White House Is “exploring ways” To Fast Track Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

The Biden administration has renewed efforts to fast track the face of Harriet Tubman on the upcoming $20 bill. This action was laid aside during Trumps time in office.

One of the many designs that have appeared in the effort to give a nod to the civil rights icon and freedom fighter Harriet Tubman.

“The Treasury Department is taking steps to resume efforts to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 notes” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki during a press briefing.

She added “It’s important that our notes, our money…reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman’s image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that. So we’re exploring ways to speed up that effort.”

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The Treasury Department first initiated Tubman on the $20 bill in 2016, during the Obama administration. In an effort to replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the currency. Shortly after former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the new bills would be unveiled in 2020. That proposal loss traction under former president Donald Trump who cited the change as “pure political correctness.”

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Statistics Show a 100% Increase in Expressway Shootings in Chicago-2020

Driving on the expressway has gotten deadlier for Chicagoans and it’s not for the reason most would think. Travelers previously worried about getting in a vehicular accident or traffic jam but 2020 has added fatal gunfire to that list. Early reports are indicating a 100% surge in expressway shootings in Chicago for 2020. Ending last year with a total of 128 gunshot victims while only 12 of those shootings resulted in an apprehension. The previous year (2019) was less than half of that number (52). One third of those incidents took place on the Dan Ryan according to Illinois state police.

Chanel Crespo holds a memorial for her brother John Ortiz, who was fatally shot while driving on the Eisenhower expressway in Chicago Illinois. Source: Reuters-Jim Young

Community stakeholders are slamming those shootings as unacceptable. A spokesperson (Beth Hundsdorfer) for the state police said “Expressway camera footage has produced evidence that was useful in obtaining criminal charges pursuant to expressway-related investigations.”

While a community member namely Alma Hill is crying foul and insisting more can be done. “I feel we’re being neglected. I feel we’re being put on the back burner because they can use the excuse of COVID.” Hill went on to say “I do believe more people have to stand up and let the public and especially the government know that this is important to us.” I know they’ve got a lot on their hands but that’s no excuse. This is ridiculous people are dying.” As originally reported by The Chicago Tribune.

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Donald Trump Pardons Death Row Exec, Lil Wayne & Kodak Black!!!

On Tuesday rapper Snoop Dogg thanked Donald Trump for pardoning a Death Row exec on his final day in office. “That’s great work for the president and his team on the way out.” He went on to “The Post” saying “They did some great work while they was in there and they did some great work on their way out. Let them know that I love what he did.” Harris received the news of his clemency at the Lompoc Federal Correctional Institution from previous clemency beneficiaries Alice Johnson and Weldon Angelos. Who are also criminal justice advocates. Then shortly after midnight he gave a pardon to rappers Lil Wayne who was facing a weapons charge and one of our faves Kodak Black. Who wasn’t scheduled to be released until 2022 for a nonviolent paperwork crime. In addition former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is also being released after serving one fourth of his 28 year sentence according to Reuters. Are you happy for them?

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Jacob Blake Gives First Interview Since Receiving 7 Police Bullets

Jacob Blake (29) sat down with Michael Strahan because he has little ability to stand after Kenosha police partially paralyzed him. Jacob Blake and his ex were uniting to celebrate their child’s 8th birthday when a dispute ensued with a neighbor. Blake said the altercation put a damper on his son’s party who tearfully asked him “daddy you sure it’s my birthday?” That query prompted him to leave to distract his son by “going back to the store.” Wanting to add joy to his child almost subtracted his life when police shot him seven times in the back. A miscommunication with his ex Laquesha Booker caused the police call. When officers arrived Blake didn’t realize they were their for him since he hadn’t committed a crime. He proceeded to Booker’s rental vehicle to secure his three children in their car restraints. Moments later he felt someone tugging his arm and flinched due to “human reaction.”

