3 Revolutionary Videos to Get U Hyped-Sista Souljah, Paris, Aztlan Nation

Looking through some old videos and decided to post a few to put you in the Revolutionary spirit.

I remember this video and this album 360 Degrees of Power.. The beats, made by the bomb squad  were incredible and Sista Souljah who was an activist made the nice switch into the rap world. I wish they promoted her album a bit more and gave her more of a shot… definitely a nice cut.. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neNboHZ3paQ

This was one of my favorite songs from Paris the Black Panther of Hip Hop. I remember when the video was shot.. we had no idea how powerful those images would be, especially when since they were being shown on MTV.. We need more songs like this and outlets to accommodate them.. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHXy4K2isr8

Aztlan Nation made a lot of noise back in the early 90s. This Oakland based group were activist who used Hip Hop as a way to get their messages across..loved this video they did back in the days..‘Home of the Brave’ was a dope album

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeOjJlZrOdI

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Where are the Real Terrorists? Right Here at Home! Members of Congress Threatened with Violence

This is coming on the heels of the racial epithets being hurled at Black congressmen like John Lewis and anti gay epithets hurled at lawmakers like Barney Frank. Right now we’re spending a lot of time looking over our backs at Muslims and people from the Middle East as possible terrorists.. The way things are going now, we need to be looking in the Mid-west down south and back East  with some of the terrorists right here in the good ole US of A..

I wonder if they’re gonna start doing all the profiling that many of us have been subjected to..I wonder if we’re gonna start hearing the word terrorists used to describe those who dare threaten Congress over the passage of a bill.. At the same time, lawmakers have at their disposal the Patriot Act and other laws that allow for secret surveillance..

I wonder if those laws will be enacted and misused while searching for the culprits who made death threats..I get the feeling that there is some real concern going on, but I am also thinking of Naomi Kline‘s ‘Shock Doctrine’.. I’m paying close attention at the moves made behind the moves.. While folks are shocked at the brazenness of Tea Party types and nut cases threatening Congress people over a Healthcare Bill, what moves will be made to overcompensate? Will laws be tightened or will there be a push to create total chaos-a race or class war of sorts?  pay close attention because this ride is just beginning. Once we start talking about Immigration Reform that’s when it’s really gonna get ugly..

-Davey D-

All that is going on reminds me a conversation I had last year..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dk4_DHXh4U

Democratic members Get Death Threats..
By Jake Sherman
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34953.html

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is warning that some of his Democratic colleagues are being threatened with violence when they go back to their districts — and he wants Republicans to stand up and condemn the threats.

The Maryland Democrat said more than 10 House Democrats have reported incidents of threats or other forms of harassment about their support of the highly divisive health insurance overhaul vote. Hoyer emphasized that he didn’t have a specific number of threats and that was just an estimate.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Capitol Police and sergeant at arms briefed Democrats behind closed doors today about the incidents of violence — the most high profile of which have been toward Democratic Reps. Tom Periello of Virginia, Steve Driehaus of Ohio and Louise Slaughter of New York.

Hoyer hinted that Republicans should do more to condemn these threats of violence.

“I would hope that we would join together jointly and make it very clear that none of us condone this kind of activity,” Hoyer told reporters. “And when we see it, we speak out strongly in opposition to it. And I would hope that we would do that going forward.”

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the majority whip, said Democrats and Republicans should continue to speak out on these threats. “Silence gives consent,” Clyburn said.

But Minority Leader John Boehner already has condemned threats of violence — and sought to explain why people are so angry.

“I know many Americans are angry over this health care bill, and that Washington Democrats just aren’t listening,” Boehner said. “But, as I’ve said, violence and threats are unacceptable. That’s not the American way. We need to take that anger and channel it into positive change. Call your congressman, go out and register people to vote, go volunteer on a political campaign, make your voice heard — but let’s do it the right way.” 

A Republican aide also pointed out that over the years Republican members of Congress received their fair share of death threats during volatile times. Newt Gingrich after the 1994 Republican revolution and the late Henry Hyde during the Clinton impeachment in 1998 both received numerous death threats. And just last month, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) received death threats after his filibuster of unemployment benefits, according to a report in Roll Call.

Hoyer said steps are being taken to protect members of Congress. Most lawmakers do not have formal security protection, but if any member feels threatened, they will be getting “attention from the proper authorities.”

On Wednesday, the FBI began a preliminary investigation into fuel lines cut at the Virginia home of Perriello’s brother, whose address was posted online — the poster thought it was the lawmaker’s address.

Driehaus said his address was posted Wednesday on a right-leaning blog.

