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Keeping the divide going: AMC developing series based on BLM book, "They Can't Kill Us All"

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More fiction coming to your TV…

Ferguson was a liberal-funded protest. Baltimore race rioters were given permission by then mayor, Stephanie  Rawlings-Blake, to burn, riot, and loot their own city. Instead of waiting for the facts of police shootings to emerge, race agitators destroyed their communities.
Now a book about the riots from the BLM movement’s perspective is coming to TV. More fiction, no doubt.
Another show I won’t be watching.
From Deadline: AMC has put in development a drama based on Wesley Lowery’s bestselling nonfiction book They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice. It comes from Brad Weston’s Makeready and writer LaToya Morgan (Into the Badlands, Turn: Washington’s Spies).
Published in 2016 by Little, Brown & Company, the book was acquired by Makeready last fall. It examines how decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools, crumbling infrastructure and too few jobs has led to the high-profile cases of police brutality in Ferguson, Cleveland, Baltimore and elsewhere and the birth of Black Lives Matter movement seeking justice for the deaths of Michael Brown (police officer Darren Wilson was cleared by Obama’s DOJ), Tamir Rice (a grand jury declined to indict due to the fact that Rice drew what appeared to be a real firearm) and Freddie Gray (the trial against Officer William Porter ended in mistrial. Officers Nero, Goodson, and Rice were found not guilty at trial. The remaining charges against the officers were dropped on July 27, 2016).
Written by Morgan, who is under an overall deal at AMC, the potential series also will reflect current events and race relations through the stories and voices of fictional characters. Morgan will executive produce with Makeready founder and CEO Weston and creative heads Pam Abdy and Scott Nemes.
Lowery, a reporter at The Washington Post, was a lead on the paper’s “Fatal Force” project, a database that tracked 990 police shootings in 2015. The project won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2016.
They Can’t Kill Us All joins the growing development slate of Makeready’s television division, headed by Nemes, which funds development and can deficit finance series, with Entertainment One handling international distribution. The slate also includes a series adaptation of Rocket Men, Robert Kurson’s upcoming book about the Apollo 8 odyssey; the Untitled David James Kelly project, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson’s Appian Way; Old City Blues, by screenwriter Arash Amel, based on the Boom graphic novel; Catching Out, from writer/executive producer Amy Harris and executive producer Chloe Grace Moretz; and the Jonás Cuarón-written drama Undocumented America, based on manuscript by journalist and DACA recipient Karla Cornejo Villavicencio about undocumented immigrants illegal aliens across America.
Morgan is repped by Echo Lake Entertainment, CAA, and Rob Szymanski.
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Baltimore lawmaker's grandson killed in Labor Day weekend violence

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Lawmaker Talmadge Branch loses his grandson


Baltimore has a serious murder problem.
The residents of Baltimore recently begged for a “Don’t kill anybody weekend” which resulted in three people being shot, two of them fatally. Seven people were killed over Labor Day weekend. There have now been 242 homicides in the city in 2017, a near historic pace.
Lawmaker Talmadge Branch has been in office since 1995, representing the 45th legislative district. In 2013, he supported major gun control measures that included banning assault weapons, requiring people who buy handguns to provide their fingerprints and limiting gun magazines to 10 bullets. At the time he was quoted as saying the following (via Fox News):
“Delegate Talmadge Branch, D-Baltimore, told lawmakers how Baltimore legislators regularly attend funerals of people who are gunned down. He described a calendar that sometimes included two funerals a week or two a month. 
“We don’t have a need for an assault rifle in the city of Baltimore,” Branch said. “We don’t have that kind of need, and we don’t need guns on the street that are unlicensed, and we don’t need guns on the street that are actually killing people.” 
With all due respect sir, the guns aren’t actually killing people. It’s the people holding the guns who are killing people.
Now the gun violence has hit home especially close for this lawmaker. Sadly, murders will continue until lawmakers address the root cause of people killing people in that city.
From CBS Baltimore: A man killed in a shooting Monday is reportedly the grandson of Maryland House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch, according to our media partner The Baltimore Sun.
Branch said his grandson Tyrone is Baltimore’s latest murder victim, and the veteran lawmaker pleaded for the city’s gun violence to stop.
Three hours after the young man’s death, The Sun says Branch said that the city’s violence “touched my family now.”
Tyrone is reportedly the oldest child of Branch’s daughter.
Baltimore Police say the shooting happened around 12:30 p.m. at the 4200 block of Nicholas Ave.  Responding officers found the 22-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he died a short time after arriving.
Police say the victim was reportedly was talking with two unknown suspects, when they opened fire on him, and left in a white vehicle after the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (410) 396-2100, Metro crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP, or text a tip to (443)902-4824.
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"Don't kill anybody": Murder-free weekend urged in Baltimore

