Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is questioning how celebrities are getting away with blatantly perpetuating anti-Semitism more and more these days, especially in light of the larger-than-ever exposure of the Black Lives Matter movement. In a new column for The Hollywood Reporter, the NBA legend points out the lack of outrage toward celebrities for spewing anti-Semitic views, despite the growing support for BLM and the fight against systemic racism. In the piece, which dropped just hours before Nick Cannon was fired by Viacom on Tuesday (July 14th) for allegedly expressing anti-Semitic remarks during his rant about white people, Kareem expresses his fear that the lack of explicit outrage towards this anti-Semitism “in the face of sustained prejudice” will cause what he calls an “Apatholypse”—”apathy to all forms of social justice.”
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He goes on to call out certain celebrities by name for their recent anti-Semitic tirades, including Ice Cube, who went on a bizarre Twitter spree last month in which he tweeted a number of “creepy symbols and images,” that “implied that Jews were responsible for the oppression of” Black people. Kareem also condemned NFL player DeSean Jackson for aligning himself with a quote incorrectly attributed to Hitler, that claimed that Jews had a plan to “extort America” and achieve “world domination.” Kareem mentions that former NBA player, Stephen Jackson, an activist and close friend of the late George Floyd, co-signed this horrific quote, although both he and DeSean have since apologized.
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“It’s so disheartening to see people from groups that have been violently marginalized do the same thing to others without realizing that perpetuating this kind of bad logic is what perpetuates racism,” Kareem notes. He also points out that comedian Chelsea Handler, a Jewish woman herself, joined in on the anti-Semitic sentiments—albeit seemingly by accident—by posting a video in support of “notorious homophobe and anti-Semite” Louis Farrakhan on Instagram.
“While it’s possible the words were wrong, celebrities have a responsibility to get the words right,” Kareem insists. “It’s not enough to have good intentions, because it’s the actual deeds — and words — which have the real impact.” He goes on to quote MLK as well as Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” before concluding with, “If we’re going to be outraged by injustice, let’s be outraged by injustice against anyone.”
Massive Festival Garden Of Eden Announces Huge Ticket Giveaway With Astounding Star Artist
Garden of Eden is coming to California in the high deserts of Adelanto at the Adelanto Stadium & event center on September 30th.
But it doesn’t end there,an oasis of music and merriment is set to rise from the star artists of the Garden Of Eden Festival, subgenres, dance and EDM with vip experiences for every enthusiast.
Spanning four expansive stages, the festival showcases the likes of renowned artists including the thrilling ETC! ETC!, the pulsating Teddy Killerz, dynamic Murdock, and, of course, crowd-pleasers such as Blaqout, High Zombie, Mista J, and the ever-electrifying Adil C. Accompanied by notorieties such as Sage Sam, Sawyer Sharbino, and Alexander James Rodriguez.
Evoking visions of mythical gardens, serpentine mysteries, and tempting apples, the festival beckons attendees into an enchanting world of sound and sensation.
Garden of Eden Festival multiple stages confirmed –
Mainstage – The Tree of Life Stage
Stage 2 – The Forbidden Fruit Stage
Stage 3 – The Genesis Stage
Stage 4 – The Inferno Stage
Beyond the beats, a curated selection of vendors awaits, offering everything from delectable bites to festival-centric memorabilia.
EVENT INFO –
- When: September 30, 2023
- Where: Adelanto Plaza & Event Center, 12000 Stadium Way, Adelanto, CA 92301
- Hours: 4PM – 4AM
- Age Admission: 18 or above
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Buy tickets to your escape to the desert reverie here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garden-of-eden-electronic-music-festival-tickets-684446236117
Please note, the event is strictly 18+. The Garden Of Eden Festival invites attendees to escape the mundane and enter a world of unbridled excitement and euphoria.
Yin Lin’s Resounding Keys to Success”
Nestled amidst the electric heartbeat of Shanghai, Yin Lin’s tryst with the ivory keys of a piano commenced when she was a mere toddler of three. Born and nurtured in the rich cultural milieu of this dynamic city, she embraced her passion with open arms, setting the stage for a musical journey that many can only dream of.
By the age of 15, she had already graced the prestigious corridors of Shanghai Normal University School of Music. Under the nurturing wings of renowned figures like Shuxing Zheng, Lan’er Hu, and Zhebang Xie, Yin Lin didn’t just evolve; she soared, etching her name into the annals of music history. Her prodigious talents didn’t go unnoticed; she clinched distinguished honors such as the Pearl River Piano Cup National Pentathlon Competition and the much-coveted MAP-IMC award in 2021.
Yin’s thirst for knowledge was insatiable. Adding more feathers to her cap, she pursued multiple degrees, with her academic journey reaching an apex when she secured the Artist Certificate from Azusa Pacific University School of Music. As we speak, a scholarship awaits her at La Sierra University, all under the esteemed Dr. Elvin Rodriguez’s tutelage. And come this fall, another chapter awaits as she embarks on a DMA degree program at the renowned University of Southern Mississippi.
The timeline between 1999 and 2022 isn’t just years on a calendar for Yin; it’s a collage of her multifaceted engagements. Be it mesmerizing audiences with soulful solo recitals or rubbing shoulders in masterclasses with industry giants such as Dr. Allan Smith and the Grammy Award-winning Opera Singer, Victoria Livengood, Yin has done it all. A shining feather in her cap was her collaboration with the celebrated cellist, Yi-Bin Chu, in 2022.
Beyond performing, Yin Lin has left indelible marks in administrative roles, helming positions as the Artistic Director at the MARKER AND PIONEER International Culture Exchange Center. She also showcased her versatile talents as a piano accompanist and a music worship leader at revered institutions like Claremont Chorale INC and the Mountain View Mennonite Church.
Yin Lin’s musical odyssey, spanning from institutions like the Shanghai YAMAHA Music School to the Los Angeles Chinese Musicians Ensemble Chorus, echoes her relentless passion and dedication. Her story isn’t just about mastering the keys of a piano but resonates with a deep love for the symphony of life.