TNS Weekly Recap: 8/23-8/27/21

This week the team at The North Star covered Republicans blaming the Black community on rising Covid cases, violence between extremists in Portland and more!

Hey Everybody,

I hope this week has gone well for you and your family. I have been on the road traveling throughout the week handling business for my family but wanted to check in and send you the weekly recap of the coverage here at The North Star.

This week the team at The North Star shared a pair of relevant personal narratives, as well as some important news stories. Be sure to check out all of the stories, and if you are not currently a subscriber, you will need to subscribe to get access to all of our content this week.

Thank you as always for your continued support.

Your friend and brother,

Shaun

ARTICLES THIS WEEK

This Weekend I Visited Colonial Virginia aka The Original Crime Scene by Donney Rose

After the walking tour, we headed an hour south near Hampton to visit the beach at Fort Monroe and the landmark that identified the point of entry for the White Lion. There was steady rain as we made our way towards a replica of the Old Point Comfort Lighthouse. Here I was, en route to a place I’ve only read about or watched a few television or online specials about in the midst of a light storm. The irony of the destination being labeled “Point Comfort” was rich considering who the “20 and odd” human cargo on board was intended to provide comfort to. The persistent downpour en route to a “lighthouse” looked like tears of guilt from the clouds that wished they could have produced the kind of deluge that would have disrupted the captor’s final destination.

Many Republicans Fight For Anti-Vax Laws But Blame Black People For Rising COVID Deaths by Kendi King

If conservatives have one thing going for them, it’s that they’re stubborn. Many of their beliefs and justifications are based upon fighting facts and calling everything but their own opinions “fake news”. Tune in to Fox News any day of the week and you’ll hear some rhetoric surrounding the coronavirus that goes against all logic and scientific evidence.

A Summer Camp For Black Kids: The Importance of Purposeful Black Spaces by Kendi King

I quickly realized that by being the only Black person these white people interacted with on a daily basis, I became the representation of an entire race. Things I said and did became indicative of what it meant to be Black or at least that’s how the people around me saw it. Their own preconceived notions of Blackness were projected onto me based on their limited knowledge of Black culture.

When White Extremists Battle Each Other, Cops Sit on the Sidelines by Donney Rose

No matter how much the U.S. attempts to attribute mass-scale violence to the innate depravity of communities of color, the fact is this nation has always been characterized by white violence. Whether we’re talking about the historic feuding between the Hatfields and McCoys or drunk white guys beating the hell out of each other in a bar fight, white violence has always been romanticized as a right of passage that establishes dominance in American culture. When that violence happens internally, it is everyday white citizens exercising a form of eminent domain against each other. When that violence is levied against people of color, it is purposed to instill fear and control.

Lil Nas X, Tony Hawk, & The Perils of Being a Black Creative by Kendi King

It was just announced that Tony Hawk, the most well-known skateboarder alive, will be releasing a limited amount of skate decks infused with his own blood in collaboration with the company Liquid Death. Unsurprisingly, this is being met with little to no resistance, begging the question of whether people were truly offended by Lil Nas’ use of blood in his creation, or if they were offended because he is a gay Black man who doesn’t give a fuck what anyone thinks?

Federal Court Upholds Dylann Roof's Death Sentence. I Can Think of Worse Things to do to Him than Kill Him by Donney Rose

When I think about Roof being executed, I think about him dying somewhat of a hero’s death for the cause of white supremacy. I think of him being looked at as a martyr for the Klan and neo-Nazis and the Proud Boys. I also look at his pending execution as an easy escape for someone who should spend an extended lifetime haunted by the pain and terror his actions inflicted onto the Mother Emanuel church, the Black community of Charleston and Black America as a whole.

