#SayWhat News – Trayvon’s Lawyer Wanted For New Case – Government Shutdown Perks – Ariel Castro Is A Freak – Stand Your Ground Revised – Billboard Hit Is Racist?

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Kendrick Johnson’s Parents Call On Trayvon Martins Lawyer – Boys Body Filled With Newspaper – Kendrick Johnson was a South Georgia 17 year old who was found dead and rolled up inside a gym in a wrestling mat at his school back in January. The boy’s parents reported him missing and school officials found his body upright in the mat that was placed behind some bleachers. The county officials investigating the case ruled the death a “freak accident” saying that he must have fallen head first into the upright mat and then became trapped in it. His parents are not buying that explanation and believe that their son was murdered. They are reaching out to Benjamin Crump- the lawyer responsible for getting Trayvon Martin’s case national attention last year. When asked about the case in an interview Crump said, “This is a real-life murder mystery where these parents sent their child to school with a book bag and he was returned to them in a body bag. They brought me in to make sure this is not able to be swept under the rug in small-town Georgia and they never get justice for their child.” Crump and the Johnson family are looking to get higher courts involved to get the manner of death changed from a suicide to a homicide. The parents of Kendrick Johnson got even more horrifying news regarding the death of their son Kendrick. It came to light that before burial Kendrick’s skull and internal organs were stuffed with newspaper.  His body underwent two different autopsies and was in the possession of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation aka GBI and the Funeral Home. The body received its regular autopsy and it was ruled this was an accident. The parents where not convinced so they got another one done. A second autopsy has found that Kendrick received a blow to the side of his neck and now foul play is becoming more obvious.The US Attorney dealing with the case is urging anyone with information to come forward.

Congressional Perks Seemed Essential During Shutdown – While countless people are currently unemployed and dealing with the financial setback that the government shutdown has created- members of congress are sitting pretty reaping the benefits of what have been deemed “essential” perks. Among the list of essentials are: the gym for the HOR members, the capitol subway which is an underground system that prevents congress members from having to walk outside, and the presence and paycheck for every single member of congress.

Ariel Castro’s Suicide Revealed – New reports are saying that Ariel Castro may not have hung himself as an attempt suicide. It has been revealed that guards were not conducting their rounds properly and were failing to make the required logs and observations of Castro every 30 minutes. As a result, Castro may have been trying to pleasure himself and died as a result of autoerotic asphyxiation. Autoerotic asphyxiation is the act of someone purposefully cutting off their air supply while masturbating to have a more intense climax. The newest report says that “He was hanging from a hinge in the window of his cell by a sheet wrapped around his neck. His pants and underwear were pulled down to his ankles. The relevance of this finding is unclear. These facts, however, were relayed to the Ohio State Highway Patrol for consideration of the possibility of autoerotic asphyxiation.” Investigators are not sure if this is exactly what happened but there are no other clear motive indicators from the scene. Two of the guards have been put on leave while the investigation continues.

Pitbull Saves Kids Life After He Is Saved From Death – A pitbull by the name of Tater Tot seems to have paid his good fortune forward. TaterTot was on death row at an animal care facility and by a stroke of luck was pulled and placed into foster care. The second family he ended up with only intended to foster the pup but after life saving circumstances can’t see parting ways. On October 2nd Tater Tot saved the like of his owner’s four year old son! She explained that after she put her son to bed, “TatorTot was running back and forth between my son and I, barking and whining, I told him to knock it off of course and tried to get him to come lay down with me. Finally after a few minutes I go to check on my son. He was completely unconscious, but not like any other passed out child. TatorTot was still barking and whining and licking my son’s face, any other child for surely would have woken up from this! Even when I was trying wake him up he didn’t move or flinch.” She took her son to the hospital where it was discovered that his blood sugar was dangerously low. It’s unknown why the medical situation was so dire considering the boy has diabetes. But either way mom is forever grateful for her new dog and says that he’s with the family to stay.

Dolls Go Natural – California mom, Karen Byrd, got tired of seeing ethnic dolls with “tamed and straightened” hairstyles so she decided to start a business and do something about it. She was irritated with the lack of diversity and said, “I had dolls that were gorgeous, but they didn’t look like me. When I looked in the mirror, I would be confused — like, am I beautiful?” She has created a line of dolls with traditionally African American natural hairstyles including afros and dread locs. She takes straight-haired dolls and customizes them by giving them these natural styles- the process takes about 3 days. her business is still in the beginning stages but she now has a 51 person waiting list and is looking to hire employees to assist her with her growing customer base which now reaches the UK, Africa and Australia. Natural Hair Dolls

New Zealand’s Lorde Accused of Racism – New Zealand pop artist Lorde has been topping the Billboard Charts with her hit single ‘Royals’ but has been accused of racism in the lyrics. The song is supposed to be an attack on greed and materialism but according to feminist blogger Veronica Flores- Lorde is directly attacking hip hop and black culture. Some of the song’s lyrics include “But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom… But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece. Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash. We don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affair.”The blogger argues “While I love a good critique of wealth accumulation and inequity, this song is not one; in fact, it is deeply racist. Because we all know who she’s thinking when we’re talking gold teeth, Cristal and Maybachs. So why sh-t on black folks? Why sh-t on rappers? Why aren’t we critiquing wealth by taking hits at golf or polo or Central Park East? Why not take to task the bankers and old-money folks who actually have a hand in perpetuating and increasing wealth inequality? I’m gonna take a guess: racism.” Lorde responded to the accusations by saying ““I was just sort of reeling off some of the things which are commonly mentioned in hip-hop and the Top 40. I’ve always loved hip-hop, but as a fan of hip-hop, I’ve always had to kind of suspend disbelief because, obviously, I don’t have a Bentley.”  

Florida Panel Approves Stand Your Ground Revisions – Florida is finally taking small steps to revise their ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws. In a 7-2 vote the senate decided that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will need to come up with guidelines for neighborhood watch groups including not pursuing suspects or unlawfully using force that could escalate a situation. Additionally, law enforcement will have to investigate uses of force even in self-defense claims. There’s still a lot of progress to be made before the law would prevent another situation like Trayvon Martin’s from happening again.

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