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Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Takes Issue with Beating of Honor Student Gabby Calhoun

Mary Mitchell from the Chicago Sun-Times has added herself to a growing list of public figures who are concerned about the recent case of Gabriella Calhoun, a college honors student who had her teeth knocked out by police.  Calhoun also says that officers knocked her unconscious, left her upper body exposed, and then told her “I don’t care if you have asthma.” The incident took place at a Dennys restaurant in Bloomington, Il.  A group of young black students had gathered there after a party.  Two women were fighting in the parking lot, but Gabriella says that she didn’t know either of them.  Then, when officers came into the restaurant, the Denny’s owners allegedly asked all of the African American patrons to leave the restaurant, even those who had nothing to do with the fight. This is when Gabriella says that an officer grabbed her.  She admits reaching back at the officer, but didn’t know that the hand gripping her neck was that of a police officer.  She says that after that moment, she woke up “spitting teeth onto the floor.” “I don’t understand this anymore than I understand why, when faced with this volatile situation, some police officers think it is OK to start indiscriminately whupping heads,” said Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Mary Mitchell, in a recent op-ed about the situation.  Mitchell tries to understand what happened that night, but doesn’t understand why police would feel the need to beat a petite young woman to a pulp.  Some say that even if Gabriella hit the officer, there was no reason to knock her teeth out and knock her unconscious. “What I can’t see is a police officer hitting a petite, 130-pound teenager so hard that she woke up spitting out teeth,” said Mitchell. “It was so many people around me and a fight had just broke out. It was no telling who was behind me and what was going to happen to me, and out of reaction, I turned around and pushed whoever it was, and it was an officer,” Calhoun said. Calhoun says that she is confused as to why the officer had to grab her without her knowing who she was.  She is also disturbed by having to reveal her body to her friends in a crowded restaurant. “I will not forget that. She made me get up and humiliate myself,” Calhoun said. You can read more of Mitchell’s perspective here.  Read More »

Childhood TV Star Says She’s No Where Near Boring In The Bedroom

Reported By: Britt L Tamera Mowry-Housley may be way past her 40-year-old Virgin days, but she has recently surprised her co-stars and fans by revealing she has only had sexx with one person in her life. Mowry spilled to her fellow The Real panel members on Thursday that she did not lose her virginity until she was 29-years-old. The now 35-year-old TV star told the ladies of the show that not only did she stay a virgin until she was almost 30, but after finally having s*x, she decided to go celibate until she got married to her now husband, Aaron Housley. Tamera and her cast members stopped by HOT97NY and revealed the personal secrets. “I don’t know how to explain this. I’m religious, so I waited until I was 29 to lose my virginity,” exclaimed Tamera. Tamera went on to say that she regretted losing her virginity, so she decided to wait until she married three years later to engage in intercourse again. “You may not understand this but I did it. Then I became celibate until I got married.” In 2011, Tamera married Fox News Correspondent Adam Housley after dating for almost six years. Before Housley, the Sister Sister star dated Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Last November, Mowry and Adam had their first son, Aden. Tamera claims to be conservative, but says that she’s far from boring in the bedroom. Tamera’s statement was praised by fellow cast member and well known Disney Chanel star Adrienne Bailon, who is well known for her role as Chanel in The Cheetah Girls . “Just because you only had sexx with one person doesn’t mean you’re not a freak and I think that’s a good thing.” She continued her statement with: “I think people think that you could only be a freak by doing it with a bunch of people. You can be a freak and just be a freak with one person. That is beautiful and dope.” Bailon is the ex-girlfriend of reality star, Rob Kardashian. Tamera’s “good girl” reputation doesn’t stop her from dressing seductively. Mowry was spotted at Craig’s Restaurant in West Hollywood on Thursday in leather black shorts and strappy high heels. Read More »

Meskerem Legesse: Pregnant Olympian Collapses and Dies; Baby Miraculously Survives

