NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Ray Lewis Criticizes BLM For Silence On Black-On-Black Crime & Activists Respond


Ray Lewis Criticizes Black Lives Matter Movement For Silence On “Black-On-Black Crime”

Former NFL player and two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis criticized the Black Lives Matter movement for allegedly being silent on rising rates of Black-on-Black crime in a video released on his Facebook page.

Lewis opined, “Why do we always find ourselves the victims, and now we have the separation once again that we’re being victimized because of one bad White cop, two bad White cops, three bad White cops, killing a young Black brother. But every day we have Black-on-Black crime, killing each other?” 

He quoted a series of crime facts: “In Chicago alone, the murder rate has soared 72 percent in 2016 — 88 percent in the first three months of 2016 compared to the last year” and also mentioned the 29 percent increase in the murder rate.

Lewis went on to say, “I’m trying to ask the question to an organization of Black lives, if they really mattered, then why not riot now?”

As a result of the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker’s comments against Black Lives Matter, social media clapped back.

On Thursday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Tamika Mallory from the NY Justice League and Melina Abdullah, PhD, Professor at Cal State LA and Black Lives Matter movement member, responded to Lewis’ remarks.

Mallory, who has been on the front-lines of the Black Lives Matter movement, said before Lewis spoke about what he perceives BLM is or is not doing, he first must ask himself, “What is Ray Lewis doing?” 

Diabetes Cases Have Quadrupled In Just Over 3 Decades

The number of people living with diabetes has quadrupled over the past three decades, according to the World Health Organization’s first Global Diabetes report.

Researchers found diabetes killed 1.5 million people in 2012 and another 2.2 million died from high blood-glucose.

The WHO report also stated, “43 percent of these 3.7 million deaths occur before the age of 70 years. The percentage of deaths attributable to high blood glucose or diabetes that occurs prior to age 70 is higher in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.”

In 1980, 108 million adults had diabetes. That number jumped to 422 million adults in 2014.

The Black hair care industry is a billion dollar business, but Black hair care products are being pushed to the ethnic aisle, or not available at certain retailers at all.

Sales for the overall Black hair care market reached an estimated $2.7 billion in 2015, with Black hair care sales making up 35 percent of all styling product sales.

Fifty-one percent of Black consumers use styling products, compared to 34 percent of U.S. consumers overall. Despite the demand, nearly twenty percent of Black consumers report having trouble finding Black hair care products at retailers.

Rich Dennis, Founder & CEO of Sundial Brands, including the Shea Moisture line; Image Expert Michaela Angela Davis; and Allison McGevna, Managing Editor for Hello Beautiful, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the black-out in the beauty aisle, implications of segregated shopping, and Sundial/Shea Moisture’s #BreakTheWalls initiative to change it.

Black Exodus: Why Are So Many African-Americans Leaving The RNC?

In the last couple of months, the Republican National Committee has lost a number of Black staffers in what many are calling a massive exit.

All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.

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