Peter Liang

Former NYPD Cop Gets Community Service After Killing Akai Gurley

Peter Liang was a rookie NYPD officer walking the stairs of the Pink Houses in New York City. After hearing a noise, he drew his gun, pulled his trigger after being startled and the bullet ricocheted and hit Akai Gurley, 28, in the chest. Liang and his partner then debated over who should report the shot before discovering Gurley’s body.

In February, Liang was convicted on a charge of manslaughter. Yesterday, April 19, he evaded jail time completely and was sentenced to 800 hours of community service by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun.

Islan Nettles

Killer of Black Transgender Woman, Islan Nettles, Sentenced to 12 Years

On Aug. 17, 2013, James Dixon, 23, met Islan Nettles, 21, in Harlem, New York. The two began to flirt until Dixon learned that she was a transgender woman. According to what Dixon later told authorities, he went into a “blind fury” and attacked Nettles, hitting her twice. The first blow knocked her to the ground. The second time, Dixon hit her as she already lay on the pavement. Nettles died five days later – after falling into a coma. Her death was a direct result of the physical assault from Dixon, according to the New York Times

“I just didn’t want to be fooled,” Dixon reportedly said in a videotaped statement. Apparently his friends began to mock him for flirting with a woman of trans experience. He blamed the taunting for his decision to beat Nettles to death.

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill Opens Haitian Art Exhibit In Flatbush

While Lauryn Hill was the only non-Haitian member of the Fugees, Pras and Wyclef Jean considered her “Haitian by association.” To show her appreciation of the culture – as well as the Caribbean and African Diaspora as a whole – she’s opened up an art exhibit to coincide with her performance at Kings Theatre this Friday. 

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Angela Davis Talks Black Liberation, History and the Contemporary Vision

Fifty years after the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, the agenda and style of the legendary Black revolutionary organization remains relevant in today’s public discourse. An end to “police brutality and the murder of Black people,” central to the Black Lives Matter movement, was laid out in the Black Panthers’ 10-Point Platform five decades ago. Both acclaim and condemnation erupted when their iconic black berets made an appearance recently in Beyoncé’s half-time show performance during the Super Bowl.

Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry Named Elle.com’s Editor At Large

It was only a couple of months ago that Melissa Harris-Perry was in the middle of a very public parting of ways with MSNBC, which had been the home for her weekend broadcast for years. Many wondered what would be the next home for the news personality. We now have an answer.

Harris-Perry will be joining Elle.com as an editor at large, according to CNN. With this new role, she’ll be responsible for writing columns, conducting interviews and working as on-air talent for videos. While this won’t be a full-time position –it could be one of many positions that she ultimately fills – she’ll contribute on a regular basis.