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Arkansas cop goes unpunished for killing black teen

joshhasting 600Once again, the mother of a black teenage boy is crying that there won't be justice for her dead son. This time, it's because prosecutors have dropped charges against the white Little Rock, Ark., police officer who was set to go on trial next month on charges he shot and killed 15-year-old Bobby Moore III two years ago.

The state first brought charges after a police investigation showed that the officer's story didn't match the evidence at the scene of the shooting and that the use of deadly force was not justified.

Now prosecutors say that even though they still believe the officer is guilty of a homicide, it's apparent that a jury would never convict the officer. How can they be so sure? Because they've tried the case twice already. Both trials ended in hung juries. In the first, an all-white jury voted 10-2 for a conviction. In the second, a jury that included two African Americans voted 11-1 to acquit the officer.

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Will African-Americans benefit from the emerging marijuana industry?

marijuana 600The historic shift in marijuana policy happening around the United States and the world begs a couple of questions concerning African-Americans.

First, will this change in policy benefit or somehow hurt our community? Second, is no longer having the underground marijuana economy that has, like it or not, been a supplemental source for income for our young adults and the unemployed or underemployed good in the long run?

The drug war is more effective at continuing the disenfranchisement of the poor and people of color than it is at preventing drug use, and we argue about whether this was the intended goal in the first place: to reinforce racism. The results have been undeniably tragic for the African-American community no matter the intent.

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You Gotta see Taraji!

henson 600Taraji P. Henson talks about her new film, "From The Rough," an inspirational biopic where she portrays Catana Starks, the African-American trailblazer who became the first female to coach an NCAA Division-1 men's team when she accepted the reins of the golf squad at Tennessee State University.

Kam Williams: Hi Taraji, thanks for the interview.
Taraji P. Henson: Oh, no worries, Kam.

KW: What interested you in this film?
TPH: Well, first of all, I'd never seen a movie about a female coach before, outside of that Goldie Hawn comedy from years ago, "Wildcats." And I had certainly never seen an African-American woman portrayed this way in a drama. That was the first thing that interested me. Then, when I read the script, I went, "Wow! What an amazing story!" She had all the odds stacked against her, yet she and her team won. And it was all because of the tenacity and belief and passion that she instilled in her players.

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This Weekend in Memphis!

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Health in the Hood Wellness Festival | 9am-3pm | LeMoyne-Owen College

Women On The Move: A Clean and Green Memphis | 11:30am-1:00pm | Crescent Club

Clean Memphis' 'Trash Flash Mob! Downtown' | 11:00am-Noon | Court Square Park

"Art Lounge" | 6:00pm | On the Dock at South Main Artspace Lofts

Shark Tank Watch Party with Mo's Bows | 7:00pm | A. Schwab General Store

* New Ballet Ensemble's 'Coppelia Remix' | 7pm | The Salvation Army Kroc Center

* On Location: Memphis' International Film & Music Festival | All Day | Malco Studio on the Square

 

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City begins new parking ticket process May 1st

parking 600Three months after installing new electronic parking meters and expanding parking opportunities downtown and in the medical district, city officials are putting in place a new process for enforcing regulations, and issuing tickets for violations that carry fines averaging about $21.

The cost for illegal parking can rise to as much as $246 for violators who don't pay timely.

All fines are due within 15 days of the date the parking ticket is issued. If violators do nothing, a judgment will be issued which is enforceable for up to 10 years.

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