*More than 100 Black male activists, preachers, rappers and celebrities signed an an open letter Monday calling on Joe Biden to pick a Black woman as his running mate.
The letter makes clear that if he does not succumb to the liberal pressure of choosing a Black woman to “save” him, then he will lose the election.
“As someone who has said throughout the campaign that VP Joe Biden needs to choose a Black woman VP, the urgency for that pick has gone from something that SHOULD happen to something that HAS to happen,” the open letter said, published the week Biden is expected to announce his running mate.
As reported by USA Today, the letter follows a similar one penned in an April and signed by more than 700 Black women influencers calling on Biden to “recognize and seize this moment” by picking a Black woman as his running mate.
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“Failing to select a Black woman in 2020 means you will lose the election. We don’t want to choose between the lesser of two evils & we don’t want to vote for the devil we know vs the devil we don’t” pic.twitter.com/T57mcEsoYz
— Molly Nagle (@MollyNagle3) August 10, 2020
Van Jones, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Charlamagne Tha God, Bishop William J. Barber and civil rights attorney Ben Crump, were among the hundreds of men who signed the list.
“It disgusts us that Black women are not just being vetted in this VP process but unfairly criticized and scrutinized,” the letter states.
The letter goes on to note that Senator Kamala Harris, said to be on Biden’s shortlist of VPs, is too ambitions.
“Was Joe Biden ever labeled ‘too ambitious’ because he ran for president three times? Should President Obama not have made him VP because he had to worry about his ‘loyalty’ when he clearly had AMBITIONS to be president himself?” the letter asks.
“Failing to select a Black woman in 2020 means you will lose the election. We don’t want to choose between the lesser of two evils & we don’t want to vote for the devil we know vs the devil we don’t,” the letter states.
The authors also reminded Biden of the blind support he receives from the Black community.
“For too long Black women have been asked to do everything from rally the troops to risk their lives for the Democratic Party with no acknowledgment, no respect, no visibility, and certainly not enough support,” the letter continues.
Peep the full letter via the Twitter embed above.
Meanwhile, we previously reported… on the inaugural episode of MSNBC’s “The ReidOut,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee joined host Joy Reid for a special one-on-one interview to kick off the debut of the show to discuss the impact of COVID-19, Trump’s rhetoric and his selection for a potential vice presidential candidate.
On selecting a Black woman as a potential running mate, Biden told Reid:
“I am not committed to naming any but the people I have named, and among them, there are four Black women. So, that decision is underway right now. And, by the way, Black women have supported me my entire career. You all act like all of a sudden, there was an epiphany in South Carolina. I have had over a 96 percent — 94 percent rating in the state with the eighth-largest Black community in the United States of America, Delaware. And so they’re the ones, as that old saying goes, that brought me to the dance. I have been loyal. They have been loyal to me. And so it is important that my administration, I promise you, will look like America, both as — from vice president, to Supreme Court, to Cabinet positions, to every major position in the White House. It’s going to look like America. It’s critically important that be the case. I can guarantee you that.”
Aurora Police Video Shows Black Woman Hogtied in Back of Patrol Car [WATCH]
*The Colorado police force under scrutiny for the August 2019 death of Elijah McClain is catching heat once again over recently released video of a Black woman hogtied in a patrol car.
The woman is seen riding upside down for more than 20 minutes following her arrest in August 2019. She even calls the white officer “master” and begs him to lift her from the floorboard.
Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said former officer Levi Huffine appears to be “punishing” the woman.
“In my opinion she was just tortured back there. It makes me sick,” said Wilson of the video Tuesday, during a civil service commission appeal hearing for Huffine, who was fired over the incident. He appealed his termination.
“We are not judge, jury and executer,” said Wilson. “We are not to treat people inhumanely like they don’t matter.
“And he is lucky she did not die in the backseat of that car. Because he would be — in my opinion — in an orange jumpsuit right now,” said Wilson.
Attempting to get his job back, former @AuroraPD Ofc. Levi Huffine begins testifying about troubling arrest video. Live report on @CBSDenver at 6pm. Previous report here:https://t.co/m3dyr8mZso pic.twitter.com/o3R3WhDRlR
— Brian Maass (@Briancbs4) September 30, 2020
Here’s more from CBS 4 Denver:
Huffine arrested Shataean Kelly, 28, on Aug. 27, 2019, on municipal charges resulting from a fight. On his bodycam video, Officer Huffine decides to hobble Kelly — tying her handcuffed hands to her feet when he said she tried to escape from his patrol car by trying to open door handles in the backseat.
Wilson testified the door handles in the backseat are inoperable and in her opinion, hobbling Kelly was unnecessary. She said she felt Huffine was “punishing” the prisoner who had also been verbally abusive toward the officer.
“The hobbling in my opinion was another form of punishment,” said Wilson, notin that Kelly could have easily died of positional asphyxia.
