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Dallas Police to Prostitutes: Jail or Jesus

The city of Dallas, Texas is known for many things, amongst them, the Dallas Cowboys and all the oil money. Lately, though, there has emerged a dark side to the city with illegal activity on the rise. Because of the easy access to highways and commercial routes, Dallas has attracted a lot of illegal activity, especially prostitution. Speaking to CBN News, Dallas Police Lt. Mike Coleman said, “We’re in the south central part of Dallas. We’re very close to one of the major truck stops. There’s hotels; there’s a lot of traffic. We’re next to a major thoroughfare next to I-20, and so you get a lot of transient people that come in and out. It’s a fertile ground for prostitutes.” The Dallas Police Department has taken drastic measures to tackle the problem that they are having with the high incidence of prostitution. The department is giving the prostitutes an opportunity to get off the streets and do something better with their lives rather than send them to jail. Coleman is head of the department’s Prostitution Diversion Initiative (PDI), which is a partnership between Dallas police, Religious Organizations, Social Services and other organizations that focus on helping the prostitutes get off the streets. The PDI program came about when the department kept arresting the same people for prostitution over and over again. Says Coleman, “It allows us to move the prostitutes from the wheel of going around in the criminal justice system on a regular basis to moving into a recovery mode. [We] realized we were not going to arrest our way out of this.” The police treat the women as victims instead of criminals when they arrest them, explained Coleman, saying, “When you treat them as a victim, that’s what allows them to get the services that they need for whatever is ailing them, be it drug addiction, be it whatever counseling needs they have, for whatever it is that’s causing them to be engaged in this lifestyle.” Every month, one night is spent at a mobile command center close to a local truck stop and police arrest “night workers” who find a lot of their “clients” at the stop. The women are then given the option of going to jail or starting a new life through the program. Although the PDI 45-day program does have religious partners, the program does offer non-religious ways for the women to turn their lives around. Only those who are facing misdemeanor charges can participate in the program which offers services such as drug and alcohol rehabilitation and counseling. Renee Breazeale, a community liaison for PDI, notes that most of the street walkers are women who have endured many years of pain and suffering before turning to prostitution. “Eighty to eighty-five percent of them will acknowledge and are able to articulate childhood victimization, sexual abuse, physical abuse, exploitation, deprivation,” says Breazeale.

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Woman Pulls a Gun on a Congressman at Church

Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican out of South Carolina, was shocked to find himself faced with a citizen brandishing a gun at him.   Gowdy was waiting outside the First Baptist Church parking lot for his daughter to finish service when a woman came to the car and told the Congressman to stop following her. Gowdy denied that he was following the woman and claimed that he was just waiting for his daughter.  That’s what led to the woman getting angry and pulling out the gun.  All of this was the way it was told by Gowdy’s spokesperson, Josh Dix. The Congressman then put the car in reverse and drove away, with the woman chasing him.  He then reported the incident to the police, leading to the woman’s arrest. Gloria Yvonne Brackett was charged with carrying an illegal firearm, according to the Associated Press.  She is not known to have any link to the congressman before the incident.  Maybe she can use the mental health services at the county jail, since she clearly has some paranoia issues.  

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Against All Odds: Serena Williams Pulls off Miraculous Comeback to Win the US Open

Serena has made herself into the Queen of Tennis for 2012 by winning yet another Grand Slam title.  Williams clinched both a victory in the US Open, as well as player-of-the-year honors by defeating the world’s #1 ranked player, Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.  The match was closer than previous outings during the tournament, but Williams walked away with the victory. Williams started the tournament as a #4 seed, which was lower than usual for her.  This is the fifth major win for Williams in recent months, after winning the singles and doubles titles at both Wimbledon and the London Olympics.  There appears to be nothing that can stop her. In this tournament, Williams had to actually make a comeback in order to win.  Down 3-5 in the final set, Williams used the strength of a black woman to fight for the victory against all odds.  This was the first women’s final to go all the way to the end since 1995.  It was also the longest duration finals match since 1981, lasting for 2 hours and 18 minutes. “Oh my god,” said Williams after her shocking win. “I honestly can’t believe I won. I really was preparing my runner-up speech, because I thought, ‘Man, she’s playing so great.’ ” Williams turns 31 years old this month, but plays tennis as if she were still 18.   She is coming off a year-long break due to numerous injuries and medical problems, including two foot surgeries and a hematoma in her stomach. In spite of her obstacles, Williams has risen to greatness.  She is now secure in her spot as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

