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T-Pain’s niece stabbed to death at pharmacy she worked in — rapper asks fans for help in finding killer
A grieving T-Pain is asking fans to help find the "coward" who killed his niece outside a Florida Walgreens on Tuesday morning.

Javone Glover, 23, was stabbed to death outside the West Tallahassee drug store and police have issued an arrest warrant for 25-year-old, Tavon Q. Jackson, who fled the scene after the senseless killing, officials said.

Glover worked at the pharmacy and leaves behind a two-year-old baby girl. She died shortly after officers arrived at the scene, Tallahassee police said in a statement.

Jackson's whereabouts are still unknown and police released three photos of him inside Walgreens.

"The police are still lookin for the coward ass n----- that just killed my niece at Walgreens in Tallahassee. If you got info pls help out," the rapper tweeted

The Grammy-winning artist, born Faheem Rasheed Najm, hails from Tallahassee and his stage name stands for "Tallahassee Pain."

The 30-year-old rapper thanked fans for their support and begged media outlets to "leave my family the f--- alone."

Police released these images of suspect, Tavon Jackson.
The "Up Down" singer also shared a caption-less selfie of his cousin, simply adding the emojis for peace, heart and praying hands.

He later shared a link to a local story about Glover's death and posted an image to his Instagram account of her suspected killer.

Meanwhile, Glover's Facebook page was flooded with condolences from friends, family members and strangers.

"I knew Javona from my being a frequent customer at Walgreens. She was the sweetest little girl and always had a smile and a kind, helpful personality," a mourner named Tom Griffith wrote. "It was a true pleasure to see her when I entered."

A rep for T-Pain did not immediately return the Daily News' request for comment.
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MELANIE DOSTIS Aug-30-2016 33 0
A grieving T-Pain is asking fans to help find the "coward" who killed his niece outside a Florida Walgreens on Tuesday morning.

Javone Glover, 23, was stabbed to death outside the West Tallahassee drug store and police have issued an arrest warrant for 25-year-old, Tavon Q. Jackson, who fled the scene after the senseless killing, officials said.

Glover worked at the pharmacy and leaves behind a two-year-old baby girl. She died shortly after officers arrived at the scene, Tallahassee police said in a statement.

Jackson's whereabouts are still unknown and police released three photos of him inside Walgreens.

"The police are still lookin for the coward ass n----- that just killed my niece at Walgreens in Tallahassee. If you got info pls help out," the rapper tweeted

The Grammy-winning artist, born Faheem Rasheed Najm, hails from Tallahassee and his stage name stands for "Tallahassee Pain."

The 30-year-old rapper thanked fans for their support and begged media outlets to "leave my family the f--- alone."

Police released these images of suspect, Tavon Jackson.
The "Up Down" singer also shared a caption-less selfie of his cousin, simply adding the emojis for peace, heart and praying hands.

He later shared a link to a local story about Glover's death and posted an image to his Instagram account of her suspected killer.

Meanwhile, Glover's Facebook page was flooded with condolences from friends, family members and strangers.

"I knew Javona from my being a frequent customer at Walgreens. She was the sweetest little girl and always had a smile and a kind, helpful personality," a mourner named Tom Griffith wrote. "It was a true pleasure to see her when I entered."

A rep for T-Pain did not immediately return the Daily News' request for comment.

Aug-30-2016 27 0
Mark Burns, an African-American pastor and surrogate for Donald Trump, apologized Monday night and again Tuesday for tweeting a cartoon of Hillary Clinton in blackface.

But he said he still stood by his message that Clinton and Democrats pander to the African-American community.

“The last thing I want to do is to offend people. The tweet was not designed to anger or stir up the pot like it did. It was designed to bring how I feel, a very real reality, as to why the Democratic Party, and how I view it and how I interpret it, have been pandering and have been using black people just for their votes,” Burns said in remarks on Periscope Monday night. ”The last thing I want to do is to anger people, I really am a unifier.”

"I'm going to apologize for the offensive picture that many thought was offensive, but I'm not apologizing for the message that it was carrying," Burns said.

The original tweet, which no longer appears on his timeline, included a meme of Clinton in blackface with a T-shirt that says “No hot sauce no peace!” The image, captured in a screenshot posted by CBS News, also shows her holding a a sign that says “#@!*? the police."

A thought bubble shows the cartoon version of Clinton thinking: “I ain’t no ways tired of pandering to African Americans.”

“Black Americans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES and letting me use you again.. See you again in 4 years,” Burns tweeted with the picture.

As Trump has attempted to expand his outreach to black voters in recent weeks, he has enlisted the help of Burns, an evangelical televangelist.

On Saturday, Trump will speak at an African-American church in Detroit. The GOP nominee will also be interviewed by Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, which will air on an African-American owned and operated Christian TV network.

Jason Silverstein Aug-28-2016 201 0
Two brothers have been charged for the fatal shooting of the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, police said.

Darwin Sorells, 26, and Derren Sorells, 22, were charged for the death of Nykea Aldridge, the Chicago Police Department announced on Twitter.

