Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Six Boko Haram suspects, including chief, arrested

Six suspected Boko Haram members, including a senior leader, were arrested after a local vigilante group found them in Lagos, Nigeria.
They were rounded up in various parts of Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, after leaving Maiduguri in Borno state, headquarters of the militant Islamist movement that has terrorized Nigeria since 2009. Alhaji Mustapha Mohammed, leader of the Lagos Civilian Joint Task Force, said the suspects were turned over Monday to Nigeria's Department of State Services after their capture Friday. He added that the alleged Boko Haram members were found in different places around Lagos, looking unkempt and showing signs of starvation.

Of his vigilante group, Mohammed said, "We are from Borno, where these terrorists come from. and we know their communities. Our people back home do monitor them, and once they leave Maiduguri, we will be alerted so that we can be on the lookout. Once they arrive in any community in Lagos, our members are always on the ground to fish them out based on intelligence reports."

He said one suspect, known as Adam, was captured several weeks ago while living in a 40-foot container in a church.

"Adam is one of the top most wanted Boko Haram members on the wanted list of the military. We got [an] intelligence report that Adam was hiding inside an abandoned 40-feet container in church premises. It was the security man attached to the church that hid him inside the container...The pastor of the church was embarrassed to see us, but by the time we explained our mission to him, he, in company with others, gave us the go-ahead and by the time we broke open the padlock, Adam was hiding in the far corner of the container," Mohammed said.

The group of six fled to Lagos to avoid arrest in Borno. Their identities allegedly match those on a list, distributed by the military, of Nigeria's 100 most wanted terrorists, the Guardian said.
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

American Man Kills Himself in Taiwan Courtroom After Drug Sentence

An American man fatally stabbed himself in the neck in a Taiwan courtroom Thursday during his sentencing for drug possession charges.

Tyrel Martin Marhanka, a 41-year-old longtime resident of Taiwan, is believed to have dismantled a pair of scissors and hidden them in a magazine to bypass the courtroom metal detectors, reports the Taipei Times.

The incident happened moments after the judge sentenced Marhanka to four years in prison for the possession of poppy seeds and other narcotics and growing marijuana, which he said were for his own personal use.

Witnesses reportedly said they heard Marhanka yell, “I don’t want to live anymore,” before drawing out two sharp metal objects and slashing his neck.

He was rushed to a local hospital, but doctors were unable to revive him.

The court, in Chengu County near the western city of Taichung, issued a statement that read: “We deeply regret that Tyrel Martin Marhanka killed himself during the sentencing,” according to Agence France-Presse. “He was cooperative during the investigation and the trial. His attitude was mild and he did not show any signs that he would [kill himself].”

Court officials said they planned to step up security measures and introduce an X-ray machine to scan people before enter the courtroom.

Marhanka is survived by his Taiwanese wife and their two young children.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Muhammad Ali's Ex Girlfriend Attempts To Sell Sex Tape Of The Boxing Legend

A woman who claims that she is the former girlfriend of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, Barbara Mensah, has made a sick attempt to cash in on the star’s death earlier this month by offering the sale of tapes that she alleges show the star at sex parties.

She wants a six-figure sum for the footage.

Barbara also claims that her daughter Kiiursti is the lovechild of Muhammad, and has spoken to The Mirror just two days after Muhammad was laid to rest at his funeral.

Speaking to the paper, she said: “I know the value of the footage. No one has anything like this. I’d like to get as much as I can for it.”

The 70-year-old is also attempting to get the film transferred onto a CD to make it easier to sell, admitting that she’s looking for around $100,000 to make the sale.

Speaking about the contents of the footage, Barbara claims they were taken after fights at “Gumbo parties”, explaining: “There would be Ali and a few of his guys and then about a dozen or more girls.

"All of them were stunning. Muhammad couldn’t keep away from a pretty girl whether he was married or not. The tape shows them having sex; they used to call them gumbo parties - it was a mix of everything.”

Barbara, who claims that her 35-year-old daughter is a result of a 20-year affair with the sporting legend, attended Muhammad’s private memorial service on Thursday, the day before his public funeral, and stood just feet from Muhammad’s widow Lonnie, who she blames for cutting him out of her life.

She claims that Lonnie stopped her and her daughter from seeing the star when he became too ill with Parkinson’s disease to make the journeys on his own, insisting that he regularly visited Kiiursti until she was about five years old.

