Black Panther Party 50th anniversary rally hip hop concert Oakland

October 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of The Black Panther Party. The celebration started on Oct 20, when several of the original members of the Panthers came to Oakland to celebrate their achievements and their struggles over the years with many residents. Oakland has been their home for 50 years, and for four days there were speeches, panels and musical performances to commemorate their legacy. The Oakland Museum hosted a photo exhibit along with live music and memorabilia displays from the Black Panther Party.

HipHopTV in conjunction with Steelo Entertainment produced the Ultimate Tribute to the Black Panther Party, with a rally and concert at Frank Ogawa Plaza on Saturday Oct. 22nd – 11-5pm. The Concert was hosted By Gina Madrid & Saturu “James Mott” Ned of BPP and the stage performances included Money B & Young Hump of Digital Underground, Samuel of Club, Nouveau, X-Clan, Dru Down and many more local hip hop artist.


Black Panther Party 50th anniversary rally hip hop concert Oakland from Khaled Sayed on Vimeo.

Stories from Tahrir

Ten Months after the revolution in Egypt brought down the 30-year regime of President Hosni Mubarak, Director Khaled Sayed returned to Tahrir Square in Cairo, where the revolution started. He came follow up with many of the revolutionaries, leaders, and ordinaly Egyptian citizens he interviewed in his award- winning documentary “Egypt: the Story Behind the Revolution,” along with strong new voices joining the debate about the future of Egypt

In “Stories from Tahrir” we will introduce you to dozens of real people on all sides of the issues that face Egypt today, from street activists to political candidates, struggling to help Egypt define democracy on its own terms. For example:

“Dr. Mohamed, a Tahrir square doctor, volunteered his time during the 25 of January revolution and the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes. He treated many patients with eyes lost, tear gas asphyxiation, and gunshot wounds. He told me that the death toll due to the tear gas reached a much higher number than in the 18-day stand-off in January and February.”

“Long-time activist Shimaa, who has been fighting the Mubarak regime since the revolution started, was telling me that she thought they got rid of the head of the regime, but the fight is still going on to remove the old regime that was installed by Mubarak.”

“Another activist, Amal, told me she was very disappointed by the political games, and unhappy with the Muslim Brotherhood. She said they were pushing for the 2011 parliamentary election just to prove that they can win an election. They ignored the fact that the military regime is not likely to let go of any power they gained after Mubarak left.”

Hear from supporters of the revolution wounded during protests, frustrated “Sofa Party” members who now miss the stability of the Mubarak regime, religious campaigners who want their faith to have a stronger voice in the future of Egypt, and many more people from all walks of life caught in the struggle as the fallout from the revolution continues.

The voices of the people of Egypt deserve to be heard. In “Stories From Tahrir” Sayed shares with you the frustrations and aspirations of activists, candidates, and the victims of decades of repression as they grapple with the frustrations and realities of a hard-won freedom.

PROMO-Stories from Tahrir from Khaled Sayed on Vimeo.

EGYPT: the Story Behind the Revolution

Filmed primarily in Egypt in March of 2011, soon after the January revolution, this film introduces you to Egyptians who lived under Mubarak and helped to bring him down. Included are interviews with many young revolutionaries fighting for a new start for Egypt.

Watch as people tell you their reasons for taking to the streets of Egypt to call for freedom and reforms, and what led them to ask for Mubarak’s resignation.

They also tell you about their experiences during the protest that took 18 days to remove Mubarak from power, and their views on the world’s reaction to their stand off.

Feel the joy as their hard work pays off when Mubarak steps down after thirty years in power.

This documentary is a snapshot of Egyptian people’s views about what happened and why.

EGYPT: the Story Behind the Revolution (long trailer) from Khaled Sayed on Vimeo.