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Minneapolis: The New Selma for Black Lives Matter

Ronda Lee | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Ronda Lee

Is Black Lives Matter destined to go the way of the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and Million Man March movements -- a footnote in history? A recent poll showed voters are skeptical of Black Lives Matter and its policies.

NYPD Officer Used Excessive Force On Ex-Tennis Player James Blake: Review Board

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 10.08.2015 | Sports

A New York City police officer used excessive force when he tackled former professional tennis player James Blake during an arrest outside a Manhattan...

NYPD Says It Will Track Use Of Force, Actually Start Disciplining Cops

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton has announced sweeping new reforms to how the NYPD tracks its officers' use of force. A ...

James Blake Got An Apology From The NYPD, But Families Of Other Victims Are Still Waiting

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.23.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- The violent and wrongful arrest of tennis star James Blake in New York City earlier this month prompted swift apologies from Mayor Bill de...

An Anemic Democracy?

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 09.13.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

How does the country change the narrative so that black people are not always receiving the "worst of the worst:" the worst schools, the worst jobs, the worst opportunities -- all a part of black life because of the color of their skin?

Open Letter to PBA Loudmouth Pat Lynch

Erica Garner | Posted 09.23.2016 | Black Voices
Erica Garner

The men and women of the world are once again disheartened to read yet another story about a black person being brutalized by the NYPD. We are also disheartened by the knee-jerk reaction from ivory tower police union bosses.

'You Should Pray I Choose the Latter'

Tom Allon | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics
Tom Allon

Violence or civil disobedience? That has been the perennial question facing the Civil Rights movement, which has evolved into the "Black Lives Matter" crusade. From Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr., civil disobedience has been a powerful weapon in spearheading needed social progress.

Cut To Video: Reflections On James Blake, On-Camera Police Brutality | Posted 09.16.2016 | Black Voices

One officer told me that if I simply complied with his instructions to show my ID, then I wouldn't have been detained. I demanded to know why I was rushed and restrained with handcuffs. "Why don't you trust police?" the officer shot back.

NYPD Union Chief Calls James Blake Arrest Critics 'Un-American'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics

New York City police union chief Patrick Lynch said Tuesday it's "irresponsible, unjust and un-American" to criticize cops for wrongfully slamming ret...

Oh No She Didn't

Michelle Tennant Nicholson | Posted 09.15.2016 | Media
Michelle Tennant Nicholson

If you hear someone say, "Oh no she didn't," you have an instant news hook. Today, many people are saying that about Kim Davis being compared to Rosa Parks.

What Happens if You Are Not Named James Blake

Ace Robinson | Posted 09.15.2016 | Black Voices
Ace Robinson

Unfortunately, the experience of the former #4 tennis player in the world is not the same as countless Black men in the City. Black men who are not celebrities or well-known athletes do not get released 15 minutes later.

James Blake and Domestic Terrorism, NYPD Style

Brian Koppelman | Posted 09.14.2016 | Crime
Brian Koppelman

I watch the tape, and I am sickened. Heartbroken. I am heartbroken for James Blake and for all the Black men who have been treated like that without recourse, without video, without even the remotest chance that anyone in the system would believe them.

James Blake Shows Poor Blacks Aren't the Only Ones Racially Profiled

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.13.2016 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The susceptibility of even celebrated black men to be hauled off when there's even the slightest suspicion -- mistaken or otherwise -- of criminal wrongdoing has left many police officials red-faced with embarrassment when they realized their goof. This was the case with Blake.

James Blake Says Cop Who Slammed Him 'Doesn't Deserve' To Have Badge

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 09.12.2015 | Sports

Former tennis star James Blake says the New York City cop who slammed him to the ground should lose his job. "I don't think this person should ever ha...

NYPD Releases Video Of Cop Slamming James Blake To The Ground

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 09.11.2015 | Sports

Security footage released by the New York City Police Department on Friday shows a plainclothes cop slamming former tennis star James Blake to the gro...

Sorry Bratton, You Can’t Say Race Has Nothing To Do With This

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 09.10.2015 | Sports

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has expressed unambiguous concern since news broke of some of his cops wrongfully slamming former tennis star James Bla...

Tennis Star James Blake Mistakenly Tackled By NYPD Cops

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 09.10.2015 | Sports

Former tennis star James Blake was tackled Wednesday and detained by five NYPD officers who mistook him for a suspect in an identity theft ring. Blake...

James Blake, Former Tennis Star, Slammed To Ground And Handcuffed Outside Hotel

New York Daily News | Benjamin Hart | Posted 09.09.2015 | Sports

Former tennis great James Blake was slammed to the ground, handcuffed and detained by five plainclothes city cops Wednesday outside his midtown hotel ...

25 Must-See Art Happenings At Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts

Going to Art Basel Miami Beach? Now's the time to strategize for the art onslaught to come. Trust us, once you step foot in that humid Miami heat it's...

James Blake Plots Kanye West Collabo For New Album | Posted 11.23.2014 | Entertainment

When Rolling Stone spoke to Kanye West and James Blake in February about their mutual admiration for one another, it seemed like the rapper was purs...

Pour Yourself A Glass Of Whiskey And Listen To This

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment

Introducing Marian Hill: the answer to your musical cravings to bite into some blues, jazz, heavy bass and some of the most delicate vocals you have e...

Daily Meditation: Case Of You

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

15 Must-Listen Songs For Fall

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment

Oh, autumn, how we love you so. The leaves are doing that thing they do with the reds and oranges, warm chai and pumpkin lattes are the only approp...

Jesse Boykins III Sings Music for Grownups

Craig Carpenter | Posted 08.02.2014 | Entertainment
Craig Carpenter

The roots of rock and roll come from the African American music of gospel and blues. Everyone knows that. For those who don't, let Jesse Boykins III stand as a statement of fact and proof.

4 Bodies Found In Tennis Star's Home

Posted 05.07.2014 | Crime

Four bodies were discovered inside a burned down Florida mansion owned by a former tennis star. James Blake was renting out the home when the fire ...