Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Black woman who walked for peace now walking for the environment

Black woman who walked for peace now walking for the environment:
March 28, 2013
By Edith Billups
Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper

Audri Scott Williams walked thousands of miles to promote peace, now she’s on the move again, this time to bring attention to the environment.
Williams, 57, is a little more than two weeks into a six-week walk from Washington D.C. to Tuskegee, Ala., her home. She struck out with a group of supporters March 1 from the Martin Luther King. Jr. Memorial in Northwest Washington. She expects to conclude the walk on April 13. She is collaborating with the Heal the Atmosphere Association, a Tuskegee-based organization, to raise environmental awareness.
“We want to raise awareness of the damage being done to the planet through pollution. We also want to shift the consciousness about Mother Earth so that all realize that we are in relationship with her and all things,” Williams said.
From 2005-2009, Williams, a former Maryland resident, led seven others in a walk around the world in the Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk. They traveled to 17 countries. The current walk, dubbed the Out of Washington Comes RESPECT (Real Environmentally Safe Practices—Embracing Change Together) Walk. Two members of The Trail of Dreams World Peace team, Karen Watson, 62, and Tony Shina, 51, are joining Williams. Other walkers include Charles and Harriet Davis, founders of The Heal the Atmosphere Association; students from Tuskegee University. The youngest walker is 6-year-old Elijah Sims.
A grandmother of 12 who holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s in indigenous science, Williams resigned as dean of continuing education and community services from Charles County Community College in 1993 to fulfill a greater calling—walk for peace, healing and reconciliation.
“In 1993, I had a heart attack,” she said. “The cardiologist said I was lucky. He said I was here to do something and I needed to figure what that was if I wanted to be here. I knew what he meant. After the heart attack, I made a commitment to follow the path of my dreams. My dreams led me to walk to affect peace and healing in our relationships because how we are in relationship to ourselves, our families, our communities and mother earth will determine the fate of humankind,” she added.
Williams noted that in 12 years, she estimates that she has walked more than 50,000 miles. Because of the young walkers accompanying the group, the walkers are covering eight to 10 miles a day, “but our goal is 40 miles a day,” she said.
Along the way, the group will stop to give talks on peace and the need to protect the environment.
“We are walking in solidarity and bringing attention to environmental issues that impact poor and indigenous people around the world,’ she said.
Her experiences have taken her on four life-changing journeys, including The Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk for Peace on six continents where she visited sacred sites, engaged in sacred ceremonies, and connected with communities, Williams said. She noted that leaders throughout history, including Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandi and Harriet Tubman, have used walking to inspire change. The walk route includes Richmond, Va., Greenville, N.C., Atlanta and Montgomery, Ala. Organizers invite community groups to provide food and sleeping accommodations.
“Walking is powerful and transformational,” she said. “I walk because the power of love is present and it sweeps away the lies that keep us blind and brings us face-to-face with our deepest truths—about ourselves and the world around us. I choose to engage and change the world, one step at a time. If one person’s life is healed or transformed because they walked with us then my prayers are answered because they very well may be (the) leader the world is waiting for.”
For more than a decade, The Heal the Atmosphere Association has offered “green education,” officials said. In Tuskegee, it created Shanti Villa, a model green community that attracts young environmentalist and artists who are committed to healing the planet. The organization also has been leading small walks in the community for years to raise environmental awareness, authorities said.
“From my standpoint, our survival as a human species depends on us recognizing and honoring Mother Earth,” she said.
Williams said the Davises, who founded Shanti Villa with their three sons, inspired this latest journey. “We all were talking about environmental issues and decided to start our walk in D.C. because it symbolically represents the political powers of our country and we wanted to connect with that to make a statement,” she said.

