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From the Huffington Post:
Thomas “Tommy” Ford, best known for his role as Tommy Strawn on the hit 90’s show “Martin, died on Wednesday at age 52 in Atlanta.
The actor had been recovering from knee replacement surgery and was admitted into an Atlanta hospital over the weekend, according to TMZ. Though the family’s spokeswoman Joy Pervis did not give the cause of his death, NBC reports that Ford suffered from a burst abdominal aneurysm and was placed on life support.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved son, father, brother, husband and friend Tommy Mykal Ford,” Pervis said in a family statement posted on social media. “On behalf of the family, we would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers.”
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I’ll make this quick.
I know, I know. Donald Trump, your hero, idol and white messenger, tells is like it is. He speaks his mind. That’s your reason for voting for him next month. That’s your ONLY reason why you’re voting for him.
I get it. All that other shit like foreign policy, the economy, the environment, etc. ain’t that important. He’s a rich white male who simply tells it like it is which means he hates and fears the same people you do. He knows your language of trepidation. And you’re swooned by his “charm”.
By the way, trepidation is a synonym for fear in case you’re wondering.
The internet news has kept a close eye on Trump’s quotes and actions that would make average viewers and readers conclude that he has a personality equivalent to a vulture. But that’s why you love him though. You’re attracted to such an…ahem…human being. To you, he’s the definition of a man’s man.
I could cite examples to his bigotry. I could bring up his fear of Islam. I can even mention his sexism. But to you, those are his good qualities. To you, this is what’s being a man is all about:
“I like Trump because Trump is not a politician; he talks like a guy. And, ladies out there, this is what guys talk about when you’re not around. So if you’re offended by it, grow up. And by the way, this is what you guys talk about over white wine when you have your brunches, so take it easy with your phony outrage. This is the way the world works. It’s not a big thing.”
Yes, this is but one comment from an actor millennials haven’t heard about. But don’t kid around. The lot of you share his opinion. You don’t see it as a big thing either.
Human beings with hearts and brains know that it’s a very big thing. They know are not acting like they’re outraged. THEY ARE OUTRAGED! One of the Presidential candidates just bragged about committing what’s considered sexual assault. I know it. You know it. And He knows it. And your continuous support speaks volumes about your morality and sanity, or lack thereof.
Do any of you have daughters, mothers, sisters, female relatives and friends? If so, how would you feel if Trump were to try grabbing their genitals? Would you still back him up in November?
If you have to think about it, you’ve given the answer and revealed how pathetic your stupid ass is.
Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn’t be anymore filthier, a new layer of sludge is uncovered which helped to discover a sewer system too gross to clean and too disgusting to leave alone.
The Donald has been known to brag about himself often. Quite often. But this time, he may have placed his foot so far through his mouth, he’s tasting his knee. A recording of his interview with Access Hollywood in 2005 surfaced where he bragged about how he would hook up with women because…well, they simply want to be fucked:
“I’ve gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” he said. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,”
It should be clear to anyone that everytime Trump opens his mouth, it becomes a second asshole, because all he does is talk shit about damn-near everyone. And this time, his loose lips may have opened up closets loaded with skeletons that not too many people are aware of. Just how many women has he tried that very tactic? The New York Times has the answers. A lot of answers. But here’s the shorter version published by QZ:
Earlier this year, the New York Times interviewed dozens of women who’ve worked with Donald Trump. Temple Taggart, a former Miss Utah who was 21 when she met Trump in 1997, described Trump behaving exactly as he boasts in the recording.
“He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought, ‘Oh my God, gross.’ He was married to Marla Maples at the time. I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s inappropriate.’”
This happened repeatedly, she said. In response, Trump told the New York Times he was reluctant to kiss strangers on the lips.
Since the recording was published, CNN anchor Erin Burnett said her friend had experienced the same behavior from Trump.
“That’s exactly what Trump did to me,” Burnett said, quoting her friend. “Trump took Tic Tacs, suggested that I take them also. He then leaned in … catching me off guard and kissed me almost on the lips. I was really freaked out.”
In 1997, Trump was sued for sexual harassment. The New York Times recently published details of the plaintiff’s allegations. Jill Harth, who regularly met with Trump in the ‘90s to form a business partnership, described how Trump repeatedly groped her, pushed her against a wall, and tried to kiss her.
In 1993, she said Trump was showing her around his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. “I was admiring the decoration, and next thing I know he’s pushing me against a wall and has his hands all over me,” Harth told the New York Times. “He was trying to kiss me. I was freaking out.”
She said Trump repeatedly tried to grab her and that she once vomited as a defense mechanism. Trump has denied these accusations.
