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Cops Indict 32 Members Of Brooklyn’s WOOO And CHOO Gangs On 106 Criminal Counts

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Several news reports have confirmed that a war between two Brooklyn-based gangs, WOOO and CHOO, has prompted an indictment of 32 members of the two gangs on 106 charges, including 19 shootings.

Out of the almost 20 shootings, 2 were fatal and in one of the shootings, a 3-year-old girl was shot. In another shooting, a 22-year-old cab driver was shot while listening to another drill artist’s music. According to the NYPD, both gangs were responsible for 14 injuries and 27 crimes between 2020 and 2022.

According to police, the war between the two factions started in the summer of 2020 with the murder of Shamel Boomer. Even though it was discovered that another gang killed Boomer, the CHOOs openly celebrated his death.

“These are the trigger-pullers. These are that small group of individuals as reckless as we’ve ever seen,” said Deputy Chief Jason Savino during a press conference. “You witnessed the videos. It paints a picture. These gangs would shoot at their opposition in the vicinity of high schools, day-care centers, MTA buses and densely and highly populated areas with no regard for anybody in the area.”

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez says that the Brownsville-based factions have terrorized the Brooklyn neighborhood as he commended their arrests.

“Removing these individuals from our community will have the desired impact of reducing…trigger pullers from our neighborhoods, making Brownsville a safer place to live with many, many hard-working residents and families who call Brownsville home,” Gonzalez said. “The shootings and the disregard for human life by these gang members didn’t just cost the lives of fellow rival gang members, but also terrorized law-abiding citizens and residents of our community.”

The suspects arraigned on Tuesday(November 17), with two CHOO members having received murder charges for killing two WOOO members. Of the 32 arrests, 13 of them are suspected WOOO members and 19 suspects are alleged CHOO members.

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Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand Announces 2023 Community Grant Application

Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand Announces 2023 Community Grant Application

In order to give grassroots non-profit organizations new opportunities to make an impact where it matters most in their communities and cities, Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand have opened their third application cycle for Community Grants as part of a joint, 10-year, $100M commitment to the Black community.

The BCC Community Grant commitment is concentrated on funding and supporting groups and people working to ensure racial equality, social justice, and wider access to opportunities for education. Each Black Community Commitment (BCC) grantee organization will be chosen based on how well it aligns with one of the following four major pillars: Economic Justice, Education, Narrative Change, and Social Justice.

“By continuing to deliver on our commitment to the Black community, we can challenge the legacy of racism across this country,” said Jordan. “Through our Community Grants program, we’re focused on identifying and uplifting organizations that are committed to making real change at the local level.”

In order to encourage a wide range of community organizations to apply for these contributions, eligibility requirements were purposefully made straightforward. Application requirements include:

  • Be a U.S.-based non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status that has been established in 2019 or prior
  • Have an annual operating budget between $100,000 to $3 million
  • Organizations must have a mission that aligns with at least one of our four key pillars: Economic Justice, Education, Narrative Change, and Social Justice

The core of Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand’s 10-year, $100 million Black Community Commitment is leading significant change that has a direct influence on the battle against systemic racism. Since the BCC’s announcement in June 2020, we have concentrated on two things: action and impact.

“We are committed to supporting the Black community and deepening our connections,” said Craig Williams, President of Jordan Brand. “We want to advance the work of these incredible grassroots organizations that treat their communities like family. I’m proud that we have another opportunity to welcome them into our own Jordan Family.”

To learn more about the Black Community Commitment (BCC) – including access to the application, visit here.

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[WATCH] Breonna Taylor’s Family Give First-Ever Joint Interview on ‘Red Table Talk’

Breonna Taylor's Family Give First-Ever Joint Interview on 'Red Table Talk'

Breonna Taylor’s family, including her mother, Tamika Palmer, sister Ju’Niyah Palmer, and her boyfriend Kenny Walker, who was present the night she tragically passed away, visit “Red Table Talk” for their first-ever joint interview.

In the episode, Kenny details the tragic event with Jada Pinkett Smith.

“The day didn’t begin so tragic,” Kenny said. “Neither one of us could have ever imagined it ending the way it did. It was a normal day. We were out to eat, or just enjoying each other’s company. Just me and her. We was tired after, so we just gonna go in the house and just chill. That’s what makes the situation even more crazy.

