An image from a Chicago police officer body camera after Paul O'Neal was shot.

80 Percent of Chicago Police Shooting Victims Are Black Males

The Chicago Police Department has made claims that it would work to be more open and transparent following a scandal tied to the shooting death of Laquan McDonald when Former Officer Jason Van Dyke shot him 16 times. However, the Chicago Tribune still had to wait seven months and threaten a lawsuit to be given data about the department’s recent shootings.

The Tribune found that, in a six year period between 2010 and 2015, 92 people were killed in police shootings and another 170 were injured. Four out of five of those shooting victims were black males. The data also showed that a Chicago police officer fired their weapon at someone once every five days, on average. 

‘Forgotten Four’ film tells story of four black men who integrated the NFL

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Most of us know about Jackie Robinson being the first black professional Major League Baseball player, but few know about the men responsible for breaking the color barrier in the NFL. 

But a new EPIX documentary will tell the story of four black pro sports players, Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Marion Motley and Bill Willis, who first integrated the National Football League.

Why the Banjee Black Gurl’s Brunch is a safe space

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By: Terrence Chappell

This past Sunday, June 8, I hosted a brunch at my apartment in Chicago’s Edgewater community. I absolutely love having friends over and entertaining. I grew up watching my mom entertain, so this brunch brought it full circle, of course with the help of a few of her hosting secrets and nick-knacks. However, this brunch was a little different from past things I have hosted at my place. Comically titled A Banjee Black Gurl’s Brunch: BAPs Edition (Chapter 4), the brunch was a social outlet for gay black men to connect and enjoy one another.

The war on drugs should be an actionable agenda, not just rhetorical exercise

The following post originally appeared on the Huffington Post. It was written by Glenn Martin and appears under the title of, “The War on Drugs Didn’t Fail Yesterday.” Glenn E. Martin is a national leader and criminal justice reform advocate who who spent six years in New York State prisons. He’s also the Founder and Chief Risk Taker of JustLeadershipUSA.

By: Glenn Martin

Recently, I’ve imagined myself back in the company of the hundreds of men I met while serving six years in a NYS prison as every journalist, aspiring politician and talking head confirms the failure of our War on Drugs. Meanwhile, those declarations are met with reflexive thumb twiddling at the statement of the obvious.