I promised myself that after my open letter to Tomi Lahren over her commentary about the Beyonce Superbowl. However, after Trevor Noah’s epic READ of Tomi, I had to reconsider.

Lahren recently visited Noah’s  for an extended interview on ‘The Daily Show’ to discuss her views on the Black Lives Matter Movement, Colin Kaepernick, and more! Their conversation was entertaining and intriguing, to say the least. I felt like Trevor’s proud sister for asking necessary questions and pulling Lahren’s false narratives from under the rug.

You have to give it up to ole’ girl for always sticking to her views…no matter how clueless she sounds.

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It’s evident that black lives matter.

I see it

you see it

the whole world sees it

Yet…a lot of you have this annoying habit that exemplifies the very reason why we have to shout BLACK LIVES MATTER in the first place.

For the people who have this desire to say, “ALL Lives Matter”, after hearing us say, “BLACK Lives Matter”….please know that you are not only showing how selfish you are with your sincerity, you are refusing to acknowledge the problem with police brutality and killings of unarmed black men,women, and children.

When we say, “BLACK Lives Matter”, we aren’t saying other lives don’t. We are saying BLACK lives matter, TOO! When you say ALL lives matter, you overlook the lack of equality and injustices African-Americans face in this country.To add salt to the wound…some of you all have the audacity to compare the Black Lives Matter to a terror group.

As a culture, we are offended. The Black Lives Matter movement was created in peace and for peace.

For those who want to bring up black on black crime, there is an understanding of why police don’t value our lives. However, black on black crime doesn’t equate to the number of unarmed black victims who are dead by the hands of police. Many of these victims were hard-working and good citizens. Black on black crime and the KKK with badges are two different issues.

We all know that ALL lives matter, but blacks are the only people we see being choked, shot for selling CDs, shot in a car with his child in the back seat, shot for helping his autistic patient, dying in jail cells for minor traffic violations, shot for listening to loud music, shot while looking for help after a car accident, shot for partying at his bachelor party, shot while riding the NY subway…I could go on and on.

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Adam gets it….

 

Your white privilege is the blindfold to our frustrations, and you ignore our frustrations with your ALL lives rebuttal. The fact of the matter is ALL lives WON’T Matter until BLACK lives matter. Until every one of us recognize that, we will always be divided in the movement.

 

 

Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop, has been charged with 2nd-Degree manslaughter, as well as two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a weapon. The charge was announced Wednesday by Ramsey County Attorney, John Choi.

Via Slate:

Choi said he made his decision after reviewing dashcam footage of the interaction between Castile and the officer who killed him, Jeronimo Yanez. According to Choi, Castile complied with Yanez’s instructions during the traffic stop, keeping his hands in sight before informing the officer, “calmly and in a non-threatening manner,” that he had a gun. (Castile had a license to carry his firearm, and his family provided a copy of his permit to media about a week after the shooting.) Choi said that Yanez responded by instructing Castile not to pull the gun out. Though Castile replied, “I’m not pulling it out,” Yanez repeated, this time screaming, “Don’t pull it out.” He then proceeded to fire seven shots. According to Choi, Castile’s final words were, “I wasn’t reaching for it.”

The dashcam footage Choi referred to has not been made public, though the ACLU has sued for its release. The aftermath of Castile’s fatal shooting was, however, captured on video by his girlfriend and streamed live on Facebook. The death of Castile, a 32-year-old black man, came during a particularly traumatic week, one that began with the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and ended with the killing of five police officers in Dallas by a sniper who said he was motivated by a desire to kill white officers.

Before the shooting in Falcon Heights, which left Castile clinging to his life while his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter looked on, Yanez had said over his police radio that he was pulling Castile over because he matched the description of a robbery suspect. (Yanez, who is Latino, took particular note of Castile’s “wide-set nose.”) According to Choi, Yanez told investigators a day after the shooting that he had become scared for his life because he believed Castile was trying to block the officer’s view of his right hand. Choi, the prosecutor in Ramsey County, said at Wednesday’s press conference that expressing “subjective fear of death or great bodily harm” is “not enough” to legally justify the use of deadly force by a police officer. “I would submit that no reasonable officer knowing, seeing and hearing what Officer Yanez did at the time would have used deadly force under these circumstances,” Choi said.

