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Airplane In Yo Window ft. Chris Ness, Marlee East, SinMarlee and Stevie Crooks

Airplane In Yo Window ft. Chris Ness, Marlee East, SinMarlee and Stevie Crooks

Cali good music!
The four of these young men formed California Renaissance in 2013, creating some dope tracks. Not sure if they will ever all come together again for another project, but if they do > I will def be glad to hear some more art made by these talented individuals!

My fav is Chris Ness of course! His biggest fan 🙂 2nd verse xx hook!

https://soundcloud.com/marleeisthereason/marleeeast-airplane-in-yo

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2,000 Haitians Mark 10th Anniversary of U.S.-Backed Coup

2,000 Haitians Mark 10th Anniversary of U.S.-Backed Coup

In Haiti, some 2,000 people marched in Port-au-Prince to mark the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-backed coup that ousted Haiti’s first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. On Feb. 29, 2004, Aristide was forced to flee Haiti in what he called a kidnapping by the U.S. government. The protesters denounced the current government of Michel Martelly and called for his resignation.

Via @ http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/28/headlines#2286

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“Black Trans Bodies Are Under Attack”: Freed Activist CeCe McDonald, Actress Laverne Cox Speak Out

After serving 19 months in prison, the African-American transgender activist CeCe McDonald is free. She was arrested after using deadly force to protect herself from a group of people who attacked her on the streets of Minneapolis. Her case helped turn a national spotlight on the violence and discrimination faced by transgender women of color. In 2011, McDonald and two friends were walking past a Minneapolis bar when they were reportedly accosted with homophobic, transphobic and racist slurs. McDonald was hit with a bar glass that cut open her face, requiring 11 stitches. A brawl ensued, and one of the people who had confronted McDonald and her friends, 47-year-old Dean Schmitz, was killed. Facing up to 80 years in prison for his death, McDonald took a plea deal that sentenced her to 41 months. In the eyes of her supporters, CeCe McDonald was jailed for defending herself against the bigotry and violence that transgender people so often face and that is so rarely punished. At the time of the attack, the murder rate for gay and transgender people in this country was at an all-time high. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs documented 30 hate-related murders of LGBT people in 2011; 40 percent of the victims were transgender women of color. Transgender teens have higher rates of homelessness, and nearly half of all African-American transgender people — 47 percent — have been incarcerated at some point.

McDonald joins us on her first trip to New York City. We are also joined by one of her supporters, Laverne Cox, a transgender actress, producer and activist who stars in the popular Netflix show, “Orange is the New Black.” She plays Sophia Burset, a transgender woman in prison for using credit card fraud to finance her transition. She is producing a documentary about McDonald called “Free CeCe.” We also speak to Alisha Williams, staff attorney with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

“I very easily could have been CeCe,” Laverne Cox says. “Many times I’ve walked down the street of New York, and I’ve experienced harassment. I was kicked once on the street, and very easily that could have escalated into a situation that CeCe faced, and it’s a situation that too many transwomen of color face all over this country. The act of merely walking down the street is often a contested act, not only from the citizenry, but also from the police.”

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/19/black_trans_bodies_are_under_attack

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LiL Kim Pregnant!

LiL Kim Pregnant!

I grew up listening to the Queen Bee and she is pregnant with her first child.

The 39 year old Brooklyn rapper revealed her baby bump while attending The Blonds runway show during New York Fashion Week on Wednesday. A visibly pregnant Kim was seated front row alongside Paris Hilton and posed for photos backstage while holding her stomach.

“I’m a mom, but I can turn it up a little!” she said as she rubbed her belly while performing at the after-party.

Kim confirmed her pregnancy to Us Weekly. “I’m so excited! I’m a few months along, I can’t wait to be a mom!” she told the magazine.

While she may be preparing for motherhood, she doesn’t plan on slowing down. “I’m still going to work,” she said. “I’m still going to be hardcore, the baby has made me even more of a beast!”

Kim has been dating rapper Mr. Papers, but she has chosen not to reveal the identity of the father.

Source: http://www.rap-up.com/2014/02/12/lil-kim-is-pregnant-debuts-baby-bump-at-fashion-week/

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California Water Drought – Water Generators

California Water Drought - Don't be wasteful

Thank you to one of my readers http://taylorosay.wordpress.com/ for sharing the CA water drought information on water generators. You may find details at:
http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/drought-stricken-californians-turning-to-atmospheric-water-generators-458429.htm#.UvpGoiQTsxY.facebook

The California Department of Transportation is using more than 700 electronic highway signs to raise awareness about the state’s severe drought.

The statewide educational campaign is in response to last month’s declaration of a drought emergency by Gov. Jerry Brown.

In his proclamation, Brown said the state’s rivers and reservoirs are at alarming levels and ordered Californians to cut back at least 20% of their water use.

Brown also ordered state agencies to prepare for water shortages and launch water conservation campaigns.

PHOTOS: California drought seen from space

“Caltrans has taken action to sharply restrict water usage,” Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said. “Using our highway message signs, we are asking California’s 24 million drivers to join us in this important effort.”

Many of the electronic signs will read: Serious drought. Help save water.

The messages will only be activated when there are no emergency or traffic safety messages or Amber Alerts.

State transportation officials hope the electronic signs will help increase awareness about the Save Our H20 campaign, which is being spearheaded by the Department of Water Resources.

Caltrans officials said that, in addition to the signs, it is cutting back irrigation activities by 50% and won’t wash vehicles except when necessary for safety reasons. The agency, which is responsible for 30,000 acres of irrigated landscaping, said it would delay new landscaping projects, postpone highway planting and cease using water irrigation in areas severely affected by the drought.

Source:
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-caltrans-drought-signs-20140212,0,3222873.story#axzz2tDoIqSms

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Black Panther Co-Founder Bobby Seale at SJSU speaking on social change

Leader of the Black Power movement….

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Bobby Seale is the founding chairman and national organizer for the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and ’70s, which he and Huey P. Newton formed as a response to the police brutality in Oakland’s poor Black communities. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, he will share his insights on his experience with social movements then and his thoughts on social movements now, especially in light of the recent verdict of the Trayvon Martin case, attacks on ethnic studies programs and the minimum wage victory led by students and workers in San José.

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ron Barrett Ballroom, Student Union
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0155