1. okayafrica:

    VIDEO:Introducing French Afro-Cuban Twin Sisters Ibeyi & Their Yoruba Doom Soul

    Ibeyi, made up of Cuban-born, Paris-based twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz, is an electronic doom soul duo who are forging a new spiritual sound with their debut EP Oya. The 19-year-old musicians are XL Recordings‘ newest signees, and their introductory singles “Oya” and “River” possess a hypnotic blend of hip-hop, electronica, and blues infused with Yoruba prayers and folk songs that will transport you to a higher realm upon first listen.

    Singing in French, English, Spanish and Yoruba, Ibeyi count among their primary influences Nina Simone, Meshell Ndegeocello, James Blake and their late father, the celebrated Cuban jazz percussionist Miguel “Anga” Diaz. Ibeyi’s vocal range, which wavers from the raspy and wraith-like to the sonorous and divine, is ideal for their sonic palette which revels in the phantasmagorical groove of liturgical Yoruba songs. Besides singing in Yoruba–which was brought to Cuba by West African slaves–Ibeyi honor their father’s legacy and Afro-Cuban heritage through their percussive production and use of live instruments. Beatsmith Naomi plays both the cajón and the batá while Lisa-Kaindé remains more in tune with the musical mythos of Ibeyi’s sound by weaving Yoruba lore deeply into their lyrics. “River” is dedicated to the goddess Oshun (the mother of the Ibeyi, and their first single and EP are both named for  Oya (the benevolent orisha who took the Ibeyi in after Oshun was accused of witchcraft for birthing twins and kicked them out).

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  2. odinsblog:


    YouTube is full of videos where young white men, often times armed, stand up to police and force the officers to back down. With African-Americans, however, the rules are often different and knowing your rights will get you Tasered or worse. One African-American man recorded an encounter with police where he avoided getting arrested or shοt while preserving his rights.

    When cops knocked on his door looking for a fugitive, Avel Amarel was determined to record the incident and not allow officers to illegally enter his home, according to a video posted on TheFreeThoughtProject.com.

    Police told Amarel that they wanted to search his home because of an incident that occurred in the parking lot, but Amarel told the officers that the person they were looking for was not inside his home and he wasn’t allowing police to enter without a warrant.

    Officer, I can’t let you inside without a search warrant,” he says.

    Early in the encounter, an officer attempts to get Amarel to stop recording cell phone video, using the excuse that he didn’t know what the object was. Amarel informed the officer that the object in question was a cell phone and continued recording.

    Throughout the video, Amarel refuses to let up, asking officers for three forms of identification. The officers never present any ID, but ask Amarel for ID, but he refuses. Amarel asks the officers whether he’s suspected of a crime and when the officers explain again about the fugitive, Amarel tells them that only he and his family are at the home.

    When one officer asks for permission to search the home, Amarel tells him to come back with a warrant. Eventually the officers leave in frustration.


    (h/t blacklikemoi.com)

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  3. thewitchesofmisspelled:

    STILL 17 DAYS left to pledge your allegiance to MisSpelled!

    There is still time to pledge as much as you are willing to donate! Pledging is just a promise that if we reach $75K in pledges your account will be charged at the end of 17 days for that amount.

    If we don’t reach 75K (which at this point is highly likely) your account will not be charged! You will still be able to say you were a backer of our Kickstarter and a supporter of the series!!

    Please continue to share our Kickstarter and episodes with all of your followers on all of your social media. Together we can do this!

    We have 3900+ subscribers on Youtube. 1900+ on Tumblr. 1300+ on Facebook. If 3500 of you lovelies pledge $20 - we’d reach our goal in no time!!
    ALSO — If you know of any blogs, writers, people on Twitter who are always asking for more diversity — TELL THEM ABOUT US!
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  4. bandsandyoutubersokay:





    This is what happens when white guys listen to Indian music

    holy shit

    whenever I’m feeling sad I just watch this video.

    I was not expecting that level of choreography or that they would actually know the words.  This is awesome.

    I almost ignored this but I’m glad I didn’t

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  5. nanoochka:





    Parrot caught singing let the bodies hit the floor

    I was so done when it whispered…I would shit bricks if I heard that when I got up to get a drink in the middle of the night…

    “Let the bodies hit the….FLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR!!!”

    oh my god he’s so into it


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  6. postracialcomments:

    Kentucky man paints ‘KKK wants you to burn’ on neighbor’s fence, pours gasoline on their doorsteps: police  

    A Kentucky man is accused of terrorizing his next-door neighbors by pouring gasoline outside their home and painting “KKK wants you to burn” on their fence.

