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BHERC Issues Call to Action for New FOX Drama ‘Shots Fired’ (WATCH)

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Shots Fired by Gina Prince-Blythewood and Reggie Rock Blythewood premieres Wed at 8pm on Fox. (Helen Hunt -center- stars as Gov. Patricia Eamons, and Stephan James- 3rd from Left- stars as Preston Terry)

Shots Fired by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood premieres Wed Mar. 22nd at 8 pm on Fox. (Helen Hunt -center- stars as Gov. Patricia Eamons, and Stephan James- 3rd from Right- stars as Preston Terry. Not pictured is Sanaa Lathan, who stars as lead investigator Ashe Akino. )

*Politics, greed, institutional racism and a thirst for justice in the face of a community mourning yet another young man who is gunned down at the hands of police sets the back drop of the new Fox series “Shots Fired” from Hollywood power couple Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Love & Basketball”) and Reggie Rock Bythewood (“Notorious,” “New York Undercover,” “Get on the Bus”).

Painful headlines and ironic realities led the Bythewoods into the creation of  “Shots Fired,” a 10-hour mini-series that stars Sanaa Lathan as Ashe Akino, and Stephan James as Preston Terry.

They are an investigator and a special prosecutor who meet to solve the case of a police shooting in North Carolina.  What they find is a Pandora’s box of bloodshed, anger, hurt, fear and overlapping agendas that conceal and entangle the truth.  Somewhere in the quest, they hope to find justice and to keep a volatile town from imploding.

Helen Hunt and Richard Dreyfuss also star in “Shots Fired.”  Reggie Rock Bythewood and Gina Prince-Bythewood are the writers and creators of Shots Fired.  They, along with  Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo, serve as Executive Producers.  The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) has cited the series for powerful directing, powerful writing, powerful acting and powerful producing.  As such, the BHERC has issued a nationwide Call To Action to tune in for the Series Premiere on Wednesday, March 22nd at 8 pm on Fox.

“It’s an important piece for an important time;” says BHERC regarding Fox’s new drama “Shots Fired” by Reggie Rock Bythewood and Gina Prince-Bythewood.  Viewers are asked to talk about it, Tweet about it and immediately vote their reactions after the show.  “Shots Fired” is presented by 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and Undisputed Cinema.  Facebook:       Shots Fired

Twitter:            @ShotsFiredFOX / #ShotsFired  @GPBmadeit @RocktheFilm   @JustSanaa     Instagram:       @ShotsFiredFOX

 

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Outrage Over Charles Barkley & Shaq Siding with Cops in Breonna Taylor Case / WATCH

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Breonna Taylor with boyfriend Kenneth Walker (Photo via GoFundMe)

*Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal are catching heat on social media after saying the police killing of Breonna Taylor is different from George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.

“It’s just bad the young lady lost her life, but we do have to take into account that her boyfriend did shoot at the cops and shot a cop,” Barkley said during NBA on TNT, referencing Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who fired a warning shot at people he thought were breaking into the home. 

“So, like I said, even though I’m really sorry she lost her life, I don’t think we can just put this in the same situation as George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.” 

READ MORE: The Real Hosts React to Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Decision + Debra Messing and More

Barkley is now facing a flood of angry comments from social media users. And so is Shaq, after he agreed with the NBA star’s comments. 

“I have to agree with Charles, this one is sort of lumped in,” O’Neal said. “You have to get a warrant signed and some states do allow no-knock warrants. And everyone was asking for murder charges. When you talk about murder, you have to show intent. A homicide occurred and we’re sorry a homicide occurred. When you have a warrant signed by the judge, you are doing your job, and I would imagine that you would fire back.”

Barkley went on to condemn calls to abolish and defund the police.

“I hear these fools on TV talk about ‘defund the police,’ we need police reform and prison reform and things like that because you know who ain’t gonna defund the cops, white neighborhoods and rich neighborhoods,” he said. “So that notion that they keep saying that,  I’m like wait a minute who are Black people supposed to call? Ghostbusters? We need police reform.”

