Yasiin Bey on Malcolm X, for “Return of the Mecca: The Art of Islam and Hip-Hop”

Short interview by a professor I know from University of Irvine in Southern California with the one and only Yasiin Bey.

Topic: Malcolm X – R.I.P. to one of our great ones.

Recorded in Paris, this short for the exhibit “Return of the Mecca: The Art of Islam and Hip-Hop” features excerpts from an interview between Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and curator Sohail Daulatzai, as well as music by Oddisee, and art work from the exhibit which includes Jamel Shabazz, Ernie Paniccioli, B+, Cognito, Katina Parker, Coleman, Nema Etebar and more.

See more at http://www.returnofthemecca.com

Freeway: Crack In The System

Marc Levin CIA Contra Documentary of how crack cocaine was brought into our black neighborhoods by the United States government.
Systematic oppression and the agenda to keep black americans living in poverty and in prisons.

Directed by Marc Levin, Freeway: Crack in the System tells the true story of Freeway Rick Ross and the players that tell how crack cocaine destroyed neighborhoods and lives through the CIA Contra connection featuring exclusive interviews with journalist Gary Webb, Jesse Katz, source Coral Baca, former Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff Robert Juarez, drug trafficker Julio Zavala and many others.

Watch Planet Rock: the Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation after @

ACLU Petition Against Police Brutality|Killings

act14-nottheenemy-500x280-rel1With enough widespread public pressure, we can push our leaders to implement effective structural changes and transform policing across the country. It’s about time.

The Department of Justice (DOJ):

1.  Release the Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies including updates that would:

  • Make the Guidance enforceable
  • Apply the Guidance to state and local law enforcement who work in partnership with the federal government or receive federal funding
  • Close the loophole for the border and national security
  • Cover surveillance activities
  • Prohibit profiling based on religion, national origin, and sexual orientation

2.  Require racial bias training against the use of force for state and local law enforcement that receive grants

Sign the petition at: https://www.aclu.org/secure/DOJ-racial-profiling?ms=web_141124_racialjustice_taf

Every 28 Hours a Black Man | Woman is Killed by a Police Officer


“He (the officer) shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air” said Dorian Johnson, a friend of 18-year old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri who was scheduled to begin college classes Monday was murdered on Saturday August 9th, 2014.

Dorian Johnson tells News 4 he was walking with Brown when the officer confronted them and drew his weapon. St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood told News 4 that Brown was shot once by the officer and then an additional nine times as he lay in the street. “We are hurt to hear that yet another teenaged boy has been slaughtered by law enforcement especially in light of the recent death of Eric Garner in New York who was killed for selling cigarettes. We plan to do everything within our power to ensure that the Ferguson Police Department as well as the St. Louis County Police Department releases all details pertinent to the shooting.”

By early Saturday night, dozens of police cars remained parked near the shooting scene as mourners left votive candles, rose petals, a large stuffed animal and other remembrances at a makeshift memorial in the middle of the street. At the height of the post-shooting tensions, police at the scene called for about 60 other police units to respond to the area in Ferguson, a city of about 21,000 residents, about two-thirds of whom are black.

So, the officers left this young man’s body laying there for hours and hours, not covered to show respect to one who has passed at the hands of violence. This shows how law enforcement have no regard at all for black lives.

EVERY 28 HOURS A BLACK MAN OR WOMAN IS SHOT BY AN OFFICER OF THE LAW.

These people are not here to protect all, they’re out to kill at the mercy of this unjust system. This angers me. This makes it all clear regarding the agenda of this system – to get rid of as many niggas & non-white faces as possible.

I scroll down my Facebook & Instagram newsfeed to see my fellow black people saying R.I.P. to Robin Williams who as 63 years old and just committed suicide. Who the fck cares…?! – He was ready to go. But, were all the innocent black men and women who were gunned down by police officers ready to go….? NO!

Another young black man shot by officers:
22-year old John Crawford and his girlfriend went their separate ways to shop for personal items while in the Walmart store. At some point, Crawford picked up a toy BB gun and played video games while talking to his girlfriend on his cellphone.

A suspicious couple, April and Ronald Ritchie, began following Crawford. They eventually called police and told them that Crawford was walking around the store with a gun.

When police arrived at the store, they approached him from behind and told him to put the weapon down. Crawford turned and told them it was just a toy. The police officers opened fire on Crawford. He later died from his wounds.

Racist assumptions with violent acts on behalf of police officers and/or citizens of this country seem to continue after slavery. New day, same stories. We are not free from this racial caste system and whoever thinks we are has the mind of a deaf and blind person.

It saddens me to see a dumbed down black society – not all, but a large number. Wake Up Black People! Speak for our communities, speak for your brothers & sisters.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Resigns After Deputy Arrests

Los Angeles County Sheriff Resigns After Deputy Arrests

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has announced his retirement one month after the arrests of 18 current and former deputies for the alleged abuse of prisoners and other offenses in local jails. Baca has served for nearly 50 years and had planned to seek re-election in June. But he now says he will step down at the end of the month. The charges followed a multi-year investigation into the systemic abuse of prisoners in Los Angeles County jails.

