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How London Group Rudimental Is Redefining Music

They may be loud on stage, but the boys of Rudimental are rather soft-spoken in real life. Made up of Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden, Piers Agget and DJ Locksmith, the British drum and bass band is not for the weak-hearted. Their sound threatens to completely redefine live performance with their eclectic beats of funk, soul, hip-hop, electronic and drum and bass. Rudimental is not your average festival act, that's for sure. "This is where we thrive," Kesi Dryden told The Huffington Post hours before taking the stage at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. It was the fourth and final day of the raucous outdoor ...

What Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Like In College (VIDEO)

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the most important figures in American history, but only a relatively small circle of people really knew him. Among them was the now-86-year-old Lerone Bennett, Jr., who attended Morehouse College with King in the 1940s. Bennett, who later became an author, journalist and historian, appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1989 along with several other of King's close friends and opened up about what the civil rights leader was like before the rest of the world knew his name. "I was a freshman. M.L., as we called him then, was a sophomore. He was an upperclassman, he didn't talk to freshman back then," Bennett joked ...

Interview With Founder of MOKSHINI, Nadeesha Godamunne

Nadeesha Godamunne is a full time in-house fashion illustrator/colorist from New Zealand now residing in Brooklyn, New York. Her voice needs to be heard. The creativity of her hands need to be seen. Say hello to Nadeesha. 1. Tell Me Your Story! My name is Nadeesha Godamunne, I'm a 27 year old illustrator originally from Sri Lanka. I grew up in New Zealand, and ever since I could remember, was surrounded by art supplies. My mother was a preschool teacher and knew I had a natural talent for drawing. I drew before I could write, it was the fastest way of communicating, and the most enjoyable. Naturally, my parents kept me occupied with copious amounts of coloring books, Crayola packs and ...

End the Anti-Black Police State

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I walked through a metal detector and past police officers every day before entering a classroom as a high school student in Chicago. Ten years later, I can still find at least three cop cars in one square mile almost anywhere in my neighborhood -- high police presence. I've been pulled over, accused of drug possession, and violently harassed by a police officer in North County, St. Louis. These experiences fit into a much larger narrative of criminalization of Black people across the United States. We must have radical change if Black people are to survive and thrive in America. A future...

On Mass Incarceration, We Have Reached a Tipping Point

Watch video highlights from the related event "Unlocking Communities: Ending Mass Incarceration in America." The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions, the Center for Community Change, the My Brother's Keeper Alliance, and the Vera Institute of Justice recently held an event called "Unlocking Communities: Ending Mass Incarceration in America" featuring in-depth conversation on the mass incarceration crisis (watch our YouTube playlist of the videos from this event). Below, My Brother's Keeper Alliance members Scott Budnick and Shawn Dove explain why now is the time to address the incarceration crisis. The path to prison does not begin the moment a crime is committed. For boys and young men of color, the risk of incarceration exists at nearly ...

No Federal Charges For NYPD Cop Who Shot And Killed Ramarley Graham

NEW YORK -- Federal prosecutors won't bring civil rights charges against the NYPD police officer who shot and killed Ramarley Graham, an 18-year-old who was gunned down in...

Ferguson Mayor: Darren Wilson Will Not Receive A Severance Package

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson did not receive any severance package when he resigned over the weekend, the St. Louis suburb's mayor said Sunday. Wilson, 28, won't receive any further pay or benefits, and he and the city have severed their ties, Mayor James Knowles told reporters a day after Wilson tendered his resignation, effective immediately. Wilson's lawyer, Neil Bruntrager, told The Associated Press that Wilson decided to step aside after police Chief Tom Jackson told him that people had threatened violence against the police department and its officers. "The information we had was that there would be actions targeting the ...

Community Around The World Sends Words Of Comfort To Charleston #Honorthe9

Mourners gathered in Charleston on Friday to attend the funeral for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who died in the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting last week. Pinckney was a state senator and head of the church. We asked those who couldn't attend in person to submit their thoughts and condolences online. This collection of #honorthe9 posts is a tribute to the all the Charleston shooting victims. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Watch Obama Geek Out About ‘The Wire’ And Criminal Justice Reform With David Simon

President Barack Obama recently sat down with the creator of one of his favorite television shows, "The Wire." And in addition to praising the five-season HBO series -- which he called one of the greatest pieces of art in the past couple of decades -- Obama talked about criminal justice reform. A video of the conversation between Obama and David Simon was shown at the Bipartisan Criminal Justice Summit in Washington on Thursday, which brought together organizations and speakers from both sides of the aisle who are supportive of criminal justice reform. It was shared with reporters later in the afternoon. “There is an increasing realization on the left, but also on the right, politically, that what we’re doing is counterproductive. Either from a libertarian perspective, the ...

Segregation Is Alive and Well in America’s Schools

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Little Rock, Arkansas 1959. Rally at state capitol, protesting the integration of Central High School. America's inequality is starkest in its cities, and its schools are a great place to observe it. Delve into any textbook, or ask any high school student when school segregation ended in the United States, and you will probably get some variation of the same response. He or she will most likely point to 1954 and the landmark Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka. They would be wrong: School segregation, like its big brother, institutional racism, never went away -- we just like to pretend it did. In fact, desegregation of schools in the South was a...
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