Tony Degrafreed, Charged in 1994 Murder of Then-Wife, Arrested for Killing Current Wife

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Tony Degrafreed, Charged in 1994 Murder of Then-Wife, Arrested for Killing Current Wife (Credit: Twitter)

Tony Degrafreed, who was convicted of killing then-wife in 1994, was preliminarily charged with the murder on Sunday after his current wife, Rebecca Degrafreed, was found dead in their Indianopolis home.

WISH-TV reports Jordan Yarbro, 19, told police he heard strange noises coming from his parents bedroom on Sunday morning. He said Tony Degrafreed came out of the room and stabbed him in the chest. He fled the home on foot and was apprehended by police about a mile away from their northeast-side home.

Rebecca Degrafreed, who was found dead on the bedroom floor, suffered head trauma after being beaten with a baseball bat. Her throat was also slit.

Tony Degrafreed was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but served about one-half of the sentence for the murder of his then-wife, Stacy Degrafreed, in 1994. They were estranged at the time of her murder. Tony Degrafreed reportedly shot three people during a domestic dispute, killing his wife.

 

11-Year-Old Shamiya Adams Dies After Being Shot in Head During Sleepover

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11-Year-Old Shamiya Adams Dies After Being Shot in Head During Sleepover

TRAVESTY:  11-year-old Shamiya Adams died after being shot in the head during a sleepover at her best friend’s home in the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue in Chicago.

Adams and a group of her friends were set to make s’mores during a sleepover Friday night when a bullet came through the window and struck her in the head, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

Rosemarie Jones, who hosted the sleepover, said the girls were sitting in a circle when “gunshots rang out and one came in through the window and shot one of the girls in the head.”

It is reprehensible that Shamiya Adams was gunned down at a sleepover. What is going on in Chicago? The mayor should institute Martial Law. How many more children have to die at the hands of a bunch of armed thugs before something drastic is done?

 

 

Staten Island Man, Eric Garner, Dies After NYPD Officer Puts Him in Chokehold

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Staten Island Man, Eric Garner, Dies After NYPD Officer Puts Him in Chokehold

Eric Garner, a 43-year-old Staten Island dad, died Thursday after a New York City police officer put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against a sidewalk.

Garner, a father of six children, can be heard repeatedly screaming, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,” a video of the incident shows.

At least five officers took him down when he resisted being arrested in front of the Tompkinsville beauty supply store.

Eric Garner, who is an asthmatic, has a history of arrests for selling untaxed cigarettes. It is not clear why the officers were at the scene.

He reportedly went into cardiac arrest and died at Richmond University Medical Center, a NYPD spokesman said.

Kevin McEnroe, Son of John McEnroe, Tatum O’Neal, Busted in Middle of Drug Deal

 

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Kevin McEnroe, Son of John McEnroe, Tatum O’Neal, Busted in Middle of Drug Deal (Credit: ImgArcade)

Kevin McEnroe, the 28-year-old son of tennis great John McEnroe and actress Tatum O’Neal, was arrested Tuesday night after cops busted him in the middle of a drug deal in  Manhattan’s East Village. 

Kevin McEnroe was busted on the corner of East 4th Street and Avenue A. He was reportedly carrying six glassine envelopes of cocaine, and more than two dozen prescription pills. He had 20 painkillers, 10 morphine pills and one anxiety pill, among the prescription meds.

Petty: Iggy Azalea Accused of Hijacking Southern Black Women’s Culture

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Petty: Iggy Azalea Accused of Hijacking Southern Black Women’s Culture (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Iggy Azalea has been accused of hijacking Southern black women’s culture since she became an Atlanta-style rapper. Um, it’s being called the “white appropriation of Hip Hop music.” So, I am guessing that everyone who imitated Bob Marley and other reggae singers hijacked the Jamaican reggae culture. I mean groups like UB40. Is this all we can find to whine about? Really people?

Iggy is a protégé of T.I., one of my all-time favorite rappers. Though T.I. is known for Atlanta-style, crunk Southern bravado that is a hallmark of Black culture in that city, recently he expressed disappointment that “we’re at a place in America where we still see color.” Apparently, color is only relevant when he’s talking about racist acts against Black men, but not when he has to think through his complicity in white appropriation of Hip Hop music.

As a born-and-raised Southern girl, who believes that lazy summer evenings are best spent with your top back or your sun roof open, bass-heavy music booming through nice speakers, while you slowly make a few blocks through the neighborhood, to see who’s out and what’s poppin,’  I resent Iggy Azalea for her co-optation and appropriation of sonic Southern Blackness, particularly the sonic Blackness of Southern Black women. Everytime she raps the line “tell me how you luv dat,” in her song “Fancy,” I want to scream “I don’t love dat!” I hate it. The line is offensive because this Australian born-and-raised white girl almost convincingly mimics the sonic register of a downhome Atlanta girl.

This article was just nothing more than near-sighted pettiness. Read the entire article at Salon.

WeatherNation Hires Meteorologist Rhonda Lee Who Was Fired for Defending Natural Hair

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WeatherNation Hires Meteorologist Rhonda Lee Who Was Fired for Defending Natural Hair (Photo Credit: Rhonda Lee)

The WeatherNation has hired meteorologist Rhonda Lee, who was fired from her job at Shreveport’s KTBS after defended herself on Facebook against racist comments about her natural hair.

