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Ernest Attakora Marfo, 21, has been cleared of all charges involving a peeping tom incident which occurred in April inside of the women’s bathroom at the University of Maryland’s Biology-Psychology building.
Public records indicate that Marfo’s peeping tom charge and disturbing school activities charge were dismissed during a court hearing on July 11th, 2014.
According to police reports, the criminal involved with this case placed his cell phone, with the lens pointed towards her direction, on the floor of a bathroom stall being occupied by a female employee of the University.
Pulsefeedz was not able to get in contact with University Police to learn if any steps were being taken to find another suspect in this case.
The power of social media has been realized once again and a tragedy for many has turned into hope.
After a tragic accident early Sunday morning which killed recent Salisbury University graduate Janelle Oni, friends and sorority sisters (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.) of Oni’s teamed up together to launch a fund which helped pay for any funeral costs which her family will incur.
The goal was to raise $10,000 but since Sunday, when the fund started, donations have soared past what organizers expected. As of late Monday night after 1,200 shares all over various social media sites, the fund has raised $11,154.
Because GoFundMe, the site used to raise money, has no time limits; the campaign will most likely continue for the time-being. GoFundMe takes 5% of whatever funds are raised for their own operational purposes but they allow withdrawals to be processed at any time.
Pulsefeedz was not able to get in contact with organizers at the time of this posting to learn what the next plan was for this process but many fellow sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. have expressed their gratitude and appreciation on social media due to the kindness and generosity of 442 donors and counting.
I’m so speechless. I’m so grateful. You guys cannot tell me that God isn’t real. If you didn’t know my sister, she was the epitome of selfless. She dedicated her life to God by giving and uplifting people. Her smile was contagious, and her compassion was incomparable. She lived and loved with her whole being. She was a role model and left a legacy of greatness on our campus and in our community.
Your contributions mean so much to us. We thank each and every person who gave their time, money and sent prayers to support my sister, her family and community. We can never repay you but we pray that God bestows the best blessings in your life. May you all find comfort in knowing Janelle is in the best company and care with our Lord and Creator.
Rest in Peace Janelle
MY TAKE: Social media has turned a mess into a message. The reaction to this unfortunate incident proves again that there is still hope for humanity. We still care and love one another even if we don’t know each other.
Janelle touched so many lives and the outpouring of support has happened for a reason. What’re you doing to make an impact on your friends, your family and your community? As a friend and colleague, thanks for all the memories Janelle. We miss you already.
DONATIONS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED AT http://tinyurl.com/JanelleOni
- Jessie Karangu
- Janelle Oni, a 21-year-old from Randallstown, Maryland was crossing the street on Route One in College Park, MD at around 3 a.m. when she was struck by a mini-van.
- The mini-van drove off but was eventually stopped by police two miles away from the scene according to WJLA.
- Oni was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics tried to revive her on the spot. Her mother tells The Baltimore Sun that she was having dinner with her sorority sisters.
- Jacky Luangraj, a 33-year-old from Manassas, Virginia had a blood alcohol level TWICE the legal limit (.08 is legal limit, .16 was Mr. Luangraj’s intake) and faces 15 charges which include:
- negligent auto homicide
- driving under the influence
- reckless endangerment
- Police stopped Luangraj after seeing damage to his windshield, glass in his lap and some of the victim’s hair wedged inside of the glass. He also failed his sobriety test.
- Oni, who graduated in May with degrees in conflict resolution and communications from Salisbury University, was an only child and planned to attend graduate school and eventually counsel underprivileged kids
- Since the beginning of UMD’s spring 2014 semester, five pedestrian accidents have occurred on Route 1. Of those five incidents, two have been deadly. This incident marks the third fatality on this road.
UPDATE – A mugshot of suspect Jacky Luangraj has been released by Prince George’s County Police. Luangraj was denied bond during a court hearing on Monday.
— PulseFeedz (@pulsefeedz) July 8, 2014
FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE ACCEPTING DONATIONS TO HELP PAY FOR ONI’S FUNERAL COSTS:
The alleged victim of harassment by a Kenyan woman at a Boston train station has spoken exclusively to Pulsefeedz.
