White Lives Matter Movement Will Be Classified As A Hate Group

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Earlier this month, armed White Lives Matter protesters rallied outside of the NAACP office in Third Ward Houston, Texas. Blinded by emotion, the protesters had no idea they would later have to be held accountable for their actions. Their hate caused them to now be classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“I can’t speak to how many chapters will be listed, but it’s clear that the leadership of the group, the ends of the group — it’s just a flat out white supremacist group,” said Heidi Beirich, director of the center’s Intelligence Report, in an interview with the Houston Chronicle. “The ideology behind it, the racist leaders, everything about it is racist.”

Hate groups have been on the rise for years now and WLM is no different. The leader of the White Lives Matter movement is Rebecca Barnette, a 40-year-old woman who serves as the Vice President of the women’s division of the skinhead group Aryan Strikeforce. The members waved Confederate flags and held signs up with “14 words” written on it, a reference to the popular white supremacist slogan:

“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”

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“It’s sad to say that sometimes passion outweighs compassion and in most cases intellect as well. This group of people who I’m sure are loving and accepting in their own communities are not able to see the hurt, distrust, and contempt that African Americans are experiencing today.” – Jarele Taylor, Houston native and photographer

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Images were shot in front of the NAACP building in Houston, Texas on August 21, 2016 by: Jarele Taylor of ‘By Michelle Media

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Son of Late D.C. Mayor, Marion Christopher Barry, Passed Away

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Sad news recently hit that Marion Christopher Barry has passed away.

The Washington Post announced on Sunday that the son of The District’s former mayor died in what seems to be a drug overdose.

After his father’s death, Marion ran for office to fill the position of the late leader. Though he lost the race, the 36-year old served as a community figure/advocate in the Southeast D.C. area and owned a construction firm called Efficiency Contractors LLC.

Regardless of past run-ins with the law due to his drug addiction, Democratic nominee Trayon White recognized Barry as a “brother” who “cared about the community” and “had a lot of things that he wanted to work on to better” it.

Marion Christopher Barry will surely be missed. Rest in Peace.

Eiffel Tower Remembers Lives Lost in Attack

After six different attacks in Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower is taking time to remember all the lives that were lost in the tragedy.

With an unimaginable amount of deaths in the nation’s capital, officials have decided to indefinately shut down the landmark by turning off it’s lights. For those who don’t know, the Tower usually entertains visitors with a light show each hour. However given the circumstances, the decision was made to dedicate the time of darkness to the victims.

While President François Hollande has everyone on high alert, we continue to pray for everyone who as parishes in this unfortunate event. #PrayForParis

Sandra Bland Funeral Reigns in Hundreds

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The tragic story about Sandra Bland‘s death is still a high profile case in the #BlackLivesMatter movement. While her death by suicide has not been accepted by the masses, people came together to mourn her in Chicago.

Sandra was from the area before her untimely death in Texas. DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church in Illinois is where mourners gathered on Saturday to pay respects to the 28 year old activist. The crowds were so great the church ran out of seating but provided a live feed for those who could not experience it.

Loving stories of positive memories were shared by friends and family members. The rest of the emotional day continued with those close to Sandra describing what a strong, smart woman she was. Although it was a tearful event, The New York Times explained Rev. James F. Miller made sure to remind the mourners, “We’re not funeralizing a martyr or victim. We’re celebrating a hero.”

Justice For Mike Brown: 17-Year-Old Unarmed Teen Shot Dead by Police

Mike BrownThe citizens of Ferguson, Missouri are outraged after police officers reportedly shot and killed 17-year-old Michael Brown Saturday afternoon (Aug. 9). Brown, called Mike by loved ones, was unarmed with hands raised in the air when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

Local residents took to the crime scene to express their anger by chanting and shouting obscenities at the police. Over 100 cop cars and officers armed with M-16’s and dogs responded to the chaos.

