U.S. Ending Residency Permits For 60,000 Haitians

By By LUIS ALONSO LUGO, Associated Press

Pierrot Mervilier, center rear, hugs a girl that did not wish to be identified, living in the U.S. with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after she and her family spoke to members of the media, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Miami.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation.

The Homeland Security Department said conditions in Haiti have improved significantly, so the benefit will be extended one last time — until July 2019 — to give Haitians time to prepare to return home.

“Since the 2010 earthquake, the number of displaced people in Haiti has decreased by 97 percent,” the department said in a press release. “Haiti is able to safely receive traditional levels of returned citizens.”

Advocates and members of Congress from both parties had asked the Trump administration for an 18-month extension of the program, known as Temporary Protected Status. Haitian President Jovenel Moise’s government also requested the extension.

Rony Ponthieux, a 49-year-old Haitian nurse with temporary residency who has lived in Miami since 1999, told The Associated Press, “This isn’t …read more

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An American Former Football Player Languishes In Chinese Jail While Trump & Ball Feud

By Nigel Roberts

Buffalo, UNITED STATES: View of the holding cell 14 November 2006 of his newly painted Dallas County jail with the color scheme of pink with blue teddy bear accents in Buffalo, Missouri. The Dallas County Detention Center is being repainted a soft shade of pink in an effort to better manage sometimes volatile detainees. Sheriff Mike Rackley said he decided to update the look as part of extensive repairs necessary after inmates set a fire and vandalized the interior in an escape attempt 08 October 2006. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

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A Detroit mother wishes she had the national spotlight of UCLA, the star power of the Ball family and the backing of President Donald Trump to get her son, Wendell Brown, out of a Chinese prison, Yahoo Sports reported.

“If Trump helps us, if he helps Wendell, I won’t stop thanking him. He helped get three basketball players who were guilty get out. I pray he’ll help get my innocent son out. And if he does, I’ll …read more

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Actress Della Reese Has Died At 86

By Diannah Watson, BlackAmericaWeb.com

Della Reese, known for her amazing career in singing and starring in the hit show Touched By An Angel has died at the age of 86 on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Reese is survived her husband Franklin Lett and children James, Franklin, and Dominque. She was predeceased by her daughter Deloreese.

People.com reports:

“On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” her co-star Roma Downey confirmed to PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.

Born in Detroit on July 6, 1931, Reese began singing at the young age of 6-years-old at her church. Growing in her talent, at the age of 13 she performed with Mahalia Jackson’s gospel group who she later went on tour with.

In the late 1940’s she formed her own group called the Meditation Singers. Her exposure to jazz artists Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn caused her to expand …read more

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Atlanta Mother Found Shot To Death Inside Her Car

By Diannah Watson, BlackAmericaWeb.com

Police are looking for the man they believe is responsible for shooting and killing the mother of his children in front of her family’s home Sunday night November 19.

Fox 5 Atlanta reports, 40-year-old Justin Cox is being charged with homicide murder, possession of a firearm during a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police say Cox murdered 34-year-old Felicia Miller while she sat in the driveway of her family’s home around 4 p.m. Neighbors called police when they heard multiple gunshots while others called to tell police that a man was seen fleeing the scene.

Miller was rushed to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead. A mother of 5, three of the children belonged to Cox.

Police are currently on the hunt for Cox and have asked for the public’s help in finding him and bringing him in.

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Convicted Killer: Civil Rights Violated When Dreadlocks Cut

By Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A convicted killer in an Ohio prison claims in a federal lawsuit that his civil rights have been violated by the repeated cutting of his dreadlocks.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of inmate Cecil Koger says his faith of Rastafarianism (rah-stah-FARE-ee-ah-nizm) requires him to wear his hair in dreadlocks.

The lawsuit filed last week says the prison has forcibly cut his hair five times, impeding his ability to practice his religion.

The lawsuit says Ohio’s prison system has allowed dreadlocks for other inmates and seeks to force the prison system to recognize Rastafarianism as a religion. A message was left with the Ohio prisons system seeking comment.

The 35-year-old Koger is serving a 33-year sentence for aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.

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Woman Develops Vitiligo Days Before Her Wedding

By Ny Magee, Eurweb.com

Kandice Benford is sharing her story about how she developed a severe case of vitiligo across her face right before her wedding day.

The disease is the loss of skin color in blotches and is thought to be an autoimmune condition that causes a person’s own immune system to attack cells that make pigment in their skin.

