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Katt Williams Says He and Suge Didn’t Take Photog’s Camera (Watch)

Katt Williams Says He And Suge Didn't Take Photog's Camera

*Funnyman Katt Williams is speaking out about his and Suge Knight‘s recent arrests.

Straight up, the arrests are false says the Katt man. He says they were not trying to steal a camera. They were trying to protect a 5-year-old child from an unethical photographer.

In Malibu, after he was released, Katt talked to a TMZ cameraman. He’s somewhat characteristically cryptic, but it seems he’s saying he and Suge saw the alleged victim shooting a 5-year-old who was alone in an alley and suggested the photographer was doing something inappropriate. We have to admit, he’s kinda convincing. But then again, we weren’t there, so it’s their words against each other.

In any event, according to Katt … the female photog said she would erase the video but then ran, so they ran after her. And, he says they never took the camera.



Katt Williams Says He And Suge Didn’t Take Photog’s Camera
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Getting Away with Murder: Are Pro Athletes and Celebrities Given a Pass to Abuse Women?

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Carlita Hodges

*In California, a prison study found that 93 percent of the women who had killed their significant others had been abused by them.

That study found that 67 percent of those women reported that they had been attempting to protect themselves or their children when they wound up killing their partner. Many abused women suffer in silence until they reach the end of their rope and decide to fight back.

Two decades ago, ex-celebrity basketball wife, Carlita Hodges made national headlines all over the world for allegedly throwing gasoline and lighted matches on her ex-husband, three-time NBA three-point champion shooter and Chicago Bulls guard, Craig Hodges.

The Story: An Ex-Celebrity Wife’s Untold Shocking Story of Abuse:
On a cold day in December, 1991, Carlita and Craig Hodges (3x NBA Champion/Chicago Bulls guard) were engaged in a heated argument in front of Grove School in Northbrook, Illinois, about their kids and it resulted in Craig pushing Carlita, and drawing blood from her lip. It was the last straw. In a desperate attempt to protect herself, Carlita threw gasoline lighted matches at Craig, who was unharmed.

As a result, Carlita was charged with aggravated battery and ordered to leave her home and the city of Northbrook, Illinois.

She was unemployable due to the bad press she received from her case and had already lost custody of her two sons (one was battling cancer and the other, another life-threatening disease) because of Craig’s fabricated story that Carlita had abandoned their children. Craig even threatened her life, and once stated that he could have taken her life several times with her pillow. He said that he watched her sleep and could tell her how many breaths she took per minute.

A devoted mother and wife who endured years of emotional abuse, Carlita stated that Craig often asked her to do sexually degrading things, including asking her to sleep with other men during their marriage. “Craig wanted to see me have sex with another man and I was hurt because I was his wife, not one of his groupies. I loved him and thought it was strange that he wanted to share me with another man,” said Carlita.  Carlita also revealed that her husband even came on to her best friend toward the end of their marriage. Regardless of Craig’s despicable actions, Carlita’s reputation was destroyed and she was dubbed one of the top 10 craziest wives/exes of the sporting world for well over a decade. She continues to be vilified in the media. View the links below:

Now an author and speaker, Carlita now speaks out about her experiences in her new memoir, Carlita’s Way: Out of the Dark, Into the Light (My Journey).

She encourages women around the world to speak out about their abuse. “Abuse continues because the victims are silenced by fear and shame, and abusers don’t get reprimanded for their crimes. If you marry a famous celebrity, and you speak out about your abuse, you are blackballed, re-victimized, and labeled as a gold-digger, or liar. Celebrity men get a slap on the wrist and the world forgives and forgets their crimes, which allows them to abuse the next victim.” Carlita says. In recent news, America’s Favorite Dad, Bill Cosby, was accused of drugging and raping over 10 women but he has never served time for his alleged crimes. Singer R. Kelly and 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins are just another classic example of rich and powerful men getting away with sexual abuse.

According to, Lance Stephenson was accused of sexually abusing a female student inside his school. However, he pled to “disorderly conduct” and got a full scholarship to Cincinnati. In 2010, he was charged with felony assault after pushing the mother of his child down a flight of stairs. He signed a two-year, $18 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets. On November 27, 2010, New Orleans Saints Will Smith arguing with his wife outside a club and dragging her down the street by her hair, He was charged with domestic violence and was released on $1,000 bail.

More recently, the world watched in horror as the video that involved Ray Rice and his now wife, Janay Rice, involved in a domestic violence situation that resulted in her being punched, knocked out, and drug out of an elevator, surfaced on the internet. Janay Rice seemed to take the heat by fans, the public, and even some of the media. Fox News host Brian Kilmeade criticized victims like Janay Rice for not leaving their relationships, and said, “they send a “terrible message; they are actively feeding a system that funnels blame away from abusers.” Janay did forgive him, but the question remains: If she fought back at a later time, would she get off like he did?

