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Justice, George Floyd and Unforgivable Blackness: America on Trial As A Repeat Offender
April 8, 2021
Regardless of the obvious legal language, focus and maneuvering in that Minneapolis courtroom that is being watched by the world in horror, hope, trauma and righteous anger, there is in it all a larger moral meaning. ... read more »
Floyd’s family takes its seat in ex-officer’s murder trial
April 6, 2021
A member of George Floyd’s family often occupies a reserved seat in the back corner of the Minneapolis courtroom where former police Officer Derek Chauvin is on trial in Floyd’s death. The seat reserved for Chauvin’s family goes unclaimed. ... read more »
How Chauvin trial has impacted its witnesses
April 4, 2021
The first days of testimony at the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death were dominated by witnesses to his arrest and countless videos that forced them to relive the trauma of it all over again. ... read more »
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Sister-Author Duo Brings Awareness to Police Brutality and Black History in Young Adult Novel
April 1, 2021
The story centers around Keziah Leah “Kezi” Smith, a young YouTuber activist, who died in police custody after attending a social justice rally. Her sisters, Jemima Genesis “Genny” and Keren-Happuch “Happi,” honor her legacy by going on a road trip directed by their heirloom copy of “The Negro Motorist Green Book.” ... read more »
Pandemic shapes ex-officer’s trial in Floyd death
March 30, 2021
The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd ’s death is being conducted under special circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic. ... read more »
Disney+ Streaming Service Places Restrictions on ‘Classics’ with Racist Stereotypes  
March 26, 2021
“The crows and musical numbers pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where White performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations,” Disney officials noted about “Dumbo” on its streaming platform. “The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States,” the statement continued.  ... read more »
Floyd family agrees to $27M settlement amidst ex-cop’s trial
March 13, 2021
The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd’s family over the Black man’s death in police custody, as jury selection continued in a former officer’s murder trial. ... read more »
Black Americans Must Now Fight on All Fronts
March 11, 2021
While some of us are spending our time watching the news or wondering how we are going to survive the pandemic, now is the time to understand the battles we are in and determine what we must do individually and collectively. ... read more »
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Nearly 40 George Floyd Protesters Sue County, 3 Cities Over Arrest Conditions
March 5, 2021
Nearly 40 people arrested last May while protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police are suing Los Angeles County and three Southland cities, alleging many were harassed through various means, surrounded during processing by maskless officers and at times forced to urinate on themselves. ... read more »
New Study: Innocent Blacks Seven Times More Likely to be Wrongfully Convicted of Murder Than Innocent Whites
March 4, 2021
The nonprofit legal organization committed to exonerating wrongly convicted individuals also noted that Black people are more likely to be wrongly convicted of murder when the victim is White. Among Black people exonerated of murder convictions, approximately 31 percent were wrongly convicted of killing White people. However, only 15 percent of homicides by Black people involve White victims, the National Registry of Exonerations reported. ... read more »
Activists Seek Firing, Meeting After Claims Of Mocking Floyd Photo By LAPD
February 18, 2021
Activists called today for the firing of any Los Angeles Police Department employee who created or circulated a Valentine-themed social media post featuring an image of George Floyd that included the words ``You take my breath away,'' while the police union, the Floyd family attorney and various city leaders decried the post. ... read more »
LAPD, police union outraged by report of Floyd ‘Valentine’
February 15, 2021
A report that Los Angeles police officers circulated a photo of George Floyd with the words “you take my breath away” in a Valentine-like format has prompted an internal investigation and drawn blistering condemnation from Floyd’s family, the district attorney and the police union. ... read more »
LAPD Launches Program For Mental Health Clinician To Respond To Some Calls
February 12, 2021
 The Los Angeles Police Department has begun a program to dispatch a mental health response team, consisting of a sworn officer and a Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health clinician, to certain mental health calls, Assistant Chief Horace Frank announced today. ... read more »
National Police Foundation To Review LAPD’s Response to George Floyd Protests
February 4, 2021
The National Police Foundation will hold two listening sessions tomorrow to help independently assess the Los Angeles Police Department's response to the large demonstrations that followed last year's in- custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ... read more »
Hands that once picked cotton, just picked a President
February 4, 2021
Every election has its firsts.  The 2020 presidential election was no different.  In 2016, we saw the first election where social media was viewed by voters’ more than traditional media.  Trump was head and shoulders better than Hilary on social media.  He continued to be a master of the medium, until he got kicked off.  ... read more »
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