The Mississippi-based hairdresser tells SELF that she first had a small bout of vitiligo when she was in college.

“It appeared on my finger and my doctor said it would go away,” she recalls. “It did—it just came and went.” Bedford says she would have little spots that would show up on her skin “here and there” but they all were tiny and would simply go away over time.

But in May her fiancé had an undisclosed “really serious” illness that happened around the time they were planning their wedding.

“It was really stressful. I was worried about him,” she says. During that time, she noticed a little spot of vitiligo on her nose. “I thought it was going to go away, but it spread a little,” she says.

Once it spread across her face and developed on her hands, Benford says, “I was just worrying and stressing over …read more

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FBI Report On Black ‘Extremists’ Raises Fears Of Targeting

By Sadie Gurman & Russell Contreras, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI report on the rise of black “extremists” is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws.

The FBI said it doesn’t target specific groups, and the report is one of many its intelligence analysts produce to make law enforcement aware of what they see as emerging trends. A similar bulletin on white supremacists, for example, came out about the same time.

The 12-page report, issued in August, says “black identity extremists” are increasingly targeting law enforcement after police killings of black men, especially since the shooting of Michael Brown roiled Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. The report describes cases in which “extremists” had “acted in retaliation for perceived past police brutality incidents.” It warned that such violence was likely to continue.

Black leaders and activists were outraged after Foreign Policy revealed the existence of the report last month. The Congressional Black Caucus, in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, said the report “conflates black political activists with dangerous domestic terrorist organizations” and would further erode the frayed relationship between police and minority communities.

“I have never met a …read more

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Report: No One Is Quite Sure What Omarosa Does In Trump Administration

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When it comes to the specifics about her job at the White House, Omarosa Manigault’s role isn’t exactly clear — not even to her.

In an interview with the Daily Beast, Elaina Plott reports that while the Apprentice star has a top salary and a high-ranking job at the White House, when the reporter spent time with Omarosa, it was all about the wedding she was planning.

Plott reached out to Donald Trump’s communications director for the Office of Public Liaison and asked what her day-to-day consists of, and Manigault’s reply was simple: “Everything.”

When Plott met with Omarosa for part one of what was supposed to be a two-part interview, the reality TV star explained that it was “a very, very busy day” because it was the day of her bridal party luncheon at the White House. So, the interview turned into Omarosa being “shadowed” by the reporter.“You can see me in action,” Manigault claimed.

“Omarosa’s White House life is a constant blend of the weighty business of the U.S. government and the never-ending personal demands of that very moment,” according to Potts.

“She orders grits and sausage from the mess, which, for reasons that …read more

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‘I Should Have Left Them In Jail,’ Trump Fires Back At LaVar Ball

By Nigel Roberts

The tension between President Donald Trump and LaVar Ball, the father of one of the UCLA basketball players release from China after getting arrested for shoplifting, increased with the president’s tweet on Sunday.

“I should have left them in jail!,” Trump shot back at Ball after he dismissed the president’s role in helping to release his son, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley who were charged for stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near their hotel in Hangzhou.

Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017

The three UCLA freshmen returned to the United States on Tuesday, avoiding prosecution for shoplifting that could have resulted in up to 10 years in prison. Trump, while on a state visit to China, reportedly raised the issue with his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, asking for his help to resolve the issue. When Trump didn’t receive a pat on …read more

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LaToya Cantrell Becomes New Orleans’ First Female Mayor

By Nigel Roberts

LaToya Cantrell won 60 percent of the vote against Desiree Charbonnet, who is also African American, on Saturday to become New Orleans’ first woman mayor, ABC News reported.

“Almost 300 years, my friends, and New Orleans, we’re still making history,” Cantrell, a New Orleans City Councilmember, told a crowd of supporters after her victory was announced, according to The Times-Picayune. “Our history was two women making that runoff, and we both deserve to be proud of that.”

Thank you. Thank you. WE did it!! I love you all. #yeswecantrell pic.twitter.com/xIgm7xbZnI

— LaToya Cantrell (@LaToyaForNOLA) November 19, 2017

Cantrell and Charbonnet, a former municipal judge, topped a field of 18 candidates in October, which led to the runoff election. It was a convincing victory, in which the mayor-elect led Charbonnet in most of the polls prior to Saturday’s runoff election and was never behind in the vote count. Cantrell cross the finish line first despite Charbonnet attacking the City Councilwoman on an official audit of her spending while in office. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor is probing all City Council credit card spending that exceeded …read more

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