Respecting The Totality of Muhammad Ali’s Legacy

This past weekend I took a trip to Columbus, OH to meet up with some fellow writers and friends. After a couple days of constantly being in rooms with no fewer than eight and sometimes as many as fifty people, the introvert in me needed some time alone to decompress. So I dipped off to grab some quick dinner at a nearby diner on High Street.

I wasn’t even sitting down long enough to get a glass of lemonade when I noticed there was a man sitting alone at a bar a few feet away. He was an elderly white man sporting a John Deere cap and overalls who spent the next  few minutes flirting with the waitresses when he wasn’t asking for another Budweiser.

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Florida Inmate Punished For “Faking” Illness He Later Died From

The systems that are in place to disproportionately incarcerate minorities are already a crippling issue in this country. But every new look we have at the horrible treatment many of them face while in custody raises even more concerns. The latest story of neglect by authorities comes from Florida where a man died after his complaints of illness went ignored.

Prince Reportedly Died From A Fentanyl Overdose

Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park property on April 21. Initial speculation cited a possible drug overdose on prescription medication but there was no confirmation. Following an autopsy, results were still inconclusive and couldn’t directly point to any specific cause of death.

According to the Huffington Post, an official that chose to remain anonymous has now confirmed that Prince died as a result of an opioid overdose. To be specific, the drug used was fentanyl, which is reportedly hundreds of times more potent than heroin. 

Student Beaten To Death In School Bathroom, Classmates Mourn

Hearts are broken after a high school student died as a result of being attacked by a group of classmates. Amy Joyner-Francis, 16, was known by friends and classmates to often be a mediator and peacekeeper.

Joyner-Francis was attacked by a group of girls in a Howard High School of Technology bathroom in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday morning, according to ABC. Some claim the altercation started over a boy, but an investigation is still ongoing and no charges have been filed. 

2 Youth Facility Employees Charged After 16-Year-Old’s Death

Willie Mae Allen pushed for her 16-year-old son, Shaquan Allen, to be admitted to a Lake Villa, Ill. facility for troubled youth to keep him out of harm’s way on the streets. Little did she know that same facility would play a role in his unfortunate death.

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Left: James Davis ; Right: Justin Serak

Two employees of the Allendale Association facility – James Davis and Justin Serak – were charged after an altercation that led to Allen dying of asphyxiation. According to the Root, the two were struggling to get the teen to his room after displaying “behavioral issues” and held him by his legs and around his neck in a chokehold-like position. 

Phife Dawg, Founding Member of A Tribe Called Quest, Passes Away at 45

Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, born Malik Taylor, passed away at the age of 45. News of his death was first reported by Rolling Stone early Wednesday morning, although an official statement is yet to be released. The rapper battled diabetes for years and received a kidney transplant from his wife in 2008.