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Judge In Trayvon Martin Case Steps Down

Posted April 18, 2012 5:25 PM By Deirdre B Pride

The judge who was set to preside over the trial of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin has stepped aside.

Jessica Reckseidler’s recusal from the trial comes after Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney, suggested that her husband’s job as a partner to Mark NeJame, a CNN legal analyst covering the trial, represented a conflict of interest.

NeJame was initially contacted by Zimmerman’s family to represent him, but NeJame suggested O’Mara.

The new judge in the case will be Kenneth R. Lester, Jr., who has presided over several much-covered cases, including ordering the release of a schizophrenic woman from a state mental hospital after she was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting deaths of her parents and sentencing an ax murderer to death after he killed a 71-year-old man. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Lester is popular among attorneys and is known for acting quickly.

The judge who would have been next in line to handle the Zimmerman case after Jessica Reckseidler could not take on the case because he had previously worked with O’Mara, Zimmerman’s attorney.

Zimmerman is facing second-degree murder charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old whom he shot on February 26 in Sanford, Fla. after an altercation. Zimmerman was not initially arrested or charged in the shooting. After weeks of public outcry calling for a reinvestigation of the case, Zimmerman was arrested and charged on April 11.

The case has become a flashpoint in the national conversations around gun laws and racial profiling.

Zimmerman is set to appear at a hearing this week to request to be released on bail. Last week, O’Mara asked for the records in the case to be sealed, and several news organizations have sued for the release of records in the case.

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Sheree Whitfield has come forward to reveal that she is indeed leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta.  However she did not exclaim why.  It was first leaked that she was fired.  This fueled rumors that NeNe had her fired, but NeNe says she had nothing to do with “it” via her twitter page, but she was never specific to what it was……but we all knew.  Updated to say…..Somebody lied.  Check out the update below.

“After four solid seasons of helping Bravo build the show into its most successful Housewives franchise, I have decided to leave. The direction the show is going in is no longer a fit for my lifestyle. I’m tired of the fighting and the cattiness.

I want to be part of something that empowers and inspires women to not only be healthy, but to treat themselves with respect.  I wish the rest of the women the best of luck. I’m thrilled to say I’m now a free agent and am already fielding offers.”

According to the report, the socialite will instead focus on her hot to trot clothing line, She by Sheree as well as also embarking on a new fitness venture to inspire people to live healthier lives.

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The reality star told Wetpaint.com that she felt her time on the Bravo series had run its time and so she had chosen to leave — but RadarOnline.com can exclusively report, that Sheree was actually fired — for being a diva!

“After four solid seasons of helping Bravo build the show into its most successful Housewives franchise, I have decided to leave. The direction the show is going in is no longer a fit for my lifestyle. I’m tired of the fighting and the cattiness,” Sheree told Wetpaint.com.

“I want to be part of something that empowers and inspires women to not only be healthy, but to treat themselves with respect. I wish the rest of the women the best of luck. I’m thrilled to say I’m now a free agent and am already fielding offers.”

However, our source tells a very different story, one not so favorable to the Southern born socialite.

“Sheree was fired,” the source says. “She was demanding more money and that didn’t go over well with show executives. They are tired of dealing with her diva attitude and demands.”

The 42-year-old single mother of three was often captured on TV during her rigorous daily fitness regimen, arguing with her ex husband over child support and debuting her She By Sheree clothing line – all of which the show’s producers found less than exciting for primetime.

“Executives think she’s just boring and they want someone new on the show,” the source says.

Sheree is from Cleveland………..

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Does This Photo Make You Uncomfortable??? (Video & Pic)

Posted April 18, 2012 3:57 PM By Deirdre B Pride

Well does it? It certainly makes me very uncomfortable. They claim that the cake was “designed to highlight the issue of female genital mutilation.” GTHOH That then makes it insensitive as well as tasteless. I’m looking at this picture and all I see is a bunch of white that think it’s crazy funny to cut up a cake made into the depiction of a black woman dressed in African tribal gear. For them to feel that this was okay baffles the heck out of me.  I don’t think they never thought this would make it public….that’s what it is.

Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, Sweden’s culture minister, had appeared at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm when she was invited to cut the cake which was designed like a naked African woman.

The Swedish minister cut pieces from the black cake, which had blood-red sponge and was designed to highlight the issue of female genital mutilation.
Despite the intentions of the bizarre cake, however, critics described it as a ‘racist spectacle’, and demanded Ms Liljeroth resigned for participating in the ‘tasteless’ event.

The Association for African Swedes said the cake was a crude racist caricature which ‘makes a mockery of racism’.

Kitimbwa Sabuni, a spokesperson for the group, told Swedish news agency TT: ‘To say that you did this for a good cause only makes the mockery of people who are victims of racism and of circumcision worse.’

Mr Sabuni told a Swedish newspaper Ms Liljeroth’s participation in a dubious event with cannibalistic overtones showed her ‘incompetence and lack of judgment’.

Makode Linde, the artist who came up with the cake, had placed his own head at the top of the cake and said it had been misunderstood.
The black cake, part of an exhibition on World Art Day, was intended as part of the artist’s project illustrating degrading stereotypes of black people through history.

Liljeroth, whose photograph cutting a piece of the cake was widely shown in Swedish media, said she understood why people would be offended by the incident.

She said in a statement: ‘I was invited to speak at World Art Day about the freedom of art and its right to provoke.

‘And then they wanted me to cut into the cake. I don’t review art, but I can very well understand that this whole situation was misunderstood.’

 

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For the Fellas: Taraji P. Henson Get’s Nude for Allure Magazine

Posted April 18, 2012 2:47 PM By Deirdre B Pride

Taraji P. poses nude for Allure’s May 2012 issue!  The “Think Like a Man,” 41 year old bombshell, shows age is nothing, but a number.  The photo shoot takes place on her bed in her New York City apartment’s bedroom.

Remember Taraji is a mother of a young man, so she had to keep it classy.  The star reveals that she loves being nude.

She reveals, “Whenever we go to the beach, I’m like, ‘Is this a nude beach? Can I take my top off? As long as it’s all still looking good and not falling and you know, sagging, I’ll be nude. As long as people want to see me naked, I’m here.”

This girl stays keeping it 100.  BTW, she stayed steadfast to bringing justice to the Trayvon Martin case and she still is.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Allure via Black Voices

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