speak the truth about the ugly history of this country and how is correlates to the riots in Baltimore. America will have to face its sins sooner or later, hopefully before it implodes into permanent disaster. I had to stop short of fulling supporting what he said once the subject of reparations came up and he initially danced around it and said ‘maybe we should get free education’. What a lame cop out. Monetary reparations have been paid out to all over the world and  black people deserve no less.

[video] The Christian Missionary Buying Up Sudanese Slaves

Modern day slavery. This story is heartbreaking to say the least. Rich Arabs doing their best European impersonation in the enslavement of Black Africans in Sudan. Then we have the Christian Missionary to the so-called rescue who are looking for converts in exchange for these people’s freedom. These ‘masters’ they speak of in this doc are just subhuman devils disguised as the Islamic Army who are using innocent children to fight their wars. Sick just plain sick.

[video] Deranged Mother Forces and Threatens Daughter to Get Ear Pierced as She Screams Like Crazy

If you got 5 minutes please watch this. This little girl was traumatized behind this shit. She mid-way through says I want a woman to do this and she was ignored. She also stated she didn’t want this on FB which was also ignored because we are watching it now. The mother threatens to punch her in order to make her cooperate? This shit is wrong across the board in every way.


[video] More Black People Died from Lynching than on 9/11…

Thom Hartmann comments on a New York Times piece that lays out the number of blacks killed by lynching and asks why we don’t question the “white Christian terrorists”?

Funny that President Obama discussed the history of killings in the name of Christianity during the Crusades in comparison to ISIS, but failed to mention this same terrorism was omnipresent during slavery and Jim Crow Era…

via NY Times

DALLAS — A block from the tourist-swarmed headquarters of the former Texas School Book Depository sits the old county courthouse, now a museum. In 1910, a group of men rushed into the courthouse, threw a rope around the neck of a black man accused of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old white girl, and threw the other end of the rope out a window. A mob outside yanked the man, Allen Brooks, to the ground and strung him up at a ceremonial arch a few blocks down Main Street.
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[video] Steve Harvey pulls a Charles Barkley: ” I Don’t Care For Slavery “

In Steve Harvey’s white washed world slavery is not to be brought up because his massive mainstream success has brain washed him to feel he has no kinship to it. Why talk about slavery which was 400 years of murderous servitude of black people actually kidnapped from their country and the effects of it still reverberating in todays society. The Uncle Tom’s of the modern era are becoming more and more visible each day.

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Nearly 36 million people are slaves, Qatar in focus

A Tuareg child pushes away a Bella girl (L) at a camp for Malian refugees in Goudebou, Burkina Faso, April 5, 2014. Half a million people fled the conflict in Mali, some crossing the border to neighbouring Burkina Faso. Fleeing Tuaregs took with them their livestock and servants from the Bella ethnic group, a marginalised people who for centuries have been kept in slave-like conditions throughout Mali, Niger and Mauritania. To match story MALI-SLAVES/ Picture taken April 5, 2014. REUTERS/Misha Hussain (BURKINA FASO - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Reuters/REUTERS – A Tuareg child pushes away a Bella girl (L) at a camp for Malian refugees in Goudebou, Burkina Faso, April 5, 2014. Half a million people fled the conflict in Mali, some crossing the border to neighbouring Burkina Faso. Fleeing Tuaregs took with them their livestock and servants from the Bella ethnic group, a marginalised people who for centuries have been kept in slave-like conditions throughout Mali, Niger and Mauritania. To match story MALI-SLAVES/ Picture taken April 5, 2014. REUTERS/Misha Hussain (BURKINA FASO – Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Almost 36 million people are living as slaves across the globe with an index on Monday listing Mauritania, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Qatar and India as the nations where modern-day slavery is most prevalent.

The Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based human rights group, estimated in its inaugural slavery index last year that 29.8 million people were born into servitude, trafficked for sex work, trapped in debt bondage or exploited for forced labour.

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[video] Nas Learns 3rd Great Grandmother named Pocahontas Was Sold for $830

This short clip brings some great context to the brutality of slavery and the triumph of these remarkable people breaking free of the chains of their evil slave masters.

