Black Hollywood Turns Out for “MLK NOW” Event in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King & Other Civil Rights Activists

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Who would have thought that in 2016 we would still be fighting against racism, classicism and the continued disregard for the talents and contributions of black people to the world. In fact, the fight for equality seems just as prevalent in 2016 as it was in 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was slain on a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. Yesterday was a day to honor him. It was a day to refocus on his dream and what needs to be done to keep it alive. It was a day where entertainers including comedian Chris Rock, actors Harry Belafonte, Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan, musical artists India Arie, J. Cole, Jussie Smollett and numerous others joined hundreds of people to pay tribute to Dr. King and other civil rights leaders. The event touted as “#MLKNOW” was sponsored by Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and was held last night at the Riverside Church in Manhattan where Dr. King delivered his historical sermon opposing the Vietnam War in 1967.

Bill Cosby Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Rape Accusers

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Bill Cosby hasn’t said much in the press since the slew of rape allegations against him surfaced back to back from over 50 women earlier this year. Now the comedian is firing back through a lawsuit against a few of his accusers saying that they fabricated their stories of sexual assault. In a 89-page court filing obtained by the Daily News, Cosby named seven of his alleged victims as defendants accusing them all of defamation.

Officer On Leave After Violent Assault At Spring Valley High, Fellow Student Speaks Out

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I was not prepared to see what I saw when I did my usual evening scroll on Twitter last night. I wish my social media romp did not include a clip of an officer flipping, choking and throwing a female high school student across a classroom before arresting her. The officer identified as Ben Fields, ordered 18 year old female student to stand up and leave the room. When she refused, Officer Fields stood over her desk and tells her, “either you’re coming with me or I’ll make you.” Then without hesitation, he grabs her, flips her over, and slams her onto the ground before tossing her across the room in front of a class full of other students and cuffing her.

Bill Cosby’s Image Is Shattered but the Impact of “The Cosby Show” is Etched in the Lives of Millions

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Ebony magazine released the cover of their November 2015 issue amid both praise and criticism. The controversial cover and accompanying cover story compares the fictional and lovable husband and father,”Heathcliff Huxtable” of The Cosby Show to Bill Cosby, the comedian accused of drugging and raping more than 40 women over a span of four decades. It took me some time to sort through how I felt about the strong cover story and even had a few debates on the subject. I have now decided that I abhor the concept and am disappointed in the historical magazine for addressing this issue in this way.

[UPDATE] Manhunt Underway for White Male Who Killed 9 at Historic Black Church in South Carolina

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An all out manhunt is underway for a white male who entered the historic and predominantly black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed 9 people last night. According to reports, the man actually attended the bible study that was taking place for almost an hour before opening fire on the other attendees.

TIME Magazine Discusses the Root of the Baltimore Riots, “Decades of Systemic failure

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While the majority of mainstream media remains hell bent on crucifying the citizens of Baltimore in the wake of the riots that ensued after the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray, TIME Magazine is focusing on the root of the issues plagueing Baltimore, and many other cities across the country.  In the issue to hit stands May 11th, the historical mag dives head first into the decades of systematic racism that became, in the words of President Obama “a slow-rolling crisis”. 

Baltimore Protests for Freddie Gray, Ask For Empathy Instead of Criticism

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Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath. -Proverbs 28:9

Depending on where you are in the world or what media outlets you frequent, you either think the city of Baltimore is full of fed up individuals seeking change or a bunch of savage animals taking advantage of a terrible situation. Unruly riots AND peaceful protests have ensued In the wake of the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray who died on April 19th as a result of injuries he sustained while in police custody. The citizens of Baltimore can now add their portrayal in mainstream media to their reasons to be outraged. It is very clear that there are people taking the opportunity to loot, destroy property and act out in violence. However, according to local media, those people are the minority. 

Time Magazine Covers #BlackLivesMatter and the Murder of Walter Scott

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#BlackLivesMatter isn’t just a hashtag as most recently evidenced by the murder of Walter Scott by police officer Michael Slager which was caught on tape. The apparent mistreatment and violation of blacks by law enforcement is no longer something that can be ignored by mass media. Time Magazine has addressed  “Black Lives Matter” and the murder of Walter Scott on the cover of this week’s issue. In the article “In The Line of Fire” they describe the killing of blacks by those who are meant to protect as catalyptic.

Sybrina Fulton Speaks 3 Years After the Murder of Trayvon Martin, Says Zimmerman “Got Away With Murder”

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I’m pretty sure that during the days and months immediately following the murder of her son, Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton would not have imagined that Trayvon’s killer would be a free man three years later. But that is indeed the case. Sybrina expressed her disappointment to the Associated Press that federal prosecutors recently decided not to charge George Zimmerman with a hate crime for the death of her son.

OWN Covers #Selma50 All January Long

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Oprah has decided that producing Selma and portraying Annie Lee Cooper, a 54-year-old woman who tried to register to vote, in the film was just not enough. She is also using her platform to promote the movie and honor those who were apart of the historic marches from Selma to Montgomery 50 years ago. For one month beginning on January 1, 2015, OWN will feature exclusive programs, specials and movies in commemoration of the 50th anniversary. 

Al Sharpton Calls for Washington, DC March in Wake of Eric Garner Indictment Decision

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After last week’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown, millions of people were left confused, angered and disappointed. Some of those people were disappointed yet again when the officer who caused the death of another black man was not indicted. Yesterday it was announced that the police officer who choked and killed Eric Garner would not be charged. During a press conference after the decision, Rev. Al Sharpton announced the plan for a march to protest police violence and excessive force in the . The march is scheduled to take place on December 13, 2014. “It’s time for a national march for a national crisis,” Sharpton said.

Ray Rice Wins Appeal, Reinstated Into the NFL

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It looks like Ray Rice won this round. The running back was suspended for two games in July after he assaulted his then girlfriend, Janay Rice, in Spring of this year. However, after footage of the assault leaked in September, the NFL suspended him indefinitely. The NFL Player’s Association appealed the second punishment on behalf of Rice, citing double jeopardy.  The NFL countered the appeal stating that the video footage was new evidence.