Eric Casebolt: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com

McKinney, TX 2015

A McKinney, Texas, cop has been placed on administrative leave while his department investigates his actions in a video that shows him cursing at juveniles, violently detaining a 15-year-old girl and pointing his gun at two unarmed teens at a community pool party.

He has been identified as Corporal Eric Casebolt, a 40-year-old Navy veteran who has been an officer in McKinney for nearly 10 years, according to Fox 4 News.

Casebolt is white, while the teens he is seen arresting and yelling expletives at are black.

The video, posted to YouTube, went viral on social media, prompting police to review it and put Casebolt on leave. The incident happened Friday, June 5 and he was suspended Sunday.

via Eric Casebolt: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com.

Langston Hughes: This is why poet who wrote I Dream A World has been given a Google doodle – News – Gadgets and Tech | The Independent

Happy 113th Birthday, Langston Hughes. Google created this animated musical celebrating the event, and The Independent’s commentary gives it historical context. Good job.

Google has marked what would have been the 113th birthday of pioneering African-American jazz poet and social activist, Langston Hughes with a Doodle on its homepage.

The animated sequence shows a caricature of Hughes at his typewriter as lines from his poem I Dream a World appear.

Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri, and largely raised by his grandmother while his mother looked for work. His father – with whom he had troubled relationship – had left the family and travelled to Cuba and Mexico in an attempt to escape the racism that was rife in America at the time. Hughes joined his father in Mexico and agreed to study engineering so long as he could attend Colombia University. He left the following year due to racial prejudice.

via Langston Hughes: This is why poet who wrote I Dream A World has been given a Google doodle – News – Gadgets and Tech – The Independent.

Why We Can’t Wait (Signet Classics): Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. | #OYRchallenge

Why We Can’t Wait by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

“Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, ‘Wait.’ But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim…when you see the vast majority of twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky…when you take a cross-country drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you…when…your wife and mother are never given the respected title ‘Mrs.’…when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of ‘nobodiness’—then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.”

Why We Can’t Wait 

Martin Luther King’s Classic Exploration of the events and forces behind the Civil Rights Movement

Black poverty is state violence, too: Why struggles for criminal justice and living wage are uniting – Salon.com

Employment racism and economic racism is deadlier than the gun. Economic racism kill generations relegating generations of Black and Brown peoples to the margins of society.

Employment racism die-in

For the second time in a week, the swelling protests against police brutality and an unequal criminal justice system coincided with planned labor strikes at low-wage employers yesterday, and for the second time, protesters joined forces, combining the struggle for a living wage with the struggle for the right to live free of police violence.

via Black poverty is state violence, too: Why struggles for criminal justice and living wage are uniting – Salon.com.

The Eric Garner Verdict: Analyses, Implications and What Comes Next – YouTube | #OYRchallenge

There has been a stiffening silence in African American homes of late. There is no language to bridge anguish, fear, and cognitive dissonance into language appropriate to educate, parent, and resolve going out the next day into the mirage of Americanism.  We avert our gaze when mistakenly another broadcast of protesters flicker across our television sets. Teacher’s College hopes to teach us to exhale through this silence. The panel assembled expressed the need to provide breathing space for race dialogue. Watch the video. #ICantBreathe #BlackLivesMatter

Streamed live on Dec 11, 2014

Panel Discussion and Teachers College Community dialogue to take seriously the question of what comes next here at Teachers College in the wake of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown non-indictments. Featuring Professors Chris Emdin, Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, and doctoral student and poet Jamila Lyiscott.

via The Eric Garner Verdict: Analyses, Implications and What Comes Next – YouTube.

Watch Shonda Rhimes’ Totally Empowering Women In Entertainment Speech

By now Shonda Rhimes is a universally recognized name in the television industry, so her receiving the prestigious Sherry Lansing Leadership Award is one of many to follow. Her small-screen writing and production of Greys Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder has gained her a prominence in the industry that few women have experienced in the past.  Rhimes wears success well. Never does she forget to tip her hat to women of color across the board. Scandal lead, Tom Goldwyn states that Rhimes “redefine[s] the television landscape.” Social media posts, whether affirming the creative genius in Rhimes’s characters, or bristling over a particular scene attest that nothing about either of her three dynamic creations is ordinary. Check out video at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/shonda-rhimes-at-thrs-power-755878Watch Shonda Rhimes' Totally Empowering Women In Entertainment Speech

“This moment right here, me standing up here all brown with my boobs and my Thursday night of network television full of women of color, competitive women, strong women, women who own their bodies and whose lives revolve around their work instead of their men, women who are big dogs, that could only be happening right now.

Think about it.

Look around this room. It’s filled with women of all colors in Hollywood who are executives and heads of studios and VPs and show creators and directors. There are a lot of women in Hollywood in this room who have the game-changing ability to say yes or no to something.

15 years ago, that would not have been as true.”

via Watch Shonda Rhimes’ Totally Empowering Women In Entertainment Speech.