Kodak Black vs T.I./ The Notre Dame Fire/ play Hip-Hop Government Game

Yanadameen Godcast season 2, episode #013

In today’s episode of The Yanadameen Godcast with Lord Jamar and Rahh Digga, the co-hosts discuss current events. They speak on the T.I. and Kodak Black’s beef, and debate about the fire that happened in Notre Dame. They also play a “Hip-Hop government” game. Continue reading

XXXTentacion & Jimmy Wopo tragedies ¦ US Govt detention centers ¦ NEW MUSIC reviews!

Yanadameen Godcast episode #025

The rap music family has been hit with a double tragedy as, once again, two young artists, XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo, have had their life taken away far too soon (7:39). As the details emerge and it appears to be a robbery motive behind the killing of XXX, Lord Jamar questions why there is a tendency amongst young Black entertainers to move around with bags full of money (11:15)? Continue reading

White men killed most cops in 2016, conservatives silent

Color me surprised? How about no… lol stuff like this is obvious to anyone with sense

Would it shock you to learn that the number of police who’ve been shot and killed in 2016 is up an astounding 59% from where it was this same date last year? Seventeen police officers have already been shot and killed in 2016, by mid-May. Only 10 had suffered that fate by May 10th, 2015.
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Beyonce is Destroying Your Daughter, Not Empowering Her

OK course the YT had to say the Panther stuff was racist but he’s a blogger, I don’t always expect cognitive reasoning….. but the rest of his points were valid..

Over the weekend, pop singer Beyonce released a new album called “Lemonade” (because if life gives you lemons). For a piece of work hailed as “groundbreaking” and “brilliant,” it’s strange that the title is one of the most overused cliches in the history of cliches.
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On ‘Jackson Five Nostrils,’ Creole vs. ‘Negro’ and Beefing Over Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’

Good read and nice pointing out the colorism that exists in Creole communities..

I was born and raised in New Awlins and never miss the opportunity to remind folks of that. So when Beyoncé’s video for “Formation” dropped on Saturday, I, like the majority of my homegirls, was hype.

I wasn’t excited because I’m a certified Beyoncé stan, because the video is visually stunning, or because this seemed to be the Blackest iteration of Beyoncé yet. I was hype because she seemed to be reppin’ New Awlins hard, and not in a tepid “I heart N.O.” kind of way, but more in line with our playfully defiant brand of Blackness. That she unleashed the video during Mardi Gras weekend? It just couldn’t get any better!
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Beyoncé’s “Formation” is Visually Powerful…But the Lyrics Don’t Match It

My thoughts exactly…

I wanted you to watch the video first before I said my peace.

There really isn’t a lot to say about the visuals themselves.  Katrina, Black Lives Matter, “stop shooting us”, the police with their hands up after witnessing a dance by a young black man, Beyoncé drowning on a police car in New Orleans; all of it is an homage to a culture that is stigmatized when the heirs of it display it but monetized when appropriated and watered down.  Add to that the fact that Beyoncé apparently directed this and you have the feeling that she might have missed a calling that could have brought her both critical and mass acclaim.

The problem comes when you separate the track from the video.  I have a little exercise for you; read the lyrics all the way through once.
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