“What place do you feel more safe than in the comfort of your own home? Thinking that’s been a good day and it’s gonna be a good night. I can remember the night still pretty vividly. We began to watch a movie, ‘Freedom Writers.’  But she had fell asleep on me, like, she did that a lot. So, I probably kinda dozed off, too. There was a banging on the door. It startled both of us. You know, it was late at night.” 

What actually transpired that sad night, as told by the sole witness to Breonna Taylor’s killing at the hands of the police, is revealed in full in the episode. Kenny Walker, her boyfriend, uses police-obtained body camera footage to walk us through a minute-by-minute recount of the incident. Breonna’s mother and sister participate in an exclusive interview for the first time since four cops were federally charged in connection with her death. They provide disturbing information about their tragic loss and the subsequent cover-up.

In the episode, the next steps are explained by legal expert Benjamin Crump, social justice activist Tamika D. Mallory, and CNN’s Laura Coates and Lonita Baker.

You can see the full episode here.

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Documents Reveal The FBI Followed Aretha Franklin For 40 Years

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According to a recent report from NPR, a file that was declassified by the FBI shows that the federal agency collected information on the late, legendary singer Aretha Franklin for over four decades via surveillance and fake phone calls in their efforts to fin out how deeply the “Respect” singer was involved in the Civil Rights movement, the Black Power movement and communism.

The document, which was released in early September, shows that between 1967-2007, the Federal Bureau of Investigation collected over 270 pages of information with reports from over a dozen states. The Bureau followed Franklin’s activism, specifically hr relationships with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Angela Davis.

A 1968 document discusses funeral plans for Martin Luther King Jr., calling it a “racial situation.” It further states, “Sammy Davis Jr., Aretha Franklin…of this group, some have supported militant Black power concept…[performance at MLK memorial by these prominent entertainers] would provide emotional spark which could ignite racial disturbance in this area.”

The reports also says that the document contains three threats on the Grammy Award winner’s life as well as infringements of her music and performances. The FBI’s description of Franklin included phrases such as “Black extremists,” “pro-communist,” “hate America,” “radical,” “racial violence,” and “militant Black power”.

In 1974, the Queen of Soul received a threatening letter, reading, “Dear Aretha…I’m still in charge of you…I’m not to be crossed…you should be…paying me some of my money…evidently your advisors do not know the dangers of neglecting what I’m saying…I would hate to drag [your father] into this.” In 1979, four months after her father was shot in Detroit, she received yet another threat from a man who said he was going to kill her and her family.

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Jim Jones, Aisha Hall, Shawana King “GIVE BACK” Phones And Tablets To Their Harlem Hood

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Next week, September 21st, Aisha Hall and Shawana King of PTM Consulting alongside Harlem megastar Jim Jones are giving away phones and tablets that have free internet access to low income families. The giveaway will take place at Momma Zee’s Food & Deli at 2061 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, New York, NY 10027 from 12 pm-4 pm. 

The goal of this event is to provide people who received state or federal benefits or people from low-income areas receive free internet access. In order to qualify for the phone or tablet, you must be currently receiving:

  • Food stamps
  • Social Security Income
  • Medicaid
  • WIC
  • Free School Lunch
  • Come from a low-income background such as public housing

The names are run through a national verification system and if approved, the person will receive their tablet or phone device. There will only be 250-300 phones and tablets at the location, so the devices are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please bring a valid ID or your benefits card to apply. There is a twenty-dollar activation fee for the phone and tablets. PTM Consulting, are also open to hiring people who would want to provide phone and tablet service to the community. 

Jim Jones + Aisha Hall + Shawana King GIVE BACK

WED September 21st 

12 pm-4 pm.

Giving phones and tablets that have free internet access.

Momma Zee’s Food & Deli
2061 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd
New York, NY 10027 

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Reform Alliance Names Kim Spitaleri as Its First Chief Marketing Officer

Reform Alliance Names Kim Spitaleri as Its First Chief Marketing Officer

Kim Spitaleri has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer by REFORM Alliance, which will oversee the group’s recently established marketing division. Kim will create the long-term marketing plan, activations, and brand innovation for REFORM. Kim will play a crucial part as the organization continues to advance its goal to revolutionize supervision by altering laws, procedures, and culture to offer genuine routes to employment and well-being.

