Child Allegedly Taped to Wall as Teen Mom Boasts on Facebook Live! (Watch)

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*Yes, you can rest assured her grinnin’ 18-year-old ass has been apprehended and with any justice, she will spend five years in jail. Thanks to social media viewers who contacted the Dept. of Children’s Services about the Live stream, followed up by ABC6 who passed the video along to the authorities, Shayla Rudolph’s 2-year-old child is in safe hands today. Rudolph is seen being arrested (scroll down) after she was called out for streaming a video that appeared to show a screaming child taped to a wall. Although she was mum to reporter’s questions as she is being led to the backseat of a squad car, she had plenty to say as she narrated the disturbing video.

In the first segment of the 5 :10 video Rudolph smooches the imprisoned toddler and tells him, “You got the best mommy in the whole wide world. Don’t make me put more tape up there. Now sit still. You can see the TV from right there. You be a’iiight.”

She then goes on to address Facebook Live viewers saying, “You can’t clean with them running around. You can’t cook without them running around tearing up. Tape ’em to the wall. You can’t cook or none of that because they running around. Tape ’em to the wall.”

But hold on, as if that wasn’t enough, this heffa recorded another video…supposedly two days later. Mad after she was turned into Children’s Services. Continue reading

From the Mississippi Delta–FREE–January 30 at Sierra Madre Playhouse

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*For the eleventh entry in its Off the Page series of monthly staged readings, Sierra Madre Playhouse will present ‘From the Mississippi Delta.’

From Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland, winner of the Lorraine Hansberry Award, comes the personal story of her rise from poverty as an unwed mother, high-school dropout and prostitute to become a civil rights leader, scholar, professor, mother, poet and acclaimed writer.

Sherrie Lofton directs a cast that includes Leslie Bee, Tyra Hughes and Toyin Moses in this staged reading. Continue reading

94-Year-Old, Hearing-Impaired, Wheelchair-Bound Grandma of 12 Earns College Degree…with Perfect 4.0 GPA!

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*This one’s for all of the procrastinators — present company included!  

94-year old, hearing-impaired grandmother of 12, Amy Craton, earned her Bachelor’s degree — and a 4.0 GPA

“You can’t live without knowledge!” Craton told PEOPLE magazine.  “Education is living.”  

Craton earned her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English — I’d better watch out!  She’s could be coming after my job! — from Southern New Hampshire University’s online program.  SNHU’s president flew to Craton’s Hawaii home to present her with her diploma.

“I’ve always wanted to have my degree,” Craton said.  “In the back of my mind that goal has always been there, but things get in the way, life gets in the way.  But now I did it!”

Damn, grandma!  Please allow me to be among the chorus of family and friends who extend a heartfelt congratulations!   Continue reading

St. Louis Officer (Female) May Face Lawsuit for Vaginal Search on Street (In Front of Male Officer)

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*A St. Louis cop and her entire department will hopefully be sued by a young woman who was subjected to a vaginal search on the road after being pulled over for an illegal U-turn. I just got pulled over for the same thing…though I’m still investigating what was ‘illegal’ about it! I mean really, where will this sh*t end? I am personally sick of writing stories about police officers who abuse their badge. I am sick of hearing these stories, because I hate that they exist. But they do, dammit. They always have, and unfortunately, they most likely always will.

Of course the victim was a Black woman, and the offensive cop was white. The incident happened in 2012. Kayla Robinson, 24, was driving a car carrying herself and two friends. According to Hawkins, the illegal U-turn was made in order to avoid a police checkpoint. The officer said she witnessed Robinson attempt to hide a bag of weed in her underwear, and a small rock of crack with her foot.

As it turns out, Robinson did turn over a bag of marijuana, but told the officer she didn’t have any crack. Dissatisfied, the female officer told the woman she would be searched, and called for backup to bring her a pair of rubber gloves.

A male officer showed up and watched as Robinson, begging to be taken to the station for the search, was forcibly shoved against the car and humiliated as the cop searched her vagina.

To no avail. No crack. So what does an officer do?

Arrest you. 

Why do I always expect better from a female cop? Now I’m no dummy. Yes, the woman had marijuana on her. Perhaps that was why she was arrested. But here’s the thing. Just consider it, OK? If marijuana was going to get her arrested anyway, why didn’t that happen automatically? Then they’d be at the station, where a cavity search could take place.

Am I making a bit too much sense here? Continue reading

New Movie ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Under Fire for Animal Abuse, PETA Leads the Pack (Watch)

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*Uh oh. This is definitely not a good look for Amblin Partners and Universal Pictures. The two gargantuan studios have teamed up for the highly anticipated movie, ‘A Dog’s Purpose,’ scheduled for a January 27 release, but with claims of animal abuse, the opening weekend may start off badly.

According to a report by TMZ, based on a video they received, one of five German Shepherds used as animal actors in the film is seen  being forced into a pool of water. The terrified animal is said to be clawing at the edge of a pool as people off camera laugh and comment, “You just got to throw him in,” as a trainer tries to force the animal into rushing water.

TMZ reports that the scene was shot for the movie in Winnipeg, Canada, in November 2015.

The dog does eventually get in the water, but goes under almost immediately. An off camera person begins yelling “Cut it!” as crew members race toward the animal.

A part of the scene? No one off-set will ever know. Continue reading

And the Winner Is…Customers Choose Annual ‘Trader Joe’s Favorites’

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*I don’t know about you, but I am a Trader Joe’s die-hard fan. I am probably at the store at least four out of seven days. I make sure to always have their lactose-free coffee creamer (Hazelnut), Lowfat Granola Cereal (Mixed Berry) in the red box, spinach pizza and I can’t forget the Moscato wine in the fancy bottle (shhh…it’s great and only costs $7.99).

So why wasn’t I contacted to vote in this annual awards ceremony?

It’s considered Trader Joe’s version of the Emmy’s and for 8 years the grocery store chain has hosted a Customer Choice Award survey to see what its customers are loving.

Now the results are in. Continue reading

LA Community Leaders Host News Conference to Kick Off Care Harbor LA Massive Free Health Clinic

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Local Healthcare Leaders to Discuss Future of Obamacare and Potential Impact to L.A. County’s Underserved Populations

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WHAT:            Today, there are an estimated 750,000 uninsured residents in L.A. County, according to a 2015 Community Health Assessment conducted by the L.A. County Department of Public Health. Although, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided healthcare for many, it is clear there is still an immense need for access to quality, low-cost care. Continue reading

The Legacy of President Barack Obama…and an Apology to President George W. Bush

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*Prior to 2008, Barack Hussein Obama did what I’d thought was impossible, or at the very least improbable during my lifetime: he, an unapologetically brown-skinned man, got elected President of the United States. In doing so, he began an eight year journey that led our country to a better place, while affirming a declaration my mother made to me when I was a little boy about everyone being able to be president. Continue reading

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