This is what happens when an African-American targeted brand creates a new direction to gain a broader range of consumers and fails epically…

 

Shea Moisture, a reputable and one of the top-notch hair/skin care line for women of color, are under fire for their new ads that display mostly “melanin-challenged” women…basically, women who don’t look like most of their customer base. According to those who claim they’ve supported the SM brand for years, their new marketing strategy is a slap in the face to those who obviously cannot culturally or personally relate to the women featured in the ads. The brand receives major backlash on social media and loss of fans, as a result.

Watch the ads below before they get snatched!

Of course, the brand issues an apology.

 

 

Wow, okay – so guys, listen, we really f-ed this one up. Please know that our intention was not – and would never be – to disrespect our community, and as such, we are pulling this piece immediately because it does not represent what we intended to communicate. You guys know that we have always stood for inclusion in beauty and have always fought for our community and given them credit for not just building our business but for shifting the beauty landscape. So, the feedback we are seeing here brings to light a very important point. While this campaign included several different videos showing different ethnicities and hair types to demonstrate the breadth and depth of each individual’s hair journey, we must absolutely ensure moving forward that our community is well-represented in each one so that the women who have led this movement never feel that their hair journey is minimized in any way. We are keenly aware of the journey that WOC face – and our work will continue to serve as the inspiration for work like the Perception Institute’s Good Hair Study/Implicit Association Test that suggests that a majority of people, regardless of race and gender, hold some bias towards women of color based on their textured or natural hair. So, you’re right. We are different – and we should know better.

Thank you all, as always, for the honest and candid feedback. We hear you. We’re listening. We appreciate you. We count on you. And we’re always here for you. Thank you, #SheaFam, for being there for us, even when we make mistakes. Here’s to growing and building together…

What are your thoughts?

You attend a concert for your favorite artist….

The last thing you expect is to get punched by the artist you admire….

Instead of maintaining your dignity…you make peace with a twerk.

Watch how that goes down before I share my thought piece.

When I watched the footage obtained by TMZ, so many thoughts gathered.

I’ve also heard mixed reaction, including those who say that it was the woman’s fault for what happened. Yes…she could have had a weapon of some sort and Jackson had a right to keep himself unharmed…yada yada yada.

Let’s be clear….we all know she’s wrong for trying to pull the man off stage. Although Jackson appeared to have thrown the punch to free himself from her grasp, he was still wrong for it. If you have 10 bodyguards on stage protecting you, why the hell do you feel comfortable enough to use your fist on a woman half your size?

Anyway….

This piece isn’t about Jackson throwing the punch….
this piece isn’t even about the woman pulling him off stage which she shouldn’t have done…

What has my blood boiling is the fact that this woman publicly shamed herself, influenced by her admiration for this artist. As soon as Jackson threw that punch, he smelt a lawsuit and that’s why he quickly called her on stage.

I can hear the inside convo….

50: “Lemme see what you workin’ wit’, Shawty…do your thing.”
fan: “‘Aight…”

This is what happens when celebrity worship and the objectification of women collides.

It was obvious that the woman didn’t care that she was just jabbed with a grown man fist to the chest…a place where her beating heart resides!

Dude used her admiration for him with requesting a twerk, and she didn’t mind at all. Sore chest and all, homegirl twerked like cash  raining on her…because 50 Cent, her boo….let her.

There’s a problem when we allow ourselves to be degraded….especially in public for the country to see. We’re spreading the message that it’s okay, or even normal, to accept misogyny into our space.

That incident was a clear example of the admirer being intimidated by a person with fame and mental power so much that she didn’t want to react other than twerking for her favorite rapper.

There ain’t that much admiration in the world.

I wonder what went through her mind when she felt that blow…
I wonder how she REALLY felt when she was requested on stage…

Something tells me that Jackson succeeded in avoiding a lawsuit. Homegirl was on that stage going through a moment of male privilege, celebrity worship, and sexual objectification. Twerking for a man after he punches you in the chest kinda solidifies that notion, and sadly, she probably didn’t think it was a big deal.

I’m convinced she went home that night and bragged how she got to be on stage with her boo.

Let’s talk about this Pepsi ad Ft. Kendall Jenner (now pulled after negative reaction) because the folks who conceptualized this tone-death visual fuckery had no idea it would make people upset…and rightfully so.

