Hey Poliblerds, we have a short wrap-up this week but its full of headlines. Heres’ the quick and nerdy…

#BlackLivesStillMatter: Last week, Monday, marked the second anniversary of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The hashtag that has become the movement’s signature, #BlackLivesMatter, was itself coined by three black women, in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

This movement and the amazing women propelling it forward have been key to bringing the senseless slaying of black Americans by police. So, from PoliBlerd and the family at Black Girl Nerds, happy anniversary to this courageous movement and many years of continued progress.




#IfIDieInPoliceCustody: Texas was in the news again last week when 28-year-old Sandra Bland was found dead in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell on Monday at 9 a.m. after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a routine traffic stop, the I-Team has learned. Authorities say her death appears to be suicide; by “self-inflicted asphyxiation. Currently, the Texas rangers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating her death.

Activists and advocates have taken the streets and raised their voices through social media. Among the trends is the hashtag#IfIDieInPoliceCustody asking, “What would you want people to know about you if you died in police custody?”

Update: A video has surfaced of Sandra Bland’s arrest. It can be viewed here

Oklahoma Waves the Battle Flag:  Somehow some Americans cannot bring themselves to acknowledge that the Civil War is over. Protesters in Oklahoma greeted President Obama with Confederate flags. This comes a week after the state of South Carolina voted to remove the Confederate Flag from the capitol grounds. President Obama has publicly criticized the flag as a symbol of hate and applauded South Carolina’s decision to remove it from the State House grounds last week. The movement to remove the flag was prompted by the killing of nine African Americans at a church in Charleston.

Although I believe in freedom of speech and the freedom to voice dissent even against a sitting President, it baffles me that people are still able to acquire the battle flag of the confederacy in 2015.

#BlackGirlMagic, Serena Williams and Harry Potter Feminism – This week, Serena Williams made waves when she crushed the competition at Wimbledon. But instead of the headlines focusing on winning her 21st Grand Slam, her physical prowess, amazing athleticism or winning smile they focused on her body image. Many took to Twitter, calling Serena an animal and seeking to shame the record-breaking Tennis maven.

In turn fan, fanatics and feminists alike came to her defense even the creator of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling.

Drugs and Sex = Rape: After more than 42 women publicly accused Bill Cosby of raping and assaulting them over the past 40 years, news was released this week that Bill Cosby admitted to getting prescription Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, newly released documents show during a 2005 deposition.

In a sworn deposition, Cosby answered questions from Constand’s attorney, Dolores Troiani.

“When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?” Troiani asked.
“Yes,” Cosby replied.

“Did you ever give any of those young women the Quaaludes without their knowledge?” Troiani asked.

Cosby’s attorney objected and told him not to answer the question

Subsequently, support and reruns of Cosby’s shows have continuously been pulled. This commentary is personally mourning the loose my child reruns, which have nothing to do with Cosby’s personal behavior. Stay turned for updates.

The President also made waves with the following statement this week, “If you give a woman … or a man for that matter … a drug and then have sex with that person without consent … that’s rape.”

“And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”

Obama was asked if he would revoke Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom — which he received in 2002 — Obama said there was no precedent for that … adding, “We don’t have a mechanism.”

If there is something you’d like us to cover in the next PoliBlerd, investigate for a solo post or follow for future wrap-ups leave us a note in the comments. Till then… stay Blerdy!

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A. Angélique Roché is an attorney, consultant, policy wonk and communications professional. Angelique has previously served as a legislative aide for the United States Senate and has held various positions on local, state and national campaigns. Most importantly she is a Doctor Who loving nerd who loves finding the intersections of activism, policy, politics and current events, aka, a PoliBlerd. In addition to being a contributor to Black Girls Nerds, she is a freelance writer and poet. Roché is a board member of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, where she also serves on its faculty and is part of the founders circle for Higher Heights for America.