Families Remember Victims of Gary Serial Killer

Seven women have been found dead this week in northwestern Indiana, one in a motel and six in abandoned houses in Gary.

Darren Vann, 43, was charged Monday in the death of the woman whose body was found Friday at a Motel 6 in Hammond, 20 miles southeast of Chicago. Police say Vann has confessed to all seven killings and hinted that there could be more, stretching back two decades.

Family and friends of three victims reached by The Associated Press on Tuesday remembered the women as caring, loving family members who will be missed.



Jones was a fixture in Natasha Conway's life for 25 years.

She was the little girl who wanted to play when Conway moved to a new neighborhood on Chicago's South Side at 9. She was the teenager who promised to carry on the tradition of baking Betty Boop birthday cakes after Conway buried her father at 18. She was the woman who snuck a McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwich into the hospital room after Conway gave birth to her second child at 25.

So when Jones went missing in early October, Conway, 34, noticed.

“They say you never know what you've got until it's gone,” Conway said. “I knew what I had ...read more

Omaha’s Nikko Ad Is The Willie Horton Of 2014

Brad Ashford for congress

In an interview with Politico, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) claimed that the Republican presidential candidate in 2016 could capture one-third or more of the Black vote by pushing the following issues: criminal-justice reform, school choice and economic empowerment. He left out the part in which such a feat is even more achievable when you factor in that between his party and our Supreme Court, there may only be four or five Blacks actually available to vote in 2016 anyway — and only two of them will have proper ID ID. However, Paul's assertion would be taken more seriously if said efforts were coupled with the elimination of the Republican pastime known as racism.

Case in point, the National Republican Congressional Committee and their new “Nikko” ad that ties the Democratic candidate in an Omaha Congressional race to Nikko Jenkins, who the Washington Post lists as “a former inmate who was released early from jail and went on to get convicted for murdering four people.” Moreover, the Democrat in question, state Senator Brad Ashford, lent his support to Oklahoma's “good time” law, which enables inmates to reduce sentences.

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Kirk Cameron: Halloween Masks Mocking Obama Represent Jesus Defeating Satan

Oh, look. Little Mikey Seaver is spreading his madness to anyone who will listen again.

The child-actor turned fundamentalist, Bible-thumper recently said that Halloween is really a Christian holiday that pagans tried to steal. In trying to explain this phenomenon, he used Obama Halloween masks as an example.

Raw Story reports:

“When you go out on Halloween and see all people dressed in costumes and see someone in a great big bobble head Obama costume with great big ears and an Obama face, are they honoring him or poking fun?” the actor asked. “They are poking fun at him.”

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Man, 20, Gets 20-Year Sentence For Stealing iPod

A 20-year-old Georgia man was sentenced to 20 years for stealing an iPod.

The AJC reports:

The sentencing includes 12 years to serve in prison, for putting a boy in a headlock and stealing his iPod, the district attorney said Monday.

Shareef Tawwab Hakim, of Marietta, was convicted of robbery and aggravated assault, DA Vic Reynolds said.

The teenage victim was sitting outside his Bellmeade Drive apartment around 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2013, when he was approached from behind by Hakim, according to investigators. Hakim put the boy in a headlock and took his iPod, the DA said.

Hakim was arrested in November and booked into the Cobb jail, where he has been held without bond, booking records showed. During his trial, he took the stand and admitted he took the iPod before being convicted Thursday in Cobb County Superior Court.

“He is violent, and this is all a joke to him,” Assistant DA Jaret Usher told Judge Robert D. Leonard II. “His demeanor demonstrates that.”

Leonard sentenced Hakim to a term of 20 years, with 12 years to serve in prison and the rest on probation, Reynolds said.

What do you think? Does the punishment fit the crime?

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L’Oreal USA Agreement Results In Carol’s Daughter Acquisition

Carol's Daughter is now a part of L'Oreal USA.

On Monday, L'Oreal USA announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire the company, which is regarded as a premier American multi-cultural beauty brand that has a loyal consumer following while catering to a diverse, rapidly growing market.

“Carol's Daughter possesses an expertise in the multi-cultural consumer segment, a rapidly expanding market that represents an important growth opportunity in the beauty industry,” said L'Oréal USA president and CEO Frédéric Rozé, said in a press release. “This acquisition will enable L'Oreal USA to build a new dedicated multi-cultural beauty division as part of our Consumer Products business, and strengthen the company's position in this dynamic market.”

