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Chaos In Chicago: 45 People Shot In ‘Chiraq’ Over Easter Weekend, Feds Step In

April 22nd, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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A still from the Moguldom Studios film "Gunland."

A still from the Moguldom Studios film “Gunland.”

While kids went egg hunting and families, dressed to the nines, attended Easter service, Chicago saw a blitzkrieg of gun fire over the weekend leaving 45 people shot. The situation deteriorated to the point that the Feds were forced to step in, Time reports.

Nine people were killed. This includes four-year-old Darren Rey, 19-year-old Nicholas Ramirez, and 20-year-old Trevolous Pickett, according to CBS Chicago. At least 36 people in “Chiraq”, Chicago’s new unfortunate nickname, have been injured over the weekend. Among the wounded were an 11-year-old girl.

“[She] had just returned from church and shared Easter dinner with relatives when a car pulled up and opened fire. She was struck by two bullets, one of them puncturing her lung and breaking her collarbone, leaving her in critical condition,” Time writes.

Garry McCarthy, police superintendent of Chicago, suggested that the bloodshed in the Windy City will not cease without stricter gun laws, The Daily Beast reports.

“Until we do something about guns, don’t expect things to change overnight. It’s like running on a hamster wheel. We’re drinking from a fire hose, seizing these guns, and people are back out on the street. They’re not learning that carrying a firearm is going to have a serious impact on their lives,” McCarthy said in a press conference on Monday.

McCarthy said that although 1,500 guns were seized this year so far, criminals caught with weapons are back on the streets, all too soon, causing trouble once again. He used Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old killed by a stray bullet only days after attending Obama’s inauguration, as an example. Her suspected killer, convicted of possessing illegal guns just two months before, is now free.

“If you don’t go to jail for gun possession, you continue to carry guns. You continue to carry guns, and people get shot,” McCarthy argued. He has urged lawmakers to enact a decree to raise the mandatory minimum jail sentence for repeat gun offenders.

The shootings over Easter weekend brought Chicago’s 2014 homicide total to 90 so far.

The latest documentary from Moguldom Studios, Gunland, about the epidemic of gun violence in Chicago, is available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play and VHX now! Learn more here and purchase here. Buy it now!

First Look: New Documentary, “Gunland,” Looks Beyond The Headlines To Get Behind The Epidemic Of Gun Violence

April 18th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Gunland available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play and VHX now!
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In 2013 the gun violence that plagues Black America was brought front and center. Around the globe eyes were tuned to a case about a young murdered boy named Trayvon Martin. As the country watched his killer walk free it became very clear to many that the broader society does not care about young black boys and girls dying in a barrage of gun violence. In one decision the world was rudely awakened to a fact that has been present in the black community for a long time: black life is not as valuable as it should be. Many of us are dying at the hands of gun violence and though this is an epidemic it is not a new one.

The epidemic does have a new face, however. Chicago, the new poster child of Gun Violence, was once called the windy city but now its hip-hop natives call it Chi-Raq. A city that gave birth to the Obama Campaign and Oprah Winfrey has lost its inspirational luster. Truth be told, it has become cool to carry a gun and even cooler to fire one. At the surface most would believe that hip-hop and its glorification of violence, guns and carnage are to blame; however,a new film by Moguldom Studios purports that something deeper lies beneath the surface. Yes, young black boys and young black girls are dying at the hands of their peers but the truth is they didn’t make or originally sell the guns. So, why Chicago, a city with some of the strictest Gun laws in the United States? That’s the answer Moguldom Studio’s latest documentary Gunland provides, along with solutions to the real problem plaguing the city and man others like it.

Take a look at the trailer for Gunland below and tell us what you think. To purchase the new documentary, which is available on iTunes, Google Play, and VHX now. click here.

California Teen Allegedly Gunned Down His Sister After She Accidentally Bleached His Clothes

January 24th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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A dispute between teen siblings turned deadly after a 14-year-old California teen allegedly shot his 17-year-old sister, Justice, in cold blood, CBS San Francisco reports. Cousin of the teens, 22-year-old Marianna Gatson says she was shocked to learn that the altercation began after she mistakenly dyed his clothes with bleach.

