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"Empire," co-stars Trai Byers (Andre Lyon) And Grace Gealey (Anika-Boo Boo Kitty) have sparked rumors of an off-screen romance after they attended the wedding of actor Cedric Sanders as a couple.

 

Idris Elba is to replace Jamie Foxx in the movie "The Trap." Set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene, The Trap stars Del Toro as an ex-con out for revenge against a rapper and former friend - played by Elba-who let him take the fall for a robbery they omitted together 14 years earlier.

 

Christina Milian says she almost developed an eating disorder in the past. The 33-year-old singer, who has five-year-old daughter Violet with producer ex-husband The-Dream, admits she struggled with body image issues after she found fame and ''considered'' spitting out food in a desperate bid to stay trim.

 

 

"Scandal," has lost 4 million viewers since the premiere (this season).


 

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"CRUCIFIXION FETISH"

 

Now you have people (on the deep web) seeking slave masters for crucifixion fantasies.

 

A  large majority want to be nailed to a homemade cross (big or small)  while others want to be attached to a cross (simulated).

 

Allegedly, these people get a sexual release from this fantasy.

 

The majority of crucifixion fantasies are conducted in dungeons or basements. 

 

In one case, a participant was not only  nailed to the cross but also nailed to the ceiling upside down as blood dripped from his wounds.

 

Participants pay big money  for this fantasy.

 

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And: Racist blogs are paying black women to write offensive racial slurs (demeaning African Americans) on their breasts as well as posing in cages naked, click the following link to view a shocking photo that will leave you speechless: Racial Cage

 

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"TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE"

 

Introduction:

 

Johnnie Mae Chappell was shot while walking home after buying ice cream for her children.  A  car load of white men drove by with a gun on the front seat.  One of them said: "Let's get a n*gger!"

 

Backstory:

 

On March 23, 1964, race riots raged in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Johnnie Mae Chappell, a 35-year-old wife and mother of 10 children, was not anywhere near downtown that evening, though. Instead, she was frantically searching the roadside near her home in Pickettville, the poor all-black neighborhood in the Jacksonville area, with two neighbors, hoping to find the wallet she had lost on her way home while carrying a bag of ice cream (Hastings, 2003). Unfortunately, Chappell would lose her life to senseless violence that night simply because of the color of her skin.

While Chappell and her neighbors were searching the edge of the road with a flashlight, a car carrying four white men approached. The men, who had been incensed by radio reports about the riots, were driving around looking to "get" a black person. When they saw three black individuals on the side of the road, the man seated in the front passenger seat pulled up a gun and fired. Chappell was struck in the stomach by a single bullet and died on the way to the hospital (Hastings, 2003).

As was the case with the killing of many African Americans during the Jim Crow era, Chappell's murder received very little attention. The local media mentioned her death only as a side note in stories about the riots that focused mainly on white citizens who had been injured (Murphy, 2005). Also, according to the detectives who eventually investigated and solved Chappell's murder, nobody within the local police force had ever been assigned to investigate the crime. Instead, detectives Lee Cody and Donald Coleman cracked the case somewhat by chance (Hastings, 2003).

In August 1964, five months after the murder, Cody and Coleman were approached on two separate occasions by a young man named Wayne Chessman, who said he wanted to help the detectives. The detectives were initially unsure what Chessman was talking about, but after seeing Chessman leave their second encounter in a car that matched the one that carried Chappell's murderer, the detectives decided to question Chessman at the police station. During the subsequent interview, Chessman provided a detailed account of Chappell's murder and implicated 3 other men: Elmer Kato, the driver of the car, James Alex Davis, who sat in the back seat with Chessman that night, and J.W. Rich, the shooter (Hastings, 2003). Under questioning, Kato and Rich confessed to the crime, although Rich claimed that it was an accident (Mitchell, 2010).

After Cody and Coleman completed their investigation, Chessman, Kato, Rich, and Davis were arrested and charged with first-degree murder. However, the threads of justice began to unravel at that point. The two detectives claim that they were berated by their commanding officer for investigating the crime, and they were subsequently removed from the case. Additionally, the murder weapon mysteriously disappeared. Despite the loss of evidence, the state proceeded with its case, and an all-white jury found Rich guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter. This was a surprising result, given that many whites avoided any punishment for killing black men, women, and children throughout the Jim Crow era. Rich was sentenced to ten years in prison as a result of his conviction, but he only served three years before being released. All charges against the other three men were dropped (Hastings, 2003).

While her killers went largely unpunished for their crime, Chappell's family was torn apart following her death. The eldest five children, all daughters from Chappell's first marriage, were sent to live with various relatives on their father's side of the family. Authorities removed the five youngest children, all boys, from their father Willie's care and split them up among foster families. For over 30 years, the children had very little information about what had really happened to their mother. On the 32nd anniversary of her death, Chappell's children finally heard the story of what happened to their mother when Cody approached them at a family reunion (Hastings, 2003).

