Award winning Samoan Film Director wants to put American Samoa on the map!

AWARD WINNING SAMOAN FILM DIRECTOR QUEEN MUHAMMAD ALI 
IS A FINALIST FOR ARTPLACE AMERICA’S 2017 NATIONAL CREATIVE PLACEMAKING FUND

Extremely competitive national grant program will consider70 projects   

(June 7, 2017) Today, ArtPlace America announced that Queen Muhammad Ali is one of 70 finalists for the 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF).  ArtPlace selected these 70 proposals from 987 applications, making Queen and the community of Faga’itua’s  project “Manuia Samoa” one of just 7% of the projects across the country to make this cut.

ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program, receiving 987 applications this year. Investing money in communities across the country in which artists, arts organizations, and arts and culture activity help drive community development change across 10 sectors of community planning and development: agriculture and food; economic development; education and youth; environment and energy; health; housing; immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development.

To date, ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund has invested $77 million in 256 creative placemaking projects across 187communities of all sizes, including 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.

Queen Muhammad Ali proposed “Manuia Samoa”, a solar powered Social Wellness Hub dedicated to the health, nutrition, and creativity of the people on the beautiful, but health epidemic stricken islands of American Samoa. Inspired by traditional Samoan interior design fused with Tsunami resistant eco-friendly contemporary architecture, the 20,000 sq ft social wellness hub will include three major components; art, health, and education.
“The National Grants Program is actively building a portfolio that reflects the full breadth of our country’s arts and cultural sector, as well as the community planning and development field,” said ArtPlace’s Director of National Grantmaking F. Javier Torres.  “Knowing that these projects, and the hundreds of others who applied, are using arts and culture strategies to make the communities across this country healthier and stronger is inspirational.”

“We believe that these projects, when added to our tremendously strong portfolio of demonstration projects, will inspire, equip and connect members of the arts and culture field, the community planning and development field and those who are working to make healthy and equitable communities creatively across the country,” said ArtPlace America Executive Director Jamie Bennett.

The complete list of the 2017 finalists for ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund may be found here.

Queen Muhammad Ali (right), American Samoa Gov Lolo Moliga (center), Flo Pereira (left)

About Queen Muhammad Ali

Queen Muhammad Ali is an award winning film director, multimedia artist/activist, public speaker, television and film producer. Before she began directing films, Queen worked as an elementary grade teacher for a private school in Southern California. Her interest in education led her to film-making. She has produced for MGM Television, Showtime, Univision Television, MTV, and VH1. Her work has also been featured in Ebony Magazine, LA Weekly, Huffington Post, KTLA Los Angeles, Washington Post, NY Times, Oprah Winfrey Network, and Yahoo! News.

Queen has traveled the world on various delegations and humanitarian projects and has spoken at several prestigious universities throughout the US. Not only has she been featured in countless national and international media outlets, she is also the recipient of several distinguished awards including a selected speaker at Doc Fortnight 2017: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film. A founding member of the nationally distributed magazine, Nation19, Queen published the magazine to educate youth on indigenous empowerment, archaeological research, art, anthropological correctness, Hip Hop culture and social change.

Queen’s name is not by accident. Her Great Grandfather is Paramount Chief Tuli Le’iato of American Samoa whose letters to President Kennedy are on display at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration among 16 partner foundations, along with 8 federal agencies and 6 financial institutions, that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.

ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, projects in which art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development. This brings artists, arts organizations, and artistic activity into the suite of placemaking strategies pioneered by Jane Jacobs and her colleagues, who believed that community development must be locally informed, human-centric, and holistic.

Media Contact:
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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 in Medellín Colombia to living in a remote farming village in Inner Mongolia China to speaking at MoMA in NYC, we did allot…and we did it all in pursuit of truth and Unity.

February 2016 – March 2017 in review…peep:


#Bars4Justice Winner Best Short Documentary PAFF2016!!!

24th Annual Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles CA
February 8-14th 2016
Nation19’s Documentary film #Bars4Justice Winner Best Short Documentary
February KTLA featured #Bars4Justice on the News!

 

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Directors Guild of America Hollywood CA
February 12th 2016 Morning
Nation19’s Queen Muhammad Ali was a guest speaker


Invited guest to Meet with Russell Simmons

ALL DEF DIGITAL headquarters Culver City CA
February 12th 2016 Afternoon

 

UofA

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
February 15th 2016 2:00PM TO 4:00PM
Africana Studies Program/College of Humanities at UofA issued college credit to students who watched #Bars4Justice and participated in the Q&A session. (Props to Professor Durant)
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SD2016

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Photo by Kershon Xavier

Saviours’ Day 2016 (Chicago IL)
February 20th
Nation19 were Guest Speakers at the Business/Entrepreneur workshop (via Skype)


ASU

Arizona State University (West Campus Glendale, AZ)
February 25th
Nation19 had the honor of teaching Indigenous and Black-Mexican history and Visual Anthropology to the students and some faculty members.

