Highlights of the week

Week Nr.36: 31.08 - 06.09.2020

Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer

Hollywood actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black American icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown and the world famous Black Panther in Marvel’s blockbuster movie franchise, died Friday of cancer. He was 43 years old.

He was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, his family said in a statement. According to sources, he  died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side.His family posted on twitter that “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much.” “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more – all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

Week Nr.35: 24.08 - 30.08.2020

Police in Wisconsin shoot Black man in back multiple times, sparking protests

A Black man was hospitalized in serious condition after police shot him several times in the back as he opened the door of a parked vehicle in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Graphic video of the shooting emerged on social media late Sunday, sparking angry protests that prompted the city to declare an emergency curfew.

The man was later identified as Jacob Blake, 29, according to Governor Tony Evers, who said Blake was “shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight.”

“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country,” Evers said in a statement.

The shooting, which is now under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, occurred around 5 p.m. Sunday when officers responded to calls of a domestic incident. A 911 dispatcher reported that a complainant said Blake wasn’t supposed to be there, and that he had taken the complainant’s keys and refused to give them back. 

Video shows Blake walking away from officers who are pointing their weapons at him. He approaches an SUV and opens the driver’s side door when an officer grabs his shirt and subsequently fires at least seven shots into his back.

Officers provided medical aid to Blake, who was transported to a hospital in Milwaukee, the state’s Department of Justice said. Two of the officers involved were placed on administrative leave.d