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Getting To Know Mushiya Tshikuka From “Cutting It in The ATL”

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

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On Wednesday June 3rd 2015, I was sitting talking to a really good friend of mines and in our conversation I told her that I would love to meet “MRS. MUSHIYA” from the show “Cutting It In The ATL.” She told me to go on Instagram and send her a message, I said why not It’s worth a try. Within the hour after I sent the message, I got a call saying that I could go with “The Heat Magazine” and do a write-up on Mrs. Mushiya the very next day. Oh you see how fast GOD works, that’s what i told my friend.  So I spoke it into the universe and it came to pass. I met Mrs. Mushiya that Thursday night and when i tell you that she is a FORCE TO BE RECKON WITH, honey that’s and understatement!! She’s so humbled and beautiful all in the same breath tho. When she found out about my battle with cancer, she was so amazed. She told me that I was beautiful, gave me a HUGE hug and kissed me on my cheek. I was so humbled, grateful and most of all shocked because she showed me that much love and didn’t know me from a can of paint. She told one of her colleagues about me, which her dad does nothing but research on cancer and took my info so that she could give to her dad for him to call me. I was so amazed myself, but I had to reflect back to why I was really there. That’s where GOD needed me to be at that very moment to do and get what he needed me too. When I say that I had a blast with Mrs. Mushiya and her crew from “THE DAMN SALON”  6780 Roswell Rd Ne. Atlanta, Ga, please believe me, I even won me a great gift! The Damn Salon specializes in ALL natural hair. She said “Who the hell says that natural hair has to be boring!!?” She believes that “BEAUTY” comes in many colors and shades no matter if they have kinky or straight hair. She also loves herself and want to teach more people to do the same. “Who cares what people think of you?” is what she always says. Can you imagine her face when she says that!? Yeah, I know right lol. You can find THE DAMN SALON in a more than just a few places like Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC, Charlotte, NC, New York, Houston, TX, and Montreal. You can also order the hair extensions from her brand called RUNWAY CURLS on her website www.thedamnsalon.com and any other info that you may want to know about this Phenomenal Woman. I’m so glad and honored that I had the pleasure meeting her!! My thoughts of the day! 

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Spike Lee Comes to Film ‘Chiraq,’ Unsettling Some Chicagoans

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

City officials and some residents object to the film’s name, a reference to Chicago’s gun violence, but others say a movie title is not the problem.

Source: Spike Lee Comes to Film ‘Chiraq,’ Unsettling Some Chicagoans

Prescription Drug Sweep, Names Released of Dozens Charged

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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Here are some of the highlights:

In total, throughout Operation Pilluted, Arkansas state and federal authorities have charged 140 individuals with prescription drug crimes, including 94 federal defendants in five separate indictments, and 46 state defendants. Included in that total are 4 doctors, 4 nurses, and 5 pharmacists.

Seven arrests were made today at the KJ Medical Clinic in Little Rock, including Dr. Jerry Reifeiss, prescribing physician, Kristen Holland, pharmacist at Bowman Curve Pharmacy, and Aaron Borengasser, physician’s assistant, formerly with Artex Medical Clinic, which later changed its name to KJ Medical Clinic.

Also indicted in the case, Christopher Watson, 42, of Greenbrier. The licensed pharmacist is alleged to have engaged in the unauthorized distribution of Schedule II, III and IV pharmaceutical narcotics from his family owned and operated store in Perryville.

Nearly 1,000 law enforcement officers across four states took part in the operation.

Defendants and Charges, United States v. Christopher Grant Watson, et al.:

Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances
Christopher Grant Watson
Bartley Wayne McMillen, 42, Conway
Eric Flynn Horton, 48, Conway
James Kenars Crenshaw, Sr., 64, Conway
James Kenars Crenshaw, Jr., 29, Conway
Lorrie Jean Kirk, 55, Bigelow
Jonathan Arnell Jones, 30, Little Rock
Jesse Lee McGraw, 56, Conway
Joe Shering Jackson, 31, Little Rock

Possession with Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Hydrocodone/Oxycodone
Christopher Grant Watson
Bartley Wayne McMillen
Eric Flynn Horton
James Kenars Crenshaw, Sr.
James Kenars Crenshaw, Jr.
Jonathan Arnell Jones
Joe Shering Jackson

Conspiracy to Obtain Prescription Narcotics by Fraud, and Obtaining Prescription Narcotics by Fraud
Christopher Grant Watson
Bartley Wayne McMillen
James Kenars Crenshaw, Sr.
Roy Lamont Willard, 35, Conway
Jessica Tucker Monk, 33, Perryville
Jeremy Ray Johnson, 32, Cabot
Andrea Dawn Reynolds, 34, Conway
Lloyce Jermane Love, 37, Conway
Brenda Kay Ebsen, 58, Mayflower
Gary Wayne Strickland, 56, Conway
Dorothy Jo Flowers, 65, Conway
Beau D. Armstrong, 30, Hot Springs
Brenda Giles Jackson aka Brenda Bates, 55, Conway
Tammy Kay Sharp, 49, Mayflower
Sherman Ray Tiner, Jr., 50, Conway
Mason Dewayne Tiner, 18, Russellville
Jessica Marie Whiddon, 27, Hot Springs
Stacie R. Dukes, 56, Mayflower
Angelia Gayle Ferguson, 45, Greenbrier
Daphne Lynette Garner, 40, Conway
Doris Jean Johnson, 58, Conway

