Icon Candi Staton revealed Monday (Oct. 29) that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
“I‘ve been diagnosed with breast cancer,” Staton says in an emailed statement. “After all I’ve gone through in my life — the domestic abuse, the bad relationships, alcoholism, fighting with record labels for royalties and all of that stuff — it’s the last thing I ever expected to go through, but I’m going through it and I plan to beat it.”
While the 78-year-old singer’s diagnosis came on the first day of rehearsals this past summer for her upcoming Unstoppable Tour, Staton revealed the difficulty in dealing with the news. “I decided to keep it to myself and do some soul searching, I went through all of the emotions: denial, ‘poor me’ and anger. It really helped me to be on the road, doing something I love to do, and was born to do.
“She has also encouraged women of all ages to get tested as early as possible. “Cancer can happen to anyone. I found a lump through self-check, so I really encourage women — including elderly women — to get a regular mammogram,” she says. “Don’t let the fact that you are young or that you’ve lived a certain length of time without getting it fool you in to thinking you’re immune to it. Have yourself checked because it can happen at any age.”
The soul singer will begin her 12-week chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday and plans to continue working on her music.
On Thursday, Congressman French Hill (pictured above in the video player) of Arkansas publicly condemned a controversial radio ad that supports his Congressional re-election bid, but warns black voters of lynchings and a return to “bad old days” under Democrats.
The ad – aired in heavily black populated areas of Arkansas – was paid for by a North Carolina based political action committee called Black Americans for the President’s Agenda. The PAC is “dedicated to the policy initiatives of President Trump,” according to the group’s website. In any event, the advert features two women (presumed to be black) speaking about the accusations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
One of them says: “If the Democrats can do that to a white justice of the Supreme Court with no evidence, no corroboration and all of her witnesses including her best friend saying it didn’t happen, what will happen to our fathers, our husbands or our sons when a white girl lies on them?”
The other woman responds with: “Girl, white Democrats will be lynching black folk again.”
The ad continues: “We can’t afford to let white Democrats take us back to bad old days of race verdicts, life sentences and lynchings when a white girl screams rape.”
Hill, who is running against Democratic State Rep. Clarke Tucker, called the radio spot “appalling.” And he’s right. “Appalling” is putting it mildly. He went on to say …
“I condemn this outrageous ad in the strongest terms,” Hill said via his campaign’s official Twitter account Thursday. “I do not support that message, and there is no place in Arkansas for this nonsense.”Some may have heard an appalling ad on the radio. I condemn this outrageous ad in the strongest terms. I do not support that message, and there is no place in Arkansas for this nonsense. — French Hill (@ElectFrench) October 18, 2018
Meanwhile, Tucker tweeted that the ad is “disgraceful & has no place in our society.”
“Rep. Hill & his allies will have to live with the kind of campaign they’re running … We won’t let these shameful tactics distract us from our fight to stand up for the people in #AR02 on the critical issues in our lives,” Tucker said.
As far as the Black Americans for the President’s Agenda PAC, according to the Arkansas Times, it’s supposedly run by a North Carolina man named Vernon Robinson. In an interview with Vice News’ Alexandra Jaffe, Robinson said he had no intention of taking the advertisement down and said there was another one coming out.
Robinson paid a little less than $50,000 to run the ad on radio stations in St. Louis, Kansas City and Little Rock, according to Vice.
“All it is, is hard-hitting. I believe the #metoo movement deserves every hit they take,” Vernon told Vice. “Shifting the presumption of innocence to the presumption of guilt is very dangerous for black men.”
Government officials in an east Georgia county told about 40 African-American senior citizens to get off a bus taking them to vote Monday, leading to complaints of voter suppression.
The bus, run by the group Black Voters Matter, was preparing to depart from a senior center operated by Jefferson County when the center’s director said they needed to disembark, said LaTosha Brown, a co-founder of Black Voters Matter.
A county clerk had called the senior center raising concerns about allowing the bus to take residents from the senior center in the city of Louisville, south of Augusta.
“We knew it was an intimidation tactic,” Brown said Tuesday. “It was really unnecessary. These are grown people.”
The senior citizens agreed to get off the bus and cast their ballots later. Monday was the first day of in-person early voting in Georgia in the election for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.
Jefferson County’s administrator said Tuesday that the county government considered the event at the senior center “political activity,” which isn’t allowed during county-sponsored events.
Black Voters Matter is a nonpartisan group encouraging African-Americans to vote in the election, but the county government considered the event political because Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairwoman Diane Evans helped organize it, County Administrator Adam Brett said in a statement.
“Jefferson County administration felt uncomfortable with allowing senior center patrons to leave the facility in a bus with an unknown third party,” Brett said. “No seniors at the Jefferson County senior center were denied their right to vote.”
Black Voters Matter had received permission in advance for the event at the senior center, Brown said. The event was originally intended to encourage seniors to vote, and when some of the seniors asked whether they could ride the bus to an early-voting location, Black Voters Matter agreed to take them.
