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Charlie Murphy Dies At Age 57


Charlie Murphy, comedian and “Chappelle’s Show” star, has died at age 57. 

Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy, a Chappelle’s Show star and an accomplished comedian in his own right, died Wednesday in New York City. He was 57. Murphy’s publicist confirmed the comedian’s death to Rolling Stone, adding that the cause of death was leukemia.

“We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time. Charlie Murphy RIP,” Chris Rock, Murphy’s CB4 co-star, tweeted.

After making his big screen debut in 1989’s Harlem Nights, directed by his younger brother Eddie, and appearing in bit roles in Spike Lee films like Mo’ Better Blues and Jungle Fever, Murphy’s big break came as a cast member on Chappelle’s Show, where “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” resulted in a pair of that series’ most memorable sketches.

Both sketches featured Murphy reminiscing about he and Eddie’s celebrity encounters in the Eighties, with Dave Chappelle portraying Rick James and Prince in the now-legendary sketches.

Charlie Murphy also co-wrote Vampire in Brooklyn, another film directed by Eddie, as well as 2007’s Norbit. Murphy also appeared in 1998’s The Player’s Club, directed by Ice Cube. The rapper paid tribute to Murphy on Twitter Wednesday, “Damn, sorry to hear about my friend Charlie Murphy. He took a chance on a young director in The Player’s Club. Always made me laugh. RIP.”

Growing up in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn, Charlie often stuck up for his younger brother, defending Eddie. That guardian role made Charlie a natural to serve as Eddie’s security guard as the comedian quickly ascended to stardom.

Due to Charlie’s propensity toward overreacting while guarding his brother – “Whoever say something, I almost gave this old man a heart attack on a plane because he asked us if we were a basketball team. I took that personally,” Murphy said in a Chappelle’s Show outtake – forced Murphy to embark on his own career.

One night at an Eddie Murphy stand-up performance, Charlie went after the one heckler “who tried to squeeze the lemon.” “I took it as a personal crusade until they were like ‘You’re a little overzealous in how you’re performing your job.’ So that’s how I ended up not doing [security] anymore,” Murphy said.

In 2016, Murphy took part in the Comedy Get Down tour alongside Cedric The Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and George Lopez. His recent credits include voice roles in the animated series Black Dynamite and Black Jesus and an appearance in the 2016 film Meet the Blacks.

In 2009, Tisha Taylor Murphy, Murphy’s wife of 12 years, died following her own battle with cervical cancer.

“Tisha Taylor Murphy, wife of comedian and actor Charlie Murphy, passed away peacefully on Sunday with family at her side after facing the challenges of cancer for the past two years,” Murphy’s publicist said in a statement at the time. “The Murphy Family appreciates all of the support they have received from friends and fans and requests privacy during this very difficult time.”

In a Facebook message posted Tuesday night, Murphy wrote, “One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible.”

Direct Source: RollingStone

Police Drag Woman Off Delta Flight


A woman who was dragged off a Delta Air Lines flight by Detroit Metro Airport police on Monday had ignored boarding procedures and may face criminal charges, according to airport authorities.

A YouTube video uploaded by travel blogger René deLambert, shows officers gathering around the unidentified woman, then physically pulling her off the morning flight from Detroit to San Diego, California. One officer drags the woman, who appears silent and limp, down the aisle by her arms.

The short video doesn’t show what occurred before authorities intervened. At a few points, other passengers can be heard laughing and exclaiming, “Oh my gosh” and, “That’s crazy” in seeming surprise.

Airport police officers got involved after Delta requested assistance with a passenger “who would not comply with boarding and baggage check procedures” at the gate, according to a statement sent to The Huffington Post by airport spokesman Brian Lassaline.

“When officers arrived, Delta Air Lines stated the woman could not remain on board,” Lassaline wrote. “Despite repeated requests by officers, the woman refused to leave the aircraft and had to be removed.” The woman was arrested and charges are pending, according to Lassaline. He wouldn’t elaborate, citing company policy to not discuss individual passenger information.

DeLambert said he received the video, which he called “rather disturbing,” from an unnamed passenger on the flight. It has since gone viral, receiving more than 500,000 views since Monday.

The passenger told deLambert that the woman boarded the plane without checking in at the gate. According to the bystander, she “blew by gate agent and didn’t check in because she wasn’t an early boarder and deserved overhead bin space.” The passenger also claimed the woman was “mouthy and had a huge attitude.”

In the video, passengers can be heard suggesting police may have used a taser to subdue the woman. Airport authorities did not confirm a taser was used.
Delta told The San Diego Union-Tribune in a statement that the flight took off after “a slight departure delay.”

 

Another viral video recorded on a Delta flight last month put the airline under scrutiny for its handling of a disruptive passenger. A man on a Nov. 22 flight from Atlanta to Allentown, Pennsylvania, repeatedly shouted at other passengers about President-elect Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton before departure.

