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The Apollo Theater launches initiative to refresh its image

Harlem’s Apollo Theater has been recognized worldwide as a landmark institution exemplifying the best in black music and culture for eight decades now.

The theater celebrated it’s 80th anniversary on Sunday, marking yet another major milestone for an establishment that has set the stage for many black performers to become major stars, including James Brown and the Jackson 5.

The Apollo is still considered an integral part of American culture and the African-American experience – but as the community surrounding it is constantly changing, the theater has launched a new initiative that will keep the brand relevant through a new chapter in history.

The 21st Century Apollo Campaign

On Wednesday, the theater’s president and CEO Jonelle Procope announced the 21st Century Apollo Campaign, the theater’s new multi-million dollar initiative to expand programming and education initiatives, support new digital technologies and ensure continued enhancement of its facilities.

“As we look toward the Apollo’s future, we are continuing to build on our unparalleled legacy of discovering new talent and providing platforms for emerging artists to continue to evolving so many of the genres that have been nurtured on our stages,” said Procope.
http://thegrio.com/2014/01/30/the-apollo-theater-launches-initiative-to-refresh-its-image-the-21st-century-apollo-campaign/

Is this guy a master hustler or a master cheapskate?

A man purchased a first-class ticket on China Eastern Airlines and enjoyed over 300 days of free meals and drinks at the airport’s VIP lounge at Xi'an Airport in Shaanxi, China. He kept changing the itinerary, which allowed him to feast without paying for nearly a year. When the airlines started to look into the matter, he cancelled his ticket and got a refund.

http://boingboing.net/2014/01/27/man-uses-first-class-airline-t.html

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/01/24/Man-uses-firstclass-ticket-to-get-free-meals-for-almost-a-year/

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/5980970/

Porn production moves to Vegas after condom law

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lee Roy Myers has everything you'd expect to find in the nation's porn capital in Southern California: sets of a classroom, hospital room, locker room and a bedroom, as well as a list of porn stars waiting to perform.

But his plywood universe is not in the San Fernando Valley. It's a few paces away from the glittery casinos of the Las Vegas Strip.

"Las Vegas is a fresh town, and it's where people need the business," said Myers, whose new studio is part of a boom in X-rated production in Sin City sparked by a Los Angeles law requiring male actors to wear condoms.

The rule and potential opportunities in Nevada were the talk of the Adult Entertainment Expo this week. The annual sex industry trade show culminates Saturday with an awards ceremony for adult films.

"It's not really an option to change the way we make our movies, and moving production isn't that hard," said porn purveyor Jules Jordan, who hid out behind nearly naked models at the JulesJordanVideo.com booth.

Jordan warned reporters not to ask him about condoms.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/17/porn-production-vegas/4557957/

Mozaffar Khazaee 'tried to ship F-35 documents to Iran'

Source: bbc.co.uk

US authorities have arrested an Iranian-American engineer accused of attempting to ship stolen documentation on a high-tech military plane to Iran.

Federal prosecutors have charged Mozaffar Khazaee, 59, with trying to smuggle thousands of pages of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter documents.

Mr Khazaee stole the documents from defence contractors that employed him as an engineer, prosecutors said.

Mr Khazaee is an ex-employee of military contractor Pratt & Whitney, US media have reported, and in that capacity was responsible for carrying out strength tests on military engine parts.

He was made redundant from a defence contractor in August, prosecutors said.

He is being held by the US Marshals Service and will be transported to Connecticut for further court proceedings, Thomas Carson, a spokesman for the Connecticut US Attorney's office, told the BBC.

Mr Khazaee was arrested on 9 January at the airport in Newark, New Jersey, on his way to Iran, Deidre Daly, US attorney for Connecticut, said in a statement.


Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25748242



LOL at stealing documents for the "Edsel" of military aviation...

If you kill me in GTA V online, at least have the stones to accept my 1v1 challenge

that is all...

Amiri Baraka, former N.J. poet laureate and prolific author, dead at 79

Amiri Baraka, former N.J. poet laureate and prolific author, dead at 79

NEWARK — Amiri Baraka, the longtime activist and former poet laureate of New Jersey died today, officials confirmed. He was 79 years old.

Baraka was placed in intensive care at Beth Israel Medical Center last month for an unknown reason, but a spokesman for his son's mayoral campaign said his condition was improving late in December.

Newark Mayor Luis Quintana said Baraka will be sorely missed.

"I went to visit him at the hospital about two weeks ago," Quintana said by phone. "He was more than poet he was a leader in his own right. He's going to be missed and our condolences go out to his family today."

Quintana recalled Baraka's role in the 1970 Black and Puerto Rican convention, a landmark political meeting that resulted in the election of Ken Gibson, Newark's first black mayor.

"We're going to remember him always for his contributions to Newark, New Jersey and America," Quintana said. "In this time of pain, the citizens of Newark and I are with him."


Baraka had long struggled with diabetes, but it was not immediately clear what the cause of death was.

