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Live Review: Feeding The Psychedelic Vibe With Feed Me In NYC

Inferno. This past Saturday in New York city, the legendary concert madhouse known as Terminal 5 got way hotter than your typical rage night at 610 W 56th Street. Kicking off his long awaited “Psychedelic Journey Tour” hitting 26 venues in the US and ending with two shows in Canada over the next two months. Feed Me, born Jonathan Gooch, has spent the past years conceptualizing the tours image and worked first hand with stage designers to mimic his iconic razor fanged cartoon, “Teeth”. All who've been following the D&B/glitch-step superstar's social media outlets have had the privilege to see the stage during design and construction even before the first show at Terminal 5. The unveiling was more than exceptional as more than 20 separate LED screens projecting in unison images and graphics, but in the full frame, it was shaped to be the eyes and fang laden grin from his green bodied cartoon. As countless attendees were spotted sporting green “Teeth” masks (seen in the music video from “Love Is All I Got”), the venue was certainly packed with devout Feed Me fans.

Opening for Feed Me was Brooklyn based DJ, “Space Jesus” who has been churning out some incredibly trippy psychedelia sounds, mixed in with a truly original dubstep feel; it's no wonder he was chosen to set the tone for Feed Me's Psychedelic Journey. As well as “Tjani” who will also be joining with Feed Me on the tour, he was selected to drop the first beats of the night and absolutely crushed it. Other artists that we can expect to see along the “Psychedelic Journey: Live with Teeth” tour are (but not limited to): Le Castle Vania, Treasure Fingers, Delta Heavy and Zeros.

During the months since the original release date over the winter, Feed Me Fans have been patiently waiting for the “Psychedelic Journey” EP to drop while Jon Gooch has been taking his time to perfect his sound. Evidently, he deemed it fitting to release a few weeks before the tour fired up. Suiting up the four intense tracks included on the album to drop his freshest new music on the tour, along with notable Feed Me bangers such as “One Click Headshot” and a tuned-up “Pink Lady." Touching upon his last album, Calamari Tuesday, which released less than a year ago featuring key favored tracks like “Love Is All I Got” and “No Grip." All in all, Feed Me had the four floors in Terminal 5 going absolutely bananas, just as every stop along the Psychedelic Journey Tour is set to leave you with a bigger grin than “Teeth” himself.

Check out photos of the night, posted on Feed Me's Facebook page.
Hear the monstrous album at full length on Feed Me's Soundcloud page.
Visit the Official Feed Me website for artist/show info and ticket information.

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Barack Obama Discusses Racism And Police Reform During Virtual Town Hall

Former President Barack Obama joined local and national leaders for a digital town hall on Wednesday (June 3). The 90-minute event put on by the Obama Foundation's My Brother's Keeper Alliance was centered around “reimagining policing in the wake of continued violence.”

“Let me start by just acknowledging that we have seen, in the last few months, the kinds of epic changes and events in our country that are as profound as anything that I’ve seen in my life,” said Obama. “Although all of us have been feeling pain and certain disruption, some folks have been feeling it more than others. Most of all the pain that’s been experienced by the families [of] George [Floyd], Breonna [Taylor], Ahmaud [Arbury], Tony [McDade], Sean [Reade], and too many others to mention.”

To the families directly affected by racial violence and police brutality Obama added, “Please know that Michelle and I, and the nation grieve with you, hold you in our prayers. We're committed to the fight of creating a more just nation in the memory of your sons and daughters.”

The ex-commander in chief went on to speak about institutional racism, and what he believes to be the bright side to the recent tragedies, namely in that young people have been galvanized and mobilized into taking action. “Historically so much of the progress that we’ve made in our society [have] been because of young people. Dr. King was a young man, Ceasar Chavez was a young man, Malcolm X was a young man. The leaders of the feminist movement, union movements, the environmentalist movements, and the movement to make sure that the LGBTQ community had a voice, were young people.”

Obama also addressed the “young men and women of color” around the country, who have witnessed too much violence and death. “I want you to know that you matter. I want you to know that your lives matter. That your dreams matter.”

Other town hall participants included, activist and writer Brittany Packnett Cunningham, former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., Color of Change President Rashad Robinson and Playon Patrick, Ohio State University student and MBK Youth leader for the city of Columbus.

Additional town hall participants included, activist and writer Brittany Packnett Cunningham, former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., Color of Change President Rashad Robinson and Playon Patrick, Ohio State University student and MBK Youth leader for the city of Columbus.

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Derek Chauvin Faces Upgraded Charge In George Floyd’s Murder, Three Other Cops Charged

Former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin  now faces unintentional second-degree murder for killing George Floyd, Minneapolis Attorney General Keith Ellison announced on Wednesday (June 3). The upgraded charge was revealed along with charges against three more former MPD officers involved in Floyd's murder.

“Today I filed an amended complaint that charges Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with murder in the second degree. I believe the evidence available to us now supports the stronger charge of second degree murder,” Ellison said during a news conference.

Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kuen, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder while committing a felony, as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.

“This is absolutely a team effort,” added Ellison. “We are working collectively on this case with one goal: justice for George Floyd.”

Minnesota classifies second-degree murder as “intentional” and “unintentional.” A second-degree murder conviction carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.

Chauvin, the officer filmed with his knee in Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes, was originally charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. An independent autopsy determined that Floyd died from “asphyxia due to neck and back compression.”

The other three officers are in “the process” of being taken into custody and could face up to 40 years on the first count and 10 years on the second count, if convicted.

Despite cell phone footage and witnesses, Ellison acknowledged the uphill battle of convicting police officers. “Winning a conviction will be hard. It’s not because we doubt our resources or abilities but history does show that there are challenges.”

Former police officer Mohamed Noor is the first and only cop in Minnesota's history to be convicted of murder for killing a civilian on the job.

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Black Out Tuesday: A Letter From VIBE

These unprecedented times are insightful, intense, infuriating, and inspiring. As Black editors, writers, and creatives, we have the privilege of telling our stories from those within the entertainment industry and to those who consume the Black art that has influenced generations.

Since before the days of Rodney King, this is nothing new. We’ve been here before, one too many times in Black history. Yet, we’ll continue to tell our often overlooked and untold stories within Black culture through the lens of facts and feelings. Although we’ve always made this our mission for nearly three decades, we’ll continue to stand in the fact that Black Lives Matter.

Today, we join #TheShowMustBePaused movement in honor of the one too many sisters and brothers lost to police brutality and systemic racism. Our support includes ceasing the production of content for #BlackOutTuesday. Please take a moment to practice self-care, and find ways to lend your voice and power to make “justice for all” ring true.

Registering to vote is a start. ✊🏾✊🏿✊🏽✊🏼

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— Vibe Magazine (@VibeMagazine) June 2, 2020

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