Whether serving as the multimillionaire cofounder of Def Jam Records, shouting down injustice at Occupy Wall Street, or stumping for the President of the Unites States of America, Russell Simmons -- the rap legend, media mogul, and dedicated vegan -- never stops reppin' the people.
That's why we he ... More >>
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He may have come from the bottom of bottom to the Top of the Pops. But the hustler named Shawn Carter doesn't back blind classicism for the sake of tax-bracket rage, son.
Jay-Z has a nasty history w ... More >>
The annual Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index is out, and Cuba continues to have the least freedom of the press in our part of the globe. No other country in the Americas even comes close to Cuba's lowly ranking. Meanwhile, the United States fell 27 places in the rankings in a worrisom ... More >>
You can say Max Rameau is a social activist trendsetter. Long before the Occupy Wall Street movement was
even an idea, Rameau was leading the charge for the disenfranchised
99 percent with his Take Back The Land organization. Five years ago,
Rameau came up with the brilliant idea of organizing dozen ... More >>
Where will the one percent be this week? Glugging down free champagne and writing checks for million dollar art works during Art Basel Miami Beach, of course. Naturally, rumors of the 99 percenters staging an Occupy Wall Street related protest at the ritzy art fair are swirling, and ABMB is so co ... More >>
When disco-pop dude Penguin Prison isn't dancing or doin' time, he's apparently waddling over to Occupy Wall Street to shoot music videos, shout down the bankers, and express solidarity with the Ninety-Nine Percent.
His new vid is called "Don't Fuck With My Money." And just like Mr. Penguin, we ... More >>
For years, someone calling himself "The Weedmanhippy" has been wedging cryptic, self-promoting fliers into the front of New Times boxes across Miami Beach. At first, we were kind of annoyed. Then, earlier this week, we finally gave in and called him.The Weedmanhippy is actually Billy Blank: part ... More >>
Michael Moore closed out the 28th edition of the Miami Book Fair last night with a standing-room-only discussion promoting his new book Here Comes Trouble. The book is a collection of non-fiction stories and anecdotes from the filmmakers life. The event started 30 minutes late. The crowd wa ... More >>
Last night, the official Facebook for Occupy Miami -- the Dade County wing of the international, autonomous financial reform protest movement, Occupy Wall Street -- shouted out superlefty MC Immortal Technique (AKA Felipes Andres Coronel) for giving them props while performing at Grand Central.
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Primary FlightA graffiti artist's effigy of a banker hanging alongside Miami's I-95 has struck a global chord. Since we first reported on the suit-and-tie (and head-covering sack) wearing mannequin that guerrilla artist Above hung to complement his Occupy Miami-themed 255-foot-long mural reading ... More >>
photo by Liz TracyPolice and protesters have been on the same page in Miami so far.In Oakland last week, police at an Occupy protest shot a military vet in the head with a rubber bullet, landing him in critical condition; other video showed officers lobbing dangerous flash bombs into peaceful cro ... More >>
TwitpicDon't expect these guys at Occupy Miami.Occupy Wall Street has been swarming with acoustic appearances by musicians like Tom Morello, Talib Kweli, and Jeff Mangum. But Occupy Miami still hasn't drawn in Pitbull or Gloria Estefan. Guess that's no big surprise.
As the Occupiers round out a sec ... More >>
At the heart of the Occupy Wall Street movement is disgust over the well-documented increase of income inequality in America over the past few decades and the slow disappearance of a robust middle class. While New York City is certainly an apt place for the center of those protests, Miami certain ... More >>
Lee KleinAttending a wine tasting is supposed to be fun, a social means of sharing sips, spits, and thoughtful conversation. But for those who don't know the difference between a Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio, the experience can be one of self-consciousness and apprehension about coming across as g ... More >>
Adam Hasner is banking heavily on Tea Party support in his quest to secure the Republican nomination to take on Bill Nelson in 2012, but in a fundraising letter today he unleashed a very angry rant against another group of political protesters. Hasner pulled no punches in attacking, and in many c ... More >>
We're on the fence about flutes.Yesterday, we wandered around the Government Center in Downtown Miami-- site of the Occupy Miami tent-camp-- and found ourselves, well, a bit underwhelmed by the protest scene.
By now, Occupy Wall Street and Occuoy Miami protesters must know that their critics ... More >>
via YouTubeJust ask those French malcontents belting out "La Marseillaise" after they stormed the Bastille -- it ain't a real revolution until you've got good song to rally the masses.Enter local rapper La Guardia, who picked up a mic a few weeks back after catching video of the Occupy Wall Stree ... More >>
Even though the Occupy Wall Street movement entering its second month, and similar protests popping up around the globe, most politicians are remaining mum. Those of the Republican variety, in most cases, have been pretty flippant. Take Herman Cain's "if you don't have a job and you're not rich, bla ... More >>
Even if Tunde Adebimpe has never been a household name, TV on the Radio, the band he formed with David Sitek in 2001, has persevered and thrived longer than many of their more conventional brethren. By putting out one fully realized musical art project after another, the New York group kept criti ... More >>
The Occupy Wall Street movement hit Florida in full force this week, with protests taking place from big cities like Miami to one-percenter retirement meccas like Naples. Naturally, college town Gainesville got in on the action, and held a demonstration in Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Bo Diddley's ... More >>
This is what democracy looks like. Thanks to unbelievable unemployment rates, two U.S. wars that went nowhere good, and about a million other awful current American realities, what was once comfortable enough has become unbearable.Economic inequality and the corporate influence over governmental ... More >>
Miami-native and SNL alum turned Tea Party sideshow attraction (and Riptide semi-obsession) Victoria Jackson decided to hit up the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City. Armed with a cheap digital camera, she decided to talk to the protesters about our Marxist president and capitalist Jesu ... More >>
Luther "Luke" Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the
U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he
wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke assesses the Occupy
movement sweeping New York, Miami, and other American cities.The tens of
thousands of proteste ... More >>
They came. They saw. They arranged to convene at a later date.Ar-Miami-geddon didn't happen, but more than a hundred "Occupy Miami" protesters did meet on Saturday in Bayfront Park downtown. They agreed to gather again this Saturday to plan a camp-out beginning on October 15.With 700 protesters a ... More >>