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“Freedom” Music Video by Pharrell Williams will Stir Your Soul

“Freedom” Music Video by Pharrell Williams will Stir Your Soul

Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams just released a soul-stirring and thought-provoking piece of musical activism called “Freedom!” The video expands on his lyrics (see below), with nods to slavery, the environment, science, plus political, gender, and sexual freedoms.

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Some Cruel Truths About Rock n’ Roll: What Can We Learn from Them?

Some Cruel Truths About Rock n’ Roll: What Can We Learn from Them?

Last week, a story about The Runaways’ Jackie Fuchs, centered around her account of being raped by the late music entrepreneur Kim Fowley in a motel room full of people on New Year’s Eve in 1975, challenged the very idea that rock and roll is something worth loving. Fuchs’ account hit the music world like a bomb that obliterated all taste of cherry from our mouths, demanding the acknowledgment of certain painful facts from anyone who loves 1970s pop culture, that groundbreaking all-female band in particular, or the romantic notion that music celebrating and enacting sexual openness is a force for freedom and empowerment.

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ADL Criticizes Famous Ally for Characterization of NYC Horse Abuse

ADL Criticizes Famous Ally for Characterization of NYC Horse Abuse

The Anti-Defamation League is shocked and disappointed that hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons compared New York’s horse-drawn carriages to slavery and the Holocaust. Speaking at an event organized by horse-carriage opponents, Simmons said of those who were OK with horse-drawn carriages, “There were people for slavery, remember. Slavery was fine. There were people who put people in ovens. There are all kinds of ethnic cleansing, people for it.” “The comparison of animal suffering to that of human suffering in the Holocaust and in slavery is outrageous, offensive and insensitive,” ADL national director Abe Foxman, who himself is a Holocaust survivor, said in a statement.

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Russell Brand on New Amy Winehouse Documentary: Could She Have Been Saved?

Written by on July 19, 2015 in Entertainment, Films & TV, Media & Arts with 1 Comment
Russell Brand on New Amy Winehouse Documentary: Could She Have Been Saved?

Russell, was a friend of Amy’s and is a self-proclaimed former addict. In this video, he courageously examines some deep questions as to whether the talented young Londoner could have been saved. Openly admitting that he probably could have done more for her himself, Russell also questions the potentially lethal role our media-voracious culture may have played in Amy’s demise.

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The Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use To Change The World

Posted by on July 17, 2015 in Alternative Media, Films & TV, Media & Arts with 0 Comments
The Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use To Change The World

Documentaries have an incredible power to raise awareness and create transformative changes in consciousness both at the personal and global levels. Over the last 8 years, we’ve watched hundreds of social change documentaries and cataloged the best of them on the site. There’s now so many that we realized we needed to filter this down even further. So what follows is our list of the very best 100 – hand-picked for their quality, insight and potential to inspire positive change.

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How Drumming Changed The Way My Brain Processes Music

How Drumming Changed The Way My Brain Processes Music

By Omar Cherif Three weeks ago, I found through my Finnish bungalow-mate, Jarkko, that there is an Underworld concert at the Hollywood Bowl. I thought it would be a cool event and we agreed to go together. We had our raving days back in our early 20s and it has been while for the both […]

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13 Year-Old Girl Sings ‘Time To Say Goodbye’ (So Beautifully it Will Move You To Tears)

13 Year-Old Girl Sings ‘Time To Say Goodbye’ (So Beautifully it Will Move You To Tears)

When 13-year-old Solomia Lukyanets sang “Time To Say Goodbye” for her blind audition on The Voice Kids Germany, a show that features children aged 8 – 14 in a singing talent competition, the voice of an angel came out. Her performance was so beautiful judge Lena Meyer-Landrut couldn’t hold back her tears. And she’s not alone. What an amazing voice!

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Here’s Why Heavy Metal Music is Actually Good for You

Here’s Why Heavy Metal Music is Actually Good for You

In contrast to the popularly held view that extreme music like heavy metal is responsible for causing feelings of anger, depression or isolation, it may in fact be capable of combating these very sorts of negative emotions, according to a new study published this week.

