The Oscars are wack and lacks diversity but that’s a good thing. Here is why.

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars), lacks diversity and yes the #Oscarsarewack but that could be a good thing for Film makers, Actors, Actresses, Producers and Directors of Color. Here is why.

People of Color make up 37% of the U.S population, but purchased 46% of movie tickets(Washington Post 12/15/2015) That statistic alone proves that Movies showing diverse cast and crew are big business. This is another wake up call to establish and support institutions that promote and honor black films and the people in front and behind the cameras.

Boycotting the Oscars is not going to change anything, Establishing our own institutions will. Who in the heck is Oscar anyway…lol.

Nation19 is honored to be selected to screen our independently produced film #Bars4Justice at the 24th annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) which runs from February 4th – 15th 2016 in Los Angeles. The Festival was founded by actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover, Ja’Net DuBois (Good Times), and Ayuko Babu.
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Established in 1992 the festival honors filmmakers from all over the world and showcases the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. Last year they even held a workshop / panel with Denzel Washington! The Pan African Film Festival is the longest running event during black history and is the largest film festival in the US.

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Denzel Washing teaches a panel discussion at the 23rd Annual Pan African Film Festival in 2015.

The Oscars are wack! Support and build your own reality. If you are in LA check out the Pan African Film Festival and hang out with us!

#bars4Justice (screenings):
Mon, Feb 8
@1:25PM
Thu, Feb 11@6:15PM (Nation19 will be in attendance)
Sat, Feb 13@10:50PM (Nation19 will be in attendance)
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and Rave Cinemas 15
3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard 90008
323 290.6636
Map to theatre

Oh, here is the trailer to our film its really dope!

A hip hop activist gives more than his talent when he comes face to face with the justice system in Ferguson Missouri. Narrated by Jasiri X with appearances by Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Cornell West, and Bree Newsome.
Written, Directed, Edited, and Produced by Hakeem Khaaliq & Queen Muhammad Ali Cinematography by Hakeem Khaaliq, Co-Produced by Ronald Sims and Steve Powell Narrated by Jasiri X, Re-Recording Mixer Steve Harrison (The Audio Suite) Music by Michael Muhammad, Jorge Méndez, Jahsua, and Jasiri X Filmed on location in St Louis and Ferguson Missouri on August 9 -10th 2015. Trailer edited by Queen Muhammad Ali

 

In Satan we print? Lawsuit Demands US Government to Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From Currency

CLEVELAND (AP) — California attorney Michael Newdow filed the lawsuit Monday in Akron. The lawsuit argues the phrase “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency is unconstitutional and violates separation of church and state. The lawsuit wants the phrase prohibited from use on money.

The lawsuit represents 41 plaintiffs from Ohio and Michigan, including many unnamed parents and children who are atheists or are being raised as atheists. Defendants include Congress and various federal agencies.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday at the office of U.S. attorney for Ohio’s northern district.

This looks like it could be a sign of things to come in the future regarding the federal reserve monetary banking scheme.

Bill Cosby rape accuser Chloe Goins loses case and releases rap diss song.

On January 6, 2016 all charges made by convicted prostitute and stripper Chloe Goins’ against Bill Cosby according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office were dropped because they lacked sufficient evidence. So instead she drops this wack a$$ rap diss song.

 

Did the Christmas Boycott lead to Walmart store closures?

Full list of Walmart store closures across America

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT: NYSE) today announced plans to close 269 stores in the U.S. and globally. 

October 2015, initiated a nationwide boycott of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas Shopping. As part of the 20th year anniversary of the Million Man March (Justice Or Else) the boycott came as a direct response to police killings of unarmed US Black citizens. Hashtags such #redistributethepain, #upwithJesusDownwithsanta, and #christmasiscancelled were shared on Instagram Facebook and Twitter. Nation19 produced a 3 part commercial to also help spread the anti holiday spirit. 

Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. said  “Closing stores is never an easy decision, but it is necessary to keep the company strong and positioned for the future…the decision to close stores is difficult and we care about the associates who will be impacted,” McMillon said. “We invested considerable time assessing our stores and clubs and don’t take this lightly. We are supporting those impacted with extra pay and support, and we will take all appropriate steps to ensure they are treated well.”

Store Closings/Openings

As part of today’s action, the company will close 154 locations in the U.S., including the company’s 102 smallest format stores, Walmart Express, which had been in pilot since 2011. 

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Memphis Rapper Blac Youngster tried to boast his career with lies about being harassed by cops.

With the world focusing on police brutality and police killings across the US an amateur Memphis Rapper named Blac Youngster decided to try and boast his career on the backs of Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Mario Woods, and Sandra Bland and seize the opportunity. The public outcry was in support of this Mr. Blac Youngster who stated he was harassed by police simply because he withdrew allot of cash. The only problem he doesn’t have a account at the bank and he didn’t have $200k he had $70k. Now where did this guy get $70,000, because it was definitely not from record sales.

Here is what the bank had to say about him.

Official Statement from Wells Fargo Bank:

Mr. Benson (Blac Youngster) is not an account holder with us. He did not enter our store nor did he make any withdrawals.

And here is the police statement from Atlanta PD.

Greetings Media Outlets,

On January 8, 2016, Atlanta Police Officers were dispatched to the Wells Fargo Bank, 3235 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Georgia. The 911 caller stated that a male was trying to cash a forged check valued at $24,000 . The description of the male provided to police was limited and conflicting.

The Video Integration Center (VIC) using the camera system were able to get a visual of a possible suspect inside a car in the parking lot of the bank. This information was relayed to officers on the scene. The car was stopped and everyone inside the car was briefly detained. It was quickly discovered that the person providing the description to police had provided the wrong description of the suspect. It was determined that the occupants of the vehicle were not involved. They were immediately released.

