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Religious Leaders to Enlist Special Prosecutor in Laquan McDonald Case

The pastor of Chicago’s Grace Memorial Baptist Church scheduled a 6:30 a.m. news conference to discuss the case and announce their new “vote of no confidence petition drive”

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Chicago religious leaders gathered at City Hall Friday morning to detail a new plan to enlist a special prosecutor in the Laquan McDonald case.

The pastor of Chicago’s Grace Memorial Baptist Church spoke at a 6:30 a.m. news conference to discuss the case and announce their new “vote of no confidence petition drive.” Pastor Marvin Hunter says McDonald’s family will thank the public for demanding justice and change.

Thursday night ended another day of of protest in Chicago when demonstrators shut down streets in the Loop, continuing to demand the resignations of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Protesters marched to all the major government offices throughout the city during the hours of demonstration, laying down in the streets at some points and chanting, “No justice, no peace, no racist police.”

Hundreds taking part in the ongoing unrest against police violence believe the shooting death of 17-year-old McDonald at the hands of officer Jason Van Dyke was part of a widespread cover-up orchestrated by Emanuel and Alvarez.

Complete Coverage of the Laquan McDonald Case:

12/9/2015: Some in City Hall Knew of McDonald Video 2 Months After Shooting: Emails

12/9/2015: ‘Happened on My Watch’: Mayor Vows to Fix Police Corruption

12/9/2015: Poll: Half of Chicago Voters Think Emanuel Should Resign

12/8/2015: IPRA Asks Inspector General to Investigate McDonald Case

12/7/2015: Feds Launch Civil Rights Investigation into CPD Practices

12/7/2015: Dashcam Video Showing 2nd Police Shooting Released

12/7/2015: CPD’s Chief of Detectives Retires Suddenly

12/7/2015: Head of Independent Police Review Authority Resigns

12/7/2015: Justice Department to Investigate CPD

12/6/2015: Police Accounts Appear to Differ With McDonald Shooting Video

12/5/2015: Officials Release Full Laquan McDonald Police Report

12/4/2015: Video From Burger King Near McDonald Shooting Released

12/4/15: Chicago’s Interim Cop Talks Potential Federal Probe

12/4/15: Bernie Sanders Calls for Federal Probe of CPD

12/4/15: Rev. Jackson to Lead Laquan McDonald Rally on State Street

12/3/15: Emanuel Flip Flops on DOJ Investigation, Now Supports It

12/3/15: Family Fights to Have Video of Another Teen’s Fatal Shooting Released

12/3/15: Mayor: City Will Support Release of Another Dashcam Video

12/3/15: Rauner Says He Cried When He Saw McDonald Video

12/3/15: Anita Alvarez Says ‘No Way’ She Will Consider Resigning

12/3/15: Retired Officers Say CPD Misconduct ‘Going on For Years’

12/2/15: Madigan Calls for Investigation of CPD

12/2/15: Clinton Calls for Federal Probe of Chicago Police Tactics

12/1/15: Mayor Announces Task Force on Police Accountability

12/1/15: McCarthy: Initial Release on McDonald Shooting ‘Mistaken’

11/30/15: Photos Show Officer at Burger King Night of McDonald’s Death

11/30/15: Officer Charged in Laquan McDonald’s Death Posts Bond

11/30/15: Threat That Canceled Classes at UofC Cited McDonald Shooting

11/30/15: Mayor Goes Silent After Release of Laquan McDonald Video

11/30/15: Anita Alvarez Responds to Calls for Her Resignation

11/30/15: Demands to Fire McCarthy Grow in Wake of Protests

11/29/15: Dwyane Wade Pays Tribute to Laquan McDonald on Shoes

11/29/15: Fraternal Order of Police Raises Bond Money for Van Dyke

11/28/15: Protesters March at City Hall for Laquan McDonald, Tyshawn Lee

11/28/15: 4 Arrested in Mag Mile Protests

11/27/15: What Chicago Police Said the Night Laquan McDonald Died

11/27/15: Protesters Shut Down Mag Mile After Dash-Cam Video Release

11/26/15: Laquan McDonald Was Trying to Start Over: School

11/26/15: 4 New Dash-Cam Videos Released of Laquan McDonald Shooting

11/26/15: Arrests Made After Protesters Damage City Christmas Tree

11/26/15: Obama ‘Deeply Disturbed’ by Video of McDonald’s Shooting

11/25/15: Clinton, Sanders Speak Out After Release of Laquan McDonald Video

11/25/15: Chicago NAACP Chapters Call for Investigation Into IPRA

11/25/15: Protesters Plan March on Michigan Avenue on Black Friday

11/15/15: Calls for Mayor’s Resignation Flood Social Media After Dash-Cam Video Release

