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HALLELUJAH MONEY- GORILLAZ FT. BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE (1/19/2017)

“Gorillaz returns after six years with the apocalyptic “Hallelujah Money” video, the first taste of their new record which is coming later this year. The band has issued this song on the eve of the Inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump to serve as commentary on a politically-charged, historical moment.”

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Ben & Sophie high five each other & hold hands at Wimbledon final, July 10 2016

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Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn’s movie about police brutality is a uniquely awful idea

  • Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn are set to co-star in a movie about police brutality.
  • Titled Dragged Across Concrete, the film will see the two stars playing “cops who are suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics gets wide attention,” according to Variety. Then they decide to take revenge among criminals.
  • The two noted Hollywood conservatives feel like odd choices for a nuanced take on police brutality, to say the least. 
  • During this heated political moment, where more and more investigations reveal systemic abuse within police departments,  do we really need these men to offer their takes? Read more

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Reminder to those enraged and engaged in this fight: Activism cannot be your singular focus; you can burn out, you will burn out, and you will burn out F A S T. Don’t feel guilty if you start to feel overwhelmed. Don’t feel guilty if you need to turn off the news, get off social media, or stop talking about the current political climate. It’s exhausting. Take a little time every day to decompress! Do something fun, make sure you have a hobby. Read tarot cards, knit or crochet things to donate, work out, read read read, make art (god, please, make some art, that’s gonna be one of the first things to go). It’s exhausting, fighting for your rights and liberties. It’s not going to stop being exhausting. But if we quit because we can’t keep up, we’re tired, we’re overwhelmed, then they win. And we can’t let them win, because this is just the start. So take a break. A little bit, every day. Treat yourself well and then get right back into the fray. Take care of yourself while fighting for your neighbor who might not be able to.

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Gorillaz - “Hallelujah Money” (feat. Benjamin Clementine)

Gorillaz returns after six years with the apocalyptic “Hallelujah Money” video, the first taste of their new record which is coming later this year. The band has issued this song on the eve of the Inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump to serve as commentary on a politically-charged, historical moment. #wearestillhumanz

For me, and for the more than 62 million people who didn’t vote for Trump in the 2016 presidential election, this is not a political moment. It’s a personal one. The same goes for the millions of other Americans who didn’t or couldn’t vote. And Trump has managed, in his own special, made-for-TV-or-Twitter-way, to bring us together in a historic and yet fragile coalition of people who see clearly what’s at stake.

I’m black. I’m queer. I am a woman and happen to own a piece of genitalia that — perhaps if I were white and blonde and, you know, “beautiful” by his standards — Trump would feel entitled to grab at any moment. I was raised by a single mother in the “inner city,” and I’ve lost people, “good” people, to gangs and violence and AIDS and drugs.

My survival was made possible by the very public assistance programs Trump and his appointee for secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, are determined to make disappear. I was educated in the public schools Trump’s appointee for education secretary, billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos, is determined to turn into privatized vessels of “God’s Kingdom.” My grandmother was driven out of Mississippi by the white domestic terrorist organization Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, didn’t think was all that bad until he found out they smoked weed. People I know and love are at risk for deportation by a Secretary of Homeland Security pick, John Kelly, who “[doesn’t] know” if the department he’s tasked with leading will deport hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who found temporary relief from deportation under former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

It’s people like me, whose lives are being threatened by Trump’s administration, who are coming together and speaking out. Here we are, in an era when everyone from Meryl Streep to Metro Boomin’ can agree on the danger posed by Trump and his administration. Trump’s tiny fingers have managed to wage Twitter rants at civil rights hero John Lewis and Republican Gov. John Kasich. And now that he’s the most powerful man in the world, his tirades are no longer just threats. They could be a matter of life and death.

So, thousands of people are converging on Washington for the Women’s March, billed as one of the largest gatherings on the Capitol and easily the largest gathering of people living with disabilities that the United States has ever seen. Millions of others are gathering in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta. The entire state of California is up in arms and has vowed to fight against Trump’s political agenda. Their needs aren’t the same and their demands are different, but their target is clear: It’s Donald Trump and his antiquated ideas, his hateful ideologies, his inept form of leadership. People are organizing in new and collective ways and sharing their resources like never before.

Obama’s presidency may have fooled many into believing power could look and sound like us, but Trump is here to remind us that real power concedes absolutely nothing without a fight — and that even those concessions are never, ever guaranteed to last. They must be protected.

Nobody proves that more than President Donald Trump.

— Jamilah King, President Donald Trump has united America like never before — just not the way we expected

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Noam Chomsky called this political moment 6 years ago
Back in April 2010, Noam Chomsky offered a dark vision of America's future that was easily dismissed. Today, as America votes Donald Trump President-elect, it has turned out to be painfully accurate.

“The United States is extremely lucky that no honest, charismatic figure has arisen. Every charismatic figure is such an obvious crook that he destroys himself, like McCarthy or Nixon or the evangelist preachers. If somebody comes along who is charismatic and honest this country is in real trouble because of the frustration, disillusionment, the justified anger and the absence of any coherent response. What are people supposed to think if someone says ‘I have got an answer, we have an enemy’? There it was the Jews. Here it will be the illegal immigrants and the blacks. We will be told that white males are a persecuted minority. We will be told we have to defend ourselves and the honor of the nation. Military force will be exalted. People will be beaten up. This could become an overwhelming force. And if it happens it will be more dangerous than Germany. The United States is the world power. Germany was powerful but had more powerful antagonists. I don’t think all this is very far away. If the polls are accurate it is not the Republicans but the right-wing Republicans, the crazed Republicans, who will sweep the next election.”

We need Dave Chappelle’s humor in Trump’s America now more than ever

Like any timeless comic, Dave Chappelle offers up a mirror into which America can look and witness its own absurdities. It shows truth to power. In today’s case, the “power” — i.e., the Trump’s administration — has proven especially sensitive to criticism. When Melissa McCarthy brilliantly portrayed a petulant White House spokesman Sean Spicer, Trump — always aware and controlling of public perception — was reportedly rankled in a way that far outweighed the criticism he’s gotten from Democrats so far. Chappelle’s humor has similar bite.

Comedy is one of culture’s fiercest and most effective tools in moments of political strife. It allows viewers to make sense of their realities. It brings levity in times of chaos and fear. And, most importantly and at its best, it shows us that the world we live in was made that way by people who make very concrete choices about power, about policy, about everyday interactions and who suffers from them.

Nobody does this better than Dave Chappelle. Read more (Opinion)

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Movements need political moments, and this is one. Already, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest Trump’s election and proposed political platform. The stakes seem insurmountably high. Immigrants, activated by legitimate fears that they will be rounded up and deported, are taking to the streets, daring to be seen and heard.

There’s truth in words that, “Once black people get free, everybody gets free.” That means that policies of policing, surveillance, social welfare, even drug reform, that begin in black communities are often scaled to white ones. Black activists have been saying this throughout 2016.

We didn’t have to be in this moment, but here we are. We’ve been here before. And we’ll no doubt be here again. History is not linear, it’s cyclical. And in this case, that’s a powerful statement of what’s to come for grassroots organizers and activists across the country.

— Jamilah King, It’s 1968 again — and maybe that’s good for America