Too bad it’s only manslaughter. That man was MURDERED for no reason in front of his 4-year-old daughter!

Mega pop star, Lady Gaga, dropped her 4th studio album, ‘Joanne’, and she’s already making waves with her single, “Angel Down”. The touching single a tribute to Trayvon Martin, the17-year-old teen gunned down by a vigilante, George Zimmerman in 2012.

Trayvon’s death sparked the Black Lives Matter movement after Zimmerman was acquitted.

In an interview with Beats 1, Lady Gaga explains how the political climate has influenced her art and inspired her new song in tribute to Trayvon Martin titled, “Angel Down.”
“It’s a very extreme year and a very high, stressful time; people of all ages I think are feeling it. Especially with politics and with society – the way things have been moving, the chaos in America. This was a lot of my inspiration on the album,” says Gaga.

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T.I has definitely utilized his creativity in his latest video for “War Zone”, tackling police brutality in such a unique and thought-provoking fashion.

The Tidal Exclusive offers a different perspective on the whole ALL Lives Matter Vs. Black Lives Matter and also raises the question…what if white folks were suffering by police brutality?

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During the aftermath of the recent tragic shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, the women of ‘The Talk’ responded to the question of the day during their table segment, “What do you think it’ll take to stop racial profiling?”. There were very valid answers from Aisha Tyler and Sarah Gilbert, but it was Sheryl Underwood’s emotional response that shut everyone up!

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Two more unarmed black men are murdered by law enforcement

I dare anyone to continue to chant or post that “All Lives Matter” bullshit when these recent tragic events, as well as the rest, don’t reflect that! The recent tragedies also points out the obvious double standard that is prevalent in this country; a constant threat to the lives of black people, particularly our men, who are feared as “threats” in this country.

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We have Terence Crutcher of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who died from having vehicle trouble! He was shot and killed by police because he apparently looked like “a big bad dude”.

Dashcam footage that went viral shows Mr. Crutcher raising his hands, walking toward his troubled vehicle and leaning against it. He was then tasered by one officer, Tyler Turnbough, and fatally shot by Officer Betty Shelby.

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Tulsa’s police chief, Chuck Jordan, said at a news conference Monday that Mr. Crutcher was unarmed and did not have a weapon in his vehicle.

Via NYTimes:

Chief Jordan said Officer Shelby had encountered Mr. Crutcher and his vehicle while en route to another call and requested backup because she was “not having cooperation” from him. Officer Turnbough and his partner responded to Officer Shelby’s request for backup. It was the dashboard camera in their patrol car that recorded the shooting.

According to that video, when the second police car arrived, Mr. Crutcher had his hands raised and was walking away from Officer Shelby, who walked behind him with her gun pointed at his back. She was soon joined by three more officers. Mr. Crutcher was shot less than 30 seconds after the second car arrived.

The helicopter video shows the same scene from above. “He’s got his hands up there for her now,” one officer aboard the helicopter can be heard saying. “This guy is still walking and following commands.”

“Time for a Taser, I think,” a second officer in the helicopter can be heard saying.

“I got a feeling that’s about to happen,” said the first officer, identifed by Mr. Wood as Officer Shelby’s husband, Dave Shelby.

“That looks like a bad dude, too,” the second officer said. Mr. Crutcher was shot moments later, and the helicopter camera captured footage of him sprawled on the pavement, his shirt stained with blood. A woman’s voice can be heard yelling over the radio, “Shots fired!”

 

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We also have Keith Lamont Scott, a disabled man from Charlotte, North Carolina, was killed while waiting for his son to return home from school. He was reportedly in his car reading a book, as he was waiting on his son when cops approached him.