By Malcolm Morrow Meskerem Legesse, a 26 year old former Olympian and professional runner, passed away on Wednesday after collapsing in a Conneticut restaurant. Legesse was pregnant when she collapsed, however doctors were able to save her child. Legesse’s friend Fatima Sene recounted the events that eventually led up to her passing. According to NewsOne.com, “[Legesse] was with her 2-year-old son when she collapsed at a Chinese restaurant in Hamden, CT on Monday, said her friend, Fatima Sene. She was transported to a hospital where she died and the baby was saved, Sene said. The cause of death wasn’t clear. Sene said Legesse had suffered heart problems in the past. “It is very sad. She was a very good person,” Sene said. “She would do anything for anybody. And she loved that little boy she left behind.” Legesse competed in the 1,500 meter competition at the Athens Olympics in 2004. She placed 12th in the first-round and wasn’t able to advance to the medal race. She moved on to a professional running career in the U.S. but has not competed in any events in the past few years. The children are now with their father, whom Legesse had made plans to marry. Arrangements are currently being made so that Legesse’s body can be transported back to Ethiopia so that she may be buried at home. The state medical examiner decided not to do an autopsy on Legesse’s body and cited her past medical history as the reason why. She declined to elaborate further on the subject. My prayers are with her family and friends through this tragic time. Read More »

Hmmmm: Shaunie O’neal Says Basketball Wives is Going to be Different This Time

“Basketball Wives” co-creator Shaunie O’neal has taken a lot of heat for the promotion of bullying on her show.  The women on the show, most of whom have never been anyone’s wife, often behave like angry children, and attack one another for almost any small reason.  This message is reflected with little girls in school systems everywhere, who attack one another on sight. The obvious connections between shows like “Basketball Wives” and the bullying trend among young girls have led to protests from women like Sil Lai Abrams, who created a platform called “Truth in Reality,” set to convince people to think carefully about the messages of reality TV. Shaunie is trying to do her part to make things better. “For the most part, I think people were trying to do better, making an effort. I think that’s what’s most important. The effort is being made,” she told  TheGrio.com . “It’s not that we did a 360, that we’re coming in brand new and angels. Trust me, there are some moments,” said Shaunie. But Shaunie says that being a mom makes her think about the messages that she is sending out to other mothers out there. “I’m a mom of two girls…What I teach them at home, I want to show them,” she said. Although they don’t join her to watch the show, she said they hear about what airs from classmates and friends. The question we would have is whether or not Shaunie cares as much about your kids as she does her own.  Is she only doing this in order to make a good impression on her children, or does she care about all the children out there who are also impacted by what these grown women do on TV?  What do you think?   Read More »

Black Woman on Zimmerman’s Defense Team Says Case Had Nothing to do with Race

by James Woods In one of the most racially-charged trials in the last 50 years, George Zimmerman was able to walk away after killing  an unarmed 17-year old child.  The details of the case are sketchy, but a lot of people think that if a black man had tried to kill a white or hispanic man in similar circumstances, he would have gotten more prison years than you can count on your fingers and toes. Zimmerman also had an unlikely ally in the battle of his life.  A black woman sat with him on the sidelines, working along with his all-white defense team.  The team was funded with hundreds of thousands of dollars that poured in from right wing special interest groups that felt that Trayvon Martin, not Zimmerman was the one responsible for the untimely death. Channa Lloyd is a third year law student obviously looking for opportunities wherever they lie.  She says that some of her black friends were surprised that she took the job, and she claims that she only took it because the lead attorney assured her that Zimmerman was not a racist.  So, if Zimmerman were a racist, would she expect his attorney to tell her that he was? Because of these reassurances from Zimmerman’s lawyer that his client is a good guy, she took the job.  Channa proudly proclaimed that the Zimmerman case wasn’t about race at all, and that all the millions of people who are upset are getting their facts wrong. So, protesters, you can now go home, since the third year intern has confirmed that there’s nothing to see here. Channa shared her perspective during an interview with CNN.  When asked if she felt that the case had anything to do with race, she simply said that it does not.  By the way, she also volunteered for the job.  She’ll probably end up making more money than the rest of us, and maybe shows that selling your soul can certainly put you on the fast track to the top. But I digress.  Please share  your opinion. Read More »

Italian Senator Says Black Woman Looks like an Orangutan

Even after the Trayvon Martin case, black people are also noticing that racism is a worldwide phenomenon, and that people of color are being stereotyped and mistreated around the globe.  This week, the Italian prime minister was apologizing for a senator who said that the first black government minister in Italy had “the features of an orangutan.” Cécile Kyenge, is an eye surgeon who was born in the Congo but has citizenship in Italy.  She has been the target of numerous threats and slurs that have come as a result of her recent climb up the political ladder.   She was appointed the minister for integration by Italian Prime Minister, Enrico Letta. Kyenge was hit with these ugly remarks by Roberto Calderoli, a former minister under Silvio Berlusconi and senate vice-president of the Northern League.  Calderoli said that Kyenge would be better off serving as a minister in the country of her birth. “I love animals – bears and wolves, as is known – but when I see the pictures of Kyenge I cannot but think of the features of an orangutan, even if I’m not saying she is one,” he said. The Italian political establishment reacted in horror to the ugly words by the former minister.   Kyenge said that she would not call for Calderoli to resign, but similar to President Obama’s remarks about Trayvon Martin, she called for all politicians to “reflect on their use of communication.” “I do not take Calderoli’s words as a personal insult but they sadden me because of the image they give of Italy,” she told the Ansa news agency. Read More »

