Sunday, July 19, 2015



It's Been One Year Since Eric Garner Died. Here's What's Happened Since. 

Friday marks the anniversary of Eric Garner's death from a fatal police chokehold in New York, but the aftermath of his death is far from over.

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether Officer Daniel Pantaleo -- who put Garner into the prohibited chokehold -- should face federal civil rights charges. A New York state appeals court is deciding whether records from the grand jury investigation into Garner's death should be made public. And earlier this week, New York City announced it would pay the Garner family $5.9 million in order to fend off a full-blown wrongful death lawsuit.
Garner's death was the catalyst for massive #BlackLivesMatter protests across the country and helped inspire a series of criminal justice reforms in New York state.
As protesters march in New York Friday, calling for Pantaleo to be prosecuted and the grand jury records to be released, here's a look back at the saga that followed in the year after Garner's death.

 6 Things You Need To Know About Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland, 28, was pulled over last Friday in Waller County, Texas, for failing to use her turn signal when changing lanes. She was arrested during the stop for allegedly assaulting a police office and taken to a jail in the town of Hempstead.
Three days later, Bland was found dead in her jail cell.
A bystander captured a video of the arrest that appears to show two officers forcibly holding Bland on the ground while she yelled, "You just slammed my head into the ground. Do you not even care about that? I can't even hear."
The sheriff's office said Bland died from "what appears to be self-inflicted asphyxiation," but her family and friends suspect foul play
As of Friday evening, about 75,000 people had signed a petition calling on Attorney General Loretta Lynch to conduct an investigation into Bland's death. The Texas Rangers, a statewide law enforcement agency, and the FBI have announced a joint investigation
As many mourn Bland's death, it's  important to recognize the life she lived and who she was. Here’s what we know so far:

1. Bland drove from her Illinois home to Texas to interview for a job at her alma mater. She got it.

Bland was an advocate for historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, and a Twitter page believed to be hers includes several posts expressing HBCU pride
She was supposed to start a job at Prairie View A&M University in Waller County --from which she graduated in 2009 -- on July 15, her family told Chicago station ABC7. 

 Serena Williams Dazzles In A Bejeweled Gown At Wimbledon Champions Dinner
Serena Williams was a vision in blush pink at the Wimbledon Champions Dinner at the Guild Hall Sunday in London. The superstar athlete donned a gown encrusted with jewels for the lavish affair in her honor.
The tennis champ defeated Garbiñe Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 to win the Wimbledon championship Saturday, making it her sixth trophy at the All England Club and 21st Grand Slam title. She is just behind Margaret Court and Steffi Graf, who have 24 and 22 Grand Slams, respectively.
On Sunday, Williams and fellow Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic danced to the Bee Gees' hit "Night Fever" to celebrate their wins, the Associated Press reported.

Racial Satire 'White Squad' Is Painfully Hilarious But All Too Real

 Meet the "White Squad" a group of well-meaning white people looking to help out people of color. The squad is introduced in a new, brilliant satire by MTV Decoded that tackles racial inequality that privileges white people and disadvantages people of color in everyday situations.

In the video above, members of the company provide a white stand-in for minorities who may encounter discrimination.
"Is your skin color holding you back? Are you tired of systemic prejudice ruining your day?" the narrator asks before before offering "professional white advantage services," which include hailing a cab, finding a better apartment and seeking legal services.
From their paste-colored office to their all-white employees, the company insures that their whiteness will work in your favor.  With a few convincing testimonials, it's hard to believe that this isn't an actual service.
While entertaining, the video raises some disturbing flags of actual oppression that can't be fixed with a call to a 1-800 number.

Marvel Salutes Hip-Hop w/ 50 Variant Covers Paying Homage to Classic Albums Covers

 Marvel is having fun with a new series of more than 50 variant covers that are all homages to classic hip-hop album covers. 

“For years, Marvel Comics and hip-hop culture have been engaged in an ongoing dialogue,” Marvel EIC Axel Alonso said in a press release. “Beginning this October, we will shine a spotlight on the seamless relationship between those two unique forces.”
Apparently, I just haven't been paying attention folks, or it could be because I'm not a comic book reader, so help me out; what's this ongoing dialogue between Marvel Comics and hip-hop culture that he's referring to? Enlighten me.
While I may not know comic books, I do know hip-hop - at least, the hip-hop I grew up with in the late 1980s/early 1990s, so I was able to immediately identify what classic album covers these Marvel interpretations are paying homage to. What about you?
The move is part of the comic book giant's plans to reissue some of its classic titles, which will happen this fall. This is just an early peek at what's to come.



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