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5 Touching Tributes During Trying Times

A collective step towards healing as a nation.

by Michael Geslani

President Barack Obama offered a pep talk, urging citizens not to lose hope in a squall of violence that began with the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philado Castille at the hands of police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota and culminated with the ambush of five police officer's in Dallas Thursday.

While attending the service for yet another slain officer, the President said their deaths should remind all Americans of their common ideals. The president went on to speak of the thankless work done by police officers around the country, and of the "legitimate grievances",  that many black people currently experience at the hands of law enforcement after decades of discrimination. 

In the wake of the violence and tension, MERRY JANE has curated this list of unifying moments including this touching video Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Pink, Bono, and others explain why it's time to take action to heal the long history of systemic racism in America. #23Ways 

The Game

After donating $1 million in water bottles to Flint, Michigan earlier this year The Game is at it again by creating a GoFundMe page for Tommy Norman of the Arkansas police force – who has made a difference in his community during harsh times. Norman has been known to give to all those in his community from toys to food regardless of who that person is. So far The Game has raised over $50,000 for Norman who now will have more than enough to give to the people in his community.


Never in my life thought I'd be raising money on behalf of a police officer...... Until my son @hvrlemtaylor made me aware of the amazing things @tnorman23 has done in the Little Rock, Arkansas neighborhoods he polices....... People will say, "fuck him" "he's a pig" etc..... & that does what ??? Pour more fuel into an already HATE filled world.... Tommy Norman is not like other police, in fact... Other police around the world should take his initiative & learn from so that the existing problem between us & law enforcement can better itself before our children are subjected to the same situation... I love my kids. Their futures are very important to me. I'm sure everyone reading this loves their children & the children of this world as much as I love mine. Well guess what, I love yours too.. just as @tnorman23 loves all the children he encounters daily.. & because of that love, he's recognized & "WE" as a collective group have been able to raise 50k in just 24 hours to help him get his foundation off the ground as well as continue to stock his trunk with school supplies from @Sprayground, toys & food for the children he encounters on a daily basis. THANK ALL 2,594 of you SOOOO MUCH for CLICKING THE LINK IN MY BIO "WE" did that together & I am not ashamed to use my platform, voice or resources to help another good soul. & to be brutally honest... FUCK YOU if you don't like it... I'm teaching my children & those who are watching to be better than we are as a nation have been.... Yea, I'm a gang member, yea I smoke weed... Yea, I've rapped about violence but does that disable me from being a caring individual ? Absolutely NOT !!! I've done so much for my community & others worldwide that I cannot & will not be judged by another flawed human being. The real question is: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION ??? @TNorman23 you're amazing.... Keep on keepin on brotha !!! & I couldn't help but notice you a had BLACK WIFE... Awwwww shit, gone wit yo bad self 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 #TheRobinHoodProject #HUNT #StayCommitted #AGoodSonForAGoodCop #ThankYou [This was the 1st but not the last fundraiser me & @therobinhoodproject will be doing]

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Issa Ray

scholarship fund for Alton Sterling’s five children has raised $700,000 in under a week. The GoFundMe page was launched by Youtuber and star of HBO’s Insecure, Issa Rae. 

Lemonade Stand

Two young girls, 12-year-old Lauren Roach and 11-year-old Landry Nelson, from Dallas set up a lemonade stand a few days ago and raised $10,000 for the shooting victims in last week’s Dallas attacks.

"We felt really bad for all the victims' families," said Lauren. "At first we thought we would get about $100, but after we got to about $5,000, we realized we could really get this really high."

Stop the Hate

Stars such as Chris Pine, Caitlyn Jenner and more have created an 18-minute film to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in Orlando few weeks ago. Readers can visit their website and donate to a worthy cause.

Snoop Dogg

On Friday, Snoop Dogg and the Game led a walk to LAPD headquarters where they had an impromptu conversation with a graduating class of new recruits. 


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Michael Geslani is a Silicon Valley based writer who graduated from San Jose State University. You can follow him on IG @careerhigh.



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