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Tavis Smiley Upset with Chicago Public Radio for Dropping Show
Oct-29-2012 1266 0


Tavis Smiley and his beloved brother in the struggle, Cornel West, just got kicked off a Chicago radio station due to declining ratings.

Smiley addressed the split recently in a heated open letter to Torey Malatia, president of Chicago Public Radio affiliate WBEZ.

“One could argue that it is easier for an African American to be president of the United States than it is to host a primetime radio program on Chicago Public Radio,” Smiley declared. He went on explaining how “demeaning, derogatory and dead wrong” Malatia and his folks are about the drop.

Smiley explained Chicago Public Media cut them off, citing declined ratings. According to the group, listeners went from 37,900 to 13,200. Besides that, officials didn’t like that the show was slanted a particular way.

“The show had developed much more of an ‘advocacy’ identity, which is inconsistent with our approach on WBEZ,” a spokesman said.

Others, however, suspect the cancelation had more to do with the pair’s relentless criticism of the president.

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The "Think Like a Man" actress, along with other celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kaley Cuoco, Vanessa Hudgens and soccer star Hope Solo, are among those targeted in a second wave of nude photo leaks. Photos of the women surfaced online Saturday, but were quickly pulled down by host websites Reddit and 4chan.com in the wake of the last massive hacking incident three weeks ago.

"These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide," Union and Wade's statement continues.

"For anyone out there also being affected by these and other hacking and hate crimes — We send our love, support and prayers. We have done nothing wrong."

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Gang members in Chicago's South Side shot a 9-year-old boy out walking in his neighborhood last month because they thought he was trying to warn rival gangbangers about their whereabouts, police said.

The four men — Jabari Williams, 22, Michael D. Baker, Paris Denard and Derrick Allmon, all 19 — were out looking to shoot rival gangsters on Aug. 20 when they encountered 9-year-old Antonio Smith Jr. in a yard near his Grand Crossing home, police said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Allmon, who was armed and stalking two rivals, thought the boy was yelling out to warn his targets when he cut down the boy in a hail of bullets and left him lying next to a concrete slab in the back of a stranger's yard on E. 71 St., police said.

Police found the third-grader's bloodied body a short time later and rushed him to a local children's hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

After a month-long investigation, cops caught up to the killer and his accomplices last week.

Williams was arrested Wednesday after police spotted him carrying a weapon, the Tribune said.

During questioning, he admitted his connection to the boy's killing, and later dimed-out his gangbanger buddies, who cops say are members of a local crew called the Gangster Disciples.

The others were arrested Thursday. All were ordered held without bond.

At a news conference Friday, police credited community and religious leaders with helping bring the men to justice.

Antonio was the younger person to be killed by gun violence in Chicago this year, the Tribune said, and his death had riled locals in the gang-plagued South Side.

Community members had raised $13,500 for information leading to an arrest and had repeatedly spoken out about the senseless "execution" of the little boy they liked to call "Hamburger."

Police said the boy had no gang ties.

"Our investigators initially had very little to work with, but the nature of this murder, that a 9-year-old boy could be gunned down in cold blood, outraged the community," Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Friday, according to DNA info.

In a stomach-turning twist, McCarthy said Allmon had only recently been released from prison when he shot the boy.

The 19-year-old triggerman had served about two years of a three and a half year sentence for weapons charges.

"He should not have been on the street to commit this murder," McCarthy said, according to the Tribune.

"The real kicker to this entire case is that it didn't have to happen."

In the days after the boy's death, family members said Antonio ran out of their apartment in a tantrum after a dispute with his mother.

The boy had called his mother to ask if he could have an afternoon treat, but she said no, ticking him off, the family said.

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Civil rights leaders on Saturday demanded that the “Django Unchained” actress handcuffed by Los Angeles police apologize for playing the race card.

Daniele Watts, a black actress, went berserk and accused cops of racially profiling her after she and her white boyfriend were detained for allegedly having sex in public.

“Civil rights leaders in Los Angeles are demanding that she apologize to the officers and community because when she made the allegations of racial profiling, which we take extremely seriously, we were in the forefront of speaking up for her,” Najee Ali, the president of Project Islamic Hope, told The News.