The drama with Rhonda Lee began when several viewers left some really ugly comments on KTBS’ Facebook page about the her sporting natural hair rather than “wear a wig or grow more hair,” as one Facebook user, identified as Emmitt Vascocu, wrote. Here are his comments:

The black lady that does the news is a very nice lady. The onlt thing is she needs to wear a wig or grow some more hair. I’m not sure if she is a cancer patient. But still its not something myself that i think looks good on tv. What about letting someone a mail have waist long hair do the news. What about that?

Rhonda Lee’s response:

Hello Emmitt— I am the “black lady” to which you are referring. My name is Rhonda Lee. Nice to meet you. I am sorry you don’t like my ethnic hair. And no I don’t have cancer. I’m a non-smoking, 5’3, 121 lbs, 25+ mile a week running, 37.5 year old woman, and I’m in perfectly healthy physical condition.

I am very proud of my African-American ancestry which includes my hair. For your edification: traditionally our hair doesn’t grow downward. It grows upward. Many Black women use strong straightening agents in order to achieve a more European grade of hair and that is their choice. However in my case I don’t find it necessary. I’m very proud of who I am and the standard of beauty I display. Women come in all shapes, sizes, nationalities, and levels of beauty. Showing little girls that being comfortable in the skin and HAIR God gave me is my contribution to society. Little girls (and boys for that matter) need to see that what you look like isn’t a reason to not achieve their goals.

Conforming to one standard isn’t what being American is about and I hope you can embrace that.

Thank you for your comment and have a great weekend and thank for watching.

Rhonda Lee and another reporter were fired by KTBS for violating the station’s social media policy, which says employees should ignore complaints or tell the company ombudsman about them.

Lee is not only suing KTBS for her termination, but also has a pending lawsuit against her another former employee, KXAN-TV in Austin. She alleges she was “repeatedly subjected to crude and insensitive remarks about her race.” It is not clear when Rhonda Lee’s job with WeatherNation will begin, but she said she will be moving from Shreveport to Denver in a few weeks. WeatherNations is a competitor of The Weather Channel.

Teen Demarius Wren Charged in Murder of United Airlines Flight Attendant

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Teen Demarius Wren Charged in Murder of United Airlines Flight Attendant (Credit: Facebook)

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL: DeCarol Deloney-Cain, a veteran United Airlines flight attendant, who was found dead earlier this week, was allegedly murdered by her daughter’s boyfriend, 18-year-old Demarius Wren.

Demarius Wren allegedly stabbed Deloney-Cain six times, fractured her skull and threw her body, which was bound with red duct tape and a pillow case pulled over her head, was found in the trunk of her abandoned car, WBBM-TV reports.

DeCarol Deloney-Cain, 54, was positively identified on Thursday after the serial numbers for her breast implants were traced. Police believe she was targeted because she had just gotten paid, The Times newspaper reports.

 

Frankea Dabbs Abandoned 7-Month-Old Daughter on NYC Subway Platform

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Frankea Dabbs Abandoned 7-Month-Old Daughter on NYC Subway Platform

The family of Frankea Dabbs, the woman who abandoned her 7-month-old daughter on a Manhattan subway station platform, says she needs help.

Dabbs was charged with abandonment of her infant daughter, Mylanea Love Edmond, on at the subway station. She was twice arrested for prostitution and battled mental illness.

Frankea Dabbs also witnessed the murder of her daughter’s father, in their home in Clinton, NC, the NY Daily News reports. Her family said she disappeared with the baby from North Carolina last week.

On Monday, Frankea Dabbs shoved the stroller carrying her daughter from an uptown No. 1 train on the platform and rushed back into the train as it was about to depart the Columbus Circle station.

Frankea Dabbs reportedly told police that she couldn’t take care of her daughter.

UM Football Players Alexander Figueroa, Jawand Blue Charged with Sexual Battery of 17-Year-Old

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UM Football Players Alexander Figueroa (r), Jawand Blue (l) Charged with Sexual Battery of 17-Year-Old

Two University of Miami football players were arrested for sexual battery. Alexander Figueroa, 20, and Jawand Blue, 20, were charged after raping a 17-year-old girl inside a dorm room.

Figueroa and Blue allegedly admitting to giving the girl, without her knowledge, “a narcotic, anesthetic or other intoxicating substance that mentally or physically incapacitated” her on July 5th, and then raping her.

The teen reported the crime to the University of Miami Police who then contacted the Coral Gables police department.

Alexander Figueroa and Jawand Blue reportedly admitted to the police they bought and gave several alcoholic beverages to the victim and then took her back to Figueroa’s dorm room at Pearson Hall and performed sexual acts on the her without her consent.

Both men were kicked off the University of Miami football team. Blake James, UM Director of Athletics issued a statement saying, “earlier today, I permanently dismissed Jawand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team.” He also said both men were suspended from the university and barred from all campus activities while the school conducts an internal investigation.

 

15-Month-Old Boy Dies After Being Left in Hot Car in Connecticut

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15-Month-Old Boy Dies After Being Left in Hot Car in Connecticut

HOT CAR DEATH:  Another child has died after being left in a hot car. This time a 15-month-old boy has died after being left in a hot car on Monday in Ridgefield, Conn.

Police say the boy was left unattended inside a parked vehicle for “an extended period of time.” The temperatures in Ridgefield reached 88 degrees on Monday.

Ridgefield police have not released the child’s name and the cause of death hasn’t been determined.

This latest incident is the fourth to occur in Connecticut in the past two weeks and comes on the heels of the case involving Marietta, Ga., father, Justin Ross Harris, who was charged with murder after leaving his 22-month-old son in a hot car for over seven hours.