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Da Brat still faces significant debt in connection to an assault case from over a decade ago. But according to a new report, the rapper will avoid going to jail over it. Shayla Stevens accused Da Brat of smashing a bottle in the face of the former cheerleader at a club in 2007. The “Dish Nation” host owes $6.4 million in the case, but a judge recently ruled that Da Brat is protected from having to pay that up while she sorts through her bankruptcy filing, according to documents
claimed to be obtained by The Blast Thursday, Oct. 18. Stevens and her attorneys claimed the rapper should be placed in contempt of court by a Georgia state court for not paying what the rapper owes the former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader and for failing to comply with a discovery order. However, Da Brat claimed if she were to serve jail time, she wouldn’t be able to pay off not only what she owes Stevens but the other $1.3 million she owes to the IRS, her record label, and credit card company, among others.
Additionally, the performer said she believed a bankruptcy filing meant she’d have protection from her present debts and ongoing collection attempts. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge James Sacca in Atlanta has agreed with Da Brat’s argument and signed off on her claim. In August, news emerged that the “Funkdafied” performer owes over $7.7 million to various entities, which caused her to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
While the biggest source of debt comes from Stevens’ case against her, Da Brat also owes her So So Def record label’s parent company, Sony Music Entertainment, $1,255,128. Plus the MC owes $12,000 to Ally Bank and an undisclosed amount of back taxes to the IRS.
A 30-year-old student was shot multiple times after stopping at a Shell gas station in southwest Atlanta. Morehouse college student Geoffrey Willis is recovering at Grady Memorial Hospital after suffering from gunshot wounds to his legs and chest on Sunday afternoon. The Atlanta Police Department is on the hunt for three suspects who fled the scene after trying to steal the victim’s vehicle. “It’s just really not safe for our children out here,” a frequent customer at the Atlanta gas station told WSB-TV.
Willis stopped at a Shell gas station that’s less than a half-mile from Morehouse campus. He reportedly was coming from a luncheon with his Omega Psi Phi fraternity brothers when he parked at a gas pump and went inside the convenience store. That was when one of the suspects attempted to steal his vehicle. The student emerged from Shell and confronted the suspect, who jumped in a getaway car. A passenger in the escape vehicle then shot Willis before the three suspects took off.
Authorities were called to the gas station just a little before 3:30 p.m. Atlanta police said described the three suspects as juveniles who may have been driving a stolen Black Mercedes. The victim’s mother will be flying in from Virginia to be by her son’s side in the hospital. Willis is in stable condition.
The shooting of the Morehouse student comes after three other carjackings near the Atlanta University Center that happened in late September and early October. Atlanta police say the shootings were not related.
The R&B singer was scheduled to play at Stony Brook University later this month but after only 24 tickets were sold, the school pulled the plug. Ashanti was a replacement for Teyana Taylor who dropped out at the last second. “Ashanti show canceled after only 24 tickets sold,” wrote 50. “Wait a minute,
l thought l told everybody not to f–k with this fool. l want the names and socials of everybody who bought a ticket.” Then in a separate post he wrote “Do basement parties. Then it can still feel like it’s lit. I don’t know what to say.” At this point, 50 has been beefing with Murder Inc.’s Ja Rule and Irv Gotti for over 15 years and his words to Ashanti, who’s also down with the crew, is just his latest shot.
Ashanti hasn’t responded yet, and she hasn’t addressed the cancelled event either. She did, however, post footage of her concert in Portland, which had a huge crowd— maybe to show that people still want to see her. As for Stony Brook, they haven’t said whether poor promotion had anything to do with the low ticket sales, or
if there was truly a lack of interest among students. “As an organization we do our best to host programs for students while providing diversity and inclusion, however, we have struggled to execute certain aspects,” they said in a statement.
A father in Houston, Texas, is being applauded for choosing kindness instead of anger when confronting the boy who’d been bullying his son at school. Their heartening story has been shared thousands of times, and now the father says the two boys are closer than ever. Last week, Aubrey Fontenot uploaded a Twitter video of himself taking the former bully, whose name is Tamarion, for a ride in an effort to get to the bottom of what was going on between that child and Fontenot’s son, Jordon.
Fontenot, a local tattoo artist, said he simply wanted to know why his son was being picked on. That’s when he got an answer he didn’t expect. It turns out Tamarion was himself being teased by other kids for wearing dirty clothes. “I asked ‘Who? You’re big, who is picking on you?’ He [Tamarion] said ‘All the other kids, they make fun of me,’” Fontenot told KHOU, recalling their conversation. A phone call to the boy’s mother revealed Tamarion’s family had fallen on hard times and was experiencing homelessness.
Fontenot said he knew he had to do something and later treated Tamarion to a shopping trip, buying him new clothes and shoes. ‘We have no clue what these children are going thru these days because a lot of us just don’t care,” Fontenot wrote in an Oct. 17 Facebook post. “And this isn’t a uncommon story for a lot of people .. so I spent a lot of my day yesterday by shopping and teaching this young man about self respect. Integrity. Morals. Confidence. And other things that consist of going from a troubled youth to a great man.” “We all come from different backgrounds but we all share the same goal of success,”
he added. A once timid Tamarion walked out of the store with confidence, and the two shared plenty of laughs, even singing a song on the way home, as seen in Fontenot’s heartwarming video. The life lesson didn’t end there. The doting father posted a video the following day of Tamarion and Jordan sitting face to face, albeit awkwardly, to hash out their issues. The boys didn’t say much to one another at first. “Speak your mind, son,” the tattoo artist says in the video.
“This is a meeting. We’re having a meeting.” Once the camera was off, Fontenot said the kids talked things over and were fast friends in no time, even playing video games together. The father said even he learned something from watching the two. “It taught me something. I was angry at first, then I said let me try something different,” Fontenot told KHOU. Fontenot has since launched a GoFundMe campaign to benefit Tamarion and his family, who’ve been staying at a hotel. So far, the page has raised over $24,000 in donations, more than exceeding its original goal of $7,000.
A police officer on Monday shot and killed an 18-year-old man accused of fatally shooting another officer near a school in the Atlanta area over the weekend, police said. Tafahree Maynard was one of two men
charged in the fatal shooting Saturday of Gwinnett County police Officer Antwan Toney. Police believe Maynard shot Toney, and had launched an area manhunt as he faced charges of aggravated assault and felony murder.
Police got a credible tip about Maynard’s whereabouts around 3 a.m. Monday, Gwinnett County police Chief Butch Ayers told reporters. Dozens of police officers went door-to-door in a search for him, knocking on doors and interviewing people. Two officers searching a shed behind a house encountered Maynard, who failed to
comply with verbal commands, Ayers said. Maynard initially had his hand behind his back and when he showed his hand, he was holding an “edged weapon” in his hand, the chief said. One officer fired a stun gun at Maynard and the other fatally shot him from about 5 or 6 feet (1.5 meters or 1.8 meters) away, Ayers said.
“I would like to say that the danger to the community is over,” Ayers said at a news conference, adding that police would continue to investigate any potential charges against people who may have provided assistance to Maynard “during his attempt to escape justice.” Toney was responding to a call around 2:30 p.m. Saturday about a suspicious vehicle near Shiloh Middle School in the Snellville area, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta. When the officers approached, someone in the vehicle opened fire and Toney was hit, police said. Then the vehicle sped off.
Toney died at a hospital from his wounds, police said. The 30-year-old from Southern California had been with the Gwinnett County Police Department for nearly three years, serving in his first police job. “The people that worked with Officer Toney on a daily basis recalled a very jovial person who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his community,” Ayers said. A second suspect, 19-year-old Isaiah Pretlow, was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a gun at an officer during the pursuit after
Toney’s fatal shooting, police had said earlier. According to police, Pretlow drove the vehicle away after the shooting, crashed a short distance away and fled along with other occupants. An officer searching the area later encountered Pretlow around 3 p.m. Pretlow pointed a gun at the officer, who fired shots, according to police. Pretlow was not hit and fled into some woods. He was subsequently taken into custody around 11:30 p.m. Saturday by U.S. Marshals.
A 26-year-old woman of Staten Island was found passed out inside of her apartment on Thursday morning. Authorities said Leayana Lewis died at Richmond University Medical Center after her roommate discovered her unconscious on the bedroom floor around 8 a.m. “My Heart, my rock, my blood,
my oldest sister was only 26 years old & now she’s gone,” Yassin Teyana wrote on Facebook, a woman who appears to be the victim’s sister. “I’m in disbelief idk what to do right now. I love you so much Leayana Lewis you were my everything and more I just wish I had one more day with you.” Police officials said Leayana suffered from a head injury after she was discovered unresponsive. A medical examiner will determine the cause of death after conducting an autopsy.
Teyana told the Daily News that the family is in the dark and doesn’t “know anything, and we haven’t heard from police or doctors.” “My heart is broke, my mind is all over Lea we just wanna know how and why?” she added. A neighbor who lived in Staten Island’s “Todt Hill Houses” complex said Lewis was new to
the neighborhood and moved into the area a month ago. He told the news outlet he’d never seen Lewis bring anyone home. “Just ‘Hi, bye’ in the elevator,” he said. “She was always quiet.”
A Philadelphia songwriter who claims he was cut out of profits and credit from song that was recorded by R&B star Usher has been awarded more than $44 million in damages in a suit that targeted the track’s other co-writers.
A jury last week awarded the sum to Daniel Marino. His former co-writer William Guice was ordered to pay $6.75 million in compensatory damages,
and $20.25 million in punitive damages. Also last week Destro Music Productions, owned by co-defendant Dante Barton, agreed to pay Marino $17.35 million.
That brings his total award to $44.35 million. The lawsuit stemmed from Marino’s work on a song called “Club Girl.” Marino says he created most of the song, including its guitar hook, tempo and chord progression. The song was recorded by Usher in 2004 and renamed “Bad Girl.” Usher wasn’t named in the suit.
Police removed the remains of 63 fetuses from a Detroit funeral home and regulators shuttered the business amid a widening investigation of alleged improprieties at local funeral homes. Detroit police Chief James Craig said officers found 36 fetuses in boxes and 27 others in freezers during Friday's raid at the Perry Funeral Home. He said he was "stunned" by the discovery,
which came a week after the remains of 10 fetuses and one infant were discovered in a ceiling at Detroit's defunct Cantrell Funeral Home. Those remains were found after state regulators in Lansing received an anonymous letter. Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said the remains found at the Perry Funeral Home were turned over to state investigators, who immediately declared the funeral home closed and its license suspended. Inspectors for the State of Michigan's Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau said in a statement that they had found "heinous conditions and negligent conduct" at
the Perry Funeral Home, including numerous failures to certify death certificates and obtain proper permits for burial. The agency's statement said Friday's findings point clearly toward criminal offenses of state laws regulating funeral homes that could be felonies "punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than $50,000 or both." Craig said the investigation into the Perry Funeral Home began after a man who has sued that business over its handling of remains of infants and fetuses saw coverage of the discoveries at the Cantrell Funeral Home and told his attorney to contact police. That lawsuit, filed in July, alleges that the Perry Funeral Home stored the remains of stillborn and live birth babies in the Wayne State University
School of Mortuary Science morgue for up to three years without trying to notify parents, some of whom wanted to donate the bodies for medical research. It also alleges the funeral home may have fraudulently billed Medicaid, as well as the Detroit Medical Center, for burials it never performed. The attorneys in that suit, Peter J. Parks and Daniel W. Cieslak, said they believe many more infants' remains may be found in the improper possession of the Perry Funeral Home, perhaps as many as 200, based on research of log books kept by the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science.
"I'm really wondering where all the rest of them are," Cieslak said Friday. Craig said that law enforcement agencies were considering forming a task force to target improper storage of remains and fraud in the area. As part of investigators' widening probe, Detroit police also raided another funeral home, the Q A Cantrell Funeral Home in suburban Detroit's Eastpointe, along with a home in Grosse Pointe Woods. The recent discovery of the 10 fetuses and one infant at the Cantrell Funeral Home came after state inspectors in April shuttered that business after finding 21 improperly stored bodies, some of them covered in mold, in the facility. Since April, 38 unattended bodies and 269 containers of cremated remains have been discovered in the facility.
A group of investors is suing boxer Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled after accusing them of endorsing a company involved in an alleged cryptocurrency scam. The group of plaintiffs, who filed a class-action lawsuit, said they lost millions of dollars to a company called Centra Tech and claimed celebrity endorsers Mayweather and Khaled encouraged them to invest. At one point, both men posted ads on their social media pages about the company and encouraged people to use its coins.
But that was before Centra Tech’s founders were arrested and charged with wire and securities fraud, as well as conspiracy. The Securities and Exchange Commission also accused the founders of duping investors and creating names of phony executives on its website. Centra Tech reportedly raised $32 million from investors, and the plaintiffs said that wouldn’t have occurred if Mayweather and Khaled didn’t champion the company. The group is trying to get all of their money back in the suit,
including damages. Besides facing the suit, Mayweather may be coming out of retirement to fight UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov after Nurmagomedov and his manager called him out earlier this week. Earlier this month, Nurmagomedov beat Connor McGregor in their UFC Lightweight Championship match. McGregor went 10 rounds before being stopped by Mayweather in their August 2017 boxing match.
A match with Nurmagomedov would mark Mayweather’s second bout against an MMA-fighter-turned-boxer. “Oh, we’re fighting,” Mayweather told TMZ. “I’m my own boss. I can’t say what’s going on on Khabib’s end, on my end we can make it happen. … I’m getting a nine-figure payday.” Floyd hasn’t said anything about the class-action suit at this time, nor has Khaled.
Students at a Far South Side high school were on campus Monday to mourn the fatal shooting of a college-bound senior. Family and friends attended a vigil for James Garrett at Butler College Prep, 821 E. 103rd St. The 18-year-old was at a candlelight vigil on the Far South Side near 132nd Avenue and Prairie Street Saturday, where a large crowd had gathered to remember a woman killed in a car accident.
Then around 7:30 p.m., there was an argument and a man and a woman pulled out guns, according to witnesses. Gunfire erupted, and three people were shot: a 20 year-old-woman, a 48-year-old man and James, who was shot in the back and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in serious condition. He was later pronounced dead. "The Light of James hasn't gone out," one mourner said in a
speech to the crowd gathered at the school. Garrett was full of joy, loved to dance and wanted to be a teacher. As a student at Butler College Prep, he had a 3.9 GPA and was the first in the Class of 2019 to be accepted to college. "My son had everything going for himself, he wasn’t in no gang or none of that. My son was getting ready for prom and graduation he was so excited," Brandy Colbert, Garrett's mother, said.
"I feel broken; I don’t know if I’m coming or going, but I can’t cry because all I have is good memories with him," Latasha Garrett, his sister, said. Butler College Prep posted about the his death on their Facebook page , saying: "We will never forget how he loved Butler and everyone he met." Sunday night, his family and friends returned to the scene for another vigil, to pray in support of each other; and to remember. Colbert said she moved out of this neighborhood two years ago to keep her kids safe. Area South detectives are investigating. No one is in custody.
