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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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APB: “Artists Against Police Brutality” Comic Book (Artwork)

APB - artwork - JAYFORCE.COMA comic book titled APB: “Against Police Brutality” detailing Police Brutality is being put together by Rosarium Publishing.  Submissions for the project are still being submitted but Artist Ashley A. Woods has been released and it is a telling much needed piece.  The Artist/Illustrator hailing from Chicago created a touching memoriam piece that features Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Amadou Diallo, Cary Ball Jr, John Crawford, Miriam Carey, Rekia Boyd, Tanisha Anderson, and Yvette Smith.  Sadly all of these Black men and women were killed by Police officers and with all of the unrest going on in Baltimore this looks like something that will continue.

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Yasiin Bey Speaks On Ferguson, Michael Brown And Eric Garner

It’s only right we hear the considered words of Yasiin Bey on recent reminders of tragic realities of being Black in America. He uses the word ‘reaffirming’ – as in confirmation things have been eff’d up for Black folks here. But that realization is spoken (with noteworthy quotes laced into the mini-speech) to powerfully by Brother Bey here.

“Where are we? We are at a critical time. We are at a watershed moment… been here longer than we realize…”
Yasiin Bey

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Dead Wrong: Fox News Pundits’ Slanted Coverage Of Ferguson Stirs Up Sh!t…And Jon Stewart Rubs Their Faces In It (Video)

BOOM! Jon Stewart cracks Fox News upside the dome again! Hypocrisy, calling Michael Brown the bad buy, poor framing of the true “systemic injustice” that went down in Ferguson and Fox News’ super-slanted reporting on events… as usual.

You know… you’d think they be tired of being on the wrong side (being a right-wing network)… or at least be tired of being beat down by clever comedic comic attacks from The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.

You’d think.

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Lawrence O’Donnell Rips St. Louis County ADA For Mistake That Led To Dismissal Mike Brown’s Killer With No Charges (Video)

Incredible. Those in professions like attorney and doctor are taken at their word all the time; so much so, that we listen to their arguments; not wanting to (or knowing when) to question them. Watch Lawrence O’Donnell break down assistant district attorney Kathy Alizadeh’s reasoning before the Grand Jury in Ferguson; and how she misinformed them… and for the most part led the those on the Grand Jury down a path that would end in the full pardon of officer Darren Wilson. Such a big “mistake” Alizadeh made… hmmm… do you think it was lack of competence or lack of care?

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell blasted St. Louis County assistant district attorney Kathy Alizadeh on Wednesday for taking weeks to tell the Grand Jury in the Darren Wilson case she made a major mistake regarding police officers’ right to use legal force. “With prosecutors like this, Darren Wilson never really needed a defense lawyer,” he said. O’Donnell said that early on in the jurors’ deliberations, Alizadeh handed them a copy of a 1979 Missouri statute saying police were “justified in the use of such physical force as he or she reasonably believes is immediately necessary to effect the arrest or prevent the escape from custody.” However, he explained, the Supreme Court found those kinds of statutes to be unconstitutional six years later.

During his “Rewrite” section last night, MSNBC Host Lawrence O’Donnell pointed a very serious error that the St. Louis Assistant DA made when preparing the Jury to hear the testimony of Officer Darren Wilson.

The Grand Jury decided that Wilson has the right to shoot even if his life is not threatened, however, they made the decision based on a 1979 statute that was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court back in 1985.

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G-Unit – “Ahhh Sh!t” (Video)

Stirring theme can be uniquely treated with shakiness in the effects, to say the least. G-Unit just dropped an EP and this single, an of-by-and-for the streets joint called “Ahhh Sh!t.” Got the video embedded above (RIP Mike Brown, respect Ferguson protesters, #$%! police brutality). You can also pick up the EP (“The Beauty of Independence”) via the link below.


