Monthly Archives: June 2013

Police Catch Home Invader Caught On Camera Viciously Assaulting Mother In Front of 3 yr old

Glad they finally got him off the street, he’s out of control smh:

Via NYDailyNews:

Police have arrested the suspect whose brutal beating of a young New Jersey mom was captured on a nanny cam.

42-year-old Shawn Custis is in custody Friday afternoon after New York and New Jersey FBI agents tracked him to the lobby of an Inwood building on 10th Avenue.

The suspect has a long rap sheet of burglaries, a law enforcement official told NBC New York.

The attacker threw the woman to the floor while her little girl looked on from the sofa.

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The attacker threw the woman to the floor while her little girl looked on from the sofa.

The search began last Friday morning after the alleged attacker kicked in the door of the family’s upscale home in Millburn, N.J. The victim and her 3-year-old daughter were in the living room while a baby boy slept upstairs.

The home invader punched and kicked the woman repeatedly while her little girl looked on.

The home invader then dragged the woman and threw her down the stairs.

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The home invader then dragged the woman and threw her down the stairs.

The mom remains silent throughout the entire ordeal, knowing that her screams would upset the child.

“Her love for the children kept her going,” Millburn Police Captain Michael Palardy said.

The woman suffered chipped teeth, a concussion and had to have her face stitched up. The little girl was unharmed.

The unidentified mother was beaten in an attack that was captured by a nanny camera.

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The unidentified mother was beaten in an attack that was captured by a nanny camera.

The suspect stole jewelry and valuables from the house, including the woman’s wedding rings.

Police used the nanny cam footage to identify and track down the brazen attacker.

Custis is being transported to an undisclosed location in New Jersey.

He faces charges of attempted murder, robbery, burglary and child endangerment. His bail has been set at $750,000, ABC reports.

Mayor Bloomberg Says ‘Stop ‘N Frisk’ Policy Stops Whites Too Much & Minorities Too Little?!

How Dictator Bloomberg can still justify his stop & frisk policy even though its been proven to be the most ineffective method of crime prevention ever attempted is beyond me. 97% of the people the cops randomly frisked were unarmed, had no drugs and were not engaged in criminal activity.  Besides the fact that the policy totally disregards the 4th amendment & has cost numerous innocent people their jobs, millions of dollars in lawsuits have been brought against the NYPD against over-aggressive cops who managed to turn a simple stop ‘n frisk into an excuse to harass & arrest innocent people on made-up charges.  Guess who pays for all those lawsuits? That’s right…you the taxpayer. Bloomberg proves that term limits are a vital part of government at all levels:

Pushing back against critics of stop-and-frisk policing, Mayor Bloomberg Friday said it’s not that cops are stopping too many blacks and Hispanics, but that police might not be stopping enough of them.

“I think we disproportionately stop whites too much. And minorities too little. It’s exactly a reversal of what they say,” Bloomberg said.

The comments – on his weekly radio show – touched off a firestorm.

“His comments weren’t worthy of any elected official, much less the mayor of the city of New York,” said mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson, the only black candidate in the race.

Another mayoral candidate, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, urged his Twitter followers to retweet “if you agree: Mayor Bloomberg’s statement today that minorities are stopped and frisked ‘too little’ is outrageous and out of touch.”

Complaints in the black community about the aggressive use of stop-and-frisk policing have led to a federal lawsuit challenging the practice and fueled a passionate debate in the mayoral race.

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In making his remarks Friday, Bloomberg was trying to rebut critics who cite the high percentage of blacks and Hispanics stopped by the police as proof that stop-and-frisk singles out those minority groups.

“They just keep saying, ‘Oh it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethic group [who are stopped],” Bloomberg said during his Friday appearance on WOR-AM.

Another mayoral candidate, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, urged his Twitter followers to retweet “if you agree: Mayor Bloomberg’s statement today that minorities are stopped and frisked ‘too little’ is outrageous and out of touch.”

Complaints in the black community about the aggressive use of stop-and-frisk policing have led to a federal lawsuit challenging the practice and fueled a passionate debate in the mayoral race.

In making his remarks Friday, Bloomberg was trying to rebut critics who cite the high percentage of blacks and Hispanics stopped by the police as proof that stop-and-frisk singles out those minority groups.

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“They just keep saying, ‘Oh it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethic group [who are stopped],” Bloomberg said during his Friday appearance on WOR-AM.

“That may be but it’s not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing murder,” Bloomberg said. “In that case, incidentally, I think we disproportionately stop whites too much. And minorities too little. It’s exactly a reversal of what they say.”

To buttress the mayor’s remarks, his office released a set of statistics. The numbers showed that 87% of the people stopped under stop-and-frisk in 2012 were black or Latino, and that 9% were white. That same year, more than 90% of those identified as murder suspects were blacks or Latino; just 7% were white.

Critics of stop-and-frisk charge that such numbers are irrelevant. The critics say cops indiscriminately go after young black and Hispanic men on bogus grounds, and that nearly nine out of ten people who are stopped are innocent.

Thompson called a mid-afternoon news conference to denounce Bloomberg’s comments. He claimed the mayor seemed to be suggesting that blacks and Latinos were “automatically” murder suspects.

“I just found it to be an incredibly insulting moment,” Thompson said.

De Blasio said the mayor’s comments ignored the fact that most of those stopped and frisked were innocent.

“Stop-and-frisk is being used with an incredibly broad brush,” he said. “And the best evidence in the world is the vast majority of those stopped are innocent.”

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said that she “strongly” disagreed with Bloomberg’s comments.

“We have too many stops that overwhelmingly focus on young men of color, yielding very few weapons,” she said.

