Convicted Killer: Civil Rights Violated When Dreadlocks Cut

By Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A convicted killer in an Ohio prison claims in a federal lawsuit that his civil rights have been violated by the repeated cutting of his dreadlocks.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of inmate Cecil Koger says his faith of Rastafarianism (rah-stah-FARE-ee-ah-nizm) requires him to wear his hair in dreadlocks.

The lawsuit filed last week says the prison has forcibly cut his hair five times, impeding his ability to practice his religion.

The lawsuit says Ohio’s prison system has allowed dreadlocks for other inmates and seeks to force the prison system to recognize Rastafarianism as a religion. A message was left with the Ohio prisons system seeking comment.

The 35-year-old Koger is serving a 33-year sentence for aggravated murder and aggravated robbery.

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Woman Develops Vitiligo Days Before Her Wedding

By Ny Magee,

Kandice Benford is sharing her story about how she developed a severe case of vitiligo across her face right before her wedding day.

The disease is the loss of skin color in blotches and is thought to be an autoimmune condition that causes a person’s own immune system to attack cells that make pigment in their skin.

The Mississippi-based hairdresser tells SELF that she first had a small bout of vitiligo when she was in college.

“It appeared on my finger and my doctor said it would go away,” she recalls. “It did—it just came and went.” Bedford says she would have little spots that would show up on her skin “here and there” but they all were tiny and would simply go away over time.

But in May her fiancé had an undisclosed “really serious” illness that happened around the time they were planning their wedding.

“It was really stressful. I was worried about him,” she says. During that time, she noticed a little spot of vitiligo on her nose. “I thought it was going to go away, but it spread a little,” she says.

Once it spread across her face and developed on her hands, Benford says, “I was just worrying and stressing over …read more

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FBI Report On Black ‘Extremists’ Raises Fears Of Targeting

By Sadie Gurman & Russell Contreras, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI report on the rise of black “extremists” is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws.

The FBI said it doesn’t target specific groups, and the report is one of many its intelligence analysts produce to make law enforcement aware of what they see as emerging trends. A similar bulletin on white supremacists, for example, came out about the same time.

The 12-page report, issued in August, says “black identity extremists” are increasingly targeting law enforcement after police killings of black men, especially since the shooting of Michael Brown roiled Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. The report describes cases in which “extremists” had “acted in retaliation for perceived past police brutality incidents.” It warned that such violence was likely to continue.

Black leaders and activists were outraged after Foreign Policy revealed the existence of the report last month. The Congressional Black Caucus, in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, said the report “conflates black political activists with dangerous domestic terrorist organizations” and would further erode the frayed relationship between police and minority communities.

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Report: No One Is Quite Sure What Omarosa Does In Trump Administration


When it comes to the specifics about her job at the White House, Omarosa Manigault’s role isn’t exactly clear — not even to her.

In an interview with the Daily Beast, Elaina Plott reports that while the Apprentice star has a top salary and a high-ranking job at the White House, when the reporter spent time with Omarosa, it was all about the wedding she was planning.

Plott reached out to Donald Trump’s communications director for the Office of Public Liaison and asked what her day-to-day consists of, and Manigault’s reply was simple: “Everything.”

When Plott met with Omarosa for part one of what was supposed to be a two-part interview, the reality TV star explained that it was “a very, very busy day” because it was the day of her bridal party luncheon at the White House. So, the interview turned into Omarosa being “shadowed” by the reporter.“You can see me in action,” Manigault claimed.

“Omarosa’s White House life is a constant blend of the weighty business of the U.S. government and the never-ending personal demands of that very moment,” according to Potts.

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‘I Should Have Left Them In Jail,’ Trump Fires Back At LaVar Ball

By Nigel Roberts

The tension between President Donald Trump and LaVar Ball, the father of one of the UCLA basketball players release from China after getting arrested for shoplifting, increased with the president’s tweet on Sunday.

“I should have left them in jail!,” Trump shot back at Ball after he dismissed the president’s role in helping to release his son, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley who were charged for stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near their hotel in Hangzhou.

Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017

The three UCLA freshmen returned to the United States on Tuesday, avoiding prosecution for shoplifting that could have resulted in up to 10 years in prison. Trump, while on a state visit to China, reportedly raised the issue with his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, asking for his help to resolve the issue. When Trump didn’t receive a pat on …read more

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LaToya Cantrell Becomes New Orleans’ First Female Mayor

By Nigel Roberts

LaToya Cantrell won 60 percent of the vote against Desiree Charbonnet, who is also African American, on Saturday to become New Orleans’ first woman mayor, ABC News reported.

