Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jason McCall's & Jabari Asim's Mike Brown poems


So far, I've read two poems about Mike Brown and Ferguson.  Jason McCall's poem "Roll Call For Michael Brown" appeared in  Rattle recently. Jabari Asim's "‘The Talk,’ a poem inspired by Ferguson, Mo" appeared in The Washington Post on August 15.

On the one hand, the poems contribute to a long line poetic works by black poet that raise awareness about struggles with anti-black racism. At the same time, the poems are distinctly of this moment. The sometimes slow pace of publishing means that contemporary poetry is not always that contemporary, so we don't get enough opportunities to witness these shift efforts from poets like Asim and McCall.

McCall's poem addresses the high possibility that we -- all of us -- will encounter someone with the name Mike Brown. At one point, he writes:
Someone will blink
at the name and swear this
“Michael Brown” can’t be
that “Michael Brown.”
And the closing of McCall's poem is really chilling. He envisions a teacher calling roll who will ask "“Michael Brown? Is Michael Brown here?” /and we will all have to answer."

Mike or Michael Brown is such a common name McCall's poem reminds us. Thus, we'll constantly encounter Mike Brown's, and notably, with each encounter, we'll always be painfully reminded of the distinct absence, the violent erasure of Mike Brown.

Black people have long labeled the unfortunate yet necessary ritual of communicating to their sons about the dangers of anti-black male racism as "the talk," hence the title of Asim's poem. Really, he has produced a brief survival gudie for young black men that passes as a poem. The speaker informs a black male audience  when
to concede and when to risk,
how to handle stop and frisk:
Keep your hands where they can see
and don’t reach for your ID
until they request it quite clearly. 
That hyperlink to an article about "stop and frisk" appears in the actual poem, an indication that we are reading an online poem, not simply a page-based one. But Asim's poem is unlike many "literary" contemporary poems in the sense that he utilizes rhyme, a practice that many poets have abandoned.

Yet the rhyme of Asim's poem is really useful and telling. Among other things, his survival guide/poem is for African American boys. We often come across poems for children that are playful and easy-going. But Asim presents us with an alternative and reminder of the kind of 'talk' one must engage in with children, particularly children who are black and male.

Related:
Notebook on Mike Brown and Ferguson

Monday, August 18, 2014

Notebook on Mike Brown and Ferguson

• August 19: Jason McCall's & Jabari Asim's Mike Brown poems by Howard Rambsy II
• August 18: Black Bodies and Michael Brown by Jeremiah Carter
• August 18: Annotations of Michael Brown's body by Howard Rambsy II
• August 16: Owning the Night: Generations of Black Men in Ferguson  by Howard Rambsy II
• August 12: Coverage of Mike Brown by Howard Rambsy II
• August 11: Honoring the Grassroots from Ferguson by Howard Rambsy II

Black Bodies and Michael Brown

By Jeremiah Carter

"And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go." --John 11:44

On the numerous occasions I’ve heard those words spoken to funeral attendees, more times than not, my mind often goes on to the thinking of black men in America. "Loose him, and let him go." A powerful but vague statement. Of course specific to Lazarus, this was a loosening of the aforementioned grave clothes.

The questions remained. "How do we loose him?" "Loose him from what?" My problem then was moving beyond this vague, seemingly powerful declaration. Until now. Black bodies. Black male bodies. How are "free" un-incarcerated black male bodies physically bound and restricted in the larger context of society?

In the wake of the tragic killing of an African American teenager Mike Brown at the hands of a white police officer new question must be asked. Can black male bodies physically (with both hands in the air) surrender without the threat of death? Before the most recent cases of black male deaths at the hand of the police officers, black men typically knew the basics of their boundaries in confrontations with police. "Don't talk back (get smart or act like you know your rights)." “Don't reach for your wallet.” "Don't make any sudden movements (if any at all)."

Today that list has extended. "Don't run away from the danger like Trayvon Martin did." "Don't play with a toy like Ezell Ford." "Don't Breathe like Eric Garner." And "don't Surrender like Mike Brown."

Related:
Notebook on Mike Brown and Ferguson

Jeremiah Carter, who graduated from Hampton University in May, is now a graduate student in the literature program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He is a contributing writer at the Cultural Front.

Annotations of Michael Brown's body

From preliminary autopsy report by Baden and Parcells. Source

Notice that there's been no talk yet of a funeral for Michael Brown. That's because his body is still being "reviewed" and examined. An initial autopsy was performed by the St. Louis County medical examiner.

