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THE WORD | R.I.P to Alexis Crawford + Police Charged 2 people for Her Murder

The body of Clark University student  Alexis Crawford was found just days after being reported missing by her family. We also stated that her roommate’s boyfriend, Barron Brantley was taken into custody and charged with her murder. 

There has been another break in the case. Crawford’s roommate, Jordyn Jones has officially been taken into custody and charged with malice murder of Crawford. 

Jones is set to appear in court on Monday, November 11th, at 11am. 

THE WORD | Barack Obama deliver a moving eulogy for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings

Former President Barack Obama delivered a heartfelt speech at the funeral of the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, remembering his life devoted to serving the American people. Cummings died on October 17, at the age of 68 "due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges," according to his office.

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THE WORD | Chance the Rapper advocates for Chicago teachers as host of 'Saturday Night Live'

Chance the Rapper showed support for the Chicago teachers on strike by wearing a Chicago Teacher's Union Sweatshirt when he hosted "Saturday Night Live." Chicago teachers have been on strike since October 17 demanding more support staff, higher raises and limits to class size. Chicago Public Schools is the third biggest school district in the country. Several SNL cast members were seen at the end of the show wearing Chicago Teachers Union T-shirts.



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THE WORD | Class is NOT in Session...Chicago Teacher's Remain on Strike

Simeon Wolverines Likely To Forfeit State Football Playoffs Due To CTU Strike

The football team at Chicago’s Simeon High School is taking the strike especially hard.

The Wolverines are highly- ranked in the state and at the top of the public league. They needed the strike to be over by yesterday to be eligible for the state playoffs. All CPS football teams must play at least eight games to qualify. But, Simeon was down one game, after a scheduling issue earlier this season.In addition, dozens of public league soccer teams were set to begin the playoffs yesterday.

The canceled that, too, forcing teams to forfeit.

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Background information on the strike….

For the third school day in a row students aren’t in class; the teacher strike in Chicago started on Thursday and it seems like it’s not ending anytime soon. According to ABC News Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is asking the Teacher’s Union to end the strike and go back to work. However, Teachers and the Teacher’s Union aren’t trying to hear what she has to say.

About 300,000 students are out of school, 25,000 educators are out of a paycheck and 7,000 support staff aren’t helping anyone.


The reasoning for the strike comes after demands from CTU weren’t answered by the city. CTU is asking for 15% raises over three years, while other demands related to staffing, class sizes and prep time. They also want nurses, social workers and librarians in every school, more special education classroom assistants and case managers.



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THE WORD | Rep. Elijah Cummings's most powerful moments

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) died at the age of 68 on Oct. 17. He will be remembered for his many powerful and poignant speeches

Elijah Eugene Cummings was an American politician who served as the Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland's 7th congressional district from 1996 until his death in 2019.[1] The district includes just over half of the city of Baltimore, most of the majority-black precincts of Baltimore County, as well as most of Howard County. He previously served in the Maryland House of Delegates. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

Cummings served in the Maryland House from 1983 through 1996. That year, he was elected to the U.S. House. Cummings served as the chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform from January 2019 until his sudden death in October 2019.

THE WORD | Chicago's King Drive Will Sparkle Like The Mag Mile For Christmas

King Drive shine even brighter this winter thanks to My Block, My Hood, My City. The organization, focused on empowering youth through exposing them to new experiences, started the MLKLights initiative last year, when it covered 6 miles, 100 homes and 400 poles with lights and decorations along King Drive as a way to bring the sparkle of the Mag Mile to the South Side.

According to the Block Club, this winter the organization hopes to light up 250 homes, 8 miles of King Drive (from 51st Street to 115th Street) and 500 street poles. People who live on King Drive can sign up to get the lights for free as well as a $25 subsidy to cover their electric bill.

Those who wish to help with the project can sign up to volunteer or can donate money. The group also has an online wishlist where supporters can buy and donate decorations.

The group will kick off the event on Dec. 1 at Nat King Cole Park, 8502 S. King Dr., when supporters will help homeowners between 67th and 87th streets hang lights. There will be hot cocoa, coffee and food. The event is noon-3 p.m. and participants can RSVP online.

