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Neighbor calls police on black businessman opening new spot in San Francisco: report

Neighbor calls police on black businessman opening new spot in San Francisco: report


A black businessman in San Francisco explained the hardships of trying to open a business in gentrified neighborhood during a new AJ Plus interview. Vicktor Stevenson is the proprietor of Gourmonade, a permanent lemonade stand that recently opened on Valencia St. in San Francisco’s Mission District. Stevenson said that even before opening, people had spray-painted racist graffiti on his storefront, tagging his business as “monkey juice.” Things got worse after the opening, with four cops showing up only three days after his grand opening. “I’m standing here at my store, trying to make sure my security system is up and running properly, and next thing I know, four cops hop out of cars on me,” Stevenson recounted.

Trump demands suspensions for NFL players who kneel during anthem

Trump demands suspensions for NFL players who kneel during anthem


U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that National Football League (NFL) players who do not stand for the national anthem should be suspended for the season without pay. The comments come a day after the NFL and the union representing its players said they were working on a resolution to the league’s national anthem policy. The policy, which was announced in May, followed Trump’s denunciation of pregame protests which were intended to call attention to what critics say is often brutal treatment of minorities by U.S. law enforcement. Trump and others have blasted the gesture as a sign of disrespect to the U.S. flag and the military. “The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again – can’t believe it!,” Trump said on Twitter.

Black Conservatives Claim Uber Driver Kicked Them Out Because of ‘MAGA’ Hats

Black Conservatives Claim Uber Driver Kicked Them Out Because of ‘MAGA’ Hats

A group of young, Black congressional interns claim their Uber driver discriminated against them for being conservatives after realizing they were holding “Make America Great Again” hats as they entered his vehicle. “To me, what happened took me back to the 60’s when black Americans were told they couldn’t sit in the front of the bus, they had to sit at the back of the bus, or eat at the same restaurant, or go to the same school or would be hosed in certain neighbors,” Matthew Handy told CBN News. “So now we are going to discrimination not based on race but on political standing. We are gonna see people not welcome in places because they are conservative or liberal. So, that is more disturbing to me than any other aspect of this.”

NFL, Players Union Place National Anthem Policy on Hold

NFL, Players Union Place National Anthem Policy on Hold

The NFL and the National Football League Players Association agreed to stop the implantation of the recent national anthem policy while they both work on a resolution, The Associated Press reports. In a joint statement released Thursday, the League and the players association said that no new rules on the national anthem will be made until they come to an agreement.
“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing,” the statement read. The announcement comes after The AP first reported that players for the Miami Dolphins who protested on the field during the anthem could receive a suspensi…

NYC Releases Thousands of Documents on the Central Park 5 Case, Prosecutor In Case Says the Five Weren't 'Deserving' of Settlement

NYC Releases Thousands of Documents on the Central Park 5 Case, Prosecutor In Case Says the Five Weren't 'Deserving' of Settlement


On Thursday night New York City released several documents, recordings and other materials detailing the notorious Central Five case. The story of the Central Park Five should be a stranger to no one. It was only decades after their initial conviction that defendants Kharey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam had their convictions overturned in 2002 after another inmate, Matias Reyes, confessed — supported by DNA evidence — that he raped then-28-year-old jogger Trisha Meili. In 2014, the five reached a settlement with New York City and were awarded $41 million. However, there are those who have long who argued that the defendants were not just randomly rounded up and arrested after Mieli’s attack, but in fact were part of a group known for attacking and harassing people in the park, whether they be joggers, w…

Aryan Brotherhood member to spend decades in prison after murdering someone over a housing dispute

Aryan Brotherhood member to spend decades in prison after murdering someone over a housing dispute


A Texas man who police described as a member of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang has pleaded guilty to murdering another man who was in a housing dispute with his friends. Sherman, Texas’ KXII reported that 31-year-old Manuel Miguel Wise shot and killed a man named Matthew Williams in a Motel 6 after Williams refused to move out of a room he was sharing with friends.

New York City brings internal charges against officer in chokehold death of Eric Garner

New York City brings internal charges against officer in chokehold death of Eric Garner


New York City began disciplinary proceedings on Thursday against the police officer who applied a fatal chokehold to Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in 2014, the Civilian Complaint Review Board said. Officer Daniel Pantaleo could face termination from the police force. His charging comes after the New York Police Department gave the U.S. Department of Justice an ultimatum earlier this week, saying it could no longer wait for a federal civil rights investigation to conclude.

