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Still Losing: Ochocinco Sentenced To 30 Days In Jail After He Slaps Lawyer On The Butt In Court

June 10th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Poor Ocho. Just when he thought he was seeing the light of day, he finds out that light will now be coming through a small window inside a jail cell.

Earlier this morning, the former NFL star appeared in court to face a judge for his recent probation violation stemming from his domestic violence case with Evelyn Lozada. Surprisingly, things were moving in Chad’s favor, with a plea deal nearly being struck that would call for Chad to serve no jail time. But in the blink of an eye — or pat of the behind rather — the deal slipped right from Chad’s hands because he used his hand to slap his lawyer on the butt.

According to TMZ, the move happened at the last minute when the judge asked Chad if he was satisfied with his attorney. Ochocinco decided to playfully slap his lawyer’s you know what as if to say yes. And though that move brought laughter from the courtroom, the situation quickly became no laughing matter when the judge went off on Chad and asked if the proceeding was a joke to him. Chad tightened up and explained himself saying, “I had no intent to make this a joke, because my life is in shambles right now.” That’s when his life got noticeably worse and he was kicked out of the courtroom and told the plea deal was off.

When Ocho was brought back into the courtroom, he was reportedly placed in handcuffs and sentenced to 30 days in jail because of his antics. On top of that punishment, his probation has also been extended until December 21, 2013 and he has to complete an additional 25 hours of community service along with extra therapy sessions. The message? Grow the eff up!

Green Jobs Gain Popularity In The Market: How You Can Plant A Seed In This Job Sector

May 21st, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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From sustainable and renewable energy causes to environmental health and recycling, going green encompasses multiple areas of how we live on a daily basis. The green movement is increasingly becoming implemented in many towns and areas, with recycling requirements for home-dwellers to surcharges for plastic shopping bags at your local stores.

This environmental movement is also growing economically, becoming an increasingly popular job sector in today’s job market.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, three quarters of American businesses establishments reported the use of at least one green technology or practice. With this, there is a need for green workers in small and major companies, public and private sectors and even on Capitol Hill.

Rethink Your Career Aspirations: Becoming A Lawyer Isn’t As Secure As It Used To Be

April 22nd, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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A degree in law might not be as secure as it once was.

In a column by Steven Harper published on Business Insider, the author writes the following:

The Lawyer Bubble is about much more than lawyers. It’s about a mentality that has accompanied the corporatization of America’s most important institutions, including the legal profession — a dramatic transformation that is still unfolding. Behind the change is a drive to boost current-year performance and profits at the expense of more enduring values for which there are no quantifiable measures.

As a result of this need to maximize profits at the expense of some of the other values of the industry, says the headline, the legal profession is on its way to “imploding.” The legal industry has already seen a big drop in the number of available jobs for law school grads. To kill two birds with one stone, a number of law schools are creating programs that will help new grads connect with those who don’t have the means to hire a lawyer. The experience provides those who need it with legal services and new lawyers with much needed experience and a job. However, those jobs aren’t the high-paying ones that we’re used to seeing from this  industry. In some cases, the experience gained is in exchange for school credit.

This could serve as a solution to the issues that Harper and the industry have brought up. According to a recent study, whose results were written up in The National Law Journal, ” Only 5 percent [of polled pre-law students] responded that salary potential was their primary reason, while 71 percent said that they were motivated most by pursuing a career they are passionate about.” But this wasn’t always the case. For a long time, a career in law was an indicator of great intelligence and an even greater salary. Nowadays, that survey found that 43 percent of pre-law students plan to use their education to pursue other avenues, like a graduate business degree or government work. More than half — 58 percent — said a big reason for their decision to explore other avenues is the job market.

With the market shifting, it’s time for prospective lawyers to re-evaluate their reasons for wanting to go into law. If you have plans for public service or an alternative career, a law degree is a versatile one that can help with those goals. But anyone thinking in terms of big law firm dollars might want to do a little research and have a clear strategy. The last thing you want is to have all this education, all that education debt, and no job.

It’s A Girl! TJ Holmes & Wife Welcome New Baby To The Family

January 12th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Looks like congratulations is in order!

The YBF has officially confirmed that television anchor TJ Holmes and his wife Marilee welcomed a baby girl into the world on Friday.

Marilee gave birth to baby Sabine who weighed in at seven pounds and 8 ounces in Atlanta where the two still call their primary residence She’s also about 20 inches long. What a very pretty name!

YBF is also reporting that TJ will remain in Atlanta while his BET show Don’t Sleep, which is filmed in New York, is still on hiatus.  As it stands, there’s been no word on when the show will return to the BET lineup.

