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There are many issue in the United Sates of America and one of the main ones is ironically, unity. Black people...
Radio Facts: Despite his position in radio, comedy, television, and film, D.L. Hughley never hesitates to speak his mind. He truly tells it like it is, which is why he garners so much respect among his peers, fans, and followers.Hughley made an appearance on Fox News' Kelly Files to discuss the recent police shootings and promote his new book, "Black Man, White House." DL was speaking on the unfortunate death ...
(parody of Charles Barkley as "Steven" in Django Unchained)We constantly hear about our unjust legal system where black men who can't afford attorneys are often sent to prison and given harsher sentences for lesser crimes. Our prison's are overcrowded with black men in disproportion to the US population and other countries denounce us for imprisoning the most people in the world. This is why the OJ Simpson trial was so monumental because it was the first time in recorded history that a rich black man showed how having money and the best legal defense can sway a jury in a defendant's direction even when he's black notwithstanding guilt or innocence.Rodney King was another historic trial because it was the first one where the crime was recorded and unfortunately the same thing that happened then over 20 years ago has happened today in New York.Just when the black community is trying to heal from Darren Wilson walking free after killing Mike Brown, NY officer Daniel Pantaleo is ON TAPE (as was the Rodney King beating) putting Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold with Garner repeatedly stating "I can't breathe." His repeated pleas for air were ignored as Panaleo and other cops continued to put pressure on him, eventually killing him. By the time the ambulance got there is was beyond evident Garner was already dead as officers then made an attempt to resuscitate him looking very worried at the same time. When one bystander asked a cop why they were not giving him CPR the officer responded, "he's still breathing" but his body lay limp on the ground and by the look of the scene, it was too late. The coroner ruled it as a homicide, there were many witnesses to the event and it was videotaped and shown worldwide to millions online yet the grand jury today didn't see what the world saw and once again failed justice for a black man whose crime ironically was very similar to Mike Brown's involving cigarettes.As if this isn't enough, it all falls on the heels of Basketball legend Charles Barkely making Samuel Jackson's character "Steven" in Django Unchained look diminutive. In the greatest Uncle Tom move of all Barkley took the side of the grand jury in the Mike Brown case. To be honest that is probably what is most upsetting out of all of this. Black privilege is NOT white privilege and for Barkley to call his own people "Scumbags" went too far. No matter how much fame and fortune we attain we are still black. Does Barkely look at statistics when it comes to the prison systems, unemployment, racism, poverty, criminal records, recidivism, disease and many other factors that contribute to Black men being at a tremendous disadvantage in the US? This is absolutely not to say black men are all innocent just like it's not saying all white cops are guilty but in these cases, it is pretty evident something went terribly awry. Barkley and Blacks like him are annoying in their attempts to scold the black community publicly by taking the side of conservatives, Republicans and others who have absolutely no idea what the life of a black man entails but stand in judgement of him. Every one is not fortunate enough to get breaks in life as Barkley did and he too could have gone in another direction. By calling the looters in St. Louis "Scumbags" AND agreeing with the grand jury in the Mike Brown case he threw the ENTIRE black community under the bus.To that end, we do indeed have to take responsibility for our own actions too. We must have just as much rage and frustration when crime happens in our OWN community and when you get a jury summons and you throw it away and don't respond, don't complain about unbalanced juries because this is the end result. Urban radio, where are you?
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Radio Facts: During last week’s Florida Gubernatorial debate, Governor Rick Scott responded to a question about the killing of Trayvon Martin by thanking Martin’s parents for helping Florida avoid “the problems they had in Missouri.” This bizarre and disrespectful answer made clear how neither candidate has acknowledged the issues important to black and brown Florida communities. Florida New Majority and the Dream Defenders have both launched petitions on Iam.ColorOfChange.org demanding debate moderators Jake Tapper and Kent Justice ask both candidates to clarify their positions on two issues important to Floridians: attacks on our right to vote and the criminalization of black and brown youth. The final debate will air on CNN October 21.Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, said, “Gov. Scott's defense of Stand Your Ground and disgraceful rebuke of Mike Brown's parents demonstrated his refusal to address the issues of concern for Black Floridians. Police brutality, discriminatory policing and the criminalization of youth are issues affecting our communities from Ferguson, Missouri to Jacksonville, Florida. Last week’s debate left us with more questions than answers as we are about to head to the polls. In the final debate, Jake Tapper and Kent Justice must push both candidates to answer how they will address these nationwide crises."We've seen decades of extremist and corporate interests running our state and ravaging our communities and families, all of which has been enabled by elected officials." said Phillip Agnew, Executive Director of Dream Defenders. "This is life or death for us, and we want our issues to be addressed by the Candidates.Florida is the epicenter of the right wing attack on the rising new majority's freedom to vote. Since 2011, the far-right in Florida has tried to pass more than 180 laws intended to restrict voting rights and keep Black voters, young people, women, Latino communities and other voters of color from the polls.Gihan Perera, Executive Director of Florida New Majority, said, “Basic democracy has been denied for millions of Floridians. In Florida, voting rights are subject to racial profiling. Governor Scott and members of his party have sought to intentionally suppress the Black vote in particular, but Scott also led a purge on Latino voters. Over 1.5 million citizens are barred from voting because a broken criminal justice system and Scott made it nearly impossible for returning citizens to get their voting rights back; all of this for political gain. It’s time to move forward for an inclusive Florida for where voting is a fundamental right for all. It is time to hear where the candidates stand on these issues. They must put it on the record for all of Florida to hear.”