Mike Brown’s death comes just days before he was supposed to start college and only a few weeks after 43-year-old Eric Garner, who was placed in a life-ending chokehold by New York City police. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.

It did not take long for the black community to begin expressing their thoughts regarding the incident on social media. Read some of their reactions:

 

16-Year-Old Girl Speaks Out After Her Rape Goes Viral

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Rape victims are are usually kept strictly anonymous, but a 16-year-old Houston teenager is bravely speaking out after her rape went viral on the Internet. “I had no control. I didn’t tell anyone to take my clothes off and do what they did to me,” she told her local news channel. “There’s no point in hiding. Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”

Last month, Jada was drugged and raped at a friend’s house party and had no clue what had happened to her until pictures and videos of her horrible experience appeared on social networking sites. The sad thing is that all she remembers is being given some punch by the party’s host, who was a friend of a friend.

Houston police are now investigating Jada’s claims.

To date it is not clear who originally tweeted the photos of Jada since photos, grouped together under the #JadaPose hashtag, have been removed and some Twitter handles of people close to the incident have been deactivated.

The circumstances of Jada’s position are horrific and no teenager should have to endure the double violation of a rape and social media attacks by her violators. When Jada came forward she took some of the power away from her attackers.

Jada bravely spoke to a local Houston TV station about her experience which can be viewed here:

Mother Of Slain ‘Sandy Hook’ Child Writes An Emotional Letter To Teachers

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Nearly eight months removed from the tragic Sandy Hook shooting that occured last year, classes at the school are getting back underway. A new beginning is upon the school as they will somehow try to recover from the heinous acts committed against their own. A mother of one of the slain children, Nebla Marquez-Greenhad, decided to write a letter to The Teachers Of America. Nebla had two children that attended Sandy Hook Elementary, her son was injured in the attack while her 6 year old daughter Ana Grace lost her life. Her letter talks about the importance of our educators, the bravery they have and the remembrance of her beautiful daughter.

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As another school year begins and old routines settle back into place, I wanted to share my story in honor of the teachers everywhere who care for our children.

I lost my 6-year-old daughter Ana Grace on Dec. 14, 2012, in the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My son, who was in the building and heard the shooting, survived.

While waiting in the firehouse that day to hear the official news that our daughter was dead, my husband and I made promises to ourselves, to each other, and to our son. We promised to face the future with courage, faith, and love.

As teachers and school employees begin this new year, my wish for you is that same courage, faith, and love.

It takes guts to be a teacher. Six brave women gave their lives trying to protect their students at Sandy Hook. Other teachers were forced to run from the building, stepping over the bodies of their friends and colleagues, and they came right back to work.

When I asked my son’s teacher why she returned, she responded, “Because they are my kids. And my students need me now more than ever.”

She sent daily updates on my son’s progress, from his behavior to what he’d eaten for lunch. And four months later, when my son finally smiled one day after school, I asked him about it. His response? “Mom. My teacher is so funny. I had an epic day.”
While I pray you will never find yourself in the position of the teachers at Sandy Hook, your courage will support students like my son, who have lived through traumas no child should have to.

Your courage will support students who are left out and overlooked, like the isolated young man who killed my daughter. At some point he was a young, impressionable student, often sitting all alone at school. You will have kids facing long odds for whom your smile, your encouraging word, and your willingness to go the extra mile will provide the comfort and security they need to try again tomorrow.

When you Google “hero,” there should be a picture of a principal, a school lunch worker, a custodian, a reading specialist, a teacher, or a bus monitor. Real heroes don’t wear capes. They work in America’s schools.

Being courageous requires faith. It took faith to go back to work at Sandy Hook after the shooting. Nobody had the answers or knew what would come tomorrow, but they just kept going. Every opportunity you have to create welcoming environments in our schools where parents and students feel connected counts.
Have faith that your hard work is having a profound impact on your students. Of the 15,000 personal letters I received after the shooting, only one stays at my bedside. It’s from my high school English teacher, Robert Buckley.

