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Mike Brown’s Parents To Officer Wilson: ‘How Could Your Conscience Be Clear?’

Mike Browns parents Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. appeared on CBS This Morning today (Nov. 26) to respond to the grand jury’s decision, erupting violence in Ferguson thereafter and Darren Wilson’s first televised interview. Still reeling from their loss, McSpadden and Brown called for peace and change.

“We actually don’t accept that our son is gone, but we’re dealing with it,” Brown said. “It’s other families that went through the same situation and we all just want change all over.”

Also offering a retort to Darren Wilson’s testimony in which the officer claims the 18-year-old Brown provoked him, McSpadden said she was not convinced. Asserting to have known her own son better than that, she said Wilson painted an unfair picture.

“I don’t believe a word of it. I knew my son far too well. He would never do anything like that,” she said. “[...]My son does not have a history of violence. One image does not paint a person’s entire life, or their entire past or how they were.”

SEE ALSO: Darren Wilson On Mike Brown 'I Have A Clean Conscience Because I Did My Job Right'

McSpadden also spoke about the looting and burnings that took place in Ferguson following the grand jury’s decision. Citing Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon as the reason for why people are “infuriated,” she explained that residents were vocal about what their reactions would be if Wilson suffered no consequences for Brown’s death.

“On August 9th, voices were heard about if there weren’t an indictment, how they would react, how they would lash out, what they would do, she said. “And we continued to ask for calm. We continued to get out there and protest with them in a peaceful manner. Anything that happened when we weren’t there, we can’t be held accountable for. We can’t be held accountable for anyone’s actions that’s not our own. That’s not what we asked for.”

And one question, it seems, will be stuck in Mike Brown’s mother’s mind forever:

“How could your conscience be clear after killing someone, even if it was an accidental death?”

Watch Mike Brown’s parents talk the grand jury decision in the video above.

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Taraji P. Henson Says She Developed Anxiety After Trayvon Martin Shooting

Taraji P. Henson opens up about anxiety, mental health, menopause, and the myth that black women have to be strong at all times, in a new cover story for Self Magazine.

In one portion of the interview, Henson explains how Trayvon Martin’s death served as a turning point in her mental health journey. “All my life I've been bubbly and the life of the party,” said the Empire star. “Things started to shift for me when Trayvon Martin —when that happened.”

Martin, 17, was gunned down in 2012 on his way home from the store. His killer, George Zimmerman, was later acquitted of second degree murder. Adding insult to injury, Zimmerman recently filed a $100 million lawsuit against Martin’s family.

Henson’s son, Marcell Johnson, is close in age to Martin. “That's when I noticed anxiety started kicking in,” she says explaining a fear that many black people face daily.

“They're not going to [recognize] Taraji's son out here on these streets,” added Henson. “It's me that is the star. He's not.”

Henson fears are shared by her 95-year-old grandmother. “She worries about her children, her children's children, and her great-grandbabies because she knows that at any given moment you can be picked on or killed for the color of your skin.”

Later in the interview, Henson talks about depression and explains how generational trauma carried over from slavery, everyday racism and the current political climate, can be overwhelming for black people. “[It’s] 2019, going on 2020, with even more microaggressions against us every day that we got to see on the news…and we're supposed to be okay. It's a lot.”

Henson, who launched The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation last year, has been an advocate for erasing the stigma around mental health in the black community.

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Central Park Five Exoneree Raymond Santana Gets Engaged To Deelishis

Central Park Five Exoneree Raymond Santana is wrapping up whirlwind year with an engagement. Santana popped the question to former Flavor of Love star Deelishis, on Thursday (Dec. 5).

“Yea [it's] official..ya can really hate me now!! @iamsodeelishis is officially off the market… [she’s] all mines…#GODgavemethegoahead..,” Santana captioned a video of the surprise engagement during a lunch date in Atlanta.

 

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Yea its official..ya can really hate me now!! @iamsodeelishis is officially off the market... shes all mines...#GODgavemethegoahead..

A post shared by Raymond Santana (@santanaraymond) on Dec 5, 2019 at 1:01pm PST

The couple met over the summer at a birthday party for Kandi Burruss’ husband, Todd Tucker, Santana revealed in an interview with TMZ Live on Friday (Dec. 6).

“I had so many blessings this year, this was like the icing on the cake,” he said.

Santana, who was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned  in the Central park jogger case along with Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, and Yusef Salaam, also spoke on former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s run for president, and whether or not he would accept and apology from the billionaire for avoiding settling their multi-million dollar lawsuit against the city of New York.

The exonerees sued the city for racial discrimination, malicious prosecution and emotional distress in 2003. The suit was eventually settled for $40 million in 2014, after Mayor Bill DeBlasio took office. An additional lawsuit against the state of New York was settled for $3.9 in 2016.

Hear Santana’s thoughts on Bloomberg, and more on his engagement, in the video below.

 

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