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B is for Books x Books to Read on a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

In B is for Books, History on June 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm

if i had to chose just one, i would have to say that this is my favorite book. there are few books im okay with reading more than once but invisible man, i feel, is one i will read many times over during my lifetime. ellison is pure genius. every page from the introduction to the prologue to the complex and unconventional ending is a must read. an excellent character study it’s one of the most important pieces written about the black experience, ever. no light treading with this one.




B is for Books x Books to Read on a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia: The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey, Or, Africa for the Africans

In B is for Books, History on June 11, 2010 at 2:45 pm

forget all the craziness you’ve heard about Marcus Garvey, or even what you may have heard and agree with. another great steal from my friend stef, this book is straight Garvey in his own words with the space and freedom to clarify his opinions. in a word, this book is thought-provoking (well thats a compound word but, still), and definitely a most prescient read during these so called post-racial times. if your anything like me you’ll have to stop yourself from taking enough notes to write a book of your own.


Florida’s Modern Day Slavery

In Americas (North), History, World News on June 11, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Grand Prize Winner of YouTube’s “Project: Report”

“Follow the story of Joseph Dieune, a Haitian migrant worker who visited the United States to make money for his family back home.

Learn about issues of discrimination against illegal immigrants and explore the life of a small agricultural center located just south of the city of Miami.”

Click here to watch the runner-up videos from YouTube’s Project: Report.

Bill Plympton is the King of Animation.

In Artsy Fartsy, History, Music on June 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm

took an animation class my senior year in highschool and the first, and last, thing we did that semester was watch a plympton anthology. the mans like animation 101. below is a clip from his anthology, two of his commercials and the heard ’em say video he did for kanye west. like ive said time and time again, kanye is an artist in every sense of the term. the man knows his stuff. so its no surprise he knew to get plympton. anyone who’s ever taken a drawing class knows how incredibly talented, and dedicated, this man MUST be.



Throwback Thursdays: Flash Light

In History, Music, Throwback Thursdays on June 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm

huge ups, per usual, to diesel for dropping the knowledge, per usual.



B is for Books x Books to Read on a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia: The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

In B is for Books, History on June 10, 2010 at 11:59 am

my friend fisseha hit me one day and demanded that i read this book. he’s a pretty in the know guy, so i don’t take his suggestions lightly. within the hour i was at my favorite little- corner-used-books store in berkeley, Shakespere & Co., and had purchased myself a copy. still haven’t gotten through it but boy am i excited.


Magic Rolling Board (1976) [FADER]

In Fashion, Fun Fridays!, History, Movies on June 7, 2010 at 12:43 am

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oh how i wish skateboarding was still like this…



Say Bye Bye to Bananas: A trailer from [Fader] an article from [NY Times]

In Americas (North), Americas (South & Central), documentary, History, World News on June 7, 2010 at 12:24 am

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Juan “Accidentes” Dominguez is on his biggest case ever. On behalf of twelve Nicaraguan banana workers he is tackling Dole Food in a ground-breaking legal battle for their use of a banned pesticide that was known by the company to cause sterility. Can he beat the giant, or will the corporation get away with it?In the suspenseful documentary BANANAS!*, filmmaker Fredrik Gertten sheds new light on the global politics of food.

Learn more at

Yes, We Will Have No Bananas


Published: June 18, 2008

ONCE you become accustomed to gas at $4 a gallon, brace yourself for the next shocking retail threshold: bananas reaching $1 a pound. At that price, Americans may stop thinking of bananas as a cheap staple, and then a strategy that has served the big banana companies for more than a century — enabling them to turn an exotic, tropical fruit into an everyday favorite — will begin to unravel.

The immediate reasons for the price increase are the rising cost of oil and reduced supply caused by floods in Ecuador, the world’s biggest banana exporter. But something larger is going on that will affect prices for years to come.

That bananas have long been the cheapest fruit at the grocery store is astonishing. They’re grown thousands of miles away, they must be transported in cooled containers and even then they survive no more than two weeks after they’re cut off the tree. Apples, in contrast, are typically grown within a few hundred miles of the store and keep for months in a basket out in the garage. Yet apples traditionally have cost at least twice as much per pound as bananas.

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Up There [Wooster Collective]

In Artsy Fartsy, History, Movies on May 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm

and finally my last installment in my day of coincidences/ LA&NY street theme. yes, believe it or not the billboard these guys are working on is actually in an episode of How to Make It In America. fuuuuunny funny. not to mention that I had to put it up as just a great example of a really well-made, relatable, endearing film.



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more about “UP THERE“, posted with vodpod

Peppers World: LA Graffiti & Street Art by Saber [Wooster Collective]

In Artsy Fartsy, History, Movies on May 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm

ESPN 30 for 30: Straight Outta LA

In History, Movies, Music, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace, Throwback Thursdays on May 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm

sometimes, ESPN is reeealllyy coo.

check parts 2-6 after the jump.


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No Mas Presents: Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No by James Blagden [Fader]

In Artsy Fartsy, History, Movies on May 27, 2010 at 9:45 pm

SO as usual I was on the fader one day a few back and, as usual, one link led to another and before I knew it I came upon some awesome goodness. So their post led me to this video, as well as the video in my next post, which I happened to just watch today, just before watching every episode of the first season of the new HBO series “how to make it in america” which, if you pay close attention to my next post and stop the video of my third post at 40 seconds you’ll see a funny coincidence. even funnier is that in watching the 7th (maybe 6th?) episode of how to make it in america, i saw the billboard that is the subject of todays last post (a short called “up there”) anyway all this is to say all things are connected andd….blah blah blah.

enjoy the LA/NY street theme ap4p has seemed to take on today.


…The Show…

In History, Movies, Music on May 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm

made in 1995, the Show is theeeee real, behind the scenes, backstage hip hop documentary. with performance footage and raw kick-it convo with everyone from BIG, run DMC, naughty by nature, snoop, wu-tang arguing on their tour bus, slick rick in jail,  suge knight, dr. dre, and of course russell simmons being a jerk and the man all at the same time, this ones kind of a much see. check for the full documentary, parts 2-9 (though i think it should be 10 parts), after the jump.



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A Guided Tour Through Roger Steffens’ Reggae Archives courtesy of the Fader

In History, Music, Music Monday, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on May 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm

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Roger Steffens had a substantial hand in popularizing reggae in the United States as an early fan and Los Angeles radio DJ, and he’s got the goods to prove it—his six-room library is jammed with live cassettes, 42 years’ worth of Rolling Stone (he bought the first-ever issue en route to Vietnam), rare vinyl and literally 3000 buttons of Bob Marley’s face. As an archivist and a friend, Steffens traveled to Africa with Marley as well, and peppers this deeply awesome guided tour with several choice anecdotes about the experience—echoes of his hailed “Life of Bob Marley” shows across the country.
Click here to read more about Steffen’s archive.

Check out the Fader Magazine online.

Woodstock: A Moment of Muddy Grace [NY Times]

In Americas (North), History, Music, Music Monday, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace, World News on May 25, 2010 at 5:53 pm

BABY boomers won’t let go of the Woodstock Festival. Why should we? It’s one of the few defining events of the late 1960s that had a clear happy ending.

On Aug. 15 to 17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people, me among them, gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), N.Y. We listened to some of the best rock musicians of the era, enjoyed other legal and illegal pleasures, endured rain and mud and exhaustion and hunger pangs, felt like a giant community and dispersed, all without catastrophe.

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