Bad-Ass, Kick-Ass Black Female Lawyers Are Running 2015

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Three thoughts going through my head while watching and reading about Maryland State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's press conference this morning:

1. Add me to the line of cynics genuinely surprised that the entire book seems to be getting thrown at these officers. Not only was one of them charged with murder — which, while (somewhat) vindicating, still stings to see — they were also charged with false imprisonment…which stings even more. Basically, they grabbed Freddie Gray off the street — kidnapped him, basically — and murdered him…for no reason. And this wasn't a quick or "clean" death. His spine was severed, and he spent seven days incapacitated before finally dying.

Although it's been said already, I'm going to say it again. Fuck these motherfuckers.

2. Marilyn Mosby is a very attractive woman. Watching this almost feels like watching an actress play a lawyer instead of an actual lawyer. This could have been a scene from Suits.


3. Is anyone having a better 2015 than the kick-ass Black female lawyer? It's already been confirmed that Michele Roberts is bringing the fire next time to the NBA.  And between her, our new attorney general, Mosby, and Kamala Harris (and others I'm sure I'm forgetting to mention), there are a bunch of high-profile kick-ass Black female lawyers who happen to be doing some high-profile kick-ass shit right now, and I'm here for it. Because where the hell else would you rather be when a bunch of bad Black lawyer chicks announce "I'm here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and I'm all out of bubble gum" than wherever the hell they happened to be?

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)

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I'd like to think that the outrage and subsequent protests played a part in these charges being brought so quickly. Also, I'm reserving my jubilation until we see some actual serious, hard convictions handed down.