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.

Diahann Carroll as Julia Baker

Diahann Carroll as Julia Baker

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 | Big Sean Gifts $100K Recording Studio To Detroit Boys & Girls Club

Big Sean's latest Detroit investment was already humming with action Saturday, as eager neighborhood kids filled his new production studio on the city's west side.

“Detroit is such a musical city, soulful city,” he said. “And there are so many kids that have the talent but just don’t have to resources to record.” Big Sean, according to the Detroit press

Big Sean made the donation during his second annual DON (Detroit’s On Now) Weekend.

The rapper's $100,000 facility at the Dick & Sandy Dauch Boys & Girls Club had them donning headphones, manning audio workstations, tinkering with DJ controllers, and running the lighting gear on a small performance stage. Big Sean looked on smiling as young singers and dancers covered songs by Lizzo and others.

Funded by his Sean Anderson Foundation, the remodeled space follows a fully equipped recording studio he opened at his alma mater Cass Tech in 2015.

“The west side of Detroit is my old neighborhood," he said Saturday, an afternoon full of selfies and hugs with young fans as he unveiled the facility. "It’s a full-circle moment when your neighborhood supports you and holds you high, and you’re in a position to be able to hold it up in your own way and take it further.”

THE WORD | Noname’s book club

Rapper Noname has started her own book club! The Chicago native, known for her sophisticated lyrics, knowledge of black culture, and overall intelligence and style has formed an overnight club that viewers are eagerly joining. The club started as a subtle idea on Twitter, after she posted book recommendations online and simply asked, “retweet if you’d be a member of Noname’s book club?”

After posting the tweet last week it’s since received over 10,000 likes and retweets. Since then Noname has taken quick initiative to kickstart the club, create a site, and give the list of reading material for the month of August. The book club is something close to her heart, as she posted that her mother was the first black woman to own a bookstore in Chicago. She went on to state “noname books will honor that legacy.”

The rapper is still forming the club and elevating it so that individuals can meet in person to talk about the books, but for now pick your selection and get to reading! Chicago what do you think? Will you join? 


THE WORD | PBS Arthur’s MR.Ratburn Gay Marriage Reactions

Monday, May 13 the animated children’s series Arthur entered its 22nd season on PBS Kids. The new season kicked off with a bang! In the episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” we learn that Arthur’s teacher — the popular and well educated Mr. Ratburn — is gay.

Throughout the episode Arthur, Buster and their friends attempt to break up his engagement after seeing Mr. Ratburn with a rather “pushy” woman who throughout the episode tells him to “toughen up”. Convinced, that marrying her would make both his life and theirs miserable the kids decide to take action without knowing the woman in question is his sister and not the bride to be. Upon the wedding, the kids are shocked to see him walk the aisle with someone else, yet relieved by how happy the couple appears. The kids decide to abort their plans to soil the wedding, and focus their attention on a bigger problem amongst the couple... the way they dance.

While this episode has been well received by the public, many are simply shocked that the series reached 22 seasons, it does leave some asking is the media pushing the LGBTQ agenda onto kids at too young of an age? Several shows on children’s networks like Disney and Nickelodeon have transitioned into the practice of creating and displaying characters who relate to and are members of the LGBTQ community. While many agree that education on the topic is important and the community presence and identity is needed, the culture asks, is it becoming too much for the children?


Women's Marches Break Out Across Every State and Continent

Women's March reached Paradise Bay, Antarctica

Photo: Linda Zunas/The Hill

In Chicago alone, 250,000 people came out for the rally in Grant Park Saturday morning. The event drew so many people, the actual march part was cancelled and the rally continued as usual. Chicago had the largest turnout behind the original location in Washington D.C. Organizers of the March in the city, said the march was cancelled because of the crowd and there was no safe way to march. Initial estimates thought roughly 22,000 people would show.

The March took place on the first full day after the Inauguration to send a message to the new administration coming in that women's rights are human rights. People came out in droves across the country in every state to demonstrate. A group of women marched on board a ship off the coast of Antarctica at Paradise Bay. 

Speakers for Chicago's event included Hamiliton cast members, Ari Afsar, Karen Olivo and Samantha Marie Ware. Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, mother of Hadiya Pendleton, also served as a guest speaker this morning.

