Monthly Archives: May 2017

Cops Arrest Mom Of Missing Georgia Teen Latania Janell Carwell

By Jeff Mays

Although African Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 37 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database under the age of 18 and 26 percent above the age of 18. Cases involving African Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.

NewsOne has partnered with the Black and Missing Foundation to focus on the crisis of missing African Americans.

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Latania Janell Carwell

Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: April 17, 2001
Missing Date: Apr 17, 2017
Age Now: 16
Missing City: Augusta
Missing State: Georgia
Case Number: 2017-00153988

Gender: Female
Race: Black
Complexion: Medium
Height: 5-4
Weight: 160
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Shoulder Length
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Law enforcement officers in Augusta, Georgia, have arrested the mother of a 16-year-old missing girl on charges of “hindering the apprehension of a criminal,” reports WFXG TV.

Tanya Tripp, 35, was taken into custody Friday and is being held in the Richmond County Jail along with her …read more

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Settlement Approved For Alton Sterling Protesters In Baton Rouge

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

Protesters demonstrate a residential neighborhood in Baton Rouge, La. on Sunday, July 10, 2016. After an organized protest in downtown Baton Rouge protesters wandered into residential neighborhoods and toward a major highway that caused the police to respond by arresting protesters that refused to disperse. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday preliminarily approved a proposed settlement resolving a class action that accuses law enforcement agencies in Louisiana’s capital of violating the constitutional rights of protesters who were arrested after a deadly police shooting.

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson is one of nearly 80 arrested protesters who are eligible for cash payments ranging from $500 to $1,000 if the settlement gets the court’s final approval.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Erin Wilder-Doomes said the agreement “appears fair in all respects.” U.S. District Judge John W. deGravelles is scheduled to hold a Sept. 21 hearing before deciding whether to give it his final approval.

Police arrested nearly 200 people at protests in Baton Rouge after a white police officer shot and killed Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, during a struggle outside a convenience store on July 5, 2016.

The Justice Department investigated the shooting and announced earlier this …read more

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Officer In Philando Castile Shooting Wants Gun Permit Evidence Excluded

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Philando Castile’s permit to legally carry a gun became a point of focus in the days after he was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer, with some questioning whether Castile acted properly during the July traffic stop and others wondering whether the officer followed his training.

But as the trial of St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez began Tuesday, his attorneys asked that jurors not be allowed to hear statements about Castile’s concealed carry permit.

Defense attorney Earl Gray argued that Yanez, 29, didn’t know Castile had a permit to carry at the time of the shooting, so evidence about it is irrelevant in his trial.

Castile, a black 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker, was killed July 6 during a traffic stop in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights after he told Yanez, “Sir, I have to tell you that I do have a firearm on me,” according to the criminal complaint against Yanez. The shooting’s gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was in the car with her young daughter.

Yanez, who is Latino, is charged with second-degree manslaughter and two lesser counts of endangering safety.

The video recorded by …read more

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Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega Is Dead At 83

By KATHIA MARTINEZ, Associated Press

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Manuel Noriega had become a problem. At least that’s the way it looked from Washington.

For years, the Panamanian military man had been a close and sometimes clandestine ally of U.S. governments as he rose to power in a country defined by a U.S. strategic asset, the Panama Canal, and in a region where America was fighting a series of proxy wars against Soviet allies.

But things were going sour. The populist strongman who had long cooperated with the CIA was growing increasingly independent, more embarrassingly thuggish. Officials in Washington — and grand juries in Florida — decided he was in cahoots with the drug traffickers he once helped fight.

So in December 1989, President George H.W. Bush sent American troops into Panama City to arrest Noriega — the last of several times that U.S. military forces have directly toppled a government in the Americas.

After a few days of fighting, the Central American dictator fled to asylum at the Vatican Embassy on Christmas Eve, setting off a bizarre siege in which U.S. troops bombarded the mission with thunderous rock and rap music. Ten days later, he finally surrendered and was whisked to Miami.

Noriega was never again a free man. …read more

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Muhammad Ali’s Childhood Home Museum May Have To Close


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The owners who restored Muhammad Ali’s boyhood home in Kentucky and opened it as a museum say it may have to close because of financial difficulties.

The pink home where Ali — known then as Cassius Clay — dreamed of boxing greatness has drawn more than 10,000 visitors since opening last year in Louisville.

Co-owners George Bochetto and Jared Weiss said Tuesday they have asked the city of Louisville and the Ali Center to help support the landmark.

Bochetto says they have covered the costs to renovate the home and keep it open as a museum. They say a more comprehensive financial and marketing plan is needed.

The first anniversary of Ali’s death is Saturday.

Louisville will honor its hometown champ with a six-week celebration that begins Saturday.


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Bill Cosby Worried That Someone Will Try To Hurt Him, Reports Say


According to reports, Bill Cosby is worried about getting drugged and poisoned and he and his long-suffering wife are said to be avoiding hotels as he prepares for his day in court for allegedly raping white women.

