Jayvon Felton always wanted to be a police officer in his hometown, Detroit.
*Jayvon Felton, the 9-year-old boy who dreamed of being a Detroit police officer, got his wish before he passed away on Monday at Children’s Hospital in Detroit, Deputy Police Chief Rodney Johnson told The Detroit News.
The fourth-grader, who had been home-schooled since his leukemia diagnosis in April, was sworn in as the city’s “new” top cop and named honorary “chief for a day” on January 31st. Continue reading
*Well, one swim instructor in particular can file this under I will feel guilty for the rest of my life.
According to the Detroit Free Press the prosecutor’s office in Macomb County, Mich. has authorized a charge of involuntary manslaughter for Johnathan Lamonte Sails, an East Detroit high school swim instructor, who allegedly allowed one of his students to drown last year.
Sails, who arrived at the 38th District Court in Eastpointe, Mich., today for his arraignment, could face up to 15 years in prison along with a $7,500 fine. Continue reading
*Ah, good old capitalism. It, my friends, is what makes the bottom line in business so exciting. So, you’d better believe that when it comes to marketing, advertisers are going to utilize anything and everything they can get their greedy little hands on to bring your attention to their product, their brand. This time, it was the Martin Luther King holiday.
Now as you know, creating an ad is delicate. People can’t feel like they are being bamboozled. Oh sure we know you’re trying to sell us something, but we don’t want it to look like you’re trying to sell us something. Whatever you do, don’t make it seem like you just grabbed a quote by a great civil rights icon and stuck it on the face of your brand to solicit greater donations. Um, PETA anyone? Oops, I’ve already said too much. Continue reading
*Mental illness has claimed the lives of two more children.
In Germantown, Maryland, two women who believed their children were possessed, have been charged with their murder. Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28 and Monifa Denise Sanford, 21 believed they were doing an exorcism on the children, 1-year-old boy, Durell and his 2-year-old sister, Zyana. Both children belonged to Avery. The women are also facing attempted murder charges for injuring the children’s siblings, ages 5 and 8. Continue reading
Merrick McCoy posted this picture of himself and 1-year-old Mia on Facebook before killing her
Last month this dude who claims he was distraught over the breakup of his relationship killed his own child after posting a selfie of her with him on Facebook.
Yes, this sick mutha actually did this!
Police say they received a call from a woman “around 9:30″ saying that “her boyfriend had a gun and was locked inside her apartment with her child.” The woman’s family said that while police were trying to get inside the apartment, the father was posting to his Facebook page.
Former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, the first African American Majority Whip has passed away suddenly at age 71, Monday, July 1, 2013.
One of our most influential politicians and former member of Congress has passed away.
Former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, suddenly died while with one of his sons in London at the Wimbledon tennis championship, Monday. He was 71. But Gray was much more than a politician as he lived a multi-faceted life as a businessman and pastor.
Gray was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and graduated from Franklin & Marshall College. He also attended Drew Theological Seminary in New Jersey City, New Jersey, before entering politics and being elected as a Democrat to Congress in 1978. He rose through the ranks of politics rapidly serving as chairman of the powerful budget committee and became the first African American Majority Whip of the U.S. House. Continue reading
Rena Price flanked by her sons Marquette Frye (right) and stepson Ronald, (left) during a state Senate hearing in August 1965. (Los Angeles Times)
It’s unfortunate that so many history lessons we could’ve learned from the very people who were living and/or a part of instrumental periods of our history aren’t known until after they are gone.
Although, we’ve been privy to the statistics of the Watts Riots of 1965, where for “six turbulent days that left 34 dead, thousands injured and millions of dollars in property damaged or destroyed,” but many of us, never really heard an extensive interview with Rena Price, who along with her sons, became the poster child for the inception of the infamous riots. But now Rena Price has passed on of natural causes at the age of 97, and her story passes with her. Continue reading
Dr. Jane Cooke Wright was a trailblazer in cancer treatment making chemotherapy a standard treatment for cancer patients.
Black History Month has ended, but we don’t adhere to the 28 day limit on recognition of African American excellence.
Dr. Jane Cooke Wright was a pioneer in cancer treatment. She spearheaded the treatment of chemotherapy as a standard treatment for cancer patients. She died at home in Guttenberg, New Jersey at the age of 93 on February 19.
Medicine was in Wright’s blood. Her father, Dr. Louis Tompkins Wright, was also a well-respected physician who was the first African American doctor to be appointed to a staff position at a New York municipal hospital. He also became the first African American police surgeon, according to the Afro’s report from the National Institutes of Health. Continue reading