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We must never forget: Black men and boys are dying

January 2, 2013 Front Page No Comments

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Eight years ago I was just a normal high school student with my share of challenges, but nothing seemed different than what other teenagers were facing. That is until I received a phone call that changed not only the way I viewed the world, but also my place within it.

My 20-year-old brother Andre was shot and killed a month before his 21st birthday.  His death devastated my family and still continues to hold a dark shadow over our lives today.

What continues to surprise and sadden me till this day is the fact that my brother isn’t the first or the last. Why? Every single day in America, news stories flash snapshots of a life that once was. Years of a young persons’ life is defined in less than two paragraphs in the back pages of a newspaper.  Burier grounds are assigned and  shortly the names are forgotten in the media. Those lives are only remembered by the ones that loved them most and the heavy tombstone-baring legacy to the lives they once laid.

Black men are dying. They are being murdered and not in some far away land but right here in our own backyards. They are our sons, fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins…they are our Trayvon’s, yet they are being used for target practice on our city streets. Where their blood runs through pavement cracks and they are reduce to life size portraits on the sidewalk.

According to the Special Report on Black Victims of Violent Crimes, published in 2007  by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, In 2005, [the year my brother was murdered] blacks were victims of nearly half (49%) of all homicides although accounting for only 13 percent of the U.S. population. What is even more disturbing is that 85 percent of black homicide victims were males and 51 percent between the ages of 17 to 19 years old.

Homicide is the leading cause of death for African American males between the ages of 15- 25 years old. The rate of deaths for African American males could be compared to the number of men and women we lose during times of war.

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[WATCH] Lil Boosie’s Daughter on Education

August 24, 2012 Front Page No Comments

Wow! All day, I’ve been seeing young kids talking positive. Just scrolled arcoss a video from Lil Boosie’s daughter Ivionna called “Education.” Kids check this:

 

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[WATCH] “No Bully” Chi Chi Monet

August 24, 2012 Front Page No Comments

I was scrolling through the Internet and came across this 9-year-old girl, Chi Chi Monet. I saw that she had my middle name so I clicked on her video called “No Bully.” I honestly love it. She is putting out a positive message and making it cool at the same time. We all know that bullying is a problem all across America. Check out her video and leave a comment!!!

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$31 Worth of Weed = 10 Years in Prison?

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The Global Commission on Drug Policy is taking action in New York to decriminalize drug offenses and focus on more pressing issues.

Does possession of marijuana (under an ounce) merit jail time and a lingering drug conviction?

“More than a quarter of the 2.3 million American prisoners are jailed for drug offenses, which bloats the system and eats up tax dollars,” a recent report by the NAACP said. The report was endorsed by the Americans for Tax Reform group, founded by former GOP Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist. Recent public opinion polls are showing an increased support by Americans to legalize THC or lessen the current punishment with rehabilitation and community service.

The growing support to legalize some substances can be attributed to the high cost that taxpayers endure to house inmates with non-violent drug offenses, the amount of money used to investigate drug dealers and the unfortunate tribulations that offenders experience when reintegrating into society after their conviction.
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G-Dub says Imma let you finish Prez. Obama but Kanye’s Katrina Diss was my Worst Moment of All Time!

November 4, 2010 Front Page, Problems No Comments

Hip Hop Artist Kanye West superimposed next to an uncomfortable looking George W BushFrom SOHH.com:

Ex-president George W. Bush broke a long post-presidential silence to call out the one dude, the one situation that has REALLY been eating him up after 8 rollicking years in the white house: that time that hurricane broke that dam in that place down South where all those people lost their homes and lives and Bush kinda watched and looked uncomfortable and then that musician broke the code of never saying anything real on TV, remember that? Picture perfect Kanye Moment.

“He called me a racist,” Bush tells reporter Matt Lauer. “And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘This man’s a racist.’ I resent it, it’s not true.” (“Matt Lauer Reports”)

West is no stranger to controversy but this live on-air expression of his sincere frustration is, in my opinion, one of his most endearing moments.

Hit the jump for video of the famous moment from the Red Cross telethon.

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