That moment made Blake realize he was the target. The next minute without verbal warning Blake says he was “slammed” against the car and tased. He responded by getting up to remove the “taser prongs” and pick up his dropped belongings which included a pocket knife. After garnering his things Blake tried to return to his “babies” in the vehicle. Blake said he walked away but in hindsight shouldn’t have picked up the knife due to the hostile climate. Still oblivious to his life being in danger since he was going in the opposite direction. Blake said he was not resisting arrest but the fate of being the “next George Floyd.” Trying to ensure the well being of his three kids almost turned fatal when a white police officer decided to shoot him seven times from behind.

Jacob Blake felt death was imminent. So he went on to give presumed final words to his children saying “Daddy love you no matter what.” Those children would later “facetime” their father in his hospital bed in awe that he was alive. Blake ended the interview thanking GOD for his life.

The families attorney, Ben Crump spoke about the smearing of Jacob Blake since the incident. Explaining how Black people have to be “perfect” to receive empathy.

Kenosha authorities identified the shooting officer as “Rusten Sheskey.” Who claimed Jacob Blake’s pocket knife had him in fear for his life. Sheskey said he thought he was going to be stabbed so he walked in closer to shoot him seven times. The officer’s attorney Brandan Matthews defended the publicly funded shooter saying he “acted according to his training.” His legal instruction has Jacob Blake heading into his 37th surgery as reported by “Good Morning America.”

Peaceful protestors taking to the street after Jacob Blakes shooting. Source: Instagram

Despite the international outcry Kenosha’s District Attorney, Michael Graveley decided not to charge the officer.

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TikTok Develops Program To Support Black Creatives

TikTok is the latest social media company to step up in support of Black artist. On Wednesday the video sharing giant announced their development of a startup program that’s intended to embrace Black creators on it’s platform. The company said “Black creators on TikTok have been a driving force for our community, from starting trends to fostering connections to introducing new ways to entertain and inspire others, and were committed to continuing to elevate and amplify their voices.”

This initiative follows an apology that was given to Black creators from TikTok who felt “unsafe, unsupported, or suppressed” by them. The sorry was a direct response to a Black activist who raised awareness about their content not receiving the same promotion as white users which prompted a “TikTok Blackout” (protest) in May.

A screenshot of a TikTok Blackout participant, Brittany Taylor speaking out against the alleged shadow banning and silencing of Black creators on the platform.

The program is structured to be multi dimensional and includes celebrities, community-building forums and educational events with TikTok higher ups according to a press release. A media firm (Macro) is partnering with TikTok to push this rollout and stated “We are thrilled to partner with TikTok to identify, uplift and support Black creators. The Black creator community on TikTok is at the forefront of driving culture and sparking trends and Macro is proud to help amplify and showcase their immense talent.”

Applications to enter the program will be accepted until January 27 with finalist being revealed in February.

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Kodak Black Donates To Charity Behind Bars

After asking for prayers earlier this week it appears Kodak Black has decided to charitably push forward. Despite presently being behind bars the “Tunnel Vision” rapper has remained active on social media.

Which points to a solid support system due to him not being able to run them firsthand. Something that encourages his supporters who’ve worried about the artist following last years allegation of torture from his former prison. Thankfully the young man is taking his down days as an opportunity to bless others who may be struggling. Announcing on his Twitter page that he’d donated $50,000 to the Barstool Fund” which is a “Covid19 relief organization” that helps “small businesses” who are struggling do to the ongoing pandemic.

Kodak Black (real name Bill Kapri) is currently serving a 46 month federal prison sentence for lying on paperwork to legally obtain a gun for self defense. While Richard Barnett assisted in breaking into Capitol Hill (US federal property) and Nancy Pelosi’s office only to face a maximum of one year. Prosecutors accused Kapri of several crimes related to his weapons case but have yet to bring validity to them. Thus forth no further charges have been secured. Black solicited President Trump for a pardon late last year. In a letter that was designated to the “Office of the Pardon Attorney” Kodak’s lawyers said “The treatment coupled with the actual crime calls for true justice to intervene and say enough is enough. Individuals similarly situated received significantly less time. We are asking for what is fair.

