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Ta-Nehisi Coates Pays Tribute To His College Friend Chadwick Boseman in Marvel Comics - Written by @_cierra.jones A month after the world learned of the passing of actor #ChadwickBoseman, Ta-Nehisi Coates paid tribute to the "Black Panther" star in Wednesday's Marvel Comics. He began his eulogy with a quote from T'Challa from 2015's Secret Wars #7. "Death is just a different kind of journey…to the land that I am king of," the quote read. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On August 28, Boseman passed away in his California home after battling colon cancer since 2016. Before his passing, he was able to leave his legacy behind, starring in several films, including Marvel's Black Panther, which became one of the highest-grossing films in 2018. That same year,  Coates, a writer who would usually pen Black Panther comics, hosted a conversation with Boseman at The Apollo. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "In the Black Panther mythos, T'Challa often retreats to his City of the Dead, where all the previous kings and queens of Wakanda have been buried. There, T'Challa finds wisdom and counsel from his ancestors who have gone before," Coates continued in his tribute. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He then explained how he initially met Boseman at Howard University in Washington, DC, when they were both students. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "I met him leading a protest with my friend Kamilah Forbes to preserve the dignity of Howard's fine arts college," Coates stated. "Before I knew Chad, the artist, I knew Chad, the warrior." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "I got to watch him through the years — advancing out of student theater, on to TV and film, and then finally cast as T'Challa. He was perfect. He had T'Challa's royal spirit, the sense that he did not represent merely himself, but a nation," Coates explained. "And this is how I am understanding his death. It is personally sad to lose him at such a young age. ....…to read the rest log on to BallerAlert.com (clickable link on profile)
Heir To The Seagram’s Fortune Sentenced To 81-Months For Her Role In Sex-Trafficking Ring - By [email protected] ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #ClareBronfman, heir to the #Seagram’s liquor fortune, has been sentenced to 81 months in prison for role in a sex trafficking scheme. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis handed down a sentence on Wednesday with several victims providing powerful testimonies. The judge repeatedly scolded Bronfman for helping self-improvement guru Keith Raniere to turn women into sex slaves, some of which were branded with his initials. Evidence in the case pointed out that Bronfman was well aware of the sex-trafficking scheme and made no attempt at notifying authorities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Last year, 41-year-old Bronfman admitted in a guilty plea that she harbored someone who was residing in the United States illegally for unpaid “labor and services.” She also admitted to committing credit card fraud on Raniere’s behalf. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rainere was also found guilty last year of forcing the women within his cult-like organization, NXIVM, into sex slavery. Bronfman acted as a sponsor for Raniere and the NXIVM, donating tens of millions of dollars to the program, which consisted of intense self-improvement workshops that prosecutors found to be nothing more than a pyramid scheme. Ex-followers also told the judge that Bronfman frequently used her wealth to silence NXIVM defectors. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Former girlfriend of Raniere and financial planner to Bronfman, Barbara Bouchey, detailed how Bronfman would utilize lawyers to threaten litigation and bring about false criminal charges. Bouchey said that the harassment has continued leading up to Bronfman’s sentencing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “You’ve been under house arrest for two years, yet you have never stopped,” Bouchey said to Bronfman through ....…to read the rest log on to BallerAlert.com (clickable link on profile)
Louisville Police Internal Investigation Reveals Officers Were Told “No Suspicious Packages” Were Sent to Breonna Taylor’s Home -blogged by @pistolwhippedya #Louisville Police Internal Investigation Reveals Officers Were Told “No Suspicious Packages” Were Sent to #BreonnaTaylor’s Home As we await grand jury transcripts in Breonna Taylor’s case, new revelations keep coming to light. According to reports, Louisville Police Department police officers say they were repeatedly told there were no packages, “suspicious or otherwise” delivered to the home of Breonna Taylor in connection to their drug investigation. An investigative report from LMPD’s Public Integrity unit countered the initial claims by Detective Joshua Jaynes that said he had “verified through a US Postal Inspector that their drug suspect Jamarcus Glover was receiving packages” at Taylor’s apartment. On March 12, Jaynes wrote a warrant affidavit with the “verified” information. They presented it to a judge for approval, and after it was signed, it allowed officers to raid Taylor’s home during the early morning of March 13. Unfortunately, as a result, Taylor was shot and killed. The investigative report, which was obtained on Wednesday by WDRB News, claimed officers asked two members of the Shively Police Department to check with a postal inspector but were told there were no packages delivered to Taylor’s home. This raises issues with the detective’s justification for seeking a warrant that allowed the raid.....to read the rest log on to BallerAlert.com (clickable link on profile)
Cardi B's Plea Deal Offer May Not Be On The Table Much Longer-Blogged By @Pistolwhippedya ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It appears the patience of Queens, New York prosecutors, is coming to an end. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Plea deals have been on the table for the Bronx, New York native since early 2019, but as of Wednesday, prosecutors warned their willingness to work with Cardi may not last too much longer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to Page Six, the "WAP" rapper's legal defense team initially turned down their offers more than a year ago. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "The People are offering for the last time an offer of a misdemeanor. … We are not going to go lower than a misdemeanor," said Assistant District Attorney Ryan Nicolosi in a virtual hearing, which did not include Cardi or her two co-defendants. "We are again offering this misdemeanor, but we cannot guarantee that that offer will be held open or offered again in the future,"  Nicolosi said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As the clock narrows down, Nicolosi admits it's unlikely the two will reach an agreement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "We all had many conversations regarding the possibility of a plea, what a plea could look like if any of the defendants were willing to take a plea," he said. "But it seems like there is not going to be a plea. "There doesn't seem to be a meeting of the minds."...to read the rest log on to BallerAlert.com (clickable link on profile)