Genocide survivor: saved by member of enemy tribe

Genocide survivor: saved by member of enemy tribe:
April 18, 2013
By VERENA DOBNIK
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A Rwandan genocide survivor who became a U.S. citizen Wednesday says she was saved because her father trusted an exceptional member of an enemy tribe that slaughtered the rest of her family.
“My father always used to tell us, ‘Never judge people by putting them in boxes, because of their country, their race, their tribe,’” Immaculee Ilibagiza, a Tutsi, told fellow immigrants at a Manhattan naturalization ceremony.
The 43-year-old mother of two is the author of “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust” — a best-selling book translated into 35 languages that has turned her into a successful speaker around the world.
Eyes brimming with tears, she received her citizenship 14 years after being granted asylum in the United States. Then, as the ceremony's keynote speaker, she took 50 other immigrants on the personal journey that transformed her from an angry, emaciated young Rwandan hiding from ethnic killers into a radiant American who forgives them and feels “that no tragedy is big enough to crush you.”
The 1994 civil war claimed more than a half-million African lives, with members of the Tutsi tribe pitted against the ruling Hutus.
Life for her family — four siblings with parents who were teachers — changed on April 7, 1994, when she was a college student visiting her village and her brother announced that the Rwandan president died in a plane that was shot down.
He belonged to the Hutu tribe, and the Tutsis were blamed. The killings began.
Ilibagiza said her father decided she should flee to the home of a neighbor he knew and trusted — a Hutu.
She told fellow immigrants from 16 countries that “if I am here today, it's because my father had trust in the man from that tribe” — whose members “were supposed to be our enemies.”
She spent three months locked into a tiny bathroom in his house with seven women and girls, sleeping practically upright and eating what little he could shove through the door daily. She was 23 and weighed 65 pounds, her bones protruding from her limbs.
“I was angry a lot; I thought, if I ever come out, I was going to be a killer,” she said.
In despair, she said her Catholic childhood prayers. But when she got to “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us” — she stopped.
“How do you forgive somebody who is killing you?”
Suddenly, one day, something unexpected happened inside her.
“I felt God was showing me there are two parts of the world: a part that was love, and a side that was hate — people like Hitler, and like people causing genocide in Rwanda,” she said. “And people like Mandela, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Martin Luther King — people who have suffered but who will do everything to make sure that those who are wrong change their mind.”
She began to think of those doing the killing “as people who were lost, who were blind,” she said. “And if I did not let go of the anger, I would not be here today; I would have tried to kill people, and they would have killed me.”
The eight captives left their hiding spot when the genocide was over.
The Hutus had won the civil war.
Everyone in Ilibagiza’s family was killed, “my mom, my dad, my two brothers, my grandpa, my grandma, my aunts, neighbors, schoolmates, best friends.”
She got a job with the United Nations in Rwanda, and eventually moved to New York.
Here, “I saw Koreans, and Indians and Chinese and I thought, ‘Those are not Americans,’” she said. “But no, they are Americans; every nationality here is accepted as Americans.”
And they had their stories too — some equally tinged with tragedy.
Friends who watched her thrive, despite her past, urged her to write her story. They wondered, she said, “how can you be happy after what happened to you? Why are you smiling today?”
Her explanation?
“Something in my heart was born anew; I did not have to hate no matter how much you hate me,” she said.
She gets hundreds of emails and letters “telling me, ‘because of your story, I’m a better mom, I’m a better dad, I can forgive my wife, I can forgive my husband, my friends.’”
Ilibagiza’s life now is not so different from other Americans. She's divorced and bringing up her two children — a 14-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy — on Manhattan’s East Side.
On Wednesday, Ilibagiza planned to join friends for a celebratory lunch, “and I want a really good hamburger, because I’m feeling so American today,” she said with a carefree laugh.

VP Swears in Congresswoman Robin Kelly

VP Swears in Congresswoman Robin Kelly:

April 18, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama Valentine's Day 2011 Interview



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Friday, February 8, 2013

Largest Cattle Ranch: America's Heartland Series

Largest Cattle Ranch: America's Heartland Series

Old Southern Jug Blowers - Pig Meat Blues



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The Independents ~ Leaving Me

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Friday, February 1, 2013

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Class of 2010 BHM Program



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after the watts riots 1967

1967 AFTER THE WATTS RIOTS
I  was 4 a kindergardner :  mostly blacks and negro women who had to work and feed there families 

at home a home in the watts area became ghetto's
the stench of trash  ,  alley way full of riot  burned objects , it rain it seem like every day
 the rain put out a lot of fires, store remained closed, due to broken windows , broken locks and very un-safe store mostly teens , would dig for many things that was trashed and damage,  shoes , jeans, open hair parlors,

for sales and had taken dress racks to the streets to sale , buy this dress today for $2.00, my mom said those where the good day's  we would go shopping in parking lots in black area, early on saturday mornings sometimes i would see so much stuff it was everywhere, may i stay in the car , she said you will miss all this good stuff,

while every store in watts went out of business
most black family would sell the merchandise
themselves at home , on sidewalks, inside of there
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homes bedrooms full of clothes, the porch had clothes on hangers, damage and still with tags,
burned, how do you get smoke out of clothes...
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stands outside the Southern Christian Leadership Conference offices in Atlanta, GA, in November 1967. The photograph was taken by renowned Leica Camera photographer, Benedict J. Fernandez. Leica Camera, Inc., is currently supporting Countdown To Eternity, a national photo exhibition providing an inspirational view of the famed civil rights leader through the photographs of Fernandez. (PRNewsFoto) Original Filename: LEICA_CAMERA___DR._MARTIN_LUTHER_KING_JR._PRN4.jpg



