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A Fiery Reminder That Black Lives Matter From a Hip-Hop Artist Rhyming Behind Bars

Rapper Richie Reseda hasn’t let a 10-year prison sentence stop him from making his message heard.

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An imprisoned hip hop artist currently serving a 10-year sentence in a California state penitentiary released a track decrying the prevalence of state violence against black communities. The song, 28 Hours, by Richie Reseda, was co-released by Black Lives Matter and Los Angeles-based art collective G.R.E.E.D.Y. City last month. With lyrics that reference the deaths of Renisha McBride, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and others, the song represents a passionate, politically charged condemnation of police violence and mass incarceration.

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Activists Remind High-End NYC Diners That “Black Lives Matter”

Members of the “Never 21” protest group surprised patrons at one of Manhattan’s poshest restaurants.

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Protesters with a group called Never 21 invaded the 21 Club—a high-end Manhattan restaurant once frequented by the likes of John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra and Ernest Hemingway—with dessert menus that listed the names of young black boys who were killed by police violence last Friday. Dressed up as waiters, the Never 21 activists visited each table with a menu that bore the names of Kimani Grey (16 years old), Cameron Tillman (14 years old), and Tamir Rice (12 years old), among others. They also hung up signs outside the club spelling out the words “Black Lives Matter”. In a previous action, Never 21 highjacked the display-window of a Forever 21 store by dressing all the mannequins in Black Lives Matter t-shirts.

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