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DAVID BANNER’S 2M1 EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

May 24 |

HipHop renaissance man, David Banner, is currently using his star power to encourage artists and creatives to control their own music and content. His 2M1 Movement is calling for two million people to donate $1 dollar to create their own pipeline and opportunity outside of record labels and distribution conglomerates. Mr. Banner makes several points concerning the intrinsic devaluation of current “urban” music and culture. He points out how “free” albums and mixtapes contribute to the devalued state of urban culture and product.

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THE ART OF RAP THEATER TRAILER

April 13 |

We were excited about the original trailer, but it looks like IceT has outdone himself as he prepares for the June 15th theater release of his homage to HipHop, The Art Of Rap. Check out the latest starstudded cut that really immortalizes the story of the young, worldrenowned music genre. And you don’t stop!

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SHIT KNICKS FANS SAY 2 : THE JEREMY LIN EDITION

February 21 |

Shit Knicks Fans Say 2 : The Jeremy Lin Edition

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AMERICAN “JUGGALO”

September 29 |

American Juggalo is quite possibly one of the most insanely candid (albeit beautifully shot) documentaries we’ve come across in a very long time. Filmmaker, Sean Dunne, and his crew take us into the unseen and oftenmisunderstood world of Juggalo culture via a series of interviews at a fourday festival in Illinois. The results are both astonishing and enlightening, as we pretty much guarantee that you’ve never seen the culture captured this raw. Disable your notsuitableforwork filter and let this one rip…

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LIVING THE LANGUAGE

September 15 |

Any typography nerds in the house? Here’s a sweet little short from Swedish filmmaker, Gustav Johansson. It’s part of his Live The Language seriesa visual journey through local culture as told via type. The following is his latest, the Vancouver edition. We definitely likes!

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THE BE-SIDES: I AM WHITE

August 23 |

I am white.

It is painful for me to admit, but it is time I came clean. I was raised, for the most part, in white suburbia along with friends who came from homes with similar economic situations and ancestry with similar cocktails of European blood.

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THE BE-SIDES: LOVE MEANS NEVER HAVING TO SAY I’M SORRY…FOR BEING DISGUSTING

April 13 |

My sister, who has been married for many years, once told me a story about how she knew she and her betrothed were really in it for the long haul the first time she had a stomach ailment and he was there to care for her. I suspect she felt this way because it was perhaps the first time he had seen her weak, vulnerable and utterly disgusting.

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THE BE-SIDES: SEX WITHOUT PENETRATION

April 6 |

I have never been accused of being a wallflower, and have only been deemed a prude by those I have neglected to sleep with, so, it took me by surprise that someone saying what they wanted, in plain straightforward language, to sex with me, would not only make me blush, but it caught me completely off guard.

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THE BE-SIDES: ROLLING SOLO

March 30 |

By B.E. Several years ago I set the goal of visiting 20 countries in my 20s. With the youthful decade coming to a close, the pressure is on and I have some serious work to do. In a few days I will be leaving for my 19th destination and, for this voyage, I will be flying solo. I have been the lone backpacker on several of these adventures and every time, as the departure date nears, I have a moment’s pause at the prospect of going to this foreign, often third world country, sans companion. Soon I will be landing…

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TO BE YOUNG IN CHINA

March 30 |

Enovate, a youthfocused insights and design company based in China, has created a crashcourse on what it means to be young in the country. The film is a response to Box1824’s video, We All Want To Be Young, with specific focus on Chinese youth culture, history and statistics. One of the more prevalent concepts revealed in the video is that China’s current generation of youth are mostly onechild policy derivatives, meaning that they grew up centered around the family and the primary focus of its values and wealthsomething rather unique for any child. It will be interesting how this focus and energy transpires within the coming years. China is certainly the country to watch, and its new generation, the generation to pitch to!

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