Police said the older brother served time behind bars for a gun charge and is on parole; the younger brother is also on parole, and is a “documented member” of the Gangster Disciples gang.

Wade’s first cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was the unintended victim of gunfire Friday as she pushed her 3-week-old baby girl on a stroller in Chicago’s south side, police said.

Aldridge, a 32-year-old mother of four, died from shots to her head and arm. The baby was not harmed.

Police said Friday there were two men being held for questioning in the death.

The intended target of the bullets remains unknown.

Wade. the shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls, denounced the shooting as "another act of senseless gun violence" in a city that has seen more than 2,700 shootings this year.

"4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughisEnough," the hoops star tweeted.

Donald Trump, meanwhile, jumped to politicize the death to appeal to minority voters.

"Dwayne Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!" the Republican presidential nominee tweeted Saturday, not bothering to spell the NBA player's name correctly.

Trump deleted the typo tweet after three hours and reposted it with proper spelling.

Rosemary Rossi Aug-27-2016 135 0
Pastor Ken Adkins, who infamously said the victims of Orlando's Pulse nightclub shooting got "what they deserve," was arrested Friday on a charge of child molestation, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

According to The Florida Times Union, the arrest stems from allegations made by a young male former member of his congregation. Special Agent Stacy Carson said the investigation is focused on suspected molestation in several locations in the Brunswick, Georgia area, including at Adkins' church, a vehicle and a victim's home.

Adkins' wife, Charlotte, told the paper, "This young man was part of our teen ministry. Ken and I have treated him like family, as has our church. He is a deeply troubled young man, to be sure, but our thoughts and prayers remain with him even now."

The preacher spoke out after the June 12 shooting at the nightclub that serves a mostly gay clientele, where 49 people were killed and another 53 injured when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire. Local authorities and the FBI investigating the incident at the time called it the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

In a June 16 tweet on Adkins' now-private Twitter account, he wrote, "Been [sic] through so much with these Jacksonville Homosexuals that I don't see none of them as victims. I see them as getting what they deserve!!"

Adkins, who does double-duty as political consultant in the Jacksonville area, is being held at the Glynn County Jail.

CBS News Aug-27-2016 199 0
Chicago police say a woman pushing a baby in a stroller was fatally shot on the city’s South Side.

Authorities say the 32-year-old victim was killed when two males walked up and fired shots at a third man about 3:30 p.m. Friday. Police say the woman was not the intended target.

She was identified in local media as Nykea Aldridge, a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, who tweeted his reaction Saturday night:

Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office say she suffered gunshot wounds to her head and an arm.

Family spokesman Pastor Edward Jones says Aldridge was a mother of four and was walking to register her children for school. He says the family recently moved to the neighborhood.

Police say one of the males who fired shots was being questioned Friday evening.

Police say the baby wasn’t hurt, and a relative has taken custody of the child.

Fox 4 Aug-26-2016 93 0
The leader of the Next Generation Action network is back in jail and will remain there for the next two years because of a probation violation.

Dominique Alexander’s attorney confirmed he had his probation revoked Friday and was sentenced to two years in jail effective immediately. The violation is believed to be associated with a 2009 case of serious bodily injury of a child. Alexander pleaded guilty to the charge in 2011 and was given seven years probation.

He was arrested earlier this month for having 10 outstanding warrants. He was taken into custody shortly after disrupting a Dallas City Council meeting and ignoring Dallas Police Chief David Brown's requests to stop protesting in Downtown Dallas.

Alexander's lawyer told FOX4 she believes his new jail sentence has nothing to do with probation violations and is an effort to silence his criticism of police.

Court records show Alexander was arrested in Dec. 2015 for not paying his court-ordered fines, completing anger management classes or finish community service. He also traveled out of state to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and to Baton Rouge, La.

Alexander is the man who organized the police protest on July 7, which ended with five officers dead in an ambush attack. His organization was not connected to the attack.

Alexander was sent back to jail on the second anniversary of the NGAN.

John Marzulli Aug-26-2016 165 0
It may not have been a justified shooting after all.

The police shooting of a Brooklyn teen nearly three years ago is now being compared with that of Tamir Rice — after surveillance video reveals the 15-year-old posed no threat at the time.

Keston Charles, who had been wielding a BB gun, was shot three times by Officer Jonathan Rivera — who fired 16 times at the teen — during a foot chase.

Unlike Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was shot to death by Cleveland police while holding a pellet gun in November 2014, Charles was lucky to survive.

Charles’ lawyers insist the teen was shot in the buttocks while fleeing from the cop on Dec. 9, 2013 — and twice more in the side and chest after he’d dropped the gun and was surrendering with his hands above his head.

“I put up my hands, they was still shooting,” Charles said in a sworn deposition.

But the city and Charles’ lawyers each argue that the video — exclusively obtained by the Daily News — proves their case.

Both sides are awaiting a decision from Manhattan Federal Judge Kevin Castel on whether the lawsuit filed by the teen’s family should be dismissed or put before a jury to decide whether there was excessive force used.

