Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Grand Jury Decision

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) issued an executive order on Monday declaring a state of emergency in Missouri as the nation awaits a grand jury decision in the case of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Citing "periods of unrest" in the city of Ferguson and other places in the St. Louis area following Brown's Aug. 9 death, Nixon announced the executive order as a measure to protect the citizens and businesses of Missouri from "violence and damage." "I further direct the Missouri State Highway Patrol together with the St. Louis County Police Department and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police ...

Michael Sam Is One Of GQ’s Men Of The Year For 2014 (PHOTO)

Michael Sam might be currently looking for another opportunity to prove he can play in the NFL after being released from the Dallas Cowboys's practice squad last month. But the 2013 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and former All-American at the University of Missouri has nonetheless nabbed another huge honor: being named one of GQ's Men of the Year for 2014. Sam's interview with the magazine will be rolled out later this week. In the meantime, the athlete tweeted an image of his cover shot: A big thank you to @GQMagazine for including me among their #GQMOTY - I'm beyond honored to share their company!! pic.twitter.com/nw0gVXhYlb November 17, 2014 Sam, who became the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL last...

Kevin Hart Tells Jameis Winston To ‘Stop Doing Dumb Sh*t’

Motormouth comic Kevin Hart had a few words of advice for Jameis Winston: "Stop doing dumb shit." Hart was visiting Florida State University last weekend for a performance when he met with some football players, including the troubled Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Winston, TMZ reported. Hart also launched into a bit about Winston's crab legs-stealing incident from last spring. Was Winston amused? You be the judge. Hart's ribbing of the Seminoles star appears to be a bit less inspirational than the visit Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey paid to the Texas Longhorns earlier this season. Then again, the Seminoles don't seem to require a pep talk. They beat Miami on Saturday to remain unbeaten and on course for a second straight national championship. Winston ...

Episcopal Diocese Of Rhode Island Plans Slave Trade Museum In Closed Cathedral

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island wants to open a slave trade museum and a national center for reconciliation in its now-closed cathedral in Providence. The Providence Journal reports that diocese officials approved the plans for the Cathedral of St. John last month. Diocese official Linda Grenz says Rhode Island's role as one of the busiest slave-trading hubs in North America means the church has a responsibility to address it. She says the diocese is looking for partners and grants to help open the center. She says it is already working with Brown University's Center...

Hear Nicki Minaji’s ‘Bed Of Lies,’ Her Most Personal Song Yet

Last weekend, Nicki Minaj premiered the live version of "Bed of Lies" during an MTV European Music Awards performance. Now the rapper has released the studio version of the song, which is the fourth single from her upcoming album, "The Pinkprint." The song, similar to the first single off of "Pinkprint," "Pills n Potions," is an emotional, soulful ballad about heartbreak and distrust. Minaj raps some of her most personal lyrics yet around a hook by Skylar Grey, who told Billboard last week that Minaj "poured her heart out on the verses." "The Pinkprint" comes out Nov. 24.

Love Letter to Those Awaiting Justice in Ferguson

Beloved justice seekers, I love you folks. Deeply. Passionately. I feel you. All colors -- black, white, Hispanic, even Native. Yeah, that's right, I know that there are some fellow Native Americans who are holding it down for justice in Ferguson. Thank all of you. So many people love you and admire you. It's inspiring to see such an amazing cross-section of colors, ethnicities and backgrounds seeking, marching for and expecting justice in Ferguson. It reminds me a lot of this same time of the year in 2010 in Seattle, Washington. Much like in Ferguson, it was a powerful time that came directly after a tragedy. That year, in this city named after a great leader from the Suquamish and...

Misuse of a Grand Jury

It has been over three months since the horrific death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. It has been over three months since Brown's parents and loved ones began awaiting a semblance of justice and closure on this painful chapter in their lives. And it's been over three months since a community started searching for answers and justice after another one of its children died at the hands of police. Over in Staten Island, New York, we have a similar situation regarding the death of unarmed father of six Eric Garner. Today marks exactly four months since he died after being placed in an apparent ...

A Fan’s Guilt: Analyzing How The Bill Cosby Rape Allegations Affect His Legacy

You've heard the allegations by now, and you probably have listened to the excruciatingly awkward NPR interview if you care at all about Bill Cosby. The numerous sexual assault accusations against the comedy giant have put a pall over his career and in the minds of those who essentially grew up with the man. HuffPost Live hosted a roundtable Monday to talk about Cosby and the affect this latest saga has had on his fans. Those who grew up loving Cosby almost feel guilty for his transgressions, blogger Stacia L. Brown said. "Everyone who has grown up with Bill Cosby, as everyone's been ...

No Regrets: Three Money Mistakes To Avoid

Everyone has financial regrets -- including you. I know this because you (or someone who looks, sounds and worries an awful lot like you) just collapsed on the couch in my office and started confessing a litany of financial sins: There's an over-priced shack you bought at the top of the real estate market, or a dream home you didn't buy when the market collapsed. There's an extravagant vacation you shouldn't have taken or another cheap pair of shoes you couldn't resist. There's a low-paying job you quit right before Google bought the company, or a high paying job you accepted that makes you too miserable to enjoy the money you're making hand over fist...

CNN To Premiere New Installment Of ‘Black In America’ Series, ‘Black & Blue’

The latest installment of CNN's "Black in America" documentary series will focus on how the lives of young, black men are impacted by aggressive policing tactics such as stop-and-frisk. Titled "Black & Blue" and reported by Soledad O’Brien, the documentary will feature discussions with men who have been "frisked without cause as many as 100 times," as well as interviews with NYPD officers and New York City police commissioner William Bratton. "What is so shocking is that this police practice was used around the country -- and in some places still is -- with the theory that police were stopping criminals," O'Brien said in a statement. "It's shocking that the city where this was popularized was stopping so many...

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