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/8/headlines#188

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Harry Belafonte Urges de Blasio to Fight Poverty, Stop-and-Frisk & “Dickensian Justice System”

Bill de Blasio began his term as New York City mayor on Wednesday with a bold pledge to tackle income inequality in the nation’s largest city. De Blasio was sworn in following last year’s historic victories in the Democratic primary and general election on a progressive platform. In his inaugural address, de Blasio focused on his campaign pledge to tackle what he called “a tale of two cities,” a growing gap between rich and poor. “New Yorkers [will] see our city not as the exclusive domain of the One Percent, but a place where everyday people can afford to live, work, and raise a family,” de Blasio said. “We won’t wait. We’ll do it now.”

This is Harry Belafonte’s address to him….

And, see de Blasio’s address to New York @ source:
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/2/newly_elected_mayor_bill_de_blasio

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No Doubt: The Murders of Oscar Grant

http://vimeo.com/80768084

By: Thandisizwe Chimurenga

While listening to the Uprising show this morning on my favorite progressive radio station 90.7FM http://www.kpfk.org, Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed Thandisizwe on her new book about Oscar Grant and the murder of this young black man.

Oscar Grant was one out of many black men racially profiled, targeted and assaulted by the police. He was killed at the hands of people we are told to trust, and his story shall echo through the centuries.

http://www.triplemurder.com/

About the Book

“Thandi Chimurenga’s book gives an unflinching critique of the role white supremacy has played in the institutionalization of state-sponsored terrorism and violence against African Americans. She forces the reader to grapple with the implications of this regime for a so-called “post-racial” society. With rich clarity, Chimurenga maps the historical trajectory of the criminalization of African Americans and connects it to the tragic murder of Oscar Grant, a young Black man whose 2009 slaying by white transit officer Johannes Mehserle elicited national outrage and civil rights protests. Chimurenga provides a bracing blow-by-blow account of the events leading up to Grant’s murder, the sham trial of Mehserle, and the groundswell of grassroots activism that emblazoned the injustice of Grant’s death into the nation’s consciousness. Students of courtroom politics will be impressed by her laser-like dissection of the proceedings, as well as her willingness to pose hard questions about the government’s continuing human rights violations under the cover of the “law”. If there are any doubts about how the legacy of slavery and racial apartheid has brutally dehumanized and denied Black people justice in the land of 21st century “equal” opportunity, Black multi-millionaires, and a Black president, Chimurenga dispels them with her trenchant take-down of America’s criminal injustice system.”

~ Sikivu Hutchinson, author, Godless Americana, Race and Religious Rebels

“No Doubt… is no doubt an essential read. It is brilliant, fantastically well-written, compelling, engaging and absolutely infuriating in its detail and honesty. No Doubt… leaves no doubt as to why Oscar Grant and so many like him are killed by the police or that these killings are indeed state-sponsored murders.”

~ Jared A. Ball, Associate Professor of media studies at Bowie State University; author, I Mix What I Like; Co-Editor, A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X.

“In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s murder and George Zimmerman’s acquittal, “No Doubt: The Murder of Oscar Grant” is a necessary book. Thandisizwe Chimurenga dissects the defense that was mounted for Grant’s killer and shows how the legal supports for murders of young Black and Latino people are constructed. In tracing each step in the successful effort to keep Grant’s killer from being convicted of murder, she provides a stunning analysis of how white supremacy is reinforced and planted ever deeper in U.S. society and government. This is crucial knowledge for anyone who works to replace racism with justice.”

~ Laura Whitehorn, Editor, The War Before: The True Life Story of Becoming a Black Panther, Keeping the Faith in Prison, and Fighting for Those Left Behind by Safiya Bukhari

“No Doubt” is the chilling and compelling story of the 2009 murder of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by a BART police officer. It is also the story of the ways in which racism and white privilege infect America’s criminal justice system, media and society, and encourage, perpetuate, and justify the oppression and devaluing of the lives of people of color. A breath-taking read that will break your heart, stimulate your rage, and hopefully motivate you to take action.

~ Jill Nelson, author, Volunteer Slavery, editor, Police Brutality: An Anthology

“No Doubt” tells the horrifying tale of how Oscar Grant was murdered once on a New Year’s subway platform before hundreds of witnesses, and a second time in media and the courts to minimize or prevent the punishment of his killer and to preserve the larger principle of police impunity when it comes to killing young Black men. After covering nearly every day of the killer’s trial proceedings and researching transcripts of pre-trial proceedings, veteran reporter Thandisizwe Chimurenga proves she can tell a good story as well and isn’t afraid of where it leads. Go see ‘Fruitvale Station’ if you need an airbrushed, slightly fictionalized version of Oscar Grant’s last day on earth. But you’ll have to read “No Doubt” to get the story of his death, and to trace the steps of the official dance which all-but-guarantees the double murder of Oscar Grant will happen again and again and again.”

~ Bruce Dixon, Co-Founder and Managing Editor, The Black Agenda Report

“White supremacist capitalism it’s all about making sure only the ‘right’ humans get human rights … as for the Trayvon Martins, the Aiyana Joneses, the Anthony Griffins and so many more, this system relies on dehumanization to justify their murders, on nobody being supposed to give a damn. But we know better, and we do give a damn. In this important document, Thandisizwe Chimurenga traces the events that led to another young man of Afrikan descent being murdered by the state’s mercenary thugs, placing Oscar Grant’s death in both its historical and global context. Pushing back against the dehumanizing and criminalizing narratives of the racist oppressor system, Chimurenga has given us an account that is as necessary as it is painful to read.”

~ K. Kersplebedeb, Canadian-based publisher of anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist radical literature.