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Chuck D On 2016 Oscars, Issues Challenge To Hip-Hop

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According to Lord Acton, “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Several prominent celebrities have taken issue with the lack of ethnic diversity that was nominated at this year’s Oscar awards. Hosted by the astute, Chirs Rock, the comedian’s opening monologue included the powerful lyricism of Public Enemy’s classic track, “Fight The Power.”

Chuck D’s cathartic pen wrote most of the classic track’s lyrics. While using his official Twitter, the social advocate appealed to the masses to champion the arts as much as athletics. Emphatic in in eloquence, the PE front man challenged people to reinforce their words with resounding action.

“The song FightThe Power is beyond me & the crew. The point of the song is a call to making change eventually not just applauding the thought,” he wrote. The legendary lyricist continued to provoke thought.

“Oscars are like a TRADE show,” he tweeted. “If you ain’t in that business why should you care? It’s like winter baseball meetings, how many care about that.”

Read some of Chuck D 's tweets at AllHipHop

Mutulu Shakur, Tupac's Stepfather, Pens Letter To Explain Reports Of Early Release From Prison

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Dr. Mutulu Shakur penned a letter that was posted on his website last week to explain the reports that he was being released early from prison.

Earlier this month, reports circulated that Shakur, who is Tupac's stepfather, was released, but his son Mopreme Shakur said that there was a mishandling of his case and he was not freed.

In his letter, Shakur explains that he was set to be free February 10 based on a law that an inmate who serves 30 years of his sentence, if the sentence is 45 years or more, the inmate has then fulfilled their time and should be released.

"I was of the belief that I was to be released from prison, effective February 10, 2016," Shakur says. "That belief was based on the 30 years I was required to serve.

I have fulfilled that commitment while following all rules and regulations like any other prisoner would be expected to. Having been sentenced under federal statute 4205(a), any person serving more than 45 years must serve 30 years to receive mandatory release.
For the past 30 years my target release date has been February 10, 2016. Whosoever had legitimate concerns had the same time to come forward to argue that I should not be released."

The social activist is in California's Victorville Penitentiary serving 60 years for plotting the 1981 robbery of a Brinks armored car. Two police officers and a security guard were killed in the incident. He was convicted in 1998.

He continues by saying that the lack of media coverage he has received has prevented the Parole Commission from understanding his story. Shakur says that he is not a hardened criminal, but is hoping for reconciliation with the justice system.

"Many of the individuals that have opposed my release and question my resolve to be a productive member of society have had the benefit of mainstream media to project their views," he says. "I have endured the disadvantage of not having that benefit. My story has not been heard through the mass media. But I hope my call for reconciliation has been heard by some, and has had an impact, especially on young people. What we have been tasked with is difficult and victory will have been hard fought.

This is yet another stage of the struggle, but also an opportunity for our voices to be heard. I am hoping your messages can be shared with the Parole Commission as it makes a decision regarding my release or further incarceration. Incarceration can be a catalyst to produce individuals that emerge with a newfound moral compass.

I have been privileged to witness that growth and development in many other prisoners throughout my incarceration. As a result, there have been many good works produced, both inside and outside of these walls."

In the initial reports of his potential release, representatives of the government expressed the belief that Shakur should not be released because of the severity of the crime he committed.

"I am disappointed the system doesn’t seem to hold people accountable for their actions," Rockland County Undersheriff Robert Van Cura said at the time. "He was someone who was violent, responsible for death and terror for people living in the metropolitan region."

Elsewhere in the letter, Shakur cites his stepson, Tupac, and Kendrick Lamar as voices for his case and that of the modern struggle against the justice system.

"My son Tupac acknowledged in the context of the struggle to overcome oppression that, 'we’ve come so far, but still have so far to go …'" he says. "To that I say, we must continue to be guided by the essence of our circumstances that has brought us to these points; which encourage us to be principled, honest and continue to search for the truth. Brotha Kendrick Lamar taught us 'to pimp a butterfly.' From that we must always remember that we can evolve and to have faith in the power of transformation, that has been evident throughout the saga of our journey."

Shakur is asking his supporters to write letters to the Parole Commission on his behalf. Supporters are asked to send the letters to his lawyer, Peter Schey, and his family, who will then pass them on to the commission.

The activist is to be portrayed in the forthcoming Tupac biopic, All Eyez On Me, by The Wire actor Jamie Hector.