“The officer’s claim that this young man repeatedly took aim at him with an unloaded toy gun not only defies logic, but it is blatantly contradicted by the video,” lawyers David Shanies, Phil Smallman and Michael Colihan said in a statement.

“What happened to Tamir Rice was a tragedy, and both cases are painful reminders of the urgent need to stop unjustified shootings of young African-Americans.”

Charles is accused of grabbing a BB gun from a friend during a fight with rivals from the neighborhood — and of pointing the weapon at another boy.

Officers Rivera and Kevin Franco spotted the confrontation and chased the teen.

Rivera then fired 16 shots in three separate volleys — a hot pursuit that ended at the front door of Charles’ apartment building in the Brownsville Houses, a chase caught by various surveillance cameras.

But Elissa Jacobs, a lawyer for the city, argued in court papers that Rivera fired because Charles had turned — or “bladed” his body sideways — toward the cops three times. She argued that Charles “did not put his hands up to surrender before any round of shots.”

But the video clearly shows Charles running with his back to the cops — merely glancing over his shoulder as he ran, limping on after he was hit in the buttocks, then stumbling as he tried to reach his building.

The video also shows Charles putting his hands up in the air — with no weapon in his hands — as Rivera continues to fire at him.

“(Rivera’s) bullets hit the building and created visible clouds of debris,” Shanies argued in court papers. “(Charles) turned around with his hands on his head surrendering. . . . One of Officer Rivera’s bullets struck (Charles) in the flank and another struck him in the chest.”

Charles then collapsed on a nearby fence outside the building’s entrance.

The teen was placed in a medically induced coma for three weeks, underwent surgery and later pleaded guilty in Family Court to possessing a fake pistol.

Asked at his deposition why he did not drop the BB gun while being chased, he replied, “Because I was scared for my life. I was trying to get away. I never been shot at before.”

Dr. Michael Baden, the renowned former New York City chief medical examiner, reviewed the evidence for Charles’ lawyers and concluded that “the bullet trajectories are consistent with Keston holding his arms up with his hands on top of his head as indicated in the video when he was shot in the chest.”

The NYPD firearms discharge review board found the shooting was justified and within department guidelines for the use of deadly force.

The officers involved in the shooting were never disciplined.

A spokesman for the Law Department said there would be no comment from the city while the litigation is pending.

Shanies said the lawsuit’s excessive-force claim is based on the amount of shots fired by Rivera — he emptied the clip in his 9-mm. service weapon.

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that officers cannot shoot a suspect in the back “just for running away.”

If the suit is allowed to proceed, a jury will decide whether at any time during the incident Charles pointed the toy gun at the cop — which the plaintiff’s lawyers say “never happened.”

The number of shots fired was justified, according to the city’s papers, because Charles was hit only three times out of 16 indicating “how fast he continued to move and that the threat to public safety had not been abated.”

Rivera continued firing until there was no longer an imminent threat, the city has argued.

BY CHRISTIAN RED Aug-25-2016 259 0
Former NFL safety Darren Sharper made another court appearance in Louisiana Thursday and again apologized to the more than half a dozen female victims he was accused of drugging and raping in four different states, as a judge sentenced Sharper to 20 years in prison.

"There's a lot more to my life than this situation," the 40-year-old Sharper said in New Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Thursday, according to the New Orleans Advocate. "I am not a monster. I am not."

Thursday's sentencing stems from the state charges brought against Sharper, but the sentence will run concurrent with the 18-year sentence that Sharper received last week in New Orleans federal court. Sharper will receive credit for the two and a half years he has already been detained. He was originally arrested in January, 2014 in Los Angeles and charged with drugging and raping two women there.

One of Sharper's victims spoke in the same New Orleans courtroom Thursday, and said that Sharper has a "sickness."

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"And you deserve much more punishment than you have received, I am sure," the woman said, according to the Advocate.

Judge Karen Herman called Sharper’s behavior “such an epic disappointment,” The Associated Press reported, and told him that his sentence would’ve been much more harsh had his case gone to a trial by jury. He pleaded guilty to two charges of second-degree rape and one of third-degree rape on Thursday.

Last year, Sharper's legal team negotiated a global settlement where Sharper would serve nine years in prison. The settlement addressed all rape and drug charges in four different states — Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada. Sharper faced both state and federal charges in Louisiana.

But the public backlash was severe, with critics claiming the punishment was far too lenient for the alleged heinous crimes Sharper committed. Earlier this year, a federal judge rejected Sharper's plea deal, paving the way for the 18-year sentence he was given last week. He still awaits formal sentencing in California and Nevada, and civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred — who represents two of Sharper's victims — said last week that she and her clients were looking forward to those court dates when Allred's clients would be able to make victim impact statements in front of Sharper.

Sharper was originally jailed in California while the different legal processes played out, but after he appeared in Los Angeles court last year and pleaded guilty to rape charges in the Arizona case and no contest to charges in the California case, he was moved to a federal prison in Louisiana. He will be moved to another federal facility outside of Louisiana to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Sharper was a Super Bowl champion with the Saints, and also played for the Packers and Vikings.

