The NYPD Needs Legitimacy Concert @ MSG

We are working on Kanye West headlining at Madison Square Garden at The NYPD Needs Legitimacy Concert. This concert will be featured in a documentary addressing inequity called I Could Be….
About 10 years ago we produced a local television show called Live From VA and we interviewed Kanye West three times. We have some great stories behind those interviews. Links to two of those interviews are below.
Kanye West with Diamond Black

Kanye West with Diamond Black: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_n6uNhwoPY

Is focusing on Black culture especially Black music the way forward?

Madison Square Garden

The NYPD Needs Legitimacy Concert
At Madison Square Garden

When the law is applied in the absence of legitimacy, it does not produce obedience. It produces the opposite. It leads to backlash.

Joanne Jaffe

Kids playing football with then NYPD Housing Bureau Chief Joanne Jaffe [now Community Affairs Bureau Chief] at PSA 6’s National Night Out event at the Grant Houses in Harlem.

While watching Steve Stoute’s The Tanning of AmericaI recalled a story done by WNYC’s Soundcheck “There Were No Black Artists With Number One Singles in 2013.” Then I thought…
Is Steve Stoute celebrating the fact that Black culture is great except for the Black people?

WTF Happened to Black Music?

Hip Hop rich

We will be addressing the fact that the standard research techniques of corporate America are cheating us of many great experiences. Malcolm Gladwell describes this as the “Kenna problem:”

If I ask you why you think what you think, can I trust your answer?

This process [standard market research] is fundamentally flawed. It is completely screwed. We totally overrate the significance of what we find out when we go through this kind of formal process and the consequence of that overreliance on this system is that we are cheating ourselves of all kinds of wonderful experiences that we would otherwise have [such as Kenna].

About 10 years ago, I developed a local entertainment television show called Live From VA that interviewed such guests as: Academy Award winner Mo’NiqueRussell Simmons & Rev RunKanye WestPharell Willams & Chad Hugo (the Neptunes), and Katt Williams. The underlying idea for the television show was to develop a tech company based on the strengths of African-Americans, for example music. Considering the recent $3 billion sale of Beats By Dr. Dre to Apple, maybe there is something to this basic philosophy.
Chad Hugo & Pharrell Williams Live From VA.

Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams doing a plug for Live From VA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtdSeiIgsTE

With the help of Skymind, we will be using deep learning techniques for developing music artists. From the Wired article, “The Mission to Bring Google’s AI to the Rest of the World:”

[D]eep learning… seeks to remake computing by more closely mimicking the way the human brain processes information, giving machines more power to “learn” as time goes on.

The technology has so much promise, it has sparked a kind of arms race among the giants of tech. Google and Facebook recently hired the two academics who originally laid out the concepts behind deep learning, and earlier this month, Chinese search giant Baidu followed suit when it snapped up another academic at the heart of the movement. But Adam Gibson, an independent software engineer based in San Francisco, doesn’t want this new technology locked inside the biggest names on the net. He believes deep learning techniques should be available to any website, company, or developer interested in using them. And that’s why he’s launching a new startup called Skymind.

Ed Burns

It’s not a war on drugs. Don’t ever think it’s a war on drugs. It’s a war on the Blacks. It started as a war on the Blacks, it’s now spread to Hispanics and poor Whites. But initially it was a war on Blacks. And it was designed basically to take that energy that was coming out of the Civil Rights Movement and destroy it.
~ Ed Burns
Co-creator of “The Wire”

HSBC

Bank of AmericaWestern Union, and JP Morgan, are among the institutions allegedly involved in the drug trade. Meanwhile, HSBC has admitted its laundering role, and evaded criminal prosecution by paying a fine of almost $2 billion. The lack of imprisonment of any bankers involved is indicative of the hypocritical nature of the drug war; an individual selling a few grams of drugs can face decades in prison, while a group of people that tacitly allow — and profit from — the trade of tons, escape incarceration.
Corporate crime inflicts far more damage on society than all street crime combined.Whether in bodies or injuries or dollars lost, corporate crime and violence wins by a landslide.
The FBI estimates, for example, that burglary and robbery – street crimes – costs the nation $3.8 billion a year.
The losses from a handful of major corporate frauds – Tyco, Adelphia, Worldcom, Enron – swamp the losses from all street robberies and burglaries combined.
Health care fraud alone costs Americans $100 billion to $400 billion a year.
I Could Be...
And if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday.
~ Isaiah 58:10
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