Denzel Holder. Yesterday, Holder, from Brooklyn, was sentenced to 23 years in prison for shooting and killing Shawn Williams,27, over an argument about hair weaves. The argument turned full-out brawl took place in 2011. According to the New York Daily News, a group of young women started arguing after one made a comment about “the inappropriateness of hair extensions and the victim’s girlfriend took offense.” Bottles were thrown, punches were exchanged and eventually the other girl called her boyfriend, Holder. Read more.
Selfies are so popular in social media that the very word has officially become part of the English language. But students at the University of South Florida in Tampa are up in arms over their right to take a selfie. The university has banned students from clicking a pic while they walk across the stage to get their diplomas during this year’s commencement ceremony. Some students are vowing that the ban will not stop them. Read more.
Theodore Wafer, a Michigan man who fatally shot a woman through his screen door last year, will face trial in July.Wafer, 55, is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and a related felony weapons charge in the death of Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old Detroit woman who was shot to death on Wafer’s porch last year. On Wednesday, Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway set his trial date for July 21, though it was initially scheduled to begin in early June. The final conference date is June 20. Read more.
New grant requirements on the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative could keep a majority of black organizations from participating, much to the concern of 100 Black Men of America, Crew of 42 reports. According to the blog, 100 Black Men of America has sent a letter to the Obama administration expressing its concerns about the new rule for eligibility, which states that applicants must be “national organizations defined as having active chapters or sub awardees in at least 45 states.” Read more.
Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday. At the same time, the Boko Haram terrorist network is negotiating over the students’ fate and is demanding an unspecified ransom for their release, a Borno state community leader told The Associated Press. He said the Wednesday night message from the abductors also claimed that two of the girls have died from snake bites. Read more.
In 2012, a New York woman shopping for shoes found a disturbing note in her Saks Fifth Avenue bag. Someone claiming to be a worker imprisoned in a Chinese factory told a story of 13-hour days and being treated “like slaves,” pleading for “HELP HELP HELP.” Now the man behind that letter has been found. Tohnain Emmanuel Njong, a Cameroonian national, told DNAinfo he ended up in the factory after authorities in Qingdao, in eastern China, sentenced him to three years on bogus fraud charges.
During his time in the factory, Njong assembled paper shopping bags, electronics, and garments. He was required to meet a production quota each day, and used the pen he was given to record his numbers to secretly write requests for help.Njong is now free and living in Dubai after being released early for good behavior. He said he wrote 5 letters, some in French, but the one that made its way into Stephanie Wilson’s Saks bag was the only one found. Read more.