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Amber Rose posted some hot pictures on Instagram. You’re welcome.

I love looking at the Amber Rose Instagram account. It seems like she’s having a lot of fun being Amber. She’s my kind of eye candy. Her body is delicious.

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White man shoots police chief, lives to tell the story

In yet another example of how unjust the system is, a white man in Sentinel, Oklahoma shot the police chief four times and will be able to share the story with his grandchildren somewhere down the road. Oh, and to add insult to injury, the police chief is black.

 

“Whitney” premieres on Lifetime tonight

Rob Sharenow, Lifetime’s executive vice president and general manager, says that it’s the movies themselves that have made the franchise a classic. “People love a great story,” he said. “And I think at their heart, Lifetime movies are always about great drama and pure storytelling. That’s what it is, as simple as that.”

Cover Story: “The Dream of Reconciliation” – The New Yorker

The cover art of next week’s New Yorker as drawn by Barry Blitt depicts Martin Luther King Jr. marching arm in arm with Eric Garner and NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu. In the background, we see Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and an American Flag.

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I have several issues with this drawing. The first is, why is all the color removed from the people in the picture? Before Captain Facts or any other member of the #WellActually justice league can jump in my comments, let me say that I get what the artist may have intended, but the fact is, the murders of Garner, Martin, and Brown all had a basis in the fact that they were black, so removing their color in this drawing, in my opinion, is an attempt the erase the part that race/color played in their deaths.

Adding Dr. King to the picture could be considered a nice touch, and it definitely goes along with the theme of the article, but why is it that Dr. King is invoked so much by white people these days? When he was alive they wanted him to shut up. Now his name and memory are shouted from the mountaintops anytime anyone wants the angry black people to calm down. Please stop invoking the name, memory, and image of Dr. King as a means of trying to instill docility and quiet the righteous anger of black people in America. Dr. King was killed while demonstrating nonviolent resistance, so using him as a tool against the very people he was championing is more than a little insulting.

Why is Wenjian Liu even in this picture? The NYPD shooting was an isolated incident that had nothing to do with the deaths of Brown, Garner or Martin, so why is there this concerted effort by the media to rewrite the narrative and put them together? This is yet another version of #AllLivesMatter, which is in and of itself and attempt to water down the importance and significance of the movement that is happening in this country right now to save black lives.

This is not a Kumbaya moment. We are not going to emerge from this holding hands and singing gospel songs together. We are in the fight of our lives, and we demand the recognition of our humanity and our person-hood. Understand that until the genocide of black people in this country stops, the revolution will continue.

Here is what the artist had to say about his cover art for the New Yorker:

Barry Blitt drew next week’s cover, inspired by the photographs of the Selma-to-Montgomery march that are everywhere again. “It struck me that King’s vision was both the empowerment of African-Americans, the insistence on civil rights, but also the reconciliation of people who seemed so hard to reconcile,” he said. “In New York and elsewhere, the tension between the police and the policed is at the center of things. Like Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, Martin Luther King was taken way too early. It is hard to believe things would have got as bad as they are if he was still around today.”

via Cover Story: “The Dream of Reconciliation” – The New Yorker.

You are what you eat

Given the time of year, I know that setting new fitness and health goals is cliche, but so what; I’m doing it.

The results of my walk this morning

The results of my walk this morning

I started keeping a food diary this week. I’ve been using the S Health app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and one of the features is a health coach that suggests small missions for you to complete in order to meet your health goals.

A mission I picked for this week was to spend a day tracking what I ate. I actually did it or more than one day, and I’ve decided to continue the practice because the benefits of it make it worth it.

Entering everything I ate into this app made me really conscious of what I was putting into my body. Today was a good day where I ate mostly fruits and vegetables. My breakfast bagel was more calories than I care to expend on one item, and that made me realize that I want to spend my calorie budget on healthier, more filling foods that are going to keep me energized throughout the day.

My food diary for today

My food diary for today

Another challenge that I am taking on is the physical activity challenge. Let’s face it; I’m lazy and fat. I am working on improving that, but it is a work in progress, and so to that end I am using the app to keep myself accountable.

My steps for today

My steps for today

I got in over 14K steps today, and that includes mile and a half I walked this morning to get my day started. I promise I felt more energized today after starting it off with a walk first thing.

One of my main goals is to move around as much as possible. Even when sitting at my desk, I am doing my new favorite leg exercise: tracing the alphabet with each foot. You can actually feel the results of this.

These are all just small steps that I know will lead to larger ones and bring me to a healthier place overall, and for that I’m excited.

You can follow along with my journey.

Haiku #2 – Keywords and Phrases pt 2

new journalism: a first-person subjective media perspective

 

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?

No Indictment In NYPD Eric Garner Chokehold Case – The Atlantic

There are plenty of differences between the cases of Garner and Brown, but one particular contrast remains salient: There was no footage of Michael Brown’s death, only eyewitness accounts and conjecture, leaving minds to imagine a standoff between an officer and a civilian, a standoff that ended with the image of Brown lying dead in the street for over four hours.

via No Indictment In NYPD Eric Garner Chokehold Case – The Atlantic.

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….

Alfonso Ribeiro, the Carlton Dance, and Starbucks

So there is a new Starbucks commercial featuring a clip of Alfonso Ribeiro doing the Carlton Dance, and it is pure awesome.

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.

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