Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers has been at the center of a media hailstorm this past weekend. The NFL quarterback decided to take a stand – well, take a seat – against police brutality in America by not standing up for the National Anthem during a preseason football game.
In 2013, NYPD officers were in pursuit of Keston Charles, 15, after he reportedly aimed a BB gun at a rival teenager in Brooklyn. During the chase, which ended in front of Charles’ apartment, Officer Jonathan Rivera fired 16 shots from his weapon, three of which his Charles in the buttocks, side and chest.
Newly released video obtained by the New York Daily News shows that Charles was actually running away from Rivera when the shots were fired and had his hands up in the air, with no BB gun in sight.
This might be the most lit account of cultural appropriation ever. In the video below, poets Crystal Valentine and Aaliyah Jihad serve all the realness with “Hide Your Shea Butter,” a piece about the ways that white people continue to steal Blackness and Black Culture for their own ends.
Anthony Gooden had only come out and told his family that he was gay a few weeks before he and his boyfriend, Marquez Tolbert, were attacked in their sleep. Martin Blackwell, a truck driver who stayed at Gooden’s mother’s home whenever he was in town, walked in to see the two together in the living room. That’s when he went to the kitchen, boiled a pot of water and threw it on the couple.
A Georgia jury spent only 90 minutes deliberating as they found Blackwell guilty and convicted him on eight counts of aggravated battery and two counts of aggravated assault, according to the Washington Post. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
When Indianapolis Metropolitan police arrived at the scene of a robbery early Tuesday morning, they saw a man standing in front of a home with a gun. It wasn’t until after one of the officers fired that they learned the many they thought was a robbery suspect was the homeowner.
Simone Biles. Simone Manuel. Michelle Carter. Claressa Shields. Allyson Felix. Ibtihaj Muhammad. These are just some of the names of Black women who excelled on the world’s biggest stage in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
It feels as if this round of games came as fast as they went. And while there were plenty of wonderful and inspiring moments to last us until we do it all over again in a few years, the brightest ones often came from the accomplishments of talented Black women who repeatedly stole the show.
I told myself I would not write about Nate Parker being a rapist.
I’d known about his sexually violent history for years, and the vileness of his queerantagonism, too. The depth of his awfulness had already been addressed, and so it was odd to me—but certainly predictable—to witness the conversation rehashed at such a moment, in such a way.
Police departments and their supporters can defend their actions all they want. They can even try and lean on the old and tired excuse that police shootings of unarmed people of color are a rarity. They’d be wrong, but they can still try. But one thing they can’t do, is tell people that they shouldn’t be afraid of police. Not after incidents like the one a young black boy in New Jersey experienced which could’ve easily escalated and resulted in his arrest or worse, death.
According to WABC-TV, Legend Preston, 10, was playing with a basketball by his house in Newark, New Jersey when the ball rolled out into the street. He went after it, only to see police officers running towards him with their guns drawn. Out of fear, he ran.
President Barack Obama has fallen under criticism for not rushing to Baton Rouge, La. after the devastating floods that have caused a state of emergency. Some have even gone as far as to draw similarities between Obama being on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and President Bush not acting fast enough during Hurricane Katrina.
It has been announced that President Obama will be visiting Baton Rouge this Tuesday to witness the damage for himself and offer any assistance. While speaking with local officials, he’ll also aim to make sure that locals are aware that “American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever.”
Servers have some of the hardest jobs there are and they often don’t come with good pay. So, skipping out on a tip is one of the worst things you could do after a meal. Unfortunately, a couple at a restaurant in Harrisonburg, Va. did something even worse.
After serving a couple at Jess’ Lunch, Sadie Karina Elledge, 18, looked at her receipt looked down and saw that they had written, “We only tip citizens,” according to the Washington Post. Elledge is of Honduran and Mexican descent.