1. MUCK- "My City" Official Music Video

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    Hailing from the capital of the Nordic island of Iceland, comes a vibrant breath of fresh air in the form of experimental indie-punk influenced hardcore act MUCK! Watch the music video for their single "My City" from their upcoming new album "Your Joyous Future" out February 24, 2015 via Prosthetic Records! Pre-order's available now on CD or LP at http://prostheticrecords.com/muck *"My City" was shot and edited by Hilmir Berg Ragnarsson and Anní Ólafsdóttir*

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    • "Scattered Populations" Taste of Polonia

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      You can travel the world without leaving Chicago. So this weekend I traveled northwest to the Jefferson Park community area for the Taste of Polonia. The tickets were $7.00 at the gate, that's not a bad price to learn something new. The word Polonia is the proper term for scattered populations of Polish descent. The festival was held on the grounds of the Copernicus Center, named after Nicolaus Copernicus, a Polish mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the sun, rather than the earth, at its center. The Solidarity Tower, erected atop of Copernicus Center, resembles the historic Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland. The sponsorship was visible as I walked in. The Taste of Polonia had support from brands like Tyskie, one of the best selling brands of beer in Poland. It didn't taste bad to me, but I have an appetite for adventure, so what do I know. Another sponsor was Polski FM Radio, an ethnic radio station that serves the Chicagoland area. Did you know that Chicago has ethnic radio? 1450 AM (WCEV) is an acronym for We're Chicago's Ethnic Voice; the station's purpose is to provide quality broadcast service to the varied ethnic communities of Chicagoland. Good info to know, right! Although I was the only person of African descent that I noticed, I didn't feel uncomfortable until I purchased a Polish flag hat and wore it. This brought on the jokes. I met a few Chicagoans with deep Polish accents. Jokingly they asked, "Are you Polish?" I shared Tyskie beer and ate a few Pierogis with my Polish brothers. A Pierogi tastes like a dumpling filled with cheese and ground beef. While walking around meeting people, I ran into the 45th Ward Alderman John Arena. We spoke briefly about the history of the Taste of Polonia and the demographics of the 45th Ward. Alderman Arena is a member of the Progressive Reform Coalition of the Chicago City Council. The PRC is dedicated to creating a more just and equal Chicago, combating all forms of discrimination, and advancing public policies that offer genuine opportunity to all Chicagoans, especially those who have been left out of our society's prosperity. Chicago is a City of Nations. My Ventra pass is my passport. I'm trying to learn something new.

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      • African Festival

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        The African Fest took me to Washington Park, located at 53rd and Cottage Grove. Tickets to the African Fest could be bought at all Chicago Walgreens locations for $10.00. Tickets at the door were $20.00. I didn't see a big African Fest Sign at the entrance, though, which made me think that the proceeds from the African Fest weren't really going to a community group or block club organization, but an organization that's established enough to partner with Walgreens. The African Fest started off with a lot of rain. However, it only lasted for five minutes and after that, the weather was beautiful. As I walked in, I met a Jamaican vendor who told me that the African Fest was not only for Africans, but it was also for Caribbeans, West Indies, Trinidadians, and Jamaicans. This was similar to what I heard last week at the Cuban Fest, where I met a lot of Puerto Rican and Mexican residents. Diversity is real in Chicago. You can travel the world without leaving Chicago. I came to the African Fest with a few predetermined questions. I wanted to know if there was an undercover beef brewing between Africans and African Americans. One group of people came to the U.S. as slaves and oppressed, and another group of people came to the U.S. in search of better opportunities. I wanted to know if this led to different perspectives and was the cause of a tension that's so taboo nobody mentioned it. I talked to Mohammed from ______________, who told me we are all brothers and share the same blood. He said that if there was any disconnect, it's frivolous at best. I talked to another African guy who told me he was from the west coast of Africa, and I realized how ignorant I was about African geography. He told me that nobody from Africa says they're from Africa. They say their from specific sides or they name their country affiliation. That reminded me of Chicagoans who define themselves as being from the north side, south side, west side, instead of being from a greater whole. After all that tough talk, I decided to grab a drink so I had a ginger beer, a drink many Africans enjoy. I thought it was an alcoholic beverage because it had beer in its name name, but it really tasted like ginger root and selsa water. I also met Peter Goana, a guy who makes bow ties out of recycled material. These bow ties are fantastic looking, and I almost didn't want to share them with you guys, but I hope you enjoy his clothing. I'm all about supporting Chicagoans. Peter is a graduate of Columbia University, downtown Chicago. You gotta see his ties. Visit reformed-school.com The art work at the African Fest was amazing. Here's a tip, though, Chicago, get a square app to sell your merchandise. I'm actually glad a few vendors didn't have a square app, because I'd be broke.

