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White Men Make Up The Majority Of The Grand Jury For The Michael Brown Shooting Case

I'm *shocked*

In betwixt the celebrity gossip and pop stuff, I’ve been trying to bring you all bits and pieces about what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri. I can’t cover it all, so I hope you all are following the updates (like this horrific story about the fundraising campaign/racism free-for-all for Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown). But I did think it important to share news about the grand jury that has been selected for the case. Click inside for more.

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A Kansas City Cop Posts Racist Photos To Facebook, Suggests Michael Brown Got What He Deserved

No race issues in #Ferguson, clearly.

In trying to keep up with some of the news about Ferguson, Missouri I had to share a really interesting story about a police officer in Kansas City, Missouri who is now coming under scrutiny for some troubling Facebook posts. As you all know, I don’t throw around the word “racist” lightly and I thought about whether or not these posts fall under that definition for me. Because of what’s happening in Ferguson right now as a direct result of the killing of yet another young, unarmed black man, Michael Brown, I feel like sending a particular message like this one is indeed racist. Please click inside for more.
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As The National Guard Heads To Ferguson, A Reporter Gives A Powerful Tribute To Victims Of Police Brutality

We all need to watch this. And then watch it again. And then watch it again.
The deaths of unarmed black men in America, by police.

There’s so much wrong with what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri right now, I don’t know where to begin. I stayed up following Twitter, just retweeting and posting on Facebook some of the horrors I was seeing—like kids getting tear gassed, and reporters being threatened by cops. The National Guard has been called in, and I have no idea what’s going to happen next. I’m just grateful that we have people like Melissa Harris-Perry who are not going to let the trend of killing black men go unnoticed. For anyone who does not understand the relationship between the black community and the police, this sums it up.

It’s also interesting to note that the KKK—which still exists—is now raising money for the cop who killed Michael Brown. Of course, the cop and his family have nothing to do with this.

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Missouri Governor Declares A State Of Emergency And Enforces A Curfew In Ferguson

So far 7 arrests have been made, one victim shot

I wanted to continue the conversation we started earlier this week, as news of things in Ferguson, Missouri remains troubling. We have a few readers in the area, so please feel free to correct me if any of this information is incorrect or if you have some thing to add. One thing is very clear— the Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed an order declaring a state of emergency, and he’s also enforcing a curfew. It all sounds very surreal, but residents must be indoors from 12AM – 5AM. He also admitted that the cops who used tear gas against protesters early Saturday morning did so without his orders. He said they’d be kind enough to stop using tear gas from now on, but we already have footage that may prove otherwise. Click inside for more.

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#Ferguson And The Truth About Our American War Zone

Social Media At Its Best

This morning I wrote a piece about Twitter at its worst. The death of Robin Williams was and is a tragedy, and some (certainly not most) of the responses from social media are also a tragic reflection of the worst of our kind, and the worst things our technology has to offer. In light of another tragedy—the murder of Michael Brown an unarmed 18 year-old in Ferguson, Missouri by police—we can see social media at its best. A couple of years ago I interviewed the director of the Occupy Wall Street documentary #whilewewatch, and he spoke about being inspired by social media activism, which developed in direct response to the lack of real (and accurate) news coverage. I had a very similar conversation with Oscar-nominee Jehane Noujaim, who made a film about the Egyptian revolution. This happens every time there is organized protest that the authorities then turn into a “war zone.” Click inside for more.
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On Women ‘Provoking’ Men To Violence: Can A Feminist Agree With Stephen A. Smith’s Comments?

PITNB's Weekly Discussion Forum

Shannon, one of these guys is gonna f— you up.” Okay, we’ll get to that quote (from one of my friends, circa 2003) shortly. I don’t know how much you all have heard about this story, or whether or not any of you watch First Take (I do, and I love it) but Stephen A. Smith of ESPN got himself in some serious trouble over comments about women and men in domestic violence cases. The specific subject of his discussion with Skip Bayless was Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (who knocked his wife out and dragged her unconscious body out of an Atlantic City casino elevator… and was suspended from a whole two NFL games as a result), but I want to open things up a bit and talk about some of the greater questions about domestic violence that this raised.
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The Obama Women Love Beyoncé

Who run the world?

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia were spotted at the Beyoncé and Jay Z concert in Chicago, IL a couple of nights ago and as you can see in the sneaky Instagram photo below, it looks like they had the time of their lives. A fan in the crowd took a selfie that surreptitiously photographed the Obamas (which is something that I TOTALLY would’ve done myself), which you can check out below. More »

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Should Celebrities Steer Clear Of Politics?

PITNB's Weekly Discussion Forum

Last week we talked about what happens when a celebrity gets knocked up, and whether or not pregnant celebs are better off hiding their baby bumps forever. This week I’m inspired by a few stories that have been going around about celebrities speaking up about the Israeli/Palestine conflict. Before we get into it, let me just say that I know so little about the specificities of this conflict, I don’t even like bringing it up. Years ago I took a class on Sufism (which, now that I think about, I found reason to bring up recently in another post—proving that certain college courses really can have lasting impact on your life), and I remember my professor saying that she simply would not discuss Middle Eastern war or conflict with people who had not studied the history. I always appreciated that stance, and so I tread very carefully here. Click inside for more.
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What One White Girl Learned At Kara Walker’s Domino Exhibit

SPOILER ALERT: She learned nothing.

As you all know, Trent and I went to see Kara Walker‘s latest exhibit in Brooklyn yesterday, titled “A Subtlety Or the Marvelous Sugar Baby…” Trent loved it, I loved it. And when I say “I loved it” I mean I stood in that space very upset that my mother (formerly a professor of African, African-American, and Women’s History, a woman who took me to my first protest—against domestic violence—when I was 8, and marched in her last protest—for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal—when she was 52, and nearing the end of her battle with cancer) and her twin sister, my Aunt Grace (also a fierce activist and journalist) were not there to experience it with me. I thought of the words of a brilliant professor of the Sufi sect of Islam who I studied with at Sarah Lawrence, when she described certain ancient, preserved places of worship in other countries, saying, “The air is different in there.” The air was, indeed, different out there. And I had some experiences (some positively breathtaking, and some disturbing) that I want to share.
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Why $40 Million Is Not Enough For The Central Park Five

But, Yes, They Should Still Get The $40 Million

Back in 2012 I wrote about some movies that changed my life, and the Ken and Sarah Burns documentary The Central Park Five was one of them. I didn’t know much about Antron McCray, Raymond Santana Jr., Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Kharey Wise before I watched the film—and, obviously, there’s still plenty that I don’t know—but at least now I am informed about a huge case in American history that deeply effected their lives. So now that I’m seeing that the 5 men who were wrongly convicted by both the court of racist public opinion, New York politicians/racists, and an actual court that accepted racist and false evidence. Y’all know I question the over-use of the term ‘racist’ but this is THE example of a racist state if there ever was one. Forty million dollars is not enough, and if you watch the documentary you’ll see why. Click inside for more.

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