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Astonishingly Heroic 11-Year-Old Detroit Boy Shields 4-Year-Old Friend From A Barrage Of Bullets

July 26th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WDIV

Source: WDIV

Heroes come in an array of shapes and sizes, just ask Dovonta Andrews of Detroit, Michigan. The shockingly brave 11-year-old didn’t hesitate springing into action when he and a few of his younger neighbors were caught in the middle of a shootout. According to WDIV 4, the children were sitting on a neighbor’s porch, drawing in a coloring book when an altercation broke out at a house across the street. Reports suggest that the squabble began over money, taking a rather dangerous turn when one of the men involved pulled out a gun and began shooting.

“I heard some gunshots,” Dovonta told WDIV’s Chauncey Glover.

Once the gunshots rang out, Dovonta acted as a human shield, blocking his 4-year-old friend from the barrage of bullets that were heading their way.

“I pushed my little friend KJ out the way, then the bullet hit me.”

“It went through me and out,” he went on to say about the bullet, which entered through his shoulder and came out through his back.

Although his act of bravery left him injured, the pint-sized hero says had he not stepped in, his friend would’ve been hit in the head by the bullet.

“He would’ve got hit in the head. He would’ve died,” a serious Dovonta told WDIV.

When asked how he felt about being referred to as the neighborhood hero, he sheepishly smiled, admitting that he “felt good” about it. As for his shooter, Dovonta believes that he acted irresponsibly in the presence of children.

“It was kids on the porch. He should’ve never been shooting,” he said of the assailant.

So far, no arrests have been made in connection to the shooting. It’s a miracle that none of the children were gravely injured. Had Dovonta acted a second earlier or later, this story could’ve ended differently.

Turn the page for footage of Dovonta recounting the tale of his heroic deed.

Trina’s Brother Gunned Down In Miami

April 24th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: The YBF

Source: The YBF

Unfortunately, we have some sad news to report on this morning. Rapper Trina’s brother Wilbrent “Gonk” Bain was shot and killed Tuesday morning in broad daylight in Miami. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to NBC 6, Bain was shot by his longtime friend, Rob Dobson following a feud that spiraled out of control. A police affidavit suggests that following a dispute between the two men, Bain was getting off of his bicycle when Dobson pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot Bain multiple times.

After he was arrested, Dobson confessed to his involvement in Bain’s shooting death. He is currently facing second-degree murder charges. Friends, family and neighbors mourn the loss of Bain, fondly remembering him as a “good kid.”

“Now, I’m hurt because this man is gone for no reason at all. He was a close friend to me,” said neighbor Demetrius Hammond.

“He’s a very good kid. It’s unfortunate. It’s a terrible tragedy,” said Rev. Gary Johnson.

“It hit me hard because I just talked to him. This killing has to stop. It has to. All of us grew up together and that’s just senseless,” said neighbor Trimel.

It’s unfortunate that Wilbrent’s life was senselessly snatched away. We send our prayers to the Bain family.

Turn the page to watch NBC 6′s full report.

Family of Unarmed Chicago Woman Fatally Shot By Off-Duty Cop Could Receive $4.5 Million In Settlement

March 11th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: Facebook.com/justiceforrekiaboyd

Last March, 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was fatally shot in the back of the head after a gun was fired by an off-duty Chicago police officer. Detective Dante Servin is said to have opened fire on an unarmed crowded following his confrontation with Boyd’s friend.  Now, her family is slated to receive a hefty payout from the city, reports the Northwest Herald.

Following Rekia’s death, her family filed a police conduct lawsuit against the city and according to reports, The City Council Finance Committee met today to consider paying a proposed $4.5 million settlement to the deceased woman’s family. If the settlement is approved, along with a few other settlements that  are scheduled to be reviewed today, the city’s police misconduct payout for the year thus far, would add up to a grand total of $44 million, reports the Chicago Tribune.

“The family and the city were interested in getting this case resolved without years of litigation. The city recognized they had significant issues with this case. Ultimately, justice would have been delayed,” revealed the Boyd family’s attorney, Melvin Brooks.

According to the lawsuit filed by Boyd’s family, on March 21st, Rekia and a group of friends were walking in an alley near Servin’s home. Servin got into an argument with the group and police alleged that Cross actually opened fire on Servin, and a bullet bounced from his hand and struck Rekia in the head. That claim was eventually disaffirmed when it was revealed that officers did not find a gun at the scene of the crime. Some reports suggest that Cross was simply reaching for his cellular phone and Servin mistook it for a gun. Brooks says that Servin fired five shots during the incident and was the only person to fire a weapon.

