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Chicago Police Say 9-Year-Old Tyshawn Lee Lured Into Alley And Gunned Down Due To Father’s Gang Ties

November 6th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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You’ve probably heard that a 9-year-old boy who was minding his business, walking with his beloved basketball, headed to his grandmother’s home in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, was gunned down on Monday. Shot multiple times, including in the head and back, in an alley where a group of people were reportedly gathered, Tyshawn Lee died on the scene. He was not far from his grandmother’s house. Early reports made it seem as though he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

But police now believe that Lee was actually lured into that alley, targeted because of his father’s reported gang ties. Ties that the father has not confirmed and will reportedly not be “forthcoming” about in an attempt to find Lee’s killer.

According to the Chicago Tribune, officials believe that Lee was killed because of disputes between the Gangster Disciples and the Black P Stones, two very old and well-known gangs in the city. Lee’s father, Pierre Stokes, is reportedly a member of the Gangster Disciples and police say that a faction of the Black P Stones targeted the boy because of his father’s possible involvement in two violent situations, including the slaying of a Black P Stone member and the wounding of that individual’s mother.

And while police say that they have been flooded with calls from people in Gresham (side note: there is a $35,000 reward for info leading to the killer’s arrest), they need more.

“We’re pretty certain that we know exactly how it occurred,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. “We know when it occurred. We’re pretty certain that we even know the individuals involved. But we need a little bit more to make sure that (an arrest) happens.”

But Lee’s father said he doesn’t have that information. And even though he does believe his son was targeted and feels somewhat at fault because he wasn’t there to protect Lee, he doesn’t think the attack was because of him. In fact, Stokes told the Chicago Tribune earlier this week that no one would need to go after his son if they had issues with him because the 25-year-old said, “I’m not hard to find.”

“I don’t think it was no retaliation because I never did nothing to — for nobody to hurt my son,” Stokes said during CPD’s news conference yesterday. And in the previous Tribune interview, Stokes said he was bothered by the fact that the police seem to be so interested in him, his whereabouts and connections.

“They’re more worried about me. Why are you worried about me, not the killer? I’m not the killer. Worry about the killer.”

As for possible suspects, a person of interest was brought in to be questioned, but they came with a lawyer and were released at some point between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. So police are still taking calls, looking for the right lead to make an arrest.

As for Lee’s mother, Karla Lee, she has been making pleas to the public through a GoFundMe page set up by a friend, and via a tearful Facebook message, to help her pay for her son’s burial. Sadly, in that message, she told people that “I just never knew I was going to have bury my son this early.”

And that is the craziest thing about all of this. Not that she would have to bury her son, in general, but that she wasn’t ready to bury him so soon. And that’s a testament to how crazy things are getting in certain parts of the city of Chicago where gang violence and affiliation is widespread. People don’t know what to expect anymore, or how to keep their children safe. They just hope to have them around for as long as possible, and that breaks my heart. The recent string of shootings that have taken the lives of young children, and the increase in shootings, in general, are yet another reason people feel so hopeless in these situations. Where there is hopelessness, there is lawlessness.

And as someone who grew up near the South Side and has family and friends who live there, these stories, though heartbreaking, have become all too common. No one can say what exactly Pierre Stokes does and doesn’t know about who may or may not be behind the murder of his son, and only the coward behind the gun can confirm why it was done. But as someone so sick and tired of these God-awful headlines about innocent babies losing their lives in melees that have nothing to do with them, someone needs to go down for this and fast. Stokes needs to call any and everyone out for his son’s blood being shed on the street–in an alley near a dumpster at that. People, in general, need to talk in the hopes of not just helping Lee’s family find justice and closure but to protect their own children. Something has to be done. If not for everyone, at least to look out for the kids.


Hollywood Gang-Banging? Celebrities With Alleged Gang Ties

July 7th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Whether these stars are vocal about their affiliation or just act like it, these celebrities with alleged gang ties have raised some eyebrows.

Celebrities With Alleged Gang Ties


Chris Brown

Chris Brown’s every move has been under a microscope ever since he physically attacked Rihanna. His career took a serious nosedive and some have blamed the group of friends Brown hangs around as the cause of his downward spiral. Since being released from jail, Brown made his return to the stage at this year’s BET Awards. The “Loyal” singer was spotted at an afterparty throwing up gang signs sparking rumors of an affiliation with the Bloods. This isn’t the first time the troubled singer has been linked to gangs. Some members of his entourage reportedly have gang ties and he’s tweeted Blood calls in the past.

