Season 4 of @The_Boondocks Returns April 21st But Without Aaron McGruder

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Gaaaasp!

No one saw this coming but Riley, Granddad Freeman, and Huey are back for the highly anticipated Season 4 of “The Boondocks,” this time without the direction of Aaron McGruder; the beloved comic strip and animated series creator. We’re sure many of you were well aware of the shows return but what will a whole new Season without McGruder be like?

The Boondocks series is a cult classic that has grown exponentially since its 1999 debut. Many fans identify with the ‘in your face’ satirical cartoon mainly because of the way it breaks down stereotypes, politics, family matters and countless paradigms within the black community. Followers of the show have been drawn to it because of McGruder’s powerful undertone and messages embedded in socio-political commentary. The Boondocks cartoon may be losing its creators’ voice but we can only hope that the stories continue to stay true to the essence and spirit of Aaron McGruder’s overall message of action and awareness.

Upon the announcement of his departure from the series, McGruder shared his thoughts on the action via Facebook:

As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons.

I created The Boondocks two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much represents my life’s work to this point. Huey, Riley, and Granddad are not just property to me. They are my fictional blood relatives. Nothing is more painful than to leave them behind.

To quote a great white man, “Hollywood is a business”. And to quote another great white man, “Don’t hold grudges”.

What has never been lost on me is the enormous responsibility that came with The Boondocks – particularly the television show and it’s relatively young audience. It was important to offend, but equally important to offend for the right reasons. For three seasons I personally navigated this show through the minefields of controversy. It was not perfect. And it definitely was not quick. But it was always done with a keen sense of duty, history, culture, and love. Anything less would have been simply unacceptable.

As for me, I’m finally putting a life of controversy and troublemaking behind me with my upcoming Adult Swim show, BLACK JESUS.

AM

Source: The Boondocks Facebook page

 

Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) 2014

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Outkast and Calvin Harris will join Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and Skrillex as headliners Aug. 1-3 at Lollapalooza. Lollapalooza is an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip hop bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. Three-day passes (regular and VIP) for the festival sold out in an hour Tuesday. Single-day passes went on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday at those have sold out as well. Platinum tickets ($$$) however, are still available over at lollapalooza.com. For those still looking for tickets like myself, you might want to check out other ticketing sites like stubhub.com.

Lollapalooza is expected to once again reach capacity of 100,000 for each day to see 130 bands and artists perform on eight stages. Here’s each day’s lineup:

Aug. 1: Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Zedd, Above & Beyond, Broken Bells, Interpol, Lykke Li, Phantogram, Chvrches, The Glitch Mob, Portugal the Man, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, AFI, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, the Kooks, Rudimental, Iggy Azalea, Bombay Bicycle Club, Warpaint, Kodaline, Sander Kleinenberg, Lucius, Blood Orange, Perry/Etty vs Joachim Garraud, Jagwar Ma, Temples, Vic Mensa, Francisca Valenzuela, Into It. Over It, Courtney Barnett, San Fermin, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Brillz, Jacob Plant, the So So Glos, Cash Cash, Bebe Rexha, Wallpaper, Dugas, Bagheera, Of Verona, Highly Suspect.

Aug. 2: Outkast, Calvin Harris, Foster the People, Krewella, Nas, Spoon, the Head and the Heart, Chase & Status, Cut Copy, Fitz & the Tantrums, Grouplove, Gramatik, Jenny Lewis, Manchester Orchestra, John Butler Trio, Martin Garrix, Phosphorescent, Duke Dumont, the Temper Trap, Joachim Garraud, Typhoon, Z-Trip, Kate Nash, Vance Joy, Rich Homie Quan, Parquet Courts, Smallpools, Jungle, Wildcat! Wildcat!, Papa, the Districts, heRobust, Royal Blood, Ratking, Meg Myers, Joywave, Desert Noises, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Benjamin Booker, The Last Internationale, Johnnyswim, Charlie Hirsch, Anna Lunoe, Rocky Business.

Aug. 3: Kings of Leon, Skrillex, the Avett Brothers, Sebastian Ingrosso, Childish Gambino, Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant, Chance the Rapper, Flosstradamus, Chromeo, Darkside, The 1975, Rebelution, Glen Hansard, Gesaffelstein, Flume, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Run the Jewels, The Airborne Toxic Event, London Grammar, White Denim, Delta Rae, RAC, GTA, jhene aiko, Kongos, Nonono, Gemini Club, Crizzly, Bomba Estereo, Bleachers, Bear Hands, Kausea, Bronze Radio Return, Lindsay Lowend, Betty Who, Fly Golden Eagle, Crass Mammoth, Cardiknox, Space Capone, Plastic Visions, Oyinda.

Chuck Inglish (@Chuckisdope) featuring Chromeo (@Chromeo)- Legs

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It feels good to know that funk music is making its way back around, and who better to offer up our latest gem than Chuck Inglish. “Legs,” featuring electro-funk duo Chromeo, is the latest single from Chuck’s upcoming Convertibles LP dropping April 8th. His solo debut will include guest features from Sir Michael Rocks, Chance The Rapper, Action Bronson, BJ The Chicago Kid and many more.

4 ways to stay involved after the 2014 National Day of Service

mlkjJanuary 20, 2014 is the US federal holiday dedicated to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy of service. The day provides a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s dream of civic engagement by getting out into their communities and making a difference. MLK Day doesn’t stop on January 20th it is a philosophy of service that should be carried on throughout the year. Here are a few simple ways to put action into play on Dr. Kings’ dream:

 

Volunteer

Support your community by volunteering  at a local soup kitchen; food bank, public library, nursing home, homeless or animal shelter.

Advocate

Let your voice be a tool used for change. You can join several organizations that specialize in advocacy, sign a petition for change via change.org or hand out flyers with useful information. You can even sit on your community or town hall as a volunteer board member.

Organize

Become a leader in your neighborhood and gather support for community forums, town hall meetings, community clean up, feed the homeless initiatives.

Donate

Apart from money; the most valuable thing you can donate is your time. With so many underserved youth out there you can make an impact by signing up to mentor at a boys and girls club or other mentorship programs.

Donating clothing , furniture or your car to goodwill and/or charity orgs.

Sharing your knowledge  through tutoring a child or teaching a class at a local learning center.

Make an impact by sharing resources with women’s shelters and non-profit groups that support the disabled or visually impaired (Columbia lighthouse for the blind). Donating computers and practical items such as desks, chairs and toiletries can always help further initiatives.

Visit AllForGood.org  or the UnitedWay.org to find more opportunities in your area.

These are just a few ideas but if you know of any other ways to stay involved and would like to share; comment below.

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A few facts about MLK National Day of Service:

After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort.  Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative.  It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.  The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”

Information Courtesy of MLK.gov

Mick Jenkins (@MickalasCage)- Martyrs

While you will most likely reference the sample from fellow Chicago artist, Kanye West song “Blood On the Leaves,” Mick Jenkins makes use of Nina Simone’s “Strange Fruit” in a more suitable manner. The Chicago MC takes time out to speak on the confused youth and violence going on in his hometown, and the rappers that propagate the violence. “Martyrs” will appear on Mick’s upcoming project, The Water[s].

Lucki Eck$ (@LuckiECKS197)- Count On Me

Lucki has been on the rise in his city, partly due to several co-signs from Chicago’s tastemakers, but mostly because of how distinctive his sound is. The Chicago teenager puts himself out there without giving up too much, and you can hear it in the music. Listen to” Count on Me” as he offers a different approach to life in Chicago.

Alternative Trap

Check out Alternative Trap, if you haven’t already.