Cicely Tyson, the stage, screen, and television actress whose vivid portrayals of strong African-American women shattered racial stereotypes in the dramatic arts of the 1970s, propelling her to stardom and fame as an exemplar for civil rights, died on Thursday. She was 96. Her death was announced by her longtime manager, Larry Thompson, who provided no other details. In a remarkable career of seven decades, Ms. Tyson broke ground for serious Black actors by refusing to take p
The shocking details of the incident resulting in the arrest of Seahawks tackle Chad Wheeler are made only more shocking by the fact that he’s currently among the free. Wheeler has been released on a $400,000 bond after being arrested and details for suspicion of felony domestic violence. He allegedly strangled his girlfriend to the point at which he seemed to think he had killed her. When she regained consciousness, Wheelers allegedly said, “Wow, you’re alive?” Wheeler, who
The current Director of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Michael Carvajal, was named as head of the agency in February 2020 and inherited management of federal correctional institutions at one of the most challenging times in the agency’s history. As the virus started to spread across the United States, actions were taken to address the contagion among the inmate population, where social distancing is difficult and medical care inadequate. On March 26, 2020, Carvajal plac
A Queens man who allegedly had aspirations of joining the far-right group the Proud Boys was charged with a weapons offense Wednesday after his Tuesday arrest by the FBI turned up a stockpile of ammunition and deadly weapons. During their search of Eduard Florea’s home Tuesday, the FBI allegedly “recovered approximately one-thousand .22 caliber Winchester hollow-point rounds, 25 12-gauge Remington shotgun slug rounds, and one .300 caliber Winchester Magnum round,” according t
New York Attorney General Letitia James said the "landmark lawsuit" outlines years of excessive force and false arrests, most recently during racial justice protests last year. New York State Attorney General Letitia James sued the city of New York, the mayor and the police department's leaders on Thursday alleging that officers had committed civil rights abuses for years, including at protests last summer over the death of George Floyd, and seeking the appointment of an inde
Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Tuesday was informed that he and other top former state officials including the Michigan health director will face charges resulting from an investigation into the Flint water crisis, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. Defense attorneys were informed by the state attorney general's office to expect an initial court appearance soon, the AP reported, citing two people familiar with the prosecution. The two sources familiar with the ma
(CNN) Lisa Montgomery, 52, was executed by lethal injection at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, and pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. Wednesday. Montgomery was the first woman to be executed by the federal government since 1953 and was the only woman on death row. The Supreme Court denied a last-ditch effort late Tuesday by her defense attorneys who argued that she should have been given a competency hearing to prove her severe mental illness, which would
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/WAVY) — Chattanooga has fired a former Virginia Tech all-conference lineman and former Old Dominion and James Madison assistant coach following a social media post disparaging both the state of Georgia and Stacey Abrams as “Fat Albert.” In the tweet caught by screen grabs, offensive line coach Chris Malone posted on Twitter on Tuesday night: “Congratulations to the state GA and Fat Albert @staceyabrams because you have truly shown America the true works
As prosecutors nationwide tackle bail reform, advocates press for more steps to take money out of detention decisions. Eli Savit, the new chief prosecutor of Washtenaw County, Michigan (Ann Arbor), announced today that his office will no longer seek cash bail. His policy is the latest victory for advocates nationwide who are working to eliminate financial conditions for pretrial release. It comes on the heels of similar announcements in December by prosecutors in California a
A Michigan man by the name of Walter Forbes was wrongfully imprisoned for 37 years until a witness admitted that she lied in her story. Annice Kennebrew, the star witness that landed Forbes in prison for nearly four decades, said she fabricated a tale because she was intimidated by two local men who threatened her and her family. Kennebrew’s false testament led to Forbes getting convicted for arson and murder in 1982. According to court documents obtained by the Detroit Free
A new law will stop the suspension of driver’s licenses when New Yorkers fail to pay fines, though the governor weakened the legislation before signing it. On New Year’s Eve, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that will end the suspension of driver’s licenses over a failure to pay a traffic ticket, a major win for economic and racial justice advocates who have long decried the practice. The law will also reinstate the licenses of hundreds of thousands of Ne
Thousands of people marched in support of President Trump two days before the electoral college confirmed the 2020 election. (The Washington Post) Dec. 13, 2020 at 3:25 p.m. EST A Black Lives Matter banner and sign were torn from two historic Black churches in downtown D.C. and destroyed during pro-Trump protests Saturday night.
D.C. police said they are investigating the events as potential hate crimes.
In one of the incidents, videos posted on Twitter show a group of peopl