THE WORD | Dallas Media Tries To Twist Joshua Brown’s Criminal Record In Death

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Posted October 10, 2019

Joshua Brown, was shot and killed on last Friday night and it appears that media are trying to twist the story surrounding his death. Now, the 28-year-old’s criminal record has gone public, which he was already candid about during Amber Guyger‘s murder trial.

WFAA reports through obtained court documents that he was arrested five different times across cities in Texas. The arrests included drug possession, evading arrest, theft and having an illegal firearm.

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In 2017, he was clearly trying to make a change for the better and wrote to a judge, “I am praying when that date comes and I am discharged that I can put the whole series of events behind me and start of on a clean path.”

As the attorney for the Joshua Brown family, Lee Merritt, points out, he was open about his past. Merrit wrote on Twitter

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the Dallas Police Department announced on Tuesday it had made an arrest in the murder of Brown.

Dallas cops said during a press conference that Jacquerious Mitchell, a 20-year-old Black man who was arrested for Brown’s murder, told them he and two other men who remained at large traveled from Louisiana to Dallas “to purchase drugs from Brown.” When the alleged drug deal reportedly turned physical for whatever undisclosed reason, police said Mitchell claimed Brown shot him in the chest. That was when police claimed that Mitchell said Brown was also shot twice in the chest by Thaddeous Green, a 22-year-old who police said they are still searching for.

Police failed to present any proof of any alleged drug deal (aside from cops’ claim that they “confiscated 12 pounds of marijuana, 149 grams of THC cartridges and $4,157 in cash from Brown’s apartment). It was also unclear why Brown, fresh off of the witness stand during a high profile murder trial would decide to take part in a drug deal while his name and face were so readily recognizable. Dallas police, conveniently, did not address any of that.

Being that Brown was Botham Jean’s neighbor, he was expected to testify at the civil trial being brought against the city of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department. With the elimination of Brown’s witness testimony that many people credit for Guyger’s conviction, the Dallas Police Department now has a better chance of defending itself in court whenever that civil suit begins.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson cautioned anyone from jumping to any conclusions about Brown’s death.

“I am grateful that our detectives have taken the initial steps necessary to bring closure to this case,” Johnson said in a brief statement emailed to the media. “I want to thank everyone who demonstrated patience and responsibly reserved their judgment while the Dallas Police Department gathered the facts regarding the death of Joshua Brown. I urge anyone with additional information about this case to come forward.

Police have made sure to point out during the press conference that they said Brown’s murder was not connected to Guyger’s murder trial.

Clearly, there are many reasons why people are skeptical of the Dallas Police Department and why there should be an independent investigation into his death.

THE WORD | Tyler Perry tells Gayle King: "I'm ignored in Hollywood"

On Saturday, all of Black Hollywood’s elite descended upon Atlanta to celebrate the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios, the first ever fully black-owned film studio lot. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, the studio has no proprietary partners or corporate backing.

The Atlanta film complex spans 330 acres with12 sound stages – larger than the Burbank, California lots owned by Warner Brothers, Paramount, and Walt Disney Studios combined. “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King spoke to Perry in Atlanta about the historic moment.

Notable guests at the grand opening gala included Samuel L. Jackson, Cicely Tyson, Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Stacey Abrams, Halle Berry, Tiffany Haddish and a surprise appearance by Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

Perry dedicated the sound stages to legends such as Oprah, Harry Belafonte, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg and even his own mother Willie Maxine Perry.

People took to social media to express their excitement over the newly opened studio.

THE WORD | From Chicago to LA, 4 Chicago Prep Stars will play for the LA Lakers

The NBA preseason tipped off over the weekend. The highly anticipated game which featured the Lakers vs the Warriors. The Warriors' ugly loss to open their preseason slate was a predictable one, though. The player of the evening was Anthony Davis. Davis was brilliant in his 18 minutes, scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

The former Chicago prep star was the highlight of the evening, but it wasn’t until I seen the tweets below, that I noticed that there are 4 Chicago Highschool prep stars on the lakers roster.

Along with Davis, Chicago has produced several other NBA stars from the current generation, led by Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose. Davis mentioned this summer that Chicago is the “Mecca” of basketball. That comment probably made some New Yorkers angry, but no one can doubt the fact Chicago produces some elite talent.

