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Here's a short documentary that focus on the racial tensions that arose in Jena, Louisiana back in 2006 following an altercation between black and white teens at Jena High School. The way the situation was handled by the authorities sparked national outrage and caused thousands to descend on the small town in search of justice.
The 6 black students came to be known as "The Jena 6".
Watch the documentary below...
"An Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In 1989, five black and latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. They spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned.
"The Central Park Five" tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.
"The Central Park Five" premiered April 16, 2013 on PBS. PBS will be re airing "The Central Park Five" this Friday at 8 am EST. So set your DVR to record.
A special thanks goes out to Ken Burns, David McMahon & Sarah Burns for creating a must see documentary.
"Reasonable Doubt" is the debut album by Jay-Z. It was released on June 25, 1996. "Reasonable Doubt" features production by DJ Premier, Ski, Knobody, Irv Gotti, Big Jaz, Peter Panic, K-Rob and Clark Kent.
With guest appearances from Mary J. Blige, The Notorious B.I.G., Foxy Brown and Memphis Bleek among others, "Reasonable Doubt" is considered a classic album by many.
Check out "The Making of Reasonable Doubt" below.
The Bob Marley biography provides testament to the unparalleled influence of his artistry upon global culture. Since his passing on May 11, 1981, Bob Marley's legend looms larger than ever, as evidenced by an ever-lengthening list of accomplishments attributable to his music, which identified oppressors and agitated for social change while simultaneously allowing listeners to forget their troubles and dance. (Courtesy of BobMarley.com)
For Basquiat fans, "The Radiant Child" will prove essential viewing to flesh out an understanding of downtown New York's art scene in the 1980s, and to see Basquiat's pivotal role in this.
Filmed and interviewed by friends Becky Johnston and director Tamara Davis, "The Radiant Child" is a respectfully vivid, accurate and entertaining homage to a painter who led a radical life and left an ambitious body of work behind after his premature death.
Film posted by: Fidelis Scardanelli
Ray Lewis has informed teammates and coaches today, that Sunday's game versus the Colts will mark his final home game in Baltimore. Lewis said, "This will be my last ride".
Watch Ray Lewis "A Football Life" below.
One of the most highly anticipated fights of the early 1980s, was Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney. The fight took place on June 11, 1982 at Ceasars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Larry Holmes had been the WBC heavyweight champion since 1978, when he beat Ken Norton by a fifteen round split decision. The fact that in 1980, Holmes had defeated Muhammad Ali did not help his popularity with boxing fans.
Larry Holmes always felt disrespected in many ways. Maybe it was because he fought in the shadows of a man he had beaten in Muhammad Ali, maybe it was because he was a seventh grade dropout or maybe it was because he was just that good. Larry Holmes won his first 48 professional bouts. He came within one win of matching Rocky Marciano's streak of 49 straight wins. Larry Holmes is ranked by many boxing experts as one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time.
Below is "Legendary Nights... Tale of Holmes vs Cooney"
We've all heard of Karrine "Superhead" Steffans by now. But if you haven't, this will be your opportunity to get abreast on the subject. We're not here to "Knock Superhead's hustle", but this is why some of us feel a certain way about certain females.
Watch the documentary below and gather your own opinions on "Superhead".
Being from Plaquemine, Louisiana and sitting in a SWA Airlines break room in Seattle, WA., I couldn't believe my eyes as I watched the various news coverage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. This will forever be apart of my history, as I'm sure it will be for many others.
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts is a 2006 documentary film directed by Spike Lee about the devastation of New Orleans, Louisiana due to the failure of the levees during Hurricane Katrina. It was filmed in late August and early September 2005, and premiered at the New Orleans Arena on August 16, 2006 and was first aired on HBO the following week.
VerveSplash would like to thank HBO and Spike Lee for telling this story....
Dubbed the Mayor of Harlem, Albert "Alpo" Martinez would become an inner city king of Harlem in the mid-1980's. The high life and the brotherhood he established did not last. Alpo admitted to killing his old friend and 13 other murders. To Alpo, it was always about BUSINESS... Never PERSONAL.
Watch the documentary below entitled "The Alpo Story".