The caller identified Mr. Charles Darnell Edward (03/02/1976) as the male attempting to cash the fraudulent $24,000 CHECK. Mr. Edwards was arrested at the scene and charged with forgery in the first degree (felony).

The Rapper, who identified himself as “Blac Youngsta”, by coincidence happened to be at the bank at the same time. Upon police officers arriving on scene, they made a brief detention of him until a positive identification by the caller was made. This incident did not directly involved Blac Youngsta, nor was he accused of committing a crime.

Sergeant Warren Pickard
Atlanta Police Department

Actual facts about Police violence against black people in 2015.

In 2015 the actual facts about the ongoing killings of unarmed black people by police in the US is more than alarming. So many lives lost. We get a ton of mail from people telling us that the police are just doing their job in high crime areas but in the facts below its the data proves otherwise.

Click on the red keys on the interactive map to view more info on a particular city.

  • In 2014, 1 in 3 U.S. police killings happened in the 100 largest cities.
  • Black people were 21% of the population and 40% of people killed by police in these cities.
  • Most unarmed people killed by police in major U.S. cities were black (56%). Fewer than 1 in 5 (19%) were white.
  • An unarmed black person living in these cities was 6x more likely than an unarmed white person to be killed by police. An unarmed black person was almost as likely as an armed white person to be killed by police.
  • The Police Homicide rate for black men in 17 cities is higher than the U.S. homicide rate. Black men in these cities have a higher chance of being killed by police than the average American has of being killed by anyone.
  • Black men in six cities face a higher chance of being killed by police than the average American has of being killed in a car accident.

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Props to our friends at MAPPING POLICE VIOLENCE a research collaborative collecting comprehensive data on police killings nationwide to quantify the impact of police violence in communities. @deray @samswey @nettaaaaaaaa @MsPackyetti

Bill Cosby arrested, Sandra Bland hung, Tamir Rice shot, the Modern Day Lynching?

Three Major court cases took place over the past few weeks. The arrest of Bill Cosby, the Sandra Bland case, and Tamir Rice case.
The Sandra Bland case where an innocent black woman was pulled over in Texas, abused by the arresting cop, and was mysteriously found hung in a jail cell with no indictment to the police department. The Tamir Rice case, where a 12 year old black boy was legally murdered in seconds by a police officer, and no indictment for the officer(s). And now the highly publicized arrest of Bill Cosby with a million dollar bail. The prosecutor even took Cosby’s passport so he could not leave the country. With unproven allegations, the endless reputation slaughter, slander, and arrest has diminished the legacy of ” Mr Bill Cosby  ” and taken him through the mud unlike white celebrities actually found guilty of acts of pedophilia, and rape. These are all examples of modern day lynchings… some cold blooded murder, and for our prestigious role models, the murder of a legacy.

No wonder Lebron James is so afraid to speak out. When asked about Tamir Rice he said “and to be honest, I haven’t really been on top of this issue.” Really dude? Tamir was killed a year ago and headlined in the news with national protests and you still don’t know about it? If you have a job that makes you afraid to stand up for your own people, then you are just another modern day slave.. and one day you will be on the name slaughter list just like our other greats. Athletes like Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown were much greater influences in there time and had all the peoples love because they stood up for the people.

On June 4, 1967 outstanding Black athletes gathered in the offices of the Black Economic Union in Cleveland, Ohio to support Muhammad Ali’s famously refused induction into the U.S. military.

Some may say, why should people expect so much from an athlete? Well, the answer is we don’t expect anything from an athlete, we expect something from a black father who has children, and we expect from a black man who will stand up for his own kind instead of using his influence to sell bacon burgers! I mean c’mon son!
So instead of standing up for your people, you promote toxic food that is killing your people.. #SMDH

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So we have all the slavery roles in modern times including the lynchings, the house Negro, Masa, and Nat Turner (Nation19 Magazine/APDTA). Don’t let yourself be categorized as the next modern day house negro. Remember, a man or woman who stands for nothing, will fall for anything, and will eventually cause a domino effect. So stand up!  #APDTA

 

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You can get with this or you can get with that: Phylicia Rashad vs Andrea Constand

Back in the days there was a catchy rap song and the hook went like this “You can get with this or you can get with that.” We hate to compare people but this situation demands some critical investigation.  Above are two pictures of women. The one on the left is the beautiful actress Phylicia Rashad who worked with Bill Cosby on the most popular black TV show ever. Her role as Clair Huxtable on the sitcom The Cosby Show landed her an EMMY nomination in 1985 and 1986. Aside from acting Rashad graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University. With such an amazing woman around Mr Bill Cosby why would he not slip her a qualude and had his way. On every situation she defends him as a upright respectful man.

The woman on the right is the very manly Andrea Constand, an out LESBIAN ex basketball player from Canada. She accused Bill Cosby of drugging her with pills and sexually assaulting her in his home while she worked at Temple University. All criminal charges against Cosby in February 2005 were dropped due to a lack of evidence by Constand. When the criminal charges were not pursued, Constand launched a civil suit against Cosby in March 2005. Cosby settled that suit for undisclosed terms a year later. Andrea Constant is reported to have been living off that money she obtained from the settlement.

The logic doesn’t add up. Phylicia Rashad, the beautiful intelligent woman you are alone with for decades…no rape, no drugging, nothing but respect. But Andrea Constant, the manly not so attractive lesbian female jock, you drug, and assault? Cmon something doesn’t add up.

Here is a quote from Phylicia Rashad on ABC NEWS. “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture,” she said. “This show represented America to the outside world. This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”

“You can get with this or you can get with that” – Blacksheep.