Read next: Female Organization Demands Trump Exit The Race



During Final Hours, Pres. Obama Frees 300 More Inmates, The Most In A Single Day

In his last act, Pres. Obama, shortened more sentences in a single day in U.S. history

In his last act, Pres. Obama, shortened more sentences in a single day in U.S. history

On his last day in office, President Obama granted 330 commutations. This will allow many drug offenders a lesser sentence. During the last eight years, Obama shortened 1,715 sentences, including 568 of whom were sentenced to life.

Read Obama's Tweet About Thursdays Move 

In a letter to the recipients the outgoing President said he believed they had the opportunity right now to do what is right. 

"I am granting your application because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity. It will not be easy and you will confront many who doubt people with criminal records can change... remember that you have the capacity to make good decisions."

Watch: What's The Word at Obama's Farewell Speech in Chicago

According to officials at the White House, this was the most commutations done in a single day by a sitting President. White House counsel Neil Eggleston said this comes as Obama worked on lessening harsh sentences.

"The vast majority of these men and women are serving unduly long sentences for drug crimes... He has a strong view that people deserve a second chance." For an inmate to be considered under Obama, they needed to demonstrate good behavior, already served 10 years, have a nonviolent offense. However, some exceptions were made for the 10-year-rule and there were some firearm violations in relation to the drug crimes.

President Obama made history when his was the first sitting President to visit a Federal Prison

President Obama made history when his was the first sitting President to visit a Federal Prison

During his final press conference Wednesday afternoon, Obama discussed the role of voting  and how the United States should make it easier to vote. He blames the Jim Crow era, saying the reason for the low turnout is because many Americans are eligible to vote who don't go to the polls. "It became sort of acceptable to restrict the franchise... The idea that we put in place a whole bunch of barriers to people voting doesn't make sense."

You can read his entire last speech here.

President-Elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated at noon on Friday, January 20th. Close to 60 Democrats will be boycotting the event for Trump's word to Civil Rights Icon and Representative John Lewis. 

Trump has been having close door meetings with a number of people ahead of his inauguration including Steve Harvey and Martin Luther King III. 

What do you take away from Obama's final gesture in office? Comment below and tell us.

Lupe Fiasco is fighting for social injustices in Chicago deprived areas

Photo Cred: Ben Bitton

Photo Cred: Ben Bitton

Saturday marked the first annual celebrity bowling tournament that brought out celebrities to raise awareness the limited access to healthy and nutritious foods, music and art instruction as well as various community based programs that fill the void that many low income residents in Chicago have been deprived of.

The M.U.R.A.L (Magnifying Urban Realities & Affecting Lives) project is a grassroots organization that was founded in 2009, by Lupe Fiasco and his sister Ayesha Jaco who saw firsthand how families living in areas of Chicago that were deprived of necessities that wealthier communities had access to. What started as an annual coat and food drive aimed at areas such as West Garfield and Englewood grew into music education, cultural exchange programs and food drives.


The united states has faced massive budget cutsfor art and music instruction in public school settings and Ayesha Jaco, executive director and Lupe’s sister says her brother realized the need to offer inner city youth of chicago the resources they need in order to be successful, “quote from video”

Since 2010, the organization has provided over 4000 inner-city residents access to healthy foods with pop-up community meals and various other free community based cooking classes to teach residents healthier ways to prepare meals.

Celebrities such as Marina Squarecheck star of Chicago PD was in attendance and said she supports the cause because it is a definite need for kids to have access to resources that will help them reach their potential

Our @andrereports hanging out with @marinasqu AKA Kim burgess from #ChicagoPD at #lupefiasco charity fundraiser

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In addition, the organization has also gone on to implement a cultural exchange program in which high school students will study abroad to gain an understanding of other cultures to engage in dialogue differences with youth from around the world.  Music and Art is personal to Lupe seeing as though many Public Schools do not offer programs tailored to offering students with the opportunity to realize their potential which is why the Foundation created a teacher certified program to incorporate elements of music into education standards.

