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Lil Wayne Endures Several Seizures Mid-Flight, Triggering Emergency Landings

Posted On: June 13, 2016

Earlier during the day (June 13th), news surfaced that Lil Wayne endured a seizure during his flight which triggered an emergency landing in Omaha, Nebraska. Referencing TMZ, at the time, Weezy refused medical treatment and re-boarded the flight.

While on board, Lil Wayne had a another seizure and the pilot had to make another emergency landing. This is not the first time Lil Wayne had issues with having seizures, he experienced something similiar back in 2012, and also had one in 2013. Tunechi has opened up about his epileptic episodes in an interview but hasn't revealed the causes of them.

"I’m an epileptic," Weezy expressed.

“I’m prone to seizures. This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures, ya’ll just never hear about them."

Lil Wayne has been enduring seizures since he was child, he revealed. As an epileptic, he is very active with skateboarding and takes a risk with a hobby like that. That's the spirit of not letting anything hold you down. 

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder according to medical reports and research, the causes of them varies. There are different factors which can cause a person to have seizures or develop epilepsy. The episodes of seizures rate from petit to grand mal being the most serious one. 

There's no reports indicating what kind of seizure Lil Wayne had, However, there are reports that he lost consciousness with the second seizure and received medical care.

Below is an audio of the pilot reporting Tunechi's seizure. 

As of now, there's no updated reports. I'm sure he's good and God is with him. 

Prayers and healing to the Young Money boss! 


Article Reference: TMZ 



New York Court Administration Upholds Decision of $15 Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers

Posted On: June 12, 2016

In a state court ruling, New York is upholding their decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration to raise the minimum wage for many fast-food workers to $15.

In making their decision, Justice Eugene Devine documented how fast-food restaurants improved in sales and revenues but did not provide adequate wages and salaries, to supplement those employees for being part of that improvement. After a reviewal of those cases, the wage board found out that the fast-food restaurants had significant amount of profit increases but lacked in wage increase. Justice Devine stated it was not fair with this following statement"wrung from the necessities of their employees."

In rectifying the problem, the wage board elected to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers as a solution and finalized their decision. Although, the wage board was challenged by  the National Restaurant Association, the labor commissioner and the board as a whole ruled their decision and foundings were lawful. 


Valedictorian Reveals She Is a Undocumented Immigrant During Graduation Speech

Posted On: June 12, 2016

 During her acceptance speech of becoming a valedictorian and receiving her high school diploma, Larissa Martinez revealed she was an undocumented immigrant (as stated below) and shocked the crowd during the graduation procession. 

"I am one of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows of the United States."

Larissa continued with her speech and expressed, this was an opportunity for her to tell the truth. 

“I decided to stand before you today and reveal these unexpected realities, because this might be my only chance to convey the truth to all of you that undocumented immigrants are people, too,” she elaborated.

Larissa Martinez is a high school graduate at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, Texas, who expressed prior to her graduation speech to classmates about immigrants and their struggles. She confided in her classmates that immigrants are people too with dreams, aspirations, hopes, loved ones; and also want to make America great. Larissa revealed, how she left Mexico with her mother to live in Texas because of her abusive father. She also conveyed, about going to school and helping her mother take care of her younger sister. Larissa expressed her love for school and learning. 

In sharing her truth, Larissa Martinez revealed the purpose of it was to showcase and display how immigrants can break down the walls of stereotype against them, and to inspire others to do so. 

"By sharing my story, I hope to convince all of you that if I was able to break every stereotype based on what I’m classified as — Mexican, female, undocumented, first generation, low-income — then so can you."

During the fall semester, Larissa will be attending Yale University and will try to become a U.S. citizen. She expressed it won't be her first time trying and how the immigration system is flawed, as she waited for seven years for her application for citizenship to be processed. 

Since Larissa Martinez's revelation, it has sparked concerns and issues about immigration.

Check out the footage below of Larissa's full speech.  


Video Courtesy of: The Dallas Morning News


Mass Shooting in Orlando Nightclub Results in 50 Fatalities and 53 Injured Victims

Posted On: June 12, 2016

Early this morning (June 12th), police officers from Orlando, Florida responded to a shooting at a gay nightclub called Pulse. A gunman opened fire in the crowd of 300 hundred patrons who were partying. Unable to enter the building due to the violence of bullets flying everywhere, police officials used an armored truck to break down inside the building at 5a.m. Some of the police authorities were communicating with people inside the club and were able to collect enough data to make their move.

The gunman has been identified as Omar Mateen, 29 (pictured below) from Ft. Pierce, Florida, law enforcements informed CNN. Mateen was killed by police officials during the gunfire and shoot-out with him. 