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24 Mar 1967, Chicago, Illinois, USA --- 3/24/1967-Chicago, IL: Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (R), president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, at a press conference accompanied by his aide Reverend Andrew Young. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS



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Watts, 1965The latent anger seething beneath the surface of America's inner cities boiled over repeatedly in the mid-1960s. In Los Angeles, after a California Highway Patrolmen refused to allow the brother of a man arrested for drunken driving to take the vehicle home, a crowd gathered and quickly morphed into a violent mob. By the time the rioting was over six days later, 34 people had been killed, 1,032 injured, and 3,952 arrested. Strikingly similar events took place in Detroit and Newark in 1967.



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Friday, January 25, 2013

First Do No Harm: Healthcare Pros Who Didn’t Heed the Creed

First Do No Harm: Healthcare Pros Who Didn’t Heed the Creed:
It takes years of hard work and sacrifice to become a doctor. But even though the job is to heal suffering, it doesn’t make you a saint. The following is a group of healthcare professionals whose infirmities might be better cured with time behind bars than conventional medicine.
This dentist doesn’t help with smiles | Nobody likes going to the dentist’s office because it’s an uncomfortable time. But at Kam Derakshani’s practice, the employees were in more distress than the patients.
King County prosecutors say the 48-year-old Derakshani has been groping and sexually assaulting his workers for several years. One woman hired in 2011 reported that Derakshani would put her hand on his crotch, and reach into her clothes while pinning her so she couldn’t escape.
The bad touching allegedly continued even after one employee threatened to break Derakshani’s hand if he kept being so fresh – so three female co-workers went to the police. Derakshani has since had his license suspended and been charged with third-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment and indecent liberties.
Podiatrist’s dirty secret | When Dr. Pete Thomas of Coastline Podiatry in Santa Ana, California tired of looking at bunions and athlete’s foot cases, he would allegedly turn to his computer and look at something even more disgusting: photos of pre-teen girls undressed and engaging in sex acts with grown-ups.
In December 2012, Thomas, 58, was charged with felony possession and control of child pornography for the 1,100 images found on his work computer. Thomas’ illicit hobby was discovered in October when an IT professional saw the files when installing new software and told his boss.
Now Thomas faces three years in prison, where he would undoubtedly long for the days of fungus-ridden toenails and oozing blisters.
TLC: Tender loving corpse | On January 20, Alejandro Lazo, 61, was arrested for violating a California Health and Safety Code at Sherman Oaks Hospital in California. Not the stuff of headlines really, except the violation in question involved having sex with a corpse.
Necrophilia is against the law in California, and so when someone allegedly saw Lazo sexually penetrating a dead body the police were called in to investigate. LAPD arrested the nurse, who lives in nearby Reseda, and soon let him go on $20,000 bail. If the case goes to trial, prosecutors will be in the uncomfortable position of proving Lazo interacted with human remains for “sexual arousal, gratification, or abuse.”
Sherman Oaks Hospital is understandably washing its hands of the matter. “We’re deferring all comment to the LAPD,” said a hospital spokesperson. They wouldn’t disclose whether the corpse in question was male of female.
Doctor Dynamite | Dr. Randeep Mann of Russellville, Arkansas had his prescription-writing privileges curtailed by the State Medical Board for allegations of over-prescribing leading to patient deaths. But that’s not the worst part. That came on February 4, 2009, when an explosion at the West Memphis home of the State Medical Board chairman Dr. Trent Pierce gravely wounded the man who sanctioned Dr. Mann.
Dr. Pierce lost an eye, the use of one ear, and his sense of smell. Police ultimately tracked the grenade used in the attack back to Dr. Mann. Police searched Dr. Mann’s home and found an arsenal of grenades, grenade launchers and $1 million worth of firearms and ammunition that linked him to the crime against Pierce – as well as new weapons charges.
Dr. Mann was ultimately sentenced to life for the attempt on Dr. Pierce’s life. And in a shocking case of “stand by your man“, Mann’s wife Sangeeta would later be convicted of obstruction for hiding documents on her husband’s behalf. She’s expected to spend a year in prison as well.
More dirty doctors — Slideshow: Bad Medicine

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Spotlight: The Woman on Kentucky’s Death Row

Spotlight: The Woman on Kentucky’s Death Row:
In an ongoing feature, Crime Library will shed a light on the women spending the rest of their lives on death row in prisons across America. 

