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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] Who Brought Peanuts to the Republican National Circus???

A lot of people want to know what caused two Republican National Convention-goers to toss peanuts at Patricia Carroll, an African American camera-woman who represents CNN. Their actions were followed with somewhat racist remarks, “this is how we feed the animals.”

Of course, they were removed from the event but what made them think it was safe to do that? Have we forgotten to be human? Is this election getting so nasty to the point where we can’t be civil? I wonder, how did they know the camera woman wasn’t a Republican? Check out more on the story HERE.

[WATCH] more controversy at the Republican Circus HERE

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[Police Brutality]: #Every36Hours a Black Person is Killed

“As we dug deeper, and more grieving family members came forward, we found that every 36 —not 40 hours — another Black child, man or woman dies at the hands of the police, security guards or self-appointed vigilantes,” Kali Akuno of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement explained.

Rosa Clemente, former vice-presidential candidate and member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement elaborates,

“Nowhere is a Black woman or man safe from racial profiling, invasive policing, constant surveillance, and overriding suspicion. All Black people – regardless of education, class, occupation, behavior or dress – are subject to the whims of the police in this epidemic of state initiated or condoned violence.”

Read the Report HERE

Sign Petition HERE

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DC Cop Threatens To Shoot First Lady, Michelle Obama

What happens to a person that is paid to protect the president and his family but instead turns out to be a threat to them? My guess is that the officer is put down, put away or fired at the very least. Well, in the incident involving a D.C. officer from the President’s motorcade, who made comments about shooting Barack’s wife and the first lady of this country, the officer was just reduced to desk duty.

Are you f’n kidding me? Even in the White House we are treated as second class citizens.

Check out The Washington Post for more on this story!

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[VIDEO] Darius Simmons’ Middle School Principal Speaks Out

This past week, the TRL crew had the opportunity to visit Gaenslen, a K-8 school on the east side of Milwaukee, WI. Tamara Hines, the principal of Gaenslen, was very cooperative and willing to let us interview her about the tragic incident, regarding Darius Simmons. Mrs. Hines explained to me that Darius was like one of her own children. She even reflected on how Darius would tell all of his former students and teachers that he loved them everyday. “He was just a joy to be around”, she said braggingly.
During our visit at Gaenslen, we discovered that Darius was a sports fanatic and Mrs. Hines expressed that the school would acknowledge him at future games, along with special vigils similar to the one held this past week for him.
It’s obvious that this story is similar to the Trayvon Martin incident. Society is basically telling us that it is okay to shoot and kill little children if we think they’ve done something. What is this world coming to? You be the judge.

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