(Atlanta, GA) – The IWillVote Gala was back in Atlanta…and what an event by the Democratic National Committee. Vice President Joe Biden took charge immediately by putting his support behind Women’s Rights and condemning Abortion Laws as certain states move to try and control what a woman does with her body.
Biden stressed once again that it’s time for us to restore American Politics and even the playing field when it comes to education and economic opportunities. He also touched on voter suppression, infrastructure and foreign interference. Uncle Joe had to leave out early because his Granddaughter is graduating.
But, attendees were further charged by Rev. Al Sharpton who didn’t bite his tongue when he challenged citizens (primarily black) to be more cognizant about voter interference plots aimed directly at them and to be blunt..being a complete waste of space as a human being. As Sharpton kept it real… he encouraged people to brag less about their titles and material possessions and more about what they’re doing to help other people. Sharpton’s speech was so rousing, he received a standing ovation.
Afterwards, Sharpton mingled with an excited crowd that included Rev. Jesse Jackson, Representative Maxine Waters, DNC Chair Tom Perez, Representative Lucy McBath, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms and more.
The Honorable Stacey Abrams was the keynote speaker of the evening closing the Gala out with an impactful speech that focused on the influence Georgia’s population and underrepresented demographics have on elections. She highlighted Georgia’s Latino, lack and illennial involvement and what that could mean heading into the 2020 election.
The Honorable Beto O’Rourke also laid out parts of his platform; but like Joe Biden he let it be known that regardless of who would be on the Democratic ticket, he would be supportive of the party and the movement.
The IWillVoteGala also featured DNC Chair Tom Perez, Sonya Halpern, Dekalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, Congresswoman Lucy McBath, DNC Assistant Treasurer Lorna Johnson and Vice Chair Michael Blake and DNC Associate Chair Jamie Harrison. Congressman John Lewis was slightly ill and didn’t make it.
The DNC launched IWillVotein 2018 as an unprecedented new campaign with four initiatives: Commit to Vote; Voter Registration; Voter Education and Protection; and Get-Out-The-Vote. Under the IWillVote program, the DNC, in partnership with state parties and organizations, reached over 50 million voters during the midterm elections to engage, educate, and mobilize them to vote for Democrats up and down the ticket.
The party is certainly in a strong position as we move toward 2020.
(Stockbridge, GA) — A standoff that started Thursday morning around 11am ended with four people dead in Stockbridge. Authorities were responding to a domestic violence call in Henry County at the Eagles Landing Subdivision in Stockbridge.
When police arrived at the house, the suspect, 47-year old convicted felon Anthony Bailey opened fire shooting officer Keegan Merritt in the hand and another officer Taylor Webb in the chest and the hip. The officers were air lifted to Grady Memorial hospital and were in the Trauma unit at last check.
The two officers were shot after one saw blood on the driveway, running from underneath the garage door and a woman’s bloody lifeless body through the glass. They forced their way into the home. Upon entry, they were fired upon. Bailey then yelled, “Don’t come in here. Don’t come in here. Do not come in here. I got a lot of shots. I got a hostage. I got a hostage.”
Dozens of law enforcement officers from the Henry County Police Department had the home surrounded with heavy artillery.
Officer Keegan Merritt
Officer Taylor Webb
They were willing to wait and negotiate for as long as they could after family members informed them their 16-year old nephew, Arkeyvion White, was still in the home.
The nephews’ aunt is the one who called 911 after she was attempting to enter the home and found her pregnant sister, 39-year old Sandra White, dead in the garage. The shooter, who was the victim’s boyfriend, told authorities he would release the boy but as hours pressed on it seemed unlikely that he would do so.
According to some accounts, last night police decided to make a move and fired gas into the home where the boyfriend responded by firing shots once again at officers. He had threatened earlier to shoot at anyone who approached the house. But at this point, officers were willing to take that chance and started their attempts to enter the residence.
At 3 this morning, they finally entered the home and found dead Bailey and Arkeyvion in an upstairs bedroom. Sandra’s body was still in the garage.
Sandra White and her 16-year son Arkeyvion. (Photo Courtesy of the Family)
Family members say that all was well the day before the incident and that they, including the boyfriend, were planning a big baby shower for this weekend. Reportedly, the pregnant victim was due to give birth to a son named Antonio on April 29th. The pregnant victim’s sister said that she wasn’t happy in the relationship though and that yesterday the boyfriend had been asked to leave and he refused.
Sandra White was a nurse at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. Sophomore Arkeyvion White was an honor roll student and football player at Dutchtown High School.
Bailey was a convicted felon who served two years in the 90s on an aggravated assault conviction.
(Atlanta, GA-AP) — Ride-sharing service Lyft is giving out free rides to black history museums, memorial sites or black-owned businesses in honor of Black History Month. You can get a free ride of up to ten dollars to places in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charleston, New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and other cities.
Lyft said in a statement that it believes in recognizing, celebrating and supporting the contributions of black men and women throughout history. The service us also celebrating the one-year anniversary of its partnership with Black Girls Code, an organization that provides African-American girls with coding skills to help increase representation of black women in technology.
(Atlanta, GA) – Mystery surrounds the death of a man found hanging from a bridge near Atlanta’s historical black colleges.
Believed to be in his early to mid 20s, no other details have been released about the young black male found with a chain around his neck other than it is believed the keys to the chain were in his pocket.
