The creators of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” have a forthcoming show named “Confederate” that many are hoping will never make it to air.
The show has sparked massive controversy since it was announced by HBO earlier this month, as it is set in an America where the South secedes from the Union and slavery is still legal. The show’s premise has led Twitter users ― many of whom are of color ― to share thoughts on how they believe the show will commodify black pain for entertainment purposes.
It also prompted five black women to launch a #NoConfederate campaign Friday and organize a mass social media protest speaking out against the show, which is set to begin production after “Game of Thrones” wraps up its final season. The hashtag even temporarily trended No. 1 in the nation on Twitter on Sunday night; the organizers planned for it to pick up steam as the latest episode of the highly watched “Game of Thrones” aired:
“We do not want HBO to expend any additional time, money or energy on this idea,” April Reign, one of the creators of the campaign, told HuffPost. “It is better for them to cancel this idea now, while still in its infancy, than to expend potentially millions of dollars per episode and face an even bigger backlash during its premiere. We are not going away.”
Reign, who also created the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, led the campaign alongside Rebecca Theodore, Jamie Broadnax, Shanelle Little and Lauren Warren, each of whom expressed anger online with the show’s possible depiction of black lives and the ways in which it could help further embolden white nationalists.
″The commodification of black pain for the enjoyment of others must stop,” Reign said. “Earlier this month, there were protests about taking down Confederate monuments. The prison industrial complex is bursting with black and brown people, disproportionate to the crimes committed. So, for some, ‘Confederate’ is not ‘alternate history,’ but a painful and recent reminder of how much further we still need to go toward equality in this country.”
This message was reiterated by many other users online Sunday.
Reign said her hopes are for HBO to cancel “Confederate” entirely and “instead uplift more marginalized voices with a different series.” One suggestion she offered was “Underground,” a show that was praised for its powerful portrayal of black history.
“If HBO is truly interested in another show about enslavement, ‘Underground,’ which used to be on WGN, would be a great addition to the network that we would readily support,” Reign said.
As for “Game of Thrones,” Reign said that while she believes the show suffers from issues like a lack of diversity and its depiction of rape, she made it clear that the campaign is “not asking that anyone withdraw their support for ‘Game of Thrones’” at this time.
HBO released a statement in response to Sunday’s night Twitter protest and said that despite the backlash, “Confederate” will continue to go on as planned.
“We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around Confederate,” HBO said in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly, while crediting the work of the show’s co-creators and writers. “We have faith that Nichelle [Trampbell Spellman], Dan [Weiss], David [Benioff], and Malcolm [Spellman] will approach the subject with care and sensitivity. The project is currently in its infancy so we hope that people will reserve judgment until there is something to see.” -huffpost
Procter & Gamble Releases Powerful Video "The Talk" to Increase Awareness Around Bias as Part of "My Black is Beautiful" Campaign
A new video released Monday titled “The Talk”compellingly tackles the impact of racial bias through the lens of black parents in America. The video ― which was released by My Black Is Beautiful, a beauty brand owned by Procter & Gamble ― is a powerful two-minute clip that explores racial bias by depicting some of the burdens placed on parents of black children, who are challenged with having necessary but difficult discussions with their children about their survival and self-esteem. -goodblacknews
Today’s Google Doodle is commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the Silent Parade, a demonstration on July 28, 1917, where nearly 10,000 people marched in silence down New York’s Fifth Avenue to Madison Square protesting about African-American rights in the U.S..
The demonstration was one of America’s first mass protests of lynching and other anti-black violence and was led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), including leaders James Weldon Johnson and W.E.B Du Bois.
The protesters, who carried banners with slogans reading “Thou Shalt Not Kill” and “Your Hands Are Full of Blood”, were demanding then-President Woodrow Wilson take legislative action to protect the civil rights of African Americans, which he had spoken about during his presidential campaign.
The protesters, who carried banners with slogans reading “Thou Shalt Not Kill” and “Your Hands Are Full of Blood”, were demanding then-President Woodrow Wilson take legislative action to protect the civil rights of African Americans, which he had spoken about during his presidential campaign. -google
A new restaurant owner had the bright idea of marketing her business by offering 40-ounce bottles of wine, wrapped in a brown paper bag, served at tables with fake bullet holes in the wall. To Becca Brennan, who’s White and new to Crown Heights, a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood, her marketing scheme was “cheeky.” But longtime Black residents call it a painful exploitation of stereotypes for profit.
