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Black Lives Matter groups release demands

and the list includes reparations and eradicating the death penalty

4:00 PMBlack Lives Matter is not just a concept, but also a movement. It’s not only a hashtag, but also an organization trying to enact change on the macro level in the United States. Since the phrase took off as a rallying cry for various groups, the patchwork of causes and goals has been a challenge to put together in one place. On Monday, that happened.

“In response to the sustained and increasingly visible violence against black communities in the U.S. and globally, a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of black people from across the country have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda,” the initiative reads.

The platform includes six tenets: end the war on black people, economic justice, divest-invest, community control, political power and, perhaps most importantly, reparations. It’s that last word that will likely get most people talking, but the simple tasks of coming together on this effort is quite the accomplishment itself.

The question of “Who runs the movement?” is one that’s been used to discredit and divide the civil rights movement since its inception. With a specific call to action in place that more than 50 groups have formed through a coalition, the catch-all criticism of, “You don’t even know what you want,” doesn’t hold as much water.

Two years ago, when The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehisi Coates released his opus magazine series titled “The Case for Reparations,” it rocked the nation because so many people who considered themselves allies, woke or at least slightly more self-aware or educated than the average person, didn’t have as good of an understanding of economic disenfranchisement as they thought they did.

Slavery didn’t happen then suddenly end in a vacuum, thus suddenly leveling a playing field that never truly existed anyway. It set in motion the concept of white supremacy, financial inequality and overall discrimination that kept black folks poor by design, not happenstance.

Do these demands released Monday seem practical? If you’re asking yourself this question, you’re not taking a fair look at the nature of the problem. The initial offenses and systemic bigotry created a scenario in which any change from the status quo will by nature feel impractical if you are not affected the same way as another.

“Our hope is that this is both an articulation of our collective aspirations as well as a document that provides tangible resources for groups and individuals doing the work,” the platform’s website reads.”We recognize that some of the demands in this document will not happen today. But we also recognize that they are necessary for our liberation.”

Also, if you need a refresher course on a larger level, the glossary is as real as it gets.

Baron Batch gets popped

for graffiti tagging all over Pittsburgh

7:00 AMBaron Batch is a cool dude. The former Pittsburgh Steelers running back does all sorts of stuff with his artwork that makes people smile in and arohttps://theundefeated.com/whhw//und Pittsburgh, and we appreciate him for that. But he also likes to get up, as the kids say. He’s a skilled artist and he does things like let people eat food and watch him paint at the same time, which is awesome.

He also genuinely enjoys the vandalism side of the game, which is unfortunate, but part of the lifestyle, if you’re a certain type of person. Anyway, he tends to also post his work on Instagram, which, very plainly, is a great way to get caught doing illegal stuff.

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Unfortunately, he had to surrender to the police recently for his work along a certain bridge in Pennsylvania. Not a good look, but hopefully this doesn’t stunt his artistic career.

Board on Saturday

Let’s go skating in Cuba

Because that’s not a thing a lot of people get to do

7:00 AMCuba is a fascinating place. Not just in terms of the political and cultural atmosphere, but it is also an amazing place to look at, which means that any skateboarding happening there is automatically tremendous. There’s also a certain nakedness to the urban landscape that makes everything feel a bit more pure when it comes to kicking and pushing.

This trailer from VICE Sports for an upcoming documentary on skating in Cuba features the nonprofit organization Cuba Skate and shows you just how glorious the nation is, all through the eyes of the skateboard world, which is a tremendous lens through which to see the globe. Obviously.

‘Major Key’: An emoji review

DJ Khaled’s new album is ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

3:41 PMDJ Khaled, one of the most important people in today’s age of music, recently released his new project Major Key. Before the album dropped, Khaled did a great job of promoting it. Whether it was releasing the I Got the Keys music video after the BET Awards or preaching his keys to success on his legendary Snapchat account, Khaled has had his fans on the edge of their seats waiting for this album.

It’s finally here.

And it’s a project filled with a dynamic feature list and some pretty good production. Khaled has himself โ€ฆ another one *runs off stage*.