TOBIAS SALINGER Aug-25-2016 100 0
The armed man shot by Indianapolis police after reporting a carjacking is home from the hospital, his attorney said Thursday.

Carl Williams, 48, dialed 911 around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday to alert cops a man with a rifle forced his wife to give him her car keys then drove off with her car, according to Indianapolis police. Yet Officer Christopher Mills wound up shooting Williams in the stomach, investigators said.

Williams, a black Air Force veteran who has worked as a postal employee for the past 16 years, was recuperating Thursday at his family’s eastern Indianapolis home, his lawyer Richard Hailey said in a statement.

“With eight years in the military serving our country as a military police officer, Mr. Williams is in a unique position to understand the challenges faced by our men and women in blue but he also recognizes that training and caution are the key to avoiding unintended tragedies,” Hailey said.

Williams’ family thanked everyone who reached out with well wishes and said they “would like to acknowledge the professionalism shown by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department during the investigation of this horrible event.”

“They also ask that the entire community pray not only for them but also for the police officers involved,” Hailey said.

The police department placed Mills, a nine-year officer, on administrative leave. The man who police said had stolen Williams’ wife’s car before the shooting remained on the loose Thursday night. Investigators described the suspect as a black man with light complexion who was wearing a red and white jacket and a dark baseball cap Tuesday morning.

Williams told the 911 dispatcher that the carjacker demanded his wife’s keys then drove off from his family’s home in her black car, police said. He then yelled “is that him?” and hung up the phone, not answering immediate calls back, according to cops.

Mills and the other responding officer arrived to the Foxtail Drive home moments later to find another black car backed into the driveway with its lights on. Police said the officers took cover, and Mills shot Williams when he came out of the garage carrying his gun.

It’s unclear whether Williams raised his weapon. Police said Williams was hit once but no one else fired any shots.

"Our homeowner, the individual who was trying his best protect himself and his wife from any other harm, was shot mistakenly by our officers," Indianapolis police Maj. Richard Riddle said Tuesday, according to the Indianapolis Star.

"This incident occurred within a few seconds, and those judgment calls are made within a few split seconds. She was victimized, and unfortunately now, her husband was victimized as well."

Williams doesn’t intend to speak publicly about the shooting until after the investigation is complete, but Hailey announced a news conference scheduled for Friday afternoon at New Beginnings Fellowship Church in Indianapolis.

“There’s not much known about who he is,” Hailey told the Daily News. “He’s a real solid citizen.”

Brittney Martin Aug-23-2016 142 0
Black Texas women are more than twice as likely as white women to die within a year of their pregnancies ending, a new report shows.

Though black women delivered only 11.4 percent of babies in Texas from 2011 to 2012, they accounted for 28.8 percent of pregnancy-related deaths.

A task force commissioned by state lawmakers in 2013 to study pregnancy-related deaths and complications recently released its first report detailing the leading causes of maternal death and offering recommendations for legislators to consider next year.

The report was released on the heels of a national study that showed that pregnancy-related deaths surged in Texas in 2011, with the rate nearly doubling from 2010 to 2014. The state's report doesn't say what caused the dramatic increase.

Heart disease, high blood pressure, bleeding and infection are all commonly recognized causes of maternal death, but the task force found that 11.6 percent of recently pregnant women died due to drug overdose from 2011 to 2012.

"This finding is alarming and may represent an ongoing shift in maternal causes of death," the report says. "Indeed, prescription drug deaths are rising in the United States and have been identified as a major public health crisis."

The task force recommends increasing access to health care for women in the year after they give birth, including screening for and referrals to mental health and substance abuse treatment options.

"Among the 19 women with Medicaid insurance during pregnancy who later died of drug overdose, 14 (73.7 percent) died after the 60 day post-delivery mark, after Medicaid coverage typically expires," the study says.

The task force used different data sources and methodologies than the national study, set to be published in the September issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which caused differences between the findings.

The task force studied case files of women who died within a year of the end of their pregnancies, while the national study limited its scope to the World Health Organization's definition of maternal death, which is death during a pregnancy or up to 42 days after due to causes related to pregnancy.

While the task force excluded non-pregnancy-related cancers from its maternal death total, the national study counted them. Drug-related deaths were included by the task force, but not in the national study.

"Data problems notwithstanding, the important take-home message is to recognize that both studies found that maternal mortality is a major problem in Texas, and that steps need to be taken to reduce it," said Marian MacDorman, the researcher who led the national study.

CNN Aug-23-2016 74 0
President Barack Obama is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday and is touring the flood-ravaged city that quickly became a political football.

Obama is set to see firsthand the damage in the state's capital that has caused more than 106,000 residents and households to register for assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency. More than 60,000 homes were damaged, officials said, and 13 people were killed.

Obama is expected to meet with family members of police officers killed in last month's Baton Rouge attack, a source with knowledge of the President's schedule told CNN. According to the source, the families are expected to meet with him at one location during his trip. Three Baton Rouge area police officers were killed last month when they were ambushed by a gunman. That gunman, Gavin Long, was shot and killed by police.