11/25/15: Chicago Braces for Protests Following Dash-Cam Video Release

11/25/15: Charges Dropped Against Influential Activist After Arrest

11/25/15: Timeline: What Prosecutors Say Happened the Night Laquan McDonald Was Shot

11/25/15: Chicago’s Black Caucus Calls for McCarthy’s Release

11/25/15: 5 Arrested During Overnight Protests for Laquan McDonald

11/24/15: Records Show Officer in McDonald Case Had Previous Complaints

11/24/15: CPS Offers Counseling After Released of McDonald Video

11/24/15: Protesters March After Release of Laquan McDonald Video

11/24/15: WARNING: Dash-Cam Video Showing Teen’s Fatal Shooting Released

11/24/15: Alvarez Addresses Missing Minutes From Security Video

11/24/15: Alvarez Gives Minute-by-Minute Report of Teen’s Fatal Shooting

11/24/15: Family of Laquan McDonald Asks for ‘Calm’ Upon Release of Dash-Cam Video

11/24/15:Alvarez Defends Timing of Charges in Laquan McDonald Case

11/24/15: GoFundMe Removes Page Seeking Donations for Chicago Cop Charged With Murder

11/24/15: Chicago Cop Charged With Murder in Teen’s Fatal Shooting

11/23/15: Community Leaders Call for Peace Ahead of Potential Unrest

11/23/15: Who Was Laquan McDonald?

11/23/15: Officer to Be Indicted in Laquan McDonald Case: Source

11/21/15: Jesse Jackson Speaks Out on Laquan McDonald

11/20/15: Attorney: Cop Accused in Teen’s Fatal Shooting ‘Scared to Death’

11/19/15: Judge Orders Release of Video Showing Teen’s Shooting Death

11/18/15: Ill. Attorney General Asks Chicago to Release Shooting Video

11/14/15: Emanuel: Hold Release of Video of Shooting

11/13/15: Chicago Police Dashboard Cameras Questioned in Death of Teen Shot by Cop

10/28/15: Judge to Rule on Video Showing Officer Fatally Shooting Teen

7/16/15: Audio Missing on Video of Teen Shot by Cops: Attys

7/9/15: City Emails Refer to Complications in Police Version of How Teen Was Shot

7/2/15: Six Chicago Officer Named in Settlement Agreement

5/27/15: Missing Minutes From Security Video Raises Question

5/12/15: CPD Failed to Properly Probe Death of Teen Shot by Cop: Suit

4/15/15: Chicago Council Approves $5M Settlement in Police Shooting

4/14/15: Feds Probe Death of Teen Shot 16 Times by Cop

10/21/14: Teen Shot, Killed by Police Officer on Chicago’s Southwest Side

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What the Golden Globe Nominations Reveal About the Future of Television

Big Idea Thinker & Doer, Entrepreneur

Earlier this morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards.

While many media outlets covered the surprises and snubs of the actors and actresses nominated, I was surprised by the lack of network television nominations. For the coveted category, “Best TV Comedy” no television networks received nominations. Instead, the category was dominated by nontraditional media providers such as Amazon Studios.

What does this suggest about the television landscape?

Charles Darwin allegedly stated that, “It’s not the strongest that survive, but the most adaptable.” While network television studios have enormous monetary strength, they lack the innovative prowess needed to adapt in a rapidly changing environment.

As millennials become the majority, television networks must change in order to accommodate their behaviors and stay relevant.

Youth between the ages of 18-24 now spend at least 40 hours a month on their smartphones. Furthermore, only 43% of people between the ages of 14-25 watch TV on a television set, compared to 90% of adults older than 68.


Millennials want to watch content when they want and wherever they want.  Furthermore, they like to share and discuss content, which is far easier to do on streaming platforms.

In addition to millennials’ behaviors, I believe diversity also plays a major role in why millennials prefer nontraditional media platforms. According to the census, millennials are now the largest and most diverse generation in the United States. Consequently, we want the content we view to reflect our everyday experiences. And, nontraditional media does a better job of telling stories from diverse backgrounds.

During the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, Amy Poehler said, “”A lot of nominated shows this year are actually on Netflix. House of CardsOrange Is the New Black. Enjoy it while it lasts, Netflix. Because you’re not going to be feeling so smug in a couple of years when Snapchat is up here accepting Best Drama.”

While it was a joke, given the changing landscape of television, I would not be surprised if Snapchat eventually did get a GoldenGlobe nomination.



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