Mike Brown
American martial artist
Mike Brown
Mike Thomas Brown is an American mixed martial artist. He currently fights as a featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization and is a former WEC Featherweight Champion. Mike trains full-time at the main American Top Team academy located in Coconut Creek, Florida.
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'Luke Cage' Is 'Kick Ass, Wu-Tang Blackness With A Marvel Twist'
Huffington Post - 5 months
Marvel’s latest Netflix series, “Luke Cage,” can only be described as “unadulterated, bulletproof, kick ass, Wu-Tang blackness, with a Marvel twist,” says the show’s creator Cheo Hodari Coker.  Adapted from the 1970s Marvel comic book character of the same name, the Netflix action-drama series ― which stars Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, Rosario Dawson and Alfre Woodard ― is set in Harlem, New York. It tells the story of a wrongly convicted man, Luke Cage (played by Colter), who escapes prison after gaining super strength through an experiment before becoming a hero for hire. Similar to other revised Marvel adapted television shows, “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” Coker ― who is known for his work on “Notorious,” “Ray Donovan,” and “Southland”― said it was imperative for him to take a modern-day approach to the story by incorporating current social themes, while maintaining entertaining elements from the original comic.    ”We were able to do a hip-hop, Blaxpl ...
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To Exhume or Not to Exhume
Huffington Post - 12 months
Whenever the anniversary of a famous author's birth or death reaches a significant milestone, critics and creative types may stop, look back, and think about a particular artist's cultural contribution. The more famous the artist, the less urgent the need to mark any major anniversary simply for the sake of history. Although this year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death (April 23, 1616), Shakespeare festivals now dot the international landscape. Box office returns easily justify Mostly Mozart festivals and celebrations of Beethoven's music. Performances of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung draw enthusiasts from around the world (the Washington National Opera will be performing three Ring cycles this spring). Back when Tito Capobianco was in charge of the San Diego Opera, he launched an annual Verdi festival with the goal of performing two of the beloved composer's operas each season until San Diego audiences had gone through the entire catalog. Each ye ...
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Police officer, suspect dead after North Texas park shootout
Chicago Times - 12 months
A 29-year-old police officer died after he was shot in a Tuesday afternoon gunfight with an armed suspect in a park near a Dallas-area school, police said. Euless Police Chief Mike Brown said Officer David Hofer, who previously worked for the New York Police Department, died during surgery. The...
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A Mother's Plea: Let's Start a Movement and Take 'Snitchin' Out of Our Vocabulary.
Huffington Post - about 1 year
We were gathered in a St. Louis, MO church to listen to stories of police violence against African Americans. And as many church traditions would have it, absolute silence was expected during those moments when the speaker quieted her voice to gather her thoughts. But on this particular night, a sad, aching cry disrupted all tradition and protocol when one woman's pain-filled voice burst through the silence to ask: "What about us killing us? When are we gonna deal with that? No one cares about us killing us!" Astonished and incredulous, I joined others who turned in their seats to locate this woman who dared challenge the speaker and upset established decorum that early November evening. The speaker, who was sharing her personal story as part of the Ferguson Truth Initiative hosted by the Truth Telling Project, initially stood silent in response to the interruption. And so the woman, whose questions had caused the momentary awkwardness continued to speak. As she proceeded, in a more ...
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The Truth About 'Chi-Raq': A Conversation With Spike Lee
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Spike Lee has built an astonishing career as a multigenerational filmmaker, crafting some of the most iconic cult classics of the past four decades. From era-defining films like Do The Right Thing and School Daze, to Malcolm X and Bamboozled, the Brooklyn-bred director has consistently told compelling stories that personify the pulse of contemporary culture. Respected for his fearlessness and unapologetic opinion, Spike has transcended his profession as a director, asserting himself as a creative activist committed to teaching, provoking thought and igniting dialogue needed to elevate social consciousness. By commonly exploring the deep complexities of race, power, identity and sexuality through a very unique perspective - Spike Lee poses no opposition to playing the antagonist if, in turn, it challenges the status quo. As such, his most recent film has managed to accomplish all of the above. The theatrical release of Chi-Raq has sparked heated debate and intense criticism si ...
