Mother of Tupac Shakur Dead at 69

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Afeni Shakur-Davis, mother of slain rapper Tupac Shakur, died Monday night at age 69.

Davis was born in California and was a member of the “Panther 21” in the 1970’s.

Davis’ death was confirmed by the Marin County Sheriff, but a cause of death has not yet been confirmed. TheAtlanta Journal Constitution claimsthat deputies responded to a report of cardiac arrest on Monday night. Davis was taken to the hospital where she later died.

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African Women Software Developers Pursue $500 Billion Black Haircare Industry

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Entrepreneurs Plan Launch of Hairstyle Inspiration App at Lagos Social Media Week Lagos, Nigeria

Tress is a fun, passionate community of Black women from around the world sharing and discovering new hairstyles through our Android mobile app.

After piloting the app with hundreds of women in Accra (Ghana), the Tress Android app will be launching officially on February 25th at Lagos Social Media Week during the Beauty of Tech panel.

The global Black hair care industry is valued at over $500 billion, and we’re excited to be building Africa’s first social app that taps into this massive opportunity. Tress is built by three women software entrepreneurs from Ghana and Nigeria who’re excited to be solving problems they feel keenly every single day.

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Warrior Queen Nzingha the Movie. Mothers Day Special

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Sunday 6 March 4pm. Phoenix Cinema,

Tube: East Finchley (2 mins walk)

website and booking HERE

Mothers day with a difference ! Watch the amazing true story of a mother who gave her all for her people Repeated YET AGAIN by popular demand! ! Nzinga, an African Warrior Queen of the area now referred to as Congo/Angola, was on her throne at the time as England’s James I. This epic historical action-drama tells the astonishing true story of this female general who fought a 40 year war against slavery. The story begins in 1617, the year Njinga’s father King Kilwanji dies. The Portuguese army takes advantage of the political confusion and invades Southern Africa so they can kidnap the population and force them to work on sugar plantations in Brazil. Princess Njinga has to fight to gain the throne and then lead her people in a battle for national freedom.

This event is an extension of the BFI African Odysseys programme in association with the Phoenix Cinema: Inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, from archive classics to new cinema. Explore the African roots of World Cinema through our monthly programme of Sunday screenings.

 

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Black South Carolina Woman Dies After 27 Hours In Jail Without Water, Lawyer Says

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After being treated for gastroenteritis at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina in July, Joyce Curnell, 50, was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant stemming from a 2011 shoplifting charge.

Nothing unusual about that, but what happened next was downright criminal, says a lawyer representing her family.

Curnell, who was battling sickle-cell anemia, alcoholism, and hypertension, was found dead in her cell just before 5 p.m. ET on July 22. She had been deprived of water for 27 hours.

A medical expert told her family’s lawyers “that the persistent vomiting likely triggered her sickle cell disease, which worsens dehydration,” writes the New York Daily News:

Court documents filed Wednesday against the jail’s medical contractor said that Curnell remained sick at the jail, where she spent 27 hours before dying of the stomach flu and complications caused from dehydration.

Her family’s lawyers cite a jail officer’s statement that the inmate was vomiting “within minutes” of being taken to her cell after a medical screening.

She was given a trash bag after she could not make it to the bathroom and continued throwing up, but a nurse at the facility said that someone would be by around 5:00 a.m. to check on the sick woman.

Doctors at the hospital where she was arrested had ordered her to receive prompt medical attention if she showed symptoms, including vomiting, abdominal pain, and dizziness, notes the report.

From The Post and Courier:

Curnell’s death came at a time of increased scrutiny of how black women are handled behind bars. She was one of at least six such women nationwide to die in law enforcement custody that month. They included Sandra Bland, the inmate found hanged in a Texas jail days after a state trooper pulled her from her car during a traffic stop. Her death was ruled a suicide, but the trooper was indicted on a perjury charge for his handling of the arrest.

If the charges are true, we hope Curnell’s family receives the justice they deserve. We also hope anyone who sanctioned the treatment faces criminal charges.

 

Source: Black South Carolina Woman Dies After 27 Hours In Jail Without Water, Lawyer Says

Pa. Judge Sentenced To 28 Years For Selling Black Teens To Prison

Mark Ciavarella leaves the federal courthouse in Scranton, Pa., in February.

 

Pa. Judge Sentenced To 28 Years In Massive Juvenile Justice Bribery Scandal

 

A Pennsylvania judge was sentenced to 28 years in prison in connection to a bribery scandal that roiled the state’s juvenile justice system. Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was convicted of taking $1 million in bribes from developers of juvenile detention centers.

