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The West Memphis Three- Then and Now with Damien Echols..

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If you’re familiar with the case of the West Memphis Three, you’ll be aware that attempting to condense the complexity, length, and injustice of it all into a few paragraphs is near impossible. If you’re unfamiliar with it, then watching the excellent Paradise Lost trilogy of documentaries—as well as Amy Berg’s equally fantastic West of Memphis—serves as a good introduction to this astonishing story.

In short, the West Memphis Three are Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. They were three boys from West Memphis, Arkansas, aged between 16 and 18, who in 1993 were arrested and convicted for the murder and sexual mutilation of three eight-year-old boys—Steve Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers. Due to the apparent acts of mutilation it was accused that what had taken place was in fact a satanic ritual—human sacrifices. The pressure on the police to solve the heinous crime was huge, which, combined with the town having a history of supposed witchcraft and satanic practices, left a community shattered and in terrifying fear. Echols, Misskelley, and Baldwin were picked up as they were known friends and were into what a lot of alienated teenagers were into: heavy metal, wearing black, being left alone, and doing their own thing.

Article Continued at VICE..

 


New Video: @RondaRousey Profile: HBO’s @RealSportsHBO

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This definitely inspired me. Got to love the underdog story..

“UFC women’s champ Ronda Rousey had fought her way to the top of MMA. Her success, coupled with her beauty, has helped her become a household name outside the sport… translating into modeling and movies.

The 28-year-old superstar was recently profiled by HBO’s Real Sports, who offered a look into her past, her struggles, and climb to the top.

During the interview, Rousey offers her thoughts on being being named the top pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, her impact on the betterment for women in society, and her signature move, the armbar..” -Source: Baller Status


New Study Finds A “Very Strong” Correlation Between GMOs And Two Dozen Diseases

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It’s no secret that we are living in a time where chronic disease continues to rise at an exponential rate, especially within the past couple of decades. New evidence continues to mount suggesting that Genetically Modified Organisms (more specifically GM food) might have played, and do play a key role in those statistics.

A new study  recently published in the Journal of Organic Systems last September examined US government databases, researchers searched for GE (Genetically Engineered) crop data, glyphosate application data, and disease epidemiological data while performing a “correlation analysis” on a total of 22 different diseases.

Article continued at Collective Evolution..


Respect The Shooter: @EstevanOriol

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Though his father was a celebrated photographer, Estevan Oriol‘s connection to photography wasn’t immediate. It wasn’t until after he spent time as a tour manager for hip-hop groups like Cypress Hilland House of Pain that he found a love for being behind a lens. The photographer and director began his journey while capturing life on the road with the rap acts and has since gone on to photograph actors, musicians and athletes including Forest Whitaker, Adrien Brody, 50 Cent, Robert Dinero,Snoop Dogg, Floyd Mayweather and Lance Armstrong, as well as shoot videos for Linkin Park,Cypress Hill and Blink 182. He’s also been known to document gang life and tattoo culture. Here, Life + Times takes a look through some of Estevan Oriol’s most memorable photographs.

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More pictures and full article at: Life and Times..


“The Secret Meeting that Changed Music, Especially Rap Music, and Destroyed a Generation”

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After more than 20 years, I’ve finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the biggest turning point in popular music, and ultimately American society. I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making this story public as I was reluctant to implicate the individuals who were present that day. So I’ve simply decided to leave out names and all the details that may risk my personal well being and that of those who were, like me, dragged into something they weren’t ready for.

Between the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was what you may call a “decision maker” with one of the more established company in the music industry. I came from Europe in the early 80’s and quickly established myself in the business. The industry was different back then. Since technology and media weren’t accessible to people like they are today, the industry had more control over the public and had the means to influence them anyway it wanted. This may explain why in early 1991, I was invited to attend a closed door meeting with a small group of music business insiders to discuss rap music’s new direction. Little did I know that we would be asked to participate in one of the most unethical and destructive business practice I’ve ever seen.

Article continued at World Truth..


