🔥 | Latest

America, Fresh, and John Legend: John Legend and Jesse Williams Teanm Up For 1968 Olympics Protest Documentary @balleralert John Legend and Jesse Williams Team Up For 1968 Olympics Protest Documentary – blogged by @MsJEnnyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Amid the recent controversy surrounding NFL players' rights to protest during the national anthem, JohnLegend and JesseWilliams are teaming up to highlight one of the most famous protests in sports – TommieSmith at the Games of the XIX Olympiad in Mexico City. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Legend and Williams, who have both been very vocal about racial injustices in America, will be joining forces to executive produce a documentary about Smith’s world-renowned protest for racial injustice and human rights during the national anthem. The documentary, titled “With Drawn Arms,” will focus on Smith’s strength and John Carlos’ courage to join in, despite the consequences. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, as the protests of the national anthem resurface in sports, both Legend and Williams believe Smith’s story deserves to be told. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We are excited to collaborate with true artists in Glenn Kaino and Afshin Shahidi to bring this powerful story to the world in a fresh and compelling way,” Legend said. “In this current climate we are once again being charged to stand up to bigotry, fear, and hate. We are inspired by this story and honored to be a creative partner on this film.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Tommie Smith is more than an iconic poster or risky act of defiance that inspires people the world over,” Williams said. “He is a living man, whose incredible journey is worthy of examination. I couldn’t be more excited to join forces with this team of film makers, to share his reality and challenge our notions of heroism in the process.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to Deadline, the film is expected to be released October of next year, for the 50th anniversary of the raised fist by the now-73-year-old Smith.
America, Fresh, and John Legend: John Legend and Jesse Williams Teanm
 Up For 1968 Olympics Protest
 Documentary
 @balleralert
John Legend and Jesse Williams Team Up For 1968 Olympics Protest Documentary – blogged by @MsJEnnyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Amid the recent controversy surrounding NFL players' rights to protest during the national anthem, JohnLegend and JesseWilliams are teaming up to highlight one of the most famous protests in sports – TommieSmith at the Games of the XIX Olympiad in Mexico City. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Legend and Williams, who have both been very vocal about racial injustices in America, will be joining forces to executive produce a documentary about Smith’s world-renowned protest for racial injustice and human rights during the national anthem. The documentary, titled “With Drawn Arms,” will focus on Smith’s strength and John Carlos’ courage to join in, despite the consequences. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, as the protests of the national anthem resurface in sports, both Legend and Williams believe Smith’s story deserves to be told. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We are excited to collaborate with true artists in Glenn Kaino and Afshin Shahidi to bring this powerful story to the world in a fresh and compelling way,” Legend said. “In this current climate we are once again being charged to stand up to bigotry, fear, and hate. We are inspired by this story and honored to be a creative partner on this film.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Tommie Smith is more than an iconic poster or risky act of defiance that inspires people the world over,” Williams said. “He is a living man, whose incredible journey is worthy of examination. I couldn’t be more excited to join forces with this team of film makers, to share his reality and challenge our notions of heroism in the process.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to Deadline, the film is expected to be released October of next year, for the 50th anniversary of the raised fist by the now-73-year-old Smith.

John Legend and Jesse Williams Team Up For 1968 Olympics Protest Documentary – blogged by @MsJEnnyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Amid the recent controve...

Baller Alert, Elizabeth Eckford, and Memes: Today Marks The 60th Anniversary of the Little Rock, Arkansas Nine @balleralert Today Marks The 60th Anniversary of the Little Rock, Arkansas Nine- blogged by @niksofly ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's more than an honor to celebrate those who sacrificed their anonymity to serve as catalysts to promote change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On September 25, 1957, nine adolescents were caught between state and federal governments and authorities as they were attempting to desegregate Central High. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thelma Mothershed Wair, Minnijean Brown Trickey, Terrence Roberts, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford and Melba Pattillo Beals were escorted into Central by U.S. Army Troops per President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Met with opposition from Arkansas governor Orval Faubus who called in the National Guard, these phenomenal individuals change the trajectory of history. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Greeted by segregationist mobs and opposers, these nine persevered. Today we, Baller Alert salutes the Little Rock Nine. Their sacrifice changed history and although we have a bit further to go, their selflessness has brought us thus far. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At this time BA will like to acknowledge the passing of one of the catalysts. As the Nine embark upon the 60th anniversary, one member will be with the unit in spirit. Jefferson Thomas passed on September 5, 2010 from pancreatic cancer.
Baller Alert, Elizabeth Eckford, and Memes: Today Marks The 60th Anniversary of
 the Little Rock, Arkansas Nine
 @balleralert
Today Marks The 60th Anniversary of the Little Rock, Arkansas Nine- blogged by @niksofly ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's more than an honor to celebrate those who sacrificed their anonymity to serve as catalysts to promote change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On September 25, 1957, nine adolescents were caught between state and federal governments and authorities as they were attempting to desegregate Central High. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thelma Mothershed Wair, Minnijean Brown Trickey, Terrence Roberts, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford and Melba Pattillo Beals were escorted into Central by U.S. Army Troops per President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Met with opposition from Arkansas governor Orval Faubus who called in the National Guard, these phenomenal individuals change the trajectory of history. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Greeted by segregationist mobs and opposers, these nine persevered. Today we, Baller Alert salutes the Little Rock Nine. Their sacrifice changed history and although we have a bit further to go, their selflessness has brought us thus far. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At this time BA will like to acknowledge the passing of one of the catalysts. As the Nine embark upon the 60th anniversary, one member will be with the unit in spirit. Jefferson Thomas passed on September 5, 2010 from pancreatic cancer.

