Baltimore’s fastest upcoming emcee Phizzals returns this evening after releasing his highly anticipated video for his new single entitled, “TruE Step.” The uptempo, and always perky artist has been touring along the east coast, giving his live audiences a taste of what exactly the “TruE Step” is so that they can live the music rather then just listen. Kudos to Abeni Nazeer as he captures Phizzals and his entourage as they side-step any confusion as to the direction they are heading. Phizzals is bringing a new but familiar style to hip-hop that hasn’t been seen in years. Being called “Heavy P” by his fans that he calls “P-Gang” supports the many similarities and comparisons to the late great legend Heavy D. Hit the play button below and get ready to “TruE Step.”
A Judge in the Freddie Gray case has decided to let the trials of the six police officers to be held in Baltimore. Circuit Judge Barry Williams decided that the trial should stay in Baltimore after lawyers argued that the trial should be outside of the city where Gray was killed.
Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow said that such a request was a “insulting to the citizens of Baltimore.” While the decision was being made, there were protesters outside of the courthouse. Judge Williams also decided that the all six officers will be tried in separate trials for their role in the death of Gray.
The officers, William Porter, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, William Goodson, Lt. Brian Rice and Sgt. Alicia White all face reckless endangerment charges in the death of Gray. Three of the officers, Rice, Porter and White face an additional charge of manslaughter while Goodson faces second degree murder. It’s who will be tried first.
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- Ballah-moni Kollie (@Gottadream87)
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The family of the Baltimore man–Freddie Gray–who was injured, and later died, while in police custody has reached an agreement on a settlement. Freddie Gray’s family met with Baltimore City officials to discuss the settlement, which is only pending approval by the city Board of Estimates, which will meet tomorrow.
If approved, the proposal would settle civil claims against the city, the police department and the individuals involved in the events that led to Gray’s death. The settlement would initially be distributed by two payments: $2.8 million, and then $3.6 million in a second payment. The Gray family had not filed a wrongful death suit against the city.
The six officers involved in the death of Gray were all charged with second-degree assault, misconduct and reckless endangerment. One officer has been charged with second-degree murder, while two face an additional manslaughter charge. Last week, the judge in the case ruled that all six officers should receive different trials.
- Ballah-moni Kollie (@Gottadream87)
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Three suspects have been charged in the brutal murder of a teenager.
According to NY Daily News, on June 7th, 16 year old Arnesha Bowers was found dead in her grandmother’s burning home. The suspects Adonay Dixon, 23, John Childs, 20, and 14 year old Raeshawn Rivers are accused of breaking into the home of Bowers, sexually assaulting her, killing her and taking $40 with a laptop and an iPad. Rivers, who was arrested days after the murder, knew the victim and will be charged as an adult.
Police believe that the murder of Bowers was a gang initiation and believe that two of the suspects are apart of the Blood gang. Two of the suspects have been charged with gang activity. Police say that Bowers was kidnapped and raped before her genitals were set on fire to destroy evidence of the rape.
– Ballah-moni Kollie (@Gottadream87)
photo credit: NY Daily News
Growing up in Sandtown, faced with the same scrutiny that Freddie Gray faced, B-More rapper Young Goldie has emerged from the riots as one of the city’s hottest talents.
Bred in the inner city of Baltimore, Young Goldie never lost hope of achieving his dreams of musical success, and things ultimately came to fruition after releasing the visuals to his track “I Did It I Do It” which got 20k views on YouTube. Amidst his popular video, he quickly saw his Instagram develop to over 27,000 organic followers and at only 19 years old, this Baltimore rap phenomenon was thown into the world of urban stardom with a few YouTube songs.
Early in his career Young Goldie was introduced to award winning Baltimore singer and actor Mario and his world began to change as Mario mentored him and gave him the encouragement to keep chasing his dreams. In the fall of 2014, Young Goldie was discovered by music executive Tony Austin, which ultimately lead him to being signed to Austin Music Group. Currently Young Goldie is working on the release of his project, Dream Come True which is set to be released on Spinrilla. Watch the new video for “No Problems” below…
New Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a wide-ranging investigation into Baltimore’s police department Friday
The announcement to investigate the Department of Justice in Baltimore by US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was sworn in last week as the successor to Eric Holder, is likely to continue to keep the DOJ engaged in the national dialogue about race relations and law enforcement issues. The issues have consumed the years news headlines following the shooting death of an unarmed Black 18-year-old Mike Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer. Lynch is declaring the subject “one of the most challenging issues of our time.”
It was clear to a number of people looking at this situation that the community’s rather frayed trust – to use an understatement – was even worse and has, in effect, been severed in terms of the relationship with the police department.”
The federal civil rights investigation, which city officials requested following the death last month of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, will search for discriminatory policing practices and examine allegations that Baltimore officers too often use excessive force and make unconstitutional searches and arrests. The investigation is also to build upon the government’s voluntary and collaborative review of the Baltimore police that began last year. The rioting that followed exposed a “serious erosion of public trust,” Lynch said, and showed that community concerns about the police were more pervasive than initially understood and that a broader investigation was warranted.