Orlando Police Chief, John Mina stated how it was not a random shooting and how it was planned, calculated by Mateem because of various weapons found on him. 

"It appears he was organized and well-prepared," Mina revealed. 

"The shooter had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and "some type of (other) device on him."

Speculations have arised and raised eyebrows questioning how Mateen got inside the nightclub with all those weapons and the lack of security at Pulse nightclub. Which is very rare because it is a popular gay nightclub. How is it that Mateen got a pass to enter the nightclub fully armed? Things that make you go hmmm.

U.S. Rep., Alan Grayson expressed the details of what the nightclub looked like after the mass shooting and the evidence left behind to news reporters. 

One of the patrons that was inside the club Christopher Hansen, talked about the matter of the ordeal, what he witnessed and how long it lasted. 

It's just shocking," said Hansen expressd, who was inside Pulse when he heard gunshots, "just one after another after another."

"It could have lasted a whole song," he elaborated.

Hansen was getting a drink at the bar about 2 a.m. when he "just saw bodies going down."

Since the incident, an investigation is currently being conducted and Orlando Mayor, Buddy Dyer declared a state of emergency for the city of Orlando. 

During the investigation proceedings, police officials reported to CNN that possible explosives strapped to the gunman body but later recanted that none was found. U.S. Officials, the F.B.I and other law enforcements have been called to assist with the investigation into the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. There's specualtion it might be terrorist related but as of now, that has not been confirmed and is still being investigated. During a news conference, law enforcements revealed they believe it was a hate crime and will continue with conducting their investigation to find out the motive and if it is however terrorist related. 

Ricardo Negron Almodovar, who was inside the nightclub at the time of the shooting is grateful that he made it out alive. And expressed on his Facebook page (below,) what he and others had to do to survive. 

"People on the dance floor and bar got down on the floor and some of us who were near the bar and back exit managed to go out through the outdoor area and just ran."

He then informed family and friend that he was safe. 

"I am safely home and hoping everyone gets home safely as well."

Torres gave a recollection of what took place inside Pulse nightclub below.

"The shots did not sound like a regular handgun. It sounded like it was shooting repetitively and it wouldn't stop," expressed Torres, who revealed 10 people were shot.

The total fatalities in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting resulted in 50 people dead and 53 who sustained injuries. People took to social media to send out prayers, comfort and concerns to the victims and their families with the hashtag, #PrayForPulse and #PrayForOrlando. People in Orlando are volunteering blood, their time and support to the victims who have been injured. Orlando is coming together as a people, as well as the nation in enduring another mass shooting, with this one being documented from law enforcement as the worst one in their investigations. 

Prayers and condolences to all the victims and their families. 


Article Reference: CNN 


Gunman Identified In The Fatal Shooting of 'The Voice' Christina Grimmie

Posted On: June 12, 2016

Early yesterday morning (June 11th), news surfaced of NBC's 'The Voice' singer, Christina Grimmie (pictured below) was fatally shot and died in Florida, after a performance at the Plaza Live. Prior to the incident on Firday (June 10th), Christina informed her fans where she was performing in promoting the event. 

One thing that raised eyebrows and speculations about the shooting of Christina Grimmie is the lack security at the venue she was performing at and how somebody got in with a gun. While Christina who has 22 years old was signing autograph, a man that  was armed with two guns opened fire at the crowd. 

Later after investigation and reviewing surveillance cameras, police officials identified Kevin James Loibl (pictured below), 27 as the gunman. Loibl killed himself after shooting Christina. Her brother who is being depicted as a hero, tackled Kevin in trying to protect his sister but unfortunatetly, a bullet striked the singer. 

Christina Grimmie's publicist, Heather Weiss released this statement below, following the incident,, informing Christina's fans and the public about the tragedy. 

"She was shot at her show in Orlando and, unfortunately, didn't survive the gunshot wounds. We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning."

Christina's band, Before You Exit who was touring with her, expressed her character below.

"Christina was such a loving, caring, beautiful person with the biggest heart." 

And the kind of singer that she was. 

"She was an absolutely incredible musician and an even better friend."

Christina Grimmie rose to stardom after being discover on YouTube and finished third on Season 6 of "The Voice." She had fans from all over the world, who admired her talents and creativity in music. Christina will be missed but the hearts she touched with her music will always be remembered. 

Prayers and condolences to the family. 


