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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events in Oakland

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2014 12:24pm | Post a Comment

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day may not be until tomorrow (January 20th), but MLK celebrations and events in the East Bay honoring the civil rights leader begin today with events at both Oakland's Scottish Rite Center and the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) where, as part of the downtown Oakland museum's ongoing HistoryMakers / ScienceMakers Series, there is an exhibit honoring MLK and other black innovators.  Today's program features hands-on science activities and a presentation by physicist Dr. Hattie Carwell. And throughout the rest of the month, OMCA goers can celebrate MLK with family workshops during the popular Friday Nights @ OMCA when kids can make their own matchbox-sized dream world (in keeping with the MLK "dream" theme). Also on exhibit at OMCA are such MLK themed pieces as Ivan Garrik's 1968 offset lithograph "I Have A Dream" pictured above.

Then a little later today in Oakland - within walking distance from the OMCA - is In The Name Of Love, the annual Oakland musical tribute now in its twelfth year.  The talent-packed program begins at 7pm sharp and will feature Martin Luther McCoy, Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and Oakland Children's Community Choir with Oaktown Jazz Workshops. Admission $23, $25 at the door, $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets.

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Happy MLK Day - Yo, whatever happened to peace?

Posted by Eric Brightwell, January 16, 2012 08:19am | Post a Comment
Martin Luther King Jr.

Today the USA celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (1929-1968). As we all know, Dr. King preached nonviolent activism in the global civil rights movement. Ironically, the other two persons honored with national holidays are Christopher Columbus and George Washington, two powerful slaveowners who advocated (and in Washington's case, waged) genocidal violence against people who fought for their civil rights.



Calls for the creation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day began almost as soon as King was assassinated in 1968 but it wasn't until 1983 that president Ronald Reagan signed it into law, over the objections of vocal opponents including Senator Jesse Helms and then-Arizona Congressman John McCain -- primarily over King's objections to the US's bloody invasion of Vietnam.


Outside of the US, the holiday is observed in Hiroshima, Toronto and probably elsewhere. But let's not get it twisted, his principles of nonviolence, as well as those of Henry David Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhi before him, were not merely calls to pacifism -- silently accepting the rule and direction of those in power. On the contrary, they were calls to action. 
UNPO flag

Today, one of the most articulate (if not loudest) voice on behalf of  the civil rights deprived of the world's indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories is UNPO, or, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. The idea was conceived by Tibetan activist Tsering Jampa and Uyghur activist Erkin Alptekin, who were dismayed by blood-lusting global media's single-minded focus on violent struggles for independence such as have characterized Palestine's fruitless struggle through 65 years of occupation.


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Keeping The Dream Alive By Sampling MLK

Posted by Billyjam, January 17, 2011 11:18am | Post a Comment
Martin Luther King Jr.
 
Over the past few decades Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speeches have been exhaustively sampled -- sometimes in their entirety -- by countless artists. Artists seem drawn to them both because of their content and the fact that MLK was such a great orator who spoke in perfect rhythm; he is ideal for sampling over beats. In honor of MLK Day, below are a few examples of songs that have sampled, to varying degrees, MLK's famous "I Have A Dream" speech.

These include Common's "I Have A Dream (feat. Will I Am)" from the Freedom Writers movie soundtrack, underground rapper Flocabulary's "Let Freedom Ring (featuring Trajik)," and house music legend Larry Heard as Mr Fingers and his track "Can You Feel It (Martin Luther King remix)." Look for the various Martin Luther King, Jr. speech records and CDs in the spoken word sections at Amoeba Music and join Amoeba in celebrating Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
 
Common "I Have A Dream (feat. Will I Am)" 

Mr Fingers (aka Larry Heard) "Can You Feel It (Martin Luther King remix)"

Flocabulary "Let Freedom Ring (featuring Trajik)"

Steroid abuse from baseball to ... music?

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 15, 2008 11:53am | Post a Comment
I'm reading today about how the District Attorney of Albany, N.Y., David Soares, is investigating allegations that 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige and "others" have been using steroids. (Thank you Digital Music News for the tip.)

Am I the only one who finds this to be absurd beyond comprehension?

Maybe I'm cynical, but hmmm ... they skipped right over the entire NFL (National Football League) in the 'steroid scandal.'

I have an idea! Here's the proud pigskin man of the NFL back in the early days:

 









- and here's a later shot of a steroids slammin NFL player:



....and they have skipped over every violent offender on their docket to go after soul singers? Rap dudes? Seriously?! Come in, american justice upholders! Come in! Are you there? Have you been abducted by Aliens? Should I expect Donald Sutherland to walk up and point at me now and make that horrible screaming noise?


Did someone slip some wacky juice into my cereal or is this a clear cut case of someone pathetically going after HEADLINES?

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