Jesse Williams speech at the 2016 BET Awards may offend some people.

In case you missed it, Jesse Williams dropped so many gems in his acceptance speech at the 2016 BET Awards. “If you have no interest in equal rights for Black people then do not make suggestions to those that do, sit down” said Williams.

Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has been very vocal about social injustices against the Black community. In his recent interview with The Guardian he speaks about his childhood “My parents were both activists and I really connected to the social justice movement. Growing up in Chicago, that was a big part of the community that we were in and the people that were in our house,” he says. “I also lived below the poverty line for my entire childhood.”

He also spoke on his Biracial look “To some people I might be a celebrity because I’m physically attractive. We are programmed to believe that someone is attractive because they told you that blue eyes are hot. I am not going to participate in that shit,” he says. “I aim to do what I can with what I have. And I have my [looks] – you know, European beauty standards give me access to things.”

Watch what he said at the BET awards here:

 

 

 

Actual facts about Police violence against black people in 2015.

In 2015 the actual facts about the ongoing killings of unarmed black people by police in the US is more than alarming. So many lives lost. We get a ton of mail from people telling us that the police are just doing their job in high crime areas but in the facts below its the data proves otherwise.

Click on the red keys on the interactive map to view more info on a particular city.

  • In 2014, 1 in 3 U.S. police killings happened in the 100 largest cities.
  • Black people were 21% of the population and 40% of people killed by police in these cities.
  • Most unarmed people killed by police in major U.S. cities were black (56%). Fewer than 1 in 5 (19%) were white.
  • An unarmed black person living in these cities was 6x more likely than an unarmed white person to be killed by police. An unarmed black person was almost as likely as an armed white person to be killed by police.
  • The Police Homicide rate for black men in 17 cities is higher than the U.S. homicide rate. Black men in these cities have a higher chance of being killed by police than the average American has of being killed by anyone.
  • Black men in six cities face a higher chance of being killed by police than the average American has of being killed in a car accident.

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Props to our friends at MAPPING POLICE VIOLENCE a research collaborative collecting comprehensive data on police killings nationwide to quantify the impact of police violence in communities. @deray @samswey @nettaaaaaaaa @MsPackyetti

Bill Cosby arrested, Sandra Bland hung, Tamir Rice shot, the Modern Day Lynching?

Three Major court cases took place over the past few weeks. The arrest of Bill Cosby, the Sandra Bland case, and Tamir Rice case.
The Sandra Bland case where an innocent black woman was pulled over in Texas, abused by the arresting cop, and was mysteriously found hung in a jail cell with no indictment to the police department. The Tamir Rice case, where a 12 year old black boy was legally murdered in seconds by a police officer, and no indictment for the officer(s). And now the highly publicized arrest of Bill Cosby with a million dollar bail. The prosecutor even took Cosby’s passport so he could not leave the country. With unproven allegations, the endless reputation slaughter, slander, and arrest has diminished the legacy of ” Mr Bill Cosby  ” and taken him through the mud unlike white celebrities actually found guilty of acts of pedophilia, and rape. These are all examples of modern day lynchings… some cold blooded murder, and for our prestigious role models, the murder of a legacy.

No wonder Lebron James is so afraid to speak out. When asked about Tamir Rice he said “and to be honest, I haven’t really been on top of this issue.” Really dude? Tamir was killed a year ago and headlined in the news with national protests and you still don’t know about it? If you have a job that makes you afraid to stand up for your own people, then you are just another modern day slave.. and one day you will be on the name slaughter list just like our other greats. Athletes like Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown were much greater influences in there time and had all the peoples love because they stood up for the people.

On June 4, 1967 outstanding Black athletes gathered in the offices of the Black Economic Union in Cleveland, Ohio to support Muhammad Ali’s famously refused induction into the U.S. military.

Some may say, why should people expect so much from an athlete? Well, the answer is we don’t expect anything from an athlete, we expect something from a black father who has children, and we expect from a black man who will stand up for his own kind instead of using his influence to sell bacon burgers! I mean c’mon son!
So instead of standing up for your people, you promote toxic food that is killing your people.. #SMDH

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So we have all the slavery roles in modern times including the lynchings, the house Negro, Masa, and Nat Turner (Nation19 Magazine/APDTA). Don’t let yourself be categorized as the next modern day house negro. Remember, a man or woman who stands for nothing, will fall for anything, and will eventually cause a domino effect. So stand up!  #APDTA

 

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A GRAND JURY ISSUES NO INDICTMENTS IN DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND!

