Big K.R.I.T. (@BIGKRIT) Featuring Rico Love (@IamRicoLove)– Pay Attention

Big K.R.I.T. links up with Rico Love for his new hit “Pay Attention,” produced by Jim Jonsin.

Cadillactica dropping November 11th.

Movie Trailer: Nate Parker and Gugu Mbatha-Raw Star in New Romantic-Drama, ‘Beyond the Lights’

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Beyond the Lights is the story of a troubled singer (Noni Jean) on the verge of super stardom. Noni Jean is played by English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw know notably for her performance as the main character in the indie film,  Belle (18th-century historical piece about a black woman raised as almost an equal in a white household.). In the film, Gugu’s character (Noni) struggles with her identity and the pressure of becoming a world renowned super star, who contrary to her personal aspirations is forced to sell an overly sexy image of herself. Noni ends up finding solace and self-acceptance after meeting co-star Nate Parker’s character Kaz Nicol. Parker’s character, Kaz is an up and coming police officer and aspiring politician assigned to serve as protection for the superstar but later finds himself over the edge for the pop damsel in distress. Instantly, Kaz and Noni find themselves in a hot and heavy romance despite the disapproval of those around them. In the end, Noni discovers her courage and voice through Kaz’s love; which pushes her to be the artist she always wanted to be.

 

‘Beyond the Lights’ was written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood  the creator of the now classic american film’Love and Basketball.’ According to reports from the Star, the film has already premiered at TIFF and is set to hit theaters November 14th, 2014. View the trailer below and be sure to leave us your comments, thought and opinions.

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

 
sicklecellmonthSickle Cell Awareness Month is a national initiative kicking off this month that helps raise awareness about a condition affecting more than 100,000 individuals living in the United States and millions more worldwide. September is the targeted month designated to bringing  more awareness to the issue in the hope of not only informing individuals but encouraging them to help raise funds to eventually find a cure. 
 
 

Sickle Cell Disease Occurs in 1 out of every 500 American  African births and 1 out of every 35,000  Hispanic American births. Sickle Cell trait occurs in approximately 1 in 12 American Africans.

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What is Sickle Cell Disease?

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. The main purpose of red blood cells is to transfer oxygen to the body.  Hemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells that carries the oxygen. People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin S, an abnormal type of hemoglobin. Sometimes these red blood cells become sickle-shaped (crescent shaped) and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels. Sickle shaped blood cells are stiff, sticky and rigid cells that impede the flow of blood through the bodies blood vessels causing individuals to have moments of excruciating pain, which many refer to as “being in crisis.” When this blockage occurs blood cannot reach the different parts of the body and in turn damages tissue. As a result,  this damaged tissue is what leads to many complications for individuals living with this condition.

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We can’t stress enough the importance of sharing the information on Sickle Cell and how much of an impact just knowing more about the condition can have on not only a family but communities as well. Awareness and education make all the difference that is why we want to take this chance and stand in solidarity with individuals living with this condition by sharing the knowledge with everyone. Therefore please share the Street Intell and get more people involved. Visit sicklecelldisease.org for more ways to help.

For some informative and inspiring stories check out Sickled Sisters, a blog shared by two women personally affected by sickle cell and pulmonary hypertension. Both dedicated to the advocacy, awareness and support of individuals with chronic illness. Join their journey by clicking the image below

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Source: sicklecelldisease.org

Lauryn Hill (@MsLaurynHill)– Black Rage

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An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO.
– MLH

Lloyd (@Lloyd_YG)– Do It Again

Lloyd delivers another new hit with “Do It Again,” produced by Streetlove. This visual is inspired by the film Top Gun. 

DJ Khaled (@DJKhaled) Featuring Chris Brown (@ChrisBrown), August Alsina (@AugustAlsina), Future (@1Future), and Jeremih (@Jeremih)– Hold You Down

Check out DJ Khaled’s new song “Hold You Down” featuring Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, and Jeremih. This is the first single off Dj Khaled’s upcoming eighth solo album, I Changed A Lot.

Bando Jonez (@BandoJonez) Featuring B.O.B. & T-Pain (@TPAIN)– Sex You [Remix]

Bando Jonez unleashes the remix to his single “Sex You” featuring B.O.B. and T-Pain.

PARTYNEXTDOOR (@PARTYOMO) Featuring Drake (@Drake)– Recognize

PARTYNEXTDOOR releases his new visual for his single “Recognize” featuring Drake. the video was directed by Liam MacRae.

Drake (@Drake)– Tuesday [Remix]

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Drake add his touch to ILOVEMAKONNEN’s record called “Club Going Up On A Tuesday,” produced by Sonny Digital & Metro Boomin.

ARTivism: Confronting Mass Incarceration Through Art [Video]

Tony Lewis, Jr. is a dedicated community leader, philanthropist, mentor and avid advocate for the under served citizens of Washington, DC.  For several years he has been organizing community initiatives dedicated to supporting those in need. He has used  his and resources to be the voice of the people by creating organizations like Sons of Life that uplift, build and advocate for young black males. He has tirelessly working in the streets using his platform and network (DC or Nothing) to propel the concerns of DC constituent to the forefront.

He is dedicated to sharing his struggles and acting as a conduit for success for so many people living in the District of Columbia, especially young black males and ex-convicts. We shine a light on him because as a true Street Intellectual he is dedicated to uplifting his community through action and empowerment. Along with Mark Thomas, Mr. Lewis has created a new campaign using the visual medium of photography to help share the stories of individuals connected to loved ones that have been affected by mass incarceration.

Check the videos out, leave a comment and as always share the Street Intell.

 

 

 

 

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