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Students and Faculty of ASU pose with Nation19. Photo by Kershon Xavier

ASU

Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
February 26th (a very blessed day for us!)
Screened #Bars4Justice to a completely packed room w Q&A with Directors Queen Muhammad Ali, Hakeem Khaaliq, Co-Producer Ronald Muhammad, Professor Griff (Public Enemy), and West Coast KAM
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Shooting on Location: Colombia South America

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Academy Award Winner Che “Rhymefest” Smith rapping to Black children on the beach in Cartagena Colombia while Dir. Queen Muhammad Ali captures the sound.

(Bogotá, Cartagena, Tierra Bomba, Medellín)
March 1st-8th 2016
Nation19 was selected to Direct, write and produce for the United Nations (UNGASS) w Academy Award Winner Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Directed by Queen Muhammad Ali & Hakeem Khaaliq, Associate Producer/translator Shahida Muhammad.


NAU

3rd Annual Hip Hop Appreciation Week (Flagstaff AZ)
April 25th-29th 2016
Nation19 was selected as a guest speaker and facilitator to Nas‘ film “Shake the Dust” at the 3rd Annual Hip Hop Appreciation Week in Flagstaff AZ with Chuck D of Public Enemy, Queen Muhammad Ali and Supernatural
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United Nations

The Museum of Drug Policy / United Nations / UNGASS (New York)
April 21st 2016
Screening of our investigative report Short Documentary about US Drug Policy in Colombia South America w Academy Award Winner Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Directed by Queen Muhammad Ali & Hakeem Khaaliq
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Wayne State University

Allied Media Conference (Michigan)
#Bars4Justice screening and Q&A with Director Queen Muhammad Ali at Wayne State University Michigan


May 2016
May was the first month we reached over 60 million people in one week via social media


1st Annual Uptown Short Film Festival (USFF)

May 15th 2016
#Bars4Justice was Awarded Audience Choice Award


DocuTIFF

Tirana International Film Festival (Tirana, Albania)
June1st-8th 2016
Official Selection, European premiere of #Bars4Justice


Reach!!!!

June – July 2016
We broke our previous record with a reach of 80 million people on Facebook and Instagram_0003_79 millon


APDTA!!!

Nation19/APDTA Summer Solstice Drop!!!
July 1st 2016
We dropped a few limited pieces of art on tees and the internet went crazy!!!
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August we reached 120 million people

via social media!!!!!!!!


Bars4Justice Educational Distribution

August signed a distribution deal to distribute #bars4Justice to
Higher Education School in US and Canada


The Mutianyu Fellowship Award, China

The Mutianyu Fellowship Award (Mutianyu, Huawei, Beigou, Beijing)
September 1st – September 21tst 2016
Nation19 founders were awarded The Mutianyu Fellowship in China. The Fellowship and Residency gave us the opportunity to start production on a new film and conduct research in Inner Mongolia, and Northern China.
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Milwaukee film festival

Sep 22th – October 6th 2016
#Bars4Justice selected at the Milwaukee film festival Sep 22th – October 6th
Press:

13 standout moments from the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival

http://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/music/2016/09/21/those-hip-hop-guys-guide-2016-milwaukee-film-fest/90804134/


New Film Post Production!

October Started post-production on a film teaching the importance of language learning to black children in the Inner cities yet to be titled.


Bill Clinton’s Black Son video

On October 12th we helped Bill Clinton’s Black Son Danney Williams get his message out
The video post on our Facebook page reached 19 million people with 6 million video views.
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November 2016
We broke our previous record with a reach of 80 million


19MC’s list

December 6th 2016
launched 19MC’s list to help promote real Hip Hop Artist around the world!

 

ARDG Award Winner!!

Artist Research and Development Grant 
December 9th 2016
Nation19 was awarded a Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.


CSULB

California State University Long Beach
Afrikan Black Coalition Conference
January 18th 2017
#Bars4Justice Screening Q&A with Students

 

MoMA

Museum of Modern Art NYC
February 17th -18 2017
Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq were honored as guest speakers at MoMA’s (Museum of Modern Art NYC) prestigious Doc Fortnight 2017. We also screened #Bars4Justice both days!
Press:
School of Visual Art
http://www.sva.edu/features/how-momas-2017-doc-fortnight-speaks-to-our-current-times
Jet Magazine

Black Filmmakers, Musicians Center MoMa Series

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Queen Muhammad Ali speaking at MoMA 2-17-2017

INVISIBLE MEXICO™: Encuentro Phoenix

March 2nd 2017
INVISIBLE MEXICO™: Encuentro Phoenix Opening at The monOrchid Gallery in Phoenix hosted by Mayor Greg Stanton. The exhibit is Arizona’s first Augmented Reality Anthropological Photo essay.

 
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LT-Right Prentice Moore 100 Black Men® of Phoenix, Nation19’s Hakeem Khaaliq, and Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix. photo by Jimaral Marshall 

What If Mexico built the wall first?