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Two British Policewomen Fired for Calling Black People Gorillas

By: Victor “Doc V” Trammell Two female officers with the London Metropolitan Police Department have dismissed from their posts after one of them was caught referring to black people as gorillas and monkeys. The racist conversation involved Special Constable Rosanna Garofalo (pictured above) and WPC Joanna Sugda (pictured below). A colleague of both women anonymously left and iPhone in a locker that recorded them laughing and making inflamatory statements about blacks while at work. Garofalo and Sugda were changing clothes in a dressing room at the Islington Police Station in March and Garofalo was recorded saying black people “all look the f*****g same. They just all look like monkeys.” The findings of this case are revealed as the Independent Police Complaints Commission reviewed 96 complaints between April 1st and June 1st of this year. Joanna Sugda is also heard on the recordings laughing as Garofalo went on to disrespect a co-worker saying “she had a face like a gorilla” and “is so f*****g ugly.” Sugda agrees with Garofalo but laughs again saying, “You can’t say that.” Garofalo is appealing the decsion to fire her and released the following statement: “In relation to the language used in our recorded conversation I state that it has been taken out of context. I am not a racist and still do not believe the conversation we had to have any racist connotations.” London’s mayor Boris Johnson has been an outspoken critic of racial discrimination in the city’s police department. At press time, the decision to dimiss the two female officers has been upheld.

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Man Murders Woman After She Confesses to Being HIV-Positive

Police are saying that a woman was stabbed to death after she admitted that she had HIV.  Cicely Bolden had sex with Larry Dunn, and Dunn says that the woman didn’t tell him that she was HIV-positive until after the two had intercourse. Dunn is being held on 500,000 bail in the Dallas County Jail. The woman was found by her two children, who are 7 and 8 years old. “The kids was crying and I ran in there to see what’s going on. I seen her laying on the side of the bed,” said Latoya Arnett, Bolden’s neighbor.  “It’s like, every time I close my eyes I see her,” said Arnett. Police say that the killing happened somewhat casually and directly.  Bolden confessed to being HIV positive after the two had sex, which led the man to go into the kitchen, grab a knife and stab her. Dunn simply told police “she killed me, so I killed her.” “How did he know he had it? How did he know?” asked Arnett. “In this case, the person was killed because of their real or perceived, and we don’t know, HIV status. This is a classic panic defense. Why wasn’t the guy taking his own precautions? He could have been wearing a condom,” said Rafael McDonnell, Resource Center Dallas Communications and Advocacy Manager. Texas is one of the few states that doesn’t require those who are HIV-infected to notify their partners of the infection. Also, if you test positive, you are only required to notify former partners, but not future ones.  Texas also does not send you to jail for infecting someone with HIV.  However, some judges starting to make exceptions. “However, we have seen cases, very recently in fact, where someone who is HIV positive has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon because of their HIV status,” said McDonnell In 2009, Pillippe Padieu was convicted of six counts of aggravated assault after infecting six women with HIV.  This case is similar to that of Craig Lamar Davis, a married pastor in Atlanta Georgia who was arrested for sleeping with women without telling them that he is HIV positive.  Davis’ accuser, Ronita McAfee, wrote an open letter to the public describing her experience with Davis and warning others to be careful about sleeping around in an era of high STD infections.  

