Happy Black History Month! The photo you see is of Angela Davis when Swedish TV journalists talked to the Black Panther activist in a 1972 jail interview — she was charged with but not convicted of murder — in footage that's part of The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (and I'll elaborate on this in a moment). My sister was named after Angela Davis, "Angela Yvonne", so this is why I chose to shine a little light on Davis, in addition to the dope video by..., for my black history tribute.
JOYNER LUCAS just released some real music that is going to give a lot of people cognitive dissonance and hopefully
CHICAGO (CBS) — A community activist who was allowed to see videos from the fatal police shooting of Paul O’Neal before they were made public claimed they show an officer stomping the teen’s lifeless body after he was shot in the back. Jedidiah Brown said he also heard police telling other officers to turn off their body cameras. “I saw a police officer approach a lifeless O’Neal, face down to the ground, with three or four other officers over his body, screaming at him to put his hands behind his back, run up, stomp him in his back, and then grab his hands very violently, and put him in handcuffs, clearly lifeless,” he said.
I'm hoping President Obama can establish an independent office of prosecutors to investigate police misconduct - it will eliminate the bad incentives that result in so many of these killers never being punished. Without consequences for the bad actors, these murders won't end.
"DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A new push by a columnist at The Atlanta Journal Constitution will likely change the face of Stone Mountain. AJC political columnist Jim Galloway says there's a lack of material at Stone Mountain Park that speaks to its neighbors, who are primarily African-American. On Stone Mountain, there are carvings of Confederate war heroes and a Confederate flag that flies next to an American flag."
Raise your hand if you're surprised that another unarmed black man was murdered by police. And without this video, the police officer would have gotten away with it this time. The raw footage shot by a bystander shows North Charleston, SC Police Officer Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott multiple times in the back as he runs away to death. The officer initially stated that he feared for his life, but clearly that wasn't the case. From what I see, this is cold-blooded murder and Officer Slager has been charged in Scott's death.
I was reading Pitchfork.com looking for underground music that I haven't heard yet and I stumble upon a prolific article about the legendary LAURYN HILL and her stance of oppression in America. Of course, I have to post conscious rapper, Lauryn Hill, on the blog because she is female MC that I look up to, one who teaches me and makes me think, one who never needed to show her bare ass in her music videos, because her lyrics and poeticism spoke and still speaks for itself. Case in point, "Black Rage (Sketch)”, a deep and politically charge song recorded live in her living room. Pitchfork writes, ""Black Rage" is a key record for this moment because it recognizes our problems are deeply entrenched, and that postmodern detachment or cynical capitalism are poorly formed tools for people hoping to make a sustained attack on widespread systemic violence. Lauryn Hill celebrates black rage not as a raw expression of pain, nor as an irrational behavior that must be reigned in. Like Maria Rainer, it's a coping mechanism, but for Lauryn Hill, it's also something more: a practical strategy."
TALIB KWELI delivered one of the most powerful interviews I've seen in the news recently. He stood up to CNN and its anchor, Don Lemon, who appears disconnected with what's really going on on the ground in Ferguson, with his attempt to debunk Kweli's eyewitness account. Kweli schooled them on what he thought was bad media coverage. The death of unarmed teen, Mike Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, has brought race relations in America back to the forefront in the media and social media alike. In regards to social media coverage, Kweli expressed that it was more important to physically show up to Ferguson versus tweeting and protesting online. In regards to media coverage, he expressed that the quality and accuracy of news outlets such as CNN wasn't up to par. Talib Kweli spoke very truthful when he stated the media depicted protesters as criminals or thugs and omitted the fact that women and children were protesting as well. Lemon tried to interrupt Kweli from speaking which turned into a heated argument and with Kweli almost walking out of the interview. This would have been a disservice because Kweli spoke the truth and didn't care about being politically correct...something most of these news outlets are gulity of.
I can't write about somebody else's dead child as if I knew him, and as if my words are going to make a difference in the turmoil that MIKE BROWN's family is going through right now. So I'm posting this video, a first hand account, told by his friend, who witnessed Brown being gunned down for no reason by a Police officer. Mike Brown was eighteen years old, walking down a street in Ferguson, Missouri, from his apartment to his grandmother’s, at 2:15 on a bright Saturday afternoon. But a racist cop has an issue with that and killed him.
When I see pictures of starving children in the media, on the internet, etc, with their bones and ribs sticking out, I break down in tears every time. Photos like these devastate me, not only because it shows young children suffering, but it's a reminder of how inexplicable it is that we have these hungry kids and billionaires on the same planet at the same time. There should be enough food in this world to feed everybody. I will never understand this phenomenon, the epidemic of starvation. It's heartbreaking to say the least. To add insult to injury, this clown of a charity organization in South Africa called "Feed A Child" adds racism against these kids into the mix. They put out a video depicting a black child as a lap dog. It shows the little boy being given treats by a white woman as he rests his head on her lap. When he brings her a newspaper in bed, he is given another treat. What type of nonsense is this? Feed SA Director Candice Etberg has reportedly defended the ad, pointing out, "This is a great advert that highlights what is actually going on. The average dog does eat better than most children in this country." But I don't buy that bullsh*t.