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DL Hughley Give Perspective To The Louis CK Controversy & The ‘Protective’ Role Of His Manager (Video)

I usually do when DL gives social commentary, but I really leaned in on this one. A comedian speaking on another comedian going through a unique situation. Can expect some real talk. This is DL Hughley’s take on Louis CK’s taking liberties with the ladies.

Actually, this seems more in defense of their shared manager. Watch.

@ojones1

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Terry Crews Speaks On Being Sexually Assaulted Early In His Career: “I Felt Like I Could Punch A Hole In His Head” (Video)

Oh my damn! Dude did ‘Damon’ wrong! Talk about art imitating life (re: bathroom scene between ‘Money Mike’ aka Katt Williams and ‘Damon’ aka Terry Crews). See, if he’d have whupped the sh!t out his azz when this groper tried him, Terry might not have had a career anywhere near like he’s had. And being the wrong color in the wrong situation, he might have lost his liberty (caught a case) or his life (caught a bullet). And for similar reasons he could not even speak on it as his career progressed.

Good thing he gets to talk about it now. A different look at abuse of power. Now that the story is out, and the suit is filed, maybe some payback in the form of serious greenbacks is coming, too.

IN FRONT OF HIS WIFE!!! Maaaaannnnn…

Watch.

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Destroying Bigotry One Clapback At A Time (Video)

Dammit.

And even worse than the reality of bigotry (you do KNOW it’s real, right?) is the realization that, in truth, there is NOTHING we can do to keep an armed police force – trained and given license to kill by the government whenever they deem it necessary – from TAKING OUR LIVES!

And that’s how the clip f*cking starts! Not trying to make you mad. Trying to ‘woke’ you up with this Anthony McPherson rant!

@ojones1

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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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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?

MORE: NEW FERGUSON VIDEO ADDS WRINKLE TO MICHAEL BROWN CASE (NY TIMES)

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Do Not Resist (Trailer)

Damn. Come September 2016, film producer David Menschel is gonna give us yet another look at ourselves that some (maybe the majority) of us do not want to see. But we HAVE to! When will the U.S. police forces realize that when your tool of choice is a hammer, everything looks like a nail? To break that down to simple compounds: When all you have to respond to even civil ‘threats’ is a MILITARIZED police force, you confront an unarmed gathering with an overly armed force… With sticks and stones they may threaten to break cops’ bones… so why not run ’em the f*ck over with our new tanks??!

See Rand Paul, yeah even Rand Paul, say the cops’ Army toys are NOT to be used in riot suppression? Let alone against unarmed, lawful protestors? Wow. Watch the trailer.

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St Ivan The Terrible x Senica Da Misfit – “Sound Of The Police”

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RAW! Skillful use of the mic, rap platform, and the KRS-ONE namesake sample in this song, fellas! Real (and timely) Hip-Hop for the people. Give these bros a spin, and put a fist in the air! You can grab that FREE download (via link below) before or after that.

“Sound of the Police!” is a song which was introduced as an idea to me by my late bro/comrade/friend Pumpkinhead (PH) back in late 2013, early 2014. Initially, it was supposed to be for he and I but some things transpired within that time, and I went away; and he, unfortunately, passed away. I dedicate this song to him for coming up with the idea. So I reached out to the homie, Senica, to partake on it with me and he went in. It’s a song most definitely needed for the times now present.

This is what Hip-Hop [Rap music] has always been about, being the voice of the people, and the voice for those who need someone to speak for them, but in song form.

To all the brothers and sisters unjustifiably killed and murdered by police or any law enforcement. This is for you #RIP God bless your families & loved ones… Peace.
St Ivan The Terrible

@ojones1

DOWNLOAD: ST IVAN THE TERRIBLE X SENICA DA MISFIT – SOUND OF THE POLICE

Franchesca Ramsey Debunks Four Myths About #BlackLivesMatter (Video)

Franchesca Ramsey making the rounds from Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore over to MTV’s Decoded (all in the ‘family’…Viacom). Here you can see and hear her give facts that you can hit haters (e.g. those who insist on trolling against #BlackLivesMatter) in the head with. Now, do not get discouraged if all you get in response to your factual rebuttal is ‘All Lives Matter.’ You cannot have a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Time for the truth. Press play above.

#BlackLivesMatter

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Bill Maher Says That Police Culture Has To Change (Video)

Above: Bill Maher tells Stephen Colbert that we need policing as a society. He values the police and denounces shooting of police, like most, BUT he understands why police got shot at this point.

You can only look at so many videos of shooting unarmed Black people. I’m surprised it didn’t happen before.

