#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:

 

 

 

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

 

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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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 and Queen Muhammad Ali. “We believe this is the perfect time to use different approaches to activism especially in the state of our society today, and encouraging advocacy through hip hop can help educate and position today’s youth locally and nationally” said Queen. The film includes cameo appearances by Academy Award® winner artist Common (Selma) along with Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, M1 from Dead Prez, Jasiri X, Cornell West, Bree Newsome, and activists from all over the country. “This film documents the new generation of civil right activists who don’t sing We shall overcome they chant… Fight the Power” said Hakeem. “Bars4Justice” was filmed in Ferguson in the midst of yet another officer involved shooting during the anniversary of Michael Browns death who was killed by officer Darren Wilson on the same day a year prior.


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With the growing epidemic of police deadly force against people of color, community activism has become a necessity.  While community activism is progressing, there is another revolution on the rise that has not yet been televised. The revolution of HipHop advocacy and the rise of MC’s rapping about social issues.

Subsequent screenings of the film #Bars4Justice are being scheduled in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, New York, Honolulu, and Ferguson. To find out more about screening the film in your area contact 909.380.2138 or email get[at]nation19.com.


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Facts:
  • Since the 2014 killings of unarmed 17 year old Mike brown in Ferguson, and unarmed  34-year-old father of four Rumain Brisbon in Phoenix, 1100+ people were killed at the hands of police.
  • Arizona ranks among the highest in nation for deaths by Cops
  • No FM or AM radio station currently play conscious Hip Hop in Phoenix
  • Officer Mark Rine was not charged for the killing of unarmed father Rumain Brisbon.
  • Since then Arizona passed a law in 2015 that will shield names of police in ‘deadly force’ killings.
  • The Public Enemy music video for “By the Time I Get to Arizona” aired on MTV only one time in 1991. However, PE’s message spread:
    The NFL pulled the 1993 Super Bowl from Tempe, Arizona, and thousands of conventions and tourists followed suit. It’s estimated the state lost $350 million in revenue before voters reconsidered the referendum in a 1993 vote, re-instating the King holiday.

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What does “bars” 4justice mean?
The most popular time signature in music  is the 4/4 measure and 4 bars is usually 1/4th  of a rap verse (16 bars).


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About Bars4Justice:
Bars4Justice is a documentary film shot on location in St Louis and Ferguson. The film follows Emcee / Community activist Jasiri X who was invited to perform at a benefit concert on August 9th 2015 along with Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Cornell West, and Bree Newsome. The screening and live Q&A discussion with Jasiri X on Hip Hop’s roll in activism locally and nationally will take place on October 1st 2015 at:
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Mod HQ 

2828 N. Central Ave. 
Suite 100 (First Floor)
Phoenix, AZ  85004
(Southwest corner of Central and Thomas)
602.687.9417 (Venue)
909.380.2138 (Nation19)

6:30PM to 9:00PM 

Space is limited (so come early)
Free admission
Free parking

All ages welcomed


Featuring

In order of appearance
Jasiri X
Talib Kweli
Fubar St Louis
Tory Russell (Hands up United)
Kayla Reed (OBS)
Kendra Ross
The Ferguson Poet
Cornell West
Bree Newsome
Immortal Technique
Tef Poe
T-Dubb-O
Pharaoh Monch
Bun B (UGK)
M1 (Dead Prez)
Common
Family of Mike Brown
Rev. Renita Lamkin
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou
Rev Traci Blackmon
Rahiel Tesfamariam (Urban Cusp)
Rabbi Susan Talve ( Reform Congregation)
Rev Michael McBride
Protestors
Davey D
Rosa Clamente
Deray Mckesson (We The Protesters)
Andre Anderson, Chief of Police Ferguson

 


Is Michael Kors a racist? You be the judge.

Is Michael Kors a racist? Here are 3 reasons why you may not want to wear Micheal Kors purses anymore:

Number 1: He doesn’t support Black causes or charities. Why should he? Well the majority of his customers are black women and giving back to the people who made you a millionaire is the right thing to do.

I know he’s a business man and he does’n€™t care about the women buying his purses. Unlike Tommy Hilfiger, who made a conscious effort to connect to hip-hop celebrities and by extension communities of color, Michael Kors has made no attempt to reach a diverse clientele.