Without further ado, here is a track-by-track review of each song … using only emojis:

  1. I Got the Keys (feat. Jay Z & Future)
    Beat: ๐Ÿ˜ˆ
    Jay Z: ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿ‘
    Future: ๐ŸŽ…
  2. For Free (feat. Drake)
    Beat: ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด
    Drake: ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ
  3. Nas Album Done (feat. Nas)
    Beat: โšก๏ธโšก๏ธโšก๏ธ
    Nas: ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”‚๐Ÿ”‚๐Ÿ”‚๐Ÿ”‚๐Ÿ”‚
  4. Holy Key (feat. Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar & Better Wright)
    Beat: ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡Big Sean: ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ
    Kendrick Lamar: โœŠโœŠ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ
    Betty Wright: ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ
  5. Jermaine’s Interlude (feat. J. Cole)
    Beat: ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿš—
    J. Cole: ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  6. Ima Be Alright (feat. Bryson Tiller & Future)
    Beat: ๐Ÿ˜ถ
    Bryson Tiller: ๐Ÿ’
    Future: ๐Ÿ†—
  7. Do You Mind (feat. Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, Future & Rick Ross)
    Beat: ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ
    Nicki Minaj: ๐Ÿ’
    Chris Brown: ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽฏ
    August Alsina: ๐ŸŒž
    Jeremih: ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
    Future: ๐ŸŒ
    Rick Ross: ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ’ฅ
  8. Pick These H— Apart (Feat. Kodak Black, Jeezy & French Montana)
    Beat:โ›ˆโ›ˆโ›ˆKodak Black: ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
    ๐Ÿ”ฅJeezy: ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
    ๐Ÿ˜ฌFrench Montana: ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‘
  9. F— Up The Club (feat. Future, Rick Ross, YG & Yo Gotti)
    Beat: ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ
    Future: โœ…โœ…โœ…
    Rick Ross: โ˜ƒ๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธโ˜ƒ๏ธ
    YG: ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
    Yo Gotti: ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ
  10. Work For It (feat. Big Sean, Gucci Mane & 2 Chainz)
    Beat: ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŽฏ
    Big Sean: ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ”‚
    Gucci Mane: ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘
    2 Chainz: ๐Ÿ†’
  11. Don’t Ever Play Yourself (feat. Jadakiss, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes & Kent Jones)
    Beat: โ™จ๏ธโ™จ๏ธโ™จ๏ธ
    Jadakiss: ๐Ÿš€
    Fabolous: ๐Ÿ…
    Fat Joe: ๐Ÿ˜†
    Busta Rhymes: ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ’ฅ
    Kent Jones: ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  12. Tourist (feat. Travis Scott & Lil Wayne)
    Beat: ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿ’Ž
    Travis Scott:๐Ÿ’ช
    Lil Wayne: ๐ŸŒš
  13. Forgive me Father (feat. Meghan Trainor, Wiz Khalifa & Wale)
    Beat: ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘
    Meghan Trainor: ๐Ÿ˜‘
    Wiz Khalifa: ๐Ÿ†—
    Wale: ๐Ÿ˜‘
  14. Progress (feat. Mavado)
    Beat: ๐Ÿ’ƒ
    Mavado: ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ƒ

Overall, this is a very solid project from DJ Khaled. If you are going to skip to a certain song just to hear a track from your favorite artist, I encourage you to check out the rest of the album. It has a song for everyone, and besides a couple that fall flat, this is a strong project. Well done, Khaled.

Rep. Joyce Beatty rocked that outfit

and made a statement in more ways than one

12:15 PMThis item deserves a beat, so cue Drake.

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, 2016.

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 28, 2016.

Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

When Rep. Joyce Beatty, who represents Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District, took to the Democratic National Convention stage Thursday night in Philadelphia, her white frock reminded a lot of folks of Melania Trump’s Republican National Convention dress.

Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, addresses delegates on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Melania Trump, wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, addresses delegates on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

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No word yet on whether it actually was the very same Roksanda shift, but that’s hardly the point. This is about Rep. Beatty bringing some next-level, grown-woman shade to the national political stage, and we salute her badassness.

Daily Dose: 7/29/16

Hillary Clinton is very here for the haters

12:15 PMIf you don’t know, the homey Domonique Foxworth and I have discussions. This time, Morgan Moody was smart enough to put it on camera. Our new bit is called “Locker Room Lawyer.” Enjoy.

I mean, let’s be real: Hillary Clinton came out and stunted on everyone with the all-white pant suit, acting like we didn’t know that was EXACTLY what she was going to do the whole time. She was super communicative, mad elegant and did a great job redefining what we like to call the definition of “presidential.” It was pretty glorious on many levels. Anyway, the reason this all matters is because what she said was paramount, obviously. Her daughter, Chelsea, was out there as well, by the way. Whatever, Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination, so this presidential race is officially a party.

