Category: RTM News Reel Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
Anthony Darnell Liddell (pictured), 19, a student at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, was pronounced dead at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center after being shot to death outside of a campus residence hall, reports CCU’s website, Coastal News.
The gunman is still at large.
According to the school, there were approximately 4 or 5 shots outside the University Place residence hall. Liddell took two steps before collapsing against a vehicle, said one witness, and eventually laid motionless on the ground.
Read more from Coastal News below:
The 911 call came in at about 7:22 p.m. Tuesday; campus police and Conway Police responded immediately and found the victim, who was transported to a nearby hospital, CCU spokeswoman Martha Hunn confirms.
Campus officials alerted students with an ‘active shooter alert’ via text message and e-mail. The message asked students to remain in their dorm rooms and classrooms.
The first alert issued by staff at the college at about 8 p.m. said a shooting incident occurred at University Place, an off-campus housing facility for students. A second alert was sent moments later to ensure that the shooting incident was “not ongoing,” but the search for the suspect was continuing.
The suspect – which has not been given a good description yet – remains at large. The condition of the victim, their relationship to the shooter, or the motive for this supposed act of violence remain unanswered questions.
The victim was brought to evening. Security was out patrolling the exits and entrances while WMBF News crews were there at about 9 p.m. More than a handful of CCU students were waiting inside the waiting room of the trauma center.p
Hunn made it clear that the university is proactively anticipating the psychological impact of the shooting on its students:
“CCU Counseling Services professionals and ministers will be on hand Wednesday at CCU’s Lackey Chapel beginning at 8 a.m. to provide assistance to students,” Hunn stated in a news release. “Counseling staff will also be available at the Grand Strand Activity House, located at University Place, and at Eaglin and Ingle residence halls. Counseling staff has also been assisting students at University Place since the incident was reported.”
Classmates and friends have already begun flocking to social media to express their shock and sadness:
According to Liddell’s Facebook page, he graduated from Marlboro County High School in 2011 and he anticipated graduating from Coastal Carolina University in 2015. More than 9,000 students attend the school, which is located about 15 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach.
Classes will proceed as scheduled tomorrow and the hunt for Liddell’s killer continues.
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 15:00
Category: RTM News Reel Written by Brittany Tom, theGrio
Photographer Eunique Jones’ photo series, ‘Because of them, we can…” , has made a splash on the Internet as a unique and creative take on the importance of Black History Month.
Her 28-photo project features more than 40 young children posing as some of the most iconic and influential black figures from the past and the present.
From Harriet Tubman to Spike Lee, the children are seen dressed and styled like the individual they are portraying and also incorporate an inspirational quote from each particular famous person.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:35
Category: RTM News Reel Written by News One
From the Grammys to Hawaii, Chris Brown and Rihanna have put their renewed love for one another back on display, and the controversial singer finally confirmed that they are officially back together, reports The Mirror.
“Sometimes you row, you fight, with the one you love and things get said, stuff spirals,” said Brown. “That night was the deepest regret of my life, the biggest mistake. “But she loves me – what can I say? I’m forgiven… but, yes, I worked hard for it.”
Calling the 2009 beating the “deepest regret of my life, the biggest mistake,” Brown said that comments like the one Seth MacFarlane made during his opening monologue while hosting the 85th Academy Awards (The Oscars) don’t bother him anymore:
“…they don’t know me, and they don’t know us. It doesn’t bother me any more,” Brown said. “Other people can judge us but they don’t know anything.”
MacFarlane joked that the unspeakable violence in the Slave-Western film, Django Unchained, was a “date movie” for Brown and Rihanna.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 10:09
Category: RTM News Reel Written by News One
A candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin just didn’t cut it for people waiting in Manhattan’s Union Square Tuesday afternoon. So commuters, tourists, and freedom fighters joined together to lead a march in uptown New York in memory of the teen whose murder galvanized the discussion of racial politics in this nation exactly one year ago.
“I sag my pants! I wear my hoodie! With my pants down low!” the crowd chanted as they headed up 6th Avenue in an impromptu salvo against George Zimmerman and the law enforcement system. The chant was a pointed reference to the neighborhood watchman following Martin in a gated Sanford, Fla., community because the youth looked “suspicious” in his hoodie. According to Zimmerman, he shot the teen after Martin knocked him to the ground, even though a 911 operator told him not to pursue the youth in the first place.
Back at Union Square, the crowd prepared for the evening vigil by connecting Zimmerman’s racist profiling with police profiling.