Before the inauguration Trump already started to build and distribute a negative stereotypical view of Mexican immigrants and border security. Many Americans that share the new president’s philosophy don’t know the history of US and Mexico, don’t care or are too arrogant to see the wrong they are mentally constructing. What if Mexico had erected a wall to keep European colonist from entering Mexico in the early 1800’s? Actually before they can legally build a wall America may need to reopen an old wounds like the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo originally exposed by a Mexican activist who Marched with Dr. Martin Luther King and had meetings with Malcolm X’s teacher, The Hon. Elijah Muhammad.

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LT: Tijerina & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. RT: Reies Lopez Tijerina, Bobby Seale and members of the the Brown Berets.

Reies Lopez Tijerina, activist, and catalyst for the land grant movement among Mexicans in northern New Mexico. Although born in Texas, Tijerina spent much of his adult life in New Mexico, where he moved after becoming a pastor. There he learned of the plight of the Mexicans whose land the forest service, American industrial interests and the railroads had stolen. It is there where he joined the movement to return the Tierra Amarilla land grant to the residents of the town of San Joaquin de Chama.

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Mexico in 1824

In 1966, frustrated with the government’s lack of a response to his appeals, he led the occupation of the Echo Amphitheater, which was within the pueblo’s land grant, and asserted their right to the land. This incident marked the beginning of Tijerina’s legal troubles, and the state tried for years to send him to jail, finally succeeding in 1970.

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United States President Donald Trump

Released in 1971, his incarceration had already made him a symbol of political repression in the US, and he continued to speak out against the crimes of the government. Tijerina preached a message of unity for Chicanos, while also working with Black Leaders and other activists throughout the United States. He has become one of the most well-known and dedicated leaders of the Chicano Movement.

If Trump continues to push his wall agenda. Mexico and Mexicans could legally take possession of the stolen areas of California, NEW Mexico, Arizona, and Texas to name a few. The wall would need to be erected north of these states and lets not even begin with what was stolen from Hawaiians, and Native Indigenous people including Dakota.

Authentic Piece Of The Berlin Wall.
Authentic Piece Of The Berlin Wall.

Another interesting fact is the Mexican flag and the Palestinian Flag both share the same color scheme. Unfortunately the people share the same story of European colonization, genocide, oppression, illegal land seizure and negative propaganda. – Nation19 Magazine
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Shhhh….how to communicate privately on your phone with WhatsApp

How do you communicate more privately when you know the revolution will not be televised? When we were in China for a month our main form of communication was WhatApp. It allowed us to talk to family, business partners, writers, researchers and friends over Wifi securely and free.

Now this popular phone APP (WhatsApp) has made big news when they announced that they were providing end-to-end encryption for all of their one billion plus members.

This is super dope for people who like privacy like us over at Nation19 Magazine. The best part about this new feature is that WhatsApp users don’t have to do anything in order to take advantage of this new feature. 

The first setting that you should enable, therefore, is the one that notifies you if a WhatsApp friend changes their device.

Why would you care? Well, because if someone removes the SIM card from your friend’s phone and uses it in another device, they could impersonate your friend on WhatsApp. Enabling a setting in WhatsApp will give you notice that you may be communicating with a fake imposter.

Here is what you do.
Go to the “Settings” icon at the bottom right of your WhatsApp screen, open up the Account settings area, and turn on the “Show Security Notifications” setting.

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Hold on potna…you not finished yet. lol

The next time you are face-to-face with your WhatsApp friend, and you want to increase your WhatsApp security even more, here are the simple steps to do so.

First, make sure that WhatsApp has access to your camera. You may have already allowed this when you installed WhatsApp, but if you did not, it is an easy setting in your Applications area of your phone.

Next, open a conversation with your friend in WhatsApp and then select the person’s name at the top of the conversation. This will open the contact window for that person. Near the bottom of that screen you will see a setting for Encryption.

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Tap on the encryption field, and you will be presented with a screen that displays a QR code as well as a 60-digit decimal code that represents the contents of that QR code.

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At the bottom of the QR code screen, there is a link that will enable you to scan your friend’s code, and they can do the same for your code. This is why you need to allow camera access in WhatsApp, even if only temporarily.

That is all there is to it. Now, when you communicate with your friend, you can be more confident that they are who they say they are – although, of course, it’s always possible that the person you are speaking to has failed to keep a close eye on their smartphone or has failed to set a strong passcode.

In our view, you should tighten security like this with as many of your WhatsApp friends as possible.

WhatsApp and WeChat (China) are both great app to communicate with end-to-end encryption for all communications to so many people. For those of us who wish to have authenticity when communicating, WhatsApp has gone that extra step to ensure that as well.

Thats whats sup…oops we meant…thats WhatsApp!

#Bars4Justice doc highlighting hiphop activism and police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri gets US and Canada distribution on 2 year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death

Hip Hop Association and Third World Newsreel (TWN) have secured US and Canada distribution rights to Directors Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq’s Award winning (#Bars4Justice) documentary short – A Film shot in Ferguson Missouri capturing a glimpse into the new civil rights movement through hiphop with Talib Kweli, Common, Cornell West.

