A peaceful demonstration turned into a riot Wednesday night in Oakland, California. Protestors, angry about the shooting, smashed businesses and set fires in downtown Oakland, and confronted Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums on the steps of city hall…all while yelling “No Justice No Peace.”
I posted earlier this week about the BART police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man on the subway January 1, 2009. Well, Oscar Grant, III has now been laid to rest and many are in fear of police retaliation based on the video of the murder coming out. The BART Transit Police officer who shot the the young man, Johannes Mehserle, 27, has quit the force this amidst community outrage and has also received death threats. He has also refused questioning by the police internal review board investigating his shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant but police officials claim that the officer meant to use his taser and NOT his gun…(yeah right!)
At least 105 people were arrested for a variety of offenses Wednesday night. Police said charges for those arrested included assault on a police officer, looting, vandalism and arson. Some of those detained were found to have drugs, which added another count to the charges.
Angry about the New Year’s Day shooting by a BART police officer, protesters smashed businesses and set fires in downtown Oakland, and confronted Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums on the steps of city hall.
Oakland police beefed up their prescence on the streets Thursday morning, with officers in riot gear patrolling the streets as they anticipated more protests. Businesses downtown were cleaning up, dealing with the aftermath of smashed windows and cars.
Derek Blanks recently shot NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Derek, whose earned the title of “Super celebrity photographer” a master behind the camera! He turns his subjects into a work of art and all of his images come out bangin!! Me next Derek…ME! ME!
I, for one, wouldn’t throw Young Jeezy out of bed for eating crackers (it’s no secret how much I loves me some Jay Jenkins and Antwan Patton) and word is KeyCo has been known to throw a hissy fit over that D a time or two…but now Jeezy’s got a certain R&B singer riding his jock:
Singer NE-YO’s has become a voyeur since moving into an exclusive Atlanta, Georgia neighborhood, and discovering he lives next door to rapper YOUNG JEEZY. The So Sick hitmaker can see right into Jeezy’s Buckhead pad, and even claims to have caught the hip hop star naked. He tells America’s People magazine,
“Just chillin’ one day, I was like, ‘Is that… Jeezy? “I hit him up: ‘Yo, you probably shouldn’t walk around naked – I can see you.” (Source)
Ne-Yo….down boy! *sigh* Speaking of Jay Jenkins, he was recently spotted invading the midwest at Club Karma in Columbus, Ohio where he almost lost his pants. I don’t blame Ne-Yo for looking…I’d be peeping too if he were my neighbor! Shouts out to Mirrorlove Productions for the clip:
Beyonce hit up the New York premier of “Notorious” yesterday glowing from head to toe. Mrs. Carter, fresh off the heels of a romantic getaway with her boo, Jay-Z, looked fresh and relaxed. I was tryna see if she’s still rocking her “Obama for yo Mama” nails but I couldn’t tell…
In related news, Bey was just nominated for five NAACP awards, including best female recording artist, best video for both “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies” and best supporting actress for Cadillac Records. Do you really expect anything less from this superstar?
Ciara hit up the New York premiere of “Notorious” along with several other celebrities last night. CiCi looks fierce but something’s not quite right. Is it the leather skirt set….the make-up? I can’t quite put my finger on it, but she looks like a totally different person!
She could probably pass for Vivica’s daughter…I mean….if she had a daughter. You go CiCi…work that MAC magic!
President-elect Barack Obama met with the four living members of the U.S. presidents’ club yesterday (George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter). The image above will forever be hailed in history books as every living U.S. president came together at the White House for a “power lunch” to hash over the world’s challenges with the president-elect. This is the first meeting of its kind since the days of President Ronald Regan. Check out the AP news coverage below:
“This is an extraordinary gathering,” Obama said, looking plenty at ease in the humbling office that will soon be his.
“All the gentlemen here understand both the pressures and possibilities of this office,” Obama said. “And for me to have the opportunity to get advice, good counsel and fellowship with these individuals is extraordinary. And I’m very grateful to all of them.” (Source)