Nas encounters his 3rd Great-Grandmother’s Bill of Sale, a devastatingly telling document, and imagines what his enslaved ancestors’ daily lives might have been like, from hardships and pain to marriage and celebration.

[video] Paula Deen Defends Southern Feelings Toward Slavery

She is looking for some sympathy because her father blew his head off after the way because his precious slaves no longer were available to make them rich. Somebody get Oprah on the phone to see how she feels about all of this. Paula Deen needs to buried along with her pro-slavery philosophy.


via Huff Post

On Friday afternoon, the Food Network announced that it was dropping Paula Deen from its network after 14 years on air, after the National Enquirer reported (and The Huffington Post confirmed) that the chef had aired a series of arguably racist comments while being deposed for a lawsuit. But the deposition wasn’t the first time that Paula Deen has voiced questionable views on race.

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WTF? Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

This guy said he actually let black people use his bathroom. Somebody please give him award for being such a kind massa!

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NEW ORLEANS – A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.

“I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way,” Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. “I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else.”

Bardwell said he asks everyone who calls about marriage if they are a mixed race couple. If they are, he does not marry them, he said.

Bardwell said he has discussed the topic with blacks and whites, along with witnessing some interracial marriages. He came to the conclusion that most of black society does not readily accept offspring of such relationships, and neither does white society, he said.

“There is a problem with both groups accepting a child from such a marriage,” Bardwell said. “I think those children suffer and I won’t help put them through it.”


The Dark Side of Dubai


via Financial Times

The wide, smiling face of Sheikh Mohammed – the absolute ruler of Dubai – beams down on his creation. His image is displayed on every other building, sandwiched between the more familiar corporate rictuses of Ronald McDonald and Colonel Sanders. This man has sold Dubai to the world as the city of One Thousand and One Arabian Lights, a Shangri-La in the Middle East insulated from the dust-storms blasting across the region. He dominates the Manhattan-manqué skyline, beaming out from row after row of glass pyramids and hotels smelted into the shape of piles of golden coins. And there he stands on the tallest building in the world – a skinny spike, jabbing farther into the sky than any other human construction in history.

But something has flickered in Sheikh Mohammed’s smile. The ubiquitous cranes have paused on the skyline, as if stuck in time. There are countless buildings half-finished, seemingly abandoned. In the swankiest new constructions – like the vast Atlantis hotel, a giant pink castle built in 1,000 days for $1.5bn on its own artificial island – where rainwater is leaking from the ceilings and the tiles are falling off the roof. This Neverland was built on the Never-Never – and now the cracks are beginning to show. Suddenly it looks less like Manhattan in the sun than Iceland in the desert.

Once the manic burst of building has stopped and the whirlwind has slowed, the secrets of Dubai are slowly seeping out. This is a city built from nothing in just a few wild decades on credit and ecocide, suppression and slavery. Dubai is a living metal metaphor for the neo-liberal globalised world that may be crashing – at last – into history. Continue reading

[UPDATE]: US Won’t Attend UN Racism Conference



UNITED NATIONS – The United States won’t
participate in a U.N. conference on racism in April unless the final
document is changed to drop all references to Israel and criticism of
religion, a senior U.S. official said Friday.

conference is a follow-up to the contentious 2001 conference in the
South African city of Durban, which was dominated by clashes over the
Middle East and the legacy of slavery. The U.S. and Israel walked out
midway through that eight-day meeting over a draft resolution that
singled out Israel for criticism and likened Zionism — the movement to
establish and maintain a Jewish state — to racism.

and Canada have already announced that they will boycott the upcoming
World Conference Against Racism in Geneva from April 20-25, known as
Durban II, but President Barack Obama’s administration decided to
assess the negotiations before making a decision on U.S. participation.

Last week, the State Department sent two U.S.
representatives to Geneva, where the final document to be issued by
conference participants at the end of the conference is being
negotiated, the U.S. officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity
because an official announcement has not yet been made.

representatives — Betty King, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
Economic and Social Council, and Felice Gaer, the chair of the U.S.
Commission on International Religious Freedom — held 30 meetings with
representatives of different countries and attended the negotiations,
the U.S. official said.