To read the entire letter, visit

Source: DX

Hip-Hop Artist Duke Talks about his music

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Hip-Hop Artist Duke from the city of (Washington DC) get down talking about his music.

Finally get to talk with Duke a very talented up and coming artist in the music industry. 

We really appreciate this moment you gave us to talk to you and let the world know exactly who is Duke  and what your music is all about.

Since Hip-Hop music became a reference to a lot of people, we are really sure that they want to know more about you.

Tell us about you:
I am an independent artist from Washington DC, Artist Name Duke, I producer music over social media, I have earn feature for a post on the web site that show artist work of their music. I have One Thousand plus features & radio play’s also blog’s for promotions, feature on different mix tapes whit other artist whit all type of music genres of Hip Hop, Rap, R&B & instrumentals “Social media web site”.
Haven played on international internet Radio stations, Great British, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Nigeria Africa, Africa, and South Africa. Czech Republic.

When did you start making music:
My first mix tape was just five tracks that, I start whit on the street of Washington DC, than I start to learn more about the music of all genres.  

Who is your role model in the music world
I look at the music artist from the 80’s. I was younger I listen to the radio and I was all in to the hook, I know I had to be like them whit everything I want in life.

Is there anything you would do differently in your career
I am a different person then everyone, for me to make a different in my career I would have to, Have a life change in my career.

Who would you want to do a tour/concert with:
I want to concert whit, Def Jam Music Group, Because of my work on social media whit by me producing my music. I am on the Island Def Jam, New York's Finest Album Here .

 Do you ever get lost in the music:
When I am promotion my music I know to be a tip-top producer I have to make all my promotions excellent.

Is there any site we can find you and listen to your latest song:
Twitter: dukehov, Sound cloud: dukehov

Filmmaker Donald Sikorski Discusses Upcoming Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond Docuseries ‘Unjust Justice’

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James Rosemond is one of the most controversial figures connected to Hip Hop culture, even though the man also known as Jimmy Henchman has never recorded a musical project.
At one time, Rosemond helped mold the careers of The Game, Salt-N-Pepa, Sean Kingston, Gucci Mane, and Akon. However, he became a household name for many rap fans as a result of a litany of unfavorable reports and rumors surrounding his alleged connections to 2Pac, 50 Cent, and criminal activities.

The 51-year-old founder of CZAR Entertainment is currently serving a life sentence at West Virginia’s USP Hazelton for supposedly heading the bi-coastal drug trafficking crew referred to as “The Rosemond Organization.” In 2015, Rosemond was also convicted for participating in a murder-for-hire plot that led to the death of G-Unit associate Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher.

A veteran entertainment insider is now on a mission to challenge the validity of those two cases and debunk the tales of Rosemond being involved in the infamous 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur. The violent incident at New York City’s Quad Recording Studios was a pivotal precursor to the so-called “East Coast vs West Coast” rivalry which was highlighted by the well publicized animosity between 2Pac/Death Row Records and The Notorious B.I.G./Bad Boy Records.

Filmmaker Don Sikorski (Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the Cops, BMF: The Rise and Fall of a Hip-Hop Drug Empire) created the new Go To Ground documentary Unjust Justice – The Jimmy Rosemond Tapes. The goal of the 10-part web series is to examine whether “Jimmy Henchman” received a fair trial in the judicial system as well as the court of public opinion. interviewed Sikorski about Unjust Justice. The producer of the television shows American Vice and Black Ink Crew explains why he took on the task of possibly changing the narrative about the life of James Rosemond.

Read more at AllHipHop

U.S. Rehabilitates 450-Year Bafut Ancestral Shrine

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Ambassador Michael Stephen Hoza encouraged the preservation of the world class treasure in Bafut Palace.
he event was the rededication of the restored Bafut ancestral shrine or ‘Achum’ with about 35 million FCFA funding by the United States Embassy in Cameroon. Achum, which is the central shrine of the 600-year-old Bafut Palace where oracles are consulted, recently suffered ruin that required restoration.

It was against this backdrop that the U.S Ambassador to Cameroon, His Excellency Michael Stephen Hoza was in Bafut recently to inaugurate the new look shrine and salute local skills that partnered to produce what he recognised as a world class treasure that should be preserved for posterity. It took some 10 months to complete restoration work.

