*Colin Kaepernick has called for the dismantling of white supremacy policing after a grand jury opted to bring no criminal charges against the three white officers who shot dead Breonna Taylor back in March.
“The white supremacist institution of policing that stole Breonna Taylor’s life from us must be abolished for the safety and well being of our people,” the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback tweeted.
On Wednesday, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted a former Louisville police officer in the Taylor case.
Brett Hankison, one of the officers involved in Taylor’s death, was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment of the first degree. The charges stem from Hankison firing shots that hit other apartments in the raid, not Taylor.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 23, 2020
Following Wednesday’s verdict, several NFL players called for justice for Taylor.
“Breonna Taylor’s killers getting off scot free without even a trial is exactly the systemic rot that people are protesting for,” Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson tweeted. “All those protests, all the outcry for justice, and can’t even get a trial. Angry doesn’t even come close to how I’m feeling.”
When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.
The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.
We have the right to fight back!
Rest in Power George Floyd
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) May 28, 2020
One of the Louisville officers involved in the killing of Taylor insists he and his colleagues did nothing wrong on the night of the botched raid.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly sent a mass email to his department earlier this week, in which he defended his actions and slammed Mayor Greg Fischer, Public Safety Chief Amy Hess, and former Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad.
The message, addressed to his “LMPD family,” begins “I’m here to tell you I’m sorry you have to go through this…. I’m sorry for the Mayor, Amy Hess, and Chief Conrad failed us in epic proportions for their own gain and to cover their asses.”
He goes on to call protesters “thugs.”
“You DO NOT DESERVE to be in this position. The position that allows thugs to get in your face and yell, curse, and degrade you. Throw bricks, bottles, and urine on you and expect you to do nothing … Your civil rights mean nothing, but the criminal has total autonomy.
Here’s Why Rapper Bobby Shmurda Was Denied Parole
*Court documents have been released showing why Bobby Shmurda was denied parole in September.
We previously reported… the rapper will continue to serve his max prison sentence until December 2021, according to Variety.
Bobby has been locked up since December 2014, when more than 15 defendants were charged with various crimes, including murder, attempted murder and drug dealing. Shmurda was facing a maximum sentence of 8 – 25 years on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangerment, and drug and gun possession, EUR previously reported.
TMZ obtained court docs from the parole hearing and board members denied the Bobby’s release after he’s had “multiple” violations in jail. The New York-native is accused of having a shank, fighting, and drug possession.
Here’s more from TMZ:
Shmurda sees his situation differently with transcripts revealing that he made his own case to be freed. He said he doesn’t have impulsive behavior anymore, considers others in his decision-making, and walks away from bad situations when they occur. After telling the parole board that he wants to resume his music career when he’s released and become involved in outreach programs with troubled youth, he also said that he now sees himself as a “leader” rather than a follower. Additionally, he wants to get a high school G.E.D. when he gets out.
Unfortunately, he has to serve his entire seven-year sentence before that happens.
“Following his Sept. 15, 2020 interview with the Board of Parole, Ackquille Pollard was denied release and given a hold until the maximum expiration of his sentence on December 11, 2021,” a spokesperson from the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision told Complex in September.
50 Cent Partners with Eli Roth to Produce Three New Horror Movies
*50 Cent is now venturing into the horror film game.
The rapper’s G-Unit Film & Television has joined forces with Eli Roth’s Arts District Entertainment and 3BlackDot film studio to produce three horror films.
Roth is best known for “Cabin Fever” and “Hostel,” while 3BlackDot is co-financier of “Queen & Slim”
The partnership will allow them to create the films “others are too afraid to make,” according to Roth, per The Hollywood Reporter.
“Both 50 and James (Frey) have never shied away from controversial, boundary-pushing material and have made massive global cultural impacts from their raw creative energy,” Roth said in a statement. “We want to bring that same fun and danger to this new fantastic slate of elevated scary films. We want to make the movies others are too afraid to make.”
y’all gonna have to check me and (PR) out, I call him (Pretty boy Roth)but you can call him Eli. we are making a few huge horror films ya digg? you might want to work or just watch it’s cool. #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi pic.twitter.com/AhZbnJoeCS
— 50cent (@50cent) October 16, 2020
“Eli, James, Roger, Michael, and 3BlackDot will be great partners in G-Unit Film and Television’s takeover of the horror genre. I can’t wait to show the world what we’re building,” 50 added.
Details of the projects have yet to be revealed.
In related news, you can dive into the history of horror with Roth in his AMC docuseries “Eli Roth’s History of Horror.”
Roth serves as executive producer and host the series, currently its second season.
“Horror has always been the black sheep of the film genre,” Roth tells Page Six in a new interview. “And nobody has ever really catalogued the genre in a way that put the movie into a historical perspective and showed what they were really about. I always say the blood stains your eyes, but once you get past that, you can see incredible technique, style, skill, performances.”
Kanye West Slams SNL After Issa Rae’s Diss of Him: ‘I’m Praying for Her’
*Kanye West has called out “Saturday Night Live” for using actress Issa Rae to mock him.
In case you missed it, Rae hosted the longrunning sketch comedy series on Saturday and she took a shot at Kanye’s presidential campaign during her opening monologue.
Later one, Rae played NAACP attorney Jamele Demmings in one sketch, where she’s joined by Kenan Thompson as news anchor J. Louis Tibbs and Ego Nwodim as a freelance writer named Lisa Crowder.
Thompson asked Rae’s character who she’s voting for in the upcoming election. Her response, “I’m voting for everybody Black.”
She then explained why, saying “For too long our people’s voices have not been heard. It’s our duty to stand together and take our power back.”
Ive always said SNL uses black people to hold other black people back My heart goes out to Issa Rae I’m praying for her and her family I know that the twenty years of service that I’ve paid in the entertainment field has furthered our ability to be more successful pic.twitter.com/kExwUVVsqv
— ye (@kanyewest) October 18, 2020
Rae’s character dosen’t care if the candidates have any experience, as long as they’re Black. But there’s one candidate she can not support, Kanye West.
“Kanye? F- him!” she said.
On Sunday, West took to Twitter to criticize SNL for using Rae, Thompson and Nwodim to try to “hold other black people back.”
“Ive always said SNL uses black people to hold other black people back. My heart goes out to Issa Rae. I’m praying for her and her family. I know that the twenty years of service that I’ve paid in the entertainment field has furthered our ability to be more successful,” he wrote.
Many Issa fans lit up Ye’s comments to defend her, with one Twitter user writing, “Something is seriously wrong with you Kanye. Issa Rae is a wonderful, conscious, “woke” African American actress. She gives back and is respected by her peers and fans alike. You on the other hand are the opposite, you loose more of our respect with each tweet.”
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