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Dominant force on offense + defense. Can do everything on the court. Anthony Davis averaged 32 points, 22 rebounds, and 7 blocks as a senior playing in the Chicago Public League's Blue Division. Anthony Davis committed to Kentucky in August 2010 when he was at Perspectives Charter School. Davis was ranked #1 ESPN, #1 Scout, #2 Rivals.

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McGee was born in Flint, Michigan, and attended two high schools in Michigan, Detroit Country Day School and Providence Christian, before transferring to Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago. McGee received special mention All-State by the Chicago Tribune his senior season. According to Hales Franciscan coach Gary London, McGee's natural position in college was ideally small forward, and he could play both forward spots. McGee went on to play in college for two season at Nevada.

Zack Norvell Jr

Zack Norvell closed out his high school career at Simeon Career Academy by winning a Chicago city title. He was the school's top scorer since Jabari Parker (teammates for one season). There is always a lot of attention placed on Simeon locally and nationally, as one of the leading public league basketball powerhouses. The players receive accolades but also face a great deal of scrutiny too. Zack rose to meet each challenge. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Norvell averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists his senior season, leading Simeon to a 30-4 record (Illinois 4A 3rd place) playing a national schedule.

Talen Horton-Tucker

Former Iowa State guard Talen Horton-Tucker was one of the MOST UNDERRATED players in the 2018 Class coming out of Highschool. The 6'6 Guard/Forward led Simeon (IL) to a 29-4 record while playing a tough national schedule. Horton-Tuckers averaged 20.5 PPG, 8.7 RPG, and 4.8 APG in his senior campaign with the Wolverines!

THE WORD | Icon Diahann Carroll Passes Away

The oscar-nominated and film pioneer Diahann Carroll has lost her battle to cancer at the age of 84. Her daughter, Susan Kay, confirmed her passing on October 04, 2019. As the world and entertainment industry mourns her passing, we acknowledge her accolades.

Diahann Carroll was a pioneer who left her mark on everything she touched. In 1968 she made television history by becoming the first African American woman to have her own tv show that didn’t portray a servant role. The tv series Julia, ran for 86 episodes before it came to an end in 1971. Her portrayal of Julia Baker was a significant role because it broke away from the standard of African American’s only being portrayed on screen as servants and help. That role not only uplifted the black community and culture, it acknowledged Diahann Carroll as a force to be wreckened with, especially after it secured her Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star in 1969.

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After Julia, her television history didn’t stop there. Carroll later, made history again as the first African American woman to star in a prime-time soap opera drama. Dynasty aired 74 episodes from 1984–1987 and her work as Dominique Deveraux paved the way for this generation to have an Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating. Diahann Carroll was unquestionably a major pioneer and icon in the television industry. Aside from making history as the first African American woman to star in a soap opera drama and have her own tv series in a non-servant role she starred in timeless films like Claudine which won an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 1975.

With over a dozen award nominations, Carroll has been busy over the years. She’s tirelessly worked as a triple threat in television, film, and theater. Carroll has guess starred in countless shows and films like A Different World as Whitley’s mother, Eleanor Potter in The Five Heartbeats, and Aunt Ruthie in Soul Food. Her consistent work over the years secured her spot in the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2011.

Diahann Carroll’s on screen presence was one of grace and class. Her life has impacted many. We join celebrities and industry professionals as they remember her life and legacy.

THE WORD | Would You Be Able To Hug Your Sibling's Killer?

Brandt Jean, the 18-year-old who hugged Amber Guyger, the woman convicted of killing his brother, in court spoke out for the first time about the moment that shocked the nation and spurred a national conversation on forgiveness.

Guyger, a former Dallas police officer, was sentenced Wednesday to serve 10 years in prison for the fatal 2018 killing of Jean's brother, Botham Jean, whom she shot when she mistakenly entered his apartment believing it was her own.

We want to know your thoughts below. ( Check out twitter’s response )

THE WORD | Is Nick Cannon the new content King? He announces new daytime talkshow

Nick Cannon's entertainment domination continues to build. The media mogul landed his first daytime talk show. The syndicated program will launch in 2020 under the production hat of his Ncredible Entertainment company. Cannon went on Wendy Williams earlier this week to make the announcement.