Cardi B is kicking off the holiday season a bit early with some good will. The rapper handed out free winter coats in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, where a massive crowd swarmed the “I Like It” performer. Cardi B, a native of the Bronx, was seen at The Marlboro Houses, a housing project in Gravesend, New York.
Her good deed comes as New York was hit with unusually cold temperatures this week. “I didn’t know it was gonna be so big,” Cardi B told WABC about the large crowds who braved the chilly temperatures to see her. “My home boy Chuck, he told me, ‘Hey, let’s give out coats to our community, I know somebody who wants to give out coats in Marlboro,’ and I said, ‘I’m pulling out, what’s up?'”
It’s been a big year for the artist, who gave birth to her first child this summer, a daughter who she named Kulture Kiari Cephus, with her husband and fellow rapper Offset. She also won big at the BET Hip Hop Awards earlier this week and took home four awards, including
MVP of the Year and the Made-You-Look Award for best hip-hop style. Cardi B is also reportedly in talks to play Fran Drescher’s daughter in a potential reboot of Drescher’s popular ’90s sitcom, “The Nanny.”
Shocking newly released police dashcam footage shows a California cop brutally punching a drunk motorist in the face and pummeling him to the ground before his arrest. Orange County Sheriff Deputies Michael Devitt and Eric Ota arrested Mohamed Sayem for misdemeanor public intoxication on the morning of August 19. Sayem was
charged with a felony of resisting arrest and has pleaded not guilty. However the police dashcam footage is casting doubts on whether Sayem did resist arrest at all. The video reveals Deputy Devitt initiating the physical confrontation and using excessive force on Sayem without physical provocation. The clip begins with Devitt and Ota waking up Sayem who is slouched in the driver's seat of his
car seemingly intoxicated and parked in a Stanton parking lot. Devitt gets increasingly agitated with Sayem when he fails to show his identification and tries to get out of the car. The deputy eventually loses his patience and says 'Stay in the car dude. Listen bro it's five o'clock in the morning I don't have time for this' leading Sayem to laugh.
Then Devitt pushes Sayem back into his seat leading him to say 'Don't touch me like that'. That's when Devitt grabs Sayem's arm and pulls him completely out of the vehicle and once he's standing he starts to
hit him square in the face, repeatedly throwing left hooks into his jaw. Sayem doesn't react and begins to fall to the ground. Ota runs to help Sayem onto the ground and doesn't say anything to his peer throwing the punches.
Winnie Harlow and Wiz Khalifa have been projecting their relationship on us for months now with signs and gestures -- but none are more clear than this one ... they're dating. The Canadian supermodel was spotted holding hands with the Pittsburgh MC Saturday night as they were leaving the Staples Center
in L.A., following the Lakers' loss against the Rockets ... and a nasty brawl that'd broken out between the two teams. BTW ... Wiz's ex-wife, Amber Rose, gave her blessing to the new pair last month, saying she thought Winnie was a "f****** sweetheart," but noting she wasn't sure if Winnie had met Amber and
Wiz's kid, Sebastian, yet. Also worth noting ... their fashion-statement-making outfits. Winnie wore a full-body Fendi outfit, while Wiz was out there rockin' purple and yellow (not 'Black and Yellow'). Looks like LA-Bron fever's getting him to him too this season.
Did Rajon Rondo spit on Chris Paul? That’s the question everyone’s asking after Saturday night’s big brouhaha between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets which led to several objections and coming suspensions from the league office. Various angles have been analyzed at length on social media, and indeed it was always apparent the NBA viewing public-at-large would get to the bottom of things. Around 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, we came to our logical endpoint. Thanks to this new video,
it does appear that Rondo spit at Paul. The NBA league office is still reviewing the tape, but according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski they appear to have the clip in question in hand. There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to the coming suspensions. First, how much Brandon Ingram will be penalized for instigating the entire thing with his shove in the back of James Harden. Ingram also came in with a flying punch to Paul’s face that might be looked at a bit more severely. Second,
both Paul and Rondo landed punches, but if Rondo indeed did spit on his competitor that’s a level of disrespect — not to mention responsibility for making the first move against Paul — that might get him a tougher sentence. We haven’t seen a real fight in the NBA in some time, where actual punches were landed and things got more serious than just guys running between tunnels underneath Staples Center. How the league punishes these guys this early in the season will dictate to us in the future how they feel about this kind of tension spilling over into violence.
Two teen-aged suspects, including one who is still being sought by police, were charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a George police officer who was killed while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school, authorities said Sunday. Authorities said they believe Tafahree Maynard, 18, fatally shot Officer Antwan Toney, 30, who on Saturday afternoon was responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school in the Snellville area, Gwinnett County Police said in a statement.
Maynard remained at large early Sunday and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said. A second suspect, Isaiah Pretlow, 19, was charged with aggravated assault related to a separate incident following Toney's fatal shooting, police said. Both suspects are from Snellville. Toney died at a hospital from his injuries, police said. He had been with the Gwinnett County Police Department for nearly three years. It was his first police job. "The people that worked with Officer Toney on a daily basis recalled a very jovial person who was dedicated to his job and dedicated to his community,"
Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers said. According to police, Pretlow drove the vehicle from the scene following the shooting, crashed a short distance away and fled along with other occupants. An officer who was searching the area later encountered Pretlow about 3 p.m. Pretlow pointed a gun at the officer,
who fired shots. Pretlow was not hit and fled into a wooded area. He was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals about 11:30 p.m. The shooting happened near Shiloh Middle School, about 25 miles northeast of Atlanta. At least one officer returned fire
The floor of a clubhouse near Clemson University where a homecoming party was taking place collapsed early Sunday, hurtling dozens of people into the basement, authorities said. About 30 people were taken to hospitals after the center part of the floor at the clubhouse in northwest South Carolina caved in during the annual homecoming weekend party sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
It hadn't yet been determined how many of those injured at were Clemson students, the university said in a letter to students and faculty. Video posted on social media showed a large part of a floor on the first level caving in as people were dancing, causing dozens to fall through to the floor below. Larissa Stone, a sophomore at the university, told the Independent Mail of Anderson that the room was "packed" and that a popular song was playing when the floor collapsed. "So everyone was jumping.
The beat was about to drop, and literally the whole floor collapsed," she said. "It happened so quickly. I stood up, and everyone was trying to climb out. People are under other people. People are hurt. People are bleeding. I had blood on my sneakers. It was really bad." Partygoers screamed, and those who didn't fall stood on parts of the first floor that remained and gazed below in shock. Some people standing on the sidelines pulled out their cellphones to record the floor collapse. A witness who attended the party said that people were jumping and that then suddenly he heard "a boom."
"All you seen was falling, everybody's hands up in the air," Franzie Pendergrass told NBC affiliate WYFF of Greenville. Leroy Pearson said he went to try to help injured people and saw what he thought looked like broken ankles and legs. "It was crazy," Pearson said. Police said the event was a private party by a group that had leased the clubhouse at The Woodlands Apartments, about three miles from Clemson. According to police, a call was received about 12:30 a.m. Sunday about the collapse of the floor at The Woodlands clubhouse. Ambulances were quickly called to the scene.
Property manager Tal Slann told The Associated Press that the condominium complex was built in 2004-05. He said he couldn't comment on whether there was a limit on the number of people who were supposed to use the clubhouse at one time. "I can tell you there was a party. I can tell you there was a floor collapse. There were injuries. They were not life-threatening. Nobody was trapped," he said.
Keyshia Cole doesn’t want anyone messing with her man. And she’s so serious about it she might just throw hands. The “Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood” alum made that clear on Instagram Thursday, Oct. 18 when a commenter appeared to be getting too friendly with the 37-year-old singer’s boyfriend, Niko Khale. “Really an island boy at heart,” Khale captioned a recent shirtless photo on his account
as he showed off his tatted chest and sleeve. “???????????????????????????????????? sorry Keisha but I might have to take this island boy????,” a fan remarked in the 23-year-old’s comments. “@god3ss96 lol. When the last time you got yo ass beat? ????????,” Cole replied. Keyshia Cole Several people ate up the moment. “@keyshiacole crying!!!!!!” “???????????????????????????? I ?? @keyshiacole for that one you better work.”
“@keyshiacole i’m dead af ????????????????????” “@keyshiacole Lmao set her straight ????????????????” Yet the user Cole took aim at, @_@god3ss96, wasn’t here for it. “@keyshiacole over a dude? Never,” she said. Keyshia Cole Some fans pointed out that the star wasn’t being serious. “_@god3ss96 lol damn you can’t even joke about her man ????????????” “@ms.lady_clp sis said it was a joke joke ????????????.”
But other commenters think the IG user should watch her back. “Why she wanna mess wit Keisha tho? She from the bay area and im.pretty sure OAKLAND girls get down to the business????????????????.” “Period lol my sis from Oakland y’all know she don’t play ????????????????” “@keyshiacole facts sis fight for what’s yours ????????????????????????” Still at least one commenter thought Cole was out of line. “@keyshiacole I just can’t agree that threats towards a fan is the way. These are the type of comments YOU WANT FOR HIM from his fans.
You shouldn’t take any of it personal or feel insecure IN ANY WAY. YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL QUEEN and I’m sure you have nothing to worry about. … You really should take some tips from @nikokhale on Giving back to the fans and showing them love in return. The CELEBRITY- FAN relationship, is just that, a relationship in life and it should be GIVE and TAKE. You can’t just TAKE LOVE, you have to give some too. You don’t even interact with you followers when you go live. Please do better Queen. ???????????????? #OutOfLove.”
It’s been almost a week that T.I. posted a clip of a naked actress playing the role of Melania Trump and stripping in the Oval Office. And while Trump’s supporters called for a boycott of the rapper, the actress said she’s getting death threats. Her name is Melanie Marden, and she detailed what she’s been going through since the release of the video. “I don’t usually post about haters but I need to,” she began.
“This weekend I experienced this with my latest post of T.I.’s new teaser of his music video, where I was hired as an actress, not a stripper, to portray Melania Trump. It was a creative choice for me and also an opportunity to empower women.” “I send love to all the people who called me names and made accusations or delivered hurtful insults,” she continued. “These are clearly deep wounds inside of you that have nothing to do with me … To all the political people threatening me, I remind you this is a music video, relax.
I am an actress who played the role of #nakedMelania just like when @alecbaldwininsta portrays Trump on ‘SNL.’” Marden’s post didn’t seem to sit well with a lot of people and many questioned how playing the role of a naked First Lady is empowering. Others assumed the actress was a Democrat and blasted her for it. Marden also addressed the controversy during an interview with
“Inside Edition,” where she detailed some of the threats she’s been receiving. “Someone was going to hit me with their car,” she revealed. “Someone was going to take a baseball bat to me, someone wished me to get raped and then killed.” T.I. hasn’t addressed Marden’s comments. In fact, he’s been pretty quiet about the video since its release. Whether the chatter surrounding Marden will also quickly die down remains to be seen but either way, she has no regrets. “The First Lady’s husband does a lot of bullying himself, so they’ve got some thick skin,” said Marden. “If I was insulting her and degrading her, then it would be one thing but I don’t think I was.”
It was fight night at the Staples Center when players from the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets got into an intense fist fight ... marring the hometown debut of LeBron James. It all went down Saturday night late in the 4th quarter. Lakers Center, Brandon Ingram, shoved Rockets Guard, James Harden,
for which Ingram received a technical foul. Moments later, Houston PG, Chris Paul and Lakers PG Rajon Rondo began trading punches. It is unclear why Ingram shoved Harden in the first place ... he was visibly upset and took out his frustrations on the ref after being called for the shove.
The shoving continued between Rondo and Paul before Rondo threw a punch, igniting the fight. Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram are sure to be socked with suspensions. LeBron says he tried his best to calm things down and he didn't speak to his team after the game.
CHICAGO — Chance the Rapper is planning to make a big announcement Tuesday morning at City Hall about Chicago’s mayoral race. The rapper gave no indication about what he might say, but in a tweet posted around 4 p.m. Monday, he wrote “City Hall pull up” with a media alert for a press conference at
City Hall at 10 a.m. Sources told the Chicago Tribune that Chance will endorse Amara Enyia, director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. The rapper has been critical of both Gov. Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel over school funding. In a song released earlier this summer, chance called for Emanuel to resign over police involved shootings,
but he’s refused to answer questions about his own political ambitions. Chance the Rapper’s father, Ken Bennett, worked for former President Barack Obama and was once an aide to Emanuel. Bennett appeared at Toni Preckwinkle’s mayoral campaign kickoff event last month.
A Hartford, Connecticut, police officer was fired after authorities investigated a video of him telling a group of young men he might shoot them if they fight or run. Officer Stephen Barone was answering a suspected trespassing call August 9 when he was recorded questioning a group of young men in the street. “If anybody wants to fight or run, I’m a little trigger happy, guys. I’m not gonna lie, and I get paid a ton of money in overtime, if I had to shoot somebody. Don’t do anything stupid,” Barone says on the video. When Barone asks why the men are not saying much, one of them replies, “You said you’re trigger happy, that’s why people are quiet.” “Well, there’s four of you and one of me,” Barone said. The video was posted on the police department YouTube page.
It was recorded by one of the men being questioned, CNN affiliate WFSB reported. At first the interaction began conversationally. Barone can be seen questioning the suspects. “Are you guys breaking into the place, are you hanging out having a few drinks — really no big deal. Is there any other illegal activity going on that we should be made aware?” he asks. “If you guys are cooperative and honest with me, I will afford you the same opportunity in this process.” He later says, “Hey listen boys, I’ve been averaging a gun a week out here. It’s crazy.” Officer fired from police department On Wednesday,
Hartford Chief of Police David Rosado terminated Barone’s employment after the department conducted an internal investigation on the video and the officer’s supervision of a traffic incident in July. “Our success as a police department depends on our relationship with the community we serve. … This officer’s conduct does not reflect the values of our agency.” said Rosado in a statement. “I did not make this decision lightly. We hold ourselves to high standards, and when we fall short, we take responsibility for it. After reviewing the findings related to these two incidents, it’s clear to me that there’s no scenario in which
Mr. Barone can return to his duties as a productive member of the Hartford Police Department.” Barone had served in the police department for about 10 years, the Hartford Courant reported. He was a sergeant at the time the video was released, but was placed on administrative leave soon after and demoted to officer, CNN affiliate WFSB reported. According to the internal investigation interview, Barone said he could have used a “better choice of words,” but believed it was “effective in maintaining control,” reported the Hartford Courant.
CNN reached out to Barone and to the Hartford Police Department on Thursday, and has not heard back. Response after officer terminated The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, which demanded answers after Barone’s traffic stop incident investigation in July, released a statement, calling the firing of the officer “good news.” “It is good news that Barone is no longer employed by Hartford, but the department never should have promoted him in the first place. Hartford’s overall lack of police accountability guarantees a bad system, not just bad apples,” the statement read.
