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MC Lyte Pens Moving Open Letter In Wake Of Recent Tragedies

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The country has gone through some difficult hardships in the last 72-96 hours with what seems like tragedy after tragedy after tragedy.

With the senseless and tragic murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police, followed by the horrific mass shooting in Dallas, TX where five police officers were killed by an alleged sniper, many Americans are at a loss for words, hope and everything in between.

Several of the top celebrities have spoken out on this issue, raising awareness in all sorts of ways, including Beyonce, Jay Z, Drake, and several others.

Today, one of hip-hop’s most legendary artists, the talented MC Lyte, joins the mix and pens an incredibly heartfelt and moving open letter. Similar to others, the superstar femcee calls for an end to violence and an increase of love.

Here’s the open letter in full:

In a moment such as this, it is easy to crawl into a ball and sulk. In this moment, it is easy to cry, yell, point the finger, and even harm others to be heard. It seems to some that violence is the only way to overcome an oppressing power. However violence leads to more violence, which leads to more violence, and no problem is ever resolved.

I want to be unattached to this emotional roller coaster, but I am too connected to be careless. We are too courageous to bend, to fade or to just go away. We have come so far from yesteryear, yet all of our technology has not given us the proper tools to communicate effectively with love being the common denominator. If LOVE were the only language, there would be no HATE to speak of. These tears of mine fall hard for so many who have been taken away too soon, but they also fall for those who walk amidst us in a paralyzing FEAR: a fear that promotes hate and doesn’t allow LOVE to live.

So in lieu of the world to come where love guides all, I ask this question: how close can we get to this united state? The state where people live in harmony and lives are not only respected, but honored. Where everyone understands that no soul stands alone: one man represents an entire family, a village, and a community and when his life is taken, it cripples and infringes upon an eco-system that loves, cares and depends upon him. Be it black, white, yellow or brown – cd salesman, teacher or officer of the law – OUR men are sons, brothers, husbands, and fathers who are taken way too soon, leaving mamas, daddies, sisters, brothers, wives and children feeling lost, damaged and broken hearted.

When you know who you are and what you represent, the unknown will never scare you and in a moment of conflict you’d never allow darkness to rule. The LYTE would consume you and there would be absolutely no FEAR to experience. You would know that fear and darkness will only lead to chaos and confusion…every time.

And whether you feel I am either preaching to the choir or not holding offenders accountable enough, I simply ask that WE all pray and visualize a world where everyone is treated equally. A land where your skin color, religion, or sexual identity would not determine whether you’d get live to breathe another day. A place where fear and prejudice are abolished and love & light grow beyond capacity. For one thing is abundantly clear: and that is we will all be challenged with the one thing we fear most and in a moment of decision we may have to make an irreversible choice. . . CHOOSE GOD and let Him lead us into the LIGHT.

Peace,

Lyte
Founder, Hip Hop Sisters Foundation

www.hiphopsisters.org
www.EducateOURmen.org

Black Man In KKK Robe Says Black On Black Violence Worse Than Klan

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It is a rare sight to see a man standing in the middle of Philadelphia in a KKK robe–especially if the man under the hood is Black.

Though Sixx King, a 35-year-old film director, had a message: The KKK KILLED 3,446 BLACKS IN 86 YEARS. BLACK ON BLACK MURDERS SURPASS THAT NUMBER EVERY 6 MONTHS.” Those were the words on a placard he was holding.

(The FBI reports that more than 7,000 Blacks were killed in 2011.)

Activists use any number of approaches to draw attention to an issue, but King’s use of the America’s most recognized symbol of hate does not sit well with some Philadelphians. “I think that’s nonsense,” said one woman on the street. “He needs to be committed to the jail system,” said another onlooker.

A city councilman, Curtis Jones, took a picture of King and posted it on Facebook. The image was shared hundreds of times. “All my anger for my ancestors who went through that terror of a Ku Klux Klan hood and what that symbolizes to me, evoked anger,” said Jones. “I was angry!”

 

Taken from NewsOne

White Man Shoots And Kills Black Student In Florida After Argument Over Loud Music

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Less than nine months after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in central Florida, another black teenage student was killed under suspicious circumstances.

Michael David Dunn, a 45-year-old vice president of Dunn & Dunn Data Systems in Vero Beach, was in Jacksonville this past weekend for his son’s wedding. The Orlando Sentinel details what happened on Friday when Dunn, a gun collector, encountered Jordan Russell Davis, a student at nearby magnet school Samuel W. Wolfson High:

Jordan Russell Davis, 17, and several other teenagers were sitting in a sport utility vehicle in the parking lot when Dunn pulled up next to them in a car and asked them to turn down their music, [Jacksonville sheriff’s Lt. Rob] Schoonover said.

Jordan and Dunn exchanged words, and Dunn pulled a gun and shot eight or nine times, striking Jordan twice, Schoonover said. Jordan was sitting in the back seat. No one else was hurt. Dunn’s attorney Monday said her client acted responsibly and in self-defense. She did not elaborate.

Schoonover also said that “there were words exchanged” between the two, and Dunn claims to have felt “threatened” before opening fire.