But you can’t be courageous or step out on faith without a deep love for what you do.

Parents are sending their precious children to you this fall. Some will come fully prepared, and others not. They will come fed and with empty bellies. They will come from intact homes and fractured ones. Love them all.

When my son returned to school in January, I thought I was going to lose my mind. Imagine the difficulty in sending your surviving child into a classroom when you lost your baby in a school shooting. We sent him because we didn’t want him to be afraid.

We sent him because we wanted him to understand that while our lives would never be the same, our lives still needed to move forward.
According to the 2011-12 National Survey of Children’s Health, nearly half of America’s children will have suffered at least one childhood trauma before the age of 18. They need your love.

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A few weeks before the shooting, Ana Grace and I shared a special morning. Lunches were packed and clothes were picked out the night before, so we had extra time to snuggle. And while I lay in bed with my beautiful caramel princess, she sensed that I was distracted and asked, “What’s the matter, Mom?” I remember saying to her, “Nothing, baby. It’s just work.” She looked at me for a very long time with a thoughtful stare, then she told me, “Don’t let them suck your fun circuits dry, Mom.”

As you begin this school year, remember Ana Grace. Walk with courage, with faith, and with love. And don’t let them suck your fun circuits dry.

God bless, we won’t ever forget.

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Actor Lee Thompson Young Takes His Own Life at 29

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Actor Lee Thompson Young has passed away at the age of 29. The former Disney star died of a self-inflicted gunshot would early Monday, TMZ reports.

Young’s rep also confirmed the sad news. “It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning … Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed.”

Young rose to fame as the lead on The Famous Jett Jackson on the Disney Channel and was also in the 2004 movie Friday Night Lights. He most recently starred on the TNT show Rizzoli and Isles.

Janet Tamaro, the executive producer of Rizzoli & Isles, told TMZ: “Everyone at [the show] is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young.”

“We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and offscreen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother.”

Apparently he didn’t show up to work this morning and worried coworkers called the landlord of his LA home to check on him. She discovered his body upon entry.

[Watch] Neil Hilborn Explains Why He Leaves The Door Unlocked and Its The Most Beautiful, Tragic Thing Ever!

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Neil Hilborn has OCD. If you’re familiar with this disorder then you know know how this requires him, and many people who also have this disorder, to do things like turn their lights on and off multiple times, or arrange their food before you eat it. Listen to this beautiful and heartbreaking story about what’s had the biggest affect on him and how he changed! You may want to grab the tissue!

Justice Being Served: Spooner Gets Life Sentence For Killing 13 Year Old Darius Simmons

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As of Late, The American Justice System has produced little” justice” whereas egregious crimes have been acquitted and  mere offences have been severely reprimanded. With that being said, there is something good we can take away from 2013 in review concerning the law as seventy-five year old John H. Spooner received a life sentence on Monday without the possibility of parole for maliciously shooting thirteen year old Darius Simmons.

Spooner’s house was burglarized of his shotguns two days prior to the encounter and he suspected that young Darius Simmons was the perpetrator.  He confronted the young boy about it as he was taking out the trash and pulled a gun on him in front of Simmons’ mother and demanded he tell him where the guns were. When Darius denied robbing him of his guns, Spooner shot the boy at point blank range in front of his mother; Simmons shortly took off running before collapsing dead in the street moments later.

The lack of empathy shown by John Spooner in courtroon is a display of how sick certain people are and how racism is very apparent in a portion of our society. Here are a few quotes from Spooner during the proceedings.

When asked why he killed Darius Simmons

“They had to rob the house,”…”Why’d they do that to me? … They pushed me over the edge, I guess. I don’t know. As far as being sorry, I don’t know if I did right or wrong.”

When the prosecutor suggested that he killed Darius Simmons out of revenge

“I wouldn’t call it revenge. I would call it justice.”

