BYP Afternoon Round-UP: NYPD Received $4.6 Mil from JPMorgan Chase, Eddie Long Wants His Money Back, and MORE!

October 3rd, 2011


Forbes writer E.D. Kain has written a pretty good op/ed regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement, arguing that while it’s impossible for anyone to predict where things are heading, there’s also nothing wrong with a little Progressive pushback given the incredible Tea Party racket we’ve all been subjected to over the past couple of years.

Best quote:

“I can’t predict the future. Anyone who pretends they can is selling you something. But the times do appear to be changing. Republicans are accusing the president of class warfare. It sounds a lot like someone complaining that they got hit back first.

Maybe a little class warfare is just the thing this country needs.”


I Wish #OccupyWallStreet Critics Would Get Off the Couch and Get in the Game

After the Occupy Wall Street Movement finally got some coverage form the mainstream media, due to some very bad behavior by the NYPD, the blogosphere began to buzz with post after post about what #OccupyWallStreet was doing wrong. From the message to the way the protestors were dressed, #OccupyWallStreet was dissected and criticized by so called strategists for what it was lacking. Now no group or movement is above critique, but now it seems, all of the sudden everyone had the answers about how to protest Wall Street.

This is of course made me wonder, where the hell have y’all been for the last few years? How come these” movement experts” didn’t properly articulate their ideas and organize people behind them? This is the first movement to really shine the light on the architects of the economic collapse and, it’s not just gaining traction, but spreading to other cities and countries. I’m sure they’ll take sincere suggestions and help, but the hating from the sidelines, by armchair activists needs to stop.

Find an Occupy movement near you and sign up or join a organization that’s doing something to change the world. A good idea will remain just that if we don’t do the real work necessary to bring it to fruition. I wanna be with people working and sacrificing to make a difference.

“Whether your black, brown, red, yellow, white you just a way to a means cause the only color that matters is green” -The 99%


THE FOOTAGE: 700 OCCUPY WALL STREET Protestors Arrested At Brooklyn Bridge

The news media wants us focused on the back-and-forth, he said-she said, GOP Presidential nomination bullshit, so they’re burying this kind of footage amid other relatively mundane headlines.

Go figure.

But anybody with a brain, and some level of frustration with corporate greed and political corruption, knows that the biggest and most fascinating story in America is the continued uprising in New York City, and other cities across the country (and the World, for that matter). If you’re wondering just how real things are getting in the Big Apple, feast your eyes on the explosive footage below.

This video of the Occupy Wall Street incident at the Brooklyn Bridge this weekend, in which 700 protestors were arrested by the NYPD, is currently making its way across the internets. And it is sure to raise a few eyebrows.

In addition to the relative brutality of the operation (considering this was a peaceful, nonviolent protest), the NYPD are under fire for their use of a crowd control tactic called “kettling,” involving the cordoning off of a crowd by a large group of officers. With only one exit, protestors can then be arrested en masse.

A Gawker staff member witnessed the incident:


” So, when the protest reached the bridge a large portion peeled off and started up the Brooklyn-bound roadway. People started hopping off the walkway, joining them. We went along fine for a while until we reached maybe midway. There, a phalanx of cops—maybe 50—were blocking the way. Cops began arresting people up front, and a couple caused some scuffles. Right when the first arrests started happening, the crowd started jostling back and forth and I seriously thought there might be a stampede.
Cops shoved one guy down and were kneeling on him. When they tried to drag someone else out of the crowd people held onto his arms as long as possible; a guy stole one white-shirtted cop’s hat from his head and threw it into the air. There’s definitely going to be some dramatic footage but I couldn’t tell how the rough stuff started. While the scuffles continued, leaders got everyone to sit down, but the cops kept arresting people, starting from the front, even though they were sitting down. A bunch of police vans blocked off the way back to Manhattan, so people started scaling the bridge to climb up to the walkway ~10 feet above. Eventually they brought out the orange mesh and began funneling people back to manhattan one-by-one, telling everyone to keep moving cause we were all “subject to arrest.” I was maybe in the middle section of people who walked out that way—seemed like they kept arresting people up front as they were letting people out the rear.”

We implore you to check out the footage below. Pay particular attention to the photojournalists and shockingly young people being dragged off to awaiting police buses and paddy wagons, as well as the incredible passion and resolve of the throngs of demonstrators.

In other words, this ain’t over. Not by a long shot.



