Monthly Archives: August 2015

Rare Photos of 19th-Century Blacks Speak to Modern Americans

By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press

In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 photo, an 1891 portrait of Albert Jones and John Xiniwe, sitting for an unknown photographer for the London Stereoscopic Company, is displayed with other portraits made in studios across Britain in 19th and early 20th century in the show "Black Chronicles II," as they are hung at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art in Cambridge, Mass. The show runs from Wednesday, Sept. 2 through Friday Dec. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Some faces are pensive; others are proud. Some are known; others are obscure. All are black.

Rare, striking and never-before-seen portraits of black citizens in Victorian-era England are going on display for the first time in the U.S., and organizers say the photographs have a powerful message for contemporary Americans riven by racism.

“There’s a healing aspect to seeing these exquisite images,” said Vera Ingrid Grant, director of the Cooper Gallery of African & African-American Art at Harvard University. The show, “Black Chronicles II,” opens there Wednesday and runs through Dec. 11.

“It changes our perceptions of the past, and can reverberate and change how we view the present,” she said.

Researchers found the trove of glass plates wrapped in brown paper and tied with string in storage at London’s Hulton Archive. Originally snapped well over a century ago and an ocean away, they debunk any notion that Britons of African heritage were all but invisible in 19th-century society.

Life-size black-and-white prints are interspersed with small snapshots, some culled from privately owned collections. They show ordinary people and a few minor celebrities posing for portraits in their Sunday best. Sequential shots capture a few playfully mugging for the box cameras that …read more

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UPDATE: Suspect In Ambush of Houston-Area Deputy Held Without Bond, Shot Officer 15 Times

By Associated Press

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UPDATED:

HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Houston police officer who was ambushed was shot 15 times at a gas station.

Shannon J. Miles appeared briefly in state District Court on Monday. He is being held without bond. He was appointed two attorneys.

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said Deputy Darren Goforth was shot 15 times and the shell casings match the handgun that was found at Miles’ home.

Goforth, a 10-year veteran, was pumping gas about 8:20 p.m. Friday when he was ambushed and fatally shot. He died at the gas station in Cypress.

Anderson would not comment to reporters after the hearing regarding a motive.

HOUSTON (AP) — The man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff’s deputy had a lengthy criminal record going back a decade, but never spent more than short stints in jail.

Shannon J. Miles, whose criminal record includes convictions for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, was to be arraigned Monday in the shooting of Darren Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Miles’ arrest Saturday came less than 24 hours after authorities said he ambushed Goforth at a suburban Houston Chevron station.

Harris County Sheriff Ron …read more

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Emmett Till’s Life Story Is Coming To The Big Screen 60 Years After His Death

By Roland Martin PLAY AUDIO

Roland Martin talks to filmmaker Keith Beauchamp about his plans for a Emmett Till movie in light of the 60th anniversary of his death.

“This is something I’ve been trying to do for 20 years. It started off as research to do a screenplay. I want to make a film for the people and by the people. I don’t want this to just be a Hollywood film that you look at and it just goes away,” Beauchamp said.

Click the link above to hear the entire interview!

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    UPDATE: Suspect In Ambush of Houston-Area Deputy Due In Court

    By Associated Press

    HOUSTON (AP) — The man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff’s deputy had a lengthy criminal record going back a decade, but never spent more than short stints in jail.

    Shannon J. Miles, whose criminal record includes convictions for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, was to be arraigned Monday in the shooting of Darren Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Miles’ arrest Saturday came less than 24 hours after authorities said he ambushed Goforth at a suburban Houston Chevron station.

    Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said the attack was “clearly unprovoked,” and there is no evidence that Goforth knew Miles. Investigators have no information from Miles that would shed light on his motive, Hickman said.

    “Our assumption is that he (Goforth) was a target because he wore a uniform,” the sheriff said.

    Miles’ criminal record begins in 2005, when he was convicted of criminal mischief, giving false information to police and resisting arrest, according to records. In 2006, he was convicted of disorderly conduct with a firearm and sentenced to a maximum of 15 days in jail. He was convicted of evading arrest in 2007, and his most recent …read more

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    Man Pulled Over For Making Direct Eye Contact With Ohio Police Officer [VIDEO]

    By EURweb.com

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    Well if this doesn’t beat all, I am at a loss for what will. Police officers generally get suspicious if you avoid eye-contact with them; but according to one man, the excuse a Dayton police officer used for tailing him before he eventually pulled him over, was because he did make direct eye contact with him.

    Sheesh, talk about being damned if you do, damned if you don’t!

    I’ll give you a minute to shake your head.

    John Felton, (pictured) who previously lived in Ohio, but has since moved to Michigan, was pulled over in front of his mom’s house. Though he was initially told by the officer that he allegedly activated his turn signal less than 100 feet before making a right turn, he suspected there was more to this because it was hard to believe he would be stopped for such a shallow technicality.

    Felton probed a bit deeper, asking the officer for the real reason he was followed for several blocks and eventually pulled over.

    “Because you made direct eye contact with me and held onto it when I was passing you,” the officer responded.

    Wanna bet he said this with a straight face.

