11 Year-Old Tayloni Mazyck Paralyzed After Being Struck with Stray Bullet

An 11 year-old girl has been left paralyzed after being struck by a stray bullet.

Tayloni Mazyck was waiting for her aunt outside of an apartment building when a 17 year-old open fired at two men in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.

Mazyck was accidentally hit with one of the bullets. Surgery on Friday saved her life, but doctors fear she may never walk again.

Koman Willis Charged w/ 1st Degree Murder of 6-Month Old Jonylah Watkins

33 year-old Koman Willis has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder for the shooting on 6-month old Jonylah Watkins.

He’s also been charged with aggravated battery for shooting Jonylah’s father, Jonathan Watkins.

As we’ve previously reported, Jonathan was changing Jonylah’s diaper in the front seat of his car when the shooting began.

Kiera Wilmot Speaks Out On Science Experiment Arrest, Aftermath

After making headlines across the country, Kiera Wilmot has spoken out on her harrowing ordeal.

As previously reported, an ill-advised science experiment landed Wilmot – a good student with a clean record – arrested, expelled, and facing felony charges.

After the harsh punishment sparked outrage and petitions, the charges were dropped.

Kiera describes her frightening experience, as well as the good and bad that came out of it. 

Gabby Douglas is Back in the Gym!

17 year-old Olympic champion Gabby Douglas is back in the gym training, after a whirlwind year of media appearances and projects.

She’ll be training in a gym in West Des Moines, Iowa with her coach Liang Chow.

They’re aiming for a return to competition next year.

14 Year-Old D’Asia Robinson Killed by Stray Bullet While Riding City Bus

14 year-old D’Asia Robinson was killed last Saturday after being shot in the head by a stray bullet while riding a city bus.

The NYC teenager and her friends were leaving a sweet 16 party, and on their way to another birthday, when a bullet came through the bus window.

Friends have created vigils for the slain young lady, and the tragedy has sparked renewed calls from community leaders and residents for an end to the senseless violence.

Former NASA Engineer Awards Kiera Wilmot Scholarship to Space Academy

More good news for Kiera Wilmot!

When news broke of the severe punishment facing Wilmot over a science experiment, she received widespread support from thousands of people across the country; including former NASA engineer Homer Hickam. 

Hickam’s famous memior – Rocket Boys – was turned into a film called October Sky, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. He can identify with Wilmot’s situation; he himself had the police called on him for a science experiment he conducted as a young man.

As a show of support, Hickman awarded Kiera a scholarship to attend the United States Advanced Space Academy (ASA), a branch of the famous Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama!

Charges Dropped Against 16 Year-Old Kiera Wilmot for Science Experiment Gone Wrong

A few weeks ago we told you about Kiera Wilmot; a 16 year-old Florida high school student facing felony charges for a science experiment gone wrong on school grounds.

According to MSNBC News, the charges against Wilmot have officially been dropped.

Wilmot – widely considered an outstanding student with a clean record – was facing up to 5 years in prison.

A 16 Year-old Black Girl, The Criminalization Of Students, And The Push For STEM Studies

By Kim Moore


On Monday, April 22, 2013, Kiera Wilmot went to school and mixed “The Works” toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in a water bottle she brought from home. The outcome was a small “explosion” causing the top of the bottle to pop off which resulted in no damage and no injury to anyone.


According to the police report, an officer was called to the school and Kiera was arrested and taken off campus to a Juvenile Assessment Center. The arresting officer contacted the Assistant State Attorney, Tammy Glotfelty, who instructed him to charge Kiera with possession/discharge of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a destructive device. Kiera has been expelled from school, will complete her diploma through an expulsion program and will ultimately be tried as an adult. But does the punishment fit the “crime”? And how does this incident fit into the criminalization of students and the push for STEM (science, technology engineering and math) studies?