It was a day to advance the culture and traditions of Bafut people with His Majesty, Abumbi II and the Mayor of Bafut, Langsi Abel Ngwasoh, saluting the generosity of the U.S government. The Cultural Affairs Officer in the U.S Embassy, Merlyn Schultz and Cultural Specialist, Yaah Gladys Viban, accompanied Ambassador Michael Stephen Hoza to Bafut.

The Project Directors, Prof. Raymond Asombang and Ernestine Lukong, explained that it was all about the restoration of the ancestral pyramidal house, publication of a catalogue of the Bafut Palace Museum and royal book, improvement of drainage and the erection of a security wall around the shrine.

Its structural integrity had deteriorated over the years, accentuated by the weakness of the traditional conservation method used. Prof. Raymond Asombang sounds off that restoration work now takes the Bafut Royal Palace closer to featuring on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

From the look of things, the rehabilitation has prolonged the life of the shrine to about 50 years before further work could be considered. The partnership for restoring the ancestral shrine is dates back to October 29, 2014, when the then Public Affairs Officer in the U.S Embassy, Robert Quiroz II, handed over a cheque of 30 million FCFA to the Bafut Manjong Development group for rehabilitation works.

The Mastermind Behind MLK Assassination and Its Cover-up

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As the nation celebrates what would have been Martin Luther King’s 87th birthday on January 15, we must ask some questions: What  role did the FBI play in King’s assassination?  What did they know, and what role did the agency play in covering up the truth about his murder?

It is no surprise that J. Edgar Hoover, the founder and head of the FBI until his timely departure in 1972, waged a war against Black America, civil rights leadership and Black nationalist organizations with his COINTELPRO program.  

As a result of the program — its role to “prevent the rise of a Black messiah”— Black leadership ended up murdered and imprisoned, and its institutions compromised and decimated.  

At one point Hoover called Dr. King “the most notorious liar in the country,” as the FBI monitored the civil rights leader, bugged his hotel rooms, and even sent him a letter encouraging him to commit suicide.  
But two authors believe the agency did even more, having a direct role in his assassination through FBI informants.

In their book, Killing King: The Multi-Year Effort to Murder MLK, Stuart Wexler and co-author Larry Hancock delve into the notion of a cover-up into the King assassination.  

Specifically, they allege that the FBI under Clarence Kelly, Hoover’s successor, misled Congress by destroying files related to the murder of King. Wexler says the bureau disobeyed a direct order to preserve all materials, destroying files in two field offices on Tommy Tarrants, a high-ranking Ku Klux Klan member from Mississippi, in 1977.  

This came as a new Congressional committee was established to investigate the assassination of King and President Kennedy.  
The author claims there was something about Tarrants that made the FBI upgrade him from an obscure racist to a major player in the assassination.
“I have no doubt this was done deliberately. 

They are not destroying everybody’s files, they are selectively destroying files,” Wexler told the Daily Mail.  “They wanted Tarrants to give evidence to the committee; they didn’t want him to be a suspect.”
Meanwhile, according to Wexler, a man named Laude Matthews was in line to take over the leadership of the Mississippi Klan.  Wexler refers to Matthews as “a big time deep cover agent for the FBI.”
“’We can imagine a situation where the FBI does not want the Congressional investigation to lead back to Laude Matthews,” Wexler speculated, offering that the Mississippi Klan was among the most violent, anti-Black chapters of the organization.  
“They did not want to expose him to suspicion. Imagine what it would have looked like if an FBI informant had a connection to the King assassination?”

The author added that if true, it would prove to be one of the worst scandals in the history of the agency.
“If the FBI had covered its tracks over King’s assassination, it would fit into the pattern of duplicity and double dealing that marked the bureau’s handling of King,” he said.
Tarrants, Wexler noted, eventually steered away from his radical Christian racism and is now a preacher.
“Until then he had been in prison for a bombing and he’d made a full conversion. The FBI arranged for him to get out of prison, which was unheard of,” Wexler said.

In their previous book, The Awful Grace of God, Wexler and Hancock chronicled a multi-year effort by a national network of white supremacists to kill Dr. King, and their systematic attempts to do so.  King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. 
James Earl Ray confessed to the murder but later recanted.

