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Quick note from Dr. Boyce:  I would like to mention that I am in support of the economicboycott against the state of Florida that is being called for by Dr. Ron Daniels and the Institute of the Black World 21st Century.  Tragedies like the one that took place last week are indicative of what is happening to our people in the criminal justice system, and as a person who teaches Finance, I can tell you that the greatest way to resolve the race problem in America is to pursue various forms of economic unity.

 

Additionally, I hope you will keep in tune with the case of Gabriella Calhoun, the 18-year old honor student who had her teeth knocked out by the police.  Gabriella has never even been put on detention in high school, where she graduated a semester early to begin college, where she has a 4.0 GPA.  Her mother says that she’s never even been in a fight, which contrasts strongly with the police claim that Gabriella assaulted them and deserves to be sent to prison for no less than five years.  Gabriella says that the officer knocked her teeth out, beat her in the face with a baton, and said “I don’t care if you have asthma” when she asked the officer to stop choking her.  She and several witnesses also claim that Gabby was forced to walk across a crowded restaurant with her upper body exposed because she was in handcuffs and the officer refused to pull up her shirt.

 

I’ve been in contact with Gabriella’s family almost every day, and they are in fear of retaliation from the Bloomington, Illinois Police Department.  Since our social justice coordinator, Yolanda Spivey, wrote about the case, we’ve received several emails from people who claim that the police there have a reputation for using excessive force, particularly against African Americans.  I can’t be there for every case like this around the country (honestly, it’s expensive and we don’t have much funding – I also can’t take money from anyone seeking to control our platform), but we must do what we can, when we can. Any help anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated, especially if you can help the family get a strong attorney – feel free to email organize@yourblackworld.net to offer any resources you can provide.

 

If you want to hear Gabby’s story, in her own words, you can visit this link.

 

Our children must be protected from those who seek to destroy them.  We must not allow oppressive forces to build economic engines that feed on the demise of our young people.  No justice, no peace, no compromise.

 

Until we meet again, please stay strong, be blessed and be educated.

Sincerely,

Dr. Boyce Watkins

 

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Jordan Davis’ Parents Speak Out, Talks About How They Relate To Trayvon Martin

Reported By: Britt L Michael Dunn, a 45-year-old white male who killed an unarmed Jordan Davis, prepares to face 1st-degree murder charges in September for the November 23 2012 slaying. In the wake of the “Not Guilty” verdict in Trayvon Martin’s death, much attention has been pointed toward the Jordan Davis murder that happened nearly […]

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Rachel Jeantel Says Police Didn’t Even Try to Contact Her about Trayvon’s Death

Rachel Jeantel Says Police Didn’t Even Try to Contact Her about Trayvon’s Death

Reported: By Britt L HLN’s Vinnie Politan held a one-on-one interview with Rachel Jeantel – the prosecution’s star witness in the George Zimmerman trial.  The 19-year-old Jeantel testifies in Zimmerman’s trial about the final moments of Trayvon Martin’s life. Jeantel was the longtime friend of Trayvon Martin, and was on the phone with him moments […]

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Dr. Tyra Seldon:  Is the Closing of Chicago Public Schools a Civil Rights Violation?

Dr. Tyra Seldon: Is the Closing of Chicago Public Schools a Civil Rights Violation?

by Dr. Tyra Seldon School closings seem to be a normal part of our educational landscape. Unfortunately, too many of these closings are in areas where poverty is high and resources are limited. This past spring, Chicago Public Schools decided to close several schools. Parents and other critics lamented that these closings would cause additional […]

 

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A Black History Expert Explains the Disease of Racism within the Context of Trayvon Martin

A Black History Expert Explains the Disease of Racism within the Context of Trayvon Martin

by Aaron D. Johnson After learning of the verdict in the Zimmermann case, it reminded of the true nature of this country. As heartbroken as I was about…

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Trayvon Martin’s Parents Express Shock Over Zimmerman Verdict During Morning Interviews

Trayvon Martin’s Parents Express Shock Over Zimmerman Verdict During Morning Interviews

Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, along with attorney Benjamin Crump, sat down with three major networks to speak out about George Zimmerman’s acquittal. Along with…

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Tina Turner Weds Long Time Beau Erwin Bach in Switzerland

Tina Turner Weds Long Time Beau Erwin Bach in Switzerland

Music legend Tina Turner is reportedly a married women, according to Reuters.  According to the report, Turner finally married her long time beau, Erwin Bach, at a civil…

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Department of Justice Sets Up Email Tip Line For Zimmerman Investigation

Department of Justice Sets Up Email Tip Line For Zimmerman Investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice is asking for the public’s help in determining whether federal charges should be brought against George Zimmerman for k!lling Trayvon Martin, according to…

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SC NAACP Leader Says Dry Cleaning Arrest Was Caused by Diabetes

SC NAACP Leader Says Dry Cleaning Arrest Was Caused by Diabetes

South Carolina police are likely to  drop charges against NAACP  leaderDr. Lonnie Randolph after he was arrested at the dry cleaner he uses for refusing to pay his…

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Rapper Chief Keef Called A Dead Beat Dad By Middle Schooler Baby Mama

Rapper Chief Keef Called A Dead Beat Dad By Middle Schooler Baby MamaReported By: Britt L Chief Keef, arguably the most ignorant 17-year-old rapper on this side of the planet, has been called out by his teenaged baby mother for being a “dead beat dad.” Chief Keef, real name Keith Cozart, is a Chicago based gangster rapper who is most known for his explicit  lyrics about s*x, […]

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HealthyBlackWoman.com:  Different Ways to be Beautiful Without a Lot of Makeup

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The Most Important Health Tip That Most Doctor’s Won’t Prescribe

The Most Important Health Tip That Most Doctor’s Won’t PrescribeBy Krystle Crossman Sometimes you can seemingly do everything right for your body and still become ill. You could eat right, get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, and…

 

 

Tavis Smiley: Obama’s Zimmerman Response Was “as Weak as Pre-Sweetened Kool-Aid”

Tavis Smiley: Obama’s Zimmerman Response Was “as Weak as Pre-Sweetened Kool-Aid”

On his self-titled PBS program, Tavis Smiley interviewed Dr. Tricia Rose from Brown University about systemic racism in America and what could be done to combat it. When…

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Dr. Tommy Whittler says The Washington Redskins Should Stop Disrespecting Native Americans with their Offensive Name

Dr. Tommy Whittler says The Washington Redskins Should Stop Disrespecting Native Americans with their Offensive Nameby Dr. Tommy Whittler In the first article I wrote about names and labels, I mentioned that a Lexington, Kentucky thoroughbred owner wanted to name his precocious filly, Sally Hemings, after Thomas Jefferson’s lover and slave.   Fortunately, this horse owner’s petition was denied.  But this attempt to name a horse after a slave is similar […]

 

Eric Holder Talks about Being Racially Profiled by the Cops

Eric Holder Talks about Being Racially Profiled by the Cops

by Barry Burch, Jr. US Attorney General, Eric Holder, gave a speech at an annual convention of the NAACP on Tuesday in Orlando, Florida.  In it, he professed…

 

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