To find more about the organization and how you can get involved visit

Mississippi Church Burned and Tagged with "Vote Trump"

“Vote Trump” is painted on the side of the fire-damaged Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

“Vote Trump” is painted on the side of the fire-damaged Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

The residents of an 111 year old An African-American church in Greenville, Mississippi, woke up this morning in shock to find it was burned and vandalized late Tuesday evening.

According to reports officials responded to a fire ablaze at the Hopewell Baptist Church around 9:15pm and when officials arrived they determined it was an act of hate.

At a press conference this morning, Greenville Fire Chief Ruben Brown says officials arrived on scene to find no one in the church at the time and that the main sanctuary was was were majority of the damage occurred. He also stated the words “Vote Trump” were spray painted on the right side of the church.  

The FBI was called in also to investigate the incident according to crime and breaking news reporter Therese Apel:

Officials stated in a press conference this morning that the matter is being investigated as a hate crime.

The pastor of the church stated, “Our church was a historic church. It had been there for over 111 years and our hearts are broken. But we are not angry, but hearts are broken.”

Video Released in Terence Crutcher’s Killing by Tulsa Police

The Police Department in Tulsa, Okla., released video on Monday of an encounter during which, the authorities said, a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man who could be seen raising his hands above his head.

During the encounter, which took place around 7:40 p.m. Friday, Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot once and killed by Betty Shelby, a Tulsa police officer since 2011, after the police received reports of an abandoned vehicle blocking a road, the department said.

Another Shooting in Chicago and How Social Media Can Help

Social Media has its positives and negatives. In this case, it provided police an opportunity to log what was happening and who saw it.

One of the top local media outlets, Facebook, specifically prohibits videos and pictures that convey acts of violence. In this case, however, Facebook has kept the live video streaming of shooting up to spread awareness.

28-year old Antonio Perkins was walking down the street at 8:45 with a friend, and was recording it live on the new streaming feature that Facebook offers. The gun shot rang in the video, and witnesses yelled for help. 

He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:07 PM that night.

According to Inside Edition, investigators suspect it was a gang-related shooting since a source released to the press that Perkins was in fact gang affiliated. However, the source also discloses that Perkins was trying to be a better man and wanted to leave that lifestyle in the past.

While it is unfortunate for another life to have been lost to gun violence, social media can help not only bring awareness to the gun violence and gang-related violence. 

This live footage has become an essential piece to the investigation. Not only has it become essential for law enforcement, it can and will be extra fuel for activists, Chicago politicians, and other advocates for change to show why we need to come together as a community to combat the uprising violence. 

What we can do as a society is to not wait for others to preach to us about what we see and hear about everyday. Instead, we need to promote anti-gun violence on social media, educate one another on how to stay safe, and come together to commemorate innocent lives lost and prevent new ones.

Sources:,  itv.comInside Edition

WIU Cuts Four degree programs

Four degree programs at Western Illinois University were eliminated last week during a board of trustees meeting in the Quad Cities.
The board of trustees voted to cut African-American studies, philosophy, religious studies and women's studies. Students already in the programs would be able to complete their degrees

WIU officials blame poor enrollment and low graduation rates and say the lack of a state budget didn't directly lead them to the decision.

Also during the meeting, the board approved a contract for President Jack Thomas. WIU says Thomas requested the board defer a raise for him because of the state budget crisis. The board defered his raise; Thomas's salary is currently $270,528.


Source: WGEM

Disney Allegator Attack: Toddler Body Recovered

Rescue teams had been frantically searching for the 2-year-old Nebraska boy, who was dragged by an alligator into a lake at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Bay Lake, FL, on Tuesday evening.Unfortunately, the boy’s body has been found.

According to authorities,the boy’s family was at a movie night, outdoors, when around 9 p.m., he waded into a foot of water in a lagoon, as reported by CNN.

When the alligator clenched its jaws around the boy, his parents desperately tried to save him. His father jumped in and tried to pry the alligator’s mouth open, but it was too late. The gator dragged the boy under the water, of the Seven Seas Lagoon, witnesses told authorities.

Witnesses also told the police that the boy’s sister was in a playpen, about 30 yards from the water, while he was wading in the water, according to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.

The search for the boy began immediately, after the Reedy Creek emergency services received a report at 9:16 p.m., according to CNN.