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As she lay dying, a young mother's last act was to save her baby daughter by sliding her into a toilet and throwing herself over the bowl, according to her family.

Jessica Arrendale, 33, is considered a hero by her loved ones for her selfless concern for her 6-month-old baby after being shot in the head.

The Smyrna, Ga., mom was under attack by the drunken, abusive father of her child, Jessica's mother Teresa Ionniello told WSB Radio Friday.

The fight started Saturday night after the two returned from dinner and Antoine Davis, 30, became belligerent, Ionniello said. Holding their baby, Jessica tried to defend herself with a baseball bat, but Davis took it from her, according to Inninello.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed Angelia Ella Mangum, 19, and Tjhisha Monique Ball, 18, both of Tampa, were murdered. Their bodies were found after 1 a.m. on a wooded road just off I-95. A witness said the bodies were hogtied and in a pool of blood, First Coast News reported.

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A witness said the bodies of two women found in Jacksonville were hogtied and in a pool of blood, First Coast News reported.

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Police say a Savannah, Georgia, police officer killed a handcuffed, armed man Thursday as the man tried to break out of a patrol car, a shooting that stirred up citizens and prompted the mayor to acknowledge that the community has "many questions."

The incident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. in the historic coastal city, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Chief Julie Tolbert said. Tolbert has asked that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation look into the shooting.

The GBI, based on its preliminary investigation, says officers arrested 29-year-old Charles Smith on outstanding warrants and handcuffed him behind his back.

Smith was put into a police car, where he managed to move his hands to the front of his body, and he kicked out one of the vehicle's windows, authorities said.

"The officers said, as Smith attempted to exit the patrol car, they saw that he had a firearm," the GBI said in its statement. "This encounter resulted in Smith being shot and killed at the scene."

A firearm was later found under Smith's body, the GBI reported.

Dozens of people gathered in a Savannah neighborhood at the shooting scene, which was cordoned off by police tape.

Some of them cried and hugged, a few appeared outwardly angry, and a handful carried signs to voice their views, video from CNN affiliate WTOC shows. At one point, many of them -- including some children -- joined hands in a circle.

"The amount of people in the street" spurred the Chatham Emergency Management Agency to send out automatic calls to warn staff and volunteers about a "potential civil unrest situation," agency spokeswoman Meredith Ley told CNN. She added that such notifications are standard for times like a parade or a marathon when there's a situation with "a large amount of people that could escalate quickly."

Savannah Mayor Edna Branch Jackson said that after talking to "the victim's family" and West Savannah residents, she shares "many of (their) questions" about the incident, concerns she has relayed to police officials.

"When the answers come, we will be open, transparent and forthcoming," vowed Jackson, who said in a statement that she is "distressed" about the shooting. "We will remain in continuous communication with the family. For now, I hope the citizens of Savannah will join me in remaining calm and patient as authorities gather the facts."

Speaking to people congregating in West Savannah, the mayor said: "This will be cleared up. This will be cleared up. We don't need anything to happen. And we are going, we are going to keep the family and the community informed of everything that is going on. Now, does that sound fair?"

Tolbert told those gathered that the investigation is "going to take time." In the meantime, "What we are asking you to do is not jump to conclusions, not make rash decisions, not ... do something that will cause you problems."

The GBI pledged it will "thoroughly investigate this incident to determine exactly what occurred." That includes an autopsy on Smith to be conducted Friday in Savannah.

"When the investigation is completed, the findings will be turned over to the Eastern Judicial District Attorney's Office," the GBI said.

David Jannot, a 10-year veteran of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, police said in a statement. The police chief, Tolbert, told reporters that such leave is in line with "proper protocol."

As to Smith, the man Jannot killed, a friend described him as "cool people."

"He was willing to help out," Joe Strobert told WTOC. "He was willing. If you ... needed help, he got you."

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Six days after a 14-year-old Florida boy shot himself in his school bathroom after allegedly suffering years of bullying, his 11-year-old friend penned a note saying he wants to die too, the child’s mom has revealed.

The heart-wrenching cry, written in blue marker, was slipped under the bedroom door of Jordan Gonzalez's mother on Tuesday after allegedly enduring the same cruel treatment as Lamar Hawkins III.

