Stop the violence

What’s even more sad about this news story is the fact that I remember articles or TV newstories telling and retelling so many stories like this as I was growing up. So many years later and innoncent children are still dying.

Since the politicians and police force can’t keep guns out of neighborhoods, then parents have to work a little harder to keep them out of their homes.  Parents please go back to the days of checking your kids rooms, their friends, their activities. There is no such ish as parents ‘snooping’ on thier kids. Privacy comes   at a cost and its called “rent”.


Newark struggles to curb slayings involving teens

Tucson, Arizona | Published: 08.21.2008
NEWARK, N.J. — Bukhari Washington had resisted the lure of gangs and drugs that derailed the lives of so many in his tough Newark neighborhood.
But that resolve couldn’t stop the bullet that tore through the 15-year-old’s head on Aug. 14, killing him as he slept in his own bed. Another teen on the floor below says the bullet accidentally fired as he was “fiddling” with a semiautomatic assault rifle he bought for protection.
Washington’s death underscores a chronic problem that New Jersey’s largest city can’t seem to overcome: Teens keep killing each other with guns even as Newark’s overall homicide rate is on pace to fall 40 percent.
Washington became Newark’s 12th teenage homicide victim of 2008, a number that surpassed the city’s total for all of 2007, according to statistics provided by the county prosecutor’s office.

Urban Fashon Spotlight: Applebottoms

Official Website:

Apple Bottoms is a fashion and lifestyle brand for women, which was launched in 2003 by multi-platinum recording artist Nelly, alongside Yomi Martin & Ian Kelly. Nelly’s vision for the brand is that “a woman should not try to fit the clothes; the clothes should fit the woman!”

The brand, which when launched, was exclusively a denim label, and has since gone through a major line-expansion. Currently the Apple Bottoms label includes: apparel, footwear, handbags, eyewear RX, intimates, sunglasses, accessories, jewelry, cold weather, and girl’s apparel.


   Southside Denim Shirt Dress Back Printed Jeans 

  Ingrid Trouser Charmed Fashion Pencil Skirt

Washed PU Bomber GW Balloon Sleeve Top 

Sequined Ombre Tank Salima 

Talisa Flutter Sleeve Top w Apple Buckle


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A woman convicted of murdering her infant daughter by microwaving her was spared the death penalty Wednesday by a jury that couldn’t reach a unanimous decision.

China Arnold is convicted of killing her baby by burning her in the microwave.China Arnold showed no immediate reaction, but she smiled and waved to family members as deputies led her from the courtroom. Her relatives told her they loved her.

“I love you all, too,” said Arnold, 28.

The defense had argued that Arnold was drunk when the offense occurred and had no motive, while prosecutors had called the crime “heinous” as they argued for the death penalty.

After about five hours of deliberation, the jury told Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman that it couldn’t decide whether to recommend the death penalty or life in prison, and that it wouldn’t be able to make such a decision even if it deliberated through Thursday.

Wiseman is now limited to sentencing Arnold to life in prison without parole, life without parole for at least 30 years, or life without parole for at least 25 years. She plans to impose her sentence Monday.

Arnold was accused of killing month-old Paris Talley in 2005. A judge declared a mistrial in February, and the retrial began Aug. 18. The jury found Arnold guilty Friday of aggravated murder.

“It’s not about achieving the death penalty,” Assistant Montgomery County Prosecutor David Franceschelli said after the jury’s announcement. “The judge is going to figure out the appropriate penalty. The jurors in this case took a shot at sentencing, and for whatever reason 12 people couldn’t come to the same conclusion.”

Outside the courthouse, Arnold’s relatives hugged one another.

“We’re relieved that an innocent person didn’t receive the death penalty,” said defense attorney Jon Paul Rion. “It doesn’t make sense that a person who has had no real problems in their life can even be accused of something like this.”

Rion had asked Tuesday for a new trial, saying a former cellmate who said Arnold confessed to the crime has changed her story. Wiseman has not ruled on the motion and said she would schedule a hearing.

Rion said he plans to present witnesses that point to another person being responsible for the baby’s death.

During the trial, an 8-year-old boy said he saw another boy walk into the kitchen of a nearby apartment with the baby, heard the microwave go on and then later saw the burned baby in the microwave.

Attorneys for both sides addressed the jury before deliberations on Wednesday. The fact that Arnold had been a Girl Scout, that her father died when she was young and that she comes from a close family does not outweigh the seriousness of the crime, Assistant Montgomery County Prosecutor Daniel Brandt said.

“That tells us she has no excuses for her actions,” he said.

Defense attorney Kevin Lennen urged the jury not to recommend the death penalty, saying Arnold was drunk at the time and that she had no motive to kill her child.

Franceschelli had the last word, calling the crime “heinous.” He pulled out a wristwatch and waved it at jurors.

“If this is not the time for the death penalty, when is the time?” he said.



Urban Fiction Spotlight: Mama

Cover ImageFrom Publishers Weekly
This is McMillan’s zesty first novel about an impoverished black family’s struggle to overcome its problems. 

From Library Journal
Mama , a first novel, tells of a proud black woman, Mildred Peacock, and her five children. After a violent fight, Mildred throws her drunken husband out of the house. On her own in the poor town of Point Haven, Michigan, Mildred scrimps and drinks, works and goes on welfare, struggling to raise her kids and keep her sanity. Mildred’s closest bond is to her oldest daughter, Freda, and their lives parallel each other’s progress from despair to hope.

Author Spotlight:

Terry McMillan (born October 18, 1951, in Port Huron, Michigan) is an African-American author. Her interest in books comes from working at a library when she was sixteen. She received her BA in journalism in 1986 at University of California, Berkeley.