“Donald Trump, baby! We got some Hillary bitches on here?” the man says in a video recorded by the woman sitting next to him.

He was briefly removed from his seat, but was then allowed to fly, according to The New York Times. Delta later apologized and said the man shouldn’t have been allowed to continue on the flight. In a follow-up memo to employees, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the man would be banned from the airline, and other passengers on the flight would receive refunds for their tickets.

“The heightened tension in our society means that now more than ever we must require civility on our planes and in our facilities,” Bastian wrote in the Nov. 28 memo.

On Twitter, some people criticized Delta’s treatment of the woman on the Detroit flight and compared it to the airline’s handling of the disruptive Trump supporter.

The airline also came under fire in October, when a black physician claimed she endured “blatant discrimination” from Delta staff. Dr. Tamika Cross, an OB-GYN on a flight from Detroit to Minneapolis, complained on Facebook that she tried to respond to a request for medical assistance for a passenger, but a flight attendant wouldn’t believe she was a doctor. A white man who responded to the request after her was allowed to help with no similar suspicion, Cross said.

Delta said at the time that the company was “troubled by any accusations of discrimination” and was investigating.

CareTaker Charged, Following Toddler’s Death In West Oak Lane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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Partial Source: ABC 6 News, Philly

March 29th, 2017

 

A woman described as the caretaker of a 2-year-old boy has been charged after the toddler was found dead in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia.

Jedayah Nesmith, 22, is accused of concealing the child’s death and abuse of a corpse, along with endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering another person.

Police were called to 7100 block of North 15th Street last Wednesday at 7:54 p.m.

That’s where they found 2-year-old Azim Jones-Fearon on a bed. He was described as naked and emaciated.

Medics pronounced the boy dead on the scene.

The circumstances surrounding the boy’s death were not immediately known.

Police say this investigation is ongoing with the homicide unit.

 

Babysitter Takes K-2 & Alcohol, Attempts to Eat Baby


Daytona Beach, FL | Two Florida parents were horrified to discover their babysitter had turned into a K-2-smoking cannibal when they found the remains of their three-month-old child cooked in the microwave.

Direct Source: BadCriminals

After a night out at the movies, the young parents came back home to find a confused babysitter under the influence of alcohol and K-2 who had lost consciousness and was covered in blood in the family’s living room.

Moments later, they made the gruesome discovery when the mother saw something moving behind the microwave door.
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“Only a few hits”

Anna Krutchiev, the 16-year-old babysitter, claims she had brought some K-2 and only took a few hits before she became exceedingly hungry and eventually lost consciousness.

“I just took a few tokes because I was bored and wanted to stay awake,” she told Officer Johnson. “All I remember is that I started getting really hungry, ate some chicken wings and passed out” recalls the police officer, visibly traumatized by the latest events.

Covered in barbecue sauce

The 3-month-old child was found in the microwave, covered in barbecue sauce, and was rushed to Mercy Hospital where doctors do not fear for his life.

“It appears she tried to cook him in the microwave oven but apparently she was unable to do so, and was probably disoriented and lost consciousness moments later,” explained Sheriff deputy James Anderson of the Daytona Beach County Police Department. “Teeth marks were found on the baby’s arms and legs but luckily he is unharmed” he acknowledged, visibly distraught by the whole affair.

The state of Florida has led, for more than a 2 years, the nation in K-2 busts. A recent 2015 state-wide study revealed that more than 30% of adults aged 21 and higher have tried K-2 at least once and close to 50% of respondents believed K-2 should be decriminalized .

Girls Missing in D.C.


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Partial Source: CNN

Two months ago, the Washington Metropolitan Police Department’s new commander, Chanel Dickerson, made a pledge: Let’s find our missing girls.

