Saturday, 26 July 2008

Nas on Colbert Report re Racism on Fox

Fox petition delivered

On Wednesday, Fox got a taste of what can happen when folks who care about racial justice come together and push back. The seconds you took to sign the Fox petition helped create a major story in the mainstream media. Here's how it unfolded on Wednesday:

1:00 p.m. Your signature was printed off at a New York City Kinko's along with 620,126 others--filling 19 big boxes.

2:00 p.m. The signatures were piled in front of Fox's national headquarters at 6th Avenue and 48th Street.

3:15 p.m. Hip hop star Nas (whose new album had just risen to #1 on the Billboard charts hours earlier) joined over 100 members and delivered the petitions to Fox on behalf of ColorOfChange, MoveOn, and Brave New Films.

3:30 p.m. Fox refused to accept the petitions. (Sometimes, the truth hurts.)

4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. News of Fox's racism and the star-studded petition delivery made its way around the world--with stories in Vibe, Rolling Stone, Billboard, USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, Bossip, Huffington Post, MTV, OpenLeft, and over 200 other places.

11:30 p.m. Stephen Colbert welcomed Nas as his guest on the Colbert Report and dedicated over half of his show to Fox's racism. The boxes containing our signatures were stacked prominently on Colbert's set in place of his normal interview table and chairs--and he conducted the entire interview surrounded by petitions! Then, Nas performed his new song "Sly Fox," which is all about Fox's racism.

Since then, our poweful message to Fox keeps spreading, and they're sounding desperate. True to form, Fox responded with a racially insensitive statement comparing our partner MoveOn to the Klan -- yes, the KKK! It's outrageous -- comparing an organization that works everyday to engage citizens in politcs to a hate group that hunted and murdered Black people in a reign of terror. It's another example of how far Fox will go, but it also shows that they can't address the real issue -- their racist attacks -- because they have no defense.

But the fight's not over. This week, we changed the conversation about Fox and we'll keep bringing the heat -- watch for a message for us in about a week for next steps. But for now, enjoy the video of Wednesday's petition delivery and the video of Colbert. Both videos are at this link:

Thanks and Peace,

-- James, Gabriel, Clarissa, Andre, Kai, and the rest of the team
July 26th, 2008

P.S. You can listen to Nas's new single "Sly Fox" on the Colbert video at the link above. If you like it and want to buy the full album, it's available here:

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Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Capoeira joins Brazilian heritage list

15/07/2008 - 9h50m
*Da Redação, com informações do Jornal da Manhã e do G1

Iphan vai votar nesta terça-feira (15) pedido de registro. (Foto:

A capoeira pode se tornar patrimônio cultural brasileiro. Nesta terça-feira (15), o Conselho do Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (Iphan) vai se reunir, em Salvador, para votar o pedido de registro da capoeira como próxima manifestação brasileira candidata a patrimônio cultural.

Cerca de vinte grupos baianos de capoeira, junto com outros do Rio de Janeiro e do Recife, devem se apresentar em frente ao Palácio Rio Branco, onde acontece a reunião.

À noite, haverá uma festa no Teatro Castro Alves. Na ocasião, será inaugurada a exposição 'Na Roda da Capoeira', com pinturas, esculturas em barro, instrumentos musicais, xilogravuras e folhetos de cordel que retratam o universo da dança.