After posting a video which garnered worldwide attention, we asked to speak with the individual who is known on Facebook as “Flyboi Dizzy.”
Do you regret posting this video?
After posting the video and seeing the response I feel like a lot of people have gone through what I have gone through. I’m glad I put it on camera so that we can learn and grow from the situation. No one was right in the situation by far, I was real in shock to have someone that I consider my people talk to me like she did. I’m a firm believer of being held accountable for your actions. I don’t know her from a hole in the wall.
Looking back at the video and seeing how we said “you’re crazy” never dawned on me that she just might be. It was more of a defense tactic, feeling embarrassed in front of hundreds of people and there’s nothing you can do but try to out shout the hateful things being said. She felt that way before us, so I know we didn’t play a part in creating that hate.
I feel we didn’t make it better, but it’s almost like the truth was there and I wanted to uncover it. All the time I hear of black people talking down about other black people with social networks etc., so to have it right in front of you was like tell me why! How are we stupid? How are we a disgrace? Last time I checked my mom isn’t on drugs! Not saying that I took that personally but I know someone’s mother is on drugs and I feel like when you speak about them you’re speaking about me.
This is my community and you have to take the good with the bad. I can’t say I’m from here and then when the topic switches to the negative things jump ship. We are in it together and I feel I contribute everyday. Being a positive example Is just enough. Not harming my community and owning it.
Have your thoughts/feelings about Africans/Kenyans changed because of this encounter?
As far as Kenyans go, it’s always been love and always will be love. I spoke with my cousin about the fact people all over the world are apologizing on behalf of her. But we are adults; well-raised young men that can isolate a situation like this and not take it out on the whole country. I always look at the big picture it’s not just Kenyans that feel this way about Black Americans so I would never isolate someone.
She just randomly came up to you guys and started arguing with you? Don’t you think you provoked her more by following her?
She started shouting “nasty black Americans” and shooing us, waving off with her hand and that’s what sparked it. I think (following her) irritated her, of course. But I don’t think that’s why she said what she said.
Would you have still followed her if you could do it all over again?
Probably not. I have a clear mind. My actions were mainly reactive in the heat of the moment. Almost like a “got to have the last word ” moment.
Many people on social media have said that they are familiar with her crazy antics at that same particular train station. Were you familiar with them before you encountered her?
I never seen her before this. Seems like she’s been a problem to a lot of people. On the MBTA (the train) and airport. They should also take a closer look at who they allow there. I paid to ride a train not be called “American trash” and “nigger.”
Some have called for you to take down the video because of they believe she is mentally ill. Will you and do you think you should?
It doesn’t matter, people have already seen it and once it’s on the internet, it’s there forever. Someone (Kenyan journalist Robert Alai) put it on YouTube. I have noticed everyone has their own opinions.
But do you think you should you take down your copy?
No, that defeats the purpose of posting it.
Do you plan on alerting authorities or pressing charges?
No way. I’m gonna keep living my life and pray she makes it around hers safely.
- Jessie Karangu
A Kenyan woman has many people talking after a video in which she ranted about African-Americans spread like wildfire on social media.
The video, which takes place at a Boston train station, begins with an argument between an African-American male and a Kenyan lady who begin hurling insults at each other for reasons which are unknown.
According to a Boston-based musician known as Flyboi Dizzy, who posted the video, the woman allegedly approached him and his cousin and randomly harassed them for no reason whatsoever. The harassment allegedly lasted for 1 minute before Flyboi Dizzy began filming which provoked the subject even more.
I took this video primarily out of disbelief.
Flyboi Dizzy continued his description on Facebook of what happened by saying the following (viewer discretion is advised):
We were called stupid american niggers, trash, mothers on drugs, no beautiful women in our community, all of the above for simply being black. I honestly am happy that she ran into myself and my cousin (because) had this been at 2pm when students were heading home, we probably would be saying RIP.
There’s nothing heroic about the situation at all, and if I could do it again I probably wouldn’t say the hurtful things I said because I was hurt. No one is perfect. But I would record this again, we have to shine light on the darkness that corrupts society. This video has been up for a couple of days and hundreds of people have shared with friends and family.
