A Black Friday Boycott For Mike Brown Means Well But Accomplishes Nothing

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I'm not a big fan of memes, except for some strange reason the one I posted last week featuring Kim Kardashian.  But the picture above has attracted a lot of attention on Facebook and Twitter in the day since it was decided by a grand jury not made up of Mike Brown's peers that Officer Darren Wilson was just in shooting the unarmed teen. People want to direct their anger somewhere, rightly so, and a Black Friday boycott is, on the surface, a well-meaning way to do that.

And I'm all for sitting out Black Friday, even if a new pair of Jordans comes out and I end up losing money that I often get from reselling to hypebeasts. But as a social movement a Black Friday boycott accomplishes next to nothing, especially if you're just delaying your holiday shopping for another day or week. To really make a mark we black folks and (according to Nielsen) our trillion dollar buying power would need to financially sit out the entire holiday season and have other pro-justice people join us. That means no gift buying for that terribly commercialized derivative of a pagan holiday we call Christmas.

Then you'd have an affect on public companies' earnings and increased media attention. But you would also help decrease consumer spending, which is the backbone of our economy, and could lead to job losses. Maybe even your own. A better plan? Support politicians and policies that decrease the militarization of police, encourage your local police force to hire officers who reflect the community that they serve, and tread carefully because The Man is often looking for a reason to shoot.

-Dewan Gibson

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Woman Waving Gun & Claiming To Be ‘Ready For Ferguson’ Accidentally Kills Herself

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The woman and her boyfriend were riding dirty in Downtown St. Louis, waving a gun and yelling "ready for Ferguson!" The gun got too close to the boyfriend and he ducked, which caused him to hit another car. The gun went off and being "ready for Ferguson" was no longer a concern. From Talking Points Memo:

St. Louis police were investigating an incident in which a woman waving a gun inside a vehicle and saying she was "ready for Ferguson" apparently shot herself in the head by accident, CNN reported Sunday...

The sources told CNN that the victim was involved in a car accident. Campbell's 33-year-old boyfriend, who was not identified, was driving the car and told investigators that Campbell began waving a gun around and joking that the couple were ready for Ferguson, the sources said.

The boyfriend said he rear-ended another car while ducking to avoid the gun, which then discharged and struck Campbell in the head, the sources said. The victim later died at a hospital.

The boyfriend told police that the couple purchased the gun because they feared unrest that may arise from a grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a white police officer, the sources said.

-Dewan Gibson

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Lauryn Hill’s Concert Was Pretty Good After The Crowd Left

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I paid $140 for wifey and I to see Lauryn Hill and spent the first half of the show thinking how I should have sold the tickets to pay off the wedding tux that I charged, which, by the way, was only $136 from H&M. It's not that she was performing badly. It's just that she was doing some sort of strange alternative remixes of her hits with a Def Leppard tribute band or something who overpowered her voice. It wasn't terrible, just a bit too far left. I'm sure I wasn't the only one thinking "What the hell is this?" because after an hour or so a good portion of the crowd had left.

Their loss. The band fell back and Lauryn went minimal and acoustic. She performed for at least another hour and even though my buzz was long gone I enjoyed it, especially since my whooty was doing the slow motion donk grind. Praise be to the IUD that we didn't make a fourth baby. Anyhow, the show was good overall. Just not $140 good. I'd rather spend half that to see, say, the Lauryn Hill-esque Janelle Monae.

-Dewan Gibson

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