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the Clippings | Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Rips Local News a New One Over Coverage of Mike Brown Protests | #MediaApartheid

November 26, 2014

the Clippings — Atlanta local news reporters arrived at a press conference Wednesday with Mayor Kasim Reed and police chief Turner ready to spin the Mike Brown protests which took place in Atlanta.  Suffice it to say, the Mayor was not having it.  He would not allow local media to permeate the airwaves with news about the city or protests by focusing on a couple hours of events.  It was apparent local news had little intention to portray positives of day long protests which took place around the city as part of national response.

What a way to rep our city. #TurnDownForWhat.  Watching the mayor undoing #MediaApartheid with local news must make millennials proud to see their mayor have their back.  Without the mayor’s insistence on accurate reporting, there is no telling how events would be recorded in news history.

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Local news teams begged questions of why not more arrests and even brought up freaknik??? Makes us wonder about their demographics??? Watch replay below.

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the Clippings | Mike Brown’s Killer Darren Wilson interviews with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos #FergusonDecision

November 25, 2014

Gripped in pain over watching America devalue black life, now comes Darren Wilson in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

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theClippings | Michael Brown’s Mother Addressed Protesters After #FergusonDecision | WATCH

November 25, 2014

VideoBuzz: Michael Brown’s mother addresses protesters after Ferguson decision not to indict Darren Wilson for murder of her son.

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the Clippings | Will you protest the ‪#‎FergusonDecision‬ in Atlanta?

November 24, 2014

the Clippings | STATEMENT OF JANICE L. MATHIS REGARDING MICHAEL BROWN, JR.

November 24, 2014

STATEMENT OF JANICE L. MATHIS REGARDING MICHAEL BROWN, JR.

Whether or not Darren Wilson is charged with a criminal offense, young black men in America will continue to be shot down and killed by law enforcement officers and civilians. The pattern won’t be changed by a criminal prosecution in one case. It is much larger and more systemic a problem than one case can fix.

To be fair, police officers are almost never charged with murder, homicide, manslaughter or any other crime when they kill a person suspected of a crime. “The king can do no wrong.” Nor can the men he hires to keep the peace. There are some good reasons – we don’t want first responders pondering civil or criminal liability in the split second they have to decide how to protect public safety. We give the protections fancy names sovereign immunity and qualified immunity, but the result is the same. 99% of the time, police who shoot and kill civilians are not held responsible in criminal court. Facing these facts may help ease the pain that many will feel when Darren Wilson is absolved. We can and should make it easier to hold officials civilly responsible when they guess wrong about whether a suspect is armed and dangerous.

Having said that, there are other solutions available. The most obvious and most discussed is voting. We should lower the voting age to 16 and amend the U.S. Constitution to make the right to vote federal, individual and absolute. Today, 13,000 cities, counties, states and villages regulate the right to vote. The U.S. is one of only 11 industrialized nations that does not include the right to vote in its Constitution. Some of the others are Azerbaijan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia and Great Britain.

Ferguson, and every other municipality, should have a citizens’ review board as a place to voice concern and recommend action when police conduct results in questionable use of force. Police should have body mounted cameras to record encounters with suspects. Law enforcement agencies should tally the race, gender of suspects who are stopped, questioned, frisked. The statistics will give shape and nuance to the racial profiling debate. Is it just in our minds? Or is it a real phenomena?

Law enforcement personnel should receive more training in de-escalation techniques. They should publish internal affairs investigative reports. It is senseless to expect teenagers and young adults to act with more restraint and forethought that law enforcement officers.

A few nights ago, seated in a box at the Stevie Wonder concert in Atlanta, a highly educated successful African American professional told of the time he and a group of friends were forced to the ground and handcuffed during a search for suspects in a crime. His friends ranged in size from 5’6” 150 pounds to 6’6” and 250, but no one ever explained how they could all fit the description of the killer. Of course, they all had the one characteristic that needs no explanation and guarantees suspicion – black skin. I have never met a professional African American man who did not have a similar story to tell.

