Monthly Archives: February 2018

Tavis Smiley Lawsuit Claims PBS Suspension For Sexual Misconduct Was Racist

By Bruce C.T. Wright

Tavis Smiley cited racism in his lawsuit against PBS that was filed on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported. While the precise contents of the lawsuit against the public media organization were not disclosed, the Post wrote that the “tension” between him and PBS “was racial in nature.”

Smiley was suspended from his perch as host of his eponymous show late last year amid a flurry of similar accusations against other powerful men in media, business and other fields. He told the Post on Tuesday that he sued PBS to find “the truth” and to restore his reputation.

Tavis Smiley is suing PBS for breach of contract, after it stopped distributing his show for alleged sexual misconduct. PBS says the suit is “meritless.” pic.twitter.com/t6Ycenx3EQ

— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) February 20, 2018

“I’ve spent the bulk of my career in public media, so filing a lawsuit against PBS was the last thing I wanted to do,” Smiley told the Post on Tuesday. “But litigation seems to be the only way to get at the truth.”

In December, Smiley was accused of having sexual relations with “multiple subordinates” and “some witnesses interviewed expressed …read more

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Dallas Pro Tem Mayor Wants NRA Convention To Leave The City

By Diannah Watson, BlackAmericaWeb.com

Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway

In the wake of the nation’s most recent school shooting that took the lives of 17 individuals, one mayor is on a mission to keep the National Rifle Association out of his city.

Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, according to ABC 13 News, does not want the association to meet in his city. The NRA meets annually in the city and after the mass amounts of school shootings this year, they are especially not welcomed.

The school shootings is not the only reason Caraway doesn’t believes the NRA shouldn’t meet in the city. He points to the events in 2016 when 5 Dallas police officers were ambushed and killed as well as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

“It is a tough call when you ask the NRA to reconsider coming to Dallas,” explained Caraway. “But it is putting all citizens first and getting them to come to the table and elected officials to come to the table, and to address this madness now.”

The National Rifle Association is set to meet on May 4 to May 6 in Dallas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. There the sale of firearm …read more

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Dallas Mayor Wants NRA Convention To Leave The City

By Diannah Watson, BlackAmericaWeb.com

Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway

In the wake of the nation’s most recent school shooting that took the lives of 17 individuals, one mayor is on a mission to keep the National Rifle Association out of his city.

Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway, according to ABC 13 News, does not want the association to meet in his city. The NRA meets annually in the city and after the mass amounts of school shootings this year, they are especially not welcomed.

The school shootings is not the only reason Caraway doesn’t believes the NRA shouldn’t meet in the city. He points to the events in 2016 when 5 Dallas police officers were ambushed and killed as well as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

“It is a tough call when you ask the NRA to reconsider coming to Dallas,” explained Caraway. “But it is putting all citizens first and getting them to come to the table and elected officials to come to the table, and to address this madness now.”

The National Rifle Association is set to meet on May 4 to May 6 in Dallas at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. There the sale of firearm …read more

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Inmate In Landmark Supreme Court Case Denied Parole

By By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

In this February 1964 file photo, Henry Montgomery, flanked by two deputies, awaits the verdict in his trial for the murder of Deputy Sheriff Charles H. Hurt in Louisiana. (John Boss/The Advocate via AP, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A 71-year-old Louisiana inmate whose case led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on juvenile-offender sentences was denied parole Monday, more than a half-century after he killed a sheriff’s deputy at age 17.

A three-member panel from the state parole board voted 2 to 1 to keep Henry Montgomery imprisoned. The hearing was his first chance at freedom since his conviction decades ago and a vote to free him would have had to be unanimous. Montgomery now must wait another two years before he can request another parole hearing.

The Supreme Court’s January 2016 decision in Montgomery’s case opened the door for roughly 2,000 other juvenile offenders to argue for their release after receiving mandatory life-without-parole sentences.

Montgomery has served 54 years in prison for shooting East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy Charles Hurt in 1963, less than two weeks after Montgomery’s 17th birthday. Last June, a state judge who resentenced Montgomery to life with the possibility of parole called him a …read more

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Gruesome Medical Error Costs North Carolina Woman Her Hands And Feet

By Parker Riley

In July 2015, Adrienne Harris, a mother of three from Charlotte, North Carolina, entered Carolinas Medical Center to remove her fallopian tubes after she was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy. Months later, Adrienne had no hands and feet.

Attorney Charles Monnett , who is representing Harris, said, “During her surgery, there was an injury to her bowel that went undetected, undiagnosed, and unrepaired.” According to WSOC-TV, “The surgery left a hole in her small intestine allowed the contents to leak into her abdomen causing sepsis. The lawsuit alleges doctors didn’t catch the mistake for two days.”

This gruesome error from a team of doctors forced Harris into another surgery to repair the hole, which resulted in portions of her small bowel and colon being removed. She remained ill and will need more surgeries.

