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TRAYVON RALLIES IN 100 CITIES!

July 31, 2013

Justice for Trayvon’: Rallies hit 100 cities

Published time: July 20, 2013 13:21
Edited time: July 21, 2013 13:35

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People attend a rally led by Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, in Miami, Florida July 20, 2013 (Reuters / Andrew Innerarity)

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Thousands of people have participated in rallies in more than 100 cities across the US, calling for “justice for Trayvon Martin” after jury’s decision last week found George Zimmerman not guilty of shooting unarmed black teenager dead.

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Trayvon Martin’s parents also joined the protests organized by the veteran civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton to push the US Justice Department to bring a civil rights case against Zimmerman.

Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton was leading the Saturday rally along with Sharpton just outside police headquarters in New York.

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About 500 people cheered as rapper Jaz-Z and his wife, the singer Beyonce, took to the stage.

Fulton told the crowd that she was determined to fight for changes in society and in the law to ensure that back youths are no longer viewed with suspicion because of the color of their skin.

“I promise you I’m going to work for your children as well. Today it was my son. Tomorrow it might be yours,” she said to the crowd.

Sharpton told supporters that he wants to see an end to the stand-your-ground self-defense laws, which allowed Zimmerman to walk free.

“We are trying to change these laws so that this never, ever happens again,” he said.

He also said that he wants the Justice Department to pursue a federal civil rights case against Zimmerman.

“We are not coming out with violence, we are coming to denounce violence. The violence that was perpetrated against an unarmed, innocent man named Trayvon Martin,” the protest organizer stressed.

Following the main event in New York, around 800 people made a noisy, but peaceful procession over the Brooklyn Bridge.

Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, appeared at the demonstration in Miami, where Trayvon lived with his mother and older brother.

A crowd of around 500 people gathered around him singing the civil rights protest song ‘We Shall Overcome’.

Martin said he would be fighting to change Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground laws’ as “our promise to our son’s memory.”

“Trayvon could have been anyone’s child. That’s the message that’s being sent to the world,” he added.

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Despite the heavy rain, about 2,000 people took part in the ‘Justice for Trayvon Martin’ rally in Atlanta.

The protesters blocked traffic on downtown streets, chanting slogans: “We won’t forget” and “No justice! No peace!”

Signs, saying: “I am Trayvon Martin,” “Enough Is Enough,” “Who’s next?” were on display, with many people also singing hymns, praying and holding hands.

In Indianapolis, Pastor Jeffrey Johnson told 200 attendees that the nationwide ‘Justice for Trayvon Martin’ action is aimed at making life safer for young black men, who are still endangered by racial profiling.

“The verdict freed George Zimmerman, but it condemned America more,” a member of the board of directors of the National Action Network said.

About 500 people gathered at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles, carrying signs saying “Open Season on the Black Man” and “This Should Not Be OK in 2013 America.”

Around 1,000 rallied in Washington and another 500 supported the action in Chicago, with smaller demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities and towns across America.

But despite mass rallies, the chances of George Zimmerman being prosecuted again are relatively low, a legal expert from Stetson University in Florida, Charles Rose, told RT.
“If they’re going to get this back in court again it’s going to be difficult to do because the civil rights law requires that he’d be a state actor and there’s no indication that Zimmerman was an employee of the state government during that time frame,” he said. “The other option would be to charge it as a hate crime under the Shepard Act. The problem there is that we just don’t have evidence that it was a hate motivated crime. If there had been such evidence, it would’ve been presented in the state trial that just concluded.”

Previously, Sharpton announced that the protests would take place in more than 100 cities throughout America and expressed hope that they would be peaceful.

Earlier this week, protests against the ruling in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay turned violent, resulting in a number of arrests.

Trayvon Martin was shot dead over a year ago by Zimmerman, who claimed he acted in self-defense. The prosecution argued that Zimmerman was guilty of second-degree murder, stating that he racially profiled the unarmed teen and assumed he was a criminal when he saw him walking through a gated community in Sanford, Florida. They further claimed that Zimmerman tracked the teenager down and started the fight that led to the shooting.

On July 13, Zimmerman, whose voter registration record listed him as hispanic, was acquitted of all charges relating to the fatal shooting of the black teen by a panel of six women jurors. The former neighborhood watch volunteer could have been sentenced to life in prison for second-degree murder or up to 30 years for manslaughter if he was found guilty.

