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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Whitney Houston's Daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Found Unresponsive in

Whitney Houston's Daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Found Unresponsive in Bathtub

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home Saturday before being rushed to the hospital, police said. Brown's husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend found her in the tub before 10:20 a.m. and started CPR, said Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland. Police and rescue personnel arrived at the subdivision, north of Atlanta, and performed life-saving measures before Brown, 21, was brought alive and breathing to the nearby North Fulton Hospital.

Detectives don't believe foul play was involved, and the incident is being treated as a medical investigation, Holland said Saturday afternoon. No further information about Brown's condition was made available. Police were last called to the home on Jan. 23 after a reported "fight," but officers found no evidence when they arrived, Holland said.

Brown's scare comes less than two weeks before the third anniversary of her mother's death. Houston, a seven-time Grammy winner, was found submerged in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills, California, hotel on Feb. 11, 2012. She was later pronounced dead. Brown is also the daughter of R&B singer Bobby Brown.
McDonald's will now accept selfies and hugs as payment

McDonald's will now accept selfies and hugs as payment

Starting Feb. 2, the chain will let some customers pay for their food with different forms of what the chain calls "lovin'," which could include selfies and hugs.

"From selfies, hugs to high fives — we have a bunch of fun ways to express your Lovin'," a McDonald's spokeswoman told ABC News

Customers who order items during preselected times will get to participate in the deal. McDonald's employees will let customers know if they get to "Pay with Lovin'."

The company is announcing the promotion, which will run until Feb. 14, in an ad that will air during the Super Bowl. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015
TMZ: Suge Knight Runs Over Man In Compton, Victim Is Dead

TMZ: Suge Knight Runs Over Man In Compton, Victim Is Dead

(TMZ) - Suge Knight got into a fight on the set of a film project in Compton, and ran over a man, TMZ reports the victim is dead... and Suge fled the scene.
Multiple witnesses tell TMZ some kind of shoot - possibly for a movie or documentary - was going down with GameIce Cube and Dr. Dre when Suge pulled up in his car.

A fight broke out between Suge and 2 crew members. Suge got back into his car, took the wheel and threw the vehicle in reverse... and ran over a bystander.

It's unclear at this point if the victim was connected to the film project.

Sources connected with Suge tell TMZ that the 2 men who fought Suge were the instigators. Sources tell TMZ Suge was scared because he's in frail health - in addition to being shot 6 times last summer, he recently almost died from a blood clot.  

The victim is Terry Carter, who sources say is a friend of Suge's. Another man was also hit -Cle "Bone" Sloane - who's appeared in Training Day and End of Watch - suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Story developing ... 

Family Of Man Shot By Police In Brooklyn Stairwell Files $50 Million

Family Of Man Shot By Police In Brooklyn Stairwell Files $50 Million Claim

The family of 28-year-old Akai Gurley filed the claim — often a precursor to a lawsuit — against New York City on Thursday. Police have called the shooting, which occurred at a housing project, an accident.

The family of an unarmed man shot in the stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project by police has filed a $50 million claim against New York City, often the precursor to a lawsuit.

Kimberley Gallinger, the mother of 28-year-old Akai Gurley's daughter, filed a claim against the city, the New York Police Department, and the two individual police officers, the Associated Press reported. Another claim was filed against the city's housing authority.

"The shooting death of Akai by the police was reckless and should not have happened," Ballinger said at a news conference. "Akai was a great father and a good person who didn't deserve to die like he did."

Ballinger is seeking $50 million plus attorney's fees for Gurley's death, according to the claim. 

Eric Sumberg of the New York City Comptroller's Office said the claim will be evaluated on its merits. If a settlement is not reached, Ballinger could file a lawsuit. 

"This was a tragic incident and the city will review the claim," the city's law department said in a statement. 

Gurley was shot by Peter Liang, a rookie New York police officer, on Nov. 20 in the dimly lit stairwell of a Brooklyn public housing project. Liang and his partner, also a rookie officer, were patrolling the stairwell. Liang shot Gurley as they both entered a landing. 

In the claim, Ballinger's attorney said the officer acted recklessly by having his handgun drawn in the stairwell without a reason. The claim also alleges the officers contacted union representatives or other individuals before seeking medical aid for Gurley. 

Gurley was unarmed and there were no words exchanged between him and the officers, police said. 

Police Commissioner William Bratton has called the shooting "an unfortunate accident."


'Scandal' Is Back: What We Need from Olivia Pope

'Scandal' Is Back: What We Need from Olivia Pope

'Scandal' Is Back: What We Need from Olivia Pope 
Source: NBC News

We've been saving our white hat, popcorn and red wine for this day. "Scandal" finally returns from its mid-season break tonight. When we last saw Olivia Pope, she had been kidnapped after pulling a "90210" and deciding to choose herself over the two lovers fighting for her affection. It may well have been the most stable and focused decision she's made during the entire series. 
And yet, even with that decision, our leading lady couldn't escape the drama.

