Leader of Black LIVES Matter, Hawk Newsome
In the premiere episode of Anabolic Mind Show, Mark Jenkins interviews longtime friend, Hawk Newsome
Growing up, Newsome argued with his parents and younger sister, Chivona, about events they saw on the news. Newsome says he “was brought up to have a revolutionary heart” by his parents, who met in the 1960s at a civil rights protest. When Hawk and Chivona were young, their father became ill, forcing Hawk to look after his younger sister.
Newsome dropped out of high school, but later attended Concordia College in Bronxville, New York, and received a J.D. degree from Touro College Law Center in New York City. Afterwards, Newsome worked as a paralegal for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and also worked as a project manager at the law firm Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker.
He unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the New York City Council from The Bronx, garnering around 3% of the vote on a platform Newsome said was “too radical”. He subsequently co-founded Black Lives Matter of Greater New York with Chivona Newsome. Chivona later stepped down from the group to run for a U.S. House seat in The Bronx.
In September 2021, Newsome called COVID-19 vaccine mandates “racist” and “discrimination.”
In November 2021, Newsome threatened “riots”, “fire”, and “bloodshed” in the streets of New York City mayor-elect Eric Adams reinstated the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) controversial anti-crime units. Later, when asked whether he condemned riots and burning down buildings after a police use-of-force incident he did not approve of he said, “I’m not going to condemn, nor am I going to condone it.”
Newsome has filed two ongoing civil lawsuits against the NYPD, alleging that he was assaulted by police officers and falsely arrested during two separate protests in 2017 and 2018. A video posted by the New York Daily News shows a police officer punching Newsome before several police officers tackled him to the ground. Newsome was holding a sign that read: “Blue Klux Klan”.
Connect with Hawk: https://www.blacklivesmattergreaterny.com
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