HomeAuthorJasmine Yvonne, Author at BLCK Press

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Hazy skies have stirred concern for many in the US, as wildfires from Southern Canada and western US are faced with unrelenting wildfires–resulting in millions of acres of land burned to ash. Just this year, records up until 2 days ago show 3.4 million acres of land lost to wildfires, following closely behind 2020’s devastating loss of 10 million acres. Wind currents have been blowing the smoke across the entire US, creating drier air conditions...

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Saint Paul’s Rondo community was never the same after the I-94 highway was constructed right through it; tearing apart a once united bustling Black neighborhood. From the mid-50s through the 1960s, this primarily Black community suffered tremendously during the construction timeframe, as many were forced to relocate outside of what was Saint Paul’s biggest Black neighborhood. Not to mention with little to no compensation offered towards the transition. Rondo was the epicenter of Black excellence...

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Tyree Burnett, one of the officers who was placed on restricted duty by the Philadelphia Police Department after he was caught deleting the video footage of an arrest out of a victim’s phone is now facing arrest. In the video below, Philadelphia officer, Tyree Burnett, can be seen forcefully detaining Jacob Giddings’ during a traffic stop, causing him to drop his phone which the officer retrieved before going through Giddings phone and deleting the footage...

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James Stanback, a Minneapolis teen was killed yesterday after a pallet of lumber came crashing down on him while he was operating a forklift machine. It was a little after 10 a.m. when Stanback was found unconscious underneath the forklift by an emergency crew. After the police were called and the family was contacted hours later, the family showed up to the store to find it still open to the public. Protesters gathered outside the...

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An Alabama council member is facing public demands to step down after being using the n-word during a council meeting that was live streamed on Facebook. Council member Tommy Bryant who represents district 5 in the city of Tarrant, says he was using the word as a reference, claiming he was referring to Mayor Wayman Newton’s statement made in an executive session towards council member Veronica Freeman. Bryant asked Freeman, “Do we have a house...

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Today is what would’ve been the 45th birthday of Calvin Horton. A Black man who, in the midst of the George Floyd protest–two days after George Floyd was murdered, was fatally shot in the chest at a protest.  The owner of Minneapolis’ Cadillac Pawn & Jewelry, John Rieple, shot into the crowd of marching protestors from his store that Wednesday, leaving Horton dead on the sidewalk. John Rieple, arrested at the scene, was released free...

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Let’s talk about colorism. Colorism is the source of the many insecurities I work to heal and unlearn in the process of loving myself. I was a little girl when I experienced colorism for the first time, and I didn’t understand the long-term effects of what I’d internalized until I got older. Through colorism, I experienced body dysmorphia, a condition where one sees themselves differently than how they are perceived by others. My round, West-African...

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Cities should end the aggressive enforcement of quality-of-life ordinances. Arresting, fining, and jailing homeless people for acts related to their survival is not only cruel; it also funnels formerly incarcerated people back through the “revolving door” of homelessness and punishment, which reduces their chances of successful reentry at great cost to public safety. – The Prison Policy Why aren’t criminals receiving the proper resources necessary to be better civilians post sentence? Where is the compassion...

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Being pulled over by the police led to calls for an investigation of Minnesota State Representative John Thompson’s candidacy. After Rep. Thompson was pulled over and claimed he was being racially profiled, he provided a valid Wisconsin Driver’s License, which, according to Rep. Thompson was renewed in case he needed to go back and care for someone. This led to a letter being sent to Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, requesting he consider charging Thompson...

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Last night, unidentified men who appeared to be undercover militia guarded the Lake and Girard parking ramp of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Winston Smith was murdered on June 3rd. They were spotted assaulting a woman before bystanders showed up recording and demanding they identify themselves. They did not identify themselves, and held guns that were also unidentifiable by video, but the victim of assault did come forward and say she was told they were hired by...

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