BYP NEWSFLASH: Perry Owns A Ranch Called "NIGGERHEAD," Obama Lookalike in KFC Commerical, Drake's New Video and MORE!

October 3rd, 2011


This current crop of GOP Presidential contenders truly are the gift that keeps on giving.

On top of everything else that is utterly ridiculous and absurd about Texas Governor Rick Perry, news broke over the weekend that the Perry family’s West Texas hunting camp once went by the name “Niggerhead.”

We can’t make this stuff up, people. Niggerhead.

And while Perry was quick to assert that the name was painted over and replaced with another one as soon as his family began leasing the property in 1983, locals claim its original name was visible on the estate’s welcoming sign as recent at the 1990’s.

And then Herman Cain seized the moment with a spot-on reaction:

“’My reaction is, that’s just very insensitive,” Cain told Fox. “[There] isn’t a more vile, negative word than the N-word, and for him to leave it there as long as he did, before I hear that they finally painted over it, is just plain insensitive to a lot of black people in this country.”


700 people were arrested at the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday during yet another day of Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City. The impromptu march was broken up by police after the hundreds of demonstrators began spilling out onto the roadways, although there seems to be differing views on how they ended up there and whether or not the police may have lured protestors onto the roadways in order to arrest them.

Occupy Wall Street protests are still going strong as they head into their 3rd week, spreading to multiple cities nationwide and sparking fierce debate about its aims and merits.



 And for your viewing pleasure, a beyond offensive Chinese KFC commercial featuring a President Barack Obama lookalike. Now it seems that the likeness of America’s first Black president is being used here to sell a fried fish filet sandwich; not a bucket of wings. But it’s still bad. Very bad.

Does this racist commercial make you mad…or hungry? Check it out below.




 If you have moment, check out’s review of a recent Odd Future concert in California. It’s hilarious. And horrifying. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s something about their music that elicits an almost supernaturally horrifying response from their fans. If you hadn’t heard their music, you’d think OFWGKTA were the hardest, heaviest hardcore punk band around.

An excerpt:

“Several chants were attempted — Wolf Gang! Golf Wang! Free Earl! Fuck Chris Brown! Swag! — often at the same time from different sections of the crowd. While a stagehand placed clean white towels strategically around the stage, security worked to free two young women from the pit, pulling them out bodily lest they be crushed against the railing up front.

‘We’ll be lucky if we live through this,’ someone muttered.”

Keep in mind; this is before the concert had even started. Check out the full review after the jump.


 And finally, Drake’s new video, “Headlines.”

There’s an empty stadium, a feast fit for a king, a really fast elevator, lots of cigars, and seizure-inducing editing. I’m feelin’ it.

Check it out below. Happy Monday!


Today in Post-Race History: A Rock and a Hard Place

I really hate it when politics interrupt my fantasy football preparation. There I was checking Twitter for tweets that might help my abysmal fantasy team when I started seeing posts about presidential candidate Rick Perry’s little problem.

In case you missed it, according to a story published in The Washington Post last Saturday, Perry’s family’s hunting camp was known as Niggerhead. In fact, the word was etched on a rock at the camp’s entrance and, according to the article, the word was not painted over for quite some time.

Gosh, don’t you just love vintage America?

Weekly News Round-Up: Sept 26th- Oct 2nd, 2011

Sept 26th- Oct 2nd


The Black Gay Gang At Gallery Place
Shani Hilton, Washington City Paper, 9/28/11


Reconcile our children’s future
Jonathan Jansen, Times Live, 9/29/11


The color of an unequal recession
Susan Williams, Freedom Socialist, 10/1/11


Save Our Students launches campaign to break youth violence
Tracey McManus, The Augusta Chronicle, 9/29/11


Youth Programs Offer Resources to Teens
Mass Appeal News, Ashley Kohl, 9/29/11


Program to Study Youth Shootings in Chicago Districts OK’d by Council Committee
Staff Writer, Chicago Fox News, 9/29/11


Youth violence in Cleveland targeted by new group that looks for answers to stem crime
Leon Bibb, ABC News, 9/30/11


New Detroit program aims to put youths’ focus on school, show violence not a solution
GINA DAMRON, Detroit Free Press, 9/30/11


Dear white America: It looks different in black America
Anthony Orlando, Standard Speaker, 10/1/11


Why are all the Black kids in special ed? Or, why you should always demand a second opinion
Staff Writer, The Notebook, 10/2/11


New York’s Pushout Crisis: Why Students Don’t Graduate
Emily Shaw, Baruch College, 10/2/11