4 Boston Women Report Assault & Rape From Ride-Share Services Within 2 Hours Of One Another

Four women in Boston have reported inappropriate behavior and touching while riding in gypsy taxis (acting as identifiable services like Uber) and one of the women has accused an actual Uber driver of rape. Three of those incidents occurred this past Sunday, and the Uber episode was on December 6. Boston police are said to be on the search for the cars and drivers involved, yet based on the evidence provided, three of the cases may have all been connected, considering the women contacted the police within a two-hour span of each other.

According to local news, the first incident took place around 1 a.m. on Sunday morning. A woman was picked up at Dorchester Avenue and Columbia Road, by what she thought was a legit ride-sharing service. Her filed report states that immediately upon seating in the passenger's seat, the driver offered her money and touched her inappropriately. She later received a text from the real car company and was able to safely escape the fake one.

The second fake ride-share picked up a passenger from Commonwealth Avenue. Again, the driver touched this woman in an aggressive manner and thankfully, she was able to get out after she ...read more

College Student Lands In Jail For Not Having State Driver’s License

Ariel Delegol is a junior at Clark Atlanta College who has never seen the inside of a jail—until recently. The young lady was stopped for speeding and instead of being given a ticket, the officer cuffed her and hauled her off to a county jail for having a Michigan driver's license.

Come again? Apparently, the state of Michigan is one of six states that does not participate in the Non-Resident Violator Compact, according to WSB-TV.

The Non-Resident Violator Compact is an agreement used by states to process traffic citations across their borders. With the agreement, motorists cited for violations out-of-state have them enforced in their home state. Yet there are six states that do not take part in the NRVC—Michigan, California, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska.

Delegol unfortunately learned the hard way that her home state of Michigan is not an NRVC participant. “He (the officer) said that me having a Michigan license is the equivalent of me not having a driver's license at all,” Delegol said. “So, he said I'm basically driving without a license right now in the state of Georgia.”

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Can We Not Have Another Clinton vs. Bush Election?

Bush and Clinton Families

Former US president George Bush (2nd-L), his wife Barbara Bush (L), their son Jeb Bush (C), First Lady Hillary Clinton (2nd-R), and US President Bill Clinton (R) look up to see the US Army Golden Knights parachute team 06 November at the conclusion of the dedication ceremony of the George Bush Library in College Station, TX in 1997. ( JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

This week, former Florida governor Jeb Bush took to his Facebook page to announce that he has “decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.” In other words, Bush would like everyone — but most especially Rand Paul, Chris Christie (and Mitt Romney hiding in a dark corner) — to know that the champ is here. This confirms that as far as 2016 goes, Jeb is in, and now we are met with an even greater chance of our next presidential election looking like a rerun from 1992.

Some people are actually excited about this.

Mark McKinnon, who served as a top adviser to John McCain's 2008 presidential run, wrote in his column for The Daily Beast, “They're both qualified, respectful of each other (shocker!), and represent the vast majority of middle ...read more

Was North Carolina Teen Lynched Over Interracial Relationship?

Was 17-year-old Lennox Lacy lynched? That's what his family and his older girlfriend, who is white, believe. The Bladenboro, North Carolina teenager was found hanging from a swing set in a trailer park. The town is 80% white, 20% black and Lacy's girlfriend 32-year-old Michelle Brimhall says she believes Lacy was targeted and killed because of their relationship.

‘I believe Lennon was murdered,” Brimhall told The Daily Mail (U.K.) “The police ruled his death as suicide but Lennon would never harm himself. He's got too much love for life.'

Lacy was found dead in August. After a police investigation, the coroner ruled it a suicide. However, a few facts stand out – one that Lacy was found wearing sneakers that were a size and half too small and that the sneakers he wore that day weren't found with him. He was also hung with two belts that weren't his, says his family.

The local NAACP chapter found enough about the death suspicious to bring in an independent forensic pathologist. Christena Roberts' report, released in November, found suicide to be “unlikely.”

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How Will Normalized Relations With Cuba Impact Liberation Heroine Assata Shakur?

While echoes of the Black liberation movements of the 60's and 70's are being played out daily, the U.S. has moved to normalized diplomatic relations with Cuba. But many are wondering how that will impact one of Black liberation's most enduring heroines – Assata Shakur.

Shakur, born Joanne Chesimard, escaped from a New Jersey jail after a conviction in the N.J. Turnpike murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973. A member of the Black Liberation Army, Shakur was accused and acquitted of various charges in the 70's.

Her autobiography Assata is a classic of the era. Shakur, now 67, has lived in exile in Cuba since 1975, protected by the Castro family. But in 2013, she surfaced at the top of the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List with a $2 million dollar reward leading to her capture.

N.J. com reports:

After hiding out for years, Chesimard resurfaced in Cuba in the mid-1980s and was granted asylum by the nation's former leader, Fidel Castro. Since then, she has been living under the protection of the Castro family and going by the name Assata Shakur.

