12 ain’t worth a dime… never was…..
Despite a 2019 California law mandating the release of certain records related to police misconduct, law enforcement agencies in the state are still fighting records requests.
This story was produced in partnership with Oaklandside, a nonprofit newsroom reporting on Oakland, California.
More than two years after the passage of a California law that rolled back secrecy on decades of law enforcement misconduct and use-of-force records, agencies throughout the state are failing to comply. Among the agencies that have not disclosed records are the California Highway Patrol, the Oakland Police Department, and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, who are being sued over noncompliance with Senate Bill 1421, the 2018 law authored by state Senator Nancy Skinner. The legislation made public several categories of records—including investigations of police shootings, uses of force resulting in great bodily injury, and cases in which officers were disciplined for sexual misconduct and dishonesty—all previously deemed off-limits by the Peace Officers’ Bill of Rights.
In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli,” Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with legendary DJ, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and rapper:
The Bad Kid, The Beat Konducta, The Loop Digga, Quasimoto…
A 911 call ended with a horrible and preventable case of mistaken identity and now the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office is working to cover up the LAPD’s bad behavior…again.
Yanadameen Godcast episode 161: OG Warren G enters the cipher and drops jewels: Witnessing NWA’s rise as a kid, growing up with Dr. Dre, the positive influence Suge Knight had on west coast hip hop, Nate Dogg’s contributions to the G-Funk era.Godcast Episode 161: Warren G – YouTube
This is pretty much how I feel… even though I ain’t much for celebrations and all that…. we can party when the war is won…
I don’t do Kwanzaa. I just don’t. I never have, and the very thought of it evokes some difficult memories and feelings for me.
It’s not the holiday’s religious trappings or its Afro-syncretic fusion of Jewish menorahs, Swahili words, Kemetic, Christian and other rituals. I understand people do have a perfect human right to adopt or make up the cultural and religious practices that suit them. Rastafarianism, Voudon, Santería, and Candomblé all borrow from multiple traditions, as does Islam from Judaism and Christianity, and Christianity from Judaism, Greek and Roman sources, and so on. So I have no quarrel whatsoever with those who celebrate and find value in Kwanzaa.Continue reading
Til Infinity is a full-length documentary celebrating the twenty-year anniversary of the critically acclaimed Souls of Mischief album 93 Til Infinity. With over 50 interviews with notable MC’s, producers, and DJ’s Til Infinity offers a retrospective and in-depth look at the famed Hieroglyphics crews landmark 1993 debut album. Oakland, California filmmaker Shomari Smith interviewed the entire Hieroglyphics collective while traveling across the country to capture intimate dialog with hip hop notables. http://vevo.ly/kNy0TaSouls Of Mischief – Til Infinity: The Souls of Mischief (Full-Length Documentary) – YouTube
A Fresno man who is currently on trial for murdering four white men in 2017 told detectives upon his arrest that the motive behind his action was because he got fed up with racism against blacks. Continue reading
The biggest gang in AmeriKKKa is the boys in blue…
Los Angeles – The deputy who shot and killed 18-year-old Andres Guardado outside a car shop in Gardena was a prospective member of a violent clique inside the Compton Sheriff’s station, according to the sworn testimony of a whistleblower. Miguel Vega’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment but the law firm working with Guardado’s family, Panish Shea and Boyle LLP, confirmed they are looking into the allegations.Continue reading
This is so dope… good biz young men!
Amid a pandemic, a civil rights reckoning, and the heat of the Los Angeles summer, three young brothers are helping to cool the place down with a hip-hop-inspired healthy frozen pop business that donates a portion of its proceeds to charity.
The brothers, 10-year-old Shiloh, 12-year-old Judah, and 14-year-old Nas Accius, started Jiggy Popp with the idea of introducing a healthy treat to their community. Through their all-natural-ingredient products, the boys aim to provide an accessible gateway to a vegan lifestyle while also giving back. Shiloh, Judah and Nas plan to donate a portion of their proceeds.
The boys’ musical backgrounds influenced their decision to donate their money to inner-city arts programs. The Fernando Pullum Arts Center in Leimert Park, where the boys often vend, is one of the chief recipients of nearly $6000 the boys have contributed so far.
“It’s not only about just having access to art programs, it’s beyond that. It’s more about having a creative mindset and creative solutions,” Judah explained. “But for that to happen, people need to be creative. That’s where the idea popped in: Why not give back to arts programs. They help children, so why not help them help children.”
Crediting music with enabling them to start their business in the first place, these lifelong musicians have infused their products with some hip-hop culture.
“Before, I was a street performer. I was bussing on the streets, I was playing my guitar,” explained eldest brother Nas. The money he earned there, matched by a gift from the trio’s dad, made up the $700 start-up cost for Jiggy Popp. Everything else, including the names of the pops, was the result of collaboration.
“The flavors for our pops are Black culture-related,” Judah explained. “We have things like Mango Unchained – Django Unchained – like the movie. We have Strawberry Better 23, like Strawberry Letter 23, which is a Prince song,” he pointed out. Other flavors like Georgia Peach on my Mind, Blackberry Gordy and Tropic Like it’s Hot are also a nod to Black culture.
One expert says that what these young men are doing is not only important for development but vital for the Black community. Will Campbell, professor of Entrepreneurship at Southern University and VP of Commercial Services and Mortgage Retail at Essential Federal Credit Union, pointed out the alarming wealth gap between black and white families. “Entrepreneurship is the only way we’re going to make up the wealth gap.” He added, “Creating those entrepreneurs with very innovative, creative, and bright minds. Training that mindset at an early age will help them develop that financial responsibility. It teaches stewardship early.”
The boys understand and accept their collective responsibility. “When people buy our pops it’s not just about more money,” Judah said. “Most people we encounter are like ‘look at my young black kings out here hustling’. I feel like I’m inspiring people.”
Each boy has hopes for the future of their business and their community. Shiloh hopes the business will grow and people will share it with their friends. Nas can’t help but think about a potential reality — that they may never have to work a 9 to 5. “Once this is fully sustainable, this could be our life,” he said. “If I had to say what we wanted to do when we grow up, it’s this business.”
Meanwhile, Judah hopes to continue to inspire people. “Every other kid could do this as well,” he pointed out. “I want to inspire people to be able to do what we do: Have their own company and thrive the way that we have. Moving forward I want to keep inspiring people.”‘Look at My Young Black Kings’: Three Brothers Create All-Natural Vegan Frozen Pops Inspired By Black Culture