Possession and Issuing Counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes
Tammy Kay Sharp

Misprision of a Felony
Tommy Watson, 66, Greenbrier

Healthcare Fraud
Christopher Grant Watson

Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Joe Shering Jackson

Drug User/Addict in Possession of a Firearm
Christopher Grant Watson

Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime
Joe Shering Jackson
Eric Flynn Horton

Defendants and Charges, United States v. Anthony Markeith King, et al.:

Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances
Anthony Markeith King, 39, Little Rock
Christopher Dion Manson, 31, Little Rock
Shawn Michael Brooks, M.D., 44
Jerry Scott Reifeiss, M.D., 60, Conway
Felicie Wyatt, M.D., 41, Memphis, TN
Kristin L. Raines, 38, Little Rock
Aaron Paul Borengasser, 35, Little Rock
Stella Osei Green, 52, Little Rock
Jason Dewayne Sowers, 38, Pine Bluff
Randy Eugene Chane, 52, Houston, TX
Gerry Hill, 29, Little Rock
Larosha Danette Hall, 33, Pine Bluff
Densheo Lorraine Davis, 43, Natchez, MS
Amber Marnique Smith, 27, Mabelvale
Kristen L. Holland, 33, Bryant
Justin Russell Dyer, 25, Little Rock
Edward Lee Palmer, II, 23, Conway
Kenneth Darrail Lowery, 25, Conway

Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II and III controlled substances
Shawn Michael Brooks, M.D.
Jerry Scott Reifeiss, M.D.
Stella Osei Green
Kristin L. Raines
Kristen L. Holland
Kenneth Darrail Lowery
Amber Marnique Smith
Edward Lee Palmer, II
Jason Dewayne Sowers

Breaking News: Takata air bag recall becomes biggest ever in United States

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far.

Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far.

The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reached an agreement with Takata after sparring with the company for the past year over the size of the recalls and the cause of the problem with millions of air bags. It will be the largest recall in the agency’s history.

Many of Takata’s air bags can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The air bags are responsible for six deaths worldwide and more than 100 injuries.

Ten automakers, including Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., have recalled 17 million vehicles in the U.S. and more than 36 million worldwide because of the problem. Those numbers will grow by millions because of the agreement, but it’s unclear which manufacturers will be most affected by the expanded recalls.

Automakers must conduct recalls even if they are for defective parts.

The Takata recall dwarfs last year’s highly publicized recall of 2.6 million General Motors small cars for defective ignition switches.

For the full list of all cars involved in the recall Click Here

Source: Takata air bag recall becomes biggest ever in United States

Judge Says 1944 Execution Of 14-Year-Old Boy Was Wrong

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

George Stinney was arrested, convicted of murder in a one-day trial and executed in 1944 – all in the span of about three months and without an appeal. The speed in which the state meted out justice against the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century was shocking and extremely unfair, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote in her ruling Wednesday.

“I can think of no greater injustice,” Mullen wrote.

The girls, ages 7 and 11, were beaten badly in the head with an iron railroad spike in the town of Alcolu in Clarendon County, about 45 miles southeast of Columbia, authorities said. A search by dozens of people found their bodies several hours later.

Investigators arrested Stinney, saying witnesses saw him with the girls as they picked flowers. He was kept away from his parents, and authorities later said he confessed.

His supporters said he was a small, frail boy so scared that he said whatever he thought would make the authorities happy. They said there was no physical evidence linking him to the deaths. His executioners noted the electric chair straps didn’t fit him, and an electrode was too big for his leg.

During a two-day hearing in January, Mullen heard from Stinney’s surviving brother and sisters, someone involved in the search and experts who questioned the autopsy findings and Stinney’s confession. Most of the evidence from the original trial was gone and almost all the witnesses were dead.

It took Mullen nearly four times as long to issue her ruling as it took in 1944 to go from arrest to execution.

Stinney’s case has long been whispered in civil rights circles in South Carolina as an example of how a black person could be railroaded by a justice system during the Jim Crow era where the investigators, prosecutors and juries were all white.

The case received renewed attention because of a crusade by textile inspector and school board member George Frierson. Armed with a binder full of newspaper articles and other evidence, he and a law firm believed the teen represented everything that was wrong with South Carolina during the era of segregation.

Frierson said he heard about the judge’s decision from a co-worker. He had to attend a school board meeting later in the day, so the news hadn’t sunk in yet.

“When I get home, I’m going to get on my knees and thank the Lord Almighty for being so good and making sure justice prevailed,” Frierson said.

