As Ramadan begins hunger strikes and demonstrations continue in Guantanamo Bay in protest against the detainees in American territory. Today marks the first day of Ramadan and also marks the first of many visual inhumanities that occur against people being held in these American political prisons. Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, in collaborations with Reprieve, a human rights charity and Bafta-award winning director Asif Kapadia bring to you an actual demonstration on how many detainees are being forced-fed in these prisons in Guantanamo Bay.
For those that are unaware, Guantanamo Bay has been an American territory in Cuba since 1903. Demonstrations and protests have occured as a result of Barack Obama not being able to fulfill his promise of closing the detention camps in Guantanamo Bay, which he gave his word in 2008. The sad reality is that the United States continues to be the country with the most political prisoners, which is bit ironic due to our democratic values. The reality is that the political detainees held in these camps are tortured and go through different proceedings such as forced-feeding to remain alive. The sad part is that we should already be conscious of this and not have to resort to a conscious emcee to showcase to us the brutality behind these proceedings. So much for land of the free, huh?
If you wish to learn more about what is going on in Guantanamo Bay click here.
If you wish to learn more about Yasiin Bey's (Mos Def) experience under these forced- feeding demonstrations click here.
He just walked off the podium at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois the president re-elect, and above you can watch President Obama's stirring acceptance speech in case you just missed it, or simply want to re-live it again.
The acceptance speech seems like quite the task to deliever just mere hours after being announced the President. Especially in an election this close, there is a sense of a divided country. It is important then for Obama to look to unite the country, and he communicated just that during the speech. I was especially impressed with how Obama stressed a bipartisan United States, while also expressing humble thanks and gratitude to the people, his opponents, while now, looking ahead.
“We are not as divided as our politics suggests. We are not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are not red states or blue states, we are the United States of America."
- President Barack Obama
So no matter who you voted for, let's unify and act to make this country stronger! It starts with us as citizens, and as Obama says, our roles don't stop with voting. We can affect change starting locally and by setting a shining example amongst our peers in our day-to-day experiences. We are all about togetherness and unity here at Gowhere and we are all one. Let's rise as one!
The First Family enters the stage for President Obama's acceptance speech
The first photo of President Obama and V.P. Biden and their wives after it was announced they had been re-elected.
What did you think of tonight's election?
Write a comment with your thoughts on the speech, Obama, Romney, or anything!
Allow me a quick tangent towards politics for a moment as this story has picked up quite the buzz in the past few days, and surely even more now as Donald Trump makes good on his promise for an announcement to President Obama. Via the video above, Trump proposes a deal: he will write a $5 million check to a charity of President Obama's choice, if Obama releases his college transcripts, applications, and passport records.
Trump says that President Obama is the least transparent president of all-time and that it would make him and the American people happy and satisfied if Obama was to release this information (with the added deadline of Halloween at 5pm ET).
This doesn't smell right to me. Gotta question Trump's motives as he must have what he thinks is insider info that something from those transcripts or records would expose the President as something he's not. And to guise it for charity? Hmm, who really knows? And will the President respond?
I'm guessing no. What do you guys think of Trump's proposed deal?
Here is the full, hotly anticipated debate that aired online last night between Bill O'Reilly & Jon Stewart. I've been up on my Daily Show the past few weeks as Stewart has hyped up his debate with his TV rival while hilariously providing some thought-provoking commentary on the conventions. I have yet to watch the full hour and a half above, but certainly intend on doing so ASAP. For those who missed it, you can press play above.
With the election less than 2 months away, hip hop is definitely taking notice (see: Nicki Minaj on Romney and Obama's response) and that's only going to be more prevalant in these days and weeks ahead. I'm excited to see that politics is a topic in hip hop - to hear artist's perspective and start the conversation amongst the listeners.