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Nineteen-year-old Temi Mwale lost a friend to youth violence when she was only 16. 

A year later, she set up Get Outta the Gang, which aims to tackle gang violence in London. But, she has come to realise, there are widespread misconceptions about what gangs are, who joins them, and why.


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When the VMA 2015 nominations were announced on Tuesday 21 July, we figured we already knew the results. Sure, Taylor Swift would need to accessorise her designer dress with one of those shopping bags on wheels to cart about all of her awards, and of course Ed Sheeran would rack up two or three (or four, or five, or six) nominations for himself, too. And obviously Nicki Minaj - whose video for Anaconda broke the VEVO record for the most views in 24 hours when 19.6 million people watched it in the space of a day - was a dead cert too.

But despite the video's undeniable impact, Anaconda was only nominated for two awards - Best Female Video and Best Hip Hop Video - missing out on the Best Music Video of the Year category. And Nicki's collaboration with Beyonce, Feeling Myself, didn't make the cut at all.

Of course, this is 2015, so Nicki took to Twitter to question MTV's judging process. 'Hey guys @MTV thank you for my nominations. Did Feeling Myself miss the deadline or...?,' she tweeted, before adding: 'If I was a different "kind" of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well...If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.'
And the depressing thing is, she's not wrong. She's not being a sore loser, and she's not making a fuss about nothing. Because whatever you think of Nicki, or of her music videos, there's no denying the fact that racism is still rife within the music industry (and the rest of society).

To put it simply: When Britney Spears got naked and covered herself in sequins for Toxic, she was nominated for Best Music Video. When Emily Ratajkowski got naked next to Robin Thicke in Blurred Lines, he was nominated for Best Music Video. When Miley Cyrus stripped off and broke a million health and safety rules by riding a piece of construction equipment, she wasn't just nominated for Best Music Video of the Year - she won it. All of the above videos have been controversial, but they were acknowledged by the industry for their impact nevertheless.

But as soon as Nicki Minaj - whose black body deviates from Caucasian beauty standards - dares to own her own culture and dance in a similarly provocative fashion, it's glossed over and relegated to sideline categories of 'female' and 'hip hop'. Meanwhile, white artists who adopt black culture as their own continue to reap professional awards. And it's time to stop pretending that that's OK.
After all, at the 2015 Grammy Awards, every singer nominated for Best New Artist or Record Of The Year was white. Similarly, music companies such as Pandora, Live Nation, Apple, Spotify, AEG, Warner Music Group, SXSW, Clear Channel Communications, and Universal Music Group are all lead by teams of predominantly white executives. And for an art form that's supposed to be breaking down barriers rather than building them up, that doesn't seem good enough, does it?

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The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There’s no getting over that
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Don’t put your eyes down
You’re not to blame
I know there are stories 
You can’t explain
But if I should find you black and blue
And aching from crying, I’ll wait with you

Grow, grow
Oh, so you know it all
Then it’s gone
Grow, grow
You know I’m here holding on
Tying up your loose ends
And you’re drifting esteem
Grow, grow
If you never try, you’ll never know

I’ve left you a white page by the door
There’s no need to ask me what it’s for
I wait by the front step for your return
And hear every story of what you’ve learned

Oh, so you know it all
Then it’s gone
Grow, grow
You know I’m here holding on
Tying up your loose ends
And you’re drifting esteem
Grow, grow
If you never try, you’ll never know
Grow, grow
Grow, grow

Throw your arms and grow your heart out
Throw your arms and grow your heart out
Throw your arms and grow your heart out
Grow, grow
Grow, grow
And don’t put your eyes down 

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One morning while reading a newspaper, Jarbas Agnelli saw a photograph of birds on an electric wire. He cut out the photo and was inspired to make a song using the exact location of the birds as musical notes. He was curious to hear what melody the birds created.

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Everybody desires love and yet many are not invested in giving it. They blame their parents, childhood trauma all sort of devices used to prevent them from feeling vulnerable. How sad is that? In order to attract, choose and experience love you have to be completely invested in giving the best of who you are. We're not saying you have to be a fool if you have good self esteem you will be able to estimate if someone has the kind of love for you can accept. You deserve love be brave enough to give it.

We've written 'Homemade Jams' exclusively for our guests on YouTube to add to their playlists. We figured we all need 'rebooting' so these songs are written to begin the healing process. Play them when you need a lift or simply to attract new good friends and we're sure amongst your new finds you will attract new love. To activate love be loving. It really is that simple.

Motel168 Music creates and promotes conscious music written with the intention to help heal, soothe and attract the best vibrations to their listeners.They believe that we are partly made up spiritually by energy and 'will' and that your intentions and consciousness can be rebooted with loving sonic affirmations and mindful self love choices made by you. It is their intention to foster healing and self love in your life, but it will be your faith that activates it. Choose you.

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The brain is protected by formidable defenses. In addition to the skull, the cells that make up the blood-brain barrier keep pathogens and toxic substances from reaching the central nervous system. The protection is a boon, except when we need to deliver drugs to treat illnesses. Now researchers are testing a way to penetrate these bastions: sound waves.

