Afeni Shakur was an American music businesswoman, philanthropist, political activist and Black Panther and the mother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. She inspired her son’s work and worked to keep his legacy alive, has died. She was 69.
The Marin County, California, Sheriff’s Department confirmed her death on Twitter and said in a statement that deputies were responding to a report of a possible cardiac arrest at Shakur’s Sausalito home, but no other details were provided.
Much of her life was consumed with keeping Tupac Shakur’s legacy alive…Read more here.Read More
A Department of Justice investigation into the stops and citations to black bicycle riders found there was no evidence to suggest that the racial disparities were based on discriminatory practices by the Tampa Police Department.
During May 2015, Former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor requested an analysis in response to allegations of racial disparities in stops and ticketing of bicycle riders.
“I commend former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor for requesting this analysis. It takes courageous leadership to open yourself and your department to intense scrutiny,” said Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Director Ronald Davis. “I’d also like to thank Chief Eric Ward and the men and women of the Tampa Police Department for their full cooperation and commitment to this process.
The key findings of the federal report indicate:
The data revealed that there were racial disparities in stops and ticketing of bicycle riders by the TPD. In fact, 73 percent of riders stopped between January 1, 2014 and August 30, 2015 were black and 26 percent were white, while the estimated population of bicycle riders during the assessment period was 40 percent black and 49 percent white.
The TPD’s justification for the implementation of this bicycle stop program was not validated by the data. The stops did not reduce crime or result in any measurable impact on public safety in Tampa, nor did the stops result in significant recoveries of stolen bicycles. The bicycle stop program did, however, negatively impact community and police relations.
While there were racial disparities in the data uncovered during the assessment, there was no evidence to suggest that the racial disparities were based on discriminatory practices or racial animus by the TPD.
Billy Paul was best known for his 1972 hit Me and Mrs Jones. The music hit won a Grammy award and reached number one in the US.
A statement on his website said he died on Sunday of a “serious medical condition”. The NME music magazine has reported that this was pancreatic cancer.
Mr Paul, who was born as Paul Williams in Philadelphia, helped shape the course of modern R&B music.
In his youth, he performed alongside music legends including Charlie Parker and Nina Simone.Read More
A Treasury official says Secretary Jacob Lew has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, making her the first woman on U.S. paper currency in 100 years.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of Lew’s official announcement, says that the 19th century abolitionist and leader of the Underground Railroad, would replace the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president.
Details on other changes being made to the $20, $10 and $5 bills will be provided from the announcement. Read more here.