Monthly Archives: March 2015

Study Says Gay Black Men Earn More Than Straight Ones Do


Its no surprise that being a black man in the U. S. is tough. Nor is it a surprise that being a gay black man is seen by many as double-jeopardy – the whole double minority thing. But as it turns out, being a black gay man has its benefits. Especially when it comes to the corporate world, according to a study done by Princeton University.

And that may come as a surprise to many.

The study was led by sociologist David Pedulla, who directed his researchers to explore what effects race and sexuality have on the chances of being considered for jobs and starting salaries. And what they ended up with is that a gay African-American man not only stands a better chance of landing a job, but also getting paid better than his heterosexual counterpart.

So contrary to popular belief, where two minority groups are considered, again, double-jeopardy, apparently that doesn’t apply here; where it seems to work for you rather than against.

According to Financial Juneteenth, past studies have laid out the disadvantages faced by a man who is black and gay. A 2003 study showed both straight and gay African-American men with no negative history still face more …read more

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Newly Released Photo Shows That UVA Honor Student Martese Johnson Was Shackled During His Arrest

By Shardae Jobson

Last week, the unfair arrest of University of Virginia junior (and honor) student Martese Johnson ignited protests across his campus. After he was denied entry into local hangout Trinity Bar (over accusations of a fake ID), he was accosted by three Alcoholic Beverage Control agents who went on to beat Johnson to a bloody and bruised pulp, and then he was arrested. A new photo has surfaced and shows Johnson was also chained by the ankles, as he remained cuffed and bruised sitting on back entry of an ambulance truck.

#MarteseJohnson assault him and then break out the foot chains. This young man will be set for life #lawsuit

— Parkstorm (@parkstorm) March 26, 2015

The new photo adds to the disbelief of what should have been a calm situation. Johnson’s face was so drenched with blood, he looked like he just came from battle, so why was he then also placed in chains? The connotations of it are beyond


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3 Missouri Police Agencies Plan To Lessen How Much They Use Tear Gas In The Future

By Shardae Jobson

On March 26, three Missouri police agencies agreed to lessen their use of tear gas after lawsuits alleged that the chemical was used excessively during the Ferguson protests back in November. Better now that never.

The three suits were ultimately dismissed by U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson but according to Reuters, will “retain jurisdiction through 2017″ to ensure the agencies comply to the reformed usage of tear gas. One major agreement includes that police give fair and verbal warnings and a sensible amount of time to vacate, for protestors and demonstrators. This should be especially exercised during “non-criminal activity.” The agencies will also pay $2,500 in legal costs.

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57-Year-Old Black Man Brutally Beaten & Put In Chokehold By Police, Then They Planted Cocaine In His Car [VIDEO]

By Shardae Jobson

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This past Tuesday, two White cops were caught on video unjustifiably placing Floyd Dent, 57, in a choke hold and beating him. The video also shows the officers dragging him out of the driver’s seat in his Cadillac. Last night, during an episode of All In With Chris Hayes, with his Attorney Gregory Rohl by his side, Dent talked about the police brutality he experienced and that the cocaine found underneath the seat of his car wasn’t his, but a set up by one of the six cops that eventually surrounded him and snooped his car.

The incident occurred on a road in Inkster, a town just outside of Detroit and the cops and Dent, a retired autoworker, was pulled over because he failed to halt at a stop sign. The unidentified cops also claimed that Dent said, “I’ll kill you” while he was still in the car. In their minds, that’s supposed to somehow pacify the chokehold, three taser shots in stomach and thigh and sixteen punches in the head and the reported two kicks that Dent experienced on his body that he had to spend …read more

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34 Kids By 17 Women & Now A Reality Show: Why It Might Work

By Madison J. Gray

It’s no surprise that there would be backlash and outrage over the OWN network giving Jay Williams, the Atlanta man with 34 kids by 17 different women who was featured on Iyanla Vanzant’s Fix My Life series, his own reality show. Black Twitter exploded when it was announced this week that Williams would debut this September, continuing the story that originally ran last fall.

The scoffing spread across the blogosphere when people found out that the brother that no condom could hold would be on primetime, once again, with his and his kids’ moms’ dirty laundry out there to see.

