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The Establishment's Blog – August 2014 Archive (8)

SPECIAL REPORT: What the News Won't Show: Love, Community in Ferguson

In the face of police brutality and after the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a policeman, the people of Ferguson are angry, but also show a deep sense of community and love. People of all ages, from different backgrounds, coming together. And you won't see it on the news. Check out these photos and video by AFROPUNK contributor Brina Joiner. - L.…

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Added by The Establishment on August 20, 2014 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

SPECIAL REPORT: Rallying in Ferguson

I am not from Ferguson. I'm from a suburb of Boston originally. Prior to Monday, I'd never been to Ferguson, though I've been to St. Louis a number of times. I won't pretend to be an expert on the specific tensions in the area. But I do understand police brutality. The first time I was beaten by the cops was after having had the good fortune to watch the Red Sox win the World Series from a bar under Fenway Park. My fellow revelers and I didn't quite disperse quickly enough and I…

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Added by The Establishment on August 19, 2014 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

FEATURE: "Black And Unarmed Women & Girls Killed By Law Enforcement"

Rolereboot.org published a much needed piece titled "Black And Unarmed: Women And Girls Without Weapons Killed By Law Enforcement". It reminds us that "wWhen we talk about police brutality, we often forget about the women who have been killed by police".

Excerpts: "On January 4, 2008, 26-year-old Tarika Wilson was shot and killed in her home while holding her 1-year-old baby in her arms. The infant was shot as well, but survived the injuries. Her other four children, in the…

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Added by The Establishment on August 19, 2014 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: "In defense of Black Rage" - Re: Ferguson - via Salon

"In defense of black rage: Michael Brown, police and the American dream". This is the title of a piece by Brittney Cooper published by Salon. 

Excerpts: "I don't support the looting in Ferguson, Missouri. But I'm also tired of "turning the other cheek" and forgiving". (...) "On Saturday a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager on his way to college this week. Brown was shot multiple times, though his hands were in the air.…

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Added by The Establishment on August 15, 2014 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

FEATURE: Police brutality continues in Missouri after the murder of Michael Brown

As if murdering unarmed teen Michael Brown wasn't enough, the Ferguson police continues its brutality during the protests that followed the killing: cops are threatening people and protecting businesses. New images by photographer Whitney Curtis for The New York Times are just…

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Added by The Establishment on August 13, 2014 at 10:15am — 1 Comment

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Campaign Tackles How The Media Portray Black Victims of Shootings

You can always count on mainstream media to pick and choose what they think are the scariest pictures of you they can find, even if you're the victim of the shooting. Remember how they portrayed Trayvon Martin as a thug, conveniently forgetting to show us regular pictures of him and focusing on his grill, hoodie, weed, etc.? More recently they did the same with Mike Brown, who was …

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Added by The Establishment on August 11, 2014 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

OP-ED: A CTA For the Carefree Black Girl

This writer says more Black girls should work in the advertising industry. Do you agree? Here is what she wrote:

"Earlier this year I met what Tumblr told me was the Carefree Black Girl. A natural creative, she’s the grand daughter of the Bettie Davis and Sonia Sanchezes. The post-Lisa Bonet and all them girls in…

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Added by The Establishment on August 8, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Feed the Hungry Black Female Entrepreneurs

I’m sitting in the library of my university when my best friend Josh walks up to my table and starts unloading his books beside me.

“Sup?” he asks as he glances at my screen.

“Just putting together a mission statement for Black Hair Spot.”

“Black Hair Spot? What’s that?”

“Oh it’s this start-up I’m helping to build with my boss Nyssa. It’s going to be an online community for Canadian black women.”

“Oh really? Explain it to me a bit.”

“Nyssa, and I…

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Added by The Establishment on August 5, 2014 at 12:52pm — No Comments

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