Khaaliq shot the film in Ferguson Missouri during the one year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death. Mike Brown was an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri shot to death by Ferguson officer Darren Williams August 9th 2014. The film documents a benefit concert held in his commemoration orchestrated by Talib Kweli to raise money for Mike Brown’s Family. “We initially thought it would be a good idea just to capture such a great event, not knowing that it would later be produced as a film” said Khaaliq.

Roselly Torres, Director of marketing and distribution for Third World Newsreel said, “I’m so happy we found this film. TWN has been collaborating with Martha Diaz of the Hip Hop Association for many years to distribute social issue Hip-Hop media.” Khaaliq and Ali’s #Bars4Justice is a perfect fit with appearances by Academy Award winning hip hop artist/ actor Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, among many more. Some activists’ appearances include Cornell West, Bree Newsome, Rahiel Tesfamariam, Rev. Renita Lamkin, and Rabbi Susan Talve.

#Bars4Justice is set for release to the educational market in the US and Canada August 9th 2016, the 2nd year anniversary of Mike Brown’s death. Ali and Khaaliq aim to help educate and address injustices caused by a lack of representation in the justice system from the eye of their lens. “Both directors will be available for presentations along with their film, ” said Torres.

The film is financed by Nation19, YoSoy and with the participation of Co-producer Ronald Sims.

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#Bars4Justice WIKI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bars4justice

#Bars4Justice is available to educational Institutions here: http://twn.org/catalog/pages/cpage.aspx?rec=1443&card=price

Awards:
Winner Best Short Documentary at the 23rd Annual Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) 
https://www.paff.org/films/bars4justice

Winner Audience Choice Award (Short Documentary) at the Uptown Short Film Festival

Screenings:
World Premiere October 1st 2015 Phoenix, AZ – 

NAACP Private screening October 5th 2015 

November 24th 2015 – Alloy Studios – Pittsburg, PA

Pan African Film Festival (PAFF)  February 8th, 11th, 13th, 14th 2016 – Rave Cinemas Los Angeles, CA

University of Arizona Tucson February 15th 2016

Arizona State University (ASU) February 26th 2016

Uptown Short Film Festival –  May 15th 2016 – Harlem, NY 

Allied Media Conference – June 18 2016 Detroit, Michigan (Wayne State University)

Mutianyu Art Gallery Bejing China – September 2016

Milwaukee Film Festival September – September 22th – October 6th 2016 

For further information contact or media inquiries:
get@nation19.com
909.380.2138

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 against the Black community. In his recent interview with The Guardian he speaks about his childhood “My parents were both activists and I really connected to the social justice movement. Growing up in Chicago, that was a big part of the community that we were in and the people that were in our house,” he says. “I also lived below the poverty line for my entire childhood.”

He also spoke on his Biracial look “To some people I might be a celebrity because I’m physically attractive. We are programmed to believe that someone is attractive because they told you that blue eyes are hot. I am not going to participate in that shit,” he says. “I aim to do what I can with what I have. And I have my [looks] – you know, European beauty standards give me access to things.”

Watch what he said at the BET awards here:

 

 

 

#1 Denver Hip Hop Radio icon DJ Chonz exits KS1075fm to pursue the things that matter the most!

May 2, 2016 (DENVER) — After nearly 15 years Mario Rodriguez, best known as DJ Chonz, exits (KS-1075) KQKS Denver and continues marketing and music under DJ Chonz and Radio Bums. He will continue his long established pursuits in Colorado making and advising on music and hip hop genre influencers across the nation, as well pursue new interest as a communications director for longtime friend, Arn Menconi.

DJ Chonz aka Mario Rodriguez wearing the "Ovni" T-shirt designed by Nation19/APDTA
DJ Chonz aka Mario Rodriguez wearing the “Ovni” T-shirt designed by Nation19/APDTA

The Denver native worked his way through the ranks from an underground Hip-Hop show on Sunday nights to become one of Denver’s best known hip-hop DJ’s. He climbed his way from the underground, to obtaining weekend shifts as a mixer on Saturdays and Sundays to becoming the first mixer to DJ live daily on commercial radio at 5pm. Chonz severed as co-host for nearly a decade until he became the main host 4 years ago heading the helm of the 3-7pm time slot.

Chonz leaves the station on a high note as station KQKS in afternoons reached #1 according to Nielsen Arbitron ratings in the Denver market in his demographics for 18-34 adults for March 2016. A Denver native from Denver’s north side, Chonz was known on air not only for his DJ skills yet for his charismatic attributes of being a Denver native talking to his fellow native audience. He opened the doors for many DJs to be heard commercially on radio such as DJ Bedz, DJ Sabotage, DJ Staxx, KDJ Above and many more.

