NEW HAVEN >> Before arriving at the Yale Divinity School to lead a discussion on race Thursday evening, Jimmy Jones couldn’t help but think about the son he buried 20 years ago.
“There is no pain like the pain of burying your children,” Jones said, referring to his son, Malik Jones. “My heart still aches.”
A panel of college professors memorialized Black Lives Matter and the movement’s icons, Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray. At the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) annual conference in Philadelphia, these professors praised Black Lives Matter’s activism and criticized police officers.
Ashley Perez, an Ohio State associate professor of comparative studies, mentioned she had to rewrite her latest book, “Out of Darkness,” because at the time, “the Black Lives Matter movement did not yet exist” and she had to live “in the shadow of Trayvon Martin’s death.” She claimed that this “robust activism has brought about [progress]…this movement has changed for what is possible for [her book].” To her, America has a “post-racial or post-racist society [with] painful continuities between past and present.”
A young black boy is killed by police. There is no justice, and definitely no peace for his grieving mother, Dr. Jo Baker. She comes from a long line of researchers, and she immerses herself in science rather than religion to fight through her grief, finally unearthing a family secret that may allow the unthinkable: a way to bring her son back.
This is the setup for Destroyer, a new monthly comic book series that fuses the heartbreak of the Black Lives Matter movement with an age-old story: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
The BOOM! Studios comic, written by horror novelist Victor LaValle (The Ballad of Black Tom, Big Machine) and illustrated by Shaft and Incredible Hercules artist Dietrich Smith, doesn’t just take cues from Shelley’s 1818 novel — it continues it.
To many, the Black Lives Matter movement started in August 2014, when protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. But while the movement coalesced around the street marches in Ferguson and then spread to places like Baltimore, Cleveland, and Chicago, the declaration that supplied its name was coined considerably earlier: in 2013, shortly after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin.
He’s also blamed the “Nightline” host for asking questions about his daughter that “agitated” him
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 03: Lil Wayne performs onstage during the 2016 Budweiser Made in America Festival at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 3, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch)
Lil Wayne made some controversial remarks during an interview on last night’s episode of ABC’s “Nightline.” In the interview, Wayne said he did not like giving a name to the Black Lives Matter movement, and seemed to disagree with the idea that people don’t already believe Black Lives Matter. Wayne has now apologized for his comments, telling TMZ, “Apologies to anyone who was offended.” He has also blamed “Nightline”’s Linsey Davis for asking questions about his daughter, which he said threw him off: “When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a bitch and a hoe, I got agitated,” he said. “From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses.”