Before I go in, press play below

 

So, here we have a Kardashian who “brings people together” by ending a protest with a beverage……..

This has to be the lowest of the low for any marketing team trying to sell a product. The Pepsi brand should be ashamed for mocking the movement and using that girl to do it. Sooo, no one in the marketing department mentioned that the ad was a bad idea???

I don’t blame Kendall. She obviously saw dollar signs when she signed that contract and didn’t think twice about how the ad would affect people. You can’t expect someone in their early twenties and haven’t experienced much life to understand.

Pepsi basically undermined the works and dedication of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the seriousness of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Lives Matter in under two minutes. We’ve heard the term, “don’t shoot the messenger.” Well, poor Kendall was the messenger who was caught in the crossfire.

 

Now, let’s talk about how Bernice King, daughter of Martin, GATHERED Pepsi with just one tweet….

 

 

Nothing about this ad was cute and for Pepsi to trivialize the protests of police brutality, killings, and racism for a product sale shows how disingenuous the brand truly is of the movement.

Kendrick Lamar recently released new music that we’ve been anticipating. But, like most of Kendrick’s material, his new single, “Humble”, comes with some controversy and THIS TIME, I’m really not sure why.

Read the lyrics below from the 2nd verse

“I’m so fucking sick and tired of the Photoshop/Show me something natural like afro on Richard Pryor/Show me something natural like ass with some stretch marks.”

 

Before I share my discombobulation over the outrage of some of the women, hit play below to the visual to K-dot’s “Humble”.

 

I’ve played this over and over again to feel the outrage that’s been sparked by some of my sistahs and to be honest…I’m still perplexed. In fact, the more I listen, the more I dig it.

I’ve been following the outrage of some of the women on social media…particularly Twitter and I’ve read some valid points about misogyny in Hip Hop. That’s a general observation I’ve had for years as a hip hop fan. However, I don’t see the need to knock the brotha for simply expressing in his art that he doesn’t mind flaws and that’s EXACTLY what he’s doing.

In my humble opinion, I feel like some of you folks need to project your anger over the objectification of black women at those who truly deserve it. How about this beauty expert? –>read here

I’ve been reading and hearing that Kendrick is “problematic” and “expressed his own sexual desires”. I’ve also read and heard that the word “bitch” was used numerous times in the video which also sends the wrong message.

One…you have to understand hip hop and have listened to it long enough to know that his usage of the B word was not intended for his female listeners. In fact, if you’ve been following Kendrick since “Control”, you’d realize “Humble” is a diss track.

Two…This artist expressed love for natural beauty, yet all some of you hear are a certain group of women being empowered while another group is being “shamed”.

Nowhere in this single is this artist expressing disdain for any group of women. None of his lyrics display disrespect to those who have had plastic surgery. I fail to hear where he’s said anything negative towards women who wears weaves and/or has had plastic surgery through this single. Saying he wants to see a natural ass with stretch marks is not him expressing that we SHOULD be one way or another.  I take that as an expression of overlooking flaws and seeing beauty that’s natural….and natural, in itself, is beauty.

The man even expressed he’s sick and tired of Photoshop images, but y’all wanna be mad about that, too! If he would have said we should post Photoshopped images and images with layers of filters to alter our natural appearance, then y’all would really have something to be outraged about!

Please stop

If you’re a fan of Kendrick Lamar, then you’d know he tells a story and expresses his thoughts and feelings through his art.  If you’ve listened to two of his biggest albums, then you’ve listened to his struggles with negative thoughts, feelings on black on black crime, self-love, love of black people and being black. With his art, he could easily continue to evolve as a lyricist, especially if he continues to praise the natural beauty of a black woman as he has in “Humble”. That’s big for any hip hop artist to do because we (natural women) aren’t celebrated properly as much as we should be.

This faux outrage is draining and unnecessary, to say the least. Y’all wanna be mad at someone? Direct your anger towards Bill O’Reilly for trying to come for Maxine Waters!

 

 

 

 

I remember how us black folks used to say “(s)he sound black!” when we were introduced to a Caucasian singer with a soulful voice. We never realized how absolutely ignorant that was to say but in some of our defense, it was only natural for us to react in such a way because we were pleasantly surprised that a non-black person could belt notes so soulful and with so much feeling.
According to Wikipedia, Rhythm & Blues (R&B) is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African-Americans, at a time when “urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat” was becoming more popular.