Initially, rescue officials were hopeful. However, after nearly 15 hours of searching for the toddler, Demingshad expressed that it’s not likely that they’ll recover a live body. Unfortunately, the ‘man-made body of water has certain systems’ that has made it very difficult to find the child’s body, he said.

Under these tragic circumstances, Disney employees have been trying to keep the boy’s family as comfortable as possible. Disney executives and Gov. Rick Scott have also shown their concern for this devastating event.

According to Demings, many people have criticized the boy’s parents. Declan Salcido, who was vacationing at the resort, said that the “No Swimming” signs are visible ‘from any vantage point’ (CNN). However, quickly, others jumped to their rescue, stating that the sign is not adequate enough, when considering the presence of gators.

The body of the boy, whose name has been revealed as Lane Graves, was found intact at about 1:45 p.m. ET, not far from where he was grabbed, said Demings, as reported by CNN.

An autopsy has yet to confirm what the actual cause of his death was, but Demings strongly believes that he was drowned by the alligator.

Orlando Massacre: killing spree that took 50 innocent lives

Yesterday June 12th, a tragedy plagued the nation at an Orlando gay nightclub. The suspect shot numerous people leaving almost 50 people dead and wounded about 53 other innocent people. News outlets are calling this the “worst mass shooting in US history”.

    Earlier this morning, According to CNN and NBC News, law enforcement have confirmed that 29-year old Omar Mateen, the suspect, pledged to ISIS during the negotiation.

    This Orlando Massacre has shaken the nation in a tremendous way. Countless numbers of celebrities have commented and sent their condolences to the families and friends of the victims who have been involved. Twitter users across the globe have partaken in the #OrlandoUnited to not only bring awareness to the severity of the situation but to show unity against gun violence.

   Earlier today, the gunmans father, Seddique Mir Mateen, posted a video on Facebook acknowledging the severe acts of violence that his son committed. Mr. Mateen expressed his despair about his son’s decision to carry out such a devious ordeal in a Facebook video. Later this afternoon, NBS News interviewed Mr. Mateen in which he states, “I am as shocked as you are, I do not approve this… I wish I had known he had purchased those weapons. If I did, this would not have happened.”

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed on social media that this Afghani, politically-active man proudly supports the Taliban and openly rejected homosexuality. He wrote on Facebook prior to the shootings, “ The punishment for homosexuality is upon God and he will decide on them not humans.” He later confirms that “this has nothing to do religion”, but it is ironic that both of them openly express their hatred of homosexuals.

    Many with direct connection to victims of the shooting have been and will be emotionally damaged. According to, one of the victims sheds tears for his boyfriend who was shot in the back in an attempt to protect his boyfriend from the shooters rapid gun blaze.

    Another victim went out that night to enjoy his Saturday night, and his mother made his some dip because she wanted to ensure that he would be fed after he came home from an exhausting, fun-filled night; unfortunately, Stanley Almodovar never came home.

People like Edward Sotomayor Jr. and Stanley Almodovar Jr. among many other victims were considered to be uplifting spirits and sweet souls, and unfortunately, people won’t get a chance to experience the glow that many of them provided.  Members of the LGBTQ community have paid tribute on social media and will do so tonight at the candle light vigils in numerous cities across America.

There have even been long lines of people willing to donate blood in a motion to honor the blood shed during this outrageous massacre and by gun violence and to honor LGBT month as a whole.

Stay tuned for local updates on where the vigils will be near you. Pray for the families and friends of these victims, and raise up against the prevailing gun violence that have been taking young lives far too soon.

Chicago's LGBT Community Stands With Pulse Shooting Victims

Chicago’s LGBT community offered its deepest condolences to the families of the victims, in regards to what America calls “the deadliest mass shooting in US history.” A gunman opened fire at Pulse Orlando, a popular gay dance club, early Sunday morning, police said. Amongst the victims were 50 people killed and 53 wounded.

Equality Illinois, an organization geared towards fighting for the basic civil rights of Illinois citizens, who identify themselves as members of the LGBT community, were one of organizations to speak on the devastating event. “We mourn the victims of the shooting in the Orlando nightclub Pulse…Our hearts go out to the Orlando LGBT community and the family and friends of the victims”, said Equality Illinois.

