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‘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

It’s Black History Month, What’s Happening? We Got You Covered! (Watch)

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*Black folk get ONE MONTH, the shortest of the twelve (But hey, we’ll take it!) to commemorate the impact our race and culture have had on the world. Our people have done a LOT to develop the many treasures that make this country what it is today. A country that everyone in the world is trying to get to and build a life for themselves and their families.

And now, thanks to the site?Discover Los Angeles, we don’t have to wonder about all the events set up to help us and anyone else celebrate and learn more about Black History.

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their important role in U.S. history. The event was originally the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

Here are some of the exciting events (and cultural institutions) participating in Black History Month events in the Los Angeles area.

Battleship Iowa (February 2017)

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?Celebrating the American Spirit ? Battleship IOWA Salutes Black History Month? | Photo courtesy of Battleship IOWA

Located at the L.A. Waterfront in San Pedro, Battleship IOWA is presenting events and tributes throughout February to honor Black History month. There is no better place in Los Angeles to celebrate and commemorate the impact African Americans have had in the United States Navy and to this country than on the ?Battleship of Presidents,? the same ship where Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, the first African American to command a Navy warship, served during his illustrious Naval career.

The Battleship IOWA Museum is featuring Celebrating the American Spirit ? Battleship IOWA Salutes Black History Month,?a temporary display that will be part of the ship?s tour through Feb. 28. Guests will learn about the achievements that many African Americans made in the United States Navy and service for this country. The exhibit focuses on five pioneering black servicemen: Robert Penn, a Medal of Honor recipient; Alex Haley, the first chief journalist for the Coast Guard; John Henry ?Dick? Turpin, one of the first African American Chief Petty Officers in the United States Navy; Doris ?Dorie? Miller, the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross; and Samuel L. Gravely. Continue reading

New Yorkers on Subway Take to Erasing Swastika Graffiti: ‘This is Not Trumps America’

 

Subway passenger uses hand sanitizer and tissue to clean swastika image off of NYC train
Subway passenger uses hand sanitizer and tissue to clean swastika image off of NYC train

*Imagine getting on a train and looking up to see that every single advertisement has been graffitied with a swastika.?Now open your eyes. It’s 2017 and that’s exactly what a group of stunned New Yorkers saw in one of the trains cars. At first, all they could do was look at each other, mouths agape. That was before one passenger came up with a brilliant response which inspired everyone else to take action.

?I got on the subway in Manhattan tonight and found a Swastika on every advertisement and every window,? Gregory Locke wrote on his Facebook page. ?The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do.?

Being from New York I know for a fact the silence didn’t take long to break.

?One guy got up and said, ?Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.? He found some tissues and got to work,? Locke wrote. ?I?ve never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone.?

The hateful perps had even written??Jews belong in the oven? on a swastika-tinged map. Continue reading

White Folk in Connecticut Not Too Happy About ‘White Privilege’ Essay Contest

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*Darn skippy my ass!?Well what can you expect if you put out a call for students to write an essay on ‘white privilege’ if they’re?white?

Outrage…but I suspect its mainly from the parents or grandparents or other elders.

The contest was put on by the diversity council in Connecticut’s Gold coast area. It asked students to describe how white privilege?has impacted their lives and chairperson?Harold Bailey Jr. says people weighed in on the topic from as far away as Singapore.

“There’s a lot more controversy around it than many of us expected,” Bailey, a retired IBM vice president who is Black, said. “Just the fact it says ‘white’ and ‘privilege,’ for some people that’s all they need to see, and all of a sudden we’re race-baiting or trying to get people to feel guilty. That’s not at all what it’s about.”

And to reiterate the point I made earlier, about WHO is raising all this cain?

Bari Reiner, 72, says the question is offensive because the town welcomes anybody who can afford to live here.

“It’s an open town,” Reiner said. “There are no barricades here. Nobody says if you’re black or whatever, you can’t move here.”

