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By now, you no doubt know of the murder of young
Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last Saturday.
While the officer who shot him has been identified
as Darrell Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department,
Officer Wilson has not been brought up on charges.
The incensed people of Ferguson have been protesting
loudly and visibly which is their right. They have been
met with an openly mocking and hostile police force
that resembles a paramilitary force plucked from a
Call Of Duty video game. The people of Ferguson have
been beset with tear gas, smoke, and rubber bullets.
The news journalists on the ground from multiple
outlets both major and independent have been
gassed, arrested and threatened. It is oppressive and
reprehensible behavior. Behavior that happens as
night falls. Without the power of social media outlets
such as Twitter primarily among others, without
citizen journalists setting up livestreams, without the
people rising up and telling every detail from the outset,
without the courage of the people of Ferguson, Michael
Brown may have been swept aside. We here at Manifesto
feel that justice must be done. Michael could’ve been our
friend. Our brother, cousin. Our son. And so, we ask our
readers to keep their eyes on Ferguson and all that is
taking place. Below, we’ve listed some info so that if
you feel the need to lend some support you can.
For supporting the protesters on the ground:
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
33 N Clay Ave Ferguson, MO 63135
#Ferguson Food Pantry
Needs boxed meals & non-perishables
TWIBnation is fully independent talk radio.
They’ve already been down to Ferguson and
have linked up with folks down there earlier
this week. They’re dedicated to providing
fully accurate and detailed of what’s taking
place down there. They’ve also got a link for
donations to protesters on the front lines as
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On April 8th, 1974, Henry ‘Hank’ Aaron captured the
collective minds of America as he broke a record many
thought would stand untouched: the Major League
Baseball home run record previously set by New York
Yankees legend Babe Ruth. Doing so as a Black man
earned him serious ire and hate and death threats,
but it endeared him to millions. To this day when you
mention Hank Aaron, words like ‘grace’ and ‘class’
aren’t too far behind. We at Manifesto Magazine salute
Hank Aaron for his indelible contribution to history.
The Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album Ready to Die was released September 13, 1994. The album was the first release on Bad Boy Records. It’s widely considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. It spawned hits such as “Juicy,” “One More Chance” and “Big Poppa.”
But only 3 years after this album debuted, and right as his second album was just about to be released, he was murdered. He was only 24 years old. It’s a tragedy in every sense of the word. While many still mourn, we managed to put together some great material below, that we feel you will enjoy, be it old, or new fan.
DJ Enuff – Biggie Tribute Mix 2014
J.Period - March 9 Revisited (B.I.G. Remixes Vol.3)
DJ Finesse Presents - B.I.G. Over Premier
The Notorious Cypher: 2012 - Present
HOT97 & BET present The Cypher: Notorious B.I.G. Tribute
DC’s Howard Theater Presents: A Tribute to Biggie Smalls
Life After Death - 2014 Notorious B.I.G. Tribute Exhibition
During Black History Month, everyone here at Manifesto, enjoys taking the time,
to salute the greats whenever we can. On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X was gunned
down at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. He was a man of many talents, and great courage.
One who reinvented himself, as easily as he changed his name from Malcolm Little,
to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz and Malcom X. Take a look at this rare Playboy interview
below, and enjoy the late poet/activist/teacher Louis Reyes Rivera, perform his signature
poem on Malcolm’s passing. Malcolm X continues to inspire so many of us 45 years later.
Malcolm X Interviewed by Alex Haley:
Playboy Magazine, May 1963
Louis Reyes Rivera - ‘Bullet Cry’