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NYPD Captain Pleads Guilty To Pulling Gun On Two Innocent Kids

October 10th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Back in September 2013, New York Police Department Captain Brian McCaughey pulled a gun out and screamed at a 13-year-old and 12-year-old who were harmlessly playing tag on a street in Brooklyn’s Beford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

“Motherf*****,” get on the ground!” McCaughey shouted with his gun drawn, according to kids relatives and sources. After hancuffing and attempting to arrest the teenagers, the mother of the 12-year-old boy intervened on the cop’s wrongful actions. McCaughey then realized that he and his partner were at the wrong address – they were on Quincy Street instead of Clifton Street, which was four blocks away.

“I was just hoping that the (cops) didn’t pull the trigger,” said Yvonne Smalls, the grandmother of 13-year-old Kesean Smalls. “I didn’t even ask ‘What did he do?’ because Kesean has always been a non-confrontatinal kid. It was more a matter of ‘Why are you doing this?'”

After a two-year fight for justice for Smalls and his friend Jahniel Hinds, Captain McCaughey plead guilty on charges of improper force and abuse of authority, New York Daily News reports.

“Pointing a gun at two young boys, who had done nothing other than play tag on their own street, was a reckless use of force that traumatized them and created an extremely dangerous situation,” said CCRB executive director Mina Malik.

As a result of McCaughey’s poor actions and guilty plea, he has been docked 30 vacation days after trying to get the court to lessen it to only 18 days.

Corinia Silver, Hinds mother, said two simple words from the NYPD could have ended the drawn out case: We’re sorry. “I asked for an apology because I know that mistakes happen, but they never did,” she told New York Daily News.



Buffalo Woman Hands Out Resumes On The Street, Scores A Number Of Job Offers

August 22nd, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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During a time when the job market is stagnant and Americans are simply unemployed or underemployed, one woman found a way to land herself numerous interviews and job offers.

Carrie Kemeling, 28, quit her job on Saturday (Aug. 15), and by Monday (Aug. 17) she had an interview and 13 different employers offering her a position. So, how did she do it? Here’s a hint: she didn’t use trusty LinkedIn.

Kemeling took an unusual approach to her job search this time around, standing by a busy exit ramp off of a highway in Buffalo, New York with a sign that read: “Not Homeless but Hungry for success. Take a resume”

“I wanted to do something different; instead of just emailing a piece of my work history or dropping my résumé off on somebody’s desk,” she told Buffalo News.

“I’m just trying to get my word out to as many people as possible to show my creativity and innovation, and you know hopefully, I can find something that will make me happy. If people can give money to somebody who is homeless and not looking for work, they can also help someone who is trying to help themselves,” she said. “I believe this is going to be a success story. People want to see self-motivation. And I’m not giving up on myself and never will.” she sai.

On Friday (Aug. 15), before Kemeling quit her job at a local jewelers due to being passed for a promotion, she stood on the pedestrian crossing island passing out her résumé to 20 people and 50 more that following Monday.

“Even though I had a job, I’m still looking for better and I know I’m better,” she said. “I’m looking to find a company who is willing to invest in me and I’m investing in them as well. I’m really extremely trainable.She said she’d been “looking to advance myself for the past year. I sent résumés but didn’t get a response. So now I have the time to stand here and actually put myself out there. If I’m going to give my résumé to someone, I want to give it to someone who wants it.” she said.

The Buffalo Niagara region has been adding jobs at an average pace of 1.4 percent through the first four months of this year, nearly double the growth rate from all of 2014. After receiving a dozen employers offering positions, including the temp agency, a shredding company and an online startup, Kemeling plans to return to the Thruway exit and see what luck she’ll have.

“I want to keep my options open,” she said. “I want to give other candidates a chance. There might be others out there who are interested in hiring me.”


