MY WLAS Radio Network is now Power95; your premier online Urban radio station playing the best Gospel, Hip-Hop, Old School and Classic R&B.en-ushoracealexander@mylasounds.comhttp://www.mywlas.comMyWLASWLAS-The-Soul-Of-The-City-420721401276206channel/UCTRkDAaRADBm7hUHwwXpY6Q 224-1385B07VL7Z814tel://864-201-2866AdvertiseEmailNwlas Media, Music World Go Dark for Black Out Tuesday by wlas0, 3 Jun 2020 08:01 GMTNEW YORK (AP) - Though Black Out Tuesday was originally organized by the music community, the social media world also went dark in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, joining voices around the world outraged by the killings of black people in the U.S. Instagram and Twitter accounts, from top record label to everyday people, were full of black squares posted in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Most of the captions were blank, though some posted #TheShowMustBePaused, black heart emojis or encouraged people to vote Tuesday since seven states and the District of Columbia are hosting the largest slate of primary elections in almost three months. Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Radiohead, Coldplay, Kelly Rowland, Beastie Boys and were among the celebrities to join Black Out Tuesday on social media. "I won't be posting on social media and I ask you all to do the same," Britney Spears tweeted. "We should use the time away from our devices to focus on what we can do to make the world a better place .... for ALL of us !!!!!" Spotify blacked out the artwork for several of its popular playlists, including RapCaviar and Today's Top Hits, simply writing "Black lives matter." as its description. The streaming service also put its Black Lives Matter playlist on its front page, featuring songs like James Brown's "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud," N.W.A.'s "(Expletive) the Police," Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" and Childish Gambino's "This Is America." The opening pages of Apple Music and iTunes focused on supporting Black Lives Matter, and SiriusXM said it will be silencing its music channels for three minutes at 3 p.m. EDT in tribute to "all of the countless victims of racism." The company said it "will continue to amplify Black voices by being a space where Black artists showcase their music and talents, and by carrying the message that racism will not be tolerated." Some on social media questioned if posting black squares would divert attention away from posts about the Black Lives Matter movement. "this is the 4th completely different flyer i've seen for it," Grammy-nominated singer Kehlani tweeted about Black Out Tuesday. ""this is the only one without the saying go completely silent for a day in solidarity. the messages are mixed across the board and i really hope it doesn't have a negative effect." When musician Dillon Francis posted that the hashtag for Black Lives Matter was blank on Instagram because users were posting black squares, rapper Lil Nas X responded with: "this is not helping us. bro who the (expletive) thought of this?? ppl need to see what's going on." Several music releases and events were postponed as a result of Black Out Tuesday. Interscope Geffen A&#038;M Records said it would not release music this week and pushed back releases from MGK, 6lack, Jessie Ware, Smokepurp and others. Chloe x Halle said its sophomore album will come out June 12 instead of Friday, while the group Glass Animals postponed the Tuesday release of its new single "Heat Waves." Instead of being released Wednesday, singer Ashnikko will drop her song "Cry" and its video on June 17. A benefit for the Apollo Theater will take place Thursday instead of Tuesday, and South by Southwest postponed an event planned with Rachael Ray. "At SXSW we stand with the black community and will continue to amplify the voices and ideas that will lead us to a more equitable society," the company said. <strong>LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE.</strong> via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>166991Article, Social Media Music World Go Dark for Black Out Tuesdaybvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpgGeorge Floyd Independent Autopsy Findings ... Death from Asphyxia by wlas0, 1 Jun 2020 16:01 GMTBaden said George Floyd was dead 4 to 5 minutes into the time Chauvin and the other officers had him pinned - and yet, Chauvin kept his knee there for another 4 minutes-plus. <center><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" /> Watch Video on YouTube</a></center> <a href="" target="_blank">View all Ocado (UK) promo codes here</a> Powered by <a href="" target="_blank">YouTube Video Embed</a> Dr. Michael Baden - a famous forensic doctor who has been involved in the O.J. Simpson case, the Jeffrey Epstein case and many others - concluded compression pressure on Floyd's death was the direct cause of death. The medical examiner concluded it was a combination of asphyxia, underlying medical conditions including hypertension and possible drugs or alcohol. Dr. Baden said there was one cause of death, and you don't really have to go beyond the video to understand. He said Floyd was unresponsive 4 minutes in, yet the cop kept his knee there for nearly 5 minutes longer. Baden says Floyd was in good health and no medical condition contributed to his death. Dr. Baden said Floyd was deprived of his blood flow to the brain. He also says Floyd couldn't breathe ... something he repeatedly said as he was dying. Baden scoffed at cops who say if you can talk you can breathe. He says simply not the case. This is a hugely significant development. Anyone charged in this case will almost certainly glom on to the M.E.'s findings and argue the knee didn't cause Floyd's death ... that it was hypertension or something else. Baden says BS ... it was Chauvin's knee to Floyd's neck, and the weight of the officer on his back that caused Floyd's death. Floyd's family attorney, Ben Crump, and the family have always believed what Baden found, saying they "reject the notion from the Minneapolis Medical Examiner that the knee from the police officer on George's neck for almost nine minutes was not the proximate cause of his death." <center><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" /> Watch Video on YouTube</a></center> <a href="" target="_blank">View all Ocado (UK) promo codes here</a> Powered by <a href="" target="_blank">YouTube Video Embed</a> As we reported, Chauvin's been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter for Floyd's death. According to the charging docs, the fired cop had his knee on George's neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds ... including 2 minutes, 53 seconds AFTER George became unresponsive. via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>166795Article, George Floyd Independent Autopsy Findings ... Death from Asphyxiablogs/6-2020/166795-george-floyd-indepe-s.jpgTrump Calls Minneapolis Protesters 'Thugs,' Vows action by wlas0, 29 May 2020 08:00 GMTWASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to take action to bring the city of Minneapolis "under control," calling violent protesters outraged by the death of a black man in police custody "thugs" and saying that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Trump tweeted after protesters torched a Minneapolis police station, capping three days of violent protests U.S over the death of George Floyd, who pleaded for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck. He said he spoke to the state's Democratic governor, Tim Walz, and "told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!" Trump didn't clarify what he meant - Walz has already activated the National Guard - but the tweet drew another warning from Twitter for his rhetoric, with the social media giant saying he had "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence." The move came a day after Trump signed an executive order challenging the site's liability protections. Trump, who has often remained silent in the aftermath of police-involved killings and has a long history of defending police, has been uncharacteristically vocal this time, saying earlier Thursday that he felt "very, very badly" about Floyd's death and calling video capturing his struggle "a very shocking sight." But his language grew more aggressive as violence boiled over in Minneapolis on Thursday night. "These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen," he wrote shortly before 1 a.m. Although Twitter added the warning to Trump's tweet, the company did not remove it, saying it had determined the message might be in the public interest - something it does only for tweets by elected and government officials. A user looking at Trump's timeline would have to click to see the original tweet. Earlier this week, Twitter fact checked to two of Trump's tweets about mail-in ballots, drawing his anger. "It seems like they're carrying out a vendetta against