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Ezell Ford

After the autopsy details were released for Ezell Ford (pictured), a South Los Angeles man who was killed in a police shooting, activists are speaking out to have the officers who were responsible for his death charged with murder. The Coalition for Community Control Over the Police is calling for County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey to file murder charges. The autopsy report was held by the LAPD in fear that it would cause some of the witnesses to change their stories, but it ended up being released last month. The coalition is also asking for the official autopsy report for Omar Abrego, a 37-year-old man who was killed last year following a physical altercation with two gang unit sergeants. “It’s absurd that his autopsy is still concealed,” said local activist Jubilee Shine. “The public and the family have a right to know how and why this man was killed by the police.” Read more.


Graphic Designer Suing Jay-Z for Royalties for Roc-A-Fella Records Logo

Ninety-nine problems and a lawsuit is one for hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. The Brooklyn-bred rapper is being sued for royalties for the Roc-A-Fella Records logo by graphic designer Dwayne Walker. Walker’s lawyer, Greg Berry, claims that his client was “cheated” out of $7 million for the logo design for the label. Berry has been trying to pursue this lawsuit for months but was told to put it to rest by Jay-Z’s lawyer Eleanor Lackman. “It became clear the only reason that Walker wanted to take Carter’s deposition was for purposes of leverage, improper publicity or some other type of harassment,” she wrote. In December 2014 Jay-Z’s wife, Beyoncé, was sued by a Hungarian singer for allegedly using her vocals for her hit “Drunk in Love.” Read more.


Shreveport Elects Their First African American Woman Mayor

Ollie Tyler was elected the 48th Mayor of the City of Shreveport, La., this past weekend, making her the city’s first-ever African-American female mayor. The 69-year-old won the race with 65 percent of the city’s votes. Tyler previously worked as an education administrator, and this is the first time in her career that she will serve as an elected official. “Your vote was your voice and you sent a message to the next generations that we are vested in our city and will use the challenges we face as opportunities to create unity around a vision that will move us to build a stronger, better Shreveport,” Tyler said in a statement. “I will work with a sense of urgency to bring pride, excitement, and economic growth to our city.” Tyler plans to strengthen the police force in areas where there is high-crime, straighten out the city’s finances, and clean up gateways in Shreveport. Read more.

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