Capitol Hill Invader Richard Barnett pictured with his boot on the Speaker of the House’s (Nancy Pelosi) desk in Washington DC. Currently facing a one year maximum prison sentence. Source: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Do you have your fingers crossed for him until the 20th?

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Disgraced Officers Fired In the Shooting Death of Breonna Taylor

The Louisville Metro Police Department has terminated a duo of police officers for their negligence that caused the shooting death of Breonna Taylor according to their termination paperwork. Taylor was a first responder and healthcare worker who was shot dead when two Louisville police officers forcefully entered her apartment in a botched raid. The emergency room technician’s killing prompted a national outcry that activated impassioned summer protest and aching calls to “defund the police.” While the police weren’t defunded officers Joshua Jaynes and Myles Cosgrove have lost their public funded pay after being served their walking papers on Tuesday according to Louisville Police Chief Yvette Gentry.

L to R Joshua Jaynes/ Myles Cosgrove

Cosgrove and Jaynes violated a plethora of department policies that included but wasn’t limited to circumventing standard operating procedures, failing to turn on worn body cams and unlawfully attaining the deadly search warrant. Breonna Taylor thought she was secure in her home alongside her significant other Kenneth Walker on March 13 when Louisville police stormed in without uniforms to serve a no-knock warrant. A legal action that was intended to be carried out against two individuals who had no sort of criminal history and assumed they were being home invaded on. Walkers assumption that he and his partners life was in danger resulted in him utilizing his licensed to carry gun to shoot presumed self defense shots. The returned fire killed Breonna Taylor horrifically validating his initial trepidations.

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Officer Cosgrove was responsible for spraying 16 rounds into the couples home. The police chief spoke about the cowboy action saying “The shots you fired went in three different directions, indicating you did not verify a threat or have target acquisition. In other words, the evidence show that you fired wildly at unidentified subjects or targets located within an apartment.” Adding “I can not justify your conduct nor in good conscience recommend anything less than termination.” Jaynes was not present during the horrific exchange but was responsible for securing the “untruthful” search warrant that led to the fatal shooting. Chief Gentry credited Jaynes failure “to inform the judge that you had no contact” with the postal inspector for his newly employed status. Following the ex officer’s false assertions of having insider knowledge of drugs being sold by Breonna’s ex boyfriend by way of the USPS which they refuted. His “sworn information was not only inaccurate” but “untruthful” according to Gentry.

The “Fraternal Order of Police” which is funded by the officers say they intend to appeal the decision as reported by CNN.

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Officer Eludes Charges In the Shooting of Jacob Blake

A Kenosha police officer put a bullet hole in Jacob Blake’s back for everyday of the week and will not face charges. The cities District Attorney Michael Gravely has refused to indict the officer (Rusten Sheskey) who shot Jacob Blake from behind seven times saying “I do not believe the state would be able to prove that the privilege of self defense is not available.”

Attorneys for the Blake family spoke out calling the absence of charges “immensely” disappointing and unfortunate for all of the peaceful protestors who allowed due process to take place only to witness another miscarriage of justice.

“We feel this decision failed not only Jacob and his family, but the community that protested and demanded justice. Attorney Ben Crump went on to say Officer Sheskey’s actions sparked outrage and advocacy throughout the country, but the district attorney’s decision not to charge the officer who shot Jacob in the back multiple times leaving him paralyzed, further destroys the trust in our justice system. This sends the wrong message to police officers throughout the country. It says it is OK for the police to abuse their power and recklessly shoot their weapon, destroying the life of someone who was trying to protect his children.

Jacob Blake pictured with his family. -Source: Facebook

Attorney Crump also detailed their intentions to push forward by pursuing legal recourse in the form of a civil lawsuit.

“This is not the news we were hoping for, but our work is not done and hope is not lost, It is now our duty to broaden the fight for justice on behalf of Jacob and the countless other Black men and women who are victims of racial injustice and police brutality in this country. We will continue to press forward with a civil lawsuit and fight for systemic change in policing and transparency at all levels. We urge Americans to continue to raise their voices and demand change in peaceful and positive ways during this emotional time.”