Hempstead Texas prosecutor has announced that a grand jury came to the decision to not issue any indictments in the death of Sandra Bland, the Black Woman who was found dead in her cell after being arrested for not using her signal when switching lanes.

Sandra Bland’s death sparked national outrage after a coroner ruled her death a suicide. Bland’s family and thousands of protesters alleged that Bland was wrongfully arrested and had been a victim of racism.

Remember the cop tried to drag her out of her car for a traffic signal. This is the world we live in. Watch the entire video to remind yourself how she was treated. #noJusticenoPeace #APDTA

Activists discuss social injustice at World Premier screening of film in Phoenix!

 

We had such a great night at the world premier screening of our film #Bars4Justice! There were community activists, leaders, organizers, artists, and hip hop heads all there to discuss as a whole what we can do as a community to make a difference. WestCoast Kam was there and he talked about his role as an artists, hiphop and advocacy. Staring in the film is Jasiri X who flew all the way from Pittsburg, PA. There was a question and answer session with him where we spoke about his role as a hiphop activist. So we want to bring the film to your city to encourage and promote how hip hop and the arts can be used as a tool for positive change.

 

For info about screening in your area contact:

get@nation19.com

909.380.2138

Filmmakers bring Ferguson to Phoenix’s Hip Hop community… Sheriff Arpaio not invited.

On October 1st, community leaders along with local and national Hip Hop artist will meet in Phoenix to discuss racial profiling, police brutality, SB1070 laws, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This will take place at a premier screening of a short film “#Bars4Justice” (view or download media kit) Presented by Nation19 and Directed by award winning filmmakers Hakeem Khaaliq and Queen Muhammad Ali. “We believe this is the perfect time to use different approaches to activism especially in the state of our society today, and encouraging advocacy through hip hop can help educate and position today’s youth locally and nationally” said Queen. The film includes cameo appearances by Academy Award® winner artist Common (Selma) along with Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, M1 from Dead Prez, Jasiri X, Cornell West, Bree Newsome, and activists from all over the country. “This film documents the new generation of civil right activists who don’t sing We shall overcome they chant… Fight the Power” said Hakeem. “Bars4Justice” was filmed in Ferguson in the midst of yet another officer involved shooting during the anniversary of Michael Browns death who was killed by officer Darren Wilson on the same day a year prior.


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With the growing epidemic of police deadly force against people of color, community activism has become a necessity.  While community activism is progressing, there is another revolution on the rise that has not yet been televised. The revolution of HipHop advocacy and the rise of MC’s rapping about social issues.

Subsequent screenings of the film #Bars4Justice are being scheduled in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, New York, Honolulu, and Ferguson. To find out more about screening the film in your area contact 909.380.2138 or email get[at]nation19.com.


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Facts:
  • Since the 2014 killings of unarmed 17 year old Mike brown in Ferguson, and unarmed  34-year-old father of four Rumain Brisbon in Phoenix, 1100+ people were killed at the hands of police.
  • Arizona ranks among the highest in nation for deaths by Cops
  • No FM or AM radio station currently play conscious Hip Hop in Phoenix
  • Officer Mark Rine was not charged for the killing of unarmed father Rumain Brisbon.
  • Since then Arizona passed a law in 2015 that will shield names of police in ‘deadly force’ killings.
  • The Public Enemy music video for “By the Time I Get to Arizona” aired on MTV only one time in 1991. However, PE’s message spread:
    The NFL pulled the 1993 Super Bowl from Tempe, Arizona, and thousands of conventions and tourists followed suit. It’s estimated the state lost $350 million in revenue before voters reconsidered the referendum in a 1993 vote, re-instating the King holiday.

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What does “bars” 4justice mean?
The most popular time signature in music  is the 4/4 measure and 4 bars is usually 1/4th  of a rap verse (16 bars).


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About Bars4Justice:
Bars4Justice is a documentary film shot on location in St Louis and Ferguson. The film follows Emcee / Community activist Jasiri X who was invited to perform at a benefit concert on August 9th 2015 along with Common, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, Cornell West, and Bree Newsome. The screening and live Q&A discussion with Jasiri X on Hip Hop’s roll in activism locally and nationally will take place on October 1st 2015 at:
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Mod HQ 

2828 N. Central Ave. 
Suite 100 (First Floor)
Phoenix, AZ  85004
(Southwest corner of Central and Thomas)
602.687.9417 (Venue)
909.380.2138 (Nation19)