And now, as America finds itself in the midst of a new movement for the rights of Black folks, white domestic terrorism is on the rise. 
And as the Ku Klux Klan just celebrated its 150th anniversary, the nation still does not regard it as a terrorist organization — and the questions into Dr. King assassination remain unanswered.

source: ATS

Blog Post : Check out Brooklyn native Chris Paris Da Ruler

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Brooklyn native Chris Paris Da Ruler also known as C.P is a new rising artist off the streets of Brooklyn. 
His compelling flows and real-life experiences has made him one of the most relatable artist out there! Metaphorical and diversity makes C.P well rounded in a constant changing music industry. 

His genre ranges from Hip Hop to Pop making him an artist that can cross over into different fan bases which he's already been developing in large numbers. 

C.P has done work with artist on Universal Record and Island of def Jam. C.P has been offered records deals but enjoys the open market place and freedom for his creativity. His single deal is in the works with a major label which launched mid 2015 with smash hit Ahh Ahh Ahh".

Be sure to look out" for that and his debut E.P Burry Me A Ruler" no date on the release.
Music is also found on  Chris Paris

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Instagram: @CP_Da_Ruler
Twitter: @realchrisparis

Check Chris Da Ruler New Video Ahh Ahh Ahh Directed by Gambino

Woman, 19, Fatally Struck in Laurel last week

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LAUREL, Md. (ABC7) — An investigation is underway now in Prince George’s County after 19-year-old Helene Audrey Ngatou Ngassa was hit and killed by a car Friday morning.

Police say just after 6 a.m. Friday, Ngassa was crossing Route 197 near Morris Drive when a northbound SUV struck her.

Witnesses told police the 66-year-old driver had the green light and that Ngassa was not using a crosswalk. It was also still dark outside at the time of the accident.

Police say the driver remained on the scene and was cooperative with them.
Drivers here say even during the early morning rush, this can be a very busy street and a challenge for anyone trying to cross.

Family members say they don’t know where Ngassa was going at that early hour. They and others in the community hope police can come up with answers.

Commuter Moises Arisdy says, “It gets very, very busy here.” He also says this street can be a problem, but that he feels sorry for the family’s loss.

“I’m very sorry for the family and the person who lost her life.”

Authorities confirmed that Ngassa graduated from Laurel High School in 2014. The family says she was attending community college.

No one has been charged.

What You Need to Know About Ethiopia’s Crisis That No One Is Talking About

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The Oromo protests in Ethiopia.  The issue has received little attention in global mainstream media, but it is one that demands our attention.

The latest news coming out of the East African nation is troubling, with at least 140 protesters killed in the past few months, according to Human Rights Watch. This represents the greatest bloodshed facing the East African nation since 2005, when 200 people died in post-election violence.

Moreover, based on data from #EthiopiaCrisis, 2,000 reportedly have been injured, 30,000 arrested and 800 disappeared.

As Al Jazeera reported, police were accused of opening fire and killing dozens of protesters in April and May of 2014.

With the largest population of any of the federal states in Ethiopia, Oromia has a population of about 27 million—40 percent of the country’s population.

The nation’s largest ethnic group, Oromians have their own language, Oromo, which is separate from the official language, Amharic.
At issue in the current conflict is the convergence of ethnic strife, land and economics, beginning with the expansion of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. As NPR reported, the larger picture is that the world is growing, and there is a big demand for food and arable land.  Africa has 60 percent of the usable farmland, and in Ethiopia, the government, which owns all of the nation’s land, has leased large parcels of land to foreign investors from China, India and the Mideast.

In November, protests were set off when a forest was being cleared for development, as part the “master plan” by the Ethiopian government to expand the capital city into surrounding farmland in Oromia.
Supporters of greater urbanization, known as the Integrated Regional Development Plan for Addis Ababa, note that the nation faces a food shortage. They believe the nation is susceptible to famine because too many Ethiopians live in rural areas and depend on agriculture.  However, people in Oromia claim they are being displaced from their ancestral lands.

As VOA reported, the government plans to develop the farmland outside Addis Ababa into a new business zone.  Protesters claim the plan will result in marginalization and reduced autonomy for the Oromo people living outside the nation’s capital.
Meanwhile, the Ethiopian government claims the development project on the farmland will lead to new business and benefits to all groups.
As the Washington Post recently reported, President Obama has expressed concern over the events in Ethiopia, while also saying the “United States has consistently applauded Ethiopia for being a model and a voice for development in Africa.”

The nation has been hailed by the U.S. for its economic growth and engaging in the war against al-Shabab, the Somali terrorist group.  And Ethiopia has reportedly received substantial aid from the U.S. in this regard.

