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Embracing the Greatness of Muhammad Ali – The Atlantic

Understanding Ali is vital in figuring out how to honor him. He was a man who stood against a racist and militarist state. It is not possible for warmongers to celebrate him in good faith, nor it is possible for a man who threatens ­to ban Muslims from entering the country to do so. It is not possible for people who condemn Serena Williams for arrogance to fairly eulogize Ali. It is not possible for those who are “colorblind” or see blackness as a thing to be “transcended” to truly see a man who saw his blackness as a central and enduring part of his identity. And it is not possible for those turn a blind eye to America’s white supremacist sins to truly ponder the greatness of the Greatest.

Source: Embracing the Greatness of Muhammad Ali – The Atlantic

Bobbi Kristina Brown dead at 22

I wept for Bobbi Kristina the day her mother Whitney died. I was horrified when I heard that Bobbi Kristina had been found unconscious in a tub, and I was fearful that her story would have the same ending as her mother’s.

I find consolation in the fact that she and Whitney are now traveling the plane together, and her young, troubled soul can finally have some peace.

Rest in Paradise, Bobbi Kristina. May your family find love and compassion during this time of loss.

New York Magazine website hack

This is all a bit much. Within hours of publishing a powerful investigative piece on the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, New York Magazine had their site hacked.

The alleged hacker gave an interview to the Daily Dot:

But it’s not an attempt to silence the 35 women who have come forth to describe their alleged assault, nor the magazine that pieced their story together, ThreatKing said. Instead, he claimed, this stems entirely from his dislike of New York City, which he extends to magazines that share its name.

“Many stupid people at [sic] New York,” ThreatKing told The Daily Dot over a Skype chat. “I have not even seen the cover, LOL,” he said.

OK. So of all the things a hacker who hates New York could hack, he decides to hack the New York Magazine website on the same evening they release a huge story like this?

This is insulting to the intelligence of us all. There is no way this isn’t some form of technical misogyny. This is a means of silencing voicing. They can frame it around whatever narrative they want, but pay attention to a few things:

  1. In this supposed attack against New York, New York Magazine is the only site that has been attacked, and there seems to be no mention of any other site being attacked.
  2. The Twitter account of the alleged hacker has only been in operation for 6 days, with 94 tweets total as of this writing.
  3. The claim is that this is in no way related to the Cosby story, but why did that Twitter account RT Beverly Johnson’s tweet about the site being down and one of the staffers having their email hacked?

Listen. You can call me a conspiracy theorist all you want, but there is no way these things are unrelated.

As someone (who I can’t remember now, sorry!) said on Twitter once, the jig is higher than giraffe pussy with ten joints in it.

Supreme Court Brings Marriage Equality To The Entire Country

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples across the country have a constitutional right to marry, regardless of what state they live in. This brings marriage equality to all of the states where same-sex marriage bans were still in place or still being enforced to some extent: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan. The precedent would also apply to U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico.

Source: Supreme Court Brings Marriage Equality To The Entire Country | ThinkProgress

Prisoner in van with Freddie Gray speaks out | MSNBC

 

Chris Hayes talks to Jayne Miller, the WBAL reporter who interviewed interviewed Donta Allen, who was the 2nd prisoner in the police van along with Freddie Gray.

Source: Prisoner in van with Freddie Gray speaks out | MSNBC

This makes absolutely no sense. There are now way too many holes in this story.

  1. The Washington Post article says that the prisoner who was in the van with Freddie Gray alleged that he thought Freddie Gray intentionally hurt himself.  In this interview, the guy is clearly saying that he thinks the police hurt him.
  2. The WaPo article said the other inmate was 38 years old. I know black doesn’t crack, but this guy is clearly not 38 years old.
  3. The WaPo article says that the identity of this man was being protected for fear that something would happen to him. He’s clearly on television giving interviews, so how does that make sense?
  4. How long are we supposed to continue swallowing this bullshit?
  5. In his version of the story, he says he was arrested for stealing a cigarette? The WaPo article says he was arrested for violating a protective order. Uh…

Watch the video for yourself and tell me what you think.

Freddie Gray allegedly injured himself intentionally while in police custody

The Baltimore Police Department Public Affairs Office The Washington Post has published an article which suggests that Freddie Gray injured himself while in police custody. The entire article is sourced from a police document and doesn’t name any names, including the prisoner supposedly giving the information. According to the Post, the document was provided to them under the condition that they not name the prisoner.

