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Sean Bell's Fiancée Writes Open Letter to Trayvon Martin's Parents

Read Sean Bell fiancée's open letter to Trayvon Martin's parents below.

At the outset, I would like to stress that writing this letter has been a tedious and tasteless challenge for me. Yet again an innocent black man has been killed, in Trayvon's case, "walking while being black". I've constantly and consistently had to stop composing the letter because it brought back the horrific events that took place on the early morning of the day that was supposed to be the "happiest day of my life" my wedding day.

Dear Sybrina and Tracy:

As the great Dr. Martin Luther King wrote in his Letter from Birmingham Jail, "Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever -- the United States Negro is moving with a sense of great urgency toward the promised land of racial justice. If one recognizes this vital urge that has engulfed the Negro community, one should readily understand why public demonstrations are taking place. The Negro has many pent-up resentments and latent frustrations, and he must release them. So let him march; let him make prayer pilgrimages to the city hall. If his repressed emotions are not released in nonviolent ways, they will seek expression through violence; this is not a threat but a fact of history."

I must believe the above paragraph, it is what gets me through the day, especially when I look down at my two little girls. One of which doesn't know her father personally, although; when his picture comes on the television she yells out "Daddy". It is truly a living nightmare to see another innocent young man's life senselessly taken away over his demeanor. It leads me to one question only, how far have we really come since Dr. King's speech, on the steps of the Lincoln memorial in 1963?

This injustice continues to plague our country almost 5 decades later, but it must stop now. The question you might want to ask yourselves is how can I help to diminish these tragedies? The answer is you have already begun. Your voices are being heard all across this nation as peacemakers. People are standing up for Trayvon because they feel your pain, and understand that this could easily have been their son, husband, father, brother, cousin or nephew and we are out right tired of it. Please don't give up the fight for the pursuit of justice.

Over the past five and a half years, what I have learned throughout protest after protest, rallies, a criminal trial, the independent investigation of the federal Department of Justice, along with civil proceedings and the departmental charges hearing almost six years later of the police officers who killed my husband-to-be back in 2006, faith and endurance are the keys to everything. God will not forsake you, and through his grace and mercy you will find the strength to continue please remember this.

Trayvon's death is not in vain, and yes, I know these words may find you a bit too soon in your mourning process to clearly grasp my intentions.

Then again, five and a half years from now, we must not let anyone forget the terrible night your lives changed forever. And in the end, God will have his way. I pray for your strength and well being during this unyielding time.

Internalized Racism

I would hear all the time "the men who killed Sean weren't white", I'm sure you've been hearing the same thing re: George Zimmerman, I believe this is the exact definition of internalized racism. We along with other minorities are conditioned to believe that it's OK to kill us. This has been the primary means by which we have been forced to perpetuate and "agree" to our own oppression. It has been a major factor preventing us, as black people, from realizing and putting into action the tremendous intelligence and power which in reality we possess.

Sincerely your sister at heart,

Nicole Paultre Bell

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Grande reportedly made $8 million from the festival, while Beyoncé only took home an estimated $3 to $4 million.

This certainly seems a little odd to fans due to a handful of reasons. For one, Beyoncé is a much more seasoned artist. Additionally, her headlining show, also known as BeyChella, was a historical moment that drew millions of viewers.

Grande also made history this year as the youngest artist to ever headline the three-day event, but the U.S. pay gap may have more to do with the huge difference between their paychecks. Black women make approximately 65 cents to every dollar earned by their white male counterparts. By contrast, white women earn 83 cents to every dollar earned by white men, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Comedy Series 'Rel' Cancelled After Just One Season

Despite making audiences across the country laugh, FOX's comedy series Rel will not return for a second season.

According to Variety, the Lil Rey Howery-lead show– which also starred Sinbad and Jess Hilarious– continued to plummet in ratings.

"Rel‘s (now series) finale, which aired Jan. 13, delivered 2.8 million viewers and a 1.1 in the demo — the series’ best showing since its premiere — but that largely was attributable to the evening’s lead-in: the hugely watched Eagles/Saints NFC divisional playoff," the report reads.

The series was inspired largely in-part to Howery's real life experiences, who lived by the credo "always believe in yourself and great things will come." Shenanigans throughout the series ensue when he discovers his wife is having an affair with his barber.

"I want to thank all the loyal 2 million plus people that tuned in every week to my show," Howery wrote on Instagram regarding the news of the show's cancellation. "I’m so proud of what we did and it was a dream come true... I got a chance to not only create a show based off my material and some real life events I got to work and create magic with my friends... God is so good and I’m truly blessed."

The series was put in the spotlight when its co-creator and executive producer Kevin Barnett suddenly passed away in January during a trip to Mexico. Barnett's death was caused by pancreatitis complications. He was only 32 years old.

 

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I want to thank all the loyal 2 million plus people that tuned in every week to my show... I’m so proud of what we did and it was a dream come true... I got a chance to not only create a show based off my material and some real life events I got to work and create magic with my friends... God is so good and I’m truly blessed... Thanks again for the huge opportunity and it’s on to the next one... I learned a lot and it’s still a huge accomplishment for me to pull this off... I wanted to make a dramatic comedy with heart and I did that... I know I made you proud Mom!!!!!! #REL

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Kodak Black Says His GPS Is The Reason For His Arrest At The Border

Kodak Black was detained at the U.S.-Canada border for possession of drugs and weapons earlier this week. Reports say that the "Expeditiously" rapper was in possession of a Glock 9mm pistol and marijuana, and another car believed to be owned by members of his team had loaded handguns and marijuana.

Per TMZ, the Florida rapper says that he got lost initially, and had no idea he left America. He was arrested at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge heading into New York State.

"We're told he didn't realize until he was asked to present a passport, and at that point, there was no turning back ... so they stayed on the route," the site reads. "The rapper set out Wednesday to drive himself from Detroit to Boston, punched the destination into his GPS, and it put him on the most direct route ... through Canada, NY and onto Massachusetts."

His untimely arrest forced him to cancel a show in Boston on Wednesday night (April 17) and a show in Connecticut the following night (April 18), much to the ire of his fans in attendance. He is reportedly set to perform tonight in Philly.

"Kodak's run-ins with the law have also been a topic of discussion. The 21-year-old was released on August 18, 2018, after serving seven months for marijuana possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon," VIBE reported. "Kodak currently faces criminal sexual conduct charges and faces up to a maximum of 30 years in prison."

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