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Sir Elton John Pays Tribute to Frankie Knuckles By Setting Up Charity In His Honor

Frankie Knuckles has touched people all across the globe with his talent, generosity and humble disposition. Sir Elton John, the Rocket Man himself and The Elton John AIDS Foundation is paying the ultimate tribute to Frankie Knuckles with a charity fund.  Check out the story as reported by WPTV: 

Elton John sets up charity for Frankie Knuckles

SIR ELTON JOHN has set up a new charity in memory of late music producer FRANKIE KNUCKLES.

The club music icon, dubbed the ‘Godfather of House’, died last month (Mar14) at the age of 59, and the Rocket Man star has now launched a new project to honor his memory.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation has created the Frankie Knuckles Fund to raise awareness of HIV information and support testing and treatment among black communities in Africa, America and the U.K.

A statement from the superstar singer reads, “Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of color, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.”

I am elated that Elton John has set this charity up.   Frankie’s memory will live on through his music and now people can donate to causes that Frankie was passionate about.  

Young teens charged with kidnapping and rape will likely face additional charges

Teen Kidnappers

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
A Judge has denied bond to teens accused of rape, carjacking, and kidnapping a 29-year-old. Thirteen year-old Remy Harvey and 16-year-old Eddie Devine appeared in Jackson municipal court Monday morning.

Both now face charges of kidnapping, armed carjacking, sexual assault, rape, and aggravated assault, and will likely face additional charges in connection with two other incidents.

MSNewsNow.com – Jackson, MS

Those charges include rape, kidnapping, armed robbery and auto theft.

JPD Officer Colendula Green said a black 2014 Dodge Avenger was carjacked sometime after 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The incident happened at the Hallmark Gardens Apartments on Northside Drive.

The suspects, Harvey and Devine, were spotted at a convenience store on North State Street.

The stolen vehicle was found on Lorenz Boulevard.

A witness saw the incident and called police. The 29-year-old victim was taken to a local hospital.

Judge June Hardwick, the mother of a 13 year old herself, presided over their initial appearance. She made it clear to the teens that they could face lifelong consequences for their actions.

Eddie Divine broke down in tears at his fathers side as the charges were read.

Remy Harvey remained expressionless. Not one of his family members showed up for his appearance.

Judge Hardwick said, “Because of this arrest you may not be able to be an attorney one day if you’re convicted, you may not be able to become an attorney and thats something you want to be. The other wants to be a brick mason, well you may be able to be a brick mason as an inmate in the department of corrections.”

“I believe that if young people had a better understanding of what prison looks like, missing funerals birthdays, graduations, Easter egg hunts etc, that maybe they would not put themselves in positions where they will be arrested for any felony offense,” said Judge Hardwick.

Source: Msnewsnow.com

Petition With 1,000 Signatures To Protest First Lady Michelle Obama From Speaking At Graduation

I HAVE TRULY SEEN IT ALL NOW!! A student at Topeka, KS High School has circulated a petition and garnered 1,000 signatures to keep the First Lady Michelle Obama from speaking at the high school graduation.  The reason is because the student didn’t want the presence of the First Lady to “overshadow” the graduates accomplishments. Talk about UNGRATEFUL and MISGUIDED!!!  Check out the story as reported by Associated Press:

High school senior forms petition with over ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele Obama speaking at their high school graduation ‘because it would overshadow the students’ big day’

  • Taylor Gifford, 18, started an online petition on Thursday with over 1,200 signatures asking that Michelle Obama not speak at Topeka High School graduation
  • Obama’s speech is tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools
  • Some students feel that the speech would overshadow student accomplishments and others feel limited seating will be a problem

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.

A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate.

For others, it was the notion that Obama’s speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools, would overshadow the student’s big day.

