Unarmed Black Man, Ezell Ford, Killed By Police In South L.A. #WeAreTargets


by on Aug 12, 2014

On the heels of the Mike Brown tragedy, another Black man has been shot and killed by the police. The 24-year-old man succumbed to gun injuries after an encounter with police in South LA.

The incident happened Monday evening, shortly after a shooting was reported at the intersection of West 65th Street and South Broadway. The LAPD stopped a man walking on the 200th block north of the 65th block when things took a dangerous turn. According to a police statement, officers opened fire after “a struggle ensued.”

The man, who was later identified as Ezell Ford, was then transported to the nearest hospital where he underwent surgery but later died. Ford is one of countless victims who have recently died at the hands of police- who are to protect and serve the community.

Was Ford killed for simply being a young, African-American male – the very same characteristics that claimed the lives of John Crawford and Mike Brown?

The mother of the victim, Tritobia Ford,  said her son was lying on the ground and obeying the officers’ commands when he was shot. Multiple reports indicate he was unarmed.

Further details on the shooting is underway and will be investigated by LAPD’s Force Investigation Division. The LAPD is currently being sued by Marlene Pinnock, a homeless woman whose vicious beating at the hands of a still unidentified officer was caught on tape. Her lawsuit alleges excessive force, assault, battery.

Source: http://uptownmagazine.com/2014/08/ezell-ford-unarmed-black-man-killed-by-police-in-south-l-a/


#WeAreTargets “Just like Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, Sean Bell, etc … Mike Brown’s weapon was his skin tone.”

Police brutalizing Black bodies is becoming the norm and things need to change.

Black Teen’s Fatal Shooting By Police Prompts Calls For Federal Investigation


FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — An 18-year-old black man shot multiple times by a suburban St. Louis police officer was unarmed when he died, police said Sunday, as hundreds of local residents protested and a civil rights leader expressed outrage at the killing.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/10/michael-brown_n_5665935.html?utm_hp_ref=police-brutality


Tremaine McMillian, 14-Year-Old With Puppy, Choked By Miami-Dade Police Over ‘Dehumanizing Stares’ (VIDEO)

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/30/tremaine-mcmillian-14-year-old-miami-dade-police_n_3362340.html?utm_hp_ref=police-brutality


Shocking Video Of Officer Punching Woman Ignites Police Probe

The video, which was taken by a passing motorist, posted online and broadcast by local television stations, has caused an outcry from community activists who say the officer used excessive force in the arrest on Tuesday.

Officials from the Highway Patrol on Friday became aware of the video, which captures an incident that occurred on Interstate 10 in Los Angeles, and they have launched a use of force investigation, Sergeant Denise Joslin, an agency spokeswoman, said in an email.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/06/officer-punching-woman_n_5560463.html?utm_hp_ref=police-brutality


Pregnant Woman Put In Chokehold By NYPD Officer

A New York City police officer allegedly placed a 27-year-old pregnant woman in a chokehold Saturday after she was accused of illegally grilling in East New York, Brooklyn. The incident was captured on camera.

Photos first published by the New York Daily News appear to show an unidentified member of the New York City Police Department wrapping his arms around Rosan Miller’s neck and upper torso as her daughter watches nearby. Miller was uninjured but was given a summons for disorderly conduct, the outlet reported.
pregnant woman choke hold

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/28/pregnant-woman-chokehold-nypd-rosan-miller_n_5628306.html


Eric Garner Chokehold Police Brutality VIDEO : Black Man Killed By Police


As well as other incidents with police officers brutalizing Black people, each other these incidents happened with a month’s time. Ridiculous stereotypes are developed to justify the senseless mistreatment and killings of Black people who have been viewed as threats. What can we do? What do we say?



The KKK Showed Up at the Free Library on Saturday Afternoon

Long live the Freedom to Assemble.