A man accused of murdering his girlfriend two years ago is now out of jail after a shell casing led police to a very different suspect. Daniel Hall, then 22, was arrested in the 2016 shooting death of Kendra Roberts, 27, in Bibb County.
Police say Roberts was found shot to death on the side of the road near Macon. Hall spent two years accused in jail accused in the murder. This week, Channel 2's Rikki Klaus has learned that a man arrested days after Roberts' murder in Clarkston has been charged with Roberts murder.
Police arrested Sterling Bell in Clarkston's Milam Park in 2016 for having a loaded gun in a public park. At the time, they did not connect him to Robert's murder, though he was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Bell's gun was taken into storage while he was in jail. He never returned to pick up the weapon. Recently, Clarkson police went to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives to shoot about 50 stored guns to see if any shell casings had the unique markings of casings found around crime scenes.
Klaus learned that police were able to link shell casings from Bell's gun to Roberts' murder. Bell was arrested Saturday. “Most people would think it is petty crime, or a petty offense, but it led to the capture of a potential murderer," Clarkston police Sgt. Jason Elliot said. Klaus dug into federal documents that say Bell has been treated by Veteran's Affairs and that he has a history of PTSD, homicidal and suicidal thoughts. Bell was charged with firing a gun in Pine Lake in 2015 and for shoplifting this year. Hall is now out of jail on bond. The D.A.'s office says his case has been postponed indefinitely, but is still under investigation.
The Georgia State Patrol said a man is dead after he managed to fire a weapon hidden in his waistband while handcuffed during a traffic stop on I-75. The bullet hit a trooper in the stomach but his bulletproof vest saved his life, police said. The shooting happened Thursday at Exit 293 in Cartersville, near the exit ramp to Highway 411 in Bartow County. Channel 2's Berndt Petersen was on the scene where more than a dozen investigators swarmed around a gold Toyota sedan on the side of the road.
Officials told Petersen a trooper spotted the car they said was driving too slow in the fast lane. Capt. Mark Perry with the Georgia State Patrol said the female driver was violating what they call the Slowpoke Law. After pulling the car over, the trooper said he found illegal drugs, money and a gun in the car. At some point, the first trooper called for backup. The female driver was taken into custody. The male passenger originally gave a false name to police. Troopers were able to use a portable fingerprint scanner to get his name and learn that he was already wanted for a parole violation and had been on the run for at least eight months.
His identity has not been released. Investigators said that after determining the man was wanted, troopers handcuffed him behind his back. "Apparently, he had a weapon behind his back," Perry said. "The trooper was standing a couple of feet from him. He turns around with his hands behind him and shoots the trooper in the abdomen in the vest." Perry said the suspect and the female driver had already been patted down, but the officer somehow missed the pistol under the suspect's belt line.
After the suspect started shooting, both troopers fired back and shot the suspect multiple times. He died on the way to the hospital. The trooper was treated at the hospital and released. Investigators said they found several addresses for the suspect all over Georgia. The trooper who was shot wasn't identified. Investigators would only say that he is not a rookie. Perry said the trooper is lucky to have walked away mostly unscathed.
"The trooper could have lost his life had it not been for the vest, with an abdomen shot," Perry said. "At the very best, ending up with a colostomy bag or suffering. At worst, he could have lost his life." According to the GBI, there were 97 officer-involved shootings in 2017. So far, there have been 74 in 2018.
A Florida judge on Tuesday sentenced a pair of convicted former officers to one year in prison for their role in pinning a string of home burglaries on an innocent Black teen. Expecting to avoid jail time, ex-Biscayne Park officers Charlie Dayoub and Raul Fernandez were instead handcuffed and led into custody after U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore sentenced them to the maximum one year behind bars,
The Miami Herald reported. Moore criticized prosecutors for seeking leniency in the case and recommending just eight months of house arrest for Dayoub and one year of probation for Fernandez as reward for their testimony implicating corrupt ex-Biscayne Park Police Chief Raimundo Atesiano. The disgraced police chief pleaded guilty in August to pressuring his officers to frame innocent minorities for crimes they did not commit. “It would have been a slap on the wrist, and it would have sent entirely the wrong message — particularly to the minority community,” Moore said during sentencing Tuesday.
“To think that they can come in court and get a slap on the wrist is insulting to the men and women in law enforcement.” Both officers gave grand jury testimony to help the feds build a case against Atesiano and pleaded guilty in August to depriving a 16-year-old of his civil rights by framing him for four unsolved burglaries in 2013 at the direction of the former police chief. The goal? To fake a 100 percent burglary clearance rate, even if it meant pinning crimes on random Black people. “If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody Black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries,”
one officer said in an internal probe launched in 2014. “They were basically doing this to have a 100% clearance rate for the city.” The then-teenager, identified in court documents as “T.D.,” has since sued the city and the officers involved, accusing police of violating his civil rights and maliciously prosecuting him on bogus charges. Prosecutors later dismissed the charges the against T.D. after the state attorney’s office noticed the fraudulent arrest affidavits all sounded eerily similar to one another. Atesiano is set to be sentenced in November and is facing up to 10 years in prison.
A young boy died on Monday while playing football near an Augusta Community Center after touching a fence that had been electrified by a live wire. Melquan Kwame Robinson, 12, was at football practice at Fleming Park when he and a friend were throwing the football to one another. The ball was thrown over the fence when the victim went to retrieve it. As he grabbed the fence, a live wire was reportedly touching it and caused Robinson to be electrocuted to death, WJBF reported. Crews said the victim’s friends David Sette and Traqwon Berry were injured when they tried to pull Robinson down from the fence.
A deputy who arrived at the scene tried to revive Robinson with chest compression before medics arrived, but no pulse was found. The 12-year-old was taken to the Children’s Hospital of Augusta at 9:56 p.m. when he was pronounced dead. Robinson’s former football coach and friend of the family told the August Chronicle that the parents are having a hard time dealing with their son’s death. “They’re definitely upset over the fact of how could this happen, with the fact that there were so many children,” said Clark. “You can play the what ifs in many different scenarios and it will never get any better.
The fact that this situation happened with so many kids out here, it’s heartbreaking.” Robinson’s body has been taken to the GBI Lab for an autopsy. Brandi Sette said her son David Sette is extremely upset over his friend’s death. “There really aren’t even enough words for me to tell him how brave he is,” said Brandi. “In his mind, he didn’t think he could do enough. He says, ‘Please tell him I’m sorry.’ I’m like, ‘You don’t understand. You didn’t know, he didn’t know what he was getting himself into.’ He was like, ‘I knew he was hurting and I tried to help him and then when I tried to help him,
I got hurt,’ but he said it was worth it.” Hardie Davis, the mayor of Augusta released the following statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all involved in this accident. … We ask Augustans to stand together to extend our condolences and embrace the family of Melquan Kwame Robinson with love during this sudden and unexpected loss.” Marion Williams, the City Commissioner said they’re looking into “every possible means over this happening and [to] find out who’s at fault.” Clark said that Robinson will be remembered most for infectious smile and personality. “We lost a future leader,” Clark noted. “We lost a future athlete. We lost a child in our city.”
The local utility company, Georgia Power is working with officials while conducting an investigation. The utility company noted in a statement, “Georgia Power’s condolences and sympathies are with the individuals and their families following last night’s tragic event at Fleming Athletic Complex. … Our preliminary investigation indicates that Georgia Power does not control or maintain the voltage that energized the fence at the complex. We will continue to work with local officials on their investigation.” A vigil for Robinson will be held on Thursday night 6 p.m. at the place he perished.
Kodak Black helped the family of a slain police officer by donating money to a crowdfunding site. On Oct. 3, South Carolina police officer Terrence Carraway was shot and killed when he was investigating a child sexual assault case. Carraway went to the home of 74-year-old Fred Hopkins to converse with his adult son, and that’s when Hopkins opened fire. Six other officers were wounded during the shooting as well. Upon hearing the news, Kodak donated $2,500 to a GoFundMe page set up
for Carraway by his colleagues at the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. The story reportedly “made a big impression” on the Florida rapper, who gave the donation under his real name Billy K. Kapri. He also didn’t want anyone to know about it. According to CNN, Carraway was a line supervisor with the Florence Police Department, and he spearheaded a camp for local disadvantaged children called Camp Fever.
Plus, he was well-respected by his fellow officers and extremely connected to the community. “He was a giant of a man, the proverbial gentle giant, and I loved him,” said Chief Allen Heidler. “Terrence was the epitome of a community police officer. This was his life, and this is what he wanted to do.” At this time, Kodak hasn’t mentioned anything about donating the money.
A Black driver stopped on the side of the road to clean out his vehicle on Saturday morning when he was approached by two white men, one of whom was carrying a gun. Darnell Smith said he’d just dropped off his last Uber passengers around 2 a.m. in Milwaukee when all of sudden he was confronted by a man and his brother wanting to know what he was doing. “They didn’t know me.
I did nothing wrong. They couldn’t tell me what alarmed them. Was it my sweater? Was it my glasses? Was it the color of my skin? What was it?” Smith told WISN 12. The Uber driver captured the entire incident on camera as one of the men drew a gun at his face. As the men demanded to know why Smith was in their neighbor, the driver responds back in the recording, “I have no obligation to tell you s**t. Nothing. You didn’t even tell me who you were when you pulled up. For all I know, you were trying to rob me.” Todd Sincock, said he and his brother confronted Smith because they assumed he was dealing drugs in their area. “We don’t want the drug activity.
We don’t want it on our block,” the white resident said. Sincock said his brother is a concealed carry permit holder and he and his brother were just trying to scare Smith off. He said the area has a lot of drug activity. “Every now and then, there’s cars that’ll park on this block, and you can tell they’re in their car doing drugs,” said Sincock. “And that’s kinda what we thought it was.” Both Smith and Sincock called Milwaukee Police. However, the officers let Sincock and his brother off the hook and arrested neither party. The Uber driver said the incident definitely stemmed from racial profiling, but he also blamed it on Wisconsin’s concealed carry law. “Just because you have a conceal and carry license doesn’t mean pull your gun out if you think something is happening,” said Smith.
Residents in Colorado have an opportunity to vote during midterm elections on whether or not the state should amend the constitution to abolish slavery as a form of punishment. Over 15 state constitutions in the United States permit slavery as a way of legal punishment for those who’ve committed a crime, despite the 13th Amendment being ratified in 1865. The unclear wording in Colorado’s constitution means “slavery and involuntary servitude may not be fully unconstitutional” according to the state’s ACLU chapter executive director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley.
However, voters will be given an opportunity to change the language of the state’s constitution so that slavery is no longer allowed as punishment. Residents will be given two options, to keep Article II Section 26 of the state’s constitution which reads “[there] “shall never be in this state either slavery or involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” Or choose Amendment A which will change the diction to “There shall never be in this state either slavery or involuntary servitude.” Jumoke Emery of Abolish Slavery Colorado told
CNN that voters almost got the amendment to pass two years ago, but blamed the legislators’ terminology for the outcome of the vote. “I hope that this puts forth the message that our past doesn’t have to be our future, that by and large we as Americans are interested in fixing our mistakes and that there’s hope for our future,” Emery told the news outlet. Those who are against amending the constitution say it’s not necessary because Colorado already bans slavery.
They also argue that certain prisoner programs could be affected. Nevertheless, Emery is hopeful that Amendment A will pass this time around. “I hope that this puts forth the message that our past doesn’t have to be our future, that by and large we as Americans are interested in fixing our mistakes and that there’s hope for our future,” he said.
CHICAGO (AP) — Surveillance video shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting and wounding an unarmed autistic black teenager in an incident the police department had described as an armed confrontation. The video released Tuesday by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability shows
Sgt. Khalil Muhammad shooting then-18-year-old Ricardo Hayes around 5 a.m. on Aug. 13, 2017. Hayes can be seen running along the sidewalk then stops. Mohammed pulls up alongside, with parked cars between them, and gets out. Hayes steps toward the vehicle and Mohammed shoots him in the arm and chest.
Hayes turns and runs. A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union says Hayes had wandered away from home and that his caretaker had called police informing them he is autistic. Karen Sheley of the ACLU of Illinois says the video shows “there was no justification for the officer to shoot.”
The city police commissioner has taken issue with part of a panel’s review of the high-profile arrests of two black men at a Starbucks coffee shop, rejecting its broader conclusion that racism drives contact between citizens and police. The review of the April arrests at the downtown coffee shop concluded that racial bias may have played a role, and that police need to train officers better to combat implicit, or unconscious, bias. But the report, released Monday by a citizen advisory commission,
also went a step further with a statement about systemic bias that said the department “should accept that racism has a profound effect on what drives citizen and police contact,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. In a written response, Commissioner Richard Ross, who is black, said the department recognizes racism exists and has policies in place to combat it. But he added that “we believe the profound effect on what drives citizen and police contact lies in criminal conduct and victimization.” “Citizens call and contact the police when they need help or a crime has occurred or is perceived to have occurred,” Ross wrote.
“We can agree that biases, whether implicit or explicit, may distort the fears and perception of some citizens who call the police to report crimes.” Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were arrested within minutes after a manager called police to report that two men were refusing to either make a purchase or leave the premises. They were led off in handcuffs but later released without charges. Video of the arrest prompted a national outcry and led the CEO of Starbucks to personally apologize to the men. The company also changed store policies, closed shops across the country one afternoon for racial-bias
training and reached a settlement with the two men for an undisclosed sum. For its part, the city agreed to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs, and the police department adopted a new policy on how to deal with people accused of trespassing on private property — warning businesses against misusing the authority of police officers. Hans Menos, the police commission’s executive director, said the goal of the review was “to help everyone understand that issues can be nuanced and tinged with race, or affected by race and racism,
and the police department, often, is the person at the front lines of all of our issues, and so it’s imperative, or incumbent upon them to understand that, and combat that.” Ross initially defended the police handling of the incident. But days later he apologized, acknowledging the pain the two men went through and saying policy changes were needed.
A Georgia couple says their 2-year-old daughter was left badly burned by a piping hot slice of Little Caesar’s pizza. Koddi and Wade Dunn of Cornelia, Georgia said they were on their home from visiting their children’s grandmother on Friday when they stopped by a Little Caesar’s in Lawrenceville to grab dinner. The couple said they entered the drive-thru ordered their usual: a Hot N’ Ready pepperoni pizza cooked at approximately 550 degrees, as explained by the company. After paying for their meal,
Dunn said she passed the box to her 15-year-old son, who was were sitting in the backseat. Dunn said she warned her son to be careful as her grabbed a slice for himself and another for his 9-year-old brother. As he reached over to hand him the slice, however, a glob of lava-like cheese and sauce landed on his baby sister, Jordyn, as she sat in her car seat. “Suddenly, this piercing scream came from my baby girl,” Dunn, 40, told Yahoo Lifestyle. She said the sound stopped the family in their tracks as her husband pulled over to
figure out what had happened. Seeing Jordyn’s skin blistering from the scalding heat, the couple rushed their child to a nearby hospital where she was treated for second-degree burns. “It took all of 30 seconds. In that small amount of time, she continued to cry uncontrollably and said, ‘Mommy my hand!'” Dunn recalled to local station 11 Alive. The concerned mother returned to the restaurant later to complain and was told that Hot N’ Ready pizzas are typically placed in 165 degree warmers after being removed from the oven. However, an employee said the restaurant was so backed up that night that customers were handed pizzas straight out of the oven. “Why would they put a 400-degree item in a box and hand it to a customer without warning,” Dunn demanded to know.