Page Six reports that Bill is living in fear and afraid someone will slip something in his food or drink.

The publication notes that during pre-trial hearings and jury selection in Pittsburgh, 79-year-old Cosby refused to stay in local hotels because he’s worried about attacks on his person. Instead, he takes early morning flights on his private jet to the courthouse from his suburban Philly home.

“He and his wife are afraid that if he stayed at a hotel, someone will find a way to poison him, put something in his food,” a source who works closely with the Cosby camp said.

“He’s blind … so that makes him even more vulnerable to [being] poisoned or to having someone sneak into his room,” said a second source close to the family.

Cosby stands accused of sexual assaulting some 60 women and many of them claim that he drugged them before having sex with them.

Bill Cosby has reportedly even refused to …read more

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63-Year-Old Father And Son Graduate From College Together

By NewsOne Staff

A first-generation Haitian American got to share one of his most proud days with his 63-year-old father – they both graduated from college on the same day.

I always had it in my mind to graduate college, but to graduate with my dad? It’s indescribable!” Ben Jeanty, 27, tells People magazine. Jeanty graduated with his father, Duvinson, a Haitian immigrant who drove an NJ Transit bus for more than 25 years.

College Student Graduates Alongside His Immigrant… #Family #PerezciousParenting #Educational #ViralNews #benjeanty


The pair received their diplomas from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Ben received his degree in psychology and Duvinson in finance. Ben aims to earn a master’s in urban policy analysis while Duvinson formed Genevieve Investment Solutions, named in honor of his mother, to help families get their finances in order.

Duvinson initially enrolled in college part-time at age 53 when the father-of-four was still working as a bus driver for New Jersey Transit and caring for his ailing mother. He first earned an associate’s degree from a community college last year.

“Growing up and …read more

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Paris Mayor Upset Over All-Black Woman Festival

By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press

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PARIS (AP) — The mayor of Paris said Monday that a “clear solution” has been found with organizers of a festival for black feminists, an event that had aroused her ire because four-fifths of the festival space was to be open exclusively to black women.

Mayor Anne Hidalgo had strongly criticized and threatened to cancel the upcoming Nyansapo Festival a day earlier because it was “forbidden to white people.”

In a new series of tweets on the topic, Hidalgo said her “firm” discussion with organizers had yielded a satisfactory clarification: the parts of the festival held on property would be open to everyone and “non-mixed workshops will be held elsewhere, in a strictly private setting.”

MWASI, the Afro-feminist collective sponsoring the three-day event, responded to the mayor’s latest comments by saying it hadn’t changed the festival program “an inch.”

“That’s what was planned from the beginning,” the collective said of how the public and private spaces would be assigned.

Anti-racism associations and far-right politicians in France both had criticized the event over the weekend for scheduling workshops limited to a single gender and race.

France defines itself as a country united under one common national identity, with laws against racial discrimination and to promote secularism to …read more

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Teen Died Shielding Cousin In Mississippi Family Murders


In this picture taken from video, family members of the shooting victims hold hands and pray, Shayla Edwards, whose son was murdered over the weekend is seen bowing her head, Monday, May 29, 2017 in Brookhaven, Miss. (AP Photo/Joshua Replogle)

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — It was after midnight when a gunman burst into the living room of a southern Mississippi home where young people were playing video games.

Caleb Edwards, 15, said the man — whom he knows as Corey Godbolt — demanded to know where his cousin’s parents where. Jordan Blackwell, 18, said they were gone to another town.

At that, Godbolt “just started shooting,” Caleb said.

As people scrambled to hide inside the Brookhaven home, Blackwell used his own body to shield his cousin Caleb from the gunfire.

With his mother standing by his side Monday, Caleb spoke calmly as he recounted to The Associated Press how he felt the force of the impact as Blackwell was shot Sunday.

“He loved me enough to take some bullets for me,” Caleb said.

Caleb’s 11-year-old brother, Austin Edwards, was also shot to death in that living room early Sunday. They were among the eight people killed in three houses in a rampage that started late Saturday after …read more

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Texas Black Student Given ‘Most Likely to Blend in with White People’ Award

By Kellee Terrell

Her mother says, “Everyone doesn’t believe that this is real but yes, this certificate shows that this is real.”

— FOX26Houston (@Fox26Houston) May 28, 2017

Days after a student received an award stating she was most likely to be a terrorist, a 7th grade student at the same school was given an offensive award too.

According to FOX 26 News, Sydney Caesar, a student at Anthony Aguirre Junior High School in Texas, received an award that stated she was “Most Likely to Blend in With White People,” from her teacher Stacey Lockett.

Cesar’s sister Lauren Easton told FOX 26 that the teacher’s behavior lacked “common sense.”

“I mean, how can you think that is okay to say it in the first place and then right after a major event has happened. It just doesn’t make any sense.”“I feel really bad for her because I saw her in class, she was really upset about it and she just wouldn’t talk at all for the rest of the day,” she added.

Sydney was so upset that she skipped the last day of class.

Sydney Cesar talks about how receiving the award …read more

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