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Tatyana Ali Campaigns for Obama in Essence Magazine

Tatyana Ali is out working hard for the Obama campaign, seeking to get the black vote out for the president.  The job has been difficult for Obama surrogates, since millions of people are far less inspired than they were in 2008.  But that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to try, and Essence Magazine is on board as one of the allies to help the president to get the job done. This week, Ali wrote an article for young black women called, “What Hurts My Sister, Hurts Me.”   Ali says that after being inspired by the speech by first lady Michelle Obama, she felt compelled to speak to her audience about the importance of voting for the president.   Ali first says that the Republican Party is harmful to her and other women by turning back the clock on women’s rights: It enraged me to see women at the Republic National Convention last week stand beside men who have promised again and again to take us back into the dark ages when it comes to reproductive rights, access to education, access to adequate health care and arts funding. I thought about it long and hard and then I realized that many of these women of means have no idea what their sisters who live blocks away in neighboring districts will have to go through if these men are elected to office. The idea of not being able to afford contraception, or potentially life-saving tests like cervical cancer screenings, pap smears or mammograms, is so foreign to them that they could laugh and clap in Tampa all the while knowing that these policy proposals loom in the horizon. Ali then argues that the main difference between herself and Republican women is a matter of class.  She says that women of means don’t quite understand what poor women experience.  This is an odd reflection from Ali, who has long been among Hollywood’s wealthy and elite, but some among the wealthy still identify with those who are struggling.  Making  series of compelling arguments that support the Obama campaign, Ali makes her case for why it is unreasonable to consider the Republican option: Think about it. If you cut access to adequate health care by repealing the Affordable Care Act, gutting Planned Parenthood and turning Medicaid into a voucher program, you are essentially pinning low income and middle-class families to their current economic reality. How can a woman move her family into higher economic strata, generationally speaking, if she has no access to contraceptives? Ali shows special concern for the Republican desire to cut funding for the arts.  She says that cutting the arts is harmful to humanity and that such moves should be stopped, no matter what the cost of doing so. The arts provide a glimpse into other worlds of thought. They have the potential to create empathy in us for people in circumstances our own life experiences would never allow us to understand. They have the power to galvanize us into collective action and give hope and strength in the most intimate ways.  

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House Rules For Malia and Sasha Obama Revealed: Are They Too Strict?

House Rules For Malia and Sasha Obama Have Been Revealed Over The Years First Lady Michelle Obama has been very vocal over the years about the house rules she and President Barack Obama have implemented for their two daughters: Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11 . Writer Jodi Kantor of The New York Times, has compiled a list of house rules that First Lady Michelle Obama has said in various interviews throughout these past few years. Some of the rules challenge the girls to focus on academics — even when they’re away from school. Other rules challenge the girls to be responsible and consistent. In short, the rules are: 1) Non-School Related Reports:  The girls must write reports about what they’ve seen on their trips, even if it’s not required by their school. 2) Limited Cellphone Usage:  Malia may use her cellphone only on the weekends, and she and her sister cannot watch television or use a computer for anything but homework during the week. 3) Athleticism:  Malia and Sasha have to play two sports: one they choose and one selected by their mother. 4) House Chores:  Malia must learn to do laundry before she leaves for college. 5) Healthy Eating:  The girls have to eat their vegetables, and if they say that they are not hungry, they cannot ask for cookies or chips later. Although many people have questioned whether or not the First Lady’s rules are too harsh, she believes they’re basic. “ They’re not little princesses ,” First Lady Michelle Obama said of her daughters. “ It’s just basic rules, boundaries, and expectations that we would have normally .”  Below are some additional rules and further explanations for the aforementioned rules that First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed over the years. They must do their chores.  Though the White House has a large staff, Malia and Sasha have chores of their own. “ They have to make their beds, they have to clean up their rooms ,” First Lady Michelle Obama said last year. “ They have chores to do, and they don’t get their allowance until they can prove that they’ve done their chores for the week .” They can’t watch much TV.  ” We have clear rules about screen time and TV time. None during the week if it doesn’t involve schoolwork ,” Mrs. Obama said. They’re allowed some TV time on the weekends, but even then “ I try to fill up their weekends with a lot of stuff so they wind up missing that, too ,” she confided. “ It’s like, sports and games, and then, oh, it’s bedtime, so sorry you didn’t get your TV time in .” No R-rated movies for pre-teens.  While Malia, 14, has gone to a few R-rated movies (after they’ve been vetted by her parents), Sasha, 11, is not allowed to watch R-rated movies at all, and even kid-centric TV shows get monitored. “ Nowadays, sometimes what’s on the kid programming, some of that teenage programming is pretty high-level stuff, too ,” First Lady Michelle Obama said. “ So you find that you have to constantly just be engaged with them and hear what they’re learning and talk to them about the shows that they’re watching .” They can only have healthy snacks.  ” We have fruit. We have some cereals, some crackers, nuts, dried foods that are out ,” Mrs. Obama said. “ We try to put out healthy snacks in clear containers, because seeing dried fruit gives the kids the idea, ‘Oh, yes, if I’m hungry I could really have this or the nuts or the soybean things.’ And my whole thing is if you’re really hungry, you can have that. If you don’t really want it, then you’re not really hungry .” They must play a team sport . “ Sports is an expectation, and we say it’s an expectation because it’s about good health ,” Mrs. Obama said. “ It’s about learning how to play on a team, learning how to lose, learning how to win gracefully, learning how to trash talk and not get your feelings hurt .” First Lady Michelle Obama believes individual sports are great, but “ I think team sports are important particularly for girls, where they learn the camaraderie of being dependent on other people for the victory ,” she said during an interview in April. “ And I think my girls need to learn how to compete. Whether they choose to do it long term, I just think it’s an important opportunity for girls to have. ” Quitting is not allowed.  ” Kids tend to quit when it starts getting hard, which means that’s when they’re starting to learn something ,” Mrs. Obama said during an interview this  year. “ And that’s the tough time to continue to make them go to that tennis lesson. Even though Malia was complaining about it, she now loves tennis. And now she’s saying, ‘Well, I’m glad you made me keep taking tennis .’ ” First Lady Michelle Obama fears making her daughters unsuccessful. “ They’re terrific girls. They’re poised and they’re kind and they’re curious. Like any mother, I am just hoping that I don’t mess them up ,”  she said during an interview. “ Even when times are tough, in the end you are as happy as your least happy child .” Do you believe the Obamas are too strict on their daughters?