    Douglas Poynter, 51, was allegedly caught green-handed after painting the racist threats on his Louisville neighbor’s property Monday and then fetching his shotgun while vowing to kill them all, WDRB reported.

    The frightened family told police Poynter was found on the other side of the vile message — accessorized with a cross erected underneath reading “burn” — appearing so drunk he could barely stand.

    Jesus Alamo, whose family lives in the home, told WHAS11 that when he confronted Poynter about the paint the man furiously snapped.

    "F—- you. F—- all you immigrants," he allegedly shouted while telling Alamo and his family that he’d kill them the first chance he got.

    The alleged racist then took a swing at Alamo, who pushed him back. When the father’s 9-year-old step-daughter said she was going to call 911, Poynter allegedly went inside and came back with a shotgun, according to the arrest report obtained by WDRB.

    Alamo said the sicko then pointed the firearm at him while he was holding his 22-month-old son in his arms.

    "It scared me, but more than kids," said Alamo.

    When police arrived they reported finding Poynter covered in paint but they left without making an arrest.

    Upset neighbor, Jesus Alamo, says he's had problems with Poynter for some time. He said that after the fence incident he found gasoline poured outside his home's doorsteps.Upset neighbor, Jesus Alamo, says he’s had problems with Poynter for some time. He said that after the fence incident he found gasoline poured outside his home’s doorsteps.
    • Douglas Poynter, 51, of Louisville, Kentucky was arrested after allegedly painting racist comments on Jesus Alamo's  fence. Jesus Alamo and his family live next door to Poynter.
    • Douglas Poynter, 51, of Louisville, Kentucky was arrested after allegedly painting racist comments on Jesus Alamo's  fence. Jesus Alamo and his family live next door to Poynter.
    EnlargeUnfortunately for the Alamo family, their next-door neighbor nightmare wasn’t over yet

    The next morning Alamo said he walked out of his house and discovered gasoline poured outside all three entrances of his home.

    After calling police and while waiting for their arrival, they said Poynter came outside with his shotgun once more and began waving it around at the family.

    "Sooner or later, you’re gonna die. You and your family," he told them according to the police report.

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  7. kelechief:


    White Man from San Diego Waves Gun Around Small Children In Confrontation With Police and Is Taken Into Custody Alive.  

    This white man walked towards the police with a gun pointed at them and they spend half an hour talking to him before they shoot him one time. If he had been a black man, they would’ve shot him dead. Before you police apologists claim this man has a history of mental illness (he does) that’s why the police was lenient,  Ezell Ford, a mentally ill black man, was recently killed by the LAPD. 


    Haha like. … what. …

    This is. .. this is it. This is what we talk about.

    This is white privilege

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  8. vi9:




    oh my  god

    huge trigger warning but oh my god

    shots. fired.

    No…no… Comedy central unfortunately hit the nail on the year and just ouch

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  9. lifehackable:

    Something we need to address. (x)

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  10. izzymar:


    A man who would be intimidated by me is exactly the kind of man I would have no interest in. 

    You only have to read the comments on youtube to realize how much we need feminism. 

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  12. laurajohnsongrey:


    Stromae - Papaoutai

    Last year the most popular video on French TV and the number one song in France and Belgium was “Papaoutai” by Belgian singer Stromae. The tune and rhythms are appealing and unusual; the video is compelling and, ultimately, moving. Though the title sounds like it could be a word in an African language, it is actually meant to be understood by French speakers as meaning “Papa, où t’es?” which translates as “Dad, where are you?” The song and the story of the video refer to the absence of Stromae’s father, who was killed in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The plaintive cry of the singer who feels the absence of his father is also expressed in the child in the video who begs his mannequin-like father to come to life.

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  13. sofapizza:


    Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, 2014-08-26, “Race/Off” [alternate link here]

    Jon was FINALLY back last night, and hit it out of the freakin park with this Ferguson segment.

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  14. livingyoungwildandfit:





    Jon Stewart Goes After Fox in Powerful Ferguson Monologue

    I been waiting for the daily show to come back so they could cover this

    LMAO, shouts out to Jon Stewart

    Shoutout for Jon Stewart for not having me think white people are complete shit


    Reblogged from: leticheecopae
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