Civil Rights & Social Justice

Rap Lyric Usage In Court Limited By New NY State Senate Bill

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: ANGELA WEISS / Getty A bill limiting rap lyrics being used in criminal trials against defendants in New York State is one step closer to becoming law thanks to the state’s senators. On Tuesday (May 17th), the State Senate of New York approved Senate Bill S7527 which would limit the usage of song lyrics and other forms of “creative expression” by prosecutors as evidence in criminal cases. While the bill doesn’t outright ban prosecutors from presenting lyrics and other materials to juries, it does require that they show that the work is “literal, rather than figurative or fictional” and that “evidence of criminal conduct, not the provocative nature of their artistic works” is what defendants should be tried by. Related Stories Those tactics have l...

Virginia Karen Komplains Critical Race Theory Has Her Biracial Son Refusing To Do Chores Because, Racism

HipHopWired Featured Video By all indications, there’s a white mother in Charlottesville, Virginia, who is using her biracial son’s newfound appreciation for his Blackness as an excuse to be racist AF and express her long-held belief that Black people invoke racism to evade accountability, not because we actually experience racism all the damn time. Or at least that’s my best guess for why she’s out here claiming her son is calling her racist because she makes him do chores. “We didn’t have issues before. He is in eighth grade,” Melissa Riley told Fox News. “He’s seeing himself just as a Black man. He’s seeing things that don’t go his way as racism. And he is finding safety in numbers now.” Riley is among other plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against the Albemarle County School Board in Dec...

Black Teen Barred From Texas School Over Dreadlocks Hairstyle

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Screenshot / Click 2 Houston The absurdity of school districts creating a stigma over Black hairstyles is back in the news, as a teenager has been barred from attending a Houston-area school over having dreadlocks. According to local reports, a mother in East Bernard, Texas was shocked when a school official told her that her son, Dyree Williams, cannot enroll because he has dreadlocks and his mother refused to cut them. “The boys cannot have hair past their ears. I explained to her that my son has locks in his hair, and well, she was like, ‘Well he’s going to have to cut those,’” the boy’s mother, Desiree Bullock, said to the local news station. They had relocated to the area from Cincinnati, Ohio in February. The East Bernard ISD student handbook does s...

GA Students Protest After Black Student Suspended For Slapping White Student Who Called Him N-Word

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Marilyn Nieves / Getty When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock over a tasteless but relatively soft joke at the expense of Jada Pinkett-Smith, a lot of Black folks were suddenly on team “violence is never the answer. Well, I’d wager most of those Black people would feel differently about a Black student in Georgia who slapped a white student for calling him the N-word, reminding us that sometimes—people just need to be slapped. According to 11 Alive, it all started at Locust Grove High School in Locust Grove, Ga. The Henry County high school is investigating the incident in which a Black male student slapped a white female student for calling him the racial slur. The Black student involved in the incident, which was caught on camera, was suspended over th...

Video Shows Michigan Cop Shooting Black Man Patrick Lyoya In Back Of The Head While He Was Face Down

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Anadolu Agency / Getty On April 4, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya, a Black man from the Democratic Republic of Congo, was fatally shot in the back of the head by a police officer who had him face-down on the ground following a traffic stop that reportedly ended in a brief foot chase and a struggle over a police taser, the Associated Press reports. On Wednesday, four videos, including footage taken by the passenger in Lyoya’s car, were released to the public despite the objection of the prosecutor who will decide if the officer will be charged. “I view it as a tragedy… It was a progression of sadness for me,” said Eric Winstrom, who became Gand Rapids’ new police chief in March after serving for years as a high-ranking Chicago police ...

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves Designates April As Confederate Heritage Month, Says Systemic Racism Isn’t Real

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Pool / Getty How does one claim that systemic racism doesn’t exist while also dedicating a full month to the celebration of a thing that only existed because white people wanted to keep Black people in chains? Well, we can pose that very question to Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R). For three decades, Mississippi Republicans have been celebrating the Confederacy in the month of April. According to the Mississippi Free Press, Reeves, for the third year in a row, declared that April is Confederate Heritage Month. “April is the month when, in 1861, the American Civil War began between the Confederate and Union armies, reportedly the costliest and deadliest war ever fought on American soil,” he stated in this year’s proclamation. The proclamation—which is the...