“Why would he kill her over that?” questioned Gatson. “Nothing makes sense. It doesn’t add up.”

Cops say that they have not yet confirmed if this is the actual reason for the shooting. Authorities are still on the hunt for the teen, who is apparently on the run. Family members are encouraging him to turn himself in.

“So once again, grandson, grandma is asking you, please do the right thing, please,” said his grandmother Wanda Brown, adding: “And I love you, I love you with all my heart Mario.”

“It’s a tragedy to my family,” the pair’s father, Mario Toliver Sr., told CBS San Fransisco. “I lost my daughter and I’m trying not to lose my son.”

“I’ve been trying to catch up with him, but he doesn’t have a cell phone,” Mario Sr. continued. “I don’t want these police to find him because they got him as armed and dangerous. But he told me he doesn’t have the gun no more, so I’m praying on it.”

Family members say the victim was busy raising her daughter and trying to finish school.

“She is going to be deeply missed,” Wanda told reporters. “She was a very loving young lady. My great granddaughter is going to miss her mother.”

This is such a heartbreaking story. We send our prayers to the Toliver family.

Omaha Judge Rules Cursing Toddler Will Remain With His Mother

January 15th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Last week, we reported on the “thug cycle” toddler who was the subject of a viral video showcasing him being taught how to curse by the adults recording him. KETV found out the child’s environment was even more troubling than we knew, reporting that the boy’s family members allowed gang members to visit their home and his grandmother was arrested on weapon charges. Thankfully, once Child Protective Services of Omaha caught wind of this video, they removed the child from his home, but according to CNN, an Omaha juvenile court judge ruled on Monday that the cursing toddler will remain with his teen mother and they both will be placed in the same foster family.

The police union in Omaha uploaded the video of the child to their site to display what they call “the cycle of violence and thuggery.” Their use of language made the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebreska come to the conclusion the police union was “antagonizing the minority community” of Omaha. Sargent John Wells of the police union responded to that allegation saying:

“The focus here isn’t on any particular ethnic group. The focus here is on the troubling behavior toward this child. This behavior is going to potentially lead this child down a path that is completely unhealthy.”

The toddler’s mother has repeatedly expressed, she did not raise her child to behave the way he did in the video:

“That video — it wasn’t me. It was a person that came in to my house and recorded it. Everybody that thinks I’m a bad mother, I’m not. I’m a good mother to my son. I teach him a lot, and he is very smart. All that cussing that he did, he doesn’t do that. Somebody told him to do that. My son doesn’t do that. I don’t allow it.“

She also stated that the reason her son was taken away from her and their home was because of the gang members who routinely visit their property.

“They didn’t come because the video. They came because of the gang violence and everything that happened with us. They weren’t worried about the video because he had a clean diaper. The house was clean. Like they said, kids cuss.”

What the mother failed to mention was in October her son was almost shot by a bullet that grazed his toe when gunfire was opened towards their home. Four others were also harmed because of that particular shoot-out. Let’s hope foster care is the first step to both of these minors finding a better environment to grow up in.

Do you think this child should be with his mother?

Snoop Lion & The League Of Young Voters Team Up To Combat The Gun Violence Epidemic

December 30th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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From Black Enterprise

According to the Children’s Defense Fund, homicide is the leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-old African Americans.

The “No Guns Allowed” grassroots campaign supported by The League of Young Voters and recording artist Snoop Lion champions the push for “common sense” gun legislation and anti-gun violence. The “No Guns Allowed” initiative was inspired by Snoop Lion’s song “No Guns Allowed,” featuring Snoop’s daughter Cori B and Drake, which appeared on hisReincarnated album.

Earlier this year, Snoop released the album and a documentary both titled Reincarnated under his new moniker Snoop Lion. The Reincarnated documentary marked his figurative journey and transition from Dogg to Lion, marking a positive, peaceful change as an artist and a person.

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13-Year-Old Newark Girl Gunned Down On Christmas Day While Taking Out The Trash

December 27th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Unfortunately, the lives of two more young people have been claimed by senseless acts of violence. After opening her  stacks of Christmas presents, 13-year-old Zainee Hailey of Newark, New Jersey carried her family’s holiday trash out  to the curb on Schley Street with her seven-year-old brother in tow, when she was shot down by an unidentified gunman,” The New York Daily News reports.