Watch a white guy attempt a ‘citizen’s arrest’ on darker-skinned man he thinks is an ‘illegal alien’

Watch a white guy attempt a ‘citizen’s arrest’ on darker-skinned man he thinks is an ‘illegal alien’: White people accosting people of color in public appears to no longer be limited to the United States in a new video showing a racist altercation that resulted in a failed “citizen’s arrest.” The Canadian Broadcasting Company reported that police are investigating the “race-related” incident that took place in a London, Ontario grocery store earlier this week after video of it went viral. In the video, a white man wearing a red shirt is seen …

Harith Augustus' Chicago Police Shooting Death

What Is the Chicago Police Department Hiding? New Questions Surface Regarding Harith Augustus' Death

What Is the Chicago Police Department Hiding? New Questions Surface Regarding Harith Augustus' Death 


In an attempt to calm the ongoing outrage surrounding the shooting of Harith Augustus, on Sunday the Chicago Police Department released a portion of footage captured by body-worn cameras of the deadly incident. Instead of holding the CPD’s feet to the fire and asking more pointed questions, most of the media immediately accepted the one-sided narrative and declared that the police-issued video clip “appeared to corroborate that initial version of events.

Day care owner gets probation for hanging toddler from noose

Day care owner gets probation for hanging toddler from noose

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis day care owner was sentenced to 10 years of probation for trying to kill a toddler in her home by hanging him from a noose. Forty-three-year-old Nataliia Karia was sentenced Monday after earlier pleading guilty to attempted murder and third-degree assault. She also pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation for hitting a pedestrian, a bicyclist and another driver as she fled from her home in a minivan in November 2016. The Star Tribune reports Karia must follow court-ordered mental health treatment and will be on electronic home monitoring for at least two months. According to the complaint, a father was dropping off his son at the home when Karia led him toward the basement, where he saw the toddler hanging from a noose. He released the child and fled with him. The 16-month-old boy survived.

Tennessee Titans Player Jurrell Casey Will Continue to Protest During Upcoming NFL Season

Tennessee Titans Player Jurrell Casey Will Continue to Protest During Upcoming NFL Season


Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey doesn’t care what the NFL has planned for the upcoming season because he plans to protest the killings of unarmed black men, women and children during the national anthem and the football league can fine him and he still doesn’t care. “I’m going to take a fine this year, why not?” Casey told CNN during a promotional event for the NFL’s International Series in the United Kingdom. “I’m going to protest during the flag. That’s what I’m going to say now.” According to USA Today, Casey was one of the only Titans to protest during the past NFL season. Casey raised his fist during the national anthem and it’s unclear if Casey plans to continue this form of protest or will take a knee as other players, including the whiteballed former San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, once did. “It is what it is, I ain’t going to let them stop me from doi…

SEE IT: Couple smiles for camera after police chase, arrest for drug possession in Florida

SEE IT: Couple smiles for camera after police chase, arrest for drug possession in FloridaBy  JUL 18, 2018 |8:40 AM Matthew White and Amber Taynor pose with officers after being arrested in Florida. (Volusia County Sheriff's Office /)

Dinner series spotlighting African-American chefs on its way to Charleston

Dinner series spotlighting African-American chefs on its way to Charleston


Each of the pop-up dinners hosted by Soul Food Sessions, a group of Charlotte area African-American chefs that first coalesced in late 2016, has been a bit different from the meal that preceded it. While keeping the emphasis on high-quality food, organizers have adjusted menus and service formats to match the seasons and host venues: They plated jerk-spiced beef tartare on coco bread at a borrowed Italian restaurant last summer, and for a holiday mixer at a community center, they set out fruit cake points with braised pheasant.
“To be 100 percent honest with you, that was the first time we had a majority African-American crowd,” Michael Bowling said the morning after a jubilant six-course meal scheduled to coincide with Juneteenth, the annual commemoration of slavery’s end. “It was nice to see that many African-Americans in the room.”