On Saturday, the first day of summer, a handful of KKK members headed out to the Tacony branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The exact purpose for this, er, rally is a little unclear, and the KKK hasn’t returned a call we placed to their home office, but from what we hear, the whole thing started when one of the Klansmen was denied a spot on the Tacony Town Watch.

It’s fair to say that those who showed up to scream, gawk, or laugh at the KKK exponentially outnumbered the KKK slobs, as evidenced in the video and photos below.

Source: http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/06/23/kkk-philadelphia-rally-free-library-tacony/#gallery-1-13

PSA: Rage Against The Ratchet

Filthy, violent lyrics: Enough already!


A WHOLE LOT of folks think it’s cute to see young children twerking and singing along to sexually suggestive songs.

They laugh. Maybe post a YouTube video of it.

Not two-time Grammy winner Carvin G. “Ransum” Haggins.

After visiting a beauty salon in the Philly burbs earlier this spring and watching a 2-year-old girl mimicking Beyonce’s provocative dance moves and singing the very adult lyrics to “Drunk in Love,” Haggins got fed up and launched a grassroots campaign called Rage Against the Ratchet. Its purpose? To force radio stations to clean up the airwaves.

“I’m just coming as a concerned citizen saying, ‘We’ve got to do something about the music. We’ve got to do something about how the music is getting to the people,’ ” Haggins, 45, who grew up in Philly, said in a YouTube video.

“There are rappers saying, ‘I dropped a molly in a girl’s drink,’ ” Haggins added. ” ‘She didn’t even know. I took her home and had my way with her. She didn’t even know.’ Yo, that’s date rape! . . . There’s a child right now with that in his headphones saying that that’s the cool thing to do because a rapper said it.”

Haggins – who has worked with Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Justin Timberlake and others – has organized a protest outside the Bala Cynwyd studios of Power 99 FM at 11 a.m. Saturday to protest filthy, violent lyrics in popular music.

I spoke at length with Haggins, but I think his YouTube comments say it all. We ought to get behind him. Turn out in droves at 111 Presidential Blvd. to show the powers at Power 99 that the stupid lyrics and misogynistic filth that gets played on the airwaves is unacceptable.

Take, for example, what Chris Brown spews in “Loyal”:

” . . . When a rich n—- want ya

And your n—- can’t do nothing for ya

These hoes ain’t loyal . . .”

These hoes ain’t loyal

Just got rich

Took a broke n—- b—-

I can make a broke b—- rich

But I don’t f— with broke b—-s.”

 “What type of lyric is that? What are you saying to our kids? Some kid is going to recite that. My mom ain’t a b—-. My daughter ain’t a b—–,” Haggins added. “Why is it so free to say that word and disrespect women? And the sad part is women are singing along with these records like that’s the thing to do.”

The first time I saw those lyrics, they were on a young relative’s Instagram page. Yes, I confronted her. And when I did, her excuse was that it wasn’t her personal commentary but popular rap lyrics she’d heard on the radio and was merely reciting on social media. To her, the fact that Brown sings this mess on the radio makes it OK.

I can see how her young mind could make such a leap, because the Federal Communications Commission regulates what comes across the airwaves.

And adults, older people she’s been trained to look up to and respect, put this crap out for public consumption. And it’s everywhere.

Take the song “Partition” by Beyonce:

” . . . Oh he so horny, yeah he want to f—

He popped all my buttons and he ripped my blouse

He Monica Lewinsky’d all onmy gown . . . “

“What?!” said Haggins, a father of seven. “I don’t want to see somebody’s daughter in the car singing that song.

“Like, why is that cool that Beyonce is telling these girls about how she’s having oral sex? Nothing about that’s cool. It ain’t cool. It ain’t sexy. It ain’t fly. It’s just a lack of creativity . . . and I feel like right now we’re being treated like sex-slave beasts.”

He likens commercial radio to drug dealers.

“You are dealing poison to our kids,” said Haggins, who lives in Marlton. “Y’all flipping these records back-to-back-to-back.