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Chad Johnson Downplays Divorce Buzz

Chad Ochocinco downplays Evelyn Lozada’s decision to file for a divorce Evelyn Lozada’s  ex-husband, Chad Johnson, returned to Twitter for the first time  after being arrested for allegedly head-butting his ex-wife during an argument. He updated his Twitter avatar with a photo of himself with a picture of Lozada’s face tattooed on his right leg. In addition to having her face tattooed on him, he has the name “Eve” located underneath her picture. Of course a large majority of his Twitter followers reacted unfavorably to his tattoo. Fans even mocked him saying they didn’t understand why the former Miami Dolphins wide receiver got the tattoo after their divorce. Johnson snapped back at fans and tweeted: “Divorce? Child please… that’s my WIFE RT”   He the followed up with another tweet further downplaying his ex-wife’s divorce. “ I dont give a flying pretzel in skittle rainbow hell what she filed for… RT,” he tweeted. Meanwhile, Lozada has been aggressively working on her hot temper that she has been frequently criticized about on VH1′s “Basketball Wives.” In addition to acquiring professional help to work on her mind, body, and soul, Lozada has also appeared on primetime television to discuss her decision to divorce Johnson. During a recent Nightline interview, Lozada said, “ I would like for him to tell me he got help and that he’s working on himself ,” when asked what she wants to hear from her ex. She added that, “ he loves football and he’s very driven and a great dad. He made a bad choice that destroyed his life, and I hate that I’m connected to that…It was his choice, it wasn’t mine .” At one point in the interview, Lozada also said a woman shouldn’t fear her husband, which ultimately lead her to the decision to divorce Johnson. The 37-year-old reality star  and mother has been working alongside celebrity spiritual teacher, Iyanla Vanzant, to acquire treatment for her mind, body, and soul. Lozada is set appear on Vanzant’s new show “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” which premieres September 15 on OWN. During a preview clip for Lozada’s episode, devastated Lozada is seen, sobbing about her current image in the media. “ You have been rewarded for being [a] thug among women, it’s gonna cost you !” Vanzant told Lozada before going on to ask “ How did you get to stitches in your forehead, living in a hotel ?”

