A documentary on the murder of Jordan Davis, is set to premiere on HBO this fall. 3 ½ Minutes chronicles the killing of Davis, an unarmed 17-year-old who was shot by Michael Dunn in a gas station parking lot in Florida for playing loud music. In addition to killing Davis, Dunn also fired shots into the vehicle at Davis friends. Dunn was found guilty of Davis' murder and convicted of three counts attempted second-degree murder and one count of firing into a vehicle. Marc Silver the director of the film that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, goes beyond re-telling the story behind Davis' death to explore the events following the shooting as well as assess the American criminal justice system. Sheila Nivens, HBO Documentary Films president, released a statement regarding 3 ½ Minutes. Check out what she had to say below...
"I am grieved that these continuing stories are everyday matters swept away. By bringing this powerful film to HBO audiences, we hope to elevate the national conversation around these tragic issues."
Late pass on discovering this video, but professional photographer Van Styles highlights the difference we appreciate when photographers shoot models. Everyone will get bored at looking at naked women, but how do you make it creative & turn it into art. Van Styles does just that.
According to this recent interview with one of the film's producers, Randall Emmett (credits: 'End Of Watch', 'Lone Survivor,' 50 Cent's Starz Original Series 'Power'), we are looking at production for the Tupac Shakur biopic to start in June. This is big!
Morgan Creek is on board. The rights to the music...acquired and locked. Afeni Skakur (Pac's mom) is executive producing. Green light! Believe it.
Last night while Chris Brown was singing his hit song Loyal at Fiesta nightclub in San Jose, a fight broke out in the crowd resulting in several shots being fired and 5 people getting injured. According to sources Chris and his security noticed a fight breaking out on the left side of the stage and shortly after three shots was fired followed by another 3 shots 40 seconds later. Police arrived at the scene to find 4 people injured, they was transported to the near by hospital, a fifth person walked in with injures from the incident shortly after. Details on the condition of the victims and their identity have not yet been released but we are told that several arrests has been made in the shooting. Please continue to pray for everyone involved. Watch the video below as hundreds of people scatter and duck in fear...
Sonny Cheeba and Boog Avery had to chance to chop it up with the 19-year-olds behind the huge Atlanta rally for Mike Brown last week during their weekly show Verses. Peep the audio below!
Before today, I drew a complete blank thinking of how to approach any coverage of Mike Brown's death - let alone speaking on it at all. It took until after watching UNITED and my interview with #ItsBiggerThanYou's Aurielle Marie and Janetta Hill to realize that we must acknowledge that we sun-kissed folk are on the brink of a revolution, with no tools other than our smartphones at our disposal.
I attended the rally those two sisters put together, and after the constant chant of "upload the revolution" from Aurielle, and I am left with no choice but to leave our interview here below for you to hear, if, of course, you missed Verses last week.
Do something with your community. Learn from your peers. Prevent another Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Sean Bell, Renisha McBride, and John Crawford by teaching our young ones ways to avoid an execution by the entire brutal police system. Educate you to educate them. Listen below.
Check out Verses with Sonny Cheeba and Boog Avery every Thursday at 7pm EST on Raw Radio via TuneIn or iTunes Radio!
Also, don't forget to check with the Facebook group It's Bigger Than You, including a panel discussion tonight at 6pm in downtown Atlanta
Suge Knight's family is speaking out for the first time since he was shot 2 times over the weekend at a pre-VMA bash at 1OAK hosted by Chris Brown. The family released a statement to REVOLT asking for prayer,
"The family of Suge Knight ask that you keep Suge in your prayers and to stray away from the negativity portrayed by the media. Suge is currently resting and has lost a lot of blood, he's human. He's done a lot of things for the community and the culture as a whole so we ask that you respect that."
So far no arrest has been made in connection with the shooting.
Democracy Now is on the job and on the ground at Ferguson, with coverage and perspectives that probably won't be seen/heard in even left-leaning mainstream media. You've probably seen the brief heated encounter between CNN's Don Lemon and emcee/activist Talib Kweli. Pushed out online (a lot) because of the shock value of the argument. No ground gained, no growth in understanding; and folks didn't really communicate that even that argument ended respectfully for the most part. However, this in depth talk with Kweli and Rosa Clemente (a longtime activist, journalist, scholar, and former director of the Hip-Hop Caucus) gives us the food for thought we need. Calm, thoughtful, progressive talk about matters of substance. With a keen interest in maintaining focus on the protest movement, Kweli and Clemente joined other grassroots activists in Ferguson just before a massive march planned for Saturday in their hometown of New York City. The NYC march will be on Staten Island, seeking justice for Eric Garner, the brother who was choked to death by police last month.
