This Audible documentary series explores justice in America and exposes the link between punitive drug laws drawn up during the 80's war on crack cocaine and contemporary police violence that disproportionately affects black Americans. Listen to a preview on Audible and Soundcloud.
Director Marc Levin highlights the recent effects of hyper-gentrification in New York City’s West Chelsea, focusing on an intersection where an elite private school sits directly across the street from public housing projects. Read more on the HBO Website.
“Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty” will examine Lighty’s life in detail, starting with his early days in the South Bronx carrying crates for artists like DJ Red Alert, KRS-One and Scott La Rock.
Chris went on to help launch a number of artists careers through his Violator Management company, which handled 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Cee Lo Green, LL Cool J, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Missy Elliott and others. Host Combat Jack will offer up an intimate look at Lighty’s life through interviews and Q&A’s with a variety of artists who benefited from Lighty’s business expertise.
Russell Simmons, Fat Joe, Warren G, The Violator Crew, Noreaga, DJ Red Alert and others weigh in on the late executive’s career during the podcast. Read more on Vibe and Variety. For the entire series of this documentary, listen on Spotify.
'Nothing Islamic' about ISIS, just 'psychopaths' - Daisy Khan, director of a non-profit organization: Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) dedicated to equality and justice for Muslims, speaks with Christiane Amanpour. Watch the video here on CNN.
"We call for a #MarchForTruth on Saturday, June 3rd to raise our voices and let our elected leaders know that Americans want answers," the March for Truth website reads. "The legitimacy of our democracy is more important than the interests of any party, or any President."
The “I Am A Muslim Too” rally in New York’s Times Square was hosted by Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons. Linda Sarsour, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, and more spoke at the event, held in solidarity with those affected by the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban. Simmons was joined by hosts Rabbi Marc Schneier (president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding), and Imam Shamsi Ali (of the Jamaica Muslim Center). Read more on Rolling Stone.
"WE ARE NOT AFRAID to stand against the countless acts of violence, hate, discrimination, and abuse witnessed globally. 1) We promote non-violence, respect for diversity, universal education, and peaceful resolution of conflict. 2) We will not allow these despicable acts to change our way of life or shake our demand for a free society globally. 3) We want to bring attention to those organizations that are helping victims globally. All proceeds generated by the project will be donated to Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC)."
Dave Chappelle was joined by musical guests A Tribe Called Quest, who performed two songs (“We the People” and “The Space Program”) from their newly released album - We’ve Got it from Here, Thank You 4 Your service. Read more on Spin.