Zimmerman’s acquittal sparked nationwide protests last weekend as thousands took to the streets in major American cities protesting against the verdict and related issues regarding race, profiling and vigilantism.

Federal prosecutors are pursuing an investigation into whether Zimmerman violated civil rights laws, but civil rights experts doubt new charges are likely.

On Thursday Florida Governor Rick Scott met with sit-in demonstrators outside his office in Tallahassee. He said he supports the Stand Your Ground law and has no intention of convening a special legislative session to change the self-defense statute that have been adopted in 30 states.

On Friday American President Barack Obama warned the public against violence while protesting.

He agreed that “There is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws,” and that “If a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario … both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.”

“Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago,” Obama said.

TRAYVON!- HIS “IYA” (mother)- SYBRINA FULTON SPEAKS AT URBAN LEAGUE CONVENTION!

July 28, 2013

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Trayvon Martin’s mother: Verdict will ‘not define’ who my son was

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Speaking at the National Urban League’s conference in Philadelphia, Sybrina Fulton says, “Please use my story. Please use my tragedy to say to yourself we cannot let this happen to anybody else’s child.”

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, hopes her tragedy will prevent others from having to endure the pain she has gone through.

Fulton made the remarks at the National Urban League’s annual conference on Friday in Philadelphia.

“Please use my story. Please use my tragedy. Please use my broken heart to say to yourself: We cannot let this happen to anybody else’s child,” she told the crowd.

She also said she supports a federal investigation into the case of George Zimmerman, a former volunteer neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Martin in February 2012. He was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter and said he acted in self-defense.

Fulton also spoke about the Trayvon Martin foundation and how she will continue to be an advocate for her son.

“At times I feel like I’m a broken vessel. At times, I don’t’ know if I’m going or coming. But I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is using me and God is using my family to make a change, to make a difference,” she said, adding “The verdict is not going to define who Trayvon Martin was. We will define his legacy.”

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TRAYVON ! IBrother William Derek Jackson Shares with VIDEO of REV. JESSE JACKSON in JACKSONVILLE!

July 22, 2013

Greetings,I wanted to share the video that I took of Rev. Jesse Jackson as he spent a recent dayin Jacksonville, Florida.His speech centered not just on Trayvon Martin, but the ability to make changes tolaws that allow for the tragic events like the Trayvon Martin trial to happen.Changes come only through the collective efforts of a organized and purposeful people asI like to believe. I try to be involved and stay involved not just for my personal childrenbut for the children I teach, mentor and support in the community I live in. My focus ofmy blogging has changed a bit because of the events from the trial, here is a link tomy site to a Blog “A Lesson Learned from the Trayvon Martin Trial” as always this is notcritical of the Black community, but a wakeup call for reality in America.Copy and paste into a new browser if link is not activehttps://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/a-lesson-from-the-trayvonmartin-trial/Please enjoy the video from the link. Additional information will be shared as I participatein several events that demand the involvement of not just the Jacksonville, Floridacommunity, but communities across this nation.Copy and paste into a new browser if link is not activeRev. Jesse Jackson at Mt. Olive Baptist Church – Jacksonville, Florida Wm Jackson‬

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BLACK SKINNED. BEAUTY AMEENA MATHEWS FIGHTS GUN KILLINGS in Chicago!

July 14, 2013

“The Interrupters” Ameena Matthews on The Colbert Report

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Watch a preview of The Interrupters, an intimate journey across the violent landscape of our cities through the eyes of those fighting to sow peace and security, which airs on FRONTLINE Feb. 14. Check your local listings.

“My goal is to save a life.”

Last night “violence interrupter” Ameena Matthews was on The Colbert Report to talk about The Interrupters, which airs on FRONTLINE Feb. 14.

Shot over the course of a year in Chicago, the film follows Ameena and two other interrupters, Eddie Bocanegra and Cobe Williams, as they attempt to intervene before situations turn violent: two brothers threatening to shoot each other; an angry teenage girl just home from prison; a young man heading down a warpath of revenge.

People listen to her, she tells Stephen Colbert, “because I’m considered a credible messenger. “I’ve been there and I’ve done that. I’ve been out there in the streets of Chicago.”

Watch the segment, embedded below, to learn more about where she believes violence comes from and why she treats violence as a disease.

