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Blue Lives Matter, No Matter What… Except For This Officer Who The Cause Abandoned (Video)

I will let the Francis tell you about the angles. The facts: (1) Officer Mohamed Noor used deadly violence, (2) it was unjustified, (3) Noor should be punished just like all the other wrongful shooters should have been, BUT (4) there has been no support in this particular situation from those aligned with #BlueLivesMatter

We are now left with the big ‘why’ questions. Chief among them, why is the only time we the ‘Blue Lives Matter’ mantra is invoked is in juxtaposition to ‘Black Lives Matter’ …The mantra has provided cover for other cops’ bad shoots, so why not Noor’s? Could there be another color to consider other than ‘blue’ or can unquestioned faith in officers’ in-the-moment decision-making all of a sudden be questioned when the cop’s chosen faith is not ‘ideal?’

Get ’em Francis!

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Paul George Talks About Moving To OKC And Building With Russell Westbrook (Video)

They’re not looking at me as a Kevin Durant replacement, but as a new face of OKC.
Paul George

Okay. That’s one in a roomful of elephants in the room. Paul getting along with former fiery (Paul’s word) opponent turned teammate Russell Westbrook (you know, the current ‘face’ of the Oklahoma City Thunder). That’s another. And ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski does ask about that.

The crazy sports universe and the buzz about as a result of all these pro ball league blue chips flipping (and landing). Wow. And a discussion about another Paul’s impactful move and the potential for another team’s championship run next season. We go from talking of CP3 earlier to talking about PG13, Paul George, going to OKC.

Similar lines of discussion laid out in this clip as in ESPN’s clip on CP3’s move from former to future team, too. And the clip above does ‘include’ Paul’s cute kid (like earlier in CP3’s) but we just see the child (and Paul’s wifey…nice!). This interview is all Paul. Good stuff.

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Chris Paul Speaks On Leaving The Clippers And Linking Up With James Harden And The Rockets To Win A Championship Ring (Video)

This just in: Chris Paul is now a Houston Rocket.

Sorta. The news is a couple of days old. But the shock waves are still being felt, and the impact of the collapse of whatever ‘bridge’ between Paul and the Clippers organization… Well, folks are gonna try to put some scale to that in the months to come; no doubt. But the nuances in this clip – Paul’s poised (carefully worded) responses to questions, how joining James Harden on a new team might play out and even how cute Paul’s son’s (little Chris) wishes for his competitive dad “played” out – make for an intriguing watch.

Chris Paul sits down with Shelley Smith and talks about his six-year run with the Clippers, his relationship with James Harden and the challenge of stopping the Warriors.

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Former Lions’ Receiver Visits With The Raiders In Camp (Video)

Oh… So he is visiting the Raiders as a ‘special guest’ huh? Is that what they are calling it nowadays? Hahaaa! Yeah, the Raiders are probably looking a might sight better than Calvin “Megatron” Johnson’s former squad.

So how do you lose Megatron? That is the question NFL fans might have posed to the Detroit Lions organization when Calvin Johnson announced his retirement in 2016. Maybe pride would have kept them from giving a frank answer, but Calvin can now give his answer: Nine years in a brutal league on a losing team that was not making any real moves to win.


Can’t blame the man though. He was a marquee player putting in world class work; the kind that kept him on highlight reels… in spite of lackluster Lions team performance. Watch the ‘puff piece’ above, and read the real talk the NY Daily News got from Johnson via the link below.


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Dr. Umar Johnson Responds To His Critics And Doubters (Video)

Trust. Umar Johnson has been Umar Johnson since before he was Dr. Umar Johnson. Consistency and frankness are his hallmarks. ‘People pleasing’ not as much (ha). In this video, he offers an answer to every question/challenge. Whether you or we or anyone likes it or agrees or not… dude is what he is and speaks on it. And while that might be his ‘problem’ to lots of folks, it seems alright to him.

Black Twitter unleashed on activist and philosopher Umar Johnson after his appearance on The Breakfast Club. On Monday, Dr. Umar Johnson sat down for a one-on-one interview with Roland Martin to discuss his controversial Breakfast Club interview, educational credentials, the school he said he was starting and more.
Roland Martin

An engaging clip to watch. Dr. Johnson knows how to stir up a room, right? Wowww.