the president," Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 2 GOP House leader, said on Fox News Friday. Once more likely to hew to the "blue lives matter" mantra, Trump, his allies and Republicans in elected office across the nation have been questioning the conduct of the officer who pinned Floyd down and calling for justice. But some activists doubt that Trump has suddenly evolved on the issue of police brutality and instead see election year political calculations. "This is the first race-tinged case that I've ever heard him address" as president, said the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist and Trump critic who has known the president for decades. "I think the difference is a November election." Trump has been silent on a number of high-profile police-involved killings, including that of Stephon Clark, a black man shot by Sacramento, California, police in 2018. "This is something that is a local matter and that's something that we feel should be left up to the local authorities," then-White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said at the time. Trump has never addressed the 2014 death of Eric Garner, who was placed in a chokehold by police trying to arrest him for selling loose cigarettes. Video of the encounter was viewed millions of times online, and Garner's dying words, "I can't breathe," became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. Trump has, however, invoked those words on several occasions to mock political rivals, even bringing his hands to his neck for dramatic effect. Yet Trump has a long history of injecting himself into racially sensitive cases. In 1989, he took out full-page newspaper ads calling for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, five young men of color who were wrongly convicted of a brutal assault on a jogger. Trump has never apologized, telling reporters last year: "You have people on both sides of that." And he has even appeared to advocate for the rougher treatment of people in police custody, speaking dismissively of the police practice of shielding the heads of handcuffed suspects as they are being placed in patrol cars. But Trump's tone has changed in recent weeks as he has repeatedly expressed dismay at footage of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old black man fatally shot in February in Georgia while jogging. Trump and his allies have been even clearer on the death of Floyd, who can be heard and seen on tape pleading that he couldn't breathe before he slowly stops talking and moving. Trump "was very upset when he saw that video," White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday. "He wants justice to be served." Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity expressed outrage Wednesday, telling his audience: "The lack of training here is breathtaking." Even conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who once called Black Lives Matter a "terrorist group," said Floyd's death was totally "unjustified" and he was "so mad." The outpouring comes as the Trump campaign has sought to chip into the advantage Democrats have with black voters. The campaign hopes either to win enough black support to keep pivotal states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin in play or minimize enthusiasm for Democratic rival Joe Biden. There could be a small window after Biden last week told a prominent black radio host that African Americans who back Trump "ain't black," a gaffe he later said he regretted. Biden, who served as vice president under the nation's first black president, remains deeply popular among black voters, who helped him secure the Democratic nomination. White, the longtime director of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, questioned the sincerity of Republicans' response to the deaths of Arbery and Floyd given the timing. "Any time we hear politicians speaking about dealing with police brutality in the middle of election year, it's just meaningless rhetoric that has a hollow promise," he said. White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday, "This has nothing to do with politics and is only about making sure justice is done, and anyone who suggest otherwise is only seeking to sew division and ignore the President's unwavering support for the African-American community." LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE. via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>166498Article, Trump Calls Minneapolis Protesters 'Thugs' Vows actionbvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpgRep. Clyburn on The View Says Biden's 'Ain't Black' Comment Made Him 'Cringe' by wlas0, 27 May 2020 08:01 GMTSouth Carolina Rep. James Clyburn weighed in on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden suggesting that African American voters who support Trump "ain't black," saying he "cringed" when he heard the comments. <a href="" target="_blank">View all Ocado (UK) promo codes here</a> Powered by <a href="" target="_blank">YouTube Video Embed</a> "I cringed, no question about that," Clyburn said in an interview with "The View" Tuesday morning. "In this instance, Joe did not do as well as I hoped in responding, but I will say this, I go about my business every day comparing Joe Biden, to the alternative, not the Almighty. He is not a perfect person. None of us are. So what my decision now is to determine who I feel should be the next president of the United States, and I do that by comparing the candidates to each other, not to the Almighty," Clyburn said. Biden came under fire Friday for comments he made during an interview with "The Breakfast Club" radio program, in which he quipped that if African American voters support President Trump over him in November, they aren't "black." "Well, I'll tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black," Biden told radio personality Charlamagne tha God, who hosts the program, which is particularly popular among black millennials, a voting bloc the former vice president is hoping to woo. Later that afternoon, Biden said that he shouldn't have been so 'cavalier' with his comments during a call with the National Black Chamber of Commerce. "I know the comments have come off like I was taking the African-American vote for granted. But nothing could be further from the truth," Biden said on the call. "I shouldn't have been such a wise guy," Biden added, "I don't take [the black vote] for granted at all. And no one, no one should have to vote for any party, based on their race, their religion, their background. There are African-Americans who think that Trump was worth voting for. I don't think so, I'm prepared to put my record against his. That was the bottom line and it was really unfortunate, I shouldn't have been so cavalier," Biden said. When asked about his message to African American voters who were offended by Biden's comments, the House Majority Whip reiterated his support for the former vice president. "We sometimes say things we do not really mean, they come out a little bit wrong, and that's what happened here. I think all of us know Joe Biden," Clyburn said. "I know him, and he knows me. He knows the African American community very well. I've done a lot of stuff for Joe Biden over the years, and I would not have supported him if I did not think that he was best suited to be the next president of the United States. It's just that simple," Clyburn continued. Biden's comments perhaps put a new pressure on Biden to select a woman of color as his running mate for the November election. Clyburn, who many credit with reviving Biden's campaign with his endorsement leading up to the South Carolina primary in February, bristled at the idea that the former vice president "must" choose a woman of color as his running mate. "I think we've taken a little too much on to tell a person what he must do. If it doesn't happen, then what? I think - and I've said this before - there should be polling, there should be vetting, and he should be instructed by the polling and the vetting, and should be guided by his heart and his head," Clyburn said Tuesday. "That is as far as I wish to go with telling him how to conduct himself going forward. We are all human beings, we are all sensitive about our own thinking apparatus, and none of us want to be told what you must do. I don't like that at all. And I would never tell that to anybody," he added. Last week, Clyburn said it would be a "mistake" to assume that picking a woman of color would immediately boost Biden's standing with black voters. "I think one would make a mistake if one were to feel that a person of color is all that is required to galvanize black voters," Clyburn told ABC News. "You got to look at what the candidate is proposing." "So just picking a person of color won't cut it...You got to pick the person that not just got credibility in the African American community, but also is - what's the word he calls - simpatico with