RIP Rekia Boyd: November 5, 1989 - March 21, 2012

“Not only did he take away my sister’s life, but he took the peace of all of our lives away. Do you know how bad that hurts?” - Martinez Sutton. 

Martinez Sutton is Rekia Boyd’s brother and spoke out on the pain experienced (in a society where Black pain and sentience are denied; which is the same reason why people justify the State’s violence on us) because of the extrajudicial execution of his sister Rekia Boyd. Dante Servin is the cop who killed her; his charges were thrown out today. 

This is not a moment for “see, State violence impacts Black women ‘too.’” Drop the “too” once and for all. Realize that Black women’s bodies have always been a site of violence from the State and that we have never escaped State violence nor anti-Blackness. (Nor am I interested in the repetitive violent false equalization of intraracial civilian crime [that every race experiences, yet is only viewed as “pathological” if among Black people] with centuries of State violence, structural oppression and anti-Blackness, so don’t reply with that here.)

Sutton also reportedly said “when we walked in, we already knew we lost,” speaking of Rekia’s family. I understand why he said that; what hope would he have when statistics alone reveal unlikely accountability for State violence? When Blackness itself is treated as “criminal” for existing? She did…nothing wrong. Nothing at all. Other than be Black and be near a cop. And that is deemed more than enough in an anti-Black society. 


#Every28Hours (2/23/15): Meet Janisha. Janisha was involved in a domestic dispute with her girlfriend, which resulted in her girlfriend calling the police to take her in for a mental health evaluation. Janisha’s girlfriend warned the officer’s upon entry into their apartment that she had a knife, but the she didn’t believe that she would hurt them, stressing again that Janisha was unstable and needed evaluation. When Janisha did not drop the knife, an officer proceeded to shoot her twice. According to Janisha’s neighbors she was a quiet and small young woman, barely standing above five feet. According to her girlfriend, Janisha was more than 6 feet away from the cops who shot her. Janisha’s story is not an easy one, but she deserved a chance at life, not a bullet when she needed help. Uplift her name. Janisha Fonville, we fight for you now too. #staywoke #farfromover



She is 76 years old “he started working out in her 50′s which truly shows no one is ever too old to get fit! She was trained by a former Mr. America.” “She runs 10 miles or more a day? How many of us can’t even run 1 mile at a time?”

“If we, as women and men, truly look to our elders, like Mrs. Ernestine Shepherd, we could learn so much. Its time that we, as people, find a true purpose. We write so much on the negative issues in our world, when we there are wonderful examples of the good side of our world like Mrs. Shepherd. If we could really focus on self preservation, respecting others and helping others in what we do, God would be so pleased. Let’s get inspired by this angel of a woman that should make anyone jump up and get a heads start on being fit for life. We’re running at this moment….!! Lol”

—  Words yelled by a Miami Gardens police officer just seconds before he shot 25-year old Lavall Hall as he tried to run away. Hall, a father of one, had just been released from a mental health hospital a week prior. His mother had called the police to take him back, as he was in the midst of an episode. Miami Gardens PD chased Hall around for more than 10 minutes, then after tiring, shot him 5 times instead. They originally claimed it was because he was threatening them… with a broomstick. Video of the incident was released yesterday. Rest in power, Lavall.

6 facts that show mental health is an issue the black community must not ignore 

During last week’s Empire, one of the main characters, Andre, found himself in a facility for treatment of his bipolar disorder. Despite him struggling with his condition, Andre’s parents shrugged off the illness, one of them even decrying it as a “white person’s” problem. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.