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Rev. Al Sharpton Blasts Ferguson Decision; Officer Darren Wilson Gives First Interview: VIDEOS


Reverend Al Sharpton spoke out at a press conference this morning with the family of slain Ferguson teenager Michael Brown, blasting the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson and criticizing St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch for going out of his way to discredit Brown and conducting a "flawed" investigation.

Meanwhile, ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos previewed an interview with officer Darren Wilson. According to Stephanopoulos, Wilson says he is sorry for the loss of Michael Brown's life, but he has a "clean conscience" about what happened and would not do anything differently today.

Watch both, AFTER THE JUMP...



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SNL Mocks Lack of Black Female Cast Members in Opening Kerry Washington Skit: VIDEO


SNL decided to address an ongoing controversy over its lack of black female cast members head on last night in a cold open featuring host Kerry Washington and Reverend Al Sharpton. Washington played Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey in the skit.

As we reported yesterday, the nonprofit organization wrote an open letter to creator Lorne Michaels denouncing the lack of African-American women (none since the departure of Maya Rudolph in 2007) cast on the show.

This skit, and the disclaimer which floated over it on the screen were how they decided to address it.


Was SNL's response appropriate? And can Kerry Washington please stay on?


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Dr. Joseph Lowery On Marriage Equality: VIDEO


The Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery is everywhere, all of a sudden, and not for the first time. The estimable, 90-year-old Rev. Dr. is the founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Black Leadership Conference; he led the Montgomery bus boycott after Rosa Parks's protest and led the Selma To Montgomery march ten years later. Just last week he signed his name to a letter from black civil rights leaders endorsing Barack Obama's support of marriage equality, and now he's making his case on TV.

Note that the Rev. Dr. has undergone his own evolution on marriage equality. Just four years ago, he was adamant in his support of civil unions, but was uncertain about the "m"-word:

I've never said I support gay marriage. I support gay rights and I support civil unions. Like a whole lot of people, I have some difficulty with the term gay marriage. Because deep in my heart, deeply rooted in my heart and mind, marriage is associated with man and woman. So I have a little cultural shock with that. But I certainly support civil unions, and that gay partners ought to have all the rights that any other citizens have in this country.

Now he views the issue a little differently, as he explains to Rev. Al Sharpton AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Black Civil Rights Leaders On Marriage Equality

Al-sharptonYesterday afternoon, a coalition of black civil rights leaders signed their names to a document affirming their solidarity with President Barack Obama on marriage equality. Signees include Dr. Joseph Lawry, of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Melanie Campbell, of the National Coalition for Black Civic Engagement; Julian Bond, of the NAACP; and Rev. Al Sharpton.

You can read the full text of the letter here. A representative bit:

President Obama stated his view that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. This is a view that we concur with, because as civil rights leaders we cannot fight to gain rights for some and not for all. At the same time, we acknowledge that the President stated his personal opinion, which everyone is entitled to – both those who agree with him, like us, and those who disagree. The President made clear that his support is for civil marriage for same-sex couples, and he is fully committed to protecting the ability of religious institutions to make their own decisions about their own sacraments.

There will be those who seek to use this issue to divide our community. As a people, we cannot afford such division ...

The signees presumably refer to the National Organization for Marriage and their embattled fellow travelers. It's never too soon for another re-reading of the NOM memos released under duress in March, in which that organization's strategists plotted to sow conflict between the black and gay communities:

The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies. We aim to find, equip, energize and connect African-American spokespeople for marriage; to develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; and to provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots.

 Rev. Sharpton et. al. plainly don't want things to get so heated. From their letter:

It is our hope that conversations on strengthening African American families continue in a civil and respectful way, on all sides, both with those who support the ability of same-sex couples to marry, and those who do not.

We are glad that President Obama has joined Dr. Joseph Lowery, Dr. Julian Bond and so many others in full embrace of equality for gay and lesbian individuals in our country. We also welcome the civil debate
on this issue that will surely spring.

Al Sharpton Speaks with Captain Sarah Pezzat and Major Mike Almy on the End of 'DADT': VIDEO


Last night on MSNBC, Al Sharpton spoke with Major Mike Almy and Captain Sarah Pezzat about the end of the military's discriminatory gay ban and what it means for the future of the military.


(thanks to dave evans for his clips)

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Al Sharpton and Dean Hara Discuss the Discrimination of DOMA: VIDEO


Dean Hara, husband of the late Congressman Gerry Studds, joins Al Sharpton to talk about yesterday's DOMA hearing and the lawsuit he's currently involved with challenging the discriminatory law. Sharpton and Hara are also joined by MSNBC analyst Richard Wolffe.


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