Monthly Archives: October 2016

Maryland Uber Driver Accused Of Kidnapping, Assaulting Blacked Out Passenger

By Lynette Holloway

AGreenbelt, Maryland, Uber driver was arrested last week on charges of kidnapping and assaulting a female passenger who blacked out at a bar, reports Fox 5.

The driver, Westagne Pierre, 29, reportedly picked up the woman on October 18 outside the bar, but failed to drop her off at home. He was charged Thursday with kidnapping, assault and for fraudulently using the victim’s credit card, Fox 5 writes:

Detectives believe Pierre, of Greenbelt, picked up the victim at a bar in DC on the night of October 18, and first drove her to her home in Virginia. But instead of dropping her off there, he then drove her to the Budget Inn in College Park.

Once there, police say he checked into the hotel using his own information, lifted her out of the car and carried her to the hotel room. After some time, Pierre allegedly left the room and went to a nearby 7-Eleven, where he used the victim’s American Express card to make a $14.00 purchase.

The State’s Attorney’s Office is weighing additional charges against Pierre, the report says.


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Hairstylist Reportedly Pepper Sprayed An Unsatisfied Client



A feisty New Jersey hairstylist who police say pepper-sprayed a dissatisfied client has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon, New York Daily News reports.

35-year-old Maryam Simpson, who goes by “Freddy” on Craigslist to advertise her hair-cutting and styling services, fled her client’s apartment before cops could arrive after she pepper sprayed the woman when she expressed her dissatisfaction with her haircut, police said.

After a police search for Simpson, she was arrested on Oct. 24 and released after posting bail, which was set at $35,000, with a 10 percent option. Police say she also had an active warrant in Rutherford.

The client was treated at her apartment for injuries sustained during the incident.

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Audley Coulthurst Of Famed Tuskegee Airmen Dies In NYC At 92

By Associated Press


NEW YORK (AP) — A former member of the pioneering black aviation group the Tuskegee Airmen has died. Audley Coulthurst was 92.

Audra Coulthurst says her father died Thursday at a Veterans Affairs facility in Brooklyn after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Coulthurst enlisted in the Army in 1942 and became one of the first black military pilots in the U.S.

Although Tuskegee Airmen faced discrimination in a segregated military, the fighter squadrons were among the most respected in World War II.

Audra Coulthurst says after the war her father became a certified public account and served as controller of the National Urban League.

He also is survived by his wife, Matilda Coulthurst, and a son, Jeffrey Coulthurst.

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#BLM Activist Deray Mckesson Endorses Hillary Clinton

By Associated Press

In this March 26, 2016 photo, Baltimore mayoral candidate DeRay Mckesson chats with campaign volunteers before canvassing in Baltimore. Mckesson is known on the national stage for his role in Black Lives Matter, but he's struggling as he campaigns for mayor in his hometown. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson has announced publicly that he is backing Hillary Clinton for president.

In an op-ed with The Washington Post, DeRay explained his reasoning, even citing Shirley Chisholm, social injustice, his fight in cities like St. Louis and Baltimore, the end of the federal government’s “Equitable Sharing Program,” and more.

McKesson notes that: “I agree with Clinton more than I disagree with her.”

Below is an excerpt from his op-ed.

The unrest and activism over the last two years has undoubtedly pushed Clinton, specifically on key issues that she and other Democrats otherwise would not have addressed as forcefully as the party’s platform does: private prisons, an increased minimum wage, the role of institutional and implicit bias in sustaining unjust systems and acknowledging the need to address racism directly, to name a few.

Clinton’s platform on racial justice is strong: It is informed by the policy failings of the past and is a vision for where we need to go.

He warned against people voting for Donald Trump in the hopes that his administration brings a “productive apocalypse.”

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Trial Of Officer Seen On Video Shooting Walter Scott To Begin

By BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The trial is starting for a former South Carolina police officer captured on video shooting an unarmed black motorist.

Potential jurors report Monday in Charleston as jury selection gets underway in the trial of 34-year-old Michael Slager.


The nation was stunned by cellphone video recorded by a bystander showing Slager shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott as he ran from a traffic stop in April 2015. The jury will have to decide if the shooting is murder. If convicted Slager, faces 30 years to life.

Jury selection is also being held this week in a similar case in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ray Tensing is charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 2015 shooting of Sam DuBose, who was pulled over for a missing license plate.

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Woman Denied $43 Million Payout After Casino Says The Machine Malfunctioned


Wow! What a crappy feeling it must’ve been for Katrina Bookman. You know, that feeling you get when you’re told you actually did NOT win $43 MILLION because the slot machine that said you won was malfunctioning. Or so the casino says.

“I kept thinking about my family,” Bookman said.

That’s just about all Katrina Bookman could say when her thoughts turn to what happened back in August at Resorts World Casino in New York.

