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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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#UnF*ckDetroit: Detroit300 Declares War On Detroit Gangs For Killing Babies & Seniors

This is pretty deep! F*ck when a woman is fed up, when a community is fed up, there is nothing you can do about it!

“Today is the wrong day to be on the wrong side of the law” says the President of the “Detroit 300.”

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Bridgin’ the Gap Between the Brown And Black: #OccupyTheHoodMKE

November 14, 2011 Front Page No Comments

Brown and black people from Milwaukee’s North and South side unite on the bridge that separates them to discuss issues that they all face. This was a powerful experience that brought plenty of emotions. #OccupyTheHoodMKE #Unity #Peace


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More Celebrities Support #OccupyWallStreet and #OccupyTheHood

October 24, 2011 Front Page No Comments

Just last week Kanye West supported #OccupyWallStreet. Now this week we have Bun B, David Banner, and Tom Morello. Bun B feels that he should be a part of this because their are not enough celebrities and hip-hop artists that talk about the issues we have in America. Watch these videos and see what they have to say for yourself….

Jump to see Bun B, David Banner and more..

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OCCUPY THE HOOD!

October 11, 2011 Front Page 1 Comment

Hoods all over the U.S. are getting together and starting there own movement. Occupy The Hood is a movement ran by people of color. Black and Latino Americans lack participation in the #Occupy movement, so Occupy The Hood is a movement started by Malik Rhasaan and Ife Johari Uhuru after participating in the #OccupyWallStreet protest.

They believe that people of color don’t know how Wall Street effects them and by starting Occupy The Hood, they will bring more people of color involved in the movement.

Check out one of our blogroll partners, Black Youth Project‘s website.

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