Given the financial and human cost that has already taken its toll, the President's visit is too late for some Republicans -- and some Louisianans.

The city's newspaper "The Advocate" originally criticized the President for not ending his vacation in Martha's Vineyard immediately to visit the region.

His reluctance to do so made for offensive optics in the eyes of some Republicans: Obama enjoying rounds of golf with comedians like Larry David and basketball stars like Alonzo Mourning, while a state thousands of miles away faced devastation.

But the editorial board praised his decision to arrive Tuesday.

"We welcome news of President Barack Obama's planned visit to Louisiana today to survey flood damage, which should help to advance relief and recovery in the disaster area as a national priority," the editorial board wrote.

Press secretary Josh Earnest said on Air Force One that Obama will be visiting a neighborhood in East Baton Rouge Parish, and defended the timing of the trip, saying the "President is used to people trying to score political points even in situations where they shouldn't."
Earnest said that $120 million in aid has already been approved and is starting to be paid out to flood-impacted residents.

Trump, who visited the state shortly after the floods, called Obama's visit "too late."
"Tuesday's too late," Donald Trump, told Fox News this weekend. "Hop into the plane and go down and go to Louisiana and see what's going on, because it's a mess."

That's exactly what Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, did late last week as part of a visit meant to fill what they saw as a leadership vacuum. The Republican ticket toured the flood damage, met with church groups, and distributed supplies at a nearby high school. The visit was well-received by local officials, and for a moment it gave Trump a chance to reveal a presidential timber that he insists he has.

"Because it helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here, it was helpful," said John Bel Edwards, the state's Democratic governor.

Edwards, who greeted Obama when he landed Tuesday, had previously said that he hoped the President would wait a few weeks before making his visit to the state, given the entourage and Secret Service personnel that comes with presidential trips that would have strained resources while officials were coping with the floods.

Baton Rouge's city newspaper last week had called on Obama to cut his vacation short.
"A disaster this big begs for the personal presence of the President at ground zero," read a editorial in The Advocate on Thursday, a day before the Obama trip was announced. "The President's presence is already late to the crisis, but it's better latter than never."

Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic opponent, said Monday that she too plans a trip to the flood site -- but used similar reasoning to delay her trip. Her campaign said in a statement that she would come to the state at an unspecified time in the future.

"This month's floods in Louisiana are a crisis that demand a national response," she said. "I am committed to visiting communities affected by these floods, at a time when the presence of a political campaign will not disrupt the response, to discuss how we can and will rebuild together."
Obama's vacation ended Sunday, and the White House has maintained that he has been regularly briefed by senior staff on the situation on the ground and top administration officials also were sent to the Louisiana. Yet his response has earned some comparisons to how George W. Bush handled another natural catastrophe in a Louisiana city, New Orleans, during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Obama has traveled to disaster sites in recent years, touring communities in Oklahoma and Arkansas destroyed by tornadoes along with New Jersey towns hit by Hurricane Sandy.

REUVEN BLA Aug-21-2016 134 0
George Curry, a reporter who advocated for black Americans and headed Emerge magazine, died on Saturday. He was 69.

Curry suffered an apparent heart attack Saturday evening in Washington D.C., according to a Facebook post by the Constituency for Africa.

"It was a shock to our family and we are dealing with the news, as best we can. R.I.P. brother George Curry," his sister, Christie Love, told TheRoot.

At Emerge, Curry famously ran a photo of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wearing an Aunt Jemima knot on his head and as a lawn jockey for hardcore conservatives. Curry said the provocative covers “were effective because in the minds of many Blacks disgusted with Thomas’ voting record, that’s exactly what he is. And we had the temerity to say it.”

Curry was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala. where his mother worked as a domestic and his father was a mechanic, according to a biography posted on TheHistoryMakers.

Curry's father left the family when he was 7 years old, forcing the youngster to help support his mother and three sisters.

He moved to New York in 1966 and teamed up with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for a year.

In 1970, he began to work at Sports Illustrated, where he stayed for two years. He then took a job as a beat reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where he stayed until 1983.

During that period, he also founded the St. Louis Minority Journalism Workshop, an instructional program to help younger aspiring writers.

Curry moved to the Chicago Tribune where he served as Washington correspondent from 1989 until 1993. In that position, he covered Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential run.

Later, he became the editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, a publication which won more than 40 national awards.

Recently, he was trying to move the publication online after the print version stopped publishing in 2003.

That same year he won Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. The group also lists him on its roster of "Most Influential Black Journalists of the 20th Century."

"This is a tragic loss to the movement because George Curry was a journalist who paid special attention to civil rights because he lived it and loved it," Dr. Bernard Lafayette, chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, told TheRoot.

Civil rights leaders mourned his death.

"I am saddened beyond words upon hearing of the death of George Curry, Publisher of Emerge Magazine," tweeted Rev. Al Sharpton. "He was a giant and trailblazer. RIP."

meg wagner Aug-20-2016 368 0
The parents of a Georgia high school football player found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat may have to pay nearly $1 million in legal fees for the people they accused of killing their son and covering up his murder.

