Freez: Minneapolis MC talks new album and the fight for fair wages
Toki Wright Twitter - @mrwrighttc
In December Freez went from being another working MC (rapper) to a trending topic on Twitter and thrust into the national spotlight.
While canvassing to get a bill passed to give sick days to all Minnesotans with a job he reported that an off duty police officer told him he wasn't welcome "in her neighborhood," followed him and threatened that he would be shot. In the middle of a national conversation on police accountability this story struck a nerve locally. Little did anyone know that the man in the middle of this fiasco was one of Twin Cities hip-hop's most respected artists and was directly connected to thousands of people listening through social media.
WWII saga recounts U.S. Olympian's ordeal as brutalized POW
Film Review by Kam Williams
Do you remember how, "Infamous," a biopic about Truman Capote, was released right on the heels of the one entitled "Capote?" But because the latter had already received considerable critical acclaim, including an Oscar for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Johnnie-come-lately had little chance of making more than a blip on the radar.
"Rush" to judgment: Hip-hop icon seeks solution to rash of police shootings
Russell Simmons The "Who Polices the Police?" Interview with Kam Williams
Russell Simmons has been very active as of late in the Black Lives Matter movement, and not merely as a participant on the picket lines. Whether extracting a promise from N.Y. State Governor Cuomo to appoint special prosecutors in cases of police brutality, or defending Bill de Blasio after NYPD President Pat Lynch suggested the Mayor has "blood on his hands," Rush has been an outspoken advocate urgently lobbying for an overhaul of how the criminal justice system handles the prosecution of cops accused of police brutality.
"The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader"
Book Review by Kam Williams
"Ida B. Wells was born a slave in Holly Springs, Mississippi in 1862. After beginning a teaching career to support her orphaned siblings, she moved to Memphis to become a journalist...
In 1883, she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a train, an experience that she chronicled in her first published piece. Though Wells achieved success as a writer, editor and even co-owner of a newspaper, her greatest accomplishments came after the lynching of a close friend in 1892 spurred her into a lifelong anti-lynching campaign.
Present-day Harlem provides setting for update of beloved cartoon classic
Film Review by Kam Williams
Little Orphan Annie was a syndicated comic strip created by Harold Gray (1894-1968) which debuted in the New York Daily News on August 5, 1924. The cartoon revolved around the misadventures of an adorable 11 year-old with curly red hair who'd exclaim "Leapin' lizards!" whenever she got excited.
Kam's Annual Assessment of the Cream of the Cinematic Crop
The 10 Best, No, the 100 Best Films of 2014
2014 has produced a cornucopia of great films, at least a dozen of which has an excellent shot at taking home the Academy Award for Best Picture, including Boyhood, Birdman, The Imitation Game and Whiplash, to name a few. However, all the stars seemed to be aligned for my personal favorite, Selma, the searing civil rights saga, set in March of 1965, about the historic march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.