The video played at the hear Tuesday shows Kelly begging for help during the drive to jail.
“Officer please, I can’t breathe,” she says. “I don’t want to die like this. I’m about to break my neck,” cries Kelly. “My neck is killing me dude. Help me, I can’t breathe.”
Officer Huffine does not appear to respond to Kelly. At one point Kelly says, “I beg you master.”
“As an African-American female she denigrates herself to the point she actually calls him ‘master.’ To me that is disgusting,” said Wilson.
In February, Wilson fired Huffine. All criminal charges were dropped against Kelly. She did not suffer serious injuries during the ride to jail.
“It’s beyond human decency for me,” said the chief of the video. “It’s unacceptable. I don’t know what else to say.”
Scroll up and watch the disturbing footage via the YouTube video above.
First Look at Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis in Netflix’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’
*Netflix released images of Chadwick Boseman in his final film, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” which debuts on Dec. 18.
The film stars Viola Davis, and is based on August Wilson’s award-winning play from director George C. Wolfe and producer Denzel Washington, the streamer announced on social media Thursday.
The official synopsis from Netflix reads; “Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary Mother of the Blues, Ma Rainey (Academy Award winner Viola Davis). Boseman plays an ambitious trumpeter named Levee.
Check out the newly released images from the drama feature below.
The Mother of the Blues is coming to @Netflix in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, based on the play by August Wilson and directed by George C. Wolfe. Watch it December 18. @MaRaineyFilm https://t.co/QD0QzO5gFi pic.twitter.com/sMHd18ovbE
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) October 1, 2020
The film also stars Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman and Michael Potts. Multiple Tony Award-winner George C. Wolfe (“Lackawanna Blues,” “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”) directed the film from a script adapted by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.
Boseman died in late August after a private battle with colon cancer. He was 43.
According to a family statement, the “Black Panther” star was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer in 2016.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement read. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more — all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Davis discussed Boseman’s passing with the New York Times, praising the actor’s humility.
“A lot of actors mistake their presence for the event,” Davis said. “An actor of Chadwick’s status usually comes on and it’s their ego who comes on before them: This is what they want, this is what they’re not going to do. That was absolutely, 150 percent off the table with Chadwick. He could completely discard whatever ego he had, whatever vanity he had, and welcome Levee in.”
Boseman’s last on-screen role was in Spike Lee’s film “Da 5 Bloods.”
Jay-Z Taps Jesse Collins as First Black Super Bowl Halftime Show Executive Producer
*Emmy-nominated live event producer Jesse Collins has become the first Black executive producer of the Super Bowl halftime show.
The NFL, Jay-Z’s RocNation and Pepsi said Tuesday that Collins will join longtime director Hamish Hamilton for the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show on Feb. 7 in Tampa Florida, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Jesse Collins is innovative, creative and one of the only executive producers that speak fluent ‘artist vision.’ He‘s a true artist,” said RocNation’s Nation chief operating officer Jay-Z. “Jesse’s insight and understanding create both extraordinary shows and true cultural moments. After working with Jesse for so many years, I look forward to all there is to come.”
“It is an honor to be part of such an iconic show at such an important time in our history,” Collins said in a statement, per Variety. “I am grateful to JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, and the entire Roc Nation family and the NFL for granting me this opportunity.”
— Roc Nation (@RocNation) September 29, 2020
In his own statement, Jay-Z praised Collins for being “one of the only executive producers that speak fluent ‘artist vision,’” noting that his “insight and understanding create both extraordinary shows and true cultural moments.”
Last August, Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s entertainment and sports company, signed a deal with the NFL to consult on the halftime show as their “live music entertainment strategist.”
This past February, Roc Nation caught major heat over its first Super Bowl halftime show in Miami featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
Uncle Luke called on JAY-Z to “fix” the Super Bowl halftime line-up to include performers from Miami.
“[The NFL is] basically showing that, ‘Aye look, let me go get a token black guy, throw him out there, say we’re dealing with systemic racism and say we’re having him involved with the entertainment,” Luke told TMZ at the time. “It specifically said that JAY-Z would be involved with the systemic racism and the entertainment. Right now, that’s an F.”
Luke also hit up his Instagram to criticize Jay and the NFL for choosing Shakira and Lopez as Super Bowl halftime performers.
“I have a serious problem with the @NFL and the people they pick to perform at the Super Bowl, Uncle Luke captioned a video posted on his Instagram page. “The @NFL has totally disrespected the African American along with Miami entertainment community. Jay-Z this your first job.”
He was referring to Jay’s partnership with the NFL to curate the Super Bowl halftime shows.
Jay-Z’s appointment of Collins makes him the first-ever Black executive producer of the halftime show.
Collins called it “an honor to be a part of such an iconic show at such an important time in our history.”
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