On Sept. 9, 1971, a riot occurred at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, N.Y. The riot is one of the most well-known and significant uprisings of the Prisoners’ Rights Movement. It was based upon prisoners’ demands for political rights and better living conditions and was sparked two weeks after the killing of George Jackson, a Black Panther and organizer at San Quentin State Prison. During the Attica uprising, about 1,000 of the institutions’ approximately 2,200 inmates rioted and seized control of the prison, taking 42 staff hostage.
African Americans diverging views toward gun law and ownership
As has become commonplace, after the recent mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, which left 49 people dead and 53 injured—notably the worst incidence of U.S. domestic terrorism to date (aside from the mass killings of Black slaves and other disenfranchised groups in this nation)— the conversation surrounding gun control has once again been thrust into the forefront of political discourse.
Wakiesha Wilson, 36, was a mother
Sounding eerily familiar to the recent case of Ms. Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old Black woman who was found hanged in a jail cell in Texas—her death classified as a suicide, but mired in suspicion of foul play by the hands of police—a new woman, Ms. Wakiesha Wilson, 36, was recently found hanging from a telephone pole in her cell at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center.
Wakiesha Wilson, 36, was a mother
Sounding eerily familiar to the recent case of Ms. Sandra Bland, the 28-year-old Black woman who was found hanged in a jail cell in Texas—her death classified as a suicide, but mired in suspicion of foul play by the hands of police—a new woman, Ms. Wakiesha Wilson, 36, was recently found hanging from a telephone pole in her cell at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center. Coroner’s officials say Wilson hanged herself, but her family says that makes no sense.
In response to the flurry of comments that we received on the cover of last week’s edition; there was a very heavy mix of reviews where some praised it for its brazen honesty, while others condemned it for its offensiveness.
Following the news that New York City officer Daniel Pantaleo, who held unarmed Eric Garner in an against-policy chokehold resulting in his death, would not be indicted, protests broke out around the country in what many called “another total miss” by a grand jury. But what resulted after the outcome of the trial was even more surprising. Scores of White Americans took to Twitter in what may be the largest admission of “White privilege” on record.
As a result of the recent barrage of tragedies which have claimed the lives of too many young Black men, communities across the country have turned a very critical eye to police departments throughout the nation. Shock, confusion, and anger run rampant in the hearts and minds of family members, friends, and distant neighbors who don’t understand how so much pain is being inflicted by the very people who they have employed to protect them.
Community approach brings multi-genred music, fashion, and culture together
Premiering as a first of its kind pop-up festival in the San Fernando Valley, a varied group of multitalented individuals came together to make the inaugural HellaChella Music Festival a monumental success.
Alex Johnson brings innovation, education and tech savvy to LAUSD race
Throughout the country, young, energetic, and passionate African American men and women are embracing opportunities for public service in politics. Voters have increasingly shown support for younger candidates—evidenced by the success of those persons elected to office locally while still in their 20s and 30s—and they are trusting these political newcomers to represent their interests at the state and local levels.
African American news for the week of June 12, 2014.
California Award-winning actress Angela Bassett is set for her directorial debut with an original movie based on the life and career of Whitney Houston, but not without controversy. The Lifetime movie is set for release in 2015 and will cover Houston’s rise and fall. Bassett comments, “I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story. Their humanity and bond fascinates us all. I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.” Actress Yaya DaCosta, best known for her debut on “America’s Next Top Model,” has been cast to play Whitney Houston. The late singer’s family is reportedly not happy with the production and is said to be considering a lawsuit to stop it. In fact, the family, according to TMZ, is planning its own film.