Black Lives Killed From Gun Violence Aren’t Forgotten At The March For Our Lives

We’re destined for better times if the children who spoke at the national March for Our Lives rally truly represent our future. With the current gun control debate clearly falling on the deaf ears of politicians who refuse to enact any common sense legislation, youthful voices rang loud and clear Saturday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Today we also march with Black youth from #Parkland #MSDStrong to the #MarchForOurLives who’s faces and stories you don’t know…yet. We see you fam. We love you like you were us! #GoodKidsMadCity #NoCopsNoGuns

— BlackLivesMatter DC (@DMVBlackLives) March 24, 2018

I marched for black and brown people just like me #MarchForOurLives

— #MarchforOurLives (@OhKay05) March 24, 2018

" RT B_RadWill: I hope one day I will get as many rights as a gun. – A Black American #marchforourlives" via womensmarch

— Thomas Benkel (@tbenkel) March 24, 2018

Two in particular – Naomi Wadler and Christopher Underwood – made sure the plight of Black America’s relationship with guns was not only recognized, but respected.

Wadler, an elementary school student from Virginia, plainly stated that even she, at the tender age of 11, could recognize the obvious racial discrepancy in acknowledging gun-related deaths of Black people, especially females.

“I am here to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news,” Wadler said bravely in front of hundreds of thousands of people.

She mentioned how she and her friends during the National Walkout Day earlier this month made sure to recognize a Black girl from Alabama who was also the fatal victim of gun violence after the Parkland shooting. That instance, Wadler noted, was conspicuously missing from the national narrative of gun violence. So, to make up for that, she listed off the names of several other African-American girls who were killed from gun violence.

She continued: “I represent the African-American women who are the victims of gun violence who are simply statistics instead of v

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Resist 35 Powerful Images From The March For Our Lives Rallies

Black Lives Matter Solidarity March Held In Brixton

Source: David Mbiyu / Getty

From Washington D.C. to New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, on Saturday (Mar. 24), millions of demonstrators joined forces around the country to let politicians know that times up when it comes to the lack of gun control in the U.S.

Led by students in the wake of the Parkland school shooting that left 17 dead last month, the March for Lives rallies sent the strong message that all children, whether in school or on the streets of cities like Chicago, we need to make our children a priority by ending gun violence now.

Here are some of the march’s most powerful images.

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Suge Knight Goes Off In Court When His 15th Lawyer Quits

Marion “Suge” Knight‘s upcoming murder trial will more  than likely pushed back again after his fifteenth defense lawyer quit.

Earlier this month, a federal judge gave the dueces to Thaddeus Culpepper, the Death Row co-founder’s ex- attorney, after an indictment for witness tampering. Culpepper, along with Knight’s other former attorney, Matthew Fletcher, were accused of offering to pay witnesses $20,000 to $25,000 to lie under oath.

This week, another blow, Los Angeles County Judge Ronald S. Coen dismissed his defense attorney Dominique Banos over a “conflict of interest.” The AP reports, “Banos said outside court that she had told the judge she believes she is a target in the witness-tampering investigation that led to the indictment and removal of two of Knight’s lawyers. She denied any wrongdoing and said she regretted leaving a case she felt was winnable.”

Reportedly, Knight went  into “an animated, minutes-long monologue denouncing prosecutors and jail officials saying their investigations and the limitations put on his visitors and phone calls have forced him to blow through attorneys and settle for bad ones.” Knight, 52, who was  in court in an orange jail jumpsuit and chains,  “All this stuff’s a way-out, crazy situation. I should be able to spend my money the way I want it.” Getting angrier, Knight said, “These attorneys, nobody in the world would use these attorneys for a jaywalking ticket!”

The judge gave Knight a 16th attorney, Robert DeBlanc, he “accepted on an interim basis. Knight said he has already privately hired yet another lawyer, without giving his name.”

Knight has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder for running over two men outside a Compton burger stand in 2015.



The rap mogul’s trial is slated to start on April 9, but it could be delayed.


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Police Claim 34-Year-Old Black Woman Was Armed With A Steak Knife And Killed Her

On March 18,  officers shot an unarmed 22-year-old Stephon Clark. However, Clark isn’t the only tragedy from that week. Five days before, on March 13, 34-year-old Decynthia Clements was shot and killed by police in Elgin, Illinois. reports, for an hour, police tried to get a possibly suicidal Clements out of her car and they also alleged she was armed with a steak knife. “Authorities say she refused, and at one point she set something on fire and threw it into the back seat. As smoke filled the car, police moved toward it to force her out. But she opened the door, choking on the smoke, and got out of the car as three gunshots rang out. Police say she had a knife in her left hand, but it’s not clear in the video.”

Watch below, the video is graphic:

Does a steak knife require officers to kill a woman — especially when masked, armed white men can walk into a police department and not get shot?

Antonio Romanucci, an attorney for Clements’ family, told CNN that  police had “no reason” to open fire and “there was no evidence that police were in fear of their own bodily harm.” He also added, “Since they did not deal with this as a medical situation, they dealt with this as a militarized, police situation. Because one officer perceived her as deadly threat, despite the plan not to kill her, with all those officers there, it was predetermined that she would die.” The family is hoping for a “transparent investigation.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. Rest in peace, Decynthia Clements.


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Tavis Smiley Responds To Women Of Color Coming Forward In Sexual Misconduct Allegations

In December, PBS suspended Tavis Smiley from his half-hour interview program due to allegations of sexual misconduct. Tavis was accused of sexual relations with “multiple subordinates” and “some witnesses interviewed expressed concern that their employment status was linked to the status of a sexual relationship with Smiley.” Tavis was also accused of creating a threatening and verbally abusive work environment.

In an interview with Good Morning America on December 18, Tavis Smiley spoke out about the allegations, denying any wrongdoing, “I have never groped, I have never coerced, I have never exposed myself inappropriately.” He did admit to having consensual relationships in the work place and slammed PBS for never giving him a chance to prove the relationships were consensual. “PBS only agreed to talk to me after weeks of investigation, which they didn’t tell me about… PBS never informed me that a complaint was even alleged.”

Now, Smiley has filed a lawsuit against PBS for breach-of-contract. In response, according to the Associated Press, PBS filed a counter-suit. The network claims more witnesses have come forward, including women of color, which to PBS’ legal team means a win, “Many of the witnesses were women of color, the documents say, pushing back against comments from Smiley, who is Black, that racial bias was involved in his firing.” However, Smiley always maintained he didn’t even know who the accusers were. Allegedly, PBS didn’t talk to any of his current staff.

Nonetheless, the AP reports, “The witnesses spoke to an independent investigator and corroborated initial accounts that Smiley had established a pattern of sexual relationships with subordinates. The filing Tuesday also said he subjected subordinates to unwanted sexual advances — including requests for specific sex acts — and made lewd jokes.”

Smiley and his team responded by telling the AP, “More lies, half- truths and smears from PBS from an ‘investigation’ that never should have happened, with a result that was decided well before the inquiry was even begun.”

Smiley is seeking “multiple millions” in damages. PBS is seeking $1.9 million in returned salary from Smiley.

Sounds like this lawsuit is going to get even uglier. However,

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