Saturday, June 19, 2004

Lil Wayne on 106th and Park?

It was funny to me how Lil Wayne said that he was the "greatest rapper" ever (besides Jay-Z, he implied)at the end of his performance on 106th and Park. He's cool and all, but the greatest rapper? I dont think so! I guess confidence is good.

James Cromwell, panther?

James Cromwell, the actor, was a Black Panther, and had something really positive to say about the Black Panthers aims and goals in this CNN article:

Well, the story goes like this: In the late '60s Cromwell, a self-described "bourgeois white boy," joined the radical Black Panther Party by becoming a member of "The Committee to Defend the Panthers." Their focus was to free 13 Panther members who had been jailed in New York on conspiracy charges.

"The goal of the government was to get all the leaders of the Black Panther Party in jail so that they could be killed systematically through prison violence, and that way they could stop what was a very powerful and evolving movement," Cromwell maintains. The Panther 13 were acquitted in 1971 after two years in jail; a jury found them innocent of all 156 charges against them.
Cromwell believes strongly that if given a chance the group, which inspired passion from friends and foes alike, would have changed the world for the better.
"I don't think we would have the kind of prison population now and what happens in this country with the gangs if the Panthers had been allowed to continue what they decided to do, which was basically empower black communities to take back their self control ... and reestablish the dignity of being a black person in this country," said Cromwell.

CD Pick:KMD's Black Bastards

This is a classic album! It was never really released at its time which was like 1993 or 1994, but its still better than a lot of the crap out thuurr...

Funkmaster Flex Car Show

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The Funkmaster Flex Car Show is 6/19 and 6/20 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey. Check out the KING Magazine booth, ask for "Sexy Gwen", get her autograph, and tell her that Robert sent ya!

Today in Hip Hop/Urban History

6/19/1967 Muhammad Ali is convicted for refusing induction in US Army!

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Ali held the WBA and WBC belts from 1964 to '67, when he was arrested for evading the draft. Ali, whose number came up in the selective service, refused to serve in Vietnam and said his religious beliefs precluded him from killing anyone. Following his arrest, his boxing license and the heavyweight title were stripped.

Ali waited outside the ring until the Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 1971. He regained championship status in 1974, when he took George Foreman to eight rounds before knocking him out. He held the title until 1978, when Leon Spinks did what no other boxer had: He won the heavyweight championship from Ali in the ring. Ali, however, regained the title in a rematch six months later.


Newark Race Riots July 1967

In the late sixties and early seventies, there was lots of tension in the inner cities. This tension due to racism in everyday life and especially the police led to what was called "civil disturbances". On this day in history, there were two such "civil disturbances." In 1969, state troopers ordered to Cairo Ill, to quell racial disturbances, and in 1971 the mayor declared a state of emergency in Columbus Ga racial disturbances. Im pointing this out not to justify them, but to point out how the mix of racism, heat, and frustration lead to these conditions in the urban areas in the late 60s and early 70s.


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