Decades of segregation and inequality in Ferguson, as well as most American metropolitan areas, have fostered a racial inequality exacerbated by the criminalization of not just poverty, but the criminalization of black and brown bodies. Too many whites are too willing to believe that a black body poses a threat.
It's hard to continue. I wish it was my kids' bedtime. I wish the dishes were done. I wish the house was clean. I wish America wasn't racist. I wish Mike Brown was in police custody. I wish Darren Wilson admitted guilt. I wish America admitted guilt.
My daughter and I were standing in the middle of the baseball field in Inwood Hill Park, looking up at the stars, when something told me to check to see if the decision was finally announced. "NO INDICTMENT" stared back at me, taunting. I fell to my knees, crying. Yet again I was that kid watching an injustice occur right before my eyes and feeling helpless to do anything about it.
The gradual ground we have gained regarding our civil rights should not be confused with the literal stalemate we have had with the U.S. justice system regarding our human rights for more than 200 years.
Having failed so miserably earlier this month to express our justified anger at the ballot box, this Thanksgiving weekend, along with its Black Friday promotions, throughout the holiday season, and for whatever necessary days or months to come, we have been given the opportunity to express our justified rage, anew.
I don't think the fate of Darren Wilson as a human being really means anything to the ruling class. At the end of the day, people like Bob McCulloch aren't protecting Wilson so much as the system that he stood for.
This is a sad day. All of America's fathers, mothers and children should stay outraged and in motion for progress until we are finally what we say we are: One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.
Last year, Mazy was aware and confident enough in herself, after coping with a lot of self-shame and bullying, to share with her family, second grade class and elementary school that she had always known she was a girl.
We are in a state of emergency, a time of challenge and controversy, but not because of the protestors. That state of emergency will continue until we stand, become uncomfortable, and demand a justice system that addresses the manifestation of pain in protest, the further chipping away of respect, and the real state of emergency our country faces.
This is consistent with the cultural logic that makes it okay in America to use brutal force when confronted by a Black villain. Thus, how can a grand jury indict Officer Darren Wilson when he was battling The Hulk?
We now all have the chance to examine the evidence -- released last night -- in the grand jury's decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson, who fired multiple bullets into Michael Brown. But the verdict on America's criminal justice system is already in for many Americans: guilty, for treating young black men differently than young white men.
I can't speak. My country has scarred me once again. How can I go to work in the morning on a train full of people who care not? At a workplace of people who missed the story because of football or reality television?
On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was "sickened and outraged" by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops.
These things happen all the time, right? They will happen forever, right? It's nice to think they won't. It's probably best to think life won't always be like this. Optimism is good. But I know I'm going to have to tell my future children about this country. What should I tell them?
The tragedy of Michael Brown's death, unarmed and shot by a member of the Ferguson police, is now followed by the tragic failure of the local courts to force the policeman to stand trial. This cannot stand without a measure of accountability. And on that score look no further than the prosecutor's office.
The third season of Bravo's top-rated series 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' will premiere on Oct.4 and BlackVoices.com got a sneak peek at some of what the new season has to offer.
After two seasons, as previously reported, Lisa Wu Hartwellhas been cut from the cast of 'Housewives' and though it was originally believed that the aspiring actress would appear in three episodes, she doesn't turn up once in the early cut of the show that network executives sent out a few weeks back.
Instead, the new additions, Phaedra Parks, an entertainment attorney and former model Cynthia Bailey have a presence early on in the new season.
Parks, who is visibly pregnant with her first child, appears in the season premiere paying a visit to her friend and client, Dwight Eubanks who shared that Sheree Whitfield owes him tens of thousands of dollars for costs he incurred by pitching in for her underwhelming She by Sheree fashion show.
Even Nene Leakesis revealed to be not as close with her former gay BFF anymore and Kim Zolciak -- of all people -- is the one to tell the 'Never Make the Same Mistake Twice' author that Eubanks is going around town claiming that Leakes' former real estate mogul hubby owes him money.
This gets the drama kicked off early on the show's premiere episode.
Leakes and Eubanks come face-to-face at an upscale shoe boutique event and things get really ugly.
Meanwhile, it goes without saying that her marriage is skating on thin ice and having some serious issues – mostly about money. Her now being the breadwinner of the clan has caused her stress.
Zolciak, on the other hand, seems to be doing well after her modest success of her dance song, 'Tardy for the Party.' The topic of her lesbian lover comes up, but it's clear that she's moved on – and back to men as the season will later uncover.
As with every season of 'Housewives' we find Zolciak and Leakes making an effort to end their beef, but there's no telling how long their friendship will last as a teaser clip shows resident loudmouth lunging at her on a tour bus.
Kandi Burruss is back dating after the tragic loss of her ex-fiance, A.J. Jewell , who was a major part of her story line last season. The new man in her life is hunky, pro-football player Willis McGahee of the Baltimore Ravens. The 28-year-old running back and the former Xscape singer decides to take things slow, due to Burruss' vow of celibacy (for the remainder of the year). They both agree oral sex is allowed in the relationship.
On the entertainment industry front, the Grammy Awa4d winner is recording new music more in the new season and revealed to BlackVoices that she will also help write a song for Sheree's hair stylist Lawrence Washington, who's been on the show since the beginning.
Whitfield is quite serious about her acting, although her proclamation that she believes she could really win an Oscar seems to be laughable. But hey, stranger things have happened. Can't blame a girl from shooting for the stars. The single mother of two is taking acting classes -- which Leakes conveniently interrupt on the first episode.