Kullervo Hynynen, a medical physicist at Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto, and a team of physicians are trying out a technique that involves giving patients a drug followed by an injection of microscopic gas-filled bubbles. Next patients don a cap that directs sound waves to specific brain locations, an approach called high-intensity focused ultrasound. The waves cause the bubbles to vibrate, temporarily forcing apart the cells of the blood-brain barrier and allowing the medication to infiltrate the brain. Hynynen and his colleagues are currently testing whether they can use the method to deliver chemotherapy to patients with brain tumors. They and other groups are planning similar trials for patients with other brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease.

Physicians are also considering high-intensity focused ultrasound as an alternative to brain surgery. Patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and dystonia are increasingly being treated with implanted electrodes, which can interrupt problematic brain activity. A team at the University of Virginia hopes to use focused ultrasound to deliver thermal lesions deep into the brain without having patients go under the knife.

“Using ultrasound to make lesions in the body is not a new concept; however, it's been limited for the brain because of the contours, density and thickness of the skull,” says neurologist and study investigator Binit Shah. The new technique overcomes that hurdle by training more than 1,000 beams onto a target area. Shah and his colleagues' pilot study of patients with essential tremor—a common, usually benign condition of rhythmic shaking—was published in the New England Journal of Medicine last year and found that ultrasonic lesioning of part of the thalamus decreased tremor. The group is expanding the trial and launching other pilot studies to explore several symptoms of Parkinson's.
The benefits of focused ultrasound might extend well beyond restoring mobility and delivering drugs. Other groups are exploring its use in treating neuropathic pain and obsessive-compulsive disorder, too.

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Why must we accept the casual racism in pop videos?

Ikamara Larasi

Parenting website Netmums published a survey last week that highlighted huge concern over young children viewing – and perhaps imitating – moves in music videos. A predictable debate ensued: paternalistic/moralistic comment on one side and, on the other, those who'd have us calm down and just turn it off. But music videos are not simply throwing more flesh at us, but loads of layered messages. Chief among these are narratives around race, which go largely unremarked on by the mainstream media. Why?
There's a huge debate going on about "sexualisation", but it is narrowly focused on explicit portrayals of sexuality in videos aimed at a young market. But what about race in these videos? When do we look at who is centre stage? And anyway, women – of any background – do it to themselves, right? And sexualisation is mainly hip-hop, isn't it? Miley Cyrus – she used to be a sweet girl, now she's restyled as a caricature of black culture (and surrounded herself with some faceless black women dancers for extra cred), so she's "adult" now.

There's a view that hip-hop "culture" alone is ultra-misogynistic, while other genres remain unexamined. It's somehow exceptional when a man such as Robin Thicke makes an extremely misogynistic video. And the way black women are sexualised? Well, they are only in hip-hop videos anyway and most rappers are black men. Therefore it's black men sexualising black women. Case closed.
I am a black woman, aged 24. There are many myths about young people, women and black people. What do you already know about me? I must be from somewhere else other than east London and perhaps I should text "home" to 78070. I'm carefully managing my urge to twerk all the time, I probably smoke, come from a "broken home" and it's likely I'm homophobic. I probably know criminals, if I'm not one myself.

These assumptions are racist, as is the use of black women and men in some music videos as motifs for deeply regressive ideas about race, class and crime. Videos are not without impact. Those who commission, produce, style and direct them should step up. These people are typically not young, black or female. (Which is why Imkaan is part of Rewind &Reframe, a group challenging the content of music videos.)
While it may be convenient to think that hip-hop, Rihanna or Miley Cyrus are the cause of society's ills, this creates a false sense of security. It assumes that without these influences, we would be fine. Writer Reni Eddo-Lodge is not alone in wondering if the conversations about women in pop move beyond a binary of agency or exploitation. Why is it that conversations about Miley Cyrus and Rihanna are so different? Why is it OK to say that Rihanna's on-stage fashion sense invites rape at worst, disrespect at least, or to use images of her bruised face to make a point? As Linnea Dunne usefully points out, Rihanna grew up in this world, too, shaped by the very structures that made her dress sense a public concern in the first place.