Among those who were concerned for the victims, were bars and clubs in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. Sidetrack The Video Bar wrote, “Our thoughts are with those suffering from the senseless act of terror in Orlando…”  (NBC News).

Hydrate Nightclub Chicago posted to Facebook, saying, “We stand united with our GLBT community throughout this horrible tragedy” (NBC News).

Even Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel expressed his displeasure, stating, “This horrendous violence will only deepen our resolve to continue building a society that values everybody, regardless of who they love…” (NBC News).

Police have yet to release the identities of the victims, as officials are trying to notify kin of the relatives. A hotline has been set up for the families of the victims: 407-246-4357

Police arrest 20-year-old man headed to LA Pride

20-year-old James Wesley Howell was arrested in California on Sunday while headed to the LA Pride Festival. Allegedly, he had with him an arsenal of weapons. Officers arrested Howell at about 5 PM PT after getting a call about a prowler. Howell told police that he was looking for a friend to attend to attend the LA Pride festival in West Hollywood.

    He was found sitting in a car registered in Indiana and a search revealed three assault rifles, high capacity magazines ammunition, and a five-gallon bucket with chemicals that could be used to create an explosive device, officials said.

    Up till now, there is no connection to the attack at the gay nightclub in Orlando. Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said on Twitter that Howell told an officer that during his arrest on weapons charges that he wanted “to harm the Gay Pride event.” No specifics were provided. The bomb squad was called to ensure the car and surrounding area were safe.

    Howell is being held on $500,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. Authorities are still searching for a friend of the man in question.    

Former Simeon Athlete Gunned Down In Los Angeles

Before former Simeon basketball player Saieed Ivey got the chance to return to the court, he was found dead in Los Angeles County on Thursday, on his 20th birthday.

The Monterey Police arrived to the scene, after receiving a call that gunshots had been fired, only to find Ivey in a car, dead of a gunshot wound, according to the Chicago Suntimes.

The case will be considered a homicide and will be handled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Ivey, a 2014 Simeon graduate, was a basketball player at East Los Angeles college. According to East Los Angeles basketball coach John Mosley, he had been expected to return to the game, after sitting out for a year to focus solely on school. Mosley also showed great despair, as he explained that he couldn't understand why such a thing had happened to a person, like Saieed Ivey.

Local scout Daniel Poneman described him as someone who was very determined. He stated, “He really wanted to play Division I basketball, so he found himself a spot at a junior college and was doing everything he could to make it happen” (Suntimes).

Ivey was a popular member of the city’s basketball community, as stated in the Chicago Suntimes. He was loved by all of his teammates.

Source: Chicago Suntimes abc 7 Chicago

Judge Grants Athlete a Lenient Sentence

A judge’s decision has been described as “too lenient”, in regards to former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner. Turner, 20, was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Last week, Judge Aaron Pesky sentenced Turner to serve six months in jail for three counts of sexual assault, as reported by CBS News. Along with random drug and alcohol testing, he’ll also have to stay away from all alcohol and any places that sell mainly alcohol.

Alcohol, which seems to be ever so present in Brock Turner’s life, has taken more blame for his actions than any other factor. According to CBS News, Turner blamed his actions entirely on alcohol, claiming that it is never his intention to hurt anyone.

“I made a mistake, I drank too much…My poor decision making and excessive drinking hurt someone that night and I wish I could take it all back”, said the former swimmer, as stated in CBS News. More than anything, he played victim to the effects of heavy alcohol consumption, rather than taking responsibility for his actions.

Turner had attended a 2015 fraternity party on Stanford’s campus. That night, witnesses recalled him assaulting the “motionless” victim. One witness claimed that he went to check the victim and found that she was, in fact, unconscious.

In a compelling letter, describing the emotional aftermath of the assault, the victim stated that she doesn’t believe that he should be behind bars. In fact, she’s concerned about his vicious mindset and possible help that he so desperately needs.

The whole situation has sparked public outrage. While some feel as though Judge Pesky should be thrown off the bench, others believe that he handled the case, perfectly. Even on Stanford’s campus, there are people who have showed concern for the victim, while others have targeted her and accused her of lying.