14 Memorable VH1 Love Show Moments

April 28th, 2015 - By Kendra Koger
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After VH1 announced that they would allow Jayceon Taylor, also known as “The Game,” to attempt to find love on his own show “She Got Game,” it made me nostalgic for the VH1 dating shows of yore.  You know the ones, the “Flavor of Loves,” “Rock of Loves,” “I Love New Yorks,” “For the Love of Ray Js,” and “Real Chance of Loves.”

In anticipation of “She Got Game,” I decided to go back into the old VH1 archives of their golden era of reality shows and bring you a list of some of the most memorable moments.  There were a lot of shows, a lot of crazy people and behaviors, and I’m gonna do my best to include the best.  If I missed your favorites, hit me up in the comment section!

Tiffany “New York” Pollard To Appear On “Botched”

April 14th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Faye Sadou / WENN

When I think about Tiffany “New York” Pollard, I always think remember the thin, stringy-weaved, cut out, blue dress wearing reality show contestant who mooned Flavor Flav when he sent her home after bringing her back on the show for the second time.

“You brought me back here to open up the same muthf**kin wound Flav?”

But when Tiffany came back for her own show, “I Love New York,” she looked a little bit different. She had fuller hair, she’d put on a bit of weight and her boobs were bigger, a lot bigger. If you were like me, you were so distracted by her words and actions, you might not have noticed the breasts.

But in a new episode of E!’s “Botched,” she explains that they’ve caused her quite a few problems. In a teaser for the show, New York explains why she had the girls done and why she wants them fixed now.

Why she wanted them: 

I grew up in upstate New York, being the granddaughter of a minister. Life was very sheltered for me. Just pretty much church, school and home. I just never felt like I fully fit in. So I found my escape watching television and saying ‘Bitch, one day you will be somebody.

One day I was watching Geraldo Rivera and I saw Dolly Parton walk out on stage. And when I saw that White chick come out on the screen with her blonde hair, her tiny waist and her big tits, I said that’s going to be me one day.”

Why she needs them fixed now

My breasts are jacked up. The sagging, the extra skin. My breasts are unhappy…It’s like one tit is in Africa and the other one is in Europe.

From the looks of things, she’s in desperate need. Which is why plastic surgeons Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif will not only work to correct New York’s breasts, they’ll also be working to fix her deviated septum.

Watch New York explain the extent of her problems in the video below.

New York’s episode of “Botched” will air tonight at 9/8c on E!

What’s The Best U.S. City To Find Love?

December 23rd, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Leading personal finance social network WalletHub has conducted an in-depth study 2014’s Best & Worst Cities for Singles, ranking the best and worst places for the 105 million US singles to find the right partner while saving money.

WalletHub looked at stats associated with nightlife opportunities, how active people are on mobile dating apps and more. In their report, WalletHub noted whether singles in the United States were single by choice, casually dating, divorced, widowed or looking for love. Their study also concluded that some singles may lead a perpetual solo life or marry the person of their dreams based on geography.

For those who live in New York City, dating may be tough since the city ranks seventh out of 10 of the worst cities for dating. According to marketing strategists at ConvergEx Group, the average date in the city can cost up to $130, a steep price for cocktails and getting to know you.

The city also comes in the 67th percentile for online dating opportunities and in the 145th percentile for movie costs. WalletHub claims for a single person to have a healthy dating life in New York City, their wallet may take a bruising, especially over the course of multiple first dates. New York’s data goes as follows:

The Dating Scene in New York (1=Best; 75=Avg.)
• 127th – Restaurant Meal Costs
• 145th – Movie Costs
• 60th – % of Single Persons
• 61st – Number of Nightlife Options per Capita
• 48th – Number of Cafes per Capita
• 97th – Number of Attractions
• 40th – Crime Rate
• 67th – Online Dating Opportunities

Number one in the overall “Economics of Dating” ranking was Lincoln, NE. But here are some other places that scored high marks in different categories:

-Lowest average beer and wine price: Milwaukee, WI

-Lowest move cost: Corpus Christi, TX

-Lowest beauty salon cost: Fort Wayne, IN

-Highest percentage of singles: Detroit, MI
To see WalletHub’s entire list of the best and worst cities to find romance, click here.

