Samaria Rice is accusing Tamika Mallor, the Black Lives Matter organization and leading civil rights attorneys, of monetizing the deaths of Black people.
What We Know:
- Samaria Rice is the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old who was shot and killed by police officers out of a recreation center in Ohio back in 2014. Timothy Loehmann was an officer still undergoing field training when he opened fire on Rice after mistaking a toy airsoft gun for a loaded weapon. The Justice Department has recently stated that they would not be pursuing federal charges against the officers involved in the case.
- Tamir Rice’s incident grew to become one of the prominent exemplifications of police using excessive force on people of color. After her son was murdered, Samaria Rice founded the Tamir Rice Foundation. The organization’s goals are focused on investing in after-school programs for kids. Rice’s frustrations became public following Tamika Mallory’s collaboration with artist Lil’ Baby during the Grammy awards. Rice has issued both an official statement and a colorful one reciting her frustrations.
- Tamika Mallory is a left-wing activist who in the past was ejected from the 2019 woman’s march after being accused of antisemitism. Mallory has historically been an advocate for Louis Farrakhan, who is also known for antisemitic rhetoric. Mallory gave a speech during Lil’ Baby’s performance at the Grammy’s, which was intended to highlight Black Lives Matter protests in Los Angeles back in May 2020.
- Last year Mallory and Until Freedom organized an event paying tribute to Breonna Taylor entitled “BreonnaCon.” According to their website, Until Freedom is an intersectional social justice organization rooted in the leadership of diverse people of color to address systemic and racial injustice.
- Critics of BreonnaCon questioned just how appropriate the event was, stating that using the deceased’s name as a marketing tool to promote activities such as the “Bre-B-Q” was insensitive. In defense of the event, Mallory asserted, “the work that Until Freedom is doing has helped Breonna’s name to trend more than once,” which was important in getting her case more recognition.
It appears as though families are still hurting and searching for justice for their deceased loved ones who lost their lives due to excessive force from police officers.
Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings
Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.
What We Know:
- It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning. The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
- Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.
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- Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.
Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”
Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack
Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.
What We Know:
- Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
- Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
- A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack. Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.
Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.
Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge
Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.
What We Know:
According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.
It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.
Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.