Washington, DC – On Thursday, February 11, 2016, the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice, Reform & Accountability (NCLEO4J) publicly condemned the protests that are being planned at the NFL Offices in New York in response to Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 half-time performance.
“We reject the counter arguments comparing the Black Panther Party to the Ku Klux Klan,” states the group. As current, former and retired law enforcement officers at the local, state and federal levels, we refuse to suspend our common sense as our counterparts attempt to silence Beyoncé’s artistic right to perform her song “Formation” in a critically historical and current context.
The propaganda that is being cranked out attempts to change the social reality on the ground for people of color and poor people as it relates to law enforcement in this country.
On Wednesday, United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch filed a lawsuit against the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department alleging a pattern and practice of unconstitutional police conduct in the city. Continue reading →
*Can we trust that ANY law enforcement officials are even law-abiding themselves? This question resurfaces for many as Retired L.A. County Sheriff, Lee Baca, admitted on Wednesday that he lied — twice — about his involvement in hiding a jail inmate from FBI investigators. You may recall this is about a case that led to an investigation of the entire dept.
Why it should hit me so hard to learn that someone like Baca, in the highest law enforcement position, would straight out tell a bold-faced lie just goes to show that even I, a seasoned woman with trust issues, can still be fooled. Continue reading →
*With all the memes, one-liners and bad hair days surrounding republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, comedic site “Funny or Die” must’ve figured they’d put their mark on it and go all out with a 50-minute video mockumentary on the man — aptly titled, “Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal.”
And to add a little umph to it, they couldn’t choose just any old actor to pin the role, they had to go and choose one of the greatest actors of all time (and one of my personal favorites).
Depp has done few to no roles that he hasn’t completely nailed. And from the little bit I’ve seen so far, that record still stands.
This is one secret they kept well! Hollywood was obviously busy with something else — maybe #oscarssowhite — because we had no clue this was in the works until USAToday put it out there.
The surprise release of this video comes the morning after Trump’s New Hampshire win. Continue reading →
*In what has to be one of the worse cost-cutting efforts ever, the city of Flint in Michigan has left its residents in a horrible health dilemma. By switching the source of where the city gets it water, from Lake Huron – where the water was treated by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department – to the contaminated water that comes from the Flint River, residents are with no alternative to access clean water.
Thank goodness The White House has stepped in.
On Saturday president Barack Obama gave the green light for the city to receive $5 million dollars in federal aide to assist Flint, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The National Guard has now been deployed to deliver bottled water door-to-door to Flint residents. And the president has “ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by contaminated water,” according to a White House release. Continue reading →
That’s what 12-year-old prince Moulay Hassan of Morocco displayed as he tended to his royal obligations. Dressed oh-so-smart in a royal blue jacket and gray pants, with a burgundy necktie, the prince totally looked and walked the part.
What a handsome young man!
But there was one thing this young dignitary was not going to participate in: The tradition of allowing male dignitaries to kiss his hand.
In the hilarious video below that was first published in 2013, and garnered 2 million views on Youtube, we see the prince bowing and walking the line of dignitaries; who bow in return and attempt to kiss his hand. Continue reading →
*Hey, if your mama was the highest law official in the land, and you got arrested, would you stay mum about who you are?
You know just as well as I that you would be blabbering all over the place.
But I’ve got to give it up to the step-daughter of U. S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Her parents has apparently taught her well. When Kia Absalom had no cash to pay the Uber driver she rode with, after ordering the ride using the UberT app, the NYPD was alerted by the driver, and placed the young woman in a holding cell. Continue reading →
*It may be a small world, after all, but it’s an increasing sad and dangerous one, as well.
In a real wake-up call, and in the wake of recent shootings in Paris and San Bernardino, Disney theme parks are installing metal detectors at their entrances. For the first time, they’ve banned costumes for guests over 14 years old, and banned the sale and possession of toy weapons in all of their parks, for fear that they’ll be confused with the real deal.
Disney’s move comes a week after they had to arrest a man for trying to enter the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida with a handgun, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Continue reading →
*Its good to know there are organizations out there ready and willing to introduce our children to the political landscape; to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to Dr. King’s Memorial, the Pentagon and more. These are things they should ideally learn about when they are young. They will have plenty of time to get all wrapped up in the complexities of politics and all that comes with it. But why not start them out early? Why not let them see where the President, First Lady and their beautiful daughters call home? Why not allow them to peek into the rooms where Bills are introduced and possibly signed into Law one day?
Parents may be in luck thanks to On A Mission, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles that doesn’t stop at teaching our African American children how to become successful in their respective fields; but takes it a step further and teaches them how to empower their communities and uplift those around them.
On A Mission wants to hear from parents who are interested in sending their kids on the field trip of a lifetime. The 5th Annual Washington D. C. White House and College Tour takes place April 27-30, 2016. And while mature kids ages 13-17 are welcomed, OAM will also consider your 11 & 12 year olds. Continue reading →