And that's a picture wrap. Still can't believe what my life has become and is becoming. Not too long ago it was just struggle, stress and trying to figure it all out. Now I just wrapped up a feature film and I'm the star, and not just any movie, the life of Tupac, CRAZY. 2015 threw every curveball possible in the midst of preparation to get this role. Thank God for giving me what I needed to keep going and blessing me with the role. Thank you to all the crew and cast, man yall helped make this experience unforgettable 4real. I've made some life long friendships within this film and can't wait til we're all together again at the premiere. R.i.p to Tupac Shakur, you're a Black Pioneer and a Hero to our people and culture. I hope my performance pays tribute and gives insight to your life and most of all "Spark the brain"
"I like Bill O'Reilly the character but I hate [how] old white people take him so seriously," Killer Mike said. "He's more full of shit than an outhouse. I'm gonna go in a black club and see Bill O'Reilly with a stripper on his lap, I guarantee you that. He's as fictional as those books he writes."But the real meat of the conversation got slept on. It continued during "Overtime." After giving Maher a quick history lesson, starting at the 9:30-minute mark, on how the founding fathers of hip-hop conceived as a peaceful response to violence, he breaks down the real source of violence — religion and power.
"To people that say hip-hop is violence, I would say let's start with the real violence starters. Let's start with the three major Abrahamic religions, and let's do away with their books. Let's start with government and geo-war and politics; let's do away with our leaders. So after we get down the violence scale of all the things that create real violence to get to music, it'll be easy to get hip-hop. ’Cause people in hip-hop wanna do the same thing you do," he says, referring to Maher. "Talk shit about politics, smoke weed, and date dope black women."
Instead, Lemon assumed the role of a tough-on-crime politician: The only question that mattered was why these people couldn’t be brought to heel. Anything else—anything that might truly have illuminated the situation we are witnessing in Baltimore—was left off the table.While such criticism is easy to find on social media — depending on who you follow on your timeline — it's refreshing to see online outlets taking the established players to school.
That our elite media so consistently fails to probe this basic question is a measure of its blinkered priorities. When police commit violence against ordinary citizens, so many in the corridors of power caution against instant condemnation. We’re reminded that we need to wait until all the facts are in. We unpack each second of the interaction in the minute detail, searching for a logical reason why the cop pulled the trigger. Yet when the same media looks at people who have erupted in fury against this kind of state-sanctioned violence, those same calls for understanding tend to evaporate, and we are left with a kind of unthinking condemnation. There is no reason why protesters and even looters do not deserve to be heard and understood with the same solicitousness as the police who all too frequently kill their family and friends.
Nine months ago, GPB took over daytime programming on WRAS-FM (88.5), GSU's longtime student-managed radio station, and replaced the station's eclectic shows with local news reports and talk shows. The $150,000 multi-year agreement has since allowed the state media network to enter Atlanta's radio market for the first time ever. In the process, WRAS DJs had their airtime reduced by more than half in exchange for educational opportunities including internships.
According to incoming WRAS General Manager Hannah Frank, university officials required GSU students to pay fees that ultimately went to fund a new $676,000 radio transmitter. The appeal says the university has shown "blatant disregard" for the Board of Regents' policies because money earmarked for WRAS students' needs has largely benefitted a third-party organization.
WRAS DJs also claim the GPB-GSU agreement took place behind closed doors and circumvented the Board of Regents' governing policies. During the station's budget approval process, the appeal says GSU officials did not disclose to students that it had been involved in negotiations with GPB dating back to 2012 — information that could have altered the transmitter's funding. According to Frank, the university "hoodwinked" WRAS DJs into thinking the student-funded transmitter would benefit their organization, knowing full well GPB would benefit from the equipment.
In addition, the appeal says the university's actions could result in potential Federal Communications Commission fines due to multiple instances where GPB has fallen out of compliance with the federal agency's rules during the past year. Since GSU holds the station's license, the university would be on the hook for potential fines.
"This has exposed the University, as the FCC license holder, to significant fiscal liabilities which, based on the student fee structure, it is reasonable to expect would be met through payment of student fees," the appeal says.
The Board of Regents does not have the power to revoke the GPB-GSU contract. But if board members found the university to be in violation of its rules, the WRAS deal could be revisited with student involvement during a mediation process.
"We want all of the air time back," Frank says. "If they work with us and have a dialogue, we may compromise some way."
Spokespeople for GSU and GPB, respectively, declined to comment on the matter. The Board of Regents has 30 days to respond to the appeal. We've embedded a full copy after the jump.
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