During a deposition in the ’90s, Trump’s ex-wife Ivana described how her then-husband raped her. She used the word “rape” to describe the assault, where Trump held her down and pulled at her hair, though later retracted her use of the word and said she felt “violated” but didn’t want the word rape “to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.”
Earlier this year, a federal lawsuit filed by “Jane Doe” alleges that Trump raped Doe in 1994, when she was 13 years old. The lawsuit claims that Trump tied her to the bed and when she screamed at him to stop, he hit her in the face and said he would do “whatever he wanted.” The lawsuit includes statements from a witness. Trump has repeatedly denied these allegations.
“As I have said before, the allegations are categorically untrue and an obvious publicity stunt aimed at smearing my client,” Alan Garten, Trump’s attorney, recently told LawNewz.com. “In the event we are actually served this time, we intend to move for sanctions for this frivolous filing.”
A conference hearing on the rape lawsuit will not be held until December 16. Those specific allegations have not been verified.
Serious, isn’t it? What’s even more frightening is that this is the man that could be the next President of the United States. But then again, as apocalyptic as it sounds having Trump in office, it’s not too surprising seeing as how we nurture a misogynistic culture. We elected Bill Clinton twice, remember?
The buzz about The Birth of a Nation, the movie about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion and actor Nate Parker’s project has been active for almost a year since news first broke out about it. People have anticipated a film about a revolt against slavery that was named after another much earlier film that depicted the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. The first movie was released in 1915 was popular among white movie goers showcasing racist stereotypes of African Americans. Despite that, it is still considered an important piece of film history to this day.
But just like the original film, it’s modern incarnation is not without controversy, especially surrounding the producer. Several weeks before its release, past sexual assault allegations have surfaced. Parker, along with his friend and co-author Jean McGianni Celestin while students at Penn State, went to trial for rape accusations, but was ultimately acquitted two years later. Sadly, in 2012 Parker’s accuser committed suicide. And despite news of her death reached Parker, he generally doesn’t seem fazed enough to apologize.
The resurfacing of Parker’s rape accusations has become a side-story whenever Birth of a Nation is discussed, usually praised. Movie fans and critics alike contend that it’s a must see film. For Black Americans, it’s a changing of the norm. There are no white saviors to step in and save black folks and even though it’s another film based on slavery, the slaves rise up against oppression. Why not see it?
Even though Parker’s moral character has come into questioning since news surfaced about his allegations from the past and his current reactions toward them, not all black people are on board with the movie hype. Some expressed anger towards his indifference and victimhood, disappointed that one of their brightest stars is sounding more and more like an unfeeling douche bag unwilling to do anything to tackle the issue responsibly.
But like anyone else, there are black people who blindly support such people, because their art and talents are more prominent than their misdeeds and crimes. Men like Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Mel Gibson, Robert Downy, Jr., Charlie Sheen, former-President Bill Clinton and Presidential-hopeful Donald Trump are still beloved, adored and praised among many people. Their great accomplishments have largely overshadowed their most heinous sins.
Black people are like anyone else. Some of us still show support for icons through thick and thin. We still love Bill Cosby, Mike Tyson, Afrikaa Bambataa, R. Kelly, Chris Brown and even O.J. Simpson. (Well, maybe not quite O.J. Simpson.) Part of that is due to the history, past and contemporary, of racial hoaxes which resulted in the lynching of scores of black men in the South. It’s made many of us suspicious of accusations of violence against black men, especially if the victim and accuser is white. Nate Parker’s victim was reportedly a white female. News about his rape accusation surfaced weeks before the release of the movie. So, many black folks theorize a racist conspiracy against a famous black man who produced an anti-slavery film to bring him down.
But there’s another depressing side to this. Nate Parker was a rising icon among the black community. We saw him an innovator or revolutionary of sorts. Black people see the successes and failures of individual black people as successes and failures of the entire race. When some of us hear of Parker’s rape accusation, we felt disappointed. And his attitude towards it when being interviewed is rubbing salt into the wound. Watching a famous black leader of any kind fall slowly but surely is upsetting and even embarrassing. We fought so hard to smash racial stereotypes about us only to have someone, a famous someone, become that stereotype. And we fear that that individual will make things hard for the rest of us.
Nate Parker is becoming the stereotype we want to erase. His accusation of raping a white woman is bad enough. His responses to it are even worse. Will it be enough to affect the film’s status as a powerhouse or his reputation as a budding producer? Probably. Nevertheless, the culture of toxic masculinity must be addressed. If not, men will continue to get away with murder – in some cases literally – and more women will suffer for the sake of male power.