Under the DJ Chonz and Radio Bums brands, he will continue to DJ corporate and nightlife events along with working with his existing clients at Radio Bums Marketing. DJ Chonz was named Top 25 young professionals for 2015 from Colorado Biz Magazine, Chonz exclaims his gratitude to the Denver listeners from allowing him to be a part of their lives daily for so many years. “They watched me grow from a young kid to a young man with a family, I am grateful for that.” Chonz notes if the opportunity arises to do radio again he will consider it time permitting. 
Information on his latest interests and for bookings please go towww.djchonz.com or e.mail booking@djchonz.com

Chonz involvement in the community has always been his passion –
from re-creating block parties in the Five Points area to helping other DJ’s become better known to sponsoring B-boy events in Denver as young people assembled in Denver for world qualifiers. He and his brother Delfino Rodriguez received a Proclamation from the City and County of Denver for Hip-Hop week because of their dedication. He has consistently volunteered his services from DJing and speaking engagements at youth centers, middle schools and high schools. This will be his third year giving out the DJ Chonz scholarship to CU Denver LYNX Summer Arts Camp – For more info click.

Given his passion for his community and helping others seek their voice, when the opportunity arose to take a position as Communication Director for longtime friend and U.S. Senate candidate Arn Menconi, he took advantage of the new endeavor. Chonz states “I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity to help my friend Arn get elected to fight for the young people of the world. He’s served youth all over the nation for two decades, now we need to get this movement into the U.S. Senate.”

“Chonz is a visionary and leader in communications from the heart to the masses of voices many thought could never be heard. I’m humbled to have his thought leadership to make a difference for the people not power elites” said Menconi.
(repost from www.djchonz.com)

 

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, Bogotá is full of people just like any city and/or state in America, where the rich live in the North and the poor live in the South. One of the differences in these poor areas is that everyone has a business whether it be a makeshift art gallery made from chalk on the ground in the middle of the street to upscale chic local restaurants. Nation19 was in Bogota, Colombia, Medellín, Cartagena and the Caribbean Island of Tierra Bomba shooting the documentary film #WarOnUs with grammy award winner Che Rhymefest Smith (Donda’s House) and speaker Jasiri Smith. The film Directed by Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq was screened at the UNGASS2016 a special session of the United Nations to discuss the War on Drugs. The UN gathering on this subject was the first in 20 years.

When we were in Colombia we had to sneak away to keep you up on game to whats really real. One of the similarities to America however is that Colombia is a Capitalist run country. With that being said I would say Bogota, Colombia is like a more tropical Harlem Newyork. Below are some of the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects we found out in Bogota Colombia:

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Nation19 CEO and Director Queen Muhammad Ali interviewing Rey Garcia and Chu Cho Bedoya in front of Culture Shock Colombia. Photos by #WaronUs Director Hakeem Khaaliq

Good: You don’t need to be scared to come to Bogota because of the “zika” virus. If you didn’t know, that is a propaganda scare tactic to get people to run and volunteer to be lab rats for the latest vaccination experiment which by the way actually has the virus in it…

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Good: The fruit here in Bogota, Colombia is the best! Its actually like crack lol I wonder if that was the real drug that they found out here lol.
[Bonus] The Fish: Below is a picture of fresh Filet of Bass which looked so good we turned pescatarian for about a week. We made sure that nothing was Tilapia, Catfish or from the Pacific Ocean thanks to our translator and assistant producer, Shahida Muhammad,
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Bad: Not really bad, but bad for you if you don’t speak any Spanish at all. Spanish is the major language spoken here. You will find some english speaking people working at hotels, but very rarely if at all will you find people on the streets that speak English. I suggest traveling with someone who knows the language, or bust out rosetta stone and learn before your trip. You can learn the basics of spanish in about 3 months.

Ugly: The people in Bogota are nice, but as I mentioned it is similar to newyork. Its a big city full of sky scrapers, lots of foot traffic, vehicle traffic, and bumpy roads. So getting around could be tedius if you don’t speak the language. I suggest not taking a taxi. Take a taxi only if its registered (booked directly from the hotel or airport). Most museums in the city are near each other and in walking distance. If you are able to get around by foot, it would be the most convenient and safest along with taking the bus.

Good: There are plenty of vendors down town to get gifts for friends and family.

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Homeless man sleeps in Central Bogotá with amazing Street Art in the background.

Bad: Although the people are nice, there is much oppression on the poor in the city. Average monthly income is about $200 a month. In some of the poor areas, petty theft is common especially cell phones. Phones are commonly stolen to resale for cash. So limit your selfie game in poor areas lol,

Good: This is a city full of art and culture. The art displayed all over town through gigantic murals to Graffiti art are heavily influenced by hiphop. There is even a huge mural of Asada Shakur right down town. Art is expressed freely throughout the town. We were told it is the news of the people. Not from mass media. So, much of the art displayed are also political statements.

Good: Many of the bad aspects of the city can be avoided with common sense.