Wow. Then Colbert follows up with a quote from the late President John F. Kennedy: “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” Then Maher goes in further: Police culture – attracting the wrong types of people, protecting wrongdoers within their ranks, not administering true justice when wrongdoers are caught, even the training – HAS to change!

Yeah. By this point in the evening, the funny part of the show was over, as Maher declared.

(Well, actually, they got in some more joke pokes… some at each other… but, trust, the serious power of what was said was not diminished.)

Incredible conversation The Late Show. Colbert keeps bringing thoughtful TV to CBS; while allowing what needs to be said to be said. Watch.

#BlackLivesMatter

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Rant, Rebuttal, Reconciliation: Wendy Williams Apologizes And Invites Roland Martin To Speak On HBCUs & The NAACP (Video)

Two media power-movers get together and ensure the ooh’s and ah’s are not the last thing we get out of the swirl of fiery commentary that came from Wendy Williams’ rant – then Roland’s rebuttal – on HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. See all that build up after the jump. What’s most important though… is that they got together on Wendy’s couch, reached an accord, and ensured knowledge was shared! Good use of a powerful platform.

“News One Now” host Roland S. Martin sits down with Wendy to talk about her remarks about Historically Black Colleges and the NAACP. Then, Roland weighs in on race in America, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement. Plus, Roland weighs in on how to talk to our kids about these issues.

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Activism: 23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black in America (Video)

Remember when Chris Rock did the comedic PSA “How To Not Get Your Ass Kicked By The Police” on his show years ago? No? We’re not surprised. With the passage of time AND all the police involved tragedy going on today, who can remember? And with all the unwarranted KILLING happening to us, it is really hard to laugh anymore. Crazy thing is… there seems to be NOTHING we can do to GUARANTEE living through a police encounter nowadays. Truth is, the time for folly is at an end. Hence the #WeAreHere Movement and the video above.

Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, Pink, Bono, and others explain why it’s time to take action to heal the long history of systemic racism in America. #23Ways

In collaboration with Alicia Key and the We Are Here Movement, with original reporting from Mic’s Jamilah King. Go to WeAreHereMovement.com to find out more.

#23Ways
#WeAreHere
#BlackLivesMatter

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Killer Mike Speaks On His Anger And Fears In The Wake Of More Police Killings Of Black People (Video)

Without fail, Killer Mike is ALWAYS speaking poingnantly with passion about matters affecting the people… his people. Sometimes it’s a wonder how he keeps answering the call to speak. Frustration we all feel, way before he and those of like mind began to #FeelTheBern

This is all truth. No slick talk and no backtracking. Notice how he does not have to couch his statements in the typical ‘all cops are not bad’ rhetoric, because he is out there with the police in his town – forging relationships, ensuring that they will feel/be compelled to protect & serve in his community. He touches on that. He has not abandoned talk on political movements we need to make either: VOTE out the folks who refuse to look out for the people in the community… VOTE THEM OUT! And he continues to bang the drum for a show of Black economic power: Want to move those in power, move your money away from them and toward folks you wish to empower.

None of this is new, but Killer Mike keeps speaking it. As frustrating as it must be. The truth is easy to repeat; because it’s not a ‘platform’ or something he has to ‘make up’ or remember. Watch Mike Render speak on his fears and frustrations with the two recent tragic losses of two Black Lives that did not Matter to cops who took them.

‪#‎PhilandoCastile
‪#‎AltonSterling
#BlackLivesMatter

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Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore Speaks Out On The Killing Of Alton Sterling (Video)

Thank God for f#cking cell phones…Because we would never even hear about incidents like this otherwise. In fact, part of what makes people in the Black community so enraged about this is for years, we never had evidence for these things.
Larry Wilmore

The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is supposed to be about comedic commentary… but a lot of what the host has had to cover is just plain old not funny. And it’s getting OLD. Larry speaks the feelings of us all in a tone like, ‘The vest just fell off…REALLY??’

Here’s the thing: People KNOW we have folks that NEED to be POLICED. But by and large, that should not include the UNJUSTIFIED KILLING we are see TOO OFTEN now. That’s MURDER, with a license to kill issued by the government. Before, folks could have dismissed all these as ‘anomalies’ or ‘things being blown out of proportion’… not anymore though. No more. People have the technology, even if cops on the scene ‘lose’ theirs all of a sudden at a crucial moment. We SEE you doing wrong, Mr. Officer. Cameras are ALWAYS on!

Watch.

#AltonSterling
#BlackLivesMatter

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Jesse Williams Delivers A Powerful Acceptance Speech At The BET Awards (Video)

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A system meant to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do.
Jesse Williams

Time to stand up Black people!