Rulings of a Supremacist Court by Donney Rose

There is no supremacy without [Supreme] at its root
meaning, federal lawmakers & white supremacy
have a sworn oath to protect
the origins of the Constitution
meaning, in the beginning, our bodies
were not protected by
“We, the people…”

PODCASTS THIS WEEK

The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 504 - The Wealth Gap of the Middle Class (August 23, 2021)

[from Shaun King]: While I'm on the road this week, the staff at The North Star will be playing some of our favorite episodes from some of our other podcast series. Today, here's the latest episode of The Momentum Advisors Show where they are breaking down the absurd wealth gap that exists within our modern middle class. I'm sure many of us will relate! It's a great one! Be sure to subscribe to them on your favorite podcasting platform!

Keeping liquid savings on hand in case of an emergency is one area where Americans of all income brackets are falling short--especially the "middle class." But what is this middle class? Is it defined by a salary range, household income, or aspirational possessions? And is being in the "middle class" all it's chalked up to be?

In this episode, we answer all these questions while addressing the wealth gap of the middle class and how to thrive in it.

The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 505 - In the Black: Economic Wellness & The Pressures of Money (August 24, 2021)

[from Shaun King]: While I'm on the road this week, the staff at The North Star will be playing some of our favorite episodes from some of our other podcast series. Today, here's one of our favorites from Sick Empire.

In this episode of Sick Empire, we explore the health of Black wealth. Host Branden Janese interviews two brilliant financial pundits, Tiffany Hawkins and Allan Boomer of The Momentum Advisors. You'll hear candid conversations surrounding Black finances. We dive into topics surrounding the health of the Black dollar. You’ll hear how Black folks have overcome the history of trauma surrounding finances and what the future looks like for Black economics.

The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 506 - Police don't make us safe (August 25, 2021)

[from Shaun King]: While I'm on the road this week, the staff at The North Star will be playing rerun episodes of The Breakdown as well as some of our favorite episodes from some of our other podcast series. Thanks for tuning in!

Across the country, as certain types of crime have increased, people are defaulting to the same tired answer we've seen before... more police and more money for the police. But this actually doesn't work. At all. And for Black communities, it can actually make things much worse.

The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 507 - How much has our country truly changed since Rodney King was beaten 30 years ago? (August 26, 2021)

[from Shaun King]: While I'm on the road this week, the staff at The North Star will be playing rerun episodes of The Breakdown as well as some of our favorite episodes from some of our other podcast series. Thanks for tuning in!

30 years ago the LAPD brutally beat a Black man named Rodney King and a man with a camcorder a few blocks away just happened to catch it all on film. It was obviously a crime, but not a single officer was held responsible. The question today is this - as we try the men who murdered George Floyd, who clearly committed multiple crimes, will they be held responsible? Clearly, police in our nation are still causing harm 30 years later, but will a jury in this country finally say enough is enough?

The Breakdown with Shaun King: Ep. 508 - Now that they have power, will the Democrats do right by us? (August 27, 2021)

[from Shaun King]: While I'm on the road this week, the staff at The North Star will be playing re-run episodes of The Breakdown as well as some of our favorite episodes from some of our other podcast series. Thanks for tuning in!

Democrats narrowly control the House, Senate, and Presidency - the real question I have now is this - what will they do with it? Because it already looks like Republicans are going to play hardball as usual. Will Democrats fold and get nothing done, or will they muster up the moral courage to fight for real meaningful change? Most of my close friends think that Democrats will squander this moment. Call me foolish, but I still have some hope.

#InTheseTweets | 75th Edition

“In These Tweets” is The North Star’s weekly cultural dive into trending topics on Twitter impacting our community, hosted by TNS Chief Content Editor, Donney Rose. This week, Donney looks at the increased enrollment at HBCUs for Fall 2021, the FDA granting full approval to the Pfizer Covid vaccine and what happened with the $50 billion corporate America pledged on behalf of racial equity

We are outchea in the tweets!

This Week’s Freedom Song

The North Star will be sending out a weekly song of inspiration, hope and liberation from our These Songs of Freedom playlist. This week’s freedom song is “Feels Like Summer” by Childish Gambino. Listen here on Spotify or here on Apple Music.