Over the past few years, stories about African Americans being killed at the hands of police officers have become all too common. A new report released by Campaign Zero, an organization that strives to end police violence within our country, has revealed that 59 out of 60 of America’s largest cities have disproportionately killed Blacks. The study, titled 2015 Year-End Police Violence Report, was conducted as part of the organization’s Mapping Police Violence Project. The data was collected from January 1through December 15 of this year. An estimated 1,152 people were murdered by the police and a quarter of those deaths were caused by police departments in the nation’s 60 largest cities. The cities that had the highest rate of killings by the police included Bakersfield, Oklahoma City, Oakland, Indianapolis Metropolitan, Long Beach, New Orleans, St. Louis Metropolitan and San Francisco. St. Louis’ rate was seven times higher than Philadelphia. “Rather than being determined by crime rates, police violence reflects a lack of accountability in the culture, policies, and practices of the institutions of policing, as investigations into some of the most violent police departments in America have shown,” read the report. Read more.
Actress Tasha Smith Has Her Marriage Annulled
Tasha Smith is known for bringing the drama in the roles that she plays on television and in films, but now it seems life is imitating art for the actress. Smith recently had her marriage annulled after a judge declared that her husband was “a fraud,” or misrepresented himself. Her now ex-husband, Rory Douglas, was living a double life. He told Smith that he was a preacher and very spiritual, but he failed to reveal that he was married five times before, lied about the number of kids he had, never shared that he was involved in criminal activity and had nearly a decade’s worth of back taxes. “She in no way would have jumped within a few months at the chance to be bride number six,” said the judge. Read more.
Stacey Dash Files Report against Twitter Hacker
Stacey Dash, actress-turned-Fox news correspondent, took a trip to the police station this week to file a report about being harassed and stalked on Twitter. According to Dash, the user would sign in to her account, post photos and delete them. She believes the user is hacking into her Twitter account in a “vulgar attempt to garner followers.” She also shared that she’s doing “what any woman should do if she’s being harassed by a man in her life.” The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating. Read more.
Ludacris Visits Children’s Hospital in Atlanta
The holiday season is a time where many celebrities use their platforms to give back to the less fortunate. Illinois-bred rapper and actor Ludacris took it upon himself to spread some holiday cheer in Atlanta. He stopped by the Children’s Hospital in Atlanta with gifts in tow and spent time with the children and their loved ones. He took to Instagram to post a few photos of his experience. “Tis the season. #givingback #childrenshospital #merryludacrismas @ludacrisfdtn,” read the caption for a photo collage of him, a few patients and the stuffed animals that he bought. “To all the parents my heart & prayers are with you,” read another photo caption. “To all the children I admire your strength and perseverance. Love from the @ludacrisfdtn #childrenshospital #merryludacrismas.” Read more.
1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.
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2. JANUARY: President Barack Obama has an adorable moment with Akira Cooper at the Community Children's Center, one of the nation's oldest Head Start providers, in Lawrence, Kan.
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3. JANUARY: President Obama greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi, India.
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4. JANUARY: President Barack Obama greets neighbors after visiting a model home at the Nueva Villas at Beverly, a single-family housing development owned by local nonprofit organization Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz.
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5. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama fakes a jump shot during an Affordable Care Act video taping for BuzzFeed in the White House Library. The video went viral thanks to jokes about his presidency and ultra-cool swag.
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6. FEBRUARY: Obama pals around with one of his biggest supporters, vice president Joe Biden. While he chose not to run in the 2016 presidential election, Obama said he would be in his corner.
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7. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama talks with 13-year-old student Vidal Chastanet as "Humans of New York" founder Brandon Stanton photographs during a blog interview in the Oval Office. Obama was greatly inspired by Chastanet's comments on the popular "Humans of New York" Instagram page, where he shared his troubles finding courage in school and and life despite living in a dangerous area of Brooklyn, NY.
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8. MARCH: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join hands with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Ala., March 7, 2015. Malia and Sasha Obama join hands with their grandmother, Marian Robinson.
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9. MARCH: Obama is a classic man as he puts on a green tie in observance of St. Patrick's Day.
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10. MARCH: President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.
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11. APRIL: During the Correspondents' Dinner, his anger translator - played by Key & Peele comedian Keegan-Michael Key - helped Obama get out his biggest frustrations.
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12. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.
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13. APRIL: Obama speaks with newly appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office.
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14. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.
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15. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.
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16. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.
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17. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.
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18. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.
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19. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.
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20. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.
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21. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.
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