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Grammys 2016: Watch Kendrick Lamar’s stunning performance

A legendary performance of “The Blacker The Berry” and “Alright”

After being teased as a “very controversial” performance by host LL Cool J, Kendrick Lamar hit the 2016 Grammy stage and did not disappoint. The rapper delivered the performance of the night, walking out as part of a chain gang to perform “The Blacker The Berry” with his band locked inside jail cells.

Lamar followed up the striking visuals by performing “Alright” in front of a giant bonfire, and transitioned into a never before heard song utilizing some fast action camera work, before ending the his performance with the word Compton over an image of Africa in one of the most striking performance to hit the Grammy stage in years. The songs, both off Lamar’s critically acclaimed sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly speak directly to the modern day black experience in America, and his performance delivered that message home better than anyone could’ve hoped for.

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To Pimp A Butterfly netted Lamar seven Grammy nominations this year (out of a total 11 nominations). Lamar took home four awards before the show began, and picked up another award for Best Rap Album at the beginning of the show. The project is up for Album of The Year, the last award of the night.


Ward vs. Kovalev: Was this the great white hope re-mix?

This fight, Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev, felt like the Jack Johnson vs. James J. Jeffries fight of July 4, 1910, between world heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson and undefeated, coming out of retirement heavyweight contender, James J. Jeffries. Both fights were billed as the “Fight of the Century.” Both occurred during a time of hostility and escalating racial tensions between Afrikan people and people of European descent – and in a U.S. known for its Jim Crow laws and the rise of the KKK.

Source: Ward vs. Kovalev: Was this the great white hope re-mix?


Alprentice ‘Bunchy’ Carter ‘would have rode with Nat Turner’

Oct. 12 is the birthday of one of the most talented and promising young men martyred in the massive state repression against the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter. Unlike Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver and George Jackson, Carter has almost been forgotten from the history of Africans in America except for diehards. Carter, then 26 (born Oct. 12, 1942), was assassinated on Jan. 17, 1969 in a Campbell Hall classroom at UCLA in Los Angeles.

Source: Alprentice ‘Bunchy’ Carter ‘would have rode with Nat Turner’


Mostly White University of Michigan Students Debate if BLM is ‘Harmful to Race Relations’, Then this Happens  – Atlanta Black Star

On Sept. 27, the Michigan Political Union at the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus held a public forum debating whether “Black Lives Matter is harm

Source: Mostly White University of Michigan Students Debate if BLM is ‘Harmful to Race Relations’, Then this Happens  – Atlanta Black Star


Olympic Joy in the Face of Erasure

On the mat, Rafaela Silva won for her marginalized favela. In the streets, activists are winning the right to protest.

Source: Olympic Joy in the Face of Erasure


The Spook Who Sat By The Door (FULL MOVIE & 2011 Video Interviewz With Sam Greenlee)

 

“I made a Guerrilla style film about a Guerrilla war [here in Amerika]!!!….I wrote it for the Brothers and Sistas on tha’ Block.” —- Sam Greenlee, 2011 You are about t…

Source: The Spook Who Sat By The Door (FULL MOVIE & 2011 Video Interviewz With Sam Greenlee)


St. Louis journalist reportedly fired after Facebook post on Michael Brown’s mom

The National Association of Black Journalists called the comments “reprehensible”: “An apology was not enough”

Source: St. Louis journalist reportedly fired after Facebook post on Michael Brown’s mom