Cody and Coleman also had their lives permanently altered by the Chappell case. The detectives claim that their pursuance of the truth caused them to be demoted and, shortly thereafter, fired for insubordination. Neither man ever worked in law enforcement again, but neither ever forgot the Chappell case (Murphy, 2005).

Although the state provided little justice in the murder of Johnnie Mae Chappell, she will not be one of the forgotten or unknown. Chappell's name was added to the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, in 2000 (Mitchell, 2010). Also, in 2005, the Florida legislature honored Chappell by renaming a section of the highway where she was murdered the "Johnnie Mae Chappell Parkway" (Murphy, 2005). The memory of Chappell serves as a powerful reminder of the hatred and brutal violence that robbed so many individuals of their lives solely because of their race.

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"NOSTALGIA" (SONGWRITING DUO LOST IN HISTORY)

 

Eugene Booker Record (December 23, 1940 – July 22, 2005) was the lead vocalist of the Chicago, Illinois based vocal group, The Chi-Lites, during the 1960s and 1970s.

He was born in Chicago. He also released three solo albums via the Warner Music Group before rejoining the Chi-Lites in 1980. In 1979, he had a disco hit called "Magnetism."

He also wrote and produced many of the group's hits, such as "Have You Seen Her" and "Oh Girl", frequently in collaboration with other songwriters such as Barbara Acklin (pictured above).

 

 

He also wrote and produced for other artists, including Acklin, Jackie Wilson, and The Dells. Record left the Chi-Lites again in 1988 before eventually becoming a gospel singer.

He died on July 22, 2005, in Chicago, after a long battle with cancer. He was 64.

BARBARA  ACKLIN: (SECRETLY MARRIED TO EUGENE RECORD?)

 

Barbara Jean Acklin (February 28, 1943 – November 27, 1998) was a soul singer and songwriter, who was most successful in the 1960s and 1970s. Her biggest hit as a singer was "Love Makes a Woman" (1968). As a songwriter, she is best known for co-writing the multi-million-selling "Have You Seen Her" (1971) with Eugene Record, lead singer of the Chi-Lites.


Acklin was born in Oakland, California and moved with her family to Chicago, Illinois in 1948. She was encouraged to sing as a child; by the age of 11, she sang regularly as a soloist at the New Zion Baptist Church and as a teenager started singing at nightclubs in Chicago. After graduating from Dunbar Vocational High School she worked as a secretary at St. Lawrence Records. Her first record was released on the subsidiary Special Agent label, under the pseudonym Barbara Allen, and was produced by her cousin, producer, and saxophonist Monk Higgins. She also worked as a backing singer at Chess Records on recordings by Fontella Bass, Etta James, Koko Taylor, and others produced by Higgins.

 

In 1966, she started working as a receptionist at Brunswick Records' Chicago office, where she submitted demo recordings of some of her own songs to producer Carl Davis. One of her songs, "Whispers (Gettin' Louder)", which she had co-written with David Scott, formerly of The Five Du-Tones, was recorded by Jackie Wilson and became his biggest hit for three years, reaching no. 5 on the Billboard R&B chart and no. 11 on the Hot 100. Wilson then helped secure her a recording contract with Brunswick. Her first two singles for the label were unsuccessful but her third, "Show Me the Way To Go", a duet with Gene Chandler, made the R&B chart. She began writing songs with another Brunswick recording artist, Eugene Record, lead singer of the Chi-Lites; some but not all sources state that they were later married. They co-wrote the Peaches and Herb hit "Two Little Kids."

 

 

At the same time, she continued her successful writing partnership with Eugene Record. Impressed by the monologues on Isaac Hayes' album "Hot Buttered Soul," (1969), Record and Acklin wrote "Have You Seen Her", which was originally an album track on the Chi-Lites' album (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People (1971) before being released as a single. It reached no. 1 on the R&B chart and no. 3 on the US pop chart, and twice made the UK top ten (no. 3 in 1972 and no. 5 in 1975). In 1990, the song became a top ten hit again, when recorded by MC Hammer. Record and Acklin co-wrote several other successful songs for the Chi-Lites, including "Stoned Out of My Mind" (R&B no. 2, 1973), "Toby" (R&B no. 7, 1974), and "Too Good To Be Forgotten" (UK no. 10, 1975).

 

In 1974, Acklin moved to Capitol Records. Her first single for the label, "Raindrops", was co-written by Acklin and produced by former Brunswick producer, Willie Henderson. It became her biggest hit on the R&B chart for six years (#14), and she released an album, "A Place in the Sun." However, later recordings met with less success and she was dropped by the label in 1975. She continued to tour as a solo artist and as a backing singer for the Chi-Lites, Tyrone Davis, and other acts.

 

Acklin later lived in Omaha, Nebraska. She had begun recording a new album in 1998, when she fell ill and died from pneumonia at the age of 55.

 

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