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Mammoth Snake Spotted…In Wisconsin?!?

This puppy was spotted slithering around...wait for it...not Florida but WISCONSIN!
This puppy was spotted slithering around…wait for it…not Florida but WISCONSIN!

*The sheriff in Grant County, Wisconsin are advising residents who see a 4-6 foot long snake to leave it alone.

Ok, sir. Yes, sir. Whatever-the-f*ck-you-say-SIR!

Authorities there had been on the lookout for the serpent, and had advised residents to keep a close watch out for small children and pets, as they’d originally thought the snake was a fugitive flesh-constricting and consuming python.

The snake was spotted last weekend slithering calmly across a highway in Dickeyville, Wisconsin. Their report claimed it was “as long as the width of both lanes of traffic.”

Now, a picture snapped by a resident has helped authorities confirm that the snake is a bull snake, a constrictor that’s native to the area. Continue reading

Nice! Homeless Teens Taught to ‘Code’ at Boston Shelter

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*There is little more honorable than stepping outside of the proverbial box and taking a chance on something — especially when it comes from  a sincere desire to empower another. I am thinking of Brookview House, a homeless shelter and affordable housing complex in the Dorchester Center neighborhood of Boston; where a group of volunteers come together to teach teens aged 13 to 18 how to code.

Now, I’m no “techie,” but I do know that anyone living on planet earth without computer skills in this day and age is either unemployed, underemployed or somewhere in between. Technology is both the “wave of the present AND the future” and knowledge of how to work your way around a computer (not to mention a mac) is more likely to not only get you a job, but keep you on one longer than someone with limited computer skills.

So imagine knowing how to actually CREATE code. Hell, now we’re talking building your own tech business and just sitting back and waiting for the customers to roll in.

I pray this incredibly thoughtful experiment (for lack of another word because it is unprecedented) catches on with similar establishments. Continue reading

Detectives in Ohio Caught on Tape Calling Trayvon Martin N-Word

Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin

*Two on-duty Ohio sheriff’s detectives who were secretly recorded in 2013 as they joked around and used racist epithets about the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, by self-appointed neighborhood lord and savior George Zimmerman, have been ordered to take sensitivity training.

I can pretty much read your mind right now: Sensitivity training my ass!

Of course the deputy who recorded the Hocking County sheriff’s department detectives laughing it up at the late teen’s  expense, former deputy Jeremy Dye — is no longer employed at the department, but his recording reveals the detectives using terms such as “n——-“ and “thug” in reference to Martin, multiple times and one of the detectives even mocked African Americans who called into a radio show to express their anger and sorrow by using an accented voice. Continue reading

Three White Athletes Charged with Alleged Rape of Black, Disabled Teammate (Watch)

John R.K. Howard, 18, is one of the three students accused of sexually assaulting another teen in the school locker room.
John R.K. Howard, 18, is one of the three students accused of sexually assaulting another teen in the school locker room.

*You know, its stories such as the one you are about to read here that bring all of those “rumors” African American males have been hearing all of their lives into deeper observance. The ones that their women have been listening to. The ones that reveal the true reason behind the hate that the white man feels towards the black man.

The enviable gem between a black man’s legs. That thing most desired by the white man’s woman.

I mean, we’d like to believe people are better than the behaviors they oft times display. But with each passing day, this “high road” becomes more difficult.

Why else would a group of white male athletes, when given an opportunity to embrace their black colleague, choose instead to rape him?

The alleged incident happened on October 23, 2015 in the locker room of Dietrich High School, in Dietrich, Idaho. Continue reading

Black Male Valedictorian, Straight A Student, Barred from Walking Grad Stage in LA

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones

*Apparently, another surprise has popped up in the this-don’t-make-no-damn-sense universe. And the shameful part is its under the auspices of “education.” Anytime a student, namely, Andrew Jones, someone who has never made less than an “A” during his entire four years at Amite High School, gets barred from walking the stage at his own high school graduation because he didn’t shave his goatee…well, how can it be described as anything other than a SMDH moment.

I suppose a WTF? would apply here too.

The young father, and sports enthusiast, who landed a football scholarship at Southeastern, could only respond that he felt “hurted” [sic] when the CNN reporter asked how he felt after school officials took his cap and gown away from him…on the morning of graduation. Continue reading

Great Beginnings Hosts: ‘It Takes a Village’ to Celebrate Healthy Babies, Friday May 27

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(Los Angeles, CA) –  Paying homage to the history, heritage and culture of people of African descent, Great Beginnings for Black Babies, Inc. will host its annual Celebrate Healthy Babies extravaganza beginning at 11 a.m., Friday, May 27, 2016 in the Zion Hill Baptist Church, 7860 10th Avenue, Los Angeles, where the Rev. Seth Pickens is senior pastor.

Under the theme, “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child:  Straight Out of Africa-We Are Who We Were,” Great Beginnings invites the public, and especially former  members of its Black Infant Health program (BIH), to join in the celebration, which will include a Children’s Village, griot storytellers, puppeteers, jugglers, African dancers, drummers, resource vendors, free lunch and more.

African attire is encouraged. Continue reading

Man Murders Wife Because He Couldn’t Afford Her Pain Meds

Williams & Carolyn Hager
Williams & Carolyn Hager

*This story, oddly enough, prompted me to call my 77-year-old mom, just to check in, tell her I love her, and make sure she was ok. The guy I’m about to tell you about clearly was not.

William Hager, 86, fatally shot his wife of more than 50 years, Carolyn, 78, in the head while she slept, because they couldn’t afford her medication.

They’d been living their lives out, after raising children together, in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Clearly, the family was close. Hager called his daughters to tell them what happened, before he called 911.

The first question that came to mind as I learned of this story was “Where were the Hagers’ daughters as the elderly couple struggled with their bills?”

A police report offers chilling details: Continue reading

Mother, 13-Year-Old Daughter Accused in Killing of Chicago Teen (Watch)

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*A mother and her 13-year-old daughter are in jail after they were charged with the first-degree murder of a popular 15-year-old track student named DeKayla Danberry, who was stabbed to death on Saturday evening. No one seems to know what caused the brawl that ended the teen’s life; only that it involved a huge group of young folk, and happened on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Parkway Gardens, a neighborhood on Chicago’s south side, according to police.

A video taken during the chaos is part of evidence that is being described as ‘overwhelming’ by Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Christine Hake, who confirmed the daughter was charged in juvenile court on Tuesday.

At least one witness identified the 13-year-old girl, who is said to have stabbed the high school student, in the video.

While other witnesses claim to have seen the girl wiping blood off the knife and screaming in panic, “I killed her. I killed her!”

Tamika Gayden, 35, the girls mother, is said to have given her daughter the knife. Authorities charged Gayden with murder and contributing to the delinquency of a minor just hours later, police said. Continue reading