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Rachel Jeantel Says She Wants to Be a Lawyer

Rachel Jeantel made an appearance on the Ricky Smiley show last week.

Jeantel blasted the conservative media’s portrayal of Trayvon Martin, calling him “A family guy. I loving person, a good friend. And just somebody to talk to when you need help.”

She also discussed her educational goals; specifically her desire to become an attorney.

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Cornel West: President Obama Is a Global George Zimmerman

Cornel West has joined his radio cohost Tavis Smiley in blasting the POTUS in the wake of his Trayvon Martin speech last Friday.

Speaking with Democracy Now, West called President Obama “a global George Zimmerman” for his use of deadly drone attacks overseas.

From the Huffington Post:

“We know anybody who tries to rationalize the killing of innocent people is a criminal. George Zimmerman is a criminal. But, President Obama is a global George Zimmerman because he tries to rationalize the killing of innocent children, 221 so far, in the name of self-defense… Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen. So when he comes to talk about the killing of an innocent person, you say, well wait a minute, what kind of moral authority are you bringing?”

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Blood On The Leaves (The Corporate Value of Black Bodies)

In the aftermath of the not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial, I began to think about how not only is Black death acceptable in America, it’s profitable. Corporations make billions in the trafficking of Black bodies. From music and videos that degrade and dehumanize us, to movies that criminalize us, we’re like disposable products to be used, thrown out, and replaced.

Even more billions are made prosecuting, defending and incarcerating us. Schools have become pipelines to prison, and one the most financially stable businesses in our community are funeral homes. Of course the mainstream media gets its share, with the majority of its coverage centering around scary Black men that should be killed or imprisoned, or another one of us tragically killed like Trayvon.

Being a artist, I decided to put my feelings on paper. I chose to remix Kanye’s song “Blood on the Leaves” because I felt like the sample he used from Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” is even more relevant today. Whether it’s the over 500 murders last year in Chicago or the 313 Black people killed last year by the police, security guards, and people like Zimmerman. Our blood is on the leaves, and it seems like it’s in best interest of America and these corporations. “Blood On The Leaves Remix” is available for download here



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Gun Advocacy Group Raising Money to Buy Zimmerman a New Gun

An Ohio PAC called the Buckeye Firearms Foundation is raising money to buy George Zimmerman a new gun.

They take issue with the Justice Department’s decision to put a hold on all evidence from the Zimmerman trial until their hate crime investigation is complete; calling it an attack on gun owners.

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Trayvon Martin’s Brother Lands Internship w/ Florida Congresswoman

Amidst the sorrow that has befallen Trayvon Martin’s loved ones, its great to report on some happy news for the family.

Jahvaris Fulton- Trayvon’s brother – has landed an internship at the office of Florida Representative Frederica Wilson.

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Tavis Smiley Blasts President Obama for Trayvon Martin Speech

Tavis Smiley has blasted the President over his Trayvon Martin remarks last Friday, criticizing the amount of time it took him to speak out, and questioning his motives.

On Meet the Press yesterday, Smiley doubled down on this sentiments, arguing that the White House is spinning a false narrative around the POTUS’ actions.

From the Grio:

Smiley began by accusing the president of only speaking out on Trayvon Martin because he was “pushed,” saying: “I appreciate and applaud the fact that the president did finally show up. But this town has been spinning a story that’s not altogether true.

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Lauryn Hill Pens Letter from Jail

Lauryn Hill has penned a letter to her fans from behind bars.

M.s Hill thanks her supporters, and shares a bit about her experience thus far.

From Lauryn Hill’s Tumblr:

“I have known since very young to look for the purpose and lesson in everything, including the trials.

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Zimmerman Jurors Were Given Hours of Unsupervised Time w/ Family and Friends

According to a report from WFTV in Florida, the jury from the George Zimmerman trial were allowed to spend hours of alone time with friends and family.

This is highly inappropriate, as the verdict could have been influenced by statements or remarks from one of these guests.

From WFTV:

Channel 9′s Kathi Belich confirmed the jurors were left unsupervised with guests at times, which WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said is more than enough time for a member to have said something that could have influenced a juror and possibly impacted the verdict.

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Today in Post-Race History: Bread and Circuses

I try not to say much anymore about the POTUS in this space, but since he stole the spotlight from Bill Cosby by actually speaking about the George Zimmernan verdict, I thought I should make say something very briefly. If you missed it, the POTUS gave a 10-minute or so speech about Trayvon Martin. Working as a kind of translator for white folks, the POTUS got on his Kevin Hart and explained why some black people might be mad about the verdict. I don’t want to get in the business of splitting atoms, but I would like to make a point or two about the POTUS’ remarks and connect them to other news about the Obama administration’s latest appointment.

What is most interesting to me is the way that the POTUS began his explanation:

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Fruitvale Station & Oscar Grant: Why Our Anger Is Necessary

“Anger is a grief of distortions between peers, and its object is change…I cannot hide my anger to spare your guilt, nor hurt feelings, nor answering anger; for to do so insults and trivializes all our efforts. Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own action or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt, but the beginning of knowledge. Yet all too often, guilt is just another name for impotence.” Audre Lorde

I watched Fruitvale Station this weekend. A movie, which highlights the events, that led up to the murder of Oscar Grant, by a Bart police officer in Oakland. To put it very simply the movie made me angry. It made me angry to think how we live in a system where black bodies continue to be devalued and dismantled. It made me angry to see a black man handcuffed on the ground shot dead in his own innocent blood. And it made me It made to angry to know that the story of Oscar Grant and the multitude of stories about black and brown people that have been murdered, are often forgotten, ignored, or attributed to their own individual mishaps, as we continue to ignore a larger systemic problem. If you have not seen Fruitvale Station, I encourage you to not only go see it, but also to know that anger partnered action is necessary if we wish to move this society to change.

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