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James Baker, Retired LAPD Sergeant Joins Community Activists to Speak on ‘Why the Black Man Has No Peace’

*Well this should be…enlightening. A conference and luncheon where community leaders can have a grown up discussion with a retired LAPD Sergeant. Since he’s retired, I’d think that will mean he can speak freely — and hopefully honestly. Retired LAPD sergeant James Baker will join in the discussion on why it is that the Black man, no matter how rich or poor, continues to be hounded, hated and hunted in society.

Be warned, the promotion for this FREE event wants you to know that they…have no silver or gold to offer you; no big contracts to promise you; no inside banker for you to see; no celebrity endorsements to offer you. WHAT THEY DO HAVE and will present are basic solutions only the right-hearted and humbled can understand. All are welcome, they say, to grab the rope on either side and show our nation, our America, our children that we are worthy of Peace!

Sounds like the kind of party where big boy/big girl pants are required. Continue reading

‘Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer’ — The Must-See Doc for Anyone Truly Willing to Affect Change (Watch)

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*Don’t get it twisted. “L.O.V.E.” aside, this documentary will be hard to take… at least within the first five minutes. It doesn’t necessarily get any easier throughout, but it does shift consciousness along the way, and asks that you do the same.

You may think twice about going to see, ‘Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer.’ At least those of you who may find it hard to wrap your brain around anything that immediately brings to mind (and dare I say unites) the words cops and love in the same sentence.

But let me put your mind at ease.

In this sense, LOVE is an acronym for LEARN (about your community and the people in it), Open (your heart to the humanity within), Volunteer (your service and skillset where you live), and Empower (others to do the same).

Created by producer/director AJ Ali and Academy-award-winning cinematographer Errol Webber as director of photography, ‘Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer’ features interviews with police officers, faith leaders, educators, activists and more. There is nothing ordinary about this film. It’s a documentary that doesn’t ask that you go to your nearest movie theater and check it out, then file it under the “Oh yeah, I saw that film” category as you move on with your life. It’s a film with a goal in mind. A film with expectations. A film that begs you to stay present (as in aware), as you move forward.

It may cause you to think of something Barack Obama said in his Final Speech as president.

“If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing.  If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.  Show up.  Dive in.  Persevere.”

You want to see things change as it relates to walking while Black?

This film will test just how bad you want that to happen. Continue reading

‘Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer’ World Premier at the Broad Stage (Watch)

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*The out-of-control, caught on camera behaviors of many law enforcement officers have civilians wondering if it might be better to just do away with the “service” and let us take our chances with the criminals.  The internet, in unison with widespread cellphone access, has successfully brought what always transpired in the dark into the light, and African American filmmakers are using their skills to put these issues on blast towards a positive solution.

Enter the documentary ‘Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer.’

An official 2017 selection of the Pan African Film Festival, and inspired by personal experiences, director-producer AJ Ali teamed up with Oscar-winning cinematographer Errol Webber (“Music By Prudence”) on this powerful film about reconciliation and exercising the act of love. Continue reading

Twitter Thinks Dallas Police Chief, David Brown, Should Be President

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*One thing about black folk, no matter what their station in life, they are gonna tell it and tell it true. And Dallas Police Chief David Brown is no exception. He may be a 33-year-veteran of the Dallas Police Force, but it is only recently that many even learned who he is. Too bad his fame came about as a result of one of the darkest times in human history.

I’ll be gentle.

The civil unrest between Black people and police officers. 

A photo of his face buried in one hand as he stood at a prayer vigil for the two victims and five officers killed in Dallas went viral. And he has not held back at press conferences; wearing his heart on his sleeve as he admits, “We’re hurting.”

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Cop ‘Body Slams’ 12-Year-Old Girl, Now on Paid Admin Leave

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*I’m convinced. At the rate excessive force is being used by police officers today, seemingly without a second thought, and even when they know they are being videotaped, the hiring process is obviously not stringent enough. Apparently, the initial six month training, followed by another six months to a year of shadowing an experienced officer is not sufficient.

If it were, perhaps they wouldn’t be so easily enraged.

Joshua Kehm, a school resource officer who was videotaped as he body slammed 12-year-old Janissa Valdez, who had allegedly gotten into a fight with another student, is now on administrative leave while an investigation ensues to decide if excessive force was used.

Why an investigation when one can just look at the video. If there is the need for an investigation, wouldn’t it be to identify what led to the officer’s actions? We can already see the force used was excessive. Continue reading

Towne Street Theatre Reacts ‘In Response’ to African American Issues (Pictures!)

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*Los Angeles is widely regarded as a film town. But did you know that there are a significant number of Black Theatre companies, doing outstanding productions, right here in southern California – as evidenced by the recent NAACP Theatre nominations and awards ceremony?

But only one has been recognized as “an oasis where creative voices and audiences connect.”

Towne Street Theatre, now in their 23rd season, was given that distinction years ago. Co-founded in 1993 by two women who had first met while portraying witches in a 1987 production of Macbeth,  Nancy Cheryll Davis-Bellamy and Nancy Renée  were on a mission with their new theatre to create positive social impact as a result of the violent outbreak that ensued after the Rodney King verdict in 1992.

But this was no easy task and they fell into the same trap many people who want to make a difference in the world fall into.

They led with their heart. Continue reading

Canada Tells Brother Who Sought Refuge from U. S. Racism…’No, You Can’t Stay Here’

Kyle Lydell Canty seeks refuge in Canada because of police harassment in America.
Kyle Lydell Canty seeks refuge in Canada because of police harassment in America.

*Remember the brother who felt so strongly that if he stayed in the U. S. he would eventually end up dead via the hands of racist police? You may recall, he fled to Canada in October, with hopes of being granted refugee status.

Kyle Canty, a U. S. citizen, dressed up in his finest clothes, and walked into the Canadian courthouse; ready and willing to plead his case that if he stayed in his native country, it would be paramount to him signing his own Death Certificate.

But in December, when the decision was handed down, Canada was like: we feel you, brother. But no, you can’t stay here.

Sidebar: First of all, I must admit, I was more than a little surprised that Mr. Canty would choose Canada to escape racism. I don’t know, perhaps its because I have been touched personally by the knowledge of how two of my African American friends (one of whom is a journalist, along with her former boyfriend) were treated when they stopped in the country for a short while on their way to Africa.

They were pulled off the street by Canadian police as they exited a restaurant; not told what they had done wrong and subsequently milked for money as they were held in a jail cell for months on end. To this day these people have no idea what the hell that was all about.

And I, as a result, vowed to never let my black ass head in that direction.

But oh well. Continue reading

Tamir Rice, 12, Killed By OH. Cop: Petition Wants New Prosecutor

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*The unjust killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice on November 22, 2014 by a cop in Cleveland may be off the front pages of the news, but make no mistake, the story is not a forgotten one. Rice was shot to death as he played in a recreation center park; by a cop who mistook his toy gun for a real one. Now his family wants to make sure justice is served, and that young Tamir’s death will not end up being just another black boy in the ground — while the cop that put him there walks free.

They have every right to be concerned. Its been an entire year and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty is only now presenting the case before a Grand Jury to determine if charges will even be filed against the cop. Add to that two “reviews” done by “specialists” who say the cop was justified…and they didn’t even perform an interview. Continue reading