“Antonio didn’t know he was a cop. All witnesses denied hearing Servin (say) … he was working within the scope of his employment,” said the family’s attorney.

In January, the Independent Police Review told ABC that they are investigating the case and that they’ve placed Servin on administrative duty.

Rekia’s brother, Martinez Sutton revealed that Servin is extremely apologetic and approached him two months following his sister’s death, saying he was sorry and asking for a hug.

“As he hugged me, he said, ‘I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean for that to happen. It shouldn’t have been your sister that died. I didn’t mean to shoot her.’ He was telling me how sorry he is and how apologetic he is. He said we deserve the right to know what happened,” Sutton told ABC.

While it certainly will not bring Rekia back, hopefully the settlement gives the Boyd family some form of closure.

So Sad: Son Of CT School Teacher Kills At Least 18 Children And 8 Adults In Shooting Rampage

December 14th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: AP

Source: AP

Teachers, students, and faculty at  Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, had anything but a normal Friday today when a gunman went on a shooting rampage inside of a Kindergarten classroom that, so far, has resulted in the death of 18 children and eight adults.

The shooter, Ryan Lanza, is reported to be the son of one of the teachers at Sandy Hook, and was reportedly killed in the midst of the rampage. Lanza is also said to have killed his father in Hoboken , NJ, before heading to the school. According to The Huffington Post:

The masked gunman entered the school administration office around 9:40 a.m., about 30 minutes after the school day began. The first 911 call was received by police one minute later.

Investigators said the gunman fired his weapon at least 100 times.

Students inside the building were escorted out in a single-file line. There are about 626 students enrolled in kindergarten through fourth grade classes at Sandy Hook Elementary, with another 46 faculty members, Newtown Patch reported.

Lanza was reportedly wearing dark clothing, a mask, and a bulletproof vest, and was carrying four guns. So far, police have not confirmed whether there was an additional gunman besides Lanza, but another person has been taken into custody for questioning. Names of the victims have also not been released yet, but one parent who claims to have witnessed the attack told CNN that principal Dawn Hochsprung and a school psychologist were killed.

President Obama is expected to make a statement on this situation, which has already been labeled the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, at 3:15 pm. We’re definitely praying for the family and friends of all those affected by this tragedy.

 

Sad News: Legendary Actor Larry Hagman of television show Dallas Has Passed

November 24th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Even if you didn’t watch the show when you were younger (for some, you may not have even been born yet), there’s little chance that you’ve never heard of the primetime, classic soap opera Dallas. On Friday, the iconic show lost one of its legendary actors.

Larry Hagman, best known as J.R. Ewing on Dallas, died at the age of 81 years old.  His family released a statement saying that his final moments were very peaceful and he was surrounded by family members. Hagman announced last year that he was battling stage two throat cancer; no word has been given on the cause of death.

Hagman as J.R. Ewing was one of the most loved and most hated villain in the history of television, with Dallas airing from 1978 to 1991.  In fact, the “new” Dallas made its debut on TNT earlier this year and Hagman reprised his original role.  The show is currently filming the second season so they’ll undoubtedly take very good care of incorporating his passing.

In addition to his role on Dallas, Hagman also played Major Anthony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie, which ran in the 1960s. His costar Barbara Eden released a statement via her Facebook page sending condolences to his family and adding, “Goodbye Larry, there was no one like you before and there will never be anyone like you again.”

Larry Hagman is survived by his wife of 54 years, Maj, their two children and grandchildren.

Rest in Peace, Larry Hagman…we tip our cowboy hats to you.

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The Rundown: Minorities in the Media, Telecommuting and A Shooting at the Empire State Building

August 24th, 2012 - By Tonya Garcia
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-A survey from the Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) finds that minority hiring in the media increased in 2012. Minorities working on TV increased one percent to 21.5 percent, and on radio the figure went up four percent to 11.7 percent. Fox affiliates have the highest percentage of minorities (28.2 percent), NBC affiliates, the lowest at 17.4 percent. The number of African Americans is up a bit on TV to 10.2 percent. And on radio, up from 3.9 to 5.2 percent.