In the state of Kentucky, there are 37 inmates on death row. The 36 men wait out their days at Kentucky State Penitentiary. The sole woman, Virginia Caudill, resides at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women.

Virginia Caudill. Prison photo.
Virginia Caudill | Age 53 | On Death Row Since March, 2000 | On March 15, 1998, this Virginia Caudill, 39 at the time, ran into old friend Jonathon Goforth, who she hadn’t seen in about 15 years, at a crack house. Goforth drove Virginia to the home of 73-year-old Lonetta White, the mother of her ex-boyfriend, and asked for $20 to rent a room. When the elderly woman gave Virginia the money, Virginia spent it on crack and soon returned with Jonathon for more. This time, they bludgeoned Mrs. White  to death with a hammer. They then stole guns, jewelry and a fur coat from her home. White’s body was wrapped in a rug stuffed into the trunk of her own car, which Virginia and Jonathon set on fire. The car was found miles away from the victim’s home. Her body was barely recognizable.
After the killing, Virginia and Jonathon fled the county and spent several days in a cabin. They then went to Ocala, Florida, followed by Gulfport, Mississippi. Virginia moved on to New Orleans, leaving her accomplice behind. She’d been free for over six months when she was arrested in November. Jonathon’s arrest came soon after.
At trial, both defendants blamed the other for masterminding the murder and delivering the fatal blow. The finger-pointing had little effect on judge and jury, and Virginia and her accomplice were both convicted of first degree murder, robbery, burglary, arson and evidence tampering and sentenced to death. Following their sentencing, both argued that they were wrongfully convicted due to having ineffective attorneys. Virginia claimed that if an expert witness for the defense were called in to testify on blood spatter evidence found at the scene, the outcome of her case would have been different. A judge, however, disagreed.
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Florida v. Geralyn Graham: Did She Kill 4-Year-Old Foster Child Rilya Wilson?

Florida v. Geralyn Graham: Did She Kill 4-Year-Old Foster Child Rilya Wilson?:

Rilya Wilson. Undated photo/police handout.
The trial of Geralyn Graham, 67, for three counts of aggravated child abuse, one count of kidnapping, and one count of murder in the case of four-year-old Rilya Wilson, a Florida foster child who disappeared in 2000 and whose body has never been found, began on November 26, 2011 and lasted eight weeks before going to the jury.
Read the case background.
One of the most compelling prosecution witnesses was Pamela Graham who is not related to Geralyn but shared a home with her and was the legal foster mother of Rilya. The two Grahams were also lovers. According to Pamela Graham, she knew Geralyn was abusing Rilya. Pamela testified that she saw Geralyn tie Rilya to a bed with her wrists in plastic restraints and saw her put Rilya in a bathtub filled with water so hot it caused Rilya to burst into tears. Pamela said Geralyn said the restraints were to prevent the child from getting up at night to eat sweets and that putting Rilya in the extremely hot tub was punishment for bed-wetting.
Asked why she failed to report such abuses, Pamela Graham answered, “She was always controlling and dominant. I was just afraid of her.” Pamela Graham often wept during her testimony.
On cross-examination, Geralyn Graham’s lawyer Scott Sakin, tried to cast doubt on Pamela’s credibility. Pamela admitted having falsely stated the two were sisters on a job application and writing on state forms that she possessed educational credentials she in fact lacked.

Pamela Graham demonstrates the way in which Rilya's hands were bound. Photo: Getty Images.
Pamela Graham testified that Geralyn Graham was very angered that Rilya wanted to wear a Cleopatra costume instead of the angel costume Geralyn insisted she wear. Rilya was not allowed to go trick-or-treating but Geralyn glued the angel mask on her face, leaving scrape marks on her skin when the mask was ripped off.
According to Pamela Graham, she returned home in December 2000 to find Rilya gone. “[Geralyn] said [Rilya] wasn’t coming back and I wasn’t going to see her anymore,” Pamela Graham testified. “She just kept telling me Rilya was OK and not to worry.” The couple quarreled angrily. Pamela began calling police and Geralyn threatened her with a hammer. However, Pamela also admitted that there were other reasons she failed to report her strong suspicion that “something bad had happened” to Rilya.
“I was scared and I knew that I was the one that had legal custody of her,” Pamela Graham said. “I was just afraid that whatever happened to her, I would be blamed for. It was selfish, I know, thinking about myself instead of her.”
She did indicate it was an emotional relief when she began cooperating with authorities in May 2004. “I was tired of carrying the lies I had previously told,” Pamela Graham testified.

