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Posted: November 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Check out Take No Prisoners Radio – Real talk on Hip Hop culture and social justice. Hosted by Camille H and Seb, TNPR doesn’t hold back when it comes to tackling current events, racism, corrupt politics, the music industry, wack rappers, and everything in between. If it’s hot in the news or social media, we’re probably talking about it! And in the midst of it all, we play the best new indie and underground Hip Hop. Tune in to the live broadcast every Saturday at noon EST on Orlando’s The Wire 98.5 FM, streaming at www.TheWire985.com, on the TuneIn Radio app, or get TheWire 98.5 app for your iPhone or Android device.
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Dear JT,

I’ll make this quick. I’m sure you’re still busy trying to clean up your Twitter mess. If only you would’ve called it a night after kindly complimenting Jesse Williams on his amazing acceptance speech, you’d probably have awakened this morning, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

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But the force that is #BlackTwitter was not going to let you ignore the fact that many of the issues Williams brought up in the very speech you congratulated him on are partially about folks like you. The cornrows, overall swagger-jacking, and leaving Janet high and dry when it was convenient instantly come to mind.

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Truth is, there isn’t much you could’ve said to justify your history of cultural misappropriation but the condescending tone with which you chose to reply represents everything wrong with this colorblind fairy tale so many “well-meaning white folks” subscribe to. Your response is vomit-inducing.

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Oh, wise one, please enlighten us with your superior knowledge of racial equality and justice for all.

GTFOHWTBS!

Your arrogance is out of this world. What planet are you living on? What did Jesse Williams’ speech actually inspire you to do? Whitesplain to Black people how they should feel about race and then shut down the conversation with a dismissive “Bye”? Did you really think you were going to walk away from this exchange unscathed? I’m glad Twitter jumped on your ass with a quickness. And then…

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Oh, you sweet soul, feeling misunderstood. So sad. Look here JT, why don’t you go cry a river of white tears to your fans? You have plenty of supporters who undoubtedly feel just as misunderstood as you do. That’s a legion of people from all walks of life, teachers, doctors, lawyers, police officers, and other folks we interact with everyday, who don’t see anything wrong with what you said and use colorblindness as a way to deny/ignore people’s experiences and identities.  You’re right, you probably shouldn’t have responded.

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Damn it, Justin! You must’ve been listening to a speech by some other Jesse Williams. The Jesse I heard on the 2016 BET Awards delivered a no-holds barred critique of systemic racism, white supremacy, and cultural appropriation while praising the strength of Black women and the work of community organizers who tirelessly fight against racial inequality. Nowhere did I hear Williams deliver some Kumbaya, we’re-all-the-same, feel-good speech. Yes, we’re all part of the human race and should be living in peace with one another. I know it, Williams knows it, and his mom knows it. But we’re not all living in peace. That’s the problem people like Williams are boldly addressing. You confused a Black Lives Matter message for an All Lives Matter moment and that makes you the type of person Williams was talking about.

To quote the very speech you obviously misunderstood: “If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest in equal rights for black people, then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.”

– Jesse Williams, BET Awards 2016

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I’m glad you decided to stop digging your own grave any further and finally apologized, the same way I’m sure you eventually apologized to Janet, right? But at the end of the day, you’re just an entertainer, no more, no less. I shouldn’t really expect you to be an expert on social justice, institutionalized racism, and every other overlapping issues beyond the scope of your comprehension. I just figured that a white artist who’s established a career as an R&B artist with a significant Black fan based would have learned a thing or two about the very real, ongoing legacy of racism in America.

One thing’s for sure, and I’m sure you’ll agree with my advice, the more you acknowledge how little you understood about Jesse Williams’ speech, the more we can have a conversation.

Bye.

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When I first came across a Facebook post stating that Bill Clinton would give the eulogy at Muhammad Ali’s funeral, I thought this to be no different than the many other unsubstantiated rumors people tend to mindlessly spread on social media. Surely, the former president of the United States who shamefully admitted his policies contributed to the unjust mass incarceration of countless Black men and women, couldn’t possibly be eulogizing a bigger-than-life icon whose life was dedicated to freedom, justice, and equality for Black people in America and abroad. Sadly, a quick Google search resulted in articles from Time, ABC News, and a dozen other mainstream outlets confirming what initially sounded like a bad joke.