The New York Daily News reports that about 100 angry protesters gathered Saturday outside Brennan’s restaurant, Summerhill, which she describes as a “boozy sandwich shop.”
They hung signs outside Summerhill that said, “This is what gentrification looks like.”
Toya Lillard, a 20-year Black resident, told the Gothamistthat people of color are not objects to be used in marketing ploys.
“If you are new to this community you are duty bound to do some research,” she added. “To be culturally literate. To know where you are. To know what came before you. It’s not our job to inform you or educate you. It’s yours.”
Justine Stephens, a Black woman who recently moved to Crown Heights, admitted to The Daily News that “people from my culture used to sit on the corner and drink.” But she sharply criticized Brennan for trying “profitize that.”Stephens called it offensive.
Brennan, a Canadian transplant, expressed regret in a statement, via The Daily News:
“I deeply apologize for any offense that my recent comments might have caused. I did not intend to be insensitive to anyone in the neighborhood, and I am sorry that my words caused pain. I made light of serious issues and that was wrong.”
That apology was too little, too late for the protesters, who attracted a large crowd of onlookers. The Gothamist said Brennan mixed cocktails inside Summerhill while as the protesters chanted “Bye, Bye Becky.” -newsone
Former first lady Michelle Obama was a breath of fresh air Tuesday at a live armchair conversation with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado President Lauren Casteel in Denver. Poised and graceful as always, Obama still touched on some tough topics and spoke out frankly about the hurt she felt from the racist attacks she received while in the White House.
“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” Obama said when Casteel asked her about the trials of being the first black first lady, according to the Denver Post. “Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.”
While her husband served as president of the United States, Obama was at the center of hateful, merciless attacks and comments. She was called an ape (and everything in between but a child of God), her body size and type were made fun of ... the list goes on and on.
But the ever-classy former FLOTUS, who reminded us all that “when they go low, we go high,” also reminded the women around her and around the world that despite the adversity they face, they can still hold on to their power.
“Women, we endure those cuts in so many ways that we don’t even notice we’re cut,” she said. “We are living with small tiny cuts, and we are bleeding every single day. And we’re still getting up.” -theroot
Emmett Louis Till was born 7/25/41 in Chicago, IL. He was visiting in Mississippi when he was 14 years old and was lynched, kidnapped, beaten, mutalated, shot in the head, and his body was dumped in the Tallahatchie River. Two men were acquitted of his kidnapping and murder and later they admitted to the crime.
Till was accused of being inappropriate to a white women in a store and later she admitted that she fabricated her testimony at the trial.
This happened before I was born and was a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement. The Montgomery Bus Boycott started later that year in 1955.
Skip to more than 50 years later and we have the murders of Travyon Martin, 17, Tamir Rice, 12, and Michael Brown, 18. And those are the few boys who have received media attention and have name recognition in death.
Emmett Till was kidnapped and went missing on 8/28/1955 and was discovered by boys fishing several days later.
My son, Benjamin, will be 14 years old on 8/28/2017 and my birthday wish for him and all is that his life matters and is respected, that he is seen as a boy, a young man, a person, a human being. That he can wear a hoodie, look at people regardless of race and be allowed to live and thrive and not to be hated and loathed.
We don’t have to be your friends, nor do we have to “all get along” but neither are we your enemy to be loathed and murdered by civilians or at the hands of the police.
Peace, love, joy, gratitude, faith courage, compassion, and blessings. -huffpost
HOUSTON- There is a dark side to traffic in Houston.
It is the shameful and disgraceful underbelly world of human trafficking that is infecting and threatening countless poor Black and Hispanic youth and young adults.
Unchecked, it spreads quickly and like a plague sickens communities, neighborhood and families across the city, according to Sonia Parker, founder of the Houston-based Parents Against Predators.
The group the includes a coalition of African-Americans and Hispanics have united and resolve to alert communities of the impact of these abuses and fight tirelessly to quarantine the problem or destroy it altogether.
“We hosted the event on Human Trafficking to spread awareness and show the display of how human trafficking work., Parker said. “My mission remains the same to spread awareness about children safety.”
According to a groundbreaking study conducted by the University of Texas School of Social Work, there are currently an estimated 313,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas.
