Women

At Least Five Black Women Have Died In Police Custody Since Mid-July

Raynetta Turner

April V. Taylor Raynetta Turner is the most recent Black woman to be found dead in her jail cell. Police in Mount Vernon, New York discovered the 44-year-old woman dead in her jail cell on Monday morning. Turner’s name is added to a growing list that includes at least five Black women who have died in police custody since mid-July. ...

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Brooklyn Principal Commits Suicide After Being Accused Of Cheating On State Tests

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April V. Taylor An elementary school principal in Manhattan, Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, has reportedly committed suicide by throwing herself on the Subway tracks in front of the B train on St. Nicholas Avenue on April 17. She died eight days later at the hospital. She was 49-year-old. Rumors had circulated that she had died in a car accident. According to a ...

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#BlackGirlsMatter:Are We Losing Black Girls By Ignoring Their Pain And Mistreatment?

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April V. Taylor Activist Tiffany Gill is the creator of the film campaign Black Girls Unscripted was recently conducting a listening session for the documentary when one of the girls who was participating, “Ms. Tiffany, why don’t Black girls matter?” Stunned and unsure of how to answer, Gill asked the question back, asking, “…why do you believe you u don’t ...

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Women Go Topless To Protest Police Killing Black Women, Children

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April V. Taylor As part of a National Day of Action for Black Women and girls who have been killed by police, protesters in San Francisco stopped traffic in the city’s financial district, with some of the women going topless. Actions were held in dozens of cities across the country, with images being posted on social media using the hashtag ...

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Mothers Head To Washington D.C. To March Against Police Brutality In Million Mom March

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April V. Taylor As women all over the country prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, more than fifty mothers who have lost children to police brutality have gathered in Washington D.C. for the Million Moms March to rally and speak at the Department of Justice. Organized by Maria Hamilton, whose mentally ill son Dontre Hamilton was killed by a Milwaukee ...

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Pressure To ‘Be Strong’ Causing Black Women To Deny, Ignore Depression

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April V. Taylor There is already a stigma associated with mental health in the Black community, and one of the areas where this stigma has an extremely negative impact is with Black women and depression. Incidences of depression among Black women are severely under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-treated.Seeking treatment for depression is in stark contrast to the misconception that Black women ...

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Government Prosecutors Demanded Sterilization Of Women In Exchange For Plea Bargains

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April V. Taylor The Guardian is reporting that prosecutors in Nashville, Tennessee have offered sterilization to women as a condition to avoid jail time in plea agreements. In at least four cases in the last five years, some of which included defendants with a history of mental illness and drug use, sterilization was offered as a component of a plea ...

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Marissa Alexander Reveals Husband’s Lies That Sent Her To Jail, Pain As An Incarcerated Mother

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April V. Taylor After finally being set free, Marissa Alexander recently opened up to Essence about the day that changed her live forever. Alexander was released to house arrest after serving three years for firing a warning shot after her estranged abusive husband, Rico Grey, flew into a rage. Her journey through the criminal justice system has been harrowing and ...

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VIDEO: Police Shoot 17-Year-Old Girl In Head Execution Style, Family Suing

Derrinesha Clay

April V. Taylor The family of 17-year-old Derrinesha Clay has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the Lansing Police Department, and a judge recently decided that the lawsuit can proceed.  The lawsuit stems from a 2011 incident in which Clay broke into a local Bank of America branch.  It is unclear what her intentions were, but she wound up hiding ...

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Israel Admits To Forcibly Injecting Black Immigrants With Birth Control

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April V. Taylor Israel has admitted that it forcibly and without consent gave birth control injections to Ethiopian Jewish immigrants, according to a report in Haaretz.  An investigative journalist uncovered the fact that most of the women who were given the birth control shots were not aware they were being given birth control and did not consent.  Since that discovery, ...

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