Rest In Peace

STEPHEN LAWRENCE: 20 YEARS ON – REST IN PEACE

Today marks the 20th anniversary of black teenager Stephen Lawrence’s death. Stephen (18) was stabbed to death in an unprovoked racist attack in 1993 while he waited at a bus stop with friend Duwayne Brooks in Eltham, South East London. After YEARS of fighting for justice Doreen and Neville Lawrence finally saw two of Stephen’s killers Gary Dobson and David Norris convicted of his murder in January 2012. But the fight still continues to secure the convictions of fellow gang members Neil Acourt, Jamie Acourt and Luke Knight who are still roaming the streets []

UK NEWS: PEOPLE TAKE TO THE STREETS TO CELEBRATE MARGARET THATCHER’S DEATH

After it was announced yesterday that former prime minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher had died her critics took to the streets in celebration across the country.  In Brixton, Glasgow and Leeds people opened champagne and cheered, shouting: “Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, dead, dead, dead”. The celebrations continued in to the early hours of this morning and police struggled to disperse the crowds that gathered. (Interestingly enough I did not see any black people celebrating Thatcher’s death outside The Ritzy in Brixton). Yesterday The Daily Telegraph closed their online comment section because of the abuse aimed at Thatcher and []

FORMER PRIME MINISTER MARGARET THATCHER DIES

The BBC reports that former prime minister Baroness Thatcher has died. She was 87 years old. Her spokesman Lord Bell issued the following statement: “It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.” Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990. She was the first woman to hold the post. I have always found her strangely fascinating. She was as hard as nails. I look forward to watching the up []

UK NEWS: MOTHER AND FATHER FOUND GUILTY OF KILLING THEIR CHILDREN IN BOTCHED ARSON PLOT

Via The Daily Mail Mick and Mairead Philpott were today found  guilty of killing six of their children in a house fire in Derby as part of a  botched attempt to frame his former lover. The couple were convicted of the manslaughter  of their ‘babies’ after a seven-week trial where Mick Philpott repeatedly sobbed  in the dock, collapsing when the prosecution accused him of planning the fire  that ended in tragedy. But the jury refused to accept his excuse  that someone had started the []

VENUS NOIRE (THE SARAH BAARTMAN STORY) – FULL LENGTH FILM (2010)

Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman, displayed as a freak because of her unusual physical features, was finally laid to rest 187 years after she left Cape Town for London. Her remains were buried on Women’s Day, 9 August 2002, in the area of her birth, the Gamtoos River Valley in the Eastern Cape. Baartman was born in 1789. She was working as a slave in Cape Town when she was “discovered” by British ship’s doctor William Dunlop, who persuaded her to travel with him []

UPDATE: PARALYMPIC STAR OSCAR PISTORIUS FORMALLY CHARGED WITH MURDER

Via The Daily Mail South African paralympic star Oscar Pistorius  has been charged with murder and is in custody after reportedly shooting his  girlfriend dead in the middle of the night after mistaking her for a  burglar. Gunfire was heard inside his  Pretoria mansion at  4am this morning and it is believed his  partner may have been killed after a Valentine’s Day surprise went tragically  wrong. The dead woman is  Reeva Steenkamp, 30, a former FHM model who had been dating the 26-year-old []

UK NEWS: MAN CHARGED WITH FASHION DESIGNER’S MURDER

The Voice reports that a man has been arrested and charged over the murder of law graduate turned successful fashion designer  Shaun ‘Billy Boyce’ Akanbi. 26 year old Akanbi who was the founder of Billy Boyce Clothing, was stabbed to death in his Kilburn home on the 22nd December. Achraf Jandara (20) will appear at Bromley Magistrates Court today (January 7). Akanbi worked with numerous British music stars including Tinie Tempah. … Rest In Peace Shaun Akanbi.

GUNMAN KILLS 20 CHILDREN IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Via The Guardian America was confronted with one of its worst ever mass shootings on Friday when 20 children and six adults were shot dead by a gunman who opened fire at an elementary school in Connecticut. The massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, about 65 miles north-east of New York, is understood to have been carried out by a lone gunman, who was later found dead at the scene. State police lieutenant Paul Vance said 18 children died at []

MORE HOLLYWOOD ANTICS: ZOE SALDANA ON THE SET OF NINA SIMONE BIOPIC (OH DEAR)

Several days ago I posted news about the up and coming Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana (a controversial choice), and photographs of Zoe on set. Click HERE if you missed it. The unauthorised biopic is directed by Cynthia Mort and executive produced by Interscope Records founder Jimmy ‘cretin’ Iovine. Check out more photographs below of Zoe on the set. View more photographs here…. NO COMMENT! Rest In Peace Eunice Kathleen Waymon (Nina Simone)

STATESIDE NEWS: MAN KILLS GIRLFRIEND AFTER FINDING OUT SHE WAS HIV POSITIVE

A man has confessed to murdering his girlfriend after she revealed that she was HIV positive. Larry Dunn (36) allegedly confessed to stabbing Cicely Lee Bolden (28) to death after the mother of two revealed to him that she was HIV positive after they had sexual intercourse.  He then told police “she killed me so I killed her”. Bolden’s body was discovered by her 7-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter Watch the news report below: … Those poor children. Rest In Peace Cicely Lee Bolden.