Now, as the department posts profiles of missing black and Latina girls on its Twitter feed almost daily, members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling for a federal investigation.
In a letter Tuesday, the lawmakers asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly, or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.”
“(W)hen children of color go missing, authorities often assume they are runaways rather than victims of abduction,” they added.
Sessions was briefed on the issue Friday, Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores said.
“The Attorney General is aware of the reports and is looking into the issue,” she said.
The FBI declined to comment on the matter.
Although Dickerson, who heads the department’s Youth and Family Division, said Friday, that the number of missing girls is decreasing, an outcry on social media has drawn increased attention to the issue this month and triggered the calls for federal law enforcement officials to investigate.
The Metropolitan Police Department recorded 501 cases of missing children so far in 2017, and said 22 cases were open as of Wednesday.
“We have received a lot of media attention and a lot of concern from the public because of the number of releases,” Dickerson said at a news conference on Friday. “There have been concerns that young girls in the District of Columbia are victims of human trafficking or have been kidnapped, or that there’s an increase in the number” who have gone missing.
“And I say this without minimizing the number of missing persons in DC — because one missing person is one person too many — but there’s actually been a decrease,” she added. “There is always a concern of human trafficking, but we have no evidence for this.”
Annual statistics show cases of missing children have remained relatively steady in Washington over the past several years — with 2,222 cases in 2014, 2,433 in 2015 and 2,242 in 2016.
CNN has requested a monthly breakdown of these figures to see how the 2017 numbers compare, but the Metropolitan Police Department did not immediately return requests for comment on those specific figures.
Still, numbers alone do not tell the entire story, DC City Councilmember Trayon White told HLN’s Michaela Pereira in an interview Friday.
“What the community is alarmed about — we had a 10-year-old girl missing the other day, but there was no amber alert,” White said. “We just feel like, you know, if this was a white person or from another neighborhood, there would be more alarm about it.”
“(A)ny time you have a 10-year-old missing for any amount of hours and no one knows where he or she is, that is rules for immediate attention; that’s an alert that needs to be sent out,” White added. “Because the more time that goes past, the less likely we are to find him or her.”
Numbers and Amber Alerts aside, Robert Lowery, a vice president at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said he is grateful an important conversation about missing children is happening.
“I think the narrative is good,” Lowery said. “The more the public becomes aware of this issue of missing children, the more lives that can be protected and potentially even saved.”
While Lowery said the number of child abductions is down across the country, the level of runaway cases seen in DC and other major cities is particularly disturbing.
“Our frustration is, we deal with a very desensitized public,” Lowery said. “The natural inclination (about a runaway) is the child’s behavioral problem is why they’ve left. We also see significant numbers of runway children who are running away from a situation, whether it’s abuse or neglect or sexual abuse in the home. These children face unique risks when they’re gone so we applaud the conversation and we applaud the attention that this issue is being given.”

A Black, Muslim Boy, is Found Hung From A Tree


 

Partial Source: Chicago Monitor, Herald Net, Kuow,

March 3rd, 2017

In late November, young Ben Keita went missing from his home in Lake Stevens, Washington, a small town an hour north of Seattle. “This kid vanished,” a detective told the local newspaper at the time. He was eighteen years old, he had left behind his car, his wallet and cell phone.

He stopped going to school a few weeks before his disappearance.

For more than a month, search and rescue crews combed through the forests near Keita’s home, and the local police department scoured surveillance footage of the city.

Ben Keita was black. He was Muslim. And in January 2017, his body was found hanging from a tree, suspended eight feet– claim-  from the ground.

“He was planning to graduate this year from Lake Stevens High School,” Keita’s father Ibrahim told KUOW. “He was dreaming of becoming a medical doctor and work as a medical examiner. Now those dreams are over.”

Ben Keita’s body was found in the woods near the neighborhood.

Keita’s death was initially ruled a suicide by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Keita’s family maintains that Ben had no history of mental health issues, depression, or anxiety. A few weeks after its initial report, the Medical Examiner’s Office changed the classification of Keita’s death to “undetermined.” Mind you, he was being hung with a rope eight feet- claim- from the ground, and despite the United States’ legacy of lynching of Black people from trees by the same white supremacist groups that are feeling emboldened today. 

In a Trump world, one in which countless mosques have been burned down, Jewish cemeteries vandalized, and immigrants carry fear in their hearts every day, it takes little imagination to connect the dots and imagine what could possibly cause the death of a young Black, Muslim teen.

Keita’s parents participated in a press conference Tuesday.

Lab reports are being awaited.

“To be clear we don’t know what happened but we want a comprehensive investigation into his death,” Arsalan Bukhari, the executive director of CAIR-Washington, told BuzzFeed News on Thursday. “This is the death of an African-American Muslim male teenager, and historically, we have had deaths in this manner to minorities that were not self inflicted — it had been inflicted by others.”

In the era between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, thousands of African-American men and women were lynched by white mobs solely because of the color of their skin. “Lynchings were violent and public acts of torture that traumatized black people throughout the country and were largely tolerated by state and federal officials,” according to a report from the Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery-based racial justice organization. Tellingly, for example, the Senate never passed any version of the 200 anti-lynching bills introduced at the height of the racial nadir. 

“These lynchings were terrorism,” the report states. Along with Jim Crow laws, they were a tool of reinforcing white supremacy in a time of supposed racial progress marked by the passage of the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to the Constitution.

Keita’s parents, with support from CAIR-Washington, have asked the FBI to further investigate the circumstances of their son’s death, and asks the public to come forth with any information they might have.

We do not know why Ben Keita went missing more than three months ago, and we don’t know why this happened.

We do know that the circumstances of Keita’s death invoke the memory of a long history of racial violence — a history that we might be able to forget most days, but one that resurfaces in the face of our collective amnesia.

