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A white man has been arrested for stabbing a Black woman to death and wounding her sister in a random BART attack in Oakland. John Lee Cowell, 27, was taken into custody on Monday (July 23) a dozen miles away from the incident. Nia Wilson, 18, and her sister Latifah Wilson, 26, were “blindsided by a maniac,” says the oldest Wilson. (SFGate)
Jay Ellis will not return as Lawrence for season 3 of Insecure. During the HBO Insecure Fest in Los Angeles, creator and star of the hit series, Issa Rae, explained why his character would be absent for the forthcoming season. “They had a great conversation at the end of season two and it was just about like, hey, she’s moving on to Daniel,” she said. “You never see the exes again, and it’s okay! You gotta explore life without Lawrence.” (Vulture)’
Black residents are moving to cities like Atlanta, Houston, and Charleston in what is known as “reverse migration.” According to US Census data, the nation’s four largest cities with the highest black populations—New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Detroit—are experiencing a decline due to gentrification and gun violence. Also, the relocation is driven by lower costs of living in southern states. (Vibe)
Jay-Z’s Made In America festival will remain in Philadelphia after a meeting between Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Roc Nation COO Desiree Perez. The meeting was held after a rep for the Mayor announced that the music event would be held elsewhere in 2019. The news ignited an angry op-ed penned by Jay-Z that slammed the administration handling of the information. However, after “a candid and constructive discussion with the Mayor,” says Perez, the miscommunication has been resolved. (Variety)
A Florida man who fatally shot a Black man over a parking spot may avoid charges due to “stand your ground” law. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said 47-year-old Michael Drejka approached Markeis McGlockton’s girlfriend, Brittany Jacobs, after she parked in a handicap spot, which led to McGlockton shoving Drejka. In response, Drejka pulled out a handgun and shot McGlockton in the chest. (CNN)
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