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VIDEO: Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) Undergoes Force-Feeding in Support of Guantánamo Hunger Strikers

The Obama administration has a policy of force-feeding Guantanamo Bay detainees at night, and plan to continue to do so in spite of the month-long fast. Many Muslim leaders are calling on the administration to reconsider its tactics. Rapper and actor Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) volunteered to appear in a short film made to shed light on the force-feeding process by undergoing that process himself.

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Pro-Palestinian Organization’s Petition Calls on Alicia Keys to Cancel Israel Concert

Pro-Palestinian organization called the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has created an online petition, calling on Alicia Keys to cancel a concert in Israel scheduled for July 4th.

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Alicia Keys WILL Perform in Israel Despite Objections from Alice Walker and Others

Alicia Keys has announced that her concert in Tel Aviv will go on as planned, despite objections from Alice Walker and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: “Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show.”

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Alice Walkers Pens Letter To Alicia Keys, Asking That She Cancel Israel Concert

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Alice Walker has written Keys an open letter, requesting that she reconsider a scheduled concert in Tel Aviv, Israel:

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Rhymes & Reasons Interviews Asad Jafri About the Hip Hop Songs that Changed His Life

Asad Jafri, the former Director of Arts & Culture at IMAN spoke w/ Rhymes and Reasons recently from Malaysia about songs by KRS-One, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and Killah Priest. They rapped about history, religion, and growing up Pakistani-American in Kuwait.

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15 Year-Old Pakistani Activist Malala Yousafzai is Back in School After Being Shot by Taliban

15 year-old Pakistani women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai recently attended her first day of school since being shot in the head by the Taliban. Yousafzai was targeted for advocating for women’s rights. Such bravery and resilience from this young lady.

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Israel Army’s Social Media Director Poses In Blackface; Calls It ‘Obama Style’

Israel Army’s Social Media Director posted a picture of his face covered in sand with the oh-so-original tagline “Obama style” to describe the photo. If he can disrespect the President so cavalierly and not come under fire, what message is Israel sending? Should he be fired?

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POLL: Majority of Americans Support Israeli Attack on Gaza Strip; Do You?

According to a CNN/ORC poll, the majority of Americans support Israel’s military attack on the Gaza Strip. 57 percent of Americans approve of their actions; while 25 percent do not. 19 percent have no opinion. Do you think Israel’s military attack on the Gaza Strip is justified?

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Lupe Fiasco on Obama Foreign Policy: Our President ‘Kills Little Children’

during a recent interview with Philly Hip Hop station Power 99, Fiasco essentially called President Obama a “baby killer,” insisting that drone attacks in the Middle East have cost countless civilian lives. Is Lupe out of line, or telling the truth?

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The US Government’s Hip Hop Diplomacy in the Middle East


Our government is using Hip Hop as a form of DIPLOMACY abroad, countering “poor perceptions” of the US and promoting democracy in the Middle East. Does this speak to Hip Hop’s ever-expanding popularity, or the theft of its subversive power? Read more at BlackYouthProject.com!

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