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F.O.P. – Funds Owed Pittsburgh

By now people all over the country have witnessed the brutal beating of honor student and violist Jordan Miles by Pittsburgh Police officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing. Jordan was walking to his grandmother’s house when he was approached by the officers, who jumped out of an unmarked car in plain clothes demanding “Where’s the gun? Where are the drugs?” Jordan, who has no criminal record and thought he was being robbed, ran. Unfortunately, the “police officers” caught him, and all three beat 5’6’’ 150 pound Jordan until he looked like this. Yep, they even ripped out part of his hair. Of course they found no guns or drugs, but still proceeded to charge Jordan Miles with loitering, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest.

Those extremely bogus charges were dismissed because officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing basically filed a false police report. They claimed they got a call from a neighbor, Monica Wooding, who said Jordan was loitering on her property. Ms. Wooding not only testified, under oath, that she didn’t make the complaint, but also she has known Jordan, “for years.”

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F.O.P. – Funds Owed Pittsburgh

By now people all over the country have witnessed the brutal beating of honor student and violist Jordan Miles by Pittsburgh Police officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing. Jordan was walking to his grandmother’s house when he was approached by the officers, who jumped out of an unmarked car in plain clothes demanding “Where’s the gun? Where are the drugs?” Jordan, who has no criminal record and thought he was being robbed, ran. Unfortunately, the “police officers” caught him, and all three beat 5’6’’ 150 pound Jordan until he looked like this. Yep, they even ripped out part of his hair. Of course they found no guns or drugs, but still proceeded to charge Jordan Miles with loitering, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest.

Those extremely bogus charges were dismissed because officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing basically filed a false police report. They claimed they got a call from a neighbor, Monica Wooding, who said Jordan was loitering on her property. Ms. Wooding not only testified, under oath, that she didn’t make the complaint, but also she has known Jordan, “for years.”

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The Sweetest Thing

I cannot quit Lauryn Hill. Several days ago, if you had asked me what I might entitle my post-Hill Chicago show blog, I would have said something like “Ex-Factor,” “Lost One,” or “Losing Lauryn.”  Instead, I sit here, after witnessing my first Lauryn Hill show in years, having named this entry after my favorite Lauryn […]

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Beyonce Signs On For “A Star Is Born” Remake, Clint Eastwood In Talks To Direct

Our girl Beyonce is reportedly set to star in yet another musical. And although we’d love it if B showed maybe just little bit more range in her acting roles (Am I the only one that was begrudgingly entertained by Obsessed?), this latest foray onto the big screen might be the role she’s been waiting […]

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On the Use of “Honor Student”: Phylicia Barnes’ Disappearance

A gifted student from North Carolina who was visiting family in Baltimore over the holidays, Barnes was scheduled to graduate early from high school. She did not have a history of running away or being a troubled child. The Phylicia Simone Barnes’ story is one of profound sadness and injustice on many levels. We know […]

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Like A Gena 6 (Is the world on the same page with Black folks?)

Oh no! The folks back home will never stop smacking their lips over this one. As African American Studies grows across the nation, its scholarly diversity does not fall behind. Could white professors be added to the “things keeping Black people down” list? Possibly, but the fall of Black academia shouldn’t be instantly expected. Many […]

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The world is still anti-gay

When I was 13 years old, I had a crush on my one of my teachers. She was a woman. She was 50 years old. I told her I liked her and she told me she was married. Bummers. Anyway, I’m sure this is rich with Freudian issues but I also believe it was the […]

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For White People: A Quick Guide to Having Black Friends

Here’s what, I know it’s awkward sometimes. But there’s no reason it should be. If we just asked the difficult questions without being concerned with how it will look. So White people, this is for you. Here are a three quick things your Black friend(s) are too politically correct to tell you. All my black […]

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The Dark Continent: From the Window of Privilege

I sat under the air conditioning in a charter bus and simultaneously struggled with and enjoyed my privilege. This image is the manifestation of the division of two individuals who are phenotypically similar enough to be mistaken. It is in this context in which both individuals (myself and a South African child named Michelle) become […]

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Rahm Emanuel Had A Dream

Yesterday, Americans (except for maybe John McCain) observed a day of respite thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Politicians went to MLK events, kissed babies, and were all overwhelmed in the spirit of kumbaya. Even Glenn Beck was politically correct yesterday (let’s hope this carries on into Black History Month).  As we all sang […]

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