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        • A "Wise Guy" Festa Italiana

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          My favorite part of the day was meeting this wise Sacilian guy. I could barely pronounce his name, but we immediately connected on a human level. He told me that "People Touch People," and he appreciated the MBMHMC movement. When talking about root causes and solutions to violence in Chicago, he told me, "I'm Sacilian, so I know." I actually didn't know what he meant, but he said it with such empathy that I went home and did some research on Sacilian history. It turns out, Sicilians do have black ancestry, they do not look black like me, but they clearly are distinguishable from other whiter Europeans. From a historical perspective, the first wave of Africans to enter into Italy were those led by Hannibal and Jugartha from North Africa. They invaded Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, etc. Like all wars back then, rape was common, so many people from Portugal, Spain, South Italy and South France have black ancestry. My research suggests that even until this day Southern Italians are looked down upon by their northern counterparts for this reason. Maybe this is why the Sacilian guy said he "KNOWS," and understands the problem, as it relates to segregation and oppression. See, I don't mean wise guy as in "official gangster." I mean, this Sicilian guy was "wise." Having experience, knowledge or showing good judgement.

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          • Project Hood Interview in Euclid Park

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            Toure Richards, team lead of "Brothers on the Block" an initiative created by Pastor Corey Brooks, whose goal is to put 5,000 men on hundreds of the city’s most violent blocks every Friday night during the summer. The volunteers that walk serve as mentors and role models to young people in the neighborhood. I walked up the block with them and then went on to play ball.

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            • Euclid Park Teens Argue

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              I overheard an argument escalating, so I decided to moderate. These two guys were going at each other pretty hard, but the topic is something you have to hear.

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              • "Cultural Vanity" Wicker Park

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                Week Six! Wow, we're halfway through the 12Parks in 12Weeks Tour. Thanks for riding with me. This week, I visited Wicker Park in the West Town Community Area of Chicago. What I saw was a neighborhood that's free from the Cultural Vanity that plagues many Chicago communities. People of all ethnicities were gathered together with a common human purpose: To Live. Diversity of culture breeds diversity of thought, which has been proven in many port cities all across the world. Don't get me wrong, or do, I believe heritage has a bearing on who we are and what we think is important. But some people have an interest in preserving their community’s culture in purity, almost like an insect preserved in amber. This mindset limits and restricts our opportunities, possibilities, and world views to our immediate vicinity. The12Parks in 12Weeks Tour is about encouraging Chicagoans to explore beyond their communities. Immerse yourself in new cultures, new perspectives, and new ideas. Stop focusing on the magnitude of economic disparity between communities. Enough of all the platitudes, I came to Wicker Park to play ball. The most rejection I got all day was from shooting on the double-rimmed hoops. These rims should be illegal. The ball had to be shot perfectly to go in, and dunking was abusive to my hands. The basketball court could also use a new irrigation system. The court was mostly free from water, but to get on the court, you had to jump over a pool of water. Everybody hustled hard to keep the ball from going into the water. It wasn’t just the ball—I also didn't want to get my Fire Red Jordan Melo M10 sneaks all muddy. I guess I'm a bit spoiled after playing last week at the Seward Park Basketball Courts in the Cabrini Green Projects. Right on cue with environmental issues, Green Living took center-stage at the 6th annual Wicker Park Green Music Fest. This environmentally-conscious Chicago summer festival sets itself apart from others by mixing great bands with eco-minded vendors. They took Green to a whole new meaning with a 'petal-powered' stage. This green alternative is a powerful natural energy source provided by cyclists. Eight stationary bikes, plugged into a generator, were the energy source for all of the main stage's amps, guitars, spotlights and more. The faster people pedaled, the more energy they created for the music. I took some time to pass out a few MBMHMC T-Shirts and talk about My Block, My Hood, My City. It's all about spreading the word and telling people to step outside of their comfort zones. Look beyond your community and experience different cultures, languages, perspectives, and ideas. Once we do this, we’ll no longer see ourselves as part of 77 different communities but part of one Chicago.

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                • Chicago Bike Polo Garfield Park

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                  Jahmal Cole interviews members of Chicago Bike Polo Team at Garfield Park. My Block, My Hood, My City

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                  • Street Hockey Coach Perry at Garfield Park

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                    Jahmal Cole Interviews Coach Perry (Street Hockey Coach) at Garfield Park. They talk about overcoming the barriers of entry into the sport of hockey. Coach Perry is able to serve kdis because of the generous donations from the Illinois State Legislative Black Caucus.

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                    • "So Fresh Saturdays" Lindblom Park

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                      Jahmal Cole interviews Ay-Sha Butler, President of (R.A.G.E.) Resident Association of Greater Englewood. This interview takes place at Lindoblom Park, the 9th stop on Jahmal's 12 Parks in 12 Weeks Tour. My Block, My Hood, My City.

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