“Stop, question and frisk needs to be reformed significantly, precisely because young men of color are disproportionately stopped in New York.”

Brooklyn Nets Trade with Boston Celtics for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce

Big changes are being made to the Brooklyn Nets roster involving their division rivals the Boston Celtics:

In a few hectic hours, the Nets shifted the balance of power to the outer borough. Mikhail Prokhorov wanted a title contender in Brooklyn. He got one.

The Nets and Celtics rapidly negotiated an improbable megadeal Thursday, agreeing in principle to a trade that would bring both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn, according to multiple sources.

It’s a shocking and complex deal, orchestrated between division rivals two days after the Daily News reported Brooklyn’s interest in Garnett. As the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft was ending at Barclays Center, Garnett was putting the finishing touches on the deal by waiving his no-trade clause.

The blockbuster can’t become official until July 10.

For Garnett, Pierce and Jason Terry, the Nets will send Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans, Reggie Evans and, most importantly, first-round picks in 2014, ’16 and ’18 to Boston.

The appeal for the win-now Nets is obvious: a starting lineup of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Pierce, Garnett and Brook Lopez — all former All-Stars. They should compete, at least for the short term, for the title while trying to fulfill Prokhorov’s pledge to win a championship by 2015.

Prokhorov, a billionaire bachelor who said he’ll get married as punishment if he doesn’t win a title by 2015, will have to pay roughly $100 million in salary next season, along with a stiff luxury-tax bill. GM Billy King, meanwhile, gets the deserved glory for transforming a 12-win roster into a title contender in three years

King was blessed with Prokhorov’s resources, but now there are enough buzz and opportunities to increase revenue with a high-profile, winning roster. A Barclays Center ticket rep seized the chance Thursday afternoon, warning prospective season-ticket holders that prices will hike in a foreshadowing email.

“If that happens, there is a very good chance prices go up as soon as tomorrow morning,” read an email obtained by The News. “I would strongly recommend securing before night’s end.”

Another email from a Barclays Center ticket manager read, “If indeed a high profile trade is consummated, all Full Season Prices will increase.”

As much as the potential of Garnett and Pierce are exciting the marketing team and fans, it’s a combustible situation given the age of the incoming pieces. Locker-room personalities are also a potential issue, with five players who were the best player on an NBA team at one point. That’s a lot of alpha dogs for a rookie coach.

Garnett has two years and $24.4 million left on his deal. Pierce, 35, has a $15.3 million option for next season that the Celtics will pick up by Sunday. Terry, 35, could serve as the sixth man. The Nets got star power in this deal, but also got older with a small window to get past the Heat.

After years of squeezing what they could out of their aging players, the Celtics seem committed to rebuilding around Rajon Rondo, who is coming off ACL surgery. They traded Doc Rivers to the Clippers this month, and Garnett wasn’t allowed to join him because packaging players and coaches is against league rules.

So Garnett said “yes” to the Nets.

Via NYDailyNews

“You just wanted them to go to a place to win, and they did,” Rivers said about the trade. “Obviously, it’s a great trade for Brooklyn.”

Lauryn Hill Pens Open Letter about ‘Reverse Racism’ Before Heading To Prison

Looks like Lauryn had something she had to get off of her chest before she turns herself in a couple days to begin serving her three month bid on federal tax charges. Do you agree with Ms. Hill?

“The concept of reverse racism is flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous. Most, if not all of the negative responses from people of color toward white people, are reactions to the hatred, violence, cruelty and brutality that they were shown by white people for centuries. Much of the foundation of the modern world was built on the forced free labor of black peoples. The African Slave Trade, the institution of slavery, colonialism, its derivative systems, and the multiple holocausts throughout history, where whites used race as the defining reason to justify their oppression, conquest, and brutal treatment of non-white peoples, are how race became such a factor to begin with. The initial claim by the oppressors, followed a moral imperative (so they said) that people outside of Occidental and European birth were in savage and cursed conditions, and that God justified the captivity of these people, and the forced sex and pillage of their lands.

In order to justify reverse racism one would have to first create an even playing field, undo the generations of torture, terror, and brutality, and then judge whether or not a non-white person is in fact a racist. This approach would require people to examine the need/addiction to feel superior to someone else for no justifiable reason, and the myriad policies: Spiritual, political and social, that it bore. True dominion is self evident and not the result of sabotaging another in order to achieve it. That would be an illegitimate as well as a fleeting position.

The Universe, will eventually seek to right/balance itself. Of course there are white people who live transcendent lives, not exploiting ill-gotten privilege or perpetuating the sins of their ancestors who used violence and deceit as a means to gain advantage over others. Humanity in proper order is obligated to acknowledge the Truth, whoever it comes from, be they Black, White or other. Righteous indignation is simply a response to long-standing evil.

Neurotic Society is a song about people not being, or not being able to be, who and what they truly are, due to the current social construct. I am not targeting any particular group of people, but rather targeting everyone in our society who hides behind neurotic behavior, rather than deal with it. The world we live in now is, in many ways, an abhorrent distortion, an accumulation of generations and generations of response to negative stimuli. Many don’t even have a concept of what normal is, by virtue of having lived afraid, ashamed, as victims of abuse, or inadequately handled for so long. I believe in coming up from under that fear and allowing the psyche/soul to truly heal.

I understand that healing is a process, but I also believe that it is our responsibility to seriously care for ourselves, so that we can extend that level of concern for others and positively affect our environment. I want what is best for Humanity. Humanity, aligned with the Spiritual principles, that help each individual conquer fear, and transcend limited circumstance. I believe in healing and dealing with the traumatizing events of our lives, both in this lifetime, as well as those passed down to us, or inherited, so we can live as fully as possible.”

