Freeway Rick Ross’ Drug War Documentary “Crack In The System” To Air On Al Jazeera America

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(AllHipHop News) The compelling story of crack dealer-turned-motivational speaker Freeway Rick Ross has been turned into a documentary. Freeway: Crack In The System is set to air on Sunday, March 8 at 9 pm on Al Jazeera America.

[ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Freeway Rick Ross Releases Excerpt From Upcoming Autobiography]

Award-winning filmmaker Marc Levin (SLAM, Mr. Untouchable) explores how the crack cocaine epidemic destroyed neighborhoods throughout America. The film centers around 1980’s drug kingpin Freeway Ross and Gary Webb, the journalist that broke the story of the CIA’s alleged involvement in trafficking illegal drugs into the United States.

“The genesis of this film was personal. As a child of the sixties I have long been fascinated by stories of the U.S. intelligence community’s connection to drugs and drug traffickers,” states Levin. “I was at the Iran Contra Hearings, producing for Bill Moyers on ‘The Secret Government’ and sitting only feet away from…

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10 Ways Malcolm X Influenced Hip-Hop

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Hip-Hop emerged on the heels of the civil rights movement in America.  Therefore, the influence and messages of the Black Panthers, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X were all very prevalent in rap’s early days.  And with Saturday, February 21, 2015,  being the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s passing, AllHipHop.com wanted to pay tribute to the civil rights icon by celebrating his life and acknowledging the impact he played in so many people’s lives. Here is a list of ways in which Malcolm X helped shape Hip-Hop.  As a culture, it is will always be better than it would’ve been without him.

Samples: Naming music that samples Malcolm X would be an entire other  (very long) list, so as a way of giving props to all of them, check out Keith Leblanc’s record, “No Sell Out.”  The precedent that this Tommy Boy-released song set over 30…

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‘Ghettoside’ Focuses On Gang Homicides In Black Community

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Ghettoside

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America” (Spiegel & Grau), by Jill Leovy

The killings of unarmed Black men by police in Missouri and New York have dominated recent headlines, but the slayings of Black males by other Blacks in the nation’s most violent ghettos still get barely a footnote.

SEE ALSO: Brooklyn Teen Arrested For Posting Cop-Killing Emojis

Americans have long been complacent about these anonymous murders, many of them gang-related, most of which go unsolved. The notion that such killings are not newsworthy is reflected in the label that used to be given to them by members of the Los Angeles Police Department: “NHI – No Human Involved.”

Thankfully, that has changed, according to Jill Leovy’s riveting account of a relentless homicide detective’s investigation of a senseless 2007 killing in Watts in which a gentle and good-natured 18-year-old was gunned down after being mistaken for…

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Mario Cuomo: Governor of Mass Incarceration

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Mario Cuomo and Rudy Giuliani / Image:thoughtmerchant.com

One of the most insidious ways the ruling class fosters unending loyalty to their “power elite” enterprise of global management is through veneration of their dead. The media and the chattering class will wax rhapsodic about the generosity and greatness of these towering figures who wielded their power to further the enterprise of American empire in a way that seemed so humane. This process is ultimately a trap for the millions of poor and working class folk scrambling to function in this society. It deludes them from a clear understanding that the American project is premised on protecting capital and the interests of capital. As former president Calvin Coolidge himself admitted, “The business of America is business.”

The latest example of this postmortem lionization started on January 1…

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Exodus Movie And The Hebrew Israelite Influence on Hip-Hop

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“Moses had to be of the Black race/cuz he spent 40 years in Pharaoh’s Place”
“Why Is That?” – Boogie Down Productions

The new movie, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” has drawn a lot of heat because of the producer’s choice to, once again, select a white cast to portray the Egyptians and the Jews of the Old Testament. To make matters worst, media mogul, Rupert Murdoch further ticked people off when he tweeted the ludicrous question “since when are the Egyptians not white?” I guess if Murdoch decided to do a Hip Hop version of Exodus, the movie would star Macklemore as Ramesses the Great , Iggy Azalea as Nefertari and Eminem as Moses.

The question of the color of the ancient Egyptians and the original Jews has long been debated by scholars. Historically, white scientists have chosen to place a lily white civilization smack dab in the middle of…

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The Eloquence of Shouting “Burn This B*tch Down!”

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Louis Head Michael Brown Stepfather Louis Head reacts to the grand jury decision involving his stepson Michael Brown’s slaying in Ferguson, Mo. (NewsOne)

If you haven’t seen it, there’s a video circulating of Mike Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head standing outside the Ferguson, Mo., police headquarters shouting “Burn this bitch down!” in an unbridled rage, which of course is exactly what those unsympathetic to his family’s ordeal needed to see. NewsOne was one of the outlets that caught his display on camera.

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It’s not for us to determine if he’s sorry for his outburst when he heard that the killer of his stepson would not face state charges, and maybe he wishes in retrospect that he had chosen different words at the time. But to me, he said exactly the right thing.

Burn this b*tch down!

“Oh my God! Madison’s being soooo irresponsible.” I can already hear my critics…

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Open Letter To Hip-Hop: Mike Brown, Dead Dreams and Death

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Dear Hip-Hop,

I am going to share something with you that is incredibly embarrassing at this point in my life. And, revealing it, I know that I will probably be clowned, ridiculed, and maybe called names I don’t want to be called.

Once upon a time, I thought we would be able to kill racism in our lifetime. Let me explain. In my younger years, Hip-Hop looked and sounded a lot different. It was the soundtrack to our lives in some form or fashion. I gravitated to all of Hip-Hop (hence the site name), but I had a real love for the rap music that represented uplifting people – particularly Black people. My favorites were (and still are) Public Enemy, KRS-One & Boogie Down Productions, X-Clan and, among others, Lakim Shabazz and Poor Righteous Teachers. Then there were others like, say, N.W.A. or Rakim, that represented their unique brands of…

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