And then, there is the dirty secret. Darren Wilson, George Zimmerman and Donald Sterling are all afraid of black men. Partly it is the perception of superior physicality. The same leaping, jumping, running, club-swinging ability that wins championship rings and white girlfriends produces fear and loathing off the ring, screen, course or field. Partly, it is media portrayals of swaggering violence in music and movies.

But an unhealthy, unspoken part is the desperation to which some young African American young men succumb when they survey their economic prospects in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Driven out of schools, despised by teachers, marginalized by a cookie-cutter public school curricula, fatherless, last hired, first fired…many understand by the time they reach puberty that life will be brutal and short.

No protest alone will fix this complex set of social and economic issues. But we can start by making sure every kid can read by age 8. Anything else is too expensive. We African Americans have to stop cherry-picking the best and brightest and pay attention to all of our children. Half of us are doing okay. Those of us who have cracked the code of integrated America must stop patting ourselves on the back; stop abandoning the neighborhoods we grew up in; stop passing out scholarships and enrichment activities to our friends’ kids and grandkids and do the very heavy lifting of making all African American boys feel needed and wanted. Anything else is too expensive. Then, when some errant police officer shoots too fast and kills an innocent, the dirty little secret of fear and loathing won’t provide any excuse.

Janice L. Mathis, Esq.

the Clippings | Statement from CEO of The King Center, Bernice A. King, Awaiting The Grand Jury Decision Regarding Officer Darren Wilson

November 24, 2014

Statement from CEO of The King Center, Bernice A. King, Awaiting The Grand Jury Decision Regarding Officer Darren Wilson

As the world awaits the grand jury decision regarding Officer Darren Wilson, my thoughts and prayers continue to be with Michael Brown’s parents, Michael Brown, Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, his family, and the entire Ferguson community.

In his timeless speech, ‘Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution’, my father exhorted, “Let us stand up. Let us be a concerned generation. Let us remain awake through a great revolution.” I believe that we are in the midst of a great revolution and that the shooting death of Mike Brown by Officer Darren Wilson, while horribly tragic, serves as one of the catalysts to charge the revolution. However, the progress of the revolution for social change is heavily dependent on whether we are a concerned generation, whether we are awake and on how we answer this question: Decades from now, what do we want historians to write about this moment?

Answering this question truthfully and thoughtfully requires self-analysis. As my father stated, “When the dawn reveals a landscape dotted with obstacles, the time has come for sober reflection, for assessment of our methods and for anticipating pitfalls.” This nation, and indeed, the world, is in need of an influx of citizens who are soberly reflecting, assessing and anticipating, then choosing nonviolence as a lifestyle.

In embracing Nonviolence 365 days a year, we are agreeing to engage in examination of our thoughts, our motives, and our conformity to the violent, fear-mongering, hostile culture that we, as humanity, have created. That’s difficult to do. It is much easier to point out the bad deeds of others than to confront our own contributions to social ills. But, we must. From law enforcement to activists, from media to grass roots organizers, from faith leaders to policy makers, we all must be honest with and challenge ourselves to act with love, respect and compassion for all people.

We must choose strategy and discipline over destruction and frustration. It takes discipline to opt for nonviolence and restraint in a culture that is permeated with anger and rapid responses. Nevertheless, it is imperative for our human survival and the cultivation of what my father called the Beloved Community that we, no matter our vocation or walk of life, conduct ourselves on “the high plane of dignity and discipline.”

Even in our struggles across the globe for freedom and rights, it behooves us to “not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” For the revolution for social change to remain alive, vibrant and progressive, we must answer the call to live, think and act higher. Four of the most critical characteristics within this higher call are the aforementioned dignity, discipline, compassion and respect. The relationship between police officers and the communities that they serve is an area that must be addressed with attention to this higher call.

Finally, we must realize that our present global human condition is the result of years of neglect. We have not consistently, with focus and with critical thinking, confronted the Triple Evils that my father taught about. Those three evils are racism, poverty and militarism. Therefore, to answer the question ‘What do we want historians to write about this moment?’, we must begin again the intensive, transformative work of addressing these three epidemics within our “World House”.