So, there’s a show I can’t stop watching on television. It’s Action Bronson โ€” the Queens, New York-bred rapper who occasionally finds himself in a decent amount of controversy โ€” and his friends watching the pseudoscience classic Ancient Aliens and getting extremely high the whole time. Look, this program is extremely stupid, particularly pointless, but exceedingly hilarious. Think about it, do you really believe in dinosaurs? How do you feel about prehistoric space travel? VICE has the latest episode here.

Football is so annoying. I just needed to say that. I respect the game in the sense that everyone who chooses to potentially blow their brain to shreds for the sake of entertaining the masses is someone who I am in no position to pass judgment on. But in late July, we start thinking about certain teams in the NFL and how they are going to fix all their problems and ease the pain of some fan base I definitely do not care about. One of those squads is definitely the New York Jets, who are perpetually useless. FiveThirtyEight’s Chase Stuart has a lot to say about their quarterback situation.

If I asked you what Carmelo Anthony’s greatest achievement as a basketball player was, what would you say? It’s kind of a tough question. He won a national championship at Syracuse, then went into the league, started scoring mad buckets and then, yeah nothing. No rings. No NBA Finals appearances. But you know what he does do? Win gold medals at the Olympics. So, if he wins a third gold medal in Rio, are we in a position to say he’s a definite Hall of Famer as a result? The homey Amin Elhassan has an answer.

Free Food

Coffee Break: We need to talk about vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine. He showed up to the Democratic National Convention dressed like a guy who used to manage a Circuit City and I love him for it. But also, he’s just so affable and tremendous that’s it next to impossible to dislike him. But, he’ll still get these dad jokes.

Snack Time: Natalie Randolph is an awesome person. She used to coach Coolidge Senior High School’s football team in Washington, D.C., and was a heck of a player for the D.C. Divas. Now, she’s still doing big things.

Dessert: Young Kofie is next in these streets, by the way. And not just because he’s up on his Arthur game.

These Arthur memes are out of control

How Twitter turned a childhood classic into a constant joke

4:20 PMMemes of the TV series Arthur have been a staple of Twitter for quite a while โ€” from the D.W. memes to the classic roast session where Twitter was too busy laughing at how the main character’s headphones were never over his ears, like so:

https://twitter.com/ifeelglorious/status/756324109693362181

The trend started with a simple picture of Arthur’s fist, which stems from an episode in which Arthur actually punches D.W.

From this meme, there have been many others that have recently surfaced, starting with ones of Arthur’s fist.

Then they branched off into all sorts of fun foolishness.

https://twitter.com/NiahSlayz/status/758576393223598085

These jokes are out of control.

https://twitter.com/KonnerNextDoor/status/758688014377820160

https://twitter.com/theonlyti/status/758570749280063488

They might as well replace stock photos with Arthur pictures at this point.

And, as usual, D.W. is not impressed.


There are so many Arthur memes that you are bound to log onto your timeline and find numerous ones.

With all these tweets, Arthur is vying for the top spot in terms of most meme-able content. The show is in a category with SpongeBob SquarePants at this point.

Be right back as I go watch old Arthur episodes to remember how he used to be before Twitter got to him.

Vogue’s ’73 Questions with Serena Williams’

It’s a must-see video

3:00 PM

We all know Serena Williams as the best tennis player on the planet. But rarely have we been granted a peek at the tennis greatโ€™s sweet, funny and flirty side. A few highlights gleaned from the clip: Williams is above haters, terrible at basketball, owns all of her controversial fashion choices and thinks the funniest person she knows is โ€œAubrey,โ€ whom weโ€™ll assume is her rumored paramour, Drake.

A quick aside: Clinton Yates officially offered me this particular โ€œSuperenaโ€ item ostensibly because it falls in my style wheelhouse. Smarter minds know your boy was having difficulty dialing back his reflexive fawning factor. No shade on this side because that body! That dress! Speaking of which, skip ahead to the 6:55 mark for Williamsโ€™ dance moves that are just dying to be memed. Yโ€™all can thank me later.

Remember when Bow Wow was great?

Now, he’s fighting โ€”ย and struggling โ€” to stay relevant

1:38 PMLet’s have a moment of silence for the once great music career of Shad “Bow Wow” Moss. Because on Wednesday, we were reminded how the 29-year-old rapper is struggling to be relevant in the music game.

With the Democratic National Convention now in full swing and the election quickly approaching, one of Bow Wow’s Twitter followers asked him the obvious question: “Hillary or Trump?” Bow Wow took a nonchalant political approach to which another follower disagreed, saying that he should care because he’s black.

Bow Wow’s response? That he’s not black. He’s mixed.

