Monday, October 14, 2019

Police officer who shot Atatiana Jefferson charged with murder

The Fort Worth officer who fatally shot 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson in her home this weekend was jailed on a murder charge Monday.

Aaron Dean, 34, was booked Monday evening into the Tarrant County Jail, where his bail was set at $200,000. He had resigned from the Fort Worth Police Department earlier in the day.

Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus said he had intended to fire Dean, who was set to be interviewed Monday morning, but Dean quit first. His record will reflect a dishonorable discharge.


Aretha Franklin 'Amazing Grace' documentary nabs 2 Critic's Choice documentary Awards

Amazing Grace, a documentary about Aretha Franklin recording her gospel album Amazing Grace live at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972 has been nominated for two Critic Choice documentary awards.

The awards honor documentaries released in theaters, on TV and on major digital platforms, as determined by the voting of qualified CCA members.

The film was nominated in the categories for Music Documentary and Archival Documentary.

Amazing Grace is a 2018 concert film directed by Sydney Pollack and later realized by producer Alan Elliott. The film features Aretha Franklin recording her 1972 live album of the same name. It co-stars: James Cleveland, C. L. Franklin, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Clara Ward, with cameos by Mick Jagger, Sydney Pollack, and Charlie Watts. The film was produced by Joe Boyd, Franklin, Elliott, Rob Johnson, Spike Lee, Sabrina V. Owens, Angie Seegers, Tirrell D. Whittley, and Joseph Woolf under the banner of Al's Records And Tapes, in association with Time, 40 Acres and a Mule, Rampant, and Sundial Pictures.



3 year-old Kamille McKinney is missing!

An Amber Alert is in effect for a child who is described as being in "extreme danger."

The Birmingham Police and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is asking the public for help in looking for Kamille McKinney who is nicknamed "Cupcake."

Investigators said she is a 3-year-old girl who is three feet tall and weighs 60 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair and was last seen wearing a pink t-shirt with a Minnie Mouse leopard print design, leopard print shorts and yellow, white and blue hair bows.

She was last seen at the Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 12.

ALEA troopers said she may have been abducted by a man and a woman "traveling in a dark colored black or blue SUV, possibly an older model Toyota 4 Runner with rims and a tan protruding bumper."

On Sunday, the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District issued a statement on the search, which said in part, "We'd like [Kamille's] family to know that they are in our thoughts and we pray this unimaginable situation will end very soon with the safe return of their little girl."

Anyone who can help find McKinney is asked to either call Birmingham Police at 205-254-0841 or dial 911.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Coco Gauff wins first WTA tour title

American teenager Coco Gauff won her first WTA tour title by beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 on Sunday to lift the Linz Open trophy.

Gauff entered the tournament as a lucky loser, replacing injured sixth seed Maria Sakkari, having initially failed to make the main draw after suffering a straight-sets defeat to Germany's Tamara Korpatsch in qualifying.

"I'm still overwhelmed and shocked," Gauff said after her victory on Sunday.

"I guess it's crazy to say it's my first WTA title.

"This was definitely not on the calendar at the beginning of the year, because I didn't think I'd have a chance to get in, and now I'm the champion, so it's crazy.

"It's just literally insane that I got in as a lucky loser and now I'm the champion. My dad told me when I got in, before the first main-draw match: 'You can't lose twice in the same tournament!' I'm sure he never thought it would come this far, to being the champion, but I guess he was right."


Who was Atatiana Jefferson?

Atatiana Jefferson was more than just an innocent victim or a hashtag.

It's important that we all know who this woman was before the police take to their usual tactic of destroying the character of the victim.

The 28-year-old who was fatally shot early Saturday inside a bedroom of her Fort Worth home by a police officer had a full and promising life.

Atatiana Jefferson was a Pre-med graduate of Xavier University. She was very close to her family and was the auntie that stayed up on Friday night playing video games with her eight-year-old nephew. Her mother had recently gotten very sick, so she was home taking care of her and the house.

She worked in pharmaceutical equipment sales.