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Missing Persons Shrine

A man walking through he woods in Long Island found what he thought to be a murderer’s shrine. There were dozens of missing persons flyers posted on trees from actual missing persons cases all across the country.

The man, James Rankin, started recording a video of what he found.
“I might die,” Rankin warns his audience. “What the f–k is going on in here?”

He contacted the police and the police told him that they were Halloween decorations set up by someone living nearby. Rankin refuses to believe that and says the conditions seem to suggest that this has been there for months.

Rankin said the detective he spoke to watched the videos, and agree that the situation is “creepy, if not suspicious,” and that authorities would be investigating.

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VIDEO PT 2 (returning to woods)

Look. You don’t have to agree with a celebrity’s opinion. In fact, you can disagree with them all that you want. 

However, telling them on social media that their only purpose is to keep you entertained is a completely different matter. 

You are paying for a performance and a performance is what you will get. Anything beyond that isn’t something you are entitled to have control over. You do have the choice to voice your stance on the subject and/or unfollow them if you must, but you don’t actually own any actors. 

A ‘Hamilton’ Star, A Palestinian Rapper, A U.K. Wordsmith And The Power Of Hip-Hop (Forbes):

The setup sounds like something out of a standup comedy act: a Broadway star, a Palestinian rapper, an Irish Jew and a U.K. hip-hop artist walk into a conference in Jerusalem. But the dialogue this morning between Okieriete “Oak” Onadoawan, Sameh “Saz” Zakout, yours truly and Simbi “Little Simz” Ajikawo was no joke.

We took the stage to kick off today’s programming at the FORBES Under 30 Summit at the Israel Museum with a panel called “Hip-Hop As A Social Movement,” and dug into the allure of the genre—and its future on the world stage as it moves ever deeper into the mainstream thanks to the likes of Straight Outta Compton and Hamilton.

Our first topic of discussion: what drew all of us to hip-hop. The common thread seemed to be a shared love of storytelling, something that’s accessible to anyone with a story to tell.

“Hip-hop was born of people who did not have a voice,” said Oak, who earned a spot on the FORBES 30 Under 30 list for his work in Hamilton. “They were not heard. And those people exist and are a part of a framework of life … as long as that’s true, people will gravitate to hip-hop.”

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“When I heard NWA say ‘F–k the police,’ I said, ‘That’s me,’” [Saz] explained. “I felt more in common with African Americans than Israelis who live two blocks away from me … for me, hip-hop takes this rage and puts a positive and changes my life.”

Now, Saz spends his time using hip-hop as a means to promote positive dialogue around the conflict, performing across the world alongside acts from Jewish-American artist Matisyahu to Israeli rapper Shaanan Streett.

“We are not brothers,” he said. “But we share the same mother.”

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BREAKING: Raw Video Shows Cops Shoot, Kill Subdued Man, Mock Him While He Lay Dying

Tulsa, Okla. – The final tragic moments of Eric Harris’s life were caught on video, as well as the sociopathic nature of law enforcement. Harris was accidently shot by a reserve deputy, apparently meaning to taser him, while on the ground being subdued by other officers.

Harris can be seen on the video running from police as the officer with the body cam gives chase, catching and taking Harris to the ground. Once on the ground the officer can be heard telling Harris, “Roll on your stomach now.”

Reserve officer Robert Bates, 73, can then be heard yelling “Tazer! Tazer!” as if to inform the other officer that he was about to use his stun gun on Harris, when suddenly a gunshot rings out.

Tragically the next moments reveal the callous nature of law enforcement as the Harris is manhandled on the ground by the cops, after being shot, with an officer pressing his face into the ground with his knee.

An irate officer can then be seen screaming in the face of the bleeding gunshot victim yelling, “You ran! You f—kin ran! Shut the f— up!” as if running was some type of rational explanation for shooting him.

Subsequently, Harris can be heard screaming,

“He shot me! He shot me, man. Oh, my god. I’m losing my breath.”

