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Caribbean filmmakers spark conversation with docuseries exploring Cannabis use, prohibition in the region

On 420, a global holiday celebrated by cannabis consumers and supporters, Barbadian filmmakers, Hermina Elcock, Mikul Elcock and Jamal Weekes released the first of a three-part short docuseries titled, CannabisCulture on Facebook. Little did the filmmakers know that their project would incite much conversation around their modestly-populated island of 250,000 then island jump in the region.

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Cannabis: Legalize it + Criticize it + Advertise it

Community organizer assaulted by veteran journalist, Mark Thompson of ‘Make it Plain’ says he wants an apology and a police report, but no firing

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In an ironic turn-of-events, when a grassroots activist released a video showing that he was sucker-punched by veteran journalist, Mark Thompson, now it seems that Thompson has become the victim. For the first time, Africa, who was at the other end of Thompson’s ire, speaks out.

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Are we bad men for listening to bad men’s music? | The Man Project

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“Jesus, why can’t these men just fucking behave?” That’s what my dear friend, Rebekah, said when she read the news about Ryan Adams’ sexual misconduct allegations in February. Then she promptly removed all of his music off of her Spotify account.

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Sometimes silence is golden: Playing R. Kelly in a post-Metoo movement | The Man Project

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This think piece is in response to Charles Moss’ writing, “Are we bad men for listening to bad men’s music?” Rather than mute or cancel, I prefer to silence those in the industry who show a history of sexual abuse. Though many choose to continue rocking music, I think it is time we rethink our moral and musical playlists.

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School will stop for 70,000 students if Rutgers University management fails to meet faculty contract demands

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On Monday, faculty union representatives bargain with Rutgers University management in an all-day session to see if an agreement can be reached concerning union demands for a new contract. If not, 80 percent of union faculty — both full-time professors and part-time lecturers, including graduate students — have pledged to strike.

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The Nipsey Hussle Edition | MCP Introduction

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The untimely murder of Nipsey Hussle, birth name, Ermias Asghedom transformed me. From shock to anger to grief to sadness to purpose—all these mark the stages that end with this impromptu major collaborative project, The Nipsey Hussle Edition.

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Nipsey notes | Think Piece

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“This Brother was a Good Brother. He didn’t’ get into an excessive amount of trouble…”

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Even those who attempted to smear his legacy had not a single leg to stand on | Think Piece

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We hear about celebrities dying pretty often, and I always do the same thing. Call my cousin, say, “damn that’s too bad” then reflect on what their career meant or didn’t mean in my life, and move on. It takes all of three minutes.

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Mixtapes, murals and memorials: LA stopped to pay their respects to a king | Photo Story

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He was cool like Snoop
Had a hustle like Jay Z
And was a revolutionary like ‘Pac.

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Discovering Nipsey Hussle’s legacy | Think Piece

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When I first heard the news about Nipsey Hussle, I had no idea who he was. As a 43-year-old white Jewish guy from Chattanooga, Tennessee, my music taste teeters between dad rock and whatever my elementary-school-aged boys are listening to.

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‘I’ve never felt the city’s pulse like this. I’ve never felt the city mourn like this.’ The passing, life and impact of Nipsey Hussle

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Entertainment industry executive and musician, Dame Crawford briefly talks about how Nipsey Hussle’s life and his work reached far wider than he knew.

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