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Ferguson Protestors Say Senator Nasheed Refused Breathalyzer, Had Gun During “Staged” Arrest

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April V Taylor Missouri state senator Jamilah Nasheed was arrested by Ferguson police for blocking traffic outside of the Ferguson police department.  It was also reported that Nasheed refused bond and spent the night in jail.  While it appears as though her act of civil disobedience was meant to show solidarity with peaceful protestors, many who have been on the front lines ridiculed Nasheed for the events surrounding her arrest….

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Dr Umar Johnson: Black feminism produces “man haters”

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In the video below, Dr. Umar Johnson talks about black feminism.   The popular scholar says that many of the black feminists in America today are what he calls “man haters.”  He says that their dislike for men, especially black men, is derived from being hurt by men in the past, through some kinds of sexual abuse, emotional abuse or physical abuse. Johnson says that good men are led to…

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Chilling Ad: Vote Or Buy A Bullet Proof Vest For Your Sons

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April V. Taylor The Florida based social justice organization Dream Defenders has launched a satirical ad for The Dream Vest, which is being marketed to “provide safety for all children with high productions of melanin to protect them from unwarranted state violence on civilians.”  The initiative is using the hashtag #VestorVote and is meant to draw attention to the fact that people of color are disproportionately targets of police violence…

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Young Ferguson Activist Calls NAACP President Uncle Tom

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April V. Taylor In a surprising turn of events during an event keynoted by Dr. Cornel West, a group of young activists who have been on the front lines in Ferguson, Missouri protested a speech given by NAACP President Cornell William Brooks at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.  Activist and journalist Rosa Clemente describes what happened as follows, at “a gathering of over 3,000 people…at some point the young people…

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6 Specific Ways Blacks Are Financially Worse Off Under Obama

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Barack Obama’s election was hailed by many as the beginning of a post-racial America in which Black people were going to experience new-found equality. This hope for a post-racial America has been dashed by the fact that recent statistics show that Black Americans have not actually improved in many areas of inequality but instead have stayed the same or gotten worse since Obama’s election. One of the areas that has…

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White men are getting rich from weed, but this man got 35 years

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by Dr Boyce Watkins Today, in the inbox on my Facebook page, I received a message from a woman by the name of Elle Robinson.  Elle wanted to tell me about her husband, Quawntay Adams.  I receive a lot of messages about the many injustices taking place in our criminal justice system, but this one stood out to me a little more than most. Mr. Adams received a 35-year prison sentence…

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Did Obama’s Election Make Race Relations Worse?

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April V. Taylor For anyone who was holding out hope that the euphoria the country experienced after Barack Obama’s historic election would somehow magically improve centuries of racism, the reality has set in for many that this is just not the case.  As the nation watched Obama be inaugurated as the 44th President and the first President of color in 2012, many felt that he was ushering in a new…

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Here’s how the government killed Martin Luther King, Jr.

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efore scoffing at this headline, you should know that in 1999, in Memphis, Tennessee, more than three decades after MLK’s death, a jury found local, state, and federal government agencies guilty of conspiring to assassinate the Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leader. The same media you would expect to cover such a monumental decision was absent at the trial, because those news organizations were part of that conspiracy….

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Farrakhan gives some strong words on Ferguson and Michael Brown

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Minister Louis Farrakhan is one of the most respected and appreciated voices in all of black America.  So, when the tragedy of Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri took place, Farrakhan was one of the first to speak on the matter. Farrakhan gave a recent address in which he stated that the Michael Brown shooting was a mere microcosm of what’s been happening all throughout the United States. He says…

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Is Al Sharpton Too Political To Be An Effective Leader?

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April V. Taylor There were several black leaders and celebrities who attended the funeral of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9th.  Among them was Al Sharpton, who also delivered Brown’s eulogy.  Many young people in Ferguson have spoken out out about the fact that they do not consider Sharpton to be their leader, and a recent…

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BreakingBrown.com: 21 reasons white people should care about the Ferguson Protests

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by Melissa Cordner If I hear one more person claim the people of Ferguson are “just playing the race card,” I am going to scream. If one more person tells me to calm down because Ferguson “doesn’t affect me,” I am going to scream. The truth, of course, is that we’ve all been screaming for ten days… or for hundreds of years. WHITE PEOPLE—THIS AFFECTS YOU. White people—I care because I, as an…

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Rev. Jesse Jackson Blasts Fox News for All White Ferguson Panel

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Given the racial tensions in Ferguson, MO following the kιlling of unarmed teen Michael Brown, one would think that news networks would reach out to African-Americans when discussing the topic. For most networks, this has been the case, but Fox News put together a segment on Ferguson that included no African-Americans and Rev. Jesse Jackson called out the network for the obvious exclusion, while appearing on Fox. Meanwhile, Dr. Ben…

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Officer Who Roughed Up CNN’s Don Lemon Investigated After Racist Tirade

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The St. Louis police officer who was seen pushing CNN anchor Don Lemon during a live segment in Ferguson has been relieved of duty over a racist rant. Lemon was reporting on the unrest in Ferguson when Officer Dan Page began to physically push the anchor back. Now video has surfaced of Page making racist and homοphobic comments at an Oath Keepers meeting a few months back. “It’s wide-ranging inflammatory…

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Cop Who Gunned Down Michael Brown Has Raised $218,000

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After George Zimmerman was arrested for kιlling Trayvon Martin, many people were stunned at the hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations that were funneled to Zimmerman. Now it seems that history is repeating itself, because the officer who gunned down Michael Brown is receiving similar financial support. A website created to support Officer Darren Wilson has raised almost $218,000 over the last few days, according to the Detroit Free…

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Sharpton on Replacing Rev. Jesse Jackson: “Everybody Has Their Day”

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Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson have had a complex relationship that sometimes resulted in the two men bumping heads over who would lead the black community. Unlike Jackson, Sharpton doesn’t have an organic connection to the civil rights movement through Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but Sharpton made a name for himself in New York and used that reputation to catapult himself to prominence. Nowhere is Sharpton’s prominence more…

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