Created by Lisa Price in 1993, Carol's Daughter offers a variety of products that are available at specialty beauty stores, mass retailers, on HSN, through e-commerce and at Carol's Daughter branded stores in New York City. For the 12 months ending September 30, 2014, the company garnered net sales of US $27 million.

News of the acquisition marks another step up for L'Oreal USA, which has roster of American brands under it's umbrella that includes Maybelline NY, Kiehl's, Essie, Urban Decay, Clarisonic and NYX. The acquisition of Carol's Daughter will ...read more

United Nations: ‘Turn The Water Back On In Detroit’

DETROIT (AP) — United Nations human rights experts described Detroit's mass water shut-offs as “a man-made perfect storm” Monday and called on city officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses.

Meanwhile, Detroit's officials said the two lawyers' actions and conclusions were agenda-driven and not based on “facts” about the city's progress in helping residents keep or regain service.

Leilani Farha and Catarina de Albuquerque, who were in town to observe the effect of water service shut-offs, said they affect the poorest and most vulnerable — and particularly discriminate against Detroit's majority black population.

The representatives of the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner made the trip after activists appealed to the U.N. for assistance. They visited residents who have lost water service or have struggled to keep it, and they met with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and water department officials for about two hours Monday morning.

The city, the nation's largest municipality to file for bankruptcy, said it made about 27,000 shut-offs between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30. Most shut-offs were halted for several weeks during the summer to give residents a chance to enter payment plans but they resumed and topped ...read more

Gary Serial Killer Likely Killed More Women

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found in northwest Indiana over the weekend said Monday they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has indicated there could be more victims going back 20 years.

The Lake County prosecutor's office on Monday charged 43-year-old Darren Vann of Gary, Indiana, in the strangulation death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy. Her body was found Friday night at a Motel 6 in nearby Hammond.

Gary officials were expected to charge Vann later this week in the deaths of six more women, whose bodies were found Saturday and Sunday. Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said at a news conference that Vann confessed to Hardy's slaying and gave police information that led to the other bodies in Gary, including three on the same block.

Vann was a convicted sex offender in Texas, where he pleaded guilty in 2009 to raping a woman and was released from prison in July 2013.

The Austin Police Department issued a statement Monday saying it would review missing persons and cold cases to determine if there could be a link to Vann and asked anyone with information to come forward.

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‘The Woman Code’ Reveals Powerful Keys To Unlock Your Life

On Friday, author Sophia A. Nelson appeared on “NewsOne Now“with Roland Martin to talk about her new book, “The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life.”

From www.thewomancodebook.com:

Every woman lives by a Code, whether she realizes it or not. The Code is as old as time. It has been practiced for thousands of years, quietly, among the sisterhood of women. This Code is a woman's road map to living, a guidepost residing deep within her spirit. It governs her romantic relationships, friendships, family ties, career choices, and personal sense of well-being and value. And when her Code is out of balance, her life is out of balance. Drawing from her personal faith and from her experience in the business world, author Sophia Nelson explores 20 keys to unlocking the life you want, such as:

  • Knowing your innate value and worth
  • Teaching people how to treat you
  • Making peace with your past
  • Learning to lead from within
  • Lifting other women as you climb

The Woman Code helps women to honor themselves while navigating the demands of work, home, family, and friendship. It not only calls on women to practice purpose in their lives, it shows them how to do it with grace.

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CNN Pulls Its Support From The NABJ For Criticizing Network’s Racial Climate

CNN has decided that it no longer wants to support the National Association of Black Journalists after the organization called it out.

The cable news network has donated to the NABJ for years, and its acted as a sponsor for the association's annual convention and career fair for quite some time. That all changed last week, though, when the NABJ released a statement about racial relations at CNN for the network's Black employees in a write-up titled, “NABJ Concerned About Atmosphere at CNN for African Americans.”

The NABJ wrote about its concern that the professional atmosphere has led to huge swaths of African-American staffers either quitting or being terminated. Among their ranks are several Black anchors that have been yanked from the screen. Some have even left the network all together! Moreover, since this time last year, NABJ claims that about 12 African-American managers have exited CNN as well. So, TL;DR: things are not looking good for Black people at CNN, and the NABJ was not going to ignore the problem because the network gives them money.

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