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Decades Later In A Still Divided America, A Look Back At Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" Speech + Top 5 MLK Tribute Tracks

Posted by Billyjam, January 21, 2019 01:14pm | Post a Comment

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character"


- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

from his  "I Have A Dream" speech at The March On Washington" 1963






56 six years ago Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech  (scroll down for video excerpt) from the landmark March On Washington on August 28, 1963. The historic speech by the iconic American civil rights leader, who was assassinated at age 39 and whose legacy is celebrated today with a national holiday, is considered a watershed in modern American history. As such it is constantly quoted and referenced, along with other King speeches, as a defining point of change in American politics. Over the decades countless honorable references (and musical tributes - see music videos below with link to purchase albums from Amoeba) have been made to this MLK speech; one with a message that becomes even more profoundly pertinent in 2019.
 

In addition to the all the accurate references to "I Have A Dream" and to MLK's message, there have also been many instances of it been quoted but taken out of context only to be used as a cheap political talking point. The most recent and most egregious abuse/misuse of MLK's words were heard over the weekend when Vice President Mike Pence, in a surreal televised appearance to support his boss's border wall, referenced "I Have A Dream"  quoting the speech's "Now is the time to make real the promises for democracy." and even comparing Trump to MLK insisting that 45 is similarly using the legislative process to solve social problems. 

Not surprisingly since the VP made this surreal comparison on Face The Nation (CBS) yesterday morning there has been an outcry in the news and on social media by everyone from politicians to surviving 1960's American civil rights activists and even the son of MLK. Earlier today in Washington DC during a breakfast gathering honoring his father, who referenced him and his three siblings in his famous speech, Martin Luther King III strongly criticized the comparison of 45 to MLK. "Love, not hate, will make America great,'” said the community activist and human rights advocate who was only ten when his 39 year old father was assassinated in Memphis TN on April 4th 1968.

Hip-Hop Rap Up 04:17:17: Kendrick Lamar, El Michels Affair, Evidence, Oak Lonetree, Ray West & A.G., RTJ, DJ Format & Abdominal

Posted by Billyjam, April 17, 2017 11:15pm | Post a Comment

Damn! Kendrick Lamar has done it again with his amazing new album DAMN. (Aftermath) that arrived into Amoeba this past Friday (April 14th) two days before the acclaimed Compton rapper's Coachella performance yesterday that included songs from the new album that features the previously released single "HUMBLE." (see the Dave Meyers & the little homies directed music video below). With refreshingly unpretentious cover art, that looks like it was slapped together in a couple minutes, and clocking in at 55 minutes,  DAMN. is the artist's fourth album and the anticipated follow up to 2015's critically and commercially acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly (also avail on LP/vinyl).

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Renewed Relevancy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Speeches & The Music They Inspired

Posted by Billyjam, January 16, 2017 02:11pm | Post a Comment
Martin Luther King Jr.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character"
- MLK

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." - MLK


These two above famous American history quotes, each from the same speech from 54 years ago, take on a renewed relevancy in January 2017 on this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in the current uncertain political climate. No doubt the 1963 March On Washington, at which MLK gave his famous speech to a sea of peaceful protesters, will be in the minds of those participating in this weeks Women's March on Washington.

Taking place on Saturday January 21st 2017, the post inauguration day protest organizers announced that, due to the swelling number of confirmed participants, that they are now expecting 200,000 people at this weekend's march which is the same number that marched back in 1963 when MLK spoke. Similarly with the 1963 March on Washington, which King stressed was about equality for all, the message of the Women's March is about rights for all with the motto is "The RIse of the Woman = The Rise of the Nation."

At Amoeba's three stores you'll find various collections of speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. And / or visit the online store's Martin Luther King Jr. section where you'll find such collections as In Search Of Freedom (9 track CD includes "I Have A Dream" and "Police Brutality Will Backfire"), the Wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr.  2 CD set, and The Martin Luther King Jr Tapes that is another collection that includes the historic "I Have A Dream" speech from August 28th, 1963. Also found at Amoeba are artists who either dedicated music to the legacy of MLK or artists who sampled his speeches in their music. Besides the content of his speeches, as a great orator who spoke in perfect rhythm, makes for a perfect speechmaker to sample over beats.

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12 Irish Movies to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Billy Gil, March 14, 2016 04:55pm | Post a Comment

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You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or appreciate great Irish films. Here’s a list of 12 releases we love, in no particular order. (At Amoeba Hollywood, find our St. Patrick’s day movies and music in a special section near the stairs.)

Once (2007)

once dvdThis Irish musical/romantic drama stars stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova as struggling musicians in Dublin who bond musically and fall in love. The film became so beloved that it was adapted in a Tony Award-winning play. If you’re in L.A., you can win tickets here to the show’s closing night at the Pantages Theatre March 20.

 

The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

the secret of roan inish dvdThis fantastical drama from John Sayles tells of a young girl sent to live with her grandparents in a small Irish village near the island of Roan Inish, where selkies — seals that can become human — are rumored to reside. This combination of heart and Irish folklore makes the film a family-friendly winner.

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20 Songs to Ring in the New Year

Posted by Billy Gil, January 1, 2015 09:40am | Post a Comment

20 songs to ring in the new year

HAPPY NEW YEAR Y’ALL! Here is a list of songs to ring in the new year. Some of it is happy and some of it is sad—just like your life will be next year! J/K IT WILL BE AWESOME.

 

Death Cab for Cutie – “The New Year” (from the album Transatlanticism)

 

U2 – “New Year’s Day” (from the album War)

 

Beach House – “New Year” (from the album Bloom)

 

Bing Crosby – “Let’s Start the New Year Right” (can be found on Bing Crosby: Christmas Album)

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