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On the POTUS’ Response to the Events in Ferguson

After a night of turning up and after issuing a statement on the death of actor Robin Williams, President Obama finally got around to saying a word or several about the killing of Michael Brown and the ensuing situation in Ferguson, Missouri. Obama’s remarks, as many of us expected, were as tepid as his dance […]

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BYP Memo: The Policing of Black Communities and Young People of Color

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Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown’s murder by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has focused the nation’s attention on racial disparities in the law enforcement system. Brown’s case is not an isolated incident. Along with Brown, the cases of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis in Florida and, more recently, Eric Garner in New York and Ezell Ford […]

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A Walk Down Ferguson: The Beauty In Our Protest

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Imagine having an entire generation of young people, who have all loss someone close to them to a violent death.  There is a collective pain that not even they understand.  Most of them feel as if there is nothing they can do and as such they are simply hurting.  Some will plot for revenge, but […]

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My Thoughts on Michael Brown, Ferguson, & the Targeted Killing of People of Color by Police

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I never really wanted the role of Hip-Hop artist that speaks when something tragic happens in our community, but I guess it is what it is. I got so many calls, tweets, and texts from folks asking me to say something so here it is. It’s raw and angry because that’s how I feel about […]

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Ferguson: What the Media Won’t Show

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As we all know, when it comes to black and brown people, the media oftentimes does not accurately tell our story.  They will twist and turn it around, until even Hitler seems like a Saint.  Yes, there were some looting that occurred in St. Louis,  but the majority of the protesters in Ferguson, have been […]

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Another Shooting Committed by the Biggest Gang in America: The Police

The media continues to stigmatize Blacks with full force and propaganda, convincing viewers that they are corrupt and violent. Calling Blacks thugs, further implying that our days consist of gun and gang violence thus bringing to conclusion that this is what greatly contributes to the destruction of the Black community.

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BYP100 Responds to the Death of Four Black Men Killed by Police

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2014 Contact: media@byp100.org 773-834-1706 In the past two weeks, police officers have strangled, shot and killed four, unarmed Black men. We honor the lives of Eric Garner, John Crawford, Michael Brown and Ezell Ford; and mourn with those who love them. As we grieve the loss of our brothers, we […]

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Deeper Than Rap: How One Rapper Defines the Killing of Unarmed Black Males

In the wake of Michael Brown’s execution by police officers, I believe it is appropriate to harken back to Trayvon Martin’s execution with some powerful words by David Banner. In this interview, David Banner discusses the impact of Trayvon Martin’s death.

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Why the rioting in Ferguson solves absolutely nothing, and takes away from our quest for justice

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown is heartbreaking. He was a young black man, on his way to school next week and his life was tragically cut short by a police officer. The details are sketchy. We’ve been told two very different accounts of what happened on Saturday afternoon, but one thing is clear: Michael […]

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No One Is Coming To Save Us

My friend and I are both teachers. Last year, during a cold fall month with no snow on the ground, we were driving around the south side of Chicago looking for notable graffiti. My friend was teaching a unit on hip-hop, and since graffiti is a key component of the genre, he wanted to find […]

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