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Friday, March 13, 2015

Draze & The Notorious, Life After Death



SEATTLE, WASHINGTON Seattle hip hop artist, Draze, pays homage to the late Biggie Smalls with the reload of his critically acclaimed MixtapemovieNotorious,” in time to remember him on the March 9th anniversary of his passing. Draze originally released "Notorious" on March 9, 2009. Click the link to watch:

Draze’s Mixtapemovie series, combines the raw emotion of hip hop music with the visual power and cinematic artistry of acclaimed Hollywood films and other visuals. Draze is set to release a series of Mixtapemovies in the coming months.

"It’s crazy to think that it’s almost been 20 years since Biggie passed,” says Draze. “The sad part is how little the new generation tends to know about his music. With the footage from the film, ‘Notorious,’ and other visuals and photos, we were able to tell a good story and hip hop fans loved it. Rapping from his perspective was a humbling experience. There were times while writing it where I felt like I was channeling his style. With this re-release I want to remind fans of how great of an artist he was. It’s crazy to think after all these years how relevant this Mixtapemovie still is."

As the creator of a new hip hop medium, the Mixtapemovie series, Draze gained the attention and the respect of many hip hop aficionados with the first release, “Trading Places,” which was unveiled at Jay Z’s 40/40 club to a roomful of celebrities and tastemakers. Global Grindcalled Draze “the Mixtapemovie King.” In 2015, Draze is set to release a flurry of Mixtapemovies in response to continuing requests from his hardcore fans.  

The audio mixtape market can tend to be oversaturated, which leaves the market wide open for Draze to visually grasp his audience with the Mixtapemovies. Draze’s next Mixtapemovie, “The Devil’s Advocate” about Kanye West, will be coming soon.

With the “Notorious” Mixtapemovie, Draze invites fans to watch and listen.

“If I could make the listener, for a second, actually feel like they are hearing Biggie’s thoughts, then I have done my job."

About Draze
Draze, a Seattle-born rapper and musician, is riding a wave of attention from his street single, "The Hood Ain't The Same", which focuses on the effects of gentrification in urban America. National media outlets such as NBC and The Grio among others, have featured Draze’s movement due to the success of the controversial song. Draze recently received an award from the NAACP at the Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement.

Draze also received a huge co-sign from rapper Macklemore who recently chimed in on the gentrification discussion by tweeting out Draze's video, "The Hood Ain't The Same," and stating that the “song is dope. And important...”

Artist: Draze (@DrazeExperience)

Song Title: The Notorious, Life After Death

Cuts & Scratches By B-Mello
Label: The Draze Experience

Genre: Hip Hop

Official Video Link:

Official Soundcloud Link: 

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @DrazeExperience

Facebook: Draze

Youtube: TheDrazeExperience

SoundCloud: TheDrazeExperience

Instagram: TheDrazeExperience

For Promo Info Contact: Greg Burke 804. 446. 1781
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

7 reasons to stop Bill C-51 from becoming law

Please sign this petition and PLEASE forward to your contacts.
In Solidarity for Justice and Peace,

Canada's proposed security bill C-51 puts your human rights at risk 

The new Anti-Terrorism Act, Bill C-51, proposes a massive overhaul to Canada’s national security laws. The government’s attempt to rush the legislation through a parliamentary committee was met with widespread calls to increase the amount of public scrutiny these new measures should receive.

Four former Canadian Prime Ministers, together with 18 eminent Canadians, including former Supreme Court judges, have expressed concern that the lack of robust and integrated accountability for Canada’s national security agenciesposes serious problems for both public safety and human rights.

Amnesty International agrees. We have identified 7 key human rights concernsabout the widely expanded powers and new criminal offences within the proposed legislation.

>> Please speak out with Canadians who care about human rights, and call for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney to withdraw Bill C-51

Governments have not only the right, but the responsibility to respond to concerns about threats and attacks – including terrorism – and protect their citizens. But not at any cost.

