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In African American News, For many kids and their families, summer jobs are a rite of passage: a way of imparting lessons about responsibility and hard work, and finally having a response to the age-old parental question, “you have McDonald’s money?”
But one Ohio family says their summer job instead turned into a lesson on racial profiling.
In African American news, In yet another installment of #Hello911TheyBlack, two African American men shopping found themselves in a potentially deadly encounter with police. According to published news reports, the incident occurred at a T-Mobile store in Fresno, California, and involved Dorian Johnson, 26, and his uncle Vincent Lemar, who went looking for the new iPhone. They were driven to the store by Dorian’s girlfriend, Gloria Bush. Continue reading “T-Mobile employee calls 911 on man buying a phone”
Paramount just dropped the first trailer for Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, the six-part documentary centered around the life and death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin that is being produced by Jay-Z.
The docuseries, which is based off the book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, written by Trayvon’s parents, premieres July 30 at 10 p.m on the Paramount Network.
Footage in the docuseries includes interviews with Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, as well as activists such as Angela Rye, Rev. Al Sharpton, Angela Davis, Carmelo Anthony, and more (h/t Complex). It will also include news footage, home videos and family photos.
Martin’s death in 2012 at the hands of neighborhood watchman (and plague on society) George Zimmerman was one of the horrific killings of unarmed black boys and men that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.
Jay-Z, who has been lending his hand in advocating for criminal-justice reform, also produced a docuseries on Kalief Browder, who was arrested at 16 and held in Rikers Island for three years while awaiting trial after being falsely accused of stealing a backpack. Browder, who spent significant time in solitary confinement while at Rikers, would later kill himself two years after being released.
Watch the trailer for Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story below:
After years of open adultery and a sex offense conviction, Camille Cosby is calling it quits and divorcing comic legend Bill Cosby. Radar Online is reporting that Camille Cosby left the couple’s Philadelphia mansion, leaving a pleading Bill Cosby alone. According to a source with the outlet, “He literally is home alone. She even took the staff with her!” Continue reading “Camille Cosby: Divorcing Bill Cosby”
Khalid Kamau, an Atlanta native, is one of a number of activists making the transition from street protest to political office: When he was sworn in as a city council member for the newly incorporated city of South Fulton, a suburban area outside of Atlanta, he wore a Black Lives Matter pin on his lapel and placed his hand on a copy of bell hooks’ Salvation.
For generations, African-American parents have borne a special burden in mentoring their teenage children as they begin driving, having to say, be calm and extra polite when stopped by the police, and do nothing unexpected that could get you killed. Continue reading “Lifesaving Lessons for Driving While Black”