Remains of Black People Forced Into Labor After Slavery Are Discovered in Texas

Remains of Black People Forced Into Labor After Slavery Are Discovered in Texas


The remains of dozens of people found at a construction site in Texas this year are mostly likely those of African-Americans who were forced to work on a plantation there around the turn of the 20th century, officials said this week. That finding, announced Monday, opens a window onto a little-remembered period in which blacks in certain Southern states were essentially treated like slaves post-emancipation. The remains of about 95 people were discovered early this year on a construction site outside Houston, where the Fort Bend Independent School District is building a new school, according to school district officials and court records. This week, archaeologists announced that the bones were most likely those of African-American laborers who worked as part of the so-called convict lease system, in which the state of Texas outsourced prisoners to work and live on plantations. The researchers estimated tha…

Teacher inappropriately used African-American baby doll in her classroom

Teacher inappropriately used African-American baby doll in her classroom

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Cedar Rapids Community School District superintendent has recommended a teacher be fired for "inappropriate use of African-American baby doll in classroom" and other accusations. In a statement released on Tuesday, the district says Superintendent Brad Buck recommended to Board of Directors of the Cedar Rapids Community School District in writing that Tammy Ryan's contract be terminated immediately. The district has accused Ryan of the following based on an internal investigation: • Inappropriate use of African-American baby doll in classroom.
• Poor and ineffective role model.
• Unprofessional conduct.
• Inappropriate instructional methods and techniques. Ryan was notified of the termination prior to the meeting and is entitled to a private hearing if requested in writing. The district would not release any other information.

Concerns Raised After Police Are Called On African-American Campaigning In Snellville

Concerns Raised After Police Are Called On African-American Campaigning In Snellville


Eli Sabur was out campaigning for David Kim, who’s running for a U.S. congressional seat, in Gwinnett County. Sabur was doing door-to-door canvassing recently when a resident in a Snellville neighborhood called the police on him. In the 911 call, the resident tells officers a car has been parked outside for 15 to 20 minutes and a man got out and started walking down the street. “Look at this, look at this,” Sabur says in a video being shared widely on social media. “One, two, where’s the other one? Oh yeah, three police cars. All we’re doing, we’re just trying to get David Kim in office.” Sabur is a Morehouse student, and Kim campaign officials say he’s been with them for months. Billy Sparks, the Kim campaign communication’s director, said the call troubled him. “We’re worried about any individual who is innocently going about their lives and is suddenly viewed as a threat,” Sparks said. But Jake Sm…

5 Ways to Increase Voter Turnout in African American Communities

5 Ways to Increase Voter Turnout in African American Communities

Since its founding, the United States has systematically disenfranchised African American citizens. This painful legacy has continued in the wake of the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder that allows all states, including those with a history of white supremacy and voter suppression, to manipulate their voting procedures without federal oversight. Since then, lawmakers in states across the country have expanded efforts to suppress African American voters. The poll taxes and literacy tests of the Jim Crow era have morphed into discriminatory poll closures and strict voter ID requirements. The 2018 Supreme Court decision in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute compounded these problems by giving all states the green light to purge registered voters from their rolls.

I thought it would be my last day of the world teens

I thought it would be my last day of the world teens


Multiple onlookers said they say they witnessed an older white teenager attack the boys as they played in the park. According to the eyewitness accounts, the white aggressor had a trash can, a stick and also claimed that he had a knife. Outstream Video After bystanders deescalated the situation, the white boy apparently vanished into thin air along with his girlfriend, who had already called 911 claiming her boyfriend was being accosted by black four teenagers with knives and a gun.

Remember: Kurt Chew-Een Lee Major Kurt Chew-Een Lee

Remember: Kurt Chew-Een Lee Major Kurt Chew-Een Lee 

Remember: Kurt Chew-Een Lee Major Kurt Chew-Een Lee (traditional Chinese: 呂超然; simplified Chinese: 吕超然; pinyin: Lǚ Chāorán (January 21, 1926 – March 3, 2014) was the first United States Marine Corps officer of Chinese descent. Lee earned the Navy Cross under fire in Korea in September 1950, serving in the 1st Battalion 7th Marines. Lee and his younger brothers Chew-Fan Lee and Chew-Mon Lee all earned bravery medals in the Korean War. Machine-Gun Platoon of Baker Company, 1st Battalion 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Reinforced) https://theiconiumfoundation.blogspot.com/