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Nomalanga: Why Women Like Eddie Long’s Wife Stay after Public Humiliation

I just read a story about Vanessa Long sharing the "storm" she survived after her husband, Eddie Long, the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, was accused of "having relations" with five young men in the ministry . Vanessa Long, who herself is an elder at New Birth, spoke to a group of women in the Heart to Heart Ministry at New Birth sharing that the whole experience was a very gruesome struggle but her final decision was to stay with her husband and their church. As I read the story, I was reminded of the Monica Lewinsky scandal that put the then, First Lady Hilary Clinton, in a similar predicament. I remember being very judgmental of Mrs Clinton, at the time, in my arrogant and youthful ignorance. Now, as I approach eight years of marriage, my perspective has shifted. I am able to see that Elder long (and Mrs. Clinton) can seem like foolish women who are taking this "marriage thing" a little too far but I also see that it is not so simple. First of all, most people who walk into marriages take vows and those vows, usually say that the couple should stand by each other through "thick and thin" and through "sickness and health" and of course that does not just mean that wives or husbands can't walk away if their spouses get sick; it means that you vow to stay no matter what ! I will admit, I have somewhat of a bias; I was born and raised in a two parent home and in less than two years, my parents will celebrate 40 year of marriage. Through them, I have learned that if you're committed to your marriage and the well-being of your children and the stability of your community, there really is next to nothing that can convince you to walk away from your marriage. Further more, my perspective is colored by being raised in a different country where the culture places a very high value on marriage, family and community. The alarming rate at which people choose to end their marriages today is by far not an indicator of the exceptions of "through thick and thin" but instead an indication that the way modern day society perceives marriage is shifting and not in a good way. If you haven't already, just spend some time talking to a psychologist or sociologist about the crippling effects of broken homes. Of course there are exceptions; too often, we hear about battered women who stayed in abusive marriages right up until their husbands took their lives. This is an extreme example and those are the instances where divorce is almost certainly the only option. In her conversation with the women she was speaking to, Elder Long shared that part of the reason why she stayed was because she wanted to stay with her New Birth family and also because she believed that she could use her experience to inspire and minister to other women who are going through their own "storms". How I interpret what she is saying is that she did not just stay because she did not want to leave Eddie Long; she stayed because she understands that her marriage serves a greater purpose than just a relationship between two people. Maybe Mrs. Long considered her three children and thought that even though they had probably suffered a great deal of embarrassment from the attention they got in the scandal, they still deserved to be with both their parents in one household. Maybe Mrs. Long thought about having to leave all the meaningful relationships she had been building for years and the standard of living that she was accustomed to and decided that Eddie Long's alleged actions should not rob her and her children of those things. Maybe, Mrs. Long thought about the day she said "till death do us part" which meant that even though what her husband was being accused of made her vomit, understandably, he was still alive and that meant that she was still his wife. I don't believe that any woman can say with certainty what she would do if she were in the same position as Mrs. Long. We will never know what Mrs. Long's conversations with God were, as she undoubtedly knelt  to pray for the strength and courage to endure the "storm" that her husband had led her into. What I do know is that far more marriages end in divorce than is necessary. I believe that anyone who decides to get married should, as Dr. Phil puts it, "earn their way out" of marriage. What Dr. Phil means is that every possible option to save the marriage should be exhausted before a couple decides  they want to swap out their spouse like a old pair of shoes or yesterday's underwear. The people who sustain their marriages understand that marriage is not to be taken lightly and it requires commitment, perseverance, sacrifice, selflessness and an understanding that marriage serves a greater purpose than two people getting together because they "love" each other. The post Nomalanga: Why Women Like Eddie Long’s Wife Stay after Public Humiliation appeared first on Black Like Moi .

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Just Reel Film: “Mommy Uncensored” Chronicles The Ups And Downs Of Motherhood

by Dorian Chandler, Your Black World Being a stay-at-home mother is no easy task. Juggling the demands of your children while trying to maintain your own self identity is the inspiration behind the web series, Mommy Uncensored: Confessions of a Real Mom. In the series, we meet Karen Wright, a former counselor turned stay-at-home mom who chronicles her journey through ...

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