She already earmarked the millions to buy a barbershop for her son and a big chunk that would be given back to her community.

When she THOUGHT she hit the jackpot, Bookman’s partner captured the casino chaos on video. She was surrounded by customers, casino personnel and security.

That’s just about all Katrina Bookman could say when her thoughts turn to what happened back in August at Resorts World Casino in New York.

She already earmarked the millions to buy a barbershop for her son and a big chunk that would be given back to her community.

When she THOUGHT she hit the jackpot, Bookman’s partner captured the casino chaos on video. She was surrounded by customers, casino personnel and security.

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Donald Trump Mistakes A Black Supporter For A Protester

By Jasmine Alyse

If this isn’t enough to put things in perspective about Donald Trump, we don’t know what will.

In an already bizarre election, things took a weird turn when Trump unceremoniously kicked out one of his Black supporters at a Kinston, North Carolina rally, who he mistook for a protestor.

C.J. Cary, a 63-year-old African American marine veteran, says Trump is an “honest” candidate but just needs a little guidance on how to be more inclusive of minorities, women and people with disabilities. Cary had written a letter on the subject to Trump, but decided it would be more effective to hand deliver it personally. Once Cary got about 20 ft. from the stage, the crowd began to boo and harass him thinking he was a protester.

“We have a protester,” Trump said as the crowd continued booking. “By the way, were you paid $1,500 to be a thug?,” Trump asked, going off his conspiracy that Hillary pays protestors to crash his rally. Once Trump had embarrassed his own supporter to his satisfaction, he motioned for security saying “You can get him out. Get him out.” You truly can’t make this stuff up…

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Slain Georgia Siblings Were Unintended Targets Of Gang Violence

By NewsOne Staff

Daveon Coates,15, and his 11-year-old sister, Tatiyana Coates were killed in their Jonesboro, Georgia home on October 22 in an apparent gang retaliation shooting police say, according to People.

Police originally believed the shooting was the result of a home invasion, but a 15-year-old unnamed male visiting the home was the alleged target, writes the news outlet.

11 year old Tatiyana Coates and her 15 year old brother Daveon were murdered this morning in a Clayton County home invasion. So tragic. RIP.

— Matt Johnson (@MJohnsonWSB) October 22, 2016

The siblings were home with several other children when shots were fired into their house. According to the news outlet, no adults were present and the other children were unharmed.

According to Clayton County Police Chief Michael Register, who spoke with reporters on Tuesday, the unnamed local gang intended to hit the 15-year-old youth. Weeks earlier, Tanieka Brown, Daveon and Tatiyana’s mother, opened her home to a friend and her five children who relocated from Tennessee, according to People.

Register said the 15-year-old visitor may have been linked to a Tennessee gang and believes an act he committed against a local gang in Atlanta made them “retaliate …read more

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Man Grows Cotton In Harlem To Teach Kids About Slavery

By Angela Bronner Helm

The name of the 1970 Ossie Davis-directed Blaxploitation film, Cotton Comes To Harlem, has taken on a new twist in 2016.

Willie Morgan, who hails from Georgia, grows actual cotton in Harlem to teach children in his neighborhood about slavery. Cotton, of course, was the cash crop that allowed the United States to flourish in capitalism during the 19th century. The free labor of enslaved people allowed the country’s economy to grow by leaps and bounds.

“I tell the kids … that the jeans they’re wearing come from cotton. They don’t know anything about it,” he said in a recent interview with the Independent. “I give them the cotton and they can take it into their classes.”

Morgan began planting his cotton plants in 2005, and they now sit right at an iconic Harlem statue of Harriet Tubman at the junction of 122nd Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

“This is what slavery was about. They did not have machines. They needed people to pick it…[That way] they know about the cotton, they know what their forefathers did,” he said.

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Black Man Arrested For Punching Bus Rider Who Inappropriately Touched Teen Girl

By Kellee Terrell

***Editor’s Note: This video contains language that can be perceived as offensive.

A Black man riding a New York City bus was arrested for assault after he punched another passenger he caught touching a 15-year-old girl.

According to Moise Morancy, who posted the viral video of the altercation on his Facebook page, he was riding the bus when a drunk man got one and began making inappropriate sexual advances on a teenage girl sitting next him.

At first he started caressing her hand and I saw how uncomfortable it made her … so she let go and put her hands in her pocket,” Morancy wrote of the passenger.

“He then proceeded to forcibly do it again. In the process of doing so, he hit my knee and I told him ‘Yo, bro. Don’t touch me’. Then he started getting aggressive and saying ‘I can do whatever I want, you BLACK PIECE OF S__T!

Morancy said he backed off a bit to de-esculate the situation, but then stepped in again when he saw the man feel up the young girl’s thigh.

And no one said anything, So I yelled at him so loud that the bus stopped and everyone stared. I …read more

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