Tennessee Man Awarded $1M After Being Wrongfully Imprisoned for 31 Years

A Tennessee man was awarded $1 million from the state Wednesday after serving 31 years in prison on wrongful rape and burglary convictions.

Lawrence McKinney, 61, was exonerated and released in 2009 after new DNA evidence led to the overturning of his 1978 convictions, the Tennessean reported. McKinney’s attorneys requested the maximum $1 million payout for wrongful imprisonment, which members of the state Board of Claims unanimously approved.

“…We want to thank the board and the governor for standing by this man and seeing that justice was done,” David Raybin, one of McKinney’s attorneys, said. “No amount of money can compensate somebody for that long a time (for wrongful imprisonment) – but it is the statement that it makes that is important as well.”

In the years following his 2009 release, McKinney fought hard for his exoneration, which was initially denied by the state board of parole, according to Fox News. The board made recommendations to Gov. Bill Haslam, who had the final say so in the matter.

“Thirty-one years, nine-months, 18 days and 12 hours,” McKinney told local station Fox 17 in 2016. “… They took my life away from me, they took everything away from me where I didn’t have a chance to have a family, raise kids or nothing. All my 20s and all my 30s and 40s, they were taken away from me.”

Haslam finally granted McKinney an executive exoneration in December, which was required for the innocent man to file for compensation in a wrongful imprisonment claim, the Tennessean reported.

Under the terms of the award, McKinney will receive $353,000 upfront to cover attorneys fees, any debts and to purchase a car. The remaining $647,000 will be doled out through monthly payments of $3,350 each month beginning on May 1.

The monthly payments are guaranteed for 10 years minimum, according to the newspaper.

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Charlamagne Admitting to Being Molested Sparks a Mixture of Sympathy and Harshness

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It’s not everyday that you hear a celebrity open up about being sexually abused, especially not one like Charlamagne Tha God, who has a reputation for being pretty brash on his radio show “The Breakfast Club.”

But that’s exactly what he did on TV One’s “Uncensored,” where celebrities reveal stories and personal details about their lives that aren’t widely known.

In Charlamagne’s much-talked-about episode, he said that watching Tyler Perry admit to Oprah Winfrey that he was molested as a child, made him want to open up.

“I was molested when I was 8 years old by my cousin’s ex-wife,” said the radio host. “I didn’t even realize it was something wrong until I saw Tyler Perry on Oprah Winfrey. Tyler was on Oprah crying about a woman in his family that used to molest him and I’m like, ‘Why is he crying, but I enjoyed it?’ So it’s just like one of those things that made me wonder if something was wrong with me?”

Charlamagne then explained that he didn’t tell anyone about the molestation because the woman said she wouldn’t repeat the act if he did.

He also addressed the sexual abuse in a 2013 tweet, as well as the emotional impact it had on him, but it wasn’t until “Uncensored” that he really talked about it.

After a clip of the episode hit YouTube, the comments were split and some showed empathy towards the radio show host, while others showed the opposite.

“Is this dude serious?” one guy questioned. “Lol. It’s hard to take this dude serious sometimes.”

“I’m so sorry, but I don’t believe him” a woman wrote. “I know I could be dead ass wrong, but I don’t believe him and his me too story.”

Some of the harsher comments had to do with Charlamagne saying he enjoyed the molestation, while others said that had nothing to do with the fact that he was raped.

“This does not surprise me at all, and why most men end up with sexual addictions, overly sexualized or engaging in sexual activity too young, especially Black men,” wrote someone named Chris Mit. “What no one will ever tell you is that you can be raped and your body responds with pleasure. But just because your body enjoyed it doesn’t mean you wanted it, it was your fault or that what the rapist did was right.”

You can check out the clip of “Uncensored” below. 

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Swedish Woman Gets Slammed for Posting Degrading Caption About Kenyan Girl

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The Kenyan girl meeting Jossa Johansson was probably “the most [sic] happiest moment [sic] in your life.”

Jossa Johansson, a Swedish aid worker, has become the subject of online criticism after touting her humanitarian work in a Nairobi, Kenya-area town.

Johansson posted a photo on her now-private Instagram page hugging a young girl from Kibera, one of the city’s informal settlements. While her image was an issue for some, her caption also drew some ire.