-Gawker has gotten its hands on more than 950 pages of financial statements, audits and other documents that reveal some of the secret investments and taxes paid by Mitt Romney and Bain Capital, the private equity firm he ran between 1984 and 1999/2002. We’re still working our way through it, but it’s kind of incredible so far. Separately, Rep. Paul Ryan (WI), the presumptive GOP VP candidate, has, over the past few days, been talking a bit more about economic and financial policy. Also, he likes asparagus.

-One-fifth of the world’s workers telecommutes, which is having an impact on corporate culture, an important factor for retaining talent, hiring and productivity. Tools are developing to foster culture digitally.

-Model Alek Wek made a trip home to what is now a free South Sudan. She recounts her journey out of Sudan as a teenager, her beginnings as a model in London and her work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for The Daily Beast.

-Someone opened fire outside of the Empire State Building this morning, shooting multiple people. The suspect was killed along with one bystander, according to NBC News. That network is also reporting that the gunman could have been a disgruntled Empire State worker. However, the investigation is ongoing. Some info here.

The Rundown: 10 Tips from ‘Sex and the Single Girl,’ the GOP Ticket, and Luxury Car Safety

August 14th, 2012 - By Tonya Garcia
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-Helen Gurley Brown, author of the iconic 1962 book Sex and the Single Girl and longtime (1965 to 1997) editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, has died at the age of 90. Called the “quintessential Cosmo girl,” Brown has been hailed as a feminist, a transformative force in the magazine industry and the “original Carrie Bradshaw.” In her honor, here are the top 10 tips from her book, care of The Daily Beast. Get your Don Juan ladies. It’s good training!

 -With Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) as his running mate, Medicare has become a big issue in the Presidential campaign. This is a particularly touchy topic for older voters, of course, and that’s who Romney was appealing to on a stop in Florida yesterday. Meanwhile, in Iowa, Rep. Ryan was getting heckled. But he stayed on message. Which is good? Meanwhile, the President made an unexpected stop at the Iowa State Fair at the start of what will be a three-day tour of the state. Separately but related, it’s been announced that Gov. Chris Christie (NJ) will be making the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month.

-Another day, another shooting. This time near Texas A&M University. Two people were killed and four wounded before the gunman, Thomas Caffall, was shot and killed by police. Caffall was 35 years old and, according to his mother, had recently shown signs of mental problems.

-Retail sales were higher than expected in July. This is a good sign for the economy. Have you been shopping?

-The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released the results from a first round of new crash testing, conducted with luxury and high-end vehicles. The testing found that the cars you’re most likely to really really want are the ones that did the worst — cars like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Lexus IS 250/350. “The reason the institute designed the new test is that while modern vehicles generally perform well in tests of what happens in head-on crashes, small overlap frontal crashes continue to be a ‘major source’ of fatalities,” NPR reports. Watch the very scary video below.

Mother of 1-Year-Old Girl Shot While Sleeping Demands Answers

April 17th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Last Thursday, 24-year-old Tonishia Allen and her 1-year-old daughter, Jaliyah, were wounded in a shooting while they slept in a home in the West Pullam neighborhood of Chicago. While the mother was treated and released from the hospital following her injuries, her daughter remains in critical condition after surgery, and still authorities have not given them answers on what happened.

We don’t do nothing to nobody; we didn’t deserve it,” Tonishia told ABC News. “I just want justice for me and my baby.”

Tonishia and her daughter were sleeping at her mother’s home when shots were fired through the wall of the house. The mother says she fell out of bed and because her daughter wasn’t crying, she didn’t think she was hit—until she noticed blood.

“She got hit in the top of the head – it went thru the brain and came out her left jaw, and that’s the same bullet that hit me,” Tonishia said.

While Tonishia was only shot in the leg and is expected to make a full recovery, her daughter has had problems with her heart rate since her surgery and remains in intensive care. Though Tonishia is confident her daughter will pull through, the baby’s grandfather, Omiah Newman said it’s been difficult to remain optimistic.

“It’s just not the same; I’m used to seeing my grandbaby running around the house, and that’s been taken away from us. Hopefully it’s momentary.”

Five days later, police still have not placed anyone in custody in connection with the shooting, which coincidentally—or not—occurred four years after Tonishia’s sister was shot to death.

“They haven’t even found out what happened to her – who did it; so [we're] back at square one again, and it’s really senseless how these young folks have these guns out here,” Jaliyah’s grandmother, Tina Cornell, said.

