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Harassment Of Black University Of Hartford Student Was Not ‘Racist,’ Lawyer Says

By Clarissa Hamlin

A revolting incident involving former University of Hartford student Brianna Brochu harassing her Black roommate in October was not “racist,” a lawyer for the disgraced student said Tuesday.

“I think that when it’s all said and done, what you’re going to see is that there was nothing racist that motivated this,” Attorney Tom Stevens, who is representing Brochu, said outside a Hartford, Connecticut courthouse, where his client faced a state judge over the case, NBC News reported. “These were two students who were placed together … who didn’t like each other … and it escalated.”

Brochu, 18, was under intense fire over off-putting accusations that she systemically poisoned her African-American roommate, Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe. Brochu had allegedly smeared bodily fluids on Rowe’s belongings. She was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace, with hate crime charges being considered, the report says.

NAACP members, who gathered Tuesday outside the courthouse, demanded that prosecutors file felony hate crime charges against the teen, who is White.

Members of the NAACP at Hartford Superior Court pushing to have ex-UHart student Brianna Brochu charged with a hate crime after covering her roommate’s belongings with bodily fluids. #NBCCT …read more

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On Thanksgiving, Family Hurt By Harvey Counts Its Blessings

By Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — The kitchen where George and Arva Dorsey prepare an 18-dish feast every Thanksgiving has been stripped of everything but its granite countertops, standing on their own with no appliances below. The house they renovated and expanded over three decades has been gutted down to its wooden beams.

Almost three months after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast, killing more than 80 people and damaging at least 200,000 homes, the Dorseys and other families are celebrating Thanksgiving however they can.

“We try to keep our head up, and we know that God is above all,” said Arva Dorsey, sitting next to her husband in the dining room where they would have served Thanksgiving dinner. “So many of the blessings have come through this disaster. We’re just grateful.”

George Dorsey said one possibility was the family — including some members from out of town — could spend Thursday with a friend. Or they might go to a local buffet-style restaurant for turkey and trimmings.

Some people are gathering at churches that have held large meals for people displaced by the storm and volunteers spending the holiday away from their families to help rebuild. Others will go to annual events like …read more

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Former RNC Chair Michael Steele Calls Trump Out On Roy Moore

By Diannah Watson, BlackAmericaWeb.com

Michael Steele, the former head of the Republican National Committee is calling President Donald Trump out on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s sexual assault allegations.

While appearing on the show Harball hosted by Chris Matthews, Steele explained that Trump’s disregard for the sexual assault accusations against Moore. It showed that he didn’t care about that.

“This is beyond stupid. And there’s irreparable harm that’s being done to this party and to this country,” explained Steele. “Someone needs to take control here and it’s certainly not the president.”

Like many others, Steele is fed up with the President and the disorganization and lack of moral that seems to cover the Republican party.

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#FreeCyntoiaBrown: Social Media Rallies Around Tennessee Teen

By Charise Frazier

The intricate layers of the juvenile courts system have failed yet another Black woman.

Cyntoia Brown was tried as an adult and sentenced to 51 years in prison for the murder of a 43-year-old man who purchased her for sex. Now at age 28, a recent documentary about her case is steadily gaining traction, forcing the public to delve into the young woman’s story–one filled with tragedy and circumstance.

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— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) November 18, 2017

Brown was 16 years old when Johnny Allen, a Nashville, Tennessee real estate agent, bought her to his home on August 5, 2004, the AP reports. Brown revealed that her boyfriend at the time assaulted her and ordered her to go make money. After venturing out, she met Allen who offered her money in exchange for sex.

What transpired was physical and emotional abuse, according to Brown. Fearing for her life, she found a -40. caliber gun and shot Allen in the back of the head. Prosecutors argued in court that Brown was complicit in theft.

A recent documentary titled …read more

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Robert Mugabe Resigns As Zimbabwe’s President After 37 Years

By Christopher Torchia & Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe resigned as president Tuesday after 37 years in power, as parliament began impeachment proceedings against him.

“My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for a smooth, non-violent transfer of power,” said Mugabe in his letter which was read out in parliament, sparking cheers and dancing.

Cars began honking horns and people cheered in the streets, as the news spread like wildfire across the capital, Harare.
Mugabe, who had been the world’s oldest head of state at 93, said that proper procedures should be followed to install new leadership.

Mugabe’s resignation brought an end to the impeachment proceedings brought by the ruling ZANU-PF party after its Central Committee voted to oust the president as party leader and select recently fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as his replacement, a move that eventually could lead to Mnangagwa becoming head of state. Currently in exile, Mnangagwa served for decades as Mugabe’s enforcer, with a reputation for being astute and ruthless, more feared than popular.

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Rep. Conyers Settled Complaint Over Sexual Conduct

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Rep. John Conyers settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances, BuzzFeed News reported.

The website reported Monday that Conyers’ office paid the woman over $27,000 to settle the complaint under a confidentiality agreement.

BuzzFeed also published affidavits from former staff members who said they had witnessed Conyers touching female staffers inappropriately —rubbing their legs and backs — or requesting sexual favors. One former staffer said one of her duties was “to keep a list of women that I assumed he was having affairs with and call them at his request and, if necessary, have them flown in using Congressional resources.”

BuzzFeed said it received the documents from right-wing activist Mike Cernovich but independently confirmed their authenticity. Cernovich said he gave the documents to BuzzFeed News because Democrats would “try to discredit the story by attacking the messenger” if he published them himself.

The 88-year-old Conyers is the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and the longest-serving current member of the House. Calls to Conyers and his office seeking comment were not immediately returned Monday night.

The government has paid more than $17 million …read more

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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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