To which an officer gives a response that can only be described as sociopathic, telling the dying Harris,

“F–k your breath! Shut the f–k up!”

F*&k the Police.... I Prefer Sting's Solo Albums

Interesting history: The development of the police in the US followed development in England. Communal watches were made of volunteers whose duty was to warn of impending danger. Boston’s night watch was created in 1636, NY in 1658, Philly in 1700. The night watch was not an effective crime control; too many slept or drank on the job.

In the south, the modern police began with the Slave Patrols, first created in the Carolinas in 1704. Their function was to chase, catch and return runaway slaves, provide terror to deter slave revolts, and discipline slave workers outside the law for violating plantation rules. After the Civil War, these vigilante groups evolved in modern police departments as a mans of controlling freed slaves, now laborers, and enforcing Jim Crow laws denying equal rights and political access.

Modern police forces in the US emerged to preserve social and public ‘order’, depending on who was defining those terms - usually mercantile interests via taxes and political influence. The economic interest was in social control more than crime control. 

Boston established the first American police force in 1838. Soon followed by NY, Albany, Chicago, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Newark, NY, Baltimore. By the 1880s, all major US cities had modern municipal forces in place. “Maintaining a stable and disciplined work force for the developing system of factory production and ensuring a safe and tranquil community for the conduct of commerce required an organized system of social control. Defining social control as crime control was accomplished by raising the specter of the “dangerous classes.” The suggestion was that public drunkenness, crime, hooliganism, political protests and worker “riots” were the products of a biologically inferior, morally intemperate, unskilled and uneducated underclass. The consumption of alcohol was widely seen as the major cause of crime and public disorder. The irony, of course, is that public drunkenness didn’t exist until mercantile and commercial interests created venues for and encouraged the commercial sale of alcohol in public places. This underclass was easily identifiable because it consisted primarily of the poor, foreign immigrants and free blacks (Lundman 1980: 29). This isolation of the “dangerous classes” as the embodiment of the crime problem created a focus in crime control that persists to today, the idea that policing should be directed toward “bad” individuals, rather than social and economic conditions that are criminogenic in their social outcomes.”

Centralized and bureaucratic police departments, focusing on the alleged crime-producing qualities of the “dangerous classes” began to emphasize preventative crime control. The presence of police, authorized to use force, could stop crime before it started by subjecting everyone to surveillance and observation. The concept of the police patrol as a preventative control mechanism routinized the insertion of police into the normal daily events of everyone’s life, a previously unknown and highly feared concept in both England and the United States. (from History of Policing in the United States, Dr. Gary Potter.)

So yes, there are ingrained historical and institutionalized aspects to the racism.

My 2 Cents: Pennie’s 2015 Pop Culture Recap

From the “Miley what’s goods”, cultural appropriation, acceptance of the LGBT community, ISIS, and the unlimited dabs, 2015 has been an insane year, in so many ways! I honestly didn’t know where to begin but most of my points had to do with race, black lives matter, and hip-hop culture. The African American community dominated 2015, in so many different ways! Here’s a recap of some of my favorite 2015 moments in pop culture.

After years of being oppressed as a race, a microscope was put on this issue in 2015. I was raised to believe that the police are here to help and by definition Law enforcement are supposed to be members of society that act in an organized manner to enforce the law, but that is not the case when it comes to African Americans. It is sickening what has happened to our people under police custody. The police are supposed to be the ones protecting us, but yet they are the ones killing us. Social media has began to work as a microscope on this issue, we are now spreading knowledge and awareness on this problem and how we can make it better. It won’t get fixed in a week but we are most definitely on our way. In the words of Lyndon B. Jonson, “We Shall Overcome…” #BlackLivesMatter

R.I.P Sandra Bland, who was killed while in police custody, she said it best, “use your tools and use what you have to speak up. USE YOUR VOICE. They are going to have to listen to us one day.”

