A Facebook livestream showing North Las Vegas police using a deaf woman’s children as interpreters April 7 depicted a “clear violation” of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a local American Civil Liberties Union attorney told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“There could have been at least attempts to do a different form of communication in the interim while waiting for an interpreter,” Nikki Levy, staff attorney with the ACLU of Nevada, said of the video, which had garnered about 59,000 views as of Monday.Continue reading
Despite 1995 evidence, Patrick Rose kept his badge, worked on child sexual assault cases, and ascended to power in the police union. He went on to allegedly molest five other children.
A father and his teenage daughter walked into the Hyde Park police station last August and reported a heinous crime.
The girl said she had been repeatedly molested from age 7 through 12 by former Boston police union president Patrick M. Rose Sr. Five more people soon came forward, accusing Rose of molesting them as children over the span of three decades, including the girl’s own father.
Is Hip Hop worse off today than previous years? Worse for who? Worse for those age 18 and under. My 80’s and early 90’s Hip Hop folks know exactly what I am talking about. For those already 30 plus, or almost 30, we are still in our youth but have officially turned into the “old heads.” Yes thats right, we are now the folks that say “If I knew then, what I knew now,” or “Back in my day…” All those statements our parents made regarding our generation, we are now making those same statements towards the generation behind us. Year 2000 babies are actually in college or in the workplace. The music that they are turning up to in the clubs is explicit as it’s ever been. Let’s make no mistake though, this isn’t a claim to say our era’s rappers were not explicit as well. Some of my favorite rappers, I will admit are misogynistic but that’s a topic for another article.
I mean let’s be real here. I was age 8 When Trina dubbed herself “The Baddest b****” and bragged that she would sex about 5 or 6 best friends. I was only 14 when Lil Kim flaunted her sexual skills in lyrics like, “Ill make a sprite can disappear in my mouth.” So yea, sex and dirty language has been around in Hip Hop for years and its not just the ladies. Reference Too Short, NWA or even LL Cool J on the less abrasive side if you want to. I was probably around age 7 when LL rhymed back and fourth with a young lady, whom many of us don’t even remember for anything more than appearing as the young, “but grown” woman that rapped about how she was ecstatic about getting her chance to sexually please, LL, who she referred to as “Daddy” throughout the song.
I was a young girl listening to how you flow
Now’s my chance to hit you off daddy I’m grown~ Young Lady on LL Cool J’s Doin’ It track (1996)
It’s the year 2021 and sexualization is just as much a lucrative strategy as it was in yesteryear if not more, with the added accessibility that social media offers. Sex is everywhere, even the fingertips of our young people no matter how closely we try to keep the influences of D’evils away from our impressionable children. The potential harm that the frequent provocative visuals and lyrics is what I want to discuss. Full disclaimer, my views will not always come off as politically correct as some would like, but I will always tell my perspective which is my truth.
From my perspective it appears that it is an apparent agenda to push promiscuous behavior, homosexuality and provocation into the lens and ear gates of the youth, which will prove to be detrimental to our community the most. Hey, I was in undergrad with Travis Porter blasting out my speakers telling me, to “Bring it back.” In high school, Trillville’s Some Cut was probably inappropriate of a listen for my young ears, but back then I didn’t see it as a big deal. Sure entertainment is just that, but back then as a youngster it still seemed like there was some sort of attempted filter. That shield thought maybe delusional even back there is undebatable nonexistent in present year. Forget late night programming, with UNCUT videos. Unlike cd’s, streams have no parental advisory label. There is limited discretion and accessibility is as easy as its ever been. I’ve never known anyone to let that little placement of the E for explicit content stop anyone from streaming the content rather of age or under age.
Early this year, Country artist, Lil Nas X, was named to the New York Times Best Selling Author list with the success of his children’s book, C is for Country. Not too long after that, the Old Town Road, singer went viral for revealing to the world his new body modification with breast implants that he referred to as “retail therapy.” The revelation left many puzzled, as the singer appeared to first be attempting to reach children with the release of his book but then parents began to question the safety of letting their kids read from such author. Rightfully so.
Like many Americans, I find myself working from home a lot, and on this particular day I decided to let Vevo play in the background with new music videos. As a child I viewed a lot of music videos, much to my mother’s complaint, I would sit in front of the idiot box and watch MTV Jams for hours. I’d like to believe that I turned out ok, but I am also someone who admittedly is still influenced by the music and videos that I consumed back then. I am still taking trips to locations of Dave Myers, Little X and Benny Boom directed videos because the video’s location and saucey visuals influenced me. But this isn’t about wanting to be where the party and the views were. This is about over sexualization of women and gender bending identities thats getting more and more driven and influenced by dominant culture. While Vevo was on, Cardi B’s Up video and Megan Thee Stallion featuring DaBaby’s video, Crybaby played. I don’t want to sound like the old lady in the room, but to say that I was outraged would be fitting.
