Medea Benjamin v. President Obama: CodePink Founder Disrupts Speech, Criticizing Drone, Gitmo Policy

President Obama:
This woman’s (Medea Benjamin) words are worth being passionate about – We are force feeling prisoners, is this what our “founders foresaw”? … There is no reason for congress to prevent us from closing this prison that should have never been opened.
http://www.democracynow.org/

 

 

 

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Armani’s Song

Armani's Song

https://soundcloud.com/chris_ness

A song dedicated to my sister who lost her battle w/ leukemia on May 12th, 2013.
She is a warrior and one of the strongest individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She fought until her last moment. She is gone, but never forgotten.

Our souls find our bodies the same way Caterpillars find a cozy spot to spin their cocoons . When the chrysalis has done its job, we shed our skin & ascend to something higher … something beautiful and we continue our journey in the never-ending loop called the universe . Armani Trice I cry because I want you to be here with me. I smile because I’m grateful to have known such a gifted young lady. Non of us could have endured as much as you cancer can only win if you let it break your spirit . Even in our final moments I could see you heart shining through your eyes rich in determination & strength . You did not lose little sister .
Until I met you I wondered through my life experience feeling inadequate , you taught me that I am somebody & that I matter . Your subtle way’s of making me feel like superman proved to me that I am superman . Thank you for restoring the confidence I lost over the years. The thing I’m going to miss most is playing pretend , even tea parties you insisted I attend. Riding bikes together at the park & prank calling mom dad and big mama, lol! I will see you again …. when I do we’ll spend a lifetime playing as butterflies . I love you Armani and I will miss you so very much.

Love lil chris

https://soundcloud.com/chris_ness

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Keyed Up Community; Chris Ness x Aunjel Adams

cropped-bannerKeyed Up Community has opened it’s doors to Chris Ness x Aunjel Adams.

What is Keyed Up Community you ask … It is a collective, a group, a community of talented artists, photographers and song writers who have come together to create art.

Producer Kwesi Young and artists Jay Deboi, Kaman Qua, Keith Hetrick, Stasia, Tiny T, David, Nancy + the new additions Chris Ness x Aunjel Adams. 2013 is looking real good!

In a time when real hip hop is scarce … Let me correct that – In a time when real hip hop lacks the face time it deserves, these talented individuals have no other choice but to make their way home. Now I speak home in the sense that any true artist feels at home when she or he is making music, when she or he is performing for a discerning crowd.

The music made by these artists keep you anticipating. It’s healthy to breathe such art, clean and dirty at the same time. Rough at the edges, but so smooth in delivery.

Q xx A w/ Chris Ness

U.M- So how did you link up w/ this collective?

C.N- I met Jay Deboi in a underground hip hop spot called the Common Ground during a show. I was an instant fan. What’s crazy is my boy Crookie had a studio session set up for C.A.R. with a guy named Jerry, and to my surprise, Jerry turned out to be Jay Deboi. Dope music was made, that atmosphere was real and creativity was bouncing off the walls.Needless to say, we kept in contact.

U.M- What made you want to join Keyed Up Community?

C.N- The main thing was just that it is really like family. I feel like I am at home when I am in the K.U.C. studio. Also, I am inspired by all of the artists. I’ve never heard anything close to the amount of creativity Jay Deboi and every artist alike put into their music. And that something I really wanted to be a part of. K.U.C. are creating music of tomorrow. I feel like what they are doing is the future of music, it’s not one dimensional like a lot of what you hear on the radio and see on TV, or even in the underground circuit. I beleive in what they do.

Stay tuned for of your music needs!

Be sure to go by the official site

http://keyedupcommunity.com/

http://www.iamchrisness.com

http://www.aunjeladamsmusic.com

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New Music Tuesday drop from Chris Ness x Aunjel Adams

New Music Tuesday drop from Chris Ness x Aunjel Adams

It’s Tuesday and new music from Chris Ness x Aunjel Adams is here to put you in a zone!

From the recording studio where so much art is being made to the web. This project in the making has got me waiting for it’s completion.

Feels Like Drugs is a song that takes you to a natural high, a universal experience.

Chris Ness is a well versed lyracist and Aunjel Adams melodic artistry is a touch well heard.

https://soundcloud.com/#chris_ness/chris-ness-xx-aunjel-adams-1

http://www.iamchrisness.com

http://aunjeladams.com/

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Lauryn Hill is Going to Prison

Lauryn Hill is Going to Prison

Grammy Award winning artist Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay her taxes. In addition to three months in federal custody, she will do another three months in home confinement for her crimes.

Hill was accused of not paying taxes on a million dollars in earnings, making her the latest celebrity to go to prison for a tax-related charge. The 37-year old mother pleaded guilty in her case.

It’s not yet clear how Hill’s incarceration will play out in her plans to work on new music. She has millions of fans around the world who were confused by her seemingly odd behavior both on and off stage over the last several years. But fans were rooting for her in her legal battles, since it seems that quite a few black entertainers end up n trouble with the IRS.
Hill didn’t seem to have much of an explanation for not paying her taxes other than not being able to do so without jeopardizing her own health and that of her children.
“I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that,” Hill said.
Before she was sentenced, Hill told the judge that she had paid $970,000 toward her debt to the government. But this wasn’t enough to keep her from going to prison. However, she didn’t get the maximum sentence for her crime, which would have been a year in prison.