Barbara also says that she has written a book about her life with the star and no less than eight publishers are fighting for the rights to it.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Orlando Shooting Suspect Omar Mateen's Ex Wife Says He Was Violent and Unstable

The ex wife of suspected Orlando gay bar shooter Omar Mateen claims her former spouse beat her during their relationship.

In an interview with the Washington Post in which she remains anonymous, the woman said Mateen was violent and emotionally unstable.

The 29-year-old died Sunday morning after police believe he killed at least 50 people during an early morning assault rifle attack at Pulse nightclub.

He was not a stable person,” the ex-wife told the Post. “He beat me. He would just come home and start beating me up because the laundry wasn’t finished or something like that.”

The attack is being called the worst ever mass shooting in America's long history of gun violence.

The ex wife, who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear for her personal safety, said she married Mateen about eight years ago after meeting him online.

When they first met, “he seemed like a normal human being,” the woman said.

However, after she said violence became the norm in the home, the woman's family flew to Florida to help her get out of their Fort Pierce home.

The woman said she fled with none of her possessions. She said, in the wake of the attack Sunday, that she feels lucky to be alive.

Mateen was born in New York to parents from Afghanistan, the woman said. 

Mateen's father disavowed his son's alleged actions. In an interview with NBC News, the father described an incident in Miami in which his son became enraged after seening two men kiss.

“We were in downtown Miami," Mir Seddique said. “He saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kids and he got very angry. They were kissing each other and touching each other and he said, ‘Look at that. In front of my son they are doing that.’ And then we were in the men’s bathroom and men were kissing each other.”

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Nick Cannon will not sign papers to divorce Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey has made it clear that she's completely moved on from ex-husband and the father of her children Nick Cannon. But even though the 46-year-old singer is also now engaged to billionaire James Packer, Cannon is still refusing to sign their divorce papers.

According to TMZ, sources close to the former couple revealed that Carey has been trying to get Cannon to sign off the divorce papers for almost a year but he will not budge. The 35-year-old actor has apparently repeatedly declined to sign the agreement forms, which would finalise the divorce, and has not explained why. In fact, TMZ says that Carey is getting frustrated and she wants out now.

 The couple separated in August 2014 and Cannon filed for the separation in December that year. Even though Cannon is not in a relationship, Carey's been loved up with Australian businessman Packer. The pair became engaged in January during an intimate dinner in the city with Carey's friends and family present.

The engagement came eight months into their romance. Carey, who is completely loved up, has made no attempt at disguising her affection for the 48-year-old casino mogul, inviting him onto the stage at her Valentine's Day show for a loving kiss. Earlier this year, the pop diva described her relationship with Packer on Low Down with Diana as a "fantasy".

If Carry and Packer do get hitched, it will be Carey's third marriage, having previously marrying Cannon, the father of her four-year-old twins, and music executive Tommy Mottola in 1993. Packer has also been married twice before. The businessman was married to first wife Jodhi Meares for three years before parting ways in 2002. He separated from his second wife Ericka, with whom he has three children, in 2013.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Muhammad Ali put on life support as family warned ‘the end is near’

The legendary boxer, regarded as the greatest heavyweight of all-time, was believed to be in a ‘fair’ condition but he has been put in intensive care.

Ali’s family, including four of his nine children, are at his bedside and have been told by doctors that they fear the 74-year-old ‘is near the end’.

Daughters Laila, Hana and Maryum, are at the hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Ali is believed to be suffering with a respiratory problems

It’s understood the American’s breathing problems has been complicated by the Parkinson’s disease he picked up in the 1980s.

‘Like in the ring, Ali is a fighter on the ward,’ said a source.

‘Doctors are working to regulate his breathing put it is being hampered by his Parkinson’s.

‘His children are all extremely concerned and dropped everything to be with him. They fear the worse.

‘Ali is everything to them and there are worried his problems are worse than first feared.’

I Agree with Snoop Dogg — Enough is Enough with "Slavery Entertainment"

Why must films feature the humiliation and pain of black bodies to be considered worthy of distinction?

Rapper Snoop Dogg is making headlines, but this time it's for a surprising reason. Generally, Snoop isn't one to comment on social issues; however the remake of Alex Haley's Roots really upset him. 

On Memorial Day, A&E premiered the scripted miniseries, and Snoop Dogg posted an expletive-filled rant to his social media accounts about not only Roots but also other slavery-themed entertainment including 12 Years a Slave and Underground. He went so far as to urge his fans to boycott Roots and expressed his desire to see more inspiring programming about the achievements of African Americans. 

Although I'm critical of many of the images and lyrics that Snoop Dogg presents, I do agree with him about the recent onslaught of slavery-inspired movies. Enough is enough.