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APRYL MICHELLE BROWN -THIS BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY IS IN an amerikkkan fix ! -FROM ESSENCE MAGAZINE

July 14, 2013

EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Illegal Butt Injections Gone Bad

By Amy Elisa Keith

Teased by her family and friends about her flat “pancake” booty, Apryl Michelle Brown had always been insecure about her backside. Once she got enough money, she told herself, she’d buy herself a better one. “I didn’t know if I wanted to look like Janet Jackson or J. Lo,” the Los Angeles cosmetologist, 46, says in an exclusive interview featured in the November issue of ESSENCE magazine. “I just wanted a new, bigger booty.”

Tragically, her quest for curves cost her all her limbs and almost her life.

In 2004, Brown says she paid a “pumper,” an unlicensed person, to inject industrial-grade silicone into her buttocks. Brown can’t recall how much the woman actually charged — maybe $500, maybe $1,000 — but over time, she says, the area became intensely irritated and painful, and the skin blackened. By early 2006 she says the silicone had hardened, causing severe pain and infection, ultimately requiring her to have lifesaving amputation of her limbs last year.

Now adjusting to her new life with prosthetics, Brown shares her story — and her warning for others tempted to check out “pumping parties” — with writer Amy Elisa Keith in ESSENCE. “I was left here for a purpose,” she says. “I have to get the word out so that nobody else makes this choice.”

For more about Apryl Michelle Brown and her story, pick up the November issue of ESSENCE magazine.

APRYL MICHELLE BROWN -THIS BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY IS IN an amerikkkan fix ! -FROM ESSENCE MAGAZINE

July 12, 2013

EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Illegal Butt Injections Gone Bad

By Amy Elisa Keith

Teased by her family and friends about her flat “pancake” booty, Apryl Michelle Brown had always been insecure about her backside. Once she got enough money, she told herself, she’d buy herself a better one. “I didn’t know if I wanted to look like Janet Jackson or J. Lo,” the Los Angeles cosmetologist, 46, says in an exclusive interview featured in the November issue of ESSENCE magazine. “I just wanted a new, bigger booty.”

Tragically, her quest for curves cost her all her limbs and almost her life.

In 2004, Brown says she paid a “pumper,” an unlicensed person, to inject industrial-grade silicone into her buttocks. Brown can’t recall how much the woman actually charged — maybe $500, maybe $1,000 — but over time, she says, the area became intensely irritated and painful, and the skin blackened. By early 2006 she says the silicone had hardened, causing severe pain and infection, ultimately requiring her to have lifesaving amputation of her limbs last year.

Now adjusting to her new life with prosthetics, Brown shares her story — and her warning for others tempted to check out “pumping parties” — with writer Amy Elisa Keith in ESSENCE. “I was left here for a purpose,” she says. “I have to get the word out so that nobody else makes this choice.”

For more about Apryl Michelle Brown and her story, pick up the November issue of ESSENCE magazine.

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July 11, 2013

Black protesters in 76% Afro-Brazilian state of Bahia take their demands to the streets

July 10, 2013

Black protesters in 76% Afro-Brazilian state of Bahia take their demands to the streets.

BLACK Actress Kerry Washington Marries Nigerian American Football Player Nnamdi Asomugha

July 7, 2013

WEDDING BELLS | US Actress Kerry Washington Marries Nigerian American Football Player Nnamdi Asomugha

Posted on July 3, 2013

Nigerian Nnamdi Asomugha playing for the San Francisco 49ers cornerback in the America NFL marries Django Unchained star actor Kerry Washington on June 24 in Blaine County, Idaho. Below is how E! News explains it:

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Not exactly a Scandal, but this is certainly a surprise!

Kerry Washington married San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on June 24 in Blaine County, Idaho, E! News exclusively confirms.

Because, you know, they were such a high-profile couple…?

Well, according to sports gossip site TerezOwens.com, which was first to get wind of the happy news, Asomugha has been dating Vanity Fair‘s August 2014 cover girl since last summer.

The 31-year-old three-time Pro Bowl star played with the Oakland Raiders, who drafted him following his graduation from UC Berkeley in 2003, for eight seasons and the Philadelphia Eagles for two before signing with the 49ers in April. The bookish athlete is no stranger to showbiz, either, having scored acting gigs on The Game, Friday Night Lights and Leveragein recent years.

Like his bride, Asomugha is also a dedicated activist and philanthropist and he has participated in the Clinton Global Initiative every year since 2009.