Chris Wallace Doesn’t Think Young Civil Rights Era White People Were Racist, Nikole Hannah-Jones Sets Him Straight

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: OLIVIER DOULIERY / Getty Booooy, CNN+ host Chris Wallace should’ve just stayed his a** at Fox News because he just doesn’t fit the brand when it comes to non-conservative platforms where “not all white people” arguments just don’t fly. Recently, Wallace sat down with historian and creator of The 1619 Project Nikole Hannah-Jones and really tried to whitesplain to this scholar of African American studies that during and even before the civil rights era, it was only really old white people who were racist. Now, obviously, this isn’t even a debate worth having. We’ve seen the iconic photos of school-aged white people verbally and physically attacking Black students like Ruby Bridges who integrated into their schools. The white people pouring liquid over the h...

Op On Op Crime?: Phony DHS Agents Busted By FBI in D.C.

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: NurPhoto / Getty Two men in Washington D.C. were taken into custody by federal authorities for impersonating Department of Homeland Security agents and claiming to investigate the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol among other charges. According to reports, Arian Taherzadeh, 40, and Haider Ali, 36, were arrested and taken into custody by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents inside their luxury apartment in a neighborhood in Southeast Washington D.C. on Wednesday (April 6th). Federal prosecutors assigned to the case state that the two posed as agents with the Department of Homeland Security as well as members of a special task force that is conducting investigations into gangs and violence related to the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Taherz...

Gabrielle Union Calls Out Disney & Other Corporations For Silence Amid Florida “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / Getty Gabrielle Union stars in Disney’s remake of Cheaper by the Dozen, which is set to premiere on Disney + next week. But Union’s union with Disney did not stop her from calling out the entertainment giant for its complete failure to read the room in its response to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which made headlines last week. First, let’s start with what Disney CEO Bob Chapek said regarding Florida’s bill. “I want to be crystal clear: I and the entire leadership team unequivocally stand in support of our LGBTQ+ employees, their families, and their communities,” Chapek said in a memo sent. “And, we are committed to creating a more inclusive company ― and world. I understand that the very need to reiterate that commitment means w...

“Stand Your Ground” Laws Have Spread Over Most Of The Country After Killing Of Trayvon Martin

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images / Getty Before the killing of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood stalk-negroes-man George Zimmerman, most people had never even heard of “stand your ground” laws. Yet, they had been on the books in Florida for nearly seven years at the time Trayvon was killed for minding his own business while being Black. Now, if you think that since that tragic day in 2012—when a Black teen was killed senselessly by the monster-slash-craven coward who got away with it—America grew a conscience, realized the harm these laws have the potential to create and decided a sweeping policy change was in order, then you just don’t know America. Related Stories STL laws didn’t decrease after Trayvon’s death, they increased to the point wh...

Book ‘Em: Three Ex-Cops Convicted of Violating George Floyd’s Rights

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: KEREM YUCEL / Getty Further accountability was served in a Minneapolis courtroom as the three former officers who were present at the time that Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd were convicted of violating Floyd’s civil rights. On Thursday (February 24th), the jury found that ex-officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane were guilty of violating George Floyd’s rights when they failed to intervene as Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck while he was on the ground for over three minutes on May 25th, 2020, ultimately killing him. The jury also determined that the three were deliberately indifferent to the suffering Floyd endured and neglected his medical needs. Thao and Kueng were also found guilty on an additional charge of failing to st...

Book ‘Em: Three Ex-Cops Convicted of Violating George Floyd’s Rights

HipHopWired Featured Video Source: KEREM YUCEL / Getty Further accountability was served in a Minneapolis courtroom as the three former officers who were present at the time that Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd were convicted of violating Floyd’s civil rights. On Thursday (February 24th), the jury found that ex-officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane were guilty of violating George Floyd’s rights when they failed to intervene as Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck while he was on the ground for over three minutes on May 25th, 2020, ultimately killing him. The jury also determined that the three were deliberately indifferent to the suffering Floyd endured and neglected his medical needs. Thao and Kueng were also found guilty on an additional charge of failing to st...

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