AUG 12, 2012 - The musical activist group calling themselves "Guitarmy" that is closely allied with the worldwide Occupy Movement have plans all this week for special actions and concerts in New York, from marches to bring attention to the plight of the 99%, to protesting the Spectra "Fracking" gas pipeline. Tom Morello and even street musicians will all unite and push for the 99%.
Guitarmy also responded to the moronic comment by Jay-Z the other day when he said about the Occupy Movement, "“I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want? Do you know?” Guitarmy posted this on their website in response:
"We have spent one year on the streets organizing for exactly the things Jay rapped about in his early days, ending urban poverty, ending Stop & Frisk and police use of lethal force, of returning dignity and hope to the everyday people of New York City. These are simple civil rights issues we know Jay-Z must support, and we would love to help open his heart and mind to the work Occupy has helped do in his own former communities.
On SEPTEMBER 28th we will arrive at his sold-out Barclays concert to lovingly show Jay-Z what we want and how he can help: by encouraging his fans to take action for social justice in their communities, schools, workplaces, and homes.
Join us September 28 at Barclays at 6pm for an Occupy Wall Street teach-in and musical performance. Let’s be a sincere answer to Jay’s question. In turn we will ask on of him, one Florence Reece wrote in the 1930s and still matters now, “Which Side Are You On?”"
For more information on Guitarmy and all their events, check out their website here.
AUG 12, 2012 - President Bill Clinton, stumping for the Democratic candidate President Barack Obama, reminded young people who packed the Florida International University the importance of registering to vote and voting. President Clinton told the young and enthusiastic crowd, "We have a lot of reasons to vote." He added, "If you sit on the sidelines, you are responsible for the consequences." Watch the speech excerpt from VOXXINews on YouTube below.
AUG 6, 2012 - Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords moved everyone and amazed the crowd by coming out on the stage at the DNC Convention and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The US Representative from Arizona did not seek reelection, but seems determined to fight for America. JTMP released a video last year honoring her and husband's achievements. Watch Gabby recite the Pledge of Allegiance below, and below that watch JTMP's and Op-Critical's music video dedicated to called "Gabby".
AUG 6, 2012 - Rapper Nicki Manaj, who raised eyebrows rapping an endorsement for Mitt Romney in the Lil' Wayne song "Mercy", has been exposed as not even being registered to vote; so she can't vote for either candidate. In the days after the "endorsement" being discovered, people bombarded her and after a quick Google search and research HipHopWired uncovered the fact she has never bothered to register to vote EVER in the 3 states she has lived in.
The "Mercy" remix has these lines in it:
"I got more money , in in my f*cking purse /Court side, you in the C Section, I'm with them bloods you you with the C Section /In Malibu I'm bout a sea section /And all these b*tches is my sons, yeah C-Section /I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy b*tches is f*cking up the economy /Out in Miami I be chilling with a zombie /Diablo Alejandro de Mello Gandhi""
But many people in the entertainment field are scratching their head, because she supports Obamacare and called for free medical care for all on NecoleBitchie.com back in July. The Mitt Romney campaign is uneasy about the "endorsement", but being that the song lyrics don't make much sense, no one knows what is really going on in her motivation to rap that line. JTMP urges anyone who hasn't registered to vote to do it now; and make sure you check your state Voter ID (voter suppression) laws and assure you have all correct and necessary ID and documentation with you when you go to vote. Also, make sure your address and other information for your voter registration is up-to-date and correct. Sites that can help you:
AUG 6, 2012 - James Taylor played today at the Democratic National Convention, and Talking Points Memo reported that Mr. Taylor motioned towards an empty chair waiting for him and he said, "I know it's an empty chair. Makes you nervous doesn't it?".
Viewers have reported that he also said, "I don't get it, I am an old white guy and I love Obama!" JTMP will post the video of James Taylor's performance when it comes available so check back. (photo credit: CC/Joella Marano)
AUG 6, 2012 - NPR has a great article out on the awesome politically active band Ozomatli, who have been playing picket lines and other events for years.They are a Latin band that plays "norteno" style music which hails from Northern Mexico and the Southern part of the US, and one of their musical activist songs is called "La Terperatura" which sings about the immigrant experience and urges people to get politically active. Check out the NPR article here, and check out the musical video to "La Terperatura" below. (photo credit: cc/Martica1974)
AUG 5, 2012 - Miley Cyrus, sporting her new haircut, is working with Rock the Vote and urging young people to register to vote and get out and vote, and we here at JTMP totally agree. She tweeted a pic of her wearing a t-shirt that said, "They want us to back down" with the "back down" crossed out and "NEVER!" written over it. She shot a PSA for Rock the Vote along with Katy Perry, Kathy Griffin and others to urge young people, really ALL people, to Get Out and Vote! The PSA will be released in the coming weeks, and JTMP will blog about it and post it as soon as it comes out. Check out some pics from the video shoot at a Miley Cyrus fan site here.
AUG 5, 2012 - Actor Alec Baldwin, upset at the remarks such as "Obama is a Muslim!" that Hank Williams Jr. has been saying about Obama at his shows recently, has Tweeted a response: "I think we need to call Hank Williams Jr. what he is...a broken down, senile, racist old coot."
AUG 5, 2012 - Rapper Nicki Manaj has the rightwing world abuzz how she endorsed Mitt Romney in an expletive-filled rap in a Lil' Wayne song released Monday. The song is titled, "Mercy" and is the fifth track on the album and she raps, "I'm a Republican and I am voting for Mitt Romney. You lazy bitches are fucking up the economy!", she raps in the song.
RapDose was the first one to uncover the line in the song, and you can read the article here.
AUG 4, 2012 - Hank Williams Jr. is doubling down on his extremist rhetoric. Performing at the Stockyards Music Festival he said President Obama "is a Muslim, hates the military, hates America, hates cowgirls, hates cowboys, hates fishing, loves gays, and we hate him!"
JTMP has been blogging about Hank Williams Jr. and his extremist rhetoric, most recently he lost his Monday Night Football gig playing the opening theme music, when he compared Obama to Hitler. Read more on HuffPo here. (photo credit: CC/Andrea Klein)