Black Power And The National Mobilization For “Project Water For Flint!!”

There is a crisis happening in predominantly Afrikan/Black Flint, Michigan. The population of that city is slightly over 100,000 and until recently under State “receivership.” Apparently in an act that seemed to be genocidal in nature, an alleged “cost saving measure” was implemented that resulted in the highly contaminated Flint River being utilized as the primary water source as a replacement for the Detroit River. Seemingly racism played a major role in that decision. The end result has become the ultimate health disaster for the residents of Flint.  Due to the high lead level content in the Flint River, there are confirmed reports that many, including children, have seen their health put in a hazardous state. We are talking about serious medical issues that would include several potential health maladies such as severe brain damage. The switch from the Detroit River as the water source to the Flint River was deliberate and at the very least, criminal in nature.  There are those who have called for criminal charges against many involved in this travesty of justice, including the person who is head of State and that would be Governor Snyder himself. The national guard has been dispatched to go door to door to hand out bottles of water and the Obama administration has declared Flint as a “disaster area.” That support has been minimal monetarily and not nearly enough to address the magnitude of this drastic situation.  Also there have been donations from some in entertainment world and as expected,... Continue reading →

February Is American Heart Month: Here Are 4 Things You Should Know To Prevent Heart Disease

While heart disease remains the leading cause of death in America — African-American men are at the highest risk due to high blood pressure — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made it their goal to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the U.S. by 2017.

And because February is American Heart Month, it's only right that we highlight ways to keep your heart healthy.

We've been taught how to recognize if we're having a heart attack: uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes, shortness of breath, cold sweats, nausea or lightheadedness; and extreme fatigue.

We even shared things you should do to ensure you don't have a heart attack, like making positive lifestyle changes, reducing stress, and controlling high blood pressure, which is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke.

But rarely do we talk about easy everyday activities that can contribute to necessary lifestyle changes that prevent heart disease.

Here are four things you should know – and do – to keep your heart healthy:

Get Your Rest:

DoctorOz.com reports that people who sleep less than six hours a night are two times more likely than those who get seven to eight hours of sleep to develop heart disease. Why? Sleep helps to regulate insulin activity. A lack of sleep can cause an increase in blood sugars, which can contribute to weight gain and heart disease.

Reduce Your Belly Fat:

According to the Mayo Clinic, visceral fat lives in belly fat and is linked to cardiovascular disease. Research has shown that extra fat around the waistline – even in women who are a normal weight based on standard body mass index measurements – increased the risk of dying of cardiovascular disease.

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Two Men Open Fire On NYPD Officers After Patrolling Stairwell

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on two NYPD officers shot and wounded while patrolling stairwell of a public housing project (all times local):

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One of the officers shot while patrolling a New York public housing complex will be released from the hospital.

Officer Patrick Espeut was struck in the cheek. Authorities say he will be go home Friday afternoon.

Police say three officers encountered two people in a stairwell Thursday night when one of them pulled a gun and opened fire. Two officers were struck. Police say the shooter fled into an apartment where officers found him dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities say 23-year-old Malik Chavis had at least 16 prior arrests and told witnesses he didn't want to go back to jail.

The other injured officer, Diara Cruz, remains hospitalized with a torso wound.

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Authorities have confirmed the identities of the two police officers shot and wounded while patrolling a New York housing project as Officers Patrick Espeut, 29, and Diara Cruz, 24.

The officers are listed in stable condition Friday. Espeut was hit in the cheek. Cruz was shot in the abdomen.

Police say the officers encountered two people in a stairwell Thursday night when one of them pulled a gun and opened fire. Both officers were struck. Police say the shooter fled into an apartment where officers found him dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officials have confirmed he has been identified as 23-year-old Malik Chavis.

A second person who encountered the officers in the stairwell was taken into custody.

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Anti-Gay Harlem Pastor to LGBT Buyers of Church: This Ain’t No F*g House [WATCH]

The idea of an LGBT group buying his church is really getting under the skin of an anti-gay Harlem pastor.

So much so that Pastor James David Manning made it known exactly what it would take for him to green light Rivers of Living Water Ministries' purchase during a broadcast from his place of worship, Atlah Worldwide Church, on Monday (Feb. 1), according to Raw Story.

“This ain't no bathhouse, this ain't no f*g house, this is the Lord's house!” Manning stated while issuing his warning “for all the sodomites that think that you're going to purchase this church in a foreclosure sale. And before you can ever own this property, hook or crook… men who are f*gs with testicles will be carrying babies in their testicles and giving birth to them through their anus.”

“That's how impossible it is for you to get this house,” he continued. “When you start carrying a baby in your bags and birthing that baby through your ass, then you can own this house. But until I see you pull a baby out your ass, you ain't going to pull this church out from underneath us. And boom shakalaka goes right there.”

“And all you f*gs can go to hell! And do it now.”

Citing a story from DNAInfo, Raw Story noted that Manning's anger stems from an order a state judge handed out for Atlah Worldwide Church to be sold at auction to pay more than $1 million in taxes and other debts. Despite the ruling, Manning insisted that his church was exempt from most of the debt. As a result, the pastor vowed to fight the order.

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Community members look to turn report on black lives into action

Researchers, elected officials and community members gathered in the Bruce Bolling Municipal Building to discuss how to turn a recent report on the state of black lives in Massachusetts into action. Theme of the night was identifying local resources and opportunities to effect change. Speakers recommended greater relationship building within and across communities and control of narratives told of and about the black community. ...read more

Judge Greg Mathis Likens Flint Water Crisis To A Terrorist Attack

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Should criminal charges be filed against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and members of his administration for the poisoning of an American city?