Detra Winfield cries while testifying about the steel dog cage she loaned to Geralyn Graham. Photo: Getty Images
Detra Winfield had been friends with Geralyn Graham. Winfield testified gave Geralyn Graham a dog cage because Geralyn said she needed it to control Rilya for the child’s own safety because she threw violent temper tantrums.
Winfield also testified that the Grahams had a yard sale in which they sold Rilya’s toys. Winfield stated that she had bought a dresser formerly used by Rilya.
Witness Ludwig Smith had dated one of Geralyn Graham’s daughters. He testified that he once saw Rilya locked in a cramped laundry room. Smith said that as he walked toward the garage, “I hard a little voice say ‘hi.’ I looked down and saw Rilya there, she was sitting behind the door on the floor.” He testified that Geralyn Graham had told him she was being punished for misbehavior. He also testified that he had asked about the dog cage and that Geralyn Graham replied that she “put Rilya in there as a method of controlling her movements.” He also said he saw scratches and bruises on Rilya. “Mrs. G. would explain that Rilya would do that to herself,” Smith testified.
One of the state’s star witnesses was longtime prison inmate Robin Lunceford, sentenced to life imprisonment as a repeat offender for her participation in several violent armed robberies but who had her sentence reduced to 10 years for cooperating with authorities in this case. Lunceford claimed Graham confessed the killing. Lunceford testified, “At first I thought she was crazy and then I wanted to beat the crap out of her.”
The prosecutor asked the convict why she reacted so emotionally to Graham’s alleged confession. Lunceford replied, “Well, I don’t like baby killers and I don’t like child molesters. I don’t like any children crimes.”
Further questioning elicited Lunceford’s assertion that Graham said she believed the child was possessed by demons and that killing her would put her out of her misery. Lunceford also claimed Graham referred to the supposedly demon possessed child by the dehumanizing pronoun “it.” Lunceford testified, “She said it was suffering and that she couldn’t allow it to grow up and suffer like that.” Lunceford claimed Graham confessed smother Rilya with a pillow.

Geralyn Graham listens to closing arguments at her trial. Photo: Getty Images.
Lunceford also testified to Graham telling her that the body had been disposed of in land that was near water. “I said, ‘So what did you do, just throw the body in the backyard and bury it?’” Lunceford recalled on the stand. “And she said ‘no,’ that she ‘gave it a proper burial,’ that she took it to a ravine – first she said ravine, then she said private lake and then she said a canal – but it was in an area that was familiar to her that Pam used to go fishing.” The Pam referred to is Pamela Graham.
On cross-examination, Sakin pointed out that Lunceford has reason to lie since her deal with the prosecution means she may soon be free.
Maggie Carr, who is serving life for a 1991 murder, testified that she received training as a law clerk while imprisoned and Graham asked her for legal advice. “She told me that were trying to get her for murder,” Carr testified. Carr claimed Graham repeatedly told her that she could not be convicted of murder without a body and that “the critters” had destroyed Rilya’s body.
During cross-examination, Carr admitted she had fled the U.S. to avoid prosecution, then returned to Florida but hid. Attorney Sakin also suggested that Carr hoped to benefit from her testimony and secure parole.
A third inmate, Ramona Tavia who is serving live for a robbery and murder, testified she was with Graham in a jail annex and briefly shared a cell with her in November 2003. Tavia testified that Graham wept as corrections officers led her into the cell after a phone call. Tavia elaborated that Graham said she “killed the baby” to “protect Pam” whom Graham called “sick and weak.” Tavia said she is eligible to apply for parole in 2016 and that prosecutors made no promises in exchange for her testimony. She testified as “as a mother” she felt compelled to share this information with authorities.
Defense attorney Scott Sakin suggested in his opening statement that Rilya could still be alive. CBS Miami reported that ”Sakin suggested Rilya could’ve been relocated to a new home and lost in a system that has a history of case worker incompetence.”