Police say that Zainee was not the intended target. A visitor of the three-family Schley Street home, 15-year-old Kasson Morman, was also struck and killed when the gunman opened fire.

“I was just sitting here wondering, trying to put it all together,”said Zainee’s devastated grandfather, Michael Peterson. “It’s like a dream.”

“They’re only babies. They didn’t even live to see 20. Oh my god,” one neighbor told CBS New York.

Another 14-year-old victim, whose name has been disclosed, was also shot and remains in critical condition with a bullet lodged in his spine. One neighbor, Junior Clark, told reporters that he actually saw the gunman, who is said to have worn a ski mask and to have taken off running shortly after the killings. Though cops say that they see no visible motive for the senseless shootings, neighbors say that it’s a case of retaliation, adding that the gunman was actually targeting a group of teens suspected of stealing a red Jeep Cherokee. The victims of this crime, however, were not the intended targets.

We send our prayers to the families impacted by this heartbreaking tragedy.

Gun Violence: The Neverending Saga Holding America Hostage

October 14th, 2013 - By Ezinne Ukoha
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When was the exact moment that the nation came to grips with the fact that gun violence is an indisputable erosion corroding our daily lives?

For some it was the senseless killing of Trayvon Martin and the reactors surrounding the verdict this past summer. Or perhaps the Sandy Hook massacre touched a nerve and woke up your slumbering consciousness.

Now we have a more recent revival in the form of the Navy Yard shooting in DC which again gripped the airwaves and our interests, leaving us wondering – Why?

There are so many questions that leave us desperate for answers but unfortunately there is no easy way out of this particular dilemma.

The right for all Americans to possess firearms has consistently given uncompromising power to citizens of all walks of life and helped detonate emotional bombs that have left thousands of scarred victims branded for a lifetime.

When and how do we fire back in retaliation with words and sensitive pleas to the organizations responsible for feeding the now global monstrosity?

The truth is that Americans have been paying the ultimate price for decades, but because those tragedies were regulated to a particular populace, we became desensitized and unyielding to the waging war happening so close but yet so conveniently far.

Now, we are confronted with the indelible truth that the roster of catastrophes plaguing mankind both at home and beyond is an issue we can no longer avoid or hide from because this time it’s personal. The bullets are now being deposited without any restraint or regard for each of our individual racial, geographical or economic stations. The fight has become bloated with vague references, that despite the best of intentions, seem to deviate from the forces that threaten to handicap our immaculately arranged disposition.

There is no easy way to steady the waves that bang against our erected existence but we’ve got to try to find a way to understand the champions of meditated tragedies and get the powers that be to slip out of their mental coma and revive their sense of duty and justice for all.

We have to come together and remove ourselves from the media onslaught and the press conferences that aim to give us a temporary reprieve but still leave us with gaping wounds and restless spirits.

We have to use the sophisticated tools at our disposal to enforce our stipulations when it comes to the fragility of human life and how we can’t allow regulated carelessness to predict the growing casualties that are symbolically littering our sidewalks every other day.

The United States of America has provided an opaque platform that a lot of countries marvel and envy but we are still unable to tackle the most formidable equation that could literally make the difference between life and death.

Inner city kids have adjusted to their familiar turmoil and their privileged counterparts are being forced to accommodate their new reality.

The unrelenting nightmare is seeping through like the plague and now that all bets are off, lets utilize the bullet points that come with our citizenship and stand up for justice, freedom, and the American way.

We have already established that we need to say no to drugs. So let’s say no to guns, or at least say yes, to finding a way to deactivate the formula presently initiated that is making it so tragically easy for the destruction of innocent lives.

It’s time for a change…and it’s going to ordinary folks like us to initiate it.

Are you ready?

For more information on gun violence, check out the new Moguldom Films documentary, Gunland. You can watch the trailer for the upcoming film below.

If you’d like to see this film, you can donate to the Kickstarter campaign here. 