    The offer threatened Felton, a black man if …read more

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    Boy From Memorable Hurricane Katrina Interview Is Now Living Life As A Woman [VIDEO]

    By EURweb.com

    You may not immediately remember the face of this cute little boy, who looked directly into the NBC-TV camera and spoke so eloquently about his surroundings at the New Orleans Superdome during one of the most devastating events his hometown, New Orleans, had seen.

    Well, you certainly wouldn’t recognize Charles Evans today.

    A lot can happen in 10 years. He’s taller, of course. And he has outgrown that cute little face and the big eyes. He wears his hair long, and has exchanged the trousers he once wore… for a skirt.

    Yes. The former ‘Mister’ has begun the process to becoming a ‘Ms.’

    As the ten year anniversary of Katrina unfolds, we not only get to take a look back at a devastating time; but we also get to hear how the thousands of New Orleans residents affected by Katrina have moved forward from the event.

    Little Charles had been one of the hundreds of families that took shelter inside the Superdome at the time of the raging floods, along with his great-grandmother, Ophelia.

    News crews caught up with those held up in Superdome in the aftermath of Katrina, and how could we forget Charles, who looked right into the camera and spoke with more …read more

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    Randall Kerrick: Officer Who Killed Jonathan Ferrell Will Not Face Retrial

    By NewsOne Staff

    Randall Kerrick, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who gunned down Jonathan Ferrell while the unarmed man was seeking help following a car accident on September 14, 2013, will not face retrial, the New York Daily News reports.

    A jury deadlocked 8-4 last week on deciding whether or not to find Kerrick guilty of voluntary manslaughter, subsequently, a judge declared a mistrial.

    More details below:

    The Ferrell family has settled a lawsuit with the city of Charlotte, receiving $2.25 million. Chris Chestnut, the attorney for the Ferrell family, wasn’t immediately available for comment, but Ferrell’s mother told The Charlotte Observer that she doesn’t think prosecutors tried hard enough to convict Kerrick.

    “They didn’t try hard enough. It was just another black life,” Georgia Ferrell told the Observer. “They don’t care.”

    She said two prosecutors called her Friday morning to tell her that the case would not be retried.

    “I am going to continue to fight,” she said. She already planned to use part of the civil settlement for a foundation named for her son. “I am going to work on the foundation, continue to work for justice. It’s not the end.”

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    U.S. Marines’ First Black Pilot, Gen. Frank Peterson, Dies At 83

    By Lynette Holloway

    Frank Peterson, the U.S. Marines’ first Black pilot, has died at age 83.

    Hoping to escape pervasive racism in his Kansas hometown, General Frank Petersen joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 as a seaman apprentice, reports The Boston Globe.

    The following year, motivated by the death of the Navy’s first Black aviator Jesse Brown in the Korean War, Peterson entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program, the report says. From there, he went on to make history himself, earning a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Vietnam “when he was ejected after his plane was struck by anti-aircraft fire over the demilitarized zone” in 1968.

    He died Tuesday at his home in Stevensville, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The cause was complications from lung cancer, according to The Globe:

    President Harry S. Truman had ordered the armed forces to desegregate in 1948, but General Petersen later wrote that the Navy and Marine Corps were ‘‘the last to even entertain the idea of integrating their forces.” And whenever he left the flight training base in Pensacola, Fla., he was subjected to the indignities of the Jim Crow South.

    Bus drivers ordered him to the back of the coach, and he was barred from sitting …read more

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    Texas Deputy Shot & Killed While Pumping Gas

    By Maria Mora

    A Texas sheriff in uniform was shot to death on Friday evening after filling up his patrol car with gas at a suburban Houston gas station. The sheriff has been identified as 47-year-old Deputy Darren Goforth, and according to reports, the gunman killed him without reason.

    From CNN:

    Deputy Darren H. Goforth, 47, was returning to his car after pumping gas Friday night.

    The gunman walked up from behind him and opened fire for no apparent reason, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said.

    When Goforth fell to the ground, the gunman stood over him and shot him some more, authorities said. He died at the scene.

    Goforth was a married father with two children. Texas officials have a man in custody who is believed to be Goforth’s killer.

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    Suspected Shooter In Death Of 9-Year-Old Ferguson Girl Arrested, Charged

    By Christina Coleman

    St. Louis Police have arrested and charged a man believed to be the shooter in an incident that claimed the life of a 9-year-old girl who was doing homework on her mother’s bed.

    Authorities were not able to provide a motive in the shooting death of Jamyla Bolden, who lived not far from the location where Michael Brown Jr. was killed by a former Ferguson police officer a year before. De’Eris Brown, 21, was arrested by St. Louis County police and U.S. marshals on Wednesday night at a nearby hospital, where he was visiting a patient. Brown was charged with “one count of second-degree murder, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and three counts of armed criminal action” for the Aug. 18 incident, the St. Louis Dispatch reports.

    The shooting also injured Kendric Henderson, the young girl’s mother. She was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and released from the hospital shortly after. Henderson and Jamyla were not the intended targets, police said.

    It is, however, unclear if the victims were connected to the suspect in any way.

    From The Dispatch:

    Late Thursday afternoon, a man outside the bullet-pocked house …read more

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