What Happens When Enough Is Enough: The Ugly Truth about Domestic Violence and the Consequences of Fighting Back
Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot to her abusive husband, who was moving toward her threateningly when she fired into a kitchen wall. He had previously been convicted on a domestic violence charge for attacking her. There are countless cases of women being put behind bars for protecting themselves, and it is no surprise that victims pay the biggest price.

According to, one out of every four women who are the victims of domestic violence attempt suicide. Of the total domestic violence homicides, about 75% of the victims were killed as they attempted to leave the relationship or after the relationship had ended. According to, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day. With all the recent press about domestic violence, the question remains: How do people in power get away with such a thing?

There’s an old saying that money brings out the worst in people, and it’s clear that money and fame are still more important than protecting abuse victims.  “Fans humiliate victims because they value their idols and have a difficult time believing they are human and are capable of being monsters behind closed doors. They feel that their heroes deserve to get special treatment.

This is Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and I want to end it with a serious message to women and men out there. People need to know what happens when victims fight back, because the untold story still lies dormant…and it is happening and affecting lives today. We need to have stiffer punishments for perpetrators, and more celebrity men and athletes need to take a stand against violence. Survivors need to be encouraged to speak out and not drop the charges when they are abused, and our justice system needs to take the side of the victim and not the abuser,” says Carlita. For more information about Carlita Hodges, and to learn more about her story and memoir, Carlita’s Way: Out of the Dark, Into the Light (My Journey), visit



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Oops! Cavs Beaten by Knicks in LeBron’s Homecoming Debut

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*(Via ESPN) – LeBron James shot miserably. His passes were errant. He didn’t look good doing much other than tossing powder in the air.

His homecoming was horrendous.

“I didn’t press,” James said, dismissing nerves as a factor. “I didn’t do much.”

James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar’s emotional return home with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night.

James, who returned to the Cavs and his native Ohio this summer after winning two NBA titles in Miami, finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting. He also committed eight turnovers and never looked comfortable on a night when the entire city — and a star-studded crowd — celebrated his comeback.

“It was a special night,” he said. “I’m glad it was great, but I’m also glad it’s over.”

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Still Eye Rise Media Wraps Production on ‘Growing Up Positive’ (Watch Trailer)

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*Washington, DC — Still Eye Rise Media is proud to announce wrapping production of Growing Up Positive, a film about HIV/AIDS told through the eyes of two women who were born HIV+. The film was in production for several years and anticipates a warm reception for World AIDS Day on December 1st.

Writer/Director and Executive Producer, Yasmin Shiraz was inspired to produce Growing Up Positive while working on a book about an HIV+ teen. In her initial research, she realized HIV+ stories weren’t being told from a young person’s perspective, particularly about their schooling, dating, relationships and sexual experiences.

Growing Up Positive features two HIV activists, Hydeia Broadbent and Abigail Harrigan. Broadbent, a nationally and internationally known activist, has been speaking about HIV/AIDS her entire life and has been featured on Oprah as well as numerous other media outlets. Harrigan, an HIV educator who works for a university, didn’t start speaking out about HIV until she was in her late teens.

“I didn’t only want to be known as the girl with AIDS,” Broadbent shares in the film and testifies to how being an activist at such a young age prevented her from having a ‘normal’ life. She wanted to go to the prom and go to football games but a hectic activist schedule often prevented those opportunities.

“I didn’t have to take any HIV medication until I started having sex,” Harrigan shares in the film detailing what it was like to be a HIV+ person who didn’t require medication until becoming sexually active. Harrigan admits the first time she went to the clinic for her health, she had full blown AIDS after her first sexual encounter.

Their stories detail what its like to be taunted in school, to have to tell your college roommate you’re HIV+ and more. And, although Broadbent and Harrigan share some similarities, with Broadbent being an African American and Harrigan being a white American, race quietly plays a note throughout the film. At times Broadbent’s experiences seem more harsh and Harrigan’s seem more gentile. Is race the underlying cause?

Watch the trailer for “Grow

Growing Up Positive will be promoted at film festivals, colleges/universities as well as HIV/AIDS organizations throughout the US. To see the trailer online, please visit:

Yasmin Shiraz is available for media interviews to discuss Growing Up Positive. Please contact Lisa Mellman for all media inquiries at [email protected].

About Still Eye Rise Media
An independent production company, Still Eye Rise Media focuses on creating impactful narratives and documentaries bringing to light truthful and shocking experiences young people are enduring throughout the US. Still Eye Rise Films produced the ground-breaking, award winning film, Can She Be Saved? which documents teen girl fights as well as  Sources—an award winning documentary webseries which showcases youth stories about suicide.