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Documentaries-Highlight Legendary Hip Hop Nightclubs, The Fever, Latin Quarter, the Tunnel & The Good Life

Looks like 2010 may be the year of the Hip Hop club.. What am I talking about. Since the beginning of this year we’ve had two documentaries with a third on the way as well as book highlighting the legacy of three landmark nightclubs that helped shape and introduce Hip Hop music and culture to the masses. 

The first club that’s been highlighted is The Fever.  Long time writer Mark Skillz, penned an article about this pioneering hot spot in the Bronx. The article which first appeared in Wax Poetics Magazine was called ‘ When The Fever Was Mecca-The Legacy of Disco Fever ‘.  In this piece Skillz focuses on the club’s deejay Junebug who was also a drug dealer. The story was so compelling that it was made into a documentary which premiered the other week at SxSW.. It won a special Jury Award and is expected to be featured in the Tribeca Film Festival.  The Film is called White Lines and The Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZGatUrAvaw 

The story of Junebug‘s double-life as a DJ and drug dealer. Recalling the Bronx in the early 1980’s, this documentary explores the old-school days of hip-hop and the dangerous underworld at the legendary Disco Fever. Never-before-seen footage and interviews with Kurtis Blow, DJ Hollywood and Sal Abbatiello tell the tragic story of one of the greatest DJ’s ever. Based on Mark Skillz‘ “When The Fever Was The Mecca,” published in Wax Poetics.

Featuring: DJ Hollywood, Kurtis Blow, Disco Bee, Sal Abbatiello, Sweet Gee, Vernice and Nydrin Barnes.

Directed by: Travis Senger
Produced by: Michael J. Mouncer
Written by: Mark Skillz and Travis Senger
Director of Photography: Sean Porter
Editor: Michelle Witten
Production Designer: Lucas Senger 

The other legendary Hip Hop night spot that has a documentary surrounding it is The Tunnel which was the destination spot in NY 1994-2001 and held down by DJ Funkmaster Flex.  

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGkWUKPKcZY 

 Flex, Choke No Joke and Streetfunk TV presents the Tunnel Documentary. The Tunnel Nightclub was a club in NYC that was open from 1994-2001. Streetfunk TV and Choke No Joke recorded the biggest names in Hip Hop every Sunday at the club most people feared to enter. Funkmaster Flex was the promoter for this weekly event that went on for seven years. Some of the biggest names in Hip Hop performed here from Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Puff Daddy, Ma$e, Nas, Method Man, Redman, Capone and Noreaga, Shyne, Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and many more…. 

 The other landmark spot getting alot of attention is the Latin Quarters which had at its helm Paradise Gray of X-Clan who booked many of the acts and had DJ Red Alert and Chuck Chillout rocking the tables.  The spot flourished in the 80s and like the Tunnel which came after it, was a destination spot for Hip Hop lovers all over the world.  It was the spot that launched all sorts of careers from 3rd Bass to KRS to the Jungle Brothers to Schoolly D etc.. Long time Italian Hip Hop scribe Giuseppe Pipitone has teamed up with Paradise and are putting the finishing touches on a book which focuses on the Golden Era of Hip Hop and starts off by talking about the 1987 meeting called by Afrika Bambaataa to encourage the popular artist of the day to become more socially conscious and use their talents for greater good. It was at that meeting that KRS-One was inspired to launch his Stop the Violence Movement. A number of other meetings followed resulting in a strategy to get people to stop wearing Gold chains, replacing them with African medallions. It’s an incredible piece and when I spoke to Paradise he noted that they are lining up dates for a tour.  

Below is some vintage footage from 1986 featuring Philly rapper Schoolly D 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICY45UFakWw 

Below is a two part interview myself and Paradise did two years ago about the ‘The LQ

http://odeo.com/episodes/25663423-The-History-of-the-Latin-Quarters-Nightclub-The-LQ-pt1

http://odeo.com/episodes/25663424-The-History-of-the-Latin-Quarters-Nightclub-The-LQ-pt2

 Of course we be wrong  if we didn’t shout out the excellent documentary ‘This is the Life’ which came out a couple of years ago and chronicled what was going down in South Central LA at the Good Life Cafe during the early 90s.. This was the place that everyone from Jurassic 5 to Medusa to  Freestyle Fellowship to Abstract Rude came and launched their careers. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTNrb3Bln9A

As we start to look at the stories behind some of these landmark destination places in Hip Hop, others will come to life. I’m thinking places like Silks in oakland, Radio in LA, the Rooftop in New York, The T-Connection in the Bronx..The Upper Room in San Francisco  The list is long.. I’m glad the stories behind these 4 places are being told.

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