But someone apparently saw the bus, painted with the words “The South is Rising Tour,” and called county government offices, Brown said. That led to the phone call from the county clerk to the senior center. When they were asked, the senior citizens agreed to leave the bus.
“It was discouraging that they weren’t able to vote,” said Evans, who was on the bus.
“When they’re suppressing votes, they’re going to come up with any kind of excuse about what your problem is.”
Evans said the event wasn’t political, nor did its organizers advocate for any candidates. Evans said she helped coordinate the event in her capacity as a private citizen, pastor and community leader, not as the chairwoman of the county’s Democratic Party.
During the event, the senior citizens got excited about voting and they danced near the bus as “Say It Loud — I’m Black and Proud” by James Brown blasted through the speakers, Evans said.
After the seniors got off the bus, they were initially told they could ride in a county van provided by the senior center to go vote, Brown said. But then the seniors had to get off the van because the senior center’s leaders decided it was close to lunchtime, and the seniors could vote another day.
Jefferson County Commission Chairman Mitchell McGraw didn’t respond to an email seeking comment, and the senior citizens who were on the bus couldn’t immediately be located for comment Tuesday. The senior center’s staff routinely arranges public transit options for senior citizens to vote, Brett said.
Despite the obstacles, the senior citizens will find a way to cast their ballots, Brown said.
“The seniors were so resolved. They said: ‘We’re going to vote. Nobody’s going to stop us,’
” Brown said. “It wasn’t the first time someone has denied them or tried to prevent them from voting.”
The numbers for the historic $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot are in, and there is still no winner.
Update 5:21 a.m. EDT Oct. 20: According to the Mega Millions website, no one matched all six numbers, sending the jackpot to a staggering $1.6 billion.
The numbers drawn Friday night were 15-23-53-65-70 and the Mega ball was 7.
The next drawing is Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET.
Update 12:45 p.m. EDT Oct. 19: The Powerball jackpot rose from $430 million to $470 million Friday, one day before the next scheduled drawing.
The news came shortly after officials announced that the Mega Millions jackpot had risen to a record-breaking $1 billion.
A 5-year-old boy last seen in Massachusetts about two years ago was found 1,500 miles away in Orlando, Florida.
An anonymous tip sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on Tuesday helped Florida sheriffs locate the boy.
Police in Webster, Massachusetts, said Matthew Hale was kidnapped by his mother, Christina Hale, in 2016, first going from New York to her mother’s home in Webster.
The child’s father showed up in Webster in January 2017 and asked police for help.
“He was from New York. He had paperwork stating he had full custody of his child, and he wanted officers to go with him to keep the peace,” Master Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said.
When they arrived on Emil Street, they came up empty-handed.
“When they went there, Christina and Matthew were not there,” Tejada-Monforte said. “They learned she had left a few weeks prior.”
Police filed a missing person’s report, with posters featuring Matthew and his mother’s pictures going up across the area.
Seven months later in July, the mother’s car was found in Maine. That trail went cold, as the two eventually made their way to Florida to stay with a cousin, authorities said.
The anonymous tip led the Florida sheriffs to the home, where an arrest was made.
“She was located down in Florida with a relative, I assume, because it’s the same last name [Warren Hale], and she was taken into custody,” Tejada-Monforte said. “Matthew was taken into custody of the Department of Children and Families, and they’re working on reuniting him with his father.”
The mother will face a charge of parental kidnapping in Webster, while Matthew’s father gets a weight lifted off his shoulders.
“For the father, this is a good relief for him to know that his child is OK and is in good health,” Tejada-Monforte said.
A white woman shown on a viral video blocking a black man from entering a loft to his downtown St. Louis apartment was fired from her job Sunday, KMOV reported.
In a cellphone video posted to his Facebook page, D’Arreon Toles documented a confrontation between himself and a female tenant at the Elder Shirt Lofts. Toles, 24, said he was returning from a late shift Friday when the woman, who was walking a dog on a leash, asked what unit he lives in, the Post-Dispatch reported.
In the video, Toles can be heard telling the woman, “You are blocking me into my building. This is my building as well. So, I need you to get out of my way.”
“I’m uncomfortable,” the woman says in the video.
“OK, you can be uncomfortable,” Toles says in the video.
In the video, the woman follows Toles to the front door of his apartment, KSDK reported. Thirty minutes later, St. Louis police appeared at his apartment, according to Toles’ Facebook post. No citations were issued.
A St. Louis police sergeant confirmed a 911 call was made to the building, but no report was written, KSDK reported.
“Did this really just happen to me? It happened to me. I am really taken away by the moment,” Toles told KMOV. “I was kind of blown away, shocked and like ‘Wow.’ I am just glad I had my camera out. If I did not have my camera out, I feel it could have gone a totally different way.”
“To Be A Black man in America, & Come home,” Toles wrote on Facebook.
