Post It Notes: Hottest Headlines on 1/8
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It appears that racial profiling has become the cause of another wrongful police shooting, abroad. In London, a police officer was found not guilty in the killing of a 29-year old father of four during the 2011 London Riots that were sparked by an uproar of police stop-and-search procedures. The slain man was reported to have no evidence of gun possession during the time of his death by police.
An NYU journalism professor, Farai Chideya tackles the long-standing myth that African-Americans don’t possess an affinity for nature. Have African-Americans completely severed ties with their ancestral legacy of being dwellers of the outdoors? Chideya takes the issue to task.
Actresses, Issa Rae of Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl webisode fame and Quvenzhane Wallis, breakout star from cinema thriller Beasts from the Southern Wild have been recently noted by Forbes. The talented ladies share the honor with 11 other Black women on the magazine’s listing of the planet’s 30 most influential young people.
Is the wait over? R&B songstress Ashanti has been holding her fans at bay with several postponements of her highly-anticipated Braveheart album. With the recent release of the forthcoming album’s cover image, it looks like the pandemonium may reach new heights. The streets are talking.
A musical inspired by Tupac Shakur songs is going to bring gangsta rap to Broadway. Producers said Wednesday that “Holler If Ya Hear Me” will open at the Palace Theatre in June under the direction of Kenny Leon, who helmed the Broadway hits “Fences” and “The Mountaintop.” The new musical sets Shakur’s music to an original story.
Not even one week after Florida State’s BCS Championship, quarterback Jameis Winston may be facing legal woes. Winston’s alleged rape victim says she “absolutely” plans to file a civil lawsuit against the Heisman Trophy winner and Tallahassee Police Department. The woman’s attorney says police were negligent in handling her case.
Let’s not reward negative behavior, shall we? In Omaha, the police union is facing criticism after the city’s police chief circulated video of a Black toddler cursing and using obscene gestures. The video was reportedly posted to showcase the “cycle of violence and thuggery” in the community.