Why Is Chris Brown Repping The Bloods?

July 2nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Just weeks after he was released from jail and promised to get his life together, Chris Brown was in the club throwing up gang signs. Blood signs to be specific.

In a BET after party, probably before he was seen being carried out by a group of guys, someone captured a video of Brown throwing up a series of Blood affiliated gang signs. And judging by the fluidity of his finger movement, he’s not new to this. He even gave a shout out to a subset of the Bloods, the Fruit Town Piru. According to TMZ, Piru is a street in Compton where the first know Bloods gang was originally formed.

Chris has been  seen spray painting a wall in Hawaii with the Fruit Piru name and TMZ believes that he had several members of the gang living with him before he served his time.


Y’all know we want Chris to win but it seems like he’s hell bent on doing something different. But what do you think, are we making a big deal out of this for nothing or do you think this represents a bigger issue?

You can watch the video of him throwing up the signs in the club below.


2013: The Year Of The Mack! Anthony Mackie Talks “Gangster Squad” And Big Upcoming Roles

January 12th, 2013 - By MN Editor
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Actor Anthony Mackie may have been flying under your radar the past few years, but he’s ready to take center stage in 2013. With five films slated for release this year, Mackie is sure to be a household name in a matter of months. Today, his first film of the year, Gangster Squad, hits theaters. He plays a police officer fighting to bring down crime in Los Angeles in the ’40s. caught up with Mackie to gab about all things gangster, including what brings out his inner badass and playing the first Black superhero in the new Captain America film and more.

On being the only black man in a gangsta movie:

“It’s great! My goal when I started to be an actor was to do a gangster film and a Western. If I could do my whole career in Westerns I would be happy. When this came up I was really excited to knock that off my list.”

On his role (he plays a cop) and his inner gangster:

“There are so many facets to the term “gangster.” There are so many different periods of people being gangsters. In the 1940’s being a gangster was all about style and charisma. They were celebrities. The newspapers and everybody would make them larger than life. It was more so about the show and personality than it was being a hard A$$. My thing is when someone does or says something slick to a young lady I’m with then I have to have a conversation with them.”

We love that Anthony Mackie is always working and always playing different characters. Check out the rest at ESSENCE.

These Promoters (And Gangsters) Keep Holding Him Back: Rick Ross Cancels Tour

December 8th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Over the last few weeks, Rick Ross has been the subject of hip-hop news after videos surfaced of members of the Gangster Disciple gang threatening Ross.  Apparently, they’re still upset because Ross shouted out Larry Hoover, one of the founders of the, one his “BMF” track. Well more recently, a North Carolina chapter of the gang allegedly sent death threats and released their own video to Ross and the MMG camp and now, two of the North Carolina dates on the second leg of the tour have been canceled, immediately prompting people to believe it was done so as a direct results of the threats.

However, MMG reps have released a statement and none of it had to do, as expected, with any gangs:

“Rick Ross has been engaging in a tour which commenced November 2 and was initially scheduled to continue until December 2. However, the tour was extended until December 16. Unfortunately, the tour promoter abruptly cancelled the Greensboro and Charlotte, NC, dates. Rick Ross completed the first leg of the tour without incident and eagerly anticipated performing the balance of the dates, but due to apparent lack of organization and communication on the part of tour promoter, the remaining shows of the tour will be canceled.”

So perhaps the promoters were fearful of possible violence at the concerts and wanted to avoid it by canceling the shows.  It appears the problem is that the promoters canceled everything so suddenly that it didn’t allow for MMG to pick up the pieces and immediately do “damage control” with fans and venues.

Ross also reached out to and sent a message to fans: “I want to apologize to all of my fans who I missed performing for due to the cancellations and want to let them know that I will get back to their cities. I enjoyed my experience with my little bros Wale and Meek Mill and I’m ready to get back in the studio to make good music.”

This is certainly an unfortunate situation as sales for the remaining shows in MS, TN, TX, CA, MI and NY were doing fairly well.

I guess gang dudes don’t get over anything because that song is beyond old at this point. Let the man make his money while the fans enjoy a show.