Community activists joined together and met with children, parents and community members in an effort to increase vigilance in hopes of keeping children safe and to provide a means for anyone affected to break free of this modern form of slavery.
“We want to make the message come through loud and clear: no person is safe and we must all work together to save our families and communities,” said OG1 Operation Outreach Leader Reginald Gordon. “Trafficking and sexual exploitation are hiding in plain sight, and the first step to combatting the issue is informing community members to become aware of the issue affecting them in their own backyard.”
Gordon and Kenneth Morris, who serves as Lone Star Flight Museum Education and Outreach Director in Houston, teamed up to film, discussion and vital positive examples and life directions each hopes will steer youth and young adults away from the dark side of trafficking. -aframnews
The deputy chief of the Detroit Police Department will be moving on and up to become the first black woman to become chief of police in the Dallas Police Department.
Ulysha Renee Hall will begin her new position Sept. 5, the Detroit News reports. Hall has served as a member of the Detroit Police Department since 1999, and as deputy chief, she directed the city’s Neighborhood Policing Bureau for the last three years.
“I am honored to be chosen to lead the Dallas Police Department at this critical time in its history,” Hall said in a written statement. “I look forward to building on the successes of the past, preserving community trust and ensuring the safety of our offices and the entire Dallas community.”
The statement also detailed that more than 55 community and business leaders participated in panel interviews of the top seven candidates for the position. They chose Hall because of her background and passion.
“Chief Hall is a proven leader with a stellar background and a passion for public service,” Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax said in a written statement. “These are qualities I believe are critical as we tackle crime to make our city safer while addressing organizational and policy within the department.”
Dallas District Attorney Faith Johnson also released a statement to CBS DFW:
I want to welcome our new Chief of Police, Ulysha Renee Hall to Dallas. She has an impressive resume and it’s exciting that she will serve as the first female chief at the Dallas Police Department. I am proud that she is joining me and Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez on the growing list of females in top law enforcement positions in Dallas County. ...There is much work to be done building bridges between law enforcement and our communities, and I am looking forward to all of us working together to ensure success. -the root
Eleven-year-old AbbieGail Smith was killed in New Jersey last week in a tragedy that has shocked her entire family. Now the little girl’s grieving father and older sister, both of whom reside in Jamaica, are pleading with President Donald Trump to allow them into the U.S. to attend the little girl’s funeral this coming Monday.
In a video posted to the site APP, AbbieGail’s father, Kenroy Smith, burst into tears as he asked Trump to intervene on behalf of AbbieGail’s older sister, Kenish Smith, who had her visa application denied. Kenroy Smith’s status also remains in limbo. USA Today notes that the father had previously been deported from the U.S. following a marijuana arrest 16 years ago.
“My dear little AbbieGail was taken away, and I need to pay my last respects to her,” Kenroy Smith said in the video. “That’s all I’m asking, please, sir.”
According to USA Today, Kenish Smith had her temporary visa application denied Wednesday without reason. She said that officials at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, asked her about her occupation as a cosmetologist and her ties to her home country before rejecting her application.
Kenish Smith said that she showed officials AbbieGail’s death certificate and a letter from the Monmouth County, N.J., Prosecutor’s Office, to no avail.
“AbbieGail Smith needs her sister there at the moment,” she said. “Who’s going to stand up for us? We have no control. We can’t do it on our own.”
Kenroy Smith said he would find out Friday whether or not he will be allowed entry into the U.S.
“She’s my daughter. She’s my everything,” he said. “Please let me see my daughter for the last day before she goes under.”
AbbieGail’s body was found July 13 wrapped in a blanket on the roof of her apartment building mere hours after she was reported missing, authorities say. The little girl had been stabbed in the neck. Her upstairs neighbor Andreas Erazo has been charged with murder in her death and is currently in the Monmouth County Jail awaiting a bail hearing.
Kenroy Smith acknowledged that he is not certain if he will be allowed in the country, since he was deported from the United States to Jamaica in 2001 following a marijuana arrest, but he remains hopeful.
“I’m not worried. I’m just praising God,” he said.
Latisha Smith, another one of AbbieGail’s sisters, who lives in Maryland, said that she has been writing emails to elected officials and going to local immigration officers every day this past week in hopes of helping her father and her sister acquire visas to pay their final respects.
