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BYP100 Feature: #JusticeForEricHarrisNOLA

On Monday Feb 8th, 2016, Eric Harris, a 22nd year old Black man was killed by deputies from the Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office (JPSO) in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans. Authorities have attempted to justify the shooting by claiming they acted in self-defense after Harris crashed his car into a pole. It was claimed that his tail lights went on, putting his vehicle in reverse, though his girlfriend and passenger that evening offered a conflicting report that accuses JPSO of making up crucial details in order to justify the shooting. According to The Advocate, Harris’ girlfriend reports that after crashing, Harris was too dazed and disoriented to put the car in reverse, “I never saw him try to back up” she says, “As soon as he asked me if I was all right, they started shooting at the car. I just felt like they was mad that they chased us.”

PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  Actor Michael B. Jordan attends the 47th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 5, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

Was I Right about the NAACP Image Awards?

Alright, alright, alright now.

I think I want to offer a formal congratulation to everyone who won and was nominated for an NAACP Image Awards. It is super important that African Americans are honored for the work they do on and off the screen, and I am happy that there is at least one day where an award show is quality enough to be for us, by us. With that said, I have mixed feelings about the award show.

Cast photo of "An African City" from anafricancity.tv

“An African City” is all the things “Sex and the City” Wasn’t

“Well instead of Starbucks coffee on every corner you’ll find plenty of fried plantains.” –Ngozi, “An African City”

In 1998, “Sex and the City” kicked off the trend of shows about the complicated lives of professional women.  However, when you watch shows of professional women trying to find themselves, the cast is normally white women in the United States. Now we don’t have to imagine what television classics would have been like if they included people of color because in 2016,  “An African City” hits everything that “Sex and the City” missed.

Protesters plan to disrupt New Year’s Eve festivities in the name of justice for black lives

 

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Protesters are planning to disrupt New Year’s Eve celebrations in major metropolitan areas across the nation.

The protests, headed by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, calls for activists to not allow New Years Eve 2015 “to go down because business as usual in Amerikkka includes wanton police murder of Black people.”