Category Archives: Society

Texas Woman Executed for Starvation of Girlfriend’s 9-Year-Old Son

Lisa Coleman, 31, was the 2nd woman to be executed in Texas this year.
Lisa Coleman, 38, was the 2nd woman to be executed in Texas this year.

*On Wednesday in Texas, a woman was executed for the starvation of her girlfriends 9-year-old son a decade ago.

Lisa Coleman, 38, died by lethal injection one hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to spare her. She was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. CDT, 12 minutes after Texas Department of Criminal officials began administering a lethal dose of pentobarbital.

She was the second woman and ninth convicted killer to receive lethal injection in Texas this year.

As Coleman awaited death, she smiled and nodded to several friends and an aunt who watched through a window, thanking them,  expressing her love and urging them to “keep their heads up.”

“I’m all right,” she said. “Tell them I finished strong. … God is good.”

She mouthed an audible kiss, laughed and nodded to her witnesses in the seconds before the lethal drug took effect.

“Love you all,” she said just before closing her eyes and taking a couple of short breaths. Then there was no further movement. Continue reading

(Listen) ‘The Meaning of Life, Explained By 3rd Graders’ is Brilliant and On Point!

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*Talkin’ about wisdom coming from the mouths of babes. If you haven’t checked out “The Meaning of Life, explained by 3rd graders,” video, have I got a gift for you!

Narrated by a 6-year-old girl with obvious swagger, she says , “You gotta do what feels right in your heart … A great man or woman will never fit in because they stand out,” she delivers the true meaning of life message with all the inflections and innuendos of an elder…an ancient, white-haired, leather-skinned elder.

You’re mouth is sure to drop open on several times as you listen to the sweet little girl’s voice. She starts off by asking you to “Imagine yourself, 90 years old, on a porch in a rocking chair, looking back on your life. You got that image?” she asks. “Good! Now let me tell you studies show that the biggest regret from elderly people on their death bed is not what they did, its what they didn’t do.”

In this 4-minute, 43 second stop-motion animated film, the young narrator cites scientific findings on the things people regret, and how you should take control of your life so that you won’t be one of them.

If greatness was easy, you would see a lot of successful people, a lot of great people — astronauts, professional athletes or superheroes,” she says. “But you don’t — you see a lot of people with big mouths making excuses on Facebook trying to get ‘likes,’ but they don’t even like themselves.”

Teach!

You can practically see her shaking her little finger as she states, “You don’t gotta be great to get started, but you gotta get started to be great.”

It’s amazing. Take a listen below!

Sobering Report Concludes L. A. County Officers Kill Almost One Person Per Week

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*A sobering new report from the youth advocacy organization Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition delves into the activity of Los Angeles law enforcement officers in a report called, “Don’t Shoot to Kill.” The report claims that nearly 600 people, many of them young black and Latino men, have been killed by Los Angeles law enforcement officers over the past 14 years.

The organization investigates the use of lethal force among police and gathered homicide data from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department and details from numerous media reports on specific incidents for the “Don’t Shoot to Kill” report. The report shows that between Jan. 1, 2000 and August 31, 2014, law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County used lethal force that resulted in the deaths of at least 589 people. Broken down, that comes to almost one death a week. Continue reading

Iyanla Set to ‘Fix the Life’ of 5 Women Who Share the ‘Baby-Daddy’ of 34 Kids

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*Though I didn’t see the episode, I do recall the trailer. Iyanla sat on a porch with Jay Williams, a successful video producer in Atlanta, who had an armful of black baby dolls; which represented the 34 biological children Williams has fathered with 17 different women. The segment was powerful because after a very few moments of intense questioning and attempts at reasoning by Iyanla, you could see that Jay was getting frustrated and he eventually put the armful of dolls that Iyanla had him holding down. Iyanla asked him why he did this, and he responded something like, “because I’m tired of playing with the dolls.”

Now that could have very well been the end of the experiment for a less bodacious host. But not for Iyanla, who didn’t skip a beat when she picked the dolls up again and put them in Williams’ lap saying something to the effect of, “Too bad. Their mother doesn’t get that option.” Continue reading

Rare Blood Disease in This Infant, Revealed ‘Incest Secret’ in Family

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*A baby at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri was recently diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, a rare type of blood “cancer,” which made doctors question if there was more to why the baby has this in the first place. Their suspicions were aroused because  the blood disease is a rare genetic disorder that can be acquired or inherited, and is in some rare cases, the result of incest.

Though Dr. Michael Jordon, a pediatrician that works with  hematology and oncology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, tells The Stir that, “Recessive genetic disorders [like HLH but not excluded to HLH] may be more common when parents are related, but the vast majority of parents in the U.S. who have children with HLH aren’t related,” [but] there is still that small possibility that made doctors suspicious enough to contact the police in this case. Continue reading

Daniele Watts Said ‘We Didn’t Do Anything Wrong’…She Didn’t Say They Didn’t Have Sex in the Car (Editorial)

Daniele Watts and Brian James Lucas
Daniele Watts and Brian James Lucas

 

*Just keeping it real here.

Read between the lines. Someone calls the police on a couple who was said to be “having sex in a parked car.” As it turns out, the accused is an actress, a black actress, and a “celebrity chef,” her white boyfriend. When asked to describe the couple the 911 caller said it was “a black woman wearing a shirt and floral shorts, and a white man with a black tank top,” according to police spokesman Lt. Andrew Neiman. What we pulled from that was the race part because, well, you figure it out. But while you’re doing that, ask yourself this:  Are we allowing ourselves to become so emotionally engaged in the whole color thing that we are ignoring what may be the facts? Continue reading

Illinois News Anchor Reveals His Brain Cancer On Air and Says He Only Has Months to Live (Video)

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Dave Benton, WCIA

*You kind of get the impression something really deep is about to go down, when a news anchor says, “We’ve got some serious stuff to discuss, and we are an open book, and we wanted to let you guys in on something that we’ve known for a while.” This is how Jennifer Roscoe set up the news for her viewers to learn about the return of her co-anchor, Dave Benton’s brain cancer. It was at the end of their nightly newscast on Thursday.

Benton, an Illinois news anchor, then stepped in make the major on-air announcement himself; revealing that his doctors had told him that he has just four to six months left to live. This heartbreaking news is the latest in what has been Benton’s yearlong  battle with brain cancer. Continue reading