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All We Want Is Justice: Fighting for Eric Garner
Huffington Post - about 1 year
One year ago, a grand jury failed to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the killing of my father, Eric Garner. As I contemplate this past year -- a year full of upheaval and struggles for justice -- I'm struck by what has changed: nothing. Sure, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed a special prosecutor to investigate police-related killings after my father's death. What's the likelihood that this appointment -- which only lasts one year -- will be renewed by the Republican controlled state legislature? Sure, Pantaleo, the officer who choked my father to death, had to appear before a grand jury, but Staten Island's then District Attorney Daniel Donovan gave immunity to the other officers involved. And where is Donovan now? Congress. This is the part that hurts the most: New York law outlines at least two ways the sitting District Attorney can reconvene a grand jury, but the new Staten Island DA, Democrat Michael McMahon, won't do it. McMahon received and accepted the en ...
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Dru Hill Calls For 'Change' In Hometown Of Baltimore
Huffington Post - about 1 year
WASHINGTON -- Since Freddie Gray’s death after a “rough ride” in police custody, the nation has become familiar with the systemic problems facing Baltimore. Charm City’s school system is, essentially, segregated; the police routinely harass civilians and the city’s government prevents them from speaking publicly about the alleged facts of civil suits they file in response. This is the same police force that poorly handled the protests and riots that rocked the city following Gray’s funeral on April 27. The western portion of the city, which includes Gray's neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester, is home to over half of all people released from Maryland's prison system each year. The violent crime rate in the neighborhood is 23 incidents per 1,000 residents -- almost double the city's rate as a whole and six times the national rate. More than half of the area's residents ages 16 to 64 are out of work, and many people end up with minor drug convictions. R&B group Dru Hill w ...
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jessica Care moore Mixes Art + Activism 'Tea'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The famed poet's new full-length album, 'Black Tea: The Legend of Jessi James,' features Talib Kweli, Roy Ayers and more BY SUN SINGLETON Detroit is famous for its music, from Motown to techno and house, to Eminem and Dilla. But it's less well known for its stellar, homegrown poets. A native daughter of the D, jessica Care moore first won hearts with her five-time winning streak on It's Showtime at the Apollo back in 1995, after newly transplanting herself to New York City at age 22 a year after her father's death. A fiery performer of blunt-force truth emerged onstage that night. From a petite young woman in a demure dress and box braids exploded a voice that was unapologetically centered in her own visceral experiences as a hip-hop generation-identified sista poet. She knocked that famously tough Apollo audience out cold with the searing conviction of her Black-woman-uplifting poem, "Black Statue of Liberty." Moore's poetry has always been equal parts personal and ...
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The Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma: ... And How are the Children?
Huffington Post - over 1 year
This is the second in a series of articles addressing ways in which the "transgenerational transmission of trauma" (see the work of Dr. Vamik Volkan) manifests itself within the African American community. In her highly-acclaimed book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, Dr. Joy DeGruy opens with a passage from a speech highlighting a tradition of the powerful Maasai Tribe of East Africa. Noted for its deeply rich culture, the Tribe is also significant for its historically acclaimed warrior-stance against 18th century colonialism and slavery. This honor notwithstanding, it is on the Maasai peoples' ritualistic greeting "Kasserian Ingera" - translated as: "And how are the children?" that DeGruy begins her volume. And this greeting, it fascinates me! I can only imagine the impact of such a custom on the psyche of members of a society. How potent it must be to the social structure when the status of the children is held in such high esteem th ...
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Why the GOP Must Discuss #BlackLivesMatter in the Next Debate
Huffington Post - over 1 year
During the last CNN GOP Debate, I waited with bated breath to see if the Republicans might address the racial climate of this country. I watched to see if any of the candidates would discuss Black Lives Matter. I wondered if the Republican Party would renew their political commitment to African Americans. To my chagrin, the issue was never raised by any of the candidates, nor was the question even asked by any of the moderators during the three-hour debate. The potential for a new commitment had been denied. Historically, African Americans are the scorned lover of the Republican Party. During the Reconstruction era, African Americans locked arms with their Republican counterparts, and labored in unison for 'liberty and justice for all.' However, the sordid love story between Republicans and African Americans was not the kind fairy tales are made of, as it was wrought out of necessity, not volition of heart. While Republicans sought to exercise political and economic control over the ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Brown
  • 2014
    Age 38
    Brown was expected to face Estevan Payan on April 19, 2014 at UFC on Fox 11.