Kenneth and Jacqueline Johnson dropped a civil lawsuit against their son’s teammate, law enforcement agents and state officials earlier this year. On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Richard Porter granted requests from the defendants to recoup attorney fees from the grief-stricken parents.

The defendants — including a pair of teen brothers whom the Johnsons said killed their son, and 37 others the family accused of covering up the crime — have asked for a whopping $850,000. A judge will decide Monday how much the Johnsons have to pay.

Kendrick Johnson, a 17-year-old student at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, was found dead inside a mat propped against a gym wall in January 2013. Investigators concluded the football player’s death was a freak accident — but the teen’s parents insisted he had been killed.

The Johnsons blamed their son’s death on one of his football teammates, WXIA reported. The player held a grudge against Kendrick after the pair fought on a bus in 2011, the family claimed.

After stewing for two years, the accused teen enlisted his brother to help kill Kendrick, the Johnsons said.

But investigators maintained Kendrick died when he dove head-first into a mat to retrieve a pair of gym shoes inside. His classmates found him a day later when they noticed his feet sticking out from the center of the rolled-up mat, police said.

An autopsy by a Georgia Bureau of Investigation medical examiner determined Johnson died from "positional asphyxia," meaning he got stuck upside down and was unable to breathe.

Unsatisfied with the ruling, Johnson's parents later had his body exhumed and paid a private medical examiner to conduct a second autopsy, which concluded he died from a blow to the neck.

The Johnsons then filed a $100 million civil suit against 39 people, including the brothers, their dad and a slew of local and state officials.

The family dropped the suit in March.

In June, the Justice Department closed a 2 1/2 year investigation into Johnson's death that provided no answers.

The DOJ issued a statement saying federal investigators "found insufficient evidence to support federal criminal charges," but it steered clear of saying whether its findings pointed to an accident or homicide as the cause of Johnson's death.

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Daryl K. Washington Jul-14-2016 589 0
I had the pleasure to witness four NBA superstars issuing a “Call to Action” to the thousands of athletes who were in attendance at the ESPY Awards. It was the moment I waited on for so long because I personally know the influence professional athletes have on society. They have the platform and the power to demand change. We saw the immediate change that occurred when athletes at Grambling State University, Missouri and the Los Angeles Clippers, to name a few, decided to take a stance. Athletes have the power, the platform and the support to make a difference but should they have to do it alone?

As a civil rights attorney I’ve had the opportunity to attend a number of protests throughout the U.S. I’ve attended rallies and marches where some of my closest friends lived but as I thought about it, I generally did not get to see any of them until after the events were over. I recently received confirmation that there is a perception that the only individuals out marching are the victims’ families, individuals from the communities we moved away from or individuals who are wrongfully labeled as troublemakers. What really confirmed it for me was when it was stated that “men should get off the protest lines and instead fill out job applications.” I know that comment can be taken many ways but the way I took it was that men who are out protesting do not have jobs. The sad reality of it all is the reason statements like that can be made is because many who have been blessed to obtain multiple degrees, fortunate to be employed by major organizations, live in the nice neighborhoods, drive the fancy cars, have the IRA’s and are living what is considered the American Dream will not get involved with the movement out of the fear of losing it all yet those same people have the audacity to call out athletes.

Here is the bottom line. This movement cannot be placed on the backs of a few. Until organizations see their star players out in the communities voicing their concerns, they will think the injustices are acceptable. I know it shocked the conscious of America to see Trauma surgeon Brian Williams publicly share his fear of police officers. There were many who probably thought “how dare a doctor make such comments” and I’m sure Dr. Williams understood that there was some risks involved in making his comments but I'm sure he realized that many would listen if he spoke. His comments needed to be made because America now sees that this problem does not only exist in what many call the hood. Many now understand that for black and brown people the hood is America and we are not safe anywhere.

Just recently I was traveling to conduct depositions. I guess because I had on a suit and was sitting in First Class (I had an upgrade because of mileage) the white gentleman sitting next to me perhaps was of the opinion that I was not concerned about what was going on in the black communities. Little did he know why I was traveling and what I fight for on a daily basis. He had the audacity to say he could not understand why people were so upset about the incident in Baton Rouge given the background of Alvin Sterling. My response to him was when an officer decides to use excessive force against a black or brown person, in most cases they do not know the name of the person or whether they have a criminal background. Only one thing is seen; the color of the person’s skin. They know in most cases that the law and media have been on their side so there is no fear of killing because there will be plenty of support for them. By the time our flight landed he admitted that his own personal biases had not allowed him to look beyond a certain point but because we discussed it, he now had a clearer picture.