Before social media was a thing, NWA spoke up about police brutality through their music with their hit single “F**k Tha Police”. This was a perfect year for the biopic to be released because history is repeating itself, and it is about time we speak up and use our voice! A lot of us ask ourselves how can we bring change and awareness to this issue? We can speak volumes through our actions, accomplishments, and art and that is exactly what this movie did. ‘Straight Outta Compton’ broke the charts and made $200M worldwide. This film showcased how dirty the cops have been, and how hip-hop can truly make the world shake. Crazy thing is it was “news” to CNN that there was no fighting or gang violence going on in the movie theaters when it was filled with African Americans and hip-hop lovers. The last time I checked t Hands down one of the best biopics of all time, not to mention O’Shea Jackson Jr. did an amazing job in capturing his father’s essence.

2015 was an outstanding year for diversity on our TV Screens. We welcomed and kept up shows like Empire, Dr. Ken, black-ish, Being Mary Jane, How To Get Away with Murder, andScandal. This year was the first time that 3 black women took home an Emmy! Shout out to Viola Davis, Regina King , and Taraji P. They sprinkled all of their black girl magic this year.

Speaking of black girl magic, Rachel Doezeal tried it. This was a sticky situation for most but I honestly feel like she was just simply ignorant to what she was doing. Doezeal’s intentions were good but she could never understand the life of a black woman, no matter how many cornrows and updo’s she gets done at the beauty shop. The work she has done for the African American Community should not be overlooked or minimized. Let’s imagine how much more profound all of her efforts would have been if she was simply a white woman who truly loved African-American culture.

Social media thought that a Caitlyn Jenner and a Rachel Doezal comparison was appropriate. My immediate reaction was HOW SWAY? The science and psychological background of being transgender is very complex and hard to understand. It is something that someone who is not transgender will ever be able to fully comprehend, because it is mental and nothing that we can physically see. My question to the world is do you truly believe that a famous Olympic athlete would go through hell, change his entire body and be bullied by the entire world if he didn’t truly believe that he was transgender? I don’t think so, but that’s just me. I am so happy that Caitlyn is finally walking in her truth. She is doing her thing fabulously, no matter what anyone had to say. I promise you that she is 10x happier then a lot of the people who bash her. Caitlyn is walking in her truth, how about you walk in yours…

We can all officially make a living based off of your social media status. Now this does breed things like narcissism, self esteem issues and a lot of catfishes but everything has its negatives and positives. When one equates their self worth to how many Instagram followers they have, that is when you then become lost in the sauce. When one uses their platform to cash checks, speak up on world issues, and make the world a better place, then it’s all good.

Everything that glitters is not and one can be whoever they please on social media, so do not be fooled! A lot of times we only show are ups on social media, because who wants to post sad things? We get confused and forget that there is so much more to one’s life than what they choose to post on social media. Whenever you are comparing your life to that one IG model with 30K followers who is driving a Benz and flying all over the world, don’t forget that there is a possibility that she is not showing the nasty sugar daddy who is paying for it all and how she might be suffering from deep and dark issues just like you. 

RANDOM 2015 TIDBITS:

  1. Let us know that all of our families were completely insane with #ThanksGivingWithBlackFamilies, and we were not alone. Black Twitter and IG are a non-stop comedy show and we eat it all up!
  2. People have completely stopped walking due to hover boards.
  3. Social media has reporters on CNN “dabbing” and “nay-naying” stopped walking completely due to hover boards, and were the coolest on the planet.
  4. We all practiced our “Milly Rock” countless times in the mirror.
  5. We can all have full meme conversations with memes.
  6. Not to mention how social media has been a huge factor in the success of many new amazing artist like Kehlani or Bryson Tiller. 140 characters can change your life.
  7. People are quitting their 9-5′s and living their life! 
  8. Zendaya is the TRUTH

Signed,

“A Pennie For Your Thoughts”

anonymous asked:

I just read that last weekend, an NYPD officer threw a visibly pregnant woman onto the ground, belly first, and then use stun gun on her belly. Police officers are getting the f**k out of hand

Police brutality is nothing new.