A photo of Rilya WIlson behind the steel dog cage, which was prominently displayed in the courtroom for jurors. Photo: Getty Images.
The defense called inmate Cindy McCloud, in prison for drug crimes, to the stand. McCloud said she knows both Lunceford and Carr. McCloud testified that Lunceford said her testimony was “all lies. All of it. It’s all lies.” McCloud also testified that Carr asked Lunceford to bring her in on a plea deal. McCloud said Carr told her she believed she would receive favorable reviews from the State Attorney’s Office for her testimony.
Corrections Sgt. Rene Vila was called by the defense. Vila confirmed that jail records showed that Tavia and Graham had not shared a cell in November when Tavia claimed Graham had confessed to her.
When prosecutors cross-examined Vila, she conceded that the records might not be completely accurate. “If it was a temporary matter, no cell change would have taken place in the system,” Vila testified.
In closing argument, prosecutor Joshua Weintraub reminded the jury that Geralyn Graham told several “fanciful” stories through the years about what became of Rilya and that her story of a Department of Children and Families worker picking the child up for tests was not verified. Weintraub said Graham had a pattern of “lies, deceit, and cover-up.” Weintraub asserted, “It happened because of this woman’s hatred of Rilya.”
Defense attorney Michael Matters told the jury to add up all the “lacks” in the prosecution case. Matters said, “Lack of physical evidence. Lack of a body. Lack of any physical discovery of remains. Lack of a motive for killing her. You should use your common sense.”
On January 24, 2013, the jury sent a note to Judge Marisa Tinkler-Mendez stating they were deadlocked on the murder charge. The judge instructed them to continue working on the case. The jury indicated they had reached verdicts on the three child abuse charges and the kidnapping charge but the verdicts will not be read until a decision is reached on all five charges.
According to reports coming from the court, the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on the murder charge because of a single juror. They returned to the courtroom Friday, January 25, to continue deliberating. Their verdicts on the other charges could not be announced until all of the deliberations were finished.
By Friday afternoon, it had been announced: Geralyn Graham was convicted of kidnapping and child abuse, but the jury could not reach a verdict on the murder count, resulting in a mistrial on that charge.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Whitney Houston-Welcome Home Heroes-Live In Concert-1991

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Whitney Houston Interview - Oprah Show - Part 2 (Sep 15 2009)

Jackson 5 - I Am Love

First Lady Michelle Obama Makes Debut on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'

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Janet Jackson- Dateline 2011 Interview (Part 2)



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Beyond Trayvon Martin

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Menopause The Musical - in Wollongong



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Earth, Wind and Fire - "That's The Way of The World"

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Congo USA Presidents 2004

28 décembre 2012



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Washington - 11/29/11 - White House Christmas decorating shot for HGTV. OWNED - No limitations on time, term, territory or media as long as images only used in direct promotion of the related networks, show and talent.Marty Katz - Commissioned photographer http://washingtonphotographer.com - 301-775-8119 - martykatz@gmail.com



Illustration and creation by ms. Lisa C. Jackson

Karácsonyfa



Illustration and creation by ms. Lisa C. Jackson

First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes children to begin decorating cookies, after welcoming military families who were the first to view the 2011 White House holiday season decorations. 37 Christmas trees decorate the White House, and the official White House tree stands 18 feet, 6 inches and is a balsam fir from the Schoeder's Forevergreens near Neshkoro, Wis. Photo by Jack Gruber, USA TODAY.

WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 02: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during the media preview of the White House holiday decorations December 2, 2009 at the White House in Washington, DC. The theme for the 2009 White House holiday decorations is "Reflect Rejoice Renew." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michelle Obama

Saturday, January 5, 2013

I`ll be there



Illustration and creation by ms. Lisa C. Jackson

Jimmy Ruffin - What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted

Sarah Vaughan - Fever



Illustration and creation by ms. Lisa C. Jackson

Sarah Vaughan - Over the rainbow



Illustration and creation by ms. Lisa C. Jackson

Sarah Vaughan - My funny Valentine

Sarah Vaughan *Tenderly* Live 1958



Illustration and creation by ms. Lisa C. Jackson

Sarah Vaughan: That Old Black Magic (Arlen / Mercer, 1942)

Flip Wilson - Ray Charles and Geraldine



Illustration and creation by ms. Lisa C. Jackson

Moms Mabley - Complete Show



Illustration and creation by ms. Lisa C. Jackson

Carol Channing & Pearl Bailey - "Elegance", "Hello, Dolly" & Finale (Par...

pearl bailey



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ANDY WILLIAMS PEARL BAILEY

Pearl Bailey -- Big Spender



Illustration and creation by ms. Lisa C. Jackson

Redd Foxx Live

"I GOT SOMETHING TO TELL YOU"