Then, just recently Michael M. Baden, renowned former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, performed an additional autopsy. Notably, The Times released a sketch (seen above) with Baden's and his assistant's handwritten annotations of the "entry, reentry and exit perforations" in the autopsy report that they prepared.

Baden, by the way, is widely respected in his field. He reviewed the autopsies of JFK and MLK, and he has conducted more than 20,000 autopsies. Baden's services for the autopsy were retained by the Brown family attorney, Benjamin L. Crump, who was also the family attorney for Trayvon Martin's family.

Yesterday, Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will also perform an autopsy on Brown's body. Baden noted in his interview with The Times that it is unusual for three different autopsies to be performed. Brown's family distrusts the local officials, so they are in favor of the additional examinations and thus delaying the funeral services.   

Although countless commentators rightly draw parallels between Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, an important difference involves the presentation and examination of their bodies. Martin was killed on the evening of February 26, 2012, and the funeral was 6 days later on March 3. National  coverage for Martin occurred after the funeral. By contrast, the coverage for Brown, who was killed on August 9, began immediately --  thanks to the grassroots.

We knew that Martin was shot and killed. Conversely, with the Baden report, we know details about Brown. We know that he was shot 6 times; we know "some of the bullets entered and exited several times, including one that left at least five different wounds;" and we know (Lord, Lord) that "one of the bullets shattered Mr. Brown’s right eye, traveled through his face, exited his jaw and re-entered his collarbone."

Only now, after Baden's report, do you realize just how innocent we were having relatively few details and annotations concerning the body of Trayvon Martin.

Related:
• Owning the Night: Generations of Black Men in Ferguson
Coverage of Mike Brown
Honoring the Grassroots from Ferguson 

Maha Marouan’s look at Black Women’s Spirituality

By Briana Whiteside

Examinations of strength and spirituality in black women in literature have long been a focus in the scholarly discourse on African American literature. Consequently, researching this topic has become slightly overwhelming for me. However, Maha Marouan’s Witches, Goddesses, & Angry Spirits: The Politics of Spiritual Liberation in African Diaspora Women’s Fiction (2013) makes a useful intervention. She verifies and highlights the manifestation of black women’s spirituality via African diaspora novels written by three contemporary writers.

Marouan’s book opens with a chapter on Haitian American author Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994), and closes with a chapter on I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem (1992) by Maryse Conde, a Guadeloupean author. In between, she explores Toni Morrison’s Paradise (1998).

In comparison to the writers covered, Morrison has received the most scholarly attention over Danticat and Conde. Marouan positions Morrison’s text between the other authors as to not take away from the importance of the other books. By covering Morrison, Marouan also positions herself within a network of other writers who contribute to the Morrison discourse, including Courtney Thorsson in her book Women’s Work: Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women’s Novels (2013).

Danticat and Condo may be less familiar to some readers. Yet, those writers are important in the territories of black women’s writings. In the introductory chapter Marouan notes, “each author interrogates the way black female spirituality has been constructed in Western cultural and historical narratives,” and “by playing on the category of religion, these authors secure for themselves a space from which they can fashion an empowering model of black female spirituality for their female protagonists and rewrite them against historical and religious discourses that have silenced women’s powers…”

Due to my previous interests in healers and healing powers in the works of Octavia Butler, I was interested to see Marouan’s treatment of healing as a manifestation of a “witch” or a “deviant woman.” Marouan’s book has in turn, enlightened my outlook on the healing powers of black women.

Briana Whiteside is a graduate student  at the University of Alabama and a contributing writer for the Cultural Front. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Owning the Night: Generations of Black Men in Ferguson


Following the coverage, the images, and the conversations about Ferguson, you'll see and hear about, among other things, different generations of black men on the scene. That becomes even more prevalent really late at night.

If you follow the coverage by someone like St. Louis alderman Antonio French, 36, you'll get a really useful perspective concerning the different generations of black men. French will mention elders, middle-aged black men, and young guys. He'll distinguish between protesters and guys who are being "troublemakers."

You'll notice journalists like Trymaine Lee, Rembert Browne, and others pointing out what different groups of men are doing.  The photographs also give you many different looks at black men. Notably, at night, you'll see countless photographs of shirtless younger guys (17 - 25 or so). In some instance, the shirtless guys are "troublemakers," and in some instances, the guys are protecting the peace, such as a group of shirtless black men preventing looters from breaking into a store.   

