HBCU.vc To Host Startup Pitch Competition

HBCU.vc is putting out a call for all Startups! HBCU.vc will be hosting a Startup Tech Conference and Pitch Competition on February 22, 2018 at Prarie View A&M University. Submissions are being accepted for the HBCU to Startup Tech Conference and Pitch Competition. Apply at https://hbcutostartup.splashthat.com/ . Winner will gain an opportunity to interview for DivInc Accelerator […]

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We Build Black hosts Mavens I/O Women in Tech Conference

Join WeBuildBlack.com on  February 24, 2018 as they host Mavens I/O, a one day conference focused on Women in tech. This one day conference will be filled with keynotes, panels, fireside chats and networking. Why Mavens I/O?  The concept for Mavens originally began as a small women’s tech brunch and expanded into the conference that’s almost sold […]

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Quincy Jones Admits to Having 22 Girlfriends, Says Having No Mom Made Him a Dog

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Quincy Jones gave a candid interview with GQ magazine, where he touched on a variety of topics, including having a lot of girlfriends. He also discussed the public perception that he only likes white women.

I got 22 girlfriends,” admitted the 84-year-old. “Hell yeah, everywhere. Cape Town, Cairo, Stockholm — she’s coming in next week. Brazil, Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Rio. Shanghai — got a great girl over there from Shanghai, man. Cairo, whew.”

He then said the ages of the women range from 28 to 42, and they all know about each other.

“I don’t lie and it’s amazing,” explained Jones. “Women get it, man. Don’t you ever forget they’re 13 years smarter than we are. Don’t you ever forget it.”

Despite now having nearly two dozen girlfriends, the longtime music man has been married three times — first to his high school sweetheart Jeri Caldwell, then to actress, model and singer Ulla Jones, then to actress Peggy Lipton. But he admitted to being a “dog” his entire life.

On top of that, Jones said that growing up without a mother led to his philandering ways since she was committed to a mental institution when he was just seven years old. He said being a famous jazz musician contributed towards that lifestyle as well.

“Probably because I didn’t have a mother,” said Jones about why he’s lived a playboy lifestyle. “And the big bands, that’s like the school of the dogs. Traveling bands? Every f—ing night it was like the girls coming through Neiman Marcus: ‘Oh, I like trumpet players,’ ‘I like sax players,’ ‘I like guitar players’… Rita Hayworth, all of them. It was unbelievable, man.”

There have been plenty of experts who’ve researched the bond — or lack thereof — between mother and son and how it affects a boy’s future relationships.

According to Ph. D and Child Psychologist Kenneth Condrell, if a boy doesn’t have his mother in his life, he misses out on the first real connection with a female.

“That child has lost his primary teacher in life, his companion and best friend, his cheerleader, advocate and rescuer,” wrote Condrell. “For little boys, mom is the first woman he falls in love with; for girls mom is a role model.”

Although Jones’ mother would eventually be properly diagnosed and treated for her illness, he admitted to never having a bond with her, even in his adult years.

He also said there was abuse in the home before his mom was taken to a mental hospital, which could also lead to one having problems with monogamy, say researchers from Science Daily.

Furthermore, a 2011 study published in the journal Child Development, reveals that a mother-son bond is directly related to a boy’s “sense of morality,” particularly during his teenage years. It can also impact not only his future romantic relationships but his friendships as well.

In another part of the interview, Jones talked about being married to white women and getting criticized for it. 

He also said that marrying white woman at the time had a lot to do with rebellion and making a statement about doing whatever one pleased. But he scoffed at the idea that he doesn’t like women from all racial backgrounds.

“I had three wives, white wives and they stereotype,” stated Jones. “But they wrong like a motherf—er, man. You ever see ‘Black Orpheus?’ That was my old lady, Marpessa Dawn. Gorgeous lady, man … I don’t give a f–, because they think that’s all you like, but that’s stupid, man.”

“Here’s what you’ve got to understand,” Jones continued. “The interracial thing was part of a revolution because back in the ’40s and stuff they would say, ‘You can’t mess with a white man’s money, don’t mess with his women.’ We weren’t going to take that sh–. Charlie Parker, everybody there, was married to a white wife … It was freedom, man. Do what you want to do, and nobody can tell you what to do.”

In regards to Jones’ self-admitted playboy ways, it doesn’t appear he’ll be slowing down anytime soon, and he’s convinced that his thirst for a lot of women comes from childhood. 

“For a son, the worst thing that can happen to you is not to have a mother,” he said.

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Mother Awarded $57M Verdict After Child Tests Positive for Toxic Lead Levels

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Tiesha Jones (right) had her daughter Dakota tested for lead poisoning when she was just 4 years old. (Photo by Gregg Vigliotti)

A Bronx mother received a measure of restitution this weekend when a jury awarded her $57 million, nearly eight years after her daughter tested positive for dangerously high levels of lead in her blood.

Public housing tenant Tiesha Jones was “overjoyed” at the jury’s stunning verdict against the New York City Housing Authority for its failure to carry out mandated lead inspections at her apartment. As a result, her daughter Dakota Taylor, who was just 4 years old at the time she was tested, suffered developmental delays from living in the lead-tainted dwelling.

“The tenants don’t have any hope here. It’s like we’re an afterthought,” Jones said of NYCHA officials, who despite evidence, insisted her apartment was lead-free. “They’re ruining our quality of life. They’re ruining our hopes and dreams.”