It’s become an inevitability that any conversation that deals with racism in any form will be met with denial, insults and outright condemnation directed at the people most affected by it and the people working to end it. From your average motley crew of conservatives and quasi liberals to the eugenics believers and race realists and all others mixed together, they’re convinced that racism is either one of three things. It’s a non issue. It’s justifiable. Or that it exists, except that it’s happening against white people.
I recently saw a thread where a white guy posted the infamous tweet by Donald Trump that showed an infographic displaying statistics on crime based on race, particularly the outrageously bloated stat on black-on-white crime. As you know, it’s been dissected as completely false and exposed as a racist meme produced by an obvious white supremacist.
Well, you already guessed that commenters took their shots at taking the meme apart piece by piece. Yet, the original poster was unmoved and unconvinced. He doubled down using every white line in the book.
He married a nonwhite woman. So, he can’t possibly be racist. He criticized Black Lives Matter supposed negligence of “black-on-black crime”. He claims his back injury as more definitive of struggling than what black people go through daily. He was robbed by a black man. His black friend was shot by a black man. Everyone else is ignorant.
Despite sound and mature arguments with evidence provided, this guy – who supports the Donald – was firm in his beliefs. He’s like so many people who supports this gospel. They relentlessly believe that black crime is the problem. Black culture is the problem. Black people are the problem. And they have every reason to hate and fear them no matter what.
They think black people are lazy, lesser intelligent, violent, sex-crazed, loud relatives to primates who deserve their pain and oppression. And they’re fine with thinking that way. Facts don’t matter. History doesn’t matter. Actual science doesn’t matter. Reality doesn’t matter. And the lives and feelings of black people don’t matter.
Only white-based egos, feelings and images matter. You must agree with them to spare them and the false image of white superiority.
And it’s not just white people who are sick with this mentality. It’s adopt by nonwhites, even blacks. There are black folks who have pledged their allegiance to white supremacy and worse, they expect other black people to follow suit. It’s expected though. The white supremacist mentality demands that everyone thinks the same way.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t hate white people. Anything you do to acknowledge and fight racism of any kind is interpreted as anti-white. You are seen as the real racist one. You can give dissertations all day to argue against such a claim. But it’s useless. You may win the argument, but you may not change any minds.
This is why it’s best not to engage in such ignorance. It’s best to just let them live in their own worlds. And it’s best for you to not stress yourself trying to enlighten the narrow-minded. In the end, you should continue working to dismantle racial oppression any way you can and let the dinosaurs walk gleefully on their way to their fantasies not knowing they’re heading straight for the tar pits.
I won’t go into too much detail. I can’t even say exactly what happened as rumors are still flying around. But I will give you my point-of-view as to my first experience being near a shooting.
It was after my old high school’s homecoming. There was an after-party at a local club. Not considering this club’s egregious reputation of violence and shootings and against my better judgment, I went down there to check it out. I figured two years ago, nothing happened at the after-party I went to then or the year after. So, I went.
In mere minutes of my arrival, a fight broke out where a young man jumped another young man outside of the building. The victim left in a huff. Moments later, two young women threw down. This also happened out in the open. I heard one of them was pepper sprayed. They two ended up leaving the club. So far, this looks like it will be a fun night.
Soon after, cops arrived to make sure nothing else went down. I never thought I would be glad to see them considering the overall tumultuous relationship with the black community, especially in recent weeks. Still, I should’ve left as I had a sinking feeling in my stomach that the worst was yet to come. Unresolved fights don’t always go away quietly. But no. I had to stick around. So, I did.
All seemed cool for about a half-hour. I chilled and talked to some friends. I listened to the music blasting in the back room. But that wouldn’t be the only thing blasting that night.
Suddenly, shots rang out. Naturally, everyone panicked and ran like hell, myself included to keep from getting trampled to death. I took cover through an open door that led to the woman’s restroom.
After a few minutes, I walked out into the open room where there was a dance platform. Glass bottle shards were scattered all over the floor. There were puddles of beer and liquor here and there. A couple of chairs were turned over. The front door was locked. So, I went out the back way where several people were. There, I was told that the shots came from outside. However, over the weekend, my cousin – who was also at the club – told me that he dodged a bullet. Literally. A shot penetrated the wall and whizzed through his shirt grazing him. Luckily, he’s fine, but I’m sure he won’t forget his brush with (possible) death.
It was revealed that the young man who was jumped earlier came back for revenge. But the guy who jumped him left. That didn’t matter. It also didn’t matter that were were cops present. Somebody had to pay, and pay dearly.
Rumors abound that at anywhere from one to five people were hit. Some say one person died. Some say the victims were the young man’s relatives. More will be revealed in this week’s local newspaper, that I will pleasantly avoid.
