LA City Hall gadfly won’t face charges for racist comments directed at councilman

By: Elizabeth Chao, Los Angeles Daily News December 22, 2016 The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has decided not to file charges against Wayne Spindler, a City Hall gadfly who turned in a public comment card scrawled with racist images.The D.A.’s office said Thursday it declined to file criminal charges because there is “insufficient […]

Black Lives Matter activist MarShawn McCarrel fatally shoots self in front of Ohio Statehouse

BY Meg Wagner | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 12:42 PM A Black Lives Matter activist killed himself on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse, authorities said. MarShawn McCarrel, 23, shot himself in front of the Columbus building Monday evening, Lt. Craig Cvetan of the State Highway Patrol told the Columbus […]

African-American former gang member talks about life in LA Latino street gang

STREETGANGS.COM | January 29, 2016 Northeast Los Angeles – Wayne Turner grew up in the Aliso Village housing projects and joined the Primera Flats street gang when he was ten years old. Although he is a black American it was not uncommon for blacks to join the predominately Latino street gang during the 1960s and […]

Stop Black-on-Black violence in Los Angeles, Justice or Else

STREETGANGS.COM | October 25, 2015 Washington D.C., Million Man March – Skipp Townsend ( ) visits Washington D.C. for the Justice Or Else! Million Man March 20th Anniversary and the message he took back to the streets of South Los Angeles was that “Black-on-Black” violence can be cured by putting down the guns and […]

Author Cornel West: MSNBC And Many Black Journalists ‘Just Want Access’

Huffington Post  | Rahel Gebreyes Posted: 10/09/2014 3:39 pm EDT Updated: 10/09/2014 3:59 pm EDT Cornel West is not happy with the state of black journalism today. In an interview with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, the Black Prophetic Fire author looked back at prominent African-Americans in history and lamented the decline of the independent black […]

$40M wrongful conviction settlement: ‘The money is almost beside the point’

By Steve Mills and Juan Perez Jr. Tribune reporter 12:22 p.m. CDT, June 25, 2014 Attorneys today hailed a landmark wrongful conviction settlement awarded to five men who were wrongfully imprisoned for the rape and murder of a teenage girl but called for a deeper look at authorities’ use of false confessions in Cook County. […]

How segregated is Chicago, and does it matter?

By Scarlett Swerdlow / Chicago Sun-Times Tue, 05/27/2014 – 1:14pm In a provocative piece sweeping the Internet, The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates makes the case for reparations. His central piece of evidence: Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, where nine out of ten residents are black, 43 percent of people live in poverty, and the homicide rate is […]

LA Clippers owner receives lifetime ban from NBA commissioner

By Stefani Camille Staff Writer April 29, 2014 LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Clippers team owner, Donald Sterling, 80, was apparently recorded having a racially insensitive conversation with mistress prior. The audio of that conversation was released and made public over the weekend. V. Stiviano, 31, the other woman in Sterling’s life is being accused of […]

Oklahoma’s stealth executions are an injustice

By The Times editorial board March 19, 2014 A month from now, if all goes according to plan in Oklahoma, two convicted murderers will be executed by lethal injection, and without knowing exactly how the killing cocktail was put together or by whom. Without that knowledge, they could well be denied their basic constitutional protection […]

Exonerated death row inmate takes on his former prosecutor in Texas

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske / LA  Times March 5, 2014, 6:38 p.m. HOUSTON — Anthony Graves survived 18 years in prison for murders he did not commit, a dozen of those years on death row, where he was twice scheduled for execution. On Wednesday, Graves stood defiant outside a courthouse in a blue pinstripe suit with […]

Pharrell’s new G I R L album cover sparks criticism by fans

By Stefani Camille WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER February 28, 2014 Pharrell Williams finally released his album called G I R L on Monday after being announced just a few short weeks ago, and has been picking up strong feedback from fans. Although his hit song Happy is number #1 on the charts he is getting a […]

Obama Starts Initiative for Young Black Men, Noting His Own Experience

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR / The New York Times FEB. 27, 2014 WASHINGTON — President Obama spoke in unusually personal terms at the White House on Thursday about how he got high as a teenager and was at times indifferent to school as he deplored what he called America’s numbness to the plight of young […]

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