Watch| Full Jay-Z Barclays Short Documentary, Where I’m From

Back in September, Your boy Jay-Z caused quite the commotion when he set off an eight-concert run to coincide with the debut of the new Barclay’s Center (of which he’s part owner). He famously took the subway on the first night of that run. That and other moments leading up to, and during the shows, are featured in a new 24 minute documentary short recently released online. You even get to see Jay’s adorable interaction with an old lady who ask’s him “Are you famous?” Check the vid for his answer.

Beyonce Drops Teaser Trailer for HBO Doc.

For those that have been complaining about Beyonce being too private, and for those who speculated that her baby bump was fake, here is your chance to step inside her world. Beyonce is releasing a documentary about private moments in her life- from childhood, to her marriage to Jay-Z. The documentary will also include moments of her pregnancy with Blue Ivy- pictured above (hopefully she doesn’t hold back any of the details). The documentary will premiere on HBO February 16th. In the voice over of the clip, Beyonce admits to being a private person saying “I always battle with- how much I reveal about myself”.
Unlike other celebrities, Beyonce was very late conforming to social media. But she quickly realized that she needed to connect differently with fans if she wanted to keep them interested in her music and her brand, so she created a tumblr account, teasing fans with pictures of Baby Blue. She rarely shows Blue Ivy’s face in pictures. So, in this documentary we expect to see full vivid pictures and candid moments of Baby Blue.

Take a look at a clip of Beyonce’s “Raw, Real, Revealed”documentary

Stop & Frisk: NYPD Caught On Video Threatening to Break Teens Arm

The New York Police Departments “stop-and-frisk” policy isn’t very popular among young Black and Hispanic men living in the city, and for good reason. Yet, somehow, Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly, have managed to keep the practice going, defending it with dubious statistics, despite the fact that it’s bullshit.

One of the major complaints made by people who have experienced the procedure, where the police randomly stops someone, questions them, and checks for weapons, is that not only does it unfairly targets minorities, the police are often unnecessarily aggressive.


Now, on the very day the New York City Council is set to examine the stop-and-frisk policy to determine what changes maybe implemented to it, a year old audio has surfaced where police can be heard threatening to break the arm of a young Hispanic teen.

Screen grab of Alvin taken from Doc Footage

The young man, Alvin, gave the two-minute long audio to documentary director, Ross Tuttle who was working on a film called The Hunted and The Hated.  At one point in the audio, one of the plain-clothed officers that stopped Alvin tells him he’s going to arrest him because he’s a “fucking mutt.”

The news of this audio, which American Civil Liberties Director Donna Lieberman tells the Nation, is “what we’ve been hearing from communities of color, again and again,” comes as no surprise to many. Yet, the NYPD has remained quite so far.

You can watch pieces of the documentary along with the audio below:

The Police department’s silence on this matter can’t last too long, as it’s clear they violated several procedures; they gave no reason for the stop, used “racially charged language,” and threatened to harm an innocent man.


[Cited: The Daily News, The Nation // Photo Credit: The Nation]

Stop & Frisk: NYPD Caught On Video Threatening to Break Teens Arm

The New York Police Departments “stop-and-frisk” policy isn’t very popular among young Black and Hispanic men living in the city, and for good reason. Yet, somehow, Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly, have managed to keep the practice going, defending it with dubious statistics, despite the fact that it’s bullshit.

One of the major complaints made by people who have experienced the procedure, where the police randomly stops someone, questions them, and checks for weapons, is that not only does it unfairly targets minorities, the police are often unnecessarily aggressive.


Now, on the very day the New York City Council is set to examine the stop-and-frisk policy to determine what changes maybe implemented to it, a year old audio has surfaced where police can be heard threatening to break the arm of a young Hispanic teen.

Screen grab of Alvin taken from Doc Footage

The young man, Alvin, gave the two-minute long audio to documentary director, Ross Tuttle who was working on a film called The Hunted and The Hated.  At one point in the audio, one of the plain-clothed officers that stopped Alvin tells him he’s going to arrest him because he’s a “fucking mutt.”

The news of this audio, which American Civil Liberties Director Donna Lieberman tells the Nation, is “what we’ve been hearing from communities of color, again and again,” comes as no surprise to many. Yet, the NYPD has remained quite so far.

You can watch pieces of the documentary along with the audio below:

The Police department’s silence on this matter can’t last too long, as it’s clear they violated several procedures; they gave no reason for the stop, used “racially charged language,” and threatened to harm an innocent man.


[Cited: The Daily News, The Nation // Photo Credit: The Nation]

Watch| Trailer for Adorable Chess Doc – "Brooklyn Castle"

The new documentary, “Brooklyn Castle,” is about a group of Brooklyn teens from I.S. 318 who, perhaps improbably, hold the winningest record for a junior high school chess team. These are the type of kids that get called “at risk” because of the circumstances they’re growing up around (more than 60 percent of them live below the poverty line). When budget cuts threaten their team, these kids step up to the plate.

If you watch the trailer and you’re heart doesn’t get all melty and gooey, check your pulse, you’re probably dead.

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KONY 2012 (And The Dilemma Of Inconsistency)



KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.

HOW TO HELP:er
Join TRI or Donate to Invisible Children: http://bit.ly/yp5Ffv
Purchase KONY 2012 products: http://invisiblechildrenstore.myshopify.com/
Sign the Pledge: http://www.causes.com/causes/227-invisible-children

This is the most elegant and professional presentation I have ever seen by a viral campaign aimed at stopping a criminal and requesting support, all while informing the world of a man they should have been well aware of 20 years ago.

Though I am a supporter of this movement I can say that through watching this video and seeing the Social Media reaction to it, it has become obvious to me the way things have to be strategically marketed in a way that will reach the entire world.

I do commend the film maker for being able to use two African figures placing them on opposite sides, which does not place all Africans in a negative light.

Nonetheless, I stated on my Facebook page:  

It is a bit sad that it took a documentary, Invisible Children, that came out in 2006 to become relevant through a viral campaign. Let’s just hope that this movement isn’t another internet trend by making sure we are consistent in our support. So #KONY2012.

Let us as a community make sure we push this and any further movements of the same ilk with the same diligence, akin to the diligence people have when trying to get the attention of celebrities, young adults get from showing off their new sneakers and clothes and so many other meaningless endeavours with unlimited energy given toward it.

#KONY 2012