Latisha Smith said that AbbieGail regularly visited her father in Jamaica and the two had developed a special bond. -theroot
A Baltimore police officer has been suspended and charges against a suspected drug dealer were dropped after a body-camera recording emerged that defense lawyers said appeared to show an officer planting a bag of illicit drugs at the scene of an arrest in January.
The video, which was released by Maryland’s Office of the Public Defender this week, seems to show an officer placing a plastic bag of white capsules inside a can in an alley while two other officers look on. He can then be seen walking back toward the street, at which point he appears to turn on his body camera before announcing that he is going to check the alley.
He can then be seen turning back, searching the same area, and finding the bag he had just been handling.
The initial scene in the alley was captured because the body cameras used by the Baltimore Police Department retain recordings beginning 30 seconds before the cameras are switched on, albeit without audio. -nytimes
Wal-Mart is involved in yet another racial scandal but this time it’s not about thug life masks and bandanas or Hitler mugs. Online shoppers were shocked and outraged to discover that the supermarket was selling wig caps in a brown shade described as “Nigger-Brown.”
Somehow, the product description got past those who monitor Wal-Mart’s website, and many were outraged. The company quickly issued an apology, blaming the “third party” selling the item.
“We are very sorry and appalled that this third party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace,” Walmart said in a statement. “It is a clear violation of our policy and has been removed, and we are investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened.”
What’s more, the so-called third party brand, Jagazi Naturals, a Black-owned company that caters to African-American consumers, said they don’t sell any products at Wal-Mart.
They released their own statement on their website saying, “We woke up this morning to the news that someone has used our name Jagazi to list an item. Please beware that we are reporting this to as many people as we can and trying to get all the listings pulled down. The real Jagazi is a 100% black company for black people. People have often used our brand name to try and sell their fake products. Please be aware. Very sorry for all the distress this has caused. We are feeling the pain here as well. Most shocking!”
Owner of Jagazi Naturals, Chizo Onuh, told the Huffington Post, “A lot of sellers all over the internet are using my brand name to try and sell their products to my client base. I am a proud black woman focused on the ethnic hair products for my fellow black women.” -thegrio
An African-American Memphis woman claims that her doctor recently used an offensive racial slur when he greeted her in his office.
According to WMC Action News, Lexi Carter says that on July 11 her doctor, Dr. James Turner, walked in and allegedly said to her, “Hi Aunt Jemima.”
“I was just sitting there waiting to be seen and he walked in,” Carter told the news outlet. “He had a young girl, physician’s assistant trainee, a student with him and he looked at me and he goes ‘Hi Aunt Jemima.’”
Shocked and offended, Carter says that Turner didn’t apologize for his problematic comments. And to make matters even worse: She claims that he said it to her a second time.
Carter stressed to WMC that what Turner said was racist and insulting.
“It was an insult, racial ethnic insult, a joke. It’s putting me on a level of someone who is subservient with a smile—kind of step and fetch it. It was very derogatory, very demeaning. Especially for someone who prides myself in being none of that.
Carter also shared how his words have affected her.
“I haven’t slept. I haven’t–I haven’t really been able to deal with this. It’s just the most horrible feeling really and I try to understand it and I don’t understand it.”
Turner admitted to the news outlet that he did indeed call Carter “Aunt Jemima,” but denies that he never apologized. In a statement, Turner wrote:
“Ms. Carter is one of our very dear patients and has been for years. She is one of many African American patients and I count it a privilege to be their doctor. Anything I said that tarnishes that image and my respect for her was a misspoken blunder on my part and was not intended to show disrespect for Ms. Carter. I am very sorry for that misunderstanding.”
Look: To call someone “Aunt Jemima” at all—let alone twice—isn’t “mispeaking,” nor is it a “misunderstanding.” It’s 2017, and we all should understand the racial implications of this stereotypical slave character and how it degrades Black women.
It seems that Carter isn’t trying to hear his “late” apology either and has plans to file a formal complaint with the state medical board. -blackamericanweb
Amid the waving red-and-white Polish flags, a lone man ― over 4,000 miles from the U.S. South, from the land of Jim Crow, the Ku Klux Klan and slavery ― could be seen holding the Confederate flag.