Is the Prosecution’s Star Witness, Rachel Jeantel, Helping or Hurting Their Case?

Opinions are split basically down-the-middle in regard to the prosecution’s star witness Rachel Jeantel’s performance on the stand these past two days at George Zimmerman’s trial. Some feel she’s doing a great job considering her age and  circumstances while others believe she completely sunk the prosecutions case with her attitude and inconsistencies in her testimony. What do you think?

The unvarnished, controversial testimony of Rachel Jeantel, a friend of Trayvon Martin’s and one of the last people to talk to him, has ignited a lot of conversation around the George Zimmerman trial.

The 19-year-old, who claims she was talking to Martin on the phone when Zimmerman approached him in what would be a fatal fight, has been hailed as one of the prosecution’s star witnesses in the trial.

Aside from her account of what happened in the moments before Martin’s death, Jeantel has attracted attention through her courtroom demeanor. At times, the young woman has seemed frustrated, and has made unusual comments to defense attorney Don West. We asked HLN viewers what they thought of her testimony, and people were divided: Many saw her as credible and “real,” while others thought her attitude may hurt the prosecution’s case.

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She is good for the prosecution:

Christopher B: She’s real. Not a perfectly groomed, well paid “expert.” She needs to give as good as she gets: Don’t let that jerk defense attorney push her around. I guess he’s used to pushing kids around.

Mary M: Stop expecting her to be you. I was a teacher. I had to listen to teenagers and assess them every moment all day long. There is nothing wrong with her. She is a typical traumatized teenager, in front of the world, being grilled by a “bald dude” who is trying to make her say things to help the man who killed her friend….She is doing the best that she can. I trust that the jurors can notice her honesty. She is very real.

Natalie W: She is doing the best that she can, given the relentless badgering from Mr. West.

Loretta P: The defense keeps asking the same questions over and over and over. I can’t stand it . She is very credible and I wish he would go and sit down!

Danette E: Annoyed and angry because she is being grilled to no end!

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Give her a break:

Laura W: She’s a kid to me. Yes she’s clearly uneducated, but we need to give her a break.

Kimberly C: You have to understand certain groups of people are raised to not cooperate with law enforcement and have no desire to be involved and im not saying this because she is black…many ppl are like this.

Sweet Bev P: I feel bad for her. She’s being mocked. She obviously lacks from a good education and the prosecutor is keying in on that.

Teri C: I think she doesn’t want to be there because she’s fully aware of her poor communication skills. She is very uncomfortable on the stand, and having to speak in front of the people in the courtroom and the tv cameras

Drew A: I hope they did a better job of explaining her role in the case so she doesn’t get so frustrated.

She seems credible, but she needs to get her act together:

Britt M: No matter who’s side you are taking, no one can argue that this young lady needs to be calmed down, prepped and straighten up. This is serious matter for both parties. If Trayvon is her friend and she wants justice for him, she needs to reevaluate how she is acting and concentrate on justice for her fallen friend. Get it together Ms. Jeantel.

Debbie C: Very disrespectful yes, but now her whole life is out there and it will never be the same again…imagine how she must have felt being the last one to talk to him and hearing what she did..I just hope she tells the truth, and justice is served.

Debbie M: Her attitude could ruin her credibility, and that would be a shame. She has lots of useful information to give!!

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She is bad for the prosecution.

Denise A: She’s rude & disrespectful & I’m sick of people excusing it because she’s “young” she’s 19, you should know how to act right & be respectful in a court of law at that age,

Margie B: She is rude and disrespectful which make folks think she is hiding something

Jeff & April C: She is so difficult to listen to. Sounds so clueless. Hard to believe she is being truthful.

Karen S: Very disrespectful, teenager or not! I don’t know a teenager who would act that way in such a serious situation!

Sharon R: I think she is liar. She is too defensive to be telling the truth. I hope the jurors see this. And on top of that, she has no respect for the court.

Via HLNTV

Kris Jenner Explains the Meaning Behind Kim & Kanye Naming Their Baby North West

Chris Jenner a.ka. Pimp ‘a Daughter   made an appearance on the The View to promote her new talk show and also explained WTH Kim and Kanye were thinking when they named their new born?:

“I love the name North. I’m pro-North. North means ‘highest power,’ and she says that North is [Kim and Kanye’s] highest point together,” and I thought that was really sweet.

You don’t walk around calling somebody, ‘Hi, North West.’ You know, it’s just North.”

Jay Z Responds To Illuminati Rumors In New Song & Claims “Religion Creates Division”

With the highly-anticipated release of Jay Z’s upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail a week awaylyrics to one of the singles off of the album “Heaven” were released and are already causing controversy. In the song Jay Z responds to the rumors of him being in the Illuminati and speaks on how he feels religion divides people as opposed to uniting them:

Jay Z in the Illuminati? In the new song “Heaven,” Hov raps about his thoughts on religion and the nutty haters tho think he had to sign his soul over the devil to gain power.

Jay-Z goes IN on the conspiracy theorists who say he doesn’t believe human beings can work hard to attain wealth, but blame it all on joining the Illuminati and secret shady organizations that run the world.

In the song he raps about how he thinks religion separates rather then unifies. Hov suggests people should question certain aspects of religion and God, since some elements of it may cause destruction to the human race and way of life.

 

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Nelson Mandela is Alive & Doing Much Better – He is “Disturbed” By Death Rumors

Media vultures were camped outside of Mandela’s hospital salivating over the amount of publicity Mandela’s death would attract but the vultures will have to fly elsewhere for their food because we are happy to report that  Nelson Mandela is alive and feeling much better. Rumors have been flying implying that he had already passed and Mr. Mandela ain’t feeling it…so cut it out!