“Dear child, you inspire me,” her post said. “You inspire me to be the best person to everyone around me, even my enemies. Because I would never even want this for my worst enemie [sic]. The best thing I could ever dream of is to become successful, to have a big family in a big house in a beautiful country. When I asked you what your biggest dream was, you said ‘to dance…’

“One of the most [sic] happiest moment [sic] in your life was probably when you met me and my friends, and you asked me when I’m coming back. I am sorry to tell you that there is a very small chance that we are ever gonna meet each other again. In two years you are going to meet a grown up man that you have never met before, you two are going to have a child, and then if you are lucky he’s gonna stay with you, but he will probably leave you alone with your child in your small house made of mud and tree’s [sic]. You will probably sell your body to someone else to earn money for your child.

“I could keep on talking, but I just want you to know that there is hope, there is,” Johansson concluded. “Dreaming could be your savior, dreaming could keep you alive. Dear child, keep safe.”

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The caption led Twitter users to unleash on Johansson and call her out for speaking of racist stereotypes about a young Black girl getting left barefoot and pregnant and promoting white savior stories.

“@jossajohansson your message to a little Kenyan girl tell us a lot about you and the society that conditioned you to think in such a horrible way,” one person said. “What must happened to you to see the world is such a warped light?”

Another tweeted, “@jossajohansson may it be the opposite. May she live to prove your sentiment wrong. #KOT should follow with the development of this #GirlChild & revisit this post years later.”

When another asked where Johansson lives, a Twitter user responded, “Somewhere in ‘let’s use poor Black kids to make ourselves look like caring, non-racist white people’-land.”

“I’m really tired of this White Savior Narrative,” someone said. “Y’all go to Africa and donate a few cans of Progresso past the best by date and take a few Instagram and think you changed the world. Please stop.”

“Very disgusting how some white people come to Africa to just take photos and trash us!!,” one person wrote. “People like Josefine Johansson (@jossajohansson on IG) should be banned from ever stepping foot in Africa leave alone Kenya!!”

In response, Johansson edited her caption and explained she “didn’t mean that part of the text like that was exactly what her future would look like.”

Still, she continued to pat herself on the back.

“And in a way, I could actually be a little hero,” she wrote. “Compare [sic] to many of you who commented today.”

She added she’s given “water, food, money, and clothes” during her “journey” as well as “spread the knowledge of human rights and spread hope to people living in the worst conditions.”

And she also slammed accusations of racism “because I’m not f—ing a racist, if I had been racist I would never have gone to Kenya and helped so many people.”

That statement didn’t go over well with Twitter users.

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Whoopi Goldberg Has a Message for Cynthia Nixon and Anyone Else Running for Office In NYC 

“Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon’s announcement of candidacy for governor of New York is causing quite a stir. Namely over her qualifications, which the ladies of “The View” addressed head-on.

Sunny Hostin kicked things off with a swipe at Nixon’s character Miranda Hobbes from the famed comedy series, “Just because you played a Harvard educated lawyer on TV doesn’t make you qualified to be governor of New York.” She continued, “Haven’t we already seen how someone that’s unqualified can’t govern the United States?”

Whoopi, while concerned about Nixon’s lack of qualifications was more concerned about the city’s use of resources. She argued, “We have 900 places you can get bicycles. They put those bicycle things up in 14 minutes. But you can’t find time or money to clear the mold in the projects. See, I hold everyone accountable. That’s what I want to hear out from somebody who wants to run the state, this state, or this city.”

Whoopi’s frustration reached a peak. She exclaimed, “The state of New York gave the money to the city of New Yor…I don’t know where the money went but I’m a little pissed about it! This is basically saying to people, ‘We don’t care.’ And this is New York City and we do care!” She issued a final message to current NYC mayor Bill de Blasio and Nixon, ‘Help us figure out how to get the mold out of the projects.”

Watch the full clip above.

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Reports: FBI Investigated Sessions For Possible False Statements

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From left, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, listen to law enforcement officers speak during a roundtable meeting on sanctuary cities hosted by President Donald Trump.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Published reports say the FBI investigated Attorney General Jeff Sessions for possible false statements to Congress.

ABC News first reported that Andrew McCabe, the former deputy FBI director fired last week by Sessions, authorized an investigation into Sessions last year about whether Sessions misled Congress when he denied having any contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential election.

The Justice Department later acknowledged that Sessions had had two encounters with the then-Russian ambassador. Congressional Democrats asked for an investigation.

Chuck Cooper, a lawyer for Sessions, says he’s been told by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office that there’s no current investigation into Sessions for false statements.

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