BREAKING NEWS: The Associated Press is reporting retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Tampa, Fla. He was 78 years old. Gen. Schwarzkopf served as commander of the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991. Schwarzkopf, widely known as “Stormin Norman” because of his explosive temper, was a decorated soldier, having served in Vietnam. His last military assignment was as commander of U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla. His sister confirms he died from complications to pneumonia.
BREAKING: Las Vegas police have found the body of a young black girl, possibly Jade Morris, who was last seen with her father’s girlfriend Brenda Jean Stokes, last Friday. KTNV reports Capt. Chris Jones said, during a press conference, that a black girl’s body was found near Dorrell and North 5th Street by a man who was walking his dog in the area.
Huffington Post: Family members told the Black and Missing Foundation that they visually identified the remains for police, who have not yet released a statement positively identifying the body.
“We are heartbroken today. It has been confirmed by family members that the body of … Jade Morris has been found. We pray for her family,” Natalie Wilson, co-founder of the organization, told The Huffington Post. Wilson said the family wasn’t told the cause of death
Blood was reportedly found in the vehicle Brenda Stokes borrowed. She was named a prime suspect in the murder of Jade Morris during a court appearance Friday. The judge increased her bond from $60,000 to $600,000 pending the filing of kidnapping and murder charges.
UPDATED: KTNV reports the cause of death was multiple stab and incised wounds. The manner of death was homicide.
Rapper Gunplay, whose real name is Richard Morales Jr., tweeted last week that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre was a government-planned event as part of a greater conspiracy to take away guns. Wow, he came up with that all by himself? SMH.
“Government killed dem kids to take our guns away. Another 9/11. Dont get it twisted.” He later tweeted, “Yall are sheeple 4 thinking da government aint gotta hand in every crisis since the great depression.”
Here’s a shot of the tweet:
Chicago resident Talitha Funchess claims she is being evicted from her rent-subsidized in the South Loop because her son, Kenneth Coffie, appeared in a profanity-laced rap video.
Sun Times: Funchess has lived in the 2100 block of South Michigan building since 2009. Last month she received a “Notice of Termination of Tenancy” from Metroplex Inc., notifying her that the lease was being terminated because her son, Kenneth Coffie, “appeared in a posted video using profanity, degrading language and flashing gang signs on the project grounds, in violation of Paragraphs 8 and 9” of the lease.
According to Paragraph 8 of Funchess’ lease: “Neither Tenant or any of Tenant’s guests shall perform or permit any practice that may damage the reputation of or otherwise be injurious to the Building or neighborhood, or be disturbing to other tenants, or be illegal.”
Paragraph 9 of the lease defines “unlawful” behavior as, including but not limited to the “possession, use or sale of illegal drugs, and disturbances or acts of violence.”
A Google app, ‘Make Me Asian,’ allowing users to change their appearance, has sparked outrage from Asian-American groups, who call it “racist and offensive.”
[It] allows users to change their appearance by reshaping eyes or fashioning portraits with rice paddy hats and Fu Manchu mustaches is facing protests from Asian-American groups.
The “Make Me Asian” app claims “this is just a fun app [that] lets you indulge you and your friends,” according to its description on the Google Play store.
“You can for a few seconds make himself a Chinese, Japanese, Korean or any other Asians,” reads the description of the app, created by user KimberyDeiss, in broken English.
An online campaign called 18 Million Rising — named after the number of Asian-Americans in the United States — called the app’s depictions of Asians and Native Americans “racist and offensive.”
A similar app, “Make Me Indian,” from the same maker has also recently drawn criticism.
“These racist and offensive portrayals of Asians and Native Americans perpetuate damaging racial stereotypes and should not be distributed on the Google Play store,” the campaign said. Source
“Allegiance” star Malik Yoba said in an interview with BET, Denzel needs to do a bit more than be himself in his roles — he’s still Denzel in every movie and that his roles are very limited.
“No matter how many movies Denzel Washington does, he’s still Denzel in every movie – except for the times he played Malcolm X and Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter,” he commented. “Those were the roles where he got a chance to stretch a little more. I want to be more like Forest Whitaker in Last King of Scotland. I want to stretch a little more, that’s what I want to do. So playing Martin, I had no fear. It was like here’s a real opportunity to do something. I’m still thrilled about it and I can’t wait to see the finished film.”
‘Rescue Me’ Singer Fontella Bass Dies, Brittany Spears Sued by K-Fed’s Brother, Rihanna to Sing at Billionaire’s Bash
Celebrity News Roundup: Kate Winslet ties the knot for a third time. Hope it’s the charm! “Rescue Me” singer Fontella Bass dies.
Page Six: Rumors are swirling that Rihanna is being flown in to St. Barts to perform at Russian billionaire and Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich’s and his girlfriend Dasha Zhukova’s New Year’s Eve bash, with a guest list that will include Harvey Weinstein, Naomi Campbell and Vladimir Doronin.
Oops, I did it with your bro! Brittany Speaks has been sued by Kevin Federline’s brother, Christopher Federline, who alleges he is the father of her seven year old son and the singer is using that to blackmail him.
NY Daily News Confidential: A week before Christmas Day, Kevin Federline’s brother Christopher Federline filed a petition seeking a restraining order against his ex sister-in-law Britney Spears, claiming he — not Kevin — is the father of 7-year-old Sean Preston Federline and that Spears is using that fact to blackmail him.
Whitney Houston: Private investigator claims Whitney Houston may have been murdered and that the LAPD didn’t do a thorough enough investigation. According to the Daily Mail, Paul Huebl says he has turned over evidence to the FBI that shows the 48-year-old singer was killed over a drug debt in February.
“Rescue Me” singer, Fontella Bass, dies from complications of a heart attack:
AP: Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with “Rescue Me” in 1965, has died. The singer’s daughter, Neuka Mitchell, says Bass died at a St. Louis hospice Wednesday night of complications from a heart attack suffered three weeks ago. She was 72. Bass had also suffered several strokes since 2005. Her younger brother, David Peaston, died at age 54 in February.
SHOCK: Lazarus Omondi, the director of the Pumwani Maternity Hospital in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, admits he detains mothers who can’t pay their bills. He said that’s the only way he can keep his medical center running. Um, really?
Two mothers who live in a mud-wall and tin-roof slum near the maternity hospital said Pumwani wouldn’t let them leave after delivering their babies. The bills the mothers couldn’t afford were $60 and $160. Guards with sticks would beat mothers who tried to leave without paying, one of the women said. Omondi says one solution to the problem would be a national health insurance program. Source
FALLEN OFFICER: Benjamin Sebena, the husband of slain Wauwatosa police officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena, was arrested in connection with her murder.
The Wauwatosa Police Department issued a statement Thursday saying Benjamin Sebena, of Menomonee Falls, was arrested and booked into the Milwaukee County Jail Wednesday, on a tentative charge of first-degree intentional homicide.
Officer Jennifer Lynn Sebena’s body was discovered a few hours after she failed to respond to a dispatcher’s calls in the wee hours of Christmas Eve morning. She will be laid to rest Saturday, December 29.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: ”Benjamin Sebena served two tours in Iraq as a Marine, earning a Purple Heart. His unit, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, had been part of the invasion force at the start of the Iraq War in 2003 and returned to Iraq in the fall of 2004, when Benjamin Sebena was sent to Ramadi. He was seriously injured in a mortar attack that killed a buddy in February 2005. In a video taped at Brookfield’s Elmbrook Church, he told about how he found his future wife through social media while he was serving in Iraq.”