CEO Of Company Raises Minimum Wage To $70,000

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Text of “What I Will” by Suheir Hammad

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What I Will
by Suheir Hammad

I will not
dance to your war
drum. I will
not lend my soul nor
my bones to your war
drum. I will
not dance to your
beating. I know that beat.
It is lifeless. I know
intimately that skin
you are hitting. It
was alive once
hunted stolen
stretched. I will
not dance to your drummed
up war. I will not pop
spin break for you. I
will not hate for you or
even hate you. I will
not kill for you. Especially
I will not die
for you. I will not mourn
the dead with murder nor
suicide. I will not side
with you nor dance to bombs
because everyone else is
dancing. Everyone can be
wrong. Life is a right not
collateral or casual. I
will not forget where
I come from. I
will craft my own drum. Gather my beloved

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Pictures From Rotterdam / Amsterdamn

I had the pleasure of going to Rotterdam and Amsterdam for a second time in two years. Here are some images from the trip.

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B.I.G. Chuck And An AllHipHop Shoutout From Diddy

I recently had the pleasure of being on the last “106 & Park Freestyle Friday” of 2010 and what an event it was. Sean “Diddy” Combs was the guess host with Terrance J, the staple of the show. Diddy was in full promotional mode. He was jumping around, blowing the whistle in support of his “Last Train To Paris” album. Here is how it went down  during the introductions.

Backstage, at the dressing room area, Diddy was different. He had a bodyguard that stayed with him like a shadow and he stayed on his Blackberry. Eventually, I chatted with him and congratulated him on the album coming out. He showed me some of the interesting promo items they were doing and we kept it moving. Combs is about his business, as a business man should be. Thanks to Diddy, I’ll occasionally use the name B.I.G. Chuck. Just kidding…kinda.

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Walk Away, You’re The Genius

This is all the mastery one needs, all wrapped up in a 40 second skit.

You’re clearly the winner here. Indeed.

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RIP JAM MASTER JAY

Today marks the 8th Anniversary of the passing of Jam Master Jay. A lot of people cannot fathom his greatness at this point. The truth is, had it not been for people like Jay, a lot of us would not be here as Hip-Hop professionals and fans.

Behold my framed, signed T-shirt by Run DMC and Jam Master Jay. Encased in glass. Sealed. Forever.

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2007 Comic Con – NYC

The New York Comic Con was host to “The Black Panel” on Saturday afternoon, where a variety of black voices in comics and animation discussed their upcoming work. At the panel were BET’s Vice President of Animation Denys Cowan, musician Prodigal Sunn, AllHipHop.com CEO/Founder Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur, Jackie Ormes Society’s Cheryl Lynn, Blockhedz creators Mark and Mike Davis, and BET’s President of Entertainment Reginald Hudlin. Several of the panelists seemed to be late additions, since they were not named in pre-con announcements.

The Davis twins showed off an animation test for Blockhedz, which showed the same melding of styles from the source comics, combining hip-hop music videos and anime to produce something distinct and innovative. Mike and Mark Davis stated that the music would be incorporated as part of the storyline, and that the animation test was a way to figure out a production path to bring Blockhedz into a full-fledged animated production. After the Blockhedz video clip, Reginald Hudlin spent a few minutes recapping his long way around to become a comic book writer. His initial entertainment successes were as the director of House Party and Boomerang and producer of the animated TV series Bebe’s Kids. He recounted how working with legendary comics artist Neal Adams led to a meeting with Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada and Marvel editor Axel Alonso, where Hudlin stated, “Spider-Man is the Beatles, and as much as I love the Beatles, we live in a hip-hop era.” Ultimately, he was handed the reins to the Black Panther monthly comic book title. Hudlin discussed the recent events in the title, such as the Panther’s role in Civil War, the marriage of the character to Storm of the X-Men (joking that, “Storm actually admitted she was was black”), and a trip of Marvel’s black superheroes to post-Hurricane Katrina reconstruction and relief. He garnered applause when he stated that the Black Panther and Storm would be leading the Fantastic Four in the aftermath of Civil War. Michael Davis reminded audiences of his new comics imprint named Guardian, which will be the spiritual successor to the Milestone line of comics, and also noted his weekly column on the ComicMix website. He also said that he is doing a graphic novel on the Underground Railroad coming soon from Dark Horse Comics. Musician Prodigal Sunn then updated audiences on his plans for a cartoon that would challenge conventional wisdoms and openly address a variety of taboo topics, saying that he was “going to touch all the things people don’t know” and adding that enlightening audiences about injustices, both open and secret, is the first step to instigating the drive for change. There was no word on when the cartoon would be going into full production. Panelist Cheryl Lynn announced the Ormes Society, dedicated to the promotion of past and present black female cartoonists.

The society is named after the first female African-American syndicated cartoonist, who created Torchy Brown as a working woman several years before the debut of Brenda Starr. She noted the organization’s goals of raising awareness of current black female cartoonists and the long and largely unchronicled legacy that they are upholding. Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur of AllHipHop.com stated that he co-founded his website due to his love of music, hip-hop, and comics. He is currently developing a comic/cartoon titled which he described as in the same vein as comic strips like The Boondocks or Dilbert.


Denys Cowan closed the organized portion of the panel by recounting his past history in the comics industry, stating that he was standing on the shoulders of the black comic book artists that came before him such as Billy Graham. He also reminded panel attendees that he will be returning to drawing Batman for Batman Confidential.

The first question during the Q&A section was the perennial favorite on how to break into comics, although this time from the perspective of a black creator. Mark Davis responded that it required working harder, and that in a lot of cases you had to do things yourself. Jigsaw also stated that picking up on new technologies is a powerful way to gain leverage in the industry, citing the success of his own website as an example. He went on to note that it’s helpful to “hang around like-minded people,” and emphasized the importance of dialogue across many different people. Continue reading

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