Well, this did not sit well with his followers, especially when Bow Wow went as far as to say that the Moss side (his dad’s side) of the family is white and Native American. He even posted a picture of his father on Instagram to prove his point, before tweeting that his dad looks like “a drunk Cuban with no rhythm.

Bow Wow has lost it, but let us not forget how big he became after hopping onto the scene as a 13-year-old rapper under the tutelage of producer Jermaine Dupri. You could argue that, at his peak in the mid-2000s, Bow Wow was one of the most, if not THE most, popular artists in the game.

So, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and remember three of the best tracks he ever gave us.

“Basketball” feat. Jermaine Dupri, Fabolous & Fundisha (2002)

The hit song from the soundtrack for the 2002 movie Like Mike, in which Bow Wow played a 13-year-old who found a magical pair of Michael Jordan’s childhood sneakers, which gave him the talent to play in the NBA when he wore them. If Calvin Cambridge wasn’t your hero as a kid, you’re crazy. He won an NBA dunk contest and crossed up Allen Iverson. What more could you ask for at 13 years old?

“Let Me Hold You” feat. Omarion (2005)

Bow Wow had it all at this point. The black-on-black Range Rover. The girl. The smooth-singing wingman Omarion. How could you have not wanted to be this guy (except for the braids and beads)? Can’t even lie, this video was on frequent rotation in middle school. *hits Let Me Hold You dance*

“Fresh Az I’m Iz” feat. Mike JoneS (2005)

The most epic line from this song: Talk around town as if I’m wit’ Ciara. Yes, Bow Wow dated singer Ciara (and Rev. Run’s daughter, Angela Simmons, if we’re keeping track). He made the track Like You with Ciara, which is yet another banger.

Speaking of Ciara, maybe that’s how Bow Wow can really get back into the spotlight. A Russell Wilson diss track with Future. You heard it here first.

Stance drops new hotness

This time, cartoon style

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Stance is back at it again with the fly socks, and this time the only thing missing is a tandem bicycle. The streetwear hosiery company released six new pairs Thursday to add to its NBA Legends and Future Legends collections. There are seven total players featured in the new pack. Among the current players featured are: The New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, the Houston Rockets’ James Harden, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry.

In a shoutout to a few Hall of Famers and Dream Team members, one pair features Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen and the novelty of the bunch is a pair that has one sock each with Utah Jazz legends Karl Malone and John Stockton. “The cartoon styles are designed to fit the aesthetic of both hardcore NBA fans and sock enthusiasts,” according to Stance. “More than that, from a performance perspective, they are engineered to be both durable and comfortable.”

As the official sock provider of the NBA, that’s a given. But if you’re looking to make a statement in these late summer cookout streets, now you’re ready.

Daily Dose: 7/28/16

President Obama lets it be known who he’s voting for

9:44 AMNFL training camp starts today. Cousin Aaron calls it the most wonderful time of the year. I beg to differ.

So, that Hawaiian dude isn’t bad at talking, no? President Barack Obama got on stage Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention and reminded everyone A) Why they voted for him to begin with and B) Why they should vote for his choice, Hillary Clinton, in September. It was a different president than usual. A tad more braggadocious, a slight bit more casual, but definitely as hopeful as usual. Thursday night is the coda on this whirlwind two weeks that started in Cleveland with the Republican National Convention. What are we going to see Thursday night? ABC News’ Meghan Keneally has the details.

You probably consider yourself an “olive oil person.” Quick omelet? Dash of EVOO. A little tomato and fresh basil salad for the guests? Hit it with the tasting blend. On a countryside hike in Italy? Sure, we’ll take the factory tour! For real though, the olive oil industry, at least in the United States, is kind of a mess. Think of it this way: What if you’d never had beer? If I served you a random one from a can and told you it was “premium,” how would you know the difference? FiveThirtyEight’s Anna Maria Barry-Jester explains how this applies in your kitchen.

When I was a kid, I was afraid of dancehall. It was not quite grown folks music, but it was too sexy for me. You didn’t need to understand the words to know that. I just knew that every time I heard it, people started moving their bodies in ways I hadn’t seen before. Now, dancehall as a musical genre is everywhere. It’s been co-opted by pop music, the same way that so many so-called niche brands have been over the years by those looking for radio play. Ultimately, that’s a good thing in my eyes, but VICE‘s Sharine Taylor hopes pop stars don’t steal it.

