New Ava Duvernay Documentary Tells The Chilling Truth Behind Mass Incarceration In America

- By Bossip Staff

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When some people talk about the effects of slavery in this country, they like to argue that it was a long time ago. And Black folk should get over it. The argument is flawed. Not only are we still dealing with the remnants of slavery; but the way the prison industrial complex is set up, slavery just took on a different form in this country. It is this topic that filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores in her new documentary 13th. The new film will be screened at the upcoming New York Film Festival and will have a limited theatrical release. It will have a home on Netflix. In the trailer alone different experts talk about how after the 13th amendment abolished slavery, with the exception of those sentenced to serve jail or prison time, the narrative that Black men were inherently dangerous and criminal became pervasive in this country. And now, today, 1 of four imprisoned people in the world are living in the United States…
[MadameNoire]

Everything You Wanted To Know – And Haven’t Heard – About The Sept 9 Work And Hunger Prison Strike

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On September 9, 2016, thousands of inmates in correctional facilities across the country went on a work and hunger strike to demand several changes to how prisons are run in this country. But more specifically, they want to see an end to prison slave labor. I spoke to Azzurra Crispino, media co-chair of the Incarceration Workers Organizing Committee about the strike, the prisoners demands and why this strike, which is now in its third week, has not been getting the media attention it deserves… CB: So what prisons started the strike? And how many prisons are now participating? Crispino: The Free Alabama Movement and the Holman [Correctional Facility] unit initially called for the strike and they count as the first. But we have tracked at least 46 units that went on strike on September 9th. And we estimate over 50,000 inmates have been impacted by the strike…
[MadameNoire]

French Montana Shouts “Black Lives Matter” After Being Pulled Over

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French Montana found himself in the middle of New York earlier this morning dealing with the NYPD, this after he and others were pulled over in a vehicle where the rapper was a passenger. The Max B protege recorded the entire ordeal all while saying the refrain “Black Lives Matter” to the officers. TMZ reports: French and a bunch of friends were being driven in an SUV leaving Aces in Queens early Wednesday … when they got stopped. While recording video, he threw a few verbal jabs at the officers.
He referred to them as “hip-hop cops” (the alleged NYPD unit dedicated to tracking rappers) … and repeatedly yelled, “Black lives matter.” It’s unclear why French and co. got pulled over, or if anyone was ticketed…
[HipHopWired]


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