Hip hop and acting superstar Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) teamed up with Stand Fast For Justice in a protest demonstration against the inhumane force-feeding methods that are used at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.
If you are unaware of what's going on in Guantanamo Bay, there are currently 120 (of the total 166) detainees that are on a hunger strike. A majority of these detainees are caught in a "political limbo" despite having been cleared for release.This current hunger strike, one of the many that has taken place since 2005, is a demonstration against the indefinite detainment of these men. Currently, 44 detainees are being force-fed without their consent.
The video below, featuring Yasiin Bey, portrays the actual process (although not the full length) in which prisoners are forcefully fed through a nasogastric enteral feeding tube. The feeding process (which is being done as "medical management") takes approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes for the nutrient to be ingested and then up to 1.5 hours following which the detainee remains strapped down to ensure they don't induce vomiting.
****Disclaimer: the video below is somewhat graphic.
For more information on some of the detainees stories, click here.
Now this video may have shocked you, but what's more shocking is that this is happening to 44 men for up to 2 hours twice a day. And on top of undergoing this torturous force-feeding, this is occurring during the beginning of Ramadan.
I urge you to share, tweet, email, pin this video as much as possible to help spread the word of what is happening in Guantanamo Bay. Peace peace to Yasiin Bey for joining in this cause and helping to stop this inhumane of people being held indefinitely without judicial process!
Music has many different powers, but it's ability to console and heal during painful and trying times is why I have always been drawn to it. On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, LoDo takes a look at music and how it was used to heal and console those mourning the death of our greatest leader.
This article sums up some of the basics that you need to know about GMO's, but most importantly ways to make a change for your health. I've had many people ask me questions lately about GMO's, "I see all the information but I don't know what to do about it". I put together a list of things you can do and resources for more information to make a positive change in your health and nutrition for you and your family. MAM, May 25 2013 EVERYWHERE!
[Listen] MiKHAL - Live at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (12/21/13 Downtempo Mix)
Check out the mix of the day from MiKHAL. This Downtempo mix was performed live on 12/21/13, aka the Winter Solstice, at The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. Check the link here to listen to MiKHAL's dope mix (headphones on/subs up)!
Today's Mix of the Day brought to you c/o our new Electronica contributor Brian Baer, follow him at soundcloud.com/brian-baer!
Healing With Music - a playlist to remember Smitty
It's hard to believe it's already been 2 months since my cousin passed. No matter the capacity that you knew Chris Smith, you probably know of the love he had for music. I've promised many of you that I would send out copies of the memorial playlist, and thanks to some good music and a look through old pictures, I found some motivation to get out of my "writer's block". Take a look/listen and enjoy memories of Chris, you are deeply loved and missed cousin. Forever Young...
LoDo's Women & Hip Hop Series: Part 5 - Creating Solutions
We've finally reached part 5 of LoDo's "Women and Hip Hop" series! In part 5, LoDo chats with Nadia Piet, owner and founder of The TIKA, and Mark Patton of Amplifiher Media and #TheListening. There's enough complaining in the world, it's time to be a solution. We discuss creating solutions to problems that female artists and fans have faced in the hip hop world and ways we can continue to expand on the positivity and empowerment that is embodied in hip hop!
In light of the rape accusation against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston that has become public knowledge (details of the case which are still unclear) we've seen another wave of "victim blaming". With the various recent public rape cases including the Steubenville Ohio incident in 2012, we are missing an opportunity to have a serious about rape, victims, and our justice system.
LoDo returns with part 4 of her "Women and Hip Hop" series. LoDo chats with pHoenix Pagliacci and discusses the fallout of the crew, and how the lack of family bond has negatively impacted female artists. pHoenix shares some recent collaborations as well as who she's listening to and which dope females are keeping her on her toes.
New Music Friday! The Workin Class "Through The Storm" ft Nisha Nandez & Malik Diamond
The Class got so much love for "All So Simple" & "Oath To The Money", so they decided to drop a new track featuring friends of wC Nisha Nandez & Malik Diamond! "Through The Storm", features a dope instrumental by Dree combined with a powerful N^2 hook with thought-provoking lyrics by Malik Diamond & Unknown. The combination is dope, but don't just take my word for it....click the play button and see for yourself!! (Available streaming free on soundcloud & also available as a free download).
Today marks 1 week until the release of Daydream, The Workin Class's sophomore EP, and to celebrate we've released the official tracklist! Check out the update to see the official tracklist, along with the dope album art (c/o the talented Noah Surratt). Is it July 4 yet? Cause I'm ready for the world to hear some new Workin Class!!!! wC^ aToJ^