By now you have probably heard, or at least heard about the speech Jesse Williams gave in acceptance of the Humanitarian Award. We will steal NONE of its fire. PLEASE click the pic above or the link below and watch the full speech given at the BET Awards. Best three minutes you will spend today. Guaranteed to light a fire that burns in the depths of your soul. Let’s go!

#BlackLivesMatter

JESSE WILLIAMS ACCEPTS THE HUMANITARIAN AWARD (BET.COM)

(The speech is transcribed after the jump.)

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Innocent Man Befriends The Crooked Cop Who Sent Him To Jail For Four Years (Video)

An innocent man is now friends with the corrupt cop who framed him and got him sent to jail for four years??? Let me go on and say it: If it was me, I couldn’t forgive. No hell NO!

But for this case… Not gonna spoil this clip for you. After watching, not sure how you will feel about the story, but it will make you say, “Wooowwwww.” One way or the other.

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#BlackLivesMatter Activist DeRay McKesson Speaks On His New ‘Campaign Zero’ Movement And More With Stephen Colbert (Video)

Activist DeRay McKesson and Stephen Colbert have a colorful, conscientious conversation about White privilege, Black Lives Matter, Campaign Zero and more.

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Spike Lee Speaks On The Basis Of His New Film ‘Chi-Raq’ & Elaborates on Chicago, Sex Strikes (Video)

Interesting. Spike Lee and Stephen Colbert discuss the dire straits of Chicago’s war-like violence and casualty rates, the foundations/inspirations for “Chi-Raq” (a spin off the Ancient Greek satire “Lysistrata,” in which Athenian women vow to withhold sex until their men end the The Peloponnesian War), and the possibility of sex strikes on campus in the coming semester after his movie drops.

“I think that a sex strike could really work on college campuses where there’s an abundance of sexual harassment and date rapes. Second semester it’s going to happen. Once people come back from Christmas, there’s going to be sex strikes at universities and college campuses across this country. I believe it.”
Spike Lee

Gun control. Police brutality. So much in a short clip to watch. And you must!

PREVIOUS: CHI-RAQ (TRAILER)

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Yasiin Bey – “No Colonial Fiction”

Shout out to the family of Tamir Rice… Young blood is flowing… but school’s closing.
Yasiin Bey

Bey speaking truth and love with guts. Sending blessings to the family, but keeping the light on the murder of 12-year old Tamir Rice by police in Cleveland (Ohio, USA) last year. Let the pain move you to DO SOMETHING like the song says. Check out Yasiin’s interview and strong commentary on Tamir, misplaced Muslim hate and more after the jump.

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Police Brutality: Alex Landau’s Near Fatal Traffic Stop (Video)

Man, this ain’t the only work that StoryCorps is doing; but wow, capturing stories like these is so important! I can remember my late Grandma living across the street from a dear friend who had vivid memories of the earliest of Jim Crow times… but she NEVER spoke about it. When asked, she would quickly offer a monotone “we don’t talk about those times” response bereft of any emotional content. The truths and experiences that neighbor could have shared; but she didn’t want to. Respect shout to StoryCorps for giving a platform to those who want to share… in this case who NEED to share… even when the story is soooo AWFUL.

Alex Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive White parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when Alex was pulled over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, he lost his belief in a color-blind world — and nearly lost his life. Alex tells his mother, Patsy Hathaway, what happened that night and how it affects him to this day.

@ojones1

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Bryant Gumbel Speaks On His Son Being Victimized By ‘Blue on Black’ Crime (Video)

For as far back as I can remember, I have stood on the ‘Blackness’ of Bryant Gumbel. Time was, back in the day (on NBC), folks thought he was a sellout or out of touch with his community (calling him way worse). His harder-hitting stances and tenure on HBO Real Sports have given him the Bryant-don’t-play-that edge that has backed haters off a bit over the years; but still, some folks were still playing him like he wasn’t Black enough.

Any haters out there left, eat it! Sh!t or d!ck, you choose. Mr. Gumbel is one of us who can articulate the struggle ALL people of color face in this life…from a personal point of view. Watch him speak on it; relating events that included cops victimizing his son.

Sportscaster and TV host Bryant Gumbel reveals his personal feelings on the recent surge of “Blue on Black” incidents involving police violence against minorities in this interview that airs on PBS on Aug. 6, 2015. For more visit www.charlierose.com.

#BlackLivesMatter
#TheyReallyShould
#EspeciallyToUsBlackFolks
#BlueOnBlackCrime

@ojones1

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