The horrific home invasion we reported last week where a man broke into a home in Millburn, New Jersey and mercilessly beat a woman in front of her 3-year old daughter has been solved and the culprit brought to justice!
Shawn Custis, 42, is the animal that attacked the woman whose identity has been withheld by law enforcement. Police caught Custis Friday, June 28, in an apartment building in Inwood, Manhattan, without incident. He is being held in an undisclosed location and hopefully being treated the same way he treated his victim. Continue reading →
The worst thing that can happen to anyone is to be the victim of a crime, especially a brutal crime.
One woman endured a brutal and senseless attack in front of her 3-year-old child when a man broke into her Millburn, New Jersey, home while they were sitting together watching cartoons, Friday, June 21, according to the New York Daily News. The man immediately began punching the woman in her face, kicking in her face after returning from her upstairs, and all in front of her child, who he did not acknowledge in any way.
The woman also had an 18-month-old child sleeping upstairs, who she probably feared he would harm, but he did not. Police reported that the perpetrator robbed the woman for an “undetermined amount of jewelry” and Continue reading →
The police always report from heinous crime scenes saying things like, “In my 35 years on the force, I’ve never seen anything like this.” Well, this time, we believe them.
James Parham, 75, has been accused of providing crack and prostitutes to the elderly residents of the New Jersey Englewood Senior Living home. In other words, Parham is a pimp! He had a little help from fellow resident and neighbor Cheryl Chaney, 66, according to local NBC affiliate channel 4. Continue reading →
The freedom fighters for the African American people have not been forgotten. The Black Panthers and other black activists of the sixties left an indelible mark on the legal system of the U.S. and on the hearts of the African American family.
Assata Shakur wrote an autobiography in 1987, that is a must-read for any and all individuals who want to know the true story of her struggle as a young black woman in the 60’s trying to find herself and her freedom. She details her arrest and imprisonment for the incident that occurred 40 years ago yesterday, May 2, 1973, when she allegedly shot a New Jersey state trooper in a shoot out between police and black activist members of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army of which she belonged. Continue reading →
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 →
Hurricane Sandy is still bearing down on the New York City and New Jersey areas. We have watched (if you have power) in horror all of the images and reports coming out of both cities and states. But now we’re mortified by the folks that have popped up on Twitter as a result of the storm damage.
Looting was inevitable as people are in need of everything after a storm. We saw it during Hurricane Katrina and now it’s happening during Hurricane Sandy…with a twist. During Katrina, the media took it upon themselves to sensationalize and publicize the supposed looters, which became noticeable later that they referred to black people with goods and resources as looters, but whites were merely “finding” things. This time, black or white, folks took to Twitter to publicize their own bad behavior. Continue reading →
Whenever we witness someone not only pursuing their dream, but fulfilling it, our hearts are made full. The story we ballet world is the beneficiary to the tragic but beautiful story of a Sierra Leone orphan who was able to rebuild her life from the ruins of her past tragedies.
Michaela Deprince, born Mabinty Bangura, is the youngest ballerina dancing with the Dance Theater of Harlem, but life started for her during the infamous civil war of Sierra Leone which spanned an entire decade from 1991 to 2002. During that period, it is estimated that 50,000 were brutally killed…Deprince’s father was one of them. Her mother starved to death soon after. Her and her sisters were sent to an orphanage where she was treated like an untouchable. Continue reading →
In the era of Kwame Kilpatrick, one would believe that other mayors would have taken notes as he fell from grace. But, nooooooooo, some mayors have to learn the hard way. They have to, as my grandma used to say, be convinced that fat meat is greasy. As the cuffs come out, many have been made believers in one New Jersey mayor’s administration.
Rather than taking a note out of Corey Booker’s record book, Trenton, New Jersey mayor, Tony Mack, 46, deferred to the book of Kilpatrick and was arrested for accepting bribes from an official. The official was really a federal agent that Mack and his cohorts, his brother Ralphiel and Mack supporter Joseph Giorgianni, who is also a convicted sex offender, struck a deal with on a fictitious parking structure project, according to the Huffington Post. Continue reading →