 

 

 

Today, R&B’s popularity has reached its’ highest peak with the help by some of today’s biggest entertainers, and guess what….NONE of them are black. I think it’s safe to say that R&B is no longer a “black thing”. In fact, our talented white entertainers are proving that soul has no color.

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I  want to dedicate this post to the late great Teena Marie. I was a kid when I discovered that she was white when my mother brought home her classic album Robbery. I was truly amazed because her music exudes a passionate soul that I thought only a black woman could vocalize. Her singing skills were impeccable, to say the least. I loved how her African-American fans embraced her & “adopted” her as their blue-eyed sister of soul. Since my discovery of Teena, I hold on to that memory when I’m introduced to a Caucasian R&B singer. At this day in age, when urban culture is becoming widely popular & accepted, the development of R&B singers goes far & beyond the kid from the projects now. The love of urban culture & the birth of R&B singers are also developed in predominantly white neighborhoods.

 

 

How do you feel about white artists labeled as R&B singers?

Growing up in the church, I was taught that being “Christlike” was all about having respect and compassion for all people, regardless of their background and/or who they are. That’s why I find it odd that some church leaders utilize their pulpits to spew UNChristlike teachings about certain communities because of how they choose to live their lives.

Unless you’re living completely under a rock, you’ve heard of the controversy surrounding legendary Jazz and Gospel singer, Pastor Kim Burrell. A video of Pastor Burrell giving a homophobic sermon went viral and it sparked social media outrage. Press play below!

Let me just say that I respect EVERYONE’S opinion, including Kim’s. We all have a right to believe what we want to believe. However, since watching this cringe-worthy clip, I feel compelled to share my perspective on homosexuality in the church, particularly the black church, as well as the obvious hypocrisy that Kim helped reveal.

Let’s be mindful that the sermon is being spewed by a woman who was actually featured on an album of an openly gay secular artist, namely Frank Ocean. She has a single with Pharrell on the ‘Hidden Figures’ soundtrack; a film which stars Jim Parsons, an openly gay actor. She was also scheduled to appear on Ellen, an openly gay woman, to perform with Pharrell….until this happened.

Kim’s very harsh sermon against the LGBT community reveals two major issues involving the church; Ministries spread more judgment than divinity and church leaders are oblivious to the division their judgments causes.

Let’ dive into the whole hypocritical aspect of this….

Many of us have gay/lesbian/transgendered people in our families, so I dare anyone to say there aren’t any members of your church who doesn’t fall under those categories.

They sit next to you while you pray
They direct/sing in your choir
They play in your band
They pay their tithes
They are your ushers, your deacons, and your kitchen help.

What about the folks that make you look good for church?
Your hairdresser? Your barber? The man/woman who sold you your favorite church outfit!

I’m amazed at how much Kim and folks like her benefit from the LGBT community, yet, wants them to “be free from their homosexual spirit”, or they’ll be damned to hell.

Let’s not forget that messages like the ones in Burrell’s sermon cause more division between the communities. You ever wonder why some folks don’t want to spend their Sundays in a church home? Who wants to come to church and listen to something like this?

“Everybody in this room who’s filled with the homosexual spirit, beg God to free you. You play with it. What does that mean? You’ll die from it. You play with it in God’s house in 2017, you’ll die from it.”

If the leader isn’t talking about them, then they’re talking about their mother, their father, their child, etc.

This video reflects the ongoing problem in the black church with conservative Christians using the bible as a tool for oppression. The message that is being spread is not of inclusiveness and love, but rather with coldness and of ostracism.

 

No one should have to attend church and made to feel like who they are and who they choose to love is a deficit to society.

No human being is made to condone or condemn how one chooses to live.

 

Some of you guys may say Kim spoke “the truth” and was condemned for doing so. Well, if the truth applies to spreading messages of hate and/or exclusiveness, then she being “condemned” was justifiable.

Love ALL people as God would do. Isn’t that what being “Christlike” is all about?

Social media is such an integral part of our livelihood. Thinking back to the days before the internet, I wonder how we were able to live without social media. Now, there are millions of households with a computer where families use them for businesses, family interactions, and more.

