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Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ .. Documentary

Wednesday, September 23 at 10 PM ET/PT, BET will premiere its new documentary “Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ,”

Directed by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah

The Documentary features exclusive interviews with family, friends and admirers, including Muhammad Ali’s daughter and Niece Laila Ali, as well as Shaya Ali, LL Cool J , Common, Ludacris, T.I., Nas, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ray Lewis, Tyrese, Rosie Perez, David Banner, Michael Eric Dyson, Billie Jean King, Walt Frazier, Jim Brown, Ronnie Essett, Sway Calloway, Wood Harris, Jeffrey T. Sammons, Godfrey C. Danchimah, Richard Sherman, J. Ivy and more.

 

MULTIHOP.TV HIGHLIGHTS E-40 Is Launching A Malt Liquor Company

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The Bay Area MC has already established his wine company. 40, born Earl Stevens, owns Earl Stevens Selections, his company that distributes three wines: “Mangoscato,” a 2011 Moscato and a 2011 Red Legend.

Now E-40 is branching into the malt liquor business and starting his own malt liquor company, Interactions and Transactions. His beer will be called the “E40.”

The 40-ounce beer is honey flavored and is 10 percent alcohol. There is also a written tribute to his hometown of Vallejo, CA on the bottle.

info courtesy of http://allhiphop.com

David Banner: Speaks on Hip Hop, Rap, Racism, Police, Laws, culture, and his new Album : The God Box

David Banner sits down with Vlad Tv and speaks on multiple issues in society today from police issues, laws changing, violence, racism, culture issues, the music industry, Real positive Hip Hop artist needing more support, Rap game is an embarrassment with its dumb down music agenda. 

David Banner also promotes his new album dropping soon  called the God Box and says it will be a classic Hip Hop album, he feels its his best work and says it can be looked at as 1 of the best Hip Hop albums in years if not of all time.

David Banner on his new album The God Box!

Immortal Technique: If Left Alone Will ISIS Become Like America?

Vlad tv  interviews Hip hop’s revolutionary urban activist emcee Immortal Technique, the two discussed how mainstream media has taken citizens’ awareness of national problems to new levels of distraction. What some people fail to realize, is that issues like police brutality have been going on for over half a century, and now that everyone has smart phones to record incidents, lets not forget this has been going on way before technology could help capture footage of these incidents taking place.

In this clip, Immortal Technique gives us another look at the disturbing realities of America’s society (past and present), advantages that certain citizens have in this day and age, and why in the end, America’s claim of being a “free society” may not be all that accurate. Educate yourself on whats really happening in America.

 

The New Version of OSX Will Greatly Improve Performance of Adobe CC Video Apps

At Apple’s WWDC conference yesterday, the company announced updates for both its mobile and desktop operating systems. Of particular interest for filmmakers, however, is one new feature in OSX, which should drastically improve the performance of Adobe’s video apps.

Article credits : Robert Hardy / No film school :

That feature is Apples Metal API, which was originally designed for iOS 8, and which allows developers more direct access to GPU hardware. In theory, the new API will enable developers to optimize their GPU-intensive apps for notable boosts in rendering performance.

Adobe has already announced that it will be adopting the Metal framework for all of its Creative Cloud apps for OSX. It also announced that in its testing of After Effects, they saw impressive performance gains of roughly 8x when rendering. It’s hard to say what exactly this will mean for the other video and photo apps in Adobe’s CC suite, but any boosts in graphics performance are always welcome in my book.

If you’re wondering what else is coming to OSX El Capitan, here’s a quick summary video of the new features from TechnoBuffalo:

Apple also announced that it is working with other software companies such as The Foundry and AutoDesk to implement the Metal API. Like previous iterations of OSX, El Capitan will be a free upgrade and will likely be released to the public in Fall of 2015.

Buy the newly published book “Hip Hop Africa”.

Hip Hop Africa explores a new generation of Africans who are not only consumers of global musical currents, but also active and creative participants.
Covering Senegal, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, and South Africa, this volume offers unique perspectives on the presence and development of hip hop and other music in Africa and their place in global music culture.