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John Crawford’s Family Sues City, Police, Walmart In Fatal Shooting

The family of John Crawford, a Black man who was fatally shot by a White police officer this summer as he held an air rifle inside a Walmart in Ohio, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging negligence and violation of the man's civil rights.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Dayton against the city of Beavercreek, the two Beavercreek officers involved, the police chief and Walmart Stores Inc. The suit comes just days after the Guardian newspaper released a video showing more than an hour of harsh questioning of Crawford's girlfriend, Tasha Thomas, who was at the store with him.

John Crawford III was shot Aug. 5 inside the store in the Dayton suburb. Police responded after a 911 caller reported Crawford was waving what appeared to be a firearm.

A grand jury concluded the shooting was justified.

“All we want is justice for John Crawford,” the family's attorney, Michael Wright said at a news conference Tuesday.

Crawford's family has said previously that it was “incomprehensible” that the officers weren't indicted. The family has sought a federal investigation to see if race was a factor, and the U.S. Justice Department has been reviewing the shooting.

Crawford's death also has drawn demonstrations from ...read more

Man Fired After Facebook Comment About Killing Police Goes Viral

Little did Aaron Hodges ever fathom that two days after he passionately responded to a Facebook thread about the bully tactics utilized by many in law enforcement across the country, he would lose his job at a Portland, Ore. Nordstrom department store, according to KCTV 5 News.

Hodges joined a Facebook discussion about police excessive force and posted the following:

“Instead of slamming the police … every time an unarmed black man is killed, you kill a decorated white officer, on his door step in front of his family.”

Hodges claims he felt impassioned and did not mean for folks to take his comment literally. He only wanted for people to see that all lives are worthy of respect telling KCTV 5 News, “So, if (an officer) was shot in his doorstep, they're going to have 21-gun salutes and vigils and black strips across the badge. What is Eric Garner getting?”

Hodges was referring to Garner, of Staten Island, New York, who was killed by police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who used a deadly chokehold on him for a seemingly innocuous offense (selling untaxed cigarettes). Pantaleo was allowed to walk away unscathed, as no charges were brought against him, and Pantaleo's non-indictment amplified ...read more

Reformers Target Traffic Courts In Ferguson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court.

It was there, they said, that low-income drivers sometimes saw their lives upended by minor infractions that led to larger problems. If left unpaid, a $75 ticket for driving with expired tags could eventually bring an arrest warrant and even jail time.

So courts began an experimental amnesty program designed to give offenders a second chance by waiving those warrants. But the effort is attracting relatively few participants, despite a renewed emphasis on municipal court reform after Brown's death last summer in Ferguson.

St. Louis County's jumble of more than 80 municipal courts has been targeted by some public-interest lawyers who say the courts are virtual debtor's prisons, extracting fines and fees from poor drivers and using the money to fund local governments, which in some cases serve just a few hundred residents.

“They make people poor, and they keep people poor,” said Thomas Harvey of the nonprofit legal clinic ArchCity Defenders, which is suing Ferguson and six other small cities, alleging they collect illegal municipal court fees.

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#IamJada: Arrests Finally Made In Rape That Went Viral

In July, a Houston teenager 16-year-old Jada, who had been drugged and sexually assaulted at a party stood up for herself using the same social media that had been used to degrade and humiliate her. After violating her body, her rapists continued their assault on Jada and posted pictures of her unconscious body with the despicable hashtag #jadapose.

Jada, however, did not back down and created her own #IamJada movement, using the media to raise awareness. Today, it's being reported that two arrests, one of an adult and one of a minor involved with the horrific crime have been made. The adult is being charged with two counts of child sex assault (their names are being withheld for now). In an exclusive interview with MSNBC correspondent Ronan Farrow, Jada shared her response to the arrests.

When Farrow asked for her thoughts on the development, she called it “wonderful.” “I'm just grateful and thankful for everyone that followed and supported me.”

She soon added on: “I would like to see justice. Justice in full effect,” she added. Farrow interviewed Jada 5 months ago when the the assault originally went viral. Now that she's become known as an anti-rape advocate, time she appeared ...read more

Black Woman’s Scathing Rant Against Michael Brown: ‘He Began The Trail To His Own Death’ [VIDEO]

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You have got to see this…

There's a YouTube channel called “Honestly Speaking,” where a Black woman has uploads videos of herself ranting over several topics. One video in particular titled “Mike Brown Fiasco” contains a very loud and clear diatribe against the Ferguson protestors and slain teenager Michael Brown. The women in the video passionately says that Brown should've known better than to try and steal from a convenience store in the first place (on that fateful August 9th) and that “[Brown] started the trail that led to his death.” Wow.

Her video is filled of controversial statements about the people who have bonded together in protests over the unfair non-indictment of Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown. We've heard similar arguments from right-wing commentators (who obviously love the video), but this video is one of the rare occasions in which a Black person actually vocalized their agreement with the <a class="colorbox" title="Russell ...read more