Hey, I am all for grown women opting to have a Hot Girl Summer, women empowerment, women owning their sexuality but I do take exception to that coming at the expense of our communities youth and innocence. Both video’s are super sexual and displays the objectification of women which is nothing new but the setting of Megan’s video is problematic as it takes place in a a children’s replica toy store. As a result the message then seems to not be age appropriate but instead intentionally targeted to a younger demographic which seemingly is children. The video starts off with popular, Instagrammer, @blameitonkway playing with barbie dolls in a child like voice. His videos regularly goes viral and he has 5 million followers on IG. Kway gained his popularity by crossdressing in women’s clothing in what was his attempt to humor viewers that viewed his content.
Aside from the explicit sexual language on the track, the Kway appearance in the video leads to a deeper yet controversial discussion that has become taboo to discuss within The Kulture because of the heightened sensitivity surrounding the topic. That topic being the alleged agenda by media to feminize Black men and sexualize women. Now I am not here to suggest, that LGTBQ representation will alter someone’s sexuality but I do think that it is a fair claim or observation to make that a sudden push is apparent. I am trying to be careful with my words here, as I’ve witnessed far too many times people get labeled “homophobic” for offering differing perspectives than others on the topic. However yes, I do think the images, attempted normalization, and popularization over hyper sexuality and fluidity can prove to be harmful to younger demographics.
I don’t make music for kids I make music for adults. Parents are responsible on what their children listen too or see…I’m a very sexual person but not around my child just like every other parent should be. ~Cardi B 2020
This is not a plea to censor Cardi or Megan, as I realize that sex sells and they are grown women that are free to do as they please with their art. This is simply a plea for us adults to be mindful of what we promote, because the kids are always watching with impressionable lens and minds. In response to criticism, Cardi defended her music by reminding folks that she is an entertainer and her music is for adults not children. We can’t control society and what type of content artists choose to release, but it is my right to ask that we all be mindful of who is watching us and what type of influence we are leaving. If we all as a Kulture and community assumed that responsibility and mindfulness then we would all be better off, including our babies. They are the future. Don’t be defensive, just be conscious of what we are putting out into the world and what we are condoning via are actions.
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We will never get justice on stolen land….
The U.S. Department of Justice has shut down its investigation into the Emmett Till slaying, closing the door on possible charges.
Documentary filmmaker Keith Beauchamp, who has worked closely with the FBI on the case, said the department has “not publicly stated the case is closed, but it’s closed.”
There are no indications the state of Mississippi will pursue a murder charge in the death of the 14-year-old African-American youth from Chicago, which took place 65 years ago today. In 2007, a Mississippi grand jury declined to bring charges.
Asked about the Till case, all District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson of Greenville would say is “I don’t have anything to report.”Continue reading
Just a few thoughts after seeing Monica complain about being a boy Mom after he son told her to stop being “ratchet” in public…..011121 Mark Spark on Boy Moms – YouTube
I know 1st hand Philly PD ain’t shit…..
A Black mother who was attacked by a horde of Philadelphia police officers is speaking out about the harrowing experience. Rickia Young was driving an SUV with her 2-year-old son and teenage nephew on October 27 as the city was engulfed in protest over the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. earlier that day. Officers descended on the vehicle, broke its windows, assaulted and arrested her and separated her from her child. Young’s arrest went viral due to a shocking video of the police swarming her vehicle, and after the National Fraternal Order of Police — the country’s largest police union — posted a photo of her 2-year-old on social media, falsely claiming he “was lost during the violent riots in Philadelphia, wandering around barefoot in an area that was experiencing complete lawlessness.” More than a month after the police attack, Rickia Young is demanding the officers involved be fired. “The police have not offered an explanation as to why they acted the way they did that night. They responded instead with a police investigation into Rickia,” says Kevin Mincey, Rickia Young’s attorney.Black Mom Swarmed & Beaten by Philly Riot Police with Toddler in Car Demands Officers Be Fired | Democracy Now!
so Louisville PD just scumbuckets all the way round…. like most LE if u dig deep enough….
Louisville Metro Police concealed at least 738,000 records documenting the sexual abuse of Explorer Scouts by two officers — then lied to keep the files from the public, records show.
The Courier Journal last year requested all records regarding sexual abuse of minors by two officers in the Explorer Scout program for youths interested in law enforcement careers.
Police officials and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office said they couldn’t comply, insisting all the records had been turned over to the FBI for its investigation.
But that wasn’t true, according to records The Courier Journal recently obtained in the appeal of its open records case.
In fact, the department still had at least 738,000 records, which the city allowed to be deleted.Continue reading
All this LMNOP ish is an attack on heterosexual men and specifically Indigenous men….
