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Don’t Miss Out on the Imagine Music Festival

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Imagine Music Festival (IMF) is a multi-day dance music and arts festival.  It will be held on August 29th and 30th in Atlanta, Georgia at Historic Fourth Ward Park and Masquerade Music Park.  The festival includes EDM acts, cirque style acts, and art installations.  Come and experience captivating performances!
For tickets visit: http://imaginefestival.com/

Things To Do: The First Five Days of August In Atlanta

August 1st – World Tiger Day

Head on over to Zoo Atlanta to celebrate all things tiger!  Learn all about the rarest tiger species in the world, the Sumatran tiger.

When: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Enjoy a tiger training demonstration at 2:00 pm!

August 2nd – 2015 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival

Where: Fox Theatre

When: 1:00 pm

“Come celebrate 40 years of Fabulous Films!”

August 3rd – Kids Eat Free at the Georgia Aquarium

Valid through August 13th, kids eat free with a purchase of a $29.95 ticket and adult meal!

August 4th – National Night Out

When: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Enjoy a block party filled with food trucks and music in Downtown Atlanta.  The block party is hosted by the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU).

Visit their website for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1485797175046210/

August 5th – Clean Power for Georgia Celebration

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When: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Where: Georgia State Capitol – Liberty Plaza, Corner of Capitol Ave & M.L.K. Jr. Drive

Show your support for a cleaner Atlanta!  The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan will create cleaner air, cleaner water, and more jobs for Georgian’s!

The New Black Wall Street Project

This past Sunday, EEM had the opportunity to be a vendor at The New Black Wall Street Project Event which celebrated downloadblack-owned businesses. This event took place at Mardi Gras Cafe and was hosted by Maike Alexandre, the 2015 Miss Black America Georgia and the CEO of The New Black Wall Street Property Headquarters. EEM’s Editor In Chief and I experienced history in the making as the location for the New Black Wall Street was revealed! We look forward to seeing what progress will be made within the next few years with this project. Make sure you support our black owned businesses! download (4) download (7)download (6)

Michaela C., Associate Editor

What Happened to Sandra Bland?

sandrabland4Since news broke about the death of Sandra Bland, the public is left with more questions than answers.

Last weekend, Bland was pulled over in Waller County, Texas by a State Trooper for a traffic violation and was later arrested for allegedly assaulting a public servant. On Monday morning, Bland was found hanging in her jail cell. The death was ruled a suicide; however, those who were close to Bland say that she would never kill herself.

Bland was very vocal against police brutality and racism using the hashtag #SandraSpeaks. She was actively involved in the community as a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and she had just landed her dream job. Bland is described as someone who had a positive outlook on life and had everything to live for, which is why those who knew her and know her story suspect foul play.

Texas Rangers are investigating Bland’s death, but a petition is drawn to have the federal government take over. There’s also a petition to have an autopsy performed outside of Waller County.

Sandra Bland was moving from Illinios to Texas to start her new career at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University. She would’ve started on Wednesday.

Watch Bland’s arrest below.

Obama Said WHAT?

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Many are up in arms about President Obama using the “N” word during a podcast interview with Marc Maron. The POTUS says, “The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives, you know that casts a long shadow, and that’s not cured of it…and it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public, that’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination…societies don’t overnight completely erase everything that happened 2-300 years prior.” Not so bad , right? It’s not like he was calling blacks niggas for no reason, he was making a valid point, however, many have taken the word out of context and feel as though Presidents shouldn’t be using that word.

Here’s how I feel; Obama is not the first President to use that word, he’s just the first to say it out loud. I’m sure he knows the consequences of his actions, but by him being the first African American President,if there was one that needed to say it first…it should be him, especially after what’s going on in the world right now. He was saying racism is not about white people saying nigger; it’s deeper than that. There is hatred deeply routed within those racist families that are being passed down from generation to generation and those offspring end up acting out and hurting an already oppressed people.

