Tennessee Supreme Court Rules Cyntoia Brown Must Serve 51 Years Before She’s Eligible For Release — Black Girls Matter

Celebs like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian, as well as others have been fighting for a woman named Cyntoia Brown. Brown, who was 16 at the time of her arrest, is fighting a life sentence for killing a man she says abused her. In 2004 Brown killed Johnny Mitchell Allen who she says solicited her for sex after […]

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“If They Run Send Them To the Med” Police Shoot Man for Running

Martavuious Banks Shot by the Memphis Police in the back while running away from the police.

If they “Run” Forrest “Run” Send them to the MED are the morning instructions of the The Memphis Police Department to officers during briefing. MPD deliberately contaminated the crime scene all while Mike Williams of the Police Association observed their crime. Williams refused to answer citizens questions and also refused to say what commanding officer was in charge after several request.  District Attorney General Amy Weirich never made the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation because the law says “Shall” but they never made the scene. Senator Brian Kelsey and GA Hardaway Sr. pass the law why are they breaking it.
September 18 2018 - Memphis police form a line across Gill Avenue near the scene where a driver was shot and critically injured by a Memphis police officer Monday evening in South Memphis. The shooting followed a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Gill, which is near the intersection of South Parkway and Elvis Presley Boulevard. Martavious Banks, 25, was shot by an officer around 6 p.m. and taken in critical condition to Regional One Hospital, the police department said.

Your Voice Your Vote.. Stack The Deck

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In a city which is the birth of Aretha Franklin and the birth of many greats, there is only one question one might ask. Why won’t black people vote? In a city where 75% of the population is black and brown and could control every elected office. Why not vote at least so you could employ yourselves? If we run the government we decide who is in charge of budgets and employment. Many mishaps can happen in an election but no matter what Your vote is Your voice. We have the numbers. Why not Stack the Deck?

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There are just as many blacks in Memphis as Atlanta, as St. Louis. So why won’t blacks vote? According to intense community canvassing data reveals  that there has been a systematic and intentional distribution of the incorrect information and a disease called “lack-of -knowledge” this illness is contagious and spread from one family member and passed on generation after generation. The reality is most citizens in Shelby county do not understanding the political process and how it affects them. The high school graduate rate does not soar but the crime and poverty rate triple daily in Memphis. There seniors citizens who are registered to vote but are afraid to cast their vote in an election because they would be summons to jury duty if they vote, but when their grandson is convicted for a homicide he didn’t commit they will scream “He didn’t get a fair trial!” The lack of intelligence of how the criminal justice system functions is a direct correlation to the low voter turnout and intentional voter suppression tactics to keep black people uninterested and uninvolved.Image result for civil rights 1866

The United States Congress had passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866, ostensibly guaranteeing citizens equal protection under the law and outlawing race-based discrimination.

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One month later, three days of riots in Memphis, Tennessee, left nearly 50 dead, several were injured, over 90 buildings wrecked, and black residents scattered and terrified. Around the same time, a white mob assembled, including police and firemen, and attacked the camp of former slaves and Black neighborhoods.

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Government officials led the mob. City Recorder John C. Creighton rallied the attackers, saying, “Boys, I want you to go ahead and kill every damned one of the nigger race and burn up the cradle.” Defying the orders of the Shelby County sheriff, the rioters fanned out from Causey and Vance Streets. That night, “the Negroes were hunted down by police, firemen and other white citizens, shot, assaulted, robbed, and in many instances, their houses searched under the pretense of hunting for concealed arms, plundered, and then set on fire,” according to an Army investigation. Image result for 1866 memphis massacre

“During [this] no resistance . . . was offered by the Negroes.” Violence resumed late the next morning when “a posse of police and citizens again appeared in South Memphis and commenced an indiscriminate attack upon the Negroes, they were shot down without mercy, women suffered alike with the men, and in several instances, little children were killed by these miscreants.” For the next two days, the city seemed to be at the mercy of the mob. “All crimes imaginable were committed from simple larceny to rape and murder,” a Army investigator reported. “Several women and children were shot in bed.” This happened in Memphis! Related image

An African American woman, Rachel Johnson, “was shot and then thrown into the flames of a burning house and consumed. Another was forced twice through the flames and finally escaped. In some instances, houses were [set ablaze] and armed men guarded them to prevent the escape of those inside.” In the aftermath, no arrests or attempts at prosecution were made. Federal civil-rights enforcement was lacking, and General Stoneman refused to intervene.

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Memphis Mayor John Park washed his hands of the matter. Congress investigated, producing a detailed report. But there were no arrests, no trials, and no convictions. Even if the Fourteenth Amendment seemed to solve the legal problems of Reconstruction, there was no political will to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The massacre started with a rumor of black-on-white crime: Black soldiers stationed at Fort Pickering on the city’s south bluffs had allegedly killed white policemen attempting to arrest an African American soldier. Former Confederates could murder, rob, and rape African Americans with impunity. Although much has changed since the end of the Civil War, the fact remains that political violence undermines the democratic process even where civil-rights protections are supposedly in place. Image result for memphis mayor john park massacre

If we don’t know our history we are bound to repeat it.  In-spite of our history a small group of citizens today continue to fight over confederate statues but what about the statues in the Tennessee Code Annotated that are being violated daily and the Due Process that is trampled by racism and incompetence in our courts. The illegal seizure our property, our liberty and our civil liberties that are supposed to be protected are being massacred daily and your families will pay dearly in the future unless we RISE UP.Image result for memphis confederate statues

We live in a city when voter suppression is the norm by other blacks folks who have worked their way up the system by stepping on other blacks necks and disregarding the law.  Until blacks who are in high positions lend a helping hand to those beneath them and unite with the majority we will continue to have voter suppression, poverty and crime.

