Category Archives: art

Afromexico: Children of the moon

Originally published by laphoenikera.com written by AYO SINPLANETA   Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq, two local visual anthropologists have made it their mission to demystify preconceived notions about black and indigenous communities around the globe. This is no easy feat since they’re against a historical propensity to blaze inaccurate information about communities of color (at […]

12.5 Months in the life of Nation19 / APDTA!

The last 12.5 months has been a busy time for us here at Nation19 /APDTA. We met so many dope people from around the world and we got a chance to be a part of the change that is happening globally among young people and artists. From walking through the streets that Pablo Escobar built […]

Jesse Williams speech at the 2016 BET Awards may offend some people.

In case you missed it, Jesse Williams dropped so many gems in his acceptance speech at the 2016 BET Awards. “If you have no interest in equal rights for Black people then do not make suggestions to those that do, sit down” said Williams. Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has been very vocal about social injustices […]

Prince’s death is way too strange!

Today April 21, 2016 Prince passes away at 57 years old. To us Prince’s sudden death is a little strange? A talented freedom fighter and another “King” not of pop, but of the arts who stood for black independence and fought against black injustices. In 2014 Prince regained ownership of his catalog from Warner Bro Records […]

How to travel in one of the most dangerous cities in the world and still be fresh.

Colombia is known as the 5th most dangerous country on earth, and Bogotá the capital of the country is labeled one of the most dangerous cities in the world. When you think of Colombia, few people relate the country to coffee, and Chocolate (cacao) but rather drugs, Pablo Escobar, murders, cartel, etc. On the contrary, […]

Filmmakers bring Ferguson to Phoenix’s Hip Hop community… Sheriff Arpaio not invited.

On October 1st, community leaders along with local and national Hip Hop artist will meet in Phoenix to discuss racial profiling, police brutality, SB1070 laws, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This will take place at a premier screening of a short film “#Bars4Justice” (view or download media kit) Presented by Nation19 and Directed by award winning filmmakers Hakeem Khaaliq […]

You waited long enough! #Bars4Justice

You have waited long enough, and although we were to announce winners Sep 1st, we had a great lyrical hiphop debate on who the winner should be over the past 2 days lol.. On top of the prizes the winners will also be featured on an upcoming #Bars4Justice track for YOU to enjoy for FREE!! APDTA! […]

#Bars4Justice Week 2 Finalist MC Friction!

This week was a tough one! We got some dope entries from all across the US, and even overseas in Africa! So lets get to this weeks pick! And the 2nd finalist iiiiiiiiiiiisssss……. MC Friction!! (@ceilobrown) This dude is super sick!! Check out his #Bars4Justice ! “Reaganomics dropped atomically destroying our communities, crack sales, built jails […]

Free 2 night stay at a 4 star hotel in Washington DC with Nation19 and Jasiri X!!

So you Think you got Skillz? Nation19 teamed up with Jasiri X to kick off #Bars4Justice! #BARS4JUSTICE IS A WEEKLY INSTAGRAM BASED FREESTYLE COMPETITION STARTING AUGUST 4th 2015. YOU GIVE US YOUR BEST BARS IN 15 SECONDS OR LESS, AND WE’LL HAND PICK AND FEATURE THE BEST VIDEO EVERY FRIDAY. WE’LL THEN CHOOSE THE BEST OF […]

Why every Rapper should observe Ramadan

A celebrity customer called us and wanted to buy the new Pillars Tee but was kinda worried about rocking it because he wasn’t a Muslim. We explained that although the shirt is made for people observing Ramadan, the significance can be practiced by anyone with a little discipline. Here is how everyone, even Rappers can observe Ramadan, still stay fresh, and […]

The Inside Job Mother’s Day Sale extended!!

The Unboxing of the “Inside Job” purse! Exclusively for you! You can’t find this purse anywhere but here! Thats why we are extending the sale just for you!! Click link below to order Now!

Boyz in the Hood (behind the scenes)

Many different influences play a key role in our creative process here at Nation19/ APDTA. A heavy stimulus is film making and more importantly films that tell stories that are rarely told and or acknowledged by Hollywood. The film Boyz N the Hood Directed by John Singleton is one of those influences. When the film […]