Singer Suzann Christine talks about the healing power of music

Singer Suzann Christine discusses the healing power of music (Photo by Derrel Jazz Johnson for rolling out)

Singer Suzann Christine discusses recording a song inspired by Sandra Bland, the healing power of music, shares her musical inspirations, discusses her style, and working with legendary artists following her performance at the 14th Annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia.

Will Smith pulls his next film out of Georgia over new voter restrictions

Will Smith has changed his plans and won’t shoot his upcoming film Emancipation in Georgia because of the state’s new restrictive voting regulations, which were signed into law this month by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film probably will be shot in Louisiana now, where the actual events of the haunting […]

Legal Equalizer’s Mbye Njie takes ‘A Seat at the Table’ with Munson Steed

Mbye Njie is in a special class of entrepreneurs with an extraordinary product. He is a key component in an elite team of business innovators from the Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator Powered by Techstars committed to effecting social change using technological applications. Njie is a member of an exclusive corps of business owners determined to […]

Alicia Keys drops heartbreaking song about mother losing child to racism

Alicia Keys has released a heartbreaking new song about a mother mourning a son who has been murdered because of their race. “Perfect Way To Die” comes after the death of African American George Floyd — who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes during his arrest in Minneapolis, […]

New York congressman throws support behind calls to reopen Sandra Bland’s case

Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who represents New York’s 13th District, has added his voice to calls from family members and others in the community to reopen the controversial case involving 28-year-old Sandra Bland. Bland was arrested in 2015 for failing to use her turn signal and was later found hanging in her Waller County, Texas, jail cell. […]

Never before seen video of Sandra Bland arrest emerges 4 years later

It was almost 4-years-ago that Sandra Bland was found hanging in her jail cell in a highly disputed suicide. Her death sparked a movement and the hashtag “Say Her Name.” Now the Bland family is shocked to learn that cell phone video was recorded by Bland during her traffic stop by Texas State Trooper Brian […]

Black man found hanging in the same jail Sandra Bland died in

In July 2015, Sandra Bland was found hanging in her cell at the Waller County Jail in Texas. Her death sparked a national outcry and charges of a cover-up. Now some four years later, another Black inmate was found hanging not only at the same jail but also in the same cell that Sandra Bland […]

Sandra Bland’s family honors her life, seeks justice in HBO’s ‘Say Her Name’

In the opening scene of the documentary Say Her Name: The Life & Death of Sandra Bland, Sandra Bland speaks directly into the camera and addresses White America. “White people, yes, Black people know all lives matter,” Bland said in an April 2015 recording created for her “Sandy Speaks” video blog. “But what I need you […]

Texas governor signs ‘Sandra Bland Act’ 2 years after death in jail

Texas Governor Greg Abbot signed the Sandra Bland Act into law, almost two years after her controversial death in a jail cell set off nationwide protests. The law goes into effect on September 1 and “mandates county jails divert people with mental health and substance abuse issues toward treatment, makes it easier for defendants to receive a […]

Trump’s outrage over death of White college student is American hypocrisy

According to the Trump administration and other Washington politicians such as Senator John McCain, America should be outraged at the death of Otto Warmbier. He was the college student arrested in the repressive, totalitarian country of North Korea for stealing a sign from a building hallway. Warmbier was put on public trial in the country and […]

Sandra Bland’s family settles for $1.9M in wrongful death suit

Sandra Bland’s family has reached a $1.9 million settlement from a wrongful death lawsuit, the family’s attorney said Thursday. This resolution comes on the heels of recent news of false statements made by Waller County officials. A former jail guard recently admitted to falsifying logs to show he checked on Sandra Bland an hour before […]

‘Mothers of the Movement’ speak at DNC

They are members of a club no mother wants to join.  Mothers who have buried their children.   But these women form an even more heartbreaking sorority — mothers who have lost their children at the hands of law enforcement or those purporting to be our protectors. We know the names of the children killed:  Trayvon […]

Cops caught contriving false statements as victims seek justice

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Until the tipping point is reached where good cops unequivocally hold bad cops accountable for their actions, the distrust of police by the communities they are sworn to protect and serve will continue to grow. This fact was palpable in the tone of the recent press conference where North Miami City Manager Larry Spring Jr. […]

Cop who arrested Sandra Bland formally fired after indictment

The tragic in custody death of Sandra Bland is once again in the news. The arresting officer, Brian Encinia, has now been formally terminated from his job with the Texas Department of Public Safety. In a widely seen video, Encinia is seen arguing with Bland and violently slamming her to the ground during a traffic […]

Usher releases new visuals for anti-police brutality song, ‘Chains’

[jwplatform qgKBheN4] In 2015, Tidal released Usher’s anti-police brutality song “Chains,” featuring Nas. Now, at the start of Black History Month, the emotionally stirring tune has brand new visuals. Although Nas is absent from the new video, Usher can be seen expressing hopelessness as he walks though the streets in a hoodie and eventually finds […]

Trooper who arrested Sandra Bland faces jail time for perjury

The Texas trooper who stopped Sandra Bland before she died in a jail cell could soon find himself behind bars. A Waller County grand decided to indict Trooper Brian Encinia for perjury. Encinia allegedly lied about what occurred during the traffic stop in July 2015. When asked about why he took Bland out of her car, he claimed […]

Bernie Sanders believes Sandra Bland would be alive if she were a White woman

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Bernie Sanders believes that racism plays a major role in the deaths of unarmed Blacks by the hands of police. The presidential hopeful responded to the grand jury’s decision to not issue indictments in Sandra Bland’s case. On Dec. 21, it was announced that a grand jury in Texas would not indict any police officers […]

No justice for Sandra Bland

On July 13, 2015, Sandra Bland was found dead in her Waller County, Texas jail cell. She reportedly died of “self-inflicted asphyxiation,” i.e., suicide by hanging. Skeptical family members and friends don’t buy the Texas authorities’ account. To add insult to injury, the Waller County Grand Jury declined to indict any county jail employees in […]