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  Carlton Bryan, 21, (pictured above left) who stands accused of hiring a hit-man to kill his pregnant girlfriend, Shamari Jenkins, 20, has been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, carrying a pistol without a permit and second-degree making a false statement, reports CTNow.com.Jenkins, who was four months pregnant, was riding in the car with Bryan on April 29, when his friend, Matthew Allen Hall-Davis, 24, (pictured above right) fired a shot through the back window.According to police, the bullet struck Jenkins in the shoulder and traveled through her torso. She and her unborn baby were pronounced dead at the hospital.Bryan alleged planned the hit because Jenkins wouldn't get an abortion.
  Cicely Tyson (pictured) has finally won a Tony Award–at age 79-years-young.The legendary actress won for her leading role in the play "The Trip to Bountiful" after a 30-year hiatus from the Broadway stage, according to The Inquisitr.Tyson, who won for "Best Performance by An Actress in a Leading Role in a Play," plays an elderly woman, Miss Carrie Watts, returning to her childhood home in the Broadway smash. During her acceptance speech, the actress told the audience that she thought she had pulled down the curtain on her acting career but felt compelled to give it one last shot by accepting the role. "I had a burning desire to do more great roles. I didn't want to be greedy. Just one more," she enthused.The actress also said that she was the only surviving member of her immediate family. She has lost her mother, father, sister and brother. "I've asked over and over again, 'why,'" she said speaking of her family members passing away over the years. "I now know why."In addition to "The Trip to Bountiful," the Emmy Award winner has given poignant performances on stage but has never received an accolade as grand as a Tony. She has…
  Remember last week when we yelled at everyone to please not buy their father the same old, clichéd, grilling-oriented Father's Day gifts again this year? We realized that we couldn't just tell you what NOT to get your dads for Father's Day 2013, so we're here with a few constructive suggestions. If your dad does not like to cook, make drinks, eat or drink, you probably won't find his gift here. If he does, prepare yourselves to be in hog heaven, with our twenty-five most favorite Father's Day food gifts of the year. For complete story click here
  If iTunes Radio were the work of virtually any other company, analysts might well be pronouncing its last rites on arrival. Another streaming music service seems certain to confront a field crowded with competitors that have captured the affection of hundreds of millions of consumers, from Pandora and Spotify to Rdio to TuneIn. But Apple is not any other company. Its iTunes store is already the largest music retailer in the world. Late to the market or not, analysts think that iTunes Radio, released Monday, could give a much needed boost to iTunes -- which has seen little growth in its customer base over the last three years -- enabling Apple to sell even more music. For complete story click here
    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -Specs Howard School of Media Arts, a Michigan owned and operated school, is making $250,000 dollars in scholarships available to individuals seeking training in technology driven courses including Broadcast Media Arts, Graphic Design and Digital Media Arts. With most Metro Detroit businesses looking to enhance and develop the technical skill set of their current employees, Specs Howard School of Media Arts wants to assist these Michigan owned and operated businesses by offering scholarships in the amount of $5,000 per award towards tuition for any Specs Howard program. This scholarship program was created to assist individual employers and their employees and at the same time continue to develop the strength of the Michigan workforce. For complete story click here
  David "Deacon" Jones (pictured), the defensive end who was credited for using the word sack to describe how he knocked down quarterbacks on the field, passed away at his Southern California home on Monday night of natural causes. He was 74 years old, according to USA Today. Jones was a legendary player that other players idolized and was often referred to as "one of the greatest players in NFL history." Jones played for the L.A. Rams from 1961 to 1971, San Diego Chargers from 1972 to 1973, and signed on with the Washington Redskins in 1974, marking the end of his stellar career.Former Rams head coach George Allen once referred to Jones as the "Greatest Defensive End of Modern Football," while the New York Times pegged the gridiron great as the "Most Valuable Ram of All Time." Jones was voted to the NFL's 75 Year All Time Team and was inducted in to the Pro-Football Hall of Fame in 1980. Jones, who has been deluged with honors throughout his playing career and has never been taken off any sports analyst's or enthusiast's list of "Top 100 players of all time," actually came from humble beginnings.Jones was born in Eatonville,…