The New York Daily News reported that the verdict comes as the NYCHA and Mayor Bill De Blasio struggle to address concerning revelations that the authority neglected to perform thousands of lead-paint checks in aging apartments and even lied about having done them.

Jones, who moved into an apartment in the Fort Independence development in the Bronx in 1999, according to the newspaper. By 2010, she had six children in the apartment with her, including Taylor. She said the little girl’s blood-lead tests initially came back negative, but a re-test registered her at level of 45 micrograms per deciliter of lead — a level a nine times higher than what’s considered “acceptable.”

Jones said she felt “betrayed” upon hearing the results.

“I was mortified,” she told the New York Daily News. ” … They sent me letters every year stating that there’s no lead in the apartment. Here I was thinking I was safe, taking care of my children.”

After that, Jones said her daughter was given an individual education plan, or IEP, and placed in special education classes.

“The damage had already been done,” the mother added. “She didn’t have a chance to go to regular school.”

Department of Health inspectors came to conduct their own testing of Jones’ home soon after Taylor’s high lead levels were detected. At the time, the young girl was splitting her time between the apartment, a nearby babysitter’s apartment and her grandma’s home, according to the newspaper, so inspectors tested all three.

DOH found lead paint in both apartments, which were located in the Fort Independence complex, but none in the grandmother’s home. Moreover, two prior inspections at Jones’ apartment in in 2006 and 2008 were marked as “completed” but had no indication that it had been checked for lead.

Jones later sued the authority for its negligence and a jury on Friday awarded her a hefty $57 million payout.

“They are supposed to be done annually. That was not done,” she said of the inspections. “Imagine how many other residents have gone through this.”

Jones is now pursuing a law degree and serves as tenant leader at her new housing complex, Bailey Houses.

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Lil Duval Says Racism Doesn’t Exist on West Coast

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Comedian Lil Duval hasn’t waded back into the racism discussion since Monday night. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)


Comedian Lil Duval wants folks to weigh in on something: is racism a thing on the West Coast anymore?

The “Grow House” actor posed the question on Twitter Monday night after tweeting, “News flash: everything ain’t about race. Truth be told they ain’t even thinking ’bout us no more.”

He followed the Jan. 29 tweet with another acknowledging he might be “tripping” but added, “it seems like racism don’t even exist no more on the west coast. It’s still classism but the ‘I don’t like you because of yo color’ s—,’ I don’t see it.”

On Instagram, he added that he was specifically comparing the racism encountered on the west coast to the kind endured in the south noting, “to me the west coast is 10 years ahead of the rest of the country.”

Yet Twitter fans weren’t too supportive of the hypothesis.

“They try to disguise it, but nah it’s alive and breathing…” one person said.

“That’s a very simplistic view on racism. Racism is ingrained in American life, including classism. I saw that 60 percent of those on Skid Row in L.A. are Black [men],” another added, although Statistical Atlas reported Skid Row is 45 percent Black. “How is that not racism?”

“Was the Rodney King beaten in New York?” another person asked, remarking on the taxi driver who was videoed being beaten by Los Angeles police in 1991.

Duval didn’t respond to such comments, but when one person asked why people who make money begin questioning the existence of racism, he hit reply.

“It’s because when u get money u see more and u realize it’s bigger than that,” he said.

Yet on Instagram, the comic had more favorable support, even though many said racism definitely still exists on the coast.

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Sentenced to Life After One-Day Trial In 1979, Man Freed and Cleared of Charges

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Seen shortly after his release Malcolm Alexander, left, age 58, was roughly the same age as his grandson son Malcolm Stewart, Jr., age 20, center, next to his son Malcolm Stewart before a press conference in New Orleans, La. (Matthew Hinton /The Advocate via AP)

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man imprisoned for nearly four decades walked free Tuesday after his conviction in a 1979 rape was thrown out and prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charge.

Malcolm Alexander, 58, sat quietly and smiled broadly as friends and relatives applauded and cried after state District Judge June Darensburg ordered his release. Roughly two hours later, he walked out of the Jefferson Parish jail in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna.

Defense lawyers argued that Alexander’s trial lawyer failed to point out that the victim had been doubtful when she identified Alexander as her attacker in 1979. Darensburg threw out the conviction based on the ineffective counsel argument.

DNA evidence — once thought lost but discovered in 2013 as Alexander continued to insist on his innocence — also played a role in the reversal, according to lawyers from the New York-based Innocence Project who handled the case. The evidence consisted of pubic hairs gathered from the crime scene, a bathroom in the victim’s retail business. DNA testing showed the hairs matched each other but did not belong to the victim or Alexander, bolstering the argument that he was not the attacker, the attorneys said.

Innocence Project director Barry Scheck said cooperation from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office was key to winning Alexander’s freedom.

“I thank y’all from the bottom of my heart,” his sobbing mother, Maudra Alexander, 82 and in a wheelchair, told a group of Innocence Project lawyers and others as court recessed.

“I’ve been praying my whole life for this,” Alexander’s son, Malcolm Stewart, said. He and other members were separated from Alexander — still-shackled and clad in prison orange — by a courtroom railing but were able to talk to him, and gather information such as shoe and clothing sizes ahead of his release.

District Attorney Paul Connick later released a statement saying he agreed that Alexander should be freed. “After an extensive investigation during the past 2 ½ years, I agreed with Mr. Alexander’s post-conviction attorneys that the defense attorney during the daylong trial 37 years ago provided ineffective representation in violation of his constitutional rights,” Connick said in a news release.

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