HomeAuthorJasmine Yvonne, Author at BLCK Press

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Minneapolis Police Officer, Brian Cummings, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide for fatally crashing his squad car into a pedestrian vehicle, causing the death of 40-year-old Leneal Frazier, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday. Cummings was in pursuit of a stolen vehicle in North Minneapolis when his marked squad car slammed into the driver’s side of Frazier’s Jeep at nearly 80 mph. Injuries Frazier sustained as a result of the collision were...

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Mohamed Noor, ex-cop who was initially looking at less time with the Supreme Courts’ decision to reverse his 3rd degree murder conviction a month ago, now faces 57 months. Noor having already served nearly 2 and a half years could be facing at least 2 more years now–after anticipating a release as early as October. Somali-American former Minneapolis police officer, Mohamed Noor, who was originally sentenced to twelve years in prison for fatally shooting 40...

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A week after the murder of George Floyd, a young man, 29, by the name of, Jaleel Stallings, was shot at by the police out of a non-police vehicle. Assuming it was another civilian, he shot back with a gun he had a legal right to carry. It was later conveyed in mainstream media, Stallings’ accusations of attempted murder and resisting. Though amidst release of the surveillance cam footage, it is clear in the video...

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When did it become a crime to stand for what you believe in? To be fortunate enough to feel empathy, and be driven by the desire to address an issue that affects more than just ourselves? To be antagonized, ignored, and led to responses of anger.. When did the extent of freedom of expression fall into the hands of law enforcement? Indicting what is right versus wrong for a whole collective of people? We are...

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A week of civil disobedience by water protectors from around the country culminated in numerous arrests in front of the U.S. Capitol this morning. The arrests add to the tally from previous days, in which the water protectors occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs, scaled flag poles in front of the US Army Corp of Engineers headquarters, and conducted daily demonstrations in front of the White House. The protesters condemned the building of pipelines across the country,...

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#RepresentMe has become a popular hashtag centered around the conversation of Blackness portrayed through mainstream media in America. Many people have come forward expressing their frustrations of feeling poorly represented, and how that negatively impacts their day to day lives economically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. When will Black America’s story truly be told? In a survey, 91% of 1400 Americans between the ages of 18 and 54 regularly engaged with pop culture mentioned they believe...

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 The Department of Justice announced their investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, so I spoke with Michelle Gross, head of Communities United Against Police Brutality.  Communities United Against Police Brutality, a Minneapolis local social justice movement fighting for police accountability–has collected 1100 complaints against the Minneapolis police and counting. Since the uprising of George Floyd, CUAPB’s canvassers has had many successes in connecting with residents around their experiences with the Minneapolis police, leading to the...

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Community members and supporters came together to celebrate the passage of the Hardel Sherrell Act this weekend in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Hardell Sherell was denied medical attention and support from the jail’s staff. Hardel Sherell passed away on the floor of his jail cell after a newly hired nurse practitioner was ordered to oversee Sherell; warned that he faked seizures and paralyzation. Here’s in-depth video footage of the last days Hardel Sherell spent inside his...

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“Nonstandard Negro English”, is what ebonics used to be called before 1973, when a group of Black scholars attempted to remove the negative connotation that came with the way Black people verbally expressed themselves. Ebonics is the term that reclaimed the expression and set the tone for those that were often scrutinized and degraded for this use of language. Ebonics, being a cultural thing, is like any other indigenous language. A connector tool used in...

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Markella Smith, founder of The Dream Shop, shared her story behind the inspiration that led to opening up this North Minneapolis shop, and the importance of changing the landscape of marginalized communities. The grand opening of The Dream Shop occurred in the last weeks of August, in which I showed up to show love and ask the big “why?” “We need positivity in our communities. I wanted to create a safe, positive space. We need...

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