Shockingly, Howard Morgan, a former police officer, was found guilty of attempted murder of the 4 Chicago cops that shot him 28 times (21 times in his back). Mr. Morgan miraculously lived and was acquitted in 2007 on two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm. Why would a 60 years old former officer with no criminal record, only minutes from his house, open fire on 4 heavily armed policemen? How can he be guilty of attempted murder, if he was acquitted for firing his gun? Mr. Morgan’s family has vowed to keep fighting. Below is a statement they’re circulating highlighting the many inconsistencies in this travesty of justice. Please sign the petition and do whatever you can to help.
The Voice. When one is colloquially known as such, it becomes easy to forget that such sound emanates from inside a human being. The Voice. A disembodied moniker. So spectacularly general, simply an article and noun sans the dressing of more instructive, clarifying wording: “of reason” or “of God” or “of an angel.” The Voice. So intangible, yet generating a viewable response that cannot be contained within the body, that must express itself in paroxysms of applause, spontaneous standing, or dimmed eyes, mouths agape, heads nodding in utter disbelief of what their ears have witnessed. The Voice. An appellation, like air or magic, that implies an ethereal otherworldliness, an omnipresence so unique that the one to which it refers can never be confused with another.
This weekend, The Voice lost its vessel.
Continuing education main theme during black history tribute
Julie E. Greene, Herald Mail, 2/6/12
Flying club inspires youth to soar
Renée C. Lee, Chron News, 2/7/12
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Fighting Stigma and Marginalization
Ernest Hopkins, Huffington Post, 2/7/12
Black church reaches out to gay, transgender teens
Meghan E. Irons, Boston Globe, 2/8/12
I Was a Teenage Black Panther
Jamal Joseph, The Atlantic, 2/8/12
100 Black Men of Augusta focuses on mentoring black youth
Staff Writer, The Augusta Chronicle, 12/9/12
Youths say ‘so what?’ about black history
Antionette Kerr, The Dispatch, 2/9/12
Pastor embraces hip-hop to reach Mass. youth
Chris Bergeron, Boston Globe, 2/11/12
Even “super cops” know that homicides are preventable, but Canadian politicians still fail to act.
Irvin Waller, The Mark, 2/11/12
National Black/HIV AIDS Awareness Day
Staff Writer, WCTV News, 2/11/12
Black women learn to sweat the hair style
Kristin Tillostson, Star Tribune, 2/12/11
After two year’s hiatus, 17-year old “prodigy” of rap group Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA), launched his twitter account, announcing that Earl Sweatshirt is “home.” Shortly after, a youtube video with a snippet of an unheard track featured Sweatshirt demanding 50,000 followers on twitter within a day in exchange for new music. Three hours later, demand met. Fans have stormed twitter with rejoice at his return. Newly released song “Home” has gone viral. And 15-year-old-potty-mouth-prodigy turned disappearing-act turned student-at-a-Somoan-boarding-school is now ‘back’ with a latest of over 100,000 twitter followers and likely even more fans wondering “What’s next?”
In California, the fight for equality in marriage continues. Even though I have conflicting thoughts about marriage in general, I still believe that homophobia and intolerance is what drives decisions like prob 8. These issues as we all know, are nothing new. And many of the remnants of homophobia are just as strong in the black community as any other. In High School I went to a church that rallied students to stand in front of abortion clinics with red tape covering their mouth and black marker written on the tape displaying one simple word. “Life.” I never personally went on these escapades, but there was already a contradiction building between my personal life and my religious life, my God and my homosexuality, my religion and my passion for civil liberties. Beginning from before I was able to read, before I was old enough to understand what homosexuality was, before I began to have an attraction to any type of sex, I knew being gay “was wrong.” And I knew this single fact because of my up bringing in my grandmothers Baptist church. The bible verse that is most frequently used against homosexuals in the church is in the Torah, in the book of Leviticus “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination” What I know now, is conservatism and hate are concepts that one must be taught, and with prop 8 supporters in mind, there are institutions that breed hate and intolerance.
20 year-old gay man Brandon White has finally spoken out after a viral video of him being brutally gay-bashed by three men spread like wildfire across the internet this week.
As we told you yesterday, an FBI investigation is underway to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
But that won’t do anything to erase the physical and emotional scars from enduring such a vile beating. BYP.com commends Brandon for his courage and resilience in speaking out about this terrible ordeal.
