Showtime, Starz Offer Anti-Racism Docs For Viewing On Multiple Platforms

Showtime, Starz Offer Anti-Racism Docs For Viewing On Multiple Platforms
Peabody Award-nominated and Television Academy Honors documentary 16 Shots and director Sacha Jenkins’s Burn Motherf*cker, Burn! are being offered for free viewing on multiple platforms by Showtime.

16 Shots examines the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke and the cover-up that ensued. Burn Motherf*cker, Burn! explores the complicated relationship between the Los Angeles Police Department and the city’s Black and minority communities.

Showtime said it was making the documentaries available in an effort to provide resources and raise awareness around the ongoing struggle against systemic racism in America.

Both are now streaming on YouTube and, and are available to Showtime subscribers on demand. The two films will also be available across multiple television and streaming providers’ devices, websites, applications and authenticated online services and their free On Demand channels.

16 Shots is a joint production from Midnight Productions, Topic Studios, Impact Partners and Chicago Media Project.
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That Time Trump Blamed Riots on ‘Weak Leadership in Washington’ – in 2014

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That Time Trump Blamed Riots on ‘Weak Leadership in Washington’ – in 2014
In keeping with the Twitter truism that “there’s always a tweet” posted by Donald Trump before he took office that can be applied to his current administration, some Twitter users have been circulating an old Trump tweet where he talked about “riots and looting.”

“Our country is totally fractured and, with our weak leadership in Washington, you can expect Ferguson type riots and looting in other places,” Trump tweeted in November 2014, after demonstrations against the death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown at the hands of white officer Darren Wilson were held in major cities around the country.

Our country is totally fractured and, with our weak leadership in Washington, you can expect Ferguson type riots and looting in other places

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2014

On Memorial Day this year, an unarmed black man named George Floyd died as a white officer kneeled on his neck in Minneapolis.
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9 Historical Triumphs to Make You Rethink Property Destruction

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9 Historical Triumphs to Make You Rethink Property Destruction
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in October 2014, in the wake of civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after Officer Darren Wilson shot 18-year-old Michael Brown to death. Weeks of protests ensued, in which destruction of property was called a “violent” act by those on the right. In the years since, little has changed. On May 26th, 2020, George Floyd was killed when Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck, as onlookers pleaded for him to stop, and he himself said, “I can’t breathe.” Protests erupted in Minneapolis, and
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It Isn’t Much to Ask That Cops Have a Higher Standard for Killing People

Stephon Clark lived and died in Sacramento. When the 22-year-old father of two was shot and killed by local cops after a foot chase in the spring of 2018, it provoked the largest national uproar over a police killing of an unarmed black man since the groundswell of protests that began with the death of Michael Brown and the Ferguson uprising five years ago this week. The Sacramento officers who took Clark’s life were not charged with any crime.

It didn’t happen in Rep. Ro Khanna’s district, but it was close enough.
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‘When They See Us’ Composer on ‘Horror Film’ Approach to Score

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‘When They See Us’ Composer on ‘Horror Film’ Approach to Score
Belying his resume, Kris Bowers is a young man — so young that he was only 2 weeks old when a jogger was attacked in Central Park in 1989, kicking into motion the miscarriage of justice he would become immersed in three decades later when signing on to score Ava DuVernay’s Netflix limited series “When They See Us.” The pianist-composer previously earned a Daytime Emmy but admits “it feels different” to be up for a primetime one.

How tough is it to underscore such an emotional story without bumming viewers out even more?

We definitely wanted it to feel as bad as possible! But we also wanted to hold onto the fact that these are young kids whose innocence is being stripped away, and that innocence has to be represented for us to really feel it being taken. They did make it through, and there is an ugly beauty to their resilience
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Mysterious Deaths Leave Ferguson Activists ‘On Pins and Needles’

It’s been four and a half years since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the unarmed young black man whose shooting by police officer Darren Wilson sparked protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, helping to solidify the Black Lives Matter movement. Though the unrest is over, his passing is still deeply felt in the community, particularly among activists who say they are receiving anonymous threats following reports of deaths in their community.

Since the 2014 shooting, about six people connected to the protests following Brown’s death have died — some in violent,
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The Lessons of the Eric Garner Case

Four years ago, on December 3, 2014, a grand jury in Staten Island decided not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old African-American father of five.

The city of New York exploded in protest. Garner’s horrific death in July of that year had been captured on cell phone video. Police tried to arrest him, ostensibly for selling untaxed cigarettes — it is not at all clear that he was actually doing this at the time — and when he refused he was placed in what turned
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Ferguson Activist Claims Son Was ‘Lynched’ as Police Investigate His Death as Suicide

On October 17th, Melissa McKinnies, a prominent activist in Ferguson, Missouri, discovered her 24-year-old son, Danye Jones, hanging from a tree in a wooded area behind her home. A bedsheet was tied around his neck and his pants were down around his ankles, which a family member documented by taking photos that McKinnies later posted to Facebook.

“They lynched my baby,” McKinnies wrote in the post, which Facebook has since removed. “I’m sick and losing my mind, but I had to let the world know what they did to my baby!
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Swimming To Ferguson – Review

Henry Biggs attempts his marathon swim at Catalina Island.

If Henry Biggs were really swimming to Ferguson, he would have started in the Mississippi and made his way up Maline Creek, although he would have had to walk part of the way to get there.

What Henry Biggs is really doing is swimming around Manhattan Island. Although more a runner than a swimmer, Henry planned to swim 28.5 miles around Manhattan. It isn’t just the distance that makes this hard but the fact that he is swimming against current, tides and in areas more accustomed to seeing boats than swimmers.

This open-water marathon is an impressive swimming challenge but what does that have to do with Ferguson? Biggs says he was deeply affected by what happened in Ferguson in 2014, after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot by white policeman Darren Wilson, and he is using his athletic feat to
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