DAVE CHAPPELLE: 8 Minutes & 46 Seconds

“Are you guys having a good time? Or is this weird?” Both, Dave. Both.

But we needed this, chairs outlined in red, Social Distanced. We needed this, you hitting the stage.

You never put your hands in your pockets, Dave. Only to reach for a lighter.

You’re a warrior.

8 Minutes & 46 Seconds!

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HASHTAG BLACK LIVES MATTER: Origin Story

The story of 3 brilliant black women who wrote a love letter to black people and reshaped the narrative.

How they brought people at the margins together to build their power.

Exposing how the police are there to help unjust systems thrive.

Recognizing the power of Social Media but always remembering we have to show up…physically.

Stepping away from the false narrative of respectability politics, into the gloriousness of our wretchedness.

Thanks you Alicia Garza. Thank you Opal Tometi. Thank you Patrisse Cullors.

#BlackLivesMatter

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DECONSTRUCTING PRIVILEGE

The killing of George Floyd was shocking. But to be surprised by it is a privilege African Americans do not have.

A black person is killed by a police officer in America at the rate of more than one every other day. Floyd’s death followed those of Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician shot at least eight times inside her Louisville home by plain-clothes police executing a no-knock warrant, and Ahmaud Arbery, killed in a confrontation with three white men as he jogged through their neighborhood in Brunswick.

Floyd’s gasps were familiar, the same words Eric Garner uttered on a Staten Island street corner in 2014…

“I Can’t Breathe.”

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REV AL SHARPTON SNAPS THE BALL TO COLIN KAEPERNICK

Reverend Al Sharpton called for the NFL to bring back quarterback Colin Kaepernick during his eulogy at George Floyd’s funeral in Houston.

“The head of the NFL said, Yeah, maybe we was wrong. Football players, maybe they did have the right to peacefully protest,” said Sharpton.

Well, don’t apologize. Give Colin Kaepernick a job back.

Don’t come with some empty apology. Take a man’s livelihood. Strip a man down of his talents. And four years later, when the whole world is marching, all of a sudden you go and do a FaceTime, talk about you sorry. Minimizing the value of our lives.

You sorry?

Then repay the damage you did to the career you stood down, cause when Colin took a knee, he took it for the families in this building. And we don’t want an apology. We want him repaired.

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TAKE A KNEE, MR. PRESIDENT

House speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional black caucus chairwoman Karen Bass tip-toed around questions about the movement to defund the police.

The Justice In Policing Act focuses on police reform rather than police defunding, which some criminal justice advocates have pushed for.

Pelosi said of the calls to shift police budgets to other government programs, “We could rebalance some of our funding to address those issues more directly.”

Bass noted the bill would not provide any new money to police departments and would allocate funds for community grants to potentially re-envision what policing could look like.

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BEARS SEEK KAEPERNICK FOR SUPER BOWL SHUFFLE II

Amid a half-hour of insight into the intersection of America’s racial unrest and the NFL, Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks raised the idealistic notion that the league should make things right with exiled quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Hicks suggested that a team should sign Kaepernick or that the NFL should hire him to a meaningful position to address social-justice issues.

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GEORGE FLOYD UPRISINGS WORLDWIDE: Be The Change

From Paris to London, Sydney to Tokyo, thousands of protesters got down on one knee to honor George Floyd, during the second weekend of worldwide protests about the death of black man under the knee of a white police officer in Minnesota.

Many dressed in black and most defied coronavirus lockdown rules to pour onto the streets.

In Paris, police officially banned protests on Saturday, citing fears of respiratory illness. It was to no avail as people turned out in force in the center of the French capital.

Security forces sealed off the city’s U.S. Embassy and surrounding streets, where organizers had hoped to gather.

Thousands of mostly young people, many also dressed in black, joined a Black Lives Matter protest in Berlin’s Alexander Square.

Some held up placards with slogans such as “Be the change,” “I can’t breathe,” and “Germany is not innocent.”

Many knelt silently for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

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PROTESTERS MOURN GEORGE FLOYD NATIONWIDE

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets around the US today to demand justice for George Floyd and other black Americans who have recently died following police violence.

Reverend Al Sharpton denounced racism and called for accountability in the criminal justice system as he delivered a eulogy at Floyd’s memorial service…

“The reason we could never be who we wanted to be – and dreamed of being – is you kept your knee on our neck.”

Sharpton spoke near a casket carrying Floyd’s body.

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OBAMA TALKS ABOUT POLICE VIOLENCE…BUT NOT WHILE HE’S PRESIDENT

President Obama joins local and national leaders in the police reform movement, to discuss the tragic events of recent weeks, the history of police violence in America, and specific action steps needed to transform a system that has led to the loss of too many lives.

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