“That’s not what they normally do. The pizza is supposed to cool before its ever distributed. Even when you make pizza at home they tell you to allow it to cool for 5 minutes. And the box, hid the heat!” Frustrated, she argued that a simple warning from the restaurant may have prevented her child’s injuries. A spokeswoman for the pizza chain sympathized with little Jordyn’s family but said all cautionary procedures were followed at the time. “The safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority… ,” LC communication director Tina Orozco said in a statement. “We’re continuing to work with the customer and the franchisee of this store.
At this time, we believe that all procedures were followed. As a precaution, we have a warning label on our pizza boxes. Our customers expect to receive fresh, hot pizza out of the oven.” In the end, Dunn said Jordyn’s wounds were treated and cleaned, and her arm was bandaged. The ER visit cost the family $1,000 in out of pocket expenses, a cost that’s expected to grow as the toddler receives future treatments at a local burn center. Dunn said manager from the restaurant left a voicemail Monday but didn’t seem sorry about the incident.
“There was no apology or compassion for what happened to my daughter — my family is traumatized,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle. “We change Jordyn’s bandages twice a day and she screams. We try to distract her by pretending the medical tape is fingernails and playing her favorite movie, Annie.” “A $5 box of pizza should NEVER end with a trip to the ER,” she added. Dunn said he shared her story in hopes that Little’s Caesars will change its policy.
The Chicago Police Department is looking for a pregnant postal worker who’s been missing since Oct. 2. Kierra Coles, 26, was last seen on an apartment surveillance camera from outside of her home just two weeks ago. She’s an employee at the United States Postal Service and is about three months pregnant, according to the Chicago Tribune. The missing woman’s mother, Karen Phillips, said she became concerned after not hearing from her daughter for a few days and her calls going straight to Coles’ voicemail. She reported her daughter missing on Oct. 4. “I talk to her every day,” said Phillips said.
“I knew something was wrong. It’s just not like her.” Phillips said her daughter’s vehicle has remained parked outside of her apartment building in Chicago’s South Side for the past two weeks. She discovered Coles’ purse and cellphone inside the car. Regina Kennedy, a family friend, said the victim went to an appointment with her aunt and a friend just hours before she went missing. She expressed that the entire episode seems “so out of character for her, and we’re scared.” Police said the 26-year-old called out of work on the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 3, saying that she didn’t feel well, but on camera she was seen wearing her uniform. Chicago Police spokesman
Anthony Guglielmi said they’ve been interviewing people who may have been familiar with Coles’ whereabouts the day she disappeared. “Leads are very important to us now,” Guglielmi added. Chicago detectives are looking into possible foul play in connection with Coles. Phillips told WLS her daughter could have possibly became overwhelmed by everything going in her life, but added that Coles’ planned her pregnancy with her boyfriend once she secured full-time employment. “Maybe something did happen where she was overcome with a lot, you know when you are pregnant you are emotional,” said Phillips.
“I want to say she just went somewhere and didn’t want to tell nobody and then she will just come home but I don’t feel that.” The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, branch of USPS that investigates crimes against its employees, offered a $25,000 reward on Monday for Coles’ safe return home. Another $2,500 is being offered by the victim’s postal union. “At this point, anything is possible,” said Julie Kenney, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. “We’re just looking for information.” Phillips and Coles’ father, Joseph Coles, are holding onto hope that they’ll soon find their daughter. “Everything was looking good for her,” Phillips said. “Everything was how she planned it.” Coles has a heart tattoo on her right hand. She’s about 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds.
A Florida field marshal has earned herself the name “Golf cart Gail” after siccing police on a Black father who yelled instructions at his son from the sideline during a youth soccer game over the weekend. According to ABC News, the drama unfolded in Ponte Verdon on Saturday when the league official, who is white, called two St. John’s County sheriff’s deputies on a man she thought was “getting ugly” after a referee’s call.
The man explained he was shouting at his son, not the referee. The woman dialed police anyway. Witness Ginger Williams recorded video of the incident and posted it to Facebook under the headline “SOCCER WHILE BLACK.” “All he did was tell his kid that the ref was correct and cheered him on, and told him to ‘play your game,'” Williams, whose son was on the opposing team, told ABC News.
“Other parents were like, ‘Whoa, he was talking to his kid.'” Williams said she dubbed the field marshal “Golf Cart Gail” because she was riding in a golf cart. In her post, she detailed how the woman continued to “harass and beleaguer” the dad even after he offered to leave the game in order to avoid a situation. “Then she says to him, ‘Well, you can pack up and go and I am going to call the police …,'” Williams recalled, adding that she was spurred to intervene when she heard the woman tell the dad,
“I no longer feel safe due to your threatening behavior.” Another parent at the game, Maria Morales-Walther, also filmed video of the encounter between the father and the field marshal and stepped in as well. “He was standing next to me, talking to his son and this lady decides to butt in somehow and is now calling the cops because he was talking to his son,” Morales-Walther says in her video. Footage from the incident shows the father, who remains unnamed, explaining to deputies how the game official somehow thought he was shouting at the ref for making a questionable call.
According to the official, one parent was thrown out earlier in the game for screaming at a referee. “They had a bad call with my son and … I said, ‘Hey, the ref was right.’ She thought I was yelling at the ref,” the father tells responding officers. “So, she came over and I was like, ‘No ma’am, I was yelling at my son. Nobody else.'” The field marshal, who also remains unnamed, tells officers she dialed 911 after the father “got nasty with me.” When one of the deputies notices Williams is filming the incident, she responds, “I just want to make sure this man is safe, period. I don’t understand why this woman felt the need to call the police on this man.” Williams added that the father chose to leave the
game in order to avoid further conflict with the official. The deputy seemed unconcerned with Williams, who is audibly crying at this point, telling her that it’s within the right of the official to call the police for any and everything. While the incident has sparked local outrage, Ponte Vedra Athletic Association president Gary Easom told FirstCoast News he feels the situation has been “mischaracterized” by social media. It was more about parents behaving badly while their children were playing soccer, he said.
“This happens more times than I would like,” said Easom, adding that a father had already been ejected for being “verbally abusive” toward the teenage refs. A mother was also reprimanded for using profanity during the game. Easom, who wasn’t at Saturday’s game, noted that police aren’t usually called but said parents are not allowed to approach their children during games. The incident is just the latest in a string of instances of police being called on Black people for seemingly dubious reasons.
A group of Black senior citizens of Jefferson County, Georgia were told to remove themselves off of a bus on Monday after they were on their way to vote. LaTosha Brown, a co-founder of Black Voters Matter, the organization that arranged for the bus said they were heading to the city of Louisville from a county-operated senior center when government officials told them to step off the bus.
“We knew it was an intimidation tactic,” Brown told the AJC. “It was really unnecessary. These are grown people.” Brown said the Black Voters Matter obtained permission from the senior center, but a county clerk raised concerns about the event being politically driven. Adam Brett, a Jefferson County Administrator said the county deemed the voting trip as “political activity” which prompted the center’s director to tell the seniors to disembark. Although Black Voters Matter is a non-partisan group,
the event was helped organized by Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairwoman Diane Evans which is why the county government considered the event political, said Brett. “Jefferson County administration felt uncomfortable with allowing senior center patrons to leave the facility in a bus with an unknown third party,” Brett added. “No seniors at the Jefferson County senior center were denied their right to vote.” October 15 was the first day of early voting in the state of Georgia. The November election for governor includes Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.
However, when the 40 senior citizens departed from the bus peacefully when they were ordered to get off. Despite the mayhem, they plan on finding another way to cast their ballots. “The seniors were so resolved. They said: ‘We’re going to vote. Nobody’s going to stop us,'” said Brown. “It wasn’t the first time someone has denied them or tried to prevent them from voting.” Evans, who attended the event, said it wasn’t political or did its organizers advocate for specific candidates. She claimed to have organized it as a private citizen and not as the chairwoman of the county’s Democratic Party. “It was discouraging that they weren’t able to vote,” Evans expressed. ” “When they’re suppressing votes, they’re going to come up with any kind of excuse about what your problem is.”
Prosecutors dropped a major charge against T.I. after the rapper was arrested back in May for arguing with a security guard. As previously reported, Tip got into it when he came home and saw the guard sleeping at his station outside the rapper’s private community near Atlanta. Tip forgot his key at the time, and the guard wouldn’t let him enter until his wife Tiny called and said it was OK.
During the heated exchange, Tip asked the guard for his supervisor’s name and at one point said, “You’re making it worse for yourself. You’re gonna have to deal with me,” which the police took as a criminal threat. But according to TMZ, the criminal threat charge has been dropped, yet T.I. still faces three counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and one count of misdemeanor public drunkenness.
Soon after the arrest, Tip was seen on video questioning the arresting officer, who proceeded to chastise him for arguing with the guard. Then in August, another clip surfaced, and it showed the arresting officer talking about T.I., and he seemed to think the rapper thought too highly of himself. “He think his sh– don’t stink,” said the officer. “He wants everyone to bow down to his butt.” Tip hasn’t said anything about that video yet, nor the criminal threat charge being dropped.
After getting into a couple of scuffles at concerts last month, NBA Youngboy may be trying to change his image. During a recent show, the Baton Rouge rapper handed out a wad of cash after one guy said he graduated from high school. “I graduated from Callaway High School, n—-,” shouted the guy after someone handed him the microphone.
“High school diploma, n—-.” Afterwards, NBA called for his backpack, which somebody from his entourage handed to him. “Come here, shorty,” said the 18-year-old artist. “Since you graduated, take this right here. NBA then proceeded to hand the money through the crowd until it finally got to the graduate. “He ain’t got to come up here [to the stage],” the rapper explained. “And if you didn’t graduate, I ain’t trippin’ ‘cause it ain’t gonna last you long but if you did, it’s gonna last you.”
Clearly this concert went far different from a show in Richmond, VA last month, where NBA was seen throwing punches at a concert goer, which then started a huge brawl. But this show, where he gave out the money, seemed to go off without a hitch and afterwards people thanked the rapper for what he did. “Wow, I am impressed,” wrote one fan. “Great job to both of them.” “That sh– was hella cool,” tweeted a second person. “Good move, youngin’.” “This is real sh–,” another fan wrote. “He just felt that sh–. [It was] spare of the moment sh–. From the heart. That’s dope.”
California officials arrested a man in connection with the death of a young woman whose body was found near a lake in Northern California. Anthony Pimentel of San Leandro was arrested on Oct. 1 on charges of killing his former girlfriend, Mariah Davis. “I know I’m never going to see my daughter again, my only daughter, I’m never going to see her again,” Alfreda James, the victim’s mother told KTVU on Monday. “I just don’t know why he killed her and left her out in a field. Why would someone do that?”
The 19-year-old was the last person to be seen with Davis at the La Piñata restaurant on Sept. 23. He turned himself into San Leandro police and told officers where to look for the victim’s body. He was booked at Santa Rita Jail and was not eligible for bail. “I just don’t know why he killed her and left her out in a field. Why would someone do that?” said James. Davis, 18, was found a mile up the road from Lake Chabot Dam on fenced property owned by East Bay Municipal Utility District. Her car was later discovered in San Leandro. According to police reports, Pimentel confessed to strangling Davis. Davis’ family said they became concerned after the victim never responded back to their texts or phone calls.
They checked Davis’ job at “In-N-Out Burger” in Pinole, but said they just “couldn’t find her.” The victim’s mother described Pimentel as aggressive and violent. “He hit her, he put her out on the freeway to walk off the freeway,” James told KTVU, “and that’s the type of guy he was. I tried to warn my daughter.” Davis aunt Phyllis James said, “I understand that she is 18, and she is an adult. …
But we were telling them the circumstances are not right, they’re not right, listen to what we’re telling you.” James described her daughter as sweet, but a little too trusting. She hopes her daughter’s tragedy sends a message to others about domestic abuse. “Young girls need to watch the signs,” said James, “and if these guys hit you one time, they’re going to hit you again.” Davis would have turned 19 on Oct. 31.
Police in Detroit said they would file a criminal complaint against the owners after the remains of 10 fetuses and one infant were found hidden in a former funeral home that had lost its license when decomposing embalmed bodies were found there earlier this year. A criminal complaint will be opened against the owners of Cantrell Funeral Home, Police Chief James Craig said Monday. The Associated Press was unable Monday to find a telephone listing for Raymond
Cantrell who owned the funeral home when its license was suspended in April. An anonymous letter led state inspectors Friday to the decomposed remains hidden between the eastside building’s first and second floors. The fetuses were found together in a cardboard-like box while the full-term infant was in a coffin, Craig said. “They were definitely hidden,” Craig told The AP. “The way they were placed in ceiling, one would not have readily discovered them. In 41½ years in policing, this is first time I’ve heard of anything like this.”
The remains were taken to the Wayne County medical examiner’s office which is coordinating efforts with authorities “to hopefully get them identified and families identified,” spokeswoman Lisa Croff said in a text message. “We have very little to go on (without) cooperation from the funeral home owners. Everything is under investigation.” No arrests have been made. Cantrell Funeral Home was shut down and had its mortuary license suspended in April after decomposing embalmed bodies were found and other violations were discovered. The suspension has not been appealed and the investigation from earlier this year remains ongoing,
said Jason Moon, a spokesman for Michigan’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Those violations include two improperly stored bodies covered in what appeared to be mold and a third body with unknown fluids covering the facial area. Inspections also turned up an unsanitary embalming room. The establishment also was operating with an expired prepaid funeral and cemetery sales registration. The state says money for prepaid funeral goods or services had not been deposited with an authorized escrow agent within 30 days of receipt. Raymond Cantrell told reporters at the time that some bodies were stored in the garage “so that we wouldn’t have an aroma filling up the funeral home.”
If I had them in the funeral home, then my funeral home would not smell fresh,” he said. The building’s new owner, Naveed Syed (nuh-VEED’ SEYE’-ed), said one of the funeral home’s directors called him last week “saying that the state of Michigan has contacted him when someone wrote them a letter saying that there are some bodies hidden in the ceiling here.” He called the discovery “gruesome.”
“The priority is to find out the next of kin for all those babies. And why they did it. And what actually happened and who did it,” Syed said Monday. Syed said he bought the building last month and plans to rehab the property and transform it into a community center. “We were looking for a building in this area for the last year or so,” he added. “And when we got the news that this funeral home was closed, we decided that this would be an ideal location.”
