No Guns Allowed Google+ Hangout: How Can Tech End Gun Violence?

Yesterday we posted this devastating PSA from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, calling for viewers to “stand up to ‘stand your ground’ laws” in the twenty-six states where the controversial self-defense laws exist. Today, we have another event from our friends at No Guns Allowed, the campaign against gun violence resulting from the collaboration of Snoop Lion and the League of Young Voters Education Fund. You can watch their Google+ hangout above, where an impressive panel of social activists and tech leaders will discuss how the tech industry, including social media and new media, can help end needless gun violence.
Check out the discussion, and join the conversation in the comments section below or on our Facebook and Twitter.

16-Year Old Singer Mali Nicole Tackles Stand Your Ground Laws

We’ve been following both the Trayvon Martin case and the Snoop Lion-backed No Guns Allowed campaign, so we’re excited to share the latest No Guns Allowed video from 16-year old pop and R&B singer Mali Nicole, which addresses the controversial topic of Stand Your Ground laws.

Stand Your Ground laws make it legal to use force (in the Martin case, deadly force) before retreating. In states without such laws, citizens have an obligation to attempt to run away before fighting back against criminal attack. The appeal of Stand Your Ground laws is apparent, but critics have argued that in practice they lead to unnecessary escalation and gun violence. The Trayvon Martin case highlighted those problems – for those of you who remember, it was Florida’s Stand Your Ground law that delayed George Zimmerman’s arrest by over a month.
We’d love to hear what you think. What’s your stance on Stand Your Ground laws? Has the Zimmerman trial affected your thinking? Did Mali’s video?

“Fruitvale” Director Among Panelists for No Guns Allowed Roundtable

If you’re interested in “Fruitvale Station,” the upcoming film about the life and death of Oscar Grant we wrote about yesterday, you should check out the upcoming No Guns Allowed Roundtable, which will discuss the impact of gun violence, a key theme in the film, which was based on Grant’s fatal shooting by a BART police officer. Panelists include “Fruitvale” director Ryan Coogler, as well as T.I., Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Snoop Lion.
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As SXSW has become a bigger playground for hip-hop over the years, it looks like Nardwuar took full advantage interviewing plenty of hip-hop acts, his most recent video drop featuring Snoop Lion.

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Snoop Lion – Here Comes the King [MUSIC VIDEO]

With Grammy Weekend ready to explode starting tonight we just got word that Snoop Lion will be screening his movie Reincarnated and just in time he releases a new video for a song from the upcoming album of that shares the same title with the movie. As you know the movie is the documentary showing not just the birth of this album BUT Snoop Dogg’s rebirth and transformation into Snoop Lion. Hit the jump to watch the video and get some more details on it. Read More

Snoop Lion Preaches Spiritual Growth

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