22
Mar

Fox’s ‘The X-Files’ Revival Nears Lock For Two-Season Order

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When the Fox Network teased that it was interested in a revival for its ’90s sci-fi heavyweight drama The X-Files, it opened up the web to talk from former cast members and writers. But it appears we’re very close to confirmation from the network itself.

British web site TV Wise has a report up claiming that two major obstacles to bringing back Agents Mulder and Scully have been overcome. For one,the network is now on the same creative page with series creator Chris Carter on a story plan that can address lingering questions not answered in the show’s run or its two movies. Second, scheduling issues appear to have been worked out with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

If this proves true, the network is reportedly open to bringing back the show for a two-season run that would also bring back Mitch Pileggi as Director Skinner and a number of key writers from the original creative team.

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21
Mar

Suge Knight Collapses in Court After His Bail Is Set at $25 Million

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Suge Knight collapsed in court today after he was informed that his bail would be set at $25 million. In video footage obtained by TMZ, the former Death Row Records boss folded over in his seat, apparently unconscious, after the judge read the figure. At that time, two court officers rushed to his side, directing a third out of the frame–presumably to find medical help. Knight has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder stemming from a January incident in which he allegedly killed one man and severely injured another with his car after an altercation on the set of Straight Outta Compton, the forthcoming N.W.A. biopic.

After Suge fainted and was revived, his lawyer argued to the judge that the bail was not only excessive, but made a mockery of the system, seeing as Knight was, not “a billionaire.” He also made two references to the Fox drama Empire, alleging that the prosecution was not living in the real world and comparing his client to Terrence Howard’s fictional character.

When it was first reported that the prosecution would be seeking such an exorbitant bail, allegations also surfaced that Knight had been extorting rappers and athletes who hoped to work in Los Angeles or Las Vegas. That same report also claimed that the mogul has laundered more than $10 million since 2002. Knight claims that he was acting in self defense when he ran over the two men, a claim that might be supported by Cle “Bone” Sloan’ statement to police that he “fucked [Knight] up.”

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18
Mar

New Video - Christopher Martin - Steppin Razor

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JAMAICAN SINGER CHRISTOPHER MARTIN IS 
 
"SHARP AS A RAZOR" (LARGE UP) ON NEW VIDEO
 
"Stepping Razor" Is Title Track Off His Eagerly-Awaited Debut EP on VP Records
 
"Chris' smooth crooning...matched with his confident demeanor establishes a sense of invincibility, and therein lies the connection to Peter Tosh's similarly-named 1977 classic." -OkayPlayer LargeUp
 
 
 
Jamaican reggae crooner Christopher Martin drops his new video for "Steppin Razor," the title track off his VP Records' debut EP slated for release this spring. Directed by Kurt Wright and shot in Kingston, Jamaica - the humorous video follows Martin out on the town as he swarms the club with lovely ladies.
 
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"Steppin Razor," produced by Frankie Music, isn't the 1977 Peter Tosh classic (written by the late Joe Higgs, a mentor to Tosh and the legendary reggae group The Wailers). Although it champions a kindred spirit of invincibility, in this case Martin's unrivaled appeal is to the ladies. 
 
"Tosh's song had a militancy, cutting down inequality, but I am saying a steppin razor is sharper than the rest, it is having so much confidence in yourself that whatever you are doing you are going to be sharp in it, whether it is with women, school work or how you dress," Chris explains. "It has nothing to do with money, it all boils down to the belief in yourself, confidence and high self esteem."
 
CHRISTOPHER MARTIN
Born on Valentine's Day in 1987 in Jamaica's rural community of St. Catherine - Christopher Martin made his mark in 2005 when he won his native country's top televised talent show competition Digicel Rising Stars. With his tremendous vocal prowess, soaring melodies and proven lyrical ability, he has consistently churned out hit after hit - including "Take My Wings," "Giving It," "I'll Be Your Driver," "Paper Loving," "Chill Spot" and "Cheaters Prayer" - on local and international reggae charts. Over the years, Martin has worked with reggae's premier producers including Robert Livingston of Big Yard, ZJ Chrome of Chromes label, Shane Brown of Jukeboxx Recordings and Christopher Birch.
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18
Mar

Catch-Ah-Fiyah Thursday's

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16
Mar

When You Kill Ten Million Africans You Aren't Called 'Hitler'

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By Liam O'Ceallaigh / walkingbutterfly.com

 

Take a look at this picture. Do you know who it is?

