Monthly Archives: May 2015

Roland Martin Talks To Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson About Recent Acquittal Of Officer Brelo

By Roland Martin PLAY AUDIO

Roland Martin talks to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson about the settlement between the city and the Department of Justice and the acquittal of Officer Brelo, the cop who shot an unarmed black couple 137 times.

“As we go through this it will be demonstrated in the end. We have more civilian involvement in the policies. There is greater community participation in looking and reviewing policies,” Jackson said.

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    GA Church Launches GoFundMe Campaign to ‘Build the Black Family’ [Watch]

    By EURWeb

    An Atlanta-area church is tired of simply hearing about issues plaguing the black family, and is asking its parishioners and the public at large to join him in doing something about it.

    In seeking to address such concerns as unprecedented fatherlessness, massive unemployment and underemployment, wealth inequities, health and educational disparities, and over-criminalization and incarceration within the African American community, Canaan Land Church International, under its pastor Dr. Don Brawley III, has launched a crowdsourcing campaign to raise money for a new “Christ-centered curriculum to share God’s vision for building the black family.”

    The Building Black Families Curriculum will use “small group interactions” to help change communities, in the way Jesus chose a small group of 12 disciples to help transform lives.

    “Though there are many excellent Christ-centered curriculums that share important truths and life lessons to the broader church community, there is a dearth of published small group video and book curriculums that have been produced by African-American churches with an emphasis on the needs and issues of the African-American family,” states a passage at its GoFundMe website. “To date, no publisher or church has created a Christ-centered small group video and book study tailored to …read more

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    Pregnant In Middle School, She’s Now A Valedictorian

    By Tonya Pendleton, BlackAmericaWeb.com

    It’s a sad but all-too common story – a promising teenager’s life is derailed by a teen pregnancy. With the grim statistics on teen single mothers and how many of them are mired in poverty, it might be hard to see anything positive in the situation.

    But Chicago teenager Trameka Pope decided she was not going to be a tragic statistic. Now a high-school senior, Pope has been admitted to 26 colleges and his her high school’s valedictorian, receiving over $80,000 in scholarships.

    MyFoxChicago reports:

    “I was told that God don’t make mistakes and he wouldn’t give anyone a child who wasn’t ready for one,” Pope said.

    In two weeks, she will graduate from Chicago’s Wendell Phillips High School in the Bronzeville neighborhood.

    Pope delivered her baby girl the summer after her 8th grade year.

    She and her family have been homeless, but she’s never lost hope or her drive to become great.

    “I always said that I wanted to make change and I wanted to be in the history books, and I started with myself,” she told FOX 32.

    Pope starts her school day by taking college prep courses at Kennedy-King College. She is taking four classes at Phillips High …read more

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    Pregnant In Middle School, She’s Now A Valedectorian

    By Tonya Pendleton, BlackAmericaWeb.com

    It’s a sad but all-too common story – a promising teenager’s life is derailed by a teen pregnancy. With the grim statistics on teen single mothers and how many of them are mired in poverty, it might be hard to see anything positive in the situation.

    But Chicago teenager Trameka Pope decided she was not going to be a tragic statistic. Now a high-school senior, Pope has been admitted to 26 colleges and his her high school’s valedictorian, receiving over $80,000 in scholarships.

    MyFoxChicago reports:

    “I was told that God don’t make mistakes and he wouldn’t give anyone a child who wasn’t ready for one,” Pope said.

    In two weeks, she will graduate from Chicago’s Wendell Phillips High School in the Bronzeville neighborhood.

    Pope delivered her baby girl the summer after her 8th grade year.

    She and her family have been homeless, but she’s never lost hope or her drive to become great.

    “I always said that I wanted to make change and I wanted to be in the history books, and I started with myself,” she told FOX 32.

    Pope starts her school day by taking college prep courses at Kennedy-King College. She is taking four classes at Phillips High …read more

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    North Dakota Wal-Mart Shooter Identified As Airman At Nearby Base

    By Tonya Pendleton, BlackAmericaWeb.com

    A member of the U.S. Air Force is responsible for the shooting of two people in a Wal-Mart in Grand Forks, North Dakota, police say.

    Grand Forks Herald reports:

    A 21-year-old airman has been identified as the shooter early this morning at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in south Grand Forks.

    Marcell Willis was on active duty at Grand Forks Air Force Base, according to a police statement released this afternoon.

    Police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting, but there doesn’t appear to be a link between Willis and the store employees, Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said.

    According to police, Willis entered the store, 2551 32nd Ave. S., just after 1 a.m. and shot two employees, including one fatally. He also shot but missed another Wal-Mart employee before fatally shooting himself.

    A 63-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman were victims in the shooting, but police have not said the extent of the injuries. It appears one died since police have announced two people died in the incident. Altru Hospital announced one patient was in satisfactory condition.

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    Protests Against $30 Million Juvenile Center Shut Down Highway In Baltimore

    By NewsOne Now

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    On Tuesday, protesters in Baltimore shut down I-395 in protest against Maryland’s plan to cut education spending in lieu of funding a $30 million detention center for juveniles charged as adults.