When we log onto our social media profiles, we do it with a certain level of anticipation; to see what our friends and families are up to, to promote our products, businesses, and anything else that makes social media so enjoyable to use. The downside to using social media is the exposure to double standards and the one-sided perception of beauty…particularly about women and their sizes.

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Social media gives some folks a platform to express their senseless ideologies about women’s sizes, and it just proves how ignorant they are to create memes that undermine women with a slender physique. They’re just as silly as the people who share memes of that nature.

If the woman was born with a vagina, then she’s REAL, regardless of size! Because she’s a size two, doesn’t make her any less, or more, of a woman than the next woman.

What is “real” supposed to be, other than being made with cells, organs, molecules, and atoms?????

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There’s nothing wrong with women, or men, appreciating thicker curves, but do that without demeaning women who are not as curvaceous!

Women…if you are curvy, be proud of that shit, but don’t put down your slender sistah to elevate your confidence. Beauty really does come in all sizes!

Guys…if you appreciate women who are “thicker than a snicker”, then that’s your preference. However, it doesn’t show how much of a gentleman you are when you put down women who are not as thick. What kind of a man does that?

 

These types of memes are full of rhetoric and it’s more problematic than encouraging. People who create and share these memes would think they help boost confidence, but they can cause division and self-image issues more than anything else. The inaccuracy and pettiness of these memes are what burns my soul, and I see them on my social media newsfeed daily. Kids are considered the impressionable ones, but certain adults can be just as impressionable by what they read when the material or content applies to them.

A REAL woman is not based off what size she is, her realness is based off what she’s made of..water, flesh, bones, and in our sistahs’ case…MELANIN! Her confidence should come from how she feels about herself without putting the next woman down.

Society does enough of downplaying women with thicker figures, which is why it should be understood that undermining sistahs with skinnier frames won’t make us feel any better about ourselves. That kind of behavior will only make us look like we need higher self-esteem.

The next time you see a “real women have curves” meme, think about it before you press “repost’. You could be dividing, instead of helping.

 

For some time now, we have been witnessing this “beef” between two dynamic artists who should be embracing each other, instead of “throwing shade”.

We’re talking about Brandy and Monica

Both are singing sensations who were brought up in an era when R&B was dominated by male groups. Despite the popularity of groups like Boyz II Men, Dru Hill, and Jodeci, these two women proved to the industry that being young and female doesn’t suppress their ability to shine bright like a diamond!

As a fan of both and as a black woman, I’m disappointed about this feud that’s started in the late 90s but resurfaced and escalated in recent months. That’s why I feel compelled to write this open letter in hopes that it will reach them and share my thoughts on something so trivial, yet, powerful enough to feed into the perception that black women do not get along.

 

Dear Brandy and Monica,

Although I’m a few years older than both of you, I looked up to you ladies and still do. Growing into adulthood in the nineties, your music was the soundtrack of my life. I’m sure it was the same for many of your fans and that’s why you both are legends in my eyes. I’ve been observing this feud and despite the “entertainment” it provides for your fans, social media followers, and blog readers, I can’t help but feel like I’m witnessing the downfall of a sisterhood that should be stronger than this guy’s jacket!

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Now, we all know that media can exaggerate things and make situations seem bigger than what it is. As a result, fans and critics alike will add their two cents, adding more fuel to the fire. The media and the fans will become problematic because their two cents will cause more division between two talented queens who should be celebrating one another. It gets worse when the both of you publicly responds to one another (although, it seems one of you is taking a higher road). That’s what the world need to see more of—black women lifting each other up, especially when they share a bond.

What is the bond you both share? Quite a few…

You both started in the industry as teenagers…

You both snatch souls with your voices…

You both suffered a traumatic experience…

You both have grown into beautiful women with beautiful families and are definitely women our little girls can look up to.

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I don’t care who’s right or wrong…I don’t care to debate with other fans about who’s throwing more shade than whom…I don’t care to debate about who has the most hits, who sings “better”, who dresses better and all the other fuckery your fans are beefing about on social media. 

What I do care to see are two talented beauties coming together and squash whatever beef they have, because society needs to see that women can support one another…particularly black women.

A feud between Brandy and Monica is like watching a feud between Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni! Or Whitney and Mariah! None of this  doesn’t make any sense!