Gravely argued that his decision was “laser focused” on what would have been permissible to a jury saying “It means that this case is all about self defense and can it be proven that it doesn’t exist. It’s about the perspective of Officer Sheskey.”

According to Kenosha PD, Sheskey is still gainfully employed via administrative leave while Mr. Blake is paralyzed from the waist down.

Once the news @ CNN broke regarding Kenosha’s decision to reject charges a wide range of reactions began to disburse across social media that spanned from exasperation to grief and celebrities were apart of those downcast and dismayed. Many public figures sounded off about the perceived refusal to acknowledge Black Americans as humans with rights and not carnage in the legal system. Did Kenosha make a “Gravely” mistake? Can it be fixed at the polls?

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Kenosha Braces for Unrest Preceding The Charging Decision In The Shooting of Jacob Blake

This city of Kenosha, Wisconsin is bracing for potential protest and civil unrest pending the charging decision in the police shooting of Jacob Blake. The charging verdict is anticipated to happen within the first two weeks of January according to the cities Mayor John Antaramian and Chief of police Daniel Miskinis. A statement was released Sunday saying “Mayor Antaramian has been informed that the decision is likely to be announced within the first two weeks of January and is working with Chief Miskins and other partners to protect peaceful demonstrations and to guard against unlawful activity.”

Jacob Blake afflicted in his hospital bed after being shot from behind by Kenosha police. Source: Agence France-Presse via Att. Ben Crump

Some of the precautions being taken include restricting city bus routes, implementing curfews and blocking off certain roads and areas. Jacob Blake sustained serious injuries after being shot multiple times in his back by a Kenosha police officer. The blindsided shooting sparked nationwide outraged but was not the only casualty in Kenosha after Kyle Rittenhouse traveled to the city from Antioch, Illinois and fatally shot two protestors.

Kyle Rittenhouse kneeling with his firearm. Source: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The victims loved ones are now demanding monetary justice for their lost and wounded family by requesting $20 million be paid for civil damages.

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Prosecutors Ask For a Quarter of a Year Delay in George Floyd Trial

Prosecutors overseeing the Minneapolis case involving four ex police officers who are charged in the kneeling death of George Floyd have requested the trial be delayed for three months due to the current pandemic according to court records. A recent petition listed Covid-19 and vaccine distribution as reasons for the petition. The officers were originally scheduled to stand trial for the tragic death of Floyd on March 8 but the prosecutors have expressed their intentions to postpone it until June 7th. Court records said the reason for the motion was to “protect public health” while ensuring the “case is resolved expeditiously” as reported by the AP.

Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane & Tou Thao-Source: Hennepinn County Sheriffs Office

Derek Chauvin, Alexander Keung, Tou Thao and Alexander Kueng are all set to stand trial cohesively. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter while the others are responsible to defend aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter charges.

George Floyd- Source: Ben Crump Law

Floyd was a working father who died after Chauvin a white police officer was captured on camera pinning the Black man down by holding his knee and full body weight to his neck for nearly nine minutes despite several cries that he could not breathe.

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Sisters In Law: Two Siblings Make History In Montgomery

Judge Samarria Dunson was sworn into Montgomery’s Municipal Court in Alabama and is in good company joining her sister Judge Lloria James who was recently elected to the circuit court. The sisters in law are only 18 months apart in age and simultaneously attended The University of Alabama for Law. James spoke on her elder sibling saying” Everything in my path was much easier because she was right in front of me, all the clubs student judiciary, it was a lot easier for me to follow her.”

Left to Right-Samarria Dunson serves as a municipal court judge in Montgomery while her sister Lloria James was newly elected to the circuit court bench. Source: Mickey Welsh/Advertiser

“I also was in the position to support her and warn her that she probably wouldn’t make all A’s in law school, and that was OK” Dunson replied. Both sisters decided to return to Montgomery to launch their careers after passing the Alabama Bar exam. “We wanted to actively contribute to making Montgomery a place where our children and their children would want to come back and live their adult lives James stated. While James was nurturing her career in the public spotlight Dunson took more of a behind the scenes approach choosing to support her husband who was an attorney and her sister and brother -in- law to solidify their careers first according to U.S. News & Reports.