“You’re pumping that poison into the heads of our kids when they’re sitting with their headphones on. We need better music. We need better programming.”

He’s right on about that. Yesterday I reached out to the powers at Power 99, who then emailed me a statement: “Power 99 is part of the fabric of the city of Philadelphia and has maintained a great relationship with the local community by playing music that our listeners want to hear from their favorite artists, while abiding by all government regulations as a responsible broadcaster.”

If you don’t like what comes from Power 99, which is owned by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, stop being passive. Get involved. Rage Against the Ratchet.

Source: http://articles.philly.com/2014-06-06/news/50362593_1_youtube-video-lyrics-airwaves#XY9rrgbFdTXzXhfW.01

Are You Down With Co-Washing?

By Dr. Phoenyx Austin of DrPhoenyx.com
Hey ladies! One of the best hair practices I adopted after going natural was co-washing. I was actually years into natural hair and cleansing my hair with sulfate-free shampoos. I knew all about the harsh sulfates thing, but I had no clue that there was something even better than shampoo. Then one day, a fellow naturalista put me onto co-washing. And boy oh boy did this doc fall in love!

Do you co-wash?

If you aren’t hip to the co-washing game, I’ll give you a quick debriefing of what it is, why you should do it, how often you should do it, and what types of conditioners to use.

What is it?

Co-washing is simply using conditioner to cleanse the hair instead of shampoo. You just cut out the shampoo step and go straight to conditioning

Why you should do it?
Co-washing is muy bueno for hair- especially natural hair! As far as cleansers, you should already be switched over to sulfate-free shampoos. Sulfates are cleansing agents that are included in most commercial shampoos. Sulfates are what give shampoos their bubbly, foamy quality. Sulfates may make bath time fun, but they are also powerful degreasers that will literally strip the oil from your hair. No bueno! This is why you should use sulfate-free shampoos IF you do use shampoo.
Now if you want to take things up a notch with your hair care, co-washing is the way to go. Commercial conditioners are actually formulated with cleansing agents too- not just conditioning agents. So shampoos are really not that necessary. You can use conditioner to cleanse your hair- it’s like getting 2 benefits for the price of 1!

What types of conditioner to use?
The most common issue with co-washing is product buildup on hair. This is because conditioners contain silicones- an agent that gives hair “slip” and shine. Silicones come in 2 forms- water soluble and non-water soluble. It is best to use conditioners with water soluble silicones (or no silicones) because product buildup will be unlikely. Water soluble silicones wash easily from hair. Non-water soluble silicones do not- they can only be washed off with stronger cleansers that are found in shampoo (i.e. sulfates).

To tell if your conditioner is co-wash friendly, just read the ingredients on the bottle and look for these silicones: Dimethicone Copolyl and PEG Modified Dimethicone. These are the water soluble silicones. If you conditioner contains these, you’re good to go!
And don’t worry about cost. There are tons of el-cheapo conditioners that contain water soluble silicones. So you won’t have to break the piggy bank when looking for these types of conditioners.

How often should you do it?
That’s all personal preference. You can keep you current regimen, while simple eliminating the shampoo step. So if you normally wash your hair once a week, keep washing your hair once a week. Just use conditioner instead of shampoo. I know many naturals that co-wash daily. I don’t. I usually co-wash once a week, or at most twice a week. And if I ever feel like my hair is becoming heavy or dull from product buildup, I’ll simply clarify with shampoo or an ACV rinse once a month. Done, and done!

Do you co-wash? How well does co-washing work for your hair? What are you favorite conditioners for co-washing?