“Dead Woman” wakes up before her organs are removed

    Colleen S. Burns, a North Syracuse, New York resident who was pronounced dead, woke up before a procedure to have her organs removed from her body according to a Post-Standard report. St. Joseph’s Hospital Center was charged with a $22,000 state’s health department fine with an additional $16,000 charge from an unrelated incident in 2011 for leaving a patient unattended with a head injury. Burns’ arrived at the hospital in 2009, ailing from a drug overdose on a number of prescriptions such as Xanax, Benadryl and a muscle relaxant. The States Health Department pointed out that there were not enough “brain scans” performed on Burns. Even a nurse at the hospital proclaimed that Burns was actually alive and her condition was getting better. However, doctors on call ignored her discovery. Colleen was released from St. Joseph’s two weeks later, but committed suicide January of 2011. Burns’ mother, Lucille Kuss has discussed that the mother of Colleen whom was a mother of 3, was depressed. She also says that “Colleen was so depressed that the incident really didn’t bother her”. “St. Joseph’s goal is to provide the highest quality of care to every patient, every time,” hospital spokeswoman Kerri Howell. She further states that “We’ve learned from this experience and have modified our policies to include the type of unusual circumstance presented in this case.” Read More »

Dwyane Wade’s Ex-Wife Sues Him for a Cool Million

  NBA star Dwayne Wade faces a technical file off the court with a new lawsuit pending against him for a whopping $1 million dollars by none other than his ex-wife Siohvaughn Fuches-Wade. According to The Chicago Sun-Times, Fuches-Wade filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming that Wade is breaching the terms of a 2008 agreement that requires all of his endorsement deals to be deposited fully into a mutual funds account in which both of them control. Her lawsuit includes four companies involved in the endorsement deals, an attorney and financial adviser. Unfortunately for Wade, this untimely hit for his pockets comes right after a winning championship with his team the Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs. Obviously, this great accomplishment will open the doors for more opportunities (more money, more problems). Wade and Fuches divorced in 2010 in a Chicago court room, whom both are from the south suburbs, Robbins, Illinois. At the end of the battle, Wade was awarded full custody of both of their sons. Wade’s attorney, James Pritikin suggested that the lawsuit is irrelevant to Wades career and future endeavors, and the suit will be thrown out of court. Fuches’ allegations also “mischaracterizes” the terms of the agreement, cutting his comments short. Fuches will appear in court in September on unrelated charges of attempted child abduction and unlawful visitation to Wades home. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said Wednesday that all the charges except obstruction of peace have been dismissed.   Read More »

Are You Bigger Than Your Problems?

by: Ramone Smith Self help authors are some of the best selling writers around today. People like T Harv Eker, Jack Canfield, comedian Steve Harvey and others have amassed millions of followers with their positive influences and strategy suggestions that give people the tools to navigate their every day lives. I am a BIG self Read More »

Female Inmates Say They Were Sterilized without Permission

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is now under fire for allegedly sterilizing women against their will.   An investigative report by the Modesto Bee has concluded that nearly 150 female inmates were sterilized between 2006 and 2010 without getting adequate approvals from the state. The women received tubal ligations over the five year time period, and between 1997 and 2010, doctors were paid $147,460 to perform the procedure on the women.  The women were listed for surgery during pregnancy while being incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in Corona or Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla. Former inmates allege that the women were coerced into getting the procedures done, especially if officials determined that the women were likely to return to prison at some point in the future.  Crystal Nguyen, a former Valley State Prison inmate, said that when she worked in the infirmary, she often heard staff asking women to be sterilized. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s not right,’ ” said Nguyen. “Do they think they’re animals, and they don’t want them to breed anymore?” Another woman says that the institution’s OB-GYN, Dr. James Heinrich, pushed her to get a tubal litigation. “As soon as he found out that I had five kids, he suggested that I look into getting it done. The closer I got to my due date, the more he talked about it,” said Christina Cordero. “He made me feel like a bad mother if I didn’t do it.” She agreed to get the procedure and now says that she regrets it. You can read more about this story at the Modesto Bee. Read More »