Via The Root:

Police said they were searching for someone who had outstanding warrants when they saw a man with a gun leave a vehicle. The victim was not the subject of the search, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney.

According to police reports, the man, who has not been named, returned to his vehicle. When they approached the man, they claim he “posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers” and one of them opened fire. An eyewitness told the victim’s daughter that a Taser was used on her father, then he was shot at least three times.

Medics arrived and the injured man was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

The victim’s daughter, identified on Facebook as Lyric YourAdorable Scott, found out that her father was dead via the news while recording from the scene of the shooting. The victim’s brother said he was holding a book, not a gun, and was just waiting on his son to be dropped off after school.

 

Let me introduce you to Ahmad Raham, a bombing suspect, who tried to take the lives of innocent civilians in two major cities! He was also involved in a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey, but lives to talk about everything in future interviews. According to CNN, Raham declared that “the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets” and praised Osama Bin Laden in a journal found on him when he was captured and arrested.

We have a VERY peculiar situation here…two unarmed black men, that experienced everyday situations, killed by the hands of police because they appeared as threats to the cops that killed them. Yet, this BOMB suspect is alive and well while he face charges.

Don’t tell me Kaepernick is not reppin’ his country or his team when the country his team plays for doesn’t value his life!

Don’t tell me all lives matter when you can’t even read a book in your own gotdamn car without cops thinking your book is a deadly weapon!

Don’t tell me anything about black on black crime, when we can’t come to those who “serve and protect” for vehicle problems! This is why we’re mad! This is why we protest. Black on black crime has NOTHING to do with the blatant racism embedded in a system that rather see our black men on the ground with blood pouring out of them. These recent events clearly proves that being a good civilian doesn’t count!

Their motto is “shoot now, administrative leave later”. That’s their punishment….paid fucking leave!!!

What’s even more of a slap in the face are the sound of CRICKETS coming from these ALL Lives Matter supporters and Kaepernick critics.

We have two victims here that were feared and killed because of the color of their skin! Nothing more, nothing less! The lenient punishments such as “administrative leave” these officers recieve should be upgraded to jailtime! UNpaid leave, at the very least! Injustice is factored when officers who shoot to kill gets a couple of days off with pay and benefits still intact. That’s not punishment, that’s a vacation!

These officers get to go home to their families and brag at the dinner table how they took out another black man. Meanwhile, we fear for ourselves and our loved ones the moment we step foot outside our homes.

As an observer of this fickle American society, certain group of individuals will still turn a blindeye to the fact that racism still exists. If you believe racism is a thing of the past then you are a part of the problem. Fact is…racism never went away. Cell phones and dashcam footage are giving news reports a boost in proving that fact.

Racism has been upgraded from denial.

These “big bad dudes” that cops fear are hard-working, good citizens with families, while those who doesn’t appear as threatening are across town detonating makeshift bombs. Would I feel any different if the bomb suspect is black? No, because this has been happening for quite some time. It also doesn’t change the fact that these two victims, as many of the other victims, were harmless.

 

Only in America

 

The internet allows ignorant people to invade our social media inboxes, but it also allows us to take swift action against those ignorant people when necessary!

Shanelle Matthews took to her Twitter to share a disturbing message from a man name Corey Multer and apparently, he doesn’t like the idea of Shanelle’s activism with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Matthews took to her Facebook page to share her beliefs on why she received the disturbing message…simply for sharing her views.

