40 Shot, 4 Killed Including 11-Year-Old Shamiya Adams, in Chicago Weekend Violence

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40 Shot, 4 Killed Including 11-Year-Old Shamiya Adams, in Chicago Weekend Violence

About 40 people were shot, four killed in Chicago weekend violence. At least 18 people were shot in a little more than 12 hours overnight, bringing the total to 40 since Friday afternoon, NBC News reports.

Among the victims was 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, who was gunned down inside a Chicago home during a sleepover, after a stray bullet struck her, police said.

A 24-year-old man was shot in a bar on Chicago’s Southwest Side early Sunday morning. He was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound to the chest.

A 21-year-old man was shot multiple times as he and a woman got into a cab in the 900 block of North Mayfield Avenue. He was later pronounced dead at the West Suburban Medical Center. A 30-year-0ld man was found dead in a car in the South Austin neighborhood. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the back, shoulder and neck.

The weekend hasn’t come to a close yet. I suspect there will be more violence in the Windy City.

 

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.

2 Dead, Others Wounded in Drive-By Shooting at Curacao International Airport

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2 Dead, Others Wounded in Drive-By Shooting at Curacao International Airport

SHOCK: Two people were killed, several others wounded in a drive-by shooting outside the arrivals area at Curacao International Airport late Tuesday.

There are reports one of the deceased was from the Buena Vista neighborhood of Curacao.  Police has not released any further information into the shooting.

 

Rihanna Denies Sending ‘Free Palestine’ Tweet That Came from Her Account

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Rihanna Denies Sending ‘Free Palestine’ Tweet That Came from Her Account

Singer Rihanna is denying that she sent a “Free Palestine” tweet from her official Twitter account. She also denies taking sides in the Palestine-Israeli crisis. The tweet was retweeted 7,000 by her fans before it was deleted.

‘RHOA’ Star Apollo Nida Gets 8 Years in Prison for Bank Fraud, ID Theft

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‘RHOA’ Star Apollo Nida Gets 8 Years in Prison for Bank Fraud, ID Theft

Apollo Nida of ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta‘ was sentenced to eight years in prison for bank fraud, ID theft.

Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office, said in a press release, “Today’s sentencing exemplifies impartial justice regardless of economic class or preceived celebrity status. Nida’s sentence should be an eye opener for other like-minded criminals who scheme to steal victims’ identities, defraud them and ignore the consequences of their actions.”

Nida’s attorney, Thomas Bever, tried to get the sentence reduced citing his client’s poor upbringing but Judge Charles Pannell wasn’t about to buy that. Um, Apollo Nida is 35 and this isn’t the first time he has broken the law.

Judge Pannell did recommend that Apollo Nida be allowed to serve his sentence close to Atlanta due to his family, which includes two young sons with wife, Phaedra Parks.

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.

 

3-Year-Old Logan Cox Dies After Being Found in Hot Car

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3-Year-Old Logan Cox Dies After Being Found in Hot Car (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Three-year-old Logan Cox died after he was found in a hot car with his dog last Wednesday in Charlotte, NC. Investigators say the boy’s mother did not know he had left the house.

Logan Cox was found after he had been in the hot car for nearly an hour. Logan suffered a heatstroke. An investigation is currently underway.

This latest incident comes days after Justin Ross Harris, of Marietta, Ga., made a court appearance after his 22-month-old son, Cooper Harris, died from hyperthermia after he left him in the car for nearly seven hours while he worked at Home Depot.

 

6 Injured, 1 Critical, After Gunfire Erupts at Houston Caribbean Festival

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6 Injured, 1 Critical, After Gunfire Erupts at Houston Caribbean Festival (Credit: HCF)

Six people were injured after gunfire erupted early Saturday at the Caribbean festival in south Houston. One person is said to be in critical condition.

Houston police said in addition to the four men hurt in the shooting, two women were hurt in the stampede for the exits following the attack.

The Jouvert Festival party, which was a part of the month-long Houston Caribbean Festival, was held at the San Miguel Arena and was set to run until 6 a.m. Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The gunfire erupted shortly before 2 a.m. when someone fired into the crowd.

 

Ex-Scandal Star Columbus Short Arrested for Public Intoxication at Dallas Bar

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Ex-Scandal Star Columbus Short Arrested for Public Intoxication at Dallas Bar (Credit: Wikipedia)

Columbus Short, former “Scandal” star was arrested for public intoxication Friday night in Dallas after getting into a scuffle over an unpaid bar tab, TMZ reports.

TMZ reports Columbus Short was celebrating the July 4th holiday at Katy Trail Ice House in Dallas when he reportedly got up to leave without paying for his drinks. He reportedly got upset after being approached by a security guard, who he accused of being racist.

Off-duty cops reportedly broke up the fight, but Columbus Short turned on them too. He was later arrested for public intoxication. Won’t someone get this man into some kind of rehab? He’s is slowly self-destructing….

 

 

 

 

Sherri Shepherd Allegedly Seeking to Side-Step Custody of Unborn Child Over Child Support

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Sherri Shepherd Allegedly Seeking to Side-Step Custody of Unborn Child Over Child Support (Credit: SherriShepherd.com)

Sherri Shepherd, soon-to-be ex-cohost of “The View,” is catching heat again. This time she reportedly wants to side-step any parental or financial responsibility for the unborn baby being carried by a surrogate for her and estranged husband Lamar Sally. TMZ reports Shepherd has no genetic connection to the baby, who was conceived via invitro fertilization with an egg donor and Sally’s sperm.

TMZ is reporting sources said Shepherd believes Lamar Sally defrauded her into having a child so he could get child support, knowing he fully intended to divorce her.

The source tol TMZ the couple first tried IVF with her own eggs but that failed and they decided to use an egg donor with Lamar’s sperm and a surrogate to carry the child.

The reports say Sherri Shepherd allegedly wants a judge to rule she has no parental rights for the baby due at the end of August.

If this is all true, Sherri Shepherd just can’t side-step her role as a mother or step-mother to this kid. The baby was conceived when she and Sally were still married.