Have You Seen Gabrielle Swainson?: 15 Year-old SC Cheerleader Has Been Missing for 5 Days

South Carolina police are looking for 15 year-old Gabrielle Swainson.

Swainson was last seen at her home at 3:30am, just before her mother left for work. When her mother returned around 7:15am, she heard the teen’s alarm clock going off, but Gabrielle was gone.

Nothing was taken from the home. The only missing items were Gabrielle’s cell phone, the clothing she was wearing, and Gabrielle herself.

Should You Become a Mentor?

I talk a lot about the girls that I mentor and how they order my steps. I find myself factoring my girls into most decisions that I make. In that way, being a mentor has really changed my life. And I hope that the feeling is mutual. I hope that the girls I call my mentees feel enriched when they leave our meetings, or take my advice when making decisions. But you can never be sure.

Every few months, one of my girls makes a decision that really breaks my spirit. And I grapple with the correct response. I never reprimand. It’s not my job to do so. But should I put myself in their shoes or just provide a supportive shoulder? That is not the only difficult situation that I find myself in with my mentees. But the good times make it all worth the effort, the uncertainty and the pain.

LAPD Caught on Tape Punching Handcuffed 20 Year-Old Skateboarder

Four LAPD officers have been caught on tape punching handcuffed 20 year-old Xavier College student Ron Weekly Jr. in front of his home.

Officers alleged Weekly Jr. was skateboarding on the wrong side of the street. His family contends that he was racially profiled and unneccessarily brutalized.

The video shows Weekly Jr. being punched in the face, even though he was already handcuffed and on the ground. He suffered a broken nose, broken cheek bone, and a concussion from the incident.

13 Year-Old Gangsta Rapper Lil’ Mouse’s ‘Get Smoked’ Video Sparks Outrage


Hailing from Chicago’s South Side, 13 year-old rapper Lil’ Mouse’s music video “Get Smoked” has racked up nearly half a million views on youtube.

But his profanity-laced gangsta rap lyrics – rife with references to drugs, sex, and guns – has sparked outrage on and offline.

Many are pointing to the song’s content, it’s writer’s age, and the surging murder rate in his hometown as serious cause for alarm. But in an interview with NewsOne, P. Noble – the video’s producer – argues Mouse is simply “keeping it real;” detailing the goings on in his community, while making a little money in the process.

Medical Examiner: Chavis Carter’s Death Was A Suicide

An Arkansas medical examiner has ruled Chavis Carter’s death a suicide.

As we’ve previously reported to you, Chavis Carter died of a gunshot wound to the head while handcuffed in the back of a patrol car.

The police claim that despite having been searched and handcuffed before being placed inside of the squad car, Carter somehow managed to shoot himself in the head.

Please Tell Beyonce that Philanthropy is not Activism


Last Thursday I did the above interview, hosted by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill on Huff Post Live , with actor Isaiah Washington and Andrea Plaid, associate editor of Racialicious.com, on the controversy caused by legendary actor/activist Harry Belafonte’s recent comments about Jay Z and Beyonce. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mr Belafonte was quoted as saying:

And I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black.

President Obama on Todd Akin: ‘Rape is Rape’

President Obama has commented on Congressman  and GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin’s controversial comments regarding rape.

In an interview that aired yesterday, Akin asserted that “legitimate rape” rarely results in a pregnancy, explaining, If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

17 Year-Old Shot in the Head; Finishes High School and Will Attend College 7 Months Later!

When he was just 17 year-old, Derrick Perry was shot in the head at a Detroit house party, changing his life forever.

Perry underwent six hours of surgery and 5 months of rehab, and today needs a wheelchair to get around.

But his harrowing ordeal didn’t stop him from graduating from high school on time and attending college in the fall, just 7 months after being shot.