him," he added. The longtime South Carolina congressman has also taken on a major new role as the chairman of the newly established Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis in the United States House, which will provide oversight to the massive relief legislation passed by Congress last month to aid the nation's recovery from the pandemic. Asked about the disproportionate impact that the coronavirus crisis has had on African-Americans, Clyburn pushed for the passage of the HEROES Act, a massive relief bill passed by the House last week that he argues would help alleviate many of the problems facing communities hard-hit by the pandemic. "I think that South Carolina and other states have got to get serious about spending out the money that is necessary in education, in broadband, in putting in the kind of health care facilities that we need," Clyburn said of his home state, where over 50 percent of COVID-19 related deaths have been African-American individuals. "We need to have a massive expansion of community health centers, we've got that in the HEROES Act, a massive expansion of broadband, that's in the HEROES Act. Pass the HEROES Act, take care of state and local governments, and we will see a massive improvement in the statistics," he added. via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>166292Article, Rep. Clyburn on The View Says Biden's 'Ain't Black' Comment Made Him 'Cringe'blogs/5-2020/166292-rep-clyburn-view-sa-s.jpgNBA Legend Patrick Ewing Tests Positive with COVID-19 by wlas0, 26 May 2020 08:01 GMTNBA Legend Patrick Ewing has revealed he tested positive with COVID-19. He shared a tweet stating, "I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones." Especially now when "stay at home" orders are being lifted and life will try to go back to "normal", Ewing warns that the virus is still very serious and shouldn't be taken lightly. Ewing is currently in isolation at a local hospital and the only man of the Georgetown Hoyas who has tested positive. He also insures that he will be fine and we will all get through this. See his full statement below as well as the full list of celebrities who tested positive for Coronavirus. via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>166198Article, NBA Legend Patrick Ewing Tests Positive with COVID-19blogs/5-2020/166198-nba-legend-patrick-s.jpgKandi Burruss Wins Season 3 Of 'The Masked Singer' by wlas0, 22 May 2020 08:01 GMTSeason 3 of FOX's hit show The Masked Singer wrapped and Kandi Burruss also known as the Night Angel took home the trophy! "For so long I had to convince myself that I wasn't enough," Burruss said in her last clue package, adding, "When I didn't find success as a solo artist, I decided to develop other businesses behind the scenes of music. I did what I had to do because I'm a mother." She added, "I'm here not just for myself, but for all women and for my little angels - to show them it's never too late to be the person you were meant to be." Burruss beat out the Frog (Bow Wow) and Turtle (Jesse McCartney) for the honor. After removing her mask, Burruss told the judges, comprised of Jenny McCarthey, Ken Jeong, Nicole Scheriznger and Robin Thicke how much winning Masked Singer meant to her. "For a long time, I really stopped singing by myself because you get negative feedback and so it kind of messes with your head," Burruss said. "But thank you. So I had really stopped. And I just really appreciate you guys for helping me build my confidence back." <a href="" target="_blank">View all Ocado (UK) promo codes here</a> Powered by <a href="" target="_blank">YouTube Video Embed</a> <strong>LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER.</strong> via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>165813Article, Kandi Burruss Wins Season 3 Of 'The Masked Singer'bvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpg2017 Video Shows Georgia Officer Tried To Stun Ahmaud Arbery by wlas0, 20 May 2020 08:01 GMTSAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A video released Monday shows police in Georgia attempting to search Ahmaud Arbery's parked car in 2017 and when he declines to let them and begins to walk back to the vehicle, an officer tries to use a stun gun on him. <a href="" target="_blank">View all Ocado (UK) promo codes here</a> Powered by <a href="" target="_blank">YouTube Video Embed</a> The video, first obtained by The Guardian, shows Arbery repeatedly declining when a Glynn County police officer asks to search his Toyota. A backup officer arrives, and tells Arbery "don't reach the car" and "keep your hands out your pockets." This second officer then attempts to use a Taser, but the device just clicks loudly, without apparent effect. Arbery is told to get down on the ground, and he goes to his knees. When Arbery questions why the officers are bothering him, he's told that the area is known for drugs, a suggestion that agitates Arbery, who said he is not on drugs and to check his "s--!" The first officer then pats him down looking for weapons, saying this was just a check, not a search. Absent probable cause or a court-issued warrant, police generally aren't allowed to search a parked car without permission. In a police report, also obtained by The Guardian, officers said Arbery, who was parked when confronted, was free to go but could not take his vehicle because his license was suspended. The report said that after he left the scene they noticed Arbery's passenger side window was cracked open and that they smelled what they believed to be marijuana and noticed a bag with a leafy substance inside. Calls and emails to the Glynn County Police Department and Abery's family attorney Benjamin Crump have not been returned. Arbery was killed Feb. 23 after a pursuit by a white father and son who armed themselves and gave chase after seeing the 25-year-old black man running in their subdivision. More than two months passed before a video of the killing emerged, sparking an outcry. Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, were then jailed on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault. A judge from outside the coastal Georgia community where Arbery was fatally shot has been appointed to preside over trial proceedings of the two men charged with Arbery's murder, including one defendant with close ties to law enforcement. Court documents filed in Glynn County show that Superior Court Judge Timothy R. Walmsley was appointed to the case after all five judges in the legal circuit where Arbery was killed recused themselves. Walmsley is based in Savannah, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of where the slaying occurred just outside the port city of Brunswick. Gregory McMichael, a retired investigator for the local district attorney, told police he thought Arbery was a burglar. He said Arbery attacked his son before he was shot. Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, has said she believes her son was merely out jogging. The delay in criminal charges and a cellphone video of the shooting leaked shortly before the May 7 arrests fueled national outrage over Arbery's death. Last week, defense attorneys for the McMichaels cautioned against rushing to judgment. They said they soon plan to seek a preliminary hearing from a magistrate judge in Glynn County at which new details might be revealed. They also plan to ask that the McMichaels be released from jail on bond pending trial. That decision will now fall to Walmsley. No court hearings had been scheduled as of Monday afternoon. Gregory McMichael worked as an investigator for the local district attorney for more than two decades before he retired last year. Attorneys for Arbery's family and others have blamed the delay in arrests in part on the elder McMichael's ties to local law enforcement. The McMichaels weren't charged until after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was brought into the case in early May. Meanwhile, three district attorneys have passed on prosecuting the case, which now resides with the district attorney of Cobb County in metro Atlanta. <strong>LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER.</strong> via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>165589Article, 2017 Video Shows Georgia Officer Tried To Stun Ahmaud Arberybvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpgUS Autoworkers Return, While Possible Vaccine Shows Promise by wlas0, 19 May 2020 09:00 GMTWARREN, Mich. (AP) - More than 130,000 autoworkers returned to factories across the U.S. for the first time in nearly two months Monday in one of the biggest steps yet to restart American industry, while an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus yielded encouraging results in a small and extremely early test. At a Fiat Chrysler pickup truck assembly plant in Warren, outside Detroit, workers entered a giant white tent with a sign that read: "Let's restart and keep each other safe." Inside they had their temperatures checked and answered a set of questions on whether they had symptoms of COVID-19. "I feel safer than being anywhere at any stores, because they got the screening and everything," said Ann'alazia Moore, a janitor at the factory. "I feel like that's amazing. That's smart. I like that. So, I feel more safe. I won't get sick." Detroit's Big Three - Fiat Chrysler, General Motors and Ford - as well as Honda and Toyota all had screening procedures in place at dozens of factories that reopened from the Great Lakes states south to Tennessee and Texas and out west at Tesla's factory near the San Francisco Bay. But no one was immediately cranking out vehicles, because it will take time to get the plants restarted. Many workers were afraid of getting the virus but believed the automakers were trying to keep them safe. "The parts of the plant where people would be closer together, they've put up a lot of partitions," said Cole Stevenson, who installs steering wheels at a Ford pickup truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan. "You can tell they've taken tape measures to just about any surface two people would need to be near each other." Meanwhile, an experimental vaccine by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc. triggered hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers. They were found to have antibodies similar to those seen in people who have recovered from COVID-19. Further studies on the vaccine's safety, effectiveness and optimal dosage still need to be done. But stocks rallied on the news on Wall Street. Worldwide, about a dozen vaccine candidates are in the first stages of testing or nearing it. Health officials have said that if all goes well, studies might wrap up by late this year or early 2021. Despite warnings from health experts that the virus could make a resurgence, many states have eased their lockdowns under pressure from President Donald Trump to save businesses and livelihoods. About 36 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits over the past two months, and U.S. unemployment surged in April to 14.7%, a level unseen since the Depression. U.S. health authorities will be watching closely for a second wave of infections over the next few weeks and worry that Americans will disregard social distancing over the coming Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer. Elsewhere around the world, Europe pushed ahead with its reopening, allowing people into the Acropolis in Athens, high-fashion boutiques in Italy, museums in Belgium, golf courses in Ireland and beer gardens in Bavaria. More than 4.7 million people worldwide have tested positive for the virus and over 315,000 deaths have been recorded, including about 90,000 in the U.S. and over 160,000 in Europe, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Those figures are believed to understate the true dimensions of the outbreak because of limited testing, differences in counting the dead and concealment by some governments. In other developments, the World Health Organization bowed to calls from most of its member states to launch an independent investigation into how it responded to the coronavirus. Trump has repeatedly attacked both WHO and China, claiming the U.N. agency helped Beijing conceal the extent of the outbreak in its early stages. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the probe will take place "at the earliest appropriate moment." The announcement, made at WHO's annual meeting, came after a watchdog body found possible shortcomings in the agency's warning system and its role in providing travel advice to countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping defended China's record, saying the country provided all relevant outbreak data to WHO and other countries, including the virus's genetic sequence, "in a most timely fashion." He also announced that China will give $2 billion to the global fight against the virus. But the Trump administration stepped up its attacks at the meeting, with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar accusing WHO of failing to obtain the information the world needed as the outbreak emerged. Without mentioning China by name, Azar said: "In an apparent attempt to conceal this outbreak, at least one member state made a mockery of their transparency obligations, with tremendous costs for the entire world." He said the United States has allocated $9 billion for the global coronavirus response. With new infections and deaths slowing considerably in Europe, many countries are preparing to reopen their borders and trying to draw up rules for a highly unusual summer tourist season. "This vacation this year won't be like the ones we know from the past," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told ZDF television. "The pandemic is still there, and we must at least have safety precautions for the worst case that the figures get worse again." Greece reopened some of its ancient sites, along with high schools, shopping malls and mainland travel. Paving stickers were used to keep visitors apart. Tourists were local, for the country still has a 14-day quarantine for arrivals, and travel to Greek islands remains broadly restricted. Churches in Italy and at the Vatican resumed public Masses. Guards in hazmat suits took the temperatures of the faithful entering St. Peter's Basilica, where Pope Francis celebrated an early morning Mass in a side chapel to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II. Across town, the Rev. Jose Maria Galvan snapped on latex gloves and a face mask before distributing Communion to a dozen parishioners at his Sant'Eugenio parish. "Before I became a priest I was a surgeon, so for me gloves are normal," he joked. Turkey's president announced a four-day curfew during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The country has opted to impose short weekend and holiday curfews, instead of full lockdowns, fearing damage to the already troubled economy. In France, authorities were concerned after about 70 infections popped up in the country's schools since they started reopening last week. France reopened about 40,000 preschools and primary schools last week, with classes capped at 15 students. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER. via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>165476Article, US Autoworkers Return While Possible Vaccine Shows Promisebvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpgSecurity Cam Video Raises New Questions in Arbery Shooting by wlas0, 18 May 2020 08:01 GMTSAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Security camera footage taken in December outside a home being built in coastal Georgia raises new questions about what Ahmaud Arbery was doing at the site two months later right before he was fatally shot in the neighborhood. A white father and son remain jailed on charges of felony murder in the 25-year-old black man's death. Gregory and Travis McMichael armed themselves and pursued Arbery in a pickup truck after spotting him running in their subdivision Feb. 23. Just before the shooting, a security camera recorded Arbery inside the open frame of a home under construction on the McMichaels' street. Gregory McMichael, 64, told police he suspected Arbery was a burglar responsible for recent break-ins in the neighborhood just outside the port city of Brunswick and said Arbery attacked his son before he was shot. Arbery's mother has said she believes her son was merely out jogging. On Friday, an attorney for the owner of the house under construction released a short video taken by a security camera on Dec. 17. It shows a black man in a T-shirt and shorts leaving the site with his back to the camera. He walks a few steps toward the road, then starts running at a jogger's pace. "It now appears that this young man may have been coming onto the property for water," J. Elizabeth Graddy, the attorney for homeowner Larry English, said in a statement. "There is a water source at the dock behind the house as well as a source near the front of the structure." It is not known if the person in the Dec. 17 video is Arbery. Meanwhile, a defense attorney for Gregory McMichael told reporters Friday that they have interviewed witnesses, reviewed video footage and examined other evidence that "tells a very different story" about Arbery and the two men charged with killing him. "The truth will reveal this is not just another act of violent racism," attorney Franklin Hogue told a news conference outside his Macon office. "Greg McMichael did not commit murder. Greg McMichael is not a party to the crime of murder." He declined to give details. Attorneys for Arbery's parents have said security camera video from the same home construction site Feb. 23 shows Arbery on the property right before the shooting. They also say the footage shows Arbery committing no crimes. English has said nothing was ever stolen from his property, though his security cameras recorded someone coming onto the property several times in recent months. Travis McMichael, 34, called 911 to report a possible trespasser on English's property the night of Feb. 11, less than two weeks before Arbery was shot. He described a "black male, red shirt and white shorts." "When I turned around and saw him and backed up, he reached into his pocket and ran into the house," Travis McMichael told the 911 operator. "So I don't know if he's armed or not. But he looked like, he was acting like he was. So be mindful of that." Defense attorneys for both McMichaels have cautioned against a rush to judgment in the case. The father and son are charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. "We know the ending," Jason Sheffield, an attorney for Travis McMichael, told reporters Thursday. "What we don't know is the beginning." The men weren't arrested until May 7, more than two months after the shooting, after an outside prosecutor assigned to the case asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to get involved. The day before the arrests, a cellphone video of the shooting leaked online, fueling a national outcry. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER. via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>165407Article, Security Cam Video Raises New Questions in Arbery Shootingbvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpgDiddy, Mary J. Blige React To The Death Of Andre Harrell: 'This Can't Be Real' by wlas0, 15 May 2020 08:01 GMTTwo of music's biggest names who were perhaps closest to Andre Harrell have broken their silence. Both Diddy and Mary J. Blige took a few days to gather their thoughts on their shared mentor but they opened up about losing the Uptown Records founder on Monday (May 11). Via Instagram, Diddy shared a touching tribute to Harrell, including a video of the Bad Boy impresario thanking Harrell for giving him his initial opportunity at Uptown. "Dre, I'm only standing up here because you gave me a chance," he says tearfully. "But most importantly, what we all have to do, as a black man, you took me underneath your wing and was patient with me and you taught me and you talked to me and you taught me about the game ... you believed in me." The sentiment remained in his caption as he wrote, "I honestly still can't believe it. I've got to give myself the reality of this in doses. Because I can't even handle this. I hope to God that you are all blessed to have someone in your life that loves you and believes in you like this man believed in me." <a href="" target="_blank">King Andre Harrell</a> Mary echoed Diddy's sentiments. Harrell had signed Blige as a background vocalist to Uptown Records in 1989, the first woman signed to the imprint. Three years later, she exploded on the R&#038;B scene with "Real Love" and began a historic career of hip-hop soul dominance. She shared a video to her Instagram account of a talk show appearance in the '90s where Harrell explains how he saw Blige evolve from a young woman to "a real lady." She captioned the post, "I don't know where I would be if you didn't believe in me. RIP @andreharrell ... This can't be real. Thank you for helping me and loving me until the last days of your life. Rest easy my musical father. I will continue to do my very best to make you proud and continue to find joy and inspiration in your life and legacy. Another angel watching over me." <a href=";utm_campaign=embed_video_watch_again" target="_blank">Mary J. Blige</a> Harrell passed away last Thursday (May 7) at his West Hollywood, California home of heart failure. He was 59. <strong>LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER.</strong> via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>165152Article, Diddy Mary J. Blige React To The Death Of Andre Harrell: 'This Can't Be Real'bvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpgOprah Winfrey To Launch Live Virtual Experience On Wellness by wlas0, 14 May 2020 08:01 GMTNEW YORK (AP) - Oprah Winfrey, who visited arenas last year on a wellness tour, is bringing the idea to living rooms while people are homebound due to the coronavirus pandemic. The media mogul on Tuesday announced "Oprah's Your Life in Focus: A Vision Forward - Live Virtual Experience," a free and interactive four-week event that is an extension of her wellness tour with WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined). The 90-minute experiences, hosted by Winfrey via Zoom, will air at 11 a.m. EDT on Saturdays from May 16 through June 6. "In early 2020, I spent nine weeks traveling the country, talking to people about being well and staying focused. It was exhilarating. Then the pandemic hit and shook us all," Winfrey said in a statement. "Now, it's more important than ever to be and stay well and strong. Together, let's reset, refocus and find clarity in what matters most." Winfrey's tour, "Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus," launched earlier this year and visited arenas like Brooklyn's Barclays Center and The Forum in Inglewood, California. The tour included one-on-one conversations with Michelle Obama, Dwayne Johnson, Lady Gaga and other stars. During the four-week virtual experiences, Winfrey will tackle topics like self-care during the pandemic, connecting in relationships while social distancing, committing to a healthy lifestyle and more. Special guests will be announced at a later date and viewers can join the virtual experiences by registering at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. <strong>LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER.</strong> via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>165011Article, Oprah Winfrey To Launch Live Virtual Experience On Wellnessbvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpgIndianapolis Chief: No Bodycam Video Of 2 Police Shootings by wlas0, 13 May 2020 08:00 GMTINDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indianapolis' police chief said Thursday that none of the officers involved in the fatal police shootings of two men killed hours apart in separate incidents were equipped with body cameras. Events surrounding the first shooting were livestreamed on Facebook, leading to protests Wednesday and Thursday. Chief Randal Taylor of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department also said there was no dash camera video of either the Wednesday evening shooting or one hours later early Thursday. Taylor promised during a news conference that the department would conduct thorough, transparent investigations into both shootings, as well as a Wednesday traffic crash in which an Indianapolis police officer struck and killed a pregnant woman who was walking on an expressway ramp. He acknowledged that the "tragic" incidents had shaken the public's trust. "We recognize and are saddened that this mutual trust, that we so value, has been eroded over the last 24 hours, but I remain steadfast in our commitment to be transparent with our community, not just today but throughout the entire process as we learn more about what happened last night," Taylor said during a news conference. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief Chris Bailey said the department had completed a pilot body camera program but had not yet finalized its selection of the cameras the department planned to use for its officers. The first shooting happened Wednesday evening after a pursuit that began after officers observed someone driving recklessly on Interstate 65, according to police. After supervisors ordered an end to that pursuit because the vehicle was moving close to 90 mph (145 kph), it was later spotted by an officer on a city street before being parked. The officer left his vehicle and the man ran, Bailey said. He was shot as he and the officer exchanged gunfire, police said. The shooting involved only the man and the officer, both of whom are black. Investigators said they found a gun near the man. The officer has been placed on administrative leave. Following the shooting, several community activists and neighborhood organizers converged at the shooting scene to express outrage over a Facebook Live recording circulating on social media that captured part of the pursuit. More than 100 people gathered, with many chanting, "No justice, no peace." Protesters also gathered Thursday outside the City County Building in downtown Indianapolis. The video shows a young, shirtless man as he was driving, with a police car apparently following him. A short time later, the man is laughing and cheering as he thinks he lost the trailing officer. "I'm not going to jail today!" he shouts. But moments later, the man appears unsure where he has driven and says in the recording, "Please come get me. Please come get me!" The man then appears to park his car and leave it, followed by inaudible shouting and popping sounds, at which point the man appears to drop his phone or collapse. More