Georgia Woman Calls Ambulance For Fiancée, Police Kill Him Upon Arrival

October 8th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Jack Lamar Roberson

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Unfortunately, police brutality and gun violence is not only trending on the web, but in society as well. In Waycross, Georgia, a family had to watch as police shot and killed Jack Lamar Roberson, an unarmed man who police are claiming had two weapons on him.

First Coast News reports that on Friday, October 4, Roberson’s fiancée, Alicia Herron, called 911 because she thought Roberson tried to commit suicide by overdosing on his diabetes medication. Although she called for EMS to come to their house, two police officers instead appeared on the scene. The police officers said they came instead of the ambulance because they received a report stating there was an attempted suicide and that the person in question was combative. When they arrived at the scene, they claim Roberson was confrontational and because of his supposed aggressive behavior, the two policemen in turn shot him.

Roberson’s mother, Diane Roberson, says police are lying about the circumstances surrounding her son’s death and that the family doesn’t even own a decent pair of knives. Herron also backs up that statement, saying when police arrived her fiancée had no weapons on him and consistently held his hands up.

“He didn’t have nothing in his hands at any time or period at all before they came, any time while they were here, anything,” she said. “They just came in and shot him. He didn’t say nothing, the police didn’t say nothing, anything, it was like a silent movie. You couldn’t hear anything, all you could hear were the gun shots go off and I seen them going into his body and he just fell down.”

According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the police officers have been put on administrative leave as of now while the Georgia Bureau of Investigations looks into the shooting, at the Waycross Police Department’s request.

Sounds like there are a lot of missing pieces to this story, primarily where are those knives in question. What do you think about this case?

Seasoned Journalist Angers The Masses Comparing Philadelphia Shooting To “Breaking Bad”

October 7th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Not all jokes or headlines are funny! Yesterday, Philadelphia Fox News Anchor Joyce Evans found that out the hard way when she tweeted:

The tweet landed Evans in hot water with her comparison of the hit television show with a 23-year-old being pronounced dead and six others, wounded.  The Daily News reported: Joyce Evans believed her tweet advertised the news story as real life drama opposed to “Breaking Bad’s” fictional story line. To clean up her mess, she tweeted:

Twitter followers responded wagging their fingers at Joyce Evans’ desensitized presentation of Southwest Philadelphia’s gun violence.

“I don’t think people missed your point as much as they didn’t agree to how you presented it.”

“Gun crime and potentially fatal circumstances aren’t something you should be jokingly referencing.”

Despite all the criticism she received, Joyce clearly does not feel she was wrong, as her Twitter timeline is full of explanations to people who “missed” her point. We can understand she wanted news viewers to tune in for the report, but trying to align similarities between a scripted show and the very serious issue of gun violence in our communities is not a good look, considering how many people already don’t take this issue seriously. Evans has set a tone that gun violence is as fictional as a television show.

Do you think Joyce Evans’ comparison was wrong?


Be A Part Of The Solution To Gun Violence By Donating To New “Gunland” Kickstarter Campaign

October 7th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Rarely a week goes by that we aren’t sharing news of a child being hit by a stray bullet or retelling the details of a gun landing in the hands of the wrong person and the result being unspeakable violence. And far too often those tales come from the city of Chicago.

Everyone knows the who, what, where, and when as it relates to Chicago gun violence, but few have explored the why, which is where a new documentary, “Gunland” comes into the picture. Produced by Moguldom Films, the upcoming documentary:

“peers into the lives of urban youth through a raw and realistic lens. It shows how a community ravaged by gun violence causes kids to be afraid to walk the streets, go to school, and to play.

“‘Gunland’ invites viewers to witness firsthand how these young people cope with the increased violence in their communities and the toll that losing a friend or family member can have on their lives.”

It’s very hard to combat a problem if you don’t understand it’s origin. While it’s easy to throw out “gun control” as a solution to gun violence, we all know that’s just a band-aid on the issue plaguing African American communities in Chicago. This documentary is a first step to begin peeling back the layers of understanding, which is why your support is so necessary.

Check out the trailer for the film below and make sure you head over to their Kickstarter page to donate and make this project a reality.

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