UPDATE: Ex-Football Player Jailed After 2 Southern University Students Slain [VIDEO]

April 12, 2016 bcic_admin 0

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The two Southern University students slain during a shootout at an off-campus party appeared to be “innocent bystanders” who were caught in the crossfire, authorities said Monday.

A former Southern University football player remained jailed on charges he traded gunfire with another man in a shootout that killed the two 19-year-old women, both members of the Baton Rouge school’s athletic program.

State District Court Judge Beau Higginbotham ordered Ernest Bernard Felton, 22, of Miami, held on $90,000 bond, according to East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III.

A witness told investigators that Felton initiated the shooting outside an apartment complex where Felton and others were holding a party early Sunday, according to a police report.

Lashuntae Benton, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Annette January, of Gary, Indiana, were killed during the exchange of gunfire between Felton and a 24-year-old man who was wounded in the shootout, said Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola said. It appears the women were “innocent bystanders,” he said.

Felton was arrested Sunday on charges of attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon in the shooting of the 24-year-old man, whose wounds weren’t considered life-threatening.

Investigators were awaiting results of ballistic analysis to determine who’s responsible for fatally shooting the women. The 24-year-old man remained hospitalized Monday, Coppola said.

Autopsies performed on Monday showed Benton was shot once in her head and once in her left arm, while January had a single gunshot wound to her chest, said East Baton Rouge Parish coroner William “Beau” Clark.

People were gathered at a party at the apartment complex near LSU’s campus when the 24-year-old man pulled up to the complex in a Chevrolet Cobalt, the police report says. Investigators believe the shooting stemmed from a previous dispute.

A witness told police Felton fired a handgun at the sedan as …read more

Thabiti Boone Talks About the Importance of Fathers

April 8, 2016 bcic_admin 0


Thabiti Boone, President Obama White House Fatherhood Champion and Representative, talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about the importance of fatherhood and the vital role they play in the live’s of their children.

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Gunman Arrested After Shots Fired At U.S. Capitol

March 28, 2016 bcic_admin 0

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gunman was taken into custody after shots were fired in the U.S. Capitol complex on Monday, Capitol officials said, and visitors and staff were shut in their offices and told to “shelter in place.”

Initial reports said a police officer sustained minor injuries, but later reports from Capitol officials indicated there was no injury to any law enforcement officers.

The event unfolded with Congress on recess and lawmakers back in their districts, but the Capitol complex teeming with spring tourists. The White House was briefly put on lockdown, although that was soon lifted. A notification sent to Senate offices said no further suspects appeared to be at large.

Capitol office buildings and the Capitol itself were re-opened for business about an hour after the initial reports of gunfire. The Visitors Center where the shooting occurred remained closed as the incident was being investigated.

Visitors were being turned away from the Capitol as emergency vehicles flooded the street and the plaza on the building’s eastern side. Police, some carrying long guns, cordoned off the streets immediately around the building, which were thick with tourists visiting for spring holidays and the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Cathryn Leff of Temecula, California, in town to lobby with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, said she was going through security at the main entrance to the Capitol Visitors Center when police told people to leave immediately.

Outside, on the plaza just to the east of the Capitol, other officers told those there to “get down behind this wall,” she said. “I heard what sounded like two shots off to my left.” After a while, police told her and others to keep running. “I felt like I was in a movie. It didn’t feel real at all.”

Amanda Smith of Columbus, Ohio, said she and her family were …read more

Confessed Indiana Serial Killer, Who Preyed On Poor Black Women, Hit With Five New Charges

March 10, 2016 bcic_admin 0

A confessed serial killer, who preyed on poor Black women in Indiana, has been hit with five new charges, reports CNN.

Darren Vann, 44, was charged Monday with five new counts of murder. He was arrested in 2014 and charged with killing Afrikka Hardy, 19, and Anith Jones, 35. He then allegedly confessed to killing five others, leading police to their bodies, which were found in abandoned buildings spread across Gary, Indiana.