According to his father Ron Davis, the teenager died in the arms of his friend in the car. Ron said his son was unarmed.

Dunn was arrested at his home on Saturday and charged with murder and attempted murder. He is being held without bail.

Davis’s funeral will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 and his parents plan to create a foundation “for at risk students that suffer from tragedies, in his memory.”

Since Dunn is claiming self-defense, Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which earned infamy after Trayvon Martin’s killing, could be at issue in this case. After Martin’s death, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) appointed a task force to review the law that authorizes the unfettered use of deadly force in self-defense, but the panel didn’t recommend any significant changes.

The Racist Side Of The Nation’s Largest Industry: Ghetto Gaggers

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America produces most of the world’s pornography, an industry that grosses $15billion dollar annually in the US alone.  That is with little regulation and the widest audience for speculation known to modern-day man.  You can tickle your fancy with any and all fantasies you so may choose on the world wide web.  And it caters to all races, and unfortunately, even all ages (illegal as it may be).  Some choose the lighter, more subtle route while others may enjoy a raunchier display of affection.  And then there are the other-others, who have chosen a more historical route to sexual encounters.

The latest trend to catch on in the secret world of sex was found by writer/journalist Jamel Shabazz who writes:

One day, I Googled negative terms for Black women just to see what I’d find. One of the phrases was “ghetto bitch,” and to my surprise, a pornographic site called Ghetto Gaggers appeared.

Capitalizing off of the torture and inhumane treatment of Black women, “Ghetto Gaggers” is a site that is new to the mainstream but has been around for some time.  Featuring a group of white middle-aged men, Black women are sexually abused and physically tortured through gagging, humiliation, racist mockery, and violence.  Sounds familiar?

As proven through videos uploaded on the site, most–if not all– of the participants are not under mutual understanding about the actions that take place thereafter signing the agreement.  And many porn stars who believed they were aware of the proceeding details before they agreed have quit the industry after the taping, according to Shabazz.  Read a few more details from Shabazz’s piece below:

“After we get through with them they’re going to have to see a psychiatrist for the rest of their lives,” one attacker boasts on camera. In a typical video, three or four men take turns physically and mentally destroying their victims. During 90 minutes of barbarism, the perpetrators spit in their faces, slap them, stomp them and force some to crawl on all fours with chains around their necks. In other scenes, the women have watermelons smashed on their heads and then are forced to eat the melon, along with the men’s semen. Some women have their faces shoved into a toilet, much to the pleasure of the assailants. During the grotesque finale, the men shove their penises deep inside the women’s throats until they vomit into a large dog bowl, which is emptied on them. As the humiliated women cry, a host promises fans there will be new girls every week!

 

This new form of psychological warfare is gaining momentum and popularity among racists. There are now hundreds of sites specializing in the sexual destruction of the “ghetto bitch”; from the now defunct “NaziNiggers”, which featured white me in Nazi gear violating black women, to “Exploited Black Teens,” where a white man has sex with underage black girls, to “White Boys Stomp,” where the home page trumpets “We Hunt Down Black Sluts!” Ghetto Gaggers also has a spin-off site, EbonyCumDumps.com, which shares the same concept as Ghetto Gaggers, but with less brutalization.

I most definitely have been taken aback by this piece of information, but I can’t say that it has surprised me.  In the day-and-age where everything Black women do, see, touch, and think is scrutinized and picked apart by not only the media, but even our very own is a norm for me now.  From a proclaimed scientist releasing “evidence” that Black Women Are Less Attractive to the latest NYT piece entitled Black Women and Fat— who is actually worried about the Black woman?  Besides the rebuttals to these pieces that come after its already popularized publication, what is the motivation for these articles?  Are they written to reveal the truth or to degrade a population?  Is a woman who would assume and interpret misguided claims about her own identity doing so to move herself forward or to gain clarity with an audience?  It seems to be that we’re always on the list for endangered species but never in consideration for preservation.

Jamel Shabazz concludes it best: “When mainstream society can’t see Black women’s beauty, or recognize their worth and dignity, maybe the psychopathic hatred of “Ghetto Gaggers” is the end result.”

The most baffling thing that’s occurred to me in 2012 is the unrelenting pulse for a confirmation that change has come.  Not necessarily Obama’s change, but the change that was dreamt, sought, marched, and supposedly achieved: MLK’s change.  Still, there’s this ever-lasting pull that tugs with Earth’s gravity and Space’s levity, battling the former’s existence through sight, and the latter’s through conscience.  So, everyday, we wake up renewed to a world on television and in walking life that we believe has undergone a transformation like no other country in history.  But then, I scroll down my Twitter timeline: George Zimmerman, Phil Mushnick,  Joel Ward reactions, Fox News’ actions, and so on and so forth.  And then I watch a Black man joke about a Black woman, and suddenly we’re all up for debate in the mouths of the same men who were once our allies against a racist nation and despicable injustice.  Could it be that these Black women have yet to speak out because not only do they believe they would ruin their own reputation against strangers, but also within their own community of misguided anger and ridicule?  Who really knows these days?

Read Jamel Shabazz’s “GHETTO GAGGERS: A Nation Can Rise No Higher Than It’s Women

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