This transformative work has to be done in tandem with a mental and spiritual outlook of ‘interrelatedness’. As my father shared, “All mankind is tied together; all life is interrelated, and we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be – this is the interrelated structure of reality.”

When we embrace this ‘interrelated World House’ perspective, cease to neglect addressing the Triple Evils, choose strategy and discipline over destruction and frustration, and engage in self-analysis, we will have positioned ourselves for a great revolution for social change. We will have emphatically responded with our actions that we want historians to say that, in this moment, we chose the Beloved Community. Historical accounts will reflect that we chose to believe that “the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice”, but we also chose not to “overlook the urgency of the moment.”

As my father stated, “We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.” Historians, 40 years from now, can reflect that we decided to live in such a way that humanity could continue. Nonviolence 365 is the choice that we must make. “The alternative may well be a civilization plunged into the abyss of annihilation.”

Let’s stand up, be concerned and stay awake through this great revolution.

Sunset: Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dead at 78

November 23, 2014

News broke early Sunday morning that former DC Mayor Marion Barry died at 78

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theClippings | #AaliyahMovie Failed Sparking #LifetimeBeLike Tweets and Instagrams

November 16, 2014

Social media is the new Nielsen when it comes to television viewing.  Before twitter, I rarely watched TV.  Now like most, can’t tweet or instagram without it.  Such was the case with #AaliyahMovie. Box of tissues at hand and ready for an emotional rollercoaster, I was ready to shoot myself shortly after opening credits. BAD! The movie was BAD! Not bad as in good either.

Lifetime Movie Aaliyah sparks #LifetimeBeLike tweets

Takenover by Wendy Williams production as her new pet project, Wendy tried to nurse the movie via social media while at the same time performing at an appearance. Didn’t help. Can’t wait to see how Williams spends reaction to #AaliyahMovie live on her show come Monday.  Ratings are one thing but hate is another — and viewers hated the movie.

The brunt of punchlines fell on Lifetime network for it’s casting of such iconic hip hop characters — throw in story-line, script, acting, music choices, etc etc. “Karma” tweet by movie’s original lead actress was priceless.

Let’s scroll back the tweets and instagrams for the hilarity that ensued with #LifetimeBeLike

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Sunset: Herman J Russell Death Notice | Obituary

November 15, 2014

Clipped from Black Enterprise — Death Notice — Herman J Russell

Herman J. Russell, the iconic entrepreneur who built the nation’s largest black-owned construction and real estate firm, as well as much of the Atlanta skyline, died today at the age of 83. He was also a behind-the-scenes financial backer of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., later playing a critical role in the construction (both literally and in terms of economic and civic participation for African Americans) of the “New South” Atlanta during the administration of the city’s first black mayor, Maynard H. Jackson Jr. Russell was the first black member of Atlanta’s Chamber of Commerce and the second black person to lead the organization as its president.

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Sunset via Black Enterprise — Death Notice — Herman J Russell

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theClippings | Bill Cosby had no conversation for NPR when it came to rape allegations | Listen

November 15, 2014

What are we waiting for? Where there are allegations, should there not be answers — especially when it comes to rape? But William “Bill” Cosby had no conversation for NPR on the subject during recent “Conversations” interview.  Surprisingly Cosby appeared in the interview where other interviews have been cancelled or postponed.

With wife by his side to talk about art, Cosby went silent when interviewer changed subject from art to rape. Listen

SIMON: This question gives me no pleasure, Mr. Cosby, but there have been serious allegations raised about you in recent days. You’re shaking your head no. I’m in the news business. I have to ask the question – do you have any response to those charges? Shaking your head no – there are people who love you who might like to hear from you about this. I want to give you the chance. All right, Camille and Bill Cosby – they have lent 62 pieces from their collection of African and African-American artists to create an exhibit called “Conversations: African and African-American Artworks In Dialogue.” It’s now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art through early 2016. Thank you both for joining us. From transcript – read more

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