Tribeca-STL, a luxury apartment company that says it is a minority-owned business, confirmed that the woman worked for the company, KMOV reported. In a statement, the company’s owners said they were “disturbed” by the video. The company also said in its statement that the property did not belong to Tribeca-STL and that the employee was interacting with Toles at her own private residence.
“We do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company, Tribeca-STL said in its statement.
The woman, who has not been identified publicly, did not respond to requests for comment by several news organizations.
“I am not mad at her. I am not upset with her. I am not going to go after her legally or anything like that, Toles told KMOV. “I wish her the best. I would still have a conversation with her.”
A white retired firefighter was found guilty of assault Friday for shooting at a black teenager who knocked on his door asking for directions.
Jeffrey Zeigler, 53, was also charged with attempted murder but an Oakland County jury convicted him of the lesser assault charge as well as a possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, WDIV reported.
Zeigler’s sentencing is Nov. 13, the Detroit Free Press reported.
In April, Brennan Walker, 14, missed the bus and tried walking to school. He soon got lost and knocked on the door to the Zeigler’s Rochester Hills home.
Zeigler’s wife Dana first saw Brennan at the door and yelled to her husband, who grabbed a shotgun and ran down the stairs.
“He didn’t look like a child. He was a rather big man standing there, and also, if he was going to school, we have no schools in our area,” Dana Zeigler said in court Oct. 9, the Free Press reported.
Surveillance video showed Zeigler chase Brennan down the street with the shotgun.
Zeigler tried to fire it but the safety was on. He tried again after switch it off. Brennan said he heard a shot but was not hit, the Free Press reported.
At the time Zeigler told investigators he came out with the shotgun because he believed his home was being broken into, WDIV reported. In court, Zeigler was remorseful and admitted he did something wrong, the Free Press reported.
“That’s just completely unacceptable on every level. I don’t know how you would justify it, but it certainly doesn’t pass the muster,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told WDIV.
Brennan and his mother, Lisa Wright, believe Zeigler reacted in such a way because he is black.
Maybe next time, he has to call the Ghostbusters. A Louisiana man called the sheriff last week to report that he was stabbed in the head at his home. But when Ouachita Parish Sheriff deputies arrived, they didn’t find Michael Auttonberry injured. But they said he was shouting at people who were not there, and there was no injury to his head from an ax as he reported, KARD reported.
Auttonberry also told law enforcement that someone was in his home. Deputies didn’t find anyone there, but what they did discover was suspected crystal meth on his nightstand, Fox News reported.
Auttonberry said it must have been planted by either a ghost or intruders who escaped from a window.
Deputies said there wasn’t any evidence to support his claims of intruders, KARD reported.
Auttonberry was arrested, charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and giving a false police report, according to his arrest record.
When sheriff’s deputies found a small amount of marijuana on a teen in Jonesboro, Georgia, they took an unconventional approach: Instead of arresting him, they called his father.
Officials said the ordeal ended in the arrest of the teen’s alleged drug dealer and the seizure of several guns and drugs.
The teen, who was not identified, was pulled over Friday. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found marijuana in a bag. Deputies called the teen’s father.
“When the Father arrived, he was not pleased and wanted to know where his son was getting his weed from,”the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “The Father then forced his son to tell the Deputies who sold it to him and where.”
The dad forced his son to tell the deputies where he got the drugs, according to the statement. The teen allegedly told police it was Damarcus Brown.
Brown was later arrested on unspecified charges after deputies said they saw him selling drugs at an Exxon gas station in Riverdale, Georgia. Authorities found drugs in his vehicle and a gun and more drugs at his home.
“If it was not for a good strong father willing and able to do the right thing for his son and community, Brown would still be selling drugs and in possession of guns today,” the sheriff’s office said.
Hurricane Michael is barreling toward the Florida Panhandle as people in the storm’s path prepare for the arrival of a possible Category 3 storm.
The National Hurricane Center is warning of “life-threatening storm” surge of 8 to 12 feet, which could cause flooding of roads, homes and businesses.
Mandatory evacuation orders are already posted in three Panhandle counties: Gulf, Wakulla and Bay Counties, according to news reports.Hurricane #Michael continues to strengthen over the southern Gulf of Mexico. Here are the updated 10 PM CDT Key Messages for Hurricane #Michael. https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/6x3a1wjqfi — National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 9, 2018
A State of Emergency was issued in 26 counties as Florida’s State Emergency Response Team projected Michael will make landfall as a 115 mph Category 3 hurricane and could continuing intensifying over the next 36 hours.#HurricaneMichael is currently projected to make landfall as a 115 mph Category 3 hurricane with potential life-threatening storm surge. Rapid intensification is possible over the next 36 hours right up until landfall. Heed all orders from your local emergency officials. #alert — Florida SERT (@FLSERT) October 8, 2018
A hurricane warning is posted for parts of the Gulf Coast, and the National Hurricane Center is warning of dangerous winds that are expected to move inland as the storm makes landfall, extending across parts of the Florida Panhandle, southern Georgia and southeast Alabama.
The storm is expected to produce heavy rains and dangerous flash flooding.
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