“I was going to be silent about it…but by them going ahead and wanting to release it and put it on the internet, i feel that they wanted the attention themselves. They wanted to make themselves look like they were brave and strong. But in my opinion, I’m the brave one.”
Check out his press conference below.
As it is Black History month, we are reminded of all of the great leaders our race boasts about: MLK, Malcolm X, WEB Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Barrack Obama, Ida B. Wells, and the list goes on. I can remember as a young student learning about these great figures and admiring them, yet always having a feeling that I could not amount to their greatness. I always felt as though they were demi-gods who were untouchable. Their stories were awe-inspiring, their biographies were tear jerking and yet, I have always felt a great distance from these great leaders.
We spend our money in every community except our own! We don’t own enough businesses within our
community as well. This is a big problem for African American families and youth. In order to strengthen our resources within
our community such as schools, we must invest in businesses that surround our
The Obama Administration is expected to give ten states “No Child Left Behind” waivers today, providing them with leeway to develop their own strategies.
According to NewsOne, those states are Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Tennessee. New Mexico has yet to recieve a waiver, but is reportedly working with the Obama Administration to get one as well.
28 other states are expected to apply for waivers in the coming months.
You might want to take a few deep breaths before checking out this video.
Stand-up comedian Dave Ackerman went to Brigham Young University in black face, and asked the incredibly white student body a series of questions to test their knowledge of Black history and culture.
Words cannot even begin to describe the outstanding levels of ignorance radiating from this video.
You’ll laugh, you’ll scream, and you might even need a little therapy after this one.
I’ve been meaning to write this post since I watched a commercial for a K-Mart Martin Luther King, Jr. day sale. I’m all about a deal, and I can’t be sure but maybe Dr. King was also, but seriously? It took me back to a discussion I’ve had with several people regarding the commercialization of revolutionary heroes, such as Che Guevara who has been relegated to a t-shirt and how his message is lost by the very practice (buying and wearing items adorned with his image) that keeps his image alive.
I vividly remember the maelstrom Morgan Freeman caused when he said that the idea of Black History Month is ridiculous. He further explained his contention by pointing to the fact that relegating Black history to one month is ridiculous and perpetuates racism more than it works to fight against it. While I understand Morgan Freeman’s concern, I believe that the commercialization of Black History Month is doing more damage to Black History than anything.
A harrowing viral video depicting a young Gay man being viciously gay-bashed in Atlanta has sparked a firestorm of controversy and an investigation by the FBI.
The video shows the attackers waiting for someone to exit a convenience store, with one of them stating “Jack City, no faggots.” A young man then exits the store and is immediately sucker punched from the side, and then brutally beaten by three men. Throughout the video, a fourth man can be heard yelling “no faggots in Jack City” as they mercilessly punch and kick the victim.
According to reports, the police were never called, and the attackers are still at large.
Assata Shakur is a true revolutionary.
She fought for justice as a member of the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation Movement, before being falsely accused of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Refusing to be just another victim of COINTELPRO, Assata escaped from prison on November 2nd, 1979 and eventually found her way to Cuba, where she currently resides.
Today there is a one million dollar bounty on Shakur’s head; the FBI classifies her as a domestic terrorist.
Of course, we know the truth.
Court Theater, the professional theater located on the University of Chicago’s campus, premiered Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man last month. I haven’t read the novel since high school and was ripped open all over again, seeing Ellison’s words acted out on stage. I was surprised to feel such a deep connection to the emotions experienced in the play in our modern time. To be confused about how to live out a racial identity, obligation to others in the same group, or to experience deep anger with those outside of the race is still existent today. However, the time that has passed since the time this novel was written would lead one to believe that the words would have some dissonance from today’s reality.
What happens when the school system collaborates with clinical psychology and develops another way to keep children on the outside, away from the “able”? Apparently, the impact of this cooperative has been revealed in the conversations of Hip-Hop. Two artists in particular have intrigued me as they are representatives of generation Y; the age of the cure in pill form, designed to weaken some disorder. Kendrick Lamar and Hopsin—who I will discuss in part two of this next week—each expose the cultural bias and the creation of an outsider perspective that the partnership– of education and psychology–have birthed.