Police Track Gangs Online

October 3rd, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(The Star Ledger) — Keith Williams and Karim Sampson, a pair of Bloods gang members known to Trenton authorities, thought they had a snitch in their midst. So in April of 2008, authorities allege, they planned to kill him.  “If I had my wifey (gun), I’d get it done,” Sampson told Williams, according to court records. “But you’ve got (a gun), so it’s on you.”  The men knew they had to hurry, court records show. Their victim — 20-year-old fellow Blood Arrel Bell — was planning a trip.  “He’s supposed to be going to New York for two weeks. I can’t risk him not coming back,” Sampson said.  “Then that (expletive) ain’t coming back,” Williams replied. “We’ve got 48 hours.”  This conventional crime has a new age twist. Authorities didn’t use a wiretap to capture the conversation between Sampson and Williams, and they didn’t stitch it together from eyewitness accounts. The two gang members wrote it all down in a series of MySpace messages, according to court records, where they discussed the killing of another human being in between “LOL”s.

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Chicago Police Use More Deadly Force as Gang War Heats Up

July 26th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Christian Science Monitor) — Chicago Police officers have killed more people this year to date than the total number killed in 2010.  A quarterly report just released by the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) shows that 14 people were shot and killed by Chicago officers in the first six months of this year ending June 30. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday that, according to news accounts that tally numbers through July 21, the number of fatalities is actually 16.  In 2010, 13 people were shot and killed by Chicago officers.

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Latino Gang Indicted for Terrorizing Blacks

June 8th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Los Angeles Times) — An Azusa street gang’s campaign against blacks began during a meeting at a local park in 1992.  From there, prosecutors contend, the predominantly Latino street gang went on the attack.  Graffiti with racial epithets began appearing around town, including “Get out N…” sprayed on garage doors of some black residents. Gang members allegedly beat up blacks they found in their “territory,” telling one man “We hate n… in Azusa. This is Azusa.”  Over about 15 years, blacks were assaulted, chased and robbed, their property vandalized, in a “crime spree to drive African Americans out of the city of Azusa,” said U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr. Authorities announced Tuesday that a federal grand jury had indicted 51 people allegedly associated with the Azusa 13 gang in what prosecutors described as “terrorizing” blacks in the San Gabriel Valley city of more than 48,000.  Azusa Police Chief Robert Garcia said the campaign was partly motivated by racial prejudice. But it also grew from orders by leaders of the Mexican Mafia prison gang to organize Azusa 13’s narcotics business by “eliminating competition so they can have a monopoly on drug sales,” Garcia said. “Usually a street gang member doesn’t get an original idea; it comes from someone higher up.”

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Addressing Gang Violence in DC

May 20th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Washington Informer) — Del McFadden knows the benefits a timely intervention can have on a young person’s life.  In his case, he believes, it was the difference between life and death.  As a teenager, he was running with older youth and men in the drug trade.  “A drug dealer is the major reason I’m here,” said the 37-year-old District resident.  “I was 13 and sold drugs for him. I lived in a household of five, and we lived on $660 a month from welfare … I wanted to be part of something, so I waited in the car watching the guns and drugs.”  “These were older guys who used me because I was 13.”  McFadden said drug dealing was a way of surviving and the money he made helped him buy tennis shoes and be a part of a popular group in his neighborhood.  “Things started getting hot with shootings.  The drug dealer [William] turned to the church,” he explained.  “The man had college credits, too. He’s the reason I read books.  “He said we were going to sign up for classes at Southeastern University and we both were on the Dean’s List together.”

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Sheriff Ramps up the Fight Against New Gangs in Suburbs

May 18th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Chicago Sun Times) — Cook County Sheriff’s gang investigators couldn’t believe their eyes.  The Bloods — a California gang portrayed in movies like “Colors” — have never had a presence in the Chicago area. But earlier this year, the sheriff’s graffiti unit snapped photos of Bloods graffiti in west suburban Maywood and south suburban Harvey.  Then, sheriff’s investigators spoke to two men in Maywood who said they were from California and admitted they were Bloods. Other Bloods have been identified in the north suburbs near Chicago’s border. And a Bloods member hiding out in Schaumburg was arrested for questioning in a burglary and several murders in California.  “It’s something we’re keeping a close eye on,” said Sgt. Jason O’Malley of the sheriff’s gang crimes unit.  The surprising revelation that Bloods are on Chicago’s doorstep comes as Sheriff Tom Dart is escalating his war on gangs in the suburbs. This year, Dart has partnered with more than 50 police agencies and his investigators began using a sophisticated mapping system to target the worst gang problems.

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