I say all of the above to emphasize that athletes are not the only individuals with the power and platform to demand change. There are Black Presidents, CEO’s, Coaches, CPA's, CFO’s, Managers, Politicians, Directors and future stars of large corporations who also have the platforms. There are Black doctors, nurses, dentists, lawyers, pilots, flight attendants, scientists, engineers, sales professionals, educators, business owners, entertainers, etc. who also have the platforms and power to make a change. It’s time that we gave our brothers and sisters, who are out fighting for justice on a daily basis, the help and support they truly need. I can assure you that should you become the victim of police brutality in your nice neighborhoods or fired from you nice jobs, you will then understand the value of being a part of groups that fight for change. We all need to be out protesting so that the victims’ families can properly grieve. We are in this current state of chaos because so many believe it’s not their problem. Just remember, we are in our positions because someone fought for us.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Civil Rights Law, Sports and Entertainment, Litigation (Personal Injury and Commercial) and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl by email at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.
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On yesterday the officer responsible for the incident in McKinney, Texas was not indicted for the assault on the young teenager that was seen all over the U.S. Also, on yesterday one of the officers in the Freddie Gray case was acquitted. As expected, my timeline on Facebook was flooded with posts from individuals talking about the injustices that take place throughout the U.S. One of my good friends, who is like a brother to me, even blamed attorneys for the injustices throughout the U.S. Generally, I do not comment on these type of issues but because it's Friday I would like to give everyone who this may apply to something to think about.

When is the last time you attended a judicial debate or even contacted an attorney to inquire about a judicial candidate or a DA to see if they had the proper temperament to serve? When is the last time you attended a rally or demanded that a DA present all of the evidence to the grand jury? When is the last time you took a day off from work to support the families who sons or daughters were wrongfully gunned down by a police officer? When is the last time you packed a courthouse to support a family you did not know? When is the last time you sent a letter to the family of a deceased offering your support, financially or emotionally? When is the last time you contacted your local city council member and asked them what they are doing to address the issue of police brutality and police misconduct?

I could go on and on with this but just know, the system will continue as is unless we become proactive and stop being so reactive. This system knows that people will get excited about an incident but once the media is gone, so is the support. As a Civil Rights attorney, I know who is putting it all on the line to bring about change. I know the people who are talking to the DA's, to the Chiefs of Police of various cities, to the city attorneys and others trying to save lives and/or bring about change. I know my friends who attend meetings when I'm in their cities trying to bring about change. It seems like an easy and at times, prestigious job but to be honest, it can be a lonely job. Many nights when most people are sleeping, I find myself in deep thoughts wondering if I could get the thousands of people I know to stand behind us in this fight, a major difference could be made.

Creating the wonderful posts on Facebook help bring attention to issues of injustice but we have to be consistent with our support. One million people strong can take a day off from work with very short notice to attend the CAVS victory parade but let a demonstration for the wrongful death of an unarmed black man or woman be planned and the hardest thing to do is get people to agree on a date or better yet, take off a day to show their support. I know many may not understand how deep this problem truly is but until you step out in the heat and show your support, you may want to stop some of the blaming. Just remember, there will not be change until we all change. Real support is needed to stop the injustices that are occurring throughout the U.S. Let's all come together to bring about a change in this country.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Civil Rights Law, Sports and Entertainment, Litigation (Personal Injury and Commercial) and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl by email at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.
Daryl K. Washington Nov-11-2015 13251 0
For years the question whether college athletes should be paid has been debated over and over only to be kicked down by legal rulings. The NCAA, the television networks, the media and large colleges have all profited off of the backs of primarily Black athletes, while the only colleges that would accept them are being forced to shut down because of a lack of resources. College coaches are earning millions of dollars per season, have large endorsement deals and live in upscale neighborhoods while college athletes, many who come from low income families, are penalize for accepting a meal from a booster, can’t afford to take a date out to dinner or a movie and can only wish that their families could afford to sit in the stands occupied by many who will not speak to them or support them after their college careers are over.

I’ve said on numerous occasions that in order for there to be a change within the system, the ones with the power would have to do something drastic. Two years ago the Grambling State University football team decided to stage a protest because of the lack of equipment and the conditions of Grambling’s facilities. Although I hated to see it come down to that, I understood their frustrations and realized that we were witnessing the beginning of a new movement. The day had come for college athletes to realize that they have as much power as professional athletes, to demand change.

Two years later, the football players at the University of Missouri made a bold statement that will have an everlasting impact on college sports. They walked away from a game they love to support their fellow students. They have now shown athletes at other schools the power they have when they join together in solidarity. As a result, the NCAA’s biggest fear just came to reality. There was not going to be any change or progress at the University of Missouri until the individuals responsible for generating a large share of the revenue said “Enough is Enough.” Within a few days of their walk-out, President Tim Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, the top administrator of the Columbia campus, announced their resignation. That's power.

The NCAA has long made the issues with college athletes, a legal one. The NCAA created rules that prevent athletes from earning a living until after they’ve made everyone else rich. College athletes are required to sign over all of their rights in exchange for a scholarship and cannot earn one single dime to support a parent who is sometimes forced to work two jobs and in some cases still don't have the resources to attend a game. LSU’s superstar Leonard Fournette is being questioned about a business venture his family started before his college career really took off. Now that he’s signed away his rights, it’s being frowned upon by the individuals who were earn millions off of him. In other words, we the NCAA and LSU own his rights. The system is old, is broken and it’s unfair. Schools like LSU and Alabama earn over $70 million per year off of football but the players receive $0. The coaches earn over $3 million per season but the players earn $0.