He faces the death penalty if convicted on the charges, writes the news outlet:

Authorities said Vann confessed to killing seven women and led police to their bodies — all of which were found within five miles of each other.


Though Vann was born in Indiana, he had previously lived in North Carolina, where he was arrested on unspecified charges in 1993, and Texas, where he was convicted of aggravated rape and served a five-year prison sentence that ended in 2013.

CBS News reports that “Vann is being held without bail in Lake County Jail pending a July 25 trial date in the Hardy and Jones slayings. It was not clear whether the new charges would affect the trial date.”


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Injured Southern University Football Player Devon Gales Heads Back To School

March 4, 2016 bcic_admin 0

It was a routine play – just another kickoff return in the college football career of Southern University’s Devon Gales. Unfortunately, that return proved to be anything but routine. Last September, Gales was severely injured in what his doctors called a ‘burst’ injury when he collided with another player and fractured several bones in his neck. The good news is, a subsequent surgery has allowed him to move his upper body, according to WBRZ2 News in Baton Rouge.

Even better news is that Gales is heading back to Southern for the first time since the devastating injury. He’ll be on the court between games of the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Southern’s F.G. Clark Center and the Southern community is asking for people to show up and support Gales, a Baton Rouge native.

Gales has been rehabbing in Atlanta ever since the accident.

‘We’re glad that he can be home and that the whole Southern University family and not only that, but the city of Baton Rouge, can participate and welcome our own back,” interim Jaguars athletic director Roman Banks told TheAdvocate.com. “A lot of people have sent letters, sent cards, sent emails wondering about his condition saying they’re praying for him and wondering when he’s coming back and what they can do.”

Once he returns home to Louisiana, Gales, who has been supported by his family (his mother, Tanisha, has practically lived in Atlanta to support her son, while Gales’ father, Donny, commuted back and forth as much as possible with Devon’s siblings, Dalen, 11, and Teah, 7) will need assistance in helping with the needs of a family member who is now limited in mobility.

Their home as its presently configured, cannot meet his needs nor can it be modified to do do. A Georgia based foundation, Triumph Over Tragedy that has …read more

Community members look to turn report on black lives into action

February 5, 2016 bcic_admin 0

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

The Myth, The Legend, The Star? Why We Should Examine El Chapo’s Influence Beyond His Prison Breaks

January 13, 2016 bcic_admin 0


oaquin “El Chapo” Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, head of the dangerous Sinaloa cartel and former public enemy number one, was recaptured by Mexican authorities last Friday with a possible year-long extradition process to the United States to follow.

The drug lord was on the run for six months after escaping from prison in July, his second jailbreak since 2001. While the world seemed to know little about El Chapo, his influence has remained just as far-reaching as the man himself.

Growing up on a rural farm in Mexico cultivating poppy and marijuana at the tender age of 9, the 58-year-old is now considered the new face behind America’s ongoing war on drugs.

Many have wondered one thing; despite his uncanny ability to be everywhere and nowhere at the same time, how does his influence affect the world today? We literally watched this play out in the mere hours following his recapture.

A secret meeting between American actor Sean Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo (Mexican authorities say they tracked the phone of a member from El Chapo’s camp), a tell-all Rolling Stone interview, and a plot that seemed to come right out of Pablo Escobar’s playbook helped locate the kingpin.

El Chapo’s influence goes beyond just Hollywood. Check out how the former farmer firmly stamped his footprint on society below.


El Chapo’s presence in America can be traced to one of the country’s biggest areas of gun violence —Chicago. The drug lord used his connections with Larry Hoover’s Gangster Disciples and the Latin Kings to traffic cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines, and heroin. It’s a disturbing cycle that other traffickers have taken part in, but the crime coming out of Chicago is now on the tip of every conversation about drugs in America. The city is also the fifth largest Spanish-populated area in the country, with …read more

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