Governor Jay Nixon inserted a prominent black man into the situation when he had Ron Johnson of the Highway Patrol take over operations in Ferguson. The image of this black man leading the police force and moving easily among the crowd of protesters really changed the tone of things at a pivotal moment.

The photographers and their black men subjects display a really heightened awareness of the importance of black male bodies. Let's not forget that what really incited everyone in the area early on was based on how long the Ferguson police allowed Michael Brown's black body to lie in the street. Seeing Brown's lifeless body was what caused the grassroots to go live.   

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Promise of Skin Color in Octavia Butler’s Fledgling

By Briana Whiteside

Octavia Butler’s Fledgling (2005) is a vampire parable about race, science, and identity. The protagonist Shori is the lost child of an ancient species of near-immortal beings who have a hunger for blood. As an experimental model she has been genetically impaired “well before humanity learned to do it.” Her dark skin was an attempt to find ways to make the vampires less vulnerable during the day.

Shori, a 53-year-old vampire can’t bare children until she is seventy, and has a life span of about 500 years. Despite Shori’s true age, she resembles a young female child of about 11 years old. Shori’s longevity of life and young appearance, positions here within a network of other Butler protagonists such as Anyanwu from Wild Seed.

Butler writes, “the sun wouldn’t disable her at once. She’s a faster runner than most, in spite of her small size. And she would have come awake faster when everything started. She’s a light sleeper…and doesn’t absolutely have to sleep in the day.” Shori is the latest experiment, one that had never been attempted before, she is part human. The “blended human DNA and Ina DNA and having children who can stay awake through the day and not burn so easily in the sun,” who is also black caused conflict between other species of vampires.

Butler highlights and glorifies the importance of melanin in the skin. More importantly, she draws attention to the tension between debates on colorism. Although Shori is the only character identified as black because of large amounts of melanin, she belongs to a larger community of vampires who are not identified as black. Her survival and difference signals a hope in prolonging a species that was in danger of being extinct.

Briana Whiteside is a graduate student  at the University of Alabama and a contributing writer for the Cultural Front.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Coverage of Mike Brown

A round-up of articles concerning Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August 9.