A Newark native and resident formerly known as Leroi Jones, Amiri Baraka has published dozens of poems, essays and works of non-fiction. In 1963 Amiri Baraka wrote "Blues People," an in-depth history of music from the time of slavery throughout the various incarnations of blues and jazz, with integrated social commentary. The book's 50th anniversary was recently celebrated during an event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/01/hold_hold_hold_amiri_baraka_former_nj_poet_laureate_and_prolific_author_dead_at_79.html
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024306417

I need a favor from a DUer in the Los Angeles area

There's this sportswriter (and I use that term loosely) named Ken Gurnick who covers the Dodgers and votes for the Baseball Hall of Fame...I need one of you all to find him and punch him in the face as hard as you possibly can...I mean really turn his lights out; with a few chiclets on the floor...

Thanks in advance...

I Have a Dream: That People Will View a Picture Like This and Not Think It’s a Big Deal

http://goodmenproject.com/families/i-have-a-dream-that-people-will-view-a-picture-life-this-and-not-think-its-a-big-deal-gmp/

I have a dream that insecure dads will spend less time hating on good dads and more time on getting their own shit together. I’d say 95% of the dads who follow me are actively involved in their kids’ lives and view parenting as a 50/50 endeavor with their wives/girlfriends. They send me “Thank You” emails, they’ll say it’s refreshing to see a guy (me) who embraces fatherhood as much as they do, and they’ll refer other good dads to my blog because they know I’ll celebrate them. Words cannot express how much I appreciate those men because they will play a huge role in making fatherhood “cool” again (granted, I always thought fatherhood was cool, but that’s another story).

On the flip side, there’s a small pocket of men out there that can’t stand me. Here’s a sampling of some of the private messages and comments I received from them after I posted this picture:
- “He probably rented those kids. They don’t even look like him.”

As I’ve said in previous blog posts, I’m not immune to hate mail—and some messages are racist in nature and some aren’t. It comes with the territory of doing what I do and I completely understand that. However, do you know what’s funny? Oftentimes when a dude posts a public hateful comment on my FB page or Twitter feed, it’s followed up by his wife or girlfriend emailing me privately to apologize for his behavior. These women will tell me that their men are angry that I’m making them “look bad” because they aren’t holding up their end of the bargain when it comes to parenting. Here’s the thing: I don’t make anyone look bad. These guys are doing a fine job on their own according to the women in their lives.

Memo to the small pocket of male haters I have: Why don’t you put big boy shorts on and get in on the revolution of good fathers? It’s not a good look to tear down dads for doing the work your wives wished you were man enough to do on your own. If you don’t believe me, just ask your spouses. They’ll tell you.

But don’t worry. I’ll still be here whenever you’re ready to step your game up and join #TeamGrownAssMan.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024291396

Noam Chomsky: The drug war is the latest manifestation of a centuries-old ‘race war’

Noam Chomsky recently took part in a video conference with Foundation Degree students about the legacy of the American Civil Rights movement, where he described the war on drugs as a “race war” against poor minorities.

When a student asked how “important Martin Luther King was to the movement,” Chomsky replied by saying “that’s almost like asking how important Nelson Mandela was to the anti-apartheid movement.” He then returned to a point he had made earlier, that the assassination of Black Panther Fred Hampton was the most significant of the period.

“Hampton was a very effective organizer…the most energetic and effective leader,” and he was killed by the FBI and operatives for the United States government, which Chomsky claimed created a necessarily adversarial relationship between “liberation movements” and the government.

Of course, he continued, that’s not the story the government wants citizens to believe, so they were “blanked out.”

“There are things,” Chomsky said, “the white liberal establishment just doesn’t want to be part of history.”

Another aspect of American history that was “blanked out” was “the criminalizing of black life.” He noted that abolition robbed the industrial class of cheap labor, and needed a way to replace it. “Slaves were capital, but if you could imprisoned labor, states could utilize them — you get a disciplined, extremely cheap labor force that you don’t have to pay for.”

“Part of the whole industrial revival was based on the reinstitution of slave labor. That went on until the start of the Second World War,” he continued, “after which black men and women were able to work their way into the labor force, the war industries.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/06/noam-chomsky-the-drug-war-is-the-latest-manifestation-of-a-centuries-old-race-war/

New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Steve McQueen Heckled By Film Critic

A member of the New York Film Critics Circle put a damper on the group's 69th annual awards ceremony when he heckled a winner from the audience. From the back of the Edison Hotel Ballroom in Gotham, Armond White, the controversial film critic for CityArts, yelled at Steve McQueen, the NYFCC's best director winner for 12 Years a Slave, "You’re an embarrassing doorman and garbage man. F— you. Kiss my ass," according to a Variety reporter seated near him.

The outburst from White, who has behaved similarly at past NYFCC ceremonies and has derided McQueen's film since October, could not be heard from the front of the room and did not interrupt the proceedings. McQueen had just taken the stage following a passionate introduction from the legendary Harry Belafonte that left the director in tears and stole the show up to that point.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/new-york-film-critics-circle-668694

White is a lowlife, attention-whoring contrarian-for-the-sake-of-being-contrarian sociopathic piece of shit....
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