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Stevie Wonder Says ‘Universe Is Watching Us’ After Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Decision [VIDEO]

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*Stevie Wonder shared his feelings about the state of the nation in a moving video message shared on social media. 

His seven-minute announcement arrived hours after a grand jury in Kentucky indicted one police officer with first-degree wanton endangerment for the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.

Taylor’s family will receive a $12 million settlement as part of their wrongful death lawsuit against the city and police department, but Wonder believes “no amount of money has ever brought a life back. Ask yourself, ‘Why so long for Breonna Taylor?'” he says in the clip above. “‘Why would we accept anyone [to] call a fallen soldier anything less than an ultimate hero?'” 

“And for me, good trouble is bringing our nation, this nation, back together again. And the way we do that is to vote justice in and injustice out. We just can’t put November in the hands of fate. But we can put it in our hands. The universe is still watching us. And now,” the teary-eyed singer declared, “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is watching us, too.”

READ MORE: Colin Kaepernick Says ‘White Supremacist Policing’ Must Be Abolished After Breonna Taylor Verdict

Meanwhile, Kerry Washington, Ava DuVernay, Dan Levy, and more celebrities reacted to the news that none of the three officers in Taylor’s case were charged for her death.

“God bless Breonna’s family and all who knew and loved her. Her tragic death compounded by the violence of silence and inaction by the city she called home is more than any of them should have to endure,” Duvernay tweeted. The director has championed racial justice and highlighted issues in the criminal justice system through projects like Selma, 13th, and When They See Us. 

“What is most insulting is that the recommended charges aren’t even in response to the MURDER of Breonna Taylor, but to the POTENTIAL injury of other people in the apartment,” “grown-ish” star Yara Shahidi wrote, adding, “‘No knock warrants’ feels analogous to the experience of being Black in America … The unsolicited intrusion of racism and violence dealt with on a daily basis.”

George Clooney issued a statement to The New York Times in response to Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron condemning celebrities for reacting to the news.

 “I was born and raised in Kentucky. Cut tobacco on the farms of Kentucky. Both my parents and my sister live in Kentucky. I own a home in Kentucky, and I was there last month. The justice system I was raised to believe in holds people responsible for their actions. Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot to death in her bed by 3 white police officers, who will not be charged with any crime for her death. I know the community. I know the commonwealth. And I was taught in the schools and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong. I’m ashamed of this decision.”

Scroll up and watch Wonder’s full empowering message via the YouTube video above.

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Louisville Police Arrest Rep. Attica Scott, Author of ‘Breonna’s Law’ That Would End No-Knock Warrants (Watch)

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Rep. Attica Scott mugshot (LMPD)

*Rep. Attica Scott, the only Black female representative in the Kentucky Capitol and author of Breonna’s Law, a bill that would end no-knock warrants statewide, was among 24 protesters arrested in Louisville, KY Thursday night as they gathered near First Unitarian Church and the Louisville Free Public Library, which had allegedly been set on fire, according to a police report reviewed by WAVE.

The state representative received a felony charge of first-degree rioting and two misdemeanors for failure to disperse and unlawful assembly, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

Watch Rep. Scott’s arrest below:

The protests began Wednesday after the three officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s fatal shooting were not indicted for her death. A grand jury in Jefferson County, Ky., instead indicted Brett Hankison, a former Louisville police detective who was fired in June, with three charges of wanton endangerment in the first degree. The verdict meant the former detective endangered the lives of Taylor’s neighbors by firing the rounds.

“Breonna’s Law” would force police to knock and verbally announce themselves, and require that a judge approve the use of violent entry when issuing the warrant. Additionally, officers would have to activate their body cameras when serving the warrant.

It is unclear if, or when, the Kentucky House will vote on “Breonna’s Law.” Two months before Scott brought the legislation to the state level, Louisville city council unanimously voted to ban no-knock warrants.

“The bill that I have filed, Breonna’s Law for Kentucky, has to pass,” Scott said to NPR. “It has to pass so that what happened in the case of Breonna Taylor does not happen again — that we have to get policy change because this system will not change unless the policies reflect what the people are demanding.”

Below, Rep. Scott announces the statewide no-knock warrant bill.

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