Geena Davis To Launch New Film Festival Championing Women And Diversity

Geena Davis has teamed up with ARC Entertainment to launch a new film festival in Bentonville, AK and will champion women and diversity in film. It will also be the first and only film competition in the world to offer guaranteed theatrical, TV, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners. Click here to read more.

“When I was Younger I Dreamed of Flying” CASEY VEGGIES [Countdown to 2042]

Incredibly, Casey Jones, better known by the hip hop moniker Casey Veggies, is only twenty years old. This may not strike some people as particularly noteworthy. There are, after all, plenty of twenty year olds in the world. However, there are far fewer twenty year olds who have been founding members of an internationally famous hip hop collective, started their own clothing line, or been co-signed by the likes of Mac Miller, Roc Nation, and music industry legend Sylvia Rhone. Casey Veggies has done all of these things. By the time he graduated high school, Casey had released multiple mixtapes, including his debut Customized Greatly Vol. 1 at the age of 14, founded the aptly named and highly successful clothing brand Peas & Carrots International, and helped found Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. Today, he is working on his debut studio album and continues to grow both the Peas & Carrots and Casey Veggies brands. We caught up with Casey at his Inglewood studio to talk about why diversity excites him, how he’s a dreamer, and why you should travel abroad.

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MMXLII Perspective: Cracker, the History of a Slur

The word cracker, long understood to be a pejorative term for whites, has been in the news this summer, notably when its use and implications became an issue in the George Zimmerman trial. The word’s recent notoriety has raised interesting questions. Where did “cracker” come from? Does saying it make you a racist? And can it really be compared to other racial slurs used to refer to people of color? These are the questions we try to answer in our latest MMXLII Perspective.

Harry Belafonte Not Backing Down in Jay Z Beef

If you haven’t been following the beef between rapper Jay Z and civil rights-era icon Harry Belafonte, it seems it’s not too late to start. For those who haven’t been watching the spat, the feud began with awkwardly quoted statements made by Belafonte about the role and responsibilities of black celebrities today.

…I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black.

Jay Z responded on his recent album “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” telling the widely-venerated 86-year old to “Respect these youngins boy, it’s my time now.” He followed that up in an interview to Rap Radar with the following explanation.

I’m offended by that because first of all, and this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope.

Now, Mr. Belafonte has clarified his position in an interview with “Only the Uber Urban.” However, this clarification doesn’t soften the historic figure’s position one bit. He has the same message for modern black celebrities, and the Carter clan, as he has from the start. Check out the video to see what Mr. Belafonte has to say, and let us know what you think of this slow burning feud in the comments. Will Jay answer back? Is Belafonte right about today’s black celebrities?
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Do you think your Husband could handle labor? Men in Labor [video]

Women are supposed to have a higher threshold to pain or at least a greater resistance to it (watch Mythbusters put that myth to the test)that they’ve exercised through million of years of childbearing. Whether this is true or not, a big part of fostering diversity is about understanding the other person’s point of view. This  experiment attempts to give men a better idea of what giving birth actually feels like, because let’s face it, how will they ever know ? Happy belated Mother’s Day. Hilarious video after the jump. Story via The Bump.

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Dali City via NOWNESS [VIDEO]

A Fusion of Contemporary Art and Mountain Tradition Erupts in China’s Cultural Haven: Nestled alongside China’s Erhai Lake in the dramatic Cangshan mountains, the ancient Dali City is the Read More

More Anti-Asian Propoganda w/ New Film: Olympus Has Fallen?

We won’t make that decision but it seems that our friends over at Angry Asian Man have. Just like in Red Dawn, another film about North Koreans threatening our homeland and its security. This plot is a bit different as a man named Kang acts as a South Korean ally in a plot to take over the White House from within. Hit the jump to see the trailer and read our friends at Angry Asian Man’s opinion of the film. Read More

Beyonce Sings at Inauguration [VIDEO]

Another much talked about part of the inauguration ceremony was Beyonce closing it with her performance of the National Anthem. If you missed it, we plan on taking care of that. Hit the jump to watch. Read More