“Meet Corey Multer. He is the Managing Director at New York Life Insurance Company, the largest mutual life-insurance company in the United States where he’s worked for at least 23 years. On Saturday, he sent me this message, I assume because I recently made some explicit comments regarding my views on Zionism with which he observably disagrees. Though giving him the grace he refused me, it could have nothing to do with that. Perhaps I am a “pig whore” by virtue; who knows.
To restate, at the risk of more death wishes, I support the Palestinian resistance to Israel’s militarized occupation and apartheid and the Boycott Divest Sanction movement. I do not support unprovoked violence against any person. This, I understand, is a point of contention for many people, similar to that of the Black Lives Matter movement of which I am a proud member. The political struggle to which we must commit to realize the success of these movements and the real freedom of Black and Palestinian people cannot be underestimated — a struggle Mr. Multer rejected in favor of this venomous approach.
Given the political struggle around the occupation, and the death, destruction, displacement and many years of loss and grieving its caused, I’m engaging in challenging conversations with people who disagree with me. It’s hard and necessary work. To be clear, however, the hate mail and vitriol I’ve received exceeds these conversations by a landslide.
The rhetoric notwithstanding, I am unhinged by Mr. Multer’s arrogance.
Before messaging me, he didn’t create an alias or try in any visible way to conceal his identity or make private the details of his place of employment. Which, by the way, lauds their efforts on diversity and inclusion and ranks 61st on the 2016 Fortune 500 list with $550 billion in total assets. With a few quick strokes of the keyboard, you can easily find the names of his family members – even his marriage announcement in the New York Times from 1993.
I’m guilty of sometimes dismissing people with whom I don’t have mutual respect, trust or political alignment. I’ve blocked people on Twitter, used an explicative or two in response to hate mail, but never have I ever taken a Trump-esque approach and wished death on someone because I disagreed with them. Not that I would, but as a Black woman, to do and say what I want to whoever I want with little or no consequence is a privilege I am not afforded and one that could very well result in my death. Sandra Bland’s family can attest.
What Mr. Multer’s vicious remarks actually say is that my values and beliefs are not only wrong and unvalued but that I deserve to die because of them. The kind of genocidal philosophy that has catalyzed egregious human right’s violations across the world – some of which, I suspect, Mr. Multer staunchly decries. And this kind of white supremacists resentment and cruelty is the very reason we proclaim over and over again that BLACK LIVES MATTER.
To top off the contempt, he infers that my unwillingness to concede surfaces my sexual proclivity. My refusal to submit makes him so insecure, his masculinity so fragile that just like that, I become the whore he was warned about, the whore patriarchy has empowered to shut down at all costs and with impunity.
We all have a moral and ethical responsibility to hold accountable those who use rhetoric to incite unprovoked violence, to affirm that a grievance of disagreement does not warrant a death wish and that people’s sexual proclivities don’t make them disposable. In a true democracy, there must be political struggle with no room for patriarchy, white supremacy, and sexism.
Through his actions and malice Mr. Multer demonstrated that he does not value Black life — ironic given he’s committed so many years to making sure people have what they need to thrive — and making money, I presume. I don’t anticipate he considered his vitriol would emerge so publicly, after all, who gives a fuck about Black “pig whores?” But in the words of Dan Rather, “once the words are out there they cannot be taken back.”
So, ‪#‎whichsideareyouon‬, New York Life Insurance Company? Are these the values and actions you salute in your employees? Do Mr. Multer’s views represent those of the company? If the answer to either of those questions is no, you have an ethical responsibility to ‪#‎FireMulterNow‬ and issue an apology.
And to affirm you know and believe that Black Lives Matter, you should give a substantial donation to The Movement for Black Lives
I’ll wait.
‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬
#FireMulterNow
‪#‎LongLiveMouthyWhores‬”

Of course, Ms. Matthews didn’t stop there! She took further action and reached out to Multer’s place of employment through the wonderful world of Twitter! She discovered the asshole worked for New York Life Insurance Company from his Facebook page.

Good for Ms. Matthews!

He told a 911 dispatcher that he was, “protecting his family from hoodlums”, following the murder of 20 year-old Kouren-Rodney Thomas, according to police. 39-year-old Chad Copley was arrested on First Degree Murder, as a result.

Via NY Daily News:

Kouren-Rodney Thomas, 20, was killed in Raleigh early Sunday by a shotgun blast outside a house party by a neighbor who told police he was “locked and loaded,” officials said.