“Every time you hear about young people being murdered, either by police or by racist vigilantes, you have people who say, ‘Okay, maybe what happened there is wrong,’” said a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP).
“But you know, these youth are no good. They can’t be about [anything].’ Well, I’m here to say, You’re wrong. Yes they can! Today in Harlem, 14-, 15-, and- 16-year-olds took to the streets and said, ‘We are all Trayvon Martin! We’re not just gonna do the Harlem Shake! We’re gonna fight back!’”
“Its’ a special day for all of us to acknowledge the ill injustices of police brutality,” said Omar Piel, a member of Occu-Evolve, a branch of Occupy Wall Street that promotes outreach and actions within the grassroots movement. “We’re not gonna take anymore of the lies and the misuse of power. We’re here to represent Trayvon Martin and the rest of the angels [who] died and [got] killed by the NYPD or any other top department.”
“We organized the first outreach effort [within OWS] to support a Trayvon Martin rally and vigil, and we organized outreach this year as well,” added Sumumba Sobukwe, another Occu-Evolve member. “This [vigil] would be the second one that we’ve organized outreach for. It’s another case of taking a young Black life, where our lives are still not as valued as other nationalities in this country.”
Even though Trayvon Martin dominated mass media for much of 2012, some at the vigil had only recently found out about the case. Manissa Montour, a Harlem transplant from Long Island, didn’t know who Martin was until the morning of the vigil.
“I’m really passionate about civil rights and I want to become a civil rights lawyer in the future, so I looked up what was going on in N.Y.C. today, and I saw it was Trayvon Martin’s anniversary and they had a vigil,” Montour said. “So I decided to spend my time and come out here.”
As it turned out, Montour’s friend was also unaware of the Martin case until Tuesday.
“My friend told me and then this was like the perfect cause,” said Dana Lewis, standing near Montour. “It’s something I always wanted to do, something I want to be a part of, so why not? It’s only right. It’s worth it.”
Shortly after Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, arrived to speak, a few famous faces lent their voices to the crowd.
“We are here because it is the one-year anniversary of the fierce murder of a young man who sought nothing more than to exercise his right to breathe than to exist without the unnecessary hatred left in his wake,” said political commentator Michael Eric Dyson.
“He [Trayvon] was the victim of a hate crime. The hate of his very existence. The stereotypes that operated in somebody’s head. What we say here is that we will not allow his memory to die or his life to be lived in vain. We are here because Trayvon is us and we are Trayvon.”
And Hollywood’s finest stopped by.
“I just wanna say it’s a personal thing with me,” said Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx (pictured right), who had a moment with Trayvon’s mother at the NACCP Image Awards. “I don’t wanna share everything that was said, but she said, ‘My baby’s gone,’” Foxx revealed.
“As I stood there with my daughter — she’s 19 now — I started to think like what would I feel like if she wasn’t there with me? So I made a commitment that night, also with the help of Harry Belafonte, who spoke so eloquently that night and said, ‘We have so much influence and so much money, but we don’t do anything with it.’ I want you to know that this is a personal thing for me.”
At 7:17 p.m., the time Trayvon was officially declared dead, the crowd lit their candles and held a moment of silence in his name. Trayvon’s parents led participants in chanting, “We remember Trayvon Martin!” before heading off in to the night. But even after Martin and Fulton left, the crowd stayed on to participate in an impromptu rally in Lower Manhattan against racism and police brutality, lead by the RCP, which was a fitting way to honor a young man whose only armor were Skittles and iced tea….
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:29
Category: RTM News Reel Written by Danielle Young, hellobeautiful
French fashion magazine, Numéro recently showcased a African Queen photoshoot featuring White model, Ondria Hardin. Now, I know what you’re thinking–a White woman is an African Queen now? Yes, as long as there’s a big enough budget for limitless bronzer, then you’re good.
What’s most frustrating is that there’s so many Black models who could use the work, but the White models seem to always book the jobs. This fashion spread is very indicative of the racism in the fashion world. #TeamBeautiful reported on the lack of Black faces during New York Fashion Week, and now those very same faces are being ignored for their White counterparts to be painted Black for fashion. What part of the game is this?! This is like hiring Kerry Washington to play Oprah in a biopic and needing her to put on a fat suit.
According to Jezebel, the 16-year-old model is signed to Ford Models and it’s shocking that this agency has more than enough models of color who could have booked that very same job. Maybe it was something about Hardin’s thin features saturated in Blackface paint that made the powers that be at the magazine happy with their choice.
What kind of hope can Black models hold on to if White women are getting booked for jobs they should have not even showed up to the casting call for!?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 13:10
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