Week In Review: Teen Commits Suicide After Nude Photos Leak Online

Posted On: June 12, 2016

As this week comes to close and recapping some stories in the news, one of them that made national headlines was about a teenager who committed suicide, after nude photos of her leaked online. The incident sparked many open conversations and debates online about social media and the culture of it, bullying online and how to protect children/teenagers from it; and suicide as a whole. 

Lets get to the story and then review some of the important highlights of these debates. 

Referencing a published article on June 8th and updated on June 10th from WFLA,

Fifteeen year old Tovonna Holton (pictured below) went into her mother's purse, took her gun and killed herself. Tovanna's mother, Levon Holton-Teamer sent the teen to clean her room, for some reason she went looking for her daughter (intuition perhaps) and went to the bathrrom, only to find out her daughter killed herself. 

Below is a statement Levon made to WFLA upon finding her daughter, 

"I go to the bathroom; I couldn’t get in the bathroom. The bathroom light was off so I tried to get in and I looked down and I saw the puddle of blood. I tried to apply the pressure, the pressure to her head. I tried to save her."

Prior to Tovonna killing herself, she expressed to her mother about a nude picture of her that her friends took without her permission. Not going into details about the situation with her mother, this what Levon recalls about the conversation with her daughter below. 

"Tovonna would say, ‘Mommy, I owe them; I owe them’. I said, ‘What do you mean you owe them?’ I couldn’t understand what was wrong."

The nude photo was posted on Snapchat. Tovonna Holton was freshman who attended Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel. After Tovonna's passing, her aunt, Angela Scott went on Facebook to try and figure out if anybody knew why her niece committed suicide and found out a nude picture of Tovanna surfaced online while she was in the shower. 

“I just said, ‘If anybody knows anything, what happened? Have you heard of anything? Do you know who these kids are who have the pictures?’ I thought it was just pictures and then the kids started inboxing me."

Angela Scott also learned, that her niece Tovonna was being bullied online with name callings from her peers. 

“Everybody was out there talking about her and calling her names and they said it went up on social media, Snapchat. I’d never heard of that before about 3 something that afternoon."

After the altercations of the name calling, Tovonna comitted suicide. 

Since the incident, an investigation has begun by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, after school officials heard about the bullying that took place prior to Tovanna killing herself. The school also provided counseling to any of its students that might of been affected by Tovanna's suicide. Also, an online campaign awareness about bullying launched to raise awareness about its issues with the hashtag #stopbullying. 

Along with the investigation to try to piece together what led to Tovanna Holton committing suicide, many psychologist, psychiatricts, counselors, school teachers and others have shared their professional opinions about the matter. It has also sparked many debates as I stated at the beginning of this article. Bullying is something that has been around for awhile, the difference with it online is some people who wouldn't the guts to approach others in real life to bully them, can easily hide behind a computer or laptop and do it. Most bullies, if not all are really weak people who prey on others to feel empowered or feel better about themselves with issues they are affecting with within themselves (insecurity) and sometimes, issues in their environment or lacking something from within themselves or environment that causes them to take out on other people. This part of the debate I do agree with. In Tovanna's case, the bullying and the her nude pictures being posted online might have been the triggering factor of her committing suicide, however, she has been suicidal for awhile, or depressed or had some type of mental issues that went un-notice. The nude pictures is what sent her over the edge. 

Mental health is a taboo subject in the Black community, nobody wants to talk about it. Some are very ashamed of it. And some of the reasons are Black people have to be strong because of the things they have dealth with and endure for example: oppression, racism, stereotype, trying to survive in a society that's built on a racist structure against them and etc. Even in the professional world of psychology, its taboo. A Black psychiatrist treating a Black mental health patient (as illustrated in the above picture) will tell them they have to be strong or stronger, instead of trying to find out the cause that's making this person depress, suicidal and etc. It's not so much sweeping it under the rug, it almost denial and putting a bandaid on it without treating the wound (maybe that is sweeping it under the rug). The therapy becomes ineffective for the patient and no form of rehabilitation to try to get them back on track.

It's really a sad case with happened to Tovonna Holton and hopefully, it opens the forum to find solutions about online bullying, to research more about suicide and signs that go undetected. Also, to break down the walls that prohibit mental health professionals from looking deeper into mental health issues, instead of prescribing medications as a form of treatment, which at times makes matter worst. As well as, open the forum of mental health in the Black community, researching the issues, causes and etc., instead of denying it. 

Prayers and condolences to the family. 


Article Reference: WFLA


Swarm Of Bees Show Up Next to Muhammad Ali's Famous "Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee" Quote

Posted On: June 11, 2016

Coincidence? Things that make you go hmmm. 

Lots of irony in this story, lets get to it. 