As Nelson Mandela’s health improves, the South African Presidency says it is “disturbed” by rumours that the former leader is dead.

President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela in hospital in Pretoria, where he was admitted with breathing difficulties earlier this month, and reported that the anti-apartheid hero’s health had improved overnight.

Zuma said: “I cancelled my visit to Mozambique today so that I could see him and confer with the doctors.

“He is much better today than he was when I saw him last night. The medical team continues to do a sterling job. We must pray for Tata’s [‘father’s’] health and wish him well.

“We must also continue with our work and daily activities while Madiba [Mandela] remains hospitalised.”

Appeal for respect

Several news websites published articles claiming Mandela had been taken off life support and had passed away during the night. In response, the Government said in a statement.

“The Presidency is disturbed by the rumours that are being spread about former President Mandela’s health. We appeal for respect for the privacy and dignity of the former president.”Mandela’s daughter Makaziwe has also attacked the media over its interest in her father, claiming journalists are behaving like “vultures”.

She told SABC Radio: “We don’t mind the interest but I think it has gone overboard. When Margaret Thatcher was sick in hospital I didn’t see this type of media frenzy.

“Is it because we are an African country that people feel they can’t respect our laws? There’s part of Madiba that needs to be respected. Not everything needs to be made public.

“It’s truly like vultures waiting when the lion has devoured the buffalo, waiting there for the last of the carcass. That’s the image we have as a family.”

Via IBTimes

 

 

Former Patriot Tight End Aaron Hernandez Charged with Murder

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Another day, another pro-athlete bites the dust smh…

Via NBCNews:

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was formally charged Wednesday afternoon with first-degree murder, more than a week after a body was found near his Massachusetts home.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder and to five firearms charges, including possessing a large-capacity firearm. A judge ordered him to be held without bail because of the murder charge.

“He orchestrated the crime from the beginning and took steps to conceal and destroy evidence,” First Assistant District Attorney Bill McCauley told the court.

Wearing a white V-neck shirt, red sports shorts, and handcuffs in Attleboro District Court, Hernandez showed no emotion as prosecutors laid out a bruising account of what allegedly happened the night semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd was killed, citing what they say is surveillance camera footage, text messages, and witnesses who were working the overnight shift who heard gunshots as evidence. Hernandez wiped tears from his face at the very end of the arraignment.

Prosecutors said that the killing was prompted by a fight between the two friends during a trip on June 14 to a Boston nightclub. On June 17, Hernandez and two friends allegedly picked Lloyd up at his house at 2:30 a.m. Surveillance footage from Hernandez’s house shows him leaving earlier in the night with a weapon, prosecutors said.

After getting into the car, Lloyd allegedly texted a family member, asking, “Did you see who I am with,” prosecutors said. He then texted that it was Hernandez and followed it up with, “Just so you know” in another text message, they alleged during the arraignment.

Later that morning, between 3:23 a.m. and 3:27 a.m., employees who were working the overnight shift at the industrial park where Lloyd’s body would later be found reported hearing gunshots, authorities said. It’s not clear who investigators believe fired the shots.

“It is not a strong case,” Michael Fee, Hernandez’s attorney, who had asked for bail, said in court.

But prosecutors allege home security videos from Hernandez’s house show him with firearms after Lloyd had been murdered, and show a Nissan Altima — the same type of car Hernandez had rented — going to and coming from the site where Lloyd’s body had been found. He was seen exiting the vehicle at 3:29 a.m. with a gun at his home on the surveillance footage, prosecutors claim, shortly after authorities say Lloyd was killed.

Hernandez, 23, was placed in handcuffs and put in a police cruiser just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday by Massachusetts State Police and North Attleborough police. Authorities have searched his home, on the Rhode Island line not far from the Patriots’ stadium, several times over the past week.

Less than two hours after the arrest, the Patriots announced they were releasing Hernandez.

New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken out of his home in handcuffs more than a week after a body was found near his Massachusetts home.

“A young man was murdered last week and we extend our sympathies to the family and friends who mourn his loss. Words cannot express the disappointment we feel knowing that one of our players was arrested as a result of this investigation. We realize that law enforcement investigations into this matter are ongoing. We support their efforts and respect the process. At this time, we believe this transaction is simply the right thing to do,” a statement from the team read.

The Patriots drafted Hernandez in 2010. Last summer, the team gave Hernandez a five-year contract that is worth $40 million, including a signing bonus of $12.5 million.

The investigation also cost Hernandez his endorsement contract with CytoSport, which makes Muscle Milk and other supplements for athletes, last week.

A call to Fee, Hernandez’s attorney, was not immediately returned.

Separately, Hernandez is also embroiled in a civil lawsuit by a Connecticut man, Alexander Bradley, who alleges Hernandez shot him in the eye after the two left a Miami strip club in February.

According to a Palm Beach County police report, the case was abandoned because Bradley refused to cooperate with authorities.

Hernandez lives with his fiancee and their infant, according to Fee.

Girls Really Do Run the World? Oprah, Lady Gaga & Beyonce Top Forbes’ 2013 Celebrity 100

Beyonce might’ve been right about her whole “Who Runs the World? Girls!” song if you let Forbes 2013 Celebrity 100 list tell it. Women managed to claim 6 of the top 10 earner spots on the list this year. Its a man’s world but it’s nothing without a woman:

Forbes calculated celebrity’s earnings on income from tours, books, contracts, endorsements, movies and residuals and each star was given a marketability score, created by California market research firm E-Poll. 