In recent weeks, we’ve already seen our president engage in what could be selective grievance. President Trump and his administration are quick to mourn the victims of brown Muslims — hours after the news broke of an attack in front of the Louvre in Paris, the president tweeted about a “radical Islamic terrorist,” urging the United States to “get smart” on its immigration policy, in loud, capital letters.

Yet Trump’s reaction to the murders of six Muslims in a Canadian mosque at the hands of a white supremacist speaks to us through the smoke screen. The shooter is reported to have been a fan of the president and his far-right policies.

Where were Trump’s trademark, caps-lock heavy tweets condemning this violence? Nowhere to be found.

And his silence on the murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Indian man killed at the hands of a white supremacist “Get out my country,” the shooter in a Kansas bar yelled at Kuchibhotla and his friend– men he mistook for being Iranian.

 

The violence has to stop.

Rest in Power, Ben Keita.

Four Mosques Burned Down


Partial Source: Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed News

March 1st, 2017; 2:39PM Eastern Standard Time

In the past seven weeks, four mosques across the country have caught fire, according to BuzzFeed News. Three of those fires have been ruled arson, authorities stated.

On Jan. 7, the Islamic Center of Lake Travis in Austin, which had been under construction, caught on fire. A week later, on Jan. 14, the Islamic Center of Eastside in Bellevue, Washington, burned.

Two weeks after that, on Jan. 28, several hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, a fire destroyed the Islamic Center of Victoria in Texas.

According to BuzzFeed News, the Daarus Salaam Mosque near Tampa, Florida, caught on fire this past Friday, marking the fourth mosque in to go up in flames in fewer than two months. Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said he’s never seen anything like this, calling them part of a series of “dramatic attacks” against Muslims.

In 2015, there was a surge in hate crimes (against Muslims – one woman at San Diego State University and another at San Jose University), according to FBI data, as well as a recent surge in anti-Muslim groups, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC attributed the anti-Muslim group increase partly to Donald Trump’s “incendiary rhetoric.” In addition to these mosque fires and other attacks against Muslims, threats have recently been rolling in to Jewish community centers, and Jewish cemeteries have been defaced, as reported by multiple outlets.

“Donald Trump’s campaign and victory has emboldened people on the radical right or people who simply hate certain minority groups to act,” Mark told BuzzFeed News. “They feel that their views have been legitimized by the man who is president of the United States.”

At the same time, communities targeted by these hate crimes have also seen support. When the mosque in Victoria, Texas, burned down, Christians and Jews from the area came together to support the Muslim community and give them a place to pray.

“Look at Victoria and learn the lesson… as to how people can come together as one human family,” M.J. Khan, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, said at the time, the Victoria Advocate reported.

Still, some people think that these incidents call for more vigilance.

“There are a lot more people who are in support of us building this back again than people who oppose us, but it takes one crazy guy to do something,” Shakeel Rashed, an executive board member of the Islamic Center of Lake Travis, told the Texas Tribune after his mosque burned down. “Everybody believes we need to be more vigilant. When we start reconstruction, we definitely want to plan the security of the place better, have more cameras.”

 

Trump Trashes The FBI For Leaking After A Story Leaks That The Agency Refused To Help The White House On Russia


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Last fall, Donald Trump did not lash out at the FBI when James Comey decided to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails mere weeks before the election. However, he’s terribly angry about a Thursday CNN report about how the FBI refused to bury Russia stories that did not present a good look for his administration (following a request from White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus). Even worse (in Trump’s eyes), the story about this refusal came from his least favorite cable news network, which Trump regularly accuses of being “fake news.” The story itself was a leak, which makes Trump even more upset, but god only knows who leaked it.

On Friday morning, Trump’s predictable angry tweet storm arrived. He called the FBI “totally unable” to stop “leakers” within the government. He says this will be “devastating” to the country, and he added “FIND NOW.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has trashed U.S. intelligence over Russia. Last time, he accused them of manufacturing stories about Russia, and now it’s all about leaks in Trump’s mind. Last week, Trump said (during his combative press conference), “The leaks are real, but the news is fake.”

The CNN story also drew upon Priebus’s complaints about the press on Fox News Sunday last week. He insisted the reports of U.S. intelligence intercepting calls between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence were false, and he refused to name his sources. This prompted Chris Wallace to tell Preibus to sit down: “You don’t get to tell us what to do.” And the FBI’s response sent the same message.

For what it’s worth, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denies the CNN story and claims, “We didn’t try to knock the story down. We asked them to tell the truth.” Spicer also claimed that the FBI told the White House that the press was reporting inaccurate Russia stories, and he says that’s why the White House made the request. However, Spicer’s not known for possessing truth-telling skills, so nothing has been solved here.

Meanwhile, the FBI shall continue its probe into the Trump-Russia mess.

Direct Source/Originally Reported by Uproxx.com