Supporters Of Takiyah Thompson Turn Themselves In To Police For Removing Confederate Statue

The act comes after the college student was arrested for taking down the statue Monday (Aug. 14). 

Neighbors, activists and supporters of Takiyah Thompson lined up to turn themselves in to police Thursday (Aug. 17) after the 22-year-old was charged with multiple felonies for taking down a confederate statue in North Carolina.

Slate reports the commendable act happened in Durham County this morning after it was announced the college student would face two felony and two misdemeanor charges related to Monday's (Aug. 14) incident. Thompson was filmed placing a strap around the neck of the nearly century old statue as fellow protesters pulled it down.

The supporters were however, were blocked from entering the Durham Detention Center by police since they didn't have arrest warrants.

WTVD adds seven others were arrested Wednesday (Aug. 16) to their connection in the dismantling of the statue. Thompson's peers Elena Everett, Raul Mauro Arce Jimenez, Aaron Alexander Caldwell, Taylor Alexander Jun Cook, Peter Gull Gilbert, Ngoc Loan Tran and Dante Emmanuel Strobino were slapped with a variety of charges including participation in a riot with property damage in excess of $1,500 and inciting a riot. Four were released on unsecured bonds.

"We're going to fight to tear down white supremacists, to challenge the racist beliefs, to challenge the Sheriff's," Strobino said before his arrest.

Thompson and other members of the Communist-platform Workers World Party were protesting the violence that took place in Charlottesville over the weekend when a white supremacist drove his car into a group of protesters, killing Heather Heyer.

Candlelight vigils and memorials have been held in her honor and the two patrolmen who were also killed on Saturday (Aug. 12). A Change.org petition is demanding the Department of Justice to bring terrorism charges to James Alex Fields, the suspect in Heyer's death.

Thompson was reportedly released from jail and will return to court on Wednesday.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Vittorio Zunino Celotto

Jennifer Lopez Hits Versace Runway In Updated Version Of Grammys Dress

Jennifer Lopez slipped back into a familiar looks for a surprise appearance at the Versace Spring-Summer 2020 fashion show in Milan Friday (Sept. 20). The Hustlers star blazed the stage in a remake of the legendary Versace dress that she wore to the Grammys nearly two decades ago.

The updated rendition sticks to the leafy green chiffon jungle-pattern, although it differs slightly from the original. Lopez left little to the imagination in the sleeveless ensemble complete with a deeply plunging neckline and an open back cut down to her derrière. The long flowy dress is cut at the hip area allowing Lopez to show off her toned legs as she strutted down the runway.

Lopez was already rumored to make an appearance at the show as she was spotted around Milan this week, The Cut reports. The invitation provided another clue to her attendance with a flip book and the Google search topic: “Versace women’s ss 2020.” The Google search is significant since Lopez’s Grammy dress essentially created Google Images (so many people were searching the site for her dress that developers were inspired to introduce a specific section of the search engine decided to photos).

Lopez first donned the sheer floral barely there Versace dress at the 42nd annual Grammy awards which she attended with Diddy, who was her boyfriend at the time.

See photos of both dresses below.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

For the Spring-Summer 2020 Collection, Versace honors an iconic moment when fashion and culture became a catalyst for technological progress. Passionate for constant innovation, Chief Creative Officer, @donatella_versace uses the latest technology – the Google Assistant – to call for @jlo wearing the Jungle dress on the runway, creating yet another unforgettable, Google-worthy Versace moment. #MFW #VersaceSS20

A post shared by Versace (@versace) on Sep 20, 2019 at 12:50pm PDT

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Debuting in the Spring-Summer 2000 Collection, the Jungle print dress worn by @jlo at the Grammy Awards that year, garnered international attention. Millions of people took to the internet to see Jennifer in the legendary dress, making it one the most popular search queries for Google at the time. The epic red-carpet look, and the excitement it created, inspired the team to create Google Images. This season Versace and Google collaborate to celebrate twenty years of the legendary moment in both fashion and Google history. #VersaceSS20 #MFW

A post shared by Versace (@versace) on Sep 20, 2019 at 1:34pm PDT

Continue Reading
James Gourley/Getty Images

Kevin Hart "Grateful To Be Alive" And Back Home Following Major Car Accident

Over Labor Day weekend, comedian Kevin Hart was involved in a major car accident on Mulholland Highway in California. According to TMZ, Hart endured three spinal fractures that'll take a certain amount of time with a physical therapist to regain tip-top shape.

According to a source per the website, Hart said he's "grateful to be alive" and on his way to recovery outside of the hospital. He was discharged from Northridge after 10 days before entering a rehab facility. The crash involved his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda which was being driven by his acquaintance Jared Black and his fiancee Rebecca Broxterman, who's Hart's wife Eniko Parrish's personal trainer, was in the backseat. Black suffered back injuries while Broxterman didn't encounter any.