THE WORD | Officer charged with murder in killing of black woman in her own home

Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was fatally shot by Forth Worth police responding to a welfare check at her home in the early morning hours of October 12. A neighbor had called a non-emergency police line minutes before saying that he wanted someone to make sure that Jefferson and her nephew were okay after seeing their open door so late in the evening. When police arrived, they walked around the outside of the home instead of announcing themselves at the front door, and one officer fired his weapon at a window shortly after entering the home’s backyard, striking and killing Jefferson in the process.

On Monday, the Fort Worth Police Department announced that Aaron Dean, the officer who shot Jefferson, had resigned from the department hours before he would have been terminated. That same evening, Dean was booked into the Tarrant County Correction Center on murder charges. He was later released on a $200,000 bond.

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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.

THE WORD | Bryan Michael Cox Claims Jay-Z Told Jermaine Dupri to Turn Down a Similar NFL Deal

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Hip Hop Icon Jay-Z has been all over the news recently after holding a press conference with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announcing a multi-year partnership with the professional sports league, in which the 49-year-old rapper will consult on the halftime show and work with the league’s activism campaign, Inspire Change.
The controversy around the business move is not only centered around the NFL’s problematic relationship with its players of color, but also JAY Z’s own public statements damning the organization, even declining an invite to perform at the Super Bowl. 

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Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too” Jayz. The Carters APESHIT

Shortly after the news initially broke, Grammy award-winning songwriter/producer Bryan Michael Cox – credited with some of the biggest R&B hits of the last 20 years (Mariah Carey, Usher, Mary J. Blige) revealed that his longtime friend and fellow Urban hitmaker Jermaine Dupri was offered a deal similar to Hov’s by the NFL a year ago.

Cox says Jay personally contacted JD and told him to decline the very deal (to co-produce the Super Bowl) he’s now signed.  View Cox’s remarks below and let us know what you think.

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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 | Illinois passes law requiring LGBT history curriculum be taught in schools

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed legislation ensuring state schools teach the role and contributions of LGBT people in American history.

Pritzker signed off on House Bill 346, which was recently passed by state House earlier this year, last Friday.

The law requires all schools in the state include "the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State" in official textbooks.

The state’s Board of Education is also required to publish a list of the textbooks authorized to be purchased under the law annually. 

“Each public school district and state-recognized, non-public school shall, subject to appropriations for that purpose, receive a per pupil grant for the purchase of secular and non-discriminatory textbooks,” the bill text reads.

According to The Hill State Sen. Heather Steans (D) gave the following statement

“The bill also includes a section that allows the department to adopt rules "as necessary" for the implementation the law and “to ensure the religious neutrality of the textbook block grant program. One of the best ways to overcome intolerance is through education and exposure to different people and viewpoints.” An inclusive curriculum will not only teach an accurate version of history but also promote acceptance of the LGBTQ community,”

“It is my hope that teaching students about the valuable contributions LGBTQ individuals have made throughout history will create a safer environment with fewer incidents of harassment,” Steans also said. “LGBTQ children and teenagers will also be able to gain new role models who share life experiences with them.”


Gov. Pritzker's said, "The LGBTQ community won't just have a seat at the table, they will be equal partners in the fight to make equality a lived reality for all."

New Jersey, California, and Colorado have also embraced the new LGBT school curriculum.

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THE WORD | JAY-Z and Roc Nation has inked a deal with the N.F.L.

Just a year ago, on the “Apes- - -” single, Jay-Z said, “I said no to the Super Bowl/You need me/I don’t need you.”Turns out, he might be right about the league needing him.

The NFL is forming a partnership with HipHop mogul Jay-Z. This deal will put him in charge of managing some entertainment options for the league and will tie into the sport’s social justice endeavors.

The partnership will make Roc Nation a co-producer of the Super Bowl halftime show, but does not contain a provision for him to be the halftime performer.

