Michael Brown Sr Speaks On Son's Death Anniversary
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Mike Brown's Father Pleads For Prosecutor To Reopen Investigation Of Son's Death

"His spirit lives through me.  All the things that I do is through the spirit of him."

On the 5th anniversary of Michael Brown Jr.'s death, his father, Michael Brown Sr., is sharing his thoughts and remember the fatal day in Ferguson, Missouri.

In a sit-down interview with CBS This Morning correspondent Jeff Pegues, Brown recalled his memory of that tragic day and the moment he first learned of his son's passing. "The phone call his grandmother gave me. She called me and said that the police just shot Mikey. He's laying in the middle of the street," he recollected. "I turned to my wife and said the police just killed my son and from there it was all just moving real slow."

After admitting the "so-so" change of policing in Ferguson, Brown admitted his desire for his son's death case to be reopened by St. Louis County's first black prosecutor. “I would like for Wesley Bell to reopen the case,” he said frankly.

Mike Brown, Sr. has also held a press conference on Friday afternoon (Aug. 9) to plead for his son's case to be reopened:

"Five years today, I lost my firstborn, my only son. It was a day I thought I would never see. A day that has changed my life forever," he said. "Although, I have been forced to cope with his absence. I would never guess the fact that my son would no longer be here and justice has not been served."

"My son deserved to live a full life, but a coward with a badge chosen not to value his life," Brown continued. "My son was murder in cold blood with no remorse...I am demanding evidence to be reanalyzed and accountability to follow."

To commemorate the anniversary of his death, The Michael Brown Chosen for Change Foundation has planned a list of memorial events on Friday (Aug. 9) as told by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Including an hourlong memorial service will be held at the Urban League Ferguson Community Empowerment Center. Followed by a viewing of a small recreation of Brown's bedroom entitled "As I See You: A Tribute to Mike Brown Jr.".

On August 9, 2014, Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, Jr. in broad daylight leaving his lifeless body in the piercing heat in the middle of the street for four hours. Later that year, the then-St. Louis County prosecutor, Bob McCulloch, announced that the grand jury believed the murder of Mike Brown was state-sanctioned and declined to indict Wilson.

The following year, the Department of Justice, decided that "Michael Brown's death, though a tragedy, did not involve prosecutable conduct on the part of Officer Wilson."

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Big Sean Donates $100K Recording Studio To Detroit Boys And Girls Club

Detroit native Big Sean gave back to his community in a huge way on Saturday (Aug. 17). As a part of his second annual DON Weekend hosted by his Sean Anderson Foundation, a $100,00 production studio was installed on the city's west side at the Dick & Sandy Dauch Boys & Girls Club.

Equipped with headphones, audio workstations, DJ controllers and mini-performance stage, Sean's latest investment follows the 2015 recording studio that he opened at his alma mater Cass Tech, as reported by Detroit Free Press.

"It's a full-circle moment when your neighborhood supports you and holds you high, and you're in a position to be able to hold it up your own way and take it further," Sean said. President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan region, Shawn Wilson, said the space will include three video-editing bays and an audio-mixing console. Live intimate performances, movie nights, and classes with topics will also be held.

"Detroit is like one those staples in music," the "Single Again" rapper said. "It's important that we keep that legacy of being one of the music's backbones. We've got a reputation to uphold."

DON Weekend featured a block party, carnival rides, food trucks, a self-care panel, and more.

Today was one of the most bossed up things we ever did! Threw a block party w/ free rides, food n everything BUT also had rooms where we introduced people n kids to yoga, self healing, computer coding/engineering, Music programs n lighting and more right in our hood! #DONweekend pic.twitter.com/LQDaxYXVZf

— Sean Don (@BigSean) August 18, 2019

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California Governor Signs 'Stephon Clark Law' To Combat Excessive Force By Police

A California law that will change the standards for use of excessive force by police has been signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, The Los Angeles Times reports. The Assembly Bill 392 was signed into law on Monday (Aug. 19) and will be named the “Stephon Clark Law," which honors the 22-year-old who was fatally shot by Sacramento police in his grandmother’s backyard. Local authorities believe he pointed a gun at them and was responsible for a theft in the area.

"They didn't have to kill him like that. They didn't have to shoot him that many times,” Clark’s grandmother said in a press conference last year. "Why didn't you just shoot him in the arm, shoot him in the leg, send the dogs, send a taser. Why? Why? Y'all didn't have to do that."

The law’s new language will state that officers could only use deadly excessive force when deemed “necessary” not within “reasonable” range, which is what the law currently states now. Reportedly, the mandate also prohibits authorities from firing at fleeing suspects who don’t pose any danger on the scene. The law goes into effect in January 2020.

“We are doing something today that stretches the boundary of possibility and sends a message to people all across this country that they can do more and they can do better to meet this moment,” Newsom said.

Initially, though, law enforcement was not keen on this new law and rebutted the bill until it was reformed to their liking. “This is Stephon Clark’s law,” his brother, Stevante Clark told the L.A. Times. “The cost, the price that had to be paid for this, it hurts...I hate that this had to come out of such a tragic situation, but at the same time, it helps the healing process to know his name could possibly prevent something like this from happening again.”

“The bill is watered down, everybody knows that,” he continued.  “But at least we are getting something done. At least we are having the conversation now.”

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'The Wire's' Tray Chaney Shares His Testament In Self-Entitled Documentary Trailer

You may have seen Tray Chaney as Malik "Poot" Carr on the HBO Emmy-nominated drama series The Wire where he starts as a neighborhood drug dealer in the Barksdale organization and slowly moves up in ranks. He has also starred in a list of roles including Bounce TV's  Saints & Sinners as Kendrick Murphy and was nominated in 2019 at the International Christian Film Festival for Best Actor: Short Film in Angels in Rocket Field. 

After being accepted as an "Official Selection" during the Black Continental Independent Movie Awards in Silver Spring, Maryland, Chaney released the documentary trailer for Undeniable: The Tray Chaney Story under his Undeniable (Wired Different) campaign on Thursday (Aug. 15). The potential docuseries will follow the narratives of the journeys of The Wire cast members, how they landed their roles, what happened when the television series ended in 2008, and what they are doing now.

Under the production of Commodore Independent Filmworks and Safe House Films DC. Chaney's 45-minute episode features testimonials from Big Daddy Kane, Clifton Powell, Kenny Lattimore, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Russ Parr, Jd Williams, Keith Robinson, Anwan Big G Glover, and Black Child. His former co-star Idris Elba also shows his support for the documentary.

"Just know how hard he hustles," says Anwan "Big G" Glover.

The less than 2-minute snippet touches on the framework of Chaney, his eagerness and willingness to learn,  even mentioning his journey on Saints & Sinners as "the work of the Gods".

Watch the trailer for Undeniable: The Tray Chaney Story below.

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