Black GOP political consultant Shermichael Singleton nailed his party to the wall Monday, condemning Republicans for their pernicious voter suppression tactics in Georgia and other states across the U.S. “As a conservative, any appearance that there’s some type of restriction for African- Americans or any marginalized group of people from being able to participate in the voting process doesn’t help the Republican party,” Singleton said during an appearance on MSNBC.
“We can’t afford as the country becomes more diverse to not be able to compete strategically within those communities.” Singleton is a former Ben Carson aide who served a mere few weeks in early 2017 as deputy chief of staff in the Department of Housing and Urban Development until being fired by the White House after a background check revealed he had once written an op-ed criticizing then-candidate Trump. The former HUD official told host Ali Velshi that many nonwhite communities might actually be viable for conservative outreach efforts, however,
the party’s racism and bigotry has prevented it from growing. “If you look at African-Americans and Hispanics for example, traditionally, culturally, we are very conservative,” he continued. “But when you ask African-Americans why they don’t vote Republicans, they will point to the rhetoric. They will point to many of the positions of many Republicans running for office, particularly now in the age of President Donald Trump.” Singleton proceeded to slam the GOP’s repeated claims of widespread voter fraud when their own research has proven that to be untrue.
He added that Republicans’ voter suppression tactics have become so nefarious he felt compelled to speak out. In Georgia for instance, Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is accused of purging 700,000 people, mainly African-Americans, from the voter rolls and blocking over 350,000 pending voter registration applications. He’s now being sued by a coalition of advocacy
groups amid pressure from Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams, who stands to become Georgia’s first Black governor, to resign. “It’s bigger than just being a Republican, it’s ‘Guys, you should be able to compete with a very diverse group of people,’” Singelton said. “Until that changes, as I said, I don’t believe African-Americans will vote Republican, and I understand why.”
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A young woman in Wisconsin is suing after she says officers crashed their cruiser into her car, then jumped out with their weapons drawn as she awaited a job interview. Twenty-year-old Robin Anderson recalled sitting in her car outside an Applebee’s restaurant at Bayshore Town Center on the morning of Dec. 20, 2017. Anderson, who arrived early to her interview, had parallel parked her Hyundai outside a cell phone store not far from the popular eatery.
Before she knew it, a Glendale Police squad car had slammed into her passenger side door. One of the officers hopped out, smashed what was left of her passenger side window and pointed a gun at her before ordering her to crawl over the shards of broken glass and out of her car, Anderson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Don’t move or they’ll shoot you,” she recalled telling herself. Glendale Police chalked up the incident to a case of mistaken identity, however, Anderson believes she was racially profiled. It turns out police were looking for a group of
African-American men suspected to be behind a string of cell phone store robberies in the area, according to the newspaper. Authorities said the men were allegedly driving a Hyundai Elantra, a completely different model from Anderson’s car. What’s worse, the complaint notes that the recorded license plates of the suspected thieves didn’t match Anderson’s. Also, no women were believed to have been with the suspects. “The only thing Anderson had in common with the thieves is that she is also African-American,” according to the suit, filed by Anderson’s attorney Mark Thomsen. “Had Anderson been white this would not have happened.”
The lawsuit names the City of Glendale, officer William Schieffer and Detective Adam Wall as defendants. Glendale Police have since apologized to Anderson’s father for the incident and paid to replace her busted window. The young woman was left to pay for the dents in her car, however. Anderson says she hopes her complaint while prevent other people from experiencing what she went through. This is something that I see all the time, everywhere, that African-Americans are being stopped for no reason and police officers aren’t being held accountable for the situations when they are wrong,” she told the Journal Sentinel. “I just want it to stop. I just want them to know this is not OK.”
Another video has surfaced allegedly showing a white person calling law enforcement on Black people doing the everyday things that law-abiding citizens do. The video which reportedly was recorded this past Sunday shows patrons carrying “Stop the Violence” signs and participating in a verbal confrontation with a white man and woman outside of a gas station in Charleston, South Carolina.
The white woman can be seen with a cell phone to her ears while the patrons accuse her of calling 911 for no reason. In the Facebook post of the video, the included caption claims the woman, dubbed “Gas Station Gail,” “is the Manager at Murphy’s Gas Station,” where the marchers stopped to get the children some drinks after they walked a mile during the rally. The recorder of the video is calling for viewers to make the video viral and the caption also says they are planning to boycott the gas station.
A Georgia Tech political group said Sen. David Perdue snatched a phone from a student who was video recording while asking the Republican lawmaker a question about Georgia’s governor’s race. Young Democratic Socialists of America’s Georgia Tech chapter posted video from the phone on social media after Saturday’s incident during Perdue’s visit to campus. The student was trying to ask Perdue about allegations that Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is working to suppress minority
votes, a YDSA news release said. Perdue snatched the phone and held it briefly behind his back, the release said. It was soon returned to the student. “Perdue would have been within his legal rights to simply walk away or decline the question,” the YDSA said. “But instead, he forcibly, suddenly, and violently took their phone without justification or provocation.” In a statement, a Perdue spokesperson said the senator had spent hours meeting with members of the public and thought he was being asked to take a picture,
so he grabbed the phone to take a selfie. Perdue returned the phone upon realizing the student didn’t want a photo, the statement said. YDSA of Georgia Tech said the unidentified student is considering filing a police report with Georgia Tech police. One of the chapter’s leaders, who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation, acknowledged the student had asked for a picture with Perdue. However, he said the student clearly declined to hand over his phone and that Perdue grabbed it only after the student began questioning and recording. On the posted 30-second video, the student is heard asking “So, how can you endorse a candidate….” Before he finishes, Perdue says, “No, I’m not doing that.”
The screen goes black for a moment — YDSA says Perdue may have inadvertently stopped and restarted the recording when he grabbed the phone. The action picks up again with the phone in wild motion, capturing upside down and sideways images of trees and sidewalks and people as the student says, “You stole my property” and “Give me my phone back, Senator,” while Perdue can be heard saying, “You wanted a picture? I’m going to give you a picture.” A few seconds later, he gives the phone back.
The incident gained publicity as early voting for the Nov. 6 election was ramping up and Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams and her supporters assert that Kemp is effectively suppressing minority and women voters in his role as secretary of state. Kemp says he’s been following the law and calls those allegations a “manufactured … crisis” and a “publicity stunt.”
"Family Matters" star Darius McCrary says it's absurd to think he dislocated his 2-year-old daughter's arm -- as his estranged wife claims -- and suggests his daughter was coached into faking the injury. We spoke to Darius after his estranged wife, Tammy Brawner, filed docs claiming he dislocated little Zoey's arm in March 2018 while attempting to take her to the bathroom.
Zoey was reportedly diagnosed with Nursemaid’s Elbow ... a common childhood injury where the child's elbow partially dislocates. She believes Darius is to blame, but he told us all that happened when he picked up Zoey at the time was she said, "Ow."
He acknowledges Tammy took Zoey to a hospital, but says he saw evidence she was fine ... and revealed his conspiracy theory about his ex.
A white Missouri woman who tried to prevent a black man from entering his apartment complex was fired by her employer on Sunday after a video of the incident went viral. D’Arreion Toles told CBS affiliate KMOV 4 that he was returning home to his downtown St. Louis loft when the woman created a roadblock, refusing to let him pass. In videos of the incident uploaded to
Facebook, Toles asks the woman multiple times to “please move.”
She refuses, telling him that she is “uncomfortable” before continuing to follow him into an elevator and then to his front door. The woman’s employer, Tribeca Luxury Apartments, released a statement on Sunday in which it referred to the incident as “disturbing.” “The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds,”
it said. “We are proud of this fact and do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company. After a review of the matter the employee has been terminated and is no longer with our company.” Toles said that the saddest part about the incident is that it is “something that is recurring in America.”
He also told KMOV 4 that he wishes the woman “the best” and “would still have a conversation with her.” “I am not mad at her. I am not upset with her. I am not going to go after her legally or anything like that,” he said. This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
Back in July, Atlanta Black Star shared T.I.’s plans to provide affordable housing in his old Atlanta neighborhood, and now he’s providing some details. Tip recently sat down with ABC News for an interview and talked about his “Buy Back the Block” initiative. He’s already purchased nine properties with Dynasty Real Estate Development, as well as APD-Urban Planning and Management.
Plus, he and Killer Mike bought the local Atlanta takeout eatery Bankhead Seafood, which they plan to tear down and build anew under the same name. “With as much growth and opportunity that’s going on in my community and Mike’s community as well, we refuse to be left behind,” said T.I. “I have enough things going on where I don’t have to chase sensationalism, I don’t have to be provocative for no reason just because my personality lends itself to controversy,” he added.
“Rather than try to be a role model, I’d rather be a real model.” When T.I. first talked about building affordable housing, the rapper said he didn’t want Atlanta to be like the other American cities that have gone through gentrification. “I didn’t want it to be one of those situations where luxury condos go up,
and people who are native are pushed out to the fringes because they can’t afford to live there,” he explained. “I wanted to provide development that would allow people from the area who love the community to be able to afford to stay.”
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez ensured residents this weekend that his office is investigating the “disturbing” incident involving a woman who falsely accused a 9-year-old Black child of grabbing her butt inside a local deli. “We are looking into this disturbing incident involving Teresa Klein,” he tweeted Saturday. The shocking encounter also caught the attention of Brooklyn borough president,
Eric Adams, who has called on the NYPD to investigate whether Klein broke the law. “There is no excuse for Ms. Klein’s behavior at the Sahara Deli in Flatbush on Wednesday,” Adams said in a statement. “We need to be clear: there are consequences for outlandish and threatening public behavior that seeks to intimidate innocent bystanders, especially children.” Klein is just the latest example of a white person dialing the cops on Black folks for dubious reasons, an action that has since earned the 53-year-old the nickname “Cornerstore Caroline.”
Longtime Flatbush resident James LittleJohn, 37, who coined the moniker, captured the incident on his phone as a commotion erupted outside the Sahara Deli Market Wednesday. His video, uploaded to Facebook, has been viewed over 4 million times since last week. “No, I want the cops here right now,” Klein is heard saying in the video, presumably on the phone with police. “That’s right, the son grabbed my ass!” The young boy and another child suddenly burst into tears, as bystanders stop in front of the store to record the chaotic scene. Klein proceeds to tell police the boy’s mother began screaming at her and was recording on her cell phone. At one point, she even smiles and waves at the camera.
“So insincere,” LittleJohn, who’s friend’s with the boy’s mother, told the New York Post. “She just did not care.” Klein has since apologized to the child after surveillance video from the bodega showed the child turning to leave the store when his large book bag brushed the woman’s backside as she leaned over the front counter. After viewing playback of the footage amid hecklers on Friday, Klein turned to a television reporter at the scene and issued a public apology. “Young man,” Klein began, “I don’t know your name but I’m sorry.” She denied harboring any racist sentiment toward the young boy but was still considering charges against the mother, who she said acted “aggressively” in the situation.
She also accused the woman of impersonating an officer and flashing a badge, even though witness video showed Klein as the one who claimed she was a police officer. Since the incident, angry locals have bombarded the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office to prosecute Klein for wrongly accusing the child. “She impersonated a police officer and tried to get that child killed,” one critic tweeted. Either you’re going to prosecute her or you’re going to protect her.” “She needs to face 15-20 yrs for falsely accusing & endangering a welfare of a child,” wrote another. “Impersonating a police officer & 911 calls.
Plus their needs to be a GoFundMe page or the city to help the boy & family with lifelong counseling and healing. #PERIOD” One man likened the situation to that of lynched Black teen Emmett Till, writing, ” … Just remember Till was also a kid accused by a white woman of sexual assault. Except Emmett was brutally murdered. You need to DO SOMETHING about this! This lady picked on a child and this is wrong!!!”
Parents of a woman who claimed she was a victim of singer R. Kelly‘s alleged sex cult, recently launched an “abuse hotline” to help other victims come forward. The Chicago artist has been accused of sexual abuse against underage girls for almost two decades. However, Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage the parents of Jocelyn Savage, who accused R. Kelly of holding their daughter hostage at his home, are taking action against the musician. The Savages decided to create the hotline after being bombarded with calls from other women and parents who claimed they were victims of R. Kelly’s abuse.
The parents said they’ve been contacted by over 80 women who were afraid to speak out against the singer according to the Mic. The number of calls prompted the creation of the “R. Kelly abuse hotline.” “One reason I feel that he’s been getting away with a lot of the allegations for the last two decades is because people feel he has money and power and they don’t have the resources to fight him,” Jonjelyn told the news source during an interview on Wednesday. “There’s no age limit on being mind-controlled, drugged, brainwashed, there’s no age limit on that,” Jonjelyn added.
“So the more we have more young ladies or even men, or parents that are willing to speak out, the more we think it can help our daughter as well as helping other victims.” The Savages confirmed that one of the callers was Faith Rodger who filed a lawsuit against the singer in May and claimed he infected her with herpes and “mentally, sexually and verbally” abused her. “She was afraid to go to her parents and we treated her like she was our own daughter,” Timothy stated. “We told her, ‘Go to the doctor, get tested and then once the test comes back, if you need us to help you talk to your parents, we will.'”
The Savages first accused R. Kelly of sexual misconduct and brainwashing their daughter Jocelyn in a July 2017 Buzzfeed story. The parents claimed they’ve not seen their daughter since December of 2016. However, Jocelyn denied the sex cult allegations and said she was in a “happy place” with R. Kelly. She reportedly continues to remain with the Chicago artist.
A St. Louis woman checked herself into a hospital complaining of stomach pains only to be manhandled and attacked by a security guard when she stepped outside for fresh air, newly released surveillance video shows. Vanity Allen’s lawyer said the 25-year-old’s face was left bloodied as a result of the July attack, adding she has a scar near her eye, which is likely permanent. According to the Riverfront Times,
Allen already had an IV port installed when she stepped outside SSM Health DePaul Hospital. Moments later, she was confronted by the security guard. “This was 220 pounds of white daytime TV muscle on top of her …,” lawyer Albert Watkins told the newspaper, adding that his distressed client posed no threat. “You have a security guard with an IQ well below room temperature taking it upon himself to see that ‘justice’ is done to a 90-pound patient in distress.” Hospital surveillance didn’t capture the initial blow, but Allen claimed the guard struck Allen over her left eye with his fist, sending her falling onto the sidewalk just outside the hospital entrance.
The footage then shows the guard struggling with the young woman and she tries catching her balance. He then drags her back inside the hospital and plops her on the ground before slapping a pair of handcuffs on her. Recalling the incident, Allen said she put her hand up letting the guard know to back off, as she was in extreme pain at the moment. That’s when she says he hit her, sparking the encounter caught on tape. “This was a young lady with zero criminal history, admitted for bonafide medical reasons, who had a port installed,” Watkins said.