Anti-terrorism laws cannot put human rights second to security, and absolutely must not be used to target or have disproportionate impact on individuals and groups exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of religion, expression and association. 

Join Amnesty’s call to withdraw Bill C-51.


Alex Neve,
Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada 

P.S. Laws intendend to protect us from threats should not put our human rights at risk. National security reforms must met Canada's human rights obligations. Please take action and share this widelyShare this link:
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Equal Parenting and 100,000 missing fathers in Canada

One Hundred Thousand Missing and Murdered Fathers

In Canada numerous organizations and governments at a “national roundtable” Feb 27, 2015, have drawn attention to, and promised action for, one thousand missing and murdered aboriginal women over a decade. During that same period, over one hundred thousand Canadian fathers are missing from the lives of their children, some of them murdered. For fathers, no action has been promised, no funding offered, and no government is willing to work with any organization on this issue.
No one should be murdered and we should be concerned about all the missing. But we will not solve these problems by dividing people into those who matter and leaving others without justice.
Leaders of the Native Women’s Association have admitted that during the same period, more native men are “missing and murdered” than native women. Like the domestic violence issue, only female victims get government concern, media attention and prompt funding. The issue may have more to do with a scramble for government funding, sexist media bias and using the issue as a political weapon than any real concern for victims of violence.
Conflating the missing with the murdered does a disservice to both groups. Not all missing are murdered (missing can mean suicide, runaways, accident or other causes). It is not clear that successful anti-murder strategies (and none seem to be agreed upon at the national roundtable) can work on those missing. We do know that the courts and the government have made great efforts to excuse women who kill fathers, husbands and boyfriends. In fact, the “female discount” as it is called, is taught in Canada’s law schools and statistics from Professor Grant Brown show that it is practiced in Canada’s courts. If tough on crime works, it makes no sense to be excessively lenient on women. If leniency works, it makes no sense to be excessively tough on men. Perhaps the aim is to bias the courts for women and against men.
Biased courts have made over one hundred thousand fathers absent from the lives of their children. Some fathers have been murdered, such as Corporal Cirillo, ordered to protect Canada’s war memorial with no ammunition, but most are missing because of the deliberate actions of Canada’s judges, family court costs, procedures and government anti-father actions. 80% of suicides are men in Canada and the suicide rate of divorced fathers is twelve times that of divorced women. Few women are missing because of similar discriminatory actions of governments and courts.
Mindless calls for “action” on missing women from the federal cabinet was matched with mindless votes against C-560, the bill which proposed keeping both parents in the lives of their children.
Ontario’s premier Kathleen Wynne feels “not enough” is being done for women. At the same time, her actions in blocking services for men and fathers show that she believes “none is too many” when it comes to fathers in the lives of their children.
Governments and their quasi-NGOs generally do not have solutions to the problems of violence, so much of this is their public posturing. They believe they have to be seen to be “doing something” but they don’t agree on what, except for throwing money as the same groups and people who have been “doing something” for decades, with no noticeable changes.
Government sexism and the profits to be made in adversarial family law are driving the problems that fathers have in staying in the lives of their children. So it is ironic that the key factor in the likelihood of runaways, suicides and other “missing” children is that the father is “missing” or not parenting the children.
The very actions of governments in promoting sole custody which translates as the child is “missing” the father, significantly drives the missing women and girls problem. It is no accident that fatherless is substantially higher in native communities and that this translates into more missing women and girls.
It would be nice if government and politicians gained some awareness of this connection and acted to keep both parents in the lives of children. It is more likely that they will continue to throw more money at the same failed “actions” while keeping the profits flowing for the divorce industry. And children and fathers will continue to suffer while society pays for failed actions that no one believes will make any real change.
Please send a message to your political representatives asking for real action for real change with equality and respect for both parents. The hundred thousand fathers and their children will thank you.

Canadian Equal Parenting Council
631 Tubman Cr., Ottawa K1V8L5 613-260-2659
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