[Related: A notebook on Mike Brown and Ferguson

Aug. 20: Quiet Night Turns Confrontational in Ferguson - Alan Blinder & Campbell Robertson - The Times
Aug. 19: Shared Vision, Varying Styles - Peter Baker & Matt Apuzzo - The Times
Aug. 19: Shooting Accounts Differ - Frances Robles and Michael S. Schmidt - The Times
Aug. 19: A message to the people of Ferguson - Eric Holder - Post-Dispatch
Aug. 19: Federal investigators interview hundreds in Brown shooting - Richard A. Serrano et. al - LA Times
Aug. 19: Eric Holder asks Ferguson for ‘cooperation and patience’ - Nick Ramsey - MSNBC
Aug. 19: Obama advisers tell Af-Am leaders justice will prevail - Nakamura and Zezima - Washington Post
Aug. 19: St. Louis Cops Shoot and Kill Man Near Ferguson - NBC News
Aug. 19: Cities Rocked by Past Unrest Offer Lessons - Michael Wines - The Times
Aug. 19: National Guard Troops Fail to Quell Unrest in Ferguson - Monica Davey et. al - The Times
Aug. 18: Week of Outcry and Confrontation in Ferguson [photographs] -- The Times
Aug. 18: Attorney General Statement on Latest Developments - US Department of Justice
Aug. 18: Americans Still Deeply Divided On Racial Issues - Claudia Koerner - BuzzFeed News
Aug. 18: What It Was Like In The Streets On Ferguson’s Worst Night - Joel Anderson - BuzzFeed News
Aug. 18: Reparations for Ferguson - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
Aug. 18: Violence again puts Obama in the spotlight on race - Zeke J. Miller - Time
Aug. 18: National Guard is in Ferguson, peaceful protests underway - Molly Hennessy-Fiske et al - LA Times
Aug. 18: Michael Brown shot 6 times, had marijuana in system - E. Wax-Thibodeaux et al. - Washington Post
Aug. 18: CNN's Don Lemon pushed around by STL cops - Arturo Garcia - Raw Story
Aug. 18: Don Lemon on Ferguson - Katherine Fung - Huff Post
Aug. 18: Obama sends Holder to Ferguson - Zachary Roth and Michele Richinick - MSNBC
Aug. 18: Curfew dropped in Ferguson; attorney general to visit - Y. Alcindor & J. Bacon - USA Today
Aug. 17: Michael Eric Dyson spells it: Police won't 'kill your child' - David Edwards - Raw Story
Aug. 17: Capt. Ron Johnson: 'I Am Sorry' For Brown's Death - Scott Neuman - NPR
Aug. 17: In Ferguson, Black Town, White Power - Jeff Smith - The Times
Aug. 17: Ferguson community unity is fractured by violence - Amanda Sakuma and Adam Howard - MSNBC
Aug. 17: Autopsy Shows Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times - Frances Robles and Julie Bosman - The Times
Aug. 17: Autopsy reveals Michael Brown was shot at least 6 times - Adam Howard - MSNBC
Aug. 17: At rally, civil-rights attorney calls Brown shooting 'an execution' - Yamiche Alcindor - USA Today
Aug. 17: Ferguson police officer was 'doing his job', say supporters - Jon Swaine - The Guardian 
Aug. 17: Curfew goes into effect in Ferguson [photo essay] - MSNBC
Aug. 17: Eric Holder Authorizes Second Autopsy of Michael Brown - Mollie Reilly - Huff Post
Aug. 17: Holder Orders DOJ to Do Further Autopsy on Michael Brown - Hasani Gittens - NBC News
Aug. 17: Some clashes in Ferguson despite night curfew - Ellen Wulfhorst - Reuters
Aug, 17: Ferguson protests turn violent - Trymaine Lee and Amanda Sakuma - MSNBC
Aug. 17: Police Arrest Protesters Who Defied Curfew - Julie Bosman and Alan Blinder - The Times
Aug. 16: Mounting racial, economic stress set stage for turmoil - Tim Loban, Molly Hennessy-Fiske - LA Times 
Aug. 16: Gov. Nixon declares state of emergency, curfew in Ferguson - Trymaine Lee, David Taintor - MSNBC
Aug. 16: Calm unravels in Ferguson - Trymaine Lee and Amanda Sakuma - MSNBC
Aug. 16: Gov. Declares Emergency, Orders Curfew - Alan Blinder, Emma G. Fitzsimmons - The Times
Aug 16: Around St. Louis, a Circle of Rage - Tanzina Vega and John Eligon - The Times
Aug. 16: Code Switch Roundup: On Race, Policing, and Ferguson - Gene Demby - NPR 
Aug. 16: Protesters and Police Face Off Again on Ferguson Streets - Alan Blinder - The Times
Aug. 16: Firsthand account [from Antonio French] of how protesters protected Ferguson  - Lauren Williams - Vox
Aug. 16: Ferguson Protesters Guard Stores From Looters - Braden Goyette - Huff Post
Aug. 15: Why did Ferguson police release the convenience store video? - Adam Serwer - MSNBC
Aug. 15: Understanding These Three Things about Ferguson - Jeffrey Smith - New Republic
Aug. 15: White St. Louis Has Some Awful Things to Say About Ferguson - Julia Ioffe - New Republic
Aug. 15: Watch Ferguson Shooting Take Over Twitter in Graphic - Harry Bradford - Huff Post
