Community leaders, activists and concerned citizens are searching for answers and justice in the wake of the acquittal of former Houston police officer Andrew Blomberg. Charged with official oppression, a misdemeanor, Blomberg was recently found not guilty by an all-white jury even though he and other former HPD officers were videotaped beating and kicking then 15-year old Chad Holley, a burglary suspect who surrendered after being chased.
RALEIGH, N.C. [NNPA] – After only a week, significant local and national support to obtain pardons of innocence for the Wilmington Ten is already coming in. But organizers for the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s Wilmington Ten Pardon of Innocence Project say ultimately more support, from every quarter, will be needed. So far, at least two members of Congress, the heads of both the national and state NAACP, a prominent University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill law professor, and the head of the United Church of Christ have joined a growing number of supporters on Facebook, and an online national petition at Change.org, calling for North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue to grant pardons of innocence to the 10 civil rights activists falsely convicted – and later cleared – of conspiracy to commit murder and arson four decades ago.
New York City - The NYU School of Medicine will host a special screening of GIGANTE, a documentary about Andrés “Yungo” Torres, a Puerto Rican professional baseball player currently with the New York Mets and his struggles with acute ADHD. It revisits the pivotal years of his childhood in flashbacks interpreted by children culled from the humble Western Puerto Rican neighborhood where Yungo was raised and flashes forward between his last year as a San Francisco Giant and his new beginning with the Mets. Starring his teammates, coaches, family, and the luminaries of ADHD research, GIGANTE aims to put a light on the man who has achieved so much in spite of one of the most acute manifestations of the disorder. Part cautionary tale, part biopic, it aims to inform, enlighten and inspire.
Jacquelyn Wiersma wants to know why people select a certain person as a romantic partner. She can’t answer that question yet, but on her way to the answer, she has learned some important things about the lives of teenagers and young adults. Teenagers are famous for experimentation. To figure out who they are and how they fit into the world, they try on adult independence and experiences. Whether it’s dating, drinking or drugs, they make choices that have consequences, some fleeting and some lifelong. They explore behaviors that may become memories or lessons or a lifestyle.
Don Barden does not go to Las Vegas to roll the dice or play the slots; he goes there to ante up millions to buy the casino and invest in the casino business. His bet is a sure thing and he always win. In 2003, Black Enterprise Magazine rated Barden No. 6 in its annual report of the top 100 Black businesses nationwide, showing that his holdings include casino gambling, real estate development and international trade.