So far, all police have said is that the shooting may be gang related. Hopefully little Jaliyah will pull through.

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Parents File Wrongful Death Suit in Killing of Unarmed Pasadena Teen

April 5th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Another unarmed black teen has been killed, and like in the case of Trayvon Martin, the parents of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade believe racial profiling and foul play are at work. According to a police account on the Daily Beast:

“A dispatcher received a 911 call around 11 p.m. [March 24] from 26-year-old Oscar Carrillo, who said that two black men wearing black sweaters had stolen his computer and backpack from his car, and that one of them ‘put a gun in my face right now.’ Carrillo told the dispatcher that one fled west on Orange Grove Boulevard while the other, who Carrillo said had a gun, ran north on Raymond Avenue.

“Moments later, police caught up with two teens in an alley about two blocks away. McDade ran from the police, until one of the officers used the police cruiser to block his path. When McDade allegedly made a move at his waistband, the officer in the cruiser opened fire, according to police. The other officer, who was on foot chasing McDade, also began shooting. McDade was hit several times and died at a nearby hospital.”

Despite the fact that both teens were later found to be unarmed and Carillo admitted that he lied when he told police the Citrus College student pulled a gun on him so they would respond faster, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against the 911 caller. According to police, McDade acted as a lookout during the robbery, and his 17-year-old friend has been charged with two felony counts of commercial burglary, one felony count of grand theft property, and one misdemeanor count of failing to register as a gang member.

McDade’s parents say the police chief is trying to “vilify” their son to “distract from the undeniable fact that his officers killed an unarmed man,” and they have filed a lawsuit accusing the Pasadena Police Department of mishandling the incident and the follow-up investigation into the shooting. The suit alleges that after the shooting the Pasadena police chief asked an officer “who has been directly responsible for multiple controversial killings of young black men in Pasadena” to investigate the shooting of McDade.

Caree Harper, who is representing McDade’s parents, said “They have made a million mistakes in this case,” and added, “The cover up is always the worst.”

Carrillo was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter but the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office declined to file charges Tuesday and sent the case back to the police for further investigation. Carrillo, who is Mexican, was detained by the federal Immigration Customs and Enforcement but has since been released with an electronic monitoring device. He had been previously deported from the United States in 2006 as well. McDade’s parents say without his false 911 call, their son would still be alive.

“I want the world to know that he’s not what the Pasadena police has portrayed him to be,” McDade’s mother, Anya Slaughter said. “He was one of those kids who stayed in school. I don’t believe he did anything wrong. I think he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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Shots Fired, Literally, Over a Hairdo at Derek J’s Salon

March 16th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: Project Q Atlanta

We know black women don’t play when it comes to their hair, but apparently stylists don’t play when someone questions their designs either. Derek J, the “Real Housewives of Atlanta’s” favorite hair dresser and a judge on Oxygen’s “Hair Battle Spectacular” learned that lesson the hard way yesterday when a stylist across town pulled a gun out on him in his shop.

What had happened was (sorry, just feels appropriate here), Keyshia Cole’s sister Neffe (yes, I know) had gotten her hair done by a stylist across town and didn’t like the style so she came to Derek J to see if he could fix it. Derek told her he couldn’t help her at the moment and asked her to reach out to the stylist to see what all he had done to her hair so he could try to fix it.  Neffe left, presumably to follow up with the original stylist, but a few hours later, the hairdresser barged into Derek’s Atlanta salon and started firing shots. Derek J told Chanel 2 news he is not happy:

“I’m upset because my floor is messed up now. [Neffe's hair was] messed up to the point we didn’t know what to do. So I was just like, reach out to the stylist and say, ‘Hey, what did you use, what did you do?’ and it turned from a professional conversation to more of an argument, but we thought it was done.

“We knew it wasn’t a good thing when he came but we thought it was going to be a quick exchange with words and then he was going to be gone. So, nobody really knew he would pull out a gun.”

Lisa McCall, the owner of the salon, said she asked the unnamed stylist to leave when he started walking around the shop waving the gun. Before shooting holes in the floor, she says he put the gun in her face.

“Before turning away, he waved the gun in my face and said, ‘You don’t think I will?’ And I backed up,” she said.

Considering Derek J knows who the stylist is, he shouldn’t get far from police. I don’t know why he thought pulling a gun out in broad daylight and shooting over a hairstyle was that serious anyway. Check out the clip of this ratchet news report below.

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