Monthly Archives: September 2013

Original Video – Range Rover SUV Runs over New York City Bikers (NYC)

September 30, 2013 at 5:48 AM ET – In a new video uploaded to Youtube Sunday, a Range Rover SUV can be seen running over several motorcycle riders during a group ride in New York City. The video, originally uploaded by Youtube user Kawasaki Kevin, is one of 20 GoPro-recorded shots of that day’s ride.

In one video titled “GOPR2900”, the group of motorcycle enthusiasts can be seen stopping in the middle of Henry Hudson Parkway just past the exit to 125th Street, stopping traffic in the process. At the 20 second mark of the video, a biker wearing a white shirt and black vest can be seen peering into the Range Rover. The biker then pulls directly in front of the SUV, and “brake checks” the vehicle by quickly slowing down. It’s not clear from the video as to whether the biker was knocked down, but in the moments that follow, all riders slow to a halt. The black-vested biker, now on foot, appears to strike the SUV with his hand at the 45 second mark of the video. Seconds later, the SUV begins to drive, running over several bikers in the process.

The bikers then pursued the SUV on Henry Hudson Parkway, until the Range Rover exited to I-95. Just before the I-95 North and South split, several bikers cause traffic to halt. At 5:00 into the video, one biker is seen running towards the SUV, opening its door before the vehicle drives off. The Range Rover then took the exit to W 178 Street in Washington Heights. Traffic caused the SUV to stop at the 500 block of W 178 Street, where one biker proceeded to smash the vehicle’s driver side window out using his helmet.

None of the other videos uploaded to that Youtube channel Sunday reveal what occurred after the SUV’s window was broken. Although comments to the Youtube video suggested that one biker died, as of yet there has been no official news related to the injuries sustained from the incident.

Range Rover runs over bikers in NYC

Raw Video – Walmart Shoppers Fight over Last Copy of GTA 5 (Grand Theft Auto V)

September 29, 2013 at 10:02 PM ET – Rockstar Games, creator of Grand Theft Auto V, has much to be happy about these days. The controversial crime game racked up $800 million in sales within 24 hours of its release. But not every fan of the game was smiling this week.

In a new video uploaded to the internet Sunday, an angry father can be seen confronting a teen at Walmart over the last copy of GTA V available for purchase. The video begins with an older man telling a tank-top wearing shopper to “Leave them alone before I knock your ass out, you don’t talk to my son like that.” The video then cuts to a scene of the father and other shopper grappling on the ground near the store’s entrance. As the two begin to struggle on their feet, the older man’s son can be seen punching the other shopper, before delivering two kicks two the man’s head after he falls to the ground. The video cuts again to a scene which shows a continuation of the fighting. At this time, it is unknown if any arrests were made relating to this incident.

Warning: the following video contains language and violence that may be offensive to some viewers. By watching this video, you confirm that you are 18 years of age or older.

Grand Theft Auto GTA 5 Walmart fight

Slang History: “Ratchet” does not come from “Wretched”

September 29, 2013 at 2:40 AM ET – Within the last year, the popularity of the slang term “ratchet” has exploded in pop culture. But to those of us from Louisiana, the word has been commonly used for almost a decade.

First things first. The slang term “ratchet” has absolutely nothing to do with the word “wretched.” Chicago Sun Times journalist John W. Fountain painfully attempted to suggest that ratchet was simply a butchering of a common English word. And he’s not alone. Bloggers, UrbanDictionary.com, and a variety of question and answer sites all mistakenly attribute the origin of ratchet with wretched. So where did the term come from?

It all began in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1999. Rapper Mr. Mandigo of Lava House records first released his song Do the Ratchet. The track didn’t get much buzz outside of North Louisiana, but five years and a new beat later, the song blew up statewide thanks to a collaboration with Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie.

Mandigo, Untamed Mayne, and Boosie Bad Azz dropped rhymes about ghetto behavior and appearance over a Phunk Dawg produced beat. In the accompanying video, Shreveport folk can be seen doing the ratchet dance. Now if you’ve ever seen a socket wrench with a ratcheting handle in use, you would know about its back-and-forth twisting movement when removing nuts and bolts. When you “Do Da Ratchet,” it involves twisting and jerking back-and-forth movements.

Here’s one video of the ratchet dance, uploaded to Youtube back in 2006:

In the original music video for “Do Da Ratchet” you can see clubgoers and others doing the ratchet dance, and moving their arms in circular ratcheting motions. And true to the dance term’s double meaning as something hood or ghetto, at the 1:24 mark in the video you can see what appears to be a pregnant woman holding a bottle of beer as she dances in the club.

“Do Da Ratchet” was in heavy rotation on Hip Hop radio stations in Louisiana from Shreveport all the way down to Baton Rouge. But in the years following the song’s 2004 release, the word ratchet became an adjective for anything “ghetto” or “busted” looking. Sometime around 2010 or 2011, the word found its way in neighboring Southern cities. In January 2012, brothers Emmanuel and Philip Hudson of Atlanta, Georgia released the video for their comedy song “Ratchet Girl Anthem”. Less than a week later, the video for Why You Askin All them Questions was uploaded to Youtube. The video, featuring Emmanuel and poet Spoken Reasons, went viral on their respective Youtube channels (just shy of 75 million views between the two of them). Asking All them Questions also referenced the term ratchet, and the video’s online explosion introduced the slang word to people across the globe.

Only three weeks before her controversial performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus went on record with the New York Daily News by claiming “People have this misconception of me that I’m just one of these kids on TV and that now I go off and party and I’m just this ratchet white girl, and I’m not.” When one of the world’s biggest celebrities starts dropping a slang term during interviews, it’s safe to say that it has officially gone mainstream.

So journalists, don’t get it twisted. Although Hip Hop heads have been guilty of mangling words and expressions for years to fit our urban lexicon, ratchet is not an example of this. While Doing the Ratchet has long gone the way of other dances such as the Running Man or the Stanky Leg, its legacy lives on as what has become a popular slang term.

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Miley Cyrus ratchet twerking dance picture

Raw Video – Huge Fireworks Warehouse Explosion in Tenjo Colombia News

September 27, 2013 at 8:17 PM ET – New video uploaded to Youtube revealed a massive explosion at a fireworks warehouse in Tenjo, near the Colombian capital of Bogotá. According to El Tiempo, the incident occurred at 3:20 PM on Friday, as 30 employees of the Hofman fireworks warehouse were packing sparklers to be sold in December. The Cundinamarca Fire Department reported that three people were injured from the blast.

In the new video, smoke can be seen billowing from the Hofman fireworks warehouse. After several moments, there was an explosion followed by a cascade of sparks. The resulting shockwave shook the building that the video was filmed from, and a glass window could be heard breaking off-camera.

fireworks warehouse explosion in Tenjo Colombia