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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#3814 6525 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK

2/5/2016

#2578: 3500 Mulberry Hwy 64 W, Mulberry, AR

1/28/2016

#763: 7201 Aaron Aronov Drive, Fairfield, AL

1/28/2016

#2601: 814 W. Main, Charleston, AR

1/28/2016

#4584: 10400 Highland Rd., Hartland, MI

1/28/2016

#2669: 1531 E Hwy 64, Coal Hill, AR

1/28/2016

#4369: 1010 Martin Luther King Pkwy., Durham, NC

1/28/2016

#3819: 8848 N Hwy 59, Van Buren, AR

1/28/2016

#2837: 4350 N Nellis Blvd., Las Vegas, NV

1/17/2016

#3878: 5 Hwy 124 West, Damascus, AR

1/28/2016

#4342: 22209 Rockside Rd., Bedford, OH

1/28/2016

#4217: 154 E Roller, Decatur, AR

1/28/2016

#2606: 721 US Hwy 321 BYP S Unit, Winnsboro, SC

1/28/2016

#3032: 905 S Gentry Blvd, Gentry, AR

1/28/2016

#883: 14091 FM 490, Raymondville, TX

1/28/2016

#3033: 800 1st Ave SE, Gravette, AR

1/28/2016

#5493: 7480 Padre Island Hwy, Brownsville, TX

1/28/2016

#3034: 881 W Buchanan, Prairie Grove, AR

1/28/2016

#5478: 8201 N FM 620, Austin, TX

1/28/2016

#3358: 1113 S.R. 20, Interlachen, FL

1/28/2016

#597: 7075 FM 1960 Rd W, Houston, TX

1/28/2016

#4265: 1209 East Wade St., Trenton, FL

1/28/2016

#3811: 61 Plaza Drive, Kimball, WV

1/28/2016

#4267: 15726 SE Hwy 19 Cross City, FL

1/28/2016

 

 

#4228: 560 S. Broad St., Ellaville, GA

1/28/2016

Neighborhood Market

Date closed to public

#4229: 1041 S US Hwy 1, Alma, GA

1/28/2016

#5783: 117 Audubon Drive, Maumelle, AR

1/17/2016

#4234: 155 West Washington Ave., Ashburn, GA

1/28/2016

#5642: 2408 Lincoln Ave., Altadena, CA

1/28/2016

#4251: 398 Barrow Ave SW, Pelham, GA

1/28/2016

#5688: 6820 Eastern Ave., Bell Gardens, CA

1/28/2016

#4254: 907 Marianna Hwy, Donalsonville, GA

1/28/2016

#3086: 701 W Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA

1/17/2016

#4261: 290 Albany Ave. West, Pearson, GA

1/28/2016

#5690: 2045 E Highland Ave., San Bernardino, CA

1/28/2016

#4263: 142 S. Valdosta Road, Lakeland, GA

1/28/2016

#4173 12120 Carson St., Hawaiian Gardens, CA

1/28/2016

#3065: 3636 N Broadway St., Chicago, IL

1/17/2016

#5002, 8196 West Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO

1/17/2016

#3039: 225 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL

1/17/2016

#3021: 2253 S Monaco Pkwy., Denver, CO

1/28/2016

#3369: 900 East Ross Ave., Clearwater, KS

1/28/2016

#2303: 333 N Main St., West Hartford, CT

1/28/2016

#4353: 505 Housatonic St., Burlington, KS

1/28/2016

#5856: 601 N West St. STE 100, Wichita, KS

1/28/2016

#4360: 705 N High School Ave., Columbus, KS

1/28/2016

#5860: 9831 E Harry St., Wichita, KS

1/28/2016

#4361: 1105 East 15th St., Ellsworth, KS

1/28/2016

#5873: 4794 E 13th, Wichita, KS

1/28/2016

#4362: 120 West Rosewood St., Rose Hill, KS

1/28/2016

#3097: 8235 SW Apple Way, Portland, OR

1/17/2016

#4651: 605 Orchard Drive, Hillsboro, KS

1/28/2016

#5995: 17711 Jean Way, Lake Oswego, OR

1/28/2016

#3755: 1445 Old Highway 13, Mamou, LA

1/28/2016

#3306 1220 Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN

1/28/2016

#4634: 1506 Main St., Colfax, LA

1/28/2016

#3171: 2218 Greenville Ave., Dallas (Greenville), TX

1/28/2016

#3753: 620 North Hwy 26, Lake Arthur, LA

1/28/2016

#3451: 2740 Gessner Rd., Houston, TX

1/28/2016

#3815: 501 West Hwy 90, Iowa, LA

1/28/2016

#5985: 2201 West Southlake Blvd., Southlake, TX

1/28/2016

#3839: 9181 Hwy 67, Clinton, LA

1/28/2016

#4126: 1901 S. Texas Ave., Bryan, TX

1/28/2016

#3849: 920 Avenue G, Kentwood, LA

1/28/2016

#5986: 4268 Legacy Drive, Frisco, TX

1/17/2016

#3879: 1495 Obrie St., Zwolle, LA

1/28/2016

#3030: 3850 N 124th St., Wauwatosa, WI

1/28/2016

#4647: 515 3rd St., Independence, LA

1/28/2016

#3031: N88W15559 Main St., Menomonee Falls, WI

1/28/2016

#4269: 224 E Hwy 76, Anderson, MO

1/28/2016

#5698: S14W22605 Coral Drive, Waukesha, WI

1/28/2016

#4270: 508 N Cliffside Dr., Noel, MO

1/28/2016

 