Terry Crews revealed a #MeToo moment of his own earlier this year. While he became the butt of many jokes, some of us took heed of what he said and thought about our lives. Were their times we were touched as we were younger and ignored it despite feeling comfortable? The touch usually came from a family friend, friend, relative, respected person in the community and the person wasn’t always a male. Continue reading
So much for security lol This is what happens when u don’t hire qualified techs, and hire your buddies…. smmfh
17-year-old Florida teenager is accused of perpetrating one of the year’s biggest and most high-profile hacks: Twitter.
A federal 30-count indictment filed in Tampa said Graham Ivan Clark used a phone spearphishing attack to pivot through multiple layers of Twitter’s security and bypassed its two-factor authentication to gain access to an internal “admin” tool that let the hacker take over any account. With two accomplices named in a separate federal indictment, Clark — who went by the online handle “Kirk” — allegedly used the tool to hijack the accounts of dozens of celebrities and public figures, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk and former president Barack Obama, to post a cryptocurrency scam netting over $100,000 in bitcoin in just a few hours.
It was, by all accounts, a sophisticated attack that required technical skills and an ability to trick and deceive to pull off the scam. Some security professionals were impressed, comparing the attack to one that had the finesse and professionalism of a well-resourced nation-state attacker.
But a profile in The New York Times describes Clark was an “adept scammer with an explosive temper.”
In the teenager’s defense, the attack could have been much worse. Instead of pushing a scam that promised to “double your money,” Clark and his compatriots could have wreaked havoc. In 2013, hackers hijacked the Associated Press’ Twitter account and tweeted a fake bomb attack on the White House, sending the markets plummeting — only to quickly recover after the all-clear was given.
But with control of some of the world’s most popular Twitter accounts, Clark was for a few hours in July one of the most powerful people in the world. If found guilty, the teenager could spend his better years behind bars.Decrypted: How a teenager hacked Twitter, Garmin’s ransomware aftermath | TechCrunch
This is so dope… good biz young men!
Amid a pandemic, a civil rights reckoning, and the heat of the Los Angeles summer, three young brothers are helping to cool the place down with a hip-hop-inspired healthy frozen pop business that donates a portion of its proceeds to charity.
The brothers, 10-year-old Shiloh, 12-year-old Judah, and 14-year-old Nas Accius, started Jiggy Popp with the idea of introducing a healthy treat to their community. Through their all-natural-ingredient products, the boys aim to provide an accessible gateway to a vegan lifestyle while also giving back. Shiloh, Judah and Nas plan to donate a portion of their proceeds.
The boys’ musical backgrounds influenced their decision to donate their money to inner-city arts programs. The Fernando Pullum Arts Center in Leimert Park, where the boys often vend, is one of the chief recipients of nearly $6000 the boys have contributed so far.
“It’s not only about just having access to art programs, it’s beyond that. It’s more about having a creative mindset and creative solutions,” Judah explained. “But for that to happen, people need to be creative. That’s where the idea popped in: Why not give back to arts programs. They help children, so why not help them help children.”
Crediting music with enabling them to start their business in the first place, these lifelong musicians have infused their products with some hip-hop culture.
“Before, I was a street performer. I was bussing on the streets, I was playing my guitar,” explained eldest brother Nas. The money he earned there, matched by a gift from the trio’s dad, made up the $700 start-up cost for Jiggy Popp. Everything else, including the names of the pops, was the result of collaboration.
“The flavors for our pops are Black culture-related,” Judah explained. “We have things like Mango Unchained – Django Unchained – like the movie. We have Strawberry Better 23, like Strawberry Letter 23, which is a Prince song,” he pointed out. Other flavors like Georgia Peach on my Mind, Blackberry Gordy and Tropic Like it’s Hot are also a nod to Black culture.
One expert says that what these young men are doing is not only important for development but vital for the Black community. Will Campbell, professor of Entrepreneurship at Southern University and VP of Commercial Services and Mortgage Retail at Essential Federal Credit Union, pointed out the alarming wealth gap between black and white families. “Entrepreneurship is the only way we’re going to make up the wealth gap.” He added, “Creating those entrepreneurs with very innovative, creative, and bright minds. Training that mindset at an early age will help them develop that financial responsibility. It teaches stewardship early.”
The boys understand and accept their collective responsibility. “When people buy our pops it’s not just about more money,” Judah said. “Most people we encounter are like ‘look at my young black kings out here hustling’. I feel like I’m inspiring people.”
Each boy has hopes for the future of their business and their community. Shiloh hopes the business will grow and people will share it with their friends. Nas can’t help but think about a potential reality — that they may never have to work a 9 to 5. “Once this is fully sustainable, this could be our life,” he said. “If I had to say what we wanted to do when we grow up, it’s this business.”
Meanwhile, Judah hopes to continue to inspire people. “Every other kid could do this as well,” he pointed out. “I want to inspire people to be able to do what we do: Have their own company and thrive the way that we have. Moving forward I want to keep inspiring people.”‘Look at My Young Black Kings’: Three Brothers Create All-Natural Vegan Frozen Pops Inspired By Black Culture