Black lost control of the car when it rolled into an embankment. The Philadelphia native was scheduled to appear on The Kelly Clarkson Show but his Jumanji co-star, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson" stepped in. "He's bummed he couldn't be here as you know, but I love the guy, he's one of my best friends," Johnson said. "Thank God, it could've been a lot worse. He's a lucky man. I wish him the best."

Continue Reading
ASSOCIATED PRESS/Jeff Chiu

5 Things You Should Know About Nigerian Political Activist Omoyele Sowore

Political activist Omoyele Sowore's supporters have called for the Nigerian government's release of the vocal figure. The 48-year-old was detained on Aug. 3 for allegations of "threatening public safety, peaceful co-existence and social peace" on the heels of his "Revolution Now" protest (Aug. 5), BBC reports. The call to action was fueled by opposition to the regime of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and a need to revamp government policies that'll better reflect the desires of the country's people.

Here are five things to know about Sowore and his call to action.

Omoyele Sowore taught us not to ever trade our dignity for anything, he built our confidence to always speak truth to power and never feel less-human in any circumstance we find ourselves! #RevolutionNow #FreeSoworeNow pic.twitter.com/JmXQn3S5ir

— Revolutionary MO (@officialmo_cas) September 18, 2019

1. Sowore Launched Investigative Publication Sahara Reporters In 2006 Sowore began the online publication with the sole purpose of pinning a spotlight on corruption and holding politicians accountable for wayward actions. Since it was founded in New York City, a number of Nigerian officials have filed lawsuits in U.S. courts against the website for defamation. The Daily Beast nicknamed the outlet as "Africa's Wikileaks" for its unabashed coverage of corruption in Nigeria.

The site "is providing information to Nigerians in a way they've never had it before," Sowore said. Its content is fueled by anonymous Nigerians "who want to see a different country."

2. He Announced His Presidential Campaign In 2018 In an interview with Amsterdam News, Sowore unveiled a "10-point plan" to help Nigeria become a global force through economic, social, and technological changes. He also likened his desire to create a better lifestyle for Nigerians to the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti's messages. "I am such a Fela disciple. He was one single activist who took on the system all by himself using music," he said. "I didn’t have a good voice so I couldn’t sing, but I am using media, I am using my body, my skills, and I am using the internet to fight the government.”

Sowore has remained critical of the government since 1989 when he was a student at the University of Lagos. He also obtained a Master's Degree from Columbia University in public administration.

3. Protests From New York City To Italy Call For His Release Earlier this month, Facebook user Osuya Vivian called for Sowore's supporters to organize a peaceful protest in Italy that demands his release. "As concern Nigerians, we all have a responsibility to speak out and secure the release of our own because injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere and whatever affects one directly, affects all directly," Vivian's statement reads.

On Thursday afternoon (Sept. 19), supporters appeared outside of the Nigerian embassy in New York City to bring awareness to Sowore's detainment. The African Renaissance Organization previously issued a petition to the United States Department of State that claims the Nigerian government is placing the limelight on "increasing threats to democratic freedom," according to the group's convener Onyinye Chuks.

4. According To His Wife, Opeyemi Sowore, There Are No Formal Charges Opeyemi Sowore said her husband has yet to face any charges despite an investigation being spearheaded by the country's government or the Department of State Services (DSS), per Democracy Now. His time in jail without bail has surpassed the court-ordered 45-day mark that the government has to bring charges against a detainee. On Twitter, #FreeSoworeNow mobilized the global community to demand his release.

Opeyemi Sowore also notes that her husband’s detainment might stem from his meeting with Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). In 2015, he was arrested for treason. Kanu has called upon the United Nations to support the movement's mission of Biafra's secession from Nigeria, according to Sahara Reporters. In that same statement, he also demanded Sowore's release.

Against all odds, against all their efforts to silence us, WE MARCHED. We must be free. Enough is enough.#FreeSowore#FreeSoworeNow#ThisIsNigeria pic.twitter.com/jzncqKWawi

— #RevolutionNow (@TIBmovement) September 18, 2019

5. Nigeria And Freedom Of The Press Under section 39 (1) of Nigeria's constitution, freedom of expression including freedom of the press is protected but past and current instances of censorship have placed a strain on the gather and dissemination of information. "There have been numerous arrests, also in the context of the 5 August demonstration, that actually did take place, where numerous people were arrested, including a number of reporters that work for Sahara Reporters," Nani Jansen Reventlow, a lawyer representing Sowore said to Democracy Now. "But various other human rights defenders in the country have been arrested over the past months."

Earlier this year, a Premium Times reporter was arrested for "refusing to reveal a source," CPJ reports. Office raids have reportedly occurred within the last four years, another journalist at Daily Trust stated.

Continue Reading

Top Stories