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Minnesota’s Governor Wants to Name Police Training Fund After Philando Castile

Philando Castile

Philando Castile (Facebook)

Does this seem like the right thing to do?

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Philando Castile’s shooting death at the hands of St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton marked the occasion by recommending the state’s Police Officer Standards and Training Board be named after Castile.

Read “Minn., Governor Wants to Name Police Training Fund After Philando Castile

Keep it tasty 


Keep it tasty

Doc Rivers and the Clippers Dynasty

Doc Rivers, Austin Rivers

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, left, listens to Austin Rivers, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. The Clippers won 107-102. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

I wrote a commentary about Doc Rivers and his failing legacy with the Clippers.

He has not been able to elevate this team above their junior varsity status the way everyone thought he would, and with each successive loss — be it a game or a player — it becomes clear that it’s time for Doc Rivers to go as both a president and a coach. His decisions in both capacities have been questionable at best, and destructive at worst.

Read “Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers: Is a Man’s Pride and a Father’s Love Ruining a Basketball Franchise?

I love you, 2 Chainz

Pink Trap House

Pink Trap House (Instagram/@hairweavekiller)

I have a confession: I secretly love 2 Chainz. OK, maybe it’s not so secretly, because my friends know that any time he appears on a song, I am going to turn the volume up as loud as it can go on his parts, and I’m going to rap along at the top of my lungs.

Read “2 Chainz Just Gave Me a Few More Reasons to Love Him

New Black Panther Party Clashes With Baton Rouge Police at Alton Sterling Demonstration

New Black Panther Party

New Black Panther clashes with Baton Rouge police Party (The Advocate video screenshot)

A New Black Panther Party demonstration Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the police shooting that left Alton Sterling dead turned into a confrontation with police and ended with seven people arrested after demonstrators attempted to march through a barricade line at Baton Rouge police headquarters.

Read “New Black Panther Party Protest on Anniversary of Alton Sterling Shooting Leads to Confrontation With Police

Undocumented Minors Must Be Given A Hearing Before Being Detained: Federal Court Ruling


Bryan Cox/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Getty Images

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Wednesday that undocumented minors who enter the country without permission must be given a hearing to determine whether they can be released.

Read “Federal Court Rules Undocumented Minors Cannot Be ‘Contained’ Without A Hearing 

In which Candice Benbow writes my life…

I need every man in my life, past, present and future, to read this.

It is so real.

We 0:00-4:43 girls aren’t supposed to have any country for men like you because you don’t deserve it. And yet here we all are. With visceral reactions to an album that reminds us how we never got to “4:44”- all you gave us was “Song Cry”.And I did. I cried.

Source: 4:43 —

Cheers to New Beginnings


My work MacBook arrived yesterday

I’ve been holding on to this news for the last two weeks, and now that my work laptop has arrived via FedEx, I feel like I can share my news with the world.

Yesterday was my last day working as a freelance writer for The Root.  As of today, I am a full time staff writer for The Root,  the site that took a chance and gave a platform to a highly opinionated hard news writer from the west. I am so grateful.

I will still be on the news desk at night, and I will still be bringing you my cutting commentary, but now I do it with a salary, benefits, and a job with a media organization that will only continue to grow.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you dreams don’t come true. They do, and sometimes they come with a brand new MacBook for you to write your success with.

MacBook Pro

My work MacBook Pro

South Los Angeles Street to Be Renamed Barack Obama Boulevard

President Barack Obama

Former U.S. President Barack Obama (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to rename a street that runs through southwest Los Angeles after former President Barack Obama. As luck would have it, the street runs parallel to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, another hood classic.

Read “Los Angeles City Council Votes Unanimously To Name Street After Former President Barack Obama

#Flint: State Files Lawsuit After City Council Refuses to Approve Long Term Water Contract With Detroit

Flint Michigan Water Tower

Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

The Flint City Council refused to approve a 30-year contract with Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) out of Detroit Monday, despite a mandatory deadline imposed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and on Wednesday the state responding by filing a lawsuit against the city, alleging the city is endangering public health as the ongoing saga of the lead-contaminated water continues.

Read “#Flint: State Files Lawsuit Against City After Council Refused to Approve Long Term Water Contract With Detroit

Ohio Town Considering Letting Heroin Addicts Die After Three Overdoses


Naloxone Hydrochloride, or Narcan (Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)

If you are a heroin addict in Middletown, Ohio, the city is considering a controversial proposal that could have an impact on whether or not you get help the next time you overdose on your drug of choice, and if they have their way, three strikes means you’re dead.

Read “Ohio Town Considers Imposing a 3-Strike Policy on Heroin Overdoses

Criminal Charges Dropped Against Officer Who Arrested Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland/Twitter

Former Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia, who arrested motorist Sandra Bland two years ago, was the only officer to face criminal charges in connection with her mysterious death in a Texas jail, but as of Wednesday, the criminal charges against him have been dropped.

Read “Charges Dropped Against Only Officer to Face Criminal Charges Related to Sandra Bland’s Death

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