Chicago Birthed a Champion

Chicago has once again taken a win, as it has been revealed that it was home to another legend. Cassius Clay was, in fact, born in Louisville, KY. But, boxing champion, Muhammad Ali, was born and raised on the South side of Chicago.

Ali (Clay) had been stripped of his boxing title, after refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, according to the Chicago Tribune. During that time, he had been somewhat disowned by those who had once looked up to him.

Feeling ostracized, Ali found solace in the arms of the Nation of Islam, on the South side of Chicago, in the 1960’s.  It was during that time, in Chicago, when a transformation took place. Initially, Ali had tried to blend in. He mostly hung out with friends on Stony Island Avenue and ate at the Nation of Islam’s bakery on 79th street, which is where he met the woman, who would soon become his second wife.

After marrying Khalilah Camacho, in 1964, he continued to live a somewhat ordinary life, which was a bit difficult, considering the fact that he was a heavy weight champion. There was no way Ali was capable of hiding the enormity of his fame. His heavyweight championship belt was locked in a trophy case, in the middle of his living room. Celebrities, like members of the Motown singing group the Temptations, came by for dinner. He shared some beautiful memories in Chicago.

Unfortunately, not all of the memories were positive. “These exile years were tough for him. He was growing…and learning about life. All of this was during the struggle of the civil rights period…”(Chicago Tribune). There was five year jail sentence hanging over his head, because of his refusal to fight in the war. There was also a skeptical fire that took place at his first apartment, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.

Fortunately, though, he had the support of the Nation of Islam. With its support, he developed a voice just as strong as his fists. He had begun to show his dedication to the Nation of Islam by voicing his opposition to war. He had also become a minister in the Nation of Islam.

Even the people of the South side showed great appreciation for him. He was very active in the community, just by simply performing good deeds.

It was on the South side, where he had received life-changing news about his conviction. He had been vindicated of the charge. Shortly after, the country welcomed Ali back with open arms. The main take-away is, during Ali’s most challenging season, Chicago was there. Chicago birthed one of America’s most cherished champions.

Shooter at UCLA kills two

Wednesday morning two people were killed in a shooting at the engineering building at UCLA. Not much is known about the victims, whether they were students, employees, or just visitors.

UCLA police chief, James Harren said that the police were investigating if one of the dead was in fact the gunman. “it is certainly possible that one of the victims is a shooter,” he said. The chief went on to say that the police would continue to search until the officers knew that the campus was safe.

There was one suspect in the shooting and he was described as a white male dressed in black, said law enforcement officials. He was described as wearing a black jacket and black pants as well.

All students and staff members were cleared out by the police. Students were seen out of the building, being asked to kneel as officers searched them as well as their belongings.



Houston Shooter identified as Army Veteran

On Sunday, a quiet neighborhood in Houston was jolted awake as a gunman fired 212 rounds in the streets. He was eventually brought down by a SWAT officer who shot him dead. It was determined that the shooter, 25 year-old Dionisio Garza III was an army veteran who had served in Afghanistan. Officials confirmed that he was suffering from depression.

Garza had left San Bernardino County in California for Texas last week to meet some friends. The trip took a far darker turn when Garza fired 212 rounds that left one person dead and six wounded, including two police officers. It was determined that Garza went “off the radar” from friends and family after arriving in Texas. He broke into a tire shop and eventually he encountered 56- year old customer, Eugene Linsomb.

He ended up fatally wounding Linsomb and grabbing the AR-15 and began shooting passing cars as well as police officers that went past. Another man, John Wilson, was thought to have been a possible accomplice but it was later determined that he was trying to stop Garza himself. Wilson was shot in the leg but survived.

“What he did was very brave,” said Houston Police Chief, Martha Montalvo, “but officers are trained in these active shooter situations…” (NBC)


After two tours in Afghanistan, family members realized that Dionisio was no longer the same man. They knew he was suffering from PTSD. Relatives, including the parents, Dionisio(father) and Michelle Garza expressed regret towards the actions of their son.

“I’m sorry for what happened. I’m sorry for the families,” said Michelle Garza. “Words are just words; I wish there was more we could do.”