This is the first marriage for Washington, 36, who went from generally lovely actress to mega-star over the past year thanks to her breakout roles playing not-to-be-messed-with political fixer Olivia Pope on ABC’s Scandal and Jamie Foxx‘s enslaved wife Broomhilda von Shaft in Django Unchained.

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Washington broke up with fiancé David Moscow (little Tom Hanks in Big!) in 2007 after several years together. Since then, however, the New York-born actress has kept her private life increasingly on the down-low as her star has steadily risen.

Asked in May about her latest film, the ensemble comedy Peeples, Washington toldEssence: “I think the message of this film is to really be yourself and to love other people for who they really are.”

Sounds like winning advice to us!

But otherwise, she has given zero clues as to what she’s been up to in the romance department.

SERENA WILLIAMS -OUR BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY SUPREME inside ESSENCE MAGAZINE JULY 2013

July 7, 2013
 
BLACK-SKINNED WOMEN: QUEEN MOTHERS OF THE BLACK RACE AND ALL BEAUTY! Why do I sing Praises of your Beautiful, Black, ebony,velvet skin,”Blacker than the sky at midnight”{1},your full mushroomed mouth, your beautiful broad nose, your generous “Congo hips” {2}and full-flowered backside? Because for too long many of the Black Race have abused, dishonored you, degraded and denied you your crown, Queen of Queens,Queen Mother of the Black Race, Black Beauty Supreme! From you all the beauty of the Black Race springs forth.In fact all the world’s beauty springs from you,Mother of all beauty of all the races of the world! Your Black midnight,licorice,dark black chocolate,beauty, is Blackness concentrated in your beautiful “Black-blueberry”{3} face! First in the order of creation is always given respect by Afrikan tradition. The 1st wife, the 1st elder, the 1st kingdom, the 1st original inhabitants, of the earth-all are considered with honor. So it should be with Black Beauty-our darkest -skinned Sisters are the 1st Mothers of the Universe-Black as a color came before all the many tones of brown,red,yellow and white. But for too long our Dark-skinned Queens have not been given the respect and place of honor they deserve. IN FACT THE WHITE BOY HAS INTIATED the cycle of reversing the true order of things by turning upside down the pyramid of Beauty, and placing white-light on top and relegating the most beautiful Black-skinned Beauties to rock bottom! So Black people have been taught well how to deny our most beautiful one her crown, taught how to reject our Blackest, most Afrikan features, full lips and nose and mouth and woollest hair, for the weaker characteristics of the white race. Shame on Black people! When will we wake up to this Black Beauty concentrated, from whence all our lesser beauty comes. When will we give the crown of crowns,the throne of thrones, to the Blackest Queen of Queens? Most of us who suffer from”mulatto-mentality” and “yellow fever”, as Fela, our great Nigerian Musician calls it, will go on and on about what about us lighter queens-aren’t we/they beautiful too, yet you/we should be aware that such queens have gotten all the play in the past and that even in Black Egypt one of the reasons for its downfall was the allowing the lighter ones of the race, to place themselves above the rest of us in the name of lightness and pride of light-closer/to/whiteness. So if we’re yellow,to light brown/red, then we should give respect where respect is due and not live off of the artificial white thrill of having “white features” as if it is an advantage. Where would you be without your BLACKEST great Grandmother? We should honor the Blackest past of ourselves, thus giving us true pride of Blackness, not verbal signifyin’ but real testifyin’ that BLACK is beautiful! If the Blackest, most Afrikan-featured Sister isn’t respected as the Supreme Beauty of the Race,the Black woman’s beauty is not really respected at all for what it really is(only in terms of how closer to white we look). We all reflect the strengths of this concentrated beauty in ourselves, all the manifestations of how Blackness can present itself are seen in our faces. Down to the milk-lightest of us, our Blackness is what dominates us whether physically or mentally. But the Mother is greater than the child and so the Blackest is greater than all the other tones of the Black Race. If we don’t respect our Blackest Queen, we don’t respect our True Black selves. We must have a Black value for BLACKNESS in features and skin tone. We must have a Black Standard of Beauty based on the Black-skinned woman. ALL PRAISES DUE TO OUR BLACK-SKINNED QUEEN-MOTHERS! Sister Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade 1981,Lagos,Nigeria BLACK NOTES: Let me give tribute to Brother Damu,House of Umoja(San Francisco) for{1} {2}Brother O.O. Gabugan in the poem “Black Queen For a Day”,{3}Sister Sonia Sanchez in her poem “,Queens of the Universe”,for the quoted words used in the first part of this article

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