Missing: Ilonda Banks,20, Lithonia, Ga

LITHONIA, Ga. — DeKalb County police are looking for a missing 20-year-old woman.

Ilonda Banks was last seen Saturday afternoon at her house on Kimberland Gardens Lane.

Police describe Banks as “mentally challenged” and say her family is concerned for her safety.

Banks is black, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 150 pounds, with short black  hair. She was last seen wearing a black shirt and dark blue plaid  pajama bottoms. Anyone who sees Banks is asked to call DeKalb County Police Special Victims Unit at 770-724-7710.



A young man saves a woman, but is thrown in jail, Shannon Nyamodi

Shannon Zach Nyamodi had just graduated from high school April of 2012 and had a plan for his life. A plan that was changed one night on August 6, 2012. Nyamodi had just from a gig his band played and was asleep in his car outside of a friend’s house when he heard gunshots and saw a white woman was running down the street and screaming for help. The woman was screaming because her daughter had hired someone to come and kill her.

Her daughter 15 went on Facebook searching for someone to kill her mother.

Nyamodi, doing what any good person would do, went toward the woman to help her and find out what was going on. A white young male leapt from the house and ran. Nyamodi helped call 911 for the woman. The police come and take care of woman, hearing her side of the story and taking a statement from the young boy.

The next day, despite the woman telling them that her daughter set her up and that the person that shot her was a white male and clearly not Nyamodi, the police took this young man and placed him in jail! This young boy has been there since 2012. It has been over a year and I am just now hearing about this. I don’t know what this boy has gone through. Despite all the evidence stating that the boy is innocent, the police refuse to let him go. They are trying to pin this on him mostly likely it is one of the sheriffs or officers little murdering psychopath sons and they are trying to cover their ass instead of letting them rot.

The white boy responsible has been found on social media and the gun used to shoot the woman and the money taken from her has been given to the sheriff but Nyamodi has not been released! Please lets spread the word and get this out there. We have to be the ones to protect our children because no one else will do it for us. Justice for Shannon Zach Nyamodi, now!

What was this young boys crime? Helping a woman that could have been killed? Doing what any good person would do? Being compassionate, caring, and humane? His crime was not being the criminal, he is supposed to be due to his black skin. He should have never been placed in jail nor should he be charged with a crime he did not commit. He will not become another Troy Davis or Trayvon Martin, he will not be made to look like a criminal instead of a victim. Justice for Shannon Zach Nyamodi NOW!!!

You can read more about this case here: http://www.kulturekritic.com/2013/12/men/young-black-man-jail-attempted-murder-victim-states-didnt/



Stop the Genocide in South Sudan

I have been vaguely following the story in South Sudan and it’s hard to with a view conflicting stories. I want to be sure I am receiving the real deal without some propaganda to instigate some war for America to be in. I don’t want this to turn into Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and the countless other countries American forces are in.

This situation is serious. Women, men, and children are at a high chance to be killed, if that is not what is taking place already. We have seen what became of Rwanda, the Biafra war, when people start to kill one another for some perceived power.

As Africans in America, we know the history of genocide that was taken out against us and still is today. How many African-Americans were killed without justice? Killed because of paranoia? Killed while innocent? Emmitt Till, Scottsboro boys, and so many more.

We need to speak up about this and do something about this. We cannot allow our brother and sisters to live in fear in their own land. Don’t forget why there is a South Sudan now, because those reaping the wealth of Sudan where killing the natives and discriminating against them.

So please spread the word about what is going on in South Sudan. Yesterday there was a Stop the Genocide rally in DC for South Sudan, by American Sudanese who will not sit by and see their people in pain. No matter where you are from it is our duty to ensure that people are treated fairly especially those of darker skin.

Please spread the word. 2013 will not end without this situation receiving the attention that it deserves, spread the word!

