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|Sun, July 15, 2018 at 9:35 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Members of the Chicago police department scuffle with an angry crowd at the scene of a police involved shooting in Chicago, on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune via AP)CHICAGO (AP) — An angry crowd shouted and threw bottles at Chicago police after an officer fatally shot a man on the city's South Side Saturday, prompting the arrest of at least four demonstrators.
Chicago police patrol chief Fred Waller told a news conference that the man was shot in the South Shore neighborhood after police officers on foot tried to question him because "the bulge around his waistband" suggested he was armed. The man became combative and eventually broke free from the officers, Waller said."They thought he appeared to be reaching for a weapon, which he did have a weapon on him, and the officers tragically shot him," he said.
The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Waller said police believe the man did not have a concealed carry permit for the semi-automatic weapon. He also had magazines of ammunition, Waller said.
Immediately after the shooting, an angry crowd gathered and began jostling with police, who had cordoned off the area. Waller said protesters threw bottles and jumped on top of a squad car. Police then moved in wielding batons to stop them.
"It got a little bit out of hand. Several arrests were made," Waller said.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that four protesters were arrested.
Several police officers were slightly injured in the scuffles, Waller said, and some squad cars were damaged.
After nightfall, protesters continued to mill around the neighborhood with police occasionally chasing them away. Video showed one protester thrown to the ground surrounded by police holding batons.
Chicago has a troubled history of police shootings. The city erupted in protest in 2015 after the release of a video showing white police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014. Van Dyke was charged with murder. McDonald's death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms designed to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable.
|Sun, July 15, 2018 at 8:15 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Every summer, President Barack Obama reveals his list of great summer reads. This year's list was just released on Friday (July 13) and features a heavy helping of African authors.
“Over the years since, I’ve often drawn inspiration from Africa’s extraordinary literary tradition,” our former (but forever in our hearts) President wrote on his Facebook page. This is his first time back to Africa since leaving office. “As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I’d recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa’s best writers and thinkers – each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways.
The recommendations include Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Things Fall Apart by China Achebe, The Return by Hisham Matar, Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o, and The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes. While the last author is not African, Obama says that his memoir was both a “smart” and “compelling” reflection of the world.
Hopefully, his highly-anticipated summer music playlist also makes an appearance into public consciousness soon.
|Sat, July 14, 2018 at 9:40 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Kylie Jenner is rich, like very rich. In fact, Jenner was just on the cover of Forbes magazine where they say she will become the world's youngest billionaire in the near future. She is currently worth over $900 million, but according to some of her fans, she needs help getting that last $100 million. So they created a GoFundMe to help the Kylie out. Seriously!On Twitter, multiple people joked that they intended to help raise the additional $100 million that would make Jenner the world's youngest billionaire. Now, the joke has been realized. A GoFundMe campaign has been created in Jenner's honor by Josh Ostrovsky, an Instagram celebrity (whatever that means) who goes by the nickname "The Fat Jew." So far, $2,116 has been raised on her behalf.
The campaign description reads: "I don't want to live in a world where Kylie Jenner doesn't have a billion dollars. We must raise 100 million dollars to help her get to a billion, please spread the word, this is extremely important."
While most people are donating about $5, one person gave $100. However, if the campaign goal isn't realized, people won't actually be spending any money on it — for now, it's only an act of internet satire, hopefully.
You can check out the GoFundMe campaign or waste money donating to it below.
|Sat, July 14, 2018 at 9:10 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
By: Illinois Jones
"Die A Legend" Hittz and Illinois Jones finally linked up.