I know you’re thinking about the campaign with Halle Berry€, but that was so wack. Buy a teeshirt from him and after you buy his tee, he’s going to feed some children… He’s a Billionaire he doesn’t  need us to buy t-shirts to give. Why not donate from the billions of dollars he makes daily from purses? Or why not feed the children in Brooklyn or other inner cities where the majority of his clientele are?

A Month before he decided to be so charitable A New York Times article pointed out that the Micheal Kors purses which are primarily purchased exclusively by black women are routinely locked up unlike the other brands. I guess he has to protect his bags from all those black women who are spending hundreds of dollars buying them?

Number 2: His designs are not original.

Take a look at the Louis Vuton “€œNeverfull” purse compared to the Michael kors “Jet set travel Tote”€. Look familiar?

And Instead of spending $50,000+ on a pink Hermes Birkin bag made from pink ostrich leather, you can get the bite from Michael Kors Hamilton Large North South Tote.

And look at the Michael Kors, Chanel bite….. Im surprised this guy is not in a lawsuit lol

And Number 3: Michael Kors advertising campaigns generally show no black people or people of color….ever!

He uses White Country Club scenes showing the rich elite in private jets and yachts.. A major contrast to his actual consumers. According to Ebony, Jet, two of the top leading african american publications, he has never advertised in either one.

With Michelle Obama wearing his dress in her official white house picture its no wonder how he got so popular with black women.

Now check out this purse called the inside Job by Nation19. It’s hand made in the United States with durable materials and made by a black designer. It is available by clicking the link and we have a special for Mothers Day. It’s available in Black and White!

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Nation19 / APDTA invited back as honored guest speakers at The Small Business Passion Panel hosted by Infusionsoft.

Queen Muhammad Ali (CEO Mobile Regime, LLC / Nation19) speaks to the new Infusionites @ The Small Business Passion Panel at Infusionsoft

Nation19 Magazine / APDTA are honored guest speakers at The Small Business Passion Panel in Chandler Arizona at Infusionsoft’s mega 90,000 square foot building with a small football field in the facility’s center and a cereal bar for employees.

Each quarter The Small Business Passion Panel highlights stories told by real entrepreneur panelists. Nation19 CEO Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaaliq (Nation19 Creative Director) was invited to speak to the new class of Infusionites again and it was great!

Infusionsoft:
In 2013 Infusionsoft was named by Inc. Magazine the coveted Hire Power Awardee and ranked number 4 in the software category with over 240 jobs created in that a year. Infusionsoft has been honored as an Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private company 7 times as of 2013. Infusionsoft is a leading provider of Saas, Marketing and sales automation, CRM software.

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Queen Muhammad Ali and Hakeem Khaliq pose with the coolest people @infusionsoft @ The Small Business Passion Panel at Infusionsoft

Jay Electronica + Jay Z + Raekwon at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest : Hip Hop is Alive! WATCH!

Jay Electronica + Jay Z + Raekwon at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest : Hip Hop is Alive! WATCH!

Jay Electronica’s set at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest this weekend — rockin his FOI uniform, which he asked to switch from last to second-to-last “as a sign of respect” to co-headliner Raekwon — with appearances from Mac Miller, J. Cole and, yes, Roc boss Jay Z himself.
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The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. See photos and video of the performances below, including performances from Jay and Jay of “Shiny Suit Theory,” “Young, Gifted & Black,” and “We Made It”–the Jay Z freestyle on which Jay Electronica is featured–below:

The Clothing Line Commandments: Part 1, The set up

Ever since we started Nation19.com I have received a ton of request from some really cool people needing help on starting a clothing line. Below is A step-by-step booklet for you to get
Your game on track, if your line aint wack. (In my Biggie voice) lol, jk

The Clothing Line Commandments.

A good name is better than Gold
Think of a unique name for your company and register the company, domain and Trademark.
Once you have that perfect name you need to determine the legal structure of your line. Decide which form of ownership is best for you: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative. As you can see there are many types of business structures so do a little research on what works best for you. For Nation19, the umbrella of a LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) worked best for us.

Protect your Neck.
Registering a trademark is a complex legal process that may be overwhelming. If you are not familiar with this process you should consider hiring an attorney. The filing fee for a trademark is $325 in the US. Attorney’s will charge an additional fee for the TEAS search and the registration. For the trademark plan on spending $750 – $1500 depending on the attorney fees. Our Creative director started in fashion by working with The Godfather of Urban fashion, Karl Kani. One of the first things Karl Kani had him do is research on all the bootleggers using his name illegally.

