Real Talk w/Terry (formerly Relationships-411)

Don’t Be a R.A.T.

It’s inevitable that at some point in our lives we will be pulled over or stopped by a cop while driving or approached by a cop on the street.

If you missed part two of Terry Cato’s interview with Judge LaDoris Cordell, watch here. Judge Cordell stresses the importance of citizens not only knowing their rights, but knowing how to conduct themselves if and when they are stopped by law enforcement.

When They See Us

The Netflix series, When They See Us is based on the Exonerated Central Park Five: Raymond Santana Jr., Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Korey Wise and Yusef Salaam who were wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in 1989 has once again rattled the community. A serial rapist later confessed to the crime, but not before the men had spent between six to 13 years in prison.

I personally chose not to watch the series for my own mental health. I have read about the incident and watched various news reports and a documentary about the case. The Netflix series has many of us feeling like enough talking has been done, it’s time for real action – a change for the better in the American justice system.

But where do we start? How do we reform a system that wasn’t designed to protect blacks and other minorities in the first place? How do we deal with corrupt cops, unethical prosecutors and judges?

I don’t have the answers, but agree, a change has to come real soon.

Check out my interview with retired Judge LaDoris Cordell, immediate past Independent Auditor for the San Jose Police Department. Judge Cordell discusses how someone should conduct themselves if and when they are stopped by a cop, The Peace Officers Duty Manual – a document that the general public is allowed to see, the Blue Lives Matter Movement and more!

I’m Divorcing Scandal and a Few Other Shows

Is it just me? This season, I’m not feeling the flow of Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder (HTGAWM) or even my beloved Empire! I vividly remember binge watching the first season of Scandal to get caught up before I started watching Season 2. I recall being glued to the set when HTGAWM and Empire was on last season, however, this season I have yet to make it through a full episode of any of these shows! I record them all and have not felt compelled to go back and watch and re-watch as I did several times last season with any of these shows. I fell asleep twice trying to make it through the second episode of this season’s Scandal; almost unbelievable, I know. Read more…

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