About Yasmin Shiraz
Yasmin Shiraz is a best selling and award winning author of several books, including Retaliation: A Novel which was a Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers by the American Library Association as well as the critically acclaimed, The Blueprint for My Girls. She is the award winning Writer/Director of Can She Be Saved? which won Best Documentary at the NC Black Film Festival and the Best First Film at the Youth International Film Festival. As an empowerment speaker and youth activist, she has spoken at over 100 colleges and universities as well as organizations such as Planned Parenthood, The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girls Inc and the YMCA to name a few. She is a trained sociologist having received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Hampton University and her Masters of Arts in Sociology from Morehead State University.


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Actor Nate Parker Directs #AmeriCAN a Short Film on the Systematic Attack of Black Youth (Watch)


Left to Right: Mo McRae, Affion Crockett, Omar Benson Miller, Director Nate Parker, Terry Miller (brother of Omar Benson Miller) and Brian White

*#AmeriCAN is a short film and public service announcement that comes in response to recent events that have divided the country over racial lines.

With the influx of violence against black males in America over the past few years, the piece strives to offer a unique perspective in examining the value of lives of the country’s citizens.

The intention of the message, “all lives matter,” is to pull people together from both sides of the disparity and inspire the kind of empathy and mutual understanding necessary to promote meaningful discourse and domestic reconciliation.

The goal is to bring all people together, without exception to race, religion, gender or age, and send the message that all blood flows red.  The film is directed and written by Nate Parker from a story by James Lopez, producer of the project.

#AllLivesMatter, #AmeriCAN, #AmeriCAN_Epathize, #AmeriCAN_Heal, #AmeriCAN_Change


“As I sat in my home and watched the Ferguson protests I felt we had to do something.  We had to make a statement so I called Nate and pitched him my idea. Nate just happened to be getting ready to travel to Ferguson to join the protests.  When he landed in Ferguson he called and told me that he had written the script.  Three weeks later we were shooting it.  With little to no resources we were determined to make this happen. We simply want those on either side of the divide to empathize.” – Producer James Lopez/@IAmJamesFLopez

“The only thing worse than the ever-growing epidemic of murdered black youth in America, is the lack of empathy expressed by many of our country’s citizens. In developing this project, our goal was to create a piece of media that would offer a relatable perspective to all who watched it. It is my hope this film promotes sustainable discourse and serves as a conduit for empathy, healing and change. – Director Nate Parker/@NateParker

(also starred in Beyond the Lights—in theaters nationwide 11/14/14, Red Tails, The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters and Pride)


Director Nate Parker on set


Director Nate Parker on set giving directions


Actress La La Anthony on set

Nate Parker Directs #AmeriCAN A Short Film

Actors preparing for a scene

Nate Parker – Director/Writer.  James Lopez – Producer/Story By.

Kay Madsen – Director of Photography.  Valerie Bleth Sharp – Producer.  Mo McRae – Actor/Producer.  Hernany Perla – Producer.

Featuring La La Anthony (Power, Think Like A Man), Andre Royo (The Wire, Red Tails), Mo McRae (Sons of Anarchy), Affion Crockett (Baggage Claim, The Wedding Ringer), Brian White (Hostages, Hawaii Five-0), Omar Benson Miller (CSI Miami, Miracle At St. Anna) and David Franzoni (Academy Award® winner; writer for Amistad, Gladiator and King Arthur; producer of Gladiator)

Song by J.Cole – Be Free (Grammy Award® nominee)



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(Nate Parker Directs #AmeriCAN A Short Film)
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Sister 2 Sister Magazine Releases Official Statement on Restructure and Future of Print Publication

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*(Washington D.C. ) — Sister 2 Sister Magazine, the national entertainment magazine focused on the interests of Black women, today announced that the company is restructuring from publishing a subscriber and newsstand-based print publication to a digital platform that integrates content, events and social media activities to enhance the consumer experience and increase advertiser visibility.

“For our readers who still love the print-edition of Sister 2 Sister, the magazine is not going away,” said Publisher and Founder Jamie Foster Brown. “We are putting it on hiatus while we reorganize to embrace the digital age for our subscribers and advertisers. We remain as dedicated to our mission today as we were 26 years ago.”

According to Foster Brown, the Maryland/DC-based multimedia company plans continued operation of its popular website,, during the restructuring period. The site, which features daily news and lifestyle coverage, has achieved an audience of 2 million unique visitors per month and enjoys the growing support of national advertisers. In addition to growing its digital platform, the company is making plans to produce more branded events, archive its rich history, while continuing to unite artists, their fans and marketers to create the ultimate experience for consumers.

Launched in 1988, Sister 2 Sister highlighted the interests of African-American women in hip-hop and R&B popular culture. Along the way, a large male readership joined in and became a part of the community, which now includes many of today’s most popular “Sister 2 Sister is a unique voice in entertainment journalism, Hip Hop and popular culture,” said Foster Brown. “We represent an important audience and will continue to provide a bridge for advertisers who recognize the widespread influence of our brand.”


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