A pair of tone-deaf white people supporting Darren Wilson—the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, last week—made a brief and unpopular appearance at the Ferguson protests tonight. Read more.
St. Louis Police Release Video Of Kajieme Powell Killing That Appears At Odds With Their Story
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said Tuesday that both of the officers opened fire on Powell when he came within a three or four feet of them holding a knife “in an overhand grip.” But the newly released cell phone footage undermines the statement, showing Powell approaching the cops, but not coming as close as was reported, with his hands at his side. The officers began shooting within 15 seconds of their arrival, hitting Powell with a barrage of bullets. Read more.
Rapper Gucci Mane Sentenced To Three Years And Three Months On Federal Gun Charge
Rapper Gucci Mane was sentenced Wednesday to serve three years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge several months ago. The 34-year-old, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty in May to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after reaching an agreement with prosecutors. The judge also sentenced him to serve three years of supervised release with extra limitations on his travel during that time and to pay a $5,000 fine. Read more.
Michael Brown Family To March In New York For Eric Garner, Man Killed By Cop Chokehold
The parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, will attend a rally in support of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died after being placed in a chokehold by police last month. Around 15,000 people are expected to attend the Saturday demonstration. Participants will start near the area where Garner was killed and will then head toward the Staten Island District Attorney’s office to demand justice. Read more.
Greater St. Mark Family Church, Shelter For Ferguson Protesters, Reportedly Raided By St. Louis County Police
Greater St. Mark Family Church in St. Louis, Missouri was a safe haven for wounded protesters from nearby Ferguson demanding justice in the Michael Brown shooting. Reports from about 12:45pm on Twitter and Instagram stated that it had been raided by St. Louis County Police. Storman Academy, a school on church property, was being used as a first-aid shelter for protesters injured by tear gas as well as a place for organizers to plan strategy, but its charitable efforts apparently caused it to face unwanted attention from the police. Read more.
Lifetime Pulls The Plug On ‘BAPS’ After Just A Few Episodes
Earlier this month, we spoke to “BAPS” star Gina Cheatham, who defended the new Lifetime reality series against critics who felt that the show promoted division among Black people and encouraged viewers to continue tuning in. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you felt about the show, viewers did not show enough interest for Lifetime to continue airing the series. According to EurWeb, the network canceled the show after just four episodes. Apparently, cast members were informed of the decision via email. Read more.
The Heartbreaking Reason Ebola Is Mostly Killing Women In Africa
The deadly spread of Ebola has been making headlines for weeks now, but one side of the story isn’t getting the coverage it deserves. In one of the most affected countries, 3 out of 4 patients affected by Ebola have one thing in common: They’re all women. As reported by Lauren Wolfe at Foreign Policy, the Liberian government announced that 75% of those infected are female. Why are women dying? Their vulnerability to the disease isn’t rooted in biological dispositions; it’s purely structural. They are caring for the sick, and it’s literally killing them. Read more.