  Two police officers from the Jasper Police Department in Texas have been fired after video captured them brutally handling a woman brought in to pay an unpaid $100 fine, Yahoo! News reports. The incident took place May 5, when Keyarika "Shea" Diggles, 25, was brought to jail to pay the fine, according to her lawyer, Cade Bernsen. Diggles, according to Bersen, was on the phone speaking with her mother to arrange the payment when Officer Ricky Grissom ended the call. The video recording has no audio, but it appears that Grissom and Diggles began arguing after he discontinued the call.Officer Ryan Cunningham soon comes in behind Diggles and tries to handcuff her. She showed no sign of resistance but Cunningham violently grabbed Diggles by the hair and slams her head into a counter. The officers then slam Diggles to the ground. One of the officers tried to drag her to the jail cell but ends up pulling off her shoe. Both officers eventually pull her into the cell. Diggles was charged with resisting arrest; the charge was eventually dropped Monday.Bersen says his client suffered a broken tooth, damaged braces and a loss of hair as a result of the…
  Cheerios released an ad earlier this week of an interracial family. While many viewed the ad as a progressive step forward in the advertising world, racists took to Reddit lambasting the move.The ad caused such a stir on YouTube that comments had to be disabled. As of this Sunday morning, the video had been viewed over 1,283,977 times with 16,607 likes and 1,202 dislikes.The 30-second spot features an adorable bi-racial girl asking her mother if Cheerios is good for the heart. When her mother, who is White, confirms that the cereal is heart healthy, the little girl runs off with a delighted grin. In the next scene, we see her father, who is Black, awaken from a nap with Cheerios poured on his shirt over his heart. The End. Cute, funny, sweet and effective, right?Wrong. At least according to the Segregationist crew of 2013.Before the comments on YouTube were disabled, Ad Week spotted such hyperbolic terms as Nazis, "troglodytes" and "racial genocide," but that hasn't deterred the General Mills cereal brand.Camille Gibson, vice president of marketing for Cheerios, told Gawker in a statement, "Consumers have responded positively to our new Cheerios ad. At Cheerios, we know there are many…
Janet Jackson's fortune is growing and growing, and with her multi-million dollar husband by her side it doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. According to reports, the 47-year-old has just entered the billionaire club. Her combined bank balances with hubby, retail entrepreneur Wissam Al Mana, have topped $1 billion. Sources say she's earned $458 million from touring, $260 million in album sales, $81.5 from sponsorships and licensing fees, and another $81 million from book publishing and music royalties.Her acting career has brought in the big buck as well. She's banked over $300 million from her roles in 2000′s The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, 1993′s Poetic Justice and 2010′s For Colored Girls.All we can say it "Go, girl!"
  A family friend was visiting the grave of Michael Clarke Duncan when she noticed a figure of a cartoonish black face attached to the center of his tome, TMZ reports.The unidentified friend says she stopped by Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, Calif., to deliver flowers where his body was interred in September of 2012 when she noticed a Sambo-looking figure.When Duncan's family notified the cemetery, the offensive "Sambo" figure was immediately remove. The family also contacted the Los Angeles Police Department; the incident could be considered a hate crime, law enforcement sources told TMZ. The case is currently under investigation. The family says it were shocked that someone would stoop so low as to deface the actor's grave and want the perpetrator prosecuted.The term Sambo was popularized in 1899 with the publication of "The Story of Little Black Sambo." It is the tale of "a South Indian boy who encounters four hungry tigers, and surrenders his colourful new clothes, shoes, and umbrella so they will not eat him. The tigers are vain and each thinks he is better dressed than the others," according to Wikipedia.