Will you be moving to find love?

Why Is My Daughter More Socially Aware Than You?

December 8th, 2014 - By Rich
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There’s something in the air that hasn’t been in the air for many years now, at least by my estimation. No, I am not talking about chem trails. I am talking about a change in attitude of people.

So, I decided to take my daughter to a protest march…

Scratch that.

My daughter asked me to take her to a protest march in New York City, where thousands and thousands convened over several peaceful protesting the deaths of Eric Garner, Mike Brown and others that have been killed by police, vigilantes or others that devalue Black lives. On the way to the march, we sat in on a White House call with local civic leaders that quite frankly sounded like a lot of talk. We were ready for action and met with my brother and others of the same mind state.

We took to the streets with the masses of people that chanted “hands up, don’t shoot,” “Black Lives Matter,” “these racist cops have got to go” and other colorful slogans. We were a multi-hued bunch – all races, colors, creeds, and then some. My kid noted a very thin man that had pink on from head to toe. The hyped-up demonstrators stopped traffic, provided civil disobedience, and garnered support from passers-by all along the way. There were 10,000 police officers on active duty, according to my very informal sources.

But you have likely seen what I am writing all on the news, if you even watch it. (Pardon my crassness. I will get to that later.)

My daughter is an empathetic child and has always had a caring soul. In the the days and moments after the failure of Staten Island grand jury’s failure to indicate a police officer that choked the life out of 43-year-old Eric Garner, we talked. And we talked. The talks we had traversed down more roads that the splintered protests of the marches across the nation. My daughter had more commentary than questions this time around so I did a lot of listening. She went so far as to say that basically, after I am gone…she’s still going to have to deal with this mess.

After taking it all in, I concluded that my daughter is smarter, brighter, more full of life, and more socially aware than most of the adults I know. Check out this post of a friend-slash-parent on Facebook.

“Anyone can stand for hours for anything: a protest with signs up or posted up, waiting for the New Years ball to drop. Both pointless. After both events people move on to the next day/year. Change is not coming. Don’t believe the hype.” – a Facebook friend

Who slammed him and broke his backbone?

I don’t know, but as a father, a man, a parent and one-time hell raiser, I’m not the one to roll over. I’m not the parent that ceases to fight for a better, safer world for my child or myself. Moreover, I am not the corny, close-my-eyes-and-pretend-nothing-is-wrong person either. Remember, your children and their children will inherit this world long after we die. I’ve said it once and I will say it again, I never learned how to give up. I cannot believe that my daughter in the last week or so has done more towards positive change than the grown-ups. These people will “like” a playful kitten on a Facebook post than recognize Mike Brown, Eric Garner or racism. Apathy is contagious and kids are often the first ones affected. Not here.

So, every now and then I slipped in some advice to her and she continued on about the injustice.

• I encouraged her to write a physical letter to President Obama, with whom she shook hands with once upon a time. She had a lot of question for him after that White House call.

• She will be writing an “extra credit” paper to her teacher about her experience at the demonstration.

• She will be writing a blog post on the experience as well for a new website.

• Lastly, she will do a video that includes visuals on her experience.

We are at a critical junction in this country.

What we saw was wonderful.

A proverbial spectrum of people were on the same page for a moment in time all across the country on this issue of justice and police brutality. There were even families of NYPD in attendance, I would later learn. Even when the police flashed their batons, in half-riot gear, nobody was scared. I was certainly cautious with my daughter there, but there was an invincible air amidst the crowd that even the police didn’t seem to want a piece of. Perhaps the police were scared. They are human too.

What happens next, may not be so wondrous if this GIGANTIC – largely young – crowd decides to change their position on how to deal with injustice on America. That goes for frightened, defeated parents too.

The last thing I stressed to my daughter before we got to the thick of the massive demonstration was that she will need to be strong mentally and physically.