popping sounds are heard. Another version of the video captures a conversation after the shooting in which a male voice says, "I think it's going to be a closed casket, homie," an apparent reference to a closed casket funeral. Taylor said Thursday that he was "aware of inappropriate comments made by an IMPD detective that was broadcast live on social media during the incident." He said that detective was responding to the shooting and was not present when it happened. He called the comments "unacceptable and unbecoming of our police department" and said "immediate disciplinary action" would be pursued against that officer." The second shooting happened about eight hours later, as police investigated a burglary in-progress at an apartment complex. Police said a man armed with a rifle shot at four responding officers as they approached the apartment early Thursday. Officers returned fire, killing him, police said. Between those two shootings, Officer Jonathon Henderson, a 22-year veteran, struck a pregnant woman with his car while on his way to work. Police said Henderson requested help and rendered first aid to the woman. She was pronounced dead at a hospital. Her fetus also did not survive. The Greater Indianapolis NAACP said in a statement Thursday that it was monitoring information about both fatal police shootings. "Our hearts this morning are with the families who lost loved ones during these tragic events. All of us are trying to make a new normal in an un-normal time. Incidents like these do not help restore normalcy to our community," said Chrystal Ratcliffe, the president of the NAACP branch. <strong>LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER.</strong> via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>164886Article, Indianapolis Chief: No Bodycam Video Of 2 Police Shootingsbvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpgIndiana Attorney General's Law License Suspended For Groping by wlas0, 12 May 2020 08:01 GMTINDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, who has sought national attention as an anti-abortion and tough-on-crime crusader, will have his law license suspended for 30 days over allegations that he drunkenly groped a state lawmaker and three other women during a party, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. The unanimous court decision said that the state's attorney disciplinary commission "proved by clear and convincing evidence that (Hill) committed the criminal act of battery." But the court gave the Republican attorney general a less serious punishment than a suspension of at least 60 days recommended by a hearing officer for his actions during a party marking the end of the 2018 legislative session. Hill, who has resisted calls for his resignation from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state GOP leaders, said in a statement he accepted the court's decision with "humility and respect." He named his chief deputy to oversee the attorney general's office until his suspension ends June 17. Hill's statement released by his office made no mention of the allegations or the women who accused him of groping them. "I offer my deepest gratitude to my family, friends and the entire staff of the Office of the Attorney General," Hill said. "My staff has worked tirelessly and without interruption and will continue to do so on behalf of all Hoosiers." Hill has denied doing anything wrong, testifying during a hearing in October that he briefly touched Democratic Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon's back while leaning in to hear what she was saying during the party and was startled to realize she was wearing a backless dress. Hill said "absolutely not" when asked whether he grabbed Reardon's buttocks. Reardon testified that Hill, smelling of alcohol and with glassy eyes, was holding a drink in his right hand and put his left hand on her shoulder, then slid his hand down her dress to clench her buttocks. "A squeeze, a firm grasp," she said. Hill, 59, also refuted testimony from three female legislative staffers - ages 23 to 26 at the time - that he inappropriately touched their backs or buttocks and made unwelcomed sexual comments during the party. The court agreed with a finding from the hearing officer, former state Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby, that Hill crossed a line. "The long, lingering, and meandering touches described by the four women and others, the various reactions of those who experienced or observed those touches, and the numerous other accounts of (Hill's) conduct at the bar, all offer ample support for the hearing officer's ultimate finding on this point," the ruling said. Hill's attorneys questioned whether his actions were misinterpreted during the party, where alcohol was flowing along with loud music and conversation. They also argue that he didn't do anything improper as a lawyer and shouldn't face law license sanctions because a special prosecutor declined to file criminal charges against him. The court's order directs Hill to not undertake any legal matters beginning May 18 for 30 days. The order allows Hill for automatic reinstatement of Hill's license, differing from the hearing officer's recommendation that Hill go through a reinstatement process that could have taken a year to complete. It is unclear how the decision impacts Hill's ability to serve as state government's top lawyer. State law requires the attorney general to be "duly licensed to practice law in Indiana," but it doesn't specify whether the person can continue serving after facing professional disciplinary action. The Supreme Court's ruling doesn't address whether he continues as attorney general. Holcomb said Monday that he still believes Hill should resign from office. He said his legal staff was researching whether he could appoint a new attorney general even though the disciplinary charges were first filed against Hill more than a year ago. "I am seeking a quick turnaround on those questions to be answered," Holcomb said. Hill, who had been viewed as a rising African American star in the Republican Party, is seeking election to a second term this year. Hill has aimed to build support among social conservatives with actions such as presiding over the burial more than 2,400 fetuses found at Chicago-area properties linked to a deceased Indiana abortion doctor and appearances on Fox News to discuss topics such as San Francisco's troubles with homelessness. Two Republicans are challenging Hill for the party's attorney general nomination, which is to be decided during the GOP state convention scheduled for June 20. Some Republicans argue nominating Hill puts the GOP's hold on the office in jeopardy even though Democrats last won a statewide election in 2012. A top official of the Indiana Democratic Party called Hill a "disgrace" whose conduct was "repulsive." "Now the uncertainty created by his punishment could tip the state into a constitutional crisis," said Lauren Ganapini, the party's executive director. "Over and over, Indiana Republicans failed to remove him. They now own his shameful conduct and the crisis it's created." <strong>LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER.</strong> via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>164767Article, Indiana Attorney General's Law License Suspended For Gropingbvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpgMcDonald's Employee Shot After Telling Customer To Wear A Mask by wlas0, 11 May 2020 08:00 GMTThe tension, frustration, and anxiety over COVID-19 is leading to some rather disturbing violence over the past couple of weeks. Previously, BOSSIP reported about a Family Dollar security guard in Michigan who was shot dead by a customer after asking that the person's daughter not enter the store without wearing a mask. This week, we have a violent incident at an Oklahoma City McDonald's that left several people injured. According to CNN, a woman named Gloricia Woody entered the dining room of her local Mickey D's dining room and was promptly asked to leave as the dining room was not operational because of COVID-19. We're not sure what Gloricia was there to order but she must have REALLY wanted it. When she refused to leave the location a scuffle of sorts broke out that sent the woman into a violent rage. Gloricia left, grabbed her gun, and came back blasting! Three shots were fired resulting in one employee being shot in the arm and two others hit with shrapnel. Another employee suffered an unspecified head injury. All victims were taken to the hospital but none suffering life-threatening injuries. The 32-year-old shooter was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon. It should never be this serious. Especially not over no damn McDonald's. <strong>LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER.</strong> via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>164631Article, McDonald's Employee Shot After Telling Customer To Wear A Maskbvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpgBetty Wright Dead At 66 by wlas0, 10 May 2020 08:01 GMTJust eight days after Chaka Khan asked fans for prayers, Grammy award-winning singer Betty Wright has died at age 66. Sources close to Betty Wright's family confirmed the news with Essence. Bessie Regina Norris, better known by her stage name Betty Wright, is one of the most talented and underrated vocalists of her generation. Wright landed on the music map at the age of 14 with "Girls Can't Do What Guys Can Do" and continued to rise to fame in the 70s with hits such as "Clean Up Woman" and "Tonight is the Night." The "No pain, No Gain" singer went on to impact artists for five generations. She put her stamp on hip hop and R&#038;B history when "Clean Up Woman" was sampled for the remix of Mary J. Blige's "Real Love." Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled recently appeared on TV One's Unsung to speak on her single "Tonight is The Night." STAY INFORMED! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER! The Miami native is mother to Chaka Azuri, Asha Wright, Patrice Parker, Patrick Parker and Aisha McCray. What looks to be Wright's niece took to Twitter to comment on the news as well. <strong>LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER.</strong> via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>164498Article, Betty Wright Dead At 66bvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpgRock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard Dead at 87 by wlas0, 9 May 2020 08:01 GMTNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "architect of rock 'n' roll" whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&#038;B to white America, has died Saturday. He was 87. Pastor Bill Minson, a close friend of Little Richard's, told The Associated Press that Little Richard died Saturday morning. Minson said he also spoke to Little Richard's son and brother. Minson added that the family is not releasing the cause of death. Born Richard Penniman, Little Richard was one of rock 'n' roll's founding fathers who helped shatter the color line on the music charts, joining Chuck Berry and Fats Domino in bringing what was once called "race music" into the mainstream. Richard's hyperkinetic piano playing, coupled with his howling vocals and hairdo, made him an implausible sensation - a gay, black man celebrated across America during the buttoned-down Eisenhower era. He sold more than 30 million records worldwide, and his influence on other musicians was equally staggering, from the Beatles and Otis Redding to Creedence Clearwater Revival and David Bowie. In his personal life, he wavered between raunch and religion, alternately embracing the Good Book and outrageous behavior. "Little Richard? That's rock 'n' roll," Neil Young, who heard Richard's riffs on the radio in Canada, told biographer Jimmy McDonough. "Little Richard was great on every record." It was 1956 when his classic "Tutti Frutti" landed like a hand grenade in the Top 40, exploding from radios and off turntables across the country. It was highlighted by Richard's memorable call of "wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom." A string of hits followed, providing the foundation of rock music: "Lucille," "Keep A Knockin'," "Long Tall Sally," "Good Golly Miss Molly." More than 40 years after the latter charted, Bruce Springsteen was still performing "Good Golly Miss Molly" live. The Beatles' Paul McCartney imitated Richard's signature yelps - perhaps most notably in the "Wooooo!" from the hit "She Loves You." Ex-bandmate John Lennon covered Richard's "Rip It Up" and "Ready Teddy" on the 1975 "Rock and Roll" album. When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in 1986, he was among the charter members with Elvis Presley, Berry, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Cooke and others. Few were quicker to acknowledge Little Richard's seminal role than Richard himself. The flamboyant singer claimed he paved the way for Elvis, provided Mick Jagger with his stage moves and conducted vocal lessons for McCartney. "I am the architect of rock 'n' roll!" Little Richard crowed at the 1988 Grammy Awards as the crowd rose in a standing ovation. "I am the originator!" Richard Wayne Penniman was born in Macon, Georgia, during the Great Depression, one of 12 children. He was ostracized because he was effeminate and suffered a small deformity: his right leg was shorter than his left. The family was religious, and Richard sang in local churches with a group called the Tiny Tots. The tug-of-war between his upbringing and rock 'n' roll excess tormented Penniman throughout his career. Penniman was performing with bands by the age of 14, but there were problems at home over his sexual orientation. His father beat the boy and derided him as "half a son." Richard left home to join a minstrel show run by a man known as Sugarloaf Sam, occasionally appearing in drag. In late 1955, Little Richard recorded the bawdy "Tutti Frutti," with lyrics that were sanitized by a New Orleans songwriter. It went on to sell 1 million records over the next year. When Little Richard's hit was banned by many white-owned radio stations, white performers like Pat Boone and Elvis Presley did cover versions that topped the charts. Little Richard went Hollywood with an appearance in "Don't Knock the Rock." But his wild lifestyle remained at odds with his faith, and a conflicted Richard quit the business in 1957 to enroll in a theological school and get married. Richard remained on the charts when his label released previously recorded material. And he recorded a gospel record, returning to his roots. A 1962 arrest for a sexual encounter with a man in a bus station restroom led to his divorce and return to performing. He mounted three tours of England between 1962 and 1964, with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones serving as opening acts. Back in the States, he put together a band that included guitarist Jimi Hendrix - and later fired Hendrix when he was late for a bus. In 1968, Richard hit Las Vegas and relaunched his career. Within two years, he had another hit single and made the cover of Rolling Stone. By the mid-1970s, Richard was battling a $1,000-a-day cocaine problem and once again abandoned his musical career. He returned to religion, selling Bibles and renouncing homosexuality. For more than a decade, he vanished. "If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody," Richard said. But he returned, in 1986, in spectacular fashion. Little Richard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and appeared in the movie "Down and Out in Beverly Hills." A Little Richard song from the soundtrack, "Great Gosh A'Mighty," even put him back on the charts for the first time in more than 15 years. Little Richard was back to stay, enjoying another dose of celebrity that he fully embraced. Macon, Georgia, named a street after its favorite son. And Little Richard was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In August 2002, he announced his retirement from live performing. But he continued to appear frequently on television, including a humorous appearance on a 2006 commercial for GEICO insurance. Richard had hip surgery in November 2009 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and asked fans at the time to pray for him. He lived in the Nashville area at the time. <strong>LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER.</strong> via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>164499Article, Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Little Richard Dead at 87bvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpg21-Year-Old Sean Reed Fatally Shot By Indianapolis Police Officer While On Facebook Live by wlas0, 8 May 2020 08:00 GMT21-year-old Sean Reed was tased and fatally shot in Indianapolis, Indiana while streaming on Facebook live after a high-speed chase and footrace with a police officer. You can watch the video here. <center><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" /> Watch Video on YouTube</a></center> <a href="" target="_blank">View all Ocado (UK) promo codes here</a> Powered by <a href="" target="_blank">YouTube Video Embed</a> I knew Sean, he was my friend. He was my wingman in basic training. me, him, and our crew would always talk about what we wanted for our future. Today I find out that he was murdered in cold blood for being Black in America. A father, son, brother, and a U.S Veteran.#SeanReed - Zy-Lack (@YoungProdigy987) May 7, 2020 According to the Washington Post, "The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said officers were pursuing the man on Wednesday because he was driving recklessly. After the young man exited his car, a police officer chased him on foot for a short distance, resulting in an exchange of gunfire around 6:15 p.m., authorities said. At least 13 or 14 gunshots are heard on the video." The original live video circulated on social media has been taken down from Reed's Facebook page. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Chief Chris Bailey said in a press conference it will be used as evidence in the investigation. <strong>LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER.</strong> via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>164316Article, 21-Year-Old Sean Reed Fatally Shot By Indianapolis Police Officer While On Facebook Livebvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpgBarack Obama Will Headline Televised Prime-Time Commencement by wlas0, 7 May 2020 08:00 GMTNEW YORK (AP) - Former President Barack Obama will deliver a televised prime-time commencement address for the high school Class of 2020 during an hour-long event that will also feature LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai and Ben Platt, among others. ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC will simultaneously air the special May 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern along with more than 20 other broadcast and digital streaming partners, according to the announcement Tuesday from organizers. Several high school students from Chicago public schools and the Obama Youth Jobs Corps will join, as will the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Megan Rapinoe and H.E.R. The event is titled "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020." It's hosted by the education advocacy group XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation and The Entertainment Industry Foundation. Obama will reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic's disruption of school life, especially for seniors who have missed out on their milestone rites of passage. "This high school graduation season will be anything but ordinary - but that's all the more reason why the Class of 2020 deserves extraordinary advice, heartfelt encouragement, and hard-won wisdom about facing new challenges in an uncertain world," Russlynn Ali, CEO and co-founder of XQ Institute, said in a statement. "We are grateful to President Obama for giving this gift to our nation's three million high school seniors as they #GraduateTogether," he added. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER. via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>164194Article, Barack Obama Will Headline Televised Prime-Time Commencementbvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpgDon Lemon Asks Trump, Again: Why Are You Obsessed with Barack Obama? by wlas0, 5 May 2020 08:01 GMTDon Lemon has increasingly lost patience with President Donald Trump over the course of his time in the White House, once again using his platform to ask what we're all thinking. During Sunday's broadcast, the CNN host pondered aloud why the former business mogul seemingly has an obsession with the former president, Barack Obama. Lemon, 54, turned to the CNN cameras as a news ticker below him highlighted that over 67,000 Americans have died of complications arising from the novel coronavirus. During the broadcast, Lemon also gave praise to former president George W. Bush and his recent call for national unity amid the still-present COVID-19 crisis, to which Trump saw fit to attack despite their political party affiliation. However, Lemond seized back the moment and turned to the nation to ask why does Trump try to get folks off his failing trail by throwing other people under the bus. "What is it about President Obama that really gets under your skin? Is it because he's smarter than you? Better educated," Lemon opened with. He continued with, Made it on his own-didn't need Daddy's help? Wife is more accomplished? Better looking? I don't know, what is it, what is it about him? That he's a black man that's accomplished being president? That he punked you on the whole birth certificate thing? What is it about him? Just wondering." This isn't the first time Lemon has voiced his frustrations regarding Trump's incessant need to insult anyone who dares to go against him and probably won't be his last at this rate. Don Lemon's name is trending on Twitter at the moment, salute to journalist Timothy Burke for capturing the moment and sharing it with the masses. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER. via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>163936Article, Don Lemon Asks Trump Again: Why Are You Obsessed with Barack Obama?bvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpgEx-NAACP Leader Kweisi Mfume Wins Maryland Seat In Congress by wlas0, 4 May 2020 08:00 GMTBALTIMORE (AP) - Democrat Kweisi Mfume easily won a mostly mail-in election to finish the term of the late Elijah Cummings, retaking a Maryland congressional seat he held for five terms before leaving to lead the NAACP. Mfume defeated Republican Kimberly Klacik in the heavily Democratic 7th Congressional District, capping a race dramatically reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic. Taking off his mask for a brief victory speech Tuesday night, he acknowledged the many people "struggling at this hour to fight off the terrible disease of the coronavirus." "To them, to their families and to the families of so many others who have lost lives prematurely to this disease, I want all of you to know that from day one, all of my attention, all of my energy and all of my focus in the United States Congress will be on using science, data and common sense to help get our nation through this dark hour in our history," Mfume said. Mfume was flanked by his wife and a few other supporters who also wore masks as protection against the virus. In what could be a test for future races this election year, Maryland opened just three polling stations Tuesday and sent ballots weeks in advance to encourage mail voting to reduce public health risks, hoping to avoid what happened earlier this month in Wisconsin, where thousands of primary voters waited for hours outside overcrowded polling stations. For Mfume, the immediate challenge will be leading in a majority-black district with a sizable area in Baltimore that for weeks had Maryland's highest number of reported coronavirus cases. Democratic lawmakers have sounded the alarm over the virus killing African Americans at a higher rate. Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 4-1 in the district, which includes a significant portion of the city of Baltimore and parts of Baltimore and Howard counties. The diverse district includes areas of Baltimore that struggle with poverty and violent crime, and more affluent areas and such landmarks as Johns Hopkins Hospital. The 71-year-old Mfume also spoke Tuesday evening of tackling challenges that include food deserts in poor urban areas, a lack of transportation and the need to modernize school buildings. He said people are crying out for change. "I promise you that as your congressman I will use every ability that I have to bring about that change," Mfume said after capturing an overwhelming number of votes in the city and strong majorities in both counties. Mfume also supports stronger gun-control measures, including reauthorizing a federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2005. Baltimore had 348 homicides last year - the fifth straight year topping 300 - making it the city's most violent year ever per capita. Mfume is to serve the rest of Cummings' term until January. Victory also means Mfume will run as an incumbent in Maryland's June primary to be the nominee for a full term in November. Mfume held the seat for five terms from 1987 to 1996 and chaired the NAACP from 1996 until 2004. The NAACP is based in Baltimore. The 7th district attracted national attention last year when President Donald Trump referred to it on Twitter as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." At the time, Cummings was the powerful House Oversight Committee chairman, leading multiple investigations of the president. Trump's tweets also followed an appearance by Klacik on the Fox News network's program "Fox &#038; Friends," which invited her on air to discuss her social media posts showing trash in Baltimore. Klacik, a Baltimore County Republican Central Committee member, had campaigned on economic development and helping struggling parts of Baltimore via a federal "opportunity zones" program. After Mfume seized early victory, Klacik tweeted: "That one time when hard work didn't pay off. Perhaps one day District 7 will want a change. Proud of my team &#038; the work we put in." In the June 2 primary, Mfume will face many of the same opponents he defeated in February. The primary was originally scheduled for April but was postponed by Gov. Larry Hogan due to the virus. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM &#038; TWITTER. via: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>163793Article, Ex-NAACP Leader Kweisi Mfume Wins Maryland Seat In Congressbvc/169/36252-wlas-logo---thumbnail.jpg