  Morgan Freeman, 75, became so exhausted while promoting his new film, Now You See Me, with Michael Caine, 80, that he fell asleep on live TV during an interview on Fox's Seattle-Tacoma affiliate, Q13. Read more from USA Today:As anchors Kaci Aitchison and Bill Wixey discussed magic tricks with Caine to promote Now You See Me, need of a nap. His eyes closed at times. And when the camera came back from showing a clip, his head was drooping way down on his chest.It didn't prevent Caine from merrily explaining the tricks in the film. Freeman woke to nod now and then. And when he asked the question: "What is the key to being a great narrator?," Freeman responded with, "Uh, probably just being a good reader." Freeman later released a statement explaining his impromptu nap: "I wasn't actually sleeping. I'm a beta tester for Google Eyelids. I was merely updating my Facebook page."Well, at least he's a good sport! See Freeman's "beta-test" below
NBA superstar Kevin Durant (pictured) donated $1 million to the American Red Cross, after a calamitous tornado ripped through the Moore, Okla., on Monday, leaving dozens of people dead or injured, according to the New York Daily News. As Durant, who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, watched the catastrophic outcome of the tornado's wrath on television while in Minnesota on a business trip, the 24-year-old player could not believe the devastation and destruction that the tornado caused to those so near to where he actually resides. According to the New York Daily News, Durant said, "As the day went on and I saw the footage and the casualties and the houses being blown away, it was tough to see. I call Oklahoma City my home. I go through Moore all the time. It's unfortunate. We're going to come together as a city like we always do and we're going to bounce back."Durant has come to call Oklahoma City his home after living there for five years. The small forward, who is held in high regard by his midwestern community, planned on returning home Wednesday to lend a hand in the relief efforts.And he was especially touched by the news…
  It's hard to believe that comedian, actor, and author Bill Cosby never won an Emmy for his groundbreaking NBC sitcom "The Cosby Show," but he's collected plenty of hardware in his long and illustrious career. During his run on NBC's "I Spy" show, Cosby would become the first African-American to win an Emmy Award. Cosby was honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences by winning the trophy in the Lead Actor category on this day in 1966.Cosby played trainer and undercover secret agent "Alexander Scott" alongside Robert Culp, who played tennis journeyman "Kelly Robinson."The show debuted in 1965 and was a milestone moment as it featured Cosby as the first African-American actor in a leading role.Also noteworthy was that Cosby was never made to look inferior alongside Culp, which was reportedly part of an agreement made by the actors and show producers to not let race bog down the program.Working for the Pentagon, the agents were often engaged in hijinks under the guise of being traveling "tennis bums" who squared off against wealthy and connected individuals. "I Spy" was indeed a hit, but many stations in the South banned the program because of Cosby's top billing. Watch…
  Two days after the birthday of iconic human rights leader, El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X), his grandson, Malcolm Shabazz, was buried next to him and his wife, Dr. Betty Shabazz, at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, NY, according to a statement released by Shabazz family spokesperson, Terrie Williams. NewsOne has obtained his funeral program."Malcolm Shabazz was laid to rest today, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 11:30 AM near his grandparents (Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz) at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, NY," the statement reads. "He was surrounded by his mother Qubilah; his aunts–Attallah, Gamilah, Ilyasah, Malaak, Malikah, other family & very close friends. Surprise guest and friend, R&B recording artist, Jaheim, offered his condolences and sang acapella "I Miss You (For Moms)" from his 1st album entitled "Ghetto Love". Malcolm and Jaheim met at a youth rally The Terrie Williams Agency hosted at a Queens Public Library many years ago."As previously reported by NewsOne, Shabazz died from vicious injuries sustained on May 9, 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico, during a brawl at the Palace bar near Plaza Garibaldi, reportedly a dangerous area for tourists.Two Palace waiters, David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus, have been charged with homicide.Though…