Its that type of battle on the horizon.

Believe the hype.


Empire State Of Mind: Signs You’re A True New Yorker

November 15th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Famed author John Steinbeck once said, “Once you have lived in New York and made it your home, no place else is good enough.” Real New Yorkers know this to be true because it’s the greatest city in the world but what makes you a real New Yorker?

"Pizza pf"


You Fold Your Pizza

Yes, real New Yorkers fold our pizza in half. How else can we walk and wolf down a slice of pepperoni at the same time? That’s exactly why so many of us folded our arms and shook our heads in disgust when we found out that Mayor Bill de Blasio ate his pizza with (gasp!) a knife and fork like some Italian. How could he???

New Brooklyn DA Vows To Stop Prosecuting Small Amounts Of Marijuana Possession

February 12th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Brooklyn, NY, is moving to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana as new Brooklyn district attorney Ken Thompson has vowed to stop prosecuting low-level marijuana arrests.

“I not only want to keep Brooklyn safe, I want to protect the future of our youth,” Ken Thompson said during his inaugural address. “That means we must change the policy regarding those who are arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

“In 2012 over 12,000 people in Brooklyn were arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana, mostly young, black men,” Thompson said, citing a 2013 report that found blacks in Brooklyn were nine times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession,” he added.

According to Thompson, such arrests clog the criminal justice system, costing the borough substantial time and money, adding “if these defendants are given criminal records instead of violations, it would make it harder for them in the future to live productive lives. We in Brooklyn can, and must, do better.”

When elected, Thompson became Brooklyn’s first black district attorney. During his run, he promised not to criminally prosecute persons arrested for possessing less than 15 grams of pot. Instead, those arrested would be given a non-criminal violation punishable by a $100 fine.

Currently, in New York, possession of small amounts of marijuana is only a crime if it’s “in public view.” Until 1993, New York City averaged less than 2,000 marijuana arrests annually, but under Mayors Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, this rose to more than 50,000 in 2011–more than all the marijuana arrests from 1978 to 1996, combined–as a result of police bringing marijuana into “public view” through stops and frisks.

“Public safety and law and order run hand in hand with civil liberties,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the inauguration of Thompson whom he called a “progressive.”

“Ken is going to help create a new New York in which we make people safe and respect their rights at the same time, and that means ending the overuse of stop-and-frisk once and for all,” the mayor added.

Conversely, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently gave up an effort to decriminalize possession of under 15 grams of weed statewide. Now he’s pushing for a less controversial medical marijuana plan. Do you think it will get through?

White Children, Black Sitters: Photographer Explores Race In Home Childcare

January 16th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When I first moved to New York from Indianapolis, there were a whole lot of things I found to be different from where I grew up. The pace was different. The whole subway thing was different. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of food options constantly available to me. And among these differences, I also noticed that there were a lot of black women serving as caregivers for white children. A lot of them. And from what I could tell when they spoke to the children, most of them were and still are West Indian.

(And…as an aside though we frequently refer to child givers as nannies, I’ve read that West Indian women won’t refer to themselves as such because in Trinidad the word is slang for vagina.) 

Anyway, I was very curious about this West Indian sitter/white child thing. It was so prevalent that it had to be “a thing.” What was it about really? Why did white folks want black women caring for their children? Did it harken back to the days of slavery? How did they find these women? Did these women enjoy their jobs–taking care of other folks’ kids– or did they do it because they had to? And if these women had children of their own, who was taking care of them? I really wanted to write about it. But as a newbie with a full-time internship, I didn’t have the time to devote to reporting this story, especially since I probably wouldn’t have been compensated for it.

So I was glad to learn from The Culturea subsidy of the black women’s site, ForHarriet, that photographer Ellen Jacob created and developed a series called Substitutes. Substitutes explores this very subject of black and minority caregivers watching, and in many cases raising, white children all across New York City.