 

#4282: 33597 State Hwy 112, Seligman, MO

1/28/2016

Amigo

Date closed to public

#4289: 414 N Elm, Clever, MO

1/28/2016

#2343: 7B Calle Munoz Rivera, Villalba, PR

1/28/2016

#3856: 410 2nd St., Belmont, MS

1/28/2016

#2347: Bo Salto Arriba, Utuado, PR

1/28/2016

#3863: 2795 Hwy 371 N, Mantachie, MS

1/28/2016

#2342: PR 14, Parque Industrial, Coamo, PR

1/28/2016

#3865: 420 E Lee St., Sardis, MS

1/28/2016

#3667: 1 Ave Monserrate STE 1, Carolina, PR

1/28/2016

#3866: 28191 Hwy 15, Walnut, MS

1/28/2016

#3684: Carr 180 KM 0 HM 2, Salinas, PR

1/28/2016

#4294: 519 W Veterans Ave., Derma, MS

1/28/2016

#3689: Centro Com Rio Grande State, Rio Grande, PR

1/28/2016

#4296: 7104 Will Robbins Hwy, Nettleton, MS

1/28/2016

#3697: Carr 165 KM 4.7, Toa Alta, PR

1/28/2016

#3211: 509 Dr. Donnie H. Jones Blvd W, Princeton, NC

1/28/2016

 

 

#3249: 511 N Mckinley St., Coats, NC

1/28/2016

Sam’s Club

Date closed to public

#5024: 6043 US Hwy 301 S, Four Oaks, NC

1/28/2016

#4903: 941 Grinnell St., Fall River, MA

1/28/2016

#3257: 112 N Main St., Broadway, NC

1/28/2016

#6648: 1110 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, MA

1/28/2016

#5015: 908 E. 4th Ave., Red Springs, NC

1/28/2016

#6665: 495 Summit Drive, Waterford, MI

1/28/2016

#5017: 7670 Clinton Rd., Stedman, NC

1/28/2016

#6681: 25 Pace Blvd., Warwick, RI

1/28/2016

#7207: 1400 B Broad St., Oriental, NC

1/28/2016

 

 

#5138: 702 S. Wall St., Benson, NC

1/28/2016

 

 

#2500: 945 Monroe St., Carthage, NC

1/28/2016

 

 

#2573: 303 S. Goldsboro St., Pikeville, NC

1/28/2016

 

 

#6997: 632 W Swannanoa Ave., Liberty, NC

1/28/2016

 

 

#3007: 139 N Hwy 49, Richfield, NC

1/17/2016

 

 

#3036: 1593 NC Hwy 86 N, Yanceyville, NC

1/28/2016

 

 

#3037: 905 SE 2nd St., Snow Hill, NC

1/28/2016

 

 

#3080: 182 NC 102 W, Ayden, NC

1/28/2016

 

 

#3121: 189 Hickory Tree Rd., Midway, NC

1/28/2016

 

 

#3756: 124 E. Columbia St., Okemah, OK

1/28/2016

 

 

#4633: 19250 E Hwy 66, Luther, OK

1/28/2016

 

 

#2456: 2310 West Main, Prague, OK

1/28/2016

 

 

#2462: 1600 West Hwy 66, Stroud, OK

1/28/2016

 

 

#3766: 2324 Seran Drive, Wewoka, OK

1/28/2016

 

 

#3767: 812 N Clarence Nash Blvd., Watonga, OK

1/28/2016

 

 

#1250: 9032 Hwy 14, Gray Court, SC

1/28/2016

 

 

#3798: 7013 S Pine St., Pacolet, SC

1/17/2016

 

 

#2375: 4718 Nashville Hwy, Chapel Hill, TN

1/28/2016

 

 

#2413: 523 N Military St., Loretto, TN

1/28/2016

 

 

#4301: 400 North Main St., Cornersville, TN

1/28/2016

 

 

#4306: 934 Hwy 79, Dover, TN

1/28/2016

 

 

#2345: 721 Dale Evans Drive, Italy, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#2349: 221 S State Hwy 274, Kemp, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#2363: 504 W Pine St., Edgewood, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#2364: 301 Hwy 69 S, Whitewright, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#2410: 122 Commercial Ave., Anson, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#2461: 1003 Telephone Cir., Merkel, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#2779: 5 N 14th St., Haskell, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#2863: 1010 N Main St., Winters, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#3820: 501 N Main, Godley, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#3822: 416 N Third St., Grandview, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#3832: 420 S US 69, Leonard, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#3834: 428 N Dallas St., Palmer, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#4312: 440 E Pine St., Frankston, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#4316: 1787 US Hwy 259 S, Diana, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#4320: 1005 Texas Avenue E, Waskom, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#4327: 870 Taylor St., Hughes Springs, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#4331: 914 North Main St., Lone Star, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#4338: 504 WL Doc Dodson, Naples, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#4343: 12522 Fm 1840, Dekalb, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

#4345: 114 Redwater Boulevard West, Maud, TX

1/28/2016

 

 

Say hello to my little boycott (scarface voice) lol

Don’t loose steam yet! Black Friday is this Friday, and we are well prepared to boycott! However we have a whole entire month ahead of us of mass marketing schemes, family peer pressure, and sad puppy looks lol.