There was some frightening symbolism to it: a 150-year-old emblem of white supremacy at a seemingly all-white rally for a white U.S. president speaking in dire, white nationalist tones about defending “Western civilization.”
But how did a flag born out of the American Civil War end up at a political rally in Poland in 2017? Groups across Europe have embraced the flag for their respective causes for years, and experts say some of its European fans don’t understand what the rebel flag really represents in U.S. history.
Mark Pitcavage, senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, says Europeans who use the flag can typically be divided into three groups.
First, he said, there are the out-and-proud racists.
“White supremacists in Europe will often use American hate symbols just as white supremacists here will use hate symbols derived from Europe,” he told HuffPost. “I’ve seen Swedish skinheads with Klan and Confederate tattoos.”
Neo-Nazis across Europe ― especially in Germany, where displaying the swastika in public is outlawed ― have been known to use the Confederate flag. And they well know what it means, Pitcavage said.
At an anti-immigrant rally in Poland in 2015, a protester could be seen waving both a White Pride flag and a Confederate flag.
The second group of Confederate flag-wavers, Pitcavage said, are right-wing political activists, many of whom have separatist inclinations.
The flag, for example, is a common sight at games of the Italian football team Napoli. That’s because many people in southern Italy see common cause with the Confederacy, The Washington Post reported. Both regions once were absorbed or defeated by a larger Northern power ― Rome, in the case of Italy.
During the Ukraine-Russia conflict, both far-right pro-Kiev groups and pro-Moscow separatists have been seen using the flag, or an approximation of it.
And the Red Hand Defenders, a protestant paramilitary group in Northern Ireland, often march with the Confederate flag. They claim to do so because there were so many Northern Irish troops in the Confederate army.
And further south in County Cork, Ireland, soccer fans are known to wave the flag, seeing parallels between the Confederacy and Cork’s history as a “rebel county” in Ireland’s fight against British rule.
But the most common reason the Confederate flag flies across Europe, Pitcavage said, is ignorance.
“Even Americans are infamously ignorant of the culture and history of other places,” he said. “Many Europeans don’t have a detailed or nuanced understanding of the U.S. and they sometimes get a Confederate flag because it’s a symbol of Americana to them.”“They don’t understand the racial or dark history of that flag and what it represents,” he said.
Miroslav Mareš, a professor at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic who studies right-wing extremism, agrees.
“In some subcultures [the flag] is used without deeper political meaning,” he told HuffPost in an email. “It is simply a symbol of the ‘way of life’ in the U.S. South (tramping, motorcycle gangs, Southern rock scene etc.).”
One of the clearest example of this is in Sweden, where people involved with the “raggare” subculture are obsessed with Americana ― often wearing cowboy hats and driving around in vintage American cars with Confederate flags. For them, the flag is just another piece of kitsch, divorced from its historical context.
Is it possible that using the Confederate flag in this way is due, in part, to the United States’ own failure to reckon with what the flag really represents? Hardly anyone, after all, mistakes the meaning behind the swastika, or waves the Nazi flag from their vintage Volkswagens in an innocent celebration of German kitsch.
Pitcavage said he doesn’t think so. The U.S., he argued, has “outsized cultural influence” across the world, and random American symbols, however imbued with political meaning here, are often reappropriated abroad to simply signify America itself.
Mareš, the Czech professor, said in Europe “it is important to ask [Confederate] flag holders about their true motives.” That’s what New Yorker writer Elisa Gonzalez did last week when she saw the man holding the flag at Trump’s speech in Warsaw.
“I then went up to a man draped in the Confederate flag, who told me that he knew what the flag meant in America but, to him, it represented resistance to a federal government that dominated smaller states, as the European Union did Poland,” Gonzalez wrote.
“As for Trump, I am neutral. I am here against the EU and forced migration,” the man told Gonzalez, referring to the EU requirement that member states take in a certain number of the millions of refugees fleeing wars in the Middle East.
America does not do a good job of tracking incidents of hate and bias. We need your help to create a database of such incidents across the country, so we all know what’s going on. Tell us your story. -
A pair of police officers have caught themselves on camera, struggling to explain why they had pulled over Florida’s first and only black state attorney.
Aramis Ayala, who serves as state attorney in the Sunshine State's 9th Judicial Circuit, was pulled over on 19 June.
As the officer approaches her window, she can be seen grabbing her licence from her wallet, which she then hands over to him.
