The Max Reddick Experience

COINTELPRO- The FBI’s War on Black America (Full documentary)

COINTELPRO (an acronym for Counter Intelligence Program) was a series of covert, and often illegal, projects conducted by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting domestic organizations deemed “subversive”. [x]

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Dixie: A Personal Odyssey Through Events That Shaped the Modern South by Curtis Wilkie 
In this riveting political and social history of the American South during the second half of the twentieth century, acclaimed journalist Curtis Wilkie tells the story of a region and a man — himself — intimately transformed by racial and political upheavals. In 1969, in the wake of the violence surrounding the civil rights movement, Wilkie left the South and vowed never to live there again. But after traveling the world as a reporter, he returned in 1993, drawn by a deep-rooted affinity with the territory of his youth.
Here, he endeavors to make sense of the enormous changes that have convulsed the South for more than four decades. Through vivid recollections of landmark events, Dixie becomes both a striking eyewitness account of history and an unconventional tale of redemption full of beauty, humor, and pathos.
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Dixie: A Personal Odyssey Through Events That Shaped the Modern South by Curtis Wilkie 

In this riveting political and social history of the American South during the second half of the twentieth century, acclaimed journalist Curtis Wilkie tells the story of a region and a man — himself — intimately transformed by racial and political upheavals. In 1969, in the wake of the violence surrounding the civil rights movement, Wilkie left the South and vowed never to live there again. But after traveling the world as a reporter, he returned in 1993, drawn by a deep-rooted affinity with the territory of his youth.

Here, he endeavors to make sense of the enormous changes that have convulsed the South for more than four decades. Through vivid recollections of landmark events, Dixie becomes both a striking eyewitness account of history and an unconventional tale of redemption full of beauty, humor, and pathos.

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"Sha-Clack-Clack".  Originally performed by Saul Williams in the motion picture Slam.

Slam starring Saul Williams and Sonja Sohn

A darling of the 1998 festival circuit, Marc Levin’s Slam won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance as well as the Camera d’Or (best first film) at Cannes. Despite its shortcomings, the film merits these awards—Slam offers a strong cast and compelling subject matter, a perfect setting with a killer soundtrack, and over-the-top rap poetry.

The film opens with an exterior shot of the protagonist, Raymond Joshua (played by real-life poet Saul Williams), walking away from the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The image of a young black man turning his back on this symbol of government scant minutes before he’s popped on a chump-change drug charge is poignant and disturbing—not easily forgotten by anyone aware of the immense contradictions inherent in the demographics of the nation’s capital.

Slam depicts Raymond’s fall from relative innocence, and his apparent redemption. As a small-time dope dealer and street poet, his arrest thrusts him into an unfamiliar world—the violence of life in the slammer is palpable and altogether frightening. Incarceration, however, awakens the slumbering power of Raymond’s poetry; eventually, its strength keeps him alive. In a prison yard scene when he’s about to get whomped, Raymond gives free rein to his words, choosing poetry in motion over violence. Hearing Raymond’s impassioned words, the hardened cons let him walk. One of them even covers his bail, and Raymond hits the streets, eager to check out Lauren (Sonja Sohn), the creative-writing teacher he met behind bars.

Although the third act dilutes the credibility established by Levin’s in-your-face vérité style, Slam is relentlessly passionate, unswerving in its conviction that there’s an alternative to the violence that decimates North America’s inner cities. Indeed, for all the film’s preachiness, we cheer Raymond on, fueling his poetry, hoping, somehow, that it can transform those around him. Peace is the word. —Stephan Magcosta

Combat Jack Presents: True Stories Behind 25 Rap Classics

BY DOMINIC GREEN
To many of you, he’s known as Combat Jack, blogger for Daily Mathematics and Internet radio DJ/personality for www.pncradio.fm. However, to people like Jay-Z and Missy Elliott, he is known as Reggie Osse, an entertainment lawyer who represented them at one time. Osse entered the music industry as part of Def Jam’s business and legal affairs department, and has worked with artists like Public Enemy, LL Cool J, and the Beastie Boys. His storied career, which has spanned the past 20 years, has allowed him to be involved with-and in some cases see up close-the genesis of multiple rap classics. And now he’s telling Complex his stories. Enjoy what we’ll call the official Combat Jack Mixtape. Vol. 1.

[Read all of the true stories at Complex.]

Combat Jack Presents: True Stories Behind 25 Rap Classics

BY DOMINIC GREEN

To many of you, he’s known as Combat Jack, blogger for Daily Mathematics and Internet radio DJ/personality for www.pncradio.fm. However, to people like Jay-Z and Missy Elliott, he is known as Reggie Osse, an entertainment lawyer who represented them at one time. Osse entered the music industry as part of Def Jam’s business and legal affairs department, and has worked with artists like Public EnemyLL Cool J, and the Beastie Boys. His storied career, which has spanned the past 20 years, has allowed him to be involved with-and in some cases see up close-the genesis of multiple rap classics. And now he’s telling Complex his stories. Enjoy what we’ll call the official Combat Jack Mixtape. Vol. 1.

[Read all of the true stories at Complex.]