A Film About The Female Emcees – Say My Name

"Say My Name" Promo Poster  One of the films that is making a buzz at SXSW 09 is a documentary called “Say My Name”, a film which focuses on the female emcee. In the game where it’s male dominated, it’s nice to see female emcees bring a different POV to the game. It features interviews by Rah Digga, Jean Grae, Erykah Badu, Estelle and newcomers Chocolate Thai, Invincible Miz Korona and (sadly may I add) the locked up Remy Ma. As appearing in the documentary are pioneers like MC Lyte, Roxxanne Shante, and Monie Love. Hopefully, this documentry will answer the questions about the lack of female rappers and the lengths they have to go through to be treated fairly.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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The Case of the Fake People: Keisha Knight Pulliam on Twitter

Keisha Knight Pulliam... or so we thoughtWere you following Keisha Knight Pulliam on Twitter? 5,000+ followers, which included celebrities, were all fooled by a prankster, proofing a point that no one is safe from a prankster. (Yes, I was fooled as well. I followed a lot of people, and I rarely talk to celebrities on there because I don’t really see a point.)

The account was created innocently as “K_KnightPulliam,” and with tweets that sounded like it was from the real person. The gig was up when she followed some celebrity friends that knew the real Pulliam was not using it at all. The user of the account then decided to “Put Em On Blast” and changed the name to FakeRudyHuxtbl.

Before “she” left Twitter, she placed celebrity’s phone numbers on Twitter and warned future users that anyone can fake a celebrity. *rolls eyes*

(The bye-bye message after the jump)

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“Brave New Voices” – First Episode + B. Yung Poem “Change”

While everyone hoped to have a Def Poetry Season 7, Russell Simmons decided to put whatever hopes of another season on hold. Instead, HBO and Russell Simmons teams up to present “Brave New Voices”. This is a seven part documentary that features teenage poets and their mentors from San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York, Santa Fe, Ft. Lauderdale, Honolulu and Ann Arbor as they prepare for Youth Speaks’ 2008 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Finals. It’s narrated by Queen Latifah, but the real stars are the young poets.

This series is of course an HBO exclusive. However, they was kind enough to showcase the first episode for free, which you can catch after the jump.

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True Colors – It’s Punk’d & Chris Rock Rolled Into One

Ever wondered what happens if there’s a hidden camera show, but instead of doing practical jokes, it does one based on racism? How would you handle it? Crackle, a Sony owned site, decided to find out with a show called “True Colors”. It’s a show with Dwayne Smith ("Lonely Girl"), Lisa Bohacek and Circle of Confusion serving as executive producers of the series, which is produced by Sony Pictures Television. However, the show is not on TV, but on the Internet: Crackle.com.

More after the jump…

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The Credit Crisis Visualized

I may know a little bit about the current financial environment, however, I don’t know how the credit crisis. So, most of the talks about lending to banks and why this is important went over my head. So, I found this video to be very informative. I hope it helps you out as much as it helped me.


The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.
© Copyright 2009 Jonathan Jarvis

The Short and Simple Story of the Credit Crisis.

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The goal of giving form to a complex situation like the credit crisis is to quickly supply the essence of the situation to those unfamiliar and uninitiated. This project was completed as part of my thesis work in the Media Design Program, a graduate studio at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

For more on my broader thesis work exploring the use of new media to make sense of a increasingly complex world, visit jonathanjarvis.com.

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Charles Hamilton/SEGA Collaboration

This got to be my biggest collaboration YET! Check out the Press Release below by Sega!

SEGA PRESENTS SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: CHARLES HAMLITON EDITION

April 1st, 2009 – At Sega, we are connecting with our fans to give you what you want. There has been a huge increase for our SEGA Genesis to make a comeback. We had received letters that fans “missed the old school Sonic” and that no machine these days have “blast processing”. There’s no more “original games”, but most importantly, they want the “chubby version of Sonic” back. So, we decided to re-release Sonic the Hedgehog. We announced this last year on April 1st, 2008 at midnight.

This year, we will release the game for the Sega CD. In it, there are two versions you can play: The Original Classic and the Charles Hamliton Edition. Continue reading

Y’all Know The Name: Charles THE Hamliton

YES IT’S TRUE! IT’S TRUE!

I purchased Thought Remixer from this wack n1gga, Nukirk. Nukirk refused to sell it to me, but finally decided to after a deep conversation last night. I basically told him to take the site off line, make a few minor changes and down the road, I will design the blog my own way!

Some of you may be wondering why I’m ditching my home for mad years on blogspot. Because I always wanted a set up like this. Continue reading

Pharrell May Not Be An MC, But He Did Move The Crowd; Just Not THAT Way

Couple days ago, this clip surfaced on YouTube where people think Pharrell is either having a diva moment or worse.


(Profanity laced)

Media Take Out in a recent article painted him as “lame of the day”, but a lot of reports said differently. Some one was injured and to prevent any more injuries, Pharrell decided to tell people to take a few steps back away from the stage for their safety. While Pharrell could have been more diplomatic about it, I see nothing totally wrong. He was worry about giving his best performance and the safety of his audience. Everyone will more likely listen to Pharrell, especially since he’s got the mic and can refuse to perform if he feels endangered.

Maybe Media Take Out should be called “lame blog of the day” for just trying to shock people with only half the story. I’m no journalist… but geez…