Similar to the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trials earlier this year, the hip-hop industry and media have been captivated by the trial since it began. One thing is certain: the only way forward is to address the issues of misogynoir within hip-hop and the broader Black community and build systems that create a safe and supportive environment for all women.
On Tuesday, violence broke out in Zhengzhou, China between the police and the workers of a Foxconn factory which is the largest producer of iPhones. The workers were protesting in front of the factory when video footage showed the police begin to attack them. Media outlets in China reported 100,000 people applied for the factory positions advertised by Foxconn. One employee, Li, quit his catering job, when he saw an “advertisement promising 25,000 yuan ($3,500) for two months of work.” A starting salary significantly higher than the average pay in the area. Other employees told news outlets that hundreds of them had spent money moving to Zhengzhou because of the promised wages.
Southern Black Girls & Women’s Consortium, along with a number of prominent industry figures, has issued an extensive open letter denouncing violence against women. The letter is addressed in particular to Megan Thee Stallion, who was recently the apparent target of Drake’s lyrics in “Circo Loco,” where he accused the rapper of lying about being shot by Tony Lanez in 2020.
Public safety and equality are key to Mayor Eric Adams’s vision in improving New York City. His first couple of months have proved to be a struggle when violent crime and homelessness rose. Mayor Adams acknowledged these challenges, but this is not going to deter him from making changes to the city’s safety protocol so the city is pleasant for both tourists and residents.
The police in New York City and Washington are heightening their search on gunmen who are targeting and shooting homeless people on the streets. Five of those homeless men have been shot. It all happened early Saturday morning in Manhattan when a man sleeping by the doorway was shot in the head.
When I first started becoming a bit more interested in films, and more familiar with directors, Quentin Tarantino was one I assumed I had to like. His movies are that certain kind of media you feel unintelligent for not “getting”. This is perhaps not the fault of the content itself, but of the superiority complex of its fans. Nonetheless, after realizing I did get Pulp Fiction, or at least thought I did, I was eager to delve deeper into Tarantino’s work.
Last week, Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul vowed to remove the homeless population that has been sleeping in New York City’s subways to decrease subway attacks and establish a safer environment for commuters. The plan entails sending homeless people to homeless shelters and positioning specialized cops with mental health professionals in the subway grounds. Security forces focused on four out of six subway stations that have higher homeless populations sleeping in those grounds.
In 2021, record shows that 48,691 homeless people reside in New York City. In January 2020, record shows 1,670 homeless people slept in New York’s subway station. Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul planned on sending social workers to remove homeless people who sleep in the subways. The police will enforce rules in the subway station such as not allowing someone to take on multiple seats.
Senator Alessandra Biaggi is involved in gerrymandering a five-county district and she is not getting any favors from Long Island. Senator Biaggi represents a portion of the Bronx and supported the defunding of police in her Twitter. Before she could delete the Tweet, the general public had already snapshotted it. Nassau County Detectives Association president John Wighaus said that her promotion to defund the police will further bring injustice to residents of New York and Long Island because criminals will not be given consequences for their horrendous crimes.
There is no doubt that violence increased in NYC schools over the past few years. Parents are demanding safety in their children’s schools, but they feel that their voices have been ignored. There are a lower number of agents monitoring the safety of the schools. Once proposed, it would take about five months for the school to secure a safety agent.
In comparison to this same time last year, New York City has experienced an increase of 38.5% in overall major crimes. In the latest statistics shared by the NYPD, the city reported 9,566 incidents under the ‘major index crime categories’ in January of 2022; a fair increase from last year’s reported 6,905 cases.
An unidentified 15-year-old boy was arrested this weekend after assaulting a 49-year-old Chicago bus driver. The driver was hospitalized on Saturday night after being beaten. Chicago police are still investigating what lead to the assault and how it actually happened.