Local newscasters from Louisville, Kentucky (WLKY) reported, a swarm of bees near a mural to honor the legendary boxer with one of Muhammad Ali's quotes inscribed. His famous, "Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee." quote.

In the television broadcast, the beekeper, Kevin McKinney revealed it was 15,000 bees that showed up in a tree next to the mural and stated, 

"The irony is not lost on me at all."

And added, it was the first time a swarm of bees showed up at the tree next to the mural.

Some residents from Lousiville, Kentucky saw it as being a sign from the Great One and expressed, how the bees were peaceful and weren't trying to sting anybody, but wanted to be near the mural. 

Is it a coincidence? Being that Louisville is also Ali's hometown. 

Hmmm, well at let you figure that one out.

Click on the link to check out the story and view the news broadcast. 

Bee's Swarm Near Ali's "Sting Like a Bee" Mural


Photograph of Mural by: Kelly Recker 

Article Reference: WLKY


Google's Co-Founder Larry Page Invest $100 Million to Build, Develop & Manufacture Flying Cars

Posted On: June 09, 2016

It's a plane, it's a bird, nope! It's a flying car with rims and a boomin' system!

Well, in actuality that kind of future is closer than we think. Looks like the age of the Jetsons will arrive soon. 

Google's co-founder Larry Page is investing in the vision of it, when he entrusted $100 million towards the construction, development and; manufacturing of flying cars. 

In an article published by Bloomberg Businessweek, Larry Page funded two start-ups Kitty Hawk and Zee.Aero to start building the aerial vehicles. There has been prototypes of flying cars already built by these start-ups and test run conducted at secret warehouses, even sightings from people who saw flying cars in the skies. 

Blueprints dated from 2016 to 2026, exhibits different models of the flying cars that have already been designed. The retail of these flying cars such as Moller Skycar are from $100,000 to half a million dollars. 

Check out the prints below. 


Article ReferenceBloomberg Businessweek


White House Fosters $21 Million in Grants for Summer Jobs and Impact Hubs

Posted On: June 02, 2016

June is finally here for students across the nation, who look forward to their summer vacations, camps; and for some, they'll be learning a thing or two about work skills. Summer jobs have been effective in keeping youth out of trouble and from getting into any kind of criminal activities. Therefore, it reduces the violence in their communities and limits their risk of ending up in jail. Summer jobs give youth the opportunity of learning certain sets of skills, depending on the trade they choose to work at, helps them develop their interpersonal skills, as to prepare them for the workforce in their careers.

It teaches them time management, introduces youth to a broader scale of interacting with people, personnel skills, dealing with customers and resolving their issues, they also learn how interact with authoritative figures; and for some, they learn managerial and supervisory skills. 

To foster the productivity of summer jobs and the effectiveness of it, the White House and Department of Labor recently issued $21 million in investments for a program called, Summer Jobs and Beyond. The main purpose of the grant is to provide youth, especially youth who live in crime infested environments, a better outlook for their future. The grants will be divided across 11 communities, tp rovide summer jobs and yearly employement for youth. In addition, the White House will supplement 16 Summer Impact Hubs across certain communities that will receive support from 16 federal angencies. This includes resources to assist those communities with improving their summer programs, violence reduction programs, filtering out different kind of services and learning new things, adapting to innovation, providing entreprenuership opportunities; and their meal programs. 

The Summer Imapct Hubs include: 

  1. Baltimore, MD
  2. Clarksdale, MS
  3. Detroit, MI
  4. Flint, MI
  5. Gary, IN
  6. Los Angeles, CA
  7. Newark, NJ
  8. New Orleans, LA
  9. St. Louis, MO
  10. Washington, D.C

President Barack Obama has been very active in improving education for children all across the nation. Back in February, the President and the White House launched the Summer Opportunity Project, in an effort to raise awareness and minister services in summer jobs for youth.

"Access to a job in the summer and beyond can make all the difference to a young person—especially those who don’t have access to many resources and opportunities," President Barack Obama expressed during the launch.

Also, as a method to decrease youth related violence over the summer and cultivate their first working experience. The President urged, local, state and community leaders, schools, businesses and; other community based organizations to get involve with the Summer Opportunity Project. And administer the required summer programs for the youth. 

The purpose of the Summer Job & Beyond and the Summer Impact Hubs are centered to empower local and state leaders, schools, community organizers, businesses, youth agencies, philantrophic leaders, students; and all those involve in implementing a summer that is gratifying, beneficial, safe and productive. Also, will intensify the skills, education and the probability of careers for students/youth. 


Article Reference: Black Enterprise/White