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It’s come to this: Wearing t-shirts begging folks not to kill. Mayor Catherine Pugh and former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake must be so proud.
From MSN: A 44-year-old mother might seem an unusual visitor on the drug corners of Baltimore, but Erricka Bridgeford has stopped by them for weeks to make her pitch for peace.
Forget your grudges for one weekend, she urges the young men she finds. Help bring a 72-hour truce to a city besieged by gun violence. “It’s a city-wide call,” she tells them, “but I’m talking to you.”
Bridgeford and other neighborhood leaders are drumming up support for the three-day ceasefire to quell Baltimore’s violence on the first weekend of August. She admits, however, that such peace is a tall order for a city that’s seen 188 killings this year.
Organizers aim to stop the shooting from Friday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 6 with a unified and blunt message: “Nobody kill anybody.”
Their message has been printed on T-shirts and fliers. They designed a website and held community meetings. More than 1,600 people visited their Facebook page. The grassroots campaign has swelled since it began in May.
“I’ve seen the momentum build over the past several weeks,” said T.J. Smith, spokesman for Baltimore police. “We are all in this together and we’re 1,000 percent supportive of the efforts.”
The campaign urges people to put aside their guns and join weekend events for healing, from a peace rally Friday evening to a vigil Sunday where participants will read the names of every person killed in 2017.
“The Baltimore Ceasefire was not declared by any one organization,” organizers wrote on their website. “This ceasefire is the product of Baltimore residents not only being exhausted by homicides, but believing that Baltimore can have a murder-free weekend if everyone takes responsibility.”
More than 600 people have pledged to keep the peace, they wrote. Among them are some of the young men Bridgeford has met on the corners. “You just talk to them like they’re your little brother,” she said.
A professional mediator, neighborhood volunteer and part-time Uber driver — “Everyone who gets in my car leaves with a flyer and a speech” — Bridgeford’s own younger brother was gunned down a decade ago in Southwest Baltimore. His killer was never caught.
Next month’s ceasefire would prove successful if it deters a single shooting, she said. And she figured the movement has already saved a life somewhere. “Somebody was plotting on this weekend,” she said. “Now they’re not going to do it because of a rumbling in their soul.”
The organizers are raising money through their website for more fliers. Some of the money will be donated to the families of anyone killed over the ceasefire weekend. Bridgeford is urging everyone she meets to echo the call for peace. “Jumping out in open-air drug markets might not be for everyone,” she said. “But we’re asking everyone to do their part.”
Community ceasefires, however, have failed to stem the violence in the past. The group Mothers of Murdered Sons called for a ceasefire over Mother’s Day weekend, but at least four people were shot, including a 59-year-old man and 17-year-old woman; both were killed.
Other communities have called for ceasefires after spates of violence in Birmingham, Ala. and Berkeley, Calif., and such efforts are as much about empowering residents as reducing homicide statistics, said Cassandra Crifasi, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins-Baltimore Collaborative for Violence Reduction.
Persistent violence often leaves neighbors feeling powerless, she said. “Communities feel like they can’t do things for themselves. They don’t have a voice. They don’t feel heard,” she said. “This effort seems to me like the people most affected by violence are standing up and saying, ‘We’re not going to take this anymore.'”
A similar awareness campaign began in Chicago in 2013 and has spread across the country with people wearing orange in June to draw attention to the scourge of gun violence. Across the country more than 90 people are shot and killed every day, according to the Wear Orange campaign.
Baltimore, meanwhile, remains gripped by its own violent spike, with 2017 on pace to be the city’s deadliest year ever. The number of homicides shot up to 344 in 2015; another 318 people were killed last year. Baltimore had not exceeded 300 annual homicides for decades before 2015.
“I’m cautiously optimistic,” Crifasi said of the ceasefire. “It indicates to me there are lots of people in Baltimore still invested in the safety and security of their communities.”
People like Bridgeford who has carried the message to Baltimore’s drug corners. She found an unexpected audience, even encouragement in the streets. “I’ve absolutely heard skepticism,” she said. “But even the skeptics are like, ‘Stay out here.'”
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This is Chiraq: More than 100 shot over Fourth of July Weekend

