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15 Convictions Tied To Corrupt Chicago Police Officer Are Thrown Out

[ad_1] Leonard Gipson, one of 15 convicted men talks to reporters. (Max Herman//Sun Times via AP) CHICAGO (AP) — One by one, the men told the same story: A Chicago police officer would demand money from them. And if they didn’t pay, they would find themselves in handcuffs with drugs stuffed in their pockets. A Cook County judge on Thursday threw out the felony drug convictions of 15 black men who all say they were locked up for no other reason except that they refused to pay Ronald Watts. It was the largest mass exoneration in memory in Chicago. And even in a...

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Little Known Black History Fact: Priscillah Mabelane

[ad_1] Priscillah Mabelane knew when she was a teenager in South Africa that she wanted to be a chartered accountant, a career path her father didn’t understand. She’s achieved her goal and then some, after being named South Africa BP’s first female CEO becoming the first woman to do so in South Africa’s oil industry. Mabelane grew up in the northern province of Limpopo, working part-time with her office worker father and learning the ins and outs of business. Her first corporate job started with the accounting firm Ernst & Young. According to her own accounts and other reports, Mabelane endured...

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Venus Williams’ Home Robbed Of 400K In Valuables

[ad_1] FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Burglars hit tennis star Venus Williams‘ Florida home, stealing $400,000 worth of goods while she was at the U.S. Open, police said Thursday. The burglary happened between Sept. 1 and 5 at Williams’ 10,000-square-foot (1,000-square-meter) home, which is in a well-to-do gated community, Palm Beach Gardens police said in a statement. Police blacked out from their report what was stolen. No arrests have been made. Palm Beach County property records show Williams and her sister Serena bought the home new in 2000. It is now valued at $2.3 million. Venus Williams’ agent, Carlos Fleming, did not respond...

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Jennifer Hudson And David Otunga Break Up

[ad_1] We can’t say we saw this one coming. Although they’d been together for years as an engaged couple, Jennifer Hudson and her fiancè David Otunga seemed like they were pretty solid. At some point, folks just assumed they were happily unmarried and since they kept their relationship pretty private, no one knew what was happening with them. Well, now we know. The couple, who share a young son, have broken up after 10 years. People.com reports: “They have been in the process of ending their relationship for a number of months,” Hudson’s rep tells PEOPLE exclusively in a statement. The couple with their...

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Issa Rae and Octavia Spencer HFPA-In Style Golden Globe Ambassador

[ad_1] Last night at the HFPA-In Style Golden Globe Ambassador Reveal Party in Los Angeles, two of film industry’s Black queens graced the red carpet. Source: Getty / Getty Insecure creator, Issa Rae and Hidden Figures star, Octavia Spencer both chose to be bold and bright in red. Source: Rich Fury / Getty Issa Rae went for a pink and red color block wearing Spring 2018 Brandon Maxwell sleeveless high neck gown with a belted waist. Source: Michael Kovac / Getty She wore her hair in a high ponytail and opted for a nudish-brown lip. Issa was styled by Jason Rembert. Source: Jason LaVeris / Getty Octavia Spencer...

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Jeff Ross uses comedy to tackle immigration

[ad_1] He's in the center of a room surrounded by a group of female Eritrean immigrants at a safe house in Austin, Texas. Six of them sleep in the small room. Some are braiding each other's hair while sharing with Ross the story of their dangerous and life-risking journey to the United States. Ross stands awkwardly in the middle, and it's clear he's a comedian disarmed. "Their stories were so compelling, I didn't want to cloud it with thoughts that weren't about them," Ross recalled to CNN later. "I didn't want to make jokes in that moment; I didn't have...

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe photographed in talks with military

[ad_1] Photographs published by the pro-Mugabe Herald newspaper are the first images seen of the veteran leader since he was placed under house arrest Wednesday morning and the military staged an apparent coup. The Herald's editor, Caesar Zvayi, also tweeted the images. Among the group of people in the photos is a priest, reported earlier to be brokering the talks for a transitional government, and two South African envoys. Mugabe, 93, appears calm in the photos as he talks with army leader Commander General Constantino Chiwenga. The commander warned the President on Monday that the military could intervene after Mugabe...

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How Christian Players Feel About Colin Kaepernick

[ad_1] While Colin Kaepernick has remained unemployed and under fire for spearheading the NFL anthem protest, other NFL players have quietly or openly supported him. Some of the many players who have supported the protests are professed Christians who believed that the gospel gives them clear instruction on how to proceed. Baltimore Ravens strong safety Benjamin Watson is one of them, although he has not been one of the players who has kneeled. From the Christian Post:  “We talk about what Jesus would do. Let’s think about that,” Watson, who has been standing for the national anthem, said in an ABC News report. “How...

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Will Hollywood’s sexual-misconduct problem spur change?

[ad_1] "I don't think any one organization will be equipped to do anything," SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris told CNN this week following a panel on sexual harassment held for the group's members. "If we do work together and really come together in all different aspects of our industry, then we have a really good chance to start to shift the culture. That's the only way."The Guild, which represents about 160,000 actors and performers, held the first of what it said will be a series of conversations that seek to educate its membership on individuals' rights in cases of alleged sexual...

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Comcast has approached 21st Century Fox about a major deal

[ad_1] Rupert Murdoch is serious about selling 21st Century Fox, and he has suitors. Both Comcast and Verizon have approached 21st Century Fox about acquiring most of the company, sources familiar with the talks told CNN on Thursday. One of the people cautioned that the talks are at a "very early" stage, but that Murdoch seems genuinely motivated to sell. The news comes ten days after revelations that 21st Century Fox had previously been in talks with Disney about a similar acquisition. Disney is no longer in talks with Fox,...

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