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NYPD cop killings must not be allowed to derail the movement December 22, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 11:51 am

Originally posted on theGrio:

The execution-style shooting of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn was a cold blooded, senseless murder and we must call it for what it is. But we have to be able to condemn the killing of police officers as we condemn police brutality.  The two are not mutually exclusive, and I would suggest they are interrelated.  The #BlackLivesMatter movement is far too important to allow the actions of one sick individual to derail it.

On Saturday, the officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot to death while in their patrol car in the Bedford- Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.  The shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, reportedly traveled from Maryland, where he had shot and wounded an ex-girlfriend earlier in the day, and wanted to kill police officers as an act of revenge for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.  Brinsley—who had expressed his hatred of the police in social media—later turned…

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Remember my name December 20, 2014

   

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DC restaurant Graffiato plans hip-hop dinner, menu includes ‘thug rice’ December 19, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 5:39 pm

Originally posted on theGrio:

Did anybody order ‘thug rice?’

Graffiato, an Italian-inspired restaurant in Washington, D.C., plans to hold a hip-hop dinner honoring slain rappers Biggie Smalls and Tupac in February. A proposed menu for the occasion hit Twitter earlier this week and left a lot of people shaking their heads.

Yes, you’re reading that clearly: ‘thug rice’ is on the menu. And while you’re at it, be sure to check out ‘blood money sausage.’

Graffiato chef Mike Isabella caught wind of the criticism and told DCist the menu is simply a “work in progress.”

The Graffiato dinner on February 2 is a celebration of hip-hop from two of the greatest artists of the ’90s. The menu is still a work in progress, and dishes will be…

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Woman trying to trademark ‘I can’t breathe’ should have a seat

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 5:35 pm

Originally posted on theGrio:

Eric Garner’s last words have become the slogan of a new movement. “I can’t breathe” is now everywhere. It’s a hashtag for people’s frustrations over the sense that Black lives are being hunted. It’s on T-shirts, to show solidarity with nationwide protests and to make a statement. Activists, celebrities, and everyday people are chanting “I can’t breathe” because every time another Black person is killed by a cop without consequence, we feel like WE CANNOT BREATHE. It’s a continuous punch to our collective chests.

“I can’t breathe” now belongs to the people. This is why it’s completely ridiculous that a woman named Catherine Crump has filed a trademark application for the phrase. The Smoking Gun reported that the woman from Waukegan, IL submitted the application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on December 13. She wants to use the phrase for T-shirts and hoodies. She said she’s been using it…

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People Who Bought Boxes Of Sh*t From Cards Against Humanity Were Actually Surprised To Receive Sh*t December 16, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 4:37 pm

Originally posted on UPROXX:

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As we previously reported, to protest Black Friday, makers of the popular party game Cards Against Humanity removed all of their products from their online store on the day after Thanksgiving — instead offering only a box of what they said was actual “bullsh*t” for $6. Despite the fact that it was made quite clear that customers were literally just buying sh*t — Cards Against Humanity founder Max Temkin tweeted “if you buy the poop expecting it to be something else that’s not poop, you’re actually buying a valuable life lesson for $6″ — the boxes of sh*t sold out by day’s end. All 30,000 of them, grossing Cards Against Humanity $180,000.

And now as the boxes of poop have come rolling in over the past week, people are somehow still surprised that their packages actually just contain sh*t, as promised. LAist purchased a box out of curiosity…

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Roller skating ring bearer goes viral

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 12:28 pm

Originally posted on theGrio:

Traditionally, the role of ring bearer is awarded to some cute innocent little tyke in the bride or groom’s family. Aside from a few “Aw!” moments from the crowd, it’s an adorable yet fairly unremarkable part of most weddings.

Until now.

On Sunday, a Redditor user by the name of “lucid_scheme” posted the above picture from his friends Bobby and Shanna Lockhart’s wedding in Lubbock, Texas, writing:

A friend of mine had his wedding today. The Best Man is asked for the rings, the groom holds his hand out and the Best Man plays the “I don’t have them” card. Everyone checks pockets…and no one has the rings. Then…this guy rolls in.

The wedding crasher on roller skates is Quis, one half of…

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a poem: Cowardice in Ferguson

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 9:50 am

Originally posted on Tennessee Whiskey Woman:

Cowardice in Ferguson

Yellow raced up the blue spine
to target black skin.
He needed to feel strong
so he shot a teenager
from 35 feet away.

Yellow and blue make red in the streets.

He collects his nigger-killing reward
while he hides, shaking.
A fear that fueled 6 shots
to end a life
now makes him protect his own.

Little boy blue,
come out with your hands up.
We won’t hurt you.

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Underwater

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 9:49 am

Originally posted on Tennessee Whiskey Woman:

Underwater

He wants to take me to the ocean,
but first I have to learn how to swim better.
He’s afraid to drown in my panic
if I lose myself to the sapphire.

They say my people have
a collective fear of the ocean.
The bejeweled graveyard pierces our every birth.
He is from a place of night and snow,
where I don’t exist beyond a tv screen.
Yet here we are,
his red beard beneath my brown hands
as we teach each other new ways
to breathe underwater.

He wants to take me to the ocean.
Don’t pull me under, he says.

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Artist imagines the Simpsons joining the “I can’t breathe” protests December 15, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 8:11 pm

Originally posted on theGrio:

After months of heightened racial tensions, an artist has created images of the Simpsons joining the protests in memory of those who have died.

In Italian artist AleXsandro Palombo’s series called “I Can’t Breathe,”  the iconic yellow cartoon family is turned black — with Bart Simpson seen experiencing the same tragedies as Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and all the other victims.

Mr Palombo recently told MailOnline:

With this art series I wanted to denounce the current social situation, the unbelievable racial facts of recent times. The images from the suffocation of Eric Garner are horrible, uncivilized. This is a crazy and an unacceptable violence. We are experiencing a dangerous social regression and if America does not react to the rampant racism it will no longer be the country of freedom and dreams, but the country of oppression and injustice.

The images are shocking yet also dishearteningly accurate as Chief Wiggums re-enacts the behavior…

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Fla. Professor Resigns After Saying Obama Turning US Into ‘Ghetto Culture’ On Facebook December 13, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — jerzygirl45 @ 12:39 pm

Originally posted on News One:

FSU Racist Professor

Deborah O’Connor (Courtesy FSU)

A Florida State University teacher recently learned a valuable lesson about the ills of racism, especially views that are spread through social media.

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The incident began when a business senior lecturer, Deborah O’Connor, took issue with a post by Colin Lively, a New York City-based beauty industry consultant, who celebrated an announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice will investigate the shooting of Tamir Rice, a Black child who was killed by a White officer in Cleveland, Ohio, last month, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. Rice’s death occurred as the nation grapples with police violence in the Black community, including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York City.

In response to the Lively’s celebratory post…

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