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Heckuva job mayor…


From Yahoo: The United States celebrated Independence Day with a long weekend of barbecues and fireworks, but in violence-plagued Chicago more than 101 were hit by gunfire, with 14 dying of their wounds, the Chicago Tribune said on Wednesday.
The youngest of the victims was just 13 years old and the eldest 60, the newspaper said, noting that the shootings were concentrated in the south and west of the country’s third largest city.
The heavy toll came after President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he would be sending federal reinforcements to tackle chronic violence in Chicago, where local police forces were slammed for abuse in a federal report put out last January.
The long bout of holiday violence began on Friday and ended in the early hours of Wednesday, July 5. The holiday started off relatively peacefully but violence quickly escalated on Tuesday afternoon, when 41 people were shot in just 12 hours.
Violence in the city has drawn a great deal of media attention because it is where former president Barack Obama worked as a civil rights attorney and law professor and where he still maintains a high profile.
The rate of violence relative to the size of the population is, however, lower than other US cities such as St Louis or Baltimore (well, guess that makes it better…sarc).
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Jay Z Bails Out Violent Protesters

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By Doyle Murphy of the New York Daily News
Beyoncé and Jay Z wired ‘tens of thousands’ of dollars to bail out protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., a writer says.
Jay Z and Beyoncé bankrolled protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson with tens of thousands of dollars in bail money, a writer and social activist close to him claimed.
“I can say I’ve personally helped facilitate donations they’ve given to protesters directly and that they never ask for anything in return, especially publicity,” author dream hampton told the Daily News in an email.
The writer, who collaborated on Jay Z’s book “Decoded,” first revealed the power couple’s behind-the-scenes support in a series of tweets on Sunday morning.
“When we needed money for bail for Baltimore protesters, I asked hit Jay up, as I had for Ferguson, wired tens of thousands in mins.” hampton wrote.

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About Two Dozen Murders Have Happened In Baltimore Since Freddie Gray Fell Into Coma

How come there's no rioting over all the other deaths in Baltimore?

How come there’s no rioting over all the other deaths in Baltimore?


Daily Caller: The city of Baltimore, Md. has been home to roughly two dozen murders since police arrested Freddie Gray on April 12 for possession of an illegal switchblade. Meanwhile, searchable data from The Baltimore Sun shows that 26 homicides have occurred in the city limits of Baltimore during the last 30 days — or since April 9.
The cause of death in one murder case was blunt force, police say. The victim in that case was two-year-old Tyleah Fenwick, according to local NBC station WBAL-TV. Billy Vines, 59, and Jorvon Beatty, 23, died from stab wounds. Vines was killed in the wee hours of April 12 by his son at the home they shared not far from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Beatty met his fate in a fight outside a homeless center on May 4.
The body of Nicole Torain, 34, was discovered in a trash incinerator on April 22. The cause of her death is unknown, but police have ruled it a homicide. All the rest of Baltimore’s 26 murders in the last 30 days have resulted from shootings. Kareem George, 36, was shot in the head on April 25, for example.
Yogesh Sheth, the manager of Mini Market Deli and Grocery, was shot when three masked men robbed his store on May 1. He agreed to step out from behind the bullet-proof glass because the men had taken a hostage at gunpoint. He was opening a door. It got jammed. One of them men then shot Sheth once in the head and three times in the chest, according to local ABC affiliate WMAR.
May 8 was a very busy day for Baltimore shootings. There were nine, according to WBAL. Three resulted in deaths. Melissa Anne Bingham, 34, died from multiple gunshot wounds at a major, three-gas-station intersection. Armand Parrine, 26, also died of multiple gun shots in a separate, unrelated incident. The name of the victim in a third May 8 homicide remains unknown.
There have been 82 homicides in Baltimore thus far in 2015.
FYI: Maryland’s gun laws are here. “Maryland is a “may issue” state for concealed carry. Applicants must demonstrate a “good and substantial reason” to carry a handgun. Permits are normally very difficult to obtain.
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Show your support for Baltimore! Um, by shaving your head?

