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Being A Man 2014 | Being a Black Man

A panel including hip-hop artist Akala, CEO of Working With Men Shane Ryan, writer and broadcaster Ekow Eshun and filmmaker, theatre director and writer Topher Campbell look at the contradictory and complex ideas around Black masculinity and what tensions arise from stereotypes, colonial histories and economic power.

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Hey guys. Bïsa here.

I’m just gonna come out and say it, I need help. 

My fiance, baby, and I just moved to the suburbs of Chicago to try and escape the violence that is currently plaguing my city. We can’t make ends meet at all (details on the page), and we have no other options. 

I am getting more depressed each day and I can see no way out of this hole. We can’t pay our bills, we are in an extremely stressful living situation, and we don’t even have enough money to wash our clothes. I am literally crying myself to sleep each night. 

You guys, I need your help. My birthday is tomorrow (I’ll be 24), and I found my fiance crying in the bathroom the other day because he can’t afford to do anything for it. Personally, I just want to be able to pay our bills and have an entire day where he doesn’t have to work so he can spend time with the baby and me.

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Has anyone in this family ever even SEEN a chicken?

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The survival happens slowly.

We forgive the oceans
for bringing us here,
and we forgive ourselves
for eroding and
leaving our own bodies
when we thought no one else
wanted them.
We turn the shipwrecks
into lessons instead of mistakes, and we move on like rivers
chasing something better.

We keep the dreams bigger than our failures.
We keep the dreams bigger
than what we lost along the way.
And we keep going
until the wars inside of us
turn into quiet ghosts
that don’t know how
to haunt us anymore.


— Y.Z, message in a bottle (via rustyvoices)

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They Didn’t Tell You

they didn’t tell you

that you would shake

because you couldn’t calm down

they didn’t tell you

that you would cry alot

and that in your bed sometimes you’ll only be able to say, “help”

they’ll say, “It’ll be hard. But you can do this.”

but maybe

they didn’t tell you that

eating a meal would be a victory

because the emptiness in your stomach didn’t feel like hunger, but like loneliness, anxiety, and stress

they didn’t tell you that you’d have to explain to your professor

why you might walk quickly out of the classroom during discussion

when usually you smile and participate

they didn’t tell you that pictures of them

might become painful rather than helpful

they’ll suggest, “Maybe you should go to counseling.”

but maybe they forgot

that hugs were life supports

rather than, “Tell me about today?”


they’ll say, “You’re going to make it”

and maybe two days ago you were making it.

until you crashed

they forgot to tell you about the crash

but they root for you. hard.

even when you have to send an email a day

or a text a day

to tell them you ate breakfast without throwing away food

they’ll say, “I love you” and “I miss you”

and they do.

they do.

so keep on. keep on.








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UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For ‘Stand Your Ground’ Review


* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record

* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”

* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination

* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America

GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.

Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a St. Louis suburb - and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.

"The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown," said Amir, an expert from Algeria.

"This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials."

The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.

U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.

Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.


In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.

Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.

The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.

"The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police," it said, urging investigations.

The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.

Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.

"When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad," he said.