“Almost 300 years, my friends, and New Orleans, we’re still making history,” Cantrell, a New Orleans City Councilmember, told a crowd of supporters after her victory was announced, according to The Times-Picayune. “Our history was two women making that runoff, and we both deserve to be proud of that.”

Thank you. Thank you. WE did it!! I love you all. #yeswecantrell

— LaToya Cantrell (@LaToyaForNOLA) November 19, 2017

Cantrell and Charbonnet, a former municipal judge, topped a field of 18 candidates in October, which led to the runoff election. It was a convincing victory, in which the mayor-elect led Charbonnet in most of the polls prior to Saturday’s runoff election and was never behind in the vote count. Cantrell cross the finish line first despite Charbonnet attacking the City Councilwoman on an official audit of her spending while in office. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor is probing all City Council credit card spending that exceeded …read more

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2 Charged After Dad Killed Defending Young Son From Theft

By Associated Press

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Police have arrested two people after the fatal stabbing of a New Jersey man who relatives say was trying to defend his 8-year-old son from being robbed.

Detectives arrested 19-year-old Nasir Day, of Newark, on Thursday, two days after police found 30-year-old Jose Malave in the doorway of his Jersey City apartment.

Day is charged with murder, armed burglary and weapon offenses. He remains in custody and it is not clear whether he has a lawyer to comment on his behalf.

A 17-year-old also is charged with murder.

Family members told The Jersey Journal Malave’s son had been targeted earlier in the day for his sneakers by a group of teenagers.

Relatives say the teens came to Malave’s home and he defended his son when an altercation ensued.
Information from: The Jersey Journal ,

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Rev. Jesse Jackson Discloses Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

By Sophia Tareen, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he’s been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to “dedicate” himself to physical therapy.

In a Friday letter to supporters, the 76-year-old says family and friends noticed a change in him about three years ago and he could no longer ignore symptoms.

He says the diagnosis isn’t a sign to stop working but a “signal” to make “lifestyle changes” to slow progression of the chronic neurological disorder that causes movement difficulties.

The civil rights icon also released a Northwestern Medicine letter saying he was diagnosed in 2015 and has sought outpatient care.

Jackson runs the Chicago-based Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. He’s remained a strong voice in anti-discrimination efforts, including advocating for affordable housing and been a fixture at protests nationwide.

Jackson declined further comment Friday.

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Killings Of Transgender People Increase In Black Community

By David Crary, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — At least 25 transgender people in the United States have been homicide victims so far this year, the highest annual total on record, according to advocacy groups that have been monitoring the grim phenomenon and seeking ways to reduce the toll.

The Human Rights Campaign, in a report released Friday, calculated that 102 transgender people have been killed in the U.S. over the past five years — including 25 this year. Its report, jointly sponsored by the Trans People of Color Coalition, was issued ahead of Monday’s annual Transgender Day of Remembrance observations, commemorating the hundreds of transgender people killed worldwide each year.

Another monitoring group, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, has tallied 26 homicides of transgender and gender-nonconforming people in the U.S. so far this year.

Both groups say their counts may be incomplete because transgender victims are sometimes misidentified in police and news reports. In some cases, it has taken weeks or months for friends and family to publicly clarify the gender identity of a victim who had transitioned from the gender given in initial police accounts of the death.

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Illinois Man Arrested For Trying To Buy Food With Drugs

By Diannah Watson,

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One Illinois man is sitting in prison thinking about why he tried to buy fast food with drugs!

WIFR reports that a 34-year-old has been arrested after a restaurant employee says he tried to buy his food with drugs.

Darryl Ross was arrested just outside of the restaurant in the parking lot by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.

Police report that the employee went to hand Ross his food when he handed her four small bags with white rocks in them. At that, she took the food back and reported the issue to a Sheriff dining in the restaurant at the time.

Ross was detained at the parking lot and waited for more police to arrive. When searched they found seven baggies that tested positive for cocaine and two for heroin. The four bags that were handed to the fast food worker tested positive for heroin.

Ross was charged and arrested with, “intent to deliver 1-15 grams of cocaine, possession of controlled substance (Cocaine) and possession controlled substance (Heroin).”

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