Drawing the line
While the U.S. presence was warmly welcomed, the U.S. official said that in the negotiations, a bad document got worse.

United States has decided that it will not participate in further
negotiations on the outcome document and will not participate in the
conference itself on the basis of the latest text, the U.S. official

The Obama
administration would reconsider its position if the document improves
in a number of areas including dropping references to any specific
country, references to defamation of religion which the U.S. views as a
free speech issue, and language on reparations for slavery. It also
wants a shorter text and does not want the final document for Durban II
to reaffirm the final document from the 2001 Durban conference, the
U.S. official said.

Further details on the issues in question were
not available as the latest version of the final document being
negotiated in Geneva has not been released.

nations have expressed hope that the conference can go ahead with a
final text that is acceptable. But they have also drawn lines they say
may not be crossed.

diplomat Daniel Vosgien said in December that his country was firmly
opposed to the idea of banning criticism of religion. Dutch Foreign
Minister Maxime Verhagen said at the time that the Netherlands would
walk out unless anti-Israel statements were scrapped.

Obama Opposes Reparations for “Blacks,” Descendants of “Slaves”

via AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama opposes offering reparations to the descendants of slaves, putting him at odds with some black groups and leaders.

The man with a serious chance to become the nation’s first black president argues that government should instead combat the legacy of slavery by improving schools, health care and the economy for all.

“I have said in the past — and I’ll repeat again — that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed,” the Illinois Democrat said recently. Continue reading

Board Game Maps Out Underground Railroad

Map of Underground Railroad

Map of Underground Railroad

via Times News

When playing the new board game created by Mayer Foner, you don’t pass go or collect $200, and you don’t spin the Life wheel.

But you could be captured and returned to slavery.

A Game About the Pennsylvania Underground Railroad 1820 to 1870 is an educational game where each player becomes a freedom seeker who has to make it from southern Pennsylvania to a safe haven in a southern New York town. The goal is to attain freedom before a slave catcher can capture you.
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Blacks to Outnumber Whites In Brazil

Buckwild In Brazil

via AP

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — Blacks will outnumber whites in Brazil this year for the first time since slavery was abolished, but the income gap between the two groups may take another 50 years to bridge, according to a government study released Tuesday.

The government’s Applied Institute of Economic Research said Brazil, which has the world’s second-largest black population after Nigeria, is decades away from racial equality despite public policies aimed at decreasing the gap.
Blacks generally earn 50 percent to 70 percent less than whites, and hold only 3.5 percent of management positions at Brazil’s 500 largest companies, according to the labor-union statistics institute Diesse.

A 2004 study by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro found the income gap between whites and blacks in Brazil was wider than in apartheid-era South Africa.
“Black people end up not having the access to an education that will allow them to climb to meet opportunities. And when there is an opening, they aren’t always capable of competing for it,” said Diesse director Clemente Ganz Lucio.
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Teen Pleads Guilty To Jena 6 Nooses…

Source : Associated Press

A teen has plead guilty to trying to intimidate protesters by hanging nooses on the back of his truck at a Jena 6 Rally. Read below:

On Sept. 20, Munsen and a juvenile from Dry Prong hung nooses off the back of a pickup truck and drove around downtown Alexandria near a crowd waiting for buses that would take them back to Tennessee after one of the nation’s largest civil rights demonstrations.

Some 20,000 people demonstrated in Jena against what critics called the overly harsh prosecution of six black teenagers in the beating of a white classmate. Many of the protesters stayed in the towns and cities surrounding the tiny town, including Alexandria.

Munson “admitted today that he displayed two large nooses from the back of his pickup truck with the intent to frighten and intimidate the demonstrators,” a news release from Washington’s office said.

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[Video] Spike Speaks on Racism in The Film Industry

Source: Hollywood Reporter

I found this over at the Hollywood Reporter and I must apologize for giving Spike such a hard time in an earlier post about him now supporting Barack Obama(even though I still have my issues with him). Whether you agree with him or not this is another must see video whereas he speaks on his still not being accepted into the halls of Hollywood. Do the right thing and watch this video and give feedback no matter if you agree or not.