Domain Name (wwww.yourcompanyname.com)
A domain name is the unique name that identifies your website. Stay away from names that are hard to spell, like www.2irnup.net (that’s really a terrible name anyway…lol). Many 4-5 letter names have already been taken years ago so just because you think www.turnup.com is a great name, someone else has probably grabbed that name a long time ago (Actually it’s available for $10,000). Domain names usually cost about $10 a year. Go Daddy is a good place to get a domain name.

Do your research and find good manufactures.
Whatever you do stay away from Zazzle, or Cafe Press.

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Queen Muhammad Ali talking boutique fashion with Sergio Bakalos Owner at King and Duck in Scottsdale AZ

Design, design, design
If you are NOT a designer hire a quality designer to create your designs.
A good designer and great design can be the difference between celebrities buying your Tee Shirts and wearing it on MTV or just your favorite Uncle wearing your T-Shirts walking around Home Depot only because he just loves you.

Don’t Bite.
Be Original. Inspiration from Nike’s new colors for winter is ok, but making shirts that say Just Do It® will get you in trouble and possibly in jail.

IMPORTANT: You can’t use photos or artwork that is not yours on T-shirts. You must obtain a license from the copyright owner in order to print and sell t-shirts.

Don't Do iT
Don’t Do iT

Set up a real website.
Try and avoid the free websites like http://www.wix.com. This is your window to the world use it wisely.

It’s not all about the Benjamin’s Baby!
Remember It’s a business, so treat it like a business. Most businesses DON’T make a profit for a few years. So don’t quit your day job or drop out of school just yet. This is a marathon…NOT a sprint. Be creative, network, build real relationships and get out to the public.

Don’t be a sellout. Buy something™
To see what Im talking about in action go to www.nation19.com/shop and buy a shirt or snap back. All our store items are all on sale until they’re gone with free shipping.

Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon.

About the writer:
Queen Muhammad Ali is a Seamstress, Designer, Model, Hip Hop Head and the Co-Founder of Nation19 Magazine / APDTA.
Check her out on Facebook

 

De La Soul is giving away a fully produced J Dilla Mixtape!

Smell The Da.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul of Yancy)

De La Soul
“We’re happy to announce the release of our brand new mixtape fully produced by the late great J Dilla called “Smell The Da.I.S.Y. (Da Inner Soul of Yancy). The mixtape consists of 11 songs of classic De La vocals over unreleased J Dilla production.

With this project we just wanted to be creative. Dilla was always our muse for creativity. He was always that springboard, that person, that individual, that sound, that generated creation, generated inspiration. He meant a lot to us and to Hip-Hop as a whole. Download “Smell The Da.I.S.Y.” for FREE now.”

This link will not last!
https://delasoul.wetransfer.com/downloads/9e81b684d46a38febded1716d31ab5ce20140324195806/05a73e
If You would like to Support J Dilla and his family please click here.

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton: This is Stones Throw Records

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This is Stones Throw Records

Peep!
COMING TO THEATERS IN MARCH 2014 – GET TICKETS! www.OurVinylWeighsATon.com

Produced & Directed by Jeff Broadway
Co-Produced & Edited by Rob Bralver
Written by Jeff Broadway & Rob Bralver
Executive Produced by Jason McGuire

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton is a feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. The film weaves together rare concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the artists who put Stones Throw on the map. Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton gives an exclusive look into the label’s left-of-center artists, history, culture, and global following.

The film features exclusive interviews with Peanut Butter Wolf, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Madlib, Common, Questlove, Talib Kweli, Mike D (The Beastie Boys), Tyler, The Creator, and many more.

The Low Lights Presents: “Actually It” Mixtape by upcomming producers APOB & Shepard

If you want to know what Nation19 is bumping right now in our office its The Low Lights Presents: "Actually It" by producer duo APOB(NY) & Shepard(Cali)

If you want to know what Nation19 is bumping right now in our office its The Low Lights Presents: “Actually It”  by producer duo APOB(NY) & Shepard(Cali). Actually it is a collaborative project that offers a really good collection of originally produced instrumentals with a dope balance of intricately chopped samples, synths and baselines reminiscent of great seasoned producers with platinum plaques. We feel you will be hearing much more from young upcoming producers in the near future. Props. #APDTA (all people don’t think alike)

Check it out.

https://soundcloud.com/shepards-sounds/sets/the-lowlights-presents