Jacob spent four years searching the streets for subjects who were willing to speak to her. And not surprisingly, but still disturbingly, she found that many of the women, aged 23-60, were immigrants living on a minimum wage income with no sick pay, holidays or health benefits. And they had their own families to take care of when they got home.

Jacob said: “Mothers talk about how much they love these women and they’re part of the family yet when it comes to money they tend to be much more tight.”

Damn shame…especially since these sitters are entrusted with the lives of these children everyday. But Jacob also said that she was surprised to see the lengths some families went through to ensure that the women who had helped raise their children were able to find employment once their child had grown up.

Below the story on The Culture, a white man, based on his avatar left this almost chilling comment:

I grew up in Apartheid South Africa, my Nanny taught me to read and to write, she protected me and gave me what my mother didn’t. Love. Affection..a sense of self worth.
My childhood was richer for her.
My very character was formed from her qualities.
What she gave me she couldn’t give her own children.

To this day she is in my dreams and the loss I feel not knowing her still or having her presence near is far greater than the loss of my own mother. Sometimes I cry for her.

I cry also for the lack of respect and value that my parents showed.

Ellen Jacob’s photography series is on view at SohoPhoto in New York City through February 1

Check out more of Jacob’s pictures on the following pages.

Costly Lies: Police Convince Woman To Falsely Testify, Man Receives 25-Life Sentence

January 7th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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It’s no secret that the police are shady. And were even more so in the ’90’s. But luckily, the truth is finally coming out. Even if it’s 20 years too late.

According to The New York Times, on September 10, 1994, Antoine Stone, a street preacher in Far Rockaway, Queens was killed. And Robert Jones was sentenced to 25 years to life for his death. Jones was convicted in large part to eye witness testimony from Joan Purser-Gennace.

Well now, 20 years later Purser-Gennace has come forward recanting all of her testimony. She testified that she was coached by the police to frame Jones.

“They said, ‘This is how I want you to say it,’ and it was a lie.”

As she was testifying many of Jones’ family members burst into tears.

The hearing was granted after a team of lawyers filed a motion claiming that exculpatory information was not given to defense lawyers and Mr. Jones’ lawyers did not investigate a significant lead. The motion also cited the recanted statement of another key witness.

Prosecutors tried to limit the hearing to deal solely with the credibility of the witnesses’ retracted statements. But Justice Joseph Zayas allowed the hearing to also include possible misconduct from law enforcement officials.

Purser-Gennace, who is now 57, explained how she eventually came to falsely identify Mr. Jones as the murderer. She testified for a nearly six hour hearing that Queens detectives harassed her, visiting her home nearly ten times with a photo of the man they initially wanted her to identify.

She said the detectives took things even further by threatening her husband and her children and even hinted that her immigration status might be jeopardy. She explained that when she tried to explain all of this to the assistant district attorney, Debra L. Pomodore, Ms. Pomodore became enraged.

Another witness, who identified the Mr. Jones’ bike as the one he used to flee the scene of the crime, is also set to recant his statement.

After the hearing, Justice Zayas will decide whether or not to throw out Mr. Jones’ conviction and order a retrial.

Mr. Jones’ family was also there and spoke to reporters after the hearing. Mr. Jones’ sister Gertrude Jones-Pinnock was overcome with emotion speaking about her brother who had been incarcerated since she was a child.

“His life has been stolen, 20 years.”

And though she’s saddened by the injustice, she doesn’t harbor resentment toward the witnesses, specifically Purser-Gennace.

“I’m not angry with her, I feel sorry for her her; they threatened her too, threatened her children, threatened her husband. I am so grateful that she is coming forward to tell the truth.”

Another lawyer commended Purser-Gennace for being so courageous. She’s testifying without immunity meaning that she’s admitting she lied under oath and could be punished for it.

But Purser-Gennace told an assistant district attorney “It was eating me up inside.” He asked her if she was just doing this hoping that the truth would help free a convicted man.

Her voice raised to a shout as she explained, “The truth, to set me free.”