Most people would be hard-pressed to rattle off a list of black victims, except for the great black martyrs like Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Emmett Till -- and the latest addition to that short list, Trayvon Martin.
As New York City continues to deny the Central Park Five compensation for six to 13 years each served in prison, denial of any wrongdoing and the racist injustice of the criminal justice system within this case is actually a continued disservice to all black and Latino men.
A stellar year for filmmaking is behind us, and the best movies are worth seeing whether you screen them in a theater, on DVD or on VOD. Grab some popcorn and enjoy the exceptional work of black actors, directors and other talented artists.
In many ways The Central Park Five is a history lesson and cautionary tale of the types of police and prosecutorial misconduct that is possible without effective oversight or appropriate checks and balances to power.
On April 19, 1989, you could not miss the headlines -- and the horror of the Central Park jogger case. The Central Park Five, a deft examination of the most publicized rape case in NY history, questions the handling of this case.
The Central Park Five is stirring, heartbreaking and galvanizing but, thankfully, not polemic. If Burns has an agenda it is only to humanize the young men who were demonized in the press and lost their youth for a crime they didn't commit.