because I woke up early.


Photos of the day - July 28, 2014

An Indonesian Muslim offers Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Jakarta, a fisherman is silhouetted against the lit skyline of Wonsan, North Korea and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III takes a selfie with a group of fans after practice are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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Fugitive arrest shootout in NYC

Authorities say a sex-assault suspect got in a shootout with law enforcement in New York City that left the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police officer wounded.

The U.S. Marshals Service says it happened in the West Village when a fugitive apprehension task force tried to make an arrest. The mayor and police commissioner say the suspect is dead. (AP)

Photos by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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I heard God say ‘Hey Vessey I like your style’ I said ’ You made that.’ He said ‘I know.’ We shook hands and said amen.

— Denmark Vessey (via thesonicdrifter)



Denmark Vesey’s Revolt: The Slave Plot That Lit a fuse to Fort Sumter

John Lofton

In 1822, Denmark Vesey was found guilty of plotting an insurrection what would have been the biggest slave uprising in U.S. history. A free man of color, he was hanged along with 34 other African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, in what historians agree was probably the largest civil execution in U.S. history. At the time of Vesey’s conviction, Charleston was America’s chief slave port and one of its most racially tense cities. Whites were outnumbered by slaves three to one, and they were haunted by memories of the 1791 slave rebellion in Haiti.

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad

Ann Petry

an accessible portrait of the woman who guided more than 300 slaves to freedom as a conductor on the Underground Railroad

Gabriel’s Conspiracy: A Documentary History

Philip J. Schwarz

The plans for a large slave rebellion in the Richmond area in 1800, orchestrated by a literate enslaved blacksmith named Gabriel, leaked out before they could be executed, and he and twenty-five other enslaved people were hanged. In reaction to the plot, the Virginia and other legislatures passed restrictions on free blacks, as well as on the education, movement, and hiring out of the enslaved.

The Fires of Jubilee: Nat Turner’s Fierce Rebellion

Stephen B. Oates

The bloody slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in Virginia in 1831, and the savage reprisals that followed, shattered beyond repair the myth of the contented slave and the benign master and intensified the forces of change that would plunge America into the bloodbath of the Civil War.

Toussaint Lóuverture: The Fight for Haiti’s Freedom

Walter Dean Meyers

The liberation of Haiti under Toussaint L’Ouverture, a freed slave who became general of the slave army, which rose against the French in 1791, is told in exciting, factual narrative and enhanced by bold, full-color paintings.


Fire crews battle fast-moving wildfires

Fire crews were battling two fast-moving wildfires in California that threatened many homes and forced hundreds of evacuations, officials said.

A fire in the Sacramento region had mushroomed to about 4,000 acres by late Saturday, while a blaze that began in the afternoon around Yosemite National Park threatened a small community.

The so-called Sand Fire began Friday in the Sierra Nevada foothills and has since raced through more than 6 square miles of drought-stricken grasslands east of Sacramento. (AP)

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Incase you didn’t know……America is on fire!!


For the latest edition of “Life in Pictures,” the 28-year-old singer, Solange, allowed photographer Charlotte Hornsby to follow her around for four days, as she headed to an Airbnb rental in the Louisiana countryside to work on her upcoming album, then traveled to another one in Austin for SXSW.

(Source: soph-okonedo)



Why do we torture ourselves by passing along footage like this? This kind of brutality is nothing new; happens all the time. And when it does, we all gather around gawking at the spetical. And after a few days and little community cries, it goes away and we all move on. But this did happen, and in front of a lot of witnesses. Question is: what is anyone prepared to do about it? My guess is probably nothing…just wait for the next murder to go viral (so you can “like” it or share.)
That man was lying there dead (lifeless) and no one aided him! And why? Because they all knew he was dead!

Look at the cunning of the crooked cops, immediately going to cover their muderous escapade, talking to the man like he’s alive and conscious. Then surprisingly, one of the dirty cops asks, “is that blood… is he bleeding…” But no one, not even the EMT professional comes to this lifeless man’s aid. In fact, EMT was there for several moments before she even checked for a pulse. Why hadden she discovered the blood or checked for vital signs?

And just when you think it can’t get any worse, they throw this very very large man backward onto a gurney while handcuffed and unconscious. HANDCUFFED.