“Organ damage and poor condition brought on by the sepsis caused gangrene to her hands and feet.” Harris required “below the knee amputations of both legs and trans-radial amputations of both hands,” according to reports.

She also can’t properly digest food by mouth for the rest of her life.

Allegedly, though doctors at Carolinas Medical Center made a mistake that ruined this woman’s life, the have only …read more

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NAACP Announces Key Partnership During Annual Board Meeting

By Fisher Jack, Eurweb.com

New York—during its annual public board meeting in New York City, the NAACP announced several key partnerships designed to expand the reach, impact and effectiveness of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organizations.

During its public annual board meeting, the Association announced partnerships with key organizations of color designed to help mobilize voters for mid-term elections and increase membership for the 109-year-old organization.

The NAACP signed agreements with the NNPA: The Black Press of America; the National Minority Pan Hellenic Council; the African American Institute, and The LINKS today as part of an overall strategy by the NAACP to shift resources towards mobilization efforts for the 2018-midterm elections.

“Working with partners remains a critical part of unifying the Black community as we prepare to make our voices heard at the polls and on ineffective public policies,” said NAACP National Board Chairman Leon W. Russell. “These groups have answered the call to work with us to expand membership and our ability to educate our community on the need for aggressive civic engagement.”

Partnerships included Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with:

The LINKS: A group of nearly 15,000 professional women of color, with 285 chapters in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Bahamas.

National Newspaper …read more

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Wallace In 2nd: Best Daytona 500 Finish For Black Driver

By Dan Gelston, Associated Press

Darrell Wallace Jr greets fans as he is introduced before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Cup.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Darrell Wallace Jr. let the weight of his milestone in the Daytona 500 wallop him once he saw mom. He sobbed as Desiree Wallace bounded onto the dais and wrapped her arms around her son for a hug neither wanted to end.

“You did that thing, baby ,” she said, sobbing. “I’m so proud of you. You have waited so long, baby.”

Wallace’s runner-up finish in the No. 43 Chevrolet to Austin Dillon in the Daytona 500 suddenly felt like a checkered flag.

“You act like we just won the race,” he said, laughing.

“We did win that race, baby. I love you. I’m so proud of you,” Desiree Wallace said.

“Dangit, mom!” Wallace said.

His brief moment of levity gave way to an embrace with his sister Brittany, who as child coined the “Bubba” nickname that has stuck to this day for Wallace.

“There’s no good story about it,” Brittany Wallace said, laughing.

Wallace bawled some more into a towel before he finally composed himself.

“Pull it together, bud. Pull it together,” he told himself. “You just finished second. It’s awesome.”

Wallace carved a slice of NASCAR history Sunday …read more

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Florida High School Shooting Survivors Lash Out At President Trump

By By JASON DEAREN, TERRY SPENCER and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press

Mourners follow the casket of Scott Beigel, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who was killed along with 16 other faculty and students in the Wednesday shooting at the school.. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students who escaped the deadly school shooting in Florida focused their anger Sunday at President Donald Trump, contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly divisive.

“You’re the president. You’re supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us,” said David Hogg, a 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Students start at 29:53

“How dare you,” he added.

Hogg was responding to Trump’s tweet Saturday that Democrats hadn’t passed any gun control measures during the brief time they controlled Congress with a supermajority in the Senate. Trump also alluded to the FBI’s failure to act on tips that the suspect was dangerous, while bemoaning the bureau’s focus on Russia’s role in the 2016 election.

Trump was at his Florida estate Sunday but did not mention the attack in a series of tweets. After more than a day of criticism from the students, the White House said the president …read more

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Koryn Gaines’ Family Awarded $37M

By Kellee Terrell

Courtroom gavel

Source: Comstock / Getty

On Friday, a jury in the wrongful death civil trial of Korryn Gaines awarded her family a whopping $37 million.

According to CBS-Baltimore News, the all-female jury found that the first shot Baltimore County Cpl. Royce Ruby fired at Gaines was not objectively reasonable.

Gaines’ family attorney, J. Wyndal Gordon, stressed that the police used excessive force and illegally entered her apartment.

#KorrynGaines father awarded $300K, $4.5 million to her daughter, $300K to her mother, $300K to the estate. Again, $32-million to her son, Kodi. NO punitive damages awarded pic.twitter.com/Jxu93gzyqW

— Rick Ritter (@RickRitterWJZ) February 16, 2018

As we previously reported, Gaines was killed in a 6-hour standoff between her and Baltimore County police last year after they issued a warrant for her arrest over a traffic stop and resisting arrest. Gaines, 23, was armed with a shotgun and had her 5-year-old son Kodi with her as she exchanged gunfire with the police.

The police eventually kicked down her door and shot her to death. Kodi was also shot in the arm.

“We’re ecstatic,” Gordon said on the steps of the courthouse.

“This was a long journey to justice. …read more

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