“He was very quick to say that he does not want this to be about him performing, that it was broader than that,” Goodell said in an interview. “It quickly went beyond that. Do I hope he’ll perform in the Super Bowl sometime in the next several years? Yes. But I think we’ll all know if that time comes. He’ll know in particular.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

Jay Z believes that Roc Nation will have the freedom under the partnership to produce the kind of entertainment that it wants. In a quote from the Washington Post he said the following

“I think we have autonomy,” Carter said. “I anticipate that there will be a lot of — with any big organization, in this building right here we have internal problems. Anything that’s new is going to go through its growing pains. We put what we want to do on the table. The NFL agreed to it. So we’re gonna proceed with that as if we have a partnership.”

In terms of the activism portion of the agreement, it will be tied to the league’s current “Inspire Change” program announced in January. That initiative, which works with the Players Coalition, focuses on education and economic advancement, police and community relations and criminal justice reform.

THE WORD | MALCOLM X & BUMPY JOHNSON RELATIONSHIP DISPLAYED IN NEW GODFATHER OF HARLEM TRAILER

 Premium network EPIX released a new teaser trailer for the highly anticipated new series, GODFATHER OF HARLEM. The 10-episode, hour-long drama series is inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Nigél Thatch) – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart. The two join forces to manage the social upheaval and mob war that looms. In the trailer, Malcolm X says to Johnson, “You have guns, but I have an army.”

GODFATHER OF HARLEM is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

GODFATHER OF HARLEM PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 29AT 10 PM PT/ETON EPIX



THE WORD | JET & EBONY MAGAZINES AUCTIONED OFF FOR $30 MILLION AND DONATED TO NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM

Four Foundations Team Up to Buy the Historic Archives of ‘Ebony’ Magazine for $30 Million in a Bankruptcy Sale. The foundations will donate the archive to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as well as the Getty Research Institute.

Isaac Sutton,  Muhammad Ali and the sports journalist Howard Cosell backstage before the taping of “The Muhammad Ali Variety Special”  (1975). Photo courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company.

Isaac Sutton, Muhammad Ali and the sports journalist Howard Cosell backstage before the taping of “The Muhammad Ali Variety Special” (1975). Photo courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company.

G. Marshall Wilson, Adam Clayton Powell and Malcolm X attend the New York City school boycott rally in March 1964. Photo courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company.

G. Marshall Wilson, Adam Clayton Powell and Malcolm X attend the New York City school boycott rally in March 1964. Photo courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company.

Moneta Sleet Jr.,  Martin Luther King Jr., surrounded by his family, holding the Nobel Peace Prize medal  (1964). Photo courtesy Johnson Publishing Company

Moneta Sleet Jr., Martin Luther King Jr., surrounded by his family, holding the Nobel Peace Prize medal (1964). Photo courtesy Johnson Publishing Company

Thurgood and Cecilia Marshall with their son Thurgood Marshall Jr. after his birth in 1956.

Thurgood and Cecilia Marshall with their son Thurgood Marshall Jr. after his birth in 1956.

Founded in 1942 by John H. Johnson and once the country’s largest African American-owned publishing firm, Johnson Publishing launched Ebony magazine in 1945 and its sister publication Jet in 1951. But Johnson died in 2005, and the company has struggled for at least a decade, first attempting to sell its archives back in 2015. At the time, they were appraised at $46 million. The company sold off Ebony and Jet the following year, and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in April.

“The Johnson Publishing archives are an essential part of American history and have been critical in telling the extraordinary stories of African American culture for decades,” said Capital Holdings V in a statement in April, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. “We want to be sure the archives are protected for generations to come.”

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THE WORD | Are President Donald Trump's Comments Racist? "Infestation" He Means "Black And Brown People"


Is President Donald Trump Comments Racist? CNN host Victor Blackwell responded to President Trump's tweets about Baltimore city being infested by rats in an attack on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummiings (D-MD) in the above monologue delivered Saturday.

According to CNN host Victor Blackwell When the President Tweets About Baltimore:

"Infestation" He Means "Black And Brown People"