The 44 percent: mass shootings in Miami, new DMX album

A makeshift memorial to the victims of the early Sunday morning mass shootings with flowers, stuffed animals, candles, photos and messages will be erected on Tuesday May 1st.

A makeshift memorial to the victims of the early Sunday morning mass shootings with flowers, stuffed animals, candles, photos and messages will be erected on Tuesday May 1st.

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I feel defeated.

Miami-Dade has just wrapped up one of the most violent weekends in recent times. At least six people were killed and more than 30 injured in a series of shootings that began in Wynwood on Friday and ended in South Beach on Monday. My views rarely match those of the police, but Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo spoke on the facts of Face the Nation when he described the recent gun violence as a “public health epidemic.”

However, that’s only one reason I feel defeated. The other is in the comments section of those Miami Lifestyle Instagram accounts after the shooting. Between the apparent dog whistles and the absolute racism in the reactions to the footage of the violence, it was very clear what kind of people the commentators want in their Miami.

What hurt the most was the lack of empathy. If a bullet strikes, relatives of the victim and the shooter lose someone. And for better or for worse, all are my people. Were the shooters wrong? 100% yes. Should the victims still be here? 100% yes. But instead of demonizing Sagittarius, we should ask ourselves what the conditions are to motivate someone to shoot into a crowd. Then and only then will we find the true source of our anger.

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CAPITOL RIOT WARE 2-0.jpg A man hoists the Confederate flag with the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the background as President Donald Trump speaks to the crowd in Washington on January 6, 2021. JASON ANDREW NOW

The report investigates misinformation on Spanish talk radio Miami:

“We are talking about a completely different parallel universe, in which above is below and below is above.”

These words, courtesy of ProsperoLatino’s founder, Jose Parra, summarize a new report highlighting the spread of misinformation on Spanish-language talk radio in Miami around the time of the January 6th Uprising. The report, produced by progressive advocacy groups Florida Rising and Miami Freedom Project, and communications firms ProsperoLatino and Latina Comunica, found that a group of presenters misled the rioting during a week of recorded shows on Radio Mambi and Actualidad Radio, two popular local AM stations depicted. Their unsubstantiated claims ranged from the thousands of dead in the 2020 presidential election to Black Lives Matter and Antifa behind the storming of the Capitol.

“Everyone has a right to their opinion,” said Parra. “We are not trying to change viewpoints in the ether. What we are looking for is a fact-based reality. It’s not about subtracting information from the ether. It’s about adding more. “

People criticized in the report denied or ignored the results. One host in particular, Agustin Acosta, denied that his statements linking the BLM to the Capitol uprising were false, saying the report itself was evidence enough.

daddy_fitted.jpeg Albert Dotson Sr., community leader and pioneering businessman, died Saturday at the age of 83. DOTSONSON FAMILY

Pioneer entrepreneur and citizen activist Albert Dotson Sr. dies at the age of 83:

First black president of the Orange Bowl Committee. First Black Store Manager at Sears Roebuck & Company. Active in civic groups such as United Way and the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce.

The black Miami dade lost a pillar of the community in Al Dotson Sr., who died Saturday aged 83. If there is one aspect of his life that deserves (and there are some) it is his belief in serving his community to make it better in the long run:

“I’ve found that when you come and get involved and people find you are sincere, they get you involved,” Dotson Sr. said in an August 2020 interview. is required of him. “Miami is a great city. But we have an obligation to think about how we can do better.

“I love Miami. I love living in Miami. I love the people in Miami. When we all come together and realize that we are all the same, we will have the same goal of making this the best place to live, work and play and to hold each other accountable for our actions. “


tulsa.jpg Many Americans are unaware of the 1921 Tulsa Race massacre, in which white mobs destroyed the city’s “Black Wall Street” and killed at least 300 black residents. Library of Congress

Here are some more racist massacres you may never have heard of:

With renewed attention around the centenary of the Tulsa Race massacre, it’s important to note that Greenwood isn’t the only place where African Americans have been killed with impunity. America’s history is much, much more sinister. Knowing this, the Washington Post has compiled a list of six other racist massacres that were likely missing from your history class.

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Thank you Naomi Osaka for your courage:

I don’t usually include sport in this matter, but it definitely deserves to be highlighted. A little background: Naomi Osaka, one of the best tennis players in the world, recently dropped out of the French Open, a decision that was partly influenced by what she called “depression” in a heartfelt Twitter post.

Any sign of mental vulnerability – especially within the black community – is a win to me. Bouts of depression and anxiety have hit us all at some point. It’s time we normalized it. Hats off, Ms. Osaka.


DMX DMX arrives at the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. A DMX attorney said the rapper recovered after police resuscitated him outside a Yonkers, NY hotel (AP Photo / Peter Kramer, File) Peter Kramer AP

DMX releases posthumous album:

It’s just something about that first “WHAT” that makes my heart smile.

DMX’s posthumous album entitled “Exodus” was released last Friday and has been repeated since then. From the creepy haunted bars on “Money Money Money” to the Marvin Gaye sample that is supposed to make “Take Control” a barbecue classic, the project shows exactly the variety that has made X popular with generations of hip-hop fans. Even if the frequent guest appearances sometimes reduce the size of X, hits like “Hood Blues” and “Take Control” supported by Snoop Dogg are worthwhile.

Where does the name “The 44 Percent” come from? Click here to find out how Miami’s history influenced the newsletter title.

C. Isaiah Smalls II is a Race and Culture Reporter for the Miami Herald. He previously worked for ESPN’s The Undefeated as part of the first class of the Rhoden Fellows. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Morehouse College.

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