Thursday, May 8, 2008
Yesterday was just the beginning, y'all. Meet up tonight with Al Sharpton and other community leaders to discuss the results of the May 7th civil disobedience protests and the plan of action for maintaining the momentum and moving towards a citywide shut-down:
House of the Lord Church
415 Atlantic Ave (Between Nevins & Bond)
Nearest subway stops:
Hoyt-Schermerhorn (A, C, G)
Bergen St. (F, G)
Nevins St. (2, 3, 4, 5)
Pacific St. (D, M, N, R)
Come on, family! Let's get it in!!!
P.S.: Although Hip-Hop figures were noticeably absent at a time when we needed their visibility the most, my respect goes out to Jay-Z for rising to the occasion in a different capacity: Jay-Z Sets Up Trust Fund For Sean Bell's Children
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
New scribblez - feature articles on:
* Teyana Taylor, Pharrell's new "it" girl.
* Muhsinah, D.C.'s hyper-melodic siren takes Black music to the far reaches of the galaxy.
* My Downbeat Diaspora bi-monthly column.
On newsstands now. Enjoy.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Once again, it's on! Al Sharpton has organized a citywide pray-in vigil this Wednesday protesting the Sean Bell verdict handed down on April 29th. According to the homepage of Sharpton's National Action Network, there will be 6 meeting points for this mass demonstration:
* 3rd Ave. @ 125th St.
* Park Ave. @ 34th St.
* 3rd Ave. @ 60th St.
* Varick & Houston
* One Police Plaza
* 415 Atlantic Ave. (House of the Lord Church, Brooklyn)
The meeting time for all points is 3PM. Once assembled at the aforementioned meeting points, it is rumored that all parties will be dispatched to a total of 12 points throughout the city or culminate in a mass march. So far, Sharpton has not confirmed those details. He has, however, advised that all planning to participate be prepared for potentially being arrested.
Though he has many detractors on all sides of the political spectrum, Sharpton seems to be the only African-American figure of political influence taking public action on crimes against the Black community. Whether these actions are for his own benefit or of that of the community-at-large is debatable. The point is that action needs to be taken. Complacency and inertia are friends of the feeble of heart and mind. Don't talk about it, be about it! Let's face it, it's hard to turn your nose up at someone who organized a reported 50,000 demonstrators in a previous Sean Bell protest march.
If you know what's good for your future and that of the next generation, I'll see you there.
Visit Al Sharpton's National Action Network for updates and further details.