In the past few weeks there has been tragedy after tragedy in a country that had us all under the impression of “Freedom”.
African Americans are constantly victimized and descriminated against when we practically built America with our bare hands.
Last Tuesday a Baton Rouge native, husband and father by the name of Alton Sterling was gunned down at the hands of BRPD officers on camera. Sterling was selling CDs outside ofva supermarket with the permission of the store owner.
The police officers are seen on video slamming Alton to the ground while restraining both arms. Suddenly out of nowhere you can hear one officer yell “he got a gun” followed by him unloading six bullets into Alton’s chest.
From the video, it is evident that Sterling’s hands are empty and in no way shape or form was he holding a firearm.
The same day and to a nations disbelief, another African American male by the name of Philando Castile, was racially profiled against and pulled over in his vehicle. Philando explained to the Minnesota Police Officer that he had a gun in the vehicle but was legally licensed to carry.
From the video recording, Philando’s spouse is explaining to everyone that the officer asked him to get his license and as soon as he reached for the license, the officer shot him four times.
The entire encounter seems to be evident of coldblooded murder.
A few days later Alva Braziel was shot ten times by the Houston Police while walking down the street. Witnesses say that he was simply minding his business before being gunned down. I got a chance to view a short video of Braziel holding his hands in the air before being unloaded on.
Following these killings, the entire country is unsettled and constantly in fear of being shot by the very badge that vowed to protect and serve. All of that while families are left to bury their loved ones and children are now fatherless.
Celebrities such as Lebron James, Alicia Keys, Common, Beyonce, Queen Latifah, Tracee Ellis Ross, Chris Rock, The Game, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Yandy Smith, Pharrell Williams, Chris Brown Carmelo Anthony and more spoke messages of encouragement, hope, unity and political activism.
Snoop Dogg and The Game took to the streets of L. A. and unified longtime rival gang members, Crips and Bloods tobstepnup and protect their communities instead of destroying it.
Carmelo Anthony called on his fellow athletes to get serious about a fight against corruption in politics.
Yandy Smith-Harriss held a meeting of unity in New York.
Beyonce held a special vigil at her concert while the names of the many victims of police brutality displayed on a huge projected screen.
T. I. took to the streets of Atlanta and protested side by side with the citizens.
It is about time that these role models take on the positions of power they have and demand action, build our black communities and stand with the citizens in this ongoing struggle. They have the ability to organize and persuade change quicker than the average American which is one the most important decisions that they will ever make in their careers/lives. The revolution must be taken seriously by any means necessary.
In the February 2016 issue of Harper Bazaars Magazine, Tennis Champion, Serena Williams gives her best dating advice.
The Q&A special features readers getting questions answered by the athlete.
Relationship Dilemmas 101:
DEAR SERENA: What’s the best way to dress for a date? I always end up looking too casual, or overdoing it. I need help! —Clueless in the Closet
SW: It’s really important to be yourself, since your true colors will show through in the end. And always add heels!
DEAR SERENA: Sometimes when I begin dating a new guy, I start doubt ing myself and feel my initial confidence (which helped snag him in the first place!) slip away. How do I keep up my self- esteem? —Doubtful Debbie
SW: First you need to identify where the self-doubt is coming from. I think that goes back to always being yourself from the beginning. Be confident of your inner strength and beauty, and that will be reflected on the outside. My mom always taught my sisters and me to be ourselves and to stay true to who we are.
DEAR SERENA: I’m really sporty, and my boyfriend’s just…not. Any ideas on how we can bridge the gap and get active? —Track Star
Films like Straight Outta Compton, Creed and Concussion stuck with us in 2015. These movies stole our hearts and took over the box office, so why didn’t they receive the highest recognition in the award industry?
Many are upset and outraged at how African American films have been overlooked for years. This time around, celebrities are speaking out about it. Even though comedian/actor Chris Rock is hosting the show, he posted a video with a very real caption:
We love a variety of movies whether it’s an all black or all white cast, that isn’t important. The fact of the matter is, a great movie is Just that, great, no matter whom the cast may be. Actress, Jada Pinkett Smith and wife of ‘Concussion’ movie star, Will Smith, is reportedly calling for a ban of the Oscars.
According to USA Today,According to a spokesman for the South African Department of Home Affairs, rapper Mos Def, who now goes by the name Yasiin Bey, was arrested at Cape Town International Airport for trying to leave the country on an illegal ‘World Passport’ document.
The rapper and his family has been given 14 days to relocate allegedly.
What’s even more confusing about this entire ordeal is, Yasiin is an American citizen, so why on earth would they not allow him back into the States?
The accusations are not adding up and his arrest seems bogus. Good luck to our brother, Mos Def.
Time and time again, we attempt to block out all ignorant discriminatory behavior either by different races, countries, governments and religions but it’s there.