October 21, 2011

MLK Memorial and IndyCar Disaster

It's October 21st,
Flocab will play the week for you in reverse.
We got all the news, there's no need to search,
Which headline should I rhyme about first?

In D.C., they had a dedication,
This time I've got good news for the nation.
They opened a memorial for MLK,
And tens of thousands came to celebrate.

Wait! In Alabama their immigration law,
Got blocked by the courts
, well some but not all.
They said the students, they could not get checked,
But the way it's going they don't know what to expect.

Next - Occupy Wall Street's gone global,
The whole thing is about to blow like Chernobyl.
The US, Europe and everywhere says,
Corporate greed needs to be laid to rest.

If you were in Michigan you may have been impressed,
By the homecoming queen seen pictured to your left.
Not only did she win the crown,
But she kicked a field goal to win the game hands down

In the Middle East,
An Israeli soldier was given a release.
He had five years with no visitors,
Swapped for a thousand Palestinian prisoners.

If you listen to the IndyCar news,
You may have heard of the crash that's got them singing the blues.
Dan Wheldon, a champion driver's,
Deceased but at least the others are survivors.

Flocab bringin' it to you the livest,
The Week in Rap's the best way to describe us.

Qaddafi in 2009

Well, actually we didn't get all the news. We record the Week in Rap on Wednesday nights, and this week we missed a big story that happened on Thursday: Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the former ruler of Libya, was killed by rebels as they gained control of his hometown. Qaddafi had been in hiding since rebels overthrew his decades-long regime. We'll be sure to cover the upcoming changes in Libya. Do you think news media should publish the pictures of Qaddafi's corpse? Why or why not? Learn more .

The sculptor Lei Yixin stands in front of the MLK memorial.

Martin Luther King, Jr. fought against a tidal wave of hatred and racism during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. And not even a hurricane could take down his new memorial in Washington D.C. After Hurricane Irene delayed the memorial's dedication back in August, thousands of people came out for the rescheduled official dedication this week. The Obamas, the poet Nikki Giovanni and singer Aretha Franklin were part of the large crowd that gathered to honor King's legacy. What other famous Americans should we commemorate with statues in Washington, D.C.? Learn more .

For some, a sweet home no longer

Last week, we told you about a tough, new immigration law in Alabama that was causing thousands of kids to miss school. The law allows police to question anyone about their immigration status--and jail people if they can't prove their citizenship. The law still stands, but it is now safer for families with illegal immigrants to send their kids to school. This week, the federal appeals court blocked public schools from checking students' immigration statuses. The decision is only temporary though, and a final ruling will come in a few months. What can students do to share their views on the Alabama immigration law? Learn more .

"a political pooch"

What began as a protest on Wall Street has spread across the country and the globe. Protesters in major American cities--as well as in Italy, Argentina, Greece, England, Japan and Australia--are organizing against a variety of causes. Some are protesting wealth inequity, while others are marching against unemployment and government cuts. While the protests have been largely peaceful in the United States, a protest in Italy turned violent. And Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks, said at a protest in England that he will now focus on revealing documents from financial institutions. Do you think that millionaires in the United States should pay higher taxes? Learn more .

Chernobyl was the site of a deadly explosion at the nuclear power plant in 1986. This nearby village become uninhabitable. The rapper isn't making a literal connection. He's using it as a simile.

This homecoming queen is one daydream believer. Instead of cheering for the football team, Brianna Amat decided to join it. And after winning the title of homecoming queen, Amat kicked a game-winning 31-yard field goal. How's that for some girl power? Do you think that high school sports should be co-ed? Learn more .

The original Geneva Convention document

Five years ago, Palestinian Hamas militants captured Gilad Shalit, a 19-year-old Israeli soldier. During his five year period of isolation and captivity, humanitarian organizations like the Red Cross claimed that his capture was in violation of the Geneva Conventions, an international law which requires humane treatment of captured soldiers. Shalit was released back to his family in Israel this week, in exchange for the release of 1,000 Palestinians being held in Israel. Do you think Israel and Palestine did the right thing? Learn more .

Dan Wheldon, after winning the Indy 500 this year

Tragedy struck at a IndyCar race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend. Seconds after the race began, two car tires touching caused a firey 15-car pileup. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in the crash after his car went airborne and hit a fence. Do you think the IndyCar league should make changes to make racing safer, or should racers simply accept the risks of the sport? Learn more .
President Obama helped dedicate a memorial to which civil rights leader?
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The federal appeals court blocked part of the Alabama ______ law.
What protest has gone global?
Occupy Wall Street
What unlikely sport does one Michigan homecoming queen play?
How long had Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier, been in prison?
Five years
Which IndyCar driver was killed in a 15-car pile up?
Dan Wheldon
Who was killed in Libya this week, after The Week in Rap was recorded?
Muammar el-Qaddafi
Who's bringin' it to you the livest?
Flocab, with The Week in Rap. See you in seven days.

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