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Hands Up Don’t Shoot: Six Year Old Black Male and Mother Stopped At Gunpoint

ACCIDENT: an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance.

As you will learn from the video, Kametra Barbour and her four young children were stopped at gunpoint by an officer who was responding to a call about four black males brandishing a gun out of the window of a car. The description of the suspected car did not come close to resembling the vehicle Ms. Barbour was driving.

It was no accident that the officer stopped the car. The officer planned to stop the car that did not resemble the suspected vehicle at gun point. In doing so he left a scar that will forever be with Barbour and her kids.

These are the type of police encounters that black people in Ferguson and throughout the United States are protesting. We don’t object to law and order, we just want our right to travel the streets to be peaceful without unnecessary police intrusions, especially at gunpoint.

Was this stop an unnecessary police intrusion? Take a look at the video and share your thoughts on twitter

Please use hashtag #Handsupdon’tshoot or #KametraBarbour .

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    A Mother’s Day Gift: Jada Lifts A Heavy Burden At The Red Table



    Jada Pinkett- Smith bestows a Mother’s Day gift by opening up about her mother’s parenting skills as a young addict in the presence of her daughter Willow. Look at the video above and see Jada lift a heavy burden that’s been carried for years as she talks truthfully to both her mother and daughter at The Red Table. The revelation is truly moving

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      Posted 2 years, 5 months ago.

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      Newt’s Pimping, Prostitution & Drugs or Janitor In A Drum America’s Only Option: Not So Says The President

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      Obama says the middle class is in jeopardy. Many think that the backs of the middle class have been broken by the antics of the financial institutions. Thus, the making of Occupy Wall Street.

      Recently, President Obama made a speech to the 99 percent who have seen their movement disbanded across the country, sometimes in violence and often with multiple arrest. The President’s speech seemed to echo the sentiments of Teddy Roosevelt who gave a speech in the same location in 1910.

      101 years have seen a lot of changes. In 1910, we were still an agriculture society but was we were also firmly entrenched in our industrial revolution. The decade of the 1910s was the age of the great industrialist and financier.

      Yet as we look and compare the different time periods, it appears that we are back in the 1910s. The root of most of the problems of urbanization and immigration was in the economic status of most of the people at the time. The main source of work in the cities was factory jobs, which had their wages regulated by the tyrants who owned the factories. Since there was a great abundance of workers, both poor farmers who moved to the city seeking financial freedom and immigrants who came to America because they had heard it was the land of milk and honey, there was no need for the factories to entice workers with high wages. Therefore, the working middle class was actually not much of a middle class at all! They had to struggle to make ends meet.

      Families who had no savings were forced to place their votes for whether the father’s union goes on strike. Due of to a lack of money to be used as a cushion during the time the workers were on strike, many people did not have the ability to fight for higher wages and better conditions. If they went on strike, they would no longer have the money to buy food and pay rent. For these reasons, the working conditions in the cities had little improvement over the years.

      To make ends meet, families had to send their children off to work in the factories. Young boys often had to sit and pick out pieces of slate from coal, hurting his hands, running the risk of getting killed, and suffering health problems from breathing the coal dust-all for just sixty cents a day. For some families, this was the only option they saw to keep food on the table.

      Today, sitting pretty as a member of the 1 percent Newt Gingrich recommends that poor kids (who were once middle class until the financial collapse) work as janitors in their schools. Otherwise Newt believes that they are destine for a life in prostitution, pimping and drugs.

      Take a look at President Obama as he speaks words of inspiration to the 99 percent.

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        No Victory, But Justice For Paris Whitehead-Hamilton

        “I got justice today, but no victory. I’m numb because lives have been changed today. Now we just have to move forward.” These are the words of Shenita Williams. Shenita and her family’s world was changed on April 5, 2009 when her 8 year old niece was killed as she slept in her home.

        Paris Whitehead-Hamilton was hit once in the upper torso about 2:20 a.m. Sunday as more than 50 bullets from a semiautomatic rifle poured into her home in Bartlett Park, a neighborhood south of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. See Gunfire Kills 8 Year Old Girl As She Sleeps Inside Her Home

        Dondre Davis, Duong Nyugen and Stephen Harper were found guilty of the first degree murder of 8-year-old Paris Whitehead-Hamilton, and were sentenced to life without parole this week.