 

The judge then presided over cases that would send juveniles to those same centers. The case came to be known as “kids-for-cash.”

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Kendrick Johnson’s Parents Face Prison for Protesting The Injustice Of His Death

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The parents of Kendrick Johnson, the Georgia high school student who was found dead rolled up in a gym mat at his school, are facing jail time for pursuing justice for their son.

Kenneth and Jacqueline Johnson have been speaking up for their son every since his voice was forever silenced in Jan. 2013.  The parents are furious because authorities in Lowndes County seem to be doing very little to uncover the facts surrounding the death of their son.

In April, Kendrick’s grieving parents and five other family members, all of whom have dubbed themselves the “KJ7,” gathered in the front of the Lowndes County courthouse in Valdosta, GA.  The KJ7 then locked arms in front of the doorway of the building, yelling “No justice… No peace!”

According to WCTV, the members of the KJ7 were charged with interference of government property, which is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.  But Kendrick’s mother wasn’t deterred by the charges.  In an interview with the news station after being arrested, she said, “I’m going to be right back out at the courthouse in the morning, ready to do it all over again, until we get justice.”

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Duke Univ. VP hits parking attendant with his Porsche — then allegedly calls her ‘dumb stupid nigger’

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Duke University official has been accused of hitting a black parking attendant with his car and then attacking her with racial epithets.

Duke University newspaper The Chroniclereported on Monday that Shelvia Underwood was working before a Duke football game for McLaurin Parking and Transportation on Aug. 30, 2014 when Executive Vice President Tallman Trask struck her with his car.

“It was the night of the Elon game, so of course it was busy—everyone wanted to go to the Chapel, and no one could go to the Chapel, according to the rules that have been given,” she recalled.

Underwood said that she stopped Trask’s Porsche in order to help a pedestrian.

“As I turn back around, I take a step and this car has hit me. My hands are on the hood, then I hit the ground,” she explained.

“Really sir, really? You’re in that much of a hurry that you hit me with your car?” she reportedly told the Duke executive.

After banging on the steering wheel, she said that Trask finally held up a parking pass that showed he had permission to pass.

“Dumb, dumb stupid n*****,” she recalled him saying as he drove away.

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Black South Carolina Woman Dies After 27 Hours In Jail Withou

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Joyce Curnell, 50, died from complications caused by dehydration.
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After being treated for gastroenteritis at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina in July, Joyce Curnell, 50, was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant stemming from a 2011 shoplifting charge.

Nothing unusual about that, but what happened next was downright criminal, says a lawyer representing her family.

Curnell, who was battling sickle-cell anemia, alcoholism, and hypertension, was found dead in her cell just before 5 p.m. ET on July 22. She had been deprived of water for 27 hours.

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Black Lives Matter ‘color-only’ rule runs afoul of Nashville library

Nashville Public Library officials have told Nashville’s chapter of Black Lives Matter that meetings that welcome only people of color can’t take place inside the city’s libraries.

That decision has outraged members of Black Lives Matter, who say the library canceled all future meetings the group had organized for later this month.

But library officials say they’re simply enforcing a library policy that says all meetings at their facilities must be open to the general public and news media.

“The library didn’t cancel anyone’s meeting,” said library spokeswoman Emily Waltenbaugh, referring to a Black Lives Matter meeting  for Saturday morning that the organization has now rescheduled for a church instead.

“We’re a library,” she said. “We’re taxpayer funded. We have to be open to anyone anytime.”

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Mississippi Governor Declares April ‘Confederate Heritage Month’

Gov. Phil Bryant spoke at the groundbreaking of Mississippi's new Civil Rights Museum next to the state flag containing the Confederate battle symbol. Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain Jackson civil-rights hero Medgar Evers, is visible below the flow.

Gov. Phil Bryant spoke at the groundbreaking of Mississippi’s new Civil Rights Museum next to the state flag containing the Confederate battle symbol. Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain Jackson civil-rights hero Medgar Evers, is visible below the flow. Photo by Trip Burns

— Two weeks before the Mississippi Legislature allowed 19 state flag bills to die in committee, Gov. Phil Bryant took out a pen and signed an official governor’s proclamation, declaring the month of April “Confederate Heritage Month.”

The proclamation, which does not appear on the State of Mississippi’s website with other proclamations, such as about emergency inclement weather, is posted on the website of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which is ferociously against changing the Mississippi flag to remove the Confederate battle flag—which supporters like to call the “Beauregard flag”—from its canton.

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