A missing Olivia Pope isn't the only thing intriguing us. Here are a few things we'd like to see from "Scandal" during the second half of the season.

Where's Olivia?

Hopefully, the first things we learn are who kidnapped Olivia, why and how it was done so quickly. It took mere seconds. (At this point she really should know that she needs better security.) Could it be her father holding a grudge because his only daughter tried to murder him — which shouldn't be such a big deal given Papa Pope's personal history with Olivia? Is this Fitz trying to exert a power play to win back the woman who's kept his eye wandering since the series began? Or, is this the work of some new political powerhouse we have yet to meet? Our fingers are crossed that Jan. 29 will reveal all.

We Need More Mellie

Even if you disliked Mellie before season four, once you saw drunk Mellie, cry-baby Mellie and smelly Mellie, there was no turning back. The fictional first lady's response to her son's death and her husband's secret suicide attempt showed viewers a side where even her most fervent detractors had to embrace her.

Just when she's getting back to normal, Mellie Grant is unknowingly dealt another blow when the audience learns her lover, the vice president, secretly is sleeping with the chairperson of the Republican National Committee. Mellie cannot seem to catch a break.

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Bust-a-Move Monday (BAMM) Partners with the What's Happening Myron Book Club

Bust-a-Move Monday (BAMM) Partners with the What's Happening Myron Book Club

(Tri-State Defender Repost) If you’ve been a Memphian for at least a short amount of time, you may have heard of something called “Bust a Move Monday” or simply “B.A.M.M.” This impactful ministry has been supporting African-American-owned businesses in Memphis for over 13-plus years, even helping some of them to keep their doors open.

Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., pastor of The New Olivet Baptist Church, created the B.A.M.M. ministry to empower black-owned businesses. How is how it works:

B.A.M.M. targets a Memphis-area business on the first Monday of every month and directs supporters to place their dollars in that business for that day. Outside of the cooperation of the business owner, the ministry asks for nothing in return except for the sales receipts of the patrons to measure the success of the day’s events and to document the impact.

The Black Business Association of Memphis is also a partner and strong supporter of B.A.M.M.

The February B.A.M.M. event takes place on Monday (Feb. 2nd) and the recipient is something I am very familiar with, the “What’s Happening Myron Book Club.” I’ve decided to bring along a few of my literary friends to present the event in grand style.

This Monday, the New Olivet Baptist Church at 3084 Southern Ave. will convert its gymnasium into a “bookstore” that will house over 30 local authors who will have their books and merchandise on sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. All books and merchandise will be priced at $10.99 and under. Throughout the day there will be entertainment, as well as door prizes and other giveaways.

In the spirit of the mission of the What’s Happening Myron Book Club, this is an opportunity for our local authors to reach new readers. And it’s a chance to introduce our local authors to those who read and purchase books on a regular basis. Call it a triple-win situation.

Sheila E. Bell, an author, book publisher and acquisitions editor, adds even more context. An advocate for eradicating illiteracy “one community at a time,” Bell helps paint a picture of the literacy challenge in the Memphis Area with these references:

More than 70 percent of Tennessee’s eighth-graders read at or below the basic level of proficiency for that grade, according to a report by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability.

According to Dr. Joy Singleton Stevens (elementary school teacher and statistician), 60 percent of our third graders come into the classroom reading at or below grade level. More than 6,000 students, in Shelby County alone, leave third grade missing learning skills critical to their success. And 74 percent of third graders who read poorly still struggle in ninth grade. Third-grade reading scores can reasonably predict a student’s likelihood to graduate high school.

*A recent study by Literacy Mid-South shows that between 20 percent and 30 percent of adults in the Memphis metropolitan area are functionally illiterate.

The author of 15 titles and recipient of numerous literary awards, Bell’s commitment to wiping out illiteracy “one community at a time” led her to found and host the annual BWABC Literacy Festival. The free festival, which is held every year during National Literacy Month, brings close to 100 African-American authors and book clubs to the City of Memphis with a common goal: to help her organization promote literacy.

I am honored to be a part of the B.A.M.M. ministry, which I have long supported. I applaud Dr. Whalum for setting the example for so many of us when it comes to economic empowerment. It really doesn’t take a lot individually to make a difference. It just takes a lot of individuals with the right spirit…and B.A.M.M. is just that.

And for a city such as Memphis, the B.A.M.M. ministry is a much-needed voice speaking directly to the ongoing fight for economic empowerment, not only in our community but communities all over the country.

Truthfully, I never thought that one day I would actually be a B.A.M.M. recipient. Four years ago, I started a little book club looking to make a positive impact on other people. I wanted to help our local authors while building my brand. Now, I am now doing both on a larger scale.

On Monday, not only can you purchase books and merchandise, you may also leave a donation as well. I look forward to seeing you. It’s gonna be a day well spent!
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