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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On July 20, 2012, James Holmes walked into a crowded theater in Aurora, Colorado, armed with two (2) tear gas grenades, a Smith and Wesson rifle, a Remington shotgun, and a glock 22.  He killed twelve (12) people, and injured seventy (70).  He was arrested minutes later, outside of the theater in his parked car.  He was neither shot nor otherwise injured during the arrest.

On June 27, 2015, Dylann Roof walked into a church in South Carolina with a Glock 41 handgun, and killed nine (9) people and injured one (1).  He was arrested and taken into custody the next day.  He was neither shot nor otherwise injured during the arrest.

By Contrast:

On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, while unarmed, was shot and killed by neighborhood watch person George Zimmerman.  Zimmerman chased Martin considering him to be a suspect in neighborhood robberies.

On August 24, 2014, while unarmed, Michael Brown stole a few packs of cigarillos and shoved a store clerk.  Policeman Darren Wilson shot and killed Brown (who was still unarmed) shortly thereafter.


People of color in this country, seemingly cannot be talked down or arrested peacefully.  No matter what the crime, we receive the death penalty, and that comes without a judge and jury.  Police officers, who have signed on to do a dangerous job, fear for their lives when confronted by people of color.  Those same officers are those who have signed on to “protect and serve”, yet they are deadly afraid of an unarmed person of color.


We will close out with part three with an awareness session, reminding all that it does not stop with men and male teens – black women are being killed by or while in custody of police officers at an alarming rate.  We hope that you will join us again.


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One can look back, down through the ages of American history, and get a comprehensive peek into the wholesale killing of people of color, but let’s focus on the tragedies that have taken place in more recent history.

In 1997, Abner Louima broke up a fight between two women at a night club.  The police were called, and there was a struggle outside the club.  One of the officers was “sucker-punched” and he identified Louima as the attacker.  The policemen beat him on the way to the station, as well as after they arrived at the station, and later sodomized him with a broom handle.  Subsequently, the officer said he was mistaken in claiming that Louima was the one who hit him.

The name Amadou Diallo invokes an onslaught of feelings: anger, disbelief, and most likely, fear.  In 1999, he was killed on his doorstep by New York undercover policemen, who claimed that Diallo looked like a rape suspect, for whom they had been searching. Diallo reached for his wallet, and the policemen responded with a hail of forty-one (41) bullets (19 bullets hitting Diallo), taking away the life of an innocent man.

In 1999, Sean Bell and friends were leaving his bachelor party, when confronted by a team of undercover policemen.  The policemen said that they thought he was reaching for a gun.  Five (5) officers fired fifty (50) bullets into Bell’s car, injuring two (2) passengers, and killing Sean Bell.  One of the officers emptied his gun, and then reloaded, firing a total of thirty-one (31) times.  No gun was ever found in the vehicle, and it was later determined that the plain-clothed officers never identified themselves as policemen, sparking Bell and friends to believe they were being car-jacked.

Those were just three of the most prominent cases of that time, but the list goes on and on.  In Abner Louima’s case, one officer was convicted and is currently serving a thirty (30) year sentence, due to be released in 2025, and another officer was sentenced to five (5) years.  In the cases of Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell:

                                              all of the officers involved were found not guilty!


In part two, we will look at the inequities of police action against people of color versus police action against those who are not people of color.  We hope that you will join us.


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