“She had the bad fortune to run into Superman in a unitard, coming out of nowhere, who decided it was time to teach this young lady a lesson.” Despite video evidence of the attack, it’s Allen who’s facing assault charges thanks to a complaint filed by SSM Health, the Riverfront Times reported. Since the incident, the young woman says she has not only suffered physical pain but symptoms of PTSD as well. Moreover,
Allen said she had to turn down a job in Arizona because she now has to rely on her family for support. Watkins told the newspaper the security guard in question has since been “relieved of his duties.” SSM Health DePaul Hospital later released a statement on the matter.
A man fatally shot a woman at an apartment complex in Clayton County in front of her 9-year-old son Saturday night, police said. The suspect, identified as Darius Deandre Evans, was the boyfriend of the victim, whose name has not been released, according to a statement from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting occurred at the Rainwood Apartments on Harper Drive in Lake City, officials said. The victim’s 9-year-old son told police that after an argument, Evans “shot his mother multiple times, walked out of the apartment, and then came back in and began shooting her again,” the statement said. Evans allegedly fled the scene.
The victim was pronounced dead when she arrived at Southern Regional Medical Center. The 9-year-old son rode with sheriff’s deputies to show them where the suspect might be, according to the sheriff’s office. Sheriff’s deputies searched for Evans for six hours before arresting him in Lovejoy.
looks like one of our favorite reality TV stars got herself into a little trouble over the weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. Erica Mena is known for her out of pocket comments and fights, but that’s not what got sis locked up over the weekend; marijuana did.
Erica was arrested on October 12 for possession of a controlled substance. She had less than 1 oz on her and ended up posting bail. She’ll have to return to court within the next coming weeks for this charge. One of our #Roommates, who tipped us off, also said Erica’s boyfriend got himself into a little trouble too.
In a disturbing discovery, the bodies of 11 deceased infants were found in the ceiling of a shuttered funeral home in Detroit on Friday. The bodies were found in bags, most in a cardboard box and others stuffed in a small coffin,
police said. The discovery was made after the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), which licenses funeral homes, was sent an anonymous letter Friday afternoon, which described exactly where the remains could be found.
"It's just the callousness of the operators, the owners, the employees of the funeral home [that stands out]," Detroit Police Department Lt. Brian Bowser said at a press conference Friday night. "The inspectors from LARA located the boxes, or the one box and the casket, and they subsequently called 911. The police responded, they removed the box and the casket from the false ceiling, or the lowered ceiling, and they opened them up and obviously they discovered the remains." "They were actually in a cardboard box, nine of the 11 -- they're very small remains," Bowser continued.
"They were in a cardboard box stuffed away from a stairwell." Bowser said they have names of some of the deceased infants and the medical examiner will conduct an investigation. The Cantrell Funeral Home was shut down in April due to a number of disturbing violations, according to Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ. Violations included dirty floors, peeling paint, mold, improper storage of embalmed bodies, with one in "advanced stage of decomposition," and fraud, deceit, or dishonesty, incompetence, and gross negligence in the practice of mortuary science."
LARA called the violations "deplorable" at the time. The Detroit Police Department will continue to investigate the discovery Friday and had cadaver dogs searching the property, Bowser said. "Obviously we have to find out what happened, and why it happened," he said. LARA released a statement to WXYZ explaining the discovery and the April violations. "Based on a new complaint, LARA investigators today searched Cantrell Funeral Home and found the decomposing bodies of 11 infants," the statement said.
"We then immediately contacted local authorities. In April, LARA suspended the mortuary licenses of both the home and its manager Jameca LaJoyce Boone for many violations including the improper storage of decomposing bodies of adult and infants. That suspension order remains in effect as does our investigation. We will use the evidence gathered today to add to our open investigation and will continue to work with local law enforcement as this case proceeds." The property has been sold and the new owners plan to turn it into a community center, according to WXYZ.
Tamar Braxton has apparently caught wind of her “The Real” co-hosts chatting about her Friday and she seems to have responded to their take on her firing two years ago. During a chat on “The Breakfast Club” Oct. 12, Loni Love directly tackled the elephant in the room. She made it clear that she nor Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Houghton and Jeannie Mai had anything to do with getting Braxton kicked off the daytime talk show.
Love pointed to Braxton having her husband, Vince Herbert come on board as her manager as the root of why things took a dive between the singer and her former co-hosts. The comedian said she learned about a rough cut of “Braxton Family Values” and Herbert had called out “The Real” hosts and blamed them for Braxton getting the boot. “I called my attorney I said, ‘You gotta call WEtv and let them know that if they’re naming us, we’re going to have to have legal action because we had nothing to do with this defamation of character,’”
Love explained. By noon that day, Braxton seemed to have made it known that she wasn’t going to give the discussion any attention. Instead, she’s leaving things up to a higher power. “Alexa play ‘the battle is not yours it’s the Lords’ by @yolandaadams ???? If he fixed my edges he can fix ANYTHING ????????????,” Braxton said in the caption of a photo of the star turned to the side with her full hairline on display. Fans peeped he shade thrown at her former colleagues, who said they haven’t heard from Braxton since she was canned in 2016.
Braxton’s followers then shared their thoughts on the situation in the comments. “simply get together and talk. it’s not that serious. loni said she don’t mind talking. you a better person? take a leap and have a simple convo. pettiness gotta stop ????” “hammock neck Loni is obsessed with you.” “They have a right to tell their truths!” “Absolutely they didn’t even go in, Loni just told they side….they ain’t diss Tamar either.”
Viral video of a white woman calling the cops on a Black child who allegedly brushed against her inside a New York City store has sparked outrage across social media. The minute-long clip begins with the woman standing outside the bodega with the phone pressed to her ear, telling police she was “sexually assaulted” by the little boy. It’s unclear what took place before the video started rolling.
“No, I want the cops here right now,” she says amid screams from the child and his younger sister. “That’s right, the son grabbed my ass.” The woman proceeds to tell authorities that the child’s mother started yelling at her and was recording her on her phone. At one point, she even waves and smiles at the camera. Meanwhile, bystanders on the street stop to record the chaotic scene. The boy then begins to cry as the reality of the police being called sets in. A man is heard trying to comfort the child, telling him, “don’t cry little man.” A woman then chimes in:
“Who the hell would wanna touch her flat ass?! Go home. No one wants to touch your flat ass.” The shocking video garnered plenty of angry reactions from online viewers. “This is like the Emmett Till story all over again smh,” one Twitter user wrote. “White people like this are disgusting to me.” “They are really bold nowadays smh chile … the privilege,” wrote another. “Honestly we have to stop recording and saying “look how hard we have it” and start rocking they jaws again.”
Others expressed sadness for the children, one woman writing, “This broke my heart. Those children were petrified. Omfg.” Another user agreed, adding that the child’d cries had her ready to “jump thru the phone.”
Singer Kandi Burruss sex-themed “dungeon party” was nothing short of X-rated. The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star shared risqué photos and videos from the exclusive party attended by the who’s who of Atlanta, including singer Sevyn Streeter, Toya Wright, Tammy Rivera and members of her 90’s girl group Xscape.
Party goers could be seen breaking it down in lacy red lingerie while exotic dancers graced the stage with their acrobatic talents. The crowd even sang along as Burruss performed the Gap Band’s “Yearning for Your Love.” “We had a good time tonight y’all,” she says in a video posted to her Instagram story Friday. The reality star has been dropping sultry hints about the highly anticipated shindig all week, sending fans into a tizzy. On Monday, she posted a teaser to her new song and video, “Ready for This,” which debuted on the same day as her party. Sporting a see through mesh top,
fishnet tights and patent leather thigh highs boots, the songstress gave fans a taste of what to expect at her #WelcometotheDungeon party. “Let’s go Kandi — or should we say Mrs. Tucker if u nasty?” one fan wrote. “Girl you just made me go out of my mind!!!” wrote another. “Just Sexy lady!!” Naturally, there were those who took issue with Burruss “new” look felt the need to remind her that she is someone’s wife and mother. This came after news of her sex dungeon party sparked concerns that the theme might encourage infidelity in her marriage. “I don’t think you have to try so hard, like you’re a new artist,” one fan began.
“We already know you have bars Kandi … you’re a family woman and I know sex sells. But this image on you, I;m not buying it. It doesn’t seem right, is all I’m saying.” Burruss seemed unfazed by the naysayers, however, as her party went off without a hitch.
If you are a Black or Hispanic woman in America, a new study shows there’s a higher risk of developing a life-threatening condition while you’re in the hospital for delivery. The rate of mothers who suffer serious problems during childbirth, including death, is 70 percent higher than white women. The research was conducted by the University of Michigan and will be published in the November issue of the Journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Although complications happened in 1.6 percent of all deliveries in the study, it found that black and Latina women — even if they were healthy before pregnancy — suffer from severe birth-related health issues like blood clots, kidney failure, sepsis, eclampsia and heart failure at higher numbers in the delivery room. According to the report, doctors need to pay special attention to Black and Hispanic patients. This includes listening to patients when they say they’re in pain and keeping in mind pre-existing or chronic health conditions (like asthma, diabetes, and hypertension)
also create higher risks for needing emergency procedures done while hospitalized for childbirth. Beyonce and Serena Williams have both spoken out publicly about their complications in the delivery room. Beyonce shared that she suffered from pre-eclampsia while pregnant with Rumi and Sir, and Serena revealed she developed blood clots in her lungs which opened the door to many other problems. Lead study author and obstetrician, Dr. Lindsay Admon, said she thinks “it’s fantastic and important that two such strong high-profile women have come forward and shared their stories and it’s important we encourage women to do so.”
“We’re finally shedding a light on racial and ethnic disparities and if we continue to shed that light describing health status and outcomes among Hispanic and black women during birth, it will encourage a larger community of women to share their experience with families, communities and health care providers,” she told Daily Mail Online. “To drive and target those changes, we need specific data like these,” she shared. For the study, the team looked at national data regarding hospital stays between 2012 and 2015 from
the National Inpatient Sample compiled by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). HCUP is a federal index that catalogs various hospital care data, including information on in-patient stays, ambulatory surgery and services visits, and emergency department encounters. Of the 2.5 million women who gave birth during that period, 41,000 underwent an emergency procedure or were diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. Looking at the 10 most common types of maternal morbidity,
they found that blood transfusions, used mainly in women suffering a serious hemorrhage, were the most common. Three-quarters of the 41,000 women who had a severe birth-related emergency had a blood transfusion. Research showed 231 of every 10,000 births among non-Hispanic black women led to one of the severe problems, in comparison with 139 of every 10,000 births among non-Hispanic white women.
I’m sure we all did something behind our parent’s backs, that ended up blowing up right in our faces. Well, that’s exactly what happened to one teenager who thought it was a good idea to sneak off in his mom’s new BMW to go see his girlfriend.
Y’all already know parents don’t play with their cars so his mom got in her whip and tracked him down, and caught up with him on the freeway. In the video, you can hear her screaming for him to pullover and honking the horn excessively.
Once he pulled over, sis really got out the car and grabbed her belt and began whipping him on the freeway! Something tells me he won’t be doing that anymore!
Fabolous ?and his baby mama's father agreed to let bygones be bygones shortly after that on-camera confrontation where Fab made death threats ... POWER 92.3 ATLANTA has learned. Sources close to the rapper and Emily B tell POWER 92.3 ATLANTA ... as heated as the argument was back on March 28, Fab and Emily's dad connected the very next day. We're told they discussed how things got out of hand,
and said they would bury the hatchet. They've been hanging out together like family ... just like they used to before they went toe-to-toe. What makes this awkward now is the fact Fabolous was just indicted for allegedly assaulting Emily, and for threatening to shoot her dad during that frightening driveway exchange. THE CONFRONTATION the video showing Fabolous fly into a rage while brandishing a pair of scissors,
and yelling about shooting Emily and her father. We're told Fab and Emily's father are so tight now, he's even willing to testify on Fab's behalf if the case goes to trial. As we've told you, Emily and Fabolous are still together. Likewise, our sources say he and her father were best friends before the incident, and remain that way now. Oh, and we're told those reports Fab and Emily are married ... are false.
Cardi B celebrated her 26th birthday with a bang — literally. Before heading out on the town, the “I Like It” emcee posted a video to Instagram in which she shared her gratitude to fans their well wishes on her big day.
“I wanna say thank you everybody for wishin’ me a happy birthday. I’m excited, I’m gonna drink some Hennessy today,” she said in the clip. “I’m a little scared cause I might act up but I don’t give a f—.” She then revealed her special birthday wish for husband Offset — and it’s just ever-so-slightly NSFW. “”I want my husband to f— me 30 different positions. I want that n— to flex me like a New York pretzel.”
Whether or not the birthday girl’s wish came true remains unknown at present. “I’m dumb happy,” she continued in the video. “I’m 26 years old and I have everything that I ever wanted and I’m so grateful. Thank you Jesus and thank you for all the love.”
Cardi celebrated later that night at a joint party held for the release of a new album by Offset’s cousin — and Migos bandmate — Quavo, Quavo Huncho. The lady of honor rocked a Flintstones-style get-up, presumably before Offset made her bed rock.
Drake spilled a whole lotta tea about this past summer's beef with Kanye West and Pusha T ... telling LeBron James it all started with what he thought was a friendly meetup in Wyoming ... then got very dark. Drake opened up to Bron and Maverick Carter on their new HBO show "The Shop" on Friday about what went down with Ye ... which ultimately led to diss tracks, competing album drops and the big reveal -- Drake has a son.
There's so much info dished out it's hard to know where to begin, but Drake suggests the nastiness started when Kanye essentially lured him to Wyoming to record music ... but ended up backstabbing him and betraying his trust. Drake talking about Kanye #TheShopHBO pic.twitter.com/jnKlhNfEUY — Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) October 13, 2018 Drake claims he opened up to Ye about personal stuff -- including his son -- and shortly afterward news about his son broke.
This was followed by Kanye announcing his and Pusha T's album releases ... which were very close to Drake's release date for "Scorpion." Drake says this is when he realized Kanye was "manipulative" and trolling him, so he tried to back away ... but it didn't stop. As you know, next came Pusha T's diss track "Infrared," which Drake says he actually helped him work on in Wyoming, adding ...
“I was just there with you as friends helping you, and now you’re dissing me? So I’m like, ‘Man, this is dark.'” He also blasts Pusha, more than anything, for crossing the line -- not with his lyrics about Drake's son or being a deadbeat dad -- but for mentioning Drake's producer Shebib's battle with multiple sclerosis. Drake suggests Pusha will get what's coming to him eventually, but that's when he knew it wasn't worth it to respond with a diss track of his own.
Kevin Hart continues to build his media empire in many different ways. This time around he has signed a first look deal with one of the networks we all grew up watching. According to Variety, Hart signed a first look deal with Nickelodeon, and under the deal, he will develop and produce live-action and scripted content through his company HartBeat Productions. Hart expressed his excitement and said,
“For me, Nick has always represented everything fun about being a kid, and it’s still at the forefront today of kids’ and family entertainment. I’ve been slimed at Kids’ Choice, won a lot of Orange Blimps and my kids are my very own built-in focus group, so I’m ready to dive in and make some next-level shows with Brian and everyone at Nickelodeon.” When it comes to working on content for kids, Hart is no stranger. He has voiced characters in the film’s “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” and “Secret Life of Pets.”