2013 Forbes’ Celebrity 100

1 Oprah Winfrey $77m (income this year)

2 Lady Gaga $80m

3 Steven Spielberg $100m

4 Beyonce $53m

5 Madonna$125m

6 Taylor Swift$55m

7 Jon Bon Jovi$79m

8 Roger Federer$71m

9 Justin Bieber$58m

10 Ellen DeGeneres$56m

11 Hugh Jackman$55m

12 Jennifer Lopez$45m

13 Rihanna$43m

14 Coldplay$64m

15 Tiger Woods$78m

16 LeBron James$60m

17 Simon Cowell$95m

18 Katy Perry$39m

19 David Beckham$47m

20 Robert Downey Jnr$75m

Oprah Winfrey is back in her throne on top of Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful celebrities, after a two-year stint in the runner-up seat.

The billionaire American talk-show host, 59, knocked singer Jennifer Lopez off the spot and into number 12, but still shares the top ten winners’ enclosure arena with a multitude of women.

There are six girls in the plum positions – and the only man to make it into the top five is film director Steven Spielberg, who, coming third, is sandwiched between Lady Gaga in second and Beyonce in fourth.

Forbes calculated celebrity’s earnings on income from tours, books, contracts, endorsements, movies and residuals and each star was given a marketability score, created by California market research firm E-Poll.

Forbes credits Oprah’s $77 million (£50m) earnings between June 2012 and June 2013 – as well as her prominence on TV, on social media and in the press – for her placing.

Forbes writer Dorothy Pomerantz said: ‘She still wields an enormous amount of power, which is really what we look for in our fame matrix.

Winfrey, who has topped the list on four previous occasions, is one of three celebrities who have featured on the prestigious list every year since its inception in 1999 ‘She is taking this cable network and turning it around just through the sheer force of her will, her connections and her ability.’

Winfrey, who has topped the list on four previous occasions, is one of three celebrities who have featured on the prestigious list every year since its inception in 1999, along with radio DJ Howard Stern and director Steven Spielberg.

Zimmerman Neighbor Tells Jury She Heard a ‘Boy’s Voice’ Yell for Help Before Gun Shot

As the trial continues more revelations are being made about that fateful night Trayvon was killed:

A neighbor of George Zimmerman cried as she testified today about hearing a boy’s cry for help shortly before she heard a gun go off.

But Jayne Surdyka also testified on the third day of testimony in Zimmerman’s murder trial that she heard multiple gunshots, ‘pop, pop, pop’.

Only one shot was fired in the fatal encounter between Zimmerman and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

‘I truly believe the second yell for help was a yelp,’ said Surdyka, who later dabbed away tears as prosecutors played her frantic 911 call. ‘It was excruciating. I really felt it was a boy’s voice.’

Day three: George Zimmerman enters the courtroom for the third day of his trial in Seminole circuit court on June 26Day three: George Zimmerman enters the courtroom for the third day of his trial in Seminole circuit court on June 26

 

Witness Jane Surdyka dabbed away tears as prosecutors played her frantic 911 call: 'It was excruciating. I really felt it was a boy's voice'Witness Jane Surdyka dabbed away tears as prosecutors played her frantic 911 call: ‘It was excruciating. I really felt it was a boy’s voice’

 

Opposing teams: Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda, left, and defense attorney Mark O'Mara, right, speak during a recess in George Zimmerman's trialOpposing teams: Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda, left, and defense attorney Mark O’Mara, right, speak during a recess in George Zimmerman’s trial

Diagram: Witness Jane Surdyka, left, points to a map of The Retreat at Twin Lakes being held by Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda Diagram: Witness Jane Surdyka, left, points to a map of The Retreat at Twin Lakes being held by Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda

Surdyka told the court that before the shooting, she heard an aggressive voice and a softer voice exchanging words for several minutes.

‘It was someone being very aggressive and angry at someone,’ she said.

During the struggle, she said, she saw a person in dark clothes on top of the other person. Martin was wearing a dark sweatshirt and Zimmerman wore red clothing.

Surdyka said she saw the person who was on top get off the body after the shot was fired.

During cross-examination, defense attorney Don West tried to show there was a lapse in what Surdyka saw.

 Defense attorneys contend Martin was on top of Zimmerman during the struggle, but after the neighborhood watch volunteer fired a shot, Zimmerman got on top of Martin.

West also challenged Surdyka about her belief that the cry for help was a boy’s voice, saying she was making an assumption about whose voice it was.

Another neighbor, Jeannee Manalo, testified after Surdyka that she believed Zimmerman was on top of Martin. Manalo also described hearing howling, but she couldn’t tell who it was coming from.

Neighbor: Witness Jeannee Manalo testified that she believed Zimmerman was on top of Martin and also described hearing howling, but she couldn't tell who it was coming fromNeighbor: Witness Jeannee Manalo testified that she believed Zimmerman was on top of Martin and also described hearing howling, but she couldn’t tell who it was coming from

Zimmerman, 29, could get life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder for gunning down Martin as the young man walked from a convenience store. Accused: Zimmerman, 29, could get life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder for gunning down Martin as the young man walked from a convenience store

 

Cross examination: Defense attorney Don West questions witness Jane Surdyka during George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial Cross examination: Defense attorney Don West questions witness Jane Surdyka during George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial

 

George Zimmerman speaks with attorney Lorna Truett: He has claimed self-defense, saying he opened fire after the teenager jumped him and began slamming his head against the concrete sidewalkGeorge Zimmerman speaks with attorney Lorna Truett: He has claimed self-defense, saying he opened fire after the teenager jumped him and began slamming his head against the concrete sidewalk

Under cross-examination, defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked why she had never mentioned her belief that Zimmerman was on top in previous police interviews.

He made her read back a transcript of an interview in which she described only seeing shadows.

Other neighbors also have described hearing cries for help that were captured on their calls to 911.

