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Since I've been posting so much on this, here's the update that many were waiting for.

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Maryland State's attorney: Freddie Gray illegally arrested... asked for medic, officers didn't request help despite obvious need.

Charges include manslaughter and 2nd-degree murder. For the full list of charges and details from today's news conference, check the link below. We'll be updating it throughout the day.  

‪#‎freddiegray‬ ‪#‎baltimore‬ ‪#‎baltimoreuprising‬ ‪#‎baltimoreriots‬
Baltimore's chief prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced Friday that Freddie Gray's death in police custody has been ruled a homicide. Mosby made the announcement during a press conference.
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I'm cautiously hopeful. We've seen this movie far too many times. First the powers that be will try to have Mosby recused due to some mythical "conflict of interest" (the "conflict" being that she's Black). Then they'll try for a change of venue because they don't think they can get a fair trial if there's too many Black people on the jury or if the venue is located in a predominately Black area. And of course, the officers won't be on trial, but Freddy Gray most certainly will. From the moment he was in the sandbox, you can bet the police union's hired goons and attorneys will dig up every scrap of dirt, no matter how inconsequential it is. By the time this is over, Freddy Gray will end up sounding like Jack the Ripper.

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Playing with this for the next thirty days. First impressions... this is FAST. Period. No needed for a qualifier about price point. +Motorola Mobility​ seems to continue to get it right with budget phones that perform.

Only had it for a few hours, so we'll see how it fares under some casual gaming and other proc intensive tasks. #t3  
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Darn! Gonna keep my eyes peeled now. ;) 

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#mindblown  

When BLOODS and CRIPS unite to protest injustice, pardon my French but #ShitJustGotReal  

I have to admit though, watching admitted 'bangers talk about peace like this was a little confusing in what appears to be a sort of hypocrisy unless you understand what they're saying about association by neighborhood/need for protection. A fascinating dichotomy.
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+War450​​ Damn right I'm smug because unlike you I have the FACTS (not underlined or whatever) to back me up. I have not just the history but the ability to think critically about what that history means. Critical thinking, you might want to get some.

When you make asinine statements like "there's not enough Black history to warrant more than a month" (and then not knowing there is an actual Native American history month) or that slaves had no history--then I refute you on both assertions, you should actually just STFU and step off the field. You're outclassed here.

Yet you just keep slapping yourself in the face hoping to get rid of the wrinkles.

FACT: Blacks and Whites use drugs on an equal basis and yet the punishment for these crimes committed by both groups skewers heavily against Black people. You never disputed the truth as to why Black people are looked down upon because you can't. All you can do is blame contemporary culture when once more the FACTS prove these views have been part and parcel of American culture far longer than a hoodie and rap music.

Of course you're not a racist (lol). How many times have I heard that one before? "I'm not a racist but..." Don't forget to mention your African-American best friend/wife/co-worker/fill-in-the-blank who agrees wholeheartedly with everything you said here.

Facepalm.

Newsflash: You. Are. A. Racist. Hey, it's a free country, just own it.

Yes, I already know about some African peoples trading in slaves (yawn), another last-ditch derailing tactic used by racists to prove they can't back up their beliefs. I also know that a few Black people owned slaves. However you try to parse it though, that wasn't the norm here. Nor would the laws back then allow for that to happen. By the way, African forms of slavery were far different than what became chattel slavery in the Americas. In some African cultures, slaves had rights--that they could buy their freedom, that their owners could not abuse them, or that they were given a plot of land to grow their own food. And African slavery was NOT based upon skin color. Huge difference, nimrod.

Everything you have said over the past several posts is nothing I haven't already heard a million times before from keyboard wannabes like yourself to politicians looking to score cheap political points. The song remains the same. And every time, they show their lack of knowledge of the Black community as a whole.

You keep trying to make excuses, but you don't have any. You try to sound reasonable (to your own mind at least) and you FAIL. The sad thing is you know you're wrong, but you're not man (or woman) enough to admit it.

I know the truth hurts but face the facts:

You. Are. Ignorant.

If it was a crime, you'd be doing life. At Pelican Bay. In solitary. 

Kind of sucks you're a Star Wars fan though. You probably bitched about John Boyega as the Black stormtrooper.

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PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS AND SHARE IT FAR AND WIDE. This is the counter to much of what you'll see in the media in the coming days. Your echo chamber needs this. Trust me.

Because the media will undoubtedly show you one thing, please avail yourself of perspectives not focused on the "good pictures" that get viewers. Chaos and train wrecks may be "compelling" to watch, but the truth feeds the soul. Please share this far and wide.