He also starred in the remake of the classic film “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan. Brian Robbins, the president of Nickelodeon said, “Kevin is an incredible talent whose appeal cuts across practically every age group and every member of the family.
He knows how to create unforgettable characters, and I can’t wait for him and HartBeat Productions to focus their creativity on making great new content with us.” Congrats to Kevin Hart on his new deal.
The Disney Channel made a strong statement by releasing a new music video featuring the network’s brightest young female stars, and Raven-Symoné thinks the timing is right. The network dropped the music video for a new song called “Legendary” earlier this week, and it’s got female empowerment written all over it, the actress said. “Disney Channel is known for their girl power,” Raven-Symoné said in an AOL Build Series interview Wednesday when promoting the second season of her show, Raven’s Home.
“When they said the breakout song for what could represent this generation’s confidence in their female viewership, and they brought up ‘Legendary,’ I was like, ‘That is going to be amazing,’” Raven-Symoné recalled. The video features an all-female cast, including Sky Katz and Navia Robinson of Raven’s Home, as well as Meg Donnelly (ZOMBIES, American Housewife), Madison Hu (Bizaardvark), Peyton Elizabeth Lee (Andi Mack), Kayla Maisonet (Stuck in the Middle), Jenna Ortega (Stuck in the Middle), Kylee Russell (ZOMBIES), Ruby Rose Turner (Coop & Cami Ask the World), and Sofia Wylie (Andi Mack), among nine other
Disney stars. But those young ladies weren’t the only women involved in “Legendary,” which will be incorporated into the musical episode of Raven’s Home airing Oct. 12. Raven-Symoné explained that the video was directed and produced by women. “All the people involved — it was an all-female crew. Disney made sure it was super-important to do that, just to show that — this is 2018, it’s time…” she explained. This was important to the outspoken actress, who is also an executive producer on the series, which is inspired by her early 2000s Disney series That’s So Raven. “What I love about the video and the song itself is that it is an anthem for today’s crowd,” she said. “We are always looking up to someone, you’re always looking up to that legend, and you are always double-clicking on, ‘Oh, my goodness I want to be like that person’ or ‘I like that outfit,’ but you need to embrace your legendary-ness-ness-ness-ness in yourself right now.” The video follows a bunch of schoolgirls crushing it in various fields. “So in that video, you see her running for president, you see another person killing it in science, you see these females coming together, no animosity toward each other. They’re all friends. …
It’s a positive representation of what girls and friendships and family can be right now,” Raven-Symoné said. She is especially proud of the diversity of the cast. “You have every representation of a girl in that video.” The former co-host of The View was visiting Build Studio with Robinson and Issac Ryan Brown, who play her children on Raven’s Home. And while the Cosby Show alum has a trove of wisdom to share with the young actors,
she’s trying to instill the importance of saying “no,” which can often be hard to do. “I tell them to say ‘no.’ It is going to be hard,” she said. “You’re new to the Disney Channel side of the industry, and they’re going to be asking you to do this, this, and this left and right,” she shared. This is something she was taught when she was younger.
“I did not realize how important it was to say, ‘no, I need a break.’” She also emphasizes the importance of therapy. “I tell them … go to therapy, and say ‘no’ … ‘no’ is powerful; it’s much more powerful than ‘yes.’”
Our forever First Lady #MichelleObama continues to exemplify greatness. Her activism has been nonstop since she has left the #WhiteHouse and today she was able to unveil just one of the many fruits of her labor. In support of #InternationalDayoftheGirl, during the #TODAYShow, Michelle announced Global Girls Alliance, which is a new Obama Foundation
initiative that aims to empower girls around the world through education, @People reports. “The stats show that when you educate a girl, you educate a family, a community, a country,” Michelle said. “If we care about climate change, if we care about poverty, then we have to care about education.” In partnership with GoFundMe, the initiative will offer funding, networking opportunities, and training among other resources to grassroots leaders all around the world. “We want to
lift up the grassroots leaders in communities all over the world who are clearing away the hurdles that too many girls face,” Michelle added. “Because the evidence is clear: educating girls isn’t just good for the girls, it’s good for all of us.” She was joined by TODAY hosts Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie, who both brought their daughters to participate in the fun. The grand event also featured performances from Jennifer Hudson,
Kelly Clarkson and Meghan Trainor. “I was so excited to have my daughter here,” Guthrie told People at the event. “She was definitely my favorite guest of the morning, even with a former first lady and three amazing music superstars.” “To have her be here and to see her dance and see her shine and see her make friends — I’m so proud of her,” Guthrie added. Our boo Zendaya was also in the audience,
as well as Freida Pinto. Michelle also celebrated the news on Instagram, sharing a music video starring a group of young girls singing along to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” She made a cameo at the end of the video. We’re inspired by Michelle Obama’s activism and thank her for being so dedicated to bettering lives!
An Arkansas sheriff's office has been accused of putting Nike shirts on inmates for mugshots in a mocking protest of the company's deal with Colin Kaepernick, KTHV reports. "It's all a big misunderstanding," Union County Sheriff Ricky Roberts said. The sheriff's office issued the statement after Shaun King, a civil rights activist, tweeted the following: "The Sheriff in Union County,
Arkansas is putting Nike t-shirts on people they arrest and making them wear them during mugshots. Source says it is to mock Nike and Colin Kaepernick. Disgusting." Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who received Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Medal Thursday, was both applauded and vilified by a divided national audience after he started kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustice. Since then, Nike has named Kaepernick one of the faces of their 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign.
After King's tweet went viral, the Union County Sheriff's Office released a statement saying they give the Nike shirts to people who don't have proper attire for a mugshot. The sheriff's department said they had the shirts several months before the Nike Kaepernick ad release, KTHV reports. The sheriff's department has reportedly taken down the mug shots of the individuals wearing the Nike shirts. The full statement reads: “It has come to my attention that shirts worn by individuals booked into our facility have been deemed offensive by certain individuals. It is not our intent, nor has it ever been our intent, to demean or disparage those who are innocent until proven guilty. I require that my staff treat everyone with the utmost dignity and respect.
This being said, there are many times individuals enter our facility that lack proper attire during the booking process. In an attempt to provide individuals with a sense of dignity, along with providing a photograph which is appropriate for public viewing, we provide these individuals with clothing to wear. It has been brought to my attention that there are those who feel that one of our shirts of choice may be viewed as inappropriate. Please understand, I require that this office treats everyone equally and equitably within the law. We are not, and will not, be influenced by current political and social debates in the media.
Also, these shirts were not purchased by the Sheriff’s Office to be used for this purpose but were simply on hand and available. We are charged with one simply duty; uphold the law and keep the peace. This shirt is not only in use now but has also been for several months prior. We have taken steps to rectify this issue and ensure that this will never happen again. I understand the concern of those who may have found this offensive, and for that, I apologize.
Judge: Video ‘Casts Doubt’ on Police Account of Killing Black San Francisco Man SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A video of a racially charged, fatal San Francisco police shooting “casts doubt” on officers’ accounts that a black man was moving quickly toward them when they shot, a federal judge wrote in a court ruling. U.S. District Judge William Orrick’s ruling Tuesday denied San Francisco’s attempt to toss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Mario Woods, a 26-year-old black man officers fatally shot in December 2015.
The shooting touched off weeks of protest over the treatment of minorities and led to changes within the police department. It came during heightened tensions nationwide over police killings of black men. Woods was suspected of stabbing a man when officers found him standing at a transit stop. Several officers surrounded Woods in a semicircle and shot him with “non-lethal” rubber bullets after they said he refused to drop a knife, according to depositions. Videos taken by
bystanders show Woods staggering out of the semicircle and sliding his right side against a wall as he tried to walk away and one of the officers scurrying to get in front of him. At that point, five officers shot Woods a combined 21 times. The officers testified that they believed Woods was walking quickly toward the officer who was trying to cut him off and that’s why they fired. “Videos cast doubt on the officer’s accounts that Woods was moving quickly or speeding up when officers shot him,” Orrick wrote. “They seem to show him take four slow steps with his right shoulder up against the building, walking with a heavy limp.
The knife was in Woods’ right hand, on the building side.” KQED was first to report the ruling. Lawyers for the city had sought dismissal of the lawsuit by arguing the officers acted reasonably. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon in May said there was insufficient evidence to criminally charge the officers. Gascon expressed frustration over the high-profile cases that brought national attention, saying he did not believe the officers should have killed the man but he was bound by law not to press charges.
The fatal shooting was the first among several in the city within a short period, leading then-Police Chief Greg Suhr to resign and San Francisco to ask the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a review of the Police Department and its policies. The Justice Department recommended nearly 300 changes to the force. Current Police Chief Bill Scott was hand-picked by late Mayor Ed Lee in January 2017 to oversee the reforms,
rebuild community trust and institute new use-of-force policies focused on de-escalation. Earlier this year, the San Francisco Police Department became the first in the U.S. to voluntarily agree to state oversight after the federal government ended the Obama-era Justice Department program aimed at easing community tensions.
A jury panel on Tuesday viewed shocking security footage of 53-year-old retired Detroit fireman Jeffrey Zeigler firing his shotgun at a Black teen who’d knocked on his door to ask for directions, the Oakland Press reported. Zeigler faces attempted murder and felony firearm charges in the April 12 shooting where he nearly killed 14-year-old Brennan Walker. Walker, a freshman at Rochester High School,
told investigators he’d gotten lost on his way to school after missing the bus and stopped at Zeigler’s Rochester Hills home for help. After knocking on the door, the teen said he was met by Zeigler’s wife, who accused him of trying to rob their home. It wasn’t long before Walker says Zeigler came running down the stairs with his shotgun in hand. The former fireman maintains he and his wife thought
it was an attempted break-in and claims he accidentally slipped while running outside, causing his gun to discharge. Video of the incident captured by Zeigler’s home surveillance tells a different story, however. In the footage, Zeigler appears to aim straight for the teen before firing. Luckily, Walker was already a safe distance away, as he took off running as soon as he saw the shotgun. “My mom says that Black boys get shot because sometimes they don’t look their age, and I don’t look my age. I’m 14; but I don’t look 14,” the freshman told Fox 2 Detroit earlier this year.
“I’m kind of happy that, like, I didn’t become a statistic.” Oakland County Sheriff’s Office detective Shawn Pace said seeing the footage changed his mind about what had allegedly happened at the Zeigler home, dispelling their initial claims of an attempted home invasion. The detective also pointed out inconsistencies in Zeigler’s story, saying the Michigan man had denied ever pointing his gun at Walker.
“When I saw that video, my thought process switched … I knew which direction I had to go,” Pace testified in court, adding that he was “charged up” by what he had seen. “I was shocked.” Pace told the court that when he told Zeigler he’d clearly aimed at the teen, Zeigler “took a big drink of water” and replied, “I’m tired of being a victim.” Per The Detroit Metro Times, Zeigler’s trial is expected to resume Friday.
50 Cent just scored a massive deal with Starz for an estimated $150 million, and it’s being called one of the biggest deals in the history of cable television for an executive producer. According to Variety, the rapper signed a four year deal with the Cable network and will develop new projects under his G-Unit Film & Television company. All of this comes from the success of “Power,” which 50 executive produces and has become Starz’s most watched program in its history.
The network has committed to developing three more series with the New York native, and they gave him his own development executive, as well as a pool of funds to get G-Unit projects off the ground. “When I sat down with Chris [Albrecht, Starz CEO] and walked him through my plans for G-Unit Film & Television going forward, he let me know I was essentially requesting the biggest deal in premium cable history,” said 50 in a statement. “I am excited to announce that we’ve made that partnership between myself, G-Unit Film & Television and Starz/Lionsgate, and we will continue our proven
track record of breaking records and delivering unique content for audiences around the world,” he added. Before the new deal, the 43-year old was already working on two new shows for Starz, “Black Family Mafia,” which will follow the story of convicted drug kingpin Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and “Vanguard,” a series about an ex-Navy Seal who has to face his gangster past in Los Angeles.
Starz’s CEO Chris Albrecht said he secured the deal with 50 because he feels the rapper knows how to find exciting content. “Both on screen and off, Curtis has proven that he can deliver content that our viewers want to watch,” said Albrecht. “He is the real deal, and we have given him a real deal, with what I believe to be among the most significant deals to date for an executive producer in premium television. We’re pleased to expand our relationship and consider this the beginning of many new and exciting ventures to come.”
Kanye West had an eventful day. Hours after visiting Donald Trump inside the Oval Office, the 41-year-old artist made a quick stop at an Apple store in Washington, D.C. But Ye wasn't there to simply shop.
Nope. According to reporter Jack Jenkins, Kanye—being the introvert that he is—decided to hop on another table and give an impromptu keynote speech about his meeting with POTUS. Ye told the crowd of customers that he had given Trump an "updated" version of the MAGA hat, without the word "again."
Jenkins said Kanye decided to eliminate that part because it "hurts black people." He then proceeded to show everyone a photo of the president rocking the "MAG" design. You can check out a recap of Kanye's
A Trump supporter who berated his Lyft driver with the N word has been fired from his job after a video of the harassment went viral. Lyft driver Shawn Pepas Lettman of Brooklyn, N.Y., calmly filmed the 16-minute tirade by passenger Robert Ortiz and his two friends, who called the New York City police after Lettman refused to turn on the radio. “I feel racially profiled … because I’m not black,” Ortiz tells the 911 operator. He later adds, “If this guy does anything to threaten my life, I have to defend myself. …
I’m a little fearful.” U.S. Trump supporter calls 911 on black Lyft driver for not turning on the radio Yahoo Lifestyle Elise Solé,Yahoo Lifestyle 3 hours ago Reactions Reblog on Tumblr Share Tweet Email Passenger Robert Ortiz of New York City was filmed harassing his Lyft driver, Shawn Pepas Lettman. (Screengrab: YouTube/Shawn Pepas Lettman) A Trump supporter who berated his Lyft driver with the N word has been fired from his job after a video of the harassment went viral.
Lyft driver Shawn Pepas Lettman of Brooklyn, N.Y., calmly filmed the 16-minute tirade by passenger Robert Ortiz and his two friends, who called the New York City police after Lettman refused to turn on the radio. “I feel racially profiled … because I’m not black,” Ortiz tells the 911 operator. He later adds, “If this guy does anything to threaten my life, I have to defend myself. … I’m a little fearful.” The passenger then gets on the phone with Lyft. “Maybe because I’m not black … I was charged $8.01 for just asking for music,” says Ortiz, while threatening to file a lawsuit against the ridesharing company.