Martin’s parents have said they came from their son, while Zimmerman’s father has said he believes the cries belong to his son.

Both prosecutors and defense attorneys believe they could show whether Zimmerman or Martin was the aggressor in the encounter at the Retreat at Twin Lakes townhome complex on February 26, 2012.

Defense attorneys successfully argued against allowing prosecution experts who claimed the cries belonged to Martin.

Also today, Judge Debra Nelson announced that an alternate juror — a young, Hispanic man — had been dismissed for reasons unrelated to the case.

The juror, a maintenance technician, said during jury selection that he also competed in arm wrestling competitions and could do a one-armed pull-up.

His dismissal leaves only a middle-aged white man on the jury panel along with eight women. He is currently an alternate

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Graphic: The State of Florida shows photos of Trayvon Martin’s body from the night of the shooting as evidence, the sight of which caused his parents to leave the court

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Initial view: Sgt Raimondo described in detail how he found Trayvon's body lying face down on the grass when he arrived at the crime scene five minutes after the 911 call was made Initial view: Sgt Raimondo described in detail how he found Trayvon’s body lying face down on the grass when he arrived at the crime scene five minutes after the 911 call was made

Candy: Diana Smith, crime scene technician for the Sanford Police Department, shows a bag of Skittles, which was collected as evidence, to the jury during Zimmerman's trial today

Candy: Diana Smith, crime scene technician for the Sanford Police Department, shows a bag of Skittles, which was collected as evidence, to the jury during Zimmerman’s trial today

The judge also ruled this morning that she would allow at trial five police dispatch calls Zimmerman made in the months before his encounter with Martin.

Prosecutors want to use the calls to bolster their argument that Zimmerman was increasingly frustrated with repeated burglaries and had reached a breaking point the night he shot the unarmed teenager.

Prosecutors played the calls for the judge Tuesday with the jurors out of the courtroom.

The recordings show Zimmerman’s ‘ill will’, prosecutor Richard Mantei said.

‘It shows the context in which the defendant sought out his encounter with Trayvon Martin,’ he said.Zimmerman, whose father is white and whose mother is Hispanic, has denied the confrontation with the black teenager had anything to do with race, as Martin’s family and its supporters have charged.

There were emotional scenes in the Sanford courtroom yesterday as jurors were shown graphic pictures of Trayvon’s body – including close-ups of the gunshot wound – after he was killed.

His parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton left the room shortly after the harrowing images were projected onto a large screen.

Sanford Sgt Anthony Raimondo was called to the stand yesterday afternoon – the same sergeant who was described in opening statements as the one who tried to ‘breathe life’ into Trayvon.

Under cross examination he explained what he found after arriving on the crime scene ‘within five minutes’ of when the 911 call was made.

He described in detail how he found Trayvon’s body lying face down on the grass with his hands underneath him.

He checked for a pulse twice and turned him over to perform CPR. As he tried to revive the teen, he told the court he could hear bubbling sounds coming out of Trayvon’s chest as he attempted to resuscitate him.

He asked people who had come from their homes after the shooting for Saran wrap and Vaseline to plug the wound. One of the bystanders brought him a plastic bag.

Later, jurors were shown pictures of the Arizona fruit juice can and pack of skittles the 17-year-old had just bought in the 7/11.

Crime scene technician Diana Smith presented several pieces of evidence to the court room as well as describing the area where she put yellow markers down.

Prosecutor John Guy asks Smith to point out and describe each item at the scene – which included a flashlight, cell phone and plastic bag as well as the skittles and juice can.

Via NYDailyNews

George Bush’s Ancestor Revealed To Be Notorious Slave Trader

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Some not so surprising revelations have recently been revealed regarding George Bush’s family tree:

Here’s some Bush family news: A direct ancestor of both George H.W. and George W. Bush was a notorious slave trader, according to new historical reports. While at least 25 U.S. presidents have been descendants of slave owners (and 12 of them owners themselves), Thomas “Beau” Walker, Dubya’s great-great-great-great-grandfather by his father’s mother, reportedly went well beyond owning. According to genealogical findings, Walker was a slave ship captain involved in at least 11 slave-trading West African voyages between 1784 and 1792. Walker, called an “inhuman monster” by one British anti-slavery activist, died in 1797 when the crew on one of his vessels mutinied, killing him and throwing his body overboard. The Bush family hasn’t commented yet on these findings.

Via MSN

Nicki Minaj Talks Men Who Can Cook & Criticizes Celebrity Women Who Can’t

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Nicki Minaj is known for her outspokenness and didn’t hesitate to give her opinion on the roles of men and women in a relationship regarding cooking:

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Supreme Court Allows Married Gay Couples To Claim Federal Benefits

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The world is changing at a fast pace:

Via Reuters:

The ruling, on a 5-4 vote, means that legally married gay men and women are entitled to claim the same federal benefits that are available to opposite-sex married couples.

The court was due to decide within minutes a second case concerning a California law that bans same-sex marriage in the state.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion that the Defense of Marriage Act violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection.

“The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the state, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity,” Kennedy wrote.

Kennedy, often the court’s swing vote in close decisions, also said the law imposes “a stigma upon all who enter into same-sex marriages made lawful by the unquestioned authority of the states.”

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia both wrote dissenting opinions.

In his dissent, Roberts wrote that the court in the coming Proposition 8 case will not reach the issue of constitutionality of state laws that limit the definition of marriage.

By striking down Section 3 of the law, the court clears the way to more than 1,100 federal benefits, rights and burdens linked to marriage status.

As a result of Wednesday’s ruling, Edith Windsor of New York, who was married to a woman and sued the government to get the federal estate tax deduction available to heterosexuals when their spouses die, will be able to claim a $363,000 tax refund.