When he asks what agency she works for, she responds: “I’m the state attorney”.
The officer immediately launches into an explanation for the stop, explaining that he ran the tags on her car and received no result.
Ms Ayala asked: “What was the tag run for?”
The officer then begins to stumble, saying: “Oh we run tags through all the time, whether it's a traffic light and that sort of stuff; That's how we figure out if cars are stolen and that sort of thing.”
He added: “Also, the windows are really dark. I don't have a tint measure but that's another reason for the stop.”
The State Attorney, visibly annoyed, asks for the officers’ cards. Neither have them available, so they write their contact information on a piece of paper.
Orlando police department said that it "allows the running of tags for official business only, and this is done routinely on patrol".
"In regards to the video, which was released by the Orlando Police Department last month, the officers stated the tag did not come back as registered to any vehicle. As you can see in the video, the window tint was dark, and officers would not have been able to tell who, or how many people, were in the vehicle," a statement said.
No complaint has been filed over the stop, police said.
Ms Ayala, a career public defender, ran for state attorney on a platform of transparency and a promise to bridge gaps with communities of colour.
In a statement to The Independent, Ms Ayala said she has "violated no laws".
"The license plate, while confidential was and remains properly registered... The tint was in no way a violation of Florida law... Although the traffic stop appears to be consistent with Florida law," the statement said.
"My goal is to have a constructive and mutually respectful relationship between law enforcement and the community, Ms Ayala added. "I look forward to sitting down to have an open dialogue with the Chief of Orlando Police Department regarding how this incident impacts that goal".
Ms Ayala recently made headlines for refusing to pursue the death penalty in the murder trial of Markeith Loyd, who is accused of killing Orlando Police Lieutenant Debra Clayton and his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon.
Florida Governor Rick Scott removed her from the case for what he called her refusal to “fight for justice”.
Ms Ayala has asked the state Supreme Court to block Mr Scott’s decision.
In April, the State Attorney’s office reported she had received a noose in the mail, accompanied by a disturbing letter. The office said Ms Ayala frequently receives hate mail, often expressing racist sentiments. -independent
Before an audience of 500 last Friday, Compton’s millennial mayor Aja Brown, 35, was sworn into office to serve a second four-year at the city’s helm.
Brown first made history in 2013 when she became Compton’s youngest elected mayor at the age of 31. In June, she captured 62 percent of the vote securing her re-election.
After accepting her oath of office Mayor Brown told those gathered that it’s time to move forward.
“It’s time to move forward,” she said. “Onward. It’s time to finish the work. If it isn’t about progress, it’s petty. Put it aside.”
“I ran for mayor because I believed I was called to affect change. Instead of complaining, I brought solutions. Leadership requires tough choices. Progress comes at a price. You have to be willing to make tough calls and takes the hits. For those of you that have followed the last four years, you know that we’ve had our fair share. But I can tell you without a doubt that this journey has been nothing short of amazing and I give God all the glory and thank the residents from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to serve as your mayor.” -blackamericaweb
Angela Rye is bringing her classy clapbacks, unapologetic wokeness and overall realness to a new podcast.
On Wednesday, July 12, Rye launched “On 1,” a show that focuses on politics, social issues, blackness and current events.
During the 2016 presidential campaign season, Rye rose to fame as a political commentator as she provided a good eye roll, harsh truth or Beyoncé line whenever needed. As the Impact Strategies CEO and activist, her noteworthy advocacy work for black rights landed her in Essence magazine’s inaugural Woke 100 class.
Rye told HuffPost that her podcast builds upon the work that she’s already done.
″[The show is] for folks who are desiring to hear from someone who’s completely honest and doesn’t really hold back so fortunately, I’ve been given platforms where I can do just that and this is just and extension of those already existing platforms,” she said.
The weekly podcast will feature guest interviews and different segments including “The Moment In Blackness,” “Political Highlight” and “Political Lowlife.” Rye brings her former boss, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, on as the first guest.
“That was my first political internship and I fell in love with the political process in her office because she showed just how activism and advocacy and politics all go hand and hand,” Rye said.
Rye’s father, a devout activist who took her to protests and marches as a child, also appears on the show as a regular to display intergenerational dialogue. She said her dad and education advocate mom helped her unapologetically use her voice.