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James credited her sister saying ” For me she pretty much raised my kids while I was on the campaign trail, she was helping with homework and also setting up websites and pretty much managing my campaign.” So she was thrilled when the cities Mayor Steven Reed suggested Dunson occupy a vacant seat in the Municipal Court.

Samarria Dunson being sworn in as Montgomery’s municipal court judge. Source: Mickey Welsh/ Advertiser

“I was really insistent and excited about her having her time, because she really deserves it, she’s brilliant in her own right. She spends a lot of time in the shadows and not stepping out and taking credit where it’s due so I was really excited for her.” Both women cited their father Sam Munnerlyn as their inspiration sharing that he had the “best work ethic. He’d go to work tired, go to work sick, always be on time, tell the truth.” They also described their mother as a person who was “filled with compassion.” Besides being the first Black sisters to assume judicial seats in Montgomery the sisters have plans to stand up for black youth.

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“I don’t think a lot of children even know what to dream to be because people like us don’t spend enough time with them. It’s our job as leaders in Montgomery to be in those places, in those spaces where kids, who may not have exposure to different careers, can get that exposure. It doesn’t just help us. It helps Montgomery, Dunson explained if we’re helping to raise the new generation of professionals then that’s what it’s about for us.”

Are you proud of the lack of of rivalry and abundance of sisterly love from these trailblazers?

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George Floyd’s Daughter Gianni Turns 7 Years Old Without Her Father

Gianni Floyd is the daughter of George Floyd and turned seven years old today unfortunately her father could not be physically present due to dying at the hands and knee of a Minnesota police officer (Derek Chauvin) who knelt on his neck despite cries from Floyd informing officials that he could not breathe. The killing of George Floyd was one of the most traumatic events that took place in 2020 and since his death several celebrities have pitched in to support his bereaved family. Floyd Mayweather personally financed the funeral, Kanye West set up a college fund for Floyd’s daughter (Gianni) while Barbara Streisand gifted the princess Disney stocks.

On Thursday rapper Lil Baby was the latest to demonstrate an act of kindness towards the family after he helped ensure Gianni’s seventh birthday party which was the first without her father was not absent of Black men nor fun. “The Bigger Picture” artist covered all cost for the beautiful “LOL” themed celebration but most importantly prioritized his presence to give support along with retired NBA players Shaquille O’Neal and close family friend Stephen Jackson. Happy Birthday Gianni!

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Yelp Is Putting Their Money Where Their Reviews Are By Investing In Black Banks

On Tuesday Yelp announced that they are disbursing $10 million into a trio of Black banks across the country in a company effort to aid “undeserved” communities according to CNN. The receiving banks have been named as Carver Federal Savings Bank (NY), Citizens Savings Bank & Trust Company of Tennessee and Broadway Federal Bank staked in California. The chief financial officer stated that Yelp knows “financial services or access to capital is not equitably distributed in the United States” and that their mission is to “bring consumers together with great local businesses and to support a vibrant local community.” The move follows the companies earlier decision to allow businesses to identify as Black owned on their platform in a move to assist their visibility of being found by patrons. That action resulted in a 35x increase in search rates for those establishments.

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Meek Mill Releases Lids Dream Chasers Hat Collaboration

Meek Mill has something else to be thankful for this holiday as the rapper is currently celebrating his ep release entitled “Quarantine Pack” by revealing an impressive project with Lids a company that he has a stake in as of last year.

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On Tuesday, Meek unveiled his new DreamChasers hat which features his logo and record labels name. The hat is “New Era” official and is available in the classic 59FIFTY fitted or snap back styles. The merchandise starts at a $45/$60 price points and is obtainable at select Lids locations. Proceeds from the hats sales will benefit Meek Mill’s criminal justice charity “REFORM Alliance” who’s mission is to “dramatically reduce the number of people who are unjustly under the control of the criminal justice system-starting with probation and parole. To win, we will work to change laws, policies hearts and minds.” Is your hat going off to him for staying woke?