Drone Video Reveals the Parts of DTLA You Can’t Usually See

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Sure, drones are always spying or dropping bombs on people, but they’re also always shooting super-dope videos of stuff we wouldn’t otherwise see. (A real mixed blessing!) Thank god, Downtowner Ian Wood has gone with Use Two in this beautiful video of Downtown LA, which, as he writes, “Above the grit and noise of the street … quietly provides some of the most amazing visual detailin its buildings and public art works.” He tells us via email that he spent about two months of weekends shooting this video with “a GoPro camera attached to a quad propellered remote controlled helicopter that looks a bit like a mutant chicken.” Besides revealing the little-seen highlights of Downtown’s buildings, he also hoped to show that drones aren’t so bad—on Vimeo he explains he followed all existing FAA regulations, shot early in the day to avoid people, and deleted “any shots inadvertently revealing private activities or people in a place of privacy.” Don’t think about it so hard, just enjoy:l

Source: LA CURBED


The Prison State of America

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Prisons employ and exploit the ideal worker. Prisoners do not receive benefits or pensions. They are not paid overtime. They are forbidden to organize and strike. They must show up on time. They are not paid for sick days or granted vacations. They cannot formally complain about working conditions or safety hazards. If they are disobedient, or attempt to protest their pitiful wages, they lose their jobs and can be sent to isolation cells. The roughly 1 million prisoners who work for corporations and government industries in the American prison system are models for what the corporate state expects us all to become. And corporations have no intention of permitting prison reforms that would reduce the size of their bonded workforce. In fact, they are seeking to replicate these conditions throughout the society.

States, in the name of austerity, have stopped providing prisoners with essential items including shoes, extra blankets and even toilet paper, while starting to charge them for electricity and room and board. Most prisoners and the families that struggle to support them are chronically short of money. Prisons are company towns. Scrip, rather than money, was once paid to coal miners, and it could be used only at the company store. Prisoners are in a similar condition. When they go broke—and being broke is a frequent occurrence in prison—prisoners must take out prison loans to pay for medications, legal and medical fees and basic commissary items such as soap and deodorant. Debt peonage inside prison is as prevalent as it is outside prison.

States impose an array of fees on prisoners. For example, there is a 10 percent charge imposed by New Jersey on every commissary purchase. Stamps have a 10 percent surcharge. Prisoners must pay the state for a 15-minute deathbed visit to an immediate family member or a 15-minute visit to a funeral home to view the deceased. New Jersey, like most other states, forces a prisoner to reimburse the system for overtime wages paid to the two guards who accompany him or her, plus mileage cost. The charge can be as high as $945.04. It can take years to pay off a visit with a dying father or mother.

More at: DISINFO


Mobb Deep Tapped By ‘NBA Countdown’ To Remix ‘Survival Of The Fittest’ For Show’s Opener

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Mobb Deep’s 1995 single “Survival of the Fittest” has found a new place on network television. The Queens lyricists’ melody was acquired by “NBA Countdown” to serve as their theme song for the remainder of the Western Conference Finals.

The pair are slated to remix The Infamous track, which will probably premiere at the top of next week. In an interview with MTV, the duo spoke on this recent news. “It is absolutely incredible that, on the 20th Anniversary of the recording of ’Survival Of The Fittest,’ the meaning of the song is as relevant as ever,” Progidy said.

Havoc also expressed his opinion over the opportunity stating, “We would like to thank ESPN for choosing our record and for making it the anthem of one of the most important U.S. sports events of the year. We were absolutely excited to deliver a remix version of this classic and a visual to accompany the opening of ’NBA Countdown.’”

Source: VIBE


Afew x ASICS GEL-Lyte lll ‘Koi’ Pack

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While sneaker culture is indeed now well-ingrained in the overarching pop canon, its the rare releases, the meticulously-thought projects, that truly define sneakerheads in 2015. The “Koi” pack is perhaps one of those signifiers, returning again courtest of German retailer Afew and ASICS. Commemorating the inaugural launch in 2012, here the two parties return to outfit a pair of the GEL-Lyte III, a publicly available version of the sneaker released three years ago. The colorway itself references Koi fish in observance of Japanese culture, and is delivered in a nifty “Bento Box” that includes branded chopsticks, ‘Wasabi’ and ‘Soy Sauce’ laces, a dustbag and a special commemorative booklet. Dropping alongside this release is a range of T-shirts designed by longtime collaborator and friend Kwills. Look for the Afew x ASICS ”Koi” pack to arrive in-store on May 30, with an online release pending surplus from the in-store drop.

Source: Hype Beast


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