Baltimore protests turn violent as group throws objects at police

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BALTIMORE –
Police say seven officers have been injured as protests have escalated into violence on the streets of Baltimore.

Numerous officers in riot gear responded to the area near Mondawmin Mall Monday afternoon as groups of people have been throwing bricks, rocks and other items at the officers.
Baltimore Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said one officer was unresponsive and other officers suffered broken bones from being pelted by items thrown at them.

Police say the injured officers have been moved out of the area and are receiving medical treatment.

“They attacked officers without provocation, they have no regard for the safety of the people who live in that community, and our officers are working hard to bring about order,” said Capt. Kowalczyk.

Police say several police cars have been damaged and officers are using fire extinguishers to put out small fires in the area. One police cruiser was set on fire at North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Stores have also been looted during the violence and confrontations in the area.

Read more at Fox

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President Obama’s Angry Translator

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Saturday’s White House correspondents dinner, left the attendees with some entertainment by President Obama and a angry translator. Take a look at the clip.
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Nepal Earthquake kills hundreds of people

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The government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas of Nepal. A national police spokesman told the BBC that 970 people had died in the quake, and that more than 1,700 had been injured. At least 539 people were killed in the Kathmandu valley, he added.

 The US is sending a disaster response team to Nepal and has released an initial $1m (£0.7m) to address immediate needs, the US aid agency US Aid has said.

Read More at BBC.com

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Thisandthatblog Time Capsule: Diana Ross

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Diana Ross is a Grammy award winning legend in the music business. Born and raised in Detroit and part of the Motown legacy founded by Berry Gordy.

Diana is a talent to be reckoned with, from humble beginnings with the iconic Supremes that introduce us to timeless Motown classics “Baby Love” “Come See About Me” “Stop in the Name of Love” to her successful solo career with classics “Upside Down”; “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough”; I’m Coming Out”; “Love Hangover.”

Diana Ross is a Oscar nominated  actress for her portrayal of legendary blues singer Billie Holiday; Ross did two more successful motion pictures “Mahogany”, and “The Wiz” followed by two TV movies “Out of Darkness” and “Double Platinum.”

In 1993, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Ross the most successful female music artist in history due to her success in the United States and United Kingdom for having more hits than any female artist in the charts with a career total of 70 hit singles with her work with the Supremes and as a solo artist. Ross has sold more than 100 million records. 

New Owners for NBA Atlanta Hawks Team

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Introducing NBA Atlanta Hawks new owners, one is Grant Hill a 18 year NBA Veteran, who  won Rookie of the year during 1994-95 season and was a seven time all star; Antony Ressler, who made his fortune in private equity; Spanx Inc. founder Sara Blakely, and her husband, Jesse Itzler who is a co-founder of Marquis Jets.

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Bruce Jenner Ends Speculation on his Transformation

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Bruce Jenner finally puts the rumors to rest. Bruce Jenner identifies as female, the reality star confirmed to Diane Sawyer in an interview that aired on Friday’s 20/20.

I’m me. I’m a person, and this is who I am,” Bruce said. “I’m not stuck in anybody’s body. It’s just who I am as a human being. My brain is much more female than it is male. It’s hard for people to understand that, but that’s what my soul is.”
Jenner says he has undergone cosmetic facial surgeries over the years and took the female hormone estrogen for five years in the late 1980s. Jenner has been back on hormones for the past year and a half.

“I just can’t pull the curtain any longer,” Jenner said. “I’ve built a nice little life, I just can’t—again, Bruce lives a lie. She is not a lie. I just can’t do it anymore.”

“If I die, which, I could be diagnosed next week with cancer — and boom you’re gone,” Jenner said. “I would be so mad at myself that I didn’t explore that side of me. You know? And I don’t want that to happen.”

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Bobby Brown attorney releases statement about Bobbi Kristina Condition

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The family of Bobbi Kristina is reporting two different stories about her condition. Cissy Houston her grand mother stated “While she is no longer in a medically induced coma she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has  irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive,”

The 22-year-old daughter of the late  Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was found face down in her tub on Jan. 31. Last month, Bobbi Kristina Brown was moved to a rehabilitation center in Atlanta, and only limited details about her condition have been .

Bobby Brown attorney Christopher Brown issued a statement to clarify  information Bobby Brown shared  on Saturday night.  Bobby’s attorney says “there has been improvement in her condition”. An emotional Bobby Brown told concert goers that Bobbi Kristina was “awake” and “she is watching me.” Bobby Brown’s wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, added in the statement that during the concert, Brown “made an attempt to correct the negative comments he must endure on a daily basis from both family and the public regarding his daughter’s medical condition.” “He is encouraged by the steps that Bobbi Kristina has made since her hospitalization on January 31, 2015,” Etheredge-Brown said. “She has made it out of ICU, opened her eyes, and started a rehabilitation that will be long and hard.”

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Three Men shot at Delaware State University

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Three men were shot and injured Saturday night at a cookout on the Delaware State University campus, officials said, and authorities are searching for the shooter.

The shooting happened at about 8 p.m. at a university-sanctioned fraternity and sorority event, DSU spokesman Carlos Holmes said.

The victims were taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover with injuries that were not life-threatening, Holmes told The Associated Press.

“We can definitely tell you that the three victims were not DSU students,” Holmes said Sunday. “The event had a lot of guests … a lot of people that came from the surrounding communities and other schools.”

While confirming that the victims were all male, Holmes did not provide their ages or hometowns or any other details, including a possible motive for the shootings or whether any suspects have been identified.

DSU President Harry L. Williams said in a news release Saturday night that students were told to stay inside their dormitories, while non-students were asked to leave campus. Read more at www.afro.com

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“Amandla Stenberg Hunger Game star explains the appropriation of Black Culture

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In a video called Don’t Cash Crop on My Cornrows, created for her high school history class with classmate Quinn Masterson, she gives a short history of cultural appropriation focusing mainly on black hair and rap music.

From, Eminem , Iggy Azalea  rapping, to Katy Perry, Kendall Jenner wearing corn rolls, Amandla explains how all these artist profit off black culture without understanding black culture. Take a look at the video.

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Beyonce’ mother gets married

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Beyonce’ mom, Tina Knowles, 61, married  67-year-old actor Richard Lawson on Sunday night. The nuptials took place on a 300-person yacht, which according to TMZ, cruised around the harbor in Newport Beach, CA.

Solange , Beyonce, Jay Z and along with other relatives were present for the matrimony. Everyone was dressed in white.

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