According to a police document obtained by The Post, a prisoner in a separate compartment of the same Baltimore police van as Freddie Gray told officers he heard Gray “banging against the walls.”

Source: Prisoner in van said Freddie Gray was ‘trying to injure himself,’ document says – The Washington Post

This information is directly contradicted by earlier reports from Baltimore reporter Jayne Miller.

Just who is supposed to believe the information in this article? How can a man sever his own spine and crush his own vocal cords while handcuffed inside of a police van?

Did the guy on the other side of the wall get a deal? Did he think that possibly the thumping was the police beating Gray on the other side of the wall? If he couldn’t hear or see Gray (other than the thumping) how can he say for certain that was him on the other side of the wall?

There are so many holes in this story, and this piece is an example of the media spreading lies and propaganda for the police.

Then there’s this:

Batts has said officers violated policy by failing to properly restrain Gray. But the president of the Baltimore police union noted that the policy mandating seat belts took effect April 3 and was e-mailed to officers as part of a package of five policy changes on April 9, three days before Gray was arrested.

Gene Ryan, the police union president, said many officers aren’t reading the new policies – updated to meet new national standards – because they think they’re the same rules they already know, with only cosmetic changes. The updates are supposed to be read out during pre-shift meetings.

The previous policy was written in 1997, when the department used smaller, boxier wagons that officers called “ice cream trucks.” They originally had a metal bar that prisoners had to hold during the ride. Seat belts were added later, but the policy left their use discretionary.

So, using seat belts is discretionary, and they are admitting that the police don’t read or follow their own rules. Good job guys.

This article and the information contained is complete bullshit. Let’s continue to demand the facts. Police the police.

#BaltimoreUprising #FreddieGray #BlackLivesMatter

I Can’t Breathe

I can't breathe

Eric Garner’s last words before his death from a police officer’s chokehold were, “I can’t breathe.”

How much injustice are we supposed to take? How long are we supposed to continue to swallow the shit sandwich America continues to serve up to us? What is it going to take to make change?

Marvin Gaye “Inner City Blues” is today’s soundtrack seed

I queued up Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues” today after seeing someone reference it on Twitter. The lyrics are just as applicable today as they were the year the song originally came out. 43 years later, nothing has changed. NOTHING.

Where do we go from here? What are we to do?

Visionary Futures — “Ferguson Hug” Photo Staged, Cropped to Send Clear…

Need I say more?

The way this image has been propagandized is highly disturbing to me because it distracts from the real issues. This has never been about the relationship between individual officers and young Black men, but about the way in which our institutions and society protect cops, granting them license to use lethal force in ANY circumstance. Whether they do use it or decide to demonstrate “love” is irrelevant.’

I would like to add that Devonte was crying before approaching the officer while he was talking to his guardian, presumably because he was terrified. This brings the question of coercion to my mind, but I’ll let ya’ll debate over it.”

via Visionary Futures — “Ferguson Hug” Photo Staged, Cropped to Send Clear….

Stereo Williams on sentimental photos and black people’s anger

I’m glad to know I’m not the only person serving this picture a bit of side eye. This image is meant to elicit a certain type of emotion and to encourage docile behavior.

There are those who are sharing this photo and reporting on this photo and others like it for the purposes of promoting the sort of “Can’t we all just get along” rhetorical idealism that derails many necessary social movements. That officer hugging that black child may evoke emotions, but it shouldn’t resonate deeper into our national consciousness than that video of an officer gunning down a different black child — Tamir Rice, a 12-year old in Cleveland who was murdered by cops last week after they were called to the scene by witnesses who saw him playing with a toy gun. If that picture moved you more than that video, I have to believe you are more interested in “peace” than justice. And that is unacceptable in times such as these.

via Sentimental photos, Ben Watson and why black people’s anger is necessary – Rolling Out.

BREAKING: First diagnosed case of Ebola in New York City

A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case.

The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the initial test.

via Doctor in New York City Tests Positive for Ebola – NYTimes.com.

Vonderrit Myers fatally shot by police officer

All of the information coming from St Louis regarding this shooting seems to be comprised mostly of buzzwords and devoid of any type of real information. I’m beginning an outline of questions I have regarding this, and I think we all deserve the answers to them.

The shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. in the 4100 block of Shaw Boulevard in south St. Louis when the officer attempted a “pedestrian check,” St. Louis police spokeswoman Schron Jackson said in an email. Police did not elaborate on what a pedestrian check is or why it is done.

Jackson said the officer was working a department-approved security job and wearing his uniform when he confronted the pedestrian.

“The male suspect fled on foot,” Jackson said. “The officer pursued the suspect. The suspect turned and fired a gun at the officer. Fearing for his safety, the officer returned fire, striking the suspect, fatally wounding him. The officer was not injured.”

via Tensions rise as white St. Louis police officer shoots black man dead

What is a “pedestrian check”?

I know most departments have a rule against officers moonlighting elsewhere, so I need a clearer definition of what a “department-approved security job” means. Was he acting as a police officer providing security for someone/something, or was his second job department-approved?

When they say he was wearing a uniform, what type of uniform was he wearing? Was he wearing a police uniform, or was he wearing a security guard uniform?

If a security guard were to try to detain me as I was minding my own business walking down the street with my sandwich, I’d probably tell him to go fuck himself, especially after the last “neighborhood watch guard” who made the news did so by killing his supposed suspect.

Some of the earlier statements published last night indicated that Myers was with a group of friends. Where are they? Have they been detained? Have they been questioned? Were they even stopped?

The headline on this St Louis Post-Dispatch article says that the officer was off-duty, but also states he was wearing a uniform. Again, we need clarification — police uniform or security guard uniform? And if he was off-duty, why was he performing a “pedestrian check”?

The article also states that there were a total of four people that the officer supposedly stopped to talk to. Again, why did he stop them? If he was on his second job working for a private security company, why did he suddenly switch gears back into police officer mode? Is that even legal?

There are more questions than answers in this situation, and with what already happened in Ferguson with the Mike Brown shooting, I don’t know if we will ever get any real answers.

BREAKING: Eric Holder To Resign As Attorney General

Holder plans to make the announcement, which was first reported by NPR’s Carrie Johnson, at a press conference at the White House on Thursday afternoon. The 63-year-old will call his tenure as attorney general in the “greatest honor” of his professional life, according to a Justice Department official.

The White House has not announced a candidate to replace Holder, who has a close personal relationship with President Barack Obama. Holder discussed his plans with Obama on several occasions over the last few months, and finalized his decision at the White House residence over Labor Day weekend, according to a DOJ official. If Holder stays in office until December, he will become the third-longest serving attorney general in the history of the United States.

via Eric Holder To Resign As Attorney General.

Act NOW! Obama FCC “Fast Lane Internet” Proposals Are The End of the Open Internet | Black Agenda Report

Before the 60 day comment period on these new rules began on May 15, the FCC had already received more than 3 million pleas from the public NOT to end network neutrality, the technical name for the principle that all content from every provider should be freely available to all comers over the internet. This should have stopped the FCC and the Obama administration in its tracks. But the White House and the FCC are not listening.

It will take a vigorous and sustained public outcry to stop the FCC from turning the internet, originally designed and built by government employees with billions of your tax dollars, into a privatized corporate plantation, much like cable TV.

via Act NOW! Obama FCC “Fast Lane Internet” Proposals Are The End of the Open Internet | Black Agenda Report.

This is so important, and it’s sad that no one is paying attention. People are blindly going through life while things continue to happen that impact the way they live on the daily, and they only take notice after the change has been made. Here is an opportunity to act before the change is made. Do something. Stand for something. Share this information just like you share those Kermit or DaQuan memes, or soon you won’t be able to share even those.

Steve Ballmer to buy Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion

Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO, has won a bid to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion after embattled owner Donald Sterling was forced to sell, the LA Times reported Thursday.

Ballmer, who was chief executive of Microsoft for 14 years, was chosen over competitors that included Los Angeles-based investors Tony Ressler and Bruce Karsh and a group that included David Geffen and executives from the Guggenheim Group, the Chicago-based owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to three individuals familiar with the negotiations.

The team was estimated to be worth an estimated $557 million dollars earlier this year.

According to the Times, the Geffen group bid $1.6 billion, and Ressler bid $1.2 billion.

The deal still has to be approved by 29 NBA owners, but is expected to go through as long as Ballmer agrees to not move the franchise from Los Angeles.

Ballmer states that he has no intention of moving the Clippers from Los Angeles, which has the second biggest media market in the country.

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