Hittz has been running through the Underground music industry, like a kid at a candy store. Hittz recently release his single "Longways" Feat Young Thug, which is all over the radio. Hittz is now releasing a new mixtape, hosted by Illinois Jones. My question is "Why did Hittz get Jones started"? and "How did Hittz convince Illinois Jones to get back into mixtapes"? Hittz and Illinois Jones created a classic, with Hittz spitting bars over beats from producers, Like DJ L, Southside, and 808 Mafia just to name a few. Then add Eli Hendrix, Skeezy, Murda Mal, LGado, Edai, Jude Jungle. How can we forget Illinois Jones doing what he does best, its definitely a great piece of work. Aye Look scroll down and press play, leave comment once you done feeding your ears. #JonesWatChaOn
|Fri, July 13, 2018 at 12:03 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Netflix continued its ascension to the top of the television industry Thursday as the 70th Emmy Awards nominations were announced. The streaming service ended up with 112 nominations, edging out HBO’s tally of 108 and breaking the premium cable network’s 17-year streak of being the most-nominated network.
Hulu increased its nomination tally from 18 in 2017 to 27 this year, in large part thanks to The Handmaid’s Tale, which received 20 nominations (seven more than in 2017). And Amazon, which was largely an afterthought last year (and whose shut-out at the prime-time ceremony helped lead to a complete executive overhaul and change in vision for the streaming service), also saw a nomination jump, from 16 to 22.HBO’s fantasy juggernaut Game Of Thrones led the pack with 22 nominations after the series was ineligible to compete in 2017 due to a delayed premiere date. Saturday Night Live and Westworld trailed not too far behind, netting 21 nods each.
CNN’s critically acclaimed travel series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown has been nominated for six Emmy Awards this year, one month after the legendary chef and host took his own life at the age of 61.
Among Thursday’s slew of Emmy nominations in 122 different categories, the Television Academy announced its five nominees for the 2018 Emmy Award for outstanding commercial. Social causes are often central themes in the shortlisted ads, and this year is no exception, though this year’s lineup features a few different spins on issue-based marketing.
|Fri, July 13, 2018 at 11:42 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
When the NFL holds it's annual Hall of Fame ceremony on August 4th, one new member of the Hall of Fame won't even get a mention. The NFL has decided that Terrell Owen's name will not be announced during either the Gold Jacket ceremony Friday or the induction ceremony Saturday. This is due to the controversial former wide receiver's decision to skip the ceremony. Owens declined his invitation to the ceremony back in June after he failed to be voted in during his first two years on the ballot:Terrell Owens declined his invitation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and released this statement: pic.twitter.com/J4P1mS6VjN
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 7, 2018Instead of making the trip to Canton, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga product will be giving his Hall of Fame speech at his alma mater.
Owens' decision to skip the official induction ceremony is unprecedented. As a result, Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker released a statement via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, to address the matter.
"We are disappointed but will respect Terrell's decision not to participate in the enshrinement," Baker said. "While unprecedented, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the nearly 5,000 volunteers and the entire community are committed to celebrating the excellence of the class of 2018 that will kick off the NFL's 99th season."
Hall of Fame executive director Joe Horrigan also weighed in on the issue. "The focus is on the guys who are here," Horrigan said, via Talk of Fame Network's Clark Judge, adding: "There's no reason to bring him up as an individual. He's not here."
While Owens will not be a part of the official ceremony, he and seven other legends will achieve football immortality. Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher will be inducted alongside Owens in the Class of 2018.
|Thurs, July 12, 2018 at 2:11 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Porn actress Stormy Daniels was arrested at an Ohio strip club and you won't believe the reason why...
Daniels, the porn star that is at the center of one of many scandals plaguing President Trump, was arrested for violating a state law prohibiting touching of any kind with customers at a strip club. Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, says Daniels was set up in a sting operation.
He told MSNBC later Thursday that police had prepared a sting operation with multiple officers. He said female undercover officers asked Daniels if they could place their face between her breasts. "It was an absurd use of law enforcement resources," Avenatti said.
According to court documents, Daniels took the stage at the club around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. After taking off her top, Daniels "began forcing the faces of the patrons into her chest and using her bare breasts to smack the patrons."
The three counts against Daniels are first-degree misdemeanors. Tucker says the maximum penalty for one count would be six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. If convicted of all three counts, Daniels could face up to 18 months in jail and $3,000 in fines.
According to CNN, charges against adult film actress Stormy Daniels for allegedly touching three undercover detectives while performing at an Ohio strip club were dismissed Thursday, her attorney said