How many media outlets will show images of rival gangs coming together, PEACEFULLY protesting what REALLY caused all this unrest in Baltimore?

Remember, this nation was founded on "civil unrest." We will not be unjustly taxed. Whether that's a taxation on our livelihoods, our bodies or our spirits. And, peacefully many have marched but there will always be those violent few who take the opportunity to ply their trade.

http://mic.com/articles/116524/outrage-over-baltimore-riots-completely-misses-the-point
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+Duane Watson Takes a lot to admit when one is wrong, or to grow past preconceived notions. Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to read this post! I appreciate you.

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If the COO of the Baltimore Orioles isn't running for President of the United States, he should be. Let's deal with the root and not just the symptoms as Western methodology is so often quick to do.
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+Tracey Allen I applaud you for thriving despite tough circumstances, but the reality of the human condition is that you are in the minority. 

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This may come as a shock to some but I have some strong issues with certain aspects of my physical appearance. Yeah, I can be a bit self-conscious about some things but this is not one of those days. Just picked up this amazing sweater recently and it was actually cool enough in cali to wear it... so you ever have one of those Will Smith MIB days, "I make this look good!"

Bask in those days. Bask in your own ambiance. Lol #sorrynotsorry #enjoyitwhenyoucan
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Busy month for reviews. I'll be playing with this as well. Can't wait to play more with Cortana and Microsoft Band integration with this phone from BLU.

Pic taken with the Moto E. #t3  
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Would be glorious if this proves to be a worthy 3rd option.

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Your perspective matters.

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For all those thinking that the city of Baltimore has imploded and the "thugs" took over. No. There's much more to it than that and the rioters were far fewer in number than the peaceful protesters (around 10k).

This is just one image. The caption on the image is “Pride: my neighbor blocks the entrance to the 7-Eleven from roving bands of looters”

Souce: http://imgur.com/rP6bnbR
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+Tshaka Armstrong​, I'm glad you wrote a post about this. I'm too emotional and frustrated right now. But this is a great picture. Will share.

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Review: Limefuel BLAST L156X Pro Device Charger

Often, tech is cool for tech’s sake, but it is the gadgets that change our habits and alter our lives for the better that actually have life beyond a few weeks or months of novelty. It is those tech items which become life tools and earn a spot in our daily routines that are the most exciting to me. Maybe you wouldn't think a device charger would be such an item but that’s exactly what +Limefuel's  BLAST L156X Pro has been for me.

Check out my review below!
Meet Limefuel's BLAST L156X Pro. A device charger, power bank whose size and utility make it a "must-have" item for anyone with a mobile device.
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If you have a family and hate clothes shopping because of either the expense of buying online and hoping the kids haven't moved out of the sizes you're picking up online, I have another option for you... outlet malls.

Up front, I'll tell you that this is a sponsored post but I always want to impart something valuable to my audience so I made this about my top three tips for using an outlet mall to get the best deals on clothes for yourself and your family. Check it out!
Shopping can be a chore, but getting great deals doesn't have to be. Here are my 3 tips for shopping like a boss at an outlet mall.
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Outlet malls have always been awesome places to shop, but in the past people turned their noses down at them for being "common". Now, with the economy being as it is, a lot of those same folks crowd into places like Cabazon and Camarillo every day. Moreover, a lot of high end retailers love outlets and have been creating merchandise lines for them that are not available in their regular stores. I've yet to make it to the Tejon outlet, but it looks cool.

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Nope nope nope

Stop it! Some things shouldn't be bacon'd dammit! We should NOT bacon all the things. 
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I tried really hard to find something that says maple bacon sucks but apparently I'm alone in that. Like a Pet Peeve, I still hate it.  :-)
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Non-profit Crusader, dad whisperer, status quo challenger, internet safety - digital literacy advocate, eater of chili fries, lover of family, protector of loved ones, social/digital media/engagement ninja, tech reporter at Fox 11 Los Angeles, martial artist. He is that I am.

I'm a tech nerd/geek who cut his teeth for 15 years as a broadcast engineer, then serious blogger working w/ Fortune 500 companies on social campaigns, which prepared me to literally fall into a gig as an on-air tech expert, then tech reporter. By the way, I hate the word "expert." But that and the reason I still  use the word are a longer conversation for another space.

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Finally let a professional touch the beard today. Glad I did! Thanks to KG at The Blade for the style. My sons sat in with one of the other barbers and received high quality cuts as well. It was our second or third time there and we will be back. Expect a wait though, as they are busy shop. They do electronic check-in and as others have stated, they're very professional, no need to worry about bringing your young children here.
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