Radio Facts: T.I., who has had his fair share of run ins with the law under his government name, Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., has now weighed in on the situation in Ferguson. The rapper/actor/business man says "America has created a monster" and the Mike Brown shooting was the catalyst in awakening and angering an already disenfranchised people. In the open letter T.I. penned via his Troubleman31 Instagram account, he also takes ownership of his own faults and how he has been part of the problem. These are powerful words from the ATL native and based on the various responses his fans are listening. Check out the entire letter below.Look at us....America has created a monster. The result of ignoring & mishandling an already fragile spirited, recently enslaved, presently oppressed race/generation of people. Look at us. We're the monster that now refuses to be dismissed, overlooked,& ignored. We were brought to this place,unaware of our own cultures,religion,&traditions therefore,we created our own. Now look at us. For years we've been crying out for the nation to address the substandard education systems & disparaging treatment of our citizens in communities across America. Our people have had an increasing lack of opportunities for generations. There have been homes broken,lives shattered,and futures lost on your watch....unanswered. Look at us. How long can u expect a nation/race/generation of people to be blatantly disrespected? Spoken to and treated with arrogant tones of insignificance. Our fathers,uncles,brothers& role models were killed& Imprisoned more often than educated. Now look at us. Our friends,& relatives Murdered and cast aside without thought,as though your human life is more valuable than ours. How long can that go on without consequence? Now Look at us. How long can u continue to pass the buck & make excuses of why u can't do today what should have been done yeste-year? Although I DO NOT support the negative responses & actions of my people in light of dis tragedy....I WILL NOT condone your lack of effort to show any urgency to improve the treatment of our people, nor the living conditions in our communities. Your refusal to address these life altering issues makes events such as these seem inevitable. Although I too am at fault to a degree & I admit that I may not have all da answers... I do have a fun fact for you. Insanity is...Going about things the same way,expecting a different result. U wanna different result? U must take different action. What else do u expect? Look at us!!!
Why now or why this particular cause, you may be asking. Talib Kweli actually tweeted his 10 reasons why he needed to go to Ferguson, MO as he is slated to arrive in the city on Tuesday. These 10 reasons alone may inspire, encourage, or spark the brain of other hip hop music artists to once again become a voice for the voiceless.READ TALIB'S SIMPLE YET POWERFUL REASONS BELOW FOR JOINING THE COMMUNITY IN FERGUSON. Click "NEXT" above or below to see the next number
10. What would Malcolm do?
9. I could be next.
8. I have a son Mike Brown's age. It could've been him.
7. I believe in love, compassion, the right to simply exits and due process for all.
6. Artists who make money off the community are obligated to be there when the community is being brutalized.
5. We need to show the community of Ferguson that we are willing to do more. We need to show them they don't stand alone.
4. We need to direct attention from the very small amount of "looters" to the true community protestors. We need to take back the narrative
3. Mike Brown loved hip hop music and wrote lyrics. He was a fan of hip hop music. The hip hop music community owes him.
2. People need to see that our leaders are more than Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Al and Jesse cannot control the narrative for us.
1. Tweets that aren't connected to a movement can lead one to falsely believe they've done enough. I need to put my money where my tweets are
Radio Facts: There are many people who believe hip hop music has failed the community. Many would argue that a culture that once gave a voice to the voiceless seems to be suffering from a bad case of laryngitis when it comes to consciousness and community. We do see many artists in this era tweeting their support for the various causes they believe in with clever hashtags and bold statements. We also see the outstanding work of hip hop music artists that give their dollars and time to various foundations and individuals. Whether it's donating to Hurricane Katrina victims or paying for the funerals of other slain teens, hip hop music has stepped to the plate in that regard in many cases but we rarely see artists standing with the people who support their careers in the midst of the conflict.I guess hip hop music icon, Talib Kweli got tired of tweeting from the sideline in support of Ferguson, MO teenager Mike Brown that was shot and killed by police officer, Darren Wilson. Over the course of the last few days, Talib has been tweeting about the Ferguson situation but now he feels his and our tweets are not enough.He challenged himself and others with this simple yet effective tweet, "But enough patting ourselves on the backs for righteous tweets. We can do better."Talib also said he has no desire to go to Ferguson as some celebrity stunt; he stated he simply wants to stand with the community. As he went back and forth with several of his followers, the rap legend also said this wasn't about a photo op as he challenged others to meet him there or do something else in support of the community. The Brooklyn native admitted the social media platform was a powerful source of communication that he embraces but it was time for hip hop music to get from behind the computer and "do better."
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