1. In the wake of the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., politically engaged rappers like Killer Mike and Talib Kweli have been among the most passionate and vocal commentators on social media.
“We are human beings. We deserve to be buried by our children not the other way around,” Killer Mike wrote in a moving, widely circulated Instagram post days after Brown was killed.
4. Talib Kweli is in Ferguson now and has been hosting a dialogue about race, activism, and police brutality on his Twitter page since shortly after the shooting.
6. Today both men made the leap from social media to national news. Here’s Killer Mike on CNN talking about the over-militarization of police and a common double standard for black and white teenagers.
“No one could go to bed comfortable that a child had been shot up to or more than six times in a defensive position,” Mike said.