I admit that after I got home, I was still shaken. It was my first time being close to an actual shooting. Even now, I’m still in disbelief and still a little anxious.
The young man was obviously pissed off enough to take his rage out on someone or as many people as possible. It’s nonsense, but that is the dark side of humanity, and he succumbed to it. It’s a testament to the toxicity of this nation’s affection for guns that want to deny its true existence.
This is by NO MEANS an exclusive part of black culture that’s constantly excused in order to continue oppressive law enforcement against the black community. Black folks do not ‘worship’ violence, nor do they ignore it. We’ve been fighting to stop violence in our neighborhoods for years, and even though violent crime has decreased in recent years, we’re still out on the front lines, because the job is still far from over.
The shooter felt disrespected which meant a lot to him. When he lost it, he lost it. If he wasn’t going to get respect, what makes anyone else deserving of theirs?
That Friday night reminded me that gun violence can happen anytime, anywhere. The incident shows that power, protection, fear and respect is falsely but overly forced through the means of a loaded barrel with the finger on the trigger aimed at human beings.
From NBC News:
Bill Nunn, a veteran character actor whose credits ranged from the “Spider-Man” movie franchise to the Spike Lee films “Do the Right Thing” and “He Got Game,” has died.
His wife, Donna, said Nunn died Saturday at his home in Pittsburgh. He was 62 and had been battling cancer.
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A 43-year-old black man was fatally shot by police Tuesday afternoon at an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina, sparking protests from members of the community.
The man has been identified by neighbors and family as Keith Lamont Scott. His family says he was disabled.
The officer who shot Scott was identified Tuesday night as Officer Brentley Vinson, WJZY-TV reports…
According to the Charlotte Observer, the shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Village at College Downs apartment complex on Old Concord Road just before 4 p.m.
Officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant, but the man who was shot was not the person they were attempting to take into custody. Police told the newspaper Scott was armed and a gun was recovered at the scene by detectives.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said the officers felt their lives were endangered and at least one officer shot Scott, the Observer reports.
However, the family disputes the police’s claims. They said that Scott was unarmed and was reading a book while waiting for his son to be dropped off by the school bus. It was also noted that the victim’s brother said that the officer was in plainclothes and undercover.
Scott was taken to a local hospital, where he died, police said.
His family has disputed the police statements about the shooting, saying he was waiting for his son to come home from school when police arrived at the apartment complex and shot him.
Soon after the news was made public, protests began in Charlotte. News outlets are already reporting that violence has erupted and that about a dozen were injured.
At this moment, I know how the rest of the show will play out. And I know something like this will happen again somewhere with a different black victim and a different cop.
This shit continues undisturbed with no signs of slowing down or stopping. At this point, claiming that being black in America is hazardous to your health is an accurate observation, not an overexaggeration.
Raw Story reports:
Dash cam video released by the Tulsa Police Department on Monday showed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher with his hands above his head moments before he was shot and killed by one of the officers at the scene.
At a press conference on Monday, Chief Chuck Jordan explained that the video was “very disturbing — very difficult to watch.”
The video shows multiple police cruisers approach Crutcher’s vehicle, which appears to be broken down in the middle of the road. Crutcher is seen with his hands in the air. Both hands appear to be empty.
Pastor Rodney Goss of Morning Star Baptist Church, who was able to view the dash cam video as well as video from other department vehicles, said that all views showed Crutcher’s hands in the air.
Goss also denied claims made by a police spokesperson that suggested Crutcher was shot because he refused to obey commands.
Already, cops are trying to justify the shooting. Of course they would. They must save their own necks before admitting to any wrongdoing or gross incompetence.
“It was not apparent at any angle from any point that he lunged, came toward, aggressively attacked, or made any sudden movements that would have been considered a threat or life-threatening toward the officer,” Goss told Tulsa World.
The officer who pulled the trigger was later identified as Betty Shelby. She was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
It must be police procedure or something. How many other similar incidents have we seen where the officer in question was placed on paid administrative leave which means that they still get paid after murdering someone who posed no threat?
Like with any and all cop killings, the same old story will repeat itself like a bad rerun of a terrible show. It’s so recurrent that we know what to expect from the police, the “justice system” and political and social media commentaries. This was another edition of cops killing unarmed black people. So, the moment we heard about the news, we knew police was going to try to spin the incident in favor of the suspected cop who will be tried and probably freed or given a minimal sentence. Of course, if this is picked up by the mainstream media, especially of the conservative variety, they will do their best to uncover as much information about the victim as possible, such as his legal records, and will work hard to paint him as a criminal who deserved to die. And of course, black-on-black crime will be thrown into the mix.
Welcome to America where being black is a crime, and not too many people gives a fuck and are seemingly proud of it.