America’s probation and parole system have to be replaced with a restorative strategy that is fair, responsible, and committed to recovery. The organization’s mission is to help people successfully reintegrate into society while enhancing the safety and well-being of families and communities.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kim to our team,” said REFORM CEO Robert Rooks. “As we continue to raise awareness about the need to transform our probation and parole system, innovation will be fundamental to taking our movement to new heights. As Chief Marketing Officer, Kim will lead the strategic direction for our marketing presence, spearheading efforts to bring REFORM’s mission to new audiences by implementing creative campaigns and designing dynamic and impactful events. Her leadership will be key to advancing our growth and impact.” 

Kim has over 20 years of experience in a variety of marketing fields. Kim joins us most recently from Estée Lauder Companies, where she served as Vice President, Global Consumer Marketing, eCommerce & Omnichannel at Tom Ford Beauty, shaping the brand strategy, creating disruptive marketing activations, and driving record-breaking growth. She is uniquely qualified to lead marketing transformation in that role. She led the global opening of the Tom Ford Beauty retail locations during her time there, diversified social media, and opened up e-commerce in China, tripling revenues.

“I couldn’t be happier to join REFORM given the current state of affairs and the inequities regularly occurring in our criminal justice system,” said Kim Spitaleri. “We want to change the narrative by sharing the facts and creating emotional connections to amplify REFORM’s reach.”

Kim worked for MAC Cosmetics for five years as the company’s vice president of global and North American consumer marketing and artist relations. Before joining the Tom Ford cosmetics line, she helped the renowned VIVA GLAM lipstick become the best-selling item, with all profits going to regional groups that serve those afflicted by or living with HIV/AIDS. Before joining the Tom Ford cosmetics line, she oversaw and coordinated marketing efforts across many divisions.

She worked for Starwood Hotels & Resorts for seven years before Marriott acquired it, spending more than ten years there. She held executive positions inside several organizations in North America, including W Hotels, Starwood Preferred Guest, and the portfolio of brands. Most notably, she encouraged the growth into international markets and helped establish the W Hotels brand in its early years.

One of the essential aspects in determining reentry success, reducing recidivism, and establishing long-term stability for people, families, and communities is employment possibilities. Since the company’s founding in 2019, REFORM has helped more than 650,000 people find options to leave the criminal justice system by passing 16 pieces of bipartisan legislation in 10 states. In addition to working on legislation, REFORM is committed to fostering employment possibilities for long-term success in the labor market.

REFORM launched a series of job fair events in late 2021, and since then, it has staged two sizable gatherings that offered complete one-stop services and community involvement. Nearly 10,000 people had access to career prospects thanks to the two events in New York and Philadelphia, and 25% of registrants received job offers. In 2023, more job fair occasions are anticipated to be declared nationwide.

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CJ Wallace, Son of The Notorious B.I.G., Receives Custom Diamond Pendant of His Father

CJ Wallace, Son of The Notorious B.I.G., Receives Custom Diamond Pendant of His Father

Hip-Hop loves chains, and CJ Wallace, the son of The Notorious B.I.G., may have just revealed one of the best neck pieces of all time.

CJ got the new necklace from Mazza New York Jewelers by request of his mother Faith Evans. The result is a Biggie pendant covered in diamonds, showing his father in one of his trademark Coogi sweaters with a stack of bills in his hand.

“It was an honor to get the opportunity to create such an iconic figure such as B.I.G., it was a greater honor to present it to my guy @cjordanwallace,” Mazza wrote on Instagram. “Thank you @therealfaithevans for trusting our brand to create such an important piece for your son.”

Are you a fan of the new pendant? Check it out below and exclusive videos and images on Instagram here and here.

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Travis Scott’s Family and Cactus Jack Foundation Host School Supply Drive Serving 1,000 Teachers in Houston

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Travis Scott’s family and neighborhood volunteers organized a school supply distribution for Houston teachers in reaction to school budget cuts that forced instructors to buy materials on their own dime. As schools reopen, there will be many needs, as evidenced by the fact that all teachers were pre-registered and that places filled up quickly—in record time.

