Songstress Beyoncé took to Facebook on Wednesday to show her support for the Women’s March on Washington; an event that will be recognized as one of the most historic demonstrations in our nation’s history. “We raise our voices as mothers, as artists, and as activists. As #GlobalCitizens, we can make our voices heard and turn awareness into meaningful action and positive change. #WomensMarch,” she posted. Other celebrities who have endorsed the protest include Zendaya, America Ferrera, and Scarlett Johansson. Janelle Monae, Maxwell, and MC Lyte are all slated to perform during the demonstration. The Women’s March on Washington will kick off at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, a day after the presidential inauguration. Nearly 100,000 people are expected to participate. Read more.
Gospel Singer Travis Greene Explains Decision To Perform At Trump Inauguration
Gospel singer Travis Greene is scheduled to perform Friday at the Presidential Inaugural Ball, he announced in an Instagram post: “I believe that this is a door open from God for me to engage in culture — not to sit back and tolerate or complain, but to help redefine culture in some way.” Other music acts that will take the stage include Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, and The Piano Guys. Read more.
JP Morgan Chase Settles $55 Million Racial Discrimination Lawsuit
The Department of Justice has settled a $55 million racial discrimination lawsuit with JPMorgan Chase. The bank was accused of charging people of color more for home loans than Whites between 2006 and 2009, equaling millions of dollars in extra mortgage costs. An estimated 53,000 African-American and Latino loan borrowers were affected, a violation of both the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the U.S. Fair Housing Act. “We’ve agreed to settle these legacy allegations that relate to pricing set by independent brokers,” said Elizabeth Seymour, a spokeswoman for JP Morgan. “We deny any wrongdoing and remain committed to providing equal access to credit.” Read more.
Black Woman Sues St. Louis Police Department For Public Body Cavity Search
A 24-year-old Black woman has taken legal action against the City of St. Louis and Missouri law enforcement officials for a police search gone wrong. Kayla Robinson filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court claiming a roadside stop on Oct. 19, 2012 became physically invasive. According to Robinson, St. Louis police officers pulled her and her children’s father Ronnell Jenkins over for reportedly trying to evade a police checkpoint. After searching the vehicle, Officer Angela Hawkins allegedly claimed that she saw Robinson slip something into her pants. According to the court documents, Robinson was taken to a parking lot where Hawkins performed a manual body cavity search. “At this time, [Robinson] was crying hysterically and begging… Hawkins to take her to jail and search her there,” reads the lawsuit. There were no drugs found on Robinson. She claims she was verbally abused by the officer during the whole encounter. Read more.