I'm predicting that we are a season or two away from college athletes staging one of the largest boycotts in college sports because they have come to realize that the power is in their hands. The Missouri football players did not have to miss one single game to get what they demanded but the fight is far from over. Today, the students in Missouri are being faced with the harsh reality of the racist society we still live in. They should be preparing for exams but instead they are fearing for their lives. One hundred thousand fans will cheer on black athletes on Saturdays but many will criticize their efforts and make fun of them on Monday morning. I applaud the efforts of our college athletes. It makes me feel good to see that Our future generation will not stop fighting the fight that many started years ago. We can only pray that one day we will be able to take off the gloves. Until that time, the fight must go on so that the future generation can experience what Dr. King died for many years ago; True equality for everyone.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Civil Rights Law, Sports and Entertainment, Litigation (Personal Injury and Commercial) and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl by email at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.
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On yesterday social media went crazy after the video of Ray Rice was released. Within hours Rice was released from the Ravens. Don't think for one second that it was not as a result of the public outcry on social media. The Ravens and the NFL did not have a choice but to release Rice because they had been exposed. However, the saddening part about of all of this is that the powers to be proclaimed they had not seen the video until yesterday.

Why do we live in a society where there's always a cover-up? If we are going to be angry at the police chief in Ferguson, MO for trying to cover up for one of his officers who killed Michael Brown we should also be upset with Commissioner Roger Goodell and Coach John Harbaugh because it appears that they took part in a scheme to deceive the public and by tuning in to the games as usual we are saying it's okay to cover-up a crime. Sean Payton, head coach of the Saints, was forced to sit out a year because an alleged wrongdoing took place under his watch. In my opinion, the same needs to happen to the Roger Goodell and Coach Harbaugh because somehow I think they knew and if they did not know it's even worse because they allowed a poor investigation to support a two game suspension.

Let's look at the severity of what they did. Their actions in trying to protect the NFL brand send the wrong message to ladies who are victims of domestic abuse. What the message says is that you should protect the abuser if there's something to lose. In this case, it was football games and plenty of revenue for a major brand. Their actions could help persuade a victim of domestic abuse to participate in a press conference in order to save a star and risk her life. This was not the right thing to do because someone following that same example could end up dead.

Releasing and/or suspending Rice for the year was the proper thing to do months ago but there are additional suspensions that need to be handed down before we stop talking about this. Take a year off Mr. Commissioner and Coach Harbaugh because you dropped the ball on this one. Better yet, if you won't suspend yourselves, donate your salaries for the year to a charity that supports domestic violence victims if you are really serious about the mistake that was made.

Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.
Daryl K. Washington Feb-16-2014 3906 0
After the Michael Dunn verdict was read many voice their displeasure with the judicial system, rightfully so. However, the killing of our young black men is nothing new. Each time something bad happens we come together as a group for a month or so and then the energy dies down. When the Zimmerman verdict came back there were those who demanded that we stop supporting the state of Florida yet what happened to the follow-up to let us know how effective the efforts were? It reminds me of whenever someone dies. When we run into people we have not seen in years we all make a vow to do better and to make time for each other but after two or three months has past by we are all back to doing the same things.

As a country, we came together after 9/11 but soon thereafter the unity went away. There's so much happening in our communities. I thought the Zimmerman verdict would be our wake up call to do more but our young black men continue to be gunned down at a high rate by Men who don't look anything close to their fathers and most of them get away with it. Just in case you mention the black on black crime, remember that the killer normally ends up in prison.

Just recently, the grand jury failed to indict a North Carolina police officer for the killing of Jonathan Ferrell, a young black male, but after there was a public outcry about the injustice that took place he was eventually indicted. Right here in Dallas, Texas we have black men being killed by white police officers and in a great majority of the cases, the police officers are not indicted and judged by a jury of their peers. Instead, the victim is placed on trial and society has become conditioned to believe that it's okay to kill someone if they have a prior criminal record or considered a menace to society. Well, it's not and it's time that it stops.

We need to be proactive and make sure laws that don't benefit us are changed. I will continue to say this until I can't say this anymore; we have to get out and VOTE during the mid-term elections. We need to make sure the right people are elected and the wrong people are removed from office, irrespective of their race. If the same people are in office (local officials) yet we are having some of the same problems, it's time for change. Vote for someone who wants to make a change. Don't just vote based on race or political affiliation; that's what has gotten us to this point where we are today. We have to be proactive or the next Jordan Davis might be our brother, our son, our nephew, our father or our friend. Let's do it. Get involved or get out of the way!!!!!



Daryl K. Washington is an attorney located in Dallas, Texas. His practice includes Sports and Entertainment, Civil Rights, Litigation and Business Transactions. You can reach Daryl at dwashington@dwashlawfirm.com or you can visit his website at www.dwashlawfirm.com. To receive updates, go to the Black Legal Issues page on Facebook and check the like button.


















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