It furiates me when us the worker’s and even artists such as Lauryn Hill are sentenced to prison for not paying taxes. Uncle Sam will go after the little people for unpaid taxes, but won’t for the many corporations evading taxes with off shore accounts.
Plunder at will in those foreign lands, and if you get in trouble, Uncle Sam will come rushing to your assistance, diplomatically, financially and militarily, even if you have managed to avoid paying for those government services. Just pretend you’re a multinational corporation.

That’s the honest instruction for business success provided by 60 of the largest US corporations that, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis, “parked a total of $166 billion offshore last year” shielding more than 40 percent of their profits from US taxes. They all do it, including Microsoft, GE and pharmaceutical giant Abbott Laboratories. Many, like GE, are so good at it that they have avoided taxes altogether in some recent years.

America’s multinational corporations still need the Navy to protect shipping lanes and the Commerce Department to safeguard US copyrights. They also expect the Federal Reserve and Treasury Department to intervene to provide bailouts and cheap money when the corporate financial swindlers get into trouble, like GE, which almost went aground when its GE Capital financial wing got caught in the great banking meltdown.

The most skilled at this con game are the health care and technology companies, which, as a Senate investigation last year revealed, have become quite expert at shifting marketing rights and patents offshore to low-tax countries. Microsoft boosted its foreign holdings by $16 billion last year, and by the end of the company’s fiscal year on June 30, 2012, had $60.8 billion stashed internationally. Through creative accounting, Microsoft was able to claim that only 7 percent of its pretax profit last year was domestically generated.

One of the longtime leaders in offshore tax avoidance has been that once-American-as-apple-pie company GE, which in a more innocent time hired Ronald Reagan to advertise its wares. Now GE has nearly two-thirds of its jobs abroad, avoided US taxes in the previous two years and has $108 billion stashed overseas.

Two years ago, President Obama appointed GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt to chair his Jobs Council, despite the fact that Immelt had cut his company’s US workforce by a fifth. GE’s expertise is no longer in appliance manufacturing, a division Immelt has tried to shed, but rather in financial manipulation.

GE Capital was a leader in the financial scams that still haunt the US economy, and Immelt has been most effective in lobbying Washington politicians to rig the tax laws to benefit his and other multinational corporations. He has created some jobs, but unfortunately, they are abroad, along with his company’s untaxed profits.

When will the US government stand for the right’s of the people? When will the US government ensure this country that riteous moral and humanity does exist?

She Doesn’t Consider Herself Black? Model from “The Face” Gets Criticism from All Over

044cthe-face1Leave it to Wendy Williams to ask the hard questions that get everyone talking. Wendy Williams recently asked Devyn, a participant on “The Face,” a modeling show on Oxygen, if it was hard for her to be a black girl model. The response got the Internet buzzing, making the public wonder what kind of woman they might be supporting. Here’s how the exchange went down.

Wendy: Is it hard to be a black girl model?

Devyn: I don’t really consider myself to be a black girl model. I mean, I know what my ethnicity is, but I’m fair-skinned and I feel like I have an international look.

Wendy: So you don’t feel black.

Devyn: No, that’s not what I said, whatsoever.

Naomi Campbell had a lot to say at that moment, saying that the woman is a “disgrace” for her remarks.

I am with Naomi totally. This is a problem that hardly every gets any light shed as to some black women have been taught to think black is not beautiful. Well, to Miss Devyn Abdullah, you’re lost and I feel sorry for you. It’s sad that your in a place where so many black women would love to be and you have shown to be a negative representation of blackness.

We need stong black women who know their worth, know their beauty and is able to teach our your ones not to be ashamed of who they are. Hopefully after all the controversy with Devyn’s statement, she will pick up a black history book, read and change her way of thinking.

Former Black Panther Assata Shakur Added to FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List

Assata ShakurAssata Shakur, who was born Joanne Chesimard, was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. She was convicted in the May 2, 1973 killing of a New Jersey police officer during a shoot-out that left one of her fellow activists dead. She was shot twice by police during the incident. In 1979, she managed to escape from jail. Shakur fled to Cuba where she received political asylum. She once wrote, “I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the U.S. government’s policy towards people of color.”
Source: http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/5/2/ex_black_panther_assata_shakur_added_to_fbis_most_wanted_terrorist_list

An article on http://usnews.nbcnews.com starts off by stating:

The FBI put a woman on its list of most wanted terrorists for the first time Thursday — a 1970s black radical who authorities say shot a New Jersey trooper, made a daring daylight escape from prison and fled to Cuba.
By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News

The tone in which mainstream news, and let’s just be frank, right wing conservatives assert when speaking of the non-white, progressive and poor is unsettling. But, there stands the history of this country and others abroad when it comes to politics and social relationships, or lack thee of.

Now, I am not saying being a radical is a bad thing. The conscious ones out there know that for a change, there needs to be radicalism because the world has not and willnot change by asking nicely. The US was built on the back of slaves, and not just blacks (See: http://ssclinguafranca.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/the-other-slavery-chinese-coolies-in-latin-america/).

For a black man or woman who grew up with blunt racism, to be aggressively addressed by any officer of the law, that to this day uses tactics to kill and imprison our people, is a threat. To stand your ground and defend is the only action to be taken.

I stand with Assata Shakur as a black conscious woman and hope she dies of old age in a paradise untouchable by this country called the United States.