Today Marks The 60th Anniversary of the Little Rock, Arkansas Nine- blogged by @niksofly ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's more than an...

Anaconda, Bailey Jay, and Bodies : At Least 20 Children Dead After Magnitude-7.1 Earthquake Hit Mexico @balleralert At Least 20 Children Dead After Magnitude-7.1 Earthquake Hit Mexico – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On the 32nd anniversary of the biggest earthquake to rattle Mexico’s capital, a magnitude-7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico, leaving over 200 people dead. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to reports, the quake brought down at least 44 buildings, including the Enrique Rebsamen elementary school in Mexico City. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto visited the school hours after the tragedy to find the bodies of at least 20 children and two adults. However, about 30 children and eight adults are still missing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Emergency officials have begun recovery efforts to look for survivors as they rummage through the wreckage. The deadly quake came just eight days after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake hit Mexico’s southern Pacific coast. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to reports, the city is built on a former lake bed, which intensifies the “shaking by factors of 100 or more,” a seismologist stated. “By comparison, the worst condition seen in Los Angeles during an earthquake is shaking amplified by a factor of five,” Lucy Jones said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Following the disaster, the U.S. State Department announced that it would be ready to provide assistance if needed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We stand ready to provide assistance should our neighbors request our help. Our embassy in Mexico City has sent out public messages to U.S. citizens in Mexico, and the embassy stands ready to provide consular assistance to any U.S. citizens who may have been affected. We offer our condolences to any who were injured or lost loved ones.”
Anaconda, Bailey Jay, and Bodies : At Least 20 Children Dead After
 Magnitude-7.1 Earthquake Hit Mexico
 @balleralert
At Least 20 Children Dead After Magnitude-7.1 Earthquake Hit Mexico – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On the 32nd anniversary of the biggest earthquake to rattle Mexico’s capital, a magnitude-7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico, leaving over 200 people dead. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to reports, the quake brought down at least 44 buildings, including the Enrique Rebsamen elementary school in Mexico City. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto visited the school hours after the tragedy to find the bodies of at least 20 children and two adults. However, about 30 children and eight adults are still missing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Emergency officials have begun recovery efforts to look for survivors as they rummage through the wreckage. The deadly quake came just eight days after a magnitude-8.1 earthquake hit Mexico’s southern Pacific coast. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to reports, the city is built on a former lake bed, which intensifies the “shaking by factors of 100 or more,” a seismologist stated. “By comparison, the worst condition seen in Los Angeles during an earthquake is shaking amplified by a factor of five,” Lucy Jones said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Following the disaster, the U.S. State Department announced that it would be ready to provide assistance if needed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We stand ready to provide assistance should our neighbors request our help. Our embassy in Mexico City has sent out public messages to U.S. citizens in Mexico, and the embassy stands ready to provide consular assistance to any U.S. citizens who may have been affected. We offer our condolences to any who were injured or lost loved ones.”

At Least 20 Children Dead After Magnitude-7.1 Earthquake Hit Mexico – blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On the 32nd anniversary of the bi...

America, Growing Up, and Head: #BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop: 21st Anniversary of the Death of Tupac Shakur @balleralert BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop: 21st Anniversary of the Death of Tupac Shakur-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 21 years ago today, the world lost the rap icon TupacShakur. Shakur was born Lesane Parish Crooks on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He got his start at a young age as a background dancer for Digital Underground, before starting his own rap career in 1991. His debut album, '2Pacalypse Now', was an instant success ranking in at 13 on Billboard's Top R&B-Hip-Hop Albums chart. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By the time his second album arrived in February of 1993, Pac had become widely recognized for not only his extraordinary lyricism, but also his ability to speak freely about issues affecting the urban youth. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With songs like 'Brenda's Got A Baby' and 'Keep Ya Head Up', Pac shows us the sometimes ugly truth of growing up poor in America, and encourages us to overcome it. ⠀⠀⠀ Right before his death, Shakur signed to DeathRow Records where he released music like 'California Love' and his fourth album, 'All Eyez On Me'. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died Sept. 13 while in the intensive care unit from internal bleeding. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Through his music and films, Tupac remains a legendary and unparalleled artist of his time. His impact on the music industry will forever live on through his work.
America, Growing Up, and Head:  #BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop:
 21st Anniversary of the Death of
 Tupac Shakur
 @balleralert
BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop: 21st Anniversary of the Death of Tupac Shakur-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 21 years ago today, the world lost the rap icon TupacShakur. Shakur was born Lesane Parish Crooks on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He got his start at a young age as a background dancer for Digital Underground, before starting his own rap career in 1991. His debut album, '2Pacalypse Now', was an instant success ranking in at 13 on Billboard's Top R&B-Hip-Hop Albums chart. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By the time his second album arrived in February of 1993, Pac had become widely recognized for not only his extraordinary lyricism, but also his ability to speak freely about issues affecting the urban youth. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With songs like 'Brenda's Got A Baby' and 'Keep Ya Head Up', Pac shows us the sometimes ugly truth of growing up poor in America, and encourages us to overcome it. ⠀⠀⠀ Right before his death, Shakur signed to DeathRow Records where he released music like 'California Love' and his fourth album, 'All Eyez On Me'. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died Sept. 13 while in the intensive care unit from internal bleeding. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Through his music and films, Tupac remains a legendary and unparalleled artist of his time. His impact on the music industry will forever live on through his work.

BallerAlert's Today in Hip-Hop: 21st Anniversary of the Death of Tupac Shakur-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 21 years ago toda...