Spoken like a true…let me stop. Continue reading

Jesse Jackson: “Trump Threatens 50 Years of Civil Rights,” Jackson’s Critics Call Him a “Maggot” and “National Disgrace”

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*The Reverend Jesse Jackson has been at the forefront of the civil rights movement for over 50 years.

Well, kinda. ?He stood next to MLK as he was gunned down in 1968, having been one of his closest advisers and mentees. ?Twenty years later, Jackson vied for the Democratic presidential nomination, helping to lay the groundwork for President Obama’s successful bid twenty years after THAT.

But sometimes, Jackson seems to kinda hang out at high profile events, raising the ire of black and white folks alike. ?He has been?openly?critical of President Obama, and was once caught on a live mic making crude comments about him. ?

And now, folks on people.com say he’s just not “relevant.” ?

We want to?know?what YOU?think of the Reverend Jesse Jackson.? Don’t let people.com’s readers speak for you! ?Here’s the background: ? Continue reading

St. Louis Officer (Female) May Face Lawsuit for Vaginal Search on Street (In Front of Male Officer)

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Detective Angela Hawkins

*A St. Louis cop and her entire department will hopefully be sued by a young woman who was subjected to a vaginal search on the road after being pulled over for an illegal U-turn. I just got pulled over for the same thing…though I’m still investigating what was ‘illegal’ about it!?I mean really, where will this sh*t end? I am personally sick of writing stories about police officers who abuse their badge. I am sick of hearing these stories, because I hate that they exist.?But they do, dammit. They always have, and unfortunately, they most likely always will.

Of course the victim was a Black woman, and the offensive cop was white. The incident happened in 2012. Kayla Robinson, 24, was driving a car carrying herself and two friends. According to Hawkins, the illegal U-turn was made in order to avoid a police checkpoint. The officer said she witnessed Robinson attempt to hide a bag of weed in her underwear, and a small rock of crack with her foot.

As it turns out, Robinson did turn over a bag of marijuana, but told the officer she didn’t have any crack. Dissatisfied, the female officer told the woman she would be searched, and called for backup to bring her a pair of rubber gloves.

A male officer showed up and watched as Robinson, begging to be taken to the station for the search, was forcibly shoved against the car and humiliated as the cop searched her vagina.

To no avail. No crack.?So what does an officer do?

Arrest you.?

Why do I always expect better?from a female cop??Now I’m no dummy. Yes, the woman had marijuana on her. Perhaps that was why she was arrested. But here’s the thing. Just consider it, OK? If marijuana was going to get her arrested?anyway, why didn’t that happen automatically? Then they’d be at the station, where a cavity search could take place.

Am I making a bit too much sense here? Continue reading

The Legacy of President Barack Obama…and an Apology to President George W. Bush

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*Prior to 2008, Barack Hussein Obama did what I’d thought was impossible, or at the very least improbable during my lifetime: he, an unapologetically brown-skinned man, got elected President of the United States. In doing so, he began an eight year journey that led our country to a better place, while affirming a declaration my mother made to me when I was a little boy about everyone being able to be president. Continue reading

TNT Film Review: Hidden Figures Is The Year’s Best Movie

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*I?m tempted to tell you that the exceptional new Hidden Figures is the best movie I?ve seen this year. Since 2017 is just out of the gate, that comment might be seen as more than a little glib.

So I?ll go out on a limb and say this: Hidden Figures is the best movie I WILL see this year.

Usually, period pieces that are based on history don?t hold my attention, largely because we already know how the movie?s going to turn out. (We KNEW the Titanic was iceberg-bound and doomed, right? So who really cares about Leo DiCaprio?s ?I?m the king of the world!? moment?)

With the story behind Hidden Figures, we already know that Neil Armstrong helps America win the space race, and that he walked on the moon eight years later. What most of us didn?t know was that a group of black women ? ?Colored Computers? they were called ? were largely responsible for getting him there. Told from their perspective, THIS period piece kept me, literally, on the edge of my seat through the film?s final act. Continue reading