John Oliver put on a clinic on how you deliver stinging social commentary as thinly veiled comedy. VERY thinly veiled. On the last episode of his Last Week Tonight show on HBO, he spent a huge chunk of the show talking all things Ferguson. The delivery vehicle - a satirical news-formatted TV broadcast - puts viewers (except for hardened Conservatives dead set against the Liberal-leaning Brit they know from Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) in a hey-you-gotta-be-able-to-laugh-at-things mode to start. He expertly pulls some chuckles in his segment about the recent events - Mike Brown's fatal shooting by Ferguson (Missouri) cops, the brutality and militarization of American police departments, etc. But he kept raising the temperature on the presentation until his beef with the entire situation was well cooked. Smoke. Fire. BURN!
Sure, we laugh. But it ain't funny. John knows...and he let the viewer know he knows this is some bullsh!t.
Here's the thing the mayor [of Ferguson] doesn't understand. No one should ever be allowed to say, "There is no history of racial tension here." Because that sentence has never been true anywhere on Earth!
The situation in Ferguson, Missouri escalated Sunday night as police moved in on protesters hours before a state-imposed curfew was set to go into effect.
Police fired tear gas at protesters as some ran through the streets with their hands up, CBS 2â€™s Jessica Schneider reported. Video has also surfaced of protesters throwing items at police, Schneider reported.
The chaos comes on the same day Rev. Al Sharpton lead a peaceful rally in the town.
Addressing a congregation in Ferguson on Sunday,Rev. Sharpton blasted the release by police of a video purportedly showing Michael Brown robbing a store shortly before the unarmed man was shot and killed by a police officer.
On Food Men and Secrets--Chef Myron Norman confronts the Ferguson, Missouri shooting in a different light. In this powerful upcoming show Chef Myron uses his own history of street life to point out what many blacks tend to overlook.
From the police, the protests, the family and one fallen soul--Food Men and Secrets is prepared to say what most won't.
As we mourn the lost of yet another Black youth killed by those who are sworn to protect and serve, the citizens of Ferguson, St. Louis are taking it to the streets. Michael Brown, was just 17 years...
The shooting of a child always leaves a community in pain and disbelief. Think about it for a moment. A child simply wants to play and have fun. No matter who the child is, there's a common thread among children called joy, happiness, love, and innocence. Under no circumstances should a child be forced to live and endure a nightmare.
Unfortunately, 8-year-old Donald Maiden, Jr known as D.J. is suffering his own nightmare after being shot in the face by a neighbor outside an apartment complex in Dallas. D.J. was playing tag outside when 46-year-old, Brian Cloninger, a white man shot little D.J. When police asked Cloninger why he shot D.J., he told police, 'he wanted to.' Words cannot express how his behavior has triggered outrag within the community and for those who are following this story.
D.J., as you can imagine, had to undergo major surgery. He was hooked up to machines and breathing tubes. A metal plate and wire mesh were used to hold his jaw together. "
D.J. still has a tracheotomy tube in his neck to help him breathe, and is due for reconstructive surgery on March 10, but he is functioning normally as anyone could expect an 8-year-old was shot for seemingly no reason to function."
Even though D.J. will face many surgeries to repair the physical damage, the emotional and psychological damage will not easily go away. D.J.'s mother, Monique Locklin says that her son fears that Cloninger will get out of jail to return to hurt him or somebody else. D.J. tries to avoid talking about the shooting and his family is supportive of that. .
With regard to Cloninger, he is still in jail and no trial date has been set. The family wants him to receive the maximum so that justice can be brought to D.J.
This is definitely a sad story. I want to caution you after reading this, the heinous act of one person cannot bring judgment on a group of people
Once again, gun violence has targeted another community. On Monday before 6pm, a gunman opened fire at a local basketball court in Rocky Mount, North Carolina behind the sanctuary of Word Tabernacle Church critically injuring one boy. Three others were hit, treated, and released. However, the one critically injured is 12-year-old, Nyreek Horne.
According to Rev. James Gailliard, the Pastor of Word Tabernacle Church, there were more than 15 gunshots before he ran outside. When he arrived outside, he saw Horne bleeding and went over to help the boy until help arrived. The bullet hit Nyreek in the eye and went out the back of his brain.
Rev. Gailliard said, 'in our community, we do hear gunshots from time to time. But what was different this time was that it was so close and it was so many. I held him in my arms until the paramedics got there.' As of Tuesday, Horne remained in critical condition.
Rocky Mount police have a vague description of the shooter. They are asking for anyone who has information about the shooting to contact local authorities.
Rocky Mount is a city with roughly 60,000 residents. It is located about 50 miles east of Raleigh, which sits along Interstate 95. Its location makes it a prime target for moving drugs and illegal guns between East Coast Cities. "In 2012, the most recent year for which FBI crime statistics are available, the homicide rate in Rocky Mount was more than twice that of New York City."
Without a doubt, Rocky Mount is facing many of the same problems other larger cities are facing. Rev. Gailliard moved from Philadelphia to Rocky Mount to start his church. He and the church are involved with working with people in the community.
Questions surrounding whether the shooting was in retaliation to gang violence that happened recently in the area is currently being investigated.
A community that is troubled is looking for answers. A vigil was organized on Tuesday to pray for Horne's recovery and to put an end to violence.