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25/11/14 Black Media , Black News , featured , ybw #

Protester Interrupts Don Lemon: “F*ck CNN”

Protester Interrupts Don Lemon: “F*ck CNN”

Don Lemon Ferguson protester

Mainstream news has done a poor job of covering the Ferguson protests and Lemon, who said last night that he smelled marijuana, is among the greatest offenders in that regard. Instead of acting as a straight news journalist, Lemon routinely editorializes. Last night Lemon lamented that the protesters were not following President Obama’s instruction to remain non-violent and on several occasions, expressed personal opinions as opposed to objectively relaying facts on the ground.

At one point, Lemon’s reporting was interrupted by someone who didn’t have respect for Lemon or his network.

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17/11/14 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black Media , featured , ybw #

Officer’s Body Camera Not Working When He Shot Man in the Back as He Ran Away

Officer’s Body Camera Not Working When He Shot Man in the Back as He Ran Away


An officer involved in a shooting that left Darrien Hunt dead was wearing a body camera, but the camera was not active during the incident, police say.

Utah authorities confirmed to FOX 13 on Friday that Officer Nicholas Judson was wearing a body camera that was not active when he shot Hunt in the back.

The NAACP held a protest at the headquarters of Saratoga Springs police in response to the revelation.

“What good does wearing a Body Camera by officers [do] if they are not turned on?” Jeanetta Williams, President for the NAACP’s Salt Lake Branch and Tri-State Conference of Idaho, Nevada and Utah, said in a press release issued late Friday night. “…It is fortunate that a local business had video footage that showed Darien Hunt running away from officers and not attacking them.”

As BreakingBrown previously reported, two officers were recently cleared in the fatal shooting of 22 year old Darrien Hunt, who was holding a samurai sword when he was shot dead. In explaining why the officers who confronted Hunt would not face charges, Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman said the officers were reacting to a threat because Hunt lunged at them.

“He did not stop after being given a verbal command to stop,” Buhman said. “The time it would have taken for Mr. Hunt with the sword still in his hand after having stabbed or sliced at officers, it would have been a matter of seconds before he reached someone else.”

But as The Guardian previously confirmed with Tim Taylor, the chief deputy attorney for Utah county, “Hunt was in fact alleged to have lunged at the officers outside a bank several dozen yards away from where he ultimately died.”

Hunt was also shot six times in the back, according to the family’s independent autopsy.

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03/11/14 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Tavis Smiley on Democrats Running Away From Obama: “Peter Only Denied Jesus Three Times”

Tavis Smiley on Democrats Running Away From Obama: “Peter Only Denied Jesus Three Times”

Tavis Smiley this week

Earlier this month, Tavis Smiley made headlines by admitting that, although Democrats need a heavy black voter turnout in order beat back Republicans in the Midterms, blacks don’t really have a good reason to show up for Democrats. Now, Smiley is again making news by highlighting just how unpopular Pres. Obama is, as evidenced by the number of Democratic candidates who are running away from the president. Smiley noted that these candidates may have a hard time getting out the black vote since they’re throwing the black president under the bus.

While appearing on “Face the Nation”, Smiley clearly expressed how he views Democratic candidates in relation to black voters

“In Kentucky it was discussed earlier you have a candidate who four times in matter of minutes wouldn’t even admit to voting for Barack Obama. You want his loyal base to support you, you give the president the Heisman, but you want constituents to vote for you. I mean, Peter only denied Jesus three times. The fourth time denial in matter of minutes but you want the black vote to save you again. You want Hispanics to save you again. I’m not saying that blacks and browns ought to abandon the Democratic party, what I’m saying is you’ve got to hold them accountable and maybe the lessons of what happens this year ought to start being reviewed now in advance of 2016,” said Smiley.

This echoes comments made by Smiley on ABC’s “This Week” not long ago.

