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George Zimmerman Lost What Little Sense He Had By Threatening Jay-Z

George Zimmerman, who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and escaped justice, came out of his rat hole and threatened to physically assault Jay-Z over his TV docu-series and film about the shooting, The Blast reported.

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“I know how to handle people who f**k with me, I have since February 2012,” said Zimmerman, who’s clearly delusional if he thinks the rapper is now afraid to tell Trayvon’s story.

George Zimmerman Threatens Violance Against Jay-Z Over Trayvon Martin Documentary https://t.co/QCVlTASm2c

— Triangles & Squares (@tnsPodcast) December 17, 2017

Trayvon’s killer said he’s irate about money his ex-wife supposedly received for participating in the documentary and for the producers not paying his family members. He also claims that production team and film crews harassed his family through unannounced visits to their homes. Zimmerman said he’s holding Jay-Z and executive producer Michael Gasparro accountable, adding that “anyone who f***s with my parents will be fed to an alligator.”

Jay-Z is collaborating with the Weinstein Company to make a six-part TV docu-series and film about the killing of Trayvon, which sparked a national protest. They will base the productions on two books: “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It” and “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,” which they won the TV and film rights to in a fiercely competitive bidding process. I doubt that Jay-Z has any concerns about Zimmerman, as he moves forward in telling this important story. Twitter agrees. Some folks are sending thinly veiled counter threats to Zimmerman, noting that the rapper is not a teenage kid. One person even suggests setting up a bout on pay per view and donating the money to the Black Lives Matter collective.

Retweet if you think that Zimmerman should tweet with his location on.

https://t.co/m8dLtrnF0g via @TheRoot

— Black Aziz Anansi (@Freeyourmindkid) December 17, 2017

Lmao. I love how he feels tough and forgets Jay's background.
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NFL To Host Social Advocacy Workshop At Morehouse College

With so much going on in our country socially and politically, sports and activism are now intertwined more than ever. NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s bold decision to use his platform to bring awareness to racial injustice has inspired other athletes to follow suit. Cognizant of the ties between sports and advocacy, the NFL has announced that it will team up with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) to host an activism workshop at Morehouse College, USA Today reported.

The NFL at least begins to walk the walk:
The league will host a workshop @Morehouse to educate athletes on developing+implementing programs to effect positive social change.https://t.co/zEUfjlMPNG

— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) December 5, 2017

The workshop, which is slated to take place in February, will be open to current and former athletes, the news outlet said. It’s designed to equip individuals with the tools needed to spread awareness about injustice and evoke change. The three-day event will delve into how athletes can use their platforms to be influential in their communities. It will also feature remarks and presentations from athletes, politicians, and activists. Participants will have the opportunity to examine the history of social justice initiatives.

“This historic workshop is aimed at training the next generation of athletes who wish to use sport as a powerful platform for advocacy,” Troy Vincent, NFL vice president of football operations, told USA Today. “Our partnership is designed to equip athletes as influencers and community leaders with the mechanics to develop their advocacy platform.”

Leaders at Morehouse College are excited that the institution will be the backdrop for meaningful conversations surrounding sports and activism. RISE, which was created by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross two years ago, has partnered with the institution on several events. “Linking with the NFL and their players in pushing forward social justice agendas that mirror present and past activist foundations of Morehouse College is important work,” Morehouse College Interim President Harold Martin Jr. told the Atlanta Voice. “We know that the work we do in February and beyond has the capacity to impact lives.”

The workshop is slated to

Read more: https://newsone.com/3765148/nfl-morehouse-college-social-advocacy-workshop/

Los Angeles To Settle Case Of Black Woman Who Died In Police Custody

The loved ones of a Black woman who died in police custody last year will finally have a sense of closure. Earlier this week, the Los Angeles City Council announced that it has reached a $298,000 settlement in the death Wakiesha Wilson, the Los Angeles Times reported.

L.A. agrees to pay nearly $300,000 to settle case of woman who died in LAPD jail cell https://t.co/qZmgMKqL0f pic.twitter.com/98UWFShg3i

— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 13, 2017

Wilson’s death has been at the center of controversy ever since her body was discovered in a LAPD jail cell in 2016 on Easter Sunday, the news outlet writes. Police officials claimed that Wilson committed suicide in the cell, but her family members believed that the officers at the correctional facility were to blame. Following the discovery of her body, the details surrounding what happened to Wilson were scarce; prompting activists and those that were close to her to demand answers.

According to the news outlet, the incident brought issues surrounding LAPD police practices to the forefront of a national conversation. It sparked internal dialogue about how police officials should handle inmates who battle with mental illness and how coroner’s officials should handle alerting families about deaths.

The city of Los Angeles faced two lawsuits brought forth by Wilson’s son and mother. The 13-0 settlement vote that took place on Wednesday resolved the lawsuits. “At the end of the day, somebody died on their watch,” the family lawyer Jaaye Person-Lynn told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m still not 100% sure of exactly what happened, but I am content with this resolution and I am happy that the city was willing to work with us.”