Missing: Onnika Fisher, 6, Jacksonville, Fla.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — There is a statewide Amber Alert for 6-year-old Onnika Fisher of Jacksonville.
Police say her mother abducted her from the Jewish Family & Community Services Center in Lakewood late Friday afternoon.
Police say the abduction happened at 4:52 p.m., after a supervised visit at the center, located in the 6200 block of Dupont Station Court.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued the Amber Alert around 8:30 p.m.
Police are concerned because Onnika’s mother, 38-year-old Charity Chatman, has a history of mental illness.  Chatman lost custody of Onnika about six weeks ago.
Investigators are looking for a 2000 dark green Buick Century with an Ohio license plate: FPA-4958.
Onnika was last seen wearing a pink jacket with a white polka dot inner lining, and blue jeans.  She had her hair up in a pony tail.  She’s 3’10” tall and weighs 53 pounds.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said Chatman has been known to frequent hotels, the Red Roof Inn in particular.
“We would like to have Onnika returned safely,” said Assistant Chief Chris Butler during a news conference late Friday night.
Police said there’s no history of violence between Chatman and her daughter, but as Butler said, police didn’t want to “minimize the seriousness of this.”
Butler said Chatman sent emails that painted her as being delusional.  “She was fearful of individuals following her and government entities following her,” said Butler.
Call 911 if you see the child or her mother.
You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.  You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward of up to $3,000 if your tip leads to an arrest.



Missing: Allante Latrice Hill, 19, Flint, MI

Flint police looking for missing 19-year-old Allante Hill

19-year-old Allante Latrice Hill has been missing since
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on November 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM
FLINT, MI – Flint police are looking for a 19-year-old woman who has been missing since Nov. 2

Allante Latrice Hill was last seen on Nov. 2, around 3:30 a.m. in the drive-through of the McDonalds Restaurant at Dort Highway and Lapeer Road in a white 2001 to 2008 4-door Buick Century or Regal. The car had a sunroof and paper license plate in the back window.

Police describe Hill as 5 feet 11 inches tall and around 250 pounds. She has a tattoo of a black flower on her left hand between her thumb and forefinger.

Flint police said at this time it is unclear if foul play has taken place. They ask anyone with information regarding Hill’s disappearance to contact Officer Al Williams at the Flint Police Department at 810-237-6821.


Accepting the Other Side

Earlier this year I read a fanfiction and I immediately judged it based of the grammar and what I felt was a stereotypical portrayal of Black people. For some reason the fanfiction wouldn’t leave my mind and I ended up giving it another shot, some days later. I had to question myself as to why I immediately discounted the fanfiction and its writer and the answer hit me.

I was tired of the stereotyped black woman, the one that uses ain’t instead of isn’t or the one that curses and brings true every stereotype America has written about black women. I felt like this author, who was a black woman, was just feeding into it and I was not going to sit there and read her “ghetto” literature.

But why was she and her story ghetto and mine wasn’t? Was it because I didn’t use the n-word, or use improper English? Why was I able to so clearly able to create a divide when literature is simple literature. I have read  poems by African-American poets that did not use standard English, but I could empathize with them, understand them, and not judge.

I felt as though this young writer was a representative of all black women writers and she was not doing a good job. It was a stereotypical generalization. Although, I knew better.

However, its a feeling most people feel when a person of their gender talks about their sexapades, or talk loud and use profanity, or blast “ethnic” music, or use improper English.

There is a need to conform to standards in America that was never created with people looked at as “others” in the first place. For a woman to not be a hoe she must be sure to either be a virgin or at least appear to be one. In order for Black people not to be looked at as bad people beyond correction they must adjust their blackness to be accepted.

But the truth is some people despite glaring contradictions will deliberately paint people with one brush in order to sooth their ego or self-esteem.

So before you so easily use sexism to condemn the woman that does not hide the fact that she is a sexual being, understand that you have no right to place yourself above her.

Before you try to separate yourself from the people you deem stereotypes, understand again that you have no right to think yourself superior.

Just like I had no right to immediately devalue that young woman’s work because of my own prejudices. After putting aside my prejudices and reading the fanfiction with a clear eye, I ended up liking a lot more than I thought I would. Although some parts did annoy me, I still was able to see the work for what it was, an amazing form of literature.


Oriana Farrell

R.I.P Oriana Farrell


Oriana Lee Farrell (1974- ), of Memphis, Tennessee, was yet another unarmed Black American shot at by police. This time, though, police made 18 minutes of the video public.

On Monday afternoon, October 28th 2013, while Farrell was on a cross-country road trip with her five homeschooled children, ages 6 to 18, the New Mexico state police pulled her over “in the middle of nowhere”, as she put  it (Route 518 south of Taos). 

  • Out-of-state plates: check.
  • End of the month: check.
  • Driving while black: check.

Officer Tony DeTavis said she was going 71 mph in a 55-mph zone. During a dispute over the speeding ticket, she drives off!

DeTavis chases her, siren blaring. Less than a minute later, she pulls over. He shouts at her to get out of the car. He tries to pull her out. Her children are screaming. She fears DeTavis and does not trust him.

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