It’s hard to believe that in 2013 a 7-year-old child can be yanked out of school because of the style of her hair, but it happened.
Deborah Brown Community School is a charter school in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a very strict dress code, and Tiana was left in tears after officials told her father was told that Tiana had to go home because her dreds did not look presentable.
Although this may seem a bit extreme, hairstyles that the school deem unacceptable are in the school’s dress code and dreds are on the list. It states :
“hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”
Fifty years ago, a black boy could be arrested, beaten and killed for raising his eyes to admire the beauty of a white woman. Fifty years ago, a man could be thrown in jail, beaten or killed for attempting to exercise their God given right to vote. Fifty years ago, a type of terrorism rooted in ignorance and hate plagued the moral fabric of this great country, making it impossible for a man or woman of color to be anything but hunted, oppressed and belittled each and every day of their lives.
Luckily for us, fifty years ago, these same victims refused to be victims of this country’s terrorism any longer. They instead, chose to band together as one to peacefully fight for their rights as United States citizens. Many were arrested, spit on, kicked, punched, sprayed with water hoses, and killed in the nonviolent fight for equality. The fight was bloody, tiring, and just when they felt as though they had had enough, just when they thought all hope was lost, their leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dared to tell them of his dream at one of the largest political rallies for rights in United States history.
The March On Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place on August 28, 1963. Fifty years ago to this date, hundreds of thousands gathered in front of Washington, D.C.’s, Lincoln Memorial to demand civil and economic rights for African Americans. It was on this iconic day that a southern black preacher delivered the speech that would inspire the nation.
Free at last free at last but only for a minute. Seems C Murder experienced a breath of fresh air this weekend outside of the prison walls. C Murder is currently serving a life sentence for murder at the Angola State Penitentiary. He was released briefly to attend his grandmother’s funeral. Read More »
Check out Hollywood participation in the #ForTrayvon social media campaign.
California-based I AM READY Foundation, spearheaded by founder Jason Lee, announced today the launch of www.FORTRAYVON.org and its #ForTrayvon social media campaign, rallying widespread national support for social justice to “Unite One Million People for Change.”
Trayvon Martin‘s parents breaks their silence since the George Zimmerman verdict by chatting with the media on several different networks. They expressed feelings of shock and disgust after learning of the verdict. They wished that the jurors and public got a chance to know their son Trayvon Martin as a loving kid and human being. They are praying for the strength to forgive as parents and feel that Zimmerman’s family are inauthentic.
Check out the videos below:
President Obama even weighed in and discussed American race relations for the first time since 2008. Check it out below:
President Obama, surprised many on Friday by addressing the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Obama discusses the experience of being a black man in the United States and shares the perspective of African-Americans. President Obama has not spoke extensively about race relations since 2008 and this is the first time he’s truly discussed race relations as a president!
Lil Wayne has issued another apology to the family of Civil Rights icon Emmett Till. Weezy caught hell earlier this year after comparing the Emmett Till’s death to rough sex in Future’s “Karate Chop“.
He performed “Karate Chop” in a recent concert in Nashville and instead of rapping the lyric he says
“I Apologize to the family of Emmett Till.”
Check out the video below:
While Wayne had previously issued a statement addressing the lyric, he never said the words “I apologize.”
The firestorm of controversy surrounding the lyric caused Lil Wayne to lose a sponsorship deal with Mountain Dew.
Weezy F Baby‘s “Griffin” shoes cost $75.00 and come in three colors: Black/Gold/White, Red/Black/White, and White/Grey/Blue-White. The “Kondor” shoes cost $100.00 and come in two colors: Red/Black/White and Black/White. And lastly, the “Chimera” shoes cost $125.00 and come in four colors: Black/Red, Yellow/White, White/Red, and Grey/Pink.
Here is the official music video for Lil Wayne‘s “God Bless Amerika” single. The visual, which was directed by Eif Rivera, was shot in Hollygrove, New Orleans on June 15th.
You can find this Cool & Dre-produced song on Weezy F Baby‘s latest album, I Am Not A Human Being II, available in stores and online today!
Click here to check out some behind the scenes footage from the “God Bless Amerika” video shoot and here to view photos.