Michelle Obama agreed to speak at Topeka High School which many consider an honor but others feel it will detract away from their graduation

Michelle Obama agreed to speak at Topeka High School which many consider an honor but others feel it will detract away from their graduation

A high school senior started a petition  against Michelle Obama speaking at Topeka High School's graduation

A high school senior started a petition against Michelle Obama speaking at Topeka High School’s graduation

‘I’m a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself,’ said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. ‘I’ve told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They’ve taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn’t know our kids.’

Hernandez was among the parents and students who spoke Thursday at a school board meeting and urged district officials to reconsider their decision to invite Obama. Ron Harbaugh, spokesman for the Topeka school district, said Friday discussions were under way to work out the logistics and planning for the event, including how many tickets each family would be allotted.

‘We will have a clearer picture of what’s going on,’ Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh said officials asked the president or first lady to speak at graduation as a tie-in with the anniversary of the Brown decision, which outlawed school segregation. The district plans to place a priority on seating students and their families, and could broadcast the event to an overflow room at a hotel adjacent to the graduation arena for those unable to find a seat inside.

That’s not good enough for Taylor Gifford, 18, who started an online petition on Thursday evening to urge the district to reconsider its plans. She and the more than 1,200 people who had signed it expressed concern that Obama’s visit would limit the seating options for family and friends.

‘I really would like it to have a peaceful solution, but there is so much misinformation going on,’Gifford said.

Gifford said her initial reaction to the news was excitement, saying she was ‘freaking out’ about the prospect of the first lady speaking at graduation. When rumors of limited tickets surfaced, Gifford felt like the focus was being shifted from the students to Obama.

Michelle Obama's speech would commemorate the Supreme Court decision of Brown versus the Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools

Michelle Obama’s speech would commemorate the Supreme Court decision of Brown versus the Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools

The historic site of Brown v. Board of Education is just a few blocks away from Topeka High School

The historic site of Brown v. Board of Education is just a few blocks away from Topeka High School

‘People think it’s a great opportunity, but it’s the graduates’ time. They are getting that diploma that they worked so hard for,’ Gifford said. ‘Families are feeling that they are being cheated out of the loved ones special day.’

Abbey Rubottom, 18, a Topeka High senior, described herself as a ‘die-hard Democrat’ but doesn’t like the idea of Obama sharing the stage with graduates.

‘No disrespect for the first lady, and it’s amazing that she wants to come speak, I just think it doesn’t belong at graduation,’ Rubottom said.

Rubottom suggested separate ceremonies with Obama speaking at one and the address being replayed at the other.

Some people have said bringing in the first lady politicizes the graduation. Others have suggested that if she wants to mark the Brown anniversary, she could just visit the historic site that commemorates the decision, which is just few blocks from the graduation venue.

The Brown site is housed in a former all-black school where the lead plaintiff’s daughter and another plaintiff’s child in the desegregation case were students. It tells the story of the 1954 Supreme Court decision.

Messages seeking comment from the first lady’s office in Washington were not immediately returned Friday.

New Music!!! Prince Releases New Single ” The Breakdown”

prince new single

Less than 24 hours after announcing his rekindled partnership with Warner Bros. Records, Prince released a new single titled “The Breakdown,” a pleasant ballad. Under the new partnership, Prince has promised a new album, the release of previously unheard material and remastered content, including a deluxe version of his soundtrack album “Purple Rain” for its 30th anniversary.

“A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship,” Prince said in a statement Friday, April 18.

It looks like Prince’s days of writing “slave” on his face and changing his name to a symbol are finally put to rest. Listen to “The Breakdown” below.

Source: Huffington Post

Chicago Police Investigates The Death Of A Newborn Found In Gangway

baby found in gangway

Chicago police investigators have launched a death investigation after the body of a newborn baby was found on the Northwest Side Saturday morning, officials said.

The boy’s body was discovered in a plastic shopping bag in a gangway between two buildings on the 2700 block of North Hamlin Avenue, Chicago police News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney said.

A passerby found the baby in the bag at 8:30 a.m. and alerted police, Sweeney said.

The body was found with an umbilical cord still connected, as well as a placenta, a police source said.

An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the manner and cause of death, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Source: Chicago Tribune