It read: "To mom. I am going to kill myself. No one understands me and I get abused. I can't even tell you how I feel. So what do I live for? - Jordan."

Jordan's mom, who said she's reported his abuse to officials at Greenwood Lakes Middle School multiple times — just like Lamar's parents claim — said she's beside herself on what to do.

Asked how she responded to her son's words while speaking with the Orlando Sentinel, she said: "I told him, 'If you leave mommy, I won't be able to live without you.'"

While publicly sharing a photo of the letter this week, she now vows: "I will make sure justice is served."

"I'm posting this [because] I have had it with that school and the kids who are bullying him," she wrote with its upload Tuesday.

Elaborating on the abuse her son allegedly sustained, she said a boy once stuck him in the neck with a sharp pencil as he was on the school bus.

Jordan, speaking with the Sentinel, also recalled the abuse he says Lamar endured.

"There was this one time where the kid just slapped him in the face and that's how the first fight happened. And the last fight was when he kept on getting bullied by the same person's friend and he just couldn't take it anymore, so he killed himself," he bravely recalled.

Gusaeff said that every day Jordan and Lamar would sit together at lunch, since the start of the school year.

"Everyday," she emphasized on her Instagram account. "We moved from the Bronx to avoid bullying. His family left Brooklyn. Now look what happened. Are we safe anywhere?"


Lamar's mother said they had reported her son's abuse by fellow students on multiple occassions. A Sheriff's spokesperson has said they never received any reports of bullying regarding Lamar.
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Lamar's mother said they had reported her son's abuse by fellow students on multiple occassions. A Sheriff's spokesperson has said they never received any reports of bullying regarding Lamar.


Seminole County Public Schools, reached for comment by the Sentinel, have declined commenting on the ongoing investigation into Lamar's tragic suicide which took place on one of their school campuses.

A school spokesperson, speaking previously to the Sentinel, said they have a "comprehensive bullying policy that is fully enforced in all of our schools."

A Sheriff's spokesperson reached by the Daily News last week said they never received any reports of bullying regarding Lamar from his school.

Lamar's father, Lamar Hawkins Sr., has said that he reported the bulling to school officials, "multiple times," his attorney told The News.

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Thomas Tracy Sep-18-2014 193 0
Tracy Lewis knocked down every obstacle in her path to become only the second black woman promoted to the rank of lieutenant in FDNY history.

“You encounter resistance every day, but I can’t let that stop me from going forward,” Lewis said Wednesday during a promotion ceremony at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. “I worked very hard for this. I studied very hard for this. And it was just a matter of when this day would come.”

Lewis, a 17-year FDNY veteran from Engine Co. 222 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, said she has overcome doubts from her male colleagues.

“They’re wondering whether or not you can do the job,” the 41-year-old trailblazer said. “But if you’ve been through the academy and you’ve proven yourself there, that should be enough. I come to the firehouse and I do what was taught to me.”

One man who never doubted Lewis is her bursting-with-pride dad, Clive Williams. He attended Wednesday’s ceremony.

“Tracy’s always been about helping others, so I’m not surprised that she made it to this point,” a beaming Williams said. “I hope she’ll continue to move on.”

There are just 41 women on the FDNY’s force of 10,500, officials said.

Lewis knows she’s standing on the shoulders of those who came before her.

“I feel that I owe it to them and the people coming after me to do the best I can to pave the way,” she said.

After being promoted Wednesday, she shared a joyous embrace with Ella McNair, who made history in 2002 when she became the first African-American woman to make lieutenant.

McNair retired in 2006, but that hasn’t stopped her from mentoring Lewis.

Lewis, a 17-year FDNY veteran from Engine Co. 222 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, said she has overcome doubts from her male colleagues.

“This girl is more than deserving,” McNair said of Lewis’ rise. “And it’s about time. It’s about time. Long time overdue!”

In March, the FDNY settled a blockbuster discrimination lawsuit, agreeing to pay $98 million inback pay and benefits to minority firefighter hopefuls. The original suit was brought by the Justice Department in 2007, when the FDNY was about 90% white.

The force is still only about 5% black and 9% Hispanic, according to the FDNY. But 45% of the most recent graduating class, from June, were from minority groups.

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