And after the jump, we hear from a guy who says neither Dr. Johnson nor Mr. Martin really likes him – Dr. Boyce Watkins. Some real talk there. Among other things, Dr. Watkins is down for causes, actions, and views with which he agrees… Not wholly for or against anyone as a person. Respect. His words are strong below, too. Full disclosure.

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VICE On HBO: Boko Haram & Unnatural Selection (Season 4, Episode 1) [Video]

The National Resource Center For Mutant Mice?? WTF?? Oh, wait, VICE is back for Season 4. Ohhhhh! Now, that does not explain it. But be damned sure that VICE will explain everything. We have the first episode of this season from the HBO investigative docu-series embedded above. Read the episode summary below.

The terrorist group Boko Haram is responsible for thousands of deaths in Nigeria. Now, the government is determined to drive these militants from the country. But is the hunt for insurgents causing as much harm as it’s preventing? Former Navy SEAL and new VICE correspondent Kaj Larsen travels to Nigeria to see what this cat-and-mouse game means for the people caught in the middle of the fight.

For centuries, scientists have been working to change the genetic traits of plants and animals. Now, the new gene-editing method CRISPR has made that process astonishingly simple – so simple it could easily be used on humans. Isobel Yeung reports from Brazil, Scotland, China and the U.S. on the technological advances that could reshape evolution as we know it.


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Prodigy Of Mobb Deep Passes Away At 42 (Video)

Damn. We were just posting on Prodigy as late as last week! And now, we say goodbye to the Queensbridge Don. The Hip-Hop Nation must now mourn the loss of another Golden Era great who did it ’til the death.

Prodigy, the iconic New York City rapper who was part of Mobb Deep, has died at the age of 42. Alex Gale, executive editor of Complex magazine, joins CBSN with more.

Very appropriate coverage provided by CBS News and Complex here. Respect to those outlets for the video package embedded above.

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Cover Story: CEOs Elon Musk And Bob Iger Quit The President’s Advisory Councils After Trump Dumped The Paris Accord (Video)

Remember the shocking revelation that our very own ‘real life Tony Stark’ – Elon Musk – would be advising Donald Trump in the White House? We posted on that on here.

When I saw the news that Trump dumped on Musk’s advice, and pulled out of the Paris Accord, I found myself wondering, borrowing a lyric from 4-IZE, “How’d That Work Out?”

Well, Tesla CEO Musk said he’d leave the White House advisory councils on which he serves if President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate agreement. Well, Trump withdrew.
And Musk left.

So…, “How’d That Work Out?” It didn’t.

In the aftermath of withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Accord, Trump really sees no downside. He had his reasons, and he is not looking to impress folks, at all, including advisors like Musk or Robert Iger (Disney CEO, who also just resigned from his advisory role).

So, to review, the President has just lost the support of ‘real life Tony Stark’ and the CEO of the ‘Universe’ in which movie ‘Tony Stark’ lives… Plus taking the most powerful nation on the planet off the nations-try-to-save-the-world climate change team. Kinda eff’d in the sci-fi world AND real world.



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Reporter Covering ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Park Ride Could Not Cover His Mouth (Video)

We should not have done this. We should NOT have done this.
Cory James, Reporter, Action News On ABC 30

Baaahahaaaa! Words you do not want to hear in a human interest piece for the local news. Heck, you don’t wanna be the one saying them while doing the story… on an amusement ride… for Guardians Of The Galaxy. That said, THIS dude’s ride reaction is PRICELESS! Watch. Just watch.

Reporter reacts to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Ride at Disneyland Resort.
– Funny Local News

Hey, at least he didn’t cuss. And all things considered, he took those G’s like a G!

#Respect #StillFunnyThough


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Hasan Minhaj (Of The Daily Show) Gives An Roast Epic Speech At The White House Correspondents’ Dinner (Video)

Ohhhhhh shhhheeeeeeeiiiit! I wanted to categorize this as comedy, but this is more. This is even more biting than mere satire; plenty of BITE. Don Rickles (RIP) level roasting of an entire room AND of The President… you know, at the WHITE HOUSE Correspondents’ event that they have EVERY year.

Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj took full advantage of Donald Trump’s absence by taking aim at The President and his administration during his monologue at the White House Correspondents’ dinner.
Global News

I’m sure it was on his calendar. But hell, I cannot blame him. Some of this sh!t BURNED, but it seems like everyone took it in stride. And I do mean everyone, because ‘The Daily Show’ Correspondent Hasan Minhaj gave a taste to EVERYONE: Not just the POTUS, but key officials in his Administration, with shots for Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, even C-SPAN (who broadcasts the event annually)!

You HAVE to watch, but strap up and sack up. Hasan is hella funny, but his speech hits hella HARD! Whew.


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Trevor Noah On Bill O’Reilly Getting Fired From Fox News (Video)

Comedy Central’s ‘Fake News’ with some real talk on the now former head of the real news fakers. Yeah, marinate on that as you watch this. Plus, remember a few days back, in that interview during which Ludacris mentioned ‘troubles’ that Bill O’Reilly was going through? Well, not to pile on, but…

Trevor celebrates Bill O’Reilly’s ouster at Fox News by looking back at some of “The O’Reilly Factor” host’s most racist moments.
– The Daily Show

Technically, this is likely the start of the end of all the hubbub for Bill. Career-wise, at least.


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The Assassination Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (Documentary)

“Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader of the African-American civil rights movement and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who became known for his advancement of civil rights by using civil disobedience. He was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. King was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:05PM that evening. The King family and others believe that the assassination was carried out by a conspiracy involving the US government, as alleged by Loyd Jowers in 1993, and that James Earl Ray was a scapegoat. In a 1999 civil trial that did not name the US government as a defendant and sought $100 from Jowers, with both the family and Jowers cooperating together and the only presenting parties, the jury ruled against Jowers and Unidentified Conspirators”

The Lost Streets Of Chicago (Documentary)

The caution on language for this BBC documentary. If that is what folks fret most about this video, then maybe they should not watch. Just saying, if harsh words make you cringe, you cannot possibly take an expose of the harsh reality Chicagoans face. Worse, if you are MORE affected by the language than the subject matter, you fail as a human.

Know what. Watch either way. We must do better. But first, we must not shy away. Otherwise, our great city will be lost.

Killings in Chicago have hit a 20-year high as the grim toll for homicides passes 500. The BBC’s Ian Pannell and Darren Conway explore a world where gangs and guns rule.
– BBC News

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Study Shows That People Think Black Men Are Scary (Video)

This is crazy. But then you realize that SOMETHING has been serving to ‘justify’ the frequent escalation to violence and murder against Black men (by radical racists, out of control cops, even Black assailants). Maybe research studies, leading to thoughtful discussion, can start us down the path to treating Black Lives like the really Matter.

A study found that both White and Black people often view Black men as older, bigger, and stronger than they actually are. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and Jordan Chariton, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you why.


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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Pilots The ‘Method-2’ Mech (Video)

South Korean robotics manufacturer Hankook Mirae Technology debuted its first prototype piloted mech, the Method-2.

Remember that sci-fi-come-to-life robot we posted on here a while back? Well, Jeff Bezos took it for a ride a few days back. And that’s big; as big as the movie monster bot (another demo reel of it above).

Pause: Who’s Jeff Bezos??? Oh, he runs Amazon. That all… BOOM! Like we said, BIG!

Building a movie bot is a project success. Getting rich folks excited about it? The business! Although military contracts would surely be expected to follow, Slate did some digging that revealed that they – maker Hankook Mirae Technology – ain’t ready yet (more here). Disaster relief and cleanup – that seems to be the ceiling for these mega man-driven machines. Not as sexy as a ‘War Machine’ (Marvel), but no small feat. And after the storm, when the help comes, best believe these will be welcomed like some of the hottest things walking!

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The World’s First Food Delivery Robot Is Now Making Deliveries In Washington DC (Video)

Hey people. This is happening. They got ‘Wall E’ from the movies (well, it looks like it…anyway) delivering your food now. Get your hoagies & chips, you gyros or whatever brought to you by a robot. Convenience encapsulated in mobile tech form. Rolling your order right on over at a [relatively] speedy 4 miles per hour, programmed not to run into stuff and to arrive safe & secure (like “they’ll email you a code to unlock the delivery case when it arrives” secure) for you to enjoy.