        Nyugen’s lawyer had said he was falsely accused and Harper’s attorney said he should face a lesser charge because he never fired a gun.

        The prosecution successfully argued that they were all involved in the drive-by shooting that killed the little girl and should each be found guilty of first degree murder.

        Paris’ cousin, addressed the three defendants, “We have prayed about it, and we have forgiven you all. We did not agree to take a life for a life. We spared your lives, although you took our loved one from us.”

        The judge sentenced each of the defendants to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

        There was no victory, but there was justice for Paris Whitehead-Hamilton.

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          Posted 2 years, 11 months ago.

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          One America Of Many Cultures: Remembering Where I Wasn’t On 9/11/2001

          I keep reading requests for where you were on September 11, 2001. For me it’s not about where I was, but rather where I wasn’t.

          I wasn’t inside the twin towers but could have been had I not accepted a job with a Fortune 500 corporation instead of following through and taking a job with the New York New Jersey Port Authority.

          I could have also been inside the Pentagon had I not moved to the west coast.

          Instead, I’m here writing this post as I listen for the names of Stephanie Veronica Irby, Bernard Brown II and his teacher and classmates.

          Stephanie Veronica Irby

          Stephanie was the niece of Leo and Hazel Fournier. Mrs. Fournier is a former long serving member of Mobile Alabama’s school board, and the step daughter of Clarence Mathews Sr. Mr. Mathews mortgaged his house to take a group pf Black boys to Washington, D.C. to secure the first Black Boy Scout charter in Mobile.

          Although she did not share Mathew’s DNA, Stephanie certainly shared his spirited dedication and work. Stephanie Irby had just returned from Mobile for the labor day holiday were she visited with friends and family. On Sept. 11, Stephanie Irby had planned to take the day off, but “she was too conscientious to miss work,” says her older brother Kenneth Irby said. “In the last minute, she decided to go in.”

          A true Trekkie, Stephanie would have fit right in on the Starship Enterprise. “Her collection of `Star Trek’ videotapes just blew my mind,” said Addison Irby, an older brother. As soon as a tape was released, she bought it. “When I tried to debate with her about what Captain Kirk did, she would take out a tape, find the exact spot and show me that I was wrong,” he said. Ms. Irby, 38, an accountant for Marsh & McLennan, who always wore “a big, bright smile,” microwaved the food for her dog, Charlie, a golden retriever, said Kenneth Irby, another older brother. And she doted on her 2-year-old niece, Cecelia Melton. Ms. Irby, who was single, shared a house in Queens with Cecelia and her mother, Stephanie’s older sister, Pam Irby. “Stephanie was like a second mother to Cecelia,” Kenneth said. “Before she died, she was about to use her own savings to open up a college fund account for the baby.”

          Bernard Curtis Brown II

          Bernard and his teacher Hilda Taylor had joined other D.C. students and teachers and their National Geographic chaperons for a science field trip to the west coast. Teacher James Debeuneure and student Rodney Dickens were representing Ketcham Elementary School; teacher Sarah Clark and student Asia Cottom were from Backus Middle School. All the students were 11-year-old sixth graders.

          They had been selected to participate in a program at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary near Santa Barbara, California, as part of a Society-funded marine research project known as Sustainable Seas Expeditions. They were aboard American Airlines Flight 77 — the jet that terrorists flew into the Pentagon.

          On 9/11/2001, and days thereafter, no one in the media spoke of these kids and their teachers. Because I had lived in D.C., I knew that they were kids of color. The rest of the world would not find out about them until two weeks later. This was after the media had exhausted all the sad stories in regard to white America.

          As for the children of Martha Ratchford, no one came to pick them up from school. Martha who worked at the Pentagon also perished on that unforgettable day here in America when the terrorist did not distinguish between black and white America. Maybe the day will come when we will not distinguish between black, red, brown, yellow and white America. Instead we will be one America of many cultures.

          You can view the list of the 9/11 victims here and review the memorial held at Leckie Elementary School in D.C. by clicking on the video above.

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            Posted 3 years, 1 month ago.

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