Since he’s still there, it may be time to see if the bridges are broken over at CNN; maybe he can do a little moonlighting over there like he did a few weeks on MSNBC.  I suppose we’ll have to see what happens next in his career.

Mom and baby are doing just fine. Congrats again to the happy couple.

I have one question: Who’s in charge of the sip & see? Fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta will get that one.

Law and Order: 7 Black Female Lawyers and Judges Who Shaped the Legal Landscape

August 1st, 2012 - By Terri Williams
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Since our country’s inception, black women have been instrumental in shaping the law of the land. They overcame racial and gender barriers to become lawyers and judges, while using their influence to enact laws for the greater good of society. One legal eagle – a former slave – never went to law school, but possessed the innate ability to present oral arguments before the Supreme Court. These trailblazers reshaped the legal landscape in their pursuit of liberty and justice for all.

Charlotte Ray

Charlotte Ray has the distinction of being the first black female lawyer in the United States. In 1869, she applied for admission to Howard University’s Law School under the name “C.E. Ray” since the university discouraged women from applying to law school.  When Ray graduated from Howard in 1872 with a degree in commercial law, she was the first black woman – and only the third female in the United States – to receive a law degree. That same year, she also became the first woman admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia.

Advancing the Cause of Education: 7 Black Women Who Kicked in the Schoolhouse Door

June 5th, 2012 - By Terri Williams
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Black women have a long and proud history of advancing the cause of education in America. Their groundbreaking accomplishments – particularly in higher education –inspire, encourage, and challenge not only black women, but people of every race, age,  gender, and economic background to pursue their dreams.  From the first black female PhD graduates to the first black female presidents of prestigious universities, the 7 women on this list are game changers in the world of education and beyond.

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Dr. Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander

In 1921, when Dr. Sadie T. M. Alexander graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School, she became the first black person in America to earn a doctorate in economics, and only the second black female to earn a doctorate in any area. Following graduation, Alexander enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and helped found the National Bar Association. In 1927, she was the first black woman to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Adding to this impressive list, Alexander was the first black woman to pass the bar exam, and when she went to work for her husband’s law firm, Alexander became the first black woman to practice law in Pennsylvania.  In 1948, President Harry Truman appointed her to his Committee on Civil Rights, where she coauthored the Commission’s report, “To Secure These Rights,” which laid the foundation for Truman’s civil rights policy.

Tapes Reveal Maid in Strauss-Kahn Incident Was Wrongly Portrayed

July 28th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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By Charlotte Young

The woman who claims Dominique Strauss-Kahn raped her is no “money-grubbing opportunist”, her lawyer states. A recorded conversation between the woman, Nafissatou Diallo, and her incarcerated friend reveals that the hotel maid was more concerned about what happened to her than Strauss-Kahn’s wealth.

At the request of Diallo’s attorney, Kenneth Thompson, the tapes  of the conversation were reviewed in a meeting with prosecutors on Wednesday. The meeting lasted almost eight hours.

On the tapes, Diallo speaks in Fulani, a West African language, to her friend detained in an Arizona immigration detention center. In the first conversation, Diallo details that someone had forced her to do something she didn’t want to do and had tried to rape her and that this person was a powerful man.

According to the Salon, this directly contrasts with the New York Times report that a law enforcement official had anonymously disclosed that Diallo had told her friend that “this guy has a lot of money,” and that she knew what she was doing, shortly before Strauss-Kahn was arrested.

Mentions of Straus-Kahn’s status and her plans to get a lawyer took place in two separate conversations.

Diallo’s credibility has been brought under question as she admittedly exaggerated her background in Guinea with tales of gang-rang in efforts to secure asylum in the US. Prosecutors also doubt her account of her actions on what she did directly after the alleged assault took place on May 14.

While traces of his semen were found on her work uniform, Diallo’s shaky accounts have hurt the possibility of a prosecution.

Diallo recently made appearances on Newsweek and ABC News, asking for prosecutors to keep the case alive. Prosecutors decided on Tuesday to postpone Strauss-Kahn’s court date from Aug. 1 to Aug. 23. At that time, they will then make the decision whether or not to continue with the case.

Before the incident, the former International Monetary Fund leader had been a solid French presidential contender. He was arrested after Diallo released statements that he had “forced her to perform oral sex, manhandled her and ripped down her stockings” in his Sofitel Hotel luxury suite close to Times Square in Manhattan.

While Diallo may not have focused on Strauss-Kahn’s money, Thompson said that it was within her rights to sue him. For the moment, the Salon reports Diallo plans to visit religious, women’s and African community groups at a Brooklyn Christian center to thank her supporters.