    More Details Hide Details However, Brown was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Alex White. After pulling out of the fight against Payan, Brown said he would likely not fight again, though he did not say he was retiring.
  • 2013
    Age 37
    Brown was expected to face Akira Corassani on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26.
    More Details Hide Details However, Corassani pulled out of the bout and was replaced by Steven Siler. Brown lost the fight via knockout in the first round.
  • 2012
    Age 36
    On July 4, 2012, Brown signed a 5 fight deal with the UFC.
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    Brown faced Daniel Pineda on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated Pineda by unanimous decision. In an interview with Ariel Helwani following the fight, Brown stated that he would give himself two weeks to consider retiring based on how his body felt after recovering.
    Brown was expected to face Vagner Rocha on January 20, 2012 at UFC on FX 1.
    More Details Hide Details However, Brown was forced out of the bout with a knee injury.
  • 2011
    Age 35
    On August 6, 2011, Brown faced Nam Phan at UFC 133.
    More Details Hide Details He won the fight via unanimous decision, earning him his first UFC victory.
    Brown was out until mid-2011 recovering from surgery on his hand that was injured during the Yahya bout.
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    Brown jumped right back into action to face Rani Yahya on January 22, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 23, replacing an injured Chan Sung Jung.
    More Details Hide Details He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
    Brown first faced Diego Nunes on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125.
    More Details Hide Details He lost the fight via split decision.
  • 2010
    Age 34
    Brown took on Manvel Gamburyan on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48. Gamburyan defeated Brown via KO in the first round. Mike Brown's next fight was against Cole Province at WEC 51. He won the fight via TKO (punches) in the first round. On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
    More Details Hide Details As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.
    Brown defeated WEC newcomer Anthony Morrison on January 10, 2010 at WEC 46 via first round submission.
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  • 2009
    Age 33
    Following his unanimous Dec win over Faber (for the second time), Brown lost his WEC Featherweight Championship against José Aldo on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44.
    More Details Hide Details Brown lost by knockout in the second round.
  • 2005
    Age 29
    Brown had fought in several MMA events including most recently WEC, where he was the Featherweight Champion. In 2005, Brown suffered a near career-ending loss at DEEP 22 in Japan.
    More Details Hide Details Brown's opponent, noted leg-lock expert Masakazu Imanari, dislocated Brown's leg to the point that his leg was pulled out and to the side of his knee joint. His only other Pre-WEC losses were to world-class fighters; besides Imanari, only Joe Lauzon, Genki Sudo, and Hermes Franca (all UFC veterans) had defeated Brown en route to Brown's 18-4 record. Riding a six-fight win streak, Mike Brown signed with the WEC's Featherweight division. His debut in the WEC was against Brazilian Jiu-jitsu expert Jeff Curran at WEC 34. In each round, Brown matched Curran's stand-up and then took him down and scored from the top with elbows and punches. Brown won all three rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory. Brown was then offered a shot at the WEC Featherweight Championship with a fight against Urijah Faber at WEC 36. The fight was originally set to take place in Hollywood, Florida on September 10, 2008, but it was postponed to November 5, 2008 due to Hurricane Ike. At the time, Faber had held the title for over two and a half years and was widely considered to be the best fighter at 145 pounds in the world. Brown welcomed the opportunity to fight the best in the world and felt that his training with American Top Team had prepared him well. When the heavily-favored Faber attempted a risky elbow strike, Brown countered with a right hook to the jaw, knocking down the champion.
  • 1992
    Age 16
    Brown wrestled at Bonny Eagle High School in Standish, Maine where he won a State Championship in 1992, his junior year.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to wrestle at Norwich University where he was known for his ability to focus. Although he was an average student in high school, he was able to apply his focus to academics and excelled as a scholar-athlete in college. According to Norwich wrestling Coach Rich Hasenfus, Brown was one of the smartest athletes and strongest wrestlers at Norwich.
  • 1975
    Born on September 8, 1975.
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