Aug. 15: Police: Brown stopped because he blocked traffic - Trymaine Lee and  Michele Richinick - MSNBC
Aug. 16: A Youth, an Officer and 2 Paths to a Fatal Encounter - Julie Bosman et al. - The Times
Aug. 15: Rand Paul’s race moment - Burgess Everett - Politico 
Aug. 15: Did this Ferguson resident live-tweet Michael Brown's killing? - Matthew Yglesias - Vox
Aug. 15: Let’s Be Real - Wesley Morris - Grnatland
Aug. 15: The Front Lines of Ferguson - Rembert Browne - Grantland
Aug. 15: Black People Are Not Ignoring 'Black On Black' Crime - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic 
Aug. 15: Darren Wilson identified as officer who shot teenager - Alan Blinder and Timothy Williams - The Times
Aug. 15: Paul’s Ferguson essay triggers talk of Republican shift on race - Steve Goldstein - Marketwatch
Aug. 14: What I Saw in Ferguson - Jelani Cobb - The New Yorker
Aug. 14: With Highway Patrol, hugs & kisses replace tear gas in Ferguson - Wesley Lowery - Washington Post
Aug. 14: We Must Demilitarize the Police - Rand Paul - Time
Aug. 14: Sites of Protests and Police Confrontation in Ferguson - The Times
Aug. 14: In Wake of Clashes, Calls to Demilitarize Police - Julie Bosman and Matt Apuzzo - The Times
Aug. 14: Images Evoke Civil Rights Era - Randy Kennedy and Jennifer Schuessler - The Times
Aug. 14: Ferguson highlights police use of military gear and tactics - Robert Patrick - Post-Dispatch
Aug. 14: How Ferguson's citizens can take back power - Dorothy A. Brown - CNN
Aug. 14: Police official rips Obama over Ferguson comments - David Jackson - USA Today
Aug. 14: New Ferguson Police Commander Ron Johnson Walks With Protesters - Huff Post
Aug. 14: Justice Department questions witnesses in Ferguson shooting - Matt Pearce et al. - LA Times
Aug. 14: STL police chief does not support militarized tactics in Ferguson - Jeremy Kohler - Post-Dispatch  
Aug. 14: Missouri Highway Patrol to Direct Security in Ferguson - Julie Bosman et. al - The Times
Aug. 14: Howard University Students Stand Up for Michael Brown - Maya Rhodan - Time
Aug. 14: Statement by Eric Holder on Developments in Ferguson - US Department of Justice
Aug. 14: America's criminal justice system is racist - Ezra Klein - Vox
Aug. 14: Seattle's former police chief speaks out on Ferguson, police militarization - Amanda Taub - Vox
Aug 14: "The shooting of Michael Brown was the final straw" - German Lopez - Vox
Aug. 14: Timeline: The Michael Brown shooting - Aja J. Williams - USA Today
Aug 14: Governor vows a 'different tone' on Ferguson streets - Yamiche Alcindo et al.- USA Today
Aug. 14: Obama Calls for Open Inquiry Into Police Shooting of Teenager - Julie Bosman - The Times
Aug. 14: New witness emerges in the shooting death of Brown - Trymaine Lee & Rachel Kleinman - MSNBC
Aug. 14: Frontline activism boosts Antonio French's profile - David Hunn - Post-Dispatch 
Aug. 14: Anger Simmers in Missouri; Hackers Claim to Name Officer - Julie Bosman - The Tmes
Aug. 14: Alderman Antonio French arrested in Ferguson - Laura Mandaro - USA Today
Aug. 14: Michael Brown shooting unearths Ferguson’s deeper troubles - Trymaine Lee - MSNBC
Aug. 13: Before Ferguson: Deaths of other black men at hands of police - Tina Susman - LA Times
Aug. 13: Michael Brown and Black Men - Charles M. Blow - The Times
Aug. 13: Before slaying, racial questions hung over police - Wesley Lowery et al - Washington Post 
Aug. 13: "Hands up, don't shoot" spreads beyond Missouri - Lauren Williams - Vox
Aug. 13: Hands up, don't shoot - Lauren Williams - Vox
Aug. 13: Ferguson police use tear gas on protesters, arrest at least 2 reporters - Trymaine Lee - MSNBC
Aug. 13: US attorney launches civil rights investigation into Michael Brown case - Trymaine Lee - MSNBC
Aug. 13: Police shoot again following killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown - Trymaine Lee - MSNBC
Aug. 13: Michael Brown shooting unearths Ferguson’s deeper troubles - Trymaine Lee - MSNBC
Aug. 13: In Ferguson, the blurred line between law enforcement and combat - Adam Serwer - MSNBC
Aug. 13: 2 reporters detained in Ferguson, Mo - Ryan Parker and Laura Davis - LA Times
Aug. 13: Another witness to Brown shooting comes forward - Robin Smith - Kmov
Aug. 13: Statement On The False Arrest Of Reporters Ryan Reilly And Wesley Lowery - Ryan Grim - Huff Post
Aug. 13: Wednesday Night in Ferguson, USA - Elliot Hannon - Slate
Aug. 13: Washington Post reporter arrested in Ferguson - Mark Berman - Washington Post