“I grew up always thinking that fighting for justice was our obligation, whether that’s giving your voice to something, serving as a verbal advocate for someone or physically being in spaces or occupying space to make and create change. So it’s never been an option,” she said. “It was always an important part of who I am.”
Each week, Rye will also discuss ways to practice resistance during the Trump era.
Though the host tackles pressing topics, she ensures her audience that her show will also be fun, catering to those who comfortably dwell in spaces that are both sophisticated and ratchet” (aka “sophistiratchets”).
“On 1” is meant to give listeners a dose of what’s real on all fronts and inspire others to use their voices to empower.
“If I can in anyway give people the courage to say, ‘actually, no, the nonsense stops right here,’ then I want to be a part of doing that. Especially if that means that our folks will be more free. Whether it’s freedom to express, freedom to live, freedom to earn, freedom to thrive, freedom to learn, whatever it is, I want to make sure that I’m a part of these spaces and opening doors.”
“On 1” is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Tidal and Spotify. -huffpost
A police officer wounded in a shooting rampage in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last year that left three officers dead sued Black Lives Matter movement leaders on Friday, accusing them of inciting violence that spurred the attack.
The lawsuit filed in a U.S. district court in Louisiana named DeRay McKesson and four other Black Lives Matter leaders as defendants and sought at least $75,000 in damages.
It came on the one-year anniversary of one of the deadliest days in modern U.S. history for law enforcement. On July 7, 2016, a black man angered by what he saw as deadly racial bias in U.S. policing launched a downtown Dallas sniper attack, killing five officers deployed at a protest decrying police shootings of black men.
McKesson was not immediately available for comment and Black Lives Matter leaders have denied accusations that their movement promotes violence against police.
About 10 days after the Dallas shooting, a decorated ex-U.S. Marine sergeant opened fire on police in Baton Rouge, killing three officers.
Baton Rouge had been hit by waves of protests after two police officers earlier that month killed a black man, Alton Sterling, under questionable circumstances. The incident was caught on video and sparked national debate.
The officer wounded in Baton Rouge, who was not named in the lawsuit, was shot by “a person violently protesting against police, and which violence was caused or contributed to by the leaders of and by ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’,” the filing said.
Gavin Long, the black gunman who killed the Baton Rouge officers and was later shot dead, identified himself as a member of an African-American offshoot of the anti-government, mostly white Sovereign Citizen Movement, documents showed. Last year, McKesson and two other activists sued the Baton Rouge police department and other officials over the arrests of nearly 200 demonstrators during mostly peaceful protests over police killings. -huffpost
Officials put a worker at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia on administrative leave for placing a noose on the chair of his Black co-worker, NBC News reported.
Surveillance video purports to show the White male coin maker walk toward his colleague’s workspace with the noose, which was made of rope used to seal coin bags. The incident occurred around 3 p.m. on June 28.
The U.S. Treasury Department’s inspector general launched an internal investigation after Black employees notified their union president.
A Treasury spokesman said the department has “absolutely zero tolerance for the kind of misconduct reported at the mint,” NBC reported.
This is the latest in a wave of incidents involving nooses, a racially charged symbol of lynching used to threaten and intimidate African Americans.
Several weeks earlier, a noose was found at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in the District of Columbia. -blackamericaweb
Acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay will add to her socially conscious repertoire of films with an upcoming Netflix miniseries about a group of five young Black men, known as the Central Park Five, who were wrongfully prosecuted for a violent gang rape of a White female jogger in New York City’s Central Park in 1989, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
DuVernay will write and direct the five-part series, which will be her second project for Netflix after her Oscar-nominated “13th“ documentary. The series, includes Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Films among its high-profile list of executive producers, will break down each phase of the notorious case from 1989 to 2014.
Each part of the series will focus on one of the five Harlem teenagers — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — who were released in 2002 after more than a decade in jail because of DNA evidence.
President Donald Trump, however, referred to the vindicated young men as guilty as recently as 2016 during the presidential election, reports The New York Times.
“The story of the men known as the Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades,” said DuVernay, who also directed Selma and produces Queen Sugar, about the forthcoming project, in a statement. “In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn — from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the president of the United States.”
At a time when Black Americans are raising their voices about wrongful convictions, DuVernay’s project will hopefully deepen conversations around criminal justice reform. –newsone
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