Governor Jay Nixon Quotes Tef Poe in Ferguson Speech

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On Tuesday, October 21, during a speech at Florissant Valley Community College, Governor Jay Nixon revealed his plan to create a "Ferguson Commission" to investigate the issues of socioeconomic and racial inequality in the St. Louis region that have been brought to light since the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson.

See also: "Ferguson Commission" Will Study St. Louis' Challenges in Wake of Michael Brown: Nixon

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Ted Nugent Talks "Ferguson Thugs" and a "Plague of Black Violence" in Editorial Piece

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These days, rocker Ted Nugent is probably as well known for his outspoken views on politics and nutty interviews as he is for his music. After taking heat earlier this year for calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel," Nugent is now speaking out about the shooting of a police officer in Ferguson in late September. In an editorial on the site World Net Daily, he shares his thoughts in a rant about the "plague of black violence that has infested our inner cities."

See also: Ted Nugent's Outrageous Remarks at the NRA Conference: What the Videos Don't Show

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Tom Morello's New "Marching on Ferguson" Protest Song: Listen Now

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Tom Morello, best known for his work with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave fame, is no stranger to activism. He's had his fingers in everything from Parental Advisory stickers on CDs to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Now, he has released a new song inspired by the shooting death of Mike Brown and the protests it ignited in and around the city of Ferguson.

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Celebrated Conductor Kenneth Woods Pens Piece on St. Louis Symphony Protest

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Kenneth Woods, artistic director and principal conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra in Worcester, England, recently penned a piece for his popular A View From the Podium blog on the subject of the protests that took place during Saturday's performance by the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall. Woods, who got his start in the United States, has worked with a plethora of well-known orchestras during his career including the Oregon East Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra and more, receiving accolades from publications such as the Washington Post as well as the respect of many of his peers.

"I wasn't there, obviously, but I'm inclined to say the protesters did the right thing," Woods says in the piece. "Certainly that their actions, to me, seem both justified and appropriate."

See also: Ferguson Protesters Lead Demonstration During St. Louis Symphony Rendition of Brahms' A German Requiem

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Ferguson Protesters Lead Demonstration During St. Louis Symphony Rendition of Brahms' A German Requiem

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By now, much of the country is talking about the musical protest in honor of Michael Brown that occurred during the St. Louis Symphony performance at Powell Hall on October 4. But what people haven't fully grasped are the themes and symbolism in the SLSO piece, Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem, that powerfully connect the musicians with the demonstrators.

Four days before the performance and protest, the St. Louis Symphony had posted a Facebook update about the overarching theme of A German Requiem. "This moving requiem was written to console the living, rather than memorialize the departed," the post had said. It's not a far leap to speculate, then, that the people who had organized Saturday's demonstration had pointedly chosen this particular work of Brahms' both to promote Brown's legacy and to help heal those who loved him.

Read our complete coverage on Michael Brown and Ferguson here.

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Pharrell's Sneakers Beg Hillary Clinton to Visit Ferguson

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It might seem crazy, what I'm about to say. Or not.

Pharrell Williams joins a long list of musicians who are concerned about the events that have unfolded since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown on August 9. Some, like Billy Bragg and Cat Power, have held solidarity concerts. Others, like Wiz Khalifa and Outkast, have made the "Hands up, don't shoot!" gesture during their performances. And still others, like Young Jeezy, Talib Kweli and MC Hammer, have visited Ferguson and talked with residents themselves.

But Williams has a different approach for drawing attention to the St. Louis County suburb -- he's using his shoes as a billboard.

See also:
- Billy Bragg Performs Surprise Set at the Royale For Ferguson: "Liberty and Justice for All!"
- Young Jeezy Visits Ferguson, Talks to 104.1 FM about Michael Brown

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Nausicaa Sound Offers A Footwork Comp for #Ferguson

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Late last month St. Louis native Derek Yaeger founded Nausicaa Sound, a music label focused on contributing to communities in need across the world. Yaeger aims to raise funds by selling songs online -- with all proceeds going to benefit groups such as Organization for Black Struggle, that work toward societal progress and equality.

Yaeger writes and performs music under the name D-M-Y, and he has a distinct insight on producing records. Driven by recent events in Ferguson, Yaeger reached out to fellow artists in the global Juke and Footwork communities with the goal of using dance music to combat inequality, racism and segregation.


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Rapper Young Thug Draws Criticism For His Stance On Ferguson, Mike Brown

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Over the weekend Atlanta played host to the fourteenth annual BET Awards, drawing rappers from all corners of the hip-hop world to the televised event. Atlanta-based Young Thug, of Gucci Mane's 1017 Brick Squad Records, was one. During a short red-carpet interview with entertainment website Bossip.com, Young Thug was questioned about his stance on Ferguson and the shooting of Mike Brown. His stance is, essentially, no stance at all.

See also: Hip-Hop Is Failing Us

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Modern Life Is War Singer Pens Piece On Ferguson

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Jeff Eaton, vocalist for Iowa hardcore punk band Modern Life Is War, has penned a poignant piece for Cvlt Nation inspired by the shooting of unarmed teen Mike Brown and the ensuing unrest in the city of Ferguson.

"I have no specific authority to speak on the subject," Eaton writes. "But I've been writing lyrics about life in this country for over a decade now. I view it as a conversation from the perspective of an angry American with other angry Americans. Ferguson must be a part of that conversation because it's so important and happening so close to home."

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Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello Plays Guitar With His Teeth For Ferguson

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Tom Morello, former guitarist for '90s political rap-rock act Rage Against the Machine, has written a new song called "Marching for Ferguson" under his solo-act moniker, the Nightwatchman. Morello debuted the track at the Jail Guitar Doors' Rock Out! benefit concert, held September 5 at Los Angeles' Ford Theatre. The track, inspired by the shooting death of unarmed teen Mike Brown and the ensuing unrest in Ferguson, has a blues-rock feel to it and features the line, "Carving up that golden calf with a blowtorch and gas mask, I'm marching on Ferguson, I'm marching tonight."

Midway through the performance Morello breaks into a solo. But, true to his well-documented guitar eclecticism and unique style with the instrument, he performs that solo with his teeth, channeling his inner Hendrix.

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