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AT&T Hit with $100mn Fine After Slowing Down ‘Unlimited’ Data

AT&T Hit with $100mn Fine After Slowing Down ‘Unlimited’ Data

AT&T hit with $100mn fine after slowing down ‘unlimited’ data The Federal Communications Commission hit telecommunications giant AT&T with a $100 million fine, the largest it has ever levied, for slowing down the internet speeds of customers with “unlimited” data plans. The company said it will fight the fine. Thousands of AT&T customers complained to the FCC about the issue, saying they noticed that when they had used up a certain amount of data watching movies or browsing the web, AT&T “throttled” their internet speeds so that they were much slower than normal. Millions of AT&T customers were affected by the practice. In a press release announcing the fine, the FCC said the company “severely slowed down the data speeds for customers with unlimited data plans” and “failed to adequately notify its customers that they could receive speeds slower than the normal network speeds AT&T advertised.”

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Sneak Peek: Watch Inspiring Trailer of Film About Nobel Winner Malala

Posted by on June 20, 2015 in Conscious Art and Music, Films & TV, Media & Arts, Videos with 1 Comment
Sneak Peek: Watch Inspiring Trailer of Film About Nobel Winner Malala

Enjoy this inspiring trailer of the beautiful young Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai. The movie titled, “He Named Me Malala” shares the story of her enduring, personal advocacy of education for women in her native Pakistan where the local Taliban had banned girls from attending school. An assassination attempt on Malala almost took her life, but she lived, and her voice and movement have gotten stronger across the globe.

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New Media Deal May Bring More Propaganda to Facebook

Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Internet, Media & Arts, Social Media with 0 Comments
New Media Deal May Bring More Propaganda to Facebook

What happens when Facebook begins deciding what news stories we get to see? Once the algorithms Facebook uses to create targeted ads are applied to the stories it feeds us, how will that affect our perceptions? Do we really want Facebook spoon-feeding us the news it sees “fit to print”?

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‘We Are Many’ is the Story of Bush and Blair’s Great Lie that Led to the War on Iraq

Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Films & TV, Media & Arts with 0 Comments
‘We Are Many’ is the Story of Bush and Blair’s Great Lie that Led to the War on Iraq

“We Are Many” is a film that reminds us exactly why Bush, Blair, and others in their administrations should stand trial for the war on Iraq. Through interviews with an impressive array of politicians, international lawyers, anti-war activists, journalists, former allied service members and a host of high-profile figures and celebrities, Amirani’s new documentary film tells the story of Bush and Blair’s great lie, reminding its viewers of the disaster unleashed on the Middle East that is reverberating still.

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Top 5 Big Ideas from “The Art of Life” by Ernest Holmes

Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Books, Media & Arts, Videos with 0 Comments
Top 5 Big Ideas from “The Art of Life” by Ernest Holmes

Here are 5 of Brian Johnson’s favorite Big Ideas from “The Art of Life” by Ernest Holmes.

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14-Yr-Old Blind Dancer’s Audition Is Beyond Inspiring (It Will Move You to Tears)

Posted by on June 7, 2015 in Entertainment, Films & TV, Media & Arts, Videos with 0 Comments
14-Yr-Old Blind Dancer’s Audition Is Beyond Inspiring (It Will Move You to Tears)

14-year-old Benjamin Yonatton loves to dance. But he’s lost nearly 100% of his sight, which makes dancing virtually impossible. But Benjamin refused to surrender to his disability and decided to continue dancing. And, dance he does! When you see him dance,your heart will soar. Simply amazing!

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How To Spot Disinfo – James Corbett

Posted by on June 6, 2015 in Internet, Media & Arts with 0 Comments
How To Spot Disinfo – James Corbett

As a decade-old easily-debunked fake video of a missile hitting the Pentagon goes for another spin through the alt media, James Corbett takes a look at how to spot ridiculous disinfo before you make the mistake of passing it on to others.

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