Attorneys argued that Stinney should get a new trial, but Mullen went a step further by vacating Stinney’s conviction. Her 29-page order included references to the 1931 Scottsboro Boys case in Alabama, where nine black teens were convicted of raping two white women. Eight of them were sentenced to death.

The convictions were eventually overturned before the teens went to the death chamber and the charges were dropped. Mullen noted Stinney did not even get the consideration of an appeal.

The judge was careful to say her ruling doesn’t apply to other families who felt their relatives were discriminated against.

“The extraordinary circumstances discussed herein simply do not apply in most cases,” Mullen wrote.

Obama Announces US and Cuba Will Resume Relations

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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United States President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the US is initiating plans to rebuild its relationship with Cuba following decades of disputes between the two nations.

Speaking from the White House in Washington, DC, Pres. Obama said Wednesday that the US is seeking to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and soon plans to open an embassy in Havana, authorize sales and exports between nations and make changes to current travel laws that for decades have restricted traffic between the two countries.

“Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba,” Obama said as he offered to “extend a hand of friendship” while unveiling what he called “the most significant changes in our policy in more than 50 years.”

“We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interest,” Obama said.

Michael Brown Fight Not Over’ Activists Rallying In 100+ Cities

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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Activists are set to rally Tuesday in more than 115 cities in the United States, speaking out in support of Brown’s family and accusations about police violence and racial injustice — rooted in the fact that Brown was black and Wilson is white. And their calls will likely be loudest in and around Ferguson, a city unknown to many worldwide more than three months ago, but which is now ground zero in this debate.

“We are on the side of Michael Brown to fight for what is right,” the Rev. Al Sharpton said Tuesday in front of Brown’s family. “…. “We may have lost round one, but the fight is not over.”

Ebola Patient Dr. Martin Salia Has Died in Nebraska

Monday, November 17th, 2014

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Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon who was diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone and flown to Nebraska over the weekend for treatment, has died, hospital officials said Monday.

Salia, 44, became the second person to die of the disease in the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, who contracted Ebola in Liberia and traveled to Dallas, died last month.

Salia landed Saturday in Omaha. He was the 10th patient to be treated on American soil and the third at Nebraska Medical Center. Hospital officials had said that he was perhaps sicker than any other patient flown to the United States from West Africa.

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the hospital’s biocontainment unit. “Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him.”

The hospital planned to release further details later Monday.

Salia, a native of Sierra Leone and a legal U.S. resident, was living in Sierra Leone and working at a hospital when he was diagnosed last week. The Ebola outbreak, the worst in recorded history, has killed more than 5,000 people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Salia has a wife and two children who live in the Washington suburb of New Carrollton, Maryland. A son, Maada, told NBC News last week that Salia knew the risk of working in West Africa but wanted to do his part.

“Even though he knows the sickness is already out, he decided to still go and help his people because he wanted to show that he loves his people,” the son said. “He’s really, really a hero to me.

Sex Trafficking Nonprofit Says 100,000 U.S. Kids Per Year Are Sold To Sex Trade

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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Selling children into sex trafficking may seem like a remote issue, something that happens in far-off places where kids live in extreme poverty and their rights aren’t valued.

But it’s happening right here, all over the United States.

And a new campaign wants people to take note that more than 100,000 children are victims of sex trafficking in America every year.

ECPTAT-USA, a nonprofit that works to stop the sexual exploitation of children, recently released an eye-opening PSA that demonstrates how little most Americans know about the rampant child sex trade.

While interviewing New Yorkers on the topic, many pointed to Amsterdam, South America and Thailand, among other foreign regions, where they believed children to be at risk for exploitation.

The short spot goes on to reveal that thousands of children are victimized here, and that boys may be victimized just as much as girls are.

To shed further light on these horrific crimes, Carol Smolenski, ECPAT-USA executive director, recently sat down with HuffPost Live to explain who is most at risk and what needs to be done to protect these children.

Smolenski noted that vulnerable children, particularly those who have already been subjected to abuse, are prime targets.

“These kids have been raped so many times that it’s my job to convince them that they may as well get paid for it,” a pimp told the organization in a recent report, Smolenski said.

Runaways, homeless kids and children in the foster care system also serve as a steady resource of victims.

“In most of my 14 different placements in foster care homes, I was raped and attached to a check,” a survivor told Malika Saada Saar, director of Human Rights Project for Girls, according to The Washington Post. “I understood very early that I could be raped, cared for and connected to money. It was therefore easy to go from that to a pimp, and at least the pimp told me that he loved me.”

Doctor Isolated at New York City Hospital Tests Positive for Ebola

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

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The doctor, who has been identified as Dr. Craig Allen Spencer by New York government sources, was placed in an isolation unit today at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan after reporting Ebola-like symptoms. He had a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms when he was transferred to Bellevue, according to the hospital.

Law enforcement sources said the 33-year-old Spencer recently returned from Guinea, one of the West African countries currently battling an Ebola outbreak. He traveled through Brussels, Belgium, and arrived at JFK Airport, law enforcement sources said. He arrived back in the United States on Oct. 17.