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I hope that whatever has transpired offline between the two of you can be resolved in a more mature fashion. We have to inspire, motivate and uplift one another because we are a part of a society that tells us that we don’t. We (black women) are generally perceived as bitches/angry women with bad attitudes. There is also the perception that we don’t get along, and unfortunately, we have enough reality shows that feeds into that perception.

Ask yourselves how would the late great Whitney  feel if she was alive to see the division between her two sweethearts.

At some point, you’ll have to realize that this feud is definitely not worth losing a friendship over. As women, that whole competitive mentality we have divides us when it doesn’t have to be that way. We all go through similar life experiences but through different chapters in our lives.

You both are blessed beyond measure with a talent given by God. Let it all go and start supporting one another on your achievements as an artist, a mother, and gems who changed the game in R&B. Great things really do happen when we support one another. 

Sincerely,

Lakia

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Trick Daddy has been the topic of conversation these last few hours, but it has nothing to do with his music, which we haven’t heard much of since the 90s. The Miami rapper is in hot water for some recent comments he made on his Instagram about black women and how we should “tighten up”.

Read what he’s said below:

“These Spanish, these white h**s, they just started getting finer than a m*****f****r,” he said to the camera while driving his car. “Y’all black h**s better tighten up. I’m telling you, tighten up. Y’all doing all that extra s**t for nothing. You not achieving nothing, b***h. You get y’all a** done, ya titties done, ya paying $150 to get your makeup done just to go to a local club, b***h. Tighten up, h*e. These Spanish and these white h**s getting very spiffy on y’all. They f**k around and learn how to fry chicken you h**s is useless.”

Check his message on video, as well.

 

 

Y’all black girl better tighten up ..

A video posted by KingDingaLing (@trickdaddydollars) on

When I initially thought of writing a response to Trick’s questionable perception about black women, I was trying to figure out why I would want to waste some of my bandwidth addressing remarks from a 40 plus year-old rapper who spends more time posting on Instagram than creating a timeless hit record.

This dude wanted relevancy, so he created some with a profanity-fueled video, bashing  black women, KNOWING gotdamn well social media was gonna create a buzz.

It worked

Trick Daddy’s name is on just about every urban blog and entertainment site there is…including mine.

 

Job, well done. You got the attention you’ve wanted.

…but while you take part in devaluing your people, I feel compelled to address your remarks with statistical information that may make you sit down and…shut up.

First, let me share why I cannot take your “advice” seriously.

Before you give advice to anyone, you should make sure your shit doesn’t stink. I’ve read reports of what you’ve been up to since your last album, and I must say…your shit is smellin’ like a sewage pipe, Dawg!

According to Essence, you’ve filed for bankruptcy, because in addition to not paying your taxes, you owed over $50,000 in back child support to two mothers of your children. In 2014, you were arrested for possessing a handgun and cocaine, and during a separate incident, pulled a gun out on someone at a baseball game.

I’m sure both White women and Hispanic women share our sentiments when we, as black women, say.you are not qualified EVER to give advice. That was the most ignorant and misogynistic piece of shit advice I was ever exposed to.

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A 40 plus year-old man who can’t even form a complete sentence that makes sense, and got the NERVE to try to school people on life and frying chicken!!!..BOY BYE!

SO, LET’S SEE THE STATISTICS…

According to your rant, black women are not achieving, but…

Black women are now the most educated group in America, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. A higher percentage of black women — 9.7% to be exact — are enrolled in college than any other racial or gender group, including white men, white women, and Asian women. ~Source

According to your rant, we’re slacking on frying chicken, but we can teach you how to make HEALTHY fried chicken, thanks to Black Doctor. Org~ Source

According to your rant, we need to “tighten up”, but…

African-American women-owned businesses continue to grow despite significant financial and social obstacles. African-American-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of the women-owned business market and are starting up at a rate six times higher than the national average.~ Source

I choose not to dissect most of your rant because it’s pointless. You’re highlighting the issue of addiction to cosmetic surgery, but it’s not just black women with this problem.

I need you to define “spiffy”, because according to your rant, we [black women] are doing just fine without that particular trait.

