On this week’s episode of Scandal, art imitated life as Olivia Pope and her team found themselves in the middle of Rosemead—just blocks away from the White House, where an African-American teenager named Brandon Parker was gunned down by a police officer. The storyline closely mirrored the real life murder of Ferguson, Mo. teen Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in August 2014.
Here are five striking similarities between last night’s Scandal episode and the events in Ferguson.
1. Brandon was left lying face down in the street.
Scandal included the teen’s father, Clarence – played by Courtney B. Vance – toting a shot-gun at the site where his son was gunned down. The grieving father ultimately sets a chair over his son and sits down, waiting to find out which cop is responsible for his death.
One of the key and…
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In the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury decision a number people took to the streets of the St. Louis suburb and began torching cars, looting and burning down local area businesses. Their actions caused many in the nation and around the world to question why the people of Ferguson were destroying their own town.
In this exclusive NewsOne.com interview on Nov. 25 we hear directly from residents of the Canfield Green Apartments, where unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by officer Darren Wilson. They weighed in on why the business district of Ferguson was targeted after the grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson was announced.
Twenty-five-year-old Tommy Keely spoke with NewsOne at He told us he is the cousin of Dorian Johnson, who was with…
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Lauryn Hill is the latest artist to add her voice to the outcry over the injustice done in Ferguson, Missouri.
Whether expressing their anger on social media or taking the streets with protesters?or even pushing back a product release?celebrities have not held their tongue about how they feel over the fact that officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in Michael Brown?s shooting death.
Now, Lauryn has dropped a song titled ?Black Rage? that she recorded in her living room. Set to the tune of ?My Favorite Things? from the musical ?The Sound Of Music,? Lauryn runs down the list of why it is that Black people are frustrated with the justice system?and the very notion that racism is no longer a thing.
One thing is for sure, you?ll never be able to hear ?My…
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It’s a Saturday morning, and the streets are empty. A few blocks from home, Brown and Johnson are walking in the middle of the road. This is when Officer Darren Wilson pulls up — and when Johnson and Wilson’s accounts begin to both converge and diverge.
As Wilson tells the story, he was extremely, unfailingly polite — more befuddled than anything else by these two young black men who seem to have forgotten to use the sidewalk. “Hey guys, why don’t you walk on the sidewalk,” he remembers saying. That’s not how Johnson tells it.
“He said ‘Get the F on the sidewalk!'” Johnson tells the grand jury. Either way, on this next point, Johnson and Wilson agree. It’s Johnson who replies and says they’re just a minute from their homes, and they’ll be off the street shortly.
It should be noted that this young man keeps telling the exact…
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