All Topics

m4s0n501
News Flash

Harvard University Establishes Nas Hip Hop Fellowship

Harvard is giving love to one of the greatest to ever do it: Nas.

It was recently announced that Queensbridge’s own will have a fellowship named after him:

The Hip-Hop Archive, in conjunction with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, announced the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship today, which honors the legendary rapper.

Read the rest



Featured Article

CBC Readying Bills to Address Racial Profiling, Stand Your Ground Laws in the Wake of Zimmerman Verdict

In the wake of the George Zimmerman trial, the Congressional Black Caucus have prepared a set of bills that will address racial profiling, stand your ground laws, and promote better training for neighborhood watch volunteers.

Members of the CBC have publicly lashed out at Zimmerman’s acquittal, asserting that “the nation’s criminal justice system still discriminates against blacks and other minorities.”

From the Hill:

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), an icon of the civil rights era, said the decision “seems to justify the stalking and killing of innocent black boys and deny them any avenue of self-defense.”

Read the rest



Featured Article

Man Set to Stand Trial for Murder of 13-Year Old Darius Simmons

76-year old John Henry Spooner will finally stand trial for the murder of 13-year old Darius Simmons.

Spooner shot Simmons in front of his mother because he suspected him of stealing his guns.

He confronted the teen while he was taking out the trash. When Simmons denied involvement, Spooner raised a gun and shot him in the chest.

Oddly enough, when police arrived, they chose to question Simmons mother for two hours, and searched her home.

Read the rest



Featured Post
[photo of Aaron]
By Aaron
All posts by Aaron »

Trayvon, White Racial Apathy, Subconscious Racism, and the Myth of “Fact”

“I know what the world has done to my brother and how narrowly he has survived it and I know, which is much worse, and this is the crime of which I accuse my country and my countrymen and for which neither I nor time nor history will ever forgive them, that they have destroyed and are destroying hundreds of thousands of lives and do not know it and do not want to know it…it is not permissible that the authors of devastation should also be innocent. It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.” – James Baldwin, A Letter to My Nephew

Though I pride myself on being an optimist, I too am in the camp that believed that the verdict on the Trayvon case was decided before it even began. Precisely because what was on trial in the case was not Zimmerman, but what was really being called into question was the racial ideology of this country. At its core, this trial dove into the idea of the Black male criminal, the idea of Black innocence, and the subconscious racism that often colors one’s understanding of these ideas. Accordingly, the issue of racial profiling–like affirmative action–is plagued by the reality that facts often have little to do with how people regard these issues. Simply put, being Black and poor in this country gives you a perspective that many White people cannot tap into. (Even White anti-racist allies must continually be put to task). So when I discovered that the selected jury consisted of five White women and one Hispanic woman—needless to say I was a bit worried. In essence, the real question at stake was whether or not a jury of predominately white women would believe that a Black boy was innocent and was killed for no other reason than the racist assumptions of ‘suspicion.’? The answer would reveal quite a lot about racial perception and ideology in this country.

The verdict of ‘not guilty’ offered a resounding “no.” And quite frankly, we should not be surprised. Not only because the justice system continually discriminates and harms communities of color, but because ideologically the false reality of post-racialism and white victimhood has gone viral in this country. 

Read the rest



Featured Post
[photo of Mo Green]
All posts by Mo Green »

Get it Together, Obama

If I can be candid, Obama’s response to the recent ‘not guilty’ verdict in the George Zimmerman trial was bull.

Read Below:

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy.  Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America.  I know this case has elicited strong passions.  And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher.But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.  I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.  And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities.  We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis.  We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this.  As citizens, that’s a job for all of us.  That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.

Read the rest



Featured Article

Thessalonika Arzu-Embry Set to Graduate from College at 14-Years Old

At just 14-years old, Great Lakes, Illinois native Thessalonika Arzu-Embry is set to graduate from college.

She’ll receive a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Chicago State University.

She credits her incredible academic success to her mother, who homeschooled her.

Read the rest



Featured Article

Tom Joyner Offers Rachel Jeantel Full College Scholarship

Radio personality Tom Joyner has offered Rachel Jeantel a full scholarship to the HBCU of her choosing.

Jeantel was the last person to speak with Trayvon Martin before his fatal confrontation with George Zimmerman. Her brave testimony was heavily scrutinized by the public.

Read the rest



Featured Article

Zimmerman Juror Book Deal Squashed After Online Backlash

Yesterday, we told you about a planned tell-all book by B37; one of the six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman of 2nd degree murder.

Well, those plans have been squashed, thanks to an immediate and relentless backlash from social media users.

Read the rest



Featured Article

Stevie Wonder, Others Vow to Boycott Florida Until Stand Your Ground is Repealed

Stevie Wonder spoke out on the George Zimmerman verdict at a concert in Quebec, announcing that he will NOT play in Florida until the Stand Your Ground law is repealed.

From the Grio:

“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” he told the audience. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.”

Wonder joins many others who have signed a petition vowing to boycott Florida tourism until the controversial law is thrown out.

Read the rest



Events

RACE. JUSTICE. POWER: Through the Lens of the Trayvon Martin Case and Its Relevance to Chicago

The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Black Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin, has ignited protests and triggered debates about the nature of race, class, gender, violence and power in this country. There have been a flood of emotions surrounding this case, all of which is understandable, but this teach-in is an opportunity to delve into the underlying issues that surround this case and what it represents. It is a point of departure for a discussion of a whole range of pressing issues. We will also explore the implications of the Martin murder and Zimmerman acquittal in light of the ongoing crises of violence, school closings and deteriorating life chances for Black and Brown youth in Chicago.

Read the rest



m4s0n501
m4s0n501