Thomas’ mother, Simone Butler-Thomas, told the Daily News she left New York with her three boys in 2001 when Kouren-Rodney was a baby because she thought their Harlem neighborhood was too dangerous.

“I just wanted my children to have a better life and be safe,” said Butler-Thomas who was born and raised in New York. “They loved it. They were young at the time. We tried to come back to New York a couple of times, but they liked the South better — up until now. It was easy living, nice people. But not anymore.”

Police arrested Chad Copley, 39, and charged him with first-degree murder in a case with disturbing similarities to the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Cops received 911 calls from Copley’s house before and after the shooting.

“We’ve got a bunch of hoodlums out here racing,” Copley said, according to a recording of the first emergency call. “I am locked and loaded. I’m going outside to secure my neighborhood.”

In the second call, Copley admitted he fired his weapon, but said he wasn’t sure if he had shot anyone. “Well, I don’t know if they were shot or not, Ma’am,” he told a dispatcher. “I fired my warning shot like I’m supposed to by law. They do have firearms, and I’m trying to protect myself and my family.”

The operator asked who had come to his house.

“Ma’am, I don’t know who they are,” the man said. “There’s frigging black males outside my frigging house with firearms. Please send PD.”

No weapons were found outside, police said. Cops said Copley fired the shot from inside his garage. Copley could face the death penalty if he is convicted.

David Walker, a friend who came to the party with Thomas, said the single bullet hit Thomas’ arm before lodging in his chest.

“I heard the shot, and I’m watching him run and saw him drop,” Walker told The News.

“It doesn’t make any sense. Who shoots a warning shot at a person?”

Butler-Thomas described her youngest son as a safety-conscious protector, who had white and black friends. He did not “hang in the street,” she said.

The mom said she has followed the Black Lives Matter movement and sympathized with the parents of Trayvon, who was gunned down in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman after a 911 call to cops.

“We’re losing our boys,” said Butler-Thomas, who launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses. “I’m not an activist or anything. I don’t watch the news because I’m tired of hearing about these boys getting killed.

“I hope at the end of all of this he didn’t die in vain. If my baby’s passing can change laws to stop innocent people being killed, then let it be so. I can’t bring him back. I would love to change places with him. I’m heartbroken. I feel like somebody just ripped my heart out.”

Relatives said the shooting victim was nicknamed “Safety 101” because of his cautious nature.

 

Here we go again……………………

Prayers to Kouren’s mom and the rest of his family while they deal with yet another tragedy; a murder of a young black male by the hands of a vigilante.

Prosecutors dropped charges against the remaining three of the six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death. The 25-year-old’s spine was severed and he fell into a coma while in police custody, leading to his death three days later.

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The outcome of the case has sparked national outrage, creating speculation about Baltimore’s State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby’s handling of the case. Frustrated citizens speculate a “rushed” job to get a conviction for all six officers.

The decision to drop the charges comes after a year-long court battle for prosecutors to prove that the officers involved disregarded Gray’s safety by not fastening his seatbelt while he was in the back of the police van, transporting him to the jail. The prosecutors also argued that the officers failed to give Gray medical attention.

On Wednesday, July 27th, Marilyn Mosby held a press conference.

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‘The Preachers’ is an all-new talk show featuring four dynamic and outspoken preachers, John Gray, Dr. E Dewey Smith Jr., Orrick Quick and Dr. Jamal Bryant. They touch on topics about pop culture, news events, and of course, spirituality.

The preachers recently invited Royce Mann, a 14-year-old spoken word artist, whose video of him reciting his poem on white privilege, went viral. Royce recited his poem at his school’s poetry slam, and the video garnered so much positive attention and great feedback.

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Actor Samuel L. Jackson makes his singing debut alongside iconic hip-hop stars, as they’ve come together for a new #BlackLivesMatter anthem. Listen to the Mad Lion produced track,” I Can’t Breathe”, which also features KRS One, Sticky Fingaz, Mad Lion, Talib Kweli & Brother J.

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