VIDEO: George Zimmerman Appears Before Judge, Arraignment Set for May 29th

George Zimmerman appeared before a Seminole County, FL judge today, where his arraingment was set for May 29th.

According to, Zimmerman wore a pair of gray jail coveralls, and was solemn throughout his appearance, speaking very few words.

During the brief hearing, Zimmerman’s attorney asked that records containing information on witnesses be sealed. He did not ask that Zimmerman be released on bond.

Arkansas School Police Officer Clears Hallway with PEPPER SPRAY; Injures 20 Students

Parents and community members in Pine Bluff, Arkansas are outraged after a school police officer used pepper spray to clear a middle school hallway, injuring nearly 20 students.

School officials are in the process of determining what actions should be taken against the officer.

Some students were left so sick by the spraying that they were eventually picked up by parents. A few were even rushed to the emergency room.

George Zimmerman’s Problematic Website

By now, you’ve all heard of George Zimmerman’s problematic website. But seriously…who are his advisors? Everything about the website is odd. From the domain name to the choice of quotes: First this one, included on each page of the website: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing.” And second, this one, on the page titled “My Race”: “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.”

Odd, that this is his first public “appearance”. The site makes just one definitive statement, that it’s there to drum up financial support for a man who was “forced” to leave his home, family, school and ultimately his entire life. Forced? Here’s what. When you kill another person, your life SHOULD be altered. That is called facing the consequences of your actions. This entire story has been a lesson in backwards logic and the victim blaming ideology that has become standard in cases of violence against minorities.

UPDATE: George Zimmerman ARRESTED; To Be Charged w/ 2nd Degree Murder


According to special prosecutor Angela Corey, George Zimmerman is currently in police custody.

At a press conference today at 6pm EST, Corey announced that George Zimmerman has been charged with 2nd degree murder.

Zimmerman has also obtained new legal counsel.


According  to sources close to the investigation, George Zimmerman will finally be charged in relation to the death of Trayvon Martin.

Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey will be making an official announcement today at 6pm EST. It is currently unknown exactly what charges will be filed against Zimmerman; details will hopefully be revealed at today’s press conference.

Just yesterday, Zimmerman’s attorney’s announced that they were no longer representing him, and suggested that Zimmerman is no longer in the State of Florida.

Alabama Man Sent To JAIL for Wearing Sagging Pants

The war against sagging pants has reached new heights.

According to the Grio, an Alabama judge has jailed a man for three days for wearing sagging pants to court.

Upon arriving to court for reasons entirely unrelated to his wardrobe, the judge took one look at LaMarcus Ramsey’s baggy attire and sent him directly to jail!

From the Grio:

“The Montgomery Advertiser reports that 20-year-old LaMarcus D. Ramsey was in Autauga County Circuit Court on Tuesday to enter a plea on a charge of receiving stolen property.

English Teacher FIRED For Encouraging Trayvon Martin Fundraiser?!

An African American teacher was fired from her position at a middle school in Michigan after supporting her students’ efforts to express support for Trayvon Martin.

Brooke Harris, 26, was an English teacher at Pontiac Academy of Excellence before being let go for supporting her students’ plans for a “wear-a-hoodie-to-school day.” The request was denied by school administrators. According to Harris, she and her students were in the process of brainstorming other ideas when her position was terminated.

Many are now calling for Harris to be reinstated.

Style Wars: Not Graffiti But Hipster Takeover

Style, or the way we construct our dress, seems capable to achieve political goals—equal to the power of protests. Speaking from experience, I did not know that my clothes upset the authority figures. Since my professor claimed that I was funny-looking last night, I’ve found a complement in my teacher’s words. Where he was speaking from started at a position, of a certain way of looking at the body. Each new generation violates the laws for presenting the body of the previous generation. This historical function should reveal another strategy for change, another method of power. 

George Zimmerman Launches Website; Says Trayvon Murder Was ‘Life-Altering Event’

George Zimmerman has officially launched a website from which he is soliciting donations to his legal defense fund.

Creatively-titled, the site sports an American flag background, photos of Zimmerman-supporting graffiti (including “Long Live Zimmerman,” scrawled across the side of a Black cultural center), and a few thoughts from Zimmerman himself.

Zimmerman is using the website to gain and cultivate sympathy from supporters, as well as the public at large.

THE WEEKLY ROUND-UP: Black Youth in the News, April 1-8

The Plot to Demonize Black Youth — And Their Mothers, Too
Kristin Rawls, Alter Net, 4/7/12

“A disturbing trend is increasingly making national news in the United States: poor black mothers jailed for sending their children to schools outside their zoned school districts. The arrests of these mothers may seem novel, but given what we know about the criminal justice system’s propensity for arresting black adults and children at disproportionate rates, we shouldn’t be surprised. Not unlike truancy sweeps that target large numbers of black and poor children with legal sanctions for missing school, arrest for so-called “fraudulent enrollment” has become yet another avenue through which to target people of color.”


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Is the Future of Activism Online?

Paradise Gray and Jasiri X with students from One Hood’s New Media Academy

UPDATE: On Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30pm WQED premieres a special 30 minute documentary  called “Game Changers“:

Jasiri X and Paradise Gray of One Hood Media are Game Changers who are teaching young black men how to play the media game and control their own images. In this day of the Internet they don’t need anyone’s permission to blog or shoot their own videos, they control the vertical and the horizontal, and thus they realize the power that they have to change the way they are perceived in popular culture. It is a transformative moment when these students finally get in the game, they become Game Changers.”

This weekend at had the pleasure of participating in a revolutionary conference called “Black Thought 2.0: New Media and the Future of Black Studies” at Duke University. Convened and hosted by Dr. Mark Anthony Neal,  Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University and host of the weekly webcast, “Left of Black”, Black Thought 2.0 brought together some the best minds in academia with initiative entrepreneurs and activist finding success online.

My panel was titled “From Jena to Tahrir: Online Activism in the Age of Social Media and Public Intellectuals” and it featured Dr. Kimberley Ellis BKA Dr. Goddess, Moyaz B from Crunk Feminists Collective, Dr Alexis Pauline, Dr Salamishah Tillett, Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies at the Univ. of Pennsylvania and was moderated by Univ. of Missouri Assistant Professor, Treva Lindsey. We talked about how the internet has changed the landscape of not only media, but activism as well. From the Jena 6, to the Arab Spring, to Occupy, and now Trayvon social media has enabled a level of organizing and engagement that we’ve never seen before. However in all those cases, there was still a need for activists to put in work on the ground.

It’s extremely important for our communities to be equipped with the technology and access we need to not only excel in new media, but create content and a infrastructure that we own. But it’s equally important for us to come offline and engage our people face to face where they live.