Sunday, August 30, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Anyone with information on the case can call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
9-year old Jamyla Bolden will be laid to rest on Saturday, August 29, 2015.
According to fox10tv.com:
Visitation [for Jamyla Bolden ] will be held at the Layne Renaissance Chapel on Friday, [August 28th] from 3 to 8 p.m. A second visitation will take place at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, [August 29th] at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m.The owner of the NFL St. Louis' Cardinals, Bill DeWitt III's wife, Ira, announced on last Thursday she will pay for Jamyla's funeral expenses.
According to Ferguson (MO) Police, Jamyla was shot dead in her Ferguson home as she was in bed doing homework at approximately 9:30 p.m. on August 18th. Her mother was also shot in the leg, but survived and later released from the hospital.
Police said that the bullets came from outside the home located in the 9200 block of Ellison Drive.
The St. Louis County coroner confirmed that Jamyla died of a gunshot wound.
According to Fox2Now.com, the reward fund total is now $8,000. Anyone with information on the case can call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
"Beating a bitch don't make you shit,
But then again some n****s think it makes a man."
~ Eazy E (Real Compton City G's)
|Photo from Gawker.com|
Let me start off by saying that I saw Straight Out of Compton twice this past weekend. It was a great movie.
My children, husband and former college classmates can attest to my fondness for N.W.A.'s first album Straight Outta Compton (mainly the title track and Express Yourself) and all of Ice Cube's solo albums. In fact, my favorite in N.W.A members were Ice Cube and MC Ren.
With that being said, there were several thoughts that always floated in the back of my mind. One of them being: Whatever happened to Pump It Up! host and journalist Denise "Dee" Barnes?
I remember hearing about the infamous brutal assault by former N.W.A. member Dr. Dre on the popular Hostess that subsequently removed Barnes from the public's eye.
On January 27, 1991, at a record-release party for the rap duo Bytches With Problems in Hollywood, producer/rapper/then-N.W.A. member Dr. Dre brutally attacked Dee Barnes, the host of a well-known Fox show about hip-hop called Pump It Up! Dre was reportedly angry about a Pump It Up! segment hosted by Barnes that aired in November 1990. The report focused on N.W.A., and concluded with a clip of Ice Cube, who had recently left the group, insulting his former colleagues. Soon after the attack, Barnes described it in interviews: She said Dre attempted to throw her down a flight of stairs, slammed her head against a wall, kicked her, and stomped on her fingers. Dre later told Rolling Stone, “It ain’t no big thing – I just threw her through a door.” He pleaded no contest to assault charges. Barnes’s civil suit against Dre was settled out of court. (Source)
In a recent article posted on Gawker.com, Barnes was asked to watch the Straight Outta Compton movie and to provide her reflection on it. Barnes writes, in part:
Th[e] event isn’t depicted in Straight Outta Compton, but I don’t think it should have been, either. The truth is too ugly for a general audience. I didn’t want to see a depiction of me getting beat up, just like I didn’t want to see a depiction of Dre beating up Michel’le, his one-time girlfriend who recently summed up their relationship this way: “I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat on and told to sit down and shut up....."
Dre, who executive produced the movie along with his former groupmate Ice Cube, should have owned up to the time he punched his labelmate Tairrie B twice at a Grammys party in 1990. He should have owned up to the black eyes and scars he gave to his collaborator Michel’le. And he should have owned up to what he did to me. That’s reality. That’s reality rap. In his lyrics, Dre made hyperbolic claims about all these heinous things he did to women. But then he went out and actually violated women. Straight Outta Compton would have you believe that he didn’t really do that.Barnes also dropped a major bombshell about the highly success biopic's producer F.Gary Gray and his connection to infamous Ice Cube interview that lead to Dr. Dre assaulting Barnes:
F. Gary Gray, the man whose film made $60 million last weekend as it erased my attack from history, was also behind the camera to film the moment that launched that very attack. He was my cameraman for Pump It Up! You may have noticed that Gary has been reluctant to address N.W.A.’s misogyny and Dre’s attack on me in interviews. I think a huge reason that Gary doesn’t want to address it is because then he’d have to explain his part in history. He’s obviously uncomfortable for a reason.
Barnes said that her life and career changed forever as a result of the brutal beating. She continues:
My life changed that night. I suffer from horrific migraines that started only after the attack.... When I get migraines, my head does ring and it hurts, exactly in the same spot every time where he smashed my head against the wall....
People ask me, “How come you’re not on TV anymore?” and “How come you’re not back on television?” It’s not like I haven’t tried. I was blacklisted. Nobody wants to work with me. They don’t want to affect their relationship with Dre....
I auditioned for the part that eventually went to Kimberly Elise in Set It Off. Gary was the director. This was long after Pump it Up!, and I nailed the audition. Gary came out and said, “I can’t give you the part.” I asked him why, and he said, “‘Cause I’m casting Dre as Black Sam.” My heart didn’t sink, I didn’t get emotional; I was just numb.
Most recently, I tried to get a job at Revolt. I’ve known Sean (Combs) for years and have the utmost respect for him. Still nothing. Instead of doing journalism, I’ve had a series of 9-5 jobs over the years to make ends meet.According to Rhymes With Snitch, Dr. Dre opened up about his history of abusing women in a recent Rolling Stone Magazine article:
"I made some f**king horrible mistakes in my life. I was young, f**king stupid. I would say all the allegations aren't true – some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really f**ked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there's no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again." (Source)
Saturday, August 1, 2015
6 American Black women and 1 Native American woman have died under suspiciou circumstances while in jail in 7 different States in the month of July alone: Sandra Bland (Texas), Joyce Curnell (South Carolina), Sarah Lee Circle Bear (South Dakota), Ralkina Jones (Ohio), Kindra Chapman (Alabama), Raynetta Turner (New York) and Alexis McGovern (Missouri).
All I have to say is: "Justice or else!"