Cannon is coming off the first season as host of Fox’s hugely successful The Masked Singer, the No. 1 new show of last season, which drew more than 17 million multi-platform viewers in its record-breaking 2018 debut. He previously served as host of NBC’s talent competition series,America’s Got Talent for eight seasons. In addition to hosting The Masked Singer and AGT, Cannon is perhaps best known for his work as a producer, creator and host for 13 seasons of the popular MTV sketch show, Wild ‘N Out, which the network has ordered through Season 16. This past July, Cannon took over the Los Angeles morning drive time radio airwaves launching Power 106’s Nick Cannon Mornings.

"After leaving America’s Got Talent, I wanted to focus on developing my own talk show," Cannon said in a statement. "I’ve always dreamed of a platform where I can speak to America and discuss pop culture, as well as the topics on everyone's minds. When I had the opportunity to guest host at my good friend Wendy Williams’ show this year, I experienced the energy and excitement of a daytime talk show and instantly knew I found my audience.” - Nick Cannon

Below You Will find some of Cannons dope accomplishments

THE WORD | MEGAN THEE STALLION RESPONDS TO ILLUMINATI THEORIES SURROUNDING HER MOTHER’S DEATH

Megan Thee Stallion recently inked a management deal with JAY Z and Roc Nation. She has been having an amazing year even after the unfortunate death of her mother in March. The Houston rapper didn’t let that stop her though, even when she’s been sad or garnered criticism. After she announced her new deal, she opened up on Twitter about how her mother’s passing has impacted her.

Saturday, former NFL player Larry Johnson quote-tweeted Meg's photo with JAY-Z’s, writing that Megan’s deal with Roc Nation is a sign of the devil. JAY-Z is just one of many wealthy celebrities that have been accused of being connected to the Illuminati for years. It's even been said that he runs the secret society alongside Beyoncé.

Megan didn't’ hesitate to respond to Johnson’s comments.


THE WORD|Tekashi 6ix9ine Tells All

Updated September 19,2018:

In a third day of testimony, the rapper known as Tekashi 69 (or 6ix9ine) told a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan that he was not the only well-known rapper associated with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, a gang that prosecutors say is responsible for a string of violent crimes throughout the city. 

As prosecutors were about to play a recording of a phone conversation, 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was asked to identify the voices on it. He said one of them belonged to Jim Jones, whom he called a “retired rapper” and said was a member of the gang.

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On Tuesday September 17, the popular yet controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine had his first day of trial. The rapper has been incarcerated since November of last year for racketeering and gun-related charges. During his brief time spent in jail and awaiting trial there has been a lot of chatter regarding his cooperation with law enforcement. Social media has ran rampant with memes, tweets, and jokes regarding the rapper’s lack of loyalty to his team and other rap colleagues. But, with Tekashi’s testimony, those rumors were put to rest.

Tekashi was facing multiple years in jail for his crimes. The rapper has been incarcerated for the past year and since then has accepted a shorter sentence by cooperating with law enforcement as a government witness. When asked in court

“At what point did you start cooperating with the government?”

He replied “The day after”

Referring to his second day in custody. Thus, as a witness, when the rapper was asked to testify on the stand, he did the expected… snitched.

During the trial the overnight sensation, was asked several questions regarding his former gang the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, and the role he played in the gang. According to Tekashi’s statements his role in the organization was majority fincancial benefit for the gang. He claims that the information he was given was limited as to where or whom the money went but he provided funds while they provided protection. Let’s be clear, he left no parts unsaid. He commented on inside information of the organization including initiation, and what crimes they typically performed. Along with that he went as far to naming other members and rival gang members like rapper Trippie Redd. As there was no complete video of his testimony, transcripts and quotes from that court session have been published online for all to see.

As the trial continues, more information will unfold. But after the first day it’s clear that the rappers image is largely tainted. As many fans and artists have published their opinions online. Although everyone hasn’t jumped ship and deserted the artists, his fan base does appear to be dwindling. This trial and his cooperation with the government leaves many wondering will he hang up his career or is there a possibility he will attempt to continue rapping? Considering the rapper has been incarcerated for the past 10 months and hasn’t released any music, it appears his chance for a comeback might not happen. But Tekashi 6ix9ine, has certainly proved himself to be a persistent artists and one who enjoys publicity, he might try his luck at continuing his career, it’ll definitely be interesting to watch.

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THE WORD | FBI Announces First African-American Head Of Chicago Field Office

According to ABC7 Chicago’s I-Team a native Chicagoan will soon return home to run the FBI office here.

The new FBI Chicago Division special agent in charge will be Emmerson Buie Jr., currently in charge of a field office in El Paso Texas. The 54-year-old Buie will be Chicago's first black FBI boss! See the official statement from the FBI below.

