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Month: July 2017 (page 2 of 4)

Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles (a haiku)

Roscoe's Chicken and Waffes

Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles (Photo by Monique Judge aka the journalista)

Me, as a dinner

A number one with two thighs

with extra syrup


One of R. Kelly’s Alleged Captives Speaks Out

Jocelyn Savage

Jocelyn Savage, alleged R Kelly sex cult captive (TMZ video screenshot)

The rumors of R. Kelly’s alleged sex cult that is brainwashing women and holding them captive have been swirling on the Internet since the news story broke early this morning, leaving many wondering how so many women could be duped and held against their will by such a disgusting person.

Leave it to TMZ to find the woman whose family gave a news conference Monday accusing Kelly of making 21-year-old Jocelyn Savage, as well as other women, his sex slaves.

Read “Alleged R. Kelly Captive Jocelyn Savage: ‘I’m No Hostage!’

How Long Should An Officer Have Before Making a Statement After a Fatal Shooting?



Police officers in Portland, Ore., who were involved in a shooting that resulted in death or serious physical injury were previously given 48 hours during which they could consult with an attorney before having to make a statement about the shooting. It was a rule that was objected to by advocates for police accountability.

Read “Is 48 Hours Too Long To Wait For a Police Officer To Give a Statement After a Fatal Shooting? 

Prosecutor in Lequan McDonald Cover-Up Case Seeks to Remove Pro-Police Judge

Laquan McDonald Shooting

A chalk body outline re-creates the crime scene where 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by then-Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. (Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes, who indicted three Chicago police officers on charges that they covered up the circumstances of the Laquan McDonald shooting, moved to remove the judge in the case on the grounds that she is “prejudiced” against the prosecution.

Read “Special Prosecutor in Case of Officers Charged With Cover-Up in Laquan McDonald Shooting Seeks to Remove ‘Pro-Police’ Judge

Aramis Ayala and Racism in Florida Politics

Aramis Ayala

Aramis Ayala (YouTube screenshot)

I had a Twitter thread the other night about Aramis Ayala, the Florida state’s attorney who was stopped by two Orlando police officers who didn’t recognize her.

I took the thoughts from that thread and added context via this article on The Root:

The viral video of a black female state attorney in Florida getting pulled over by police officers who don’t recognize her and say they couldn’t get any information off of her plates has been making headlines and sparking discussion for days, but is it possible that there is more to the story than meets the eye?

Read “Fla. State Attorney Aramis Ayala: Is Viral Video Latest Evidence of Targeted Harassment Against Her? 

2 Former Staff Members Charged With Circulating Nude Photos of Congresswoman, Husband

Stacey Plaskett

Rep. Stacey Plaskett (U.S. House Office of Photography/U.S. House Office of Photography)

Two former staff members of a congresswoman have been charged in the circulation of nude photos and video of the representative and her husband, federal prosecutors and the U.S. Capitol Police announced Thursday in Washington.

Read “2 Former Staff Members Charged In The Circulation of Nude Photos of U.S. House Member, Husband

No Hate Crime Charges in the Murder of Richard Collins III

Richard Collins III

Sean Urbanski, Richard Collins III (Twitter)

Sean Christopher Urbanski, the white University of Maryland student who is accused of stabbing and killing black Bowie State student Richard Collins III on May 20, has been indicted for the crime and will be heading to trial, but he will not be facing hate crime charges.

Read “No Hate Crime Charges Against White Univ. of Maryland Student Accused of Killing Black Bowie State Student

#EbonyOwes – NABJ Calls Out Ebony Magazine

Ebony Magazine

Ebony Magazine

Shots fired! The National Association of Black Journalists on Thursday named Ebony magazine (along with Fox News) as its choice for its annual “Thumbs Down Award,” which puts on blast anyone that does something especially to black people or black journalists.

Read “#EbonyOwes: Ebony Magazine Gets the Thumbs Down From the National Association of Black Journalists

‘Stealthing’ Could Become a Form of Felony Sexual Battery in California

Cristina Garcia

California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (Rich Pedroncelli/AP Images)

In May, Calif., Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) introduced a bill that would define ‘stealthing’ as a form of sexual assault, and on Tuesday, the state Senate Public Safety Committee advanced the bill, while acknowledging it was unclear whether or how such a law would be enforced.

Read “‘Stealthing’ One Step Closer to Being a Form of Sexual Assault in Calif.

Airport Worker Strike Suspended as Contract Negotiations Resume

Jet Blue

Passengers check in at the Jet Blue terminal at JFK airport in New York on Monday, Feb. 19, 2007. PrimeFlight subcontracts employees to Jet Blue and other major airlines (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)

 The airport worker strike that began with a mass walk off at three New York area airports Tuesday night has been suspended while contract talks continue.

Read “New York Airport Workers’ Strike Suspended as Contract Negotiations Continue

#Impeachment – The Process Begins

Donald Trump

President Donald Trump (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

For months the nation’s collective breath has been held waiting for something, anything, that the president has done to be held against him and used to get him out of office, and it appears that time has finally come, so we can all exhale: a California congressman has filed an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Read “#Impeachment: 2 Democratic Congressmen Take the First Step to Get Donald Trump Out of Office

700 Airport Workers at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Walk Off the Job

Jet Blue

Passengers check in at the Jet Blue terminal at JFK airport in New York on Monday, Feb. 19, 2007. PrimeFlight Inc., subcontracts ground and terminal service employees to Jet Blue.  (AP Photo/Rick Maiman)

Transportation problems in New York City and surrounding areas just got a bit more complicated. On the heels of subway woes and the official beginning of the “summer of hell,” hundreds of airport workers at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark walked off their jobs in a labor dispute at 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

Read “New York’s ‘Summer of Hell’ Just Got Worse: JFK, LaGuardia, Newark Airport Employees Walk Off Job in Labor Dispute

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