    Local area pastor Jamal H. Bryant of the Empowerment Temple, a participant in the I-395 protest, posted a number of updates on Twitter regarding the protest:

    You mad?? We ain’t going no and neither is traffic until governor moves juvenile jail off budget!… https://t.co/287NPEj00V

    — jamalbryant (@jamalhbryant) May 26, 2015

    We headed to MLK & Washington blvd #baltimoreuprising we not going no where until juvenile jail does pic.twitter.com/7F688IRIxw

    — jamalbryant (@jamalhbryant) May 26, 2015

    RT @AList_AL: Close the Prison Pipeline ..or Close the City’s Pipelines. 395 is shut down. pic.twitter.com/jU1ObBAYMi

    — jamalbryant (@jamalhbryant) May 26, 2015

    Roland Martin, A. Scott Bolden, ESQ, principal at Reed Smith, LLC, Leadership Stategist, Avis Jones DeWeever, NewsOne.com contributor, D0shon Farad and Political and Lifesyle Blogger Dru Ealons discussed the I-395 #BaltimoreUprising protest on NewsOne Now.

    Bolden told Martin, host of NewsOne Now, “This issue is not going away and to keep it on the consciousness of …read more

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    Black Prosecutor Set To Replace Loretta Lynch As Brooklyn US Attorney

    By Lynette Holloway

    A longtime federal prosecutor in Brooklyn has won critical support to replace Loretta Lynch as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, report various media.

    U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has asked President Barack Obama to nominate Robert L. Capers to succeed Loretta E. Lynch, who left to become the first Black, female U.S. attorney general in April.

    If nominated, 44-year-old Capers would have to be approved by the Senate to become the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District, which covers Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

    From The New York Daily News:

    Capers worked under Lynch in the Eastern District of New York as senior litigation counsel, prosecuting public corruption cases.

    The Bronx-born lawyer, a graduate of NYU, led a successful corruption prosecution against Democratic Assemblyman William Boyland last year.

    He is the son of an NYPD detective and the brother of an NYPD officer.

    According The New York Times:

    He rose to the top on the merits,” Mr. Schumer, a Democrat, said of Mr. Capers, who joined the office in 2003 and currently prosecutes public corruption cases. “He’s really smart, he’s very hardworking, nose to the grindstone, not flashy, gets the job done and gets it done superbly.”…

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    ‘I Don’t Expect Ever Again For Us To Be In Court Squabbling With Each Other’ -MLK III On Family’s Legal Issues

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    Martin Luther King III talks to Roland Martin about poverty in America and the issues that surround he and his siblings over licensing of his father’s property.

    “There are no more legal things other than the court is waiting on a settlement between all parties. All of the legal suits have been dropped. Unfortunately as it related to our family, all families have issues but I don’t expect ever again for us to be in court a it related to squabbles with each other.”

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    Don Lemon: Baltimore Crime Is Off The Charts. Guess Who Is To Blame?

    By Don Lemon PLAY AUDIO

    Baltimore we have a problem!

    And I’m not talking about police excessive force or the shooting of unarmed black men.

    The numbers are startling.

    In just 72 hours, this past Memorial Weekend 29 people were shot, 7 were killed.

    This month is the city’s deadliest in more than a decade, since 1999.

    There have been 108 homicides so far this year, up 40 percent from last year.

    City officials are dumbfounded to say the least.

    The mayor says it’s disheartening.

    The Police Chief Anthony Batts blames, in part, the recent unrest.

    “Officers tell me and their supervisors, any time they pull up to respond to a call, they have 30 to 50 people surrounding them. We have to send in multiple units just to do basic police work, which says we have to work on community engagement.”

    Batts has added more officers and presence in the Western District where most of the violence is occurring but so far it hasn’t helped.

    “It makes it very difficult to follow up on violence that takes place there,” he said. “Clearly, they’re not holding back. They’re getting to those locations and getting surrounded. You have many citizens with hand-held cameras that they’re sticking in the faces …read more

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    Cause of Death of Child in Swing Undetermined After Autopsy

    By KASEY JONES, Associated Press

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Further investigation and toxicology tests are needed in the case of a Maryland child who was found dead in a park swing as his mother pushed him, authorities said.

    An autopsy has been completed on the 3-year-old boy found Friday in La Plata, Maryland, but the cause of death remains under investigation, Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said Monday.

    The 24-year-old mother was taken to a hospital Friday. Richardson said the woman remained hospitalized Monday. Officials haven’t identified her. They’ve said she may have been at the park for hours before the boy was discovered.

    Detectives were working to establish a timeline of the days before his death, Richardson said. Previously, she said there were no obvious signs of foul play but that it hadn’t been ruled out.

    Also Monday, a woman who identified herself as the child’s maternal grandmother, told a TV station her daughter had been diagnosed with a mental illness a few months ago and had been seeking help. She didn’t give specifics.

    The woman, who identified herself as Vontasha Simms, also told WUSA-TV her daughter ordinarily “would never harm my grandson in any type of way.”

    Police have not commented on details of the investigation or whether …read more

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