“I came out of a gay club and your driver is racist against gay people,” Ortiz rants, adding, “I know my legal rights as an American citizen that voted for Trump…” Ortiz also calls the Lyft operator, “a piece of s***.” In another video call to a friend, Ortiz uses the N word multiple times to describe Lettman. Ortiz also accuses Lettman of illegally filming him and says, “So, I’m going to make sure, while you’re recording this, that you never have a job as a Lyft driver again.” When Lettman finally speaks, he points to a sign in his car that states passengers will be recorded, to which Ortiz threatens to “make your night a living hell.” Ortiz adds, “All that Black Lives Matter is bulls***.” He calls the police again while refusing to leave the car. “I bet you if I was black — and Black Lives Matter,”
he spits, “he would have put the music on. F*** Black Lives Matter — every life matters … all I asked for was music.” A representative from Lyft sent a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle: “The behavior exhibited in the video is deeply concerning. Lyft is committed to maintaining an inclusive and welcoming community and discriminatory behavior is unacceptable. We temporarily deactivated both passenger and driver accounts while we investigated the situation. After reviewing all sides, we reactivated Mr. Lettman’s account within hours and permanently disabled the passenger account. We have also reached out to Mr. Lettman to express our support.” Anticipating a potential lawsuit from Ortiz, Lettman launched a GoFundMe page called “Insulted but not broken,” in which he wrote: “When my mother died she taught me a very important lesson, which was always useful but more now than ever. She taught patience, humble and calm will get you through anything.
As a father of 2 my single means of providing for my wife and children is driving a rideshare, accommodating people from all walks of life. All of which I treat with the utmost respect, after all, I must provide for my family.” As of Thursday, he had raised nearly $26,000, well past the $20,000 goal. Lettman also explained that after he stopped recording, he called the police in fear of his own safety. “I didn’t ask for this nor did I want this,” he wrote. “I know America is better than this and despite the hate we have to deal with from a few, my heart tells me, the world is mostly good.” On Thursday, Ortiz’s former employer, CityMD, a medical clinic, wrote in a Facebook comment, “This is to confirm that this individual was terminated and is no longer employed by or affiliated with CityMD in any capacity.” According to Instinct Magazine, because Ortiz shared his phone number with the 911 operator and
it was recorded on video, he received so many harassing calls that he changed his number. Lettman did not respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment, but in a Facebook Live video Saturday, he thanked his numerous supporters and said that no arrests were made that night. He also addressed why he kept his cool during the attack — or as one GoFundMe supporter put it: “You, sir, have the patience of a saint.” “I wanted to defuse the narrative that all black men are aggressive and violent,” Lettman said. “Some of us we are actually capable of performing in an intelligent setting… It’s not always worth it to use your fists.”
The baby, identified as Cadien Scott Gaffney, grabbed for the cup — as most children would do — after a server placed it in front of him on the table, Courtnei Patterson, a family friend, told the New York Daily News, adding that the hot water was knocked over and “fell all over his chest, his legs, everything,” In a baffling twist, though, no one called 911 to get the baby an ambulance until a full 20 minutes had elapsed, according to the family’s lawyer. Instead, staffers scrambled to get paper towels and ointment, Patterson said, while family apparently tended to the baby.
“Everybody was just standing there, looking around trying to figure out what to do next,” she remembers. Finally, outraged patrons piped up, and the authorities were called. It seems they didn’t come quickly enough, though, as the child’s loved ones had already carried him out of the restaurant before paramedics could get there. In a photo posted on Twitter, Cadien’s entire abdomen is seen stripped of its top layer of skin, in a wound that looks indescribably painful. The boy’s family reports that he’ll sometimes forget about the injury and try to play like a normal child, but the pain eventually has him “screaming bloody murder” again.
“It hurts me so bad just to see that baby in that condition,” Patterson said, adding that it’s going to be a “long journey” toward healing. No one from Applebee’s has attempted to contact the family to check in on Cadien, Patterson told the Daily News. Brian Lowe, a spokesman for Doherty Enterprises, an Applebee’s franchisee, issued a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle on Thursday that read: “We are truly saddened by this accident and our thoughts are with the child and family. After a thorough investigation and review of security footage and call logs, we are confident that our team members acted with urgency, calling for medical assistance while helping the family.
We were unable to obtain the family’s contact information onsite but would like to assist in any way that we can as we continue to cooperate with authorities. As always, the safety of our guests is top priority.” The boy’s family has hired an attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, and is looking into a lawsuit. “The child has suffered horrible burns,” Rubenstein said. “Appropriate action will be instituted against Applebee’s for the actions of their employees.”
Just Tuesday, Yahoo Lifestyle reported on another incident involving a minor getting burned by hot water at a restaurant chain. This time it was a teen, whose family is suing after she was allegedly scalded and sustained second-degree burns at a McDonald’s in Oregon.
Cardi B‘s daughter Kulture Kiari is only celebrating her 3-month birthday this week, but her mom is already thinking a little further into the future. In her cover interview for W magazine’s Art Issue, the 25-year-old thriving rapper opened up about how she plans to take a page out of her own mom’s book when it comes to parenting baby Kulture, her first child with Migos’ Offset. “My mom tried to stop me from all of that but I still did it,” Cardi B recalled of some of her more rebellious acts during her teen years. “I joined a gang. If she had let me out as often as I wanted to,
I probably would be dead or got my face cut up. Or been a teenage mom.” “I’m going to be very strict,” the “Bodak Yellow” hitmaker replied when asked if she, like her mother, wouldn’t allow her daughter to attend sleepovers. “Like, you can have whatever you want, but you can’t do whatever you want.” Celebrity 'Very Strict' Cardi B Reveals Why She Won't Allow Her Daughter Kulture to Attend Sleepovers Cardi B on Why She Won't Let Daughter Kulture Attend Sleepovers Cardi B‘s daughter Kulture Kiari is only celebrating her 3-month birthday this week, but her mom is already thinking a little further into the future.
In her cover interview for W magazine’s Art Issue, the 25-year-old thriving rapper opened up about how she plans to take a page out of her own mom’s book when it comes to parenting baby Kulture, her first child with Migos’ Offset. “My mom tried to stop me from all of that but I still did it,” Cardi B recalled of some of her more rebellious acts during her teen years. “I joined a gang. If she had let me out as often as I wanted to, I probably would be dead or got my face cut up. Or been a teenage mom.” “I’m going to be very strict,” the “Bodak Yellow” hitmaker
replied when asked if she,
Like her mother, wouldn’t allow her daughter to attend sleepovers. “Like, you can have whatever you want, but you can’t do whatever you want.” That strict nature is something Cardi B hopes will give her daughter a solid foundation, on top of her plans for Kulture’s financial security in the future. “I’m thinking about how my money’s going to last so this girl is 21 and put in college,” she said. “I’m thinking about investments.
I’m thinking about five years from now and about the craziest s— like, How am I going to discipline this girl?” Cardi B will make her return to the stage Tuesday night at the 2018 American Music Awards (where she’s nominated for eight awards), marking her first performance since giving birth to Kulture on July 10.
LeBron James was telling reporters at a Los Angeles Lakers practice Tuesday how “mature” his two sons, ages 14 and 11, are, when he revealed that he and his wife even share wine with them. James quickly added that the decision to permit his children to consume wine was “on me,” not “on mom.” The 33-year-old NBA superstar, in his first season with the Lakers, had been asked if he had picked up greater awareness of “pop culture” from his youthful new teammates.
“Not really,” James replied, explaining that “same things” to which players on his squad are listening or watching are also enjoyed by his sons. “So I get it all at home with my 14- and my 11-year-old,” James said. Asked what that said about his children, James replied, “It doesn’t say anything — it’s just the time, that’s all.” “I’ve got very mature 14- and 11-year-olds,” he continued. “My 14- and 11-year-olds drink wine.” “Really?” a reporter said. “Yeah, that’s how mature they are,” James said, before joking, “They’ll be driving next week, too.” Asked if his children preferred “white or red,” James said, “Whatever dad or mom is having.” “Put it on me, though, don’t put it on mom,” he added.
“Put it on dad, put it on dad.” Early Lead LeBron James says he shares wine with his sons — ages 11 and 14 LeBron James and his two sons attend a Los Angeles movie premiere in September. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) (MARIO ANZUONI/Reuters) By Des Bieler October 9 at 11:41 PM LeBron James was telling reporters at a Los Angeles Lakers practice Tuesday how “mature” his two sons, ages 14 and 11, are, when he revealed that he and his wife even share wine with them. James quickly added that the decision to permit his children to consume wine was “on me,” not “on mom.”
The 33-year-old NBA superstar, in his first season with the Lakers, had been asked if he had picked up greater awareness of “pop culture” from his youthful new teammates. “Not really,” James replied, explaining that “same things” to which players on his squad are listening or watching are also enjoyed by his sons. “So I get it all at home with my 14- and my 11-year-old,” James said. Asked what that said about his children, James replied, “It doesn’t say anything — it’s just the time, that’s all.” “I’ve got very mature 14- and 11-year-olds,” he continued. “My 14- and 11-year-olds drink wine.” “Really?” a reporter said. “Yeah, that’s how mature they are,” James said, before joking, “They’ll be driving next week, too.” Asked if his children preferred “white or red,” James said, “Whatever dad or mom is having.”
“Put it on me, though, don’t put it on mom,” he added. “Put it on dad, put it on dad.” ESPN ? @espn LeBron says his kids have a glass with mom and dad ???? 9:55 PM - Oct 9, 2018 20.3K 4,257 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy James and his wife, Savannah, have three children: LeBron “Bronny” James Jr., a 14-year-old who is a highly regarded basketball prospect in his own right; Bryce, 11; and a three-year-old daughter, Zhuri. The four-time NBA MVP has gained some notice in recent years for his burgeoning interest in wine, and in an August social media post (via SB Nation), he showed off six opened bottles in his home that had a combined retail value of more than $3,000. In some cultures, such as in France, it
has been relatively common for parents or other family members to share small quantities of wine with children during meals. A frequent argument in favor of this practice is that it removes a forbidden-fruit aspect of alcohol consumption, helping young people remain more moderate in their intake as they get older. Researchers from Penn State University and University College London announced in 2017 (via The Guardian) that a study of 10,000 British children born at the turn of the millennium found that, by age 14, half of them said they had tried more than a few sips of alcohol, compared to one in seven three years earlier. However, the study’s lead author said that while “parents of socially advantaged children may believe that allowing
children to drink will teach them responsible use, or may in fact inoculate them against dangerous drinking,” there “is little research to support these ideas.” The National Health Service of the United Kingdom, where children aged 16 and 17 are permitted to drink beer, wine or cider with a meal when accompanied by an adult, advises parents that if their children are to consume alcohol, they shouldn’t do so until they are at least 15 years old. Some other recent studies have pointed to social harm to young people, such as predilections for binge drinking, as well as adverse affects on developing brains and other vital organs, from being permitted to imbibe even small quantities of alcohol as adolescents. However, it isn’t always clear whether teenagers who drink to excess would have done so anyway, regardless of the guidance they received from their parents.
Early Lead LeBron James says he shares wine with his sons — ages 11 and 14 LeBron James and his two sons attend a Los Angeles movie premiere in September. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) (MARIO ANZUONI/Reuters) By Des Bieler October 9 at 11:41 PM LeBron James was telling reporters at a Los Angeles Lakers practice Tuesday how “mature” his two sons, ages 14 and 11, are, when he revealed that he and his wife even share wine with them. James quickly added that the decision to permit his children to consume wine was “on me,” not “on mom.” The 33-year-old NBA superstar, in his first season with the Lakers, had been asked
if he had picked up greater awareness of “pop culture” from his youthful new teammates.
“Not really,” James replied, explaining that “same things” to which players on his squad are listening or watching are also enjoyed by his sons. “So I get it all at home with my 14- and my 11-year-old,”
James said. Asked what that said about his children, James replied, “It doesn’t say anything — it’s just the time, that’s all.” “I’ve got very mature 14- and 11-year-olds,” he continued. “My 14- and 11-year-olds drink wine.” “Really?” a reporter said. “Yeah, that’s how mature they are,” James said, before joking, “They’ll be driving next week, too.” Asked if his children preferred “white or red,” James said, “Whatever dad or mom is having.” “Put it on me, though, don’t put it on mom,” he added. “Put it on dad, put it on dad.” ESPN ? @espn LeBron says his kids have a glass with mom and dad ???? 9:55 PM - Oct 9, 2018 20.3K 4,257 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy James and his wife, Savannah, have three children: LeBron “Bronny” James Jr., a 14-year-old who is a highly regarded basketball prospect in his own right; Bryce, 11; and a three-year-old daughter, Zhuri. The four-time NBA MVP has gained some notice in recent years for his burgeoning interest in wine, and in an August social media post (via SB Nation), he showed off six opened bottles in his home that had a combined retail value of more than $3,000.
In some cultures, such as in France, it has been relatively common for parents or other family members to share small quantities of wine with children during meals. A frequent argument in favor of this practice is that it removes a forbidden-fruit aspect of alcohol consumption, helping young people remain more moderate in their intake as they get older. ADVERTISING Researchers from Penn State University and University College London announced in 2017 (via The Guardian) that a study of 10,000 British children born at the turn of the millennium found that, by age 14, half of them said they had tried more than a few sips of alcohol, compared to one in seven three years earlier. However, the study’s lead author said that while “parents of socially advantaged children may believe that allowing children to drink will teach them responsible use, or may in fact inoculate them against dangerous drinking,” there “is little research to support these ideas.”
The National Health Service of the United Kingdom, where children aged 16 and 17 are permitted to drink beer, wine or cider with a meal when accompanied by an adult, advises parents that if their children are to consume alcohol, they shouldn’t do so until they are at least 15 years old. Some other recent studies have pointed to social harm to young people, such as predilections for binge drinking, as well as adverse affects on developing brains and other vital organs, from being permitted to imbibe even small quantities of alcohol as adolescents. However, it isn’t always clear whether teenagers who drink to excess would have done so anyway, regardless of the guidance they received from their parents. For his part, James said earlier this month that he recently gave up wine for two weeks while preparing for his inaugural season with the Lakers. Asked then how he felt about that regimen, he replied, “Made me want wine more.”
LeBron James watched Lonzo Ball play in Las Vegas during the 2017 NBA Summer League, taking in a Los Angeles Lakers’ game from a baseline seat as a spectator. He was getting a better view Wednesday. James and Ball were on-court teammates for the first time when the Lakers and the Golden State Warriors squared off in Las Vegas to highlight Wednesday’s preseason slate.
Ball didn’t start, but checked into the game in place of Rajon Rondo just 2 minutes, 13 seconds into the game. “It’s just fun to have our full group,” James said. The plan was for neither James nor Ball to play that much, especially since Ball — who has been recovering from a knee issue — had not yet appeared in this preseason. And James didn’t want to burden his new point guard with a lot of expectations, so he was keeping his approach for Wednesday very simple. “He plays basketball,”
James said of Ball before the game. “He knows how to play basketball.” It was the first time James was facing the Warriors since last season’s NBA Finals — when his second stint as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers ended with Golden State sweeping its way to a second consecutive championship. But he downplayed this being any extension of his rivalry with the Warriors, or the rivalry between California clubs. “Preseason game,” James said.