For me its an eye opener, I never thought someone that is the same as me disowns me. I would be the first person to hold a door for this woman, carry her groceries , and defend her if she was in trouble. 22 year old young man with a woman old enough to be my mom disrespecting my culture, everything that I am, all the stereotypes we already face and work everyday to over come. Shit hurt. But look there’s positive message in everything , find it in this video, discuss, move on. Don’t make anyone else feel like this and educate one another!
Here’s the video, take a look.
MY TAKE: The worst part about this video? Many online commenters have done nothing to find a solution and have instead perpetuated the hatred which both sides portrayed towards each other, which is very unfortunate.
This video is a step in the wrong direction when it comes to African/Black relations in the United States but it’s also a teachable moment that there are still people in this world who are ignorant to the progression our society has made over the past couple of decades. If you ever encounter these kind of people, take it in stride and pray for them. There’s no reason to argue with stupidity.
Despite my negative comments towards the video’s subject about her thoughts, I find it hard to believe that a random woman would purposely walk up to African-American males and insult them unless she was provoked and someone triggered her emotions on purpose. I’m not defending her actions or anything she said but the notion that this was a random act of ignorance is pretty hard for me to believe unless she’s mentally ill.
Remember there’s three sides to every story. The two entities involved and the truth. So far, we’ve only gotten one side of the spectrum.
- Jessie Karangu
A deejay who aims to provide the world with more versatile music is back to give the people what they want. DJ Loso, a Nigerian-American from Baltimore, has come out with two different mixes which are sure to entertain the masses. Make sure you check them out right here! Let us know what you think in the comments section or tweet him @DeeJay_Loso.
Last night’s BET Awards was the place to be! This year’s awards were hosted by comedian Chris Rock. While some people criticized Rock’s jokes claiming they were too commercial or disrespectful, others praised him and said he was one of the funniest hosts they’ve had in awhile. Although that was the talk of the Twitter world last night, another topic started to make it’s own trend.
Rapper Nicki Minaj took home her fifth BET Award for best Female Hip Hop Artist, but viewers are saying that although Nicki didn’t directly mention Iggy in her speech, the trash talking in her speech was directly towards the up and coming rapper.
This is always very, very emotional for me. Because this is my fifth year winning this award and I don’t take it for granted. I really don’t,” the 31-year-old musician said during her rambling acceptance speech. I thank god that I’ve been placed in a position to do something and represent women in a culture that is so male-driven. And I want you to know this: I want you to know that I have an album, The Pink Print, that’s coming out before the year ends. That’s not a plug, but it’s a plug! But my point is, what I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.
She then posed and grinned and continued her speech.
No, no, no shade. No, no, no shade. I used to sit in the studio with Lil Wayne and I would literally take sometimes three, four days to write a verse. And he was like, ‘No, you can’t be taking days to write no verse, you gotta write your verse right here in the studio.’ And that’s why I love him ’til this day. Because he pushed me to push my pen, and I’m still one of the only emcees that’s out here spitting metaphors and making you think. And I really don’t even care if I get my credit or if I don’t. I don’t look at myself as a female rapper, because I know what I do. And I thank my fans because they…They might cut me off. This is so big. At one time black people was getting blacked out on the TV now they own their own network. This is big. This is different
Minaj then revealed something that nobody seen coming by revealing how she almost died.
I just wanna say that, the other day, literally I didn’t tell anyone this, I really thought I was about to die. Like I was saying my prayers to die. And I didn’t even wanna call the ambulance because I thought well if I call the ambulance, it’s gonna be on TMZ. And I would rather sit there and die. And it made me realize, I don’t care what anybody gotta say. I’ma do me. I’ma do me. And I hope and pray that BET continues to honor authenticity. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that,” the former American Idol judge said. “Stephen I love you. It is what it is. Young Money ’til the death of me.
Iggy Azalea has made no comment in regards to Nicki’s speech. The up and coming rapper took to the BET stage performing the song “Mediocre” with rapper T.I., then she performed her song “Fancy”.
Do you think Nicki was throwing shade? Sound off in the comment section!
- Dallas Jordan