Bailey does not appear in the first episode but we see do know that the former Essence magazine cover girl will have issues with finally tying the knot -- with hip hop marketing pioneer Peter Thomas -- after calling off three engagements. She was romantically-linked to actor Leon for most of the 1990s.
According to the network, an introduction to Bailey won't come until the episode three, where Leakes fills her in on the Eubanks drama. Leakes also tells Bailey that she got hit with more family drama and recently kicked her son Bryson Brant out of the house. The former Clark Atlanta University student was arrested early this year for possession of marijuana.
Burruss will hit the studio with Grammy Award-winner Ne-Yo, and test out some of her new material at Bailey's restaurant . Meanwhile, Zolciak is busy performing at a Palm Springs white party. Whitfield hits the town on a date with a doctor, but viewers will be most excited to see her oldest daughter, Tierra, who just moved back to Atlanta from being away at college.
This season of 'Housewives' is shaping up to provide the most honest look at the insecurities and complexities that the Georgia peaches battle in their personal lives. With pregnancy, marriage, divorce, career changes all on the horizon, there's no doubt it will be entertaining.
'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' premieres Oct. 4 at 9 pm EST.
Since premiering in the fall of 2008, 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' has become the highest rated series in the 'Housewives' franchise and the highest rated series on the Bravo network. The show's line-up has shifted since the first season, but the ladies of The Peach State have consistently kept fans tuned in.
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Black Actors In Football Films
With the new NFL season now underway, we thought it was the perfect time to look at some of the actors who have donned a helmet and uniform for roles on the big screen. From Denzel Washington to Cuba Gooding Jr., Blackvoices.com has compiled a who's who of black actors who have appeared in football films.
Position: Running Back Player's name: Gale Sayers Played by Billy Dee Williams Film: 'Brian's Song' (2000) Actor's Scoreboard: Williams starred opposite Diana Ross in both 'Lady Sings the Blues' and 'Mahogany,' and is best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the original 'Star Wars' trilogy, but he gained critical acclaim for his role as Chicago Bears running back and Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 'Brian's Song.' Sayers helped teammate Brian Piccolo through his struggle with cancer.
Position: Defensive Coordinator Player's name: Montezuma "Monty" Monroe Played by Jim Brown Film: 'Any Given Sunday' (1999) Actor's Scoreboard: Considered one of the greatest NFL players, Brown, who played only nines years as a running back for the Cleveland Browns before turning to acting, got a chance to get back on the field when he was featured as a coach in 'Any Given Sunday' with Al Pacino and Jamie Foxx.
Position: Quarterback Player's name: Levander "Bird" Williams Played by Mykelti Williamson Film: 'Wildcats' (1986) Actor's Scoreboard: Long before he starred opposite Tom Hanks in the Oscar-winning film 'Forrest Gump,' Williamson played a number of supporting roles in smaller films and TV series. Known as Mykel T. Williamson in the early '80s, the St. Louis native played a quarterback alongside Wesley Snipes and Goldie Hawn in the film 'Wildcats.'
Position: Defensive Lineman Player's name: Julius Campbell Played by Wood Harris Film: 'Remember the Titans' (2000) Actor's Scoreboard: Best known for his roles as drug kingpin Avon Barksdale in the HBO television drama 'The Wire' and Motaw in the 1994 motion picture 'Above the Rim,' Harris gained critical praise for his role as high school football player Julius Campbell in the film 'Remember the Titans.' The film also starred Denzel Washington, Donald Faison and Nicole Ari Parker.
Position: Defensive Lineman Player's name: Andre Krimm Played by Sinbad Film: 'Necessary Roughness' Actor's Scoreboard: Better known for his stand-up and his comedic role in the TV series 'A Different World,' Sinbad once played a college professor recruited for the defensive line in 'Necessary Roughness.'
Position: Defensive Lineman Player's name: Charles Jefferson Played by Forest Whitaker Film: 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' (1982) Actor's Scoreboard: Before moving into the director's chair -- and winning an Academy Award for his role as Idi Amin in 'The Last King of Scotland' -- Whitaker suited up to play opposite Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage and Anthony Edwards in 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High.'
Position: Offensive Lineman Player's name: Michael Oher Played by Quinton Aaron Film: 'The Blind Side' (2009) Actor's Scoreboard: Based on the true story of NFL player Michael Oher, 'The Blind Side' featured Quinton Aaron in his film debut. The movie not only captured the hearts of audiences but also led to an Academy Award for co-star Sandra Bullock, who won an Oscar for best actress.
Position: Defensive Back Player's name: TJ Banks Played by Nicoye Banks Film: 'Invincible' Actor's Scoreboard: Based on the true story of Vince Papale, a former player for the Philadelphia Eagles, Banks played a defensive back alongside Mark Wahlberg in 'Invincible.' Earlier this year, he costarred with Matt Damon in 'Green Zone' and Wesley Snipes in 'Brooklyn's Finest.'
Position: Wide Receiver Player's name: Rod Tidwell Played by Cuba Gooding Jr. Film: 'Jerry Maguire' (1996) Actor's Scoreboard: With small roles to his credit after taking a leading role in John Singleton's 'Boyz n the Hood,' Gooding refined his acting career when he played the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver who told Tom Cruise's title character to "Show me the money!" His performance led to an Academy Award for best supporting actor.
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