THE WORD | Fans reacts to The Weeknds New Look

The Weeknd debuted a new look on Monday night at the Toronto Film Festival—and you almost couldn’t tell it was him. The Toronto native was there for the premiere of Adam Sandler’s film Uncut Gems, where Abel makes his feature film debut.

Read some of the best reactions to Abel’s makeover below.

THE WORD | Anthony Davis & Derrick Rose to sponsor 4000 Chicago kids to watch Chicago Football Classic at Soldier Field

Anthony Davis and Derrick Rose, two of the best basketball players to make it out of Chicago, are always giving back to their community.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar big man Anthony Davis and Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose will sponsor 4,000 students from Englewood — the neighborhood they grew up in Chicago — to watch Howard University play Hampton University on September 14 at Soldier Field.

Now in its 22nd year, the Chicago Football Classic aims to bring 15,000 students to Soldier Field to watch Howard University play Hampton University on Sep. 14. Each year, the game showcases some of the country’s top HBCUs both on and off the field, with a college fair designed to encourage students to “achieve their personal best in school and beyond.”

Two NBA players from Chicago — the Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis and Detroit Pistons’ Derrick Rose — will sponsor 4,000 students from Englewood. Former NBA player and Chicago native Mark Aguirre will pay the cost of transportation to the game for pre-selected students. Syd Stone of Chicago Sun-Times

THE WORD | Kanye West is hosting Sunday Service in Chicago

Kanye West is bringing his Sunday Service to Chicago.

The "Brothers" rapper is set to host the event at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on Sunday (September 8) at 9:00 a.m CT. 

The service, which will be about communicating messages of positivity and peace to Chicago’s youth, is free and will be open to the public. However, tickets are required. You can get them HERE! (If they are not old out)

If you're unable to attend the Sunday Service, it will also be Live streamed:

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Chicago radio stations such as Power 92.3 and WGCI will be broadcasting live as well as doing giveaways. Say stay locked in to get your tickets.


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THE WORD | “I am a Hall of Famer” - Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose might not make the Basketball Hall of Fame, but he explained Friday on The Stephen A. Smith Show that he doesn’t care, he is a Hall Of Famer when it comes to the expectations he has lived up to.

"Imagine being 12 or 13 and everywhere you go, people are putting their burdens on you, like, 'You're gonna be the man to make it,'" Rose explained.

The Chicago native was the #1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, after leading the Memphis University Tigers to the NCAA Championship against the Kansas Jayhawks. Derrick aka “Pooh” as many Chicagoans refer to him as is one of the city’s biggest success story. Not to many urban Chicago athletes have achieved the success that Derrick has had. The Simeon High school graduate was a prep basketball star since he was in 8th grade.

The Youngest MVP award winner in NBA history career was plagued by knees injuries. According to Bleacher Report, Basketball Reference gives Rose just a 10.5 percent chance of being a Hall of Famer. Rose is not done he feels like he has more to accomplish like, like when a NBA Championship.

THE WORD | Roc Nation, NFL to Donate $400,000 to Chicago Charities

The NFL and Roc Nation will donate $400,000 to the Better Boys Foundation Family Services and Crusher's Club. Accordingly to TMZ the two organizations were hand picked by JAY-Z's Roc Nation. Meek Mill and Megan Trainor will visit Crusher's Club, whose mission is to help Chicago youth “restore their lives and improve their neighborhoods.” Appearance from Rapsody and Vic Mensa as well.

The Chicago organizations will set the blueprint for how Roc Nation, the NFL, and the Players Coalition aim to Inspire Change across each NFL city.

A free concert is taking place today , September 5th in the city’s Grant Park that will feature Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor and Rapsody; it is the first in the “Songs of the Season” concert series that was announced last month at a press conference held by Jay-Z and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announcing the partnership.

According to the source said that this event will be the first in a planned Inspire Change series that will make similar donations in each NFL city. Songs of the Season is a season-long initiative in which selected musicians will create and deliver a song to be integrated in all NFL promotions each month. The songs will debut during an in-game broadcast and will be simultaneously released to all digital streaming platforms worldwide. All proceeds from the songs will go toward Inspire Change.

Check out some pictures and dope moments of Meek Mill and Rapsody Performing at the NFL kick off in grant park.