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Indiana police shut down a “Stop the Violence” fundraiser Saturday night. Why? They said that the “hologram” of controversial hip-hop artist Chief Keef constituted a “threat.”
Chief Keef appeared briefly Saturday night by hologram at a hip-hop concert in Hammond, Indiana, before police shut the concert down and cleared the venue.
Keef appeared even after a concert promoter assured police that Keef would not be showing up in any format. Earlier in the night, Keef’s Twitter account said the hologram appearance would be at a music venue on the North Side of Chicago, which was false.
The controversial rapper appeared by hologram on stage about 10:15 p.m. Saturday at the hip-hop event, Craze Fest, at the Pavilion at Wolf Lake in Hammond, but his song didn’t last for long. Police cut the power, which they vowed to do, if Keef appeared.
Hammond Police Lt. Patrick Vicari expressed his displeasure at the concert promoters.
“Even though I was told no Chief Keef by the promoters, they tried it anyway, so we shut it down. We turned the power off, we’re closing the park down,” Vicari said.
After the shutdown, Keef posted a video on his Instagram account, appearing to show a police officer telling a concertgoer to leave.
“I’d spit hundreds on his broke a–……” according to a comment posted on the video under Keef’s name. Keef’s concert was a part of an effort to raise money for two victims of violence in Chicago.
In an emailed statement from wealthy businessman Alki David, the backer of the Chief Keef benefit concert, David wrote: “Shame on the mayor and police chief of Hammond for shutting down a voice that can create positive change in a community in desperate need. And for taking away money that could have gone to help the victims’ families. This was a legal event and there was no justification to shut it down besides your glaring disregard for the First Amendment right to free speech. You’ve clearly been bullied by the proud mayor of the Murder Capitol of the U.S., Rahm Emanuel. Mark my words if you censor us you only make us stronger. Plus we’ll be back to sue your a—-.”
Earlier Saturday, Devon Bonaparte, a promoter with Capital Connect that was behind Craze Fest, told the Sun-Times that Keef was not appearing in any fashion at the Hammond event.
The event was supposed to have a special surprise guest, but Bonaparte said categorically it was not going to be Keef.
Bonaparte said after the concert: “I told everybody that [Chief Keef wasn’t performing] because at first we weren’t going to do it. After we talked to the cops, we thought maybe we wouldn’t do it. But at the end of the night, we just thought, hey, let go for it…”
Confusion had reigned earlier Saturday on where Keef would appear for the fundraising concert.
Just before 6 p.m. Saturday, the rapper’s Twitter account announced the concert would be at Lincoln Hall, but that North Side venue shot that down in its own Twitter post, saying the hologram concert wasn’t happening there.
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Everybody desires love and yet many are not invested in giving it. They blame their parents, childhood trauma all sort of devices used to prevent them from feeling vulnerable. How sad is that? In order to attract, choose and experience love you have to be completely invested in giving the best of who you are. We're not saying you have to be a fool if you have good self esteem you will be able to estimate if someone has the kind of love for you can accept. You deserve love be brave enough to give it.

We've written 'Homemade Jams' exclusively for our guests on YouTube to add to their playlists. We figured we all need 'rebooting' so these songs are written to begin the healing process. Play them when you need a lift or simply to attract new good friends and we're sure amongst your new finds you will attract new love. To activate love be loving. It really is that simple.

Motel168 Music creates and promotes conscious music written with the intention to help heal, soothe and attract the best vibrations to their listeners.They believe that we are partly made up spiritually by energy and 'will' and that your intentions and consciousness can be rebooted with loving sonic affirmations and mindful self love choices made by you. It is their intention to foster healing and self love in your life, but it will be your faith that activates it. Choose you.

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How many times has a song changed you? How many times have we put on a favourite CD and instantly it altered our mood, brought clarity, cleared the energetic vibes in the room, made us cry, made us burst into song?

As pure vibrations, music has always been, and always will be a powerful source of energy, but how is music adapting to the world we live in today? How is the humble song providing something good for the human spirit in these times? The answer lies in the other half of a song…  the lyrics.

There’s a breed of musicians and songwriters out there who are pioneering the “conscious music movement”. These artists are asking the big questions about life, death, spirituality, humanity and the universe, and are responding to what’s happening in our world currently. 

Throughout the last century there have been many songwriters who have put their spiritual wisdom in their lyrics (John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Cat Stevens,India Irie for example), but not until now has there been such a big push or need for music and songs to ‘step up’ and be more accountable for what goes out to listeners.

We see the “conscious music movement” like another form of alternative healing. Imagine songs that are like reading a book from Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Osho or the Dalai Lama, but the spiritually inspired lyrics in the songs are bathed in music, with great melodies, verses and choruses and live performance as well!

Can you imagine if radio stations across the world played at least 50% positive music/affirmation? As more and more people engage with songs from the “conscious music movement” I’m sure there will be a global decrease in people’s stress levels, anxiety, confusion, violence on each other and the planet… and there will be an increase in people’s general happiness, emotional and spiritual clarity, quality of life and well being.

Living in harmony with nature is what Mother Nature always intended. Living peacefully with others is what the Universe has always wanted for us too. It's never too late to start. One small conscious effort at a time is all you need to begin the journey of inner and outer change There are so many songs written about promoted that are born out of or herald frustration and hate. These are always the easiest to write because this is the domain of the human ego. The place where pain and hate live easily. To consciously write music that is spirited and heals is hard because it is often instigated by the ego. There are plenty of songwriters who admit that their songs just came to them in a flash. This we believe is divine intervention. The spiritual truth the Universe want s you to hear. The sonic comforter that is always placed in every generations lives to bring them peace and vibration complicity.

If you hear anything negative in your music do not believe it. It’s just someone else ego massaging yours. Remember misery loves company.