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Ice Cube’s Back Hot On Social Media & Still Pushing Black Agenda

O’Shea Jackson professionally known as Ice Cube made his strong return to Twitter on Monday reiterating his “push” for Black people to be rightfully acknowledged despite the political regime that is in power.

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Ice Cube pictured with his wife of over 25 years Kimberly Woodruff and their children.

Earlier this fall Ice Cube made it known that his advocacy for Black people went beyond red or blue party lines by attempting to communicate with the Trump administration about key economic issues etc. that pertained to advancing the community. The bipartisan action sparked electrocuting criticism against Jackson but proved unsuccessful in stopping his activism for his people. Earlier this week Ice Cube gave an update on social media about his brief departure saying “we focused on one party way to long” and that he is modifying the “contract” for “Black America” in order to include pivotal details that were previously missed in a heartfelt push to “make things better.” Do you think reparations need to come “STRAIGHT OUTTA” the government?

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Black & Latino Children’s Academics Were Hit Hardest By Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic triggered many domino effects with school closures being one of the many.

Students nationwide were suddenly forced to adapt to a new normal that included e-learning and usually consisted of excessive hours in front of phones and computer screens. Vulnerable groups such as special education scholars loss their professional one on one support while immigrant children typically weren’t offered English lessons online. The vast majority of students in already disenfranchised Black and Hispanic communities had limited access to the internet or digital devices making it virtually impossible to connect with teachers. Consequently a report from the “Northwest Evaluation Association” which studied “4.4 million U.S. students” discovered that reading and math scores have noticeably declined among Black and Hispanic children this year eluding to the fact that the pandemic has created larger educational disparities according to NBC.

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As Pandemic Famines Arise Celebrities Kick in With Food Giveaways

Snoop Dogg pulled his boot straps up and went on the front line for those in need volunteering to pass out more than 2,500 turkeys.
Khalid’s foundation helped.

In the absence of a second stimulus package passed many Americans have found themselves struggling to make ends meet. A scarce reality that subsequently arose from the Covid-19 pandemic causing businesses all over the nation to indefinitely close triggering record unemployment. Retailers that remained open experienced pummeling drops in revenue due to most Americans prioritizing essential items in the midst of uncertainty. The economic instability rightfully caused many to opt out of dining or other usual indulgences. For the select few that were able to keep their gigs a lack of daycares and newly virtual learning children forced those people home. Others had to care for elderly and vulnerable loved ones. The nation has seen some of it’s most grim times this past year but we’ve also seen overwhelming chivalry with Americans uniting to help those in need. Thankfully celebrities haven’t exempted themselves or their platforms from that notion.

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New York City’s 1st Black Mayor David Dinkins, has passed at 93

David Dinkins did not settle for systemic limitations and persisted his way to reroute history by being New York City’s first Black Mayor in 1989.

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Dinkins broke ground and racial barriers that year ultimately defeating Ed Koch (Democrat) and Rudy Giuliani (Republican) and went on to become the city’s 106th mayor. Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed his passing of natural causes in his Upper East Side Manhattan home on Monday. Giuliani sent his “deepest condolences” via twitter saying “He gave a great deal of his life in service to our great city. That service is respected and honored by all.” Dinkins served a single term as Mayor and despite racial tensions that were critically present during his service the historic Mayor made a lasting impact throughout his tenure that outreached his time in office and lifetime in general. David Dinkins was preceded in death a month prior by his loving wife of over fifty years Joyce Dinkins.

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Nick Cannon & Dr. Dre Team Up For CA “Feed Your City” Event

Left to Right: Colin Kaepernick & Dr. Dre taking a knee against police brutality and in support of racial justice.

People in need were able to get a little support Saturday as the community and a few generous celebrities united for California’s annual “Feed Your City” event. Some of the famed donors were Dr. Dre, professional basketball player Ricky Davis and Nick Cannon. The charity event usually runs lateral with Thanksgiving in an attempt to assist people with groceries which include a holiday turkey. This years food packages also included essential items and PP supplies and adhered to social distancing guidelines. Compton’s mayor Aja Brown also helped to organize the event alongside Power 106 and 93.5 Kday as reported by Revolt.