This is what happens when your ego takes over…
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Mother Jones has some interesting facts about Baltimore:

  • Of the 100 largest counties in the country, they found, Baltimore was where children in low-income households faced the worst odds in terms of upward mobility
  • Life expectancy in 15 Baltimore neighborhoods, including the one where Freddie Gray lived, is shorter than in North Korea, according to an analysis by the Washington Post.
  • Baltimore teens between 15 and 19 years old face poorer health conditions and a bleaker economic outlook than those in economically distressed cities in Nigeria, India, China, and South Africa
  • In 2014, Baltimore—a city where the unemployment rate (8.1 percent) is nearly one and a half times than the national rate (5.5 percent)—had one of the largest gaps between the rich and poor in the country

How did Baltimore end up in such a sad sate? Must be that republican leadership they’ve had! Oh, wait:
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Elijah Cummings (D-Part of the Problem) is the US Rep for Maryland’s 7th congressional district, serving since 1996.

Baltimore has been a Democratic stronghold for over 150 years, with Democrats dominating every level of government. In virtually all elections, the Democratic primary is the real contest.”
So how does a “celebrity” show their support for his devastated home town?

If only the media didn't have to portray this...

If only the media didn’t have to portray this…


“R&B singer Sisqo is joining the list of celebrities taking a stance against the media’s portrayal of his hometown Baltimore, Maryland. In doing so, he decidedly took a much different approach and sacrificed one of his ever-evolving trademarks: his hair.”
Sisqo proves he's "down for the struggle"

Sisqo proves he’s “down for the struggle”


I sacrificed my hair as a symbol of support for the struggle that Baltimore & most inner-city youth face everyday. My hair has been my signature around the world since our careers started hand n hand with being a Baltimore native good,bad, or ugly. It wrenched my heart when I saw the way that we were being portrayed to the world media. The fact that I was unable to march on the streets of my city with my brothers & sisters physically made me feel as if I needed to make a statement that couldn’t be tainted, twisted, or misconstrued. I have worked with local schools, churches & youth groups in the past. Myself & DRU HILL are working to do more in the future.* So hang in there young people…and remember think outside-of-the-box. Be better then the best & always remember intellect over emotion.”
Sisqo, who is worth $4 to $8 million, sure knows how to step it up for his community! Maybe his brothers and sisters  would be more appreciative if he gave them another “thong song“.
Intellect over emotion...

Intellect over emotion…


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*I Googled “Sisqo and charity work” and came up with just one result, from 2000. He’d better get his PR person on that, stat.

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Baltimore Officials & Clergy Ask For Help After Dozens Killed

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CBS Baltimore: The surge in violence continues in Baltimore as the police report more shootings, the last of which happened late Saturday in Northeast Baltimore. Christie Ileto has more on how clergy and lawmakers are trying to calm anxious residents. At least 40 shootings have happened in the last 10 days and 16 of them were deadly.

Police say two people were shot on Saturday. Neither of the shootings was fatal. Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Saturday, police say a man was shot in the back while standing on Edison Highway in northeast Baltimore. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, a man was shot in the leg in west Baltimore.

Police have stepped up their presence on the streets in response to a surge in violence that included 11 fatal shootings in the span of a week. Commissioner Anthony Batts has said nearly three times the usual number of officers would be on the streets this weekend.

City clergy are now asking residents to step up and end this violent trend.

