theresolutionyear:

thepoetfromthehood:

missdimples2012:


I was speaking with a Black friend of mine earlier today about this and he brought up a great point. The Elite, White media can literally stir an entire Nation into a frenzy over the massacre of 20 suburban white children but simply overlook the deaths of over 100 Black children in Chicago. Wake up,  People, you re being played by the Government and the Media. All children should be equal in the eyes of our Government.

Truth.

“They don’t give a fuck about us” - Tupac Shakur

We talked about this in my history class last week. The media is absolutely absurd. 

theresolutionyear:

thepoetfromthehood:

missdimples2012:

I was speaking with a Black friend of mine earlier today about this and he brought up a great point. The Elite, White media can literally stir an entire Nation into a frenzy over the massacre of 20 suburban white children but simply overlook the deaths of over 100 Black children in Chicago. Wake up,  People, you re being played by the Government and the Media. All children should be equal in the eyes of our Government.

Truth.

“They don’t give a fuck about us” - Tupac Shakur

We talked about this in my history class last week. The media is absolutely absurd. 

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Fred Hampton

getuhlife:


(fred hampton’s death bed)“I believe I’m going to die doing the things I was born to do. I believe I’m going to die high off the people. I believe I’m going to die a revolutionary…”
you can kill a revolutionary but you can never kill the revolution.

December 4th, 1969
Fred Hampton — murdered in his sleep by the Chicago Police.

getuhlife:

(fred hampton’s death bed)

“I believe I’m going to die doing the things I was born to do. I believe I’m going to die high off the people. I believe I’m going to die a revolutionary…”

you can kill a revolutionary but you can never kill the revolution.

December 4th, 1969

Fred Hampton — murdered in his sleep by the Chicago Police.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I had a really good discussion with some kasamas this weekend about the use of the word “Bitch”. I didn’t want to kill the flow of the conversation by playing this song from Lupe Fiasco, but it was definitely in the back of my mind. I’m definitely curious to hear the different critiques of this song.

What I love about Lupe’s music is that I almost always catch something new when I listen to it. The wordplay and the conceptualization really makes the listener think (unfortunately, not everyone likes thought provoking music. I’m not knocking those folks at all, I’m just stating the facts). For this song in particular, I love how it all ties together at the very end. That third verse is something else, yo.

Sure enough in this little world
the little boy meets one of those little girls
and He thinks She a “bad bitch” and She thinks she a “bad bitch”
He thinks disrespectfully and She thinks of that sexually
She got the wrong idea, He don’t wanna fuck her
He thinks She’s “bad” at being a “bitch” like his mother
“Mama never dress like that: come out the house, hot mess like that”
“Ass, titties, dressed like that. All out to impress like that”
Just like that, you see the fruit of the confusion
He caught in a Reality, She caught in an Illusion
“Bad” mean “good” to her, She really nice and smart
But “bad” mean “bad” to him, bitch don’t play your part
But “bitch” still bad to her if you say it the wrong way
But She think she a “bitch”, what a double entendre

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05.20.12 - Chicago



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Throwback Thursday - Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor (2006)
Without a doubt, one of the greatest debut albums of all time. It was nominated for 4 Grammy’s, but only winning one for best urban/alternative performance for “Daydreamin” featuring Jill Scott. This record also includes my personal favorite Lupe song “Hurt Me Soul”, which just gets better with every listen. A very unique album as well, some might say. Discussing topics such as poverty, Islam, terrorism, racism and individuality. No hip-hop collection is complete without this record here. It was also just announced that Lupe will be releasing a sequel to this album entitled “Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1” on September 25, 2012. Better late than never, right? Now is a perfect time to familiarize yourself with this timeless record if you haven’t already.
01. Intro02. Real (ft. Sarah Green)03. Just Might Be O.K. (ft. Gemini)04. Kick, Push05. I Gotcha06. The Instrumental (ft. Jonah Matranga)07. He Say, She Say (ft. Gemini & Sarah Green)08. Sunshine09. Daydreamin’ (ft. Jill Scott)10. The Cool11. Hurt Me Soul12. Pressure (ft. Jay-Z)13. American Terrorist (ft. Matthew Santos)14. The Emperor’s Soundtrack15. Kick, Push II16. Outro  
Download here. (320 kbps) 