Don’t you hate that kid on your block that reminds you its their birthday every year and is expecting you to give them something?! Well, actually that is who we are turning our children into every year, and on the other hand, that kid is also the big corporations waiting for a handout on their birthday’s (Black Friday, Christmas, etc.) .

So with that being said…what would Scarface or the good fellas do lol? Tie Santa up and throw him in a trunk!! We will leave it up to your imagination what happens next lol Watch, and Share Part 3 of the Boycott Christmas campaign ! We gotcha back! #APDTA

Written, Directed, Edited by Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq
Produced by Steve Muhammad and Nation19 magazine / APDTA
Production Assistant Ronald Muhammad
Sound recording by Ronald Muhammad
(Dolly operator) Steven Muhammad (PHX)
Cinematography by Hakeem Khaaliq
Actors: Matt Knight(DJref), Malakhan Muhammad, Talib Muhammad, Royce Muhammad aka Stickman.

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‘Tis the season to Boycott!

As Black Friday nears we are all the more ready to Boycott! This is only the beginning! Don’t worry, we got the right ammo you need for the entire holiday season! ‘Tis’ the Season to Boycott!

People love Christmas. They are more willing to spend money during the Christmas holiday season than any time of the year. It is this innate joy that we get when we think about Christmas. We are reminded of spending time with our loved ones, of hanging up decorations as a family and giving gifts to those that we love.
We hear a rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and like clockwork, our wallets open. We are unknowingly giving in to an intense marketing scheme to make us spend money, not to spread Christmas cheer.

While consumers are excited about the prospect of the holiday season, our ingrained materialism kicks into overdrive. Big businesses are aware of this.
We are being physiologically and emotionally bombarded and hypmotised into walking talking shopping zombies.

“..Its possible to brainwash, manipulate, coherse people to do just about anything and we see this demonstrated in military training..” says Paul McKenna, Ph.D. a professional Hypnotist. “..they do things way out side the parameters of what we would consider moral..” There is a reason these corporations hire trained professional hypnotist and phycologist.

So don’t let your family become victims of the holiday season. ‘Tis the season to #boycott!! Share this campaign/video with family and friends and let them know #Christmasiscancelled Don’t get played while Big corporations get paid. #APDTA

Written, Directed, Edited by Hakeem Khaaliq & Queen Muhammad Ali
Produced Steve Muhammad & Nation19
Production Assistant Ronald Muhammad
Truck (Dolly operator) Steven Muhammad (PHX)
Cinematography by Hakeem Khaaliq
Actors: Matt Knight(DJref), Malakhan Muhammad, Talib Muhammad, Royce Muhammad aka Stickman.

Christmas is Cancelled campaign for National Boycott. (JusticeOrElse)

Christmas has become the most wonderful time of the year for corporate companies. Every end of the year they can’t wait to see you rush to buy their products. Its all a big marketing scheme to open up emotional vulnerabilities that make people feel that without their products they are defective. Corporations hire phsycologist to sell what is essentially the same product every year. Consumers are emotionally and phycologically inclined to buy during this time because “its the season of giving” when in reality it is the season of buying. Christmas has become nothing but bait, laid out for certain types of consumers and since the black consumer market has reached $1 trillion this year, its safe to say the bait is laid out for us.

This year we are killing the bait, the pole, and the fisherman by canceling Christmas. Similar to the way you would cancel a check lol No we are not saying to stop any religious beliefs, but stopping a habit that has turned into a mindless shopping ritual centered on an old fat bearded guy with elves, reindeer, and dead trees is what we are saying lol.


So share this commercial because #ChristmasIsCanceled #APDTA
Boycott Black Friday through Cyber Monday
November 27th 2015 – January 2nd 2016

Don’t give them your money this season!!


Here are some behind the scenes images of the making of the commercial.
(Dope photos by Ntosake Muhammad PHX)
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“The Family Dinner”
Written, Directed, Edited by Hakeem Khaaliq & Queen Muhammad Ali
Produced by Steve Muhammad, Nation19, and Yosoy!
Actors: Bro Sylvester, Sis Hope, Marquise Jennings, Omniya, Matt Knight(DJref) (Santa)
Sound Recording: Ronald Muhammad
Production Assistants: Ronald Muhammad & Khalfani Muhammad, Marquise Jennings
Cinematography by Hakeem Khaaliq