TV Judge Greg Mathis believes if the emails circulated between members of Gov. Snyder's administration about lead levels in the City of Flint, Michigan's water indicate that someone either fraudulently or misrepresented the facts that they knew to be untrue … then yes, it is criminal.”

Judge Mathis also explained that if the water crisis was a direct result of “gross negligence,” criminal charges could be filed against those involved.

Mathis told Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now, that Gov. Snyder should “certainly resign.”

“You know we hear this personal responsibility among the Republicans, quite frankly the conservative crowd — Black youth, Black families have to take personal responsibility for their actions — well, let's see some personal responsibility here by resigning,” Judge Mathis said.

Mathis went so far as to liken the poisoning of Flint to a terrorist attack, saying, “Everyday our Homeland Security — their biggest fear and preparation is for terrorists poisoning the water. The Secretary of Defense talks nervously about that — well in this instance, our government has poisoned the water and it's causing permanent damage.”

“Katrina cost loss of property, this is causing loss of health permanently.”

Watch Roland Martin and Judge Greg Mathis discuss the Flint Water Crisis in the video clip above.

TV One's NewsOne Now has moved to 7 A.M. ET, be sure to watch “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, in its new time slot on TV One.

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#BlackLivesMatter Activist Deray Mckesson Files To Run for Mayor Of Baltimore

#BlackLivesMatter activist DeRay Mckesson up and decided to enter an already crowded Baltimore mayoral race Wednesday night, just minutes before the deadline to file.

“Baltimore is a city of promise and possibility,” McKesson told The Baltimore Sun. “We can't rely on traditional pathways to politics and the traditional politicians who walk those paths if we want transformational change.”

He said he planned to release a platform within a week. He said it would include a call for internal school system audits to be made public.

Mckesson was the 13th and final candidate to jump into the primary race. In deep-blue Baltimore, the Democratic primary has long determined the winner of the general election.

Mckesson, 30, a Baltimore native and former public school administrator here and in Minnesota, is part of a team called Campaign Zero, which seeks to end police killings in America. The group wants to end “broken windows” policing, increase community oversight of police and limit use of force, among other goals.

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Jurors Award $23.1 Million to Man Shot by Deputy in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $23.1 million to a black man who was shot and paralyzed by a Florida sheriff's deputy who thought he was armed, but it could be years before the 22-year-old man might see any of the money — if ever.

The six-woman, two-man jury ruled Wednesday that Palm Beach County Sheriff's Sgt. Adams Lin violated the civil rights of Dontrell Stephens when he shot him in September 2013.

Under Florida law, the Legislature has to approve any lawsuit payment exceeding $200,000 against a government agency.

In the past, legislators have been reluctant to do that, even in non-controversial cases.

In one case, it took about three years for the Legislature to approve a $3.5 million settlement for a Jacksonville teenager paralyzed when a large branch from a city-owned tree broke off and hit him in the head. That city had admitted fault. In another case, it took more than four years for the Legislature to approve a $10.7 million settlement for a teenager left permanently disabled when a speeding sheriff's deputy plowed into her car. A jury had awarded her $30 million.

Jack Scarola, Stephens' lead attorney, said lawmakers “would not be fulfilling their sworn obligation” if they failed to approve Stephens' payment. He said they would be overriding a jury that heard all the evidence and found a “major injustice” had been done to Stephens, condemning him to a life of poverty and suffering.

Lin, who had stopped Stephens for riding his bicycle into traffic, testified that he shot Stephens four times because he reached for his waistband with his left hand and then flashed a dark object he thought was a small handgun. Stephens testified that he was raising his hands when Lin, who is Asian-American, opened fire for no reason. Video from the dashboard ...read more

Bill Cosby To Stand Trial On Sexual Assault Charges

Uh oh, there's bad news for Bill Cosby.

Lawyers for the Cos were unsuccessful in having the sexual assault charges against him dismissed. A Philadelphia area judge ruled the 78-year-old entertainer will have to go to trial.

Wednesday evening, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled that there was “no basis to grant the relief request” by the attorneys, after they had presented evidence over the last two days that former Montgomery County Dist. Atty. Bruce Castor had made a deal with the entertainer's lawyer years ago that Cosby wouldn't be prosecuted.

Castor testified that he had determined the criminal case against Cosby was weak and unlikely to succeed and that it would be better to have the comedian testify freely in a civil case filed by the plaintiff.

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Buffalo Bills Linebacker Tony Steward Loses Fiancée To Rare Form Of Ovarian Cancer Two Months After Diagnosis

Our prayers go out to Buffalo Bills linebacker Tony Steward, who revealed the death of his 26-year-old fiancée Brittany Burns.

According to reports, Brittany was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer less than two months ago (Dec. 9), but remained hopeful as she fought for her life. Tony expressed his love for the late beauty in a beautiful post on Instagram, saying Brittany had the biggest heart he'd ever seen.

Brittany Ann Steward! Wow BEAUTIFUL is the only way I know you. You have the biggest heart I have ever seen in my entire life and I promise you that it will live on in me, our family and every single soul you have touched. You are the strongest and most loving soul to step foot in this world. You have been my rock, my motivation, my heart, my soulmate, my everything since the day I laid eyes on you. Every single day of your life you have been a fighter and I know this because of the unbelievable family you brought me into. We will all honor everything you stand for in life. I will continue to be the person that you always bring out in me. Believe me when I say that I deeply love you with every ounce of everything in me. Love always, Your Fiancé #fightinglikeagirl #fightlikebritt

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Without a doubt one of if not the strongest, bravest, big hearted women I know. I'm lucky to have her as my life partner. Stay strong @bburns keep #fightinglikeagirl and you will beat this with no problem. I love you so much and can't wait to be with you next week.

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