Before the 2022–2023 school year, Travis Scott and his Cactus Jack Foundation organized a Back to School Drive at the Lakeshore Learning location for 1,000 teachers in the Houston Independent School District. Participants received a free tote filled with school essentials and a $50 Lakeshore Learning Store gift card.

Jordan Webster, who oversees education initiatives at her brother’s Cactus Jack Foundation and recently graduated from an HBCU, Josh Webster, and their parents, Jacques Webster Sr. and Wanda Webster, as well as Scott’s grandmother Mrs. Sealie, who has a long history, of taking part in community CJF events in their native Houston, were present to distribute supply packages and meet with teachers today.

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 “Cactus Jack Foundation is committed to enhancing and enriching the lives of teachers and students across Houston and around the country,” said Jordan Webster. “It breaks my heart that teachers are forced to dig into their own pockets to fund classrooms that will ensure a rich learning environment for every student. Hopefully, this effort, the first of many squarely focused on teachers, will provide some relief.”

The Cactus Jack Foundation announced a million-dollar series of $10,000 scholarships to 100 HBCU seniors facing financial hardship after their senior year. Each senior graduated on schedule this past May, fulfilling the foundation’s goal.

Scott launched Project HEAL in March, a multi-tiered project aimed at tackling problems faced by today’s kids, particularly those from disadvantaged and at-risk areas in Texas.

Project HEAL unifies efforts such as HBCU scholarships, free mental health support, a creative design center and career incubator, and a first-ever, tech-driven solution for event safety in collaboration with the Cactus Jack Foundation. These initiatives seek to address problems and overcome obstacles affecting young people, individually and collectively.

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Cormega Brings Adidas To Queensbridge For Back To School Book Bag GiveAway

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t’s been a quite week for hip-hop emcee and author Cormega, who dropped a new single, “Essential,” produced by Havoc. In addition to formally announcing the release of his long-anticipated next album, The Realness IIhe unveiled a billboard in Times Square! New music isn’t the only thing he’s preparing for. The proud parent of two is also getting Queensbridge kids and their families ready to return to school!

On Sunday, August 21st from 1pm-3pm, Cormega partnered with Adidas to distribute FREE Adidas book bags to hundreds of kids in front of The Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement aka Queensbridge Community Center at 10-25 41st Ave, Queens, NY 11101. For the past four years, Cormega has discretely given backpacks and school supplies to kids in the community. This year he welcomed families publicly sharing, “I came to Queensbridge as Cory, and Queensbridge made me Cormega!”GB NY Sneaker Boutique and Riis Settlement Center, joined as sponsors of the FREE family friendly event which featured free vegan pizza from Krave It NY Pizza, ice cream, and of course music!

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Cormega has been giving back to Queensbridge Projects long before he recorded his first record. Hiphopdx.com wrote an exclusive story in 2002 about an all-expense trip which took several busloads of people to Six Flags Great Adventures Amusement Park in New Jersey.

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I usually sponsor basketball tournaments, but I wanted to do something more to impact families, especially during inflation. For three years, I have purchased whatever was available, book bags, school supplies, clothes and and gave them to kids in Queensbridge. Some kids got book bags with flowers and stars. This year we upgraded to Adidas bookbags! It was cool to partner with a brand the kids and their parents respect,” shares Cormega“I’m grateful to everyone – Adidas, GBNY, Riis, Krave It, the ice cream man – who joined in to help get the kids ready as they return back to school!”

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T.I. Partners with Moolah Wireless To Provide 200 Tablets To Morris Brown College

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T.I. is continuing to push the culture forward. Morris Brown College announced it has partnered with Rap super star and entrepreneur, Tip “T.I.” Harris and Moolah Wireless to provide free tablets with 12 months of data service to Morris Brown College students to celebrate the restoration of the institution.

The “Live Your Life” rapper who gave away 200 Moolah tablets to the students of his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia said, “I’m excited to partner with Moolah Wireless to be able to provide the students at Morris Brown College free tablets to support their educational endeavors. This is the first of many schools whose students will receive Moolah tablets.”

READ MORE: T.I. Presented with Oustanding Georgia Citizen Award

Morris Brown College was founded in 1881 but reportedly had been struggling to maintain accreditation for two decades. MBC is the first college in Georgia to be owned and operated by African Americans.

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