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IN. Police Off. Who Killed Rashad Cunningham Won’t Face Charges

Gary, Indiana is the hometown of the late pop icon Michael Jackson and it’s former mayor Richard Hatcher was one of the first Black mayors to govern a city of more than 100,000 people in America at the time.

While the city itself is democratic and predominately comprised of Black (79.84%) and minority people systemic barriers in the criminal justice system throughout the country are also mirrored in this small rust belt town. Consequently the Gary police officer who killed Rashad Cunningham, a 25 year old Black man in August of 2019 will not face any criminal charges. Officer Isiah Price shot Cunningham after approaching the man sitting in his vehicle in front of his own home. Price later alleged that the deceased pointed a gun at him. Lake County prosecutor Bernard Carter said he made the decision to reject legal action against the officer after an “extensive review of the evidence. Are U.S. police trying to make killing civilians legal?

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Black Twitter is not “Canceling” Black People Bots Are!!

On Saturday morning the New York Times released and article about artificial intelligence and how it has saturated everything on line from billions of fake social media profiles to digital daters and faulty Amazon reviewers.

These profiles according to the Times look “stunningly real at first glance” but “do not exist.” The fraudulent individuals are all computer generated and apparently selling “fake people” is now BIG business that is steady growing. These people are “simulated” and are being used to directly imitate people for whatever the intent or current agenda is. Many times these faces are spies who with an attempt to “infiltrate” a certain community even the “intelligence” one. They are parading around harassing and trolling unknowing targets. Are bots being used as propaganda tools to further division in the black community? Does the new fight for Black Americans include recognizing the digital one. Have you heard the saying believe half of what you see and none of what you’ve heard?

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ABC Nightline’s Breonna Taylor Special

ABC’s “Nightline” aired on late Friday evening and was devoted to Breonna Taylor. It shared the young lady’s legacy of love to all who knew her. In addition to detailing the horrific way she died and confirming the many fallacies that surround the handling of her case. The special included close loved ones who spoke about Breonna’s joyful spirt describing her as “the star of the show” always uplifting her family. Her mother Tamika Palmer stated that her daughter is now a “symbol for justice” a sentiment that was rightfully echoed throughout the segment. Heart wrenching footage was shown that captured Taylor’s significant other Kenneth Walker moments after the fatal shooting despondent and sobbing for his partner “not to be dead”. Those pleas came after police fired “32” shots into the couples Louisville apartment on March 13, 2020 after abruptly entering without warning according to Walker. An alleged negligent action that frightened Walker and mimicked a home invasion therefore causing the boyfriend to act in self defense. Walker also stated that Breonna’s last word was a scream after being shot and killed by police bullets. Several jury members appeared anonymous for the special confirming the speculation that no murder charges were ever presented by the state of Kentucky’s Attorney General, Daniel Cameron. An inaction during the trial that has called his humanity, competence and rectitude into question. SAY HER NAME!

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Tamika Mallory Scheduled to Release New Book “State of Emergency”

Tamika Mallory is known for advocating for women’s rights and fighting for social justice causes to and with the help of Charlamagne tha God’s publishing company “Black Privilege” her activism isn’t slowing down.

Mallory is adding authorship to her resume and is scheduled to release a book titled “State of Emergency” soon according to “Variety” making herself the first from the publisher. The “Time 100” recipient and social leader said “this country can’t undo the gross atrocities and inner and outer scars committed against Black, brown indigenous and immigrant lives that were sacrificed for the benefit of it’s creation development and rise.” “We’re owed the same American Dream of this nation as those who seek haven of it. And the time is now.” Mallory’s book is now available for pre order. Is your Kindle ready?

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Atatiana Jefferson’s Father Sues Ex Officer For Fatal Shooting

The family of Atatiana Jefferson are determined to get justice which is multidimensional & thus forth achieved through various forms and the Father of Jefferson has now filed a lawsuit against the shooting officer seeking such.