Violent New Jersey Home Invasion Caught On Homeowner’s Camera [VIDEO]

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Was I the only one who said to themselves, ‘Damn, why did it have to be a black man?’ Things like this just give people like George Zimmerman more racist excuses to do what they do, despite the fact this has nothing to do with race.

A brutal mid-morning New Jersey home invasion, complete with an assault and robbery, was caught on tape when the homeowner’s nanny camera recorded the incident.

The woman’s 3-year-old daughter sat on the couch during the ordeal, helpless as her mother suffered a vicious beating at the hands of the 5-foot-11, 210-pound suspect.

Police say the hefty black male, who had a salt-and-pepper beard, took off with an undetermined amount of jewelry following the 10:30 a.m. attack Friday in Millburn. The woman’s 18-month-old toddler reportedly slept upstairs during the beating, Capt. Michael Palardy told the Daily News.

“Her love for the children kept her going,” Palardy said of the brave mom, who suffered chipped teeth, a concussion and had her face stitched up.

“Their world’s turned upside down right now,” he said of the young family.

Police are searching for a 5-foot-11, 210-pound black male with a salt-and-pepper beard.

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Police are searching for a 5-foot-11, 210 pound black male with a salt-and-pepper beard.

The chilling video captured the entire midday attack. The brazen assailant entered the home while mother and daughter watched cartoons on the couch. Palardy said the woman heard a noise and went to investigate.

“That was the back door being kicked down,” he said. “He bombards her and starts wailing away.”

The suspect throws the woman down, punches her several times in the face before picking her up and throwing her down. He goes upstairs to ransack the bedroom and as he returns, kicks the woman in the face as she struggles to regain her feet.

In one version of the tape, which includes the audio of the incident, the suspect can be heard asking the woman “Where your pocketbook at?” as she moans.

“He’s a lefty, every punch and kick was lefty,” Palardy said of the southpaw suspect. “He believed no one was home, and when he came across someone, his reactions were violent.

The robber drags the woman across the room as her terrified daughter watches from the couch.

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The robber drags the woman across the room as her terrified daughter watches from the couch.

“There was no reason for it, she would have given him anything he wanted,” Palardy said.

In his final sickening act, the man drags the woman toward the basement steps. The terrified young girl can only watch as the man throws her mother down the steps, then walks toward the front door and takes off after robbing her. The suspect never touches the little girl.

“I knew that if I started screaming, my daughter would, too, and I was afraid she would get hurt,” the young mother told News 12. “I took it. I didn’t cry the entire time.”

The stunning, midday attack is so shocking because of how safe a town it is, Palardy said. A police officer lives on Cypress Street, the very same street as the attack and which receives a heavy police presence because of its proximity to three different towns.

“It’s a bedroom community,” Palardy said. “People move here because it’s a safe town.”

After body slamming the woman to the floor, the assailant punches the mom again.

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After body slamming the woman to the floor, the assailant punches the mom again.

Cypress Street neighbors agree. There has been a rush of residents installing security systems, said Anne Kramer, the victim’s neighbor. Kramer, 15, said her parents were concerned after the attack and plan on setting their security system even when at home during the day.

“I think we’re all kind of shocked because we never thought something like this would come here,” Kramer said. “It’s two blocks from a school. People are worried about what’s going to happen.”

Police said the man made off with the woman’s wedding ring among other stolen items. The woman was treated at the hospital for leg and face injuries suffered at the man’s hands. She was released over the weekend.

The nanny cam, which Palardy said was sitting undisguised on the fireplace mantel, may have been used as a child monitoring device. The family asked police to release the footage to the public, Palardy said.

“They wanted to show how violent this person is because they want him caught as much as we do,” Palardy said. “And we’re not going to sleep until this guy is caught.”

 

Al Sharpton Defends Paula Deen – Says She Shouldn’t Be Judged On Past Statements

Many people were wondering what the notoriously, controversial Al Sharpton had to say about the whole Paula Deen using the N-word & treating black employees like slaves debate so when TMZ cameras finally caught up with Mr. Sharpton, many were caught off guard by his response:

MSNBC’s PoliticsNation host Reverend Al Sharpton said that critics shouldn’t judge Paula Deen by her use of the word “ni**er” decades ago, reports TMZ.com.

“A lot of us have in the past said things we have regretted saying years ago,” he replied. “I think she has a lawsuit now about activities now whether it was discriminatory. And whether or not she’s engaged in things now. It’s not about her past. … She deserves what’s fair, but that’s based on what she’s engaged in now.”

“You cannot deal with what is fair or not fair until we see an outcome of the present circumstances she is accused of, not something that happened 20 years ago,” he added.

As previously reported by NewsOneBill Maher also defended chef Paula Deen‘s use of the word “ni**er” by declaring it freedom of speech on par with Hip-Hop music.

“People shouldn’t have to lose their shows and go away when they do something bad,” said Maher. “It’s just a word. It’s a wrong word. She was wrong to use it. But do we always have to make people go away?”

Maher joins Dr. Boyce Watkins, who in an appearance on CNN’s AC360 argued that Deen’s age and environment should be taken into account when judging her; Maher also joins Roland Martin who argued that Black people should be just as upset when other Black people use the n-word as racist White people.

As previously reported by NewsOne, the Food Network released a brief statement on Friday afternoon effectively firing Deen:

“Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month.”

Reader’s response:

It’s not. And “for the record” I’m a black man that is against anyone, including blacks, using the “N” word. But let’s not pretend some rapper saying “that’s my N” is the same as how a Paula Deen will use it.

