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Month: April 2017

A Federal Judge Has Blocked 9 Arkansas Inmates From Being Executed

A circuit judge in Pulaski County, Arkansas issued a temporary restraining order on Friday that blocked the executions of six men who were scheduled to begin being put to death on Monday.

On Saturday, a federal judge blocked the executions of 9 inmates including the original 8 who were on the fast-track to lethal injection because of the state wanting to avoid letting one of the three drugs in the lethal injection protocol to expire.

The ruling by Federal District Judge Kristine G. Baker in Little Rock, Ark., comes less than 24 hours after a circuit judge in Pulaski County, Ark. issued a temporary restraining order to halt the executions. Baker’s ruling applies to nine death row inmates, but of the nine, one prisoner’s execution had not been scheduled and two others had received stays of execution. The executions of the remaining six were set to begin Monday night and continue over the next 10 days, an extremely speedy schedule that had drew criticism from across the nation.

Source: Update: Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Executions

This Civil War Re-Enactment Group is Made Up of Black Women

When I think of Civil War re-enactment groups, I think of crazy old men running around in period costumes waving bayonets and muskets at each other out in a field somewhere in east “We Don’t Kick It Over There,” Virginia.

Female Re-Enactors of Distinction is here to not only shake that image but to also educate you on the Black women you may never heard of.

We were not all slaves and mammies; this is a testament to that.

Female Re-Enactors of Distinction (FREED) was founded in 2005 in association with the African American Civil War Museum in D.C., and its goal is to bring to life characters from the 19th century who are the most overlooked in history books: Black women. According to the Washington Post, the group came together after a group of women donned period dress at a museum event that commemorated the establishment of the U.S. Bureau of Colored Troops during the Civil War.

Source: Black Women in D.C. Bring to Life the Untold Stories of Overlooked Black Women in Civil War History

Aaron Hernandez Acquitted of Double Murder Charges

Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court during his hearing on August 22, 2013 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was cleared on Friday of double murder charges by a Boston jury as he remains imprisoned serving a life sentence without parole for a third murder charge stemming from a June 2013 slaying.

The Boston Globe reports that Hernandez was acquitted of the double murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a drive-by shooting that occurred in the early morning hours on July 16, 2012.

Hernandez was also acquitted of witness intimidation in the shooting of the star prosecution witness, Alexander Bradley, in Florida in 2013.

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“Jared Goes To Iraq!” is the picture story we all need in our lives

First son-in-law Jared Kushner has no business going to Iraq and meeting with U.S. military officials, yet here we are.

This offering from Task and Purpose is a hilarious take on Kushner’s visit with Gen. Joe Dunford in Iraq.

Share it with your friends.

Jared went to college at Harvard and business school at NYU. He went to the same business school as retired general Ray Odierno’s son! Ray Odierno’s son was also an Army officer who lost his right arm and one of his soldiers in Iraq.Jared never saw Iraq before; he was busy helping his dad buy a New York skyscraper with borrowed money. But now he’s going off to see the war!

Source: Jared Goes To Iraq! A Picture Story

I posted about Ziad Ahmed on The Root and it brought all the trolls out

Ziad Ahmed is the Muslim teen who answered a question on his Stanford admission application with the hasthag #BlackLivesMatter pasted 100 times.

Ziad was accepted by Stanford, and while his bold statement may not be the reason he was admitted, it definitely put an exclamation point on the career of an 18-year-old who has already been invited to the White House, worked on two presidential campaigns and created two youth organizations. We should be praising him regardless of whether or not is statement is what got him in.

We should be praising him because he is the future, and he is already making an impact on the world.

Of course, in the online world, writing about something like this usually leads to the types of responses that let you know people just love to be miserable, hateful, and downright disrespectful.

I’m not as bothered by the people arguing that it’s not the statement that got him in. So what. We don’t care about that.

I’m more concerned about the people who feel the need to comment with hate and vitriol thrown at a teenager who is just trying to leave some good in the world. The Islamophobia is sickening.

But there is something else mixed in with the Islamophobia. It’s that old throwback hate against the very idea that Black Lives Matter.

Black Lives Matter, and saying that out loud should not be a problem for anyone. No one is saying that Black Lives Matter more than other lives. No one is saying that in order to preserve Black lives we are going to take out other lives. No one is asking for anything more than the recognition of the humanity of a people who built this damn country on their own blood, sweat, and tears, but are still considered “other” and “unworthy” in the eyes of a dying minority that wants to use the illusion of a majority to remain in control.

So, yes. I wrote about Ziad Ahmed’s Stanford statement. I wrote about it because what he did was important, regardless to how you feel about it.

And that an 18-year-old Muslim boy from Bangladesh could make such a bold statement gives me hope for the future.

Is your activism performative or substantive? One New Jersey teen knew exactly how to show his answer to that question when filling out his application to Stanford University. Asked “What matters to you, and why?” the teen could think of only one thing: #BlackLivesMatter.

Ziad Ahmed wrote the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter 100 times, and that one act of activism paid off. According to a Mic profile of Ahmed, he received his letter of acceptance from Stanford on Friday.

Source: Muslim Teen Writes #BlackLivesMatter 100 Times for His Stanford Application Statement, Gets Accepted

New Twitter Bio April 4, 2017

writer. journal·ist. womanist. big hair enthusiast. sex positive. body positive. contact: mo@thejournalista.com. paypal.me/thejournalista

off the record – a biomythography

Sometimes I write things that aren’t news.

I have this thing for words and storytelling and experience documenting; call it the journal·ist in me.

off the record is a biomythography of my life then and now.

names have been changed to protect the fuck ups and not so innocent. for everyone else, i’m respecting their privacy.

enjoy.

 

Accountability is like Kryptonite for niggas who mumble their words, give ambiguous answers, and avoid answering direct questions

Source: What do we do now, Superman? – off the record

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