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AUG 30, 2013 - Crazy Uncle Ted is at it again, this time in an email interview with rightwing rag MyDesert.com calling the Obama Administration a "regime", and saying they are "criminal" and dismantling "the greatest quality of life in the history of mankind." He also then mind farts, "As an American constantly attacked by the leftist goons in the media & politics, I am performing the most important office in the land; we the people spotlighting cockraches. Nothing is off the table, and I can and will do whatever is necessary to oust the enemies of America from their corrupt stranglehold on us." Is Nugent referring to armed insurrection by him and the Teabagger gunnuts? He then incredulously stole the civil rights struggle's mantra mind farting, "I am encouraging and inspiring more and more Americans to stand up to the scammers and gun runners and racists in office across the land. We shall overcome." OMFG. Once again, Teabaggers are calling the people who point out racism "racists". To read the entire mind fart interview from the insane Teabag mind of Ted Nugent, go to MyDesert.com here.
AUG 28, 2013 - JTMP is all about music and activism, and we recognize how important the role music played in the March on Washington 50 years ago. One of the most well-known musical events was Peter, Paul and Mary singing their great folk activist protest songs; watch "If I Had a Hammer" below. Many great musicians were on hand that day such as the legendary and great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson who goaded Martin Luther King Jr. into deviating from his prepared text at the March on Washington 50 years ago saying, "Tell them about the dream Martin!", setting up the historic moment. Other musicians present were Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. Activist Dick Gregory later complained there were too many white musicians, and wished there was more diversity in the lineup. Nevertheless, music played as a soundtrack to history, and check out 8 great songs tied to the march from Mahalia Jackson to Odetta on USAToday.com here.
AUG 27, 2013 - A band that was interviewed several times by JTMP in the early days, the Indigo Girls are one of our favorites here at JTMP. MLive.com has a post up about how they are playing at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park on September 5, 2013, and it is said to be one of the best venues in the state. The interview delves into their activism and music, and the difficulty of finding a balance between the two. Amy Ray says, "We just try to engage people to think about their own communities and what they can do. We make it clear that we respect people that don't agree - it takes all approaches. Our audience is pretty receptive and open." Read the entire article on MLive.com here. (photo credit: JTMP)
AUG 27, 2013 - The Jakarta Post has a great article up by Prodita Sabarini on Indonesian activist-musician Heri "Ucok" Sutresna and his work as the band "Homicide". His band, which is in the midst of dissolving and Heri is pursuing solo work, sang against dictatorship, military violence, consumerism and more. The interview delves into his pursuit of opening a progressive bookstore in Indonesia, and how he got involved in activism, politics and music. Listen to a track from Homicide titled, "Puritan God-Blessed Fascists" here; and check out the interview on The Jakarta Post here. (photo credit: JP/Prodita Sabarini)
AUG 27, 2013 - Despite the massive unrest currently in Egypt, the Hayy Music Festival that features women Arab singers, poets, puppeteers and more, was held on July 18 through August 2, 2013 by Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy (Cultural Resource); a Cairo-based non-profit encouraging diversity and cultural exchange between Arab countries. This year's festival featured women singers from many different countries; such as Morocco, Algeria, Iran, Tunisia, Syria, Spain and more. They sang Palestinian folk songs, classical Arab music and even some pop and rock. Read about all these exciting women singers and the festival on Ahram.org here, and also check out the Al-Mawred's website here. Watch this great music video and awesome song "You" from one of the performers, Moroccan Khansa Batma " below with Unia. Watch the video all the way to the end! Great ending!
AUG 27, 2013 - Activist, actor, Tech Grad and now the New York City Council. Jumaane Williams, whose art is acting and appeared in several Hip Hop music videos, has always been involved in his community and his activism. From addressing the problem of affordable housing in New York City, to the un-Constitutional and racist "Stop and Frisk" policy that overwhelmingly targets inner-city blacks and Hispanics; he has been out there on the front lines fighting the good fight. Mr. Williams is a Native Brooklyn, and early on appeared in Hip Hop music videos for EPMD and Solo; and in 2009 he got elected to the New York City Council as a Democrat that represents Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands and parts of Midwood and Canarsie. Mr. Williams helped shepherde two bills that reined in the "Stop and Frisk" policy. Check out his City Council page here, and read more about him on NYDailyNews.com here. (photo credit: council.nyc.gov)
AUG 26, 2013 - Miley Cyrus has made waves following her very sexually suggestive "dance" with Robin Thicke on the VMA awards show last night, where she bent over and Thicke proceeded to "dance with her". Many celebrities thought it was inappropriate given that many young kids were watching, and this is not healthy for them to watch. Bill Maher Tweeted, "Watching VMAs. Haven't been to a strip club in a while, good to see nothing has changed." Many believe the radical haircut she got months back and this very lewd performance is her overcompensating in an attempt to distance herself from the wholesome look of Hannah Montana, and how she now wants to be a totally different artist centered around dance club music. Read more on this at NYDailyNews.com. What do you think of her and Thicke's performance? Leave a comment on our Justice Through Music Facebook page.
AUG 26, 2013 - JTMP has been wroking hard with Americans Against Fracking, Energy-Reality.org and others to fight Fracking, and this gave us a chance to check out the great new book "Energy" this weekend put out by the Post Carbon Institute and Watershed Media; and we are impressed by this coffee-table tome. The pictures are breathtaking and stunning, and the format and content of the book is top-notch and keeps you engaged and enraged; yet the writers do take the time to point towards a better future for us and the Earth when it comes to our energy needs. READ MORE ON JTMP GREEN HERE.
AUG 24, 2013 - Activist-musician Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame has written an open letter to fellow musicians asking them to stand with him and boycott Israel for the Apartheid-type treatment of Palestinians living in the West Bank. Their lives are totally disrupted as a result of Israel's illegal and hostile takeover of native lands for their "settlements". In the letter Waters touches on a lot of subjects. He mentions the Trayvon Martin shooting and how he applauds Stevie Wonder for taking a stand against Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law and his call to boycott Florida. Waters explains how for the past 8 years he has been part of BDS, or Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, "a non-violent movement to oppose Israel's occupation of the West Bank and violations of international law and Palestinian human rights". He has pronounced they have found Israel guilty, "independently, by international human rights organizations, UN officials, and the International Court of Justice, of serious breach of International law."
Roger Waters states the obvious, that our governments and the United Nations are unable or unwilling to act, so "it falls to civil society and conscientious citizens of the world, to dust off our consciences, shoulder our responsibilities, and act." Read the whole letter on ElectronicIntifada.com here. What do you think? Leave a comment or start a conversation on our Justice Through Music Facebook Page. (photo credit: Takver/CC)
AUG 24, 2013 - Linda Ronstadt opened up publicly that she has been fighting Parkinson's disease for over 8 years, and it has taken away her ability to sing. Linda Ronstadt was a huge icon in the 1970s as a solo vocal performer selling tons of albums and tickets. About 8 years ago she noticed trembling in her hands, and then it eventually affected her vocal chords. She finally saw a neurologist who diagnose her with Parkinson's disease, and she was shocked. I remember rockin' out to Linda's albums as a teenager, cranking up her version of "When Will I Be Loved" and other great songs. JTMP wishes her good health and long life. You can read the interview on AARP.com here. (photo credit: Carl Lender/CC)