I understand that some people feel as if movies about slavery are needed in order to provide a historical perspective about one of the founding institutions of this country. This is, by far, the most popular rebuttal of those who support these types of films. However, if as a society we've decided to leave the responsibility to educate us and our children about America's history up to Hollywood, we have bigger problems than Snoop Dogg's rant.

It was 12 Years a Slave that ended my support of these historical films. Although the movie received widespread critical acclaim, I found it both traumatizing and disgusting. In fact, I almost walked out of the movie theater after the brutal rape of Patsy (played by the gorgeous Lupita Nyong'o). I realized that I wasn't actually learning anything new about slavery in America or my ancestry by watching 12 Years a Slave.

I've done my genealogy and family tree. I've seen the bills of sale and the census documents that declared my ancestors property. However, I also know the story of my great-great-great-grandfather who ran away from his plantation to fight for the Union during the Civil War. I also know the story about his son, who took part in the Back-to-Africa movement and died from yellow fever after reaching West Africa; and the story about my great-grandfather who left Tulsa, Oklahoma, after Black Wall Street was bombed and moved to California where he purchased hundreds of acres of land and grew prize-winning cotton.

Unfortunately, I haven't seen or been made aware of one movie about the Back-to-Africa movement, Black Wall Street, or even African-American farmers. And that's what is so frustrating. By no stretch of the imagination are my family's stories unique. They are merely a small piece of the larger legacy of African Americans in the United States. However, the richness of the history is being lost to Hollywood's formulaic and played-out narratives that seek to profit from the pain and suffering of black people.

After Twelve Years a Slave, I went almost three years without watching anything remotely related to slavery. Then Undergroundpremiered on WGN, and I kept hearing about how "wonderful" the show was. Well, I broke down and tuned in one night. And I'll admit that it was entertaining. The characters were captivating. The lead character, Rosalee, played by actress Jurnee Smollet-Bell is cute as a button, and her love interest, Noah, played by Aldis Hodge, is tall, dark and handsome. It's a soap opera on a plantation.

And then it dawned on me (or rather my fiancé brought it to my attention since I broke our 12 Years a Slave pact) that there is something so very problematic about the fact that while we have our very first African-American President in the White House, black actors are still faced with the age-old problem of either not working or playing slaves.

See, I live in Hollywood. I know black screenwriters. And I know they aren't all sitting around sipping $6 lattes, typing away about the good old days on the plantation. So I don't want to hear the excuse that there's no other material available, because there is.

So my question is why? Why must films feature the humiliation and pain of black bodies to be considered worthy of distinction? Cue Oscar-nominated Django Unchained, Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, and most recently, The Birth of a Nation about Nat Turner's slave rebellion, which made history at Sundance selling for a record $17.5 million to Fox Searchlight.

I'm not arguing that these aren't worthwhile stories that need to be told, because they are. It's just that as an African-American, I'm tired of one-dimensional narratives of my history. Black history isn't just whips, chains or rapes in the cotton fields. 

The purpose of film is to find the commonality in our humanity. People of color also fall in love (without laugh tracks), have awkward teenage years, grieve the loss of parents, and go to space. It's time for Hollywood executives, film critics, and audiences to open their perspective to these everyday stories of black Americans.

Ohio man gets death sentence for murders of three women

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Michael Madison, a East Cleveland man convicted of murdering three women and keeping their bodies wrapped in plastic as trophies, was sentenced on Thursday to death by an Ohio county judge.

Madison's attorney, David Grant, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A jury earlier this month unanimously recommended the death penalty for Madison, 38, after his conviction on May 5 in the murders of Shetisha Sheeley, 28; Angela Deskins, 38, and Shirellda Terry, 18.

In addition to aggravated murder, he was convicted on additional counts, including rape, kidnapping and gross abuse of a corpse, and was ruled a violent sexual predator.

East Cleveland police found the first of the three women in July 2013 after receiving a complaint about foul odors coming from a garage behind Madison's apartment.

The bodies of two more women were discovered nearby the next day. Madison was arrested at his mother's Cleveland home after a two-hour standoff with police.

After Madison was sentenced by Cuyahoga County Judge Nancy McDonnell, Terry's father, Van Terry, ran toward the convict and lunged at him.

"Right now I guess we are supposed to give you forgiveness. You tortured our families. You take my child," Terry said.

Sheriff's deputies quickly subdued Terry and Madison, who appeared unharmed, was taken to a holding cell adjacent to the courtroom