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Throwback Thursday - Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor (2006)

Without a doubt, one of the greatest debut albums of all time. It was nominated for 4 Grammy’s, but only winning one for best urban/alternative performance for “Daydreamin” featuring Jill Scott. This record also includes my personal favorite Lupe song “Hurt Me Soul”, which just gets better with every listen. A very unique album as well, some might say. Discussing topics such as povertyIslamterrorismracism and individuality. No hip-hop collection is complete without this record here. It was also just announced that Lupe will be releasing a sequel to this album entitled “Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1” on September 25, 2012. Better late than never, right? Now is a perfect time to familiarize yourself with this timeless record if you haven’t already.

01. Intro
02. Real (ft. Sarah Green)
03. Just Might Be O.K. (ft. Gemini)
04. Kick, Push
05. I Gotcha
06. The Instrumental (ft. Jonah Matranga)
07. He Say, She Say (ft. Gemini & Sarah Green)
08. Sunshine
09. Daydreamin’ (ft. Jill Scott)
10. The Cool
11. Hurt Me Soul
12. Pressure (ft. Jay-Z)
13. American Terrorist (ft. Matthew Santos)
14. The Emperor’s Soundtrack
15. Kick, Push II
16. Outro

Download here. (320 kbps) 

(via hiphopmovement)

Tune in TONIGHT from 8pm-10pm (PST).  It’ll be my first time (co)-hosting the show, so let’s see what kind of zany awkwardness will come of it!!

But seriously though, we’re gonna be covering a lot of good topics (especially our recent trip to Chicago).

Tune in TONIGHT from 8pm-10pm (PST). It’ll be my first time (co)-hosting the show, so let’s see what kind of zany awkwardness will come of it!!

But seriously though, we’re gonna be covering a lot of good topics (especially our recent trip to Chicago).

Therapy…

This might sound weird or extremely nerdy (or both), but I find something very soothing in editing audio. I just spent the last hour or two stitching together clips from different interviews I conducted at the anti-NATO protest in Chicago, but the whole thing ended up being only three minutes long.

It’s just like putting together the pieces of a puzzle — it’s tedious, painstaking, and sometimes frustrating, but it’s always a great feeling to see/hear the finished product.

Here’s some footage of my quick performance at the "Road to Resistance" show/solidarity night in Chicago.

I was hella nervous b/c I finished writing it on the plane and didn’t even have it memorized, but I took a risk and it still turned out okay, even though I forgot one line and improvised a hook on the spot. Good times!

Shout out to Cinemilitancy Films for posting it!

Chicago: Part One…

I don’t know if it’s because I’m still trying to catch up on all the sleep I missed out on or if I’m slightly overwhelmed by everything that happened in Chicago this weekend, but I’m having a difficult time putting the whole experience into words — there’s just so much to talk about!!

The way I feel right now is exactly how I felt when I came back from my exposure trip in the Philippines. Meeting kasamas (comrades) from across the country and seeing the strength and resiliency of our people was an amazing, inspiring, and empowering thing to experience.

This is going to be a multi-part series of blogs because there’s way too much to cover in one post, but a few things come to mind for now:

1.) I love seeing all the new Facebook friendships/connections being formed over the last couple of days. Although social networking can sometimes hinder actual human interaction, I see these new friendships going far beyond the “Add you as a friend but never talk to you again” formula that we often see on Facebook.

2.) It was an honor to be part of the documentation team for the weekend. I still need to learn a lot about photography and filming (especially editing video), but I’m glad that I was able to help out in any way possible. Seeing all the photos and videos that people are posting does have me feeling really anxious to check out the stuff that I shot though. As part of the documentation team, I had to leave my memory cards with the point person so we can consolidate everything in one location, so I’m eagerly awaiting that package in the mail!! lol.

3.) At one point throughout the weekend, there was a photo backdrop setup in one room where people were able to pose with different props and signs. When it was Anakbayan LA’s turn to go up, there was one sign that just spoke to me, “I’m proud to be in the National Democratic Movement”. It’s a beautiful thing to be a part of.