Police have a long history of conflict with communities of color for a very, very long time. It’s not too much of a stretch to assume that this checkered past plays a role in today’s strained relationship between the two. Terrence Cunningham, president of the International Assn. of Chiefs of Police, took the opportunity to apologize.
You may have heard the running joke that “D.W.B.” a.k.a. driving while black is basically a criminal offense in some places. Apparently, the same goes for walking, as a video showed a black man in Edina, MN being arrested for walking in the street.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr., is no stranger to controversy, given his role both in and out of the boxing ring. At best, he’s an antihero and, at worst, he’s the villain that hasn’t lost yet with an undefeated record to show for it. But what he is a stranger to, is politics. Which made it that much more surprising when he took it upon himself to comment on the tension building between police and citizens of color today.
Your dance of choice might be the Bop or the Milly Rock or the Running Man but, no matter what your favorite dance move is, you can relate to the Black cultural and community-based nature of ways to make your body rock. Now, you can watch a short film about the ways that social dance has evolved from our long history of using rhythm to communicate and connect with our kinfolk. It is pure magic.
Jordan Peele, a comedian most notably known for his half of the famous sketch show, Key and Peele, has apparently always had an interest in horror films. So he went ahead and shocked us all by making one and it looks really, really good.
The prevalence of violence against young Black people has become a constant phenomenon in American life. While Black folx of all genders face unique struggles with anti-Blackness, police surveillance, and state-sanctioned murder, young Black men are often featured in mainstream media most prominently as victims of these systems and processes of oppression. This poem from Akeem Olaj sums up what it means to be a Black boy, specifically in the South, when so much of their humanity is stolen from them by those who would rather see them in casket than thriving.
This past Monday, Chance the Rapper appeared on The Tonight Show, yet again, to perform “Blessings (Reprise)” for Jimmy Fallon and his live studio audience. And what could’ve easily been an entertaining, but simple, performance proved to be another example of Lil Chano from 79th outdoing himself.
There is no question that schools need better, more effective ways to manage and mentor diverse student populations. One school, Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, is doing just that by getting rid of traditional punitive detention halls and bringing in yoga mats for meditation.
Dylan Marron is known for keeping it all the way real in his short films with Seriously.TV. Professor Michelle Alexander, who’s book The New Jim Crow drew collective attention to mass incarceration in the United States, is also well-known for being brutally honest about the ways that implicit and institutional racism operate to dis-privilege Black and Brown people, especially the poor, in this country. The two of them got together to discuss these issues recently and the results are necessary viewing for those who have remaining questions on the topic.
As the nation is being thrown into an era of frustration and heartbreak over the far too regular deaths of black people by the hands of police, everyone is feeling the impact on some level. Children are unfortunately no exception. Even they have a firmer grasp on the world around them than one may think.
The children are listening, people. And, more importantly, they’re hurting. Evidence of this came on Tuesday when 9-year-old Zianna Oliphant spoke before Charlotte city council in their first meeting following the shooting of Keith Scott and the protests that soon followeed and unfortunately turned fatal for one participant.