 

 

It’s no secret that the background of a typical rap star like Beanie Sigel is of “the streets”. So, I think we can all agree that the Philly native’s interview with ‘The Breakfast Club’ exposed a man revealing a socially-constructed attitude that could make “masculinity” a bad thing to be.

The rap legend recently visited ‘The Breakfast Club’ to discuss his “beef” with Meek Mill and The Game, ghostwriting speculations, why he decided to release the diss records, and more. Things went left within the first 5 minutes when Charlamagne said he sounded like “a hater” on a podcast show.

Throughout the entire interview, Bean appeared on-edge, was extremely aggressive a few times, and displayed such a defensive attitude, because of disagreements with Charlamagne.

At one point, the conversation turned into a topic of feminization in Hip-Hop and Bean exposed his apparent homophobia by expressing his disgust to see two men kiss on television. He also makes a clarification between “getting knocked out” and “getting stole” which happened to him by one of Meek Mills people right before a performance.

Now, if you’re a fan of ‘The Breakfast Club’ like I am, you should be used to the fact that Charlamagne has enough balls to ask questions that only a few of us are bold enough to ask. With that being said, we should have expected tough questions for Bean. Bean apparently took offense a few times and retaliated with suggesting he stop asking questions he’s not “qualified” to ask. At one point during the interview, Bean pointed out one of the reasons why Charlamagne wasn’t “qualified”; because Charlamagne is a “radio dude” and he’s not from “his world”.

Although this intense interview was worth watching, there’s one piece of Jewel Charlamagne said that stuck out.

“I think we need to make a distinction between real & street. I think that sends the wrong message to the kids. I think there’s a difference being a criminal & being real.”

There you go….

That’s the inspiration behind this piece.

We didn’t just see Beanie Sigel get frustrated with Charlamagne’s questions. We saw a man who tried to use aggressive behavior to overpower the sense that Charlamagne was making. Bean was too focused on convincing the crew that he was too “hard” to accept constructive criticism from another man. That’s a typical sign of a man suffering from toxic masculinity.

When we talk about toxic masculinity, we’re referring to the worst parts of our society’s definition of what makes a man a REAL man. Some of us fail to realize that being “hard” or from the streets isn’t the standard definition. In fact, that’s more on what we’re accustomed to believe.

In today’s society, if you’re not hood enough, show emotions, have sympathy, or have your own beliefs about certain things, you’re considered the opposite of the typical standards men have about masculinity.

Bean has clearly proven in this interview that he doesn’t need anyone questioning his “realness” because of the world he’s from; he’s dealt with “attempted murders at the height of his career”.

I respect his opinions and I’ll leave it at that. However, What’s a world full of men with the mind that he has?

It’s a world without growth, understanding, and a lot of disrespect for people who dare to speak their minds.

 

Didn’t see the interview? Press play below, if you can spare 40 minutes.

Watching the first presidential debate last night was more than cringe-worthy, it was a two-hour reminder of how much trouble this country could be in, especially if we don’t go to the polls. We were watching the battle between two unpopular presidential candidates; our voting decision will be solely based on either voting on the “lesser of two evils” or voting green! Although, Clinton did win me over with a few pointers.

By the time the debate was over, I was inundated with confusion and STILL needed many questions answered.

 

  • Why did Lester Hold do a piss-poor job as the moderator?
  • Why did Trump’s hair look like he rode a motorcycle on his way to the venue?
  • Why was Clinton looking like a BOSS-MISSES in that red suit?
  • Why did Trump go over the 2-minute limit every time he was told he only had two minutes?
  • Trump pretty much exposed his incompetence as President of the United States. Do you think that’s gained more votes for Clinton?
  • Why didn’t Clinton check Trump for all his interruptions? I think we all agree that Holt couldn’t do his job….
  • Why are we still waiting on an answer from Trump on the solution to racial division?
  • Why did Trump remind me of the class clown who needs attention badly?
  • Why did we get pumped about the”fact-checks”?
  • When are we gonna see those tax returns?
  • Who told Trump he has better temperament?
  • Why is “Stop & Frisk” in America the dumbest plan ever?
  • Why did Clinton smile everytime Trump went below the belt?….:-)
  • Why did Trump change his mind about running for president? Just a few years ago, he said in an interview that he wasn’t interested….
  • Are we wondering if China is on the phone with someone in Trump’s camp?

To be continued….

 

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