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.

 

 

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!

‘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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Facebook is known as the giant social networking site that connects us with anyone all over the world. As of late, it has also been known as the networking site that exposes users to videos graphic in nature, such as killings. Since the Facebook Live feature debuted, users witnessed a few murders, including police killings. The recent tragedies regarding Alton Sterling and Philando Castile would have left us with a lot of questions but thanks to Facebook, we’ve seen more than enough to realize that social injustice and devaluation of black lives is rampant….as it always has been.

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, posted a statement on his page about Diamond Reynolds, who used the Facebook Live feature to capture the aftermath of her boyfriend’s murder by Minnesota Police. Reynold’s video and her account has since been removed, but not before her video went viral and seen by millions.

This is what Zuckerberg had to say:

I commend this woman for having enough courage to speak what’s in her heart.
She didn’t have to, but she did. Like the rest of us, she’s tired.
But guess what? She’s battling a double-edged sword; she’s a black woman with a son AND she’s a police officer.
Her name is Nakia Jones from the Warrington Police Department in Ohio and she had something to say!

After Jones posted her video that went viral, everyone knew her name. However, she is not only known as Officer Jones. She is the ONE officer who took guts to stand up for those good officers and frustrated civilians whose voices cannot be heard! Of course, her viral video brought enough media attention and it sparked a press conference. In the clip below, Jones explains her reason behind the powerful and emotional video.

Jones’ emotional response to the question, when she’d go back on duty, sparked mass speculation from those who assumed she was suspended or terminated. Apparently, she got wind of the speculation and made it clear via her Facebook page.

and for those who sent money without proper research….

Wendy Williams is known for saying some crazy stuff. Unfortunately, she dug herself a deeper hole that she cannot climb out of with her recent comments about the NAACP and HBCUs. In the clip below, Wendy gossips about Ciara and Russel Wilson and their marriage. Skip to Mark 16:00 to the comments that’s got her in hot water.

If you know of Roland Martin, then you already know that he speaks his mind and doesn’t hold back! Apparently, he got wind of Wendy’s comment, so he did what he does best…he read her for filth during a segment on his TV One program.

Actor Jesse Williams of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ graciously accepted his Humanitarian Award at the 2016 BET Awards. However, it’s his passionately-charged speech that WOKE UP the fire in some of us, wanting to do more. Before I get into why black moneymakers should be more woke than any of us, read the transcript of the speech below. Video of Williams’ speech is below, as well.

Now, this award – this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country – the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do.
It’s kind of basic mathematics – the more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize.
Now, this is also in particular for the black women in particular who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.
Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to deescalate, disarm and not kill white people everyday. So what’s going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.
Now… I got more y’all – yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday so I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on 12 year old playing alone in the park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich. Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better than it is to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Dorian Hunt.
Now the thing is, though, all of us in here getting money – that alone isn’t gonna stop this. Alright, now dedicating our lives, dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies.
There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There is no tax they haven’t leveed against us – and we’ve paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us. But she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so… free.
Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but you know what, though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.
And let’s get a couple things straight, just a little sidenote – the burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. That’s not our job, alright – stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest, if you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.
We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil – black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is though… the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.

Thank you.

Jesse’s speech was so submerged with truth, you can’t help but immediately feel some type of responsibility for how the system fails us as a whole and how WE can come together and change it. Although his powerful speech could apply to all black people who wants change, I feel his speech should particularly apply to the black millionaires in this country.

Jesse spoke to a whole room of money-makers; musicians, vocalists, actors, actresses, producers, athletes, filmmakers, media moguls, etc. about investing their dollars into brands. At that moment, I was reminded about the power of the almighty dollar, particularly the black dollar.

Black public figures/moneymakers are the ones with the power to use their platform and money to encourage black folks to spend money on brands BY US. Black moneymakers also has the financial ability to support small black businesses in urban communities that could benefit from the financial lift. I wondered, at that moment, if any of those stars actually thought of investing in a small black business. It makes complete sense to help those who are only interested in providing for their families and create job opportunities for those young men and women making money in the streets.

A move like that would also create more funds and more spending power, which would lead to better communities and maybe…JUST maybe a decline in inner-city violence.

Jesse tackled everything from police killings to cultural appropriation. Let’s dig a bit into how often cultural appropriation happens in entertainment and how we let it fly under our radar, because it’s “lit”.

There was a time when being black in entertainment was “too urban”. Now, we have non-black artists who are singing and being “urban-ish” and suddenly it’s the best thing in the world. We all let it fly because we’ve purchased their music and go to their concerts. The point is we’ve supported them more than our brothas and sistas who are forced to promote their music exclusively online; artists whose music is way more better than the Alan Thickes, the Fergies, and the Justin Timberlakes.

I don’t want to go far off subject here, but you get the point.

 

I hope that at least some of us has become motivated enough from Williams’ speech to want to do something. However, I think it’s really up to our favorite celebrity &/or public figure with a generous amount of income in their bank accounts to invest in something to make our communities better. Like we always say, it takes money to make money. We saw them all stand up during Williams’ speech, appearing deeply affected by his words, clapping and nodding in complete agreement. My question is how many of them became affected enough to take action? Celebrities not only have the financial power, but they also have the power to use their popularity to become successful social and economical activists. They can use their fame to convince fans to follow their lead and deescalate the many problems we face in the African-American community.

Whether they want to admit it or not, people look up to them…some so much that they would follow in their footsteps, and that includes impressionable adults.

Jesse Williams is a perfect example.

He didn’t win a Humanitarian Award for his good looks and Twitter rants. For those who don’t know, do research on the brotha and find out why ‘Greys Anatomy’ is NOT the only thing we’re proud of him taking part in. He uses his celebrity for meaningful things that involves equal rights and will make any black live matter activist proud!

 

 

Folks were heated when the handler of the Twitter account for the Times Square ball used an insensitive hashtag, trying to amuse his followers. Instead, he insulted many of them by mocking the Black Live Matters movement with the hashtag, #BallLivesMatter.

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Tweeters didn’t hesitate to tell the account handler about his self.

 

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The account handler has since deleted the tweets

 

Source: Complex

 

via NY Daily News:

Social media users were up in arms over the tweets – the first sent at 9:47 p.m. and the second at 10:43 p.m. – that bizzarely touched on the “dismal” U.S. economy while also equating the 108-year-old ball drop to a racist institution.

“The ball this year has become Racist due to the dismal state of our economy in 2015,” an unidentified social media manager tweeted just after 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve before abruptly deleting the message.

Earlier in the evening, as the event swelled to more than a million people, @TimesSquareBall tweeted to its 20,000 followers “#BallLivesMatter,” a spin on the Black Lives Matter movement that the handle used multiple times yesterday.

“The tweet was unacceptable and indefensible. As soon as event organizers became aware of it, it was removed immediately,” Times Square New Year’s Eve said in a statement.

“The person responsible was an independent freelancer and will not be engaged again.”

 

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