Will Marissa Alexander be Pardoned?

As controversy surrounding Florida’s Stand Your Ground law persists, much attention has been paid to the shocking case of Marissa Alexander.

Alexander fired a warning shot during an altercation with her abusive husband. The shot did not hit anyone; and although Alexander was in fear for her safety, Stand Your Ground did not save her. She received 20 years in prison.

A growing chorus of voices are calling for Alexander to be pardoned.

Ebony Magazine Dedicates September Issue to Trayvon Martin w/ Four Covers

Ebony Magazine is dedicating their September issue to Trayvon Martin.

The magazine will feature four covers honoring the memory of Trayvon Martin. Three covers feature celebrity dads Spike Lee, Dwanye Wade, and Boris Kodjoe posing with their sons in hoodies.

The final cover is the parents of Trayvon Martin, and Trayvon’s younger brother Jahvaris.

Florida Lawmakers Will Review ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

Florida lawmakers have reportedly agreed to review the state’s dangerous Stand Your Ground laws.

Their decisions comes after widespread outcry from community members, celebrities, and political figures; and most notably after weeks of protests from the amazing Dream Defenders.

From Raw Story:

The announcement on Friday by Will Weatherford, the speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives, marked the biggest concession yet by the state’s Republican leaders to protesters’ demands for a top-to-bottom review of the law, which allows people in fear of serious injury to use deadly force to defend themselves rather than retreat.

Don Lemon and Media Violence Against Young Black Men

By Antwaun Sargent



I have watched the Don Lemon CNN “No Talking Points,” segment over and over again. I was looking for some truth in his five suggestions to young black men. Don Lemon said, we should pull up our pants, stop using the n-word, stop littering, finish school, and not have children out of wedlock.


I have by Don Lemon’s estimation done all the right things. I am a 24 year old black man. I don’t sag my pants. I went to Georgetown from the Cabrini-Green Housing projects and then on to get a Masters degree, and recently just finished teaching for two years in an under resourced community in Brooklyn. I don’t litter, and I don’t have any children. But I do feel alienated by Don Lemon’s comments. I feel alienated by his comments because they translate into a form of media violence, that Black men know all too well.

Zimmerman Juror Says He ‘Got Away w/ Murder’

Juror B29 – the only minority juror on the George Zimmerman trial – says George Zimmerman “got away with murder,” and that she owes an apology to Trayvon Martin’s family.

In an interview with Good Morning America, the juror said was the only juror who wanted to convict Zimmerman.

She claims that the jury had to follow Florida law and the evidence, which did not prove murder.

Jay-Z Sounds Off on Zimmerman Verdict: ‘This Guy is a F—ing Mall Cop’

Jay-Z recently sounded off on the George Zimmerman verdict.

In a two-part interview posted on his YouTube channel, Jay expressed outrage at the blatant racism surrounding the trial and verdict. But he also expressed hope that a younger generation will learn and grow from witnessing this injustice.

He also called George Zimmerman a “f—ing mall cop.”

Black Former Contestants Sue American Idol over Racism for $25 Million a Piece

Ten black former contestants of American Idol are suing the show for $25 million.

The suit alleges that American Idol produces targeted the contestants because of their race, and then illegally dug up their criminal records in order to expose and disgrace them on national television.

They claim the criminal records of white contestants were never investigated.