Aug. 12: How computer hackers changed the Ferguson protests - David Hunn - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Aug. 12: Stark Racial Disparities In Ferguson, Missouri - Braden Goyette - Huff Post
Aug. 12: Tear Gas fired on Protesters Standing in Their Own Backyard - Ray Downs - Riverfront Times
Aug. 12: Obama Issues a Statement on the Death of Michael Brown - The White House Blog
Aug. 12: The Death of Michael Brown - Editorial Board - The Times
Aug. 12: Police Cite Safety Risk in Decision Not to Name Officer - Bosman & Williams - The Times 
Aug. 12: After Shooting, a Twitter Hashtag Questions Portrayal of Blacks - Tanzina Vega - The Times
Aug. 12: In defense of black rage - Brittney Cooper - Salon
Aug. 12: Obama releases statement on death of Michael Brown, Jr. - Adam McDonald - KMOV.com
Aug. 12: St Louis streets tense as family awaits autopsy results - Nick O'Malley - Sidney Morning Herald
Aug 11: STL alderman offering terrifying look at chaos in Ferguson - Lauren Williams - Vox
Aug. 11: Why Did Michael Brown Die in Ferguson? - Amy Davidson - The New Yorker  
Aug. 11: Riot erupts near St. Louis over police shooting of teen - Chicago Tribune
Aug. 11: Eyewitness to Michael Brown shooting recounts his friend’s death - Trymaine Lee - MSNBC
Aug. 11: Michael Brown's Story As Told By His Friend, Dorin Johnson  [video]
Aug. 11: F.B.I. Steps In Amid Unrest - Julie Bosman and Erica Goode - The Times
Aug. 11: We need justice, not more violence - Editors - St. Louis American
Aug. 11: Calm Monday morning after violent night in Ferguson - Steve Giegerich - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Aug. 11: Twitter Users Ask What Photo Media Would Use #IfTheyGunnedMeDown - Laura Stampler - Time
Aug. 11: Michael Brown’s Death Didn’t Happen in a Vacuum - Jamilah King - ColorLines 
Aug. 11: In St. Louis, Police Shooting of Michael Brown Leads to Rioting - Jonathan P. Hicks - BET
Aug. 11: Post-Dispatch front page captures Ferguson burning -  Abby Phillip - Washington Post
Aug. 11: FBI opens investigation into shooting of Michael Brown - Mark Berman - Washington Post
Aug. 11: Holder: Death of teen deserves review - Fantz, Howell, Shoichet - CNN
Aug. 11: Black shooting victims face trial by social media - Adam Serwer - MSNBC
Aug. 11: The Michael Brown shooting - Jonathan Capehart - Washington Post
Aug. 11: FBI steps into probe of unarmed Mo. teen's shooting - E. Matthews and C. Coleman - USA Today
Aug. 11: Benjamin Crump Representing Brown's Family After Fatal Shooting - Danielle Cadet - Huff Post
Aug. 11: Michael Brown’s family hires civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump - The Grio
Aug. 11: FBI to open probe into Michael Brown shooting in Missouri - Steven Benen - MSNBC
Aug. 11: STL police chief says fight over cop's gun led to fatal shooting - Eli Rosenberg - NY Daily News
Aug. 11: Michael Brown and disparity of due process - Editorial Board  - St. Louis Post Dispatch
Aug. 11: Night of Unrest Over Police Killing of St. Louis Teenager - Bosman & Fitzsimmons - The Times
Aug. 11: Vigil for St Louis teenager killed by police descends into violence - The Guardian
Aug. 11: Grief and Protests Follow Shooting of a Teenager - Bosman and Fitzsimmons - The Times
Aug. 11: #IfTheyGunnedMeDown shows how selfies shape history - Soraya N. McDonald - Washington Post
Aug. 11: Police killing prompts rioting, looting near St. Louis - Lindsey Bever - Washington Post
Aug. 10: Anonymous - #OpFerguson [video]
Aug. 10: Unarmed teen Michael Brown killed by Ferguson Police - St. Louis American
Aug. 10: ‘Anonymous’ hacks City of Ferguson website - Adam McDonald & Stephanie Baumer - KMOV
Aug. 10: Police In Missouri Reportedly Killed An Unarmed Teenager - Jim Dalrymple II - BuzzFeedNews
Aug. 10: ‘Rising anger': STL alderman Antonio French tweets from protest over shooting of teen - Twitchy 
Aug. 9: Ferguson police shoot, kill teen - Jimmy Bernhard & Grant Bissell - KSDK
Aug. 9: Teen shot dead by police in suburban St. Louis; residents protest - Maya Srikrishan - LA Times
Aug. 9: Anger, confrontation after fatal shooting of teen - Leah Thorsen - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Aug. 9: Social media posts from scene of Ferguson shooting - Beth O'Malley - St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
Aug. 9:  Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed Black Teenager; Outraged Town Protests - Andrew Kirell - Mediaite  

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