It should be noted that no guns were found in the Simmons’ home by the Police, Spooner’s defense actually pleaded for insanity as for why he shot Darius Morris and the defense attorney and the judge presiding over the case have a personal relationship as their son and daughter (respectively) are married to one another and have a kid together. This case was full of mishaps and monstrosities from it’s conception but luckily the correct decision was made.

It’s a scary time in America for it to be so great and mighty, atrocities are happening across the nation and becoming common practice. Two young black boys in Trayvon Martin and Darius Simmons lost their lives last year due to know fault of their own; their assailants being grown men who were completely out of place. One of those men got sentenced and the other got acquitted. These are just the stories that were told. The sad part about this is that a 50% success rate is not good enough and neither is a 100% rate. These crimes should not be happening at all, our children should not be dying for no reason. This case had undertones of racial profiling and it very well should have, but it is much more to it than just the hatred of one race by another. Black people aren’t criminals, dangerous or threats to society and America MUST changed their perception of African-Americans or senseless crimes like this will never stop. Hopefully one thing this trial did achieve is showing people that wrong is wrong, regardless of the skin color.

 

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Watch the video below to see the altercation with lead to John Spooner shooting Darius Simmons. [Warning]GRAPHIC!!!

Rolling Stone Features Accused Boston Bomber on Cover, Too Soon?

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Earlier this year we experienced a great tragedy as many from around the world gathered to participate in the 117th Annual Boston Marathon. This year’s will go down in history as 3 people were killed and 264 were injured by a bomb that was detonated at the finish line. After a whirlwind of incidents that followed the Boston Police went on a full out manhunt that put the city of Boston on lockdown and ended with the death of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the man accused of setting off those bombs.

In a move not uncharacteristic of them, Rolling Stone magazine has featured the bomber on their latest issue as a profile into his life. But this cover is sending readers into a rage, so much so that it’s being pulled from stands everywhere. Do you guys feel like this was too far or too soon? We posted a while back ago about controversial covers, let us know what you think!Bomber Large

Cory Monteith’s Final Film Was About Drug Abuse

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Cory Monteith battled drug addiction before he was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on Saturday, and the late Glee star channeled his struggles with addiction in his final film role.

Monteith reportedly spent three weeks last September in Philadelphia shooting the Josh C. Waller-directed cop drama McCanick (via Los Angeles Times).

In the film, Monteith played Simon Weeks, a drug-addicted street hustler who goes to prision on murder charges. Upon his release on parole, two detectives (played by David Morse andMike Vogel) vow to track him down.

“In my mind, I was envisioning a teeny little drug guy [for the role], but Cory Monteith is this tall, strapping man,” Waller told the Los Angeles Times. “But when I met with him, he wanted to do it so badly. He was very vocal about his past, and said he wanted to tap into things from his youth that he hadn’t been able to use as an actor yet.”
Monteith admitted himself into rehab earlier this year for substance abuse and completed the program in April. However, it’s still unclear if drugs played a role in his passing.

Waller also explained that Monteith was eager to play this role because he wanted to ensure he had an acting career after Glee ended.

“He was like, ‘I know I can’t be on that show forever, so I’m starting to prep myself for when it’s not on anymore,’” the filmmaker said. “With McCanick he was starting that trajectory — like, ‘Let me nip this in the bud right now.'”

Waller and Monteith both sat down to watch the final cut of the film three weeks ago.

“He sent me an email later that evening after the screening saying he was so thankful and had a lot of pride in the role,” recalls Waller. “He was nervous and scared — but it was that good fear. He said something along the lines of — ‘I can’t wait to find out the release date so that I can tell the world about it.’”

However, Waller is still unsure when the movie will be released as the film has yet to secure a distributor.

“It’s tricky, because you know there’s a group of people that want to see the movie because it’s his last film — but by no means does anybody want to exploit the tragedy,” Waller said. “I want people to see the movie, because Cory deserves that. People would ultimately see that he had a lot more to offer artistically, and it’s a shame that this happened because now he can’t explore that.”