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Power Struggle (MC) Documentary

Yo, brother Nomi aka “Power Struggle” (Beatrock, Odd Jobs, Kill the Vultures). Bro is an educator, musician, and organizer who not only writes about the struggles of working class people and does it with incredible hip hop songs. Nomi is from Minneapolis but he’s been in the Bay for nearly 20 years and a comrade in this work to make art from the heart and simultaneously speak about the struggle for liberation whether it be specifically about Pinays, People of color, the Filipino diaspora, or young men of color. 

Listen to his new LP! Out on Beatrock music!

If you’re in the Bay tomorrow you can catch him performing and listen to his new LP in Frisco!
And if you don’t know him check out this short documentary about him by Eric Tandoc
Dig this? Check out this remix of Dead Prez’s “Hip hop” by Pele Durian Funk

Solidarity w/ Pinxys

Just wanted to make a quick piece to show support for my Pinay, Pinoy, & Pinxy folks in the US and worldwide. Please pay attention to The Philippines and its diaspora because they are fighting against a dictator who is attacking anyone who is an activist for the people and land there.  Follow the organization Malaya Movement , Bayan, and the hashtags #JunkTerrorLaw and #OustDuterte . Read up on what “US Imperialism” means as it relates to this new law Duterte made, the theft of indigenous people’s land, and the constant effort to keep the people from kicking any US puppets out of their country.
Since I was a kid I’ve heard US presidents use freedom, democracy, and justice as reasons for the US invasion, colonization, bombing of, and meddling in other countries. This government (doesn’t matter the color of the politician) will sell you a line of bullshit through the media about how they’re going over to (insert country) to free “them” while overthrowing democratically elected leaders by covert means in the same week. Because the majority of North American people are poor or working class they count on us not researching, reading, or connecting with Americans with ancestry and stories from these countries. But don’t fall for it. 
Activism and wanting people’s control of the land, resources, wealth, and destiny of your home w/o the US’ bloody hands does not equal terrorism. 
Peep this piece from 2017 The Lumad (Indigenous Folks in Philippines) 

Kindred Journey 3-Willy Santos

Can’t remember the first time I heard Willy’s name and i’m no skate expert. But I always remember him being around. Riding. I remember hearing his name. Willy was born in the Philippines in 1975. He moved to the US with his family in the early ’80s. When he got to the US he was inspired by some local guys in San Diego to start skating at the age of 10 or 11. By 15, he was a professional skater being sponsored by companies who made skate decks, wheels, shoes, etc. He began to skate with Tony Hawk’s company Birdhouse and has been with them for two decades. Willy also owns several skate shops in San Diego called Willy’s Workshop. Willy is not only a huge inspiration for young Filipino Americans and all kids here in the states, but he also goes back to the Philippines often to support the emerging skating culture there.

Sources: HBO-East of Main St series (video, Wikipedia,