“Well, apparently, being a deadbeat will pay off (some of that back child support)…” said

“…With his track record, full of irresponsibility, it’s doubtful that Jay would attempt to repair these relationships without the cameras around,” wrote

So Williams is probably not a favorite out there to women who have had to deal with deadbeats, or to children who had to grow up without a father, or at least knowing their fathers could have been a dad, but didn’t. He’s also not a favorite to men who believe in taking responsibility for one’s own …read more

Source:: News One

19-Year-Old Hampton University Student Commits Suicide in Library

By Staff

WTKR reports a 19-year-old Hampton University student reportedly committed suicide in the school’s on campus library.

Cullen Haviland, who hailed from Temecula, California, was found dead on Friday, March 27, 2015.

The site reports:

Haviland was a second year student who was actually classified as a senior because of his outstanding academic performance and credits he earned through advanced placement.

He was also involved with the National Society of Black Physics Students and the Society of Physics Students.

The school has provided grief counseling for students who may need it.

Officials say no foul play is expected at this time, but it is still early in the investigation.

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Florida Spring Break Shooting May Curtail Future Events

By The Associated Press

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A house party that dissolved into a hail of gunfire and left seven young people hurt has officials on the Florida Panhandle pondering what to do with a spring break season they say has gotten out of control.

The raucous parties in the spring break capital of Panama City Beach have had politicians, police and businesses tussling for years over how much to crack down on a key economic force.

That debate was revived again when a packed gathering of dancing 20-somethings turned into a sprawling crime scene early Saturday.

“This is what we’ve been trying to warn people about,” said Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen. “It was only a matter of time and it’s only a matter of time until it happens again if we don’t address it.”

The city council held an emergency meeting Saturday to address spring break, allocating up to $200,000 in additional spending for increased police patrols. But motions introduced by Councilman Keith Curry to ban alcohol on the beach and to roll back the last-call on alcohol sales two hours earlier to midnight were unsuccessful.

“We have blood on our hands,” Curry told his fellow council members.

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Charles Barkley Says Indiana Should Be Boycotted For ‘Religious Freedom Act’

By Angela Bronner Helm

Ain’t nobody going back to Indiana if they keep this up.

Several African Americans have come out against the state of Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Act,” a recently enacted law that gives businesses the right to discriminate against gay and lesbian citizens of the United States.

Tony winner Audra McDonald has been one of the most prominent to decry the new law, but two former professional athletes – Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller – have also spoken out against the discriminatory policy.

Indiana, of course, is a state steeped in sports, with high-flying professional sports teams (Colts, Pacers), the Indiannapolis 500, and serious college basketball.

Barkley issued a statement on Friday saying that the state should be boycotted if they keep this up, according to USA Today:

“Discrimination in any form is unacceptable to me,” said Barkley. “As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities.”

Miller, who played for many years with the Indiana Pacers, also took to Twitter to talk about it, saying how “very disappointed he was in his adopted home state.”

— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) March 27, 2015

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UPDATE: Boston Police Officer In Coma After Being Shot In The Face During Traffic Stop, Expected To Recover

By Maria Mora

A Boston cop was shot in the face during a traffic stop last night.

After Officer John Moynihan pulled over “suspected gang members,” a gun fight occurred, leaving him in a coma and the shooter dead.

Daily Mail reports:

Officer John Moynihan, 34, was attacked when he pulled over suspected gang members in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday evening.

The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Angelo West, was shot dead by other officers at the scene in Boston on Friday evening after he opened fire. A female bystander was shot in the arm.

The city’s police commissioner William Evans told the press that Moynihan is expected to recover. Moynihan, who was shot just below his eye, was given a medal of bravery for his involvement in a shootout with the Boston Bombing suspects back in 2013.

We pray for Moynihan’s recovery.


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Federal Judge Says New Jersey School Can Fire Security Guard Over Discriminatory Facebook Post

By Maria Mora

A federal judge declared that a New Jersey school district has the right to terminate a security guard who shared discriminatory content on his Facebook page, describing two suspects accused of killing a police officer as “black thugs” and suggesting white people riot against them.

WPXI reports:

U.S. District Judge Joseph Irenas ruled Thursday that Mary Czaplinski is not likely to win a lawsuit against the Vineland Public Schools asserting that the district violated her freedom of speech.

The security guard is hoping to get monetary damages from the school district. The site continues:

The guard was fired earlier this month for conduct unbecoming a public employee after a post about the shooting in Philadelphia. She also wrote that she was “praying hard” for the slain police officer, who was black. Her lawyer says she made a series of posts about the slaying when she was off work and at home.

The judge believes the security guard’s statements prevent her from fulfilling her daily tasks as a security guard.


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