Virginia Deputy Shoots Black Man, Reportedly Mistook Cordless Phone For Gun
Isaiah Brown, 32, is in intensive care after being shot ten times Wednesday by a Virginia deputy who is said to have mistaken a cordless phone that Brown was speaking on for a gun. According to USA Today, Brown was walking away from his home in Spotsylvania County while talking on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. In audio released Friday, the deputy can be heard yelling, “drop the gun,” saying over his radio, “he’s got a gun to his head,” and yelling “stop walking towards me, stop walking towards me,” before opening fire on Brown.
Simone Biles Drops Nike, Signs With Athleta
After six years, Simone Biles has ended her partnership with Nike and has joined forces with Gap’s Athleta brand where she is slated to release a signature line of performance apparel, The Wall Street Journal reports. Though Biles did not give a reason for leaving Nike, she did praise Athleta’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. “I felt like it wasn’t just about my achievements, it’s what I stood for and how they were going to help me use my voice and also be a voice for females and kids,” said Biles. “I feel like they also support me, not just as an athlete, but just as an individual outside of the gym and the change that I want to create, which is so refreshing.”
NY Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Prohibit Fired Officers From Joining Other Police Departments
New York State Senator Brian Benjamin has sponsored a bill that will bar officers who have been fired or forced to resign for disciplinary reasons from being hired by other police departments.
“If you have the power and the privilege to enforce the law, you must be held to a higher standard. That standard has to include making sure that cops know that they can’t just do whatever they want to do,” Benjamin told CBS. “That standard has to include making sure that cops know that they can’t just do whatever they want to do.”
The bill is a collaboration between Benjamin, New York City Council member Francisco Moya, and New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. It will be presented at both the city and state levels.
Actress Erika Alexander Opens Up About Divorce
Four years after ending her marriage to Tony Puryear, Erika Alexander is speaking candidly about the split and what it’s like to be single after two decades of marriage. “It was a very difficult breakup because I admire and love the man, we just didn’t get along,” the “Living Single” actress told EurWeb. “And that’s the truth. We just realized maybe we’re better apart than together. We remain friends and creative collaborators and that’s how it is.”
Alexander and Puryear are business partners and work collaboratively on their graphic novel, Concrete Park.
Christina Milan Welcomes Baby Boy
Christina Milan announced the birth of her third child Saturday on Instagram. “Kenna, Welcome to the world baby boy! Wow, What an adventure we’ve been on since the day he was conceived! I thank God every day for blessing me with his super active energy,” the actress wrote, “and now to meet our healthy baby boy?! Thankful. Blessed. Now it’s party of 5 baby!” Milian is also the proud mom of 14-month-old Isaiah and 11-year-old Violet.