About a week ago, my family and I got together to play some trivia. During one of my turns to choose a category, I picked a round that focused on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because I figured it would be fair and give everyone a fair chance. My 15-year-old cousin immediately put that assumption to rest.
The Boko Haram, a terrorist group that’s reportedly claimed allegiance to ISIS, is believed to be responsible for a recent attack on the village of Dalori in northeastern Nigeria that involved fires, suicide bombers and combat with the military.
While wearing a shirt that read “FLINT LIVES MATTER,” Snoop Dogg met with Mayor Karen Weaver during a water drive this past weekend to discuss the current water crisis. While Snoop is one of many celebrities to join the movement and donated water and funds, not many have taken the time to sit down and talk to officials.
This past weekend, a story broke that a group of black women who are students at the State University of New York in Albany were attacked while on public transportation. The students, whose identities haven’t been revealed, claim they were harassed and assaulted by a group of white men and women on a bus after a verbal altercation turned physical. They were reportedly kicked and were the target of multiple racial slurs.
We’re at the point where a monthly game of “Racism Bingo” is almost a legitimate option. If we were to play, one of the spaces that’s sure to be filled almost every month is “white students host a racist party and get caught.” The “getting caught” part is key.
The latest example of this happening involved high school students in San Francisco. 100 students from up to five local high schools got together for what was being coined as a “wigger” party. For those unaware, a “wigger” is a phrase used to describe a white person that appropriates black culture and it’s most blatant stereotypes.
During the early morning hours after Christmas, Quintonio LeGrier called Chicago Police three times to ask for assistance to no avail – he was even hung up on once. When his father called from the same address requesting assistance, an officer was sent to investigate.
LeGrier was then shot six times –including in the back– along with a neighbor, Bettie Jones, who opened her front door to see what was happening. The officer responsible, named Robert Rialmo, is now suing the LeGrier family for emotional distress.
It’s common knowledge that once an individual is in custody of the authorities, it’s their responsibility to see to it that the detained individual is safe and well. Unfortunately for Gynnya McMillen, 16, that wasn’t the case at any point during her stay at a juvenile detention center that led to her death.
I’ve been intrigued by black quarterbacks for as long as I’ve been a fan of football. For me, the golden age was when I first picked up the sport in the early 2000s and Donovan McNabb and Daunte Culpepper were two of the best players in the game. Today, that space is filled by a handful of other players that you’re sure to see on my fantasy football team every year, such as Russell Wilson, Tyrod Taylor and the soon-to-be MVP, Cam Newton.
If you hadn’t noticed, Newton of the Carolina Panthers is having an historic season. This past Sunday he played an integral role in getting his 15-1 team to the Super Bowl after routing the Arizona Cardinals with a final score of 49-15.
Pretty much everyone already expected the Dolby Theatre to be full of white faces on Feb. 28 for the 88th Academy Awards. There barely being any people of color in the award nominees and the resulting boycotts and public criticisms of the Academy by those same forgotten faces made that pretty clear. But, due to a stipulation concerning who makes it onto the invite list in the first place, it looks like the boycotts are going to gain some more supporters.
After acknowledging the initial horror many experienced when viewing video footage of Laquan McDonald being shot and killed by Chicago police, everyone started to notice the same thing – there was no sound. New records suggest that was more than a mere coincidence and reveals a pattern in CPD officers tampering with dashcams and hiding microphones.