Taking legal action was not an easy journey for Wilson’s loved ones. At the beginning of 2017, the Police Commission ruled that the officers at the jail where Wilson’s body was discovered had no role in her death, reports the source. Months later, prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges.

Wilson was apprehended on March 26, 2016, for allegedly attacking a patient in a hospital. When she was taken to jail she reportedly notified officials that she had mental health issues. The next day when cops were transferring the inmates to a different cell block, her body was discovered lifeless in her ce

Read more: https://newsone.com/3765143/los-angeles-reaches-300000-settlement-in-wakiesha-wilson-case/

How Net Neutrality Repeal Could Prevent Movements Like OscarsSoWhite

The Federal Communications Commission vote on Thursday to repeal net neutrality rules could stifle the voice of movements like #OscarsSoWhite from having an impact, Maya Wiley, senior vice president of Social Justice at The New School, told NewsOne. Black civil rights groups, which have been fighting this battle for years, are among those pushing back against the agency.

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“It’s about democracy and equality,” Wiley explained. “#OscarsSoWhite and others raise issues that conventional news won’t cover. Think of it like an ethnic press.”

Ending #NetNeutrality is a serious setback to the citizens of this nation. Our democracy relies on a free and open internet. LDF promises to do its part in urging Congress to make net neutrality rules statutory law. Read our statement: https://t.co/zSTs8ZniZV pic.twitter.com/BHGZG6fp8i

— Legal Defense Fund (@NAACP_LDF) December 14, 2017

The 3-to-2 vote by the Republican-dominated FCC reverses an Obama-era rule that prevented telecom giants like AT&T and Comcast from creating pricing systems that discriminate against content from small companies or organizations. Under the repeal, deregulation of the industry means that the telecom companies, which control the internet’s infrastructure, could effectively silence some voices online.

It’s unlikely that a future #OscarsSoWhite movement will gain any momentum in the deregulated environment. April Reign made the first #OscarsSoWhite hashtag tweet from her living room in January 2015, according to NRP. It started a powerful movement that called for racial diversity in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which ended with unprecedented changes to the academy’s membership and voting rules. A deregulated internet environment could also prevent many small Black and Women-owned businesses from competing with large companies that could afford to pay higher prices for an internet fast lane. Wiley has serious doubts about the industry’s promise not to block websites. “They say ‘we won’t do that,’ but then why do they want the right to slow down web sites or silence them?” she asked rhetorically.

The NAACP condemned the FCC’s decision to deregulat

Read more: https://newsone.com/3765136/net-neutrality-vote-results-2017-black-social-movements-civil-rights-maya-wiley/

Alabama School Segregation Ruling Should Be Overturned Black Plaintiffs Say

A discriminatory ruling by a U.S. District Court Judge to allow modern-day segregation in schools in Gardendale, Alabama is being challenged by several lawyers representing Black students in the city. A federal appeals court was charged Thursday with weighing an overturning of Judge Madeline Haikala’s ruling in April that approved the succession plan despite racial motives, AL reported.

The order in favor of Gardendale, a majority-White enclave near Birmingham, to secede from the predominantly Black Jefferson County’s School system threatened to send reverberating messages of racial inferiority, undermine civil rights and hinder court-ordered nationwide desegregation efforts. Yet, the judge moved forward with the ruling, which spotlights segregation some 60 years after the Little Rock Nine tried to integrate a school in Arkansas. Black plaintiffs in the Gardendale case, like the Little Rock Nine, are working to push for a school system that openly accepts African Americans.

Just left the courthouse an hour ago where @NAACP_LDF lawyer & local counsel argued appeal in our case challenging effort by white residents to secede from an #Alabama school district on the road to integration. Great job by our attys & very encouraged by questions frm the court.

— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) December 14, 2017

Haikala lacked the “right to allow Gardendale to create a partial system,” an order that “will disrupt the county’s compliance of a  desegregation order,” former federal judge U.W. Clemon and NAACP LDF representative Monique Lin-Luse told U.S. 11th Circuit Court Of Appeals Judges William H. “Bill” Pryor, Jill Pryor (no relation to William) and Raymond Clevenger III. The county’s ideal ruling would reflect a partial reversal preventing Gardendale’s secession and a partial affirmation of Haikala’s ruling that the proposed separation was racially motivated. “The law is quite clear… you have to reject the [seperation] plan,” Lin-Luse said in the case that been ongoing for some time now.

NAACP appeals ruling to allow segregation of school system in Alabama town. https://t.co/h7NJRIqp7s pic.twitter.com/IdLrWCjdDF

— FirmDoo

Read more: https://newsone.com/3765045/gardendale-alabama-segregation-schools-population-secession-appeals-court-case/

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