PLQE

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, but The Box has moved out of the ATL and has temporarily relocated to Central America. I’m studying Spanish for the next several weeks at an amazing school in Guatemala called the Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco de Espanol (PLQE). It’s definitely a blessing to be able to travel in the midst of a global economic recession, and I’m only able to do this with some savings that I´ve put away over the last year and a half. My Chinese side says: “Save your money, kids, even if it´s only $50-$100 a month.” Who knows, that could be the deciding factor when you decide to leave your job and do something spontaneously ridiculous.

More to come soon, but in the mean time, check out PLQE’s website. I’ve only been here two days but am really impressed with the school and the folks who run it.

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Sin Nombre

Saw this film last night and was blown away. From first time writer/director Cary Fukunaga (who is also from Oakland, half-Japanese and attended UC Santa Cruz, my alma mater!! Sluggers doing it big!!), it’s an intense, harrowing look at the journey made by Central American immigrants as they travel on top of trains through Mexico, in hopes of crossing over to the US ; as well as their interactions with the real-life Mara Salvatrucha gang. The cast, visuals and Fukunaga’s direction is amazing. Highly recommended.

SF360 recently ran an interview with him, and he’s definitely got a pretty interesting background.

Beatrock Presents: FATGUMS X BAMBU…A PEACEFUL RIOT…

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Just copped the new Fatgums X Bambu EP, “…A Peaceful Riot…,” off the Beatrock website and treated myself to a shirt as well. The EP is dope, with the always talented Fatgums (hip hop producer and med school student as well?? Go ‘head brotherman.) providing lush, slappin beats for the ever solid Bambu to rip with righteous, stereotype-killin’ lyrics.

Support a locally-owned, community-oriented business by getting your copy off the Beatrock website, but for those who don’t fool with physical CDs anymore, it’s also available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster, etc.

Starbury in the Clutch

Stephon Marbury coming through in the clutch in the Celtics come back win over the Magic last night! I will always have love for this brother because of his Starbury line of cheap kicks and clothing. It’s his way of trying to fight Nike’s continual marketing of $200 shoes to inner-city kids, shoes that probably cost $2 to manufacture, and I respect that. Big ups to athletes trying to do something political, and offereing some form of resistance against huge corporations is a dope ass effort (it would be even more sick if he took it one step further and created a factory in the Brooklyn neighborhood he grew up in and hired folks from there to make the shoes. Right now, his stuff is still manufactured in China, meaning with sweat shop labor).

His best playing days are well behind him, but after basically being benched by the Knicks for a whole year, I’m glad he’s now with the defending champs and still able to beast out when called upon.

One more thing you can do for Single Payer Universal Health Care

Click on this link to contact all your government representatives and even your local newspaper to show them your support for a single payer universal healthcare system.

“Medicare for All” Single Payer Health Care Now

Five people (including a few doctors and a lawyer) in a Senate Finance Committee meeting last week were arrested for speaking out in support of a single payer universal health care system. That’s how much of a threat single payer is to the corporate health insurance industry and their lobbyists in Washington who get rich by making us pay for health insurance while 22 million people who can’t afford it in the US die each year. A single payer system (which basically just expands the system for the elderly that we already have, Medicare, to people of all ages) is that much of a threat to their profits, and they’ve bought off most of the politicians in DC.

Fuck corporations getting rich off of people dying. The Senate is having one more meeting on Tuesday to discuss health care reform and says that “all options are on the table except single payer.” Call Sen. Max Baucus at 202-224-2651 or email him here and tell him that we need single payer universal health care now.

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Pacman Slays Hatton

This guy is just beastly. Manny Pacquiao’s reign continues.