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Don Lemon Compares Himself To Malcolm X

The controversial CNN anchor who oftentimes doesn’t seem in touch or cognizant to the social issues affecting African Americans, happens to think otherwise. When asked what he would be doing if he weren’t a journalist, Lemon’s response left a sour taste in our mouths. I’d probably be a writer like James Baldwin. Or I would probably be an activist. But not like Dr. King, even though I admire him. I’d probably be more of a Malcolm X. I believe the best way to improve yourself is to improve yourself.” [The New York Times]

Councilman Jewell Jones Is Our New Hero

What’s so special about 20-year-old, University of Michigan junior, Jewell Jones? By day he’s a student and by night he’s a politician. He just made history as the youngest person to ever sit on the City Council of Inkster, Michigan, (outside of Detroit.) The political science and finance double major hopes to strengthen the relationships between police and the youth in his city. While the population of Inkster is nearly 75% black, there are only 5 African American police officers and 21 white officers. Part of Jones’ platform includes establishing a scholarship program to cover the expenses for students interested in attending the police academy. [The Huffington Post]

Justice Will Be Served In Detroit Police Brutality Case

In January, dashcam footage was released to the news of former Detroit police officer, William Melendez, hitting Floyd Dent nearly twenty times while arresting him at a traffic stop. A jury has found Melendez guilty of “assault with intent to do great bodily harm and of misconduct in office.” Dent suffered several broken ribs and brain damage as a result of the beating. He received $1.4 million from the city of Inkster, Michigan where the incident took place. Melendez is currently in jail while awaiting his December 3rd sentencing. [The Huffington Post]

Ferguson Diversifies The Mayors Office With New City Manager 

Following the death of Michael Brown, the U.S. Department of Justice released a shocking report about the misuse of racial profiling and corruption within Ferguson, Missouri. As a result, the City Manager, John Shaw resigned from his position and after a six month search, a person of color will fill the vacancy. De’Carlon Seewood was selected from nearly 50 applicants as the new City Manager for Ferguson. The responsibilities of the position includes the day to day operations of the city as well as engaging and addressing the concerns of the residents at town halls and council meetings. [The Grio]

Anita Baker Slams Apple For Stealing Her Music

In a true “David vs. Goliath” situation, R&B legend, Anita Baker was not flattered by Apple Music using one of her songs in a new advertisement. “Dearest @AppleMusic You have no digital licensing agreements 4 any of my compositions. kinda arrogant 2 advertise on my Twitter…” she said. “Piracy & attempted theft of my catalog is one of many things u will read about…” The Grammy award winning artist also acknowledged those up and coming in the business. “[It] Happens all day long. Artists Create/TheyTake…not even a battle… Small artists who need the revenue can’t really even say anything.” [The Grio]


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