Atlanta police were called to the 600 block of MLK Drive at about 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Atlanta police Sgt. John Chafee said the chain was locked in several places. Chafee also said investigators canvassed the area and located one person who said they overheard someone yelling “don’t do it.”
Early speculation points to suicide but a full investigation has not been completed yet.
(Atlanta, GA) – Three former presidents are set to attend today’s funeral services for former Georgia Governor Zell Miller. Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are all expected to speak. Miller died on Friday at the age of 86 after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He will lie in state in the rotunda at the Georgia Capitol following the funeral services.
His funeral procession made its way through Atlanta this morning on the way to the Governor’s mansion.
(Atlanta, GA) – Hawks forward DeAndre Bembry is facing charges after being caught speeding in Atlanta early Friday morning. Multiple reports state Bembry was caught going 128 miles-per-hour in a 55 zone. Atlanta Police says it appeared he was racing and he was charged with reckless driving and speeding.
The first round draft pick and second-year player is averaging 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18 games for the Hawks this season.
The AJC Reports: About 12:20 a.m., Atlanta police saw a purple Dodge Charger driven by small forward DeAndre’ Bembry “traveling at a high rate of speed south of Buford Highway” along with another car, Officer Donald Hannah said.“Both vehicles were changing lanes and appeared to be racing each other as they traveled on I-85 approaching the Buford Highway exit at speeds visually estimated to be close to 150 mph in a 55-mph speed limit zone,” he said.
Bembry was booked and released on bond.
IN OTHER HAWKS’ NEWS
The Atlanta Hawks and guard Marco Belinelli are parting ways. The two sides agreed to a buyout on Friday, making Belinelli a free agent. The 31-year-old wing is averaging 11.4 points per game and is shooting 37-percent from beyond the arc. Atlanta had previously bought his name up in trade discussions before Thursday’s deadline. Belinelli has played for eight teams since being chosen 18th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.
(Atlanta, Ga) – At the trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the sports’ world with some blockbuster moved that frankly had some people asking WTF? Isaiah Thomas was sent to the Lakers while D. Wade found himself back in Miami and Derrick Rose…well, he went to Utah, but was quickly released. Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and Jae Crowder were also released.For the Cavs they picked up Rodney Hood from the Utah Jazz and George Hill from the Sacramento Kings to go with the acquisitions of Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the Lakers. Post game I asked LeBron about the changes between the new lineup and the old lineup.
Granted none of them hit the court tonight which left even more suspense hanging over Cleveland’s head but it played out as expected.Malcolm Delaney and Dennis Schroder got started out of the gate and by halftime Schroder led all scorers with 19 pts, but it ended pretty much there with him only scoring 6 pts in the the second half.
The Cavs on 53% percent of shooting would end the 2nd qtr ahead by 5 (61-56). Jeff Green, who the Cavs acquired during the trade proved he fits right in with the offense playing 32 minutes and putting 24 on the board.
But it was Kyle Korver who took matters into his own hands living up to his reputation of being the 3-point king. He was 7-11 from downtown and had the game high all across the board with 30.
LeBron James’ King status was intact as well with a triple double ( 22 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds). One strategy that stood out was the eight man rotation the Cavs played with. LeBron says, “We played together offensively and defensively. The communication was very high. The ball was moving around. the was popping. Everybody felt like we were in a good rhythm. This team has played us tough every single season, no matter their record. Tonight we finally played them tough. We played Cavaliers basketball. “
What was missing from the Hawks? For one, Taurean Prince needs to learn when to back away from the 3-point line. He was 0-9 from long range. He put up 15 but that came with a +/- of -21. Not good. Late in the 3rd was when the quality of ball the Hawks were playing dropped tremendously. When Lebron says they played them tough, they did just that. Atlanta never really rebounded from the 18-2 run Cleveland went on to which Kent Bazemore says, “We definitely lost focus.”
Final score 123-107. Hopefully, the Hawks can get back on track Sunday when they host Detroit. The Cavs will continue their 3 game road trip playing the Celtics Sunday and OKC on Tuesday.
(SL) – If you missed our @bouncetv #TrumpetAwards Red Carpet Special tonight, watch it here! The evening’s festivities were hosted by actors Larenz Tate and Erica Ash as celebrities, notable and esteemed guests from far and wide gathered to honor the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others!
Make sure you tune in to Season 3 of Sytonnia LIVE TUESDAY nights @ MIDNIGHT on the TST Network on Comcast/Xfinity CH 29 in Atlanta!
(SL) – How frightening. Two women have been treated and released after suffering injuries from chairs that were dropped from the 10th floor inside the Marriott Marquis.
21-year old Kelly McDaniel says she’s lucky to be alive and credits her costume helmet for saving her life. She was hit in the head and had to receive staples to hold the wound together.
Another woman, Jamie Temple-Thompson Amador was hit in the arm.
The Atlanta Police Department is currently investigating.
McDaniel has posted on her Facebook Sunday morning asking for anyone with information to come forwards. She said: ‘If anyone has any information about the inconsiderate jerks(s) that threw 3 chairs from the Marriott balcony and split my head open, please send it Cristóbal Esteban Poth (McDaniel’s boyfriend) or me.’
‘I was just discharged and we are headed home to recover from a horrifying experience. I have lost all faith in humanity, but I’m counting my blessings that I wasn’t hurt any worse. I could’ve died because of some drunk idiot.