Talib Kweli: Conscious Rap Used To Be An Ugly Trend

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Talib Kweli says Kanye West, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar are successful with conscious music.

Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli touched on conscious versus mainstream rap during a recent conversation with Vlad TV. The topic of conscious and mainstream rap was brought up in the discussion when Talib was asked if the rappers of today are saying anything in their lyrics.

He then revealed that in his opinion it’s hard for an artist to break into the mainstream if they have music with content. Talib later cited Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole as artists who have managed to have successful careers with music he says is both conscious and content-heavy.

“I think it’s real easy to get caught up in generalizing Hip Hop,” Talib said. “You know, when you say ‘rappers are.’ Most of the time when people say ‘rappers’ they’re talking about the top ten mainstream, on the radio, videos-popping-on-TV rappers. Which is actually a very small percentage of what the majority of rappers is doing. So, the rappers who have the most light on them, yes, it’s very hard for music with content to bust through.

“But at the same time we can’t just look at the problems,” he added. “We gotta count our blessing. At any given time you’ll have an artist like a Kanye with a song like ‘New Slaves’ or Kendrick or J. Cole. You’ll have artists that are delivering conscious, content-heavy music that are still finding success. And I would venture to say that those are the artists that last long. You know, you’ll have a lot of artists right now with hot records in the club that people turning up to. But you ain’t gonna be checking for these records 20 years from now. And there’s certain rappers on the charts right now that you will be checking for.”

The Black Star lyricist later recalled conscious rap being a trend, one he says was an ugly one, years ago. He also encouraged artists to avoid trends regardless of what they may be.

“There was a time when conscious rap was trendy,” he said. “When that was the trend. And that was an ugly trend, man. You had people who were not conscious at all doing cocaine, eating pork, and whatnot. Walking around with dashikis on talking about ‘black power.’ You know what I’m saying? So, a trend is never something that any artist should try to follow. You should never be conscious cause it’s a trend. You should never be gangster cause it’s a trend. You should just be who you are.”

During an interview with Vlad TV in June of last year, Talib spoke on being labeled a conscious rapper, and eventually accepting the label despite the demonization of the term.

“Clearly, other people in this business, whether it be consumers or fans, or more importantly, the labels or the media, have the need to label me and package me as a conscious artist…The conscious rapper label correctly applies to me, because I am a conscious rapper…But this industry has demonized the term ‘consciousness,’ and has demonized the idea of positive message and music that can move people in a different direction other than debauchery,” he said.

 

Derek Nichols recently tweeted a poem written by his 14-year-old brother Jordan. Clearly, Jordan, is quite insightful for his young age.

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Here’s what the poem said:

Our generation will be known for nothing.
Never will anybody say,
We were the peak of mankind.
That is wrong, the truth is
Our generation was a failure.
Thinking that
We actually succeeded
Is a waste. And we know
Living only for money and power
Is the way to go.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is a dumb thing to do.
Forgetting about that time,
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Changing our world for the better
Is something we never did.
Giving up
Was how we handled our problems.
Working hard
Was a joke.
We knew that
People thought we couldn’t come back
That might be true,
Unless we turn things around
(Read from bottom to top now)

 

Reading from bottom to top, the poem reads:

Unless we turn things around
That might be true,
People thought we couldn’t come back
We knew that
Was a joke.
Working hard
Was how we handled our problems.
Giving up
Is something we never did.
Changing our world for the better
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Forgetting about that time,
Is a dumb thing to do.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is the way to go.
Living only for money and power
Is a waste. And we know
We actually succeeded
Thinking that
Our generation was a failure.
That is wrong, the truth is
We were the peak of mankind.
Never will anybody say,
Our generation will be known for nothing.

 

Poems like this remind us that the future of our society lies in its youth. The fact that such words can come out of a 14-year-old’s mouth demonstrates that today’s youth can be brave and ambitious with big dreams for the world. After all, only by believing you can change the world will you actually do.

 

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