Source: http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/11/are-you-down-with-co-washing.html


Please donate & help make it happen for The Philadelphia Youth Project: Creating A Better Tomorrow
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Falling Through The Cracks

     The dropout rate in Philadelphia schools is quickly approaching 50%. This problem persists mainly because administrators and educators lack creative vision and resources.  Principal of Edison High School, Charles Baltimore, said that in order for this problem to change; the schools themselves must changes. He goes further to say, “they’re dealing with deaths, parents separated, dad in jail, mom in jail. … We’re not dealing with the trauma the kids bring in the door. … We say, ‘Sit there for eight hours, learn the content, be respectful, and come back tomorrow.’ It doesn’t work like that.”

The Philadelphia Youth Project is working toward changing this dynamic through intense engagement and exceptional empowerment.  If you believe in the power of Philadelphia’s youth and support their progression, please donate to The Philadelphia Youth Project: Creating a Better Tomorrow conference. Each contribution will help. To achieve upward mobility in our community is not easy but it can be done. This is our chance to achieve upward mobility and change the route of the issues facing Philadelphia’s youth.

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The Big Event


The Philadelphia Youth Project Presents:

“Creating A Better Tomorrow”

Date: June 15, 2013 (tentative)

Time: 11:30am – 4:30pm

Conference Description

“Creating A Better Tomorrow” is designed to motivate, inspire, and empower the youth in Philadelphia. The purpose of  “Creating A Better Tomorrow” is to present dynamic, interactive educational workshops and a panel geared towards leadership, raising community consciousness, financial literacy, and a sense a self-determination. This conference is designed to educate the youth to be determined, responsible, respectful, and self-reliant, while planning short and long-term goals for their future. Furthermore, the youth will be encouraged to get involved in community service, in-school/out of school activities, and academic development organizations.

Along with a panel and interactive educational workshops, there will be poets, dancers, and singers.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The youth will have the chance to win gifts and prizes. Educational resources and vendors will be available. Professional photographers will be taking pictures.

Estimated attendance: 75

Projected Budget:$1500

Conference Outline

11:30am – 11:50am | Registration/Light breakfast

12:00pm – 12:25 | Keynote Speaker & Youth Poetry Performance

12:30pm – 1:15pm | Interactive Educational Workshops

Workshop Topics

  • Leadership
  • Financial Literacy
  • Self – Determination
  • Community Involvement

1:20pm – 2:10pm | Youth Panel

“Creating A Better Tomorrow”

2:15pm – 3:30pm | Youth Entertainment

  • Dancers
  • Poets
  • Singers & Rappers

3:15pm – 4:30pm | Lunch & Outdoor Mixer

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Thank You

To show gratitude for your contributions, contributors will receive personal letters of appreciation for providing the means for us to be able to hold the event.

If the entire goal for funds is not achieved the event will still take place but we may not be able to provide the educational prizes as an incentive.

Other Ways You Can Help

All contributions are valuable and welcome. A most valuable contribution is your help in spreading the word for this event. There are tools on the Indiegogo site that you may use to share the information about the project with others. If possible, you may also use the social networking websites that you are a part of to share this information.

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Slavery Still Exists


“There are up to 27 million slaves in the world today: That’s more than double the number of people taken from Africa during the entire transatlantic slave trade. A hundred and fifty years ago, an average agricultural slave cost over three times the average yearly wage of an American worker, about US$50,000 in today’s money. Yet now, entire families can be enslaved for generations over a debt as small as $18.”


Is Barack Obama Effectively Helping The Black Community?

“Under the 1st African American president in the history of the most powerful empire ever, before Rome, look how black folks who are poor and working being treated. Also, look at little baby Aliyanna Stanley-Jones, the 7-year-old who was shot by Detroit police in a reckless raid of her home. Look at Sean Grant, who New York City Police shot to death the night before his wedding. The list goes on. Yet, Obama and his and his Justice Department have failed to address these issues in any significant way. No hate crimes charges. No real stance against police brutality. And its not just about literal murders. It’s also about slow death that people experience when they lose their homes and can’t get quality jobs, healthcare or education.” – Mumia Abu-Jamal 

Excerpt from “The Classroom and The Cell” by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Marc Lamont Hill