Everyone has the power to exercise their rights.

One of the constitutional rights is the right to vote.

Image result for convicted felons voting rightsThere are over 300,000 eligible voters in Shelby County who are not registered. Many are convicted felons who just need to be restored, others are those who just don’t know the importance of voting, and refuse to participate in the process. BLM has partnered with Rise Up North Memphis to restore 5000 convicted felons free of charge. We are also checking to see if you are registered at your current address and disseminating crucial civic awareness information. If you would like to volunteer for any of our initiatives email us at info@blacklivesmattermemphis.org. We are also collecting data for the US Human Rights Network for human rights violations please stay tuned for more information. #blacklivesmatter #riseupmemphis

Felon Right to Vote

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Justice For Dorian-Make Our Community Safe

In March of this year BLM Memphis launched its Black Dollars Matters matter boycott on neighborhood stores who disrespect patrons. Our plea fell on deaf ears in the black community.  A few weeks after we negotiated a reciprocal agreement with one store in our community, Dorian Harris {17}was shot and killed after exiting the TOP SHOP STOP located at 1127 Springdale Ave.  The cold-blooded murder of a foreigner in a black community has open the dialogue for a bigger discussion of the disproportionate economics in our communities.  We are calling on all persons in North Memphis to RISE  UP!  Do not shop at this store! Do not go inside this store! This is the 1st of many stores we intend to close down all over the country because of the current state of our neighborhoods and their unwillingness to abide by the law in our cities.

The Rise UP North Memphis campaign is a {7} Phase Project which will serve as a working template for other impoverished and forgotten neighborhoods to redevelop and revitalize their communities.

It is necessary to protect our community not only standing up to violence but demanding that we are respected by all merchants who directly benefit from our dollars.  We must eliminate business that breed blight and crime.  We will be compiling information necessary for our communities to remain protected physically and economically. Be sure to fill out all polls or forms that you see with “RISE UP” North Memphis campaign and sign our petition for the permanent closing of the Top Stop Shop for our new community laundry mat.



Women Will Rise “It’s Our Time”

On January 20, 2018, all over the country, people participated in Women’s marches.  Tennessee opted not only to hold a march but prior to the march organizers held a conference.  Participants attended educational and informative workshops.  Workshops included intersectionality, artivism, communication, building political power, criminal justice reform, planning and much more.  Below is a video of one of the Artivism workshops that BLM Memphis facilitated.

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Women from different walks of life attended various marches to show the world we will rise.   In a climate where women are faced with misogyny, sexual assault, racism, disrespect, and uncertainty.  Each person gained a sense of purpose from the energy in the atmosphere. What is crystal clear, is it will take unity of women to heal this country from all of the hurt we have endured.

With our 45th president under fire and firing continual insensitive remarks/tweets towards women, minorities, and impoverished countries, a sense of pride could be felt at the Tennessee State’s Avon Williams campus. After the conference, the crowd moved to the public square for a rally to kick of the Nashville’s Women’s March.    A chant began “When I say Me, You Say Too, Too!” “This is what Democracy looks like!” The chants led by P. Moses BLM Tennesse founder could be heard by all of downtown Nashville; Arm-to-arm, man and woman, black and brown, red and yellow, Muslim and Christian, Straight and Gay, Sic and Trans, elected officials and activists marched to the hill of the Tennesse State Capitol.  Thousands of people behind a banner which read “Power Together Tennessee” as they unapologetically demanded that women rise this year and be respected in a country that has systematically oppressed us.


Children wearing their pink hats and carrying signs of expressions of why we march.  One signed read “Grab em in the midterm!” and another said RESPECT in pink letters behind a rainbow mural.


Megan Barry, Nashville Mayor, spoke at the beginning of the march.   Several women and other elected officers and those seeking office were in the crowds making rounds with all potenital voters.  The whirlwind of women in leadership gave everyone a sense of hope and purpose.  Multiracial organizers, played a key role in the logistics of the march.  Darlene Neal, and Francie Hunt along with several activists spent months and planning this event to make sure everything ran smoothly.   It is obvious the country  needs a womans touch to heal the wounds, organize and rebuild public trust.


This spiritual experience that all onlookers felt will be forever remembered. The event had a host of muscial guest from all genres and was closed by musical mayhem of Beyonce’s Bass Player Divinity Roxx. An intercultual interactive experience  illustrated that women do rock and any race, gender, age, can rock out together for a cause of change.


BLM Memphis affirms all black lives and is one step closer to bridging the gap in our state and helping others understand why we march and why black lives matter. The importance of unity and working collectively towards attaining political power for the entire state of Tennessee must include women. When women win this battle of inequity in the State House and all local governments we will be able to embrace our country and the chant of “This is what Democracy looks like,” will have a new profound meaning because women in power will have risen because Women Will Rise, It is our time! #powertogethertn #womensmarch #blacklivesmatter #blmmemphis.                       CLICK TO SEE OTHER LINKS OF MEDIA COVERAGE

 Click to Read Tennessean Articlewritten by Melanie Balakit




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Recap of Rally & March

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Transgender Possibly Murdered in Mississippi​ Prison

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi inmate convicted in 2014 of the death of a Georgia woman through illicit silicone buttocks injections has died. The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a statement Monday that an autopsy will be conducted on the remains of Tracy Lynn Garner , who died Sunday. She was 58 and had served less…

We affirm all black lives including Transgenders

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