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”
The more this presidency year continues, the more I wonder if we’re actually in the year of Beyoncé 2018.
An elderly grandmother in Charlotte, N.C., was probably left with a similar question after she was told “no” when she asked to use the bathroom at a gas station on her way home from church. Continue reading “89-Year-Old Grandmother Was Forced to Use the Bathroom Outside After Being Turned Away at Charlotte, N.C., Gas Station”
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:
A Maryland priest told a black family to “get the hell out” of his church mid-funeral. He didn’t just instruct them to leave; he said to take their deceased loved one with them. Continue reading “White Priest Tells Grieving Black Family To ‘Get The Hell Out’ During Funeral, Threatens To Call Police”
Control and seizure under the guise of “assistance” is Colonization 101, especially when it comes to American history in connection to the motherland.
Politico reports that for the last five years (at least), the Pentagon has authorized special operations teams within the Green Berets, Navy SEALs and other commando groups to engage in combat raids that are essentially small scale wars across the African continent. Continue reading “5 Things You Need To Know About The Pentagon’s Secret War In African Nations”
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”
Kanye West is under fire for comments he made about slavery during a sit-down with TMZ on Tuesday. During the interview, the 40-year-old rapper touched on his love for President Trump, his recent tweets, and one point said slavery “sounds like a choice.” Continue reading “Kanye West Suggests, Slavery was a choice and gets tastefully checked”
A student from Baltimore got accepted to all eight Ivy League schools, a result so unbelievable and impressive that it is very rarely heard of. Continue reading “Baltimore Student Gets Accepted Into Eight Ivy League Schools”
Once upon a time, Saudi Arabia had commercial movie theaters. Hardline Islamic clerics shut them down in the 1970s while rolling out ultraconservative religious laws. This month, the cinema ban will come to an end after more than 35 years. Continue reading “Black Panther becomes first movie publicly shown in Saudi Arabia in 35 years”