At Lafayette Avenue, a man is shot in the leg and at South Haven street, a woman is shot and killed. “We’ve never had anything like this happen on Haven Street. I’ve been here for 15 years and never seen anything like that,” said concerned resident John Wrencher.

His block becomes the latest home to Baltimore’s nearly 40 shootings in two weeks. More than a dozen people are dead.

City clergy and members of 120 churches are rallying and praying this weekend for peace. Even a 21-car motorcade drives through the city showing just how deadly this violent trend is becoming.

If you put a police officer in every block, you still could not solve the program when the problem is inside of the individual, ” said Bishop Angel L. Nunez of Bilingual Christian Church.

This recent surge in shootings highlights the city’s problem with gun violence and homicide rate. So far this year, there have been around 117 homicides, the highest in six years.

But for Stephanie Rawlings Blake, it’s personal. Her cousin, was gunned down last month near his home.  “Whether our homicide rate is 200 or 300 or one, we can never get that life back,” said Rawlings-Blake.

With the violence spotlighting Baltimore, the mayor said the solution starts with us. “When we have a spike, we have cameras from all over the city, outside of the city, national reporters. I welcome them back for the miracle. I know that as you are standing here, you are not going to tolerate it,” said Rawlings-Blake.

City leaders say that call to action, may stop the next shot from being fired in your neighborhood.

In the latest shooting, an adult male was shot in the back on a basketball court. He is being treated for non life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.

Police plan to step up enforcement through Fourth of July weekend.

According to my 2011 Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States, Maryland rates a 30 out of 100 (with 0 being total firearm prohibition and 100 being total freedom). The guide states:

“Maryland requires that all handguns be pre-approved by a governmental board before being sold in the state. Some handguns, such as assault pistols, are banned from possession entirely. And the sale, transfer or receipt of any over 20 shot firearm magazine is prohibited. The open or concealed carry of handguns is similarly regulated so that it is almost impossible for an unlicensed person to carry a handgun legally.”

Gotta love how that gun control is working for them.

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Nobel Prize Winner Frequently Gives Middle Finger Salutes

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Agenda 21: American Mayors Sold Out to the UN

In June 2011, mayors of both small towns and large metropolitan cities from across the nation attended their annual dog and pony show.  This time it was held in Baltimore. After a weeklong brainwashing by corporate, federal and United Nations entities and speakers, here’s the list of their Resolutions:

ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS
79th ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF MAYORS
Baltimore, MD – June 17-21, 2011
CHILDREN, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S 2011 PRESCRIPTION DRUG
ABUSE PREVENTION PLAN …………………………… 8
ELIMINATING CONTRABAND TOBACCO SALES …………….. 10
COMBATING CHILDHOOD OBESITY BY STRENGTHENING PHYSICAL
FITNESS EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND INTIATIVES ………… 12
IN SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT
PROGRAM ………………………………………. 14
SUPPORT HEALTH PREVENTION ………………………. 15
DEVELOPING REGIONAL FOOD HUBS TO STRENGTHEN LOCAL &
REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS ………………………….. 17
IN SUPPORT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INITIATIVES ………. 19
LET’S MOVE AND END CHILDHOOD OBESITY …………….. 21
REGARDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING …………………….. 22
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTTEE
FULL FUNDING OF THE CDBG PROGRAM FORMULA …………. 24
AFFIRMING POLICY IN SUPPORT OF AN INCREASE TO THE CAP
ON CDBG PUBLIC SERVICES EXPENDITURES …………….. 26
SUPPORTING THE HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS (HOME)
PROGRAM ………………………………………. 28
IN SUPPORT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PROGRAM . 29
A CALL TO ACTION ON HOMELESSNESS ………………… 31
SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM (“HCV”) ….. 32
IN SUPPORT OF PUBLIC HOUSING FUNDS ………………. 34
RESOLUTION TO PROTECT HOMEOWNERSHIP ACCESS FOR MIDDLE
CLASS, LOW AND MODERATE INCOME, AND MINORITY FAMILIES 35
GOVERNMENT SPONSORED ENTITIES (GSES) …………….. 37  Continue reading

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