At the same time, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front regime has been accused of silencing protest and dissent.  For example, Bekele Gerba, deputy chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress—Oromia’s largest registered political party—was arrested.

In addition, the government also allegedly arrested and beat Oromo singer Hawi Tezera, who has a song about the protests.

Further, there are reports of the Ethiopian government clamping down on media outlets covering the protests. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, the nation is one of the leading jailers of journalists.

Authorities have reportedly arrested journalists such as Getachew Shiferaw, editor in chief of the Negere Ethiopia news site, under terrorism charges, and Fikadu Mirkana of Oromia Radio and TV.  Further, according to the Post, the government jammed the broadcasting satellite of the U.S.-based television channel ESAT, which has been reporting on the demonstrations by students and farmers.
Although the most recent catalyst for recent protests is the development plan to expand Addis Ababa into Oromia—of which millions of farmers fear displacement—there have been tensions and grievances developing for quite some time.

The Oromo have expressed a sense of marginalization and being pushed out of  mainstream national life.
According to the group Global Voices, of the nearly 140 peaceful protesters killed in Ethiopia since November, most were killed at close range.
More than 70 percent of the dead are reportedly male students, with male farmers accounting for around 20 percent of the deaths.  Also among the victims are women and school teachers, including one seven-month pregnant woman and her sister-in-law, who were killed while attempting to escape arrest.  Further, at least 10 people were reportedly tortured and killed while in prison, according to Global Voices.

Meanwhile, this round of protests is believed to be unprecedented because of broad-based support and participation—with inter-ethnic coalitions despite the ethnic lines marking the country, including a number of non-Oromo civic groups and political organizations.

They are also employing tactics of civil disobedience such as lunch boycotts, sit-ins and roadblocks.
However, the Ethiopian government has characterized its response as being part of the war on terror.
Authorities accuse protesters of having links to terrorist groups, according to the Sudan Tribune, and announced that the nation’s Anti-Terrorism Task Force would be leading the response.

“By treating both opposition politicians and peaceful protesters with an iron fist, the government is closing off ways for Ethiopians to nonviolently express legitimate grievances,” said Felix Horne of Human Rights Watch, according to Al Jazeera.

“This is a dangerous trajectory that could put Ethiopia’s long-term stability at risk,” he warned.

Nigerian Comics Startup is Creating African Superheroes

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Comic Republic, a Nigerian comics startup based in Lagos, is creating a universe of superheroes for Africans and black readers around the world. 
The cast of characters—“Africa’s Avengers,” according to some fans—ranges from Guardian Prime, a 25-year old Nigerian fashion designer by day who uses his extraordinary strength to fight for a better Nigeria, to Hilda Avonomemi Moses, a woman from a remote village in Edo state who can see spirits, and Marcus Chigozie, a privileged but angry teenager who can move at supersonic speeds.
“I thought about when I was young and what I used to make my decisions on: What would Superman do, what would Batman do? I thought, why not African superheroes?” chief executive Jide Martin, who founded the company in 2013, told Quartz. Its tagline is, “We can all be heroes.”
The startup may be a sign that comics are having a moment on the continent as well as in a market once said to lack interest in African-inspired characters. 
The nine-person team has seen downloads of its issues, published online and available for free, grow from a couple hundred in 2013 to 25,000 in its latest release last month as the series has become more popular. Comic Republic plans to make money from sponsorships and advertisers.
So far, companies have asked Comic Republic to create comics for their products and non-governmental organizations have asked for help illustrating public health risks like malaria. 
The head of one of the country’s largest e-commerce outfits has asked for a portrait of himself rendered as a superhero. The story of one the characters, Aje—Yoruba for “witch”—may be made into a movie by a local filmmaker. Another edition of Guardian Prime’s story is scheduled for this month.
The startup is part of what some say is a renaissance of made-in-Africa music, literature, and art that resonate beyond the continent. Over half of Comic Republic’s downloads are from readers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and a scattering are from other countries like Brazil and the Philippines. About 30% come from Nigeria, according to Martin. 
Lagos now hosts an annual Comic Con for the comic and entertainment industry. Kenya hosted one for the first time in 2015.
The comic book industry has potential in Africa in part because of the popularity of superhero-themed films, Martin points out. His company launched with Guardian Prime, “a black Superman,” he says, on the same day as the 2013 premiere of Man of Steel.
source: qz