Most people haven’t heard of him.

But you should have. When you see his face or hear his name you should get as sick in your stomach as when you read about Mussolini or Hitler or see one of their pictures. You see, he killed over 10 million people in the Congo.

His name is King Leopold II of Belgium.

He “owned” the Congo during his reign as the constitutional monarch of Belgium. After several failed colonial attempts in Asia and Africa, he settled on the Congo. He “bought” it and enslaved its people, turning the entire country into his own personal slave plantation. He disguised his business transactions as “philanthropic” and “scientific” efforts under the banner of the International African Society. He used their enslaved labor to extract Congolese resources and services. His reign was enforced through work camps, body mutilations, executions, torture, and his private army.

Most of us – I don’t yet know an approximate percentage but I fear its extremely high – aren’t taught about him in school. We don’t hear about him in the media. He’s not part of the widely repeated narrative of oppression (which includes things like the Holocaust during World War II). He’s part of a long history of colonialism, imperialism, slavery and genocide in Africa that would clash with the social construction of the white supremacist narrative in our schools. It doesn’t fit neatly into a capitalist curriculum. Making overtly racist remarks is (sometimes) frowned upon in polite society, but it’s quite fine not to talk about genocides in Africa perpetrated by European capitalist monarchs.

Mark Twain wrote a satire about Leopold called “King Leopold’s soliloquy; a defense of his Congo rule“, where he mocked the King’s defense of his reign of terror, largely through Leopold’s own words. It’s 49 pages long. Mark Twain is a popular author for American public schools. But like most political authors, we will often read some of their least political writings or read them without learning why the author wrote them (Orwell’s Animal Farm for example serves to re-inforce American anti-Socialist propaganda, but Orwell was an anti-capitalist revolutionary of a different kind – this is never pointed out). We can read about Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, but King Leopold’s Soliloquy isn’t on the reading list. This isn’t by accident. Reading lists are created by boards of education in order to prepare students to follow orders and endure boredom well. From the point of view of the Education Department, Africans have no history.

When we learn about Africa, we learn about a caricaturized Egypt, about the HIV epidemic (but never its causes), about the surface level effects of the slave trade, and maybe about South African Apartheid (which of course now is long, long over). We also see lots of pictures of starving children on Christian Ministry commercials, we see safaris on animal shows, and we see pictures of deserts in films and movies. But we don’t learn about the Great African War or Leopold’s Reign of Terror during the Congolese Genocide. Nor do we learn about what the United States has done in Iraq and Afghanistan, potentially killing in upwards of 5-7 million people from bombs, sanctions, disease and starvation. Body counts are important. And we don’t count Afghans, Iraqis, or Congolese.

There’s a Wikipedia page called “Genocides in History”. The Congolese Genocide isn’t included. The Congo is mentioned though. What’s now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo is listed in reference to the Second Congo War (also called Africa’s World War and the Great War of Africa), where both sides of the multinational conflict hunted down Bambenga and ate them. Cannibalism and slavery are horrendous evils which must be entered into history and talked about for sure, but I couldn’t help thinking whose interests were served when the only mention of the Congo on the page was in reference to multi-national incidents where a tiny minority of people were  eating each other (completely devoid of the conditions which created the conflict no less). Stories which support the white supremacist narrative about the subhumanness of people in Africa are allowed to be entered into the records of history. The white guy who turned the Congo into his own personal part-plantation, part-concentration camp, part-Christian ministry and killed 10 to 15 million Conglese people in the process doesn’t make the cut.

You see, when you kill ten million Africans, you aren’t called ‘Hitler’. That is, your name doesn’t come to symbolize the living incarnation of evil. Your name and your picture don’t produce fear, hatred, and sorrow. Your victims aren’t talked about and your name isn’t remembered.

Leopold was just one part of thousands of things that helped construct white supremacy as both an ideological narrative and material reality. Of course I don’t want to pretend that in the Congo he was the source of all evil. He had generals, and foot soldiers, and managers who did his bidding and enforced his laws. It was a system. But that doesn’t negate the need to talk about the individuals who are symbolic of the system. But we don’t even get that. And since it isn’t talked about, what capitalism did to Africa, all the privileges that rich white people gained from the Congolese genocide are hidden. The victims of imperialism are made, like they usually are, invisible.

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