Rock, paper, scissors might be the best game of all time. Think about it. You learn it almost before you can speak and it applies as a great way to problem solve for the rest of your life. I have a buddy from high school who posted a story once on Facebook about how when he and his wife’s baby would cry at night, that was the game they played to see who had to get up and handle it. Amazing. Anyway, when you’re in a big league clubhouse for 162 games a year, you find ways to make things interesting. Check out how the Detroit Tigers play the classic game.

Free Food

Coffee Break: SoundCloud is my jam. I use it all the time and it’s basically how I listen to music and is incredible for these embed purposes. Now, they might sell. How much, you may ask? How about a cool billion. I have to be honest, this is way more than I guessed it would value at.

Snack Time: The homey Pope Francis took a spill in Poland recently, which was unfortunate. But it’s a reason to break out the old #PopeBars meme, which forever rocks.

Dessert: This sounds like a cool job.

Crying Jordan is the only one we acknowledge

If you’re a newspaper in Malawi, apparently

5:55 PM

On Tuesday, your people at The Undefeated broke a little news. Michael Jordan, for basically the first time ever, decided to talk about a social issue. The statement itself, never mind the stance he took, was news because arguably the greatest player in the history of the NBA effectively never does this. So, the exclusive spread quickly.

Apparently, it also got as far as the east African nation of Malawi, which was once an English colony. The national soccer team refers to itself as “The Flames,” which is very dope, as most African squads’ nicknames are. Yet, if we were still in an era in which polite society used the term “third world,” this nation would qualify as such. And when a friend forwarded me this picture from a newspaper there, I couldn’t help but laugh. The paper in question is called The Nation. If you want to catch up on Malawi politics (the state of which is not good, by the way), here you go. Though a search for Jordan’s face on the site turned up nothing.

But I refuse to believe this picture was a mistake. I’d like to believe that, although an error, it was a cognizant choice to match an emotional Jordan photo with what was an emotional story. In the news business, people do it constantly in print: take an out-of-context headshot of a famous person and stick it with a story that sort of portrays a similar feeling to whatever is being expressed in the text. I’ve done it a million times, myself.

But without being overly culturally insensitive to the fact that things like this tend to get lost in translation, this is completely hilarious. To go from news photo, to ridiculous pop-culture symbol, back to news photo on the other side of the earth is a perfect development for the meme that will never die.

All charges dismissed against police in Freddie Gray case

Those remaining will walk before seeing courtroom

4:00 PMAccording to the state of Maryland, Freddie Gray deserved to die for looking at a police officer a certain way.

If you want a basic explanation of how white privilege, police brutality and injustice work, look no further than Gray’s case. An officer didn’t care for the look Gray gave him. So he initiated an arrest, illegally, mind you, and threw him in the back of a police van. There, no one bothered to secure him to anything while in the van. He sustained an injury, then died. The medical examiner ruled it a homicide. The city paid off his family. Then, multiple officers walked, before all charges were eventually dismissed Wednesday.

The development marked the end of what’s been an interesting rise and fall for Marilyn Mosby, state’s attorney for Baltimore City. She came out with force last year when she made clear her intentions to charge the six officers involved. Now that she’s clashed with both protestors of the police and law enforcement as well, she’s in a tough spot politically. But that didn’t stop her from taking on a borderline preacher-like tone when she addressed the media Wednesday.

Standing in front of the mural dedicated to Gray in Baltimore where he lived โ€” and his father, wearing a green New York Jets hats and matching dashiki, by her side โ€” Mosby spoke for 15 minutes about what she considered to be the obvious injustice in the outcome.

“Baltimore finds itself at the epicenter of a national conflict between urban and rural populations of color and the law enforcement agencies that are sworn to protect and serve them,” she said. “It is a struggle that strikes at the basic ideas of self-determination, justice, equality and sadly, humanity in America.”

She then proceeded to call the Baltimore Police Department out for seemingly doing everything it could to prevent the state from ever building a case against one of their own. In effect, Mosby described exactly how the “blue wall” works in practice, rather than concept.

“As the world has witnessed over the past 14 months, the prosecution of on-duty police officers in this country is unsurprisingly rare and blatantly fraught with systemic and inherent complications. Unlike with other cases, where prosecutors work closely with the police to investigate what actually occurred, what we realized very early on in this case was that police investigating police, whether they’re friends or merely their colleagues, was problematic,” she said. “There was a reluctance and an obvious bias that was consistently exemplified, not by the entire Baltimore Police Department, but by individuals within the Baltimore Police Department at every stage of the investigation, which became blatantly apparent in the subsequent trials. Although Commissioner [Kevin] Davis was and has been extremely accommodating, there were individual police officers that were witnesses to the case, yet were part of the investigative team. Interrogations that were conducted without asking the most poignant questions. Lead detectives that were completely uncooperative and started a counter investigation to disprove the state’s case.”