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Killer Mike Talks About Mike Brown, Ferguson, Police, & More Over Breakfast (Video)

America. Hip-Hop Nation. Humanity. Killer Mike will make you proud again in this interview. After a night of engaging in more “righteous ratchetness” with DJ Envy, Mike accepted the invitation to fall through and chat with the crew the next morning during the Power 105 morning show. This conversation rivals the knowledge and passion kicked in Killer Mike’s CNN interview on all matters relating to Ferguson and Mike Brown (posted earlier here).

If you don’t have good common sense, you shouldn’t be a policeman on foot patrol. If you don’t have great common sense, you shouldn’t be a policeman in command. So, is it harder for a policeman? Absolutely. Are you held at a higher standard? Absolutely. Are you the only civil servant with the power of life and death in your hands? Absolutely, and that requires more responsibility.
Killer Mike

Please watch!

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Activism: Orlando Jones Issues The ‘Bullet Bucket’ Challenge For Himself… And Us All (Video)

…aaand CUT! Print it. Message!

Now, no one is saying stop the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (well, some folks who have nothing better to do are but…). However, Orlando Jones makes a point in his version – the Bullet Bucket Challenge – that must not be missed! Given the tragic Mike Brown killing in Ferguson (MO, USA), Jones pours out some cold realness and somberly challenges himself (no fingers pointed, but guaranteed most viewers will feel convicted)…

“…listen without prejudice, love without limits, and reverse the hate.”
Orlando Jones

Some similar sentiments expressed in the J. Cole post from the other day here.

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Lauryn Hill – “Black Rage” (Sketch)


An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO.
Ms. Lauryn Hill

Seems as though, like many timeless artists’ works, Lauryn already had material that applies to the troubles we face today. Case in point, this lyrical sketch (“Black Rage”) L Boogie had that codifies the happenings and fallout in Ferguson. Download a FREE copy and sit with it. Let it sink in.


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Talib Kweli x Rosa Clemente Talk About The Michael Brown Shooting And More In Ferguson, Missouri (Interview)


Democracy Now is on the job and on the ground at Ferguson, with coverage and perspectives that probably won’t be seen/heard in even left-leaning mainstream media. You’ve probably seen the brief heated encounter between CNN’s Don Lemon and emcee/activist Talib Kweli. Pushed out online (a lot) because of the shock value of the argument. No ground gained, no growth in understanding; and folks didn’t really communicate that even that argument ended respectfully for the most part. However, this in depth talk with Kweli and Rosa Clemente (a longtime activist, journalist, scholar, and former director of the Hip-Hop Caucus) gives us the food for thought we need. Calm, thoughtful, progressive talk about matters of substance. With a keen interest in maintaining focus on the protest movement, Kweli and Clemente joined other grassroots activists in Ferguson just before a massive march planned for Saturday in their hometown of New York City. The NYC march will be on Staten Island, seeking justice for Eric Garner, the brother who was choked to death by police last month.

Listen (and download for FREE) below as Democracy Now! producer Aaron Maté facilitates a chat with Kweli and Clemente at Ferguson’s Greater St. Mark Family Church.


Spoken Word Poetry: Prince Ea – “Michael Brown, Same Story” (Video)

Another timely find by our own @Carmen_Breezy.

Price Ea delivers a powerful spoken word piece (above) at the site of the shooting of Mike Brown, by officers to whom he was surrendering (e.g. putting his hands up). In short order, the Prince covers the angles… the humanity of the cops as well as the victim, the realization that rioting will not fix what is wrong in this case, and that maybe Brown was a robber caught by the authorities…maybe. But that was for a court to ultimately decide. And a court can’t rule if the accused is deceased. Now, the police would certainly not be held at fault for using lethal force if a suspect acts in a way that makes them feel they are in danger; but even civilians know a man putting his hands up is surrendering, not endangering anyone.

Matters not, because the police decided Brown’s fate that day. All we can do now is grieve and wonder. Sadly wonder.

Were this a rare instance – black male gets killed by cops – we might add shock to the grief and other feelings being suffered. But like Prince Ea poignantly points out: We are not even surprised anymore when this happens. In the grand scheme of things, that might be the saddest realization of all.

“Every few months it’s the same story…over and over…You remember Eric Garner.”

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