I’m against the use of that word, but I get so tired of the stupid arguments that get made to justify and/or deflect from white people using that word that has historically been used by whites while oppressing blacks. The vast majority of whites who use that word aren’t using that word because some rapper used it. Whites are using that word because their pappy’s used it, and their pappy’s pappy before them.

It goes like this:

If you’re black and referring to other blacks by that word, you’re wrong. That word is a product of slave mentality. It’s a product of abuse. We aren’t trying to reclaim the word or any of that nonsense. We’re just so used to hearing it and using it, and people don’t like to admit they’re wrong and break a bad habit.

If you’re another minority using that word, you’re even more wrong. Using the words of black oppressors doesn’t make you cool, hip, or down with the black community. It’s cool that you want to relate, but would a brother come home and call his sister a “B” just because everyone else on the block does, even if the abuse is so prevalent that she has started referring to herself as such?

If you’re white and using that word, you’re dead wrong. You are the worst of them all. If you want to use that word so bad, let a group of black men raid your home, take away you and your family, sell you to separate slavers at a public auction, chain you, beat you, castrate the men, violate the women, have your children serve their children, destroy your culture, forbid you from learning theirs, and run you into the ground as they reap the rewards from generations of your family’s work; let your grand children’s grand children finally be declared “free” only to be put back into slavery by unjust laws created for the benefit of their oppressors many generations before by men that looked like them as you toiled with no say so on the plantation; let their children travel the world to fight for their oppressors, only to be mocked and discriminated against all the while; let them come back from their wars only to find that they had more freedom in the lands overseas, that fighting for freedom didn’t include their own, as it will require a nationwide civil rights movement just to get their oppressors to finally admit it’s wrong to openly discriminate against them with government endorsement, let alone actually take some steps to correct the damage and bias. Go through all of that, and then you can call yourselves by whatever derogatory term your oppressors used against you throughout the years. Until then, stop whining about your inability to use the “N” word being what is “unfair.”

Via NewsOne

Twitter Roasts Rick Ross for Saying He Just Landed in the “Country of Africa”

Rick Ross might need to brush up on his geography before tweeting. He probably would’ve saved himself the embarrassment of not knowing Africa is a continent and not a country. In usual Twitter fashion, the people let him have it. You gon’ learn today!:

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Twitter Responds:

“@rickyrozay doesn’t know that having sex w/ an unconscious person is rape. Why did y’all expect him to know that Africa was a continent?”

“Guys, the saddest part is that this is NOT Rick Ross’s first time in the country of Africa. He should have known better!

“Africa isn’t a country and U.O.E.N.O it.”

“Oh y’all mad cos Rick Ross didn’t know Africa was a continent but ain’t tripping off him stealing a name, being a C.O., lying. Ok cool.”

“Wait! Africa isn’t a country?! *looks at community college degree hanging on my wall *”

“That Rick Ross “country of Africa” tweet is the best thing since Ying Yang Twinz named their album “United States of Atlanta”

It’s Official! Kevin Durant Signs To Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports

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Jay Z is keeping his fledgling Roc Nation Sports Agency alive with his just signed new client, Kevin Durant, star of the Oklahoma City Thunders. Kevin Durant posted the pic of the official signing moment on his instagram with the following quotes from both him and Jay Z:

Kevin Durant: Grateful for this opportunity with RocNation Sports. It’s go time!

Jay Z: He has a 90.5 free throw shooting rate, the youngest player in NBA history to join the 50-40-90 club, a giving individual and a legend in the making. What more can I say?

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Fat Joe Going To Jail for Failure to Pay 1 Mill in Taxes

Another celebrity bites the dust. What’s with these stars thinking they can get over on the IRS? You gon’ learn!:

So much for a carefree summer … Fat Joe has just been ordered to spend 4 months behind bars for failing to pay more than $1 MILLION in income taxes.

As TMZ previously reported, Joe (real name Joseph Cartagena) pled guilty back in December to stiffing Uncle Sam on a boatload of taxes for the years 2007 and 2008.

He originally faced up to two years in the slammer for the crime — but today, the rapper was sentenced to just 4 months in prison, a $15,000 fine, and one-year supervised release. He’s scheduled to report to prison by August 26.

Not so bad all things considered.

Transgender 6 yr. old Wins Controversial Civil Rights Case to Use Girl’s Bathroom

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This world is definitely changing at a face pace:

Via DailyNews:

A transgender 6-year-old child who was told she was no longer allowed to use the girls bathroom at her Colorado elementary school scored a major victory Sunday.

The Colorado Civil Rights Division weighed in on the side of first-grader Coy Mathis, who was told in December to stop using the girls restroom at Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain.

“Schools should not discriminate against their students, and we are thrilled that Coy can return to school and put this behind her,” Coy’s mother, Kathryn Mathis, said in a statement. “All we ever wanted was for Coy’s school to treat her the same as other little girls. We are extremely happy that she now will be treated equally.”
Coy was allowed to use the girls restroom at her school until December.The family recently moved to Denver, 80 miles from Fountain, so Coy will be attending a different school in the fall, Fox31 reported.

Coy was born a boy, but identified as a girl at a very young age and began to dress that way. After allowing Coy to use the girls bathroom until December, Eagleside ordered the child to use the boys restroom, a staff bathroom, or the nurse’s bathroom, according to 7News in Denver. Coy’s family responded by filing a civil rights complaint.

“This ruling sends a loud and clear message that transgender students may not be targeted for discrimination and that they must be treated equally in school,” Michael Silverman of the New York-based Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund told the Denver Post. “It is a victory for Coy and a triumph for fairness.”

Coy, Jeremy, Auri, Dakota, Kathryn, Max and Lily Mathis. The family moved from Fountain to Denver earlier this year.

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