Another point Obama made was about cracking down on gun control in response to the Charleston massacre. Now, I’m all for gun control. I believe there should definitely being a more difficult process to get access to one than there is now. I believe that those who have guns and that don’t live alone should have to keep them under lock and code and hidden from children especially. I believe that those diagnosed with certain mental disorders shouldn’t own guns. I could go on and on about gun control issues, but that’s not the problem. Things like the Charleston tragedy cannot be prevented with gun control alone; this is an issue of race. Racist actions should be punished more harshly than they are, police included. Law enforcement needs to make more efforts in helping enforce racial equality in all corners of the country including the less fortunate areas. Crimes even as small as threats should be taken seriously.

Though we can’t stop racism, having the President on board for change is certainly a huge step. Black people have our eyes on him because he’s approaching his last year in office and he has little time to make a difference. With racists such as Donald Trump trying to swoop his way into office, he’s got to do something before it’s too late. So, no, I’m not upset that Obama used the “N” word. Maybe this will wake people up. Maybe this will provide some clarity. Maybe this will finally be the beginning of Obama taking verbal and physical action against the hideous racists of our country.

#PrayForCharleston

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Black, white, Latino, Asian, and so on are all mourning for the people of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. There is no excuse. There are no words. My beautiful black kings and queens are beginning to feel helpless. To be so sick that one would assassinate 9 innocent people of God for no reason beyond the fact that they were bloack is unforgivable. I feel uneasy, eventually things are going to get uglier and uglier.

Here’s information on the massacre if you don’t already know: the members of the oldest church in the south were holding a prayer meeting. If you don’t know what that is, I’ll explain; a prayer meeting is when members of a church get together and collectively pray for themselves and for others either for a specific reason or no reason at all. Dylann Storm Roof entered the church during this meeting and was welcomed by the church members and he he even participated, trying to make it appear as though he was involved. He asked for the pastor and stayed for an hour. Just before 9:00 pm he shot 9 attendees out of a total of 12, including the pastor, and kept a specific person alive on purpose and told them that he was letting them go so they could tell the story. It was alleged that a five-year-old child had to play dead so that he or she wouldn’t be killed along with the other victims. One witness claimed Roof yelled, “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country and you have to go” before opening fire.

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Let’s break down what type of spineless person Roof was; the social media shook their heads in unison after seeing a Confederate flag as the front license plate of his car. If that’s not enough, his roommate said that he was “into segregation” and claimed Roof said he wanted to start a Civil War, do something, and then kill himself, which brings the question; why in the hell didn’t his roommate do something? Say something? Report him? Did he agree? Was he scared? Questions that need answers.His uncle also had given him a .45 handgun for his birthday that his own family was reportedly uncomfortable with due to Roof’s introverted personality and tendencies. Many news stations let us down by not reporting the suspect as a Caucasian man nor did they mention that he was sporting the Confederate flag. They left those details out. President Obama brought up the idea of gun violence during his speech in response to the tragedy. He recognized that racism is still a problem and urged Americans to stand up, but even he is limited on what he can do without everyone agreeing as a whole. The police chief agreed that this was indeed a hate crime.

This church was the oldest church in the south. This church has history. This church is history. Martin Luther King Jr. walked those floors! The church was once burnt down in 1822 due to a slave revolt. A man who brought himself out of slavery was the architect. It seats 2,500 people. This is why Roof chose this church. These people were preachers, coaches, graduates, and parents. He has scorned these people for life. Black people can’t even get peace in the church; we can’t even pray anymore.

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So here’s my state of mind; this is one racist crime too many. This is the climax; the epiphany. Racist people of America have to stop raising their kids to be full of hate. Do you see what happens now? Do you see the results? Nothing good comes from it! Nothing at all!There are African Americans in outrage about this, and yet, it keeps happening again and again and some angry people may revolt just as they had to during the Civil War to fight for their rights. Are we going to have to fight again? In 2015? This is exactly what Roof wanted, huh? Well he got what he wished for. I am grateful that the police in Charleston are seeing this as a hate crime instead of trying to blow it over, but unfortunately some news outlets are not. I’ve seen some claim him to be insane just as the evil man who s Continue reading #PrayForCharleston