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Teen Who Documented George Floyd’s Murder, to be Honored with Courage Award

Darnella Frazier, 17, the woman who filmed the murder of George Floyd, is this year’s recipient of the Benenson Courage Award from PEN America, a leading literary and human rights organization, the Star-Tribune reported Wednesday.

“With nothing more than a cellphone and sheer guts, Darnella changed the course of history in this country, speaking a bold movement demanding an end to systemic anti-black racism and violence at the hands of police,” PEN CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement.

“With remarkable steadiness, Darnella carried out the expressive act of bearing witness, and allowing hundreds of millions around the world to see what she saw,” the statement said. “Without Darnella’s presence of mind and readiness to risk her own safety and well-being, we may never have known the truth about George Floyd’s murder.”

Floyd’s police-custody death on May 25 sparked global protests against police brutality and racial justice.

Frazier came upon the scene and started shooting video with her mobile phone, with the footage showing Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressing his knee on the back of a handcuffed Floyd’s neck as he lay on the ground.

Chauvin, who was fired following the incident, pinned Floyd down for nearly nine minutes while he pleaded, “I can’t breathe.”

“The world needed to see what I was seeing,” Frazier said in an interview a day after the incident. “Stuff like this happens in silence too many times.”

The teen has not spoken publicly about her video since, but said through a family representative this week that she was “humbled” and “very grateful” for the award, the outlet reported.

The New York-based PEN awards were founded in 1963, with past recipients including Anita Hill, who testified against the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991, and a group of student activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following a massacre there.

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Black Owned Businesses in Minnesota That Need Your Support

Damn. As if COVID related shutdowns weren’t enough, Black owned businesses in Minnesota are now bearing the brunt of protests taking place due to the senseless and preventable murder of George Floyd.

In response, we’re creating a list of Black owned businesses in Minnesota that need your support now, post Rona, post protest, and going forward.

I’m torn because I know why the legitimate protests are happening, but my heart also goes out to the entrepreneurs whose livelihood is being affected right now.

Black Owned Businesses in Minnesota

Please note that while some of these businesses are closed temporarily for a few obvious reasons, others are still operating online and offer delivery services.

This is a working list so let me know which ones we’ve missed.

Black Owned Businesses in Minnesota

Restaurants

Afro Deli

Black Owned Businesses in Minnesota
Afro Deli

Breaking Bread Cafe

Black Owned Businesses in Minnesota
Breaking Bread

Dragon Wok 

Dragon Wok

Daughters and Sons Bakery

Sammy’s Avenue Eatery

Black Owned Businesses in Minnesota
Sammy’s Avenue Eatery

Smoke in the Pit 

Smoke In The Pit

Thigh Times Birdhouse 

Ted Cook’s 19th Hole BBQ

Soul Bowl

Soul Bowl

Trio Plant-Based

The Red Sea Restaurant & Bar 

Tommie’s Pizza

Tommie’s Pizza

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

PJ Murphy’s Bakery

 

Online Bookstore

Strive Publishing

Co-Working Space

New Rules 

Performing Arts

Penumbra Theater 

New Dawn Theatre

New Dawn Theatre

Retail

Queen Anna House of Fashion

Queen Anna House of Fashion

Angie’s Hats 

Arway 

Omari Brow Studio

Chef Flo-K Foods 

Brewery

One Fermentary & Taproom

ONE Fermentary & Taproom

Du Nord Craft Spirits

Du Nord Craft Spirits

 

-Tony O. Lawson


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