“If you’re black or brown, other than helping to save the Democrats’ hide, give me three good reasons and you turn out the vote this time,” explained Smiley. “Now I’ll catch hell for saying that…No, I am not suggesting — I’m not suggesting that people ought to stay home and sit on their hands. What I’m suggesting is that neither party has focused clearly enough on the issues of black and brown voters to inspire them and motivate them to turn out in 2014. And we may see the same thing in 2016.”



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09/10/14 Black Media , Black News , featured , ybw #

Obama Administration Moves From “Disregard to Dismantling” HBCUs, Says Writer

Obama Administration Moves From “Disregard to Dismantling” HBCUs, Says Writer


President Obama has taken criticism from the black community for his indifference toward HBCUs, but now that indifference has turned to hostility, claims JL Carter Sr. in HBCU Digest.

As Carter notes, when the Obama administration handed out grants geared toward minority students, the lion’s share of those dollars were given to predominately white institutions:

The Department of Education last week appropriated more than $171 million to colleges and universities nationwide to bolster college access and equity for low-income and minority students. Several dozens of colleges and universities received First in the World grants  to increase S.T.E.M. professional development for minorities, or smaller grants aimed at supporting Alaskans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, African-Americans and Hispanics.


Of those dozens, just three HBCUs – Fayetteville State University, Hampton University and Prairie View A&M University, collectively received just over $3 million in federal support. Hampton’s FITW grant accounted for $3.5 million, while FSU and PVAMU received less than $250,000 each.

Although Obama talks a good game where HBCUs are concerned, he’s begun dismantling them, piece by piece, dollar by dollar:

But the president couldn’t hide his coolness towards HBCUs for long. Before his first term could end, his Department of Education orchestrated and authorized the great Pell Grant/PLUS Loan debacle of 2011. Two years later, he announced plans to tie federal aid funding to a new rating system, one which will punish schools for low graduation rates, student loan defaults, alumni employment rates, and other measures which fly in the face of the HBCU mission and profile.

As BreakingBrown reported in 2013, HBCU advocates are so frustrated that several threatened to sue the Obama administration in 2013.

The New Republic explained the importance of HBCUs in the black community: “HBCUs constitute three percent of America’s colleges but produce 20 percent of black graduates, 50 percent of black public school teachers and lawyers, 80 percent of black judges, and 90 percent of black BA’s in STEM fields.”

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02/10/14 Black Culture , Black Media , Black News , ybw #

MSNBC Pundit Calls Pres. Obama “Lazy”, Blames First Lady

MSNBC Pundit Calls Pres. Obama “Lazy”, Blames First Lady

Barack and Michelle

The MSNBC pundit who once spoke eloquently of how Barack Obama sent a thrill up his leg is now accusing the president of becoming lazy and laying blame on First Lady Michelle Obama and the president’s closest adviser.

On Wednesday’s episode of MSNBC‘s Hardball, host Chris Matthews said Obama was getting lazy and “cut off from the country”:

Let’s get tough here. Is this the problem of a second term that presidents get lazy, intellectually lazy, and cut off from the country and they start picking deputies for jobs instead of looking for the best people? The lazy thing to do is somebody leaves, you promote their deputy. This is, I think, part of the endemic problem of second terms. They don’t go out and mix with people, find new people, new hotshots to fill these jobs. They just keep promoting the person whose turn it is and they’re not as good as the person they picked the first time…

Then Matthews accused adviser Valerie Jarrett and Mrs. Obama of encouraging laziness, even though the first lady is not directly involved in policy discussions:

Kennedy went out and met people like [Robert] McNamara and [Dean] Rusk and he went looking for them and he put them into the best slots he could. And he talked them into it, he recruited people he didn’t even know [and] he recruited them. Presidents should go out and look for people. They should be practicing affirmative action all the time in leading or else they get atrophied into that little world of people like Valerie [Jarrett] and Mrs. Obama and you’re just listening to the same voices all the time.

Was Laura Bush ever brought into a discussion about George W. Bush’s many failures as commander-in-chief?

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