State of emergency

Baltimore descended into chaos as protestors took to the streets following the funeral of Freddie Gray, an African American who died of a spinal injury in police custody. Maryland declared a state of emergency as residents looted businesses, set fire to stores and cars, and attacked police officers.

And while Gray’s death was the catalyst, tensions between police and Baltimore residents have simmering for a long time.

Boiling point

Former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele told Morning Joe that tensions have been building for some time. “The trigger is obviously the death of Freddie Gray, but there are systemic issues there that touch into poverty and education, jobs, and neighborhoods that have been blighted for 30-40 years,” he explained. “The political leadership has failed, the business leadership has failed, and the community is frustrated”.

Fifty years of not getting it right

Joe called it a complete and total failure of public policy over the past half century.

There are still some areas of Baltimore that haven’t recovered from riots in the 1960’s and the recovery from this latest incident could also be difficult.

“In many ways, we are watching the effects of what’s happened decades before playing out right now,” said Wes Moore, a US Army veteran and Baltimore native. Moore also told the panel that over half of African American men who live in Baltimore are unemployed. “If you don’t address those issues, we will continue to see these types of heartbreaking activities take place in our communities,” he said.

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Beatle Ringo Starr was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Cleveland.

His induction was the grand finale of the night, and the pleasure of introducing the 74-year-old was given to his old bandmate Sir Paul McCartney.

Earlier, Starr tweeted a photo of himself and McCartney at rehearsals with the caption “Rehearsals at the rock ‘n roll Hall of Fame okay is the love”.

The pair sang and played a rendition of “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “I Wanna Be Your Man”. Earlier, Starr performed his solo “It Don’t Come Easy” following a version of the Shirelle’s hit “Boys” where he was backed by Green Day.

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Trumpet feels…

Hearing the sweet notes of the Star Wars theme song brings back such childhood glee for most of us. It’s been several years since the last movie, and Star Wars fans are almost in tears with excitement for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens to come out this December.

Who’s in it?

J.J. Abrams has casted some fresh talent for the coming film. John Boyega, casted as a Stormtrooper named Finn, and Daisy Ridley, casted as Rey, are the leading roles. Other new Star Wars faces include Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

Are you a huge Star Wars fan?

No you’re not. If you were, you would be at the Star Wars Celebration Convention right now in Anaheim, CA. Did I just blow your mind? Yes, there is an annual convention that celebrates Star Wars happening right now (April 16–19). And at this convention, original and new cast members took to the stage to give their ecstatic fans the inside scoop on their new movie.

Verge came out with a list of things we need to know about the film, and here are some highlights:

1) The planet you see in the trailer is not Tatooine, it’s actually Rey’s home; a planet called Jakku.

2) J.J. Abrams originally said no to directing this latest movie due to family obligations, but when he started brainstorming about what a new Star Wars film should look like, he realized that he couldn’t turn it down.

3) The new droid in the film, BB-8, is actually real! And they brought him out on stage at the convention to prove it.

4) Who is Rey? Rey (Ridey’s character) is a scavenger at a shipyard on Jakku, and her encounter with another character (we’re guessing Finn) changes her course.

5) Who is Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac’s character)? According to Issac, he’s a Han Solo-like character who is sent on a mission by a princess and later teams up with Finn.