Mosby grew up in a law enforcement family and her husband happens to be a city council member. More importantly, as an elected official in Baltimore, her role as someone that’s taken an oath to protect all citizens is one she takes extremely seriously. Yet, there are people who want her disbarred for how she’s handled this case.

She ended her news conference not with questions (as there is pending litigation involving lawsuits from the officers) but with a concession that there are lessons to be learned from Gray, courtroom decisions aside. As Mosby sees it, a corrupt system will beget unjust rulings, but if you can nip the problematic interactions in the bud, things will never get this far, so senselessly.

“Never again should there be a question as to why someone is being stopped, detained or arrested, due to the fact that there will now soon be full implementation of body-worn cameras on all officers. Never again should someone be placed unsecured and defenseless in a metal wagon, head first, feet shackled and handcuffed, due to the fact that officers are now required to secure and seatbelt all prisoners,” she said, her voice rising each time she repeated the refrain. “Never again should there be a need to rely on circumstantial evidence to observe what takes place inside police wagons, due to the fact that cameras are now equipped in every one of them. Never again should an officer ignore or neglect a prisoner’s request for medical attention to no avail, due to the fact that it is now mandatory for officers to call a medic when requested. Never again should a commanding officer or a rank and file officer be able to assert that they are unaware of departmental policies general orders or procedures due to the fact that there is now a software verification and accountability system to ensure their adherence. Never again should an officer exhibit a blatant or reckless disregard for human life, due to the fact that there are now use-of-force policies that emphasize the sanctity of life, accentuates de-escalation and requires that officers intervene if fellow officers cross the line.”

Alas. Never say never.

Daily Dose: 7/27/16

It’s Prince Day to celebrate the release of ‘Purple Rain’

9:44 AMToday at The Undefeated, we celebrate the life and times of Prince. It’s the anniversary of the release of the film Purple Rain, so if you notice something a little different on the site, that’s the feeling of love coming through your screen.

On Monday night, the Democratic National Convention got the first lady. On Tuesday, it was Mr. Clinton. On Thursday, it’ll be Mrs. Clinton. But on Wednesday night, the convention will get the sitting president of the United States. That’s the thing about one party occupying the White House for the better part of a decade. Everyone you bring out to speak at your events, by default, feels like more of a winner, because, well, at the highest level, they are. President Barack Obama is probably the best speaker of them all, too, in fact. ABC News’ Serena Marshall previews what to expect.

Madam President has a great ring to it. But it doesn’t mean that magically the glass ceiling (or cliff) is suddenly going to disappear in American electoral politics. Not remotely. What it will likely mean is that more grizzled old men will dig in their heels and act like they’re the only ones who know what’s good for the nation, since, you know, they’ve been the ones ruling it since forever. FiveThirtyEight’s Christine Laskowski explores how this country is so behind the rest of the world in this regard.

The MTV Video Music Awards are my favorite. Not because typically there’s some goofy prank or controversy that ends up dominating the headlines, but it’s typically just the most real of the shows, with artists I’ve actually heard of and whose music I genuinely enjoy. On Tuesday, the nominees for the VMAs were announced and there was one shocking omission: Your girl Taylor Swift was nowhere to be found. Not a single nod for anything. ABC’s Andrea Dresdale has the full list. Yes, Beyonce has the most, folks.

When Amar’e Stoudemire first came into the league, I’d never seen anything like him. He was a big man who didn’t play like a five, could run the floor and dunk on anybody if you got in the way. For a good stretch there, he and Steve Nash as a combo with the Phoenix Suns was as exciting as the NBA had ever been. But his body never truly cooperated with him, and various knee problems took the bounce that he once had away from him. On Tuesday, he retired as a member of the New York Knicks, but still might play overseas. ESPN’s Ian Begley reports.

Free Food

Coffee Break: Speaking of Prince, you might want to take some time to listen to this deep dive into the origin of The Minneapolis Sound, from Minnesota Public Radio, which tends to do these kinds of things really, really well. It’s two hours of your time well spent.

Snack Time: Bill O’Reilly said something completely insane Tuesday night on television. That’s not news. The news is that this time he decided to pop off on his feelings about slavery.

Dessert: Missed the All Day Podcast from Tuesday? Check it out here, kiddos!