Atatiana Jefferson was killed on October 12, 2019 when a Fort Worth police officer named Aaron Dean fatally shot through the window of her home. Jefferson was in her abode “playing video games” with a loved one when she was innocently murdered. The complaint filed states “the course and scope of employment caused the untimely death of Atatiana Carr a/k/a Atatiana Jefferson.” It alleges that the city/officer “failed” to provide “urgently needed medical care” to Atatiana. The trigger happy officer resigned and was eventually indicted but according to family now needs to pay. A fine is assessed for speeding so do you think a mandatory minimum 6 figure fine should be applied taxed when police officers kill black people/civilians?

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Black Women Suffer With Hypertension According to Research

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health due to race and gender Black women are more likely to have high blood pressure than non Hispanic white women. In addition Black women usually out number Black men when it comes to high blood pressure which means they have the most cases in the country. The serious consequences of untreated hypertension are heart and renal disease and many times strokes as stated by PhD, MPH Allana T, Forde an investigator at the National Institutes of Health.

Forde’s specialty examines “racial disparities in health outcomes”. Which has concluded that almost have (42%) of “Black adults in the U.S. have elevated blood pressure.” Being vigilant” as a defense or “coping” strategy for racism was linked to higher odds of having the disease as reported by the American Journal of Hypertension and Health. Are you about to hit your doctors line for a checkup?

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No Amber Alerts We’re Issued For Blk Missing Child Quawan Charles

Quawan Charles is a Black teenager who was found deceased several days after being reported missing by his family and now their speaking up with details regarding law enforcements blatant failure to take his “disappearance” seriously. Loved ones stated that the police did not issue any amber alerts after Charles was reported missing and expressed the anger and hurt people are feeling about the teens gruesome death and the alleged lackadaisical approach the “protect and serve” publicly funded police took to prevent it.

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Ahmad Arbery’s Assassins Denied Bond

Ahmed Arbery’s killer and participants had their racist text messages read in court proving the hate and prejudice they felt towards Black people which was pretty evident to many by the grisly murder of the innocent jogger.

On Friday morning the father son duo (Gregory and Travis McMichael) who chased down and executed Arbery both had their bonds denied in a Georgia courtroom. The judge Timothy Walmsley, stated that the “footage shows the McMichael’s pose a threat to the community. Don’t you solemnly agree? Do you think they will face the death penalty post conviction?

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Teen Fatally Shot By Atlanta Officer Last Words:(

On Tuesday (November 10) the surviving family of Vincent Truitt the 17 year old teenager who was fatally shot by an Atlanta area police officer in July and their attorney Gerald A. Griggs described what they viewed from a police body cam and dash cam video from his last living moments after being gunned down.

Source: Family Photo

The teens father and attorney along with other members of the family watched the footage and said Truitt exited a car he wasn’t driving at the end of a chase and after attempting to run three steps he was shot two twice from behind in his back.

“After Vincent was shot, Vincent drops to the ground, you can hear him speaking to the officer, he pointedly asked the officer, “Why did you shoot me?” The families attorney detailed during a press conference as reported by “11 Alive.” “The officer at that point says “Because you have a gun. Griggs also revealed that the videos showed clearly that a gun was “not pointed” towards the officer at any time and that Truitt never in fact faced the officer at any point though the Georgia Bureau of Investigations has chosen to dispute those claims but are allegedly examining all facts and details. Do you think it will ever occur to police that black men are running from them because they are afraid and continuing to kill them validates that notion?

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Bucks’ Sterling Brown Awarded $750,000 PD Brutality Settlement

Milwaukee Bucks’ player Sterling Brown has found himself on the right side of justice as the city of Milwaukee has agreed to a three quarter of a million dollar payout to the athlete.

Source: AP

The city has come to an agreement to end the legal battle which stemmed from a January 26, 2018 incident in which officers allegedly “targeted” and “tased” Brown outside of a Walgreens store because he was black. Do you think the city’s deficit will encourage the police department to become color blind or is it to little to late?

BY: BEWITTY Staff