Starship Technology (maker of the deilivery bot) has partnered with Postmates (online ordering company) to make this all happen. Starship says this whole thing is still in its infancy, but this baby is a live baby, baby.

The news story is embedded above. Footage of the robot at work appears after the jump.

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Brooklyn-Born Representative Hakeem Jeffries Recites Biggie’s “Juicy” Verses On The Congressional Floor (Video)

Did you hear about the Congressman that got up on the House floor and commemorated the 20th year since the passing of Notorious B.I.G. by reciting some lyrics from his late hometown’s hero? It was NOT a dream! And it was damned awesome. Never believe that Hip-Hop can’t move a nation. It does, and its leaders… and this should move YOU! Watch.

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Recently Published Footage Calls Events Preceding Mike Brown’s Death Into Question (Video)

LOOK at this and TRY not to get mad. Remember the Michael Brown case; the Ferguson police murder (er…arrest)? Well, additional footage dropped that shows the strong-arm robbery Brown supposedly perpetrated on the owner – the video footage of which was leaked, somehow ‘justifying’ the arresting officer’s use of lethal force – did not tell the entire story. See, above is another piece of footage that shows an orderly exchange, perhaps even a DEAL struck between Brown and the store owner. Strange how that’s been left out of the conversation until now, huh?

For all unaware (read: NOT ‘woke’), THAT is how you paint a negative narrative using ‘actual footage.’ You don’t put out all the footage, just the part that supports the story you want told, AND negates the one you don’t. Whatever happened, Mike Brown should NOT be dead. TRUTH! The ‘strong arm video’ was meant to sell us on the bad-things-happen-to-bad-people story. Wrong story, okay. ‘They’ (e.g. those who want you to believe that Mike Brown was ‘not so good enough’ that he deserved to live to be tried like a citizen) WANTED that video to be seen to support their story, not the one this new footage tells…

But Jay Kanzler, a lawyer for the convenience store and its employees, strongly disputes that version of events, and said the new footage is unrelated to Mr. Brown’s later visit to the store.

HUH! Their lawyer disputes the new footage and what it might reveal… Ya think?


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Chance The Rapper Speaks On His Frustration Over Chicago Public School Funding (Video)

Chance The Rapper clip above; saying he was feeling a kind of way (not the good kind either) after his conversation with the Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner about funding from Chicago Public Schools. Chance is not the first in Hip-Hop to go hard for his hometown, for the kids & community; but the occasion is still too rare among folks with the bully pulpit and the bucks in our culture. And if you peep after the jump, you will see that Chance is putting his money on the table… even as the Governor and his ilk are taking money ($215 million) off it.

Salute to Chance The Rapper. He put up. Hope he doesn’t shut up until the state does right and puts some bread up, too!


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Politics: Senate Chair Silences Elizabeth Warren And Tells Her, ‘Take A Seat’ (Video)

Senator Warren defends her decision to read Coretta Scott King’s letter on Jeff Sessions, saying that the facts may hurt but it’s her responsibility as a Senator to not gloss over them.

Disclaimer that is not really a disclaimer: Senator Jeff Sessions represents my home state, Alabama. He is President Trump’s appointee for U.S. Attorney General, the nation’s most powerful law enforcement office.

So, Sen. Sessions is up to be The USAG. To ascend to such a rank, you expect to be vetted, right? Things that were private may come up. Things that were public WILL come up. Those who oppose you will DEFINITELY bring it all up. Put on your big politician pants.

Now, I have not heard about anything from Senator Sessions or his people on this matter, but we have heard enough from the Republican leadership of the U.S. Senate. They LITERALLY told her to ‘take her seat’ when she read from a letter by Coretta Scott King (Martin Luther King, Jr.’s late widow) on Jeff Sessions when she opposed his efforts to prosecute Black civil rights advocates back in the day. She read a letter, and they tried to shut her the f*ck up!

Sorry Republicans, America does not work that way. Other Democrats, including Senator Bernie Sanders (FEEL the Bern STILL) stepped up and read the letter. That, plus Warren on Facebook Live… You cannot silence us all. You will not keep us all in the dark, especially if the press does its duty of keeping us (the electorate) informed! Watch discussion above, with more after the jump.

(Wait. Senator Mitch McConnell brought the opposition? An actual MITCH did this ‘mitch’ sh!t? Yep.)


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