6:30PM to 9:00PM 

Space is limited (so come early)
Free admission
Free parking

All ages welcomed


Featuring

In order of appearance
Jasiri X
Talib Kweli
Fubar St Louis
Tory Russell (Hands up United)
Kayla Reed (OBS)
Kendra Ross
The Ferguson Poet
Cornell West
Bree Newsome
Immortal Technique
Tef Poe
T-Dubb-O
Pharaoh Monch
Bun B (UGK)
M1 (Dead Prez)
Common
Family of Mike Brown
Rev. Renita Lamkin
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou
Rev Traci Blackmon
Rahiel Tesfamariam (Urban Cusp)
Rabbi Susan Talve ( Reform Congregation)
Rev Michael McBride
Protestors
Davey D
Rosa Clamente
Deray Mckesson (We The Protesters)
Andre Anderson, Chief of Police Ferguson

 


Free 2 night stay at a 4 star hotel in Washington DC with Nation19 and Jasiri X!!

So you Think you got Skillz?
Nation19 teamed up with Jasiri X to kick off #Bars4Justice!

#BARS4JUSTICE IS A WEEKLY INSTAGRAM BASED FREESTYLE COMPETITION STARTING AUGUST 4th 2015. YOU GIVE US YOUR BEST BARS IN 15 SECONDS OR LESS, AND WE’LL HAND PICK AND FEATURE THE BEST VIDEO EVERY FRIDAY. WE’LL THEN CHOOSE THE BEST OF THE BEST ON SEPTEMBER 1ST 2015 AND ANNOUNCE THE WINNER FOR A FREE 2 NIGHT STAY IN WASHINGTON DC 10.10.15 FOR JUSTICE OR ELSE, The 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March!

Sponsors: Nation19 | 1HOOD | YoSoy

How do you enter?
JUST POST THE DOPEST $#%$ WE EVER HEARD!


CONTEST RULES:
1.) Videos must be submitted via Instagram first.
2.) No foul language, let’s keep it PG.
3.) Submissions are only eligible that are created after contest start date.
4.) Must be hashtagged using #bars4justice.
5.) All submissions must be themed on Justice.
REMINDER: If your Instagram account is private, we can’t see your video


PRIZES:
GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
2 NIGHTS STAY AT A 4 STAR HOTEL IN WASHINGTON, DC MINUTES AWAY FROM THE MALL.
FULL FEATURE ON NATION19 BLOG AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
NATION19 OCUPPY DC TEE.


SECOND PLACE:
FULL FEATURE ON NATION19 BLOG AND EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
NATION19 OCUPPY DC TEE.


THIRD PLACE:
FEATURE ON NATION19 SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS (IG,FB,TWITTER).
NATION19 STICKER PACK.



Nation19 or Jasiri X are neither responsible nor liable for any damages that may occur to the hotel or hotel room. Once a winner is chosen, total responsibility of the room, and questions about the hotel will be between the hotel and the chosen winner. All ages may enter. Prizes for winners under 18 will be defaulted to parents or legal guardian.

Any #Bars4Justice videos posted/submitted may be used for Nation19 video promotions or ongoing projects .

#blacklivesmatter sisters take over the NetRoots Nation Presidential Town Hall [explicit]

Nation19 Magazine was live on the scene when these strong #blacklivesmatter sisters who took over the NetRoots Nation Presidential Town Hallin Phoenix, Arizona. Here is the play by play.

If I die in police custody do not let my parents talk to Don Lemon, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson or any of the motherfuckers that would destroy my name. Let them know that my sisters got this.


If I die in police custody say my name, say my name… the name that I chose, not the one I was given. If I die in police custody make sure that I’m remembered. Make sure my sisters are remembered. Say their names. Say their names. Marsha P. Johnson. [Unintelligible] Say their names! Say that Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter!


Mexican immigration activists also were there.  Two of Black Lives Matter’s founders head up pro-Illegal alien groups.

If I die in ICE custody say I am not a criminal. Stop funding prisons and detention centers! Shut ICE down and (unintelligible) jails and our prisons! Not one more deportation!

The line about ending all deportations got huge applause and cheers from the Netroots.


If I die in police custody, know your silence helped kill me. White sumprecacy helped kill me. And my child is parentless now.


If I die in police custody know that I want to live! We want to live! We fight to live! Black lives matter! All black lives matter!


If I die in police custody don’t believe the hype, I was murdered! Protect my family! Indict the system! Shut that shit down!

If I die in police custody. Avenge my death! By any means necessary!


If I die in police custody burn everything down! Because no building is worth more than my life! And that’s the only way motherfuckers like you listen!


If I die in police custody make sure I’m the last person to die in police custody by any means necessary!


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