-Infinite Wiz (@InfiniteWiz)
The Minnesota-born rock superstar wants you to wear gray to his Baltimore concert.
The six who have been charged for death of Baltimore man are out on bail since Friday
Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., 45; Officer William G. Porter, 25; Lt. Brian W. Rice, 41; Sgt. Alicia D. White, 30; Officer Edward M. Nero, 29; and Officer Garrett E. Miller, 26, were the six officers charged for the murder of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray. On April 12, 2015, Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr., a 25-year-old Black man was arrested by the Baltimore Police Department and while being transported in a police van, Gray fell into a coma and was taken to a trauma center.
Gray died on April 19, 2015; his death was ascribed to injuries to his spinal cord. On April 21, 2015, pending an investigation of the incident, six Baltimore police officers were temporarily suspended with pay and later arrested. Three of the officers are facing manslaughter charges and one faces an additional count of second degree depraved-heart murder. The murder charge carries a possible penalty of 30 years in prison; the manslaughter and assault offenses carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. All six officers were released from jail after posting bail the same day they were booked. Two officers were released on $250,000 bail and the four others’ bail was $350,000.
In most murder cases justice is served when the suspects that commit such crimes are indicted; that is how justice is served in this country, the penalty for murder being prison. Why then in cases where police are the suspects for the murder of Black men is sentencing questionable? How are all six officers currently out on bond? In the case of Freddie Gray three of the officers charged are Black and three are White, so race is not the main factor but police privilege may be more at question here. The above the law mentality of authorities must be examined to prevent incidences like this from reoccurring.
It seems in the most recent police brutality cases, indictment is the only way to keep peace in the communities that are tired of being abused by authority figures. The riots are the only way they see a change but that won’t make matters better. There needs to be an open dialog and some level of respect between the Black citizens of this country and the authorities that police it. If not these senseless forms of violence will continue and lives will continue to be lost if justice is not properly and fairly served regardless of rank.
-Infinite Wiz (@Infinitewiz)
Social media ablaze with reports of apparent police shooting
The entire world has had eyes on Baltimore for some time now, during a week of protests and riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died a week after being mysteriously injured while in police custody. Marilyn Mosby, the Maryland State Attorney for the city of Baltimore charged 6 cops with a bevy of felonies, including manslaughter and murder as part of a huge announcement made last week. Since then, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has rescinded the 10 p.m. curfew, and the National Guard has retreated, leading many to believe that the city would slowly but surely return to a state of calm.
Unfortunately, that may not be the case.
Just moments ago, social media erupted with reports from reporters and activists on the ground in Baltimore that a Baltimore cop has shot a Black male in the back, and cops maced several others nearby in what sounds like an absolutely chaotic scene.
BREAKING: Our producers in Baltimore say they saw a police officer shoot a man just moments ago.
— Shepard Smith (@ShepNewsTeam) May 4, 2015
— deray mckesson (@deray) May 4, 2015
There are even more tweets from bystanders who are claiming that the incident happened right in front of the Fox News crew, and surely enough, about 20 minutes ago, the Fox News Twitter account sent out this tweet.
What makes this situation even more bizarre, is this tweet sent out by the Baltimore Police Twitter account moments ago, claiming nothing of the sort happened.
The reports of a man being shot at North and Pennsylvania Ave are NOT true. Officers have arrested a man for a handgun at the location — Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) May 4, 2015
Then, just for reassurance.
UPDATE: The reports of a shooting at North Ave/ Pennsylvania Ave are unfounded. Officers have arrested a man with a gun.
— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) May 4, 2015
Here’s a video clip of some of the chaos that ensued shortly after the alleged incident.
One second Joseph Kent is walking with his hands up protesting, the next second a truck pulls, up cops rush, and Joe’s gone.
“What we have here is a failure to communicate.”
It truly seems across the globe, miscommunication is a big part of all the civil unrest, especially in our country. In the most recent account, Joseph Kent hailing from Baltimore, Maryland disappeared live on CNN during the Freddie Gray riots.
Before we get to that, let’s talk about Joseph Kent. Mr. Kent is a student at Morgan State University and a leader in the modern day activist community. Kent was actively involved in local protests back in November says Rev. Heber Brown III, who is a longtime organizer described Kent as “Martin Luther King with tattoos and gold fronts.”
Back to the story at hand, the reason we are speaking about Joseph Kent today is because he vanished in front of our eyes on live TV! Kent was breaking the law, out well past the 10pm curfew, but peacefully protesting. Cops with riot gear were surrounding Kent when a Humvee pulled up on the scene. That’s when the cops rushed him and pinned him against the SUV and into the back, and out of sight Joe went.
After seeing what went down, local criminal defense attorney Steve Beatty rushed to the Central Booking and Intake Center facility to track Joseph down. It has been confirmed that Kent is still in CBIF awaiting processing.