THE WORD | Nigerian Artists Are Boycotting South Africa Because Of Deadly Violence Against Foreigners

Some of Nigeria’s biggest artists are taking a stand against a recent spate of xenophobic attacks in South Africa by condemning the violence and, in some cases, boycotting the country by refusing to perform there.

At least seven people have been killed in recent anti-African immigrant violence, including two yet-to-be-identified bodies that were found burned inside of shops that had been looted.

The Nigerian government called the attacks unacceptable and vowed to take “definitive measures” in order to protect its citizens.

But Nigerians also started looting South African–owned businesses in Nigeria yesterday, forcing companies like Shoprite and MTN to temporarily shut down.

In a post on Twitter, Wizkid, one of Africa’s most popular musicians, urged South Africans to see other Africans as one, adding that are fighting the wrong war.

Following the end of apartheid in 1994, South African businesses sought for professionals to immigrate and a large number of Nigerians did so. It is estimated that there were 24,000 Nigerians living in South Africa in 2011.

THE WORD | KEVIN HART FACES MAJOR BACK INJURIES AFTER CAR CRASH IN MALIBU!

Kevin Hart was involved in a car crash in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 1. Hart is currently suffering major back injuries after his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda swerved off Mulholland Highway, rolled over and landed in a ditch in Malibu. The driver Jared S. Black also suffered major injuries. Rebecca Broxterman was in the back seat with no major injuries from the accident. While Hart was rushed to medical attention both Black and Broxterman were stock in the car. 

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We are all praying for a fast recovery for those involved in the car accident. 

THE WORD | Man accused of killing family, including toddler captured!

A man accused of killing a wife, son and grandmother in Virginia has been caught.

It’s being reported that 18 year old, Matthew Thomas Bernard is the killer in the crime. The three victims are the wife, son and mother in law to Tampa Bay Rays prospect Blake Bivens. Biven is said to be Bernard brother in law.

The murders come as a shock to the town of the family however, the internet is flabbergasted at the video of the arrest of Matthew Bernard.

In the short recording you can see the suspect chasing officers and choking a grounds keeper. This video has raised many questions, about the treatment of Mr. Bernard.

As we’ve seen in recent years unarmed Black men and women have been killed for refused or protested arrest. Is this video proof of the privilege White men have?

THE WORD | 2 year old girl involved in a Tragic incident AT ORLAND PARK MALL

A 2-year-old girl died after part of a store display fell and struck her on the head inside the Akira store at Orland Square Mall in Orland Park Tuesday afternoon, fire authorities mention. 


The little girl was at the Akira with her aunt when the incident took place . A display at the store , possibly a mirror, fell and struck her on the head. How the store display fell was not immediately clear. A doctor and a nurse attend to the young girl until the paramedics arrived. The young girl was transmitted to Christ Medical center where she died from her injuries. 


Praying for the family and friends in this tragic time of need. 

THE WORD | 16 YEAR OLD FEMALE KILLED WAITING OUTSIDE A STORE IN DOLTON

Today is a very sad day in news as we report a 16 year old female was shot and killed waiting inside a car at a convention store.

The teenager has been identified as Keira Foster. Monday would’ve started her junior year of high school. She was a student of Simeon High School.

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The shooting took place outside of the Moonlight Food Deli and Liquor Store in Dolton, Tuesday night. ABC 7 is reporting “The gunman hopped out of the passenger side of a car that pulled up, taking aim at a man getting into the car with girl- Keira Foster.”

The target of the shooting left the scene unharmed however, Miss Foster was shot twice in the abdomen. She is not thought to be the intended target of the shooting.

Our thoughts and prayers are with this young girl’s family.

THE WORD | Meek Mill's criminal case is officially closed.

After a years-long fight, a Philly judge this am let Mill plead guilty to one gun charge with no further penalty. The Philly DA office dropped all other charges against him, the final step in overturning his 2008 conviction.

Prosecutors and Meek Mill have negotiated a deal to drop the charges against him in a 2007 case that’s kept him under court supervision for more than a decade. Mill pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge and prosecutors dropped all other charges against him.

A judge accepted Mill’s guilty plea on Tuesday morning.

“I know this has been a long road for you and hopefully this will be the end of it,” Judge Leon Tucker told the rapper.

On July 24, just hours before the Pennsylvania Superior Court threw out his conviction, Mill and Jay-Z announced they were launching a new label called Dream Chasers Records. His growing business empire also includes an ownership stake in the hat company Lids.