What made Muhammad Ali a true giant wasn’t his undeniable athletic prowess but his unwavering stance against white supremacy and the system that supports it; the very system Clinton and his cronies have always benefited from. How could Clinton, who in 1992 publicly called out artist/author/activist Sister Souljah for boldly speaking out against racial Injustice, eulogize a man whose unapologetic Blackness made him a living legend? How could a man, who just a couple of months ago, attempted to trivialize and silence the voices of Black Life Matters protesters in a disgusting display of unfiltered condescension, simultaneously honor the life of a man who jeopardized his career and heavyweight title to stand up against the same type of systemic oppression those BLM members protested?

Politicians have always been skilled at revising or ignoring facts and history when it suits them. For example: Dr. King’s message has often been hijacked and reinterpreted to fit the agendas of Democrats and Republicans alike, who use his famed but safe “I Have a Dream” speech as a way to paint themselves compassionate and “of the people” when their politics oppose everything King truly stood for. Clinton himself was able to overlook facts and history in order to eulogize Senator Robert Byrd in 2010, a former recruiter for the KKK in the 30’s and 40’s whose alleged regrets about his racist past didn’t stop him from using the n-word on national TV, just nine years before his death. Clinton, a man willing to pay tribute to a former Klan member who also opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the very year Ali won his first heavyweight championship, will soon be doing the same for a former member of the Nation of Islam and one of the world’s most loved freedom fighter.

I understand Clinton and Ali were friends, and according to a family spokesman, this is what the Champ wanted. I appreciate a man’s final wishes being honored and I admit I’m the one with the issue here. The irony of it all leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. A day after Ali’s death, while on the campaign trail with his wife, Clinton shared his thoughts about the passing of his friend. “You want to be better than your publicity, not worse,” Clinton said referring to Ali. Then looking towards Hillary, he stated, “She’s that kind of person. Hillary’s always going to be better than her publicity.”

It’s hard to ignore how absolutely opportunistic this looks. A known slick talker who along with his wife has made a career out of pandering to the Black community whenever necessary isn’t above exploiting a tragedy to help the Clinton brand garner support and Black voters, smack dab during a presidential primary season that could put him back in the White House. How convenient.

You can also read this article at http://raprehab.com/something-aint-right-bill-clinton-eulogizing-muhammad-ali/

On Episode 8, the Take No Prisoners crew shares the “6 Reasons Why You’ll Never Make it as a Rap Star”. Based on an article of the same name written by Seb back in 2013, Camille H and Seb talk their usual trash about why most aspiring rappers will never blow up. Meant to motivate as well as piss off listeners, Seb and Camille tell it like it is..for better or for worse! And as usual, check out new music by Add-2, Finale, Jay Electronica, MF Doom, Rapper Big Pooh, and XL (Sadat X & El Da Sensei. Shout out to our sponsors D1 Athlete (www.d1athl.com)and Art By Teressa King (artbyteressaking.weebly.com)as well as our supporters who have contributed to our Go Fund Me campaign (goo.gl/PAbH4g). Thanks for the support and please share the show on your social media platforms.
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Episode # 7 is live as we’re joined by Hip Hop artists Ill Camille, Hip Hop publicist DeeDee Branch, Associate Director of Urban Talent at ASCAP Mir Harris, and 14 year old aspiring rapper Page Stevenson. This all-women panel discusses everything from Hip Hop culture and the music business to community activism and social justice. They went deep, spoke truth, and had fun doing it! Also, check out new music by Ill Camille, Akua Naru ft. Dynasty & Sa-Roc, Priest, and Sean Price(RIP). And don’t miss our young MC who spits a dope verse over a classic beat. As always, you can contact both hosts on Twitter at @SebIsHipHop and @ or on InstaGram @TakeNoPrisonersRadio. Spread the word!

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In this exclusive episode, B-Gyrl, Hip Hop activist and founder of HandsUpDontShoot.com reveals how the movement for social justice, from Ferguson to Baltimore, was exploited and co-opted by outside forces. During the first part of the show, she describes the tension in the streets of Ferguson the first few hours following Mike Brown’s murder. B-Gyrl then shares insight into how this grassroots movement against police abuse is being hijacked and funded by